Angel A Day : Stories Of Angelic Encounters by Ann Spangler
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Throughout the Bible, individuals were visited by divine communication in the form of nocturnal visions. These encounters ranged from Jacob’s vision of a heavenly ladder to Joseph’s dream, urging him to escape to Egypt alongside Mary and Jesus. The question arises: Does God still convey messages through dreams? Moreover, how can we decipher the meaning behind our own dreams?
This extraordinary compilation delves into the experiences of both contemporary individuals and historical figures who have encountered the divine through their dreams. These encounters vary in nature, with some foretelling future events that later came to pass, while others offer solace and reassurance. Each tale serves as a testament to a benevolent and miraculous God, who demonstrates his love by healing, directing, and comforting us, even in the depths of the night.
Angels: Guardians, Messengers, and Protectors
Angels in the Bible: Protective Guardians and Powerful Messengers
The Bible is filled with references to angels, heavenly beings created by God for specific purposes. Angels are mentioned more than 270 times in the Bible and play a significant role in biblical narratives. They are seen as God’s invisible agents, carrying out His will and assisting humanity in various ways.
The Nature of Angels
Angels are not eternal beings; they were created by God before mankind. Their purpose is to serve and worship Him. The Bible reveals that angels have a hierarchy and ranking within God’s angelic hosts, with the archangel Michael being the highest-ranking angel, described as the chief prince and a powerful warrior against evil.
The Power and Authority of Angels
Angels are powerful and have the ability to shut the mouths of lions, protect and defend cities, and directly oppose Satan. They can also appear in various forms, from normal human-like beings to magnificent and awe-inspiring forms. While the Bible does not mention other archangels explicitly, the term “archangel” refers to a chief angel with exceptional power and authority. Michael is the only angel specifically referred to as an archangel in the Bible.
The Role of Michael the Archangel
Michael is mentioned in various biblical texts and has a prominent role in end-time events. In the book of Daniel, he is described as one of the chief princes who supports and fights for God’s people, particularly Israel. In the book of Revelation, Michael and his angels are seen battling against Satan and his angels to protect God’s kingdom.
Angels and the End Times
The book of Revelation is filled with references to angels playing significant roles in end-time events. They are seen in the throne room of God, blowing trumpets, delivering messages, and proclaiming the gospel. Michael, as a leader among the angels, is mentioned as standing up for Israel in the end times, associated with the war against Satan.
Angels as Guardians and Protectors
Angels are known to act as guardians and protectors for God’s people. They are described as ministering spirits sent to watch over believers and ensure their safety. They have the authority to protect individuals from physical and spiritual harm, intervene in dangerous situations, and deliver messages from God.
Angels and the Spiritual Realm
Angels are spiritual beings that belong to the unseen realm, alongside demons. While demons seek to deceive and harm humanity, angels are God’s agents of protection and assistance. They are referenced throughout the Bible as actively involved in the spiritual battles between good and evil.
Our Relationship with Angels
As believers, we are not called to worship angels or make them the focus of our faith. Angels should be seen as servants of God and messengers of His will. They are there to assist and protect us according to God’s plan and purpose. Our primary focus should always be on God and His authority.
The Reality of Angels Today
Angels are not mere characters from ancient stories; they are still active and relevant today. Just as God commanded His angels to watch over His people in biblical times, we can trust that they are still fulfilling their role today. While we may not physically see them, we can have faith that they are present, guiding and protecting us.
The Place of Angels in Our Lives
Angels are not to be feared but embraced as God’s powerful and loving servants. They act on behalf of God, offering guidance, protection, and assistance as we navigate through life. By acknowledging their existence and role, we can find comfort in knowing that we are not alone and that God’s heavenly hosts are watching over us.