Are Angels Watching Over Us?
May 18, 2022
Are Angels Watching Over Us?
Recap of the seven-car incident last week…
We are living in a day of great spiritual challenge.
We have available to us the assistance of angels.
This is not generally accepted nor understood by most people, even believers.
Notice Revelation 12:
Revelation 12:7-12 (NKJV)
And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, 8 but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. 9 So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. 10 Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. 11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. 12 Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.”
Some believe that these fallen angels will come down from their place in the atmosphere above the earth and directly attack us as believers.
We have supernatural assistance that we can take advantage of during these days of great challenge.
Here is what I do:
Matthew 18:18 (NKJV)
Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.
We bind demonic forces, and we can loose the angels of God to go and help us!
Matthew 18:18 (TPT)
Receive this truth: Whatever you forbid on earth will be considered to be forbidden in heaven, and whatever you release on earth will be considered to be released in heaven.
Angels seem to act when we speak the Word of God and act in faith.
The prominence of angels in God’s providential administration is indicated by how frequently they are mentioned in the Bible. The Old Testament refers to them 108 times, while the New Testament mentions them 165 times.”
— Foundations of Pentecostal Theology by The Foursquare Church, Nathaniel M. Van Cleave, et al. https://a.co/e0RmpJv
There are celestial beings that occupy a position distinct from God and humans. They are far below the Godhead, yet they dwell in an estate above that of fallen humans (Ps. 8: 4-5).
A.T. Pierson described the state of these beings:
God is the all-presiding, all-pervading, uncreated Spirit. Between Him and man there lies an intermediate realm, inhabited by a higher order of intelligences, neither pure spirit like God, nor so physically constituted as man. They are called angels, because they appear in Scripture as messengers of God to man. 130”
— Foundations of Pentecostal Theology by The Foursquare Church, Nathaniel M. Van Cleave, et al.https://a.co/64iI7TL
Hebrews 1:14 (AS Way)
The angels! – what are they all but servants, spirits who render service to God, who are hour by hour being dispatched on errands of ministration for the help of us who are destined to have salvation as our heritage?
Psalm 103:20 (NKJV)
Bless the LORD, you His angels, Who excel in strength, who do His word, Heeding the voice of His word.
Psalm 103:20-21 (TLB)
Bless the Lord, you mighty angels of his who carry out his orders, listening for each of his commands. 21 Yes, bless the Lord, you armies of his angels who serve him constantly.
Psalm 103:20 (NLT)
Praise the LORD, you angels of his, you mighty creatures who carry out his plans, listening for each of his commands.
Psalm 103:20 (Darby)
Bless Jehovah, ye his angels, mighty in strength, that execute his word, hearkening unto the voice of his word.
Psalm 103:20 (God’s Word)
Praise the Lord, all his angels, you mighty beings who carry out his orders and are ready to obey his spoken orders.
Psalm 103:20-21 (MSG)
So bless GOD, you angels, ready and able to fly at his bidding, quick to hear and do what he says. 21 Bless GOD, all you armies of angels, alert to respond to whatever he wills.
Examples of angels helping God’s people:
Matthew 1:19-20 (NKJV)
Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. 20 But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.”
Matthew 2:13 (NKJV)
Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him.”
Matthew 2:19-20 (NKJV)
Now when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, 20 saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the young Child’s life are dead.”
Matthew 4:11 (NKJV)
Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.
Matthew 13:41-42 (NKJV)
The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will remove from his Kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. And the angels will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Matthew 13:49-50 (NKJV)
So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come forth, separate the wicked from among the just, 50 and cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
Matthew 16:27 (NKJV)
For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works.
Matthew 18:10 (NKJV)
Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that in heaven their angels always see the face of My Father who is in heaven.
Matthew 24:29-31 (NKJV)
Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 30 Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31 And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
Matthew 25:31 (NKJV)
When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory.
Matthew 26:53 (NKJV)
Or do you think that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He will provide Me with more than twelve legions of angels?
Matthew 28:1-8 (NKJV)
Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb. 2 And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door,and sat on it. 3 His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow. 4 And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men.
5 But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. 6 He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. 7 And go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you.” 8 So they went out quickly from the tomb with fear and great joy, and ran to bring His disciples word.
