#39 I Believe in Angels (part 2)

15 May 1999

"For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, neither angel, nor spirit: but the Pharisees confess both"-Acts 23:8 Inhabitants of a spiritual realm, unobserved by the natural eye, except when they desire to be seen and heard, we will find our angel friends. In that unseen world, they are busy creatures delivering messages, assisting God's people in battles, and supporting and strengthening the hands of those who labor for God. Jacob observed angels in the waste howling wilderness, "And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it"-Genesis 28:12. Here we have a beautiful picture God's providential hand, involving Himself in the affairs of this world by His angelic host. I am made to wonder how many events in the history of man have been carried out according to God's design and purpose by the labors of these creatures. One attribute that humans share with angels is that of individuality. Just as every person has a separate and distinct identity, so do angels. For this reason, they have names. We know of the names of at least two angels: Gabriel and Michael. These names appear in both the Old and New testament and are recorded by men who lived hundreds of years apart. For this reason alone, who could doubt the inspiration of scripture? Who could doubt the validity of angels!? As we observe the span of time between these writings, it would be logical to assume that angels do not age, nor do they know death. It was around B.C. 600 when Gabriel touched Daniel and gave him understanding from God, "Yea, whiles I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation. And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, O Daniel, I am now come forth to give thee skill and understanding."-Dan 9:21-22. It would be approximately 600 years later that this same angel would appear unto Zacharias bearing the message of the forthcoming birth of his son: John the Baptist(Luke 1:19). Gabriel was also entrusted with another great message. He spoke unto Mary the wondrous message of her immaculate conception of Christ(Luke 1:26-28). The angel Michael is mentioned three times in the book of Daniel, once in the book of Jude and once in the book of Revelation, appearances 600 years apart. Michael is a mighty warrior; a commander in chief. Every time we read of him we observe his valiant stand for the honor of God and the safety of God's people(Dan 10:13;12:1;Rev 12;7). Another attribute we share with angels is the desire to worship the Lord. Angels enjoy a worshipful life in heaven and desire to worship with us as we gather together and look into "the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into"-I Peter 1:12. When the truth of God's word, and the victory of Jesus Christ is proclaimed, even the angels are edified. The proclamation of truth is a spiritual magnetism. Surely, angels have gathered together with us in our solemn assemblies many times that we knew it not! But let us always remember: Angels are not objects of worship. Only God should hold such a reverential position in our hearts. John was rebuked by an angel that he attempted to worship, "And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things. Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God"-Rev 22:8-9. As we said in our previous article, so we say again: "If you believe in angels, you are in good company." John records his observance of angels time and time again in his book of Revelation. Peter was delivered from the fetters, chains, and prison by an angel(Acts 12:7-9) Cornelius saw an angel(Acts 10:3-7). And we could go on and on of the eyewitness accounts of angels recorded in the Book of Books. For these reasons, we should all confess: "I believe in angels." Come to worship with us at HARMONY PRIMITIVE BAPTIST CHURCH, at Donaldson, where God is sovereign and salvation is by His abundant and amazing grace. Services begin at 10:30 a.m. each Sunday morning. Phone 501-337-1115. by His Grace, Neil Phelan, Jr., Pastor.