Should we pray to angels? November 30, 2010Posted by mercedescoleen in Angels at work.
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This is an interesting question because many people pray to angels. To date, I have not found any biblical evidence to support direct prayer to angels. Scriptures teach that Jesus is the Great High Priest who intercedes on our behalf. However, I have found the following evidences:
a. Angels respond when we pray to God by coming to our aid. For example, Archangel Gabriel was commanded to respond to Daniel’s intercession to God:
Dan 9: 21 Yea, whiles I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation.
Dan 9:22 And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, O Daniel, I am now come forth to give thee skill and understanding.
Dan 9:23 At the beginning of thy supplications the commandment came forth, and I am come to shew thee; for thou art greatly beloved: therefore understand the matter, and consider the vision.
b. Angels may act as intercessors in heaven in the same way that the priests in the Old Testament made regular intercessions on behalf of the people. For example, the book of Revelation shows that an angel held the prayers of the saints and presented them to God (Rev 8: 3-4):
Rev 8:3 And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.
Rev 8:4 And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand.
Rev 8: 5 shows that the angel responded to the prayers by taking the censer, and filling “it with fire of the altar, and cast it into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake.” This scripture shows how angels respond to the prophecy which says that no one should hurt the Lord’s anointed and do His prophets no harm. The earth can actually be plagued with trouble and its inhabitants can suffer corporately.
The rest of Rev 8 shows examples of plagues that angels release on the earth as a result of the prayers of the saints to God – forest fires, sea becoming blood (death of sea creatures), meteors fall to the earth, darkness in the earth. People should therefore be afraid to “mess” with God’s people because we can aggravate angels. Jesus told the disciples the same about the guardian angels of those who who behold the face of the Father
There are other examples of angels responding when people pray to God or are in distress. For example, Hagar cried as she and her son perished in the wilderness and the angel of the Lord spoke to her out of heaven.
Angels are ministering spirits of the Lord who obey His command. I personally do not pray to angels, but speak with them asking for help on specific issues. I do this in the same way in which I would speak with a friend about a problem.
Is it a matter of semantics? I don’t know, but when Jesus taught the disciples to pray, He said “our Father, which art in heaven”. It is the Father’s duty to tell His angels how to respond. I will seek more on this issue as time goes on.
Angel Of God Appears To Moses In The Burning Bush August 25, 2010Posted by mercedescoleen in God.
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The Angel of God, Moses and the Burning Bush
The Angel of God appeared to Moses in a bush:
1 Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the desert and came to Horeb, the mountain of God.
2 There the angel of the LORD appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up.
3 So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.”
4 When the LORD saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!” And Moses said, “Here I am.”
5 “Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.”
6 Then he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God.
The Angel Said That He Would Not Die In The Storm August 6, 2010Posted by mercedescoleen in Guardian Angels.
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Introduction to the Storm
Apostle Paul was held in custody by the Romans after having been accused of preaching. He was being taken to Rome on a ship when they ran into a terrible storm.
9 Since considerable time had passed and the voyage was now dangerous because the fast was already over, Paul advised them,
10 “Men, I can see the voyage is going to end in disaster and great loss not only of the cargo and the ship, but also of our lives.”
11 But the centurion was more convinced by the captain and the ship’s owner than by what Paul said.
12 Because the harbor was not suitable to spend the winter in, the majority decided to put out to sea from there. They hoped that somehow they could reach Phoenix, a harbor of Crete facing southwest and northwest, and spend the winter there.
13 When a gentle south wind sprang up, they thought they could carry out their purpose, so they weighed anchor and sailed close along the coast of Crete.
14 Not long after this, a hurricane-force wind called the northeaster blew down from the island.
15 When the ship was caught in it and could not head into the wind, we gave way to it and were driven along.
16 As we ran under the lee of a small island called Cauda, we were able with difficulty to get the ship’s boat under control.
17 After the crew had hoisted it aboard, they used supports to undergird the ship. Fearing they would run aground on the Syrtis, they lowered the sea anchor, thus letting themselves be driven along.
18 The next day, because we were violently battered by the storm, they began throwing the cargo overboard,
19 and on the third day they threw the ship’s gear overboard with their own hands.
20 When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days and a violent storm continued to batter us, we finally abandoned all hope of being saved.
21 Since many of them had no desire to eat, Paul stood up among them and said, “Men, you should have listened to me and not put out to sea from Crete, thus avoiding this damage and loss.
22 And now I advise you to keep up your courage, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only the ship will be lost.
