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The Agenda of Angels: What the Holy Ones Want You to Know about the Next Move
by Kevin Zadai
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The Veil of Secrecy
—Genesis 28:16 NLT
As we get into this discussion about angels and their mission, I would like to first talk about the strategy of angels to operate in secrecy. Did you know that one of the most important aspects of any military operation is the veil of secrecy? It is to a military force’s advantage to keep an element of surprise and invisibility, as much as is feasible, in any operation. Therefore, a large percentage of military operations are done in secret. The Most High God and His Kingdom operations function no differently—secret missions are vital to victory over the powers of darkness of this world.
Angels are considered to be “special forces” and have special assignments from the military branch of Heaven’s Kingdom. “God sends angels with special orders to protect you wherever you go, defending you from all harm” (Ps. 91:11 TPT). It is amazing to me how much is going on around us about which we have absolutely no awareness or knowledge.
If the Lord gave anyone the ability to see into the spirit realm right now, it would humble that person when he or she sees the abundance of angelic activity. Being able to see into the realm of the spirit would actually help each person to stop worrying about anything that is going on in his or her life right now. We each have so much heavenly help around us that if we were cognizant of what is happening in the spirit realm, we would have much more confidence to trust that the Lord Himself is working on our behalf. The Lord has special plans for His people of destiny. The apostle Paul said, “‘Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.’ But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God” (1 Cor. 2:9-10). Every Christian must establish a deep trust in our heavenly Father’s love for us and His ability to accomplish all that concerns us. Each of us must have revelation concerning this truth before we can advance to success in every area of our lives. And God desires that our lives be successful, especially for His Kingdom.
Unveiling the Other Realm
In the spirit realm, the Lord is looking at the future of each Christian’s life as if that future is His now! So why even worry or be concerned about the future? Our Father has planned out for each of His children something better than we could ever plan ourselves. There are things that are planned for every Christian that the angels know, but they are hidden from each of us for the moment. I am amazed at the intricacy of God’s ways and how wonderful His thoughts are toward us. The psalmist wrote, “How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; when I awake, I am still with You” (Ps. 139:17-18).
I remember the first time I encountered an angel. This event happened in the spring of 1982. I did not pray to see an angel, nor did I particularly want to see an angel. Previously, I had sensed that angels had come into my room while I was praying. I was fully aware of the awesomeness of the presence of angels. And I was, as well, fully cognizant of the fear of the Lord that is upon His angels. I therefore had no desire to see an angel.
I remember seeking the Lord diligently at the time. I was asking God to help me deal with the workload that I was encountering with my college work. I was asking the Lord to help me because I had given up everything to attend this college, and I had to keep a certain grade point average to stay in the program. I was in a darkened room. It is important to note that the door to my dorm room was double-locked with a dead bolt.
I remember that while I was pacing the floor, I would momentarily open my eyes so I would not run into something in the room. I would approach the closed and double-locked door in my dorm room and then turn and walk the other way toward the windows. I did this continually for hours while I was praying in the spirit. I wanted the revelation that was in my spirit by the Holy Spirit to come up into my understanding. I really did not care how long it took for the truth to come up. I desperately needed to hear from God.
As I pressed on through in prayer, I started to spiritually sense freedom in the spirit all around me, and I also was spiritually sensing freedom within my entire being. There are times when a person prays that one can feel the warfare going on around one’s being. Then, it can suddenly become obvious that a breakthrough has arrived. The very air clears and the person praying feels free, as if he or she is free to fully breathe once again. During this particular prayer time, suddenly, a huge surge of power hit me like a wave from the ocean. I fell to the floor in the middle of the room. I could not move, but somehow I was able to see the room with my spiritual eyes, not my physical eyes. It was as though I were suspended above my body. I could see a large angel standing in the doorway.
The door had physically opened! That was just not possible because, as I noted previously, that door was double-locked. I still was not mobilized as I watched the angel approach me. He bent down and grabbed me by the arm. He lifted me up, and I regained some of my strength. As I stood before him, I noticed his attire. From top to bottom, the angel wore a full Roman centurion’s uniform. He was very tall. He may have been about nine or ten feet tall, and he perhaps weighed eight hundred pounds.
