Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
Thursday August 2, 2018
Angels. Part 4.
Pastor Rick Bettez
2Ki 6:17 Then Elisha prayed and said, “O LORD, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” And the LORD opened the servant’s eyes and he saw; and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
Elisha was not only a prophet but one who had the double portion of blessing and wisdom passed on from his mentor Elijah (2Ki 2:9), putting him in a unique position of SM that very few have ever held.
This invisible armour is the veil often taught about from the Word of God. When lifted it enables us a glimpse into what is going on in the spiritual world just beyond the shadow of our own world.
Eph 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
2Kin 2:11 As they were going along and talking, behold,
there appeared a chariot of fire and horses of fire which separated the two of them. And Elijah went up by a whirlwind to heaven.
Psa 68:17 The chariots of God are myriads, thousands upon thousands; The Lord is among them as at Sinai, in holiness.
Myriad is usually a reference to such a vast number it can’t be counted!
Zec 6:5 The angel replied to me, “These are the four spirits of heaven, going forth after standing before the Lord of all the earth,
Zec 6:1-15 Is the assurance that God’s heavenly army is active and working for the Jews (Bels). There are deep symbolic and concrete statements about invisible warfare which includes; Angelic military, guardians, messengers who bring truth to humans.
The four spirits noted in Zec 6:5 are an angelic force also highlighted in Rev 6 & 7 that are a protection force and administrators of divine judgment & truth as well as a deployment unit of God’s wrath.
Mat 26:53 “Or do you think that I cannot appeal to My Father, and He will at once put at My disposal more than twelve legions of angels?
Dan 10:5 I lifted my eyes and looked, and behold, there was a certain man dressed in linen, whose waist was girded with a belt of pure gold of Uphaz.
Dan 10:6 His body also was like beryl, his face had the appearance of lightning, his eyes were like flaming torches, his arms and feet like the gleam of polished bronze, and the sound of his words like the sound of a tumult.
Dan 10:13 “But the prince of the kingdom of Persia was withstanding me for twenty-one days; then behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left there with the kings of Persia.
Rev 12:7 And there was war in heaven, Michael and his angels waging war with the dragon. The dragon and his angels waged war,
Dan 10:12 Then he said to me, “Do not be afraid, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart on understanding this and
and on humbling yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to your words.
Deu 33:2 He said, “The LORD came from Sinai, and dawned on them from Seir;
He shone forth from Mount Paran, And He came from the midst of ten thousand holy ones; At His right hand there was flashing lightning for them.
Rev 5:11 Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne and the living creatures and the elders; and the number of them was myriads of myriads, and thousands of thousands,
Mat 18:10 “See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven continually see the face of My Father who is in heaven.
Act 12:7 And behold, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared and a light shone in the cell; and he struck Peter’s side and woke him up, saying, “Get up quickly.” And his chains fell off his hands.
Heb 1:14 Are they not all ministering spirits, sent out to render service for the sake of those who will inherit salvation?
Part of that service would fall under protection or perhaps even guard duty.
Psa 91:11 For He will give His angels charge concerning you, to guard you in all your ways.12 They will bear you up in their hands, that you do not strike your foot against a stone.
(Satan used this in the desert against TLJC)
Prophecy or visions often weave together a concrete reality that is entwined with analogies & symbolism that should always be studied with the intent to illuminate all possibilities in the prophcey.
Angels most certainly have a rank and file, some angels do not share in the access & authority that other angels have acquired. This is very symbolic for positive Bels acquiring rewards & blessings from their ministry here on earth.
The spiritual warfare and pressure we see on angels that stood in the gap during challenges in the O.T. are analogues to Bels in time (CA) who will have opportunities to perform as soldiers for Christ.
Elect Angels are extremely well organized, trained and even lethal concerning carrying out spiritual warfare. They have divine powers and chariots or military equipment that would dwarf the tanks and armor of any human military.
There is an ability to remain in the invisible realm and also appear to human eyes when the Lord deems the time is right. This would lead us to believe fallen angels have similar abilities.