Updated: Jul 21, 2021
Good morning, it is Tuesday, July 20, 2021
I am in the middle of creating and producing my own show. It will be called “Women in the Word”. Tagline: Bible Study with Women, for Women.
My first several guests have been chosen, over 40 topics have been laid out, the set is being designed. We plan on beginning filming the 3rd week in August.
I give God all the credit for this one!
Firstly, He arranged for me to be let go from my job in radio. If you have been reading my posts, you know the story. You know how devastated I was. You know how I heard God ask me “What if you knew this was my will for you?” You know how I immediately felt peace. You know how I started at Better Life Television.
What you may not know is I was asked, during the interview process, if I would be interested in hosting a show where I interview community members. My quick response was “yes!” In the past I had two different programs in radio where I did just that.
One morning however, I felt God impress me to ask if I could go in a different direction. Bible study with women, for women.
I approached my supervisor who loved the idea and added her thoughts: “why don’t we start each program discussing issues that affect women and then get into the Bible study?” I loved the idea! We took it to the boss who took it to the board and here we are.
I know from own personal experience that often we feel like we are the only one struggling. We “present” well, but we do not let people know what is really going on, deep inside. We struggle alone when we could be supporting and lifting each other up. That is my prayer with this new program.
One of the topics I want to cover is Angels. Have you ever seen an angel? I would love to hear your story!!
It is also entirely possible we have seen angels and did not know it.
Hebrews 13:2 Tells us “Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels.” New King James Version
There is no place in the Bible that tells us how many angels were created, but we can know there are many!
Hebrews 12:22 “But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels,”
Merriam Webster tells me the definition of innumerable is “too many to be numbered or countless” That is a lot!
Revelation 5:11 tells us “the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousands, and thousands and thousands.”
As a child I was taught that every single person has an angel that watches over them; guardian angels.
Matthew 18:10 says ““Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that in heaven their angels always see the face of My Father who is in heaven.”
Psalm 91:11 ESV “For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.”
But of all these thousands upon thousands of angels, only 3 are named: Gabriel, Michael and Lucifer.
The angel Gabriel stands in the presence of God. Luke 1:19 ESV “And the angel answered him, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God…”
Gabriel was the one who spoke to Mary. Luke 1:26-29 ESV “In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin's name was Mary. And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be.”
The angel Michael is referred to as a “chief prince”
Daniel 10:13 “…Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I was left there with the kings of Persia,”
Michael is also called the archangel. According to Strong’s Concordance that means a chief angel.
The angel Lucifer we know better as the dragon or Satan or the devil. But before he was the devil, he was Lucifer, and he was highly exalted in heaven.
According to Wikipedia, Lucifer is a Latin word which means “light-bringing” or “morning star”.
Revelation 12:7-8 tells us that “…war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon. And the dragon and his angels fought back, but he was defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven.” ESV
Ezekiel 28:14 ESV “You were an anointed guardian cherub. I placed you; you were on the holy mountain of God; in the midst of the stones of fire you walked.”
But something happened in his heart. He became jealous. He wanted to be like God. He wanted to be worshipped.
Isaiah 14:12-14 ESV
“How you are fallen from heaven,
O Day Star, son of Dawn!
How you are cut down to the ground,
you who laid the nations low!
You said in your heart,
‘I will ascend to heaven;
above the stars of God
I will set my throne on high;
I will sit on the mount of assembly
in the far reaches of the north;
I will ascend above the heights of the clouds;
I will make myself like the Most High.“
We are told he convinced a 1/3 of the heavenly angels to join him. Little by little, whispers and talking, he convinced them that God was wrong, and he was right. The bible tells us that the devil and his angels were cast to this earth, where they harass us daily.
We could talk all day about the ramifications of that scenario, but I will move on.
Angels are mentioned many times in the Bible. They have surrounded humans since creation.
They served a roll after Adam and Eve sinned; to protect the Garden of Eden.
Genesis 3:24 ESV “He drove out the man, and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim and a flaming sword that turned every way to guard the way to the tree of life.”
EG White wrote “The Garden of Eden remained upon the earth long after man had become an outcast from its pleasant paths. The fallen race was long permitted to gaze upon the home of innocence, their entrance barred only by the watching angels. At the cherubim-guarded gate of Paradise the divine glory was revealed. Hither came Adam and his sons to worship God. Here they renewed their vows of obedience to that law the transgression of which had banished them from Eden. When the tide of iniquity overspread the world, and the wickedness of men determined their destruction by a flood of waters, the hand that had planted Eden withdrew it from the earth. But in the final restitution, when there shall be “a new heaven and a new earth” (Revelation 21:1), it is to be restored more gloriously adorned than at the beginning. – Revival and Reformation
When were angels created? We do not know for sure, but we know they were around when the earth was created. Job 38:4,7 says “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation … and all the angels shouted for joy?”
Angels were created to do God’s will “Psalm 103:20 ESV “Bless the Lord, O you his angels, you mighty ones who do his word, obeying the voice of his word!”
From Amazing Facts: At least 250 Bible passages speak of angels. The last book of the Bible alone has 80 references. Both the Hebrew word and Greek word from which we get the word “angel,” simply mean “messenger.” And they are not all alike. One class of angels is called cherubim, such as those who guarded the gates of Eden after Adam and Eve were expelled. These winged angels are also called “watchers.” Another class is called seraphim, which means “burning ones.” These celestial beings are often seen before God’s throne or by prophets while in vision.”
“Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels.”