But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of The LORD appeared unto him in a dream… Matthew 1:20
🤔While shepherds watch’d their flocks by night, All seated on the ground, The angel of The Lord came down, and glory shone around. They were not asleep! Amazing, no?
“Fear not,” said he, for mighty dread had seized their troubled mind; and the angel ‘said’ “Glad tidings of great joy I bring to you and all mankind.”
“Again The LORD appeared unto Abram in the plain of Mamre, as he sat in his tent door about the heat of the day.
And he lifted up his eyes, and looked: and lo, three men stood by him, and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself to the ground. (In his 90’s?!)
And Abram said, LORD! IF I have now found favor in Thy sight, go not, I pray Thee, from thy servant.
Manoah and his wife were childless, but an angel of The LORD appeared to Manoah’s wife and told her that she would give birth to a son. The child was to be dedicated from the womb as a Nazirite, which entailed restrictions on his diet, which the angel spelled out in detail.
Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.
We could go on… We discussed how we at present are on a plane – the visible plain. http://www.math.brown.edu/~banchoff/Yale/project13/bible
In biblical cosmology, the firmament is the structure above the atmosphere of Earth, conceived as a vast solid dome. According to the Genesis creation narrative, God created the firmament to separate the “waters above” the earth from the “waters below” the Earth.
A third concept of Heaven, also called shamayi h’shamayim (שׁמי השׁמים or “Heaven of Heavens“), is mentioned in such passages as Genesis 28:12, Deuteronomy 10:14 and 1 Kings 8:27 as a distinctly spiritual realm containing (or being traveled by) angels and God.
Warring angels or princes of heaven are to help the children of God in extreme, dangerous situations (2 Kings 6:18-19); such as the time Elisha stood on the side of a mountain with the Syrian army surrounding him. The King of Syria had ordered the demise of Elisha.
We read about the mighty princes’ battle to bring Daniel’s answers to his three weeks of fasting and prayer (Daniel 10:11-15). These strong angels are organized into principalities and powers, sitting on thrones (Colossians 1:16; 2:18; Romans 8:38; Ephesians 6:10-18; 1 Peter 3:22). They drive spirit horses (2 Kings 2:11-12) and guard gates (Revelation 21:12).
Warring angels wage war in actual combat engagement (Revelation 12:7-9; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10) with angels ruling the nations (Daniel 10:13-21; 12:1). The stronger angels will bind Satan after Armageddon (Revelation 20) and other angels are responsible for guarding the abyss (Revelation 20:1-3).
Many people believe angels have played a significant role in keeping them safe during difficult situations. These stories find a way into our hearts sparking faith and hope in God, who shows how much He cares by charging His angels to keep us safe.
- There are angles who lift up and strengthen the saints during times of trial (Matthew 4:11; Luke 22:43). These are also the angels who are dispatched to lead sinners to gospel workers when the sinners’ hearts are ready (Acts 10:3).
- Angelic beings can appear in our dreams to give us God’s directions (Matthew 1:20-24).
- The angels are busy in the re-gathering of Jews to Israel. Thus, the angels also help in bringing about the fulfillment of biblical prophecy (Matthew 24:31).
- Angels will accompany Christ back to earth during His second coming riding spirit horses (Matthew 16:27; 25:31; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10).
- Angels are the silent witnesses to the confessions of men. (Luke 15:8-9).
- God’s laws are given by the angels (Acts 7:53; Hebrew 2:2)
- The tree of life is guarded by angels (Genesis 3:24).
- Men’s revelations are given by the angels of God (2 Kings 1:15; Daniel 8:19; 9:21-23; 10:10-20).
- They impart God’s will as they are obedient to Him (Acts 5:19-20; 10:1-6).
It is important to remember that the unseen army of our protection stands all around us: “Don’t be afraid!” Elisha told him. “For there are more on our side than on theirs!” (2 Kings 6:16; Romans 8:31; Psalm 118:6; Hebrews 13:6).
The reason for the study above is Daniel was moved to fast and pray…In the Hebrew Bible, Gabriel appears to the prophet Daniel to explain his visions (Daniel 8:15–26, 9:21–27). … Alongside archangel Michael, Gabriel is described as the guardian angel of Israel, defending this people against the angels of the other nations.
We could go on and on and on…open your spirits and soar in the higher plain by The grace of God. Prior to this the heart/spirit to do so needs to be developed. You do not awaken one day and run a marathon! You must train, we are not even merely speaking in the physical, but the spiritual – which is the true us.
The human spirit includes our intellect, emotions, fears, passions, and creativity. In the models of Daniel A. Helminiak and Bernard Lonergan, human spirit is considered to be the mental functions of awareness, insight, understanding, judgement and other reasoning powers.
A significant minority of theologians across the denominational and theological spectrum, in both the East and the West, have held that human beings are made up of three distinct components: body or flesh, soul, and spirit.
We will discuss these further; however it is done to open your understanding to who you are.