Angels: What the Bible Reveals About the Messengers of Heaven

Angels: What the Bible Reveals About the Messengers of Heaven

by David Jeremiah


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ISBN-13: 9781601422699
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/22/2009
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 64,471
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.02(h) x 0.66(d)

About the Author

Dr. David Jeremiah is senior pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church in San Diego, California, and the founder and host of Turning Point Ministries, an international broadcast ministry committed to providing Christians with sound Bible teaching through radio and television, the Internet, live events, and resource materials and books. The recipient of numerous prestigious awards for broadcast excellence, Dr. Jeremiah’s many books have garnered Gold Medallion awards and achieved bestseller status with The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and The New York Times.
David and his wife, Donna, have four grown children and twelve grandchildren.

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The Strange and Mysterious Truth
By David Jeremiah

Multnomah Publishers

Copyright © 1996 David P. Jeremiah, Trustee of the David P. Jeremiah Family Trust
All right reserved.

ISBN: 1-59052-702-X

Chapter One

What in the World are Angels Doing?

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In a doctor's office one fall day a decade ago, I was told I had cancer. I'm sure you'll understand when I say I was fearful. It was one of those times when I would have cherished having an angel with me in the room, assuring me everything would be okay.

In the months that followed I felt the same fear when I prepared to have surgery on two occasions. An angel's hand holding mine as I was wheeled into the operating room would have been treasured comfort.

But as far as I knew, I'd never seen an angel. Never. Did that mean something was wrong with me? Why did only other people have that privilege? Wasn't I spiritual enough?

Maybe you've asked the same questions. And maybe you're dissatisfied with the answers you've received. The widespread interest in angels has thrown a lot of information your way-but also confusion and contradiction and flimsy speculation. Where can you go for solid, meaningful information? How can you gain a balanced and accurate perspective that's built on God's reality and eternal truth?

That's what this book is all about.

Welcome Wonders, or a Waste of Time?

Eversince the 1990s, angels are everywhere-or rather we find them talked about everywhere, from major magazines and bestselling books and popular TV shows to kitchen conversations and university seminars. Lots of people say they have actually seen or felt the presence of an angel. Never in history, I suppose, has so much attention been directed at these heavenly beings as in our day.

So what's the significance of it all? Is the Lord delighted by this burst of curiosity and belief? And does he want you and me to join in the fun-or at least to take a bit more notice of angels than past generations did? Should we be looking around on earth for these heavenly beings? Should we be confident of daily care and protection from angel guardians?

Or is all this a waste of time? Maybe the angel craze that peaked in the 90s was at best just another trivial fad, and at worst a deceptive tactic of Satan's to divert people's spiritual attention away from real truth. Like young children at the Grand Canyon who can't see beyond the spoiled chipmunks darting along the rim seeking tourist handouts, if we start focusing on angels, we might miss the grand, sweeping view of God.

On the other hand, could more attention on angels actually be God's desire and plan for his people at this moment in history? Is it perhaps a clue and signal that we're on the threshold of something bigger in God's timetable for the world? Is the present age about to end? In God's mercy and love for sinners, has he caused a belief in spiritual angels to be more respectable so people can better accept the spiritual message of the gospel-before it's too late?

Or as some highly respected Bible teachers say, is there no such thing as angelic activity in our world anymore, since the close of Bible times?

The questions go on and on. (I wonder if the angels are asking them too.)

Probably no major theological issue has received as much secular attention in modern times as the doctrine of angels has in our day. You would expect Christians to be delighted at this, and start rushing in to make the most of this fresh opportunity for spiritual dialogue with the non-Christian world. But a good many Christians don't know what (if anything) to think about angels.

At least when the "God is dead" notion grabbed headlines a few decades ago, Christians were united in their response: No, they proclaimed, God is alive! But when headlines along the grocery checkout lane talk about widespread angel activity and belief in personal angels, the typical Christian reaction is: Well, maybe-or maybe not.

The Dangers

The angel craze seemed to trigger a major shift in thinking for our culture. What had once been mostly a myth to previouis generations became a fascinating reality in the popular mind. For example, more than a million people worldwide read the bimonthly Guideposts magazine Angels on Earth, in which each issue features a handfull of stories about people who believe they've encountered angels.

This all seems to fit into a greater openness to spirituality that's been building for years. Few people think anymore that all of life's important answers can be found in science and rational thought and reasonable logic. They know reality has another dimension-a spiritual dimension beyond science and reason. And this "other" side of reality keeps growing bigger in popular thought.

