Author Kathy Mursch disagrees!
In The Secret Language of Angels, Mursch writes that God's angels are trying to communicate with us, to help us in our daily livesright nowbut most people simply don't know the languages they use to do so.
She provides step-by-step guidance on how to receive and understand the messages God is sending through His angels, and she offers proof that these divine emissaries are alive and ready to help you if you will only ask.
In this book, you will learn:
- How angels communicate with five distinct languages
- How to discern and interpret the messages you receive
- How to invoke angelic help in times of need
And much more . . .
Rich with scriptural references and anecdotes from those who have received messages from angels, this book will inspire you to begin a life-changing exploration into accessing the vast wisdom and love of God in a whole new way.
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The Lost Tradition of Angel Messengers
For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.
— Psalm 91:11
When I tell other Christians that I receive messages from angels, many of them either react with disbelief or think I need psychiatric care. I can understand that, because before I began to receive and understand these messages, I felt the same way. You see, in this day and age, it's been programmed into us that anyone who "hears voices" must be crazy. Some have even expressed concern that I am being corrupted by evil, but a careful reading of the Bible shows us that angels have a long and proud history of helping Christians in need by delivering messages directly from God. In fact, the word angel means exactly that: "messenger." As someone who has studied the Bible for many years, it amazes me how many Christians aren't aware of this original meaning.
It's for exactly these reasons that I feel it is incredibly important to begin this book by putting angels and their job as messengers into historical context and to speculate on when and why the positive view of angel communication changed. After this biblical basis is established, the rest of this book will cover the languages angels use to contact us and offer guidance which, in my view, is needed more now than ever.
The tradition of God sending His messengers — His angels — to us has been lost and co-opted by more busy-minded, analytical, and "scientific" thinking, but opening ourselves up to Him and His messages and reconnecting with this long-standing Christian tradition give us another way to become active participants in God's plans for us.
In biblical days, if people said they saw an angel or had a vision, no one looked at them like they had three heads. It was more commonly accepted that one might receive a message from an angel of God. For example — depending on which version of the Bible you're reading — in the chapters between the first time angels are mentioned (Genesis 16:7) and the last (Revelation 22:16) the Bible references angels close to three hundred times. That's a lot!
These nearly three hundred verses serve as evidence of the many ways angels have appeared in the lives of people in the Bible and will give us a basis for discussing the angel languages as specified in this book as well as the myriad ways that angels serve and guide us. I will be interspersing the rest of this book with many of these references, but here I have chosen several which will show the wide-ranging ways in which angels have interacted with and been helpful to humankind which will give us a good foundation to build on. As the Bible demonstrates, while the word angel means "messenger" and that is clearly their primary purpose, they aren't limited to that role. In fact, they are here to help us in a variety of ways. Let's look at what the Bible says (throughout this book we will be referring to the New International Version for verses unless otherwise notated):
Angels are identified specifically as God's messengers.
The angel said to him, "I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news." (Luke 1:19)
This definitive passage in the New Testament clearly shows that angels bring us messages directly from God, as the angel did here for Zechariah.
Angels guard us.
For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. (Psalm 91:11)
God has commanded his angels to guard us. This is one of my favorite passages and where we derive the concept of guardian angels.
"'My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight. Nor have I ever done any wrong before you, Your Majesty.'" (Daniel 6:22) As they did for Daniel in the lion's den, angels in the Bible keep humans safe. They do the same thing for us now. The love and protection of the angels is constant.
Angels watch over our children.
See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven. (Matthew 18:10)
What a blessing! As a mom, it's so comforting to me to know that all children have angels to love and protect them. Pope John XXIII said parents "should teach their children that they are never alone, that they have an angel at their side, and show them how to have a trusting conversation with this angel." From the time we are conceived to the time we leave our earthly bodies, we have at least one angel with us.
We are never alone.
Angels make pronouncements.
But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger." (Luke 2:10–12)
Most Christians are familiar with the pronouncement that the angel gave to the shepherds after the birth of Jesus. What a glorious pronouncement this angel brought: The Savior was born!
Angels tell us what to say and do.
But the angel of the Lord said to Elijah the Tishbite, "Go up and meet the messengers of the king of Samaria and ask them, 'Is it because there is no God in Israel that you are going off to consult Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron?'" (2 Kings 1:3)
When we are connected to our angels, we can get messages from them on how to handle life situations — both in what we should say and what we should do. When we follow their advice in these situations, we can trust that whatever comes next is part of God's plan for us, because the guidance comes from a messenger of God.
