Are Angels For Real?
Topic: Personal Growth and Recovery Verse: Mark 13:32–13:32
TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL
“Are Angels For Real?”
Pastor David Hillis | 05.01.2011
WHAT ANGELS ARE
1. Angels are real.
• They are mentioned in nearly 300 different places in the Bible, in places like Mark 13:32 and Matthew 13:41.
• Daniel 7:10 and Revelation 5:11-12 say they are numerous, too many to count.
2. Angels have a free will, capable of good and evil.
• Demons are angels that have rebelled against God. About 1/3 of the angels followed the angel Satan (Lucifer) in this rebellion and were banished from Heaven for it (Isaiah 14:12-15; Ezekiel 28:12-19; Revelation 12:3-4, 7-9).
• Even though they still choose not to submit to God, when God commands them to submit to Him, they have no choice (Mark 5:6-13, Luke 10:17-20).
• These fallen angels are not redeemable; they will also be judged eternally for their rebellion (Matthew 25:41, Revelation 20:7-10).
3. Angels are created beings. They were created by God to worship & serve Him.
• They were all created by God (Nehemiah 9:6, John 1:1-3, Colossians 1:16-17).
• Dead people do not become angels; they have distinctive purposes apart from humans (1 Corinthians 6:2-3).
• They were created before God finished creating the earth (Job 38:4-7).
• They were created for two key reasons: to worship God (Psalm 148:1-5; Revelation 5:11-12, 7:11-12); and to serve God, both on earth and in the heavens (Psalm 103:20-22).
• They serve most often as messengers in the Bible (Matthew 28:5-7; Luke 1:5-25; Daniel 10:10-14; Acts 27:23-25; Genesis 21:17-20). If they are God’s angels their messages will never contradict Scripture; if they are fallen angels they will likely twist or distort God’s Word (Genesis 3, Matthew 4:1-11).
• Angels also do God’s bidding in the heavens and on earth, including protecting us from harm (Daniel 6:20-22) and the ill-will of evil people (Matthew 2:13,19; Acts 5:17-20, 12:1-19) and demonic forces (Daniel 10:12-14, 12:1; Revelation 12:7-12).
• Guardian angels? Maybe… (Psalm 91:9-12, Matthew 18:10, Acts 12:11).
4. Angels are powerful, and shouldn’t be taken lightly.
• Their power is referred to in several places, including (1 Kings 22:19, Psalm 103:20, Matthew 26:53, 2 Thessalonians 1:7, Hebrews 12:22, Revelation 5:2 and 18:21).
• We need not fear angels or even demons, for they can do nothing apart from the will of God (Job 1:6-12).
WHAT ANGELS AREN’T
1. Angels aren’t omniscient, omnipotent or omnipresent. They have limited power and knowledge as given by God and are bound by time just as humans are. Only God has these three characteristics.
2. Angels aren’t to be worshipped (Colossians 2:18; Revelation 19:10, 22:8-9; Exodus 20:4-5). We were created a little lower than the angels (Hebrews 2:7), yet we will one day judge them (1 Corinthians 6:3).
3. Angels aren’t to be called upon or prayed to. We are not to seek them out to communicate with them, as this opens the door to demonic influence in our lives and is against God’s will (Leviticus 20:27; Deuteronomy 18:9,11; John 1:51; 1 Timothy 2:5).