People are always wondering and asking, "Are angels real? Are there really angels in heaven? How about on earth?" There's some exciting news for you. Take a moment and learn God's answers to your questions about angels! Let's get started.
Please read Hebrews 1:3-14 before starting GraspingGod.com's free Bible study lessons, Angels in Heaven, #1.06.
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Preliminary Bible Study Questions:
1) Are angels real?
2) What are some things that angels do for the Lord?
3) Will you meet angels at your death?
Reality of Angels
Are angels in heaven? Are they real? YES! Angels are real creatures - it's a fact. If you believe the Bible is God's Word then you'll easily believe in angels. They are mentioned over 100 times in the Old Testament and 165 times in the New Testament!
The Bible is loaded with accounts that include real live angels in heaven and on earth. Some of the angels are good and some are bad in character. They are created beings and all of them were created to praise and serve God.
The name angel actually means "messenger" and they're created by God, which implies that the Lord has a message to send. We need to pay attention to angels, but more importantly to the message they bring.
Are angels in heaven? Of course, and there are millions roaming the
earth all around you, too. I've personally never witnessed an angel for
certain. Wish I had, but not yet. Maybe the Lord will send one to me
now and show me what an angel looks like. I'll snap a pic if I can get
the phone out of my pocket!
Some of these originally pure angels chose to rebel against God - a sad story, which we'll talk about for a minute.
We shouldn't allow our imaginations and discussions of angels to go beyond the biblical accounts. The reason is that there are good and bad angels. There are good angels in heaven and bad angels on earth and in hell. Unsuspecting people can be easily fooled by a bad angel with a false message (Jude 1:6) - it often happens.
We're warned by God to biblically discern messages from these fallen angels (aka demons).
The fallen angels are deceivers doing Satan's work and they can definitely deceive us - ANY of us. Falling for their lies usually ends up wrecking our faith.
False religions and idolatry all have their origins in demonic workings (1 Corinthians 12:1-2). King Nimrod was the world's first known sorcerer, operating out of Babylon (Genesis 10:8-12). Noah's grandson was a master at using fallen angels to create magic acts and perform dark miracles. Hidden, dark satanic worship in today's culture still look back to King Nimrod as their father. See the Book of Enoch for more details.
Finally, bad angels can be dangerously toyed with and eventually cost someone their opportunity of salvation (1 Timothy 4:1-2). You won't find these bad angels in heaven, for sure.
You'll notice there aren't many pictures of angels because of the serious nature of this topic. There is already too much garbage on the internet that glorifies angels. We're forbidden by the Scriptures to practice the veneration of spiritual beings, other than God.
Let's return to the good angels in heaven who remain in fellowship with God. I'll list some facts about the angels' nature and being:
The history of Jesus Christ would be incomplete without discussing his servants, the angels in heaven. He created them for the purposes of God, so they must be included in this study. Let's take a look at some of their tasks.
Angels specifically work through the world's governments - YES, both good and bad angels are at work in our world's governments! Michael, the archangel, watches over and guards Israel, God's chosen nation (Daniel 12:1). Angels also watch over the gentile nations (Daniel 4:17).
They can easily influence the government leaders of those nations (Daniel 10:21; 11:1). The angels will also distribute God's wrath upon the evil nations of the world (see Revelation chapters 8,9,16). There's a spiritual war happening right now, with battles for kingdoms, lands, and the nations' peoples; and the angels are the warriors in this historical battle.
Angels in heaven serve God by sending messages of pending judgments to unbelievers (Genesis 19:13; Revelation 14:6-7). They actually inflict the punishment upon disobedient humans (Acts 12:23; Rev 16:1).
And the angels will finally separate the righteous from the wicked on judgment day (Matthew 13:39-40).
Angels help us in many ways (Hebrews 1:14). They've helped the Lord communicate heavenly truths to humanity for centuries and will continue into the future (Daniel 7:15-27; Revelation 1:1; 22:6). The angels from heaven also help true Christians in these ways:
I personally believe the first thing you will see as you take your last breath will be an angel - and, here's a passage on this idea (Luke 16:22). Again, this is an opinion with little evidence and only one person's sense of the initial post-death experience.
If you're "in Christ" at death you'll be visited by good angels; but, if not, well, you'll probably experience a couple fallen angels (2 Peter 2:4), or even the angel of death, who will escort you to the outer darkness.
Again, this is serious business and you don't want to gamble with your soul. Give your life to Christ today and let the angels throw a celebration in heaven just for YOU!
Whatever you do, don't get caught up in some strange fascination of angels, because they're not Jesus Christ. He is greater than the angels and a very jealous God. But, you're encouraged to call upon a ministering angel when you have no other option.
Remember, when in distress, cry out to God - believing - that he can and will send you help.
Angels are strong and glorious and will leave you speechless if you happen to meet one. The angels tell shocked people "Fear not!" (Luke 2:10) and "No! Don't worship me!" (Revelation 19:10). Respect them, listen closely to their message, but do NOT bow down in worship.
With that said, always know that you should practice the golden rule, because you never know when you could be meeting and hosting angels from heaven (Hebrews 13:2). Wow!
We have an absolutely amazing God who loves his creation. Once your faith is placed in him you'll be transformed into a new creature who knows your God (2 Corinthians 5:17). Your fears of death and the great unknown will vanish as you gain confidence in God's Word. Faith replaces doubt. Confidence replaces fear, and love possesses your soul.
Take care 'til next time. See ya tomorrow.
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Bible Study Questions:
1) How can you protect yourself against falling into bad doctrine brought by bad angels?
2) Will knowledge of the fact of angels change how you watch nations and their leaders at work?
3) What are the possibilities that you will encounter angels after you take your final breath?
Inspirational Bible Verses:
"If you make the Lord your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter, no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home. For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go." Psalm 91:11
Absence of proof is not proof of absence. Michael Crichton
Faith is deliberate confidence in the character of God whose ways you may not understand at the time. Oswald Chambers
Faith is the refusal to panic. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Beside each believer stands an angel as protector and shepherd leading him to life. Basil the Great
Whether or not each believer has a single angel assigned to him for his defense, I dare not positively affirm. John Calvin
An angel can illumine the thought and mind of man by strengthening the power of vision, and by bringing within his reach some truth which the angel himself contemplates. Thomas Aquinas
Prayers of Thanksgiving:
Dear Lord Jesus, Your angels are amazing and we praise you for ministering to us through your heavenly angels. Please protect us from falling victim to the hellish fallen angels. Keep us strong, God, keep us focused on You and your Word. Amen.
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