The other day a friend asked me if I believed in angels. The focus of the question was not so much on the angels of Biblical antiquity, but on the involvement of heavenly spirits in our everyday life. Here is a thumbnail sketch of what I have learned about this subject.
Angels are an essential part of our everyday life. Each of us has at least one guardian angel (Psalm 34:7 cf., Matthew 18:10; Hebrews 1:14).
Demons are fallen angels. They are not the chubby little creatures you saw in the movie Ghostbusters. They are warriors; armed and dangerous. Satan was the first to fall (Isaiah 14:12; Ezekiel 28:13-15). One third of the angelic realm followed him into the rebellion that continues to this day (Revelation 12:4). Because of their actions, they are condemned with no hope of redemption, and so they constitute Satan’s army. As does any army, they have a mission. Their mission is twofold. First, they intend to take as many souls to hell with them as they possibly can. Second, they mean to neutralize their enemy, that would be us, by anesthetizing us to any source of information that would expose them for who they are and what they intend to do to the human race. So what is their strategy? It’s really quite simple. They merely use our own human arrogance to blind us and keep us from the truth (John 8:44).
Demons and the holy angels are locked in battle 24-7. They are all around you. You just can’t see them (Ephesians 6:12). Demons are assigned to individuals, cites, states and nations as are Holy angels. It is a highly organized political-military system. There is a demonic prince assigned to every section of society in the world and under him, thousands of emissaries (Daniel 10:13). I’m sure there is a demonic prince assigned to every church that is carrying out the great commission (preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ). The good news is that the holy angels out number demons 2 to 1.
There is a little mess in the road that I would like to clean up right away. The sons of God in Geneses 6:1-4 cf. Jude 6-7 were not angels. That is a fairy tale designed to back up Greek mythology. Angels do not cohabit with each other nor have they ever done it with humans. I have done my homework on this (you can Google it: angels cohabiting with women).
Angels are the creation of God. They were created to worship Him and share eternal life in His glorious presence, as were we. After the fall of Satan, many of God’s holy angels were assigned to be our protectors. Why? Because, through Christ, mankind was given the mission to destroy Satan and his demons (Hebrews 2:5-18).
What Satan fears most is God’s Word. If you can invasion this, I would like you to look into a Sunday school class, but instead of seeing a bunch of little kids running around, invasion a training ground in Sparta. Sparta, where boys and girls were bred and trained for one purpose. They were brought into this world to fight, against all odds, for Sparta. They were taught to fight and win! However, they were not without resources. Each had a helmet and armor, a sword, a spear and a shield. And when placed together with fellow Spartans, as a team, they were invincible. They were the most respected fighting machine that has ever been assembled on planet earth.
Christians, you are not unlike Spartans. You are first and foremost warriors! Satan fears your potential like he fears nothing else. Look! Gaze upon your assets. You have God the Holy Spirit indwelling you and “the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day,… and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Ephesians 6:10-20).
“And the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” Have you any idea what that passage means? It means, Christian, listen up! On the battlefield, throughout the angelic conflict, we, you and I, are the pointed end of the stick. In other words, it’s up to us. Our job, in order to accomplish our mission, is to stay focused on the truth and thrust our spear into the devil’s heart. It’s not complicated, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” (John 3:16-17). There it is! Just say the words! Lay it down! Don’t embellish! Strike! And then, step back and watch God do His magic. How hard is that?
Every time a believer brings another lost soul into the Kingdom of God, Satan screams in agony. Why? Because everything he has thrown at you to keep you from your mission has failed. Simply stated, through you, God has won another battle, and Satan and his demon army have lost.
Now we are going to turn a corner, and I know I am going to lose a few of you in this alley (please, take my hand, I’ve been here before. I’m not afraid, I know the way and I promise, I won’t let go of you), but if you were here, standing in my office, I would stand, face you, and look you dead in the eye and say this, “Anyone who says they are worshiping God through any other means than Jesus Christ has been duped by the Prince of Darkness. He, Satan, also goes by the title, “Angel of Light” (2 Cor. 11:14) Let me be clear. If you call anyone, other than Jesus, “Lord,” then in reality, you are bowing down to Satan and worshiping the Lord of Darkness. His name is Lucifer, and he is the declared enemy of God. So, you’re into yoga. That’s fine. It’s purely physical, but on whom do you focus during your interludes into that realm of ecstasy? Is it Jesus? If it is, enjoy.
But, what if it’s not Jesus? Than with whom are you communing? Did you ever think about that?
