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The angels of God met him March 2, 2009

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Genesis 32 documents Jacob’s return home after years of self imposed exile from his family. He was fearful because he had left after having his life threatened by his twin brother Esau. However, as he returned home, scriptures say that, “… the angels of God met him.  And when Jacob saw them, he said, This [is] God’s host… “ (Gen 32: 1,2).  He therefore  received the assurance that the angels would deliver him from harm and this was indeed so.

I was reminded of this when my guardian angel met me one evening last week. He was walking ahead of another angel and they were going in the direction opposite to mine. When she met me, however, she changed course and walked with me. He turned up a few minutes later to join us.

Even if you may not see them, be assured that God’s angels will protect His children. They love and care for us. In fact, Jesus said that they always behold the face of the Father in heavnen. Jesus’ statement implies that our angels become agitated when anyone harms or tries to harm us.

Next time I will talk about the nature of angels.

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The angels in Solomon’s temple September 13, 2007

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I wrote last time about the angels in Moses’ temple and indicated that angels of the Lord dwell in His presence and will always lead us to the true and Living God and not to any other. This is certainly true of angels in the bible. They talk about God, give us His word and can therefore be considered to be prophets (at least in my mind). Peter said that the word spoken by angels was steadfast. Today, I just want to speak about the angels in Solomon’s temple.
The temple that Solomon built was a multi billion dollar edifice (1 Kings 6). It was plastered with gold, an unbelievable site for the modern day person. That temple was the exact replica of Moses’. In the holy of holies, he made the larger replicas of the cherubims in Moses’ tabernacle. Each was 10 cubits or about 118 inches high (1 cubit = 18 inches). The cherubims were made of olive wood and covered with gold. Their wings touched each other centrally and also stretched out to touch the walls of the temple. HE had cherubims carved into the vail, doors of the temple and its furnishings (1 Kings 6; 7: 29, 36; 2 Chron 3: 1-14). Just like Moses’ tabernacle, he placed the ark containing the law under the wings of the cherubims (1 Kings 8: 6-7); This is why the Jews know God as the one who dwells between the cherubims.

What does this mean?

* God is bigger than anything. The angels literally filled the holy of holies. Even the size of Solomon’s replicas cannot begin to explain His greatness.

* Again, God is surrounded by angels. Sometimes in scripture HE even revealed Himself as an angel (I will speak more on this later).

* Those who are beloved by God are beloved by His angels and vice versa.

* Jesus said that the angels of the little ones always behold the face of the heavenly father (Mt 18: 10). He does not mean little ones in terms of few chronological years, but those who become like children in order to enter the kingdom of heaven. This is why scripture says that we should not touch or harm His anointed. This implies that angels will seek to avenge harm done to the Lord’s people. Moses’ enemies discovered this first hand.

* David said that those who dwell in the “secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty… He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler (Ps 91: 1,4). Jesus in Mt 6 said that the secret place is the place of prayer (Mt 6: 6). Those who dwell in the atmosphere of prayer are awarded with special divine protection from His angels (as in under His wings shalt thou trust).

* The earthly tabernacle is a physical place of worship, but the bible also calls the believer the temple of the Lord. We are always surrounded by His angels. David said that “the angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them” (Ps 34: 7).

Blessings until we see again.

The angels in Moses’ tabernacle September 10, 2007

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Today’s blog deals with what I consider to be a rather fascinating subject. This relates to the angels in Moses’ tabernacle. Moses was given a pattern that was to be included in the tabernacle in the wilderness. He was asked to design an ark (in the shape of a box) which would contain the tables on which the 12 commandments were written. He was also to make a mercy seat of pure gold that would be placed above the ark as well as two golden cherubims or angels which were to be placed on either end of the mercy seat. The cherubims were to be made facing each other, with their wings stretching high over the mercy seat. God told Moses that He would meet Moses at the mercy seat and speak with him from between the cherubims (Ex 25: 10 – 22).

