Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Heavenly Hosts

VIDEO: Heavenly Hosts

The Book of Revelation shows us that we must be careful how we deal with angels. John was shown wondrous things when the Lord called, “Come up here.” He fell down at the feet of the angel and worshiped him... 

Then said he to me, See you do it not: for I am your fellow servant, and of your brothers the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God. (Revelation 22:9 AKJV) 

We should never pray to or worship anything but God. He alone deserves our adoration, and He alone can answer our prayers. The hosts of Heaven are the servants of God and include His servants, angels or messengers, and the army. This includes Michael, Gabriel, or even lesser angels. 

Here is a New Testament verse warning us about such things: 

Nevertheless in like manner, these dreamers also corrupt the body, scorn and reject authority and government, and revile and libel and scoff at [Heavenly] glories (the glorious ones). 

But when [even] the archangel Michael, contending with the devil, judicially argued (disputed) about the body of Moses, he dared not [presume to] bring an abusive condemnation against him, but [simply] said, “The Lord rebuke you!” (Jude 1:8-9 AMPC) 

The word “glories” in the Amplified version and “dignitaries” in the King James Bible translates into the Greek word doxa, which can mean “of the angels.” We know this is the right translation because it goes on to give an example of Michael not condemning Satan but asking the Lord to do so. This is an example of how we are to act, and it occurred after Jesus had risen. He has been given all power. We have not. 

Satan came to tempt the Lord in the wilderness when He was hungry. Jesus didn’t curse him or even speak disrespectfully to the leader of the rebellion in Heaven. He was respectful when addressing Satan and quoted the Word of God. Another example we should look at when dealing with angels is the time when Gabriel struck Zacharias, the high priest, mute because he spoke presumptively and questioned what the angel told him: 

And Zacharias said to the angel, “How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is well advanced in years.” 

And the angel answered and said to him, “I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God, and was sent to speak to you and bring you these glad tidings. But behold, you will be mute and not able to speak until the day these things take place, because you did not believe my words which will be fulfilled in their own time.” (Luke 1:18-20 NKJV) 

If we can’t even question angels, why do we think we can speak presumptively to command celestial beings? There is a very popular but incorrect teaching out that we can “command our angels” to do things. I believed this for many years. However, when someone asked me what verse I was standing on, I searched many books by well-known ministers to see where their Biblical support was. This was all I found: 

Are not the angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation? (Hebrews 1:14 ESV) 

When we examine this in the Amplified version, which goes back to the original text to give a fuller meaning, this is what we find: 

Are not the angels all ministering spirits (servants) sent out in the service [of God for the assistance] of those who are to inherit salvation? (Hebrews 1:14 AMPC) 

This makes it clear that our angels are in God’s service to help us. They are not our servants to command. Doing so would be another type of unauthorized authority. There is a woman minister who has been declaring that we can release or command the heavenly host to tear down strongholds. She quotes this verse: 

Bless the Lord, you His angels, who excel in strength, who do His word, heeding the voice of His word. (Psalm 103:20 NKJV) 

However, if you listen carefully to her video on this topic, she has changed a couple of words to say, “The angels hearken to YOUR words.” This is not what the Bible states. It is clear that the heavenly host heeds God’s, not man’s, words! This is also why we should not pray to them. They are listening to what God is saying, not us. When we pray to God, He will tell them what He wants them to do. 

When Jesus was being arrested, He said: “Do you suppose that I cannot appeal to My Father, and He will immediately provide Me with more than twelve legions [more than 80,000] of angels?” (Matthew 26:53 AMPC) 

If our Lord had to ask His Father and wasn’t commanding the angels, what makes us think we can command instead of asking? The Bible also tells us that the angels are God’s servants, and the ones assigned to the “little ones” have their faces turned toward God. Angels are commanded by God the Father, not us. 

Charges in the Courts of Heaven 

We had a case in the Courts: The charge was Archangel. When asked, the petitioner admitted that she had been commanding Michael to come and fight. This was the first time we had heard that charge, but we have heard it over and over again since then. Each time, the person had commanded Michael into battle or angels in general. These are common items in many Catholic prayers.  

It is our Heavenly Father that is in charge of the heavenly hosts or angels, not us. Commanding angels can bring charges against you in the Courts of Heaven! 

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