God of the Armies of Heaven
Lord of Heaven's Hosts
For our viewing pleasure, a dramatic adventure has been crafted; and that by skewing the pages of the scriptural text to give angels a footing on par with God (where have we heard THAT story before?).
Angels, unless of the demonic class, do not seek to override God's purposes.
I realize Cupid is a featured hallmark of lovers far & near - and who among us doesn't know how vital is he (or is it she?) to Valentine's Day? He is known to besot those struck by his arrow; an arrow that not only pierces the heart, but engenders a groundswell of love as it makes it's mark. We do like our angels to be cute & clever & winsome.
Angels are not babies; nor do/can they cause us to love one another. They are not causative agents of their own doing.
Too, there are those that would make angels out to be as we are, giving them human characteristics both in appearance and in range of feeling. We think of the beloved Clarence from It's a Wonderful Life, and we are all schmaltzy. We do like our angels to be safe.
Angels are not human; nor are they earning/working their way into God's favor nor ours.
The scriptures give us plenty of examples of people being visited by an angel or angelic forces, and some even fall at their feet in worship. We are tempted to do likewise, ascribing to them great honor & awe. The angels themselves insist that we do not.
Angels are not the chosen/saints of God; nor are any of them interested in being worshiped (apart from their demonic counterparts, who absolutely insist upon worship!).
Angels are not born of, or from the death of a mortal.
"I am convinced that these heavenly beings exist and that they provide unseen aid on our behalf.
- I do not believe in angels because someone has told me about a dramatic visitation from an angel, impressive as such rare testimonies may be.
- I do not believe in angels because UFOs are astonishingly angel-like in some of their reported appearances.
- I do not believe in angels because ESP experts are making the realm of the spirit world seem more and more plausible.
- I do not believe in angels because of the sudden worldwide emphasis on the reality of Satan and demons.
- I do not believe in angels because I have ever seen one--because I haven't.
- I believe in angels because the Bible says there are angels; and I believe the Bible to be the true Word of God" (1)
Don't ask me why I felt compelled to post this today. I just did. The more I read God's word, the more keenly aware am I that we are surrounded by heavenly armies & chariots of fire that are commanded by the Lord of Heaven's Armies. What an incredible comfort!
On the flipside, I also know there's a lot - and I do mean a LOT - out there that is compelling, captivating, titillating, believable, and just plain wrong. Without firm footing in God's true, sure word we are left vulnerable, if not gullible.
I needn't know any more about that vast heavenly force than the scriptures reveal about them. Their Commander - The Almighty - has it, and them handled.
See to it that no one takes you captive
through hollow and deceptive philosophy,
which depends on human tradition and
the basic principles of this world
rather than on Christ.
God made you alive with Christ.
He forgave us all our sins,
having canceled the written code,
with its regulations ...,
he took it away, nailing it to the cross.
And having disarmed the powers and authorities,
he made a public spectacle of them,
triumphing over them by the cross.
Do not let anyone who delights in
false humility and the worship of angels
disqualify you for the prize.
Such a person goes into great
detail about what he has seen,
and his unspiritual mind puffs him up
with idle notions.
He has lost connection with the Head,
from whom the whole body, supported and
held together by its ligaments and sinews,
grows as God causes it to grow.
Colossians 2 (parts):
(1) ([Billy Graham, Angels, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1975, pp. 14-15).
(2) John MacArthurr - Study -God's Invisible Army