He spoke with such authority as he began to address me. He said that he had come on behalf of the Most High God. He said, “I have been sent from the presence of the Most High to tell you that you must separate yourself unto God. There are individuals whom you have befriended from whom you are to separate yourself. No longer spend time with these people, for not only are they not in the will of God, but these people are about to be judged.”
While he was talking to me, I saw the individuals about whom he was speaking. The group consisted of a group of people about twelve in number who had befriended me. The angel started to talk to me about my calling, but then he was interrupted by the Holy Spirit. I could not hear what was being said to him by the Holy Spirit, but he held his hand up to motion for me to wait. He then told me that he was called immediately to another place. He asked me to go to the prayer room, which was down the hallway. He said that instead of his completing this message from the Most High God, the Holy Spirit would finish the message.I objected to this situation. I was impressed with the awesomeness of this angel. He was standing within three feet of me. I wanted him to continue to talk to me. I was looking at him and was studying his armor, which was very intricate and beautiful. The power that came from this being was so amazing, and it was a natural reaction for me to want him to complete his message because no one would have wanted him to leave. I felt safe because of the authority that I sensed within this angel. He walked in such godly authority, and awareness of his authority within just made me boldly confident in the protection of God. I then said to the angel, “You are already here, so please, just finish the message.”
At this, the angel became very stern with me, sterner than he previously had been. He said, “I said go to the prayer room, and do it now!” At this, the angel turned and pointed to the prayer room door, which was down the hallway. Then, the angel walked quickly down the hallway. As he walked away, he disappeared into thin air!
Six months after this experience with the angel, those twelve or so individuals were all expelled from college for misconduct. If I had not listened to the angel’s warning from that evening, I would have been implicated as being part of their group, and I also would have been expelled. The angel was sent to help me understand a situation that I could not possibly have personally foreseen at the time that the angel revealed it to me. The angel also knew completely what would happen to these individuals in the next six months. God’s foreknowledge had been revealed to me, and that angel was sent to warn me.
This situation reveals one purpose of angels, and that is that they are sent to help Christians do the will of God. I often wondered why the angel did not visit the others who were expelled to warn them about their misconduct. However, it seems as though he came to answer a prayer that I was praying in the spirit. I was praying in the spirit without knowing that through my prayers God would respond and would be sure to give me helpful information concerning my future. The information that the angel revealed assisted me in my life. This situation clearly demonstrates one reason why it is so vitally important to pray in the spirit as often as one possibly can. What I mean by praying in the spirit is also called praying in tongues, as spoken by the apostle Paul. It seems that praying in the spirit and angel activity are tied together. I have had several visitations of angels after praying in the spirit for long periods of time.
I have told this series of events from my life because I want Christians to understand that there is another spiritual world around us that we cannot always see. It is called the spirit realm, and it is the realm in which the Holy Spirit rules and reigns. The Holy Spirit is the master of the spirit realm.
The Holy Spirit is given to every Christian when he or she is born again. Second Corinthians 5:17 states that we are born again of the Spirit and that we are new creatures in Christ Jesus. “Old things have been passed away; behold all things have become new.” So it is obvious that the same Holy Spirit who was in us at the new birth is the same Holy Spirit who baptizes us to overflowing and gives us a supernatural language called tongues.
Praying in the Spirit
The apostle Paul teaches us in First Corinthians 14 that when we pray in tongues, our spirit prays to God by the leading of the Holy Spirit. In Romans 8:26, the apostle Paul says that sometimes we do not know how to pray in our own intellect, but that the spirit prays according to the will God. When we pray in tongues, we often praise and worship God. He also mentions in First Corinthians 13 that we can pray in the tongues of men and the tongues of angels by the Spirit. The apostle Jude says that we should pray in the Holy Spirit, building ourselves up in the most holy of faith while staying in the love of God (see Jude 1:20).
