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January 19, 2022 2:00 am
Angels are largely relegated to the realms of mythology and childhood fantasy. In the message "The Angels of God" from the series 20/20, Skip explores some noteworthy traits that angels have.
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When the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for Joe. It seems to indicate that whenever God made them. They shouted for joy when God made an inhabitable planet mankind on mythology for fantasy continue account scripts top 40 messages on the connect with Skip Heitzigs again to check in the number 28 is the message the angels of God were Skip sheds light on angels. Their purpose and the role concerning you first want to let you know about a unique opportunity to visit the ancient land of the Bible you know there's always something experience in Israel and I'm so excited to let you know that I'm taking another tour group you're in for an incredible time as we travel throughout Israel and experience the culture that's so unique to that country will start on the Mediterranean Sea and head north. Seeing places like Caesarea and Nazareth, the Sea of Galilee and the Jordan River will spend several days in and around Jerusalem and see the Temple Mount Calvary, the garden of Gethsemane and the amount of all and much more.
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Our popular books and so it is with angels. That's why I want to look at the Bible with you to see what the Bible has to say about these very powerful and interesting being so were Hebrews chapter 1, and I want to show you a list of several traits about angels, things they do things they are and I will get a good running start on. It's a short chapter so we can read it altogether.
Hebrews 1 says God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets has in these last days spoken to us by his son, whom he has appointed heir of all things, through whom also he made the worlds who being the brightness of his glory and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become so much better than the Angels as he has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they are too much of the angels did he ever say you are my son, today I have begotten you. And again I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son. But when he again brings the firstborn into the world. He says that all the angels of God worship him and of the angels. He says who makes his angels spirits and his ministers a flame of fire, but to the son he says your throne. Oh God is forever and ever scepter of righteousness is the scepter of your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness. Therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness more than your companions and you Lord in the beginning, laid the foundations of the earth and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you remain, they will all grow old like a garment like a cloak you will fold them up and they will be changed, but you are the same or your years will not fail to which of the angels has he ever said sit at my right hand until I make your enemies your footstool are they not, that is, angels are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation Hebrews chapter 1 is about Jesus but the author compares Jesus Christ the son of God with other beings and angels are mentioned several times in this chapters he compares them to the soap kind of taking our cues from here limitless.
Several traits about angels. First of all, angels are significant. They are significant in God's plan six times in those 14 versus he mentions angels talks about God the father, Jesus the son, and he speaks about angels, all of them as very, very real. 34 books in the Bible talk about angels, 17 in the Old Testament 17 in the New Testament if you were to add up all the times that angels are mentioned, you would have almost 300 specific places were angels are mentioned in the Bible the word angel singular shows up 199 times the plural form angels shows up 93 times almost 300 when we get to the New Testament. It uses a very specific word translated into English angel is the word ongoing loss which literally means one who is dispatched or a messenger and Angel is a messenger is rigorously a messenger of God.
Now that's a word that can refer to any messenger human messenger, but it most often refers to these spiritual beings a certain class of spiritual beings. There are other names that are mentioned in the Bible for these creatures. For example, in Job chapter 1 and chapter 2. These angels are called sons of God in a given that title because angels don't procreate Emma to touch on this again, but they are direct special creations of God and therefore can go by the term sons of God as Job, chapter 1 and two there called in Psalm 89 holy ones are called spirits here a couple of places, verse 14, because the ministering spirits.
Daniel chapter 4 refers to angels as watchers and Ephesians and Colossians call them dominions or principalities or powers or authorities. Then there are special kinds of angels. The Bible talks about cherubim and cherubim were sort of like Special Agent angels, they, they, their task was to guard the entrance to the Garden of Eden.
