Angels part 2 – important things we need to know about them
by David Leach
They gather wherever the true church is, and many are assigned to individual Christians:
Matt 18:10 (Jesus) Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that in heaven their (guardian) angels always see the face of My Father who is in heaven.
Do we believe and know this, that if we are God’s children, and being led by His Spirit in all our ways (Rom 8:14 and Prov 3:5-6) that we have angels, invisible spirits, assigned by God to us and that they are always with us, day and night, wherever we may go? What causes Angels to act and to minister for those who will inherit salvation?
Prayer: Acts 12:5-7 Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church...Now behold, an angel of the Lord stood by him, and a light shone in the prison; and he struck Peter on the side and raised him up, saying, "Arise quickly!" And his chains fell off his hands. (Angels are God’s instruments for answering believing prayer).
God’s word: Ps 103:20 Bless the LORD, you His angels, Who excel in strength, who do His word, Heeding the voice of His word. (On the Earth God speaks His word through His sons and daughters. Angels are listening to hear Christians speak God’s words, by God’s Spirit, so they may bring those words to pass).
Ps 115:16 The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD's; But the earth He has given to the children of men (man has authority, but who rules the man?)
Luke 11:2 (Jesus) said to them, when you pray (and believe), say, Our Father...Your will be done, on earth (where mostly it isn’t) as it is in heaven (where it is);
Eph 3:10 ...That the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers (ruling demons) in the heavenly places,
In what ways to angels act in response to Prayer and God’s word spoken by Christians?
The word angel means messenger. Angels carry and communicate messages from God to those who love and obey God. But for the most part they cannot be seen or heard by natural sight or hearing. So how do they communicate their messages? Through thoughts:
Matt 1:20 But while he (Joseph) thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream (which are thoughts), saying...
Prov 16:3 Roll your works upon the Lord, commit and trust them wholly to Him; (AMP) He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will (by His angels and His Spirit) so shall your plans be established and succeed.
Our conflict with the powers of evil, Satan and his fallen angels, takes place in our thought lives. 2 Cor 2:11 Lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices (literally thoughts, fallen angels work by thoughts). God’s angels communicate His thoughts to us to keep us from being deceived into believing Satan’s lying thoughts and then stumbling into sin with our words – which are our spiritual feet.
Ps 91:9-12 Because you have made the LORD...your dwelling place...He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways. In their hands (by their words expressed in thoughts) they shall bear you up (keep you from falling), Lest you dash your foot (stumble in the words you speak from your heart) against a stone (thoughts of hardness, doubt or resistance toward God, which thoughts come from Satan, so you won’t become defiled).
Eph 6:12 For we are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood, but against persons without bodies - the evil rulers of the unseen world, those mighty satanic beings...who rule this world (through their thoughts); and against huge numbers of wicked spirits (fallen angels)... TLB
Ps 34:7 The angel of the LORD encamps all around those who fear Him (who love Him, trust Him and delight to obey Him), And delivers them.
Notice who are the ones whom God’s angels are able to protect; those who have made God their dwelling place, that is who no longer live ruled by their human nature or flesh by are now continually under the direction of the Holy Spirit, living “in Christ” – Rom 8:1.
These same angels that minister their thoughts to the heirs of salvation in the spiritual warfare against demons, also have the power to change our natural circumstances:
Acts 5:19-20 But at night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and brought them out, and said, "Go, stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this life (because I am not ordained to do that)."
Acts 12:11-12 ...He (Peter) said, "Now I know for certain that the Lord has sent His angel, and has delivered me from the hand of Herod...he came to the house of Mary...where many were gathered together praying.
1 John 5:18-19 We know that no child of God keeps on sinning, for the Son of God keeps him safe (by use of His angels), and the Evil One cannot harm him. We know that we belong to God even though the whole world is under the rule of the Evil One (and keeps them from God by his thoughts). TEV
At the end of this age Angels will separate the world and in turn be judged by God’s saints.
Matt 13:49 (Jesus) So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come forth, and separate the wicked from among the righteous,
Matt 24:28 For wherever the carcass (body) is, there the eagles will be gathered.
Matt 24:31 ...His angels...will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
1 Cor 6:2-3 Or do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world is to be judged by you, are you incompetent to try trivial cases? Do you not know that we are to judge angels? How much more, then, matters pertaining to this life! ESV
And who are God’s saints or sanctified ones? Those who have allowed Him to separate them from the power of sin and keep them righteous; who have consecrated their entire lives in surrender to Him, and who are progressively being conformed into the likeness of Jesus Christ, in holiness. Those His angels have had charge over to keep us from all evil.