Angels serve as fellow servants of God.
In the Book of Revelation, John twice falls to his knees to worship an angel, and both times the angel tells him not to:
But he said to me, "Don't do that! I am a fellow servant with you and with your fellow prophets and with all who keep the words of this scroll. Worship God!" (Revelation 22:9)
This passage gives us two important pieces of information. First, we are not to worship angels. God is sovereign and king. As the angel tells John, we are to worship God only. Biblically this is an absolute. This verse also alerts us to the fact that angels are our fellow servants, and they do His will as we also strive to do.
Throughout the Bible, the angels also give praise to the Lord, as they are His servants much like we are. By doing so, angels help to remind us of our own glorious connection to God. Angels, who are already so strong and mighty, obey and praise God with all their hearts, as we also do on earth.
Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests." (Luke 2:13–14)
Angels can pose as humans to bear witness on humanity.
Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. (Hebrews 13:2)
We see two angels taking on human form in Genesis prior to the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. The two enter town and are greeted by Lot's hospitality even though his neighbors and the others in the city wished to do them harm.
The two angels arrived at Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gateway of the city. When he saw them, he got up to meet them and bowed down with his face to the ground. "My lords," he said, "please turn aside to your servant's house. You can wash your feet and spend the night and then go on your way early in the morning." "No," they answered, "we will spend the night in the square." But he insisted so strongly that they did go with him and entered his house. He prepared a meal for them, baking bread without yeast, and they ate. (Genesis 19:1–3)
Because of Lot's hospitality to the angels, his family was allowed to leave the city of Sodom before it was destroyed.
Angels fortify us.
All at once an angel touched him and said, "Get up and eat." He looked around, and there by his head was some bread baked over hot coals, and a jar of water. He ate and drank and then lay down again. The angel of the Lord came back a second time and touched him and said, "Get up and eat, for the journey is too much for you." So he got up and ate and drank. Strengthened by that food, he traveled forty days and forty nights until he reached Horeb, the mountain of God. (1 Kings 19:5–8)
Here an angel helps Elijah who is running for his life. The angel provides him with food and water which strengthens Elijah to carry on his journey. Angels can fortify us physically like they do in this passage, but they can also shore us up emotionally, mentally, and spiritually as well.
Angels speak to us in our dreams.
Twice in Genesis God's angels appear in Jacob's dreams: first to show Jacob a stairway leading to heaven in use by heavenly hosts and a second time to reassure him that he is not alone, that the angel is with him.
He had a dream in which he saw a stairway resting on the earth, with its top reaching to heaven, and the angels of God were ascending and descending on it. (Genesis 28:12)
Angels perform miracles in the physical world.
After Jesus' resurrection the new church was growing quickly. The Sadducees put the apostles in jail because they were jealous that so many people were turning to Jesus and Christianity was expanding because of their teachings. In this passage, an angel opened the physical doors of the prison cell and brought the prisoners out.
They arrested the apostles and put them in the public jail. But during the night an angel of the Lord opened the doors of the jail and brought them out. "Go, stand in the temple courts," he said, "and tell the people all about this new life." (Acts 5:18–20)
Angels comfort us in difficult times. Before his crucifixion Jesus prayed at the Mount of Olives. "'Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.' An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him." (Luke 22:42–43) He asked the Lord to take His burden from Him, but was instead bolstered by the appearance of an angel. This shows us that God's will is sovereign and that angels cannot overrule it; however, they are always with us, helping us to have strength and courage in difficult times.
Another example of this is in Acts 27. Paul was a prisoner being sent by ship to his trial in Rome. Hurricane-force winds started blowing, and the ship and its passengers were battered. After many days all on board lost hope of being saved. Paul stood in front of the crew and the other prisoners and told them that God was with them.
Last night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve stood beside me and said, "Do not be afraid, Paul. You must stand trial before Caesar; and God has graciously given you the lives of all who sail with you." So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me. Nevertheless, we must run aground on some island. (Acts 27:23–26)
While not allowed to stop the shipwreck, the angel was able to bring Paul a message of survival and hope.
As these passages demonstrate, it was a common practice for early Christians to rely on angels as the messengers of God — something that I think we should strive to reconnect with in our more modern society. But serving as messengers isn't their only purpose as God's servants. The Bible is packed full of references to angels as helpful and beneficial guardians, protectors, and counselors.
So what happened to us? Over the centuries the Christian community has gone from respecting and accepting angelic connections to thinking that angel communication is at best the product of an overactive imagination or at worst an indication of psychosis or even demonic influence!