In the book of Genesis chapter 3. Think of sentries at Buckingham Palace or the Swiss guard in front of the Vatican or the Secret Service guarding the president on the ark of the covenant. There were two cherubim that were carved out with their wings touching in the middle and God said that is the place that I will meet you. That is the place from where I will speak to you, God was seen and called one who dwells between the cherubim that special class of angelic beings. There is another being of angels called Seraphim and the Seraphim steam to provide the background music to heaven. They're the ones crying out holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, the whole earth is filled with his glory. So we have cherubim we have Seraphim and then we have in the book of Revelation. Something called living creatures for living creatures know they may be related. They may be may be one of the cherubim or Seraphim were not sure, but these four living creatures are singled out as unique to come to us in Revelation chapter 5 in Ezekiel chapter 1 what makes them really weird is that they have very unique faces for faces in the face of a lion in the face of an ox the face of a man the face of an eagle time for bids going into all the exegesis of that, but enough to say that there's a lot of different types of angels question is where they come from answer. God made them. God created them. They didn't always exist, so they're not eternal, but they are immortal. That is, God created them and they will never die, they will live forever. So, in Genesis chapter 2 verse one we are told. Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them so God created the heavens and the earth and the angelic beings called the host of heaven know we don't know exactly when they were made. Some speculate they were made before the heavens and the earth were made before the universe. Others figured that they were created between day one in Genesis chapter 1 and two and day six but certainly there were created before the seventh day of creation. When God created human beings on the earth and that is because of the text that I just read, God finished the heavens and the earth and all the host of them so could be. There were made before he made anything else or they were there and got to witness part of the creation, having newly been made in the book of Job, when God interrogates Job at the end of the book is one of the best sections of the book, God says where were you when I created the heavens and the earth and I formed the universe and he said concerning that when the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy. It seems to indicate that whenever God made them. They shouted for joy and got all happy when God made an inhabitable planet and put mankind on so let's say they were just created either way before he created anything else or while he was making the heavens and the earth somewhere between day one and day six something else. According to Jesus, they don't reproduce. They don't procreate. So like you have a daddy angel and a mama Angel have sotalol source a little angels cherubs you know like in the paintings that little babies with wings. Not all I get a special creation by God. Each one individual.
I might even say like snowflakes, snowflakes are unique, one from another unit never see to it like I think God instantly created the angels, and they were all very very unique. But Jesus said this when he was having an argument with the religious leaders of his day and they were talking about the future resurrection and they were trying to trap Jesus with an argument.
And Jesus answered the little argument about the future resurrection by just saying this your ignorant, not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God. But concerning the resurrection in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage as human beings, but are like the angels of God, so God specially made them.
They are immortal but not eternal. It will live forever millimeters Sentinel such do you know that you may have actually met an angel is a no-no. I would have I would've recognized an angel by the wings certainly have never met an angel. Well, you would never recognize it as an angel. The book of Hebrews chapter 13 says, don't forget to show hospitality to strangers for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing I think that one of the reasons we tend to dismiss the idea of angels. Most people do. By the way that I give angels a thought as being real or being in their world is because of all of the Hollywood movies all of the sightings people of had all of the lame caricatures that people have come up with, you know angels always have long robes, Allison on clouds. They always play harps. There always fair skinned and often feminine right always female. That's another part for trade. One man said that his wife reminded him of an angel because she was always up in the air harping about something well in the Bible of these creatures are very, very strong bicycle. For example in the book of Daniel is a warrior angel and the town with the Jewish writings from the past always describe angels as diary beings in one little passage of the Thomas of the essence of angels is fire so one thing we know is they are very very powerful so they're significant in God's plan. That's a first rate. The second trait they are several in number. In verse four, five, six of Hebrews chapter 1 verse 4567 13 and 14 uses the plural angels. Angels, how many angels are there answer.
We don't know a lot would be a good answer all whole lot we don't exactly know how many but let me give you my take on this. There are only three that are identified in the Scripture by name. Number one is Michael. Michael is called interestingly and Archangel arc on the loss some kind of superpower being in rank and Archangel is called attitude verse nine but when Michael shows up in the Old Testament and in the book of Revelation is seen as a protector a warrior protector of a nation the nation of Israel. He is associated specifically with guarding and protecting God's people, the Israelites that's in Daniel chapter 10 and in the book of Revelation chapter 12, another one by name. After Daniel is Gabriel a Gabriel shows up in Daniel chapter 8, and Daniel chapter 9 and in the New Testament, Luke, chapter 2, he seems to be one who's involved in the coming of Jesus Christ. He's one against the announcement to Mary and Joseph that they're going to have a baby and you will call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sin. That is Gabriel.
The first one mentioned is anybody know Lucifer. This is before he fell.
Isaiah chapter 14 is called Lucifer. Lucifer means son of the morning or light bearer or DayStar or shining star Lucifer, son of the morning. How are you fallen from heaven of Lucifer. So those three are mentioned back to the number of angels we don't exactly know how many there are. But do you know that people have guessed how many there.