What does all this mean? Is it good or bad?

The biggest danger may well be greater susceptibility to spirituality's dark side. Mankind's mental doorway may be open wider to thinking about religion and eternity, but it's probably also open wider to Satan's influence.

Scripture warns us that "Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light" (2 Corinthians 11:14). Perhaps this strategy of deception wasn't so effective in the generations just before us. People weren't as open to believing in angels then, and if you talked about seeing one or wanting to, you might have been called flighty or foolish or weird.

Now the situation has changed. It's acceptable and even fashionable to believe in angels, and millions around the world are looking for angelic activity as never before.

But a stronger belief in angels is no guarantee of greater understanding of God's truth. The devil can ensnare us as much through "angelism" as he can through materialism or sexual lust or power-hunger. In fact he has scored some of his greatest triumphs in the disguise of angels. In the year 610 the oppressive religion of Islam was born when Muhammed received the contents of the Koran in a series of visions from someone he believed to be the angel Gabriel. Twelve centuries later, the deceptive cult of Mormonism supposedly arose when an angelic being called Moroni got Joseph Smith connected with the Book of Mormon.

Is Satan doing the same thing again? Or instead of launching a big new anti-Christian religion or cult, perhaps he and his demons are simply using angelic disguise-a little here and a little there-to flirt with people's fascinations and to create a curiosity and craving for angelic presence. By influencing the right people with the right connections to get the right books and magazine articles published and the right TV shows on the air, he can lure millions into a false sense of spiritual experience and security. The syrupy-sweet, spirit-tingling taste of a little angelism can ruin people's appetite for the good, solid food of God's Word and his gospel of grace and truth.

Even secular publications recognized at least partly this aspect of angel-mania. They noted the easy lure of preferring angels over God and describe how angels offer a form of spirituality devoid of Jesus and God. Because belief in God is no longer "popular" in America, it is possible to believe in anything. People are searching for spirituality-but not if it involves God. Time magazine insightfully stated, "angels are the handy compromise, all fluff and meringue, kind, nonjudgmental. They are available to everyone, like aspirin."

Life magazine attached the label "God Lite" to the angelism movement. The magazine's reporter visited a conference of angel enthusiasts. Unlike the mighty heavenly beings described in the Bible, the reporter said the angels described to him at the conference were

a more benign and bite-size species, cuddly as a lap dog, conscientious as a school crossing guard. I heard angels likened to spiritual kissing cousins, flower delivery messengers ... and just a nice feeling of warmth and love that washes all over you. Today's angels seem to spend a lot less time praising God than serving us. While they are still making super-hero, nick-of-time rescues, they are also showing up in less dire emergencies to track down a set of lost keys or make a chicken casserole more flavorful. Indeed, nearly all the angel believers I met got around to mentioning their parking space angel whom they call upon while cruising crowded city streets.

If some of your neighbors or friends or family members become attracted to an empty and frivolous but potentially dangerous angelism, will you be able to steer them out by showing them God's truth about angels? It's my prayer that this book will help you do just that. There's nothing that deals with error like a good dose of truth.

Meanwhile let's remember God is sovereign. He's shown in history that he uses even the mistakes and tragedies and follies of mankind to accomplish his higher will. Could it be that in our day he's using angelmania-even though it's often excessive and eccentric-to give his people a certain push? Does he want to sharpen our sensitivity toward spiritual realities? After all, it looks as if angels will be a big part of our eternal environment, which will be far more substantial than our short and shadowy presence on this earth. Being eternal themselves, angels have a greater claim to "reality" than our homes and jobs and hobbies. And unlike our homes and jobs and hobbies, the holy angels are always pointing us in the right direction: toward God.

Just thinking about angels can give us a fresh reminder that there's another world besides this one that clings so closely all around us. Angels already experience the fullness of that other world-God's eternal, heavenly kingdom-where God's rule goes entirely unopposed and unquestioned. Someday we'll experience it with them.

Jesus was turning our eyes toward this other, unseen world when he taught us to pray, "Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven." Hearing those words, we easily assume that right now in heaven angels are doing God's will perfectly and gladly. So we ask the same for us, here and now. And when we sincerely pray "Thy kingdom come" to our heavenly Father, we show him that we long for something better than the enemy territory which our world is today, infested by sin and filled with deceptions from the fallen angel Satan.

