ANGELS PREACH SERMONS
WHAT IS AN ANGEL?
“Angel” is the English translation for these two words in the Bible.
Hebrew - mal-ak = one dispatched as a messenger
Greek - aggelos = one who brings tidings.
An angel is purposed to bring us messages amidst their other duties of worship, protecting God’s children, warring against demons and fallen angels. We, as human, adamic beings have rhise same duties, In preaching salvation messages, we currently have sole duty. Yet, not all sermons we hear are salvtion messages. Sometimes, God has chisen angels to preach to mankind sermons of instruction, encouragement, direction, and exhortation.
Angels are real persons who regularly worship. There are two classes of angels-good and bad. Some fell into sin, having no Savior to redeem them as we now have. Angels were created before man and the earth. They are called sons of God and reside in heaven. Angels are inferior to God, but for this little while greater than redeemed mankind.
Angels were involved in giving of the sermon on the law on Mount Sinai. This is not mentioned in Exodus when we read about the giving of the law. Moses told us in Deuteronomy 33:2 that "the LORD came from Sinai . . . with ten thousands of saints: from his right hand went a fiery law for them." These saints were angels is clear from Psalms 68:17: "the chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of angels: the Lord is among them, as in Sinai, in the holy place."
In his sermon, the first martyr, Stephen, said that the law had been received "by the disposition of angels" (Acts 7:53). Paul said in Galatians 3:19 that the law was "ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.”
Angels had sermons of various lengths to:
Manoah and his wife
Peter and John
Gabriel preached a sermon to Zacharias while he was doing his priestly duties and brought the prophetic message of the birth of John the Baptist.
In Elizabeth's sixth month Gabriel appeared to Mary to preach a sermon about the birth of the Messiah.
An angel preached to Joseph in a dream to tell him the child Mary carried was the Messiah. Joseph had reacted to her pregnancy and considered divorcing her. "The angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost" (Mt. 1:20).
A second sermon warned Joseph to take Mary and Jesus to Egypt: "Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word" (Mt. 2:13).
It was good that Joseph heeded that angelic sermon, for when the wise men didn't return to Herod, he "was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men" (Mt 2:16).
An angel preached a message to Joseph in a dream a third time to tell him to return to Israel. When Herod was dead, the angel appeared this once more to tell Joseph it was safe to return to Israel.
A host of angels preached a message of the birth of Christ to the shepherds.
Several women saw angels at the empty tomb, and these angels preached the first resurrection sermon to them.
Angels preached to the disciples after Christ's ascension.
An angel preached a sermon, and then released Peter and John from prison.
An angel that directed Philip to head toward Gaza so he would be in the path of the Ethiopian eunuch (Acts 8:26).
God had an angel preach a sermon to Cornelius to get Peter to begin ministry to Gentiles.
An angel preached a sermon to Paul during a storm at sea, promising God would deliver Paul and all with him.
Angels had preaching of some kinds of sermons, and we, the church have stepped in to add to their sermons, Yet, to the church is given the great commission, to preach salvation. This is not the commission to angels, but to the church. They have not experienced salvation, so we are told to preach and illustrate it to the sinful world.
1 Peter 1:11-12 (KJV)
11 Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.
12 Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.
The angels observe and listen to us, desiring to learn the salvation plan. We illustrate God’s plan of salvation and rhey listen to and marvel at our sermons on salvation.
The Lord gave a great commission to the church, not to angels. be well and good, but the great commission said:
Mark 16:15-18 (KJV)
15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
We have a message to teach, and if we do, they can choose to ‘believe’ or to ‘not believe’. Their salvation, the signs and wonders of the church, are first decided by whether the teaching we do, is believed or not believed. We must become effective in our teaching ministries.
God has called you to ministry of some sort. You were not called to simply fill a pew, but to do real ministry, somewhere, somehow, for the Lord. This calling has brought responsibility. You are responsible for that work the Lord is wanting you to do. You may not be speaking to a stadium full of people, it may be one on one witnessing, it may be visiting the sick in hospitals, it may be a children’s Sunday school class, etc. but there is a work for which you are responsible.
We are to be ‘WATCHMEN’:
"Again the word of the Lord came unto me, saying: Son of man, speak to the children of thy people, and say unto them, When I bring the sword upon a land, if the people of the land take a man of their coasts, and set him for their watchman:
If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people, then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head.
He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood shall be upon him. But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul.
But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman's hand."
During the war, the city put a heavy responsibility on the watchman. He had to give a warning whenever the enemy approached. If a man disregarded the warning, he was signing his own death warrant, and could not blame the watchman. If a man was outside the wall, and failed to heed the warning, his death would not be the responsibility of the watchman. If the watchman failed to warn the people in the unprotected area, he was held responsible for their lives.
The trumpet (shophar) was a long horn, upturned at the end. It was used for military and religious occasions. It is still used in Jewish synagogues at their New Year. The watchman was to sound it in warning to the ones inside, and to the ones still unprotected outside. When God tells a preacher to warn the people, he must pass on the message. The preacher must warn the righteous as well as the wicked.
"So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at My mouth, and warn them from Me.
When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, thou shalt surely die; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand."
Nevertheless, if thou warn the wicked of his way to turn from it; if he do not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul."
Then Ezekiel gave a call for repentance. When the people finally admit their guilt, and repent, Ezekiel does not rub their noses in their shame. Instead, he proclaims God's forgiveness. Ezekiel had no delight in judgment, but longed to see the people repent.
God does not want to judge or to punish. He only does so as a last resort:
"I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his evil way and live."
This is similar to II Peter 3:9:
"God is not willing that any should perish, but that all come to repentance."
It is also similar to I Timothy 2:4:
"...Who will have all men to be saved, and come to the knowledge of the truth."
Yet, in order to be saved, the wicked must turn from their wickedness to live.
God is willing to forgive the repentant, We the church, saved by the blood of Jesus, have sole responsibility to evangelize, but angels still can deliver other sermons.