Updated: Jan 18
Angels - one of my favorite topics of the Bible after Jesus and Miracles, It is clear that I am hopelessly in love with the supernatural. With all the desperate unbelief in the world, It is so easy to fall into the class of people who view the ministry of angels as nonexistent and if you have fallen within this classification of people I want you to open your heart as you study this topic - I want you to get ready for an encounter because as you begin to know more and understand more, you begin to see angels work in and around you.
We see the Bible record over 50 scriptures about angels, which is a lot for us to ignore, and yes we all know that angels are not to be worshipped, we see this in Revelations 22:8-9, the angel distinctively told the Apostle John to worship God only, also mentioning that he is a fellow servant of the Lord like John.
“Revelations 22:8-9 I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I heard and saw, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who showed me these things. But he said to me, “Do not do that. I am a fellow servant of yours and of your brethren the prophets and of those who heed the words of this book. Worship God.”
However, this does not stop us from having a closer look at angels and most importantly partnering with angels to bring to pass the will of God in and around us. I have to outline that we have seen a huge focus on demons and I’d like to ask you - what exactly are demons? Demons are fallen angels and the focus of the world has been on them, our prayers have been centered around casting them out and I believe it is time we shift focus to what is right to see how God has not stopped moving in our lives by sending us angelic assistance.
There is a golden tapestry throughout scripture where we see angels come into the lives of men and women and this golden thread has hugely been to offer assistance, to deliver messages from the Lord, to bring revelation, and for protection amongst many other things. Hebrews 1:14 says Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation? And Psalm 91:11 says For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. We can ascertain from these scriptures that Angels are sent for us to bring the will of the father to pass.
In order to have a grasp about angels - how they move, how they work, what they do, and what they look like, we need to scour the scriptures for them and trust me when you start opening your eyes to a few scriptures about them you will see that even at the creation of the universe they were present. They hold ancient knowledge and the supernatural dimension is one of their characteristics.
We always associated angels with cupid - remember that chubby baby angel with the arrow that caused you to fall hopelessly in love? but when you start looking at scripture you tend to see that in some instances angels take the form of normal human beings. We read of 3 angels in Genesis 18:1 – 33 that came to visit Abraham to tell him about the birth of their son, the text is explicit to say 3 men came to Abraham and they dined with him and delivered the message.
Again the Lord appeared unto him in the plain of Mamre, as he sat in his tent door about the heat of the day.2 And he lifted up his eyes, and looked: and lo, three men stood by him, and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself to the ground.3 And he said, Lord, if I have now found favor in thy sight, go not, I pray thee, from thy servant. - Genesis 18: 1 – 31
In this narration, we see that the angels appeared as men that could eat and drink, this is the reason we find in Hebrews 13:2 that we should entertain strangers because it may just be an angel.
Hebrews 13:2 Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it
Your guardian angel can also look like you - we see an account of Peter who was in prison and an angel came to set him free; when Peter arrived to meet with the other brethren, they thought it was his angel instead of Peter.
Acts10: 11-15 Then Peter came to himself and said, “Now I know without a doubt that the Lord has sent his angel and rescued me from Herod’s clutches and from everything the Jewish people were hoping would happen.”12 When this had dawned on him, he went to the house of Mary the mother of John, also called Mark, where many people had gathered and were praying. 13 Peter knocked at the outer entrance, and a servant named Rhoda came to answer the door. 14 When she recognized Peter’s voice, she was so overjoyed she ran back without opening it and exclaimed, “Peter is at the door!”15 “You’re out of your mind,” they told her. When she kept insisting that it was so, they said, “It must be his angel.”
We’ve read a lot of accounts where angels appear and they’ve had to mention the words “Do not fear” because of their sudden appearance and the atmosphere they carry. This has deterred many people from desiring angelic encounters, of course, it will be alarming when somebody just suddenly appears in your room, however, if in your consciousness you expect this kind of supernatural activity the alarm will be less frightening and disconcerting, however, what is beautiful about angels is that they strengthen those they visit, we see this in the account of Daniel whilst in exile.
Daniel 10: 16 – 19 Then one who looked like a man touched my lips, and I opened my mouth and began to speak. I said to the one standing before me, “I am overcome with anguish because of the vision, my lord, and I feel very weak. 17 How can I, your servant, talk with you, my lord? My strength is gone and I can hardly breathe.” 18 Again the one who looked
like a man touched me and gave me strength.