The Real Thing

Before preaching and writing on this subject I read hundreds of stories describing angel sightings and encounters. Many are far-fetched and go beyond the bounds of what Scripture allows as being reliable. For example, the Bible gives no indication angels will respond if we pray directly to them for help. In fact in Scripture we don't find any instances of people even asking God to send them an angel's protection. And the only person in Scripture who tried persuading someone else to seek help from an angel was Satan, who quoted an Old Testament verse about angelic protection while tempting Jesus in the wilderness (Matthew 4:6).

More importantly, Scripture gives no basis for assuming angels will serve and help non-Christians. The Bible describes angels as "ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation" (Hebrews 1:14). Who are these people destined to "inherit salvation"? The Bible makes it clear that this refers only to those who come to know Christ as Savior. It's to serve only them that angels are sent. If someone claims to have seen an angel yet that person professes no allegiance to Jesus Christ, it's likely that any angel he saw (if he truly saw one at all) was a fallen one-one of the devil's messengers, not the Lord's. Not every angel is from God.

A book far larger than the one in your hands would be needed to discuss all the circulated opinions and beliefs about angels which down through history have either been highly questionable or in flat opposition to biblical truth. But what about angel stories that fit within Bible parameters and which are reported by trustworthy sources, by people we would never expect to make things up? Should we believe them?

In his landmark 1975 book Angels (which has sold more than two and a half million copies and continues as a bestseller), Billy Graham collected and retold many reputable stories of experiences with angels, including this family account of his maternal grandmother's death:

The room seemed to fill with a heavenly light. She sat up in bed and almost laughingly said, "I see Jesus. He has his arms outstretched toward me. I see Ben [her husband who had died some years earlier] and I see the angels." Then she slumped over, absent from the body but present with the Lord.

Billy Graham said he believed in angels not only because of the Bible's testimony about them, but also "because I have sensed their presence in my life on special occasions." He wrote:

As an evangelist, I have often felt too far spent to minister from the pulpit to men and women who have filled stadiums to hear a message from the Lord. Yet again and again my weakness has vanished, and my strength has been renewed. I have been filled with God's power not only in my soul but physically. On many occasions, God has become especially real, and has sent his unseen angelic visitors to touch my body and let me be his messenger for heaven, speaking as a dying man to dying men.

He also recounted such exciting stories as this one from pioneer missionary John G. Paton in the New Hebrides Islands, in the South Pacific:

Hostile natives surrounded his mission headquarters one night, intent on burning the Patons out and killing them. John Paton and his wife prayed all during that terror-filled night that God would deliver them. When daylight came they were amazed to see that, unaccountably, the attackers had left. They thanked God for delivering them.

A year later, the chief of the tribe was converted to Jesus Christ, and Mr. Paton, remembering what had happened, asked the chief what had kept him and his men from burning down the house and killing them. The chief replied in surprise, "Who were all those men you had with you there?" The missionary answered, "There were no men there; just my wife and I." The chief argued that they had seen many men standing guard-hundreds of big men in shining garments with drawn swords in their hands. They seemed to circle the mission station so that the natives were afraid to attack. Only then did Mr. Paton realize that God had sent his angels to protect them. The chief agreed that there was no other explanation.

One of the most popular angel stories of this century happened in a gruesome Nazi prison camp in the Second World War, as told by Corrie ten Boom in A Prisoner-And Yet. She and her sister Betsie had just arrived at Ravensbruck, where new prisoners were being searched. Corrie was hiding a Bible under her dress.

It did bulge out obviously through my dress; but I prayed, "Lord, cause now Thine angels to surround me; and let them not be transparent today, for the guards must not see me." I felt perfectly at ease. Calmly I passed the guards. Everyone was checked, from the front, the sides, the back. Not a bulge escaped the eyes of the guard. The woman just in front of me had hidden a woolen vest under her dress; it was taken from her. They let me pass, for they did not see me. Betsie, right behind me, was searched.

But outside awaited another danger. On each side of the door were women who looked everyone over for a second time. They felt over the body of each one who passed. I knew they would not see me, for the angels were still surrounding me. I was not even surprised when they passed me by; but within me rose the jubilant cry, "O Lord, if Thou dost so answer prayer, I can face even Ravensbruck unafraid."

