angel of the Lordencampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.”Psalm 34:7.
Suggested Reading: Early Writings, 39,
“Heaven is brought near to earth by that mystic ladder, the base
of which is firmly planted on the earth, while the topmost round reaches the
throne of the Infinite.Angels are
constantly ascending and descending this ladder of shining brightness, bearing
the prayers of the needy and distressed to the Father above, and bringing
blessing and hope, courage and help, to the children of men.These angels of light create a heavenly
atmosphere about the soul, lifting us toward the unseen and the eternal.We cannot behold their forms with our natural
sight; only by spiritual vision can we discern heavenly things.The spiritual ear alone can hear the harmony
of heavenly voices.”The Acts of the Apostles, 153.
John see surrounding God’s throne in heaven?What is said of the number of the angels?Revelation 5:11,
12.Compare Hebrews 12:22.
angels of God, thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand,
are commissioned to minister to those who shall be heirs of salvation.They guard us against evil and press back the
powers of darkness that are seeking our destruction.Have we not reason to be thankful every
moment, thankful even when there are apparent difficulties in our
were the angels brought into existence?Colossians 1:16.
men or angels were created, the Word was with God, and was God.”Review and Herald, April 5, 1906.
angels had been created full of goodness and love.They loved one another impartially and their
God supremely, and they were prompted by this love to do His pleasure.The law of God was not a grievous yoke to
them, but it was their delight to do His commandments, to hearken unto the
voice of His Word.”The Signs of the
Times, April 28,
divine Son of God was the only sacrifice of sufficient value to fully satisfy
the claims of God’s perfect law.The
angels were sinless, but of less value than the law of God.They were amenable to law.They were messengers to do the will of Christ, and before him to bow.They were created beings, and
probationers.”Review and Herald,
December 17, 1872.
ministry has been appointed to the angels?Hebrews 1:14;
Psalm 103:20, 21.
need to understand better than we do the mission of the angels.It would be well to remember that every true
child of God has the co-operation of heavenly beings.Invisible armies of light and power attend
the meek and lowly ones who believe and claim the promises of God.Cherubim and seraphim, and angels that excel
in strength, stand at God’s right hand, ‘all ministering spirits, sent forth to
minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation.’ Hebrews 1:14.”The Acts of the
are watching over and guarding us; we often grieve these angels by indulging in
trifling conversation, jesting, and joking, and also by sinking down into a
careless, stupid state.Although we may
now and then make an effort for the victory and obtain it, yet if we do not
keep it, but sink down into the same careless, indifferent state, unable to
endure temptations and resist the enemy, we do not endure the trial of our
faith that is more precious than gold.We are not suffering for Christ’s sake, and glorying in tribulation.”Early Writings, 111.
form have angels appeared to men? Genesis 18:2; 19:1–3, 16; Acts 1:10.
until the providences of God are seen in the light of eternity shall we
understand what we owe to the care and interposition of His angels.Celestial beings have taken an active part in
the affairs of men.They have appeared
in garments that shone as the lightning; they have come as men, in the garb of
wayfarers.They have accepted the
hospitalities of human homes; they have acted as guides to benighted travelers.
. . .”God’s Amazing Grace, 364.
some evidences of the power of angels given to us in the Bible.11 Kings 19:35; Luke 1:18–20; Matthew 28:2.
power and malice of Satan and his host might justly alarm us, were it not that
we may find shelter and deliverance in the superior power of our Redeemer. . .
.Those who follow Christ are ever safe
under His watchcare.Angels that excel in strength are sent from heaven to protect them.The wicked one cannot break through the guard
which God has stationed about His people.”The Faith I Live By, 328.
angels helped the people of God in times of distress?Daniel ; .
are sent on missions of mercy to the children of God.To Abraham, with promises of blessing; to the
gates of Sodom, to rescue righteous Lot from its fiery doom; to Elijah, as he
was about to perish from weariness and hunger in the desert; to Elisha, with chariots and horses of fire surrounding the
little town where he was shut in by his foes; to Daniel, while seeking divine
wisdom in the court of a heathen king, or abandoned to become the lions’ prey;
to Peter, doomed to death in Herod’s dungeon; to the prisoners at Philippi; to
Paul and his companions in the night of tempest on the sea; to open the mind of
Cornelius to receive the gospel; to dispatch Peter with the message of
salvation to the Gentile stranger—thus holy angels have, in all ages,
ministered to God’s people.”The Great Controversy, 512.
have angels delivered God’s servants in trouble?Acts 5:17–20; 12:5–10.