While the meaning of the mercy seat and ark are symbolic, the important thing that we need to pay attention to here is that the angels are associated with the presence of God. Further details in the design of the temple reinforce that since Moses was also asked to design two separate curtains with cherubims woven into them. One of these curtains was to cover the tabernacle while the other was to separate the holy place from the holiest of holies (Ex 26). The holiest of holies was a very symbolic place since only the Jewish High Priest could enter once a year in order to offer sacrifices for the sins of the people. He had to wear bells on his clothing since God wanted to hear the sound of his arrival and departure so that he would not die (Ex 28: 33 – 35).

The question really relates to the significance of the presence of the angels over the mercy seat, in the curtains covering the tabernacle and in the vail between the holy place and the holiest of holies. They could mean two things:

1. Angels dwell in the presence of God as we learnt in other scriptures and particularly in the book of Revelation. Therefore, angels of the Lord will lead us to the true and living God.

2. The wings of the angels covering the mercy seat symbolize the covering or protection that God places over His people. David spoke of this in Psa 91: 4

Blessings and more next time!

Angels talk with people – Part 6 August 31, 2007

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The scriptures are filled with exciting episodes in which angels talk with people. Here are some other evidences:

1. Paul said that angels can preach the gospel and warned the believers that satan and his angels can transform into angels of light and preach a false gospel (2 Cor 11: 13,14; Gal 1: 8). Eve experienced this firsthand. The devil, who was wily, preached the word to her but it was mixed with error. Angels of the Lord will tell you the meanings of scripture and add information that clarifies. They never lie.

2. A strong angel in heaven asked the congregation the question, “who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?” (Rev 5: 2)

3. Angels talk with each other – “I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels…” (Rev 7: 2). Also see Rev 14.

4. In Rev 11: 1, an angel spoke to Apostle John and said, “…rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.” Also see Rev 17: 7

5. An angel of the Lord revealed the future to John and this is seen numerous times in scripture. Here are the telling words of the angel of the Lord in Rev 22: 6, “these sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done.” Jesus confirmed this in Rev 22: 6 when HE told John, “I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches.” (Rev 22: 6). Angels are therefore prophets.

6. Angels also are happy to show the chosen things in future, as the angel did when he shewed John the bride of the Lamb (Rev 21:9)
Next time I will show examples of angels speaking with signs. Also coming, how loud is an angel’s voice?

Angels in conversation with people – Part 5 August 30, 2007

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I hope that you are not tired, but it seems obvious that the bible is full of examples of angels speaking with people in order to help, guide and protect them. There is much that we can learn from these examples about the role of angels in our own lives. Here are other examples of angels appearing to help people and speaking with them as well:

1. In Acts 5: 19 – 20, the Jews had imprisoned the apostles for preaching the gospel. An angel came at night, opened the doors of the prison and released them, telling them to go, stand in the temple and preach the gospel.

2. An angel appeared to Phillip and told him to leave Samaria and go to the desert. Phillip was not given the nature of the assignment, but soon found out when he got there (Acts 8: 26-29).

3. An angel appeared to Cornelius in a vision and reassured him that his prayers had been answered, then gave him exact instructions on where to find apostle Peter who would later led him to the Lord (Acts 10).

4. An angel woke Peter while he lay in a prison cell, loosed his chains and told him to get up, dress, put on his shoes and follow him (Acts 12: 6-11).

5. An angel of the Lord reassured Paul that he would survive the dangerous sea journey as he was taken as a captive to Rome by Roman soldiers (Acts 27: 1-23).

We see the angels acting in the roles of comforter, protectors and deliverers. They work in collaboration with God and their word always comes to pass. Blessings.

