The earliest and most direct observational evidence of the validity of the theory are the expansion of the universe according to Hubble’s law (as indicated by the redshifts of galaxies), discovery and measurement of the cosmic microwave background and the relative abundances of light elements produced by Big Bang.
A singular Existince without beginning or end.
‘Time’ began after the “big bang.” Prior to the existence of “Time,” there simply was.
Here in the ‘seen,’ was physical existence defined. The Earth is populated with Man in The Image of God. God is not physical. We exist within this cloak of physical flesh. In The Form of The Creator – unseen to Whom and Where we all head.
An aside; why are you? Your purpose? Psalm 57:2 says, “I cry out to God Most High, to God who fulfills his purpose for me.” This is key in understanding God’s purpose for your life. God has numbered your days and will fulfill every purpose He has for you. However, our choices and actions also really matter.
In His-story, there is definite proof of the “seen.” What is the “unseen”? So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” Focus on the eternal and we can feel a great burden lift from our shoulders.
“I am Raphael, one of the seven holy angels who present the prayers of the saints and enter into the presence of the glory of the Holy One.” ~ TOBIT 12:15
At the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939, the youngest son of JRR Tolkien, Christopher, joined up to become a fighter pilot in Britain’s Royal Air Force. As the war progressed, Tolkien and Christopher wrote many letters to each other, sharing their common spiritual beliefs about heaven and angels. A deeply religious man, Tolkien found great comfort in praying for his son’s safety.
One day in the winter of 1944, the author was praying as usual for his son when he experienced what he later described as “an extraordinary vision”. In a letter to Christopher, Tolkien later wrote that he had been granted a mystical revelation of the divine light that links every human soul directly to God. For the first time in his life, he had become acutely aware of the fact that every soul had its own guardian angel.
“Not a thing interposed between God and each creature,” Tolkien wrote to his son, “but God’s very attention itself, personalized … I received comfort … (and) have with me now a definite awareness of you poised and shining in the Light.”
This amazing vision helped to sustain Tolkien throughout the final years of the conflict until his son returned safely home. Tolkien’s glimpse into the angelic realms on that grey November day also inspired him to complete his literary masterpiece The Lord of the Rings and the legend of Middle Earth and a Hobbit called Frodo Baggins was born. As fate would have it, years later it was to be Christopher who completed his father’s last book, The Silmarillion, left unfinished at the author’s death in 1973.
Yet Tolkien’s touching angelic encounter is far from unique. Throughout history, the lives of countless men, women and children have been changed forever by meetings, visions and even dreams of these spiritual, luminous beings. Spanning many faiths — be it Judaism, Christianity, Islam or even New Age spirituality — stories of angelic intervention in human affairs are legendary and abundant.
Angels remain key helpers in responding to God’s will. They guide us, protect us and sometimes even call us to take specific action when no action seems necessary. They do not negotiate — unless God tells them to. They are not to be worshipped — despite much misplaced contemporary advice in some quarters — and nor do they decay or die, as their essence is fundamentally and uniquely spiritual. They are, as the Jewish mystical teaching, the Kabbalah, informs us, inhabitants of Heaven, composed of fire and water. Importantly, they possess no will of their own as the Will of God operates through them.
The main function of an angel is to bear witness to the Truth. The “Truth” being that God is with us and for us.
Meet the angels
Angels are called alternatively by their Hebrew title of malakh. In English this means “messenger”. In Greek they are angelos. They are also known by their individual names (Michael, Gabriel, Raphael etc) and are generally grouped into orders (seraphim, cherubim and so on), though most angels will have more than one name and can belong to more than one order, which has presented something of a challenge to angelographers across the centuries.
Haniel, the chief of the order of Principalities, for example, is the “tallest angel in Heaven” but also goes by the names of Anael, Anfiel, Aniyel, Anafiel, Onoel, Ariel or Simiel. The Archangel Michael, who fought and defeated Satan, the prince of evil angels, in some quarters also passes for “the glory” of the Shekinah, that mysterious pillar of light and dust sent by God to guide Moses and the Israelites in their Exodus from Egypt to the Promised Land. Raphael (which means “God has healed”) was originally called Labbiel and is set over all the diseases and wounds of the children of men. He is charged, according to The Zohar, to “heal the earth”.
It has been said that all the Heavenly Host know what is to happen to mankind and that they can observe events in this world as they unfold on a cosmic scale — in many instances, as foretold in the Book of Revelation, one of their primary tasks is to precipitate these events.
The three angels who visited Abraham told him that his aged wife Sarah was to bear a son, that Abraham’s brother Lot was to be saved, while Sodom and Gomorrah were to be destroyed. Later, angels also saved Hagar and her child, announced the birth of Christ and, three days after His crucifixion, told astonished women at the empty tomb of His resurrection from the dead. They even led the apostle Peter from prison despite his being chained to two guards and under constant surveillance.
Yet angels are not all “sweetness and light” — a common misconception that, unfortunately, continues to be perpetrated by some writers today.
In their protective roles, angels can be the fiercest of warriors and the swiftest of rescuers. When God passes justice on injustice, angels are often the ones who carry out the sentence. Jesus speaks of little children as having their own angels who look upon God in Heaven, while the Archangel Gabriel revealed to Mohammed that God was shielded by thousands of veils of light and darkness, a cosmic, vibrating energy source making God the essence of all life in the universe.
As for Satan, Revelation reveals that at the end of this world as we know it, God will simply send an angel from heaven with a large chain to bind up the Devil and thrust him into Sheol, the pit of Hell, for eternity. His constant companions are to be fellow sinners, along with the Beast and the False Prophet.
Mark Twain once quipped: “I have been on the verge of being an angel all my life, but it’s never happed yet!” And yet, humour aside, we are reminded by Saint Augustine that every visible thing in this world “is put under the charge of an angel”. And this is something, I personally believe, that we should never forget.
The Essenes, that ancient Jewish sect who lived around 2000 years ago on the shores of the Dead Sea, were especially skilled in angelology, or the study of angels. This group believed that by communing on a daily basis with angels, both physical and spiritual wellbeing could be achieved. Although the Essenes were but a single link in a secret chain of ancient knowledge or gnosis, this sect is believed to have written most (if not all) of the Dead Sea Scrolls in which feature the names of many angels and the roles they play in shaping the lives of human beings.
Despite our modern “scientific minds” and “healthy scepticism”, the plain truth is we are simply fascinated by angels. In 1993, Time Magazine carried out a rather unusual survey of the American people called ‘Angels Among Us’ and it was revealed that a staggering 69 per cent of those polled believed that angels existed and had a fundamental effect on people’s lives — with one in three people openly admitting they had had an “angelic encounter”.
Angels in religion
According to religious texts, angels are definitely real and not the figment of an overactive imagination. Yet, despite much artistic license, they are often seen as Jacob saw them — as luminous beings without wings. In Islamic tradition, the prophet Mohammed received the words of the Koran from the angel Gabriel (known as Jibral), the Spirit of Truth, and believed nothing could occur without the presence of angels.
Angels, we are told, pray for us and are among the unseen in “all that is seen and unseen” of the Christian Nicene Creed. They exist to praise God and to bear the message and task for which God sends them. They appear to people of all religions, or even of no religion at all, when God wants these people to listen.
Angels remain the essence of Love and joy that pours out from The Essence of God. They flock around the universe in their millions, as numerous as the stars in the heavens, and are dedicated to serving the needs of free-will entities (humans) so we may experience the same level of unconditional love as they do. Everyone has angels about them constantly and without exception, and they are eager and excited about the opportunity to communicate with you.