In fact, I read about one guy in the Middle Ages name Albertus Magnus or Albert the great, he was a philosopher. He was a theologian and he also taught science at the time and he said he knew the precise number and I know you want to know exactly how many angels are so according to Albertus Magnus. There are 399,920,004 have no idea how he calculated that her came up with, but we know there must be a lot because, for example, when God gives the law on Mount Sinai. We are told in Deuteronomy that the Lord came with myriads of his holy ones or angelic beings at the birth of Jesus Christ.
There was a multitude of the angelic hosts or company of angels in Hebrews chapter 12 verse 22. It says that when we worship we worship with an innumerable company of angels, innumerable Number them doesn't mean that you can't have an exact number eventually. But when he saw that is just an innumerable crowd probably closer to the number is Revelation chapter 5, when John sees the vision of the heavenly system and set opposite. Then I looked and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures.
The elders and the number of them was 10,000×10,000, and thousands of thousand.
So at least there are 100 million angels. That's the math there plus thousands of others. So let's just safely guess there are probably millions of angels there innumerable, so they're significant to God's plan. There several number. 1/3 trait of angels.
They are seen only rarely notice that they are called spirits here verse 14 of Hebrews 1.
Are they the angels not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister to those who will inherit salvation so their spirit beings. They are non-corporeal beings, that is they don't have a physical body. Ordinarily I want to qualify that ordinarily say ordinarily what is that mean sometimes they do, for whatever purpose God's purpose, he allows angels from time to time to have some kind of a human visage. After all, even in Hebrews is that some have entertained angels without knowing it.
So they have some kind of a physical manifestation or God gives a person the ability to see into the spiritual realm which is very, very real.
We don't see it but from time to time. God allows that to happen now. The best example I can think of when it comes to trying to to understand this comes from a movie comes from a series called Star Trek so I can Star Trek any Trekkies or have any Trekkies okay so in Star Trek. What did they do for entertainment on long trips is called the holodeck the holodeck the holodeck was a room that you went in and it was like a virtual reality room in the holodeck.
You could create holograms three-dimensional images that you design and then have an experience like a vacation.
So if you're an EarthLink. You could create in the holodeck.
The Alps and you could have attracted a hike to the Alps.
If you were a Klingon you could re-create famous battles from the past and hone and test your battle skills and when you're all done with the holodeck simply say computer and program so from time to time.
God puts his program in place so people can actually see angels. One of the famous ones is a guy by the name of bail him bail and was on a donkey was not obeying God in Numbers 22 the Lord opened Baylon's eyes and he saw the angel of the Lord standing in the way with him with his sword drawn in his hand are all don't mess with that Angel. One of my famous or favorite stories is a less famous story but I love it. It's about Elijah and second Kings chapter 6 second Kings chapter 6 Elisha the prophet and his assistant go to a town called Dothan DOT HN the kind of hiding there until they found out the Syrians come down and surround the town of Dauphin, so the assistant to Elisha says alas master were surrounded and I love it.
Elisha said actually there more with us than with them and I'm sure that his assistant look at him and said there are I were surrounded by an army.
How is that possible, and so Elisha, the prophet prayed.
I love his prayer Lord, open his eyes that he may see in the servant of Elisha look and was able to see chariots and horses and a vast army all around the Army of Syria surrounding them, so before he was think across were surrounded the thought for them there surrounded by an entire army of angels that Skip plate number 28 message on her top 40 messages count the series 2028 message can move Skip's teachers and watching to slide twice a email@example.com/Calgary Havey want to share about a special resource that will show you how you can enjoy it even more abundant and satisfying life in Jesus, hearing comments from the American from time to provide some say the thing, because they are easy because they encased hundred thousand people to accomplish this talents accomplishment in history under a spacer. Christ promised for the sins of the world's been resurrected for content delete I left out thinking that is the last effort on the moon show a connection between the battle for outer space and the quest to conquer interface and how to cross like the tattered five launch vehicle is the only thing that And as a secular society, realizing their downside to turning from God turned away from church. You know you see people leaving the church, drove, and now we have it in tandem with higher anxiety hired as a you have even a lowering of emotional intelligence, and church were not in the Bible. We are three doing to the inside as well there you go from the moon's new heart meeting resource-based month to $35 or more to support this program to connect us to come out of the country to 1918, connect.com or call 800 9288 now if you want to stay up-to-date on the latest from his ministry and from Skip you to follow Skip on Facebook, twitter and Instagram, you will find important announcements and great encouragement from Skip that basket height at Skip HPI using IG to move to this height six years of another top 40 message implies over the book of Ephesians to explain your standing in front and how you can without hassle. Skip presentation of connection communication is never changing truth ever-changing time