The Reality of Angels
Part Two
By Pastor John Hamel 

We are involved in a concise but comprehensive study of the subject of Angelology.  

The extent of Angelology in Scripture is amazing.  It begins in the very first book of the Bible where God placed an angel with a flaming sword at the entryway to the Garden of Eden to keep man from eating from the Tree of Life.  Had man done so, he would have lived in his fallen condition forever. (Genesis 3:24)  

The subject of Angelology continues throughout Scripture with over 300 references to angels and angelic activity in Heaven and Earth.  Over one hundred of those references reveal angels in service to man.  References to angels continues right through the Book of Revelation, the very last book of the Bible. 

We are about to see an escalation of angelic activity in the Earth, greater than any other time in human history.  As we approach the last days, angelic activity increases.  As a matter of fact, there is more angelic activity in Revelation, the Book of the Last Days, than in any other book of the Bible.  

In “The Reality of Angels, Part One" we saw

Angels Work Extensively in the Physical Realm
Angels Are Messengers of Extreme Intellectual Ability
Angels Are Tremendous Warriors
Angels Possess Supernatural Strength to Perform Physical Feats
Angels Perform Supernatural Ministry on Behalf of Man
Angels Were Created by Jesus Christ
Angels Are Innumerable
Angels Are Holy

Let’s move right into “The Reality of Angels, Part Two.

Angels Experience Joy Concerning God's Human Creation

“Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.” (Luke 15:10)

I once heard my Pastor, Dr. Sumrall, say, “Someone is saved every second of every day.”  Now that is a lot of joy for the angels of God.  That puts many of God’s angels in position to where they are rejoicing 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year.  

If human creation experiencing salvation gives angels such joy, can you imagine the joy they experience bringing messages to us from God, battling the princes of darkness on our behalf and delivering human beings through feats of supernatural strength?  

Every act of protection concerning God’s righteous creation opens an artesian well of joy for the angels of God.  Angels are not robots.  They have minds, intellect, wills, wants, needs and emotions. Apparently nothing makes them feel better than helping the apex of God’s creation – human beings. 

Angels Escort Your Spirit to Heaven When It Is Time

Now here is something that gives your angels great joy.   

“And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments and seeth Abraham afar off and Lazarus in his bosom.” (Luke 16:22-23)

The angels carried this beggar to what the Hebrews called “Abraham’s Bosom” or “Paradise.”  Paradise was once a compartment in Hell where the righteous dead, those who believed the Messiah was coming, would go at death to wait for Him.  Humanity had not yet been forgiven by the Blood of Jesus.  Therefore, at death no one was allowed to go directly into Heaven.  Paradise, or Abraham's Bosom, was a holding tank, so to speak, a compartment of provision and protection provided for the righteous dead until Jesus came to pay the penalty for humanity's sins. Once sin's penalty was paid, Jesus lead those being held captive in Paradise into Heaven. (Ephesians 4:8-11)  

Now that Jesus has paid the penalty for our sins, the safety compartment called Paradise, or Abraham's Bosom, no longer exists in Hell for it is no longer needed.  When Christians die physically they go immediately into the Lord's presence in Heaven. (2 Corinthians 5:8; Philippians 1:23)

Now, at the time of physical death your personal angels escort you not to Paradise or Abraham's Bosom, not to the cemetery, not to the crematorium, not to the biology laboratory but into the very presence of Jesus Himself.  This occurs the very split second your soul/spirit leaves your body.  

This is why the Christian must never fear death.  A Christian fearing death is tantamount to being afraid of Heaven.  Wouldn't that be silly? 

The angels of God experience great joy about escorting Believers to Heaven.  

The moment the angels drop you off in Heaven, you will realize what is happening and will exclaim, “Whew, I’m glad I don’t have to go back to Planet Earth and go through something like that again. Sometimes I thought I'd never get here.”  Your angels will respond, “We are so glad you are here as well.  It’s far better up here.  Come with us, now. We want to take you to a bunch of folks you know and love who have been awaiting your arrival.”  

The Bible says the angels of God will “keep you in all your ways,” including when it is time for you to leave Planet Earth to travel on to Planet Heaven. (Psalm 91:11)

You may not know it, but you are never alone.  Never.  

Angels Are Limited in the Type of Help They Offer

They cannot preach the Gospel in this present Dispensation.  They will preach the Gospel from the Heavens all across the Earth during the Tribulation Period. (Revelation 8, 9,11,12)  But for now it is up to man to preach the Gospel.  However, angels can tell you and even lead you to where you can hear the Word of God preached should that become necessary.

“There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band, A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God alway. He saw in a vision evidently about the ninth hour of the day an angel of God coming in to him, and saying unto him, Cornelius. And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God. And now send men to Joppa, and call for one Simon, whose surname is Peter: He lodgeth with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by the sea side: he shall tell thee what thou oughtest to do.” (Acts 10:1-6)

The angel told Cornelius where he could find Peter who would preach the Gospel to him.  Cornelius sent for Peter.  Peter came, preached to Cornelius’ household, they all believed and were saved and filled with the Holy Spirit.  

