Athorough glance around the globe, and it’s more apparent the widespread manifestations of chaos. It almost seems like a thick pregnant cloud, encountering birth pangs and spiraling beyond control. Maybe hurricanes and other natural disasters, maybe nations warring, maybe mysterious deaths and unimaginable evil. Whichever the case, these activities appear to be on steroids, and we seek a higher realm beyond ours.
After a long day of touring our parts of the earth, we often retire on our beds, muttering, “I need an angel. Send me an angel lord”. What if I told you that this exclamation could be as literal as it is figurative, and angels are striding among us and maybe unknowingly entertain some?
Who are angels?
Angels are believed to be spiritual beings that mediate between the preeminent realms and the temporal dimensions. These angels are believed to be either gracious or malicious (Demons) in nature. This belief is more common among Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Zoroastrianism.
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Significance of Angels
In some religions and mythologies, categorizing demons as angels might be perceived as inaccurate, but tracing back to history, the word “Daimon,” a Greek word, wasn’t associated with evil or negativity but meant a spirit or divine power. This simply means demons are angels but would be appropriately referred to as fallen angels.
Different religions have varying opinions about the nature and functionalities of angels, but agree on one thing—they exist and bridge the gap between humans and the spiritual realm.
How are angels real?
We live in a rational world where ancient spiritual beliefs are constantly questioned and debunked. So heading straight into the purposes of angels without creating a landing pad to determine whether these spiritual beings exist or create the wild imaginations of man will be termed imbalanced.
A historical point of view
The Bible guides the religion of Christianity, which is guided by the Bible, and this book records God-created angels (The Supreme Being). This book cites angelic activities nearly 300 times. God is primarily referred to as “Lord Of Hosts,” aka Lord Of Angels. Hence, angels are a real, active, and integral part of God’s word within this religion.
Neoplatonism is a thought pattern emanating from the philosophy of Plato but later transcended beyond the philosopher’s school of thought.
Traveling back to the fourth century, Sallustius, a Roman Neoplatonic philosopher, came up with a theory that “the wider the gap is between our nature and the first God, the more powers must be there between Him and us.” This school of thought opened humans up to the belief that angels exist as intermediaries between humans and the One.
Over time, Thomas Aquinas also added a more concrete argument with his theory on “Guardian angels.” It’s believed each individual has an angel assigned to them for protection and guidance, as “the One” might be too distant to relate with us personally.
We are in the information age with technologies and scientific tools on overdrive, and believing in theories not rooted in logic has become bitter pills to swallow. Notwithstanding, humans have a track record of explaining anything that doesn’t make “sense” away, but one thing remains true, it’s impossible to phantom spiritual truths from logical points of view alone. Over centuries, philosophers have gone the entire cycle, from believing and “proving” there are no angels or spiritual entities to realizing the spiritual is as accurate as the physical.
This belief that angels might be real and deny the existence of their creator (God) has brought more controversies to the table than a rational conclusion. Even some present Christians believe that angels are no longer the first point to communicate directly with God, as they possess the holy spirit, but still struggle with the roles and purposes of angels in the grand scheme of things.
Various speculations and arguments surround this topic, and most times leave individuals more perplexed. One thing is for sure, every theory about angels still has lots of questions unanswered, and I believe the purpose of a thing is found in its creator’s manual. For the purpose of this writing, I would focus mainly on biblical truths for clarity and direction.
Check out the 4 Purposes of Angels and how it affects mankind…
11 Then, an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense.
12 When Zechariah saw him, he was startled and gripped with fear.
13 But the angel said to him: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to call him John.” ~Luke 1:11-13
Angels, also known as Malak’s/Angelos, are simply messengers of the I Am who strictly obey the laws of God. They also serve as middlemen—consider the delivery guy who knocks on your door to deliver pizza. Yes, they sometimes deliver God’s message to your doorstep.
The book of Hebrews in the Bible emphasizes that angels are sent to minister to mankind. The Greek word “ministering” refers to being in service to others. There have been cases where angels fed Christ and Elijah physically in the wilderness. Even in our present day, there are numerous accounts of individuals who have entertained angels unknowingly. This might not be the case, but I met someone who gave me directions when I was lost. Once I turned to express gratitude, this person was literally nowhere to be found. Many times, God has sent down angels to help serve humans in times of need. Think of it as an intervention. They escort humans through portals once they pass on, and these cases are cited in the Bible and accounts of people with near-death experiences. I typically refer to them as “Angels on assignment.”
“For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.” ~Psalm 91:11 NIV
As Christians or firm believers in the angelic and spiritual force, be aware that warring angels who call for backup in times of trouble bring a sense of confidence, just like Elijah in the Bible, who was calm when he was surrounded by armed men. He said, “They that are with us are many.”
Yes, you’re not meant to worship angels. There have been cases when individuals placed the angelic ministry above God himself. It might have been the awe of these magnificent creatures—something their human intellect couldn’t grasp fully, and then they began to bow down to angels. A true highest angel wouldn’t receive worship but would focus on the creator himself. This should be your inner alert whenever an “angel” receives your worship, that could be the “fallen angels or Lucifer himself,” disguising as an angel of light.
This fact is crucial because it is believed that worship plays a significant role in the Christian religion. The Lord of Hosts created the human race to worship him, and that’s a form of honor that keeps him in your favor.
In conclusion, there are angels among us, and everyone doesn’t accept this truth, incredibly the simple-minded, and that’s okay. Suppose you believe in the existence of the supreme being (God) and his creations. In that case, it’s expedient to note that angels help draw attention to his magnificence, and that’s one role that was, is, and is to come.