Spiritualists and shamans! You know what? I’m just going to tell you straight up. I’ve been there; done that! Here it is: You get your power and light from demons, not God. Anyone who claims to be leading people toward the light apart from the Bible (the only authorized source of the Word of God) is as deluded and blind to reality as a mosquito heading for the zapper on a balmy spring evening.
Then I get asked this question, “But Dennis, what about E. T.? Might he have been an angel?” Angles are indeed creatures from outer space. That’s where they receive their orders, in the third heaven, the Holy of Holies, the throne room of God. Satan hangs out there too. But not to receive orders from God, but to accuse you and I of sin. However, we have an advocate up there in heaven.
Please allow me to once again paint you a picture. Here’s the scene: Satan is slandering you and I, and it’s all true. God the Father patiently hears Satan out. Then He turns to God the Son, His only begotten, and nods. Aware of His Father’s focus upon Him, Jesus stares down Satan. As Satan winces, He, God the Son, smiles; it’s almost winsome. He then turns a gentler eye to God the Father and calmly says, “I paid for that sin.” Just like that! And then, He casts a casual look across the room, as if to say, “Anyone else got anything to say?” In response, God the Father turns back to Satan and says, “Case dismissed!” Satan has no recourse, but to storm out of the throne room of God. He is in a rage. And there is only one thought burning a hole through the pages of his diary. Listen, and listen to this carefully. Satan is angry most of the time, and his anger has a definite focus. His rage, his hatred toward the human race, his contempt (you have no idea how much he loathes you) continually inspires a solemn vow that evokes these words: “I swear that not one more of those pitiful creatures shall ever again steal another soul from my kingdom.” Did you get that? We are at war! So, get into the fight or get out of the way! Sorry, that’s just how I feel.
But here’s the cool part. I have already read the book. I know how it ends. We will continue, through the power of God, to kick Satan’s butt, and we will, ultimately, win. There will be many casualties however. I will never take the power and authority the Devil has over this perturbed planet lightly. I respect him as an intelligent and awesome warrior far beyond anyone I would have a prayer against. If it were not for my protective angles, under divine orders, I would have been terminated long ago. You may, at this point pose the question: “Am I fearful of the consequences I may incur by walking out into the battle fray?” If I were not, I would be either naive, ignorant or stupid. But as General Patton once told his son in a letter, “Fear is not a good enough reason to refrain from going into battle.”
There’s something else I want to talk to you about. I enjoy a good science fiction story or a fantasy as much as any other. Star Wars and TheLord Of The Rings are some of my favorite movies. But when I was in college, Chariots of the Gods was all the rage among the young intelligencia. But what was it, really? It was a smoke screen, that’s what, laid down by Satan to get our eyes off the real issue that was going on at that time. Did I fail to mention, the year was 1972, and the Jesus Freaks, ignited by the music emanating from Azusa Pacific University in conjunction with Chuck Smith’s teaching inspired a revival. There was an evangelical movement happening in So. Cal. and it was at full tilt. And gee, guess what? Yours truly was one of those hippies, kissed sweetly on the face by the grace of God. And, as a result, I transformed from peace freak to a Christian warrior.
As things progressed, I began to witness to my friends about Jesus and then, this side issue came up. A book called Chariots of the Gods stimulated all kinds of thoughts about the heavenly realm, like, what about all the ancient wall drawings and signs in the wheat fields. It even infiltrated the Bible. People asked, “What about Ezekiel, chapter 1; that had to be a spaceship, right?” And on and on it went!
These were just some of the many “but, what if’s” I got from people as I witnessed to my friends (most of whom I lost as I drifted from their world to His). But, please listen, all these were, and continue to be, simply different forms of distractions to get your eyes off the real issue. Satan is the master of deception. He creates smokescreens and illusions to keep people from focusing on the truth, to neutralize them from ever becoming a threat. There is something you need to understand.
The Dark Prince of the High Desert knows my name. My job is, as it has always been, is to equip and train men and women for spiritual battle. And he knows that I am writing this letter and by whom it is being embraced. He knows all about the Bible doctrine I am writing down for you. These pearls are, in reality, loaded guns.
A friend asked if me if I believe in angels. Well, here it is: I don’t just believe in them, I’m on the battlefield with them. I talk to them (just so you know, they have yet to answer back), but, just the same, I know they are there.
There are many sources of wisdom and truth in this world besides the Bible. I personally own hundreds of volumes of wisdom literature, from Socrates to Emanuel Kant. I’m not uninformed, but I have learned over the years to look at everything through the lenses of the Bible. I listen to many, but I put my confidence in few.