Recently, I have made a short study of the subject of THE ANGELS. I find that it is one of the most important and most-often spoken of subjects in the Bible. I also have come to the conclusion that, most of the time, we read right across the word angel and never realize the importance of its usage...
This is particularly true in the book of [The Revelation]. The angels play a significant part in the story as told by John.
There are angels of power, angels that bring messages, and guarding and guiding angels. There are archangels and strong angels.
First [just to get an idea as to the power of the angels]: When David had seriously violated the command of God, there appeared an angel, and almost 70.000 people died! [Read 2 Sam. 24:1-6].
In [The Revelation we are told that four angels stood at the four corners of the earth and stopped the wind from blowing! [See Rev. 7:1] Tremendous power, is it not? And then, think of the power that God gave Christ; "...power over all flesh." Then, when the people came to take Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane to crucify Him, Peter took a sword and cut off the ear of the high priest's servant. but Jesus rebuked him and told him that His Father could send to Him "twelve legions of angels."
"Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?" [Mat. 26:53].
A legion is up to 12,000 men, if four angels could stop the wind from blowing all over the world, how much power do you suppose [144,000] angels could have?]
There is a common thought that every person, particularly every child of God, has an angel, especially dispersed by God to watch over and guide and guard him all of his life, and there are scriptures to support this thought... Psa. 34:7 for one.
There are angels of mercy, angels of love, angels of praise, angels of power, angels of glory, angels that administer the wrath of God, angels that tell great messages, and so the list goes on.
In Heb. 1:4, we are told that Christ was made "so much better than the angels...," and in Heb. 2:7, we are told that God made man "...a little lower than the angels..."
Throughout the Bible, every major announcement was made by an angel. The angel appeared to Moses out of the burning bush. An angel, Daniel said, shut up the mouth of the lions. The king said an angel protected the three Hebrews when he was about to sacrifice his son, and told him of the ram caught in the bushes.
Ministers cannot perform natural miracles as the angels do, but I feel sure that, when they bring the message of truth in the gospel of Jesus Christ, that within itself, is a miracle. Also, if the people who hear these messages take them and use them, the gospel of Christ will bring a miracle into their lives.
Suppose you read your Bible and find out more about the angels. It will do you good and make you happy in the Lord.
From The Christian Baptist, March 1995
By Elder Afton Richards
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Volume 70 - Number 2 | February 2002