ANGELS ON ASSIGNMENT: PART TWO GUARDIAN ANGELS

 

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For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. (Psalm 91:11-12)

 

INTRODUCTION

 

This chapter concerns the subject of guardian angels.  Do we each have a guardian angel? Do we have more than one guardian angel?What do the Scriptures say regarding this subject?

 

DEFINITION

 

A guardian angel is one that is assigned to protect and guide a particular person, group, kingdom, or country.  A guardian angel is not your dead relative watching over you.  A guardian angel is one of many angels created by God, dispatched at His will,  and given specific assignments.

 

MAJOR REFERENCES

 

There are no direct references in the Bible to guardian angels,  but theconcept is supported by two major passages.

 

-Jesus said the angels of little children always behold the face of the Father in heaven.

 

            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 which is in heaven. (Matthew 18:10)

 

-When Believers were praying for Peter’s release from prison, they thought his angel          had arrived at the front door instead of Peter himself:

 

 

 

 

           

 And as Peter knocked at the door of the gate, a damsel came to hearken, named Rhoda.

And when she knew Peter’s voice, she opened not the gate for gladness, but ran in, and told how Peter stood before the gate. And they said unto her, Thou art mad. But she constantly affirmed that it was even so. Then said they, It is his angel. (Acts 12:13-15)

 

SUPPORTING EVIDENCE

 

In addition to the statements regarding the angels of children (Matthew 18:10) and Peter’s angel (Acts 12:13-15), the following passages support the belief in guardian angels.

 

-Scriptures indicate that angels watch over you. 

 

The Bible definitely confirms that angels watch over you:

 

Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.  (Luke 15:10)

 

For I think that God hath set forth us the apostles last, as it were appointed to death: for we are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men. (1 Corinthians 4:9)

 

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,  (Hebrews 12:1)

 

-Jacob’s angel redeemed him from evil.

 

Jacob had several encounters with angels throughout his lifetime, of which you studied in the chapter on Angels In The Old Testament.  At the end of his life, while blessing the sons of Joseph, Jacob mentioned the angel which redeemed him from all evil:

 

The Angel which redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads; and let my name be named on them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth. (Genesis 48:16)

 

Jacob was constantly in and out of trouble during his early years, so this redeeming angel probably was on duty full time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

-Israel had an angel assigned to them.

 

The Angel of His Presence was with them constantly:

 

In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them: in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; and he bare them, and carried them all the days of old.(Isaiah 63:9)

 

Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared. For mine Angel shall go before thee, and bring thee in unto the Amorites, and the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Canaanites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites: and I will cut them off. (Exodus 3:20,23)

 

-Angels listen toyour words.

 

In regards to making vows, the Word says:

 

Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to sin; neither say thou before the angel, that it was an error: wherefore should God be angry at thy voice, and destroy the work of thine hands?(Ecclesiastes 5:6)

 

Angels apparently listen to everything you say, meaning they must be around all the time.

 

-An angel accompanied Lazarus at his death.

 

The Bible tells the story of a rich man and a poor afflicted beggar who sat at his gates (Luke 16:19-21).

 

And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.  (Luke 16:22-25)

 

Not only does this story confirm the existence of an afterlife, but it reveals that Believers are not alone when they die.  They are accompanied by angels into eternity.  If multiple angels are sent to accompany you at death, it is likely that one or more may accompany you in life also.

 

An angel encamps around you.

 

The Bible confirms that an angel camps around those who fear God:

 

The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.

(Psalm 34:7)

 

An angel is camping out in this room as these words are being written and is right there with you as these words are being read.  The Prophet Elijah and his servant had a whole host of angels camping out around them (1 Kings 6:15-17).

 

-Angels have charge over you.

 

The Bible indicates that God gives His angels charge over you:

 

For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. (Psalm 91:11-12)

 

Note that this verse “angels” is plural tense.  You may have more than one guardian angel.

 

The Amplified Version states, “For He will give His angels [especial] charge over you to accompany and defend and preserve you in all your ways [of obedience and service]. They shall bear you up on their hands, lest you dash your foot against a stone.”

 

The English Standard Version says angels will “guard you in all your ways”.  The Holman Bible states “He will give His angels orders concerning you”.  The New International Readers Version says that “The Lord will command his angels to take good care of you. They will lift you up in their hands. Then you won’t trip over a stone.”

 

The Message Bible says “If you stumble, they’ll catch you; their job is to keep you from falling.”  The Wycliff  Bible interprets this passage:  “For God hath commanded to his angels of thee; that they keep thee in all thy ways. (For God hath commanded his angels to be all around thee; so that they keep thee safe on all thy ways.) They shall bear thee in the hands; lest peradventure thou hurt thy foot at a stone. (They shall lift thee up with their hands; lest thou hurt thy foot on a stone.)” If the angels keep you in all of your ways and prevent you from falling, one of them must be on duty at all times.

 

-The seven churches had angels.

 

Revelation states that each of the seven churches of Asia had their own angel:

 

The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.  (Revelation 1:20)

 

-Michael was assigned as guardian of Israel.

 

Michael was assigned as the guardian angel of the nation of Israel.

 

And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people… (Daniel 12:1)

 

If the nation of Israel has an angel, it is possible that guardian angels are assigned to other nations as well.

 

-Jesus had a special angel.

 

Jesus had a special angel to whom He referred as “His angel.”  Perhaps this angel was a guardian angel during His earthly ministry?  We are not told.

 

The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw. (Revelation 2:1-2)

 

WHEN TRAGEDY OCCURS

 

One question that we cannot answer is this:  Where are the guardian angels when tragedies occur in the life of a Believer?Why did they not intervene?  These are questions the Bible does not address.

 

It seems evident that there is a point where an angel will withdraw protection if a person indulges in sin and turns from God. For example, after the children of Israel had taken possession of the Promised Land, they served the Lord faithfully for a season. But after the death of Joshua and the elders, the people of Israel began to serve idols. For this reason the angel of the Lord said that he would no longer drive out the inhabitants of the land (Numbers 33:55).

 

Another example is when the angels brought Lot and his wife out of Sodom before the Lord destroyed it with fire. When Lot’s wife turned back to look at Sodom as she was forbidden to do, she was left to her fate (Genesis 19:16-17; Luke 17:31-32).

 

It also is evident that deliverance from tragedies may have to do with a Believer’s mission.  Peter was delivered from prison by an angel because his ministry was just beginning.  John the Baptist was not delivered.  His ministry was concluding.

 

Since we are not given a specific answer regarding guardian angels in times of tragedies, this is one of the secret things that must be left with the Lord:

 

The secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever…  (Deuteronomy 29:29)

 

 

 

 

JUST REMEMBER….

 

Whether we each have a guardian angel or a host of them,  remember that it is God who watches over you and dispatches the angels in your behalf.   Guardian angels are not yours to control.  They serve you, but they are not your servants.

 

Guardian angels are God’s servants and are dispatched according to His will and purposes.  Their ministries always glorify God, and we should do likewise by thanking Him for their ministry in our behalf. Always remember:  God alone is worthy of our worship and praise.

 

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