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God charges his angels to perform his judgment in different situations. Look at Genesis Chapter 19, we read how two angels came to warn Lot to leave the city of Sodom. They cause blindness to come upon the men of the city (Genesis 19:11). They were sent by God into Sodom to destroy the city (19:13). God gives his angels certain instructions on how to carry out his orders. He told the Angels not to touch the city until Lot escapes the city (Genesis 19:22).
In 2 Samuel 24 we learn that God sent his angel to cast the judgment of seven years of famine upon Israel after David numbers his people. Seventy thousand men died because of David’s sin.
One day God will tell his angels to separate the wicked from the just and will cast them into the lake of fire (Matthew 13:41, 49).
Some angels will carry out God’s judgment (Revelations Chapter 8, 9, 16). Revelations Chapter 7 talks about how they control the wind. One angel in Revelations 7:2 is described as being a leader of the other angels and he has the seal of God. One angel having a sharp sickle thrust it upon the earth and gathers the vine or God’s people.
Some Angels act as protectors. They tell God’s people what they need to hear. Genesis 22:11, an Angel stops Abraham from killing his son as a sacrifice. Some angels are here to protect us. In Psalms 91:11 the Bible tells us, “For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.” In Luke 4:10-11 it says, “For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee: And in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.”
In Exodus 23:20, God tells Moses that he send his Angel to protect him on his journey to Caanan. The Bible says: “Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared.” We learn that in Daniel Chapter Six, that God sent his angel to shut the mouth of the Lion so it would not harm Daniel. God protects his people that obey him. Daniel 3:28 says God sent his angel to protect Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego from the fiery furnace. The king, Nebuchadnezzar had ordered them thrown into a hot furnace that was seven times hotter than normal.
In Matthew 26:53 we learn that Jesus could have called twelve legions of angels to come and protect him. In that time, a Roman legion was composed up of 6000 men. Psalms 103:20 tells us that angels are strong and excel in strength.
Some Angels are messengers and tell different people what they need to know. An Angel tells Hagar to return to the house of Abraham and Sarai and be submissive unto them. Then he tells her that she will have a son, and tells her to name him, Ishmael (Genesis 16:11).
An angel tells Manoah and his wife that she will have a child. He instructs them about what she should do while she is carrying the child. He tells them that they should not cut his hair. He tells them that the child will later deliver Israel out of the hands of the Philistines. We find out later that this child was named Samson.
In the four gospels of the Bible, angels told Mary and the disciples that Jesus had risen from the dead. To read about this, you can go to Matthew Chapter 28, Mark Chapter 16, Luke Chapter 24 or John.
One Angel was sent to Gideon to tell him that God was with him and that he could stand against the Midianites (Judges 6:12). The Angel did a miracle in front of Gideon as a sign that God was with him (Judges 6:21).
An angel went to announce the birth of Jesus to different people. Luke 2 tells us that they went and told shepherds about the birth.
Some Angels carry out different functions that God gives them to do. Some Angels are there when we die to escort us into Heaven, if we are his people, saved by his grace. If you are not a believer in Christ, you will not be escorted by the Angels into Heaven but into Hell. Luke 16:19-24 tells us that a poor beggar named Lazarus who was escorted by God’s Angels into Heaven when he died. Then there was a rich man that opened his eyes after death into a place of torment called Hell.
The minister, Billy Graham gave an account of his grandmother when she died. He said that she raised up in her bed right before she died. She was laughing and said that she could see Jesus, her husband that had died earlier, and the Angels. Immediately after that, she laid back down and died.
My maternal grandmother had told my mother before she died that her husband, that had died earlier had visited her. He had asked her if she was ready to die. A few months later, she was given a drug she was allergic to. The doctor gave her something to counteract the drug. My mother pleaded with her to fight to live. She shook her head no and pointed to her engagement ring and pointed upward. She was letting my mother know that she was ready to die. This gave comfort to my mother.
As a nurse, I have seen people that were deathly sick. They seemed to go through a miraculous recovery right before they die. They can raise up in bed. They can talk to you as if there was nothing wrong with them. Then the next day they die. It is hard for me to understand that a person who is about to die can recover so quickly, but I know God is the one who heals. When a person dies they are no longer bound by a humanly body but by a spiritual body.
I have heard other accounts of people who died say that their feet was burning right before they died. It is not a good feeling to know that someone didn’t accept Christ, and that they would end up in a place of torment.
God grants some Angels powers to perform certain things. In Luke 1:20, an Angel made Zacharias dumb and unable to speak until Elisabeth had her baby. This was done because Zacharias didn’t believe that his wife could have a baby because she was of old age.
In Genesis 19:11, Angels caused the men of Sodom to become blind because they were wicked. The men of Sodom wanted to do things to the Angels that was ungodly.
In Jerusalem we know that their was a pool called, Bethesda. An angel would go and allow healing once a season to whomever entered the pool first. So God allows angels to carry out act of healing.
To explain fully about angels, I need to tell you that there are fallen angels which have followed after Satan. They are considered his demons or evil spirits. Satan was once an angel in Heaven. His name was Lucifer and in Isaiah 13:14 tells us why he was cast out of Heaven. The Bible tells us, “For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north.”
Satan can transform into the appearance of an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14). He is a deceiver and he has deceived the nations. He is known as the tempter (Matthew 4:3).
In Jude 1:6, These fallen angels left God to follow after Satan. God has reserved them in everlasting chains under darkness until the day of judgment.
God has control over these fallen angels. He cast them into hell and they are bound by him (2 Peter 2:4).
Revelations 12:9 tells us that Satan or the Devil, deceiveth the whole world and was cast out into the earth with his angels.
They have a destructive nature as seen in Mark 5:4-13. There are many fallen angels as told in Mark 5:9, which described them as Legion, meaning many. Their purpose is to do the work of Satan not God.
Several places in the gospels mention how Jesus or his disciples had to cast out devils from people that were possessed. One man that was mentioned in Mark Chapter Five had several devils in him. This man dwelled among the tombs and he was untamable or unmanageable and he would cry out and cut himself daily. When Jesus approached him, he ran toward him. It showed that the devils knew exactly who Jesus was.
Mark 16, we read of where Mary Magdalene had seven devils in her. Luke refers to these devils as evil spirits.
I hope that this book has given to you some clarification on what Angels are all about and what they are here for. God send his Angels to comfort us in times of sorrow, to protect us in time of trouble, to instruct us about things that God told them, and minister to us when we need it. In this world, everyone looks to evidence to prove something exist. Only a slight few have encounter instances with Angels. They do not leave behind evidence other than what people have testified of.
As a Christian, I have found several times in my life where I felt like Angels were watching over me. I believe I have seen Angels watching me in my car, at my house and felt them at other times. Some did not look like they were there for good. The fallen Angels are all around us. These fallen Angels are working evil throughout the earth. They are causing strife and working to serve Satan’s purpose. I warn you to be on guard. If you are suddenly mad for no reason, ask yourself if this could be the work of Satan.