23 For last night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve came to me
24 and said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul! You must stand before Caesar, and God has graciously granted you the safety of all who are sailing with you.’
25 Therefore keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will be just as I have been told.
26 But we must run aground on some island.
All the words of the Lord came to pass and they were protected. Keep the faith. You will live and not die. There is still purpose in your life to be fulfilled.
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Joshua was an Israeli Army General who received battle tactics from the Commander of the Lord’s Army of Angels
When Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him holding a drawn sword. Joshua approached him and asked him, “Are you on our side or allied with our enemies?”
He answered, “Truly I am the commander of the LORD’s army. Now I have arrived!” Joshua bowed down with his face to the ground and asked, “What does my master want to say to his servant?”
The commander of the LORD’s army answered Joshua, “Remove your sandals from your feet, because the place where you stand is holy.” Joshua did so.
Joshua 5: 13 – 15
Angel Of The Lord Rescued Peter From Prison August 4, 2010Posted by mercedescoleen in Guardian Angels.
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The Preacher called Peter had been imprisoned for preaching the gospel. An Angel of the Lord rescued him
1 About that time King Herod laid hands on some from the church to harm them.
2 He had James, the brother of John, executed with a sword.
3 When he saw that this pleased the Jews,1 he proceeded to arrest Peter too. (This took place during the feast of Unleavened Bread.)
4 When he had seized him, he put him in prison, handing him over to four squads of soldiers to guard him. Herod planned to bring him out for public trial after the Passover.
5 So Peter was kept in prison, but those in the church were earnestly praying to God for him.
6 On that very night before Herod was going to bring him out for trial, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, while guards in front of the door were keeping watch over the prison.
7 Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared, and a light shone in the prison cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him up, saying, “Get up quickly!” And the chains fell off Peter’s wrists.
8 The angel said to him, “Fasten your belt and put on your sandals.” Peter did so. Then the angel said to him, “Put on your cloak and follow me.”
9 Peter went out and followed him; he did not realize that what was happening through the angel was real, but thought he was seeing a vision.
10 After they had passed the first and second guards, they came to the iron gate leading into the city. It opened for them by itself, and they went outside and walked down one narrow street, when at once the angel left him.
11 When Peter came to himself, he said, “Now I know for certain that the Lord has sent his angel and rescued me from the hand of Herod and from everything the Jewish people were expecting to happen.”
Blessings and have a great day!
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Balaam the mad fortune teller
Balaam was a fortune teller who had been hired to curse the nation of Israel. God appeared to him and told him that he did not have permission to do so. The following turn of events took place as Balaam disobeyed in order to earn some cash:
22 Then God’s anger was kindled because he went, and the angel of the LORD stood in the road to oppose him. Now he was riding on his donkey and his two servants were with him.
23 And the donkey saw the angel of the LORD standing in the road with his sword drawn in his hand, so the donkey turned aside from the road and went into the field. But Balaam beat the donkey, to make her turn back to the road.
24 Then the angel of the LORD stood in a path among the vineyards, where there was a wall on either side.
25 And when the donkey saw the angel of the LORD, she pressed herself into the wall, and crushed Balaam’s foot against the wall. So he beat her again.
26 Then the angel of the LORD went farther, and stood in a narrow place, where there was no way to turn either to the right or to the left.
27 When the donkey saw the angel of the LORD, she crouched down under Balaam. Then Balaam was angry, and he beat his donkey with a staff.
28 Then the LORD opened the mouth of the donkey, and she said to Balaam, “What have I done to you that you have beaten me these three times?”
29 And Balaam said to the donkey, “You have made me look stupid; I wish there were a sword in my hand, for I would kill you right now.”
30 The donkey said to Balaam, “Am not I your donkey that you have ridden ever since I was yours until this day? Have I ever attempted to treat you this way?” And he said, “No.”
31 Then the LORD opened Balaam’s eyes, and he saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way with his sword drawn in his hand; so he bowed his head and threw himself down with his face to the ground.
32 The angel of the LORD said to him, “Why have you beaten your donkey these three times? Look, I came out to oppose you because what you are doing is perverse before me.
33 The donkey saw me and turned from me these three times. If she had not turned from me, I would have killed you but saved her alive.”
34 Balaam said to the angel of the LORD, “I have sinned, for I did not know that you stood against me in the road. So now, if it is evil in your sight, I will go back home.”
35 But the angel of the LORD said to Balaam, “Go with the men, but you may only speak the word that I will speak to you.” So Balaam went with the princes of Balak (Numbers 22).
