Theme: Divine Visitation: The Ministry of Angels
God Visit Humans?
He does, especially, but not exclusively, believers. He was a regular visitor
to the Garden of Eden asking after the welfare of his first human creation, Adam
and Eve. And for as long as they kept their head He was there, showing fatherly
love and care. But when they lost their way He not only kept away, He drove
them out of their comfort zone.
He was then, so is He now. In Gen. 18, He visited Abraham and Sarah, but this
time, in the form of three angels who appeared as human strangers, passing by.
invited in by Abraham they delivered a message – that Sarah would conceive and
deliver the long-promised son in nine month’s time. It did not matter that
Sarah did not believe. God would bring His promise to fulfillment anyway Gen.
18:1-15. That you do not believe His Word is your problem, not His, although it
is foolish to doubt Him-His word is His bond, Num. 23:19
in this matter of visitation God is not limited to one option. As He did to
Abraham so He did to Gideon, in angelic form, Judges 6:12-22 and to Moses
through the burning bush, Ex. 3:1-6.
in our time there are people, some of whom are non-christian, who say that
Jesus had visited them. That you have not received any such visitation does not
mean it has not happened. But, in most cases, God sends His angels to people He
wants to reach, for a variety of reasons, which are discussed later.
Angels and their
Ministry. The ministry of angels is the ministry
of the divine. Wherever they go, and whatever they say or do, it is on the
instruction of God. They have no independent existence or initiative. Even the satanic host, rebellious as they are,
are not allowed to act beyond the boundaries set by God, Job 1:12, Job 2:6
God is a God of order. No one knows how many angels He created except the
Father Himself but everyone of them knows his place. There were, initially, at least 3 archangels,
the chiefs among these heavenly servants of God. They are Michael, Lucifer,
and Gabriel. Michael is responsible for military or defence matters,
Daniel 10:13, Jude 9, Rev. 12:7-9. Gabriel is responsible for special
assignments such as the foretelling of the birth of John the Baptist, the
forerunner, Lk. 1:13-19 and the annunciation of the birth of Christ, Luke
was responsible for the organization of the heavenly choir, a position of great
privilege. Ezek. 28:13-14. But when he rebelled against God he was removed and
driven out of heaven. Since then he has been known as satan, the evil one. The
angels, who supported his failed coup, went down with him and they have since
been known as demons, Rev. 12:1-4, 7-9, Lk. 10:18.
Appearance. Angels are
spirits and are therefore not normally visible to humans. But they have the
power to take on the human form when they are sent to deliver messages or
minister to men. They might appear in white apparel, John 20:11 and 12; Acts
1:10-11. They may also take on normal
human apparel. In which case their human guest may not be aware of their status
until they disclose their mission or, in some cases, until after their
departure, Gen. 18:1-16. So angels do make physical appearance but sometimes
they deliver their messages in dreams or visions, Acts 10:1-8.
angels have wings? Yes they do. The Cherubim positioned at the east of the
Garden of Eden, to prevent the reentry of Adam and Eve, Gen. 3:23-25. These
angels have four faces and four wings, Ezek. 1:4-6. The Seraphim, on the other hand, have one
face and six wings, Isaiah 6:1-2.
The Ministry of Demons.
Demons are satanic messengers whose operational goal is to misrepresent God in
the lives of human beings, including believers, to inflict misery and cause
havoc in the lives of individuals and organizations.
following demonic types can be identified by their operational plans and
1. The spirit of fear 2Tim. 1:7, the kind
of fear that leads to bondage from which men cannot escape, Rom. 8:15 unless
they are delivered.
2. A lying spirit, 2Chro. 18:18-22
personified by satan himself, John 8:44
3. A familiar spirit or spirit of witchcraft,
I Sam. 28:7
4. Spirit of infirmity which turns the
victim into a physical wreck, Lk. 13:10-12
Ministry of Angels. On the other hand the ministry of
angels is God-centred and can be summarized as follows:
a. to secure believers against satanic and
human enemies, Heb. 1:13 & 14; Ps. 34:7
b. to bring comfort and hope to those who
have given up on life, I Kings 19:1-7
c. at the point of death angels are
present to take the saints to paradise, Lk. 16:19-22
d. While demons are satanic emissaries
spreading discomfort and violence angels are messengers of divine love, mercy