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Angels and Demons

Angels and Demons

Most of us are not aware that there is spiritual activity all around us. It seems that there is a thin veil that separates our physical realm and the spiritual realm. When we have visions or out-of-body experiences that veil is temporarily removed and we are allowed to observe the spiritual realm on a very limited basis. What we are going to discuss may infringe upon our comfort level. However, it appears to be real and the Bible speaks of it. This will lead us into a deeper study of death-bed visions, out-of-body experiences, etc. Many of us have trouble believing that demons and angels actually influence and even, perhaps, at times, invade our lives.

The Apostle Paul wrote these words to the Church at Ephesus. “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand” (Eph. 6:10-13).

James says: “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). The Apostle John writes: “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” (1 John 4:4).

If we remain committed to the Lord, we should not fear the devil and his demons because we have both the Holy Spirit within and the angels of God without who are protecting us. There is spiritual warfare going on all around us but we do not see it. “For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways” (Ps. 91:11). “Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation” (Heb. 1:14). “Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels.” (Heb. 13:2). Jesus said: “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” (Matt. 18:10).

The above scripture supports the belief that angels are very active. It seems that children have guardian angels and perhaps they stay with us throughout our lives and someday will take us to heaven. Angels do not have physical bodies but they can take on physical bodies as they minister to us. How many angels have we met in our life and never knew it? From various visions, they appear to be approximately six feet to eight feet tall, both male and female in appearance and are usually dressed in white. However, sometimes they appear as humans and in some cases as animals. Some have wings but not all. They are created beings that have a unique role in God’s creation. Humans never become angels as some people seem to believe. We will live together in eternity performing the jobs assigned to us.

Perhaps one of the best references to the spirit world that exist around us is given in Second Kings. “Therefore he [the king of Syria] sent horses and chariots and a great army there, and they came by night and surrounded the city. And when the servant of the man of God arose early and went out, there was an army, surrounding the city with horses and chariots. And his servant said to him [Elisha], ‘Alas, my master! What shall we do?’ So he answered, ‘Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.’ And Elisha prayed, and said, ‘LORD, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.’ Then the LORD opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha” (2 kings 6:14-17).

Billy Graham wrote these words in his book, Angels, God’s Secret Agents. “The great majority of Christians can recall some incident in which their lives, in times of critical danger, have been miraculously preserved — and almost plane crash, a near car wreck, a fierce temptation. Thought they may have seen no angels, their presence could explain why tragedy was averted. We should always be grateful for the goodness of God, who uses these wonderful friends called angels to protect us. Evidence from Scripture as well as personal experience confirms to us that individual guardian, guiding angels attend to at least some of our ways and hover protectively over our lives” (pp 77).

Billy Graham tells this story in his book. “The Reverend John G. Paton, pioneer missionary in the New Hebrides Islands, told a thrilling story involving the protective care of angels. Hostile natives surrounded his mission’s headquarters one night, intent on burning the Patons out and killing them. John Paton and his wife prayed all during that terror-filled night that God would deliver them. When daylight came they were amazed to see that unaccountably, the attackers had left. They thanked God for delivering them.”

“A year later, the chief of the tribe was converted to Jesus Christ, and Mr. Paton remembering what had happened, asked the chief what had kept him and his men from burning down the house and killing them. The chief replied in surprise. ‘Who were all those men you had with you there?’ The missionary answered, ‘There were no men there; just my wife and I.’ The chief argued that they had seen many men standing guard — hundreds of big men in shining garments with drawn swords in their hands” (pp16-17).

Here is another story from Billy Graham’s book. “A celebrated Philadelphia neurologist had gone to bed after an exceptionally tiring day. Suddenly he was awakened by someone knocking on his door. Opening it he found a little girl, poorly dressed and deeply upset. She told him her mother was very sick and asked him if he would please come with her. It was a bitterly cold, snowy night, but though he was bone tired, the doctor dressed and followed the girl.”