Espionage, A Prophet & Angels of God. August 2, 2010Posted by mercedescoleen in Guardian Angels.
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8 Now the king of Syria was at war with Israel. He consulted his advisers, who said, “Invade at such and such a place.”
9 But the prophet sent this message to the king of Israel, “Make sure you don’t pass through this place because Syria is invading there.”
10 So the king of Israel sent a message to the place the prophet had pointed out, warning it to be on its guard. This happened on several occasions.
11 This made the king of Syria upset. So he summoned his advisers and said to them, “One of us must be helping the king of Israel.”
12 One of his advisers said, “No, my master, O king. The prophet Elisha who lives in Israel keeps telling the king of Israel the things you say in your bedroom.”
13 The king ordered, “Go, find out where he is, so I can send some men to capture him.” The king was told, “He is in Dothan.”
14 So he sent horses and chariots there, along with a good-sized army. They arrived during the night and surrounded the city.
15 The prophet’s attendant got up early in the morning. When he went outside there was an army surrounding the city, along with horses and chariots. He said to Elisha, “Oh no, my master! What will we do?”
16 He replied, “Don’t be afraid, for our side outnumbers them.”
17 Then Elisha prayed, “O LORD, open his eyes so he can see.” The LORD opened the servant’s eyes and he saw that the hill was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha (2 Kings 6)
God Commands Angels To Watch Over Us – Psalm 91 July 24, 2010Posted by mercedescoleen in Guardian Angels.
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As for you, the one who lives in the shelter of the sovereign One,
and resides in the protective shadow of the mighty king –
I say this about the LORD, my shelter and my stronghold,
my God in whom I trust –
he will certainly rescue you from the snare of the hunter and from the destructive plague.
He will shelter you with his wings;
you will find safety under his wings.
His faithfulness is like a shield or a protective wall.
You need not fear the terrors of the night,
the arrow that flies by day
the plague that comes in the darkness,
or the disease that comes at noon.
Though a thousand may fall beside you,
and a multitude on your right side,
it will not reach you.
Certainly you will see it with your very own eyes –
you will see the wicked paid back.
For you have taken refuge in the LORD,
my shelter, the sovereign One.
No harm will overtake you;
no illness will come near your home.
For he will order his angels
to protect you in all you do.
They will lift you up in their hands,
so you will not slip and fall on a stone.
You will subdue a lion and a snake;
you will trample underfoot a young lion and a serpent.
The LORD says,
“Because he is devoted to me, I will deliver him;
I will protect him because he is loyal to me.
When he calls out to me, I will answer him.
I will be with him when he is in trouble;
I will rescue him and bring him honor.
I will satisfy him with long life,
and will let him see my salvation.
Warning for the United States of America May 28, 2010Posted by mercedescoleen in Archangel Gabriel.
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Friday 28th May has been designated as a Day of Prayer and Fasting in the Heavenlies for the United States of America. I began to receive a Word from the Throne Room of Heaven on Thursday 27th May and this continued today as I awoke. Archangel Gabriel told me:
America is going to face a time of decline in the future. People will be running from America. Right now they are running to it, but in that time they will be running away. There will be Civil unrest.
The pomp of America and the glory of America will descend to dust. How are the Mighty fallen – O Babylon. For you have said, “let us cast away their bands and the yoke of the Almighty”.
I hear you say, says the Lord, this cannot be so. We have multitudes of churches, Prophets and Apostles, preaching and teaching, Christian television stations. Yet I say to you, says the Lord, that it will be more tolerable in the Day of Judgment for Sodom and Gomorrah than for the United States of America which has not kept the Ways of the Lord.
You have perverted my Righteous Ways, says the Lord and I am really displeased. I have sent many prophets and righteous men, rising early and calling to you and you have not listened. Even if Moses and Samuel were living here, I will not spare in that Day of Judgment.
There were many righteous men and the Prophet Jeremiah in Jerusalem in the days of Nebuchadnezzar, yet I could not spare the sin of the nation. They refused to take heed. Their Kings and Prophets went into exile for perverting the right ways of the Lord and lying to the people.
America beware and repent. This is the Word of the Lord to you.
Angels of God Help Students Writing Examinations May 25, 2010Posted by mercedescoleen in Guardian Angels.
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I am writing this post to help you to see the degree of involvement of the Angels of God in human existence. I’ve been praying for some students writing examinations and heard the Angels telling me that they go to the rooms very early and guard the students.
This is very comforting. God sends His Angels to encamp around those who fear him, just as He did for Jacob at Mahanaim.