Saturday, February 13, 2010

Heaven's Armies

Lord of Heaven's Armies
God of the Armies of Heaven

Lord Almighty
Lord of Heaven's Hosts

With the release of the blockbuster Legion, once again angels are getting their day in the public arena. It is the latest offering from the dark side.

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!).

I've been a little surprised by the number of people that tell of a deceased loved one having become their angel; and this from believer and non-believer alike. No doubt it's of great comfort. We do like our angels to be familiar.

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)
Millions of beautiful and mighty angels carry out God's commands. They sweep with great speed throughout heaven and earth. They are better organized than the armies of Caesar, Alexander, or Napoleon. They organized into cherubim (Gen. 3:24), seraphim (Isa. 6:2-3), living creatures (Rev. 4:6-8), and thrones, dominions, principalities, and powers (Col. 1:16). They are led by the archangel Michael (Dan. 10:21; Jude 9), who is assisted by Gabriel (Dan. 8:16). (2)

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.

So then, just as you received Christ Jesus
as Lord, continue to live in him ...
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


Andrea said...

AMEN. Great post and much needed!!

My valentines post focused on "The ULTIMATE Valentine," Jesus Christ. Our Heavenly Father is the "only" one who can meet all our needs.


Rose said...

KUDOS!!! I have been saying some of the same when I hear people say, "Well so and so is now an angel" or something similar, just as you said, from believers and non-believers alike. Were do fellow believers get this belief? There is nothing in Scripture to support it. Thank you for posting the TRUTH based on the Word and not some belief system that makes us feel good. Hugs!

Nel said...

As always your post blesses my heart. Thank you for posting the truth. God's truth. Enjoyed your post today!

until next time... nel

~*~KIMBERLY~*~ said...

Wow Kathleen. Awesome words shared. Thank You God. I am in total agreement!

Karen Lange said...

I am always blessed by Psalm 91,particularly the part about where He gives His angels charge over us...

Blessings, and happy weekend:)

sonja said...

WHEW Kathleen! That was a GREAT posting! Takes it right out of the little cupid and arrow cherub and back into the mighty realm of heaven,and God Himself! LOVED this and I agree completely...

Blessings my friend, this was really 'on point'...


skoots1mom said...

truth of the scriptures are His Word and they fight their OWN fight...
thanks for reminding of us of HIS Truth...
you preached it SO WELL...
thanks again :)

Debbie said...

Kathleen, I'm amazed at how many people beleive their loved ones who died become angels. It's not true! I agree with your assessment. And God's angels know they are not to be worshiped. We are to bow down only to our God and worship Him alone.

Great post!


Beth E. said...

Amen, Sassy! So many times I hear people say, "Well, God needed another angel, so He took (fill in the blank)."

A great lesson/reminder for us all...


Just a little something from Judy said...

Firm footing in God's Word and His Truth, that is my heartfelt prayer as I journey though my days on this earth. In the midst of so much deception from the world and at times, the church, it is necessary to know the God of Truth. I do think at times it feels comfortable to put angels on the pedestal of life instead of the God of Truth. It does seem to me that the angelic realms are getting lots of attention in today's world. Anything to take our focus off of the Way,the Truth and the Life. Another very good and quite thought provoking post.

RCUBEs said...

Lots of deception when it comes to topics about "angels". I'm glad you posted about this. We are not to worship them. And I'm glad we have His Word which is the Truth. Blessings.

Denise said...

Wonderful post.

Saleslady371 said...

This is timely for me. I suddenly have an interest in this topic. I just finished Billy Graham's book, Angels, God's Secret Agents from the library.

Julianne said...

Thanks! I totally agree.

Melanie said...

YES! Great Word. Truth here.

Melanie said...

I was just scrolling through your previous posts and saw that you once lived in Auburn. When I was in the 4th - 6th grades, we lived in Auburn, near the Green River College (i think it was called that).
My dad planted and pastored a church in Renton. Then we started over again in the planting/pastoring in MO.

Rebecca said...

People who are weak in their knowledge and understanding of the Word fall for everything! Trut like this is SO important to keep putting out there! Just this morning I'm gathering my thoughts to address some erroneous thoughts and teachings a friend of mine has embraced.

LisaShaw said...

Did you hear me shouting Amen throughout this message??!!!

Thanks for SPEAKING (WRITING) HIS TRUTH! I love you Sassy Kathleen! Your words held me like the Molasses my Grandma used to put on my pancakes. I hold a piece of the Molasses dipped pancake in my mouth and savor it's strong and sweet flavoring for a moment and then...chew and then...ingest and then..digest -- and so were your words this day! POWERFUL!!!

I love you and as I read I listened to the video under your post above and that was beautiful!!