Luke 22:41-44 (NKJV)
And He was withdrawn from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and prayed, 42 saying, “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.” 43 Then an angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening Him. 44 And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.
Acts 1:10-11 (NKJV)
And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, 11 who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.”
Acts 5:17-20 (NKJV)
Then the high priest rose up, and all those who were with him (which is the sect of the Sadducees), and they were filled with indignation, 18 and laid their hands on the apostles and put them in the common prison. 19 But at night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and brought them out, and said, 20 “Go, stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this life.”
Acts 8:26 (NKJV)
Now an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying, “Arise and go toward the south along the road which goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is desert.
Acts 10:1-7 (NKJV)
There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of what was called the Italian Regiment, 2 a devout man and one who feared God with all his household, who gave alms generously to the people, and prayed to God always. 3 About the Ninth hour of the day he saw clearly in a vision an angel of God coming in and saying to him, “Cornelius!” 4 And when he observed him, he was afraid, and said, “What is it, lord?” So he said to him, “Your prayers and your alms have come up for a memorial before God. 5 Now send men to Joppa, and send for Simon whose surname is Peter. 6 He is lodging with Simon, a tanner, whose house is by the sea. He will tell you what you must do.” 7 And when the angel who spoke to him had departed, Cornelius called two of his household servants and a devout soldier from among those who waited on him continually.
Acts 12:1-10 (NKJV)
Now about that time Herod the king stretched out his hand to harass some from the church. 2 Then he killed James the brother of John with the sword. 3 And because he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to seize Peter also. Now it was during the Days of Unleavened Bread. 4 So when he had arrested him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four squads of soldiers to keep him, intending to bring him before the people after Passover. 5 Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church. 6 And when Herod was about to bring him out, that night Peter was sleeping, bound with two chains between two soldiers; and the guards before the door were keeping the prison. 7 Now behold, an angel of the Lord stood by him, and a light shone in the prison; and he struck Peter on the side and raised him up, saying, “Arise quickly!” And his chains fell off his hands. 8 Then the angel said to him, “Gird yourself and tie on your sandals”; and so he did. And he said to him, “Put on your garment and follow me.” 9 So he went out and followed him, and did not know that what was done by the angel was real, but thought he was seeing a vision. 10 When they were past the first and the second guard posts, they came to the iron gate that leads to the city, which opened to them of its own accord; and they went out and went down one street, and immediately the angel departed from him.
Acts 12:21-24 (NKJV)
So on a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat on his throne and gave an oration to them. 22 And the people kept shouting, “The voice of a god and not of a man!” 23 Then immediately an angel of the Lord struck him, because he did not give glory to God. And he was eaten by worms and died. 24 But the word of God grew and multiplied.
Acts 27:21-25 (NKJV)
But after long abstinence from food, then Paul stood in the midst of them and said, “Men, you should have listened to me, and not have sailed from Crete and incurred this disaster and loss. 22 And now I urge you to take heart, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship. 23 For there stood by me this night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve, 24 saying, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul; you must be brought before Caesar; and indeed God has granted you all those who sail with you.’ 25 Therefore take heart, men, for I believe God that it will be just as it was told me.”
Psalm 34:7 (NKJV)
The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him, and delivers them.
Easy to Read Version (ERV):
The Lord’s angel builds a camp around his followers, and he protects them.
Good News Translation:
His angel guards those who honor the Lord and rescues them from danger.
The Living Bible:
For the Angel of the Lord guards and rescues all who reverence Him.
The Message Paraphrase:
God’s angel sets up a circle of protection around us while we pray.
For the angel of the Lord is a guard; he surrounds and defends all who fear Him.
The Voice Translation:
The messenger of the Eternal God surrounds everyone who walks with Him and is always there to protect and rescue us.
Psalm 91:11-12 (NKJV)
For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. 12 In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.
Contemporary English Version:
God will command his angels to protect you wherever you go. 12 They will carry you in their arms, and you won’t hurt your feet on the stones.
The Living Bible:
For he orders his angels to protect you wherever you go. 12 They will steady you with their hands to keep you from stumbling against the rocks on the trail.
The Voice Translation:
He will command His heavenly messengers to guard you, to keep you safe in every
way. 12 They will hold you up in their hands so that you will not crash, or fall, or even graze your foot on a stone.