As the Reader’s Digest reports the story, he found the mother desperately ill with pneumonia. After arranging for medical care, he complimented the sick woman on the intelligence and persistence of her little daughter. The woman looked at him strangely and then said, ‘My daughter died a month ago.’ She added, ‘Her shoes and coat are in the clothes closet there.’ Amazed and perplexed, the doctor went to the closet and opened the door. There hung the very coat worn by the little girl who had brought him to tend to her mother. It was warm and dry and could not possibly have been out in the wintry night. Could the doctor have been called in the hour of desperate need by an angel who appeared as this woman’s young daughter?” (pp 16).

A Guidepost publication on Angels in Nov/Dec 1996 had a number of stories about being angels involved in human activities. In one story, a family house was on fire and the parents were trying to get their children out. Two of the children became trapped in the upper bedrooms. Let’s begin the story as reported. “Then, in that thick haze, two figures appeared on the stairs. They seemed unaffected in any way by the raging blaze. Such calmness glowed about them that I stopped crying — ‘Thank you, Lord’, I prayed, standing up. ‘Thank you.’ A complete serenity overtook me. Time slowed, stilled”.

“All at once the figures were gone. One small hand pushed through the smoke, Dale! His daddy grabbed him, sweeping him into his arms. Where is Wendi? Then her hand emerged. I pulled her out and we fell back to the lawn, crying.”

Later Wendi told what happen. “‘Mom someone pulled me out.’ we assumed she meant Dale. ‘No, Mom’, he said, ‘I didn’t even know she was there.’ We’re convinced Wendi felt the hand of an angel” (pp 5-6).

Many years ago we had an experience similar to the above story. Our Children were home from Birmingham when they got a call that their neighbor’s house had burned. Later, they learned that a teenage boy awoke the family in the early hours of a very, very cold Christmas morning and assisted the family in getting out of the house. They later tried to find the boy to thank him. They did not know him nor were they ever able to find anyone who knew anyone with that description. The question must be asked, who was this stranger who was in their subdivision, in zero freezing weather, at that hour of the night on Christmas morning? They wondered if he was an angel who was sent to help them escape. They, with his help, were barely able to escape but were unable to save their animals.

Here is another story from the Guidepost booklet. A family living in California in a house trailer had a narrow escape from a rattlesnake. A little six-year old boy encountered the snake while watering the garden. He sprayed water on the snake to make it go away. The snake coiled and struck at him. However, it appeared to have missed. Later while giving him a bath, the little boy asked his mother, “‘Why don’t angels wear shoes’ he asked. ‘What a question,’ I said, passing the washcloth between his stubby toes. ‘I’ve, always imagined angels with sandals on, but I suppose some are barefoot.’ ‘Well, my angel has bare foots.’ I almost dropped the soap, ‘What angel?’ ‘When I squirted the snake to make him leave, he got mad and curled up. Then he jumped at me, but you know why that mean old snake didn’t get me? My angel’s bare foot was in the way! I saw it‘” (pp 25).

I read of another story very similar years ago about a small boy being bitten by a large timber rattlesnake in Florida. Being a good distance away for the boy’s house, an angel picked him up and carried him to the front porch of his house and then rang the doorbell. The family was then able to rush the boy to medical care.

One more story. Pat Robertson, on the 700 Club, recently aired a story about a man who was crushed under a heavy truck which severed five arteries. He left his body and floated above it. He saw two angels dress in white ministering to him. Then he returned to his body and was taken to the hospital. Doctors said there should not have been any way for him to survive due to the blood lost.

There are hundreds of these stories. What they tell us is that there are ministering spirits around us waiting to protect us. Many people began to see them as they approach death. A friend of mine was with his dying wife in a hospice center. He asked the nurses why his wife kept lifting her arms up. They told him that she was reaching for the angels. There are many people who are dying who reach up toward heaven.