“The God of heaven the mighty Ruler of the universe, took this matter into his
own hands; for men were warring against his work.He showed them plainly that there is a ruler
above man, whose authority must be respected.The Lord sent his angel by night to open the prison doors; and he
brought forth these men whom God had commissioned to do his work.”Review and Herald, January 1, 1889.
interest is shown by the angels when sinners turn to the Lord?Luke 15:10.
note: “If the
angels of God rejoice over the erring who see and confess their wrongs and
return to the fellowship of their brethren, how much more should the followers
of Christ, who are themselves erring, and who every day need the forgiveness of
God and of their brethren, feel joy over the return of a brother or a sister
who has been deceived by the sophistry of Satan and has taken a wrong course
and suffered because of it.”Testimonies, vol. 3, 100.
Christ speak of the ministry of angels?Matthew 18:10.How is the rapidity of their movements
of glory, that do always behold the face of the Father in heaven, joy in
ministering to His little ones.Trembling souls, who have many objectionable traits of character, are
their special charge.Angels are ever
present where they are most needed, with those who have the hardest battle with
self to fight, and whose surroundings are the most discouraging.And in this ministry Christ’s true followers
Desire of Ages, 440.
Daniel’s prayer is going forth, the angel Gabriel comes sweeping down from the
heavenly courts, to tell him that his petitions are heard and answered.This mighty angel has been commissioned to
give him skill and understanding,—to open before him the mysteries of future
ages.Thus, while earnestly seeking to
know and understand the truth, Daniel was brought into communion with Heaven’s
delegated messenger.”Review and
Herald, February 8,
comforting promise is given for those who trust and fear the Lord?Psalms 34:7; 91:9–11.
commissions His angels to save His chosen ones from calamity, to guard them
from ‘the pestilence that walketh in darkness’ and
‘the destruction that wasteth at noonday.’Psalm 91:6.Again and again have angels talked with men
as a man speaketh with a friend, and led them to
places of security.Again and again have
the encouraging words of angels renewed the drooping spirits of the faithful
and, carrying their minds above the things of earth, caused them to behold by
faith the white robes, the crowns, the palm branches of victory, which overcomers will receive when they surround the great white
of the Apostles, 153.
appears the second time, who will accompany Him?Matthew 25:31.
Christ came to this earth the first time, He came in lowliness and obscurity,
and His life here was one of suffering and poverty. . . .At His second coming all will be changed.Not as a prisoner surrounded by a rabble will
men see Him, but as heaven’s King.Christ will come in His own glory, in the glory of His Father, and in
the glory of the holy angels.Ten
thousand times ten thousand and thousands of thousands of angels, the
beautiful, triumphant sons of God, possessing surpassing loveliness and glory,
will escort Him on His way. In the place of a crown of thorns, He will wear a
crown of glory—a crown within a crown.In the place of that old purple robe, He will be clothed in a garment of
whitest white, ‘so as no fuller on earth can white’ (Mark
9:3) it.And on His vesture and
on His thigh a name will be written, ‘King of kings, and Lord of lords.’
Amazing Grace, 358.
will the angels act when the Lord calls from their graves His sleeping
living righteous are changed ‘in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye.’[1 Corinthians
15:52.]At the voice of God they
were glorified; now they are made immortal and with the risen saints are caught
up to meet their Lord in the air.Angels
‘gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the
other.’[Matthew 24:31.]Little children are borne by holy angels to
their mothers’ arms.Friends long
separated by death are united, nevermore to part, and with songs of gladness
ascend together to the City of God.”The Great Controversy,
These lessons are adapted from the Sabbath
School Lesson Quarterly, Pacific Press Publishing Association, Mountain