ALLIES OF THE PROPHETS
WITH WHOM WE BATTLE AGAINST THE ENEMY
It is not only the angels of the devil who are active in the end days, so are the un-fallen angels of God. The activity of angels has been forgotten, ignored, and sometimes perverted by many in our day. In the last days, the angels will again be more evident than it has been. The angels of God are holy, and will be used in the time when the Lord comes.
"...when He cometh in the glory of His Father with the holy angels..."
The devil has his angelic followers that also rebelled with him... They are more active in the last days than they have been ever before...
"...Depart from Me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels..."
Angels have high intelligence, but still do not know the hour of the Lord's coming... They have been watching events and signs being fulfilled, as have we, the saints of the last days... The holy angels are anxious, and the evil angels dread their soon coming end in the lake of fire...
"But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but My Father only...."
The angels of God are ministering spirits to the righteous,
and aid the work of the prophets:
they rejoice at the repentance of a sinner
"Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth..."
they hear the Lord confess or deny those who confess or deny Him.
"Also, I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess Me before men, him shall the Son of Man also confess before the angels of God."
they watch over as guardians of God's children, and intercede for those they watch...
"Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of My Father Who is in heaven..."
they even carried the soul of Lazarus to paradise...
"And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom..."
the Lord could have summoned angels to help aid Him as He was upon the cross...
"Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He shall presently give Me more than twelve legions of angels?"
angels will accompany Jesus and the saints at the second coming...
"When the Son of man shall come in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then shall He sit upon the throne of His glory..."
The archangels of the Lord are also "seven angels"
The word "archangel" is from the Greek "archangelos" meaning "chief angels..." It is a Scriptural concept, for I Thessalonians 4:16 speaks of the "voice of the archangel..." Jude 9 refers to "Michael, the archangel..."
Gabriel is mentioned in the Bible, and he came and appeared as a man a number of times in the Bible... He spoke to Joseph and Mary at the incarnation of Jesus... Daniel also had dealings with Gabriel... (Daniel 9:21, 8:15).
Michael is called "the great prince who standeth for the children of Thy people..." (Daniel 12:1). Michael is called "one of the chief princes..." (Daniel 10:13).
Another archangel is referred to in Tobit 12:5, where one called "Raphael" is "one of the holy angels who present the prayers of the saints" to God...
In Revelation 8:2, we find that there are 7 such archangels...
"And I saw the seven angels who stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets..."
These archangels blow the seven trumpets judgments during the tribulation...
Enoch 20:1-8 tells us the names of these archangels:
Seven other prominent angels in Scripture are angels of the judgment on the church pronounced in Ezekiel 9 & 10:1-7, Matthew 13, I Peter 4:17-19.
They are the seven "stars" (Greek =astare, strong ones) in the right hand of the Lord of Revelation 1:16, 20 which are the "angels" of the seven church ages (Revelation 2 & 3)...
They are seen in Revelation later in Revelation 7:2 (marking the 144,000)...
They are finally seen in Revelation 8:3-5 (preparing for the sounding of the 7 trumpets [compare with Ezek. 10:1-7]), 14:6,8,9,15,17, 18-20 (ministering angels of the tribulation).
There are many angels used of God
in the prophetic message of Revelation.
Voices of angels are heard to praise God about the throne (Rev. 5:11, 7:11).
Four angels (zoa) called "beasts" are seen to fly about the throne calling attention to God's holiness (Rev. 5:6-8).
Judgment angels are seen in the book of Revelation.
In Revelation 7:1, four special judgment angels stop the wind from blowing.
Seven judgment angels sound the trumpet judgments.
Three preaching angels fly about the earth preaching the gospel and warning people about the mark of the beast (Rev. 14:6-9).
Announcing angels warn of the battle of Armageddon (Rev. 14:15-19).
Seven angels pour out vials of wrath (Rev. 16).
An angel announces the end of Babylon (Rev. 18).
An angel calls fowls to come to the feast of flesh at Armageddon (Rev. 19).
An angel comes at the end of the tribulation and binds the devil and puts him into the bottomless pit for 1000 years.
These angels are "ministering spirits" who are given direction by God, not by us, and they help us in our battle against the wicked forces of the devil.