More examples of verbal interactions between angels and people – Part 4 August 29, 2007

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In the fifteen biblical examples that I have cited to date, angels spoke with people, initiating the conversation in most cases and sometimes having a long interchange as in the case of Zechariah. They truly do love God’s people and will go out of the way to help. I will continue with five other examples of angels interacting with people:

1. After the birth of Jesus, three wise men from the East followed a star to Jerusalem to visit and worship the King of the Jews. Thinking that Herod had the answer, they went to see him about the issue. Thinking to find the child and kill Him, Herod instructed the wise men to return to give him information on the child’s location. However, they were warned by God in a dream and returned to their country without giving the information to Herod. Subsequently, an angel appeared to Joseph in a dream and warned him to flee to Egypt in order to save the child from death (Mt 2: 9-18).

2. An angel at the empty tomb told the women that Jesus had risen from the dead (Mt 28: 5)

3. Chief Prince Gabriel appeared to Zechariah and informed him about the birth of his son John as well as the events that would take place prior to his birth (Lk 1: 11-19)

4. Chief Prince Gabriel appeared to Mary, informing her that she had been selected to become the mother of the Messiah (Lk 1: 36 – 38).

5. An angel appeared to shepherds and announced the Messiah’s birth. A multitude of angels joined him and saying, “glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men” (Lk 2: 8-14).

 I once met an angel in the library. He was in the form of a teenager and sat at the computer next to mine, playing games. As I left, I said, “young man, I wish that I could play games all day like you”.  He replied, “you’re calling me young! I’m hundreds of years old.”

Verbal interactions between angels and people – Part 3 August 28, 2007

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Today I continue on the biblical findings related to  the verbal interactions between angels and people. I have cited eleven examples so far in which the angels initiated the verbal contact, indicating to us that heaven is always reaching out to us. Here are 4 other examples:

  1. The angel of the Lord responded to David’s prayers for mercy by telling Prophet Gad that David should set up an altar to the Lord in the threshingfloor of Ornan the Jebusite (the altar symbolized a place of prayer and worship to God) – 1 Chron 21: 15- 30.
  2. Prophet Zechariah and an angel held a conversation about Jerusalem – Zech 1
  3. Zechariah and an angel had another conversation – Zech 4, 5, 6.
  4. The angel of the Lord spoke to Joseph in a dream and told him to marry Mary – Mt 1: 20.

Blessings and have a great day.

Angels do talk with people – Part 2 August 27, 2007

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In the last post I cited six scriptures in which angels engaged in conversation with people. In most of the cases, the angels initiated the conversation, showing us that they are very interested in our well being and would offer assistance without being asked. Today I will continue with other references.

1. An angel brought a warning message to the Israelites regarding their allegiance with the heathen around them (Judges 2: 1-4)

2. An angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon and spoke with him about his role in the deliverance of the people of Israel from bondage (Judges 6: 11-24).

3. An angel appeared to Manoah and his wife to give them information about the birth of Samson and his role in Israel’s deliverance from their enemies (Judges 13).

4. As Elijah lay under a juniper tree waiting to die, an angel of the Lord came to him two times,  offering him food and water (1 Kings 19: 5-8).

5. An angel of the Lord came to Prophet Elijah and gave him a message for the king of Samaria (2 Kings 1 :2-4).

6. Angry at Elijah’s message, the king of Samaria sent three groups of 50 soldiers to apprehend the prophet. Elijah called down fire on two them. Seeing that, the third captain begged for clemency and the angel appeared again to reassure the prophet and to trll him know that he could go with this captain to see the king  (2 Kings 1: 13-15).

 More to come on the verbal interaction between angels and people in the bible.

