I must preface this article stating that the worship of angels in the place of God is a transgression and iniquity towards God. Angel worship is the basis of many occultist beliefs.
Let no one cheat you of your reward, taking delight in false humility and worship of angels, intruding into those things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, (Colossians 2:18)
Satan after-all is an angel and can be very deceptive. Especially to those who open themselves up to angels, becoming more susceptible to Satan and his fallen angel’s delusions.
And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works. (2 Corinthians 11:14-15)
I am not stating that all angels are bad. Nor am I stating that angels should be ignored. I am saying that you should use careful discernment and wisdom through God’s word for assurance in dealing with spiritual matters and entities. What each individual sees as spiritual truth either comes from a divine source or it comes from a demonic source. There is not a neutral limbo in between.
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.
You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them. We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error. (1 John 4:1-6)
With this warning in mind let me state that as the end times draw near, the deceptions and perversions from Satan and his fallen entourage ‘have and will’ continue to dramatically increase.
The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. (2 Thessalonians 2:9-10)
For false Christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. (Matthew 24:24)
There are many denominations in the world today that place great emphasis on angels and their activities. As evidenced in the bible; holy angels sent from God will not receive worship. An angel taught the apostle Paul a valuable lesson which is profitable for all men and women to heed in these days as well.
Now I, John, saw and heard these things. And when I heard and saw, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel who showed me these things. Then he said to me, “See that you do not do that. For I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren the prophets, and of those who keep the words of this book. Worship God.” (Revelation 22:8-9)
This angel refused to receive worship from John and told him to worship God. In like manner, the apostle Paul repeated himself twice in the book of Galatians, to not only be warily watchful of angels but even themselves the very preachers standing in the pulpits. These kinds of heresy and false doctrines stem from evil influences designed for the destruction of your very soul.
But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.(Galatians 1:8-9)
These demonic influences are teachings and practices from psychics, mediums, corrupt religion’s doctrines, occultism, belief in aliens and ghosts, and many in the clergy who have been deceived. The list of perversions is endless. If it is not a truth found in the bible it is evil. Such as these, are from fallen angels and Satan manifesting the signs and wonders mentioned in (2 Thessalonians 2:9-10) and (Matthew 24:24) .
God is truth (Titus 1:2) and Satan speaks lies (John 8:44) to deceive mankind . This is why it is crucial to discern the root source you call truth. As a true believer you can rest in the assurance; you can be at peace, through God who will guard your heart and mind in Jesus.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)
Angels among Us
It is obvious that angels are among us. The question is… What role do they play spiritually?
Angels are God’s messengers who carry out the will of the Father. Angels in Greek ἄγγελος transliteration aggelos Strongs #G32 gives the meaning as a messenger, envoy, one who is sent, an angel, a messenger from God.
These angelic beings wear multiple hats in their service to God. Angels are well equipped to do whatever the Lord requires or wishes. Here are just 10 essential functions in their angelic service.
1) Angels worship and provide services for God. (Psalms 148:1-2).
2) They deliver instructions (Acts 8:26),
3) Guidance (Exodus 23:20),
4) Provisions (1 Kings 19:5-6),
5) Protection (Psalms 91:11),
6) Deliverance from danger (Daniel 6:22),
7) Ministers (Hebrews 1:14),
8) Give strength and encouragement (Daniel 10:18-19),
9) Bring answers to prayers (Daniel 10:12-13),
10) Angels even play the role of executioner. (2 Kings 19:35).
Angels are literally ‘dead set’ on doing the will of God.
The aforementioned ten functions show that angels are beings with extraordinary abilities and wisdom. The secular world is so caught up in the paranormal, mystical, and ufological events that it is quite easy for the massive amount of fallen angels, to deceive every unbelieving sinner. The bible says the angels are innumerable.
But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, (Hebrews 12:22)
Scripture also says that one third of this innumerable host of angelic beings, fell like stars from grace with Satan. Validation that these fallen angels full of power and wisdom; are on a mission ‘with Satan’ to take as many souls as they can to Hell with them.
His tail drew a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to give birth, to devour her Child as soon as it was born. (Revelation 12:4)
The bible records that you may have already encountered and angelic being and never knew it.
Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels. (Hebrews 13:2)
It is not a stretch of the imagination to think that a fallen angel could pretend to bring a message from God. Present themselves as a dead relative or revealed in a word from a psychic medium. Even deceptive delusions as aliens from a distant star.
Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, (1 Timothy 4:1)
Sadly some malevolent people and blasphemous religion’s believe Jesus Christ to be just an angel or only a historical prophet. If you know of someone or have been taught these kinds of heresies; please follow and read a previous lesson: Who is Jesus?
Jesus has always existed as the word of the Godhead. (John 1:1-2) Jesus chose to put on flesh and prove Himself to be a sin-free sacrifice through crucifixion on a cross. Jesus emptied Himself by stripping away His divine privileges. Jesus humbled Himself and became a plain ole common ordinary man. Now that my friend! Is a God worthy of your praise and love.
God proved His love by becoming a Man and dying for You!
Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. (Philippians 2:5-11)
When the Word became Jesus. Jesus (like man) made himself a little lower than the angels in the hierarchy of Heavenly beings.
But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone. (Hebrews 2:9)
Let’s think about this for a second. Jesus shows us that He has the ability to take on different forms by choice. He chose the appearance of a plain ole ordinary man. He did not choose to appear handsome; The perfect specimen of a human male.
We also know that at His resurrection Mary did not recognize Jesus because He took on the appearance of a Gardener.
Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” She, supposing Him to be the gardener, said to Him, “Sir, if You have carried Him away, tell me where You have laid Him, and I will take Him away.” (John 20:15)
These things show us that Jesus being God can take on any form or likeness He chooses. Just as angels can visit with you, and you might not ever know.
To all who have come with me this far; you know who and what angels are. You know their purpose for existence and you know how to discern from whence they came. In the next teaching we will discover whether or not Jesus ever appeared as ‘the angel of the Lord.’