Jesus told me in person that praying in the spirit causes us to move in the supernatural realm and that all of our prayers will be answered if we allow this process of praying in the spirit to happen in the flesh. So we are yielding our members, our bodies, by praying in tongues. And as Paul said in First Corinthians 14, when we pray in the spirit, our minds are unfruitful because we are praying out mysteries in the spirit. We may not understand what we are praying in our intellect, but our prayer is perfect, and God is able to respond easily to those perfect prayers. This coincides with First Corinthians 2 where Paul says:
- No one can know a person’s thoughts except that person’s own spirit, and no one can know God’s thoughts except God’s own Spirit. And we have received God’s Spirit (not the world’s spirit), so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us. When we tell you these things, we do not use words that come from human wisdom. Instead, we speak words given to us by the Spirit, using the Spirit’s words to explain spiritual truths. But people who aren’t spiritual can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can’t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means. Those who are spiritual can evaluate all things, but they themselves cannot be evaluated by others. For, “Who can know the Lord’s thoughts? Who knows enough to teach him?” But we understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:11-16 NLT).
Therefore, we can begin to realize how important it is to be baptized in the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in other tongues. This is clearly taught throughout the Bible and mentioned many times in the Book of Acts. We are believers after we receive salvation, and we are given the opportunity to be baptized with water, as well as to be baptized with the Holy Spirit. When the Holy Spirit would fall upon the people in the Book of Acts, they would begin speaking with other tongues. The act of speaking with other tongues was known, and still is known, as the initial evidence of the baptism of the Holy Spirit.
Satan fights the truth about speaking in tongues almost as much as any other subject. This is because it is of vital importance that every believer in these last days be filled with the Spirit and speak in other tongues as the Spirit gives utterance. Speaking in tongues exists so that the truth may be known and proclaimed through your mouth. In the Book of James, we clearly are told that the tongue is the member of the body that controls the whole body. So if the Spirit of God can get hold of a believer’s tongue, then the Spirit of God can get hold of your life. This is why the Holy Spirit takes hold of your tongue when you are baptized with the Holy Spirit. Additionally, Romans 12:2-3 reveals that the soul is not saved through the born-again experience, but it must be transformed by the renewing of your mind by the Word of God. One’s mind and emotions and will, those three parts of one’s soul, must be renewed daily and be sanctified through our obedience to the Word.
The apostle James talks about the tongue being set on fire by the flames of hell and how through the Holy Spirit a person’s tongue can be set on fire by the Holy Spirit. When one’s tongue is set on fire by the Holy Spirit, one is speaking the truth in love and fulfilling the purpose for which the church was formed. Our bodies together as the Christian church represent Christ’s body. The Holy Spirit is here to unify the body of Christ, the church, until we come into the fullness of Him who bought us. See the books of Ephesians and Colossians for clarification of these principles.
Therefore, anyone can understand how important it is to allow oneself to operate in the spirit world by yielding the members of the body to the Spirit. We yield our members by speaking other tongues. We also must walk in the spirit by submitting our flesh to the Spirit of God. By yielding to speak in tongues and by walking in the Spirit, we can begin to operate in the unseen realm where angels complete their missions. When we yield our mouths to speaking in tongues and our spirits to walking in the Word, we begin to live according to God’s Word daily. As you speak the truth in a prayer that is sent from Heaven, which contains a perfect prayer, your spirit speaks forth truth. When your spirit speaks forth truth, the angels gather around you because they recognize that you have connected fully with their mission. Their mission is to see to it that you have what you need to walk out the plan and purpose of God for your life on this earth.
Working with Angels
As a Christian begins to use his or her members, especially the tongue, he or she will find himself or herself in the perfect will of God, working with angels! This might seem difficult to believe or even too good to be true. However, this is the kind of life God created us to live. And this is the very purpose for which angels were created—to expedite God’s will for every Christian, to every Christian, and within every Christian! The writer of Hebrews explained the purpose of angels in our lives in this way:
- Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation? Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away. For if the word spoken through angels proved steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just reward, how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him, God also bearing witness both with signs and wonders, with various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit, according to His own will? (Hebrews 1:14–2:4)
Additionally, there are a number of truths revealed in the Book of Hebrews upon which we must concentrate. It is necessary to enter into a new mindset concerning the Kingdom of God, a mindset that understands these five truths concerning angelic beings. Your assignments on this earth are powerful and include working with angels. Here are the five truths that are essential for Christians to understand:
- Briefing one: Angels are sent forth to minister for children of God.
- Briefing two: We must earnestly grasp the truth that we have heard so that we do not drift away.
- Briefing three: What angels speak is steadfast. They speak on behalf of God. Therefore, what angels speak is God’s Word.