Do angels engage in conversation with people? – Part 1 August 26, 2007

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This is an interesting question. Scriptures are replete with examples and show that angels do engage in verbal and nonverbal dialogue with people. Let’s look at examples of verbal dialogue:

  1. An angel looked for Hagar as she lay by a fountain of water in the wilderness and spoke with her about the need to return to Sarah’s home and the future of her unborn child. He told her about the sex, name and personality of the child. Note that he initiated the conversation (Gen 16)
  2. Ishmael and Hagar were thrown out of the family home on Sarah’s request. An angel called to her out or heaven as she and the child lay dying of thirst in the desert. He spoke with her about the child’s destiny and also showed her where to find water (Gen 21).
  3. God tested Abraham’s obedience by asking him to offer his only son Isaac as a sacrifice. As he was about to do so, the angel of the Lord called out of heaven, halting his actions and providing a ram in the bush (Gen 21: 11-14).
  4. The angel of the Lord also called out from heaven  to Abraham a second time and spoke with him about the blessing that God had promised to him and his seed (Gen 22: 15-18).
  5. The angel of the Lord spoke to Jacob in a dream, showing him the secret for mating his animals and multiplying them (Gen 31: 11-13).
  6. The angel of the Lord spoke to Moses about the deliverance of His people from bondage in Egypt (Ex 3).
  7. The angel of the Lord spoke with Balaam about the message that he should give to the Moabites about the people of Israel (Num 22: 32 – 35)

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Are there female angels? August 24, 2007

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This is a tricky question and I am addressing it mainly because some people have asked. The issue of whether or not there are female angels appears to have been hidden from us for reasons that God knows. I have seen and spoken with female angels and one sister testified to seeing a female angel coming in her direction one morning then disappearing after their interaction. She said that she had been going through a period of hardship and had received much comfort as a result.

The only scriptures that I found was an indirect inference made by the Lord in response to a question by the Sadducees. It is found in Mt 22: 23- 30 and Mark 12:
This is Matthew’s account (blueletterbible.org):

Mat 22: 23 The same day came to him the Sadducees, which say that there is no resurrection, and asked him,
Mat 22:24 Saying, Master, Moses said, If a man die, having no children, his brother shall marry his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother.
Mat 22:25 Now there were with us seven brethren: and the first, when he had married a wife, deceased, and, having no issue, left his wife unto his brother:
Mat 22:26 Likewise the second also, and the third, unto the seventh.
Mat 22:27 And last of all the woman died also.
Mat 22:28 Therefore in the resurrection whose wife shall she be of the seven? for they all had her.
Mat 22:29 Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.
Mat 22:30 For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.

Mk 12: 25 For when they shall rise from the dead, they neither marry, nor are given in marriage; but are as the angels which are in heaven.

Analysis

The question stemmed out of the mockery of the Saducees about the resurrection of the dead. They invented a seemingly impossible question about the issue of who will marry the woman in the resurrection in order to confound the issue of the resurrection of the dead. Jesus overlooked their mockery, pointing out their error and unbelief in the power of God. His response taught them the following:

1. The angels live in heaven

2. The resurrected dead will neither marry nor be given in marriage.

3. The dead in Christ will ressurect as males and females in the same sex that they had on earth.

4. Jesus spoke in the future tense when He said “when they shall rise from the dead”

5. He spoke in the present continuous tense to descibe the state of those who will rise when He said that the resurrected “are as the angels which are in heaven”.

6. What is the state of the angels in heaven? They have a spiritual body with spiritual power (1 Cor 15: 35-50). The resurrected dead in Christ will rise with the same spiritual body and the power of the spiritual body. Jesus demonstrated the power of the spiritual body following His resurrection, being able to go through walls, appear and disappear and change His appearance/form.

7. Jesus made a comparison between the resurrected dead and the angels in heaven. He seems to be telling us that there are male and female angels in heaven and they neither marry nor are given in marriage.

8. The principle related to the comparison is found in Matthew 6: 10 where He taught us, “thy kingdom come,Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” Heaven is a kingdom, made up of angels and saints who have gone on to be with the Lord. Does it have towns, cities, etc?

This is my current understanding so far. I do not believe that it should become a major issue. We either believe or do not believe. However, as Jesus told the Saducees that they were missing out on the power of God by their unbelief, so if indeed there are female angels, is there something that they have to give to us that we do not yet have? Blessings. Next time, do angels engage in conversations?

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