While a deep dive into why this might be the case is beyond the scope of this book, I think it is safe to say that one reason for the change correlates to the rise of scientific thought which, while providing us with many, many gifts, has also had some notable drawbacks. The scientific community's admonition that angel communication is "impossible" or "unproven" is one of them.
In addition to the dominance of a more scientific mind-set, there are many other simple and more practical reasons why communicating with angels has fallen by the wayside. Consider, for instance, life in biblical times versus life since the industrial revolution. In ancient times, people lived closer to nature. There were no machines at all, to say nothing of cell phones, social media, email, or the myriad of other distractions that humans face today. Have we become so busy that we've forgotten about angels? In times past, there were more natural pauses worked into the day. People didn't try to fit in a stop at the dry cleaners and the grocery store between work and picking their children up from soccer practice. TVs and radios were not constantly blaring. Back then there was more opportunity for the "still small voice" of God and His holy angels to be heard. There were fewer distractions and more opportunities for silence, pausing, and listening.
No matter the ultimate cause, in my opinion the biggest block to angel communication is our expectations. In ancient times, people believed that angels could and would contact us and be helpful in our times of need, so they were open to the possibility and eagerly invited the angels to bring them assistance. Because we no longer look for signs from the angels, we can't easily see the signals that are there. The Bible is clear that God created angels and has given us access to them so that they can help us in every aspect of our daily lives, but we have turned from embracing their guiding divine presence and many of us have simply closed our minds to it.
Many Christians aren't familiar enough with the angels mentioned in the Bible to even give their names, much less consider them and the legion of unnamed angels as a resource. Try this thought experiment to test your current level of "angel awareness": how many angels can you name?
There are four mentioned by name in the Protestant Bible: Michael, Gabriel, Satan, and Abaddon (one of Satan's fallen angels). Another early Christian text, the apocryphal Book of Tobit, introduces the angel Raphael. Even more angels are named in the Dead Sea Scrolls. While in this book we will only talk about angels from the Protestant Bible, the fact that other texts from the same time period do name more only goes to show that angels are numerous.
As I mentioned earlier, when I tell other Christians about my communication with angels, I typically get one of two responses. First, if the person is a believer in angels or open to such an idea, they almost always ask me to tell them more or even ask me to teach a Sunday School class on angel communication (to which I always say yes!). The second type of response is not nearly as fun: my fellow Christians tend to give me a very skeptical look and quickly change the subject, end the conversation, or pepper me with questions about how I know I'm not talking to Satan. If you too are concerned about the possibility of contact from a negative influence, I completely understand that fear. I used to feel exactly the same way. In the second appendix at the end of this book I will discuss the power of discernment, which helps us answer the question, "How do I know I'm talking to God through an angelic messenger and not someone else?"
There is also the stereotype in the modern world that receiving messages from angels is "new age," "woo woo," or just plain "out there." But in my experience, angels give us very practical aid. Their wisdom and guidance aren't esoteric mumbo jumbo about things that don't have any application in your life, though they can sometimes be very deep and spiritually powerful. Instead, angels can guide us in the most basic situations like knowing which job applicant to hire, or in a true life-changing experience, such as putting us in the right place at the right time to witness a true miracle or avoid a life-altering tragedy. But none of this is possible if we dismiss their help and erase their presence in our lives because we think it's "too weird."
It is said that we are guilty of taking Christ out of Christmas, and I often say that we are also guilty of removing the angels from our daily lives. In my experience, angels are available to give us messages 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Angels love, accept, and want to help every one of us. They stand ready to assist us in our lives, but because we have free will, we need to ask for their assistance. (I'll include a special prayer at the end of this section for that purpose.) Once you ask, get ready to receive! They are standing by waiting for the word that you would like their support.
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Table of Contents
Introduction: From Angel Skeptic to Angel Believer xiii
Chapter 1 The Lost Tradition of Angel Messengers 1
Chapter 2 The Languages of the Angels 19
Chapter 3 The Language of Seeing 33
Chapter 4 The Language of Hearing 49
Chapter 5 The Language of Feeling 63
Chapter 6 The Language of Knowing 77
Chapter 7 The Language of Dreams and Visions 91
Chapter 8 Improving the Connection: How to Help the Angels Help You 109
Afterword: Guided by Angels in Difficult Times 127
Appendix A Messages from Angels or the Holy Spirit? 139
Appendix B Discernment and the One Scary Verse 145
About the Author 155