So just relax if you been worried about your loved ones living somewhere where it appears there is no one to preach the Gospel to them.  God will save your family.  He could send an angel to tell them where the Gospel is being preached, and if He does, I can assure you experientially, they will listen.  

When an angel of God appears, it changes one's life forever.  It has happened to me no less than eight times.   

Angels Are Divided into Ranks and Categories

“For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.” (Colossians 1:16-17)

Angels, like all other governments and militaries, are highly organized and divided into proper rankings and categories.  They are not a hodge-podge mess of plump little babies, wrapped in ribbons, flying around in every direction and shooting miniature bows and arrows.  They are all-powerful created beings with supernatural strength, with supernatural wisdom and holiness and are highly organized.  

As a matter of fact, Satan and his demonic principalities and powers are as organized as they are today because they are still operating according to the same principles they learned prior to being kicked out of Heaven for rebellion. (Ephesians 6:12; Revelation 12:4, 9)  

It is important to note here that all authorities and powers are subject to Jesus, whether they be human, angelic or demonic.

“Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.” (1 Peter 3:22)

In this Angelology series we will have an entire lesson called "Angelic Government and Organization."  Let it suffice for now to say they are highly organized and disciplined, operating under the Headship of the Lord Jesus Christ, their Creator, and on behalf of humanity.  And they are quite joyful to do so, as we have seen.

Angel Worship Is Forbidden in Scripture

“Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind.” (Colossians 2:18)

Paul is warning the Colossian Believers, as well the Believers of every generation, to never worship angels.  Notice Paul said you could be “beguiled of your reward” by doing so.  This means you could ultimately lose your eternal inheritance for worshipping angels.  Cults worship angels and cults worship demons.  Christians, on the other hand, worship Jesus, commission angels and take authority over demons.  

When the Apostle John was caught up into Heaven while imprisoned on the Island of Patmos, he fell down to worship the angel who was assigned to take him through his revelation.  The angel actually rebuked John for doing so.

“And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things. Saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.” (Revelation 22:8-9)

The angel told John, in essence, “Get up and don’t do that, man.  Obey the Book. Worship God only.”  

Angels Never Bring Revelation Contrary to God's Written Word

Something else an angel will never do is come to you with a revelation of some other Gospel other than that which the Foundational Prophets have recorded in the Bible.   Now, you know angels do not preach or teach in this Dispensation.  We just covered that.  If one does, that is is your first clue something is wrong.  

And if something or someone appears to you and speaks to you or operates before you contrary to the Written Word of God, the Apostle Paul said they are accursed and you will be cursed, too, if you listen to them.

An angel sent from God will never twist, spin or speak against the written Word of God. 

"But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I  now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed." (Galatians 1:8-9)

Angels Worship God Now and Through Eternity

“And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God, Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.” (Revelation 7:11-12)

There is a multiplicity of angels, millions and millions of angels who stand round about God's Throne forever, saying, “Amen, blessing, glory, wisdom, thanksgiving, honor, power and might be unto our God forever and ever.”  

Keep in mind, from Part One of this lesson, there are no less than 104 million angels worshipping around the Throne of God forever.  To give you an idea of how many that is, it is the equivalent of 1,000 Soccer stadiums each seating 100,000 people.  And you thought the Throne Room was only as big as the Oval Office at the White House.  

This contingent of angels gathered around the Throne of God is equal to no less than 1/3 the population of the United States of America.  That is also equal to the entire population of Mexico (104 million).  That is almost the entire population of the Russian Federation (140 million).  It is also greater than the combined populations of Belgium, Portugal, Hungary, Bolivia, Ecuador, the Czech Republic, Greece, Serbia, Sweden, Austria and Israel.  

Now that is some kind of praise and worship! 

In "The Reality of Angels" Part One and Two, we have seen ...  

Angels Work Extensively in the Physical Realm.
Angels Are Messengers of Extreme Intellectual Ability.
Angels Are Tremendous Warriors.
Angels Possess Supernatural Strength to Perform Physical Feats.
Angels Perform Supernatural Ministry on Behalf of Man.
Angels Were Created by Jesus Christ.
Angels Are Innumerable.
Angels Are Holy.
Angels Experience Joy Concerning God's Human Creation.
Angels Escort Your Spirit to Heaven When It Is Time.
Angels Are Limited in the Type of Help They Can Offer.
Angels Are Divided into Ranks and Categories.
Angel Worship Is Forbidden in Scripture.
Angels Never Bring Revelation Contrary to God's Written Word.
Angels Worship God Now and Through Eternity.

As we draw near to the close of this Age and the Rapture of the Church, followed seven years later by the Second Coming of Jesus, there will be increased activity and intervention between angels and human beings.  It will most definitely escalate on a supernatural scale.  

That is why there is more angelic activity in the Book of Revelation than in any other book of the Bible.  We are moving in that direction now.  

The more we understand angelic intervention and operations, the more we can cooperate with angels and the more we will find ourselves supernaturally involved with angels.   

Be Blessed ... John and Barbara Hamel


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