Summary: The past few years has produced many books about angels.Most of the things that we believe about angels have been told to us through hear say, fantasies, and misinformation
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The past few years has produced many books about angels. Not only Christian books but many secular books, trash magazines, and TV shows.
70% of Americans believe in angels. Most of the things that we believe about angels have been told to us through hear say, fantasies, and misinformation.
As we start this study of angels we must put aside what WE think and go to the only authority on angels, THE WORD OF God
There has been reported more and more about encounters with angels and I think that I know the reason.
God works with man in different ways at times called Dispensations.
1. Innocence – God walked and related to Adam one on one.
Ge 3:8 And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.
2. Conscience Gen.3: 24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way to keep the way of the tree of life.
There was no written law and man did what his conscience told him right from wrong.
3. Government. This is where human law was installed.
4. Promise. This is the age that God promised to Abraham a great nation was to come from him.
5. Law. This is the age where God set down rules of worship and conduct.
6. Grace. Jesus and the Holy Spirit dwells with in us to guide and direct us brought the fullness of grace.
7. Divine Government. This is the age to come and God will again dwell with His people. Angels of all kinds, Cherubim,
Seraphim, and a Varity of others work and dwell in this dispensation.
These Dispensations are not set up on a certain day and then the next dispensation starts, IT IS A BLENDING OF BOTH DISPATIONS FOR A PERIOD OF TIME.
We know a dispensation is about 2000 years. I believe we are the people that are going to see the Kingdom dispensation come in.
Matt.24: 36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only
We don’t know when the age of Grace started, the birth of Jesus, the Death of Jesus, the day of Pentecost, the Jewish calendar, the solar calendar, all these things are debated among Bible scholars but I know Israel was made a country in 1948 and Jesus said The generation that sees it happen will not die until they see it.
Jesus said no one knows the day, but He says we can know the season.
I believe the reason angel encounters are becoming apparent to even the world is that we are approaching a new way God is going to deal with man.
I. The Purpose of Angels.
Heb.1:13 But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool?
14 Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?
Angels are sent to minister to heirs of salvation.
Angel ministry is for OUR protection .
The angels minister in the spiritual realm where most of our problems come from. We are not in a battle with flesh and blood but principalities and powers in the spiritual realm.
Daniel was praying and was not getting an answer and he did not know why. An Angel showed up and told Daniel there was a war in the spiritual realm.
The Service they render: protection or deliverance in time of trouble:
II Kings 6:15-17. “And when the servant of the man of God arose early and went out, there was an army, surrounding the city with horses and chariots. And his servant said to him, ‘Alas my master! What shall we do?’ Elisha answered, ‘Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.’ And Elisha prayed, and said, ‘Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.’ Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.”
(Dan. 6:21-22). “Then Daniel said to the king, ‘O king, live forever! My God sent His angel and shut the lions mouths, so that they have not hurt me.”
Acts 12:7 “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.”.