ANGELS
(Transcribed Message)

Sunday Morning:  March 11, 2001

Text: Hebrews 1:4-8  "Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. 5. For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son? 6. And again, when he bringeth in the first begotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him. 7. And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire. 8. But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom."

Hebrews 1:13-14  "But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool? 14. Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?"

ANGELS

Daniel 10:5-6  "Then I lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a certain man clothed in linen, whose loins were girded with fine gold of Uphaz: 6. His body also was like the beryl, and his face as the appearance of lightning, and his eyes as lamps of fire, and his arms and his feet like in colour to polished brass, and the voice of his words like the voice of a multitude."

PRINCE MICHAEL INTERVENED

Daniel 10:12-13  "Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words. 13. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained (detained) there with the kings of Persia."

BATTLES IN HEAVEN

Daniel 10:20  "Then said he, Knowest thou wherefore I come unto thee? and now will I return to fight with the prince of Persia: and when I am gone forth, lo, the prince of Grecia shall come."

RESPECT FOR AUTHORITY

Jude 1:9  "Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil (Satan had more rank) he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee."

MAN UNDER ANGELS

Hebrews 2:6-8  "But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man, that thou visitest him? 7. Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands: 8. . .  . But now we see not yet all things put under him.

JESUS UNDER ANGELS

Hebrews 2:9  "But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels (as a man, Heb. 2:16) for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man."

REDUCED RANK

Matthew 4:10-11  "Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written (The Word was his authority and ours, not rank), Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. 11. Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him."

ASK THE FATHER

Matthew 26:53  "Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?" (from 36,000 to 72,000)

HE HAD RANK OVER THE EARTH

Luke 8:24  "And they came to him, and awoke him, saying, Master, master, we perish. Then he arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm."

NOW JESUS RANKS OVER ANGELS

Ephesians 1:19-21  "And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe [present tense], according to the working of his mighty power, 20. Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, 21. Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world [age], but also in that which is to come [the coming age, the millennial kingdom]:"

ANGELS USED BY GOD

Acts 5:19-20  "But the angel of the Lord by night opened the prison doors, and brought them (Apostles) forth, and said, 20. Go, stand and speak in the temple . .  ."

LEAD BY AN ANGEL

Acts 8:26  "And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip (full of faith, and the Holy Spirit), saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert."

WARNED BY AN ANGEL

Acts 10:22  "And they said, Cornelius the centurion, a just man, and one that feareth God, and of good report among all the nation of the Jews, was warned from God by an holy angel to send for thee into his house, and to hear words of thee."

FALLEN ANGELS ARE ENEMIES

Ephesians 6:12-13  "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [heavenly] places. 13. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand."

SECURE AGAINST OUR ENEMIES

Romans 8:37-39  "Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39. Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."

ANGELS ARE MINISTERING SPIRITS

Hebrews 1:14  "Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?"

THEIR ANGELS ARE WATCHING

Matthew 18:10  "Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven."

INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN

Hebrews 2:3 "How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;"

EQUAL UNTO ANGELS

Luke 20:35-36  "But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world [age, millennial kingdom], and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage: 36. Neither can they die  any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children [sons] of God, being the children [sons] of the resurrection."

SATAN CAST OUT OF HEAVEN

Revelation 12:7-8, 10  "And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, 8. And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. . . . 10. And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come [the] salvation (so great salvation), and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power [authority] of his Christ:. . . "

BEST RESURRECTION

Revelation 20:6  "Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first [best] resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years."