Christianity Today reported a story of angelic intervention told by the editor of Leadership, a magazine for church leaders. One night the editor's young daughter was in a coma and near death. A hospital staff worker looked into the girl's room and witnessed an astonishing sight: Angels were hovering over the girl's bed.


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Table of Contents

1 What in the world are angels doing? 13

2 In the Presence of Angels-Part I 27

3 In the presence of Angels-Part II 39

4 The Angels and God 57

5 What Angels Are 71

6 When Angels Appear 91

7 The Angels and us: How much Alike? 107

8 Angels you've heard about (and More) 125

9 The Greatest Angel 157

10 Showing us how to Worship 169

11 Showing us how to Work 181

12 Coming to Carry me Home 197

13 Hell's Angels 203

14 The Angels and Jesus 217

Source Notes 223

Indexes 225

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cherryblossommj on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Through out the pages of this book Dr. David Jeremiah leads readers on an in depth conversation about what the Bible provides on the topic of angels. There is a what, when, why and often how about angels and included is a scriptural index that makes your own referencing much less complicated.I have always had a personal belief in angels, but not put much thought to it. There are some people who have become fascinated with the angelic beings and it is interested how Dr. Jeremiah puts this into perspective. The book is a little hard to chew, meaning that you can really only absorb bits of it at a time. Yet after mulling through the details the educational value is high and it really drives you back to scripture.I admit I enjoy their choice of font for the book as well.*Thanks to Waterbrook Multnomah for providing a copy for review.*
ReviewsbyMolly on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Dr. David Jeremiah has always been one of my favorite speakers/authors. When I saw that I had the chance to review this book by this great person, I jumped on it. And in the end, I wasn't disappointed. However, there was one draw back. I had to read through it twice. I had to read through it twice, because the first time, for some unknown reason(maybe because I have read so much fiction and this was a non-fiction title), it didn't capture me like I thought it would, being a book written by Dr. Jeremiah. Upon reading it the second time, though, I was able to be captured by this great book of Angels. Dr. Jeremiah did a wonderful job of truly drawing out the differences in Angels of the Biblical speaking and Angels as we let ourselves believe them to be. Dr. Jeremiah forms this book into not only a reading book, but a teaching book, making it easy to understand the differences. The use of scripture as examples of Angels in the Biblical speaking as well as drawing on the insight of other speakers and teachers was outstanding. This is a book that I would recommend to everyone, especially if you question the Angels. Dr. Jeremiah will answer your questions through this book, much like that of a Bible study. I have to give this book 4 stars for a job well done by one of my favorite people. *This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.*
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mylordandmyking More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book by Dr. David Jeremiah. So many people today do have the wrong ideas about angels and their position in God's Creation. Dr. Jeremiah uses Scripture to lay out the truth about angels. They are a creation of God. They are His messengers and His warriors. They are not lovely ladies in glittering dresses or chubby babies in diapers. So if you are looking for information letting you know what angels really are and what they really do this book is for you. It is very informative yet easy to read. Blessings! ~ Nikki
Renee90 More than 1 year ago
When I was offered a chance to review this book, I jumped at it. There is so much information about angels floating around and I was really interested in learning and exploring what the Bible has to say regarding their role in our lives. Well, I wasn't disappointed! Angels by Dr. Jeremiah is well written and it's basis is firmly rooted in Biblical truths. He clearly states that "scripture is our source and standard" regarding angels and refers to the Bible, chapter and verse over and over again while exploring all aspects of the angelic realm. I learned so much and really enjoyed reading it. I highly recommend this book! Many thanks to WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for providing me with this book to review.
devasha More than 1 year ago
What exactly are angels? What do they do? Do I have my own guardian angel? Are there really cherub babies with wings floating around in Heaven? Perhaps you have asked yourself such questions. I have had my fair share of curiosity about these heavenly beings. A certain sense of awe surrounds the topic of angels, as well as a large dose of confusion. In Angels, best-selling author, pastor, and award winning radio host, Dr. David Jeremiah digs into what the Bible has to say about angels and how this relates to us. He covers such topics as: When angels appear What angels teach us Angels and God Angels we've heard about Hell's angels Angels is saturated with Scripture. Each point Jeremiah makes is backed up with a passage of the Bible, usually printed right there (eh, this is great for me because I am usually too lazy to look up Scripture references while I am reading!). He disproves many common misconceptions about angels, some to which I held. Angels is not a quick read, mostly because it takes time to think through Scripture and the points Jeremiah makes. However, the book is down to earth and accessible for lay people. I think this would be a great book to read if you have questions about angels. Many unbelievers are curious about angels. Angels carries the message of the Gospel in every chapter. This would be a fabulous gift to give an unsaved friend to start a dialogue about spiritual things. This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
