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God rebukes His own angels December 13, 2007

Posted by mercedescoleen in God.
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As I read Revelation chapter 3, I realized that Jesus rebuked His angels through the Apostle John. This is not something to be taken lightly. Jesus let John know about this because of the nature of the apostle’s relationship with Him and also because of his authority in the heavenly realms. No one should take this kind of authority unto themselves because there must be the highest respect for the angelic order. The mightiest angels do not even bring railing accusations against their enemies but rebuke them in the name of the Lord. One example is  Michael’s rebuke of satan (Jude 1: 6-10).

Jude 1: 9 says “Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.” The word “railing” means that Michael did not slander the devil. The New Living Translation renders this verse in the following words, “But even Michael, one of the mightiest of the angels, did not dare accuse Satan of blasphemy, but simply said, “The Lord rebuke you.” (This took place when Michael was arguing with Satan about Moses’ body.)

Does Michael have divine authority over the devil? Yes he does. Jesus said that He saw satan fall like lightning from heaven (Lk 10: 18). Who cast him out? Prince Michael and His angels did so (Rev 12: 7). It was Prince Michael who came to help Prince Gabriel when He was delayed by the devil in  taking help to Daniel in Babylon.

What lessons can we learn? The rebuke of the Lord’s angels is His business. However, when dealing with the devil and his angels, we need to know just how to rebuke them, even as Michael used His divine authority and rebuked satan in the name of the Lord with no sweating involved if you please.

Blessings. Please read the next post on how to rebuke the devil and his angels

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