About "Guardian" Angels?
at Least Two
Pastor John Hamel
“Because thou hast
made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; There
shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
For He shall give His angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy
ways.” (Psalm 91:9-11)
couple of years the "Swine flu" comes around. Swine flu has
to be monitored very closely because it has the potential to turn into a pandemic.
Let's look at that word "pandemic." “Pan” means “all” and “demic”
means “people.” So, a pandemic has
the potential for effecting all people.
We are going to
be talking about the doctrine of individual guardian angels in this lesson.
But before we do that I want to say something about the Swine flu and
will begin by paraphrasing the above verses from Psalm 91 for you.
you love God and you’ve made Him your life, there shall no plague come
near you, for He gives His angels charge over you.”
Do you see that? No
plague shall come near you for, or because, He gives His angels charge over
you. Apparently angels have
plague-fighting ability. Why
would they not? They have healing
ability as we saw in "The Power of
Angels, Part Two."
angels can effect the healing of disease, then it only stands to reason they can prevent disease.
wife, Barbara says, “He
gives His angels CHARGE over you. The
Glory of God is like electricity, and God can use His angels to set up an
electrical charge, or force-field, all around you - like an electric fence.
Anything that tries to go through the electric fence gets fried."
Lake was a wealthy businessman turned missionary and faith preacher.
He also founded the Apostolic Faith Mission of South Africa in 1908.
He was greatly influenced by the healing ministry of John Alexander Dowie.
While in Africa the region where he was ministering was stricken with an
outbreak of bubonic plague. People were running from the
sick, refusing to help them, for fear that they might catch the plague themselves and die.
Many people actually stayed offshore in boats waiting for the plague
Lake, however, did not hesitate to wade
amongst the stricken populace, praying for them and looking after their physical needs.
The doctors and military personnel offshore could not understand why
the plague was not affecting him. They called for him to ask him why it
seemed he could not die from the plague.
He told them, “Plagues die when they come in contact with me
because I have a healing Covenant with Jesus Christ.”
illustrated his point by taking in his hand an infected foam sample from a person who had
just died of the
plague. He placed his hand under a microscope
to show the doctors the plague actually dying as a result of coming in contact with his
Why did this happen for
him and not others? It happened for
John G. Lake because he actively believed Psalm 91:10-11 when others
did not. It is important that you relax and know that the
calamities, the crises and
plagues that are in the Earth have nothing to do with the Believer who makes
the daily decision to walk obediently in Covenant with Almighty God. He
gives His angels charge over you to protect you from calamities, crises
Angels. Plural. Not Singular
that all people receive, at birth, one guardian angel that watches over them
all of their lives. However,
there is no Scripture to support the doctrine of the individual guardian
said, “In the mouth of two or three witnesses every word will be
established." (Matthew 18:16) There is not one witness in
Scripture, let alone two or three, to confirm the doctrine of the individual guardian
The word “guardian” is never even used in relationship to angels
or any other living being in all of Scripture.
There is simply no Scriptural authority for the age-old belief in singular
guardian angels. Nor is there
any Scriptural authority that completely rejects it.
So what we must do in this situation is to deal with the truth as it
is revealed in Scripture.
read in Psalm 91:11, our opening text, "He gives His angels charge over you."
Plural not singular.
look at a couple of verses of Scripture that are commonly used to wrongly
build the doctrine of individual guardian angels.
“Take heed that ye
despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in Heaven
their angels do always behold the face of My Father which is in Heaven.”
These are the words
of Jesus. He was talking to His
Disciples about the significance of little children when He made the statement
that their "angels" (plural) continually go in and out of the presence of
God on their behalf. Many have
taken the plural use of the word "angels” here to mean many individual
angels guarding many individual children.
However, that is not what is being stated here neither can it be
supported from any other place in Scripture.
We must interpret Scripture in light of
Scripture, meaning we must not believe something simply because it is stated
one time in Scripture. We must have multiple confirming witnesses from
the Scripture in order to build a Bible doctrine. There is no place in
all of Scripture where even one reference is made to an individual
angel guarding anyone. The
Scripture always refers to a plurality of angels with whom God promises to guard us.
The Bible does not
teach the doctrine of a single angel for a single child.
But the Bible does teach a plurality of angels for every child
of God. These angels are around every Believer at all times.
We will see this more from the Scripture in this study.
But first we will look at the second verse of Scripture used to
wrongly teach the doctrine of individual guardian angels.
You will recall from
Part Two of the lesson “The Power of Angels” how Peter was in prison awaiting
execution in Acts chapter twelve. At
that time an
individual angel appeared to Peter, supernaturally releasing him
from prison. Without ever touching Peter’s shackles or chains, that
angel caused them to fall off. Without ever touching the the prison doors,
the angel caused them to open automatically as well.
angel then took Peter out into the street and disappeared. At that point Peter
went immediately to Rhoda’s house where there was an
all-night prayer vigil occurring on his behalf.
