Angels And The Final Harvest

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Series:  Angels/Eschatology

Sun am 29 April 2012 – Kobus Swart

(Rev. 12:1-4); Matt. 24:37-39; Heb. 1:7-8, 13-14; Ex. 23:20-21; (Gen. 22:9-12); Gen. 18:1-12; (Dan. 3:25); 

Dan. 12:1; Matt. 1:19-20; Matt. 2:13; Luke 1:26; Luke 1:5-13; (Acts 12:7-15); (2 Kings 6:15-17);

Matt. 13:36-43; Ps. 34:1-7; Ps. 91:1-12; (Matt. 4:5-6); Matt. 25:31-32, 41;

(Heb. 11:7); (1 Pet. 4:17); (Isa. 4:1-6)

Let us briefly look at some of the functions that angels will have and always had in God’s plan of action – some of which have not always been recognized. The good news is that not all angels fell; only a third were swept to the earth (Rev 12:1-4). Two thirds are still fulfilling the function that is highlighted in Heb. 1:7-8, 13-14. And of the angels He says “WHO MAKES HIS ANGELS WINDS, AND HIS MINISTERS A FLAME OF FIRE.”  … Are they not all ministering spirits, sent out to render service for the sake of those who will inherit salvation? (vs. 7 & 14).

The word “angel” comes from the word “aggelos” which means “messenger”. Angels are known to be servants, helpers that brought guidance to leaders of nations and to the Body of Christ. They have also been known to bring protection to individuals.

Where people have gone wrong is when they pray to angels and ask them to do things. That is unbiblical. God gives the orders; nowhere in Scripture does it say we should pray to angels.

God has sent angels to guide nations. God said to Moses, “Behold, I am going to send an angel before you to guard you along the way and to bring you into the place which I have prepared. Be on your guard before him and obey his voice; do not be rebellious toward him, for he will not pardon your transgression, since My name is in him (Ex. 23:20-21).

Abraham was sitting at the door of his tent expecting something. It says the Lord appeared to him, but he saw three men. This is clear that Abraham was visited by three angels, one of which, in the ancient writings, is said to be Michael. Now these angels materialized; they ate what Abraham prepared for them (Gen. 18:1-12). Often times we could have entertained angels without knowing (Heb 13:2).

“Now at that time Michael, the great prince who stands guard over the sons of your people, will arise. And there will be a time of distress such as never occurred since there was a nation until that time; and at that time your people, everyone who is found written in the book, will be rescued (Dan. 12:1). Nations have been affected by these angels, directing God’s leaders, bringing words of direction, bringing protection.

When Mary conceived and was pregnant with the Messiah, Joseph had plans to put her away secretly but then the angels cautioned him in a dream (Matt. 1:19-20). After the discovery (of the birth of the Messiah) and they wanted to kill the child (Matt. 2:13) an angel interfered. Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee called Nazareth (Luke 1:26). An angel saved the Messiah. Angels were very active at this point. The name Gabriel means “God is my strength”. He is one of the two highest ranking angels in Judeo-Christian and Mohammedan religious lore. He is the angel of annunciation, resurrection, mercy, vengeance, death, revelation.

What happened to Zechariah? (Luke 1:5-13). I believe with the assignments that angels carry, especially in the final harvest, the Church will experience angels participating, and God has them ready on standby (See Matt 13:41).

They prayed for Peter when he was in prison, and he did not realize that he was being rescued by an angel, thinking he was seeing a vision. When he appeared at the door of those who were praying for him to be released, they said, “it is his angel” (Acts 12:7-15). It was common for them to believe that everybody had an angel. I know God has assigned ministering spirits to each one destined to receive full salvation.

Elisha and his servant were surrounded by the enemy. Elisha was in rest in what seemed to be a troubled situation (remember Noah), but his servant was in fear. Elisha prayed that the Lord would open his eyes, and then the servant saw a host of armies from heaven (2 Kings 6:15-17). God is positioning heavenly hosts to participate in the final wrapping up of history.

The parable of the tares and the wheat in Matthew 13 is talking about the two seed lines that run from the book of Genesis to the book of Revelation.  The explanation of the parables was not given to the crowds. He told the parable to the crowds, but the explanation he told in the houseThen He left the crowds and went into the house. And His disciples came to Him and said, “Explain to us…” And He said, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man, and the field is the world; and as for the good seed, these are the sons of the kingdom; and the tares are the sons of the evil one; and the enemy who sowed them is the devil, and the harvest is the end of the age; and the reapers are angels. So just as the tares are gathered up and burned with fire, so shall it be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send forth His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all stumbling blocks, and those who commit lawlessness, and will throw them into the furnace of fire…” (Matt. 13:36-43).

The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him, and rescues them (Ps. 34:7). This is for those who dwell in the shelter of the Almighty: For He will give His angels charge concerning you, to guard you in all your ways. They will bear you up in their hands, that you do not strike your foot against a stone (Ps. 91:1, 11-12). Satan quoted this verse when he tempted Jesus in the wilderness (Matt. 4:5-6). Make these verses your own. Let’s become aware of what God has made available.

God had a plan from eternity, He was not caught unawares. He is the omniscient One, He sees the end from the beginning and He is waiting for the Church to participate in the final wrapping up of history. He has made available to us a host of angelic participation. The angels are probably getting overanxious to materialize, if necessary, to get involved in this final chapter, but God will restrain them until the time is right. He is going to send the angels, and they will gather out of His Kingdom, which is on earth, all the stumbling blocks. Noah built an ark, by which he condemned the disobedient world (Heb. 11:7). Noah obeyed and by faith established a ‘vehicle’ with eight people (8 is the number of new beginnings). That was God’s new beginning in a whole new age. God made a promise to Noah, that He would never again destroy the world by a flood, and gave the sign of the rainbow.

This time it will be different. For seven women will take hold of one man in that day, saying, “We will eat our own bread and wear our own clothes, only let us be called by your name; take away our reproach!”  …When the Lord has washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion and purged the bloodshed of Jerusalem from her midst, by the spirit of judgment and the spirit of burning,God has released the spirit of burning in the earth. Judgment will begin in the household of God (1 Pet. 4:17). God is busy purging the Church at the moment because the Church has been invaded by the spirit of the age. Then the LORD will create over the whole area of Mount Zion and over her assemblies a cloud by day, even smoke, and the brightness of a flaming fire by night; for over all the glory will be a canopy. There will be a shelter to give shade from the heat by day, and refuge and protection from the storm and the rain (Isa. 4:1-6). As Noah built an ark by which the earth was condemned, here God has found Mount Zion and all of her assemblies, the Church of the overcomers. God always raises a model or standard. We are given the opportunity to become part of that standard.

I challenge you to become a little more sensitive about what is happening around you. Waiting on the Lord and spending time in His presence will sharpen your spirit. Make time to sit in His presence and listen to His voice; make time to meditate on the Word. Sharpen your spiritual faculties.

This word will become a point of reference in the days to come…