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  • Writer's pictureDebra Pauli

Graceful Perseverance: Angels All Around Us - 03/17/24

Welcome to this week's Blog Café. This week I'm sharing what I've learned about "Angels," who they are, what most people don't realize about angels, and where can we find angels in the Old and New Testament. I find what I've learned about angels brings me a sense of peace and protection, another layer of protection God has orchestrated in my life to protect me when I am in danger, even when I don't realize danger is right in front of me.

In today's blog I cover the "angelic order" of six different types of angels that can be found in scripture in the Old and the New Testament that supports each angel and their role:

In the Old Testament, angels are mentioned 108 times. One example in the Old Testament is biblical angels are known to intercede in the lives of the elders, such as Abraham and Jacob in the book of Genesis1-50 (NKJV).

Also in the Old Testament, Moses encountered angels during the time of wandering in the wilderness. We can find this in the Book of Exodus 14:19 (NKJV) - And the Angel of God, who went before the camp of Israel, moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud went from before them and stood behind them.

We also learn in the writings of Moses, the word "Angel" appears 32 times. The angels of God are also introduced in the scriptures and noted as the "hosts of Heaven." Do you believe angels are real beings? I don't believe they are "mystical or dreamy" figures as some would claim. I believe if angels are in the Bible, it's intended for all of us to gain this knowledge and understanding of each of them, their ranks and their purpose. I believe they also have the ability to draw our attention to Almighty God due to their power, strength and ever so presence. Maybe that's God's ultimate purpose for angels, to draw us closer to Him.

Do you believe these angels have a spiritual nature that has a direct impact in the physical world or just the spiritual world? I believe they have a dual purpose in both worlds. Just because we cannot see the "spiritual world" due to heavenly and demonic realms are hidden from us, doesn't mean these angels don't exist, or don't have an important role in our lives.

Angels are all around us every day. If angels are a means of protection for us, we must not deny their impact in our lives. Just because humans do not, cannot see angels, doesn't mean that angels of God or "heavenly angels" are not behind the scenes observing us and protecting us in our daily lives. Or, could it be that they are even more present than behind the scenes in our lives? I believe God does call on his heavenly angels to serve a specific purpose in our lives. Many people struggle with "If I can't see it or touch it, it must not be real." I believe this is a misconception, and a deterrent from what the Bible tells us about angels. Think of it this way. Can you see the wind? Can you feel the wind? Can you see which direction the wind came from or which direction the wind is going? No, you can't, but you still believe in the wind right, even though you can't see it or touch it.

I believe in my studies of angels; they have a profound attribute worth noting compared to humans. They are truly "invincible." And, there is also a major difference between demons and angels. It is ONLY the hosts of heaven, these angelic angels, the only ones who surpass humans in strength, as in the days of Moses.

Psalm 103:20-21 (NKJV) shows us "Bless the Lord, you His angels, Who excel in strength, who do His word, Heeding the voice of His word. Bless the Lord, all you His hosts, You ministers of His, who do His pleasure."

Here's another biblical story of angels, a prophecy not yet fulfilled. This prophecy is one of the visions God showed John. How many of us know this prophecy? There will be a time when a war breaks out in heaven? Yes, there will be a battle between the hosts of heavenly angels, with Satan and his angels. Archangel Michael will lead the battle, and God will use his angels to face Satan (the dragon) and his army of angels. Satan (the dragon) of course will lose this battle, and it will be determined that there is no more place in heaven for Satan (the dragon) and his fallen angels. No more will there be a place in heaven for him. Revelation 12:7-9 tells us "And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast our with him.

I think we can safely and confidently say that in any conflict, great or small, that God's hosts of heavenly angels will always succeed and conquer, destroying the opponent entirely. Angels do not fail at the mission God has assigned them. There is nothing that can rise against them or defeat them. There are no other entities that can match their strength. We can rely on them as our guards, angelic protectors of the redeemed. Isn't this comforting and reassuring for all of us?

The host of heavenly angels not only surpasses all in physical strength, but they also gleam intelligence. The heavenly angels are also of different ranks referred to as "legions," as I mentioned above in the list. The word "legion" was a Roman military word to describe their armies and their ranks. In Matthew 26:53 (NKJV) we see this relating to 6,000 soldiers - "Or do you think that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He will provide Me with more than twelve legions of angels?" This scripture shows us that this would have been the largest group of angels.

In reference to the "rankings" of angels, we know by scripture that "Cherubim" are the first of the angelic order. These angels appeared right after Adam and Eve's fall from grace in the garden. Genesis 3 tells us about the events in the garden. As a result of disobeying God's commands, Adam and Eve were removed from their earthly paradise, and a Cherubim angel was placed at the east end of the garden to guard and protect the tree of life. Genesis 3:24 (NKJV) - "So He drove out the man; and He placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life."

New Testament References to Angels:

Michael is the chief hero of God. And Gabriel means the mighty one of God, the Messenger - Daniel 8:15-16 (NKJV). In the Old Testament we see Gabriel's ministry in connection to the kingdom. He is also in the New Testament concerned with the King. Luke 1:11 (NKJV), Zacharias was in the temple waiting for the Lord, when an angel appeared before him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense. This angel was Gabriel, "I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of the God and I have been sent to speak to you and tell you the good news.? Angels, Michael and Gabriel, have single names. Most of us have heard many names that describe Lucifer and his evil character, i.e. Devil, Satan, the evil one. John 17:15 tells us - "I do not pray that You should take them out of this world, but that You should keep them from the evil one."

The book of Revelation has also assigned the evil one additional name, such as - the great dragon, the old serpent, the destroyer, the accuser, and the deceiver. There are several minor categories of angels mentioned in the Bible as well. For example, "holy ones and watchers."

Old Testament References to Angels:

Isaiah 14:12 - We also learn the original name of the angel Satan - "Morning Star, Son of the Dawn, who will be cast down to the earth." He will lose his lofty place in heaven. Lucifer will descend from the Father's divine grace. So, where does he operate today? Today he can go from heaven to earth, TO and FRO, but only for a short time. Our Lord describes him as Lucifer, the prince of this world. John 12:31 - "Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out." This scripture shows us that this land (earth) is under the authority of Lucifer, but rest assured, only for a short time.

Scripture proves Scripture: Supporting Scripture

  • Exodus 14:19

  • Psalm 103.20

  • Revelation 12:7-9

  • Matthew 26:53

  • Genesis 3:24

  • Exodus 25:18-20

  • Isaiah 6:1-2, 6:3, 6:5-7, 14:12

  • Revelation 15,19

  • Daniel 4:13, 4:17, 4:23, 10:13,10:21,12:1

  • Isaac 6:3

  • Jude 9

  • Luke 1:11, 1:19, 1:27, 1:31-32

  • John 12:31

I hope you've enjoyed the topic of angels this week, as much as I have enjoyed studying scripture and sharing this knowledge with you.

Blessings until next week my brothers and sisters,

Debra M. Pauli

Unstoppable Believer

Scripture Quotes: Holy Bible: New International Version (NIV) / New King James Version (NKJV) / English Standard Version (ESV)

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