Angels alone are on many minds across the world. Most major religions - Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, and Buddhism all have angels within them. Public interest in angels has also spiked in the last century alone. More and more people all the time seem to come forward with accounts of encounters with these heavenly beings. But what does God's Word actually tell us about angels?
Psalm 103:20-21 says, "Praise the Lord, you his angels, you mighty ones who do his biding, who obey his word. Praise the Lord, all his heavenly hosts, you his servants who do his will." Angels carry out God's commands. Now of course, there are some angels who, at Creation, rebelled with Lucifer.
Jude tells us in Jude 6, "And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority, but abandoned their proper dwelling - these he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great Day." We need to understand that while God's angels have influence over us, so too do corrupted angels.
Ephesians 6:12 says, "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." The corrupted angels struggle against those who have turned to God, against everyone of course, but attacks on Christians come on strong.
Guardian angels do appear in the Bible, but at the same time, they do not exactly appear in the Bible. The misconception may have come about because of Psalm 91:11-12, which says, "For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone."
What I mean is this: "Guardian Angels" are not explicitly mentioned in the Bible. Nowhere in scripture does it say, "and you shall be assigned a guardian angel, for each person," or what have you. It does, however, refer to angels as Guardians and Protectors, just as seen in Psalm 91:11-12, which illustrates that if we ask the Lord to surround us and protect us, that he will send his angels to guard and protect us.
Matthew 18:10 says, "Beware that you don't look down upon a single one of these little children. For I tell you that in heaven their angels have constant access to My Father." (TLB) In other words, angels in Heaven can go to the Lord and speak with him concerning us. Actually, Lucifer, who is referred to as an angel of light, fallen, still has access to the throne.
The book of Job speaks of Lucifer coming to the Throne of God and requesting permission to test his servant Job, to prove to God that he is unfaithful. This is found in Job 1-2. Lucifer stands at God's throne and accuses us all the time, and will continue to have access because he is an angel until 3 and a half years into the 7-Year tribulation, when he is finally not only expelled from Heaven, but from the very Throne of God. (Revelation 12:7-9) Yes, even Lucifer has to ask permission from God.
Regarding Guardians, Michael, brother to Lucifer and Gabriel and Commander of the Angels, is the protector of Israel. Daniel 12:1, "At that time, Michael, the great prince who protects your people, will arise. There will be a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then. But at that time your people - everyone whose name is found written in the book - will be delivered."
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Understand that yes, we are protected by God's angels. Also understand that you may have met an angel before. Paul tells us in Hebrews 13:2, "Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing so some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it."
Some people have claimed to have such encounters, but not realize that they had been kind to an angel until after the fact, it is then when they realize they had been with an angel.
More often than we realize we are helped by the angels that God has sent to protect us. (Psalm 91:11) The issue arises when we place the importance of angels above God, and far too often have I seen this happen. Angels work for God, and God is the one who commands the angels to aid us. Angels do not want our praise or worship.
John, the last disciple alive, and the only one to die a natural death, was the one was shown a vision of the End Times - the Tribulation, Millennium, Eternity, the whole nine yards. After he had been shown these things, he "fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who had shown them to [him.]" Revelation 22:8-9 gives a perfect illustration of this point. It says, "But he said to me, 'Don't do that! I am a fellow servant with you and with your fellow prophets and with all who keep the words of this scroll. Worship God!'"
Also, if God sends an angel to guard us an protect us, as social and as kind as we may feel, ought we try to contact an angel? Put bluntly, no, we should not. Understand this - 2nd Corinthians 11:14 -15 says, "And no wonder, for Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness."
We are told in Isaiah 14, Ezekiel 28, and several other places that Satan (Lucifer) is a fallen, corrupted angel. When he uses his pre-fallen form as a disguise to lure people away from God, he is not to be trusted. I have mentioned this many a time, regarding the "being of light" that people see in Near-Death Experiences. More often than not, the being that claims that "all paths lead to me, there is no Hell, no demons, no Satan," is Lucifer himself, who plucked the soul from their body to create a faux reality of light where he leads these people astray, only to be sent back to tell the world of their experiences, and lead others astray.
This is not the case for each NDE, but for most, it is. The fact of the matter is, we should not raise the importance of angels above God, and since fallen angels can easily use the guise of a "good angel," we ought to speak directly to God, and not to the angels. If you would like to speak with angels, you will have plenty of time in eternity. Though different encounters from different people across the globe may say differently about conversing with angels, that is what God's Word says.
Overall, do we have Guardian Angels? Scripture seems to indicate so, yes. But that does not mean we should try to learn all things angel-related. What it does mean is that we should trust in the Lord to protect us, and that we may pray for protection, to be surrounded and protected.
I thank you for taking the time to read this entry of "The Truth." Feel free to comment below, email email@example.com, or, as always, visit the facebook page. If you do comment, I would ask to keep the discussion civil, if possible. Take care, and may God bless you. Troy Hillman