The Angels Are Watching

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In Family Circus by Bill Keane, Billy comes into the house all tattered and torn. He looks like he’s been in a wreck and then a fight and then drug for a mile or two by a team of runaway horses. He asks: “Do guardian angels take days off?” Anyone who is aware of what is written in scripture, knows about guardian angels. Anyone reared in the Church has heard stories of guardian angels and how they have helped in the life of Christians. Percentage of Americans who say they have seen or sensed the presence of an angel: 13. Newsweek, 11/28/94.

One night the king of Syria sent a great army with many chariots and horses to surround the city. When the prophet’s servant got up early the next morning and went outside, there were troops, horses, and chariots everywhere. “Alas, my master, what shall we do now?” he cried out to Elisha. “Don’t be afraid!” Elisha told him. “For our army is bigger than theirs.” Then Elisha prayed, “Lord, open his eyes and let him see!” And the Lord opened the young man’s eyes so that he could see horses of fire and chariots of fire everywhere upon the mountain!

Ever wonder how many angels are around you, right now? As educated people who want everything proven, there is no evidence of a spiritual world around us. But the Bible paints a very different world that we live in. It is a world inhabited by people but also a world filled with angels.

God said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” (Heb 13:5) Jesus said, And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. One of the ways that we feel God’s presence in our lives is by the presence of the angels. Then the devil took Jesus to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: “‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.'” Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.'” Jesus never denies that there are angels standing near by to rescue him.

“The Lord encamps around those who fear him and rescues them” (Psalm 34:7).
Six Soviet cosmonauts said they witnessed the most awe-inspiring spectacle ever encountered in space — a band of glowing angels with wings as big as jumbo jets.
According to “Weekly World News,” cosmonauts Vladimir Solovev, Oleg Atkov and Leonid Kizim said they first saw the celestial beings last July, during their 155th day aboard the orbiting “Salyat 7” space station. “What we saw,” they said, “were seven giant figures in the form of humans, but with wings and mist-like halos, as in the classic depiction of angels. Their faces were round with cherubic smiles.” Twelve days later the figures returned and were seen by three other Soviet scientists, including woman cosmonaut Svetlann Savitskaya. “They were smiling,” she said, “as though they shared in a glorious secret.” What I want us to understand this morning is the “omnipresence” of God. (Jer 23:24) Can anyone hide in secret places so that I cannot see him?” declares the LORD.” Do not I fill heaven and earth?” declares the LORD. Angels are everywhere!

One of the avenues of God’s eternal omnipresence are the angels. Daniel was never alone in the den with lions. Jacob was never alone on that journey away from home. At no time are we out of sight of the angels.

Of all the supernatural beings mentioned in the Scriptures, it is the angels who are constantly depicted as being identified with heaven. When the angel of God called to Hagar in the wilderness, we read that this call was heard “out of heaven”. It was an angel “from heaven” that rolled away the stone at the tomb where our Lord was buried. Our Lord said, “Angels do always behold the face of my Father who is in heaven” (Matt. 18:10). He who takes care of the lilies of the field, surely takes care of us.

John G. Paton while he was a missionary in the New Hebrides Islands, hostile natives surrounded his mission headquarters one night, intent on burning the Patons out and killing them. Paton and his wife prayed, terror-stricken, all that night. At dawn, they were amazed to see the attackers just turn and leave. A year later, the chief of that very tribe was converted to Christianity. Paton then asked him what had kept him and his men from burning down the house and killing them that night. The chief asked Paton a return question: “Who were all those men you had with you there?” Paton told him that there were just he and his wife, but the chief insisted they had seen hundreds of men standing guard — big men in shining garments with drawn swords.

Nothing you do is in private! I believe that for every Christian that there is at least one angel in attendance at all times. Sometimes more may be necessary.

We so often hear the expression “the voice of an angel!” So I did some research, and discovered that an angel’s voice sounds remarkably like a person saying, “Hurry up!” “Get up and hurry!” “Rise quickly.” It might be a good idea to allow an angel to occupy the pulpit on Sunday. An irate hearer said to Samuel Barnett when he was canon of Bristol Cathedral in England, “I come to church to be comforted, and you sound like a fire alarm.” Perhaps there was a fire.

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