Although angels are rarely mentioned in today's Churches, they appear throughout the Bible, and there are many present-day reports of angels carrying messages and delivering God’s people from harm.
According to polls, over 70 percent of Americans believe in angels, and more than 30 percent have seen one.
Created by God:
"For by Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by Him and for Him"(Col 1:16).
The Bible also tells us that we may not recognize the ones we come in contact with," (Heb 13:2).
Not only could the angels who visited Abraham walk and talk like men, but they also washed their feet, rested, and ate the food that had been prepared for them.
"He said, if I have found favor in your eyes, my lord, do not pass your servant by. Let a little water be brought, and then you may all wash your feet and rest under this tree.
Let me get you something to eat, so you can be refreshed and then go on your way - now that you have come to your servant. Very well, they answered, do as you say"(Gen 18:4-5).
What do Angels do?
They protect God's people: Protected Daniel when he was in the "lion's den."
"...and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me because I was found innocent in his sight. Nor have I ever done any wrong before you, O king, "(Daniel 6:22).
Bring messages: Announced to Mary that she would give birth to Jesus.
"In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, (a town in Galilee), to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The Virgin's name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, greetings, you who are highly favored! God is with you," (Luke 1:26-28) 0).
Provide guidance: Guided the "Children of Israel" in their escape from Egypt. "Then the angel of God, who had been traveling in front of Israel's army, withdrew and went behind them. The pillar of cloud also moved from in front and stood behind them,"(Exodus 14:19)
Bring punishment: God gave David three choices. Each was a form of punishment that He had told His people they could expect if they disobeyed His laws. David wisely chose to cast himself upon God's mercy.
"So the Lord sent a plague on Israel from that morning until the end of the time designated, and seventy thousand of the people from Dan to Beersheba died.
When he stretched out his hand to destroy Jerusalem, the Lord was grieved because of the calamity and said to the one who was afflicting the people, 'Enough! Withdraw your hand'..." (2 Sam 24:15-16).
Fight the forces of evil - such as when the king of Aram had sent a strong army of men and chariots to capture Elisha.
"And Elisha prayed, 'O Lord, open his eyes so he may see.' Then the Lord opened the servant's eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha," (2 Kings 6:17), also (Rev 20;1).
Some angels are good, and some are evil. The evil ones are allied with Satan and have considerably less power than the good ones belonging to God, especially the Archangels.
"And there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven.
The great dragon was hurled down - that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray," (Rev 12:7).
The Messengers of God are powerful, loyal and devoted to Him. They do only what is good and right in His eyes; they never do evil. The opposite is true of the evil ones belonging Satan.
Although God's Angels are majestic spiritual beings that help carry out His work on earth, we are instructed not to worship them. (Col 2:18
Why is it so difficult for our educators and society, in general, to understand that love and respect for one another taught from a young age can solve much of the world's hostility and social problems!
"Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it" (Prov 22:6).
Love is the answer!
True loyalty springs from the heart and is wrapped in love. It is often in our most private moments that true loyalty, or the lack of it, is made known.
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