Angels, Part 3 by Allan McGuirl
Today we carry on with our study of angels. So far we have discovered that all angels were created by God, even before the creation of the world. We are also aware that Satan is a fallen angel. He was the most beautiful and powerful of all the angels God created. His pride and stated intention to usurp God’s authority ended in his being cast out of heaven, along with all the angels who supported him. He is now the prince of this world, the prince of darkness, the great deceiver, and the father of lies, whose sole purpose is to bring destruction to God’s plan of salvation for mankind. He and his demons, the angels who fell with him, will face final judgment, as we read in the book of Revelation.
Now today let’s look at some of the features about angels that perhaps you were not aware of and see what we can learn. Angels are created beings. Colossians 1:16 says, “For in Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through Him and for Him.” Psalm 104:4 tells us they are spirit beings and Luke 20:35 and 36 tells us they are eternal beings. Jesus says, “But those who are considered worthy of taking part in the age to come and in the resurrection from the dead will neither marry nor be given in marriage, and they can no longer die; for they are like the angels…” Again in Matthew 22:30, Jesus says, “At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven.”
Another interesting fact is that angels are numerous. Daniel, in his vision in Daniel 7:10, tells us, “A river of fire was flowing, coming out from before Him. Thousands upon thousands attended Him; ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him. The court was seated, and the books were opened.” Again in Matthew 28:53, Jesus says, “Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and He will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels?” And in Hebrews 12:22 we read, “But you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly.”
Did you know that the angels take an interest in people? Yes, in the affairs of men! Let’s take a look at an interesting event where a real angel visits Daniel, the same Daniel who was thrown into the lion’s den. However, I believe this event could have been even more startling to Daniel than being thrown into the lion’s den. It takes place in the third year of Cyrus the king of Persia. You will likely want to read this chapter, and perhaps the whole book of Daniel, after you hear this.
Daniel 10:1 says that Daniel received a message concerning a great war from a spirit being in a vision. He was fasting and praying because he was extremely troubled by things God had revealed to him, things that would happen on this earth. In his vision, Daniel is standing on the bank of the Tigris River where an angel stands before him dressed in linen and a belt of gold around his waist. His body is like chrysolite, a transparent covering of precious stones having many colours. His face was like lightning, his eyes flaming torches, and his arms and legs gleamed like burning bronze. His voice was like the sound of a multitude. Although Daniel had others with him, they couldn’t see the vision, but fled in terror. As Daniel took in this great vision, his strength left him, his face turned deathly pale, and he became helpless. But then the angelic being spoke to him, and as he listened, he fell into a deep sleep. The angel told Daniel not to be afraid. At this point, I think, how could you not be afraid?!
Then the angel went on to explain to him things that will happen in the future. Daniel was bowed down to the ground; he was speechless and could hardly breathe. The angel touched Daniel and imparted strength to him as he continued the revelation. The angel was aware of Daniel’s state and graciously encouraged and strengthened him. Daniel knew what it was to fight spiritual battles, where our “struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (Ephesians 6:12)
Probably, apart from Revelation, Daniel is the most prophetic book. Many detailed prophecies regarding the Babylonian Empire, the Medo-Persian Empire, the Greek conquest, and the rise of the Roman Empire are prophesied distinctly. These prophecies are detailed and vivid, spoken hundreds of years before they actually took place. Many people have attempted to discredit this book by saying it was written much later in time. However, for the one who knows of the power of God, it is not at all surprising that God would reveal these truths to Daniel for our benefit many years later. This makes the accounts of his visions and meetings with angels (he encountered them on several occasions) all the more astounding.
Perhaps some of you have had spiritual battles of your own. It is so important to know that although the forces of evil are great, our God is greater still. Greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world. As Romans states, “Where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.” God has His angels, messengers of light, working throughout this world on behalf of His people. So, as Deuteronomy 31:6 instructs us, we can “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.”