THE WALKING DEAD
Part 3: ANGELS
Ephesians 6:10-12 (NLT)
10 A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. 12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
2 Corinthians 10:3-4 (NIV)
For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.
2 Kings 6:14-17 (NLT)
14 So one night the king of Aram sent a great army with many chariots and horses to surround the city. 15 When the servant of the man of God got up early the next morning and went outside, there were troops, horses, and chariots everywhere. “Oh, sir, what will we do now?” the young man cried to Elisha. 16 “Don’t be afraid!” Elisha told him. “For there are more on our side than on theirs!” 17 Then Elisha prayed, “O Lord, open his eyes and let him see!” The Lord opened the young man’s eyes, and when he looked up, he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire.
Daniel 10:12-14 (NLT)
“Don’t be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day you began to pray …your request has been heard in heaven. I have come in answer to your prayer. But for twenty-one days the spirit prince of the kingdom of Persia blocked my way. Then Michael, one of the archangels, came to help me, and I left him there with the spirit prince of the kingdom of Persia. Now I am here to explain what will happen to your people in the future, for this vision concerns a time yet to come.”
THERE IS MORE THAN WHAT YOUR EYES CAN SEE
Hebrews 13:2 (NLT)
Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it!
WHAT DO ANGELS DO?
1. Angels Worship (Worshippers)
Hebrews 1:6 (NLT)
And then, when he presented his honored Son to the world, God said, “Let all the angels of God worship him.”
Revelation 5:11-12 (NLT)
11 Then I looked again, and I heard the voices of thousands and millions of angels around the throne and of the living beings and the elders. 12 And they sang in a mighty chorus: “Worthy is the Lamb who was slaughtered—to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing.”
2. Angels Fight (Warriors)
2 Kings 19:35 (NLT)
That night the angel of the Lord went out to the Assyrian camp and killed 185,000 Assyrian soldiers. When the surviving Assyrians woke up the next morning, they found corpses everywhere.
Numbers 22:21-23 (NLT)
21 So the next morning Balaam got up, saddled his donkey, and started off with the Moabite officials. 22 But God was angry that Balaam was going, so he sent the angel of the Lord to stand in the road to block his way. As Balaam and two servants were riding along, 23 Balaam’s donkey saw the angel of the Lord standing in the road with a drawn sword in his hand. The donkey bolted off the road into a field, but Balaam beat it and turned it back onto the road.
Revelation 12:7 (NLT)
Then there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon and his angels.
3. Angels Deliver Messages (Messengers)
Judges 6:12 (NLT)
The angel of the Lord appeared to him and said, “Mighty hero, the Lord is with you!”
Luke 1:28-31 (NLT)
28 Gabriel appeared to her and said, “Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you!” 29 Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean. 30 “Don’t be afraid, Mary,” the angel told her, “for you have found favor with God! 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus.
Matthew 1:20 (NLT)
As he considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. “Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit.
4. Angels Protect (Guardian Angels)
Psalms 91:11-12 (NLT)
11 For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go. 12 They will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.
Acts 12:7-11 (NLT)
7 Suddenly, there was a bright light in the cell, and an angel of the Lord stood before Peter. The angel struck him on the side to awaken him and said, “Quick! Get up!” And the chains fell off his wrists. 8 Then the angel told him, “Get dressed and put on your sandals.” And he did. “Now put on your coat and follow me,” the angel ordered. 9 So Peter left the cell, following the angel. But all the time he thought it was a vision. He didn’t realize it was actually happening. 10 They passed the first and second guard posts and came to the iron gate leading to the city, and this opened for them all by itself. So they passed through and started walking down the street, and then the angel suddenly left him. 11 Peter finally came to his senses. “It’s really true!” he said. “The Lord has sent his angel and saved me from Herod and from what the Jewish leaders had planned to do to me!”
5. Angels Minister To You (Ministers)
Matthew 4:11 (NIV)
Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.
diakoneo (dee-ak-on-eh’-o); to be a servant, wait upon, to minister as unto guests.
Luke 22:43 (NIV)
An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him.
Hebrews 1:14 (NIV)
Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?
NLT = Therefore, angels are only servants—spirits sent to care for people who will inherit salvation.
6. Angels Listen to the Word!
Psalm 103:20 (NKJV)
Bless the Lord, you His angels, Who excel in strength, who do His word, Heeding the voice of His word.
NLT = Praise the Lord, you angels, you mighty ones who carry out his plans, listening for each of his commands.