Angels are God's Messengers

The subject of angels, their nature, function, appearance, and message, has been the source of much difference of opinion. The earnest Bible student has believed that angels have frequently presented themselves under trying conditions to those able to see them; and many are the passages of Scripture promising their guidance and protection. May we inquire, Is the angel of to-day different in its office and purpose from the angel of other days?

The Scriptures record angels as foretelling the advent of some redeemer who would save from bondage, as guarding the way to Truth, as correcting the disobedient, as encouraging the one in earnest to follow the light, eliminating the mistakes that would hinder the pilgrim, and revealing the infinite good that is proof against all human error. The Scriptures also inform us of the varying conditions under which these divine representatives have appeared,—to awaken the true sense of divine rule (Judges 6:11); to testify to God's omnipotence (Joshua 5:14); to the spiritually hungry (I Kings 19); during the process of purification (Daniel 3); as comfort and protection from malice and hate (Daniel 6); deliverance when freedom seemed prohibited by a sense of error's strength (Acts 12); and in many other instances.

Above the Mists
September 8, 1923

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