Peter banged on the gate to Rhoda's courtyard to let them know he had been delivered.
“And as Peter
knocked at the door of the gate, a damsel came to hearken, named Rhoda. And
when she knew Peter's voice, she opened not the gate for gladness, but ran
in, and told how Peter stood before the gate. And they said unto her, Thou
art mad. But she constantly affirmed that it was even so. Then said they, It
is his angel. But Peter continued knocking: and when they had opened the
door, and saw him, they were astonished.” (Acts 12:13-16)
Notice the Bible says
it was Peter, not his guardian angel knocking on the gate.
The Jewish Believers who were praying at Rhoda’s house wrongly thought it was Peter’s
individual guardian angel. God did not say it was Peter's guardian
angel. The Jewish Believers said that. God caused what they said to be
written right here in the Bible, but He did not cause them to say it.
Jewish Believers at
this time believed in the doctrine of individual guardian angels.
Because the New Testament had not yet been written, they did not have the good teaching that you
and I have today. Therefore, they said and did
many things that we would not say or do today. So, it was the Jewish
Believers in their lack of knowledge who made reference to individual
guardian angels, not God. God simply inspired Luke to record what they said
here in the Book of Acts. We should not repeat the mistake they made by
believing in a single guardian angel for everyone. We have Biblical
revelation which they did not have, revelation which makes clear the
doctrine of individual guardian angels is not true.
is interesting to note here that these Jewish Believers stayed up all night praying for Peter’s release.
God caused one of Peter's angels to appear to him to do as the
Believers had prayed. Yet, when Peter showed up at the prayer meeting, they
refused to believe that God had done as they had asked. This
sounds like some Christians I know today. They pray and when God answers
they call it "coincidence."
build the doctrine of individual guardian angels on the two
verses of Scripture we have looked at is to build a false doctrine for it is
taking them completely out of context. (Matthew 18:16)
The Bible teaches a plurality of angels for all Believers.
Yes, only one appeared to Peter to help him at this time, but the Scripture reveals
there were more than just the one angel he could see.
There is something
else that needs to be considered concerning the narrative of Peter's
supernatural angelic release. Most
Jewish Believers at that time were misled by the Old Testament references to
“his angel,” “mine angel,” “the Angel of the Lord,” etc.
They did not realize that this was talking about Jesus Himself appearing as
an angel. It was not a reference to individual guardian angels that
follow each Believer through life. The reader will come to a greater
understanding of this in our lesson "Who Is the Angel of the
is a very common misconception even
by Believers today that when an individual angel appears to someone in the Bible,
it is an appearance of their singular guardian angel. However, this is not true.
There are different angels with different assignments who can be seen
while others who are also present cannot be seen.
You will not find two
or three verses of Scripture anywhere in the Bible to prove that one
single guardian angel is assigned to each Believer at birth.
But there are approximately 300 Scriptures that support the fact that
there are two or more angels, and in many cases many more, available to each
Multitudes of Angels Helping All Believers
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 (Gehazi) saw: and,
behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about
Elisha.” (2 Kings 6:17)
this narrative every
time the Syrians tried to sneak up and attack Israel, God would tell the
Prophet Elisha what they were planning. Elisha, in turn, would notify
Israel and they were able to avoid those sneak attacks. When the King
of Syria discovered that Elisha was doing this, he sent soldiers to capture
him. When the Syrian soldiers arrived at Elisha's dwelling place, his
assistant, Gehazi, saw that they were surrounded and had a panic attack. He
frantically inquired of Elisha, "What are we going to do
prayed to God, asking Him to show Gehazi the multitude of angels surrounding
them. The Discerning of Spirits went into operation on behalf of Gehazi, his
servant, and the spirit world was opened to him.
What did Gehazi see? Not one
angel for the Prophet and one angel for his helper.
Gehazi saw a multitude of horses and chariots. As
we saw in Part Two of our lesson “The Power of Angels”
those chariots and horses were all driven and ridden by the angels of God. There were multitudes
of angels, thousands of angels, available to the Prophet and his servant that day, not just one
guardian angel each.
“Bless the Lord, ye
His angels, that excel in strength, that do His commandments, hearkening
unto the voice of His word. Bless ye the Lord, all ye His hosts; ye
ministers of His, that do His pleasure.” (Psalm 103:20-21)
are innumerable angels available to all Believers in Jesus Christ.
They hearken to the voice of God's Word when it is spoken by the Believer
who is in need.
angels spirits; His ministers a flaming fire:” (Psalm 104:4)
Notice, He makes His
angelic ministers a flaming fire. These flaming fires from the spirit world
consume human problems and
human enemies when we speak forth by the commanding power of God’s Word,
releasing the angels to cause the will of God to come to pass in our lives.