- Briefing four: Every transgression and disobedience will receive a just reward. Therefore, how shall we escape if we in any way neglect our own salvation?
- Briefing five: The Lord speaks, and then what He has spoken is confirmed by those who have heard it. God also confirms His Word with signs and wonders. To confirm His Word, God bears witness to what we have heard and spoken by confirming the Word with signs wonders and various miracles and gifts of the Holy Spirit according to God’s will.
It is essential that we as Christians fully comprehend the fact that the unseen realm around all of us is more real than the realm we presently see and experience. The Spirit of God is the Spirit of truth. According to what Jesus has clearly explained, He leads us into all truth. If a person does a word study on the word truth, one will find that “truth” is translated as the word “reality.” So it is correct to state that we have the Holy Spirit of reality coming into our life through the born-again experience. Then, we are filled to overflowing with God’s Spirit through the experience of the baptism in the Holy Spirit. In Romans 8, God tells Christians how to yield to the Spirit and not to the flesh. This is essential so that we may walk in the Spirit and live our entire life through the leading of the Holy Spirit. By living a life filled with the Spirit of God, we will not fulfill the lust of the flesh. Once we, deep down in our hearts, become fully aware of this principle of living by His Spirit, we begin to know a new resource for victory. We then begin to realize that when we pray in the spirit, we pray out the truth. We know that the truth sets us free! And where the spirit of Lord is, there is freedom! He who has the Son is set free, free indeed.
So we can consider briefing one, working with angels, to be the understanding that angels have been sent to minister for us. But they will only minister that which is the will of God for our lives and for the Kingdom of God. So anything we do in the flesh nature is contrary to the Spirit of God. Anything we do in the flesh is also contrary to the will of God. According to the apostle Paul, we are to yield to the Spirit as children of God:
- For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God. But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. Therefore, brethren, we are debtors—not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God (Romans 8:5-14).
Through these powerful words of the apostle Paul by the Holy Spirit we can see that the Holy Spirit is essential to our Christian lives. The Holy Spirit makes it possible for us to be able to live according to His impulses and His mindset and not to the impulses of the flesh. So angels are sent to minister for us only as we walk in the Spirit. Unfortunately, and far too often, angels’ efforts are wasted on cleaning up the consequences of our disobedience. Angels then must work to keep us out of danger because of our lack of submission to the Holy Spirit. According to the writer of Hebrews, disobedience should not be tolerated. As we have already stated, there is a just reward for those who are disobedient or in rebellion to God’s ways. Angels are not actually primarily sent to repair situations brought about by our own disobedience or rebellion. The real purpose of angels being sent into our lives is to work with us to help us in doing the Kingdom of God’s work. Unfortunately, angels often have to waste time and effort trying to rectify situations in our lives that our rebellion creates. It is important to remember that we are children of God, and therefore we must realize that being led by the Spirit of God goes hand in hand with the fact that angels are sent to minister for us, the children of God, so that we are able to successfully complete our destiny for the Lord on this earth.
Briefing two has to do with staying focused and concentrated on the task at hand and not drifting from the assignment that God has entrusted to us. Angels are extremely focused and have certain orders they follow exactly, as specified by the Lord Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit monitors the activities of angels to make certain that everything that we do coordinates fully with God’s intent. As long as a child of God does the same thing—allowing the Spirit of God to rule one’s inner man, carrying out God’s word exactly as he or she has been asked—everything goes well. But if a Christian starts to drift away from the initial plan, entering sin and disobedience, then he or she can grieve the Holy Spirit. When someone grieves the Holy Spirit, angels cannot help someone to fulfill God’s plan because the Christian is in disobedience and sin. Even the angel of the Lord in the Old Testament could be grieved. Angels had the right to judge the children of Israel when they moved in disobedience.
- Behold, I send an Angel before you to keep you in the way and to bring you into the place which I have prepared. Beware of Him and obey His voice; do not provoke Him, for He will not pardon your transgressions; for My name is in Him. But if you indeed obey His voice and do all that I speak, then I will be an enemy to your enemies and an adversary to your adversaries. For My Angel will go before you and bring you in to the Amorites and the Hittites and the Perizzites and the Canaanites and the Hivites and the Jebusites; and I will cut them off. You shall not bow down to their gods, nor serve them, nor do according to their works; but you shall utterly overthrow them and completely break down their sacred pillars (Exodus 23:20-24).
