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I was sitting in a Sunday school class one Sunday morning listening to the teacher pontificate on ’angels’. The subject of angels has always been of great interest to me so I was listening intently and was horrified to hear him say that these heavenly beings were only used as messengers in the bible but since they had no mission on earth today they were no longer here. I couldn’t believe my ears. Angels are not just messengers. They are also warriors, they protect us, they glorify God and they will call the end of time! I hope, with the help of scripture, to set the record straight!

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LUKE 2:8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. 10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. 12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Matthew 28:1 In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. 2 And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. 3 His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:

Angels were close by to celebrate the birth of Christ and when He was crucified, an angel descended from heaven to roll back the stone from the tomb where He was placed. Remember, Christ came from heaven before He was born in flesh; the angels would naturally keep close by Him while He was here on earth. Unlike the Sunday school teacher I mention above, I maintain that every child of God has ministering spirits watching out for them. In Acts 5 when the Apostles were put in prison, the angel of the Lord came at night and opened the prison door and led them out. One of my favorite verses in the bible is Psalms 34:7 ”The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.”

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2 Kings 6:15 And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do? 16 And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them. 17 And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.

In 2 Kings 6, the King of Syria was warring against Israel and each time they would make camp and lie in wait for Israel, Elisha would send word to the King of Israel not to go that way. The King of Syria found out what Elisha was doing and sent down chariots, horses and a great host and surrounded the city where he was. When Elisha’s servant woke up the next morning and saw the army that surrounded the city he asked his master what they were going to do for there was no means of escape. Elisha assured him that they had many more on their side than those that had come out against them. Then he asked the Lord to open the servant’s eyes so he could see the heavenly host waiting on the mountainside. We can’t see what is in the other dimension and sometimes it is probably a good thing, too, for there are not just heavenly beings surrounding us.

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Isaiah 14:12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! 13 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: 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. 15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.

Job 1: 6 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them. 7 And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it. 8 And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? 9 Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought? 10 Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land. 11 But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face. 12 And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.

2 Corinthians 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

When Satan fell from heaven he was followed by other angels. They also now dwell in the other realm. We don’t think of these other beings as being angels but, at one time, that is exactly what they were. The angel named Lucifer decided he wanted to be exalted above God. After they rebelled against God, they were banished from heaven and cast into hell. Hell was not originally made for man but for Satan and his followers. We have a choice as to whom we will follow. We can follow Satan while we live here and let hell be our final resting place when we die or we can follow Jesus now and live in heaven for eternity.

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There are many more scriptures in the bible that support the existence of angels then and now, much too many to print here. If you would like to do a more in-depth study on this subject, you can scroll to the bottom of this page and type the word angel or angels into the ”Search the Bible” box at the bottom of the page. Select the version of the bible you would like to search by clicking on the arrow next to the find button. I prefer the King James Version (KJV). You might also want to do a search on other words such as heavenly hosts, Satan, Lucifer, etc. A good book to read on the subject is ”Angels” by Billy Graham. This book can be purchased from eitherAmazon.com or from ebay.com for a very reasonable price. But, believe me when I say that these creatures still have a ministry on earth today - and not always in the other realm for aren’t we warned in Hebrews 13:2 to ”Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.”

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ANGELS AMONG US

I was walking home from school on a cold winter day
Took a shortcut through the woods,
and I lost my way
It was getting late, and I was scared and alone
Then a kind old man took my hand and led me home.
Mama couldn't see him, but he was standing there,
And I knew in my heart,
He was the answer to my prayers.

Oh I believe there are angels among us
Sent down to us from somewhere up above.
They come to you and me in our darkest hour
To show us how to live, to teach us how to give
To guide us with a light of love.

When life held troubled times,
And had me down on my knees
There's always been someone there
To come along and comfort me
A kind word from a stranger, to lend a helping hand
A phone call from a friend, just to say I understand
And ain't it kind of funny
That at the dark end of the road
Someone lights the way
With just a single ray of hope.

Oh I believe there are angels among us
Sent down to us from somewhere up above.
They come to you and me in our darkest hour
To show us how to live, to teach us how to give
To guide us with a light of love.
They wear so many faces,
Show up in the strangest places
To guide us with their mercy, in our time of need.

Oh I believe there are angels among us
Sent down to us from somewhere up above.
They come to you and me in our darkest hour
To show us how to live, to teach us how to give
To guide us with a light of love.

Angels Among Us... recorded by Alabama
Words and Music by
Becky Hobbs and Don Goodman

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