Types of angelic visitations
Messenger Angels - Angels visit us to deliver the Lord's messages, the most famous recorded angelic message delivery was to Mary by Gabriel, we also see a number of passages in scripture where Gabriel is sent to deliver messages - already we can place Gabriel in the class of a messenger angel.
Luke 1: 26”
In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to
Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man
named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel
went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with
Warrior Angels - Angels are sent to fight on our behalf, read the scripture that says the battle is the Lord's, yes it is his battle but have you ever wondered who goes and fights in these battles? God is seated in heaven - those that go out and fight are the heavenly hosts of the Lord. The servant of Elisha was terrified at the King of Arams armies surrounding them but Elisha asked the Lord if he could open his eyes so that he could see the angel armies surrounding them.
2 Kings 2: 16
“Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than
those who are with them.” 17 And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that
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
Deliver solutions and ideas - We often struggle to make ends meet and to multiply what we have when the ministry of angels is at our disposal, don’t get me wrong I am not referring to miracle money here that is a topic for another day, however, the Lord says he gives you the power to make wealth; how does he go about doing that? He does this by giving you ideas giving you solutions and making you a solution for your generation. He assisted Joseph through an angel in a dream to give him a plan on how he can multiply his flock.
Genesis 31: 10
“In breeding season I once had a dream in which I looked up and saw that the male goats mating with the flock were streaked, speckled, or spotted. 11 The angel of God said to me in the dream, ‘Jacob.’ I answered, ‘Here I am.’ 12 And
he said, ‘Look up and see that all the male goats mating with the flock are streaked, speckled or spotted, for I have seen all that Laban has been doing to you. 13 I am the God of Bethel, where you anointed a pillar and where you made
a vow to me. Now leave this land at once and go back to your native land.’”
Warn you about impending trouble – King Harod gave out a decree that all boys under the age of 2 years old should be killed this was after he heard that the prophesied Messiah was born. We see an angel visit Joseph in a dream to warn them to leave Bethlehem for a number of years. I know all of us can do with this type of clear direction in our lives and I am here today to tell you that it is still available to us.
Matthew 2: 13
Now after they had left, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, ‘Get up, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.’ 14Then Joseph* got up, took the child and his mother by night, and went to Egypt, 15and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill
what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet, ‘Out of Egypt I have called my son.’
Provide comfort from the Lord – There are moments where we find ourselves in such deep distresses that we want our lives to come to an end but our God said he has not left us comfortless and without help. Elijah found himself at a point in time where he mentioned to God that he wants to die, but we see a remarkable display of the Lord's mercy and care over him in the book of Kings. He was comforted and offered food of angels that provided him with supernatural strength to fulfill the Lord's assignment upon his life.
1 Kings 19: 3
Elijah was afraid[a] and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there, 4 while he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness. He came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might
die. “I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.” 5 Then he lay down under the bush and fell asleep. All at once an angel touched him and said, “Get up and eat.” 6 He looked around, and there by
his head was some bread baked over hot coals, and a jar of water. He ate and drank and then lay down again. 7 The angel of the Lord came back a second time and touched him and said, “Get up and eat, for the journey is too much for
you.” 8 So he got up and ate and drank. Strengthened by that food, he traveled forty days and forty nights until he reached Horeb, the mountain of God.
With so many examples in scripture, this should give us an idea of the work of angels and we can partner with them today and we do this by speaking the word of God over our lives. Psalm 103:20 says Bless Jehovah, ye his angels, That are mighty in strength, that fulfill his word, Hearkening unto the voice of his word. It is at the word of the Lord that we use to partner with angels, I‘d like to mention that we do not command angels because we are part of one heavenly family (the Kingdom of God) and in one family we do not command each other, however, we commission/authorize angels to bring to pass the will of the Lord, step out in faith and authorize your angels by speaking what God says in his word.
We see in scripture that the angels were either seen physically, others were seen in visions others were seen in dreams. You can get to a level where you see angels all the time where your perception is opened to their realm this is called the seer anointing and it is something I would like for us to touch on as we continue on this journey of knowing God, for now, pray this prayer of activation over yourself.
Thank you Lord that you are a God that said When I seek you I will find you, you say you will show me great and mighty things when I call on you, I call on you today to flood the eyes of my understanding with your light, open me up to newer dimensions in your gory. I thank you Lord as I begin to see more every day, and as I begin to hear more, visit me in the night time that I wake up every morning with revelation. In Jesus mighty name amen.
Chat soon - Shalom