Clearly, the above Scripture passage reveals that God wants us to be obedient and walk with Him. The angel that was prepared to go with them was briefed on God’s perfect will.
Although that angel was not always visible to the children of Israel, there was a hidden agenda—the angel was assigned to bring them into the land that God had prepared for them. We must always remember that though an angel is not always visible, God asks people to be aware of the angel, to obey his voice, and not to provoke him. Therefore, by this example we know that we are not to provoke angels. God even goes as far to say that we are not to disobey him because he will not pardon such transgressions for God’s name was in him. The good thing about the angel in this situation was that God clearly stated that if you obey the angel, the Lord says that He will be an enemy to our enemies as well as an adversary to our adversaries. The angel was going to go before them and cut off their enemies. The Lord has promised that these angels will help to overthrow our enemies and completely break down the secret pillars that uphold our enemies. It is obvious that working with angels is something that really happens for those who choose to walk in the spirit. We must not faint or hold back from God’s call and mission. We must be confident that angels are present to help us when we do what God has ordained us to do.
And now on to briefing three. This phase is focused on what angels speak. We need to be aware that angels speak for God. What angels speak is steadfast. Because they speak on behalf of God, their word is God’s Word, and therefore it must be taken very seriously. If a Christian wants to have an angel serve him or her, and if a Christian wants to be included in the plans and purposes of God with angels, a person must take the words of angels seriously. Angel visitation is not to be taken lightly. Their participation with a person in the furtherance of the gospel and the Kingdom of God on the earth is a very serious matter to God as well as to His angels. Also, there is always a possibility that the angels who are assigned to a person at this present time in the angelic realm may be the very angels under that person’s role in the next reign of Jesus Christ, in His millennial Kingdom. Therefore, it is important to develop a healthy relationship now with the angels who have come to help a person presently. It is crucial to respect their word and their actions, for to do so will be sowing into one’s future relationship with them. It is quite possible that those very angels will be ministering with the same person for all eternity.
The fourth briefing of working with angels includes being responsible for heeding God’s commands, as well as the commands of the angels that we receive. The Bible clearly says in Hebrews 2:2-3 that “every transgression and disobedience received a just reward, how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation.” So it is quite clear that we are to pay attention to our own salvation, as well as to the harvest of others coming into the Kingdom. We must work with angels so that others may come in and enjoy salvation also. Angels work behind the scenes to minister for us. The ministry of angels includes bringing people into the Kingdom of God. They enjoy the salvation of human beings. Jesus talked about this in His ministry when He said, “Even so, I tell you, there is joy among and in the presence of the angels of God over one [especially] wicked person who repents (changes his mind for the better, heartily amending his ways, with abhorrence of his past sins) (Luke 15:10 AMPC).
It is important to remember not only to hear the Word of God but to receive and obey the Word of God. Angels are involved in speaking and doing the Word of God. It is an awesome thing to be included as a part of this last-day move of God. Let us not be like those who heard and did not heed. According to Scripture, we must know how important it is to obey angels. In the Book of Acts, we are told, “You who received the Law as it was ordained and set in order and delivered by angels, and [yet] you did not obey it!” (Acts 7:53 AMPC).
The fifth and final briefing according to the Book of Hebrews is that the Lord speaks and then it is confirmed by those who have heard it. When the Lord begins to confirm His Word with actions, working with angels then becomes evident and exciting. In the Book of Acts, it was evident that the Lord was with the believers because signs and wonders followed them. In fact, leadership of that day took note that they had been with Jesus (see Acts 4:13). We can say that one of the true manifestations of believers who preached the gospel was that signs and wonders followed them, confirming what was preached. It was said of the believers in Jesus’ day, directly after His ascension, “So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen” (Mark 16:19-20). Behind the scenes, angels are part of many signs and wonders that occur when a person testifies of Jesus.
It is of great importance to grasp these five briefings in order to understand and begin to experience the world of angels operating under the veil of secrecy. They are fellow servants who have been sent to minister for us. They do not want to get credit for anything they do. Their desire is that Jesus and the Most High God get the glory from whatever they do for God.