There are 551
references to spirit beings in the Bible.
Approximately 300 of them are references to angels working in the Earth on
behalf of man in one way or another. There are over
20,000 references to the God Who created them.
Everything we need to know about the unseen world above us, around us
and beneath us is revealed in the Holy Scriptures.
The Scripture does not teach the doctrine of individual
guardian angels. However, the Scripture
does have much to say about the doctrine of a plurality of angels working on
behalf of every Believer. Those who have revelation
knowledge in this area and the good sense to commission them to go to work on their
behalf benefit the most from the ministry of angels.
I am not saying you
should not call them “Guardian Angels,” after all, that is what they do.
What I am saying is, do not make the mistake of believing you are
limited to the service of one angel only. According to the Bible there
is a multiplicity of angels at your service twenty-four hours a day, seven
days a week.
I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess Me before men, him shall the Son of
man also confess before the angels of God: But he that denieth me before men
shall be denied before the angels of God.” (Luke 12:8-9)
made Himself very clear. Only by confessing Jesus as your Lord and Savior before men in
the Earth, will Jesus personally release the angels (plural) to go to work on your
behalf. Deny Jesus Christ before men and
He will be unable to release the angels (plural) on your
behalf. That is a strong
statement indeed. One that Jesus made, not me.
Own Personal Angels
“But Mary stood
without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and
looked into the sepulchre, And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at
the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. And
they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because
they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid Him. And
when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and
knew not that it was Jesus. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou?
whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him,
Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I
will take him away. Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and
saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master.” (John 20:11-16)
Now this is
very interesting. Was Jesus a human
being? Yes, He was God, but He
was also a human being. If Jesus was
not as human
as He was Divine then He did not qualify to bear the punishment for the sins
of humanity. But, of course, Jesus was fully human, although He was also
Do you believe
God gave His angels charge over Jesus to keep Him in all of His ways as a
I would like to tell you what I think. I
think the two angels in our above narrative were two of Jesus’ personal guardian angels.
I believe they stayed with Him over the course of His entire life on Earth
and are still with Him today.
I also believe these were the same two angels that were with Jesus when He
appeared to me in an open
vision in 1981 and another time in a dream.
believe Jesus' angels were not allowed to go into Hell with Him for those
three days. I believe this was something Jesus had to do alone.
Over that three day period, it is my belief that these two angels stayed in
the tomb waiting for Him to come back from the bowels of Hell once the
penalty for humanity's sins had been paid.
also believe it was as difficult for them to let Him go and
do that alone as it was for the Father to let Him go and do it alone.
believe those two angels and many more are still with Him to this very day
and always will be.
I believe their assignment is to never leave Him nor forsake Him with the
exception of those three fateful days when they were not allowed to protect
Him - for your eternal benefit and mine. I believe they
experienced the greatest relief and joy of
their existence when Jesus returned from Hell.
There are many times
throughout Scripture when just one angel appeared to an individual.
But that does not mean that only one angel was present.
I have had multiple individual visitations of angels.
I have also had multiple plural visitations of angels.
I do not believe that I am limited only to the ones I have seen.
The Bible says He gives His angels (plural) charge over me to keep me in all
I do not believe when
one of my angels laid his giant hand on me in the Spring of 1981, causing me to
fall under the power of God for three days, that he was alone because the Bible says otherwise.
calls Himself El Shaddai, meaning "the God of more than enough."
does not limit Himself to the bare necessities when it comes to providing
for His family. He has a reputation for sending more than we need.
Jehovah-Jireh is your angel Provider and He always provides more than
necessary to get a job done.
evening after having conducted a service in Massachusetts, a gentleman
approached me. He told me that while I was preaching he saw no less
than thirty angels standing behind and beside me in a half-circle during the
service. Through an operation of the Discerning
of Spirits, the Holy Spirit had opened this man's eyes to see just some
of the angels that are assigned to me in the Ministry Offices
in which I stand.
the night of His betrayal Jesus said, “I could call for 72,000 angels
right now and God would send them,” when one alone could have flattened the
whole bunch who came against Jesus. (Matthew 26:53)
a matter of fact, Second
chapter 19 reveals that one angel alone killed 185,000 Assyrians in one
night and sent King Sennacherib running for cover.
Now, if you believe
that there is only one angel with you always, I am not trying to discourage
you. I am trying to encourage you. I
am endeavoring to
convince you from the Word of God that there is more than one angel with you
always and that angelic protection and intervention is even better than you think.
Bible says in Psalm 91:11, “For He shall give His
angels (plural) charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.”
Scripture reveals that there is a plurality, a multiplicity of God's
powerful angels available to all Believers at all times.
“Then said Jesus to
those Jews which believed on Him, If ye continue in My word, then are ye My
disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you
free.” (John 8:31-32)
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