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Angels Around Us

Angels often appear as human men of God.
 
The Bible records many wonderful appearances of angels unto Godly people, and we wonder why we do not see angels here on earth more often.   

In the Old Testament, angels often appeared as men and did not look any different than everyone else. Other times they appeared with wings.  Perhaps angels have been with us, and we did not realize at times we may have seen angels unawares.  

The Angel of the Lord appeared to Hagar and gave her encouragement and a prophesy in Genesis chapter 16 and also in chapter 21. 

The Angel of the Lord spoke to Abraham from heaven in Genesis chapter 22. 

Jacob was spoken to in a dream as an angel appeared to him. 

In Exodus, Moses saw a burning bush and the Angel of the Lord spoke to him out of the fire.  Exodus 3.  

As the Children of Israel left Egypt the Angel of the Lord was in the pillar of fire by night and in the cloud by day.  Exodus 14 

The Angel of the Lord with a huge sword, stood in front of Balaam’s ass but only the animal could see him at first.  When Balaam whipped his donkey, the animal spoke and then God opened Balaam’s eyes to see the angel.  Numbers chapter 22 

In Judges chapter 2, all the children of Israel could hear the Angel speak.  

Judges 6, the Angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, but he thought it was a man.  The angel instructed him to place a sacrifice on some stones, and when the angel caused the sacrifice to be consumed by fire Gideon realized the person was indeed an angel. 

What a story in Judges 13 when the Angel of the Lord appeared to Hannah she though he was a man of God and told her husband.  When the Angel appeared to Manoah her husband, the Angel also caused fire to consume a sacrifice.  Manoah asked, “What is your name?”   The angel replied, “Why do you ask seeing my name is secret?”

The Angel of the Lord appeared to Elijah in I Kings 19 and instructed him.  Again in

2 Kings chapter 1, and 2 Kings 19 the Angel won the battle over the enemies. 

I Chronicles 21, King David saw the Angel of the Lord with his sword stretched out over Jerusalem, and David and all the elders fell on their faces before God. 

The Angel of the Lord shut the lion’s mouths when Daniel was cast into the lions den. Daniel 6
 
The Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary announcing she was chosen to bear the Messiah.

Understand that because angels often look like anyone else, you may have indeed seen angels many times. 
 
One thing to remember is that regardless of what we see with our natural eyes, there are always angels from God, around us protecting and guiding us.   

Psalms 34:7  The angel of the LORD encamps round about them that fear him, and he delivers them from destruction.

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9 comments:

  1. Thank you for this info. about angels. I have often thought how all of the angels in the Bible were in a male form, yet, all of the little figurines and statues seem to be female. It is such a comfort to know that God has given His angels charge over us to keep us in all our ways and that the angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him. God bless you, Hazel.

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  2. So grateful for the many times I have been protected. May you & your family have a blessed Easter!

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  3. When I was a young girl, having a Guardian Angel gave me a great sense of peace. I pray that I will always recognize God's messengers in my life.
    Have a Blessed Resurrection Sunday!
    Janis

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  4. I like this post. I like to think about the mighty spiritual forces sent by God to help me. I didn’t know angels take the shape of man all the time. I got confused years ago in a small home group when just about everybody saw angels during praise & worship at church just days before. I didn’t see squat and felt less than spiritual. Or maybe they had too much wine with their dinner that night? Who knows.

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    1. There are many types of Angels - some have wings, others can take a shape to fit into the need. I have heard of some angels taking the form of a woman, who came to clean the house of a sick mother, cooking a meal and caring for her baby. No one knew this "woman" and they could not find her in this small town.

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  5. I loved all the Scripture references you gave regarding angels. And I like how you reminded us that they are always surrounding us, even if we don't see them. I was reminded of the time when Elisha was surrounded by the armies of the enemy, and his servant was fearful. Elisha prayed for God to open his eyes, and He did just that. Lo and behold, they were surrounded by horses and chariots of fire!

    We have a mighty army on our side, and we are held securely by the Lord of Heaven's Armies!!

    GOD BLESS!

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  6. I'm pretty sure I've seen a few. One in particulars name was Arthur. He was a hitchhiker. That was a long time ago and yet I'll never forget him. Might be a post in there you just jarred loose, Hazel. Thanks for the reminder.

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  7. Thank you for the link-up. Angels are always around us. How we forget that.

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  8. Thank you for the link-up. Angels are always around us. How we forget that.

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