- Now I, John, saw and heard these things. And when I heard and saw, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel who showed me these things. Then he said to me, “See that you do not do that. For I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren the prophets, and of those who keep the words of this book. Worship God.” And he said to me, “Do not seal the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is at hand. He who is unjust, let him be unjust still; he who is filthy, let him be filthy still; he who is righteous, let him be righteous still; he who is holy, let him be holy still” (Revelation 22:8-11).
Time to Be Aware
Jacob the patriarch had this unseen, angelic realm unveiled to him one day as he lay down to rest. Jacob was about to find out that there was more going on around him than he perceived. He was part of God’s plan for all of mankind. In fact, the Most High God expressed this plan to his grandfather, Abram, during a visitation in the same place. That place was Bethel. Years before, Abram experienced what is told in Genesis 12 and 13:
- Then the Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your descendants I will give this land.” And there he built an altar to the Lord, who had appeared to him. And he moved from there to the mountain east of Bethel, and he pitched his tent with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east; there he built an altar to the Lord and called on the name of the Lord (Genesis 12:7-8).
And he went on his journey from the South as far as Bethel, to the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Bethel and Ai, to the place of the altar which he had made there at first. And there Abram called on the name of the Lord (Genesis 13:3-4).
It is intriguing to realize that many have gone before us who have built altars and set themselves apart for the will of the Lord. And even though those altars may no longer be erected as they once were in this physical realm, the building of those altars caused something spiritual to happen that opened a gateway to Heaven. So Jacob grabbed one of the stones that was probably used by his grandfather, years before that time, for the altar. Jacob used that stone as a pillow. The anointing of God was in that rock because it had meaning to the Lord. That stone was once a piece of a secret altar built by a man (Abram) who believed God and saw Him who was invisible (see Heb. 11:27).
Jacob seems to have been in the same condition that many Christians find themselves today. We have forgotten the heritage that is in our spiritual lineage as believers. Therefore, although we may be wandering around in the desert looking for God’s will, we must also be aware that when we sit down to rest, we actually may be using a secret rock that was used to open the heavenly realm. Every one of us is coming to the culminating point—that time when we are finished with our own works in the desert of our own lives. We can lay down to rest, and we may find ourselves at the gateway of Heaven. Angels are all around, and we must be ready to receive information concerning a secret mission:
- Meanwhile, Jacob left Beersheba and traveled toward Haran. At sundown he arrived at a good place to set up camp and stopped there for the night. Jacob found a stone to rest his head against and lay down to sleep. As he slept, he dreamed of a stairway that reached from the earth up to heaven. And he saw the angels of God going up and down the stairway. At the top of the stairway stood the Lord, and he said, “I am the Lord, the God of your grandfather Abraham, and the God of your father, Isaac. The ground you are lying on belongs to you. I am giving it to you and your descendants. Your descendants will be as numerous as the dust of the earth! They will spread out in all directions—to the west and the east, to the north and the south. And all the families of the earth will be blessed through you and your descendants. What’s more, I am with you, and I will protect you wherever you go. One day I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have finished giving you everything I have promised you.” Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I wasn’t even aware of it!” But he was also afraid and said, “What an awesome place this is! It is none other than the house of God, the very gateway to heaven!” The next morning Jacob got up very early. He took the stone he had rested his head against, and he set it upright as a memorial pillar. Then he poured olive oil over it. He named that place Bethel (which means “ house of God”), although it was previously called Luz (Genesis 28:10-19 NLT).
As a Christian continues to grow up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord (see Eph. 6:4 KJV), the revelation of the Holy Spirit should become the predominant factor in his or her life. The Spirit has the ability to open a person’s eyes to see into His realm. The realm of the Spirit is the realm of reality. Our God is the God of angel armies that operate in this realm of reality. This realm is not visible to the naked eye. The prophet Micaiah saw this and proclaimed, “Then Micaiah continued, “Listen to what the Lord says! I saw the Lord sitting on his throne with all the armies of heaven around him, on his right and on his left” (1 Kings 22:19 NLT). I have found that even though angels do often operate behind the scenes in secret, we must constantly remind ourselves they and we serve Almighty God, who is also in this unseen realm. At this very moment in time, He is being worshiped by angel armies, armies who do His will!
- Praise him, all his angels! Praise him, all the armies of heaven! (Psalm 148:2 NLT)
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