Angels - By Dr. David Jeremiah Who they are and how they help? What the Bible reveals about angels? People have long been fascinated by stories of angel sightings, yet many contemporary beliefs about angels are based on misconception and myth rather than solid, biblical truth. Dr. David Jeremiah uses scripture to unveil the remarkable truth about these agents of heaven and their role in our world and our lives. He clearly separates fact from fiction as it relates to angels. What are angels? What is their role in God's plan? Are they present? Do they appear? Do they give us personal insight about our work and our worship? Besides all the scripture references throughout this book, we are also provided with some real life stories of angel encounters from Billy Graham, Corrie ten Boom, C.S. Lewis and many other notable people. This book really focuses on God's divine purpose for these created beings and how important they are to His will and purpose in our lives. We learn about their roles throughout Bible history, their purpose, their descriptions, and often their names. We also learn about whether or not there are guardian angels and how did Satan wind up from an Angel of Light into the Deceiver of Lies he is now. The most wonderful thing I enjoyed about this book is the reference to God. Dr. Jeremiah does such a fine job of making sure the reader does not finish this book with wanting to begin to worship angels. You are left with a clear indication of what the world would want you to believe and what God's intentions are through angels and their purpose. My most favorite part of the book is reading about the angels that God sends to carry us home to heaven when we die. We are so important that God wants to make sure we arrive in the best and quickest way possible! Can it get any more wonderful than that? I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is curious about the purpose of angels and how God uses them to help believers! That is right, they are here for us! Want to know why? Then you will definitely want to pick this book up and read even more! I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book by WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.
LovenGod More than 1 year ago
Angels, who are they? What are they? where do they come from? Do we all have a guardian angel? What is all the "angelmania" about? Angels, a reprint written by Dr. David Jeremiah, respected author and pastor, founder of Turning Point addresses all these questions in this book. He will show what most people think and believe about angels, also sharing personal experiences from many people, who believe they have had a visitation from an angel. He also tells us what the Bible says about angels, warning us that not only God has angels, but that the devil can be deceiving us with the use of angels too. Angels are real, they are created beings, we are told this in the Bible. They are not however our lucky charms, standing around waiting to bring us good luck. In the Bible we mostly see angels as messengers and as warriors. A angel appeared to Mary, mother of Jesus with the message of the coming of Jesus. In the Old Testament angels often battled with the nation of Israel against the enemies. Daniel wrote of an angel warring with the devil who was trying to prevent the angel from taking a message to Daniel. Angels also teach us things, like how to worship, how to work, and often are seen as people are leaving this earth for heaven. The where, when, how, and why of angels are all answered in this book. Dr Jeremiah, shares the truth about angels in the easy to read book. He opens your eyes about the purposes of angels, and shows us the truth about angelmania. A very informative book 237 pages $14.99 US 4 stars This book was provided for review purposes only
KarenLange More than 1 year ago
Do you believe in angels? Even those who don't profess to be Bible believing, born again Christians say that they do. It seems there's always an angel story circulating online or a sighting or a report of an angelic encounter. How do we discern the real deal? Dr.Jeremiah takes the reader on a journey through scripture that documents the Biblical accounts of who angels are and why they exist. You might call this the A to Z guide on angels, for he shares details about their divine purpose, where they came from, and what we can learn from them. This is of particular importance, he says, in light of the increased demonic activity in this generation. Using the Bible as a guide, he points out how the purpose of a study of angels is to draw us closer to God. He encourages us to test stories about angels to see if they glorify God in the right way, and help bring salvation. Highlighted also are the attributes of angels; which gives us an example of how to worship and honor Him. What about the fallen angels? What is their place in God's plan? Knowing the enemy's traits and tactics is important, Jeremiah says, to avoid being deceived by Angels of Light. I like how he covers this area, too, for I think we need to be equipped in this way for the big and little challenges that come our way. Did you know that the word angel means messenger? We also learn that angels impart strength, guidance, and deliverance for God's people. Now that's something to rejoice about! Whether you agree or disagree with Dr. Jeremiah's stance on the subject, his well documented research is worthy of consideration. I plan on hanging on to this book and reading it again.