Some people refuse to believe in God, heaven, hell, the devil, or angels. But this unbelief does not negate the reality of the spirit realm and our Creator of both the natural and the supernatural realms.
The Bible records hundreds of manifestations and encounters with angels. Angels are mentioned 108 times in the Old Testament (OT) and 165 times in the New Testament (NT).
Here are more angel facts that you can confirm by a good concordance and search of the word:
The word "angel" (Hebrew malak; Gk angelos) means "messenger." They are God's heavenly messengers or servants created by God before the earth began (Colossians 1:16).
Angels are not omnipresent--only God is, but angels are around everywhere on assignment. Jacob received a vision of them descending and ascending from assignments. In every nation assigned angels are among the agents executing God's will in the earth and assisting those who are trying to do so. Satan also has his demon angel assignments over various nations (Daniel 10) and ranks in his evil kingdom Paul received a revelation of in Ephesians 6. We'll discuss this in a later blog in this series.
Angels are not to be worshiped. Only God deserves worship.
The Bible speaks of good angels and evil angels, though it stresses that all were created good and holy. Having the freedom of choice, one-third of the angels joined in Satan's rebellion and were cast out of heaven (Ezek. 28:12-17; Jude 6). The Bible is not clear, but some theologians think likely these fallen angels can be identified with demons. Isn't it wonderful to know God has two good angels working for us for every bad one working for Satan?
In NT idol feasts Paul told the Corinthians that idol worshipers sacrificed to devils and that no one can drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of devils. This is just one of many Biblical prohibitions against Christians having anything to do with the works of Satan, sorcery, or the occult (I Cor. 10:21, Lev. 19:31). Anywhere the gospel was preached in the NT, God's power overcame the works of Satan and demons (Acts 19:11-20; Mark 8:26-36). This same power is available to us today if we learn and use our authority in Christ. This is why I wrote my primer, Power Over Satan. It can be found here https://amzn.to/2G73tep
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Have a blessed Christmas aware of God's angels' helping us as we speak God's Word,
Elva Cobb Martin Elva Cobb Martin is vice-president of the South Carolina Chapter of American Christian Fiction Writers. She is a former school teacher and a graduate of Anderson University and Erskine College. She has two inspirational novels published with Lighthouse Publishers of the Carolinas. Summer of Deception, a contemporary romantic suspense, and an historical romance, In a Pirate’s Debt. Both have spent time on Amazon’s 100 Best Sellers List for Women’s Religious Fiction. She has indie published a Bible study on Amazon, Power Over Satan, on the believer's authority in Christ. Decision, Charisma, and Home Life have carried Elva's articles. She and her husband Dwayne are semi-retired ministers. A mother and grandmother, Elva lives in South Carolina. Connect with her on her web site http://www.elvamartin.com,on Twitter www.twitter.com/ElvaCobbMartin; Facebook http://www.facebook.com/elvacobbmartin; and Pinterest https://www.pinterest.com/elvacobbmartinLink to her romance novels and non-fiction works on Amazon:http://amzn.to/2pOgVHI