The Power & Work of Angels

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Part Three - The Power & Work of Angels

I. THE POWER OF ANGELS 

1a Declared: Angels power or abilities far exceed that of man (Psa. 103:20)

2a Demonstrated

1b Strength Greater Than Humans

1c Open the Tomb of Christ (Matt. 28:1): the stone was very large and difficult to move but being at the bottom of a channel thus had to be moved upward this would have been the job of several men

2c Brake Chains and Open Locked Doors: brakes all chains and attempts to restrain the demon possessed man (Mk. 5:3-6) – Peter released from prison yet no sound was made to wake the guards (Acts 12:7-10)

3c Overpowered 7 Sons of Sceva (Acts 19:14-16)

2b Strength that Touches the Supernatural

1c Kills Thousands of Men in Short Time

1d 185,000 Assyrians in one night (2 Kings 19:35)

2d 70,000 Israelites over a three day period (2 Sam. 24:15-16)

3d All the first born of man and beast in one night in Egypt (Ex. 12:29-30)

4d One third world population by four angels (Rev. 9:15)

2c Control the Forces of Nature

1d Wind (tornado Job 1:18-19; all winds in Rev. 7:1)

2d Fire from heaven (Job. 1:16; Rev. 8:7)

3d Destroy a third of all vegetation with fire (Rev. 8:7)

4d Destroy a third of sea and that in it (Rev. 8:8)

5d Contaminate a third of drinking water (Rev. 8:9)

6d Darkened the light of sun, moon, and stars by one third (Rev. 8:12)

7d Created sores on many (Rev. 16:2)

8d Change one third of sea into blood (Rev. 16:3)

9d Increase the heat of the sun (Rev. 16:8-9)

10d Dried up great rivers (Rev. 16:12)

11d Earthquakes, thunder and lightnings, and hail that weights about 100 pounds (Rev.16:17-21)

3a Developed

1b How much of a role do angels play today – we have no way of knowing whether good or bad angels

1c Killing of people – accidents, wars, disease (princes of countries in Daniel)

2c Weather and other natural disasters – possibly part of reason so unpredictable

3c Supernatural events and UFO

2b Thank God for the comforting words to the Saints

1c God is in control of all fallen angels (Job 2:6)

2c God has given us protection against fallen angels in the armor of God (Eph. 6:10-2)

3c God has given us victory over them thus we may resist them (James 4:7) and we need not fear them (1 Jn. 4:4)

3b Seek God's Strength and Help to battle such great beings not do it in our own strength (song of Johnny and the Devil)

4b Warning to those who think that it is safe to dabble in the Occult: ouiji boards, Dungeons and dragons, Movies and video games 

iI. THE WORK OF ANGELS

1a Ministry to the Saints

1b Assist in times of peril

1c Protection in spite of the peril

1d Peril of Pharaoh’s Chariots at the Red Sea (Ex. 14:19)

2d Peril of the lion’s den (Dan. 6:22)

3d Peril of storm at sea (Acts 27:22-26)

2c Deliverance out of the peril

1d Peril of divine judgment (Lot – Gen. 19:1-3) -

2d Peril of slavery in Egypt (“destroyer” Ex.12:23)

3d Peril of the nations of Canaan (Ex. 23: 20-23; 32:34, 33:2; Num. 20:16)

4d Peril of intruders (2 Kings 6 14-17; 185,000 killed in one night – Isa. 37:36-37)

5d Peril of prison (Apostles from prison - Acts 5:19; 12:7; 16:26 see Matt. 28:2?)

6d Peril of death (Joseph and Mary Mt. 2:13)

7d Peril in general (Psa. 34:7; 91:11-12- “keep” is “guard”)

3c Comfort during peril (Acts 27:23-24 – Shipwreck)

2b Minister to the Needs of the Saints

1c Ministering Spirits: (Heb. 1:14; Matt. 4:11; 1 Kings 19:5-7)

2c Represent and report directly to God (Matt. 18:10 “despise little one” or “Saint” – 2-5)

3b Disclose God’s direction: Joseph&Mary (Matt. 1:18;2:13)

4b Answering prayer

1c Prayer for understanding (Dan. 9:21)

2c Deliverance from prison (Acts 12:5-7)

5b Evangelism (Acts 8:26; 10:3, 12; 11:3)

6b Care for the Saints at Death

1c Carry Lazarus to heaven (Lk. 16:22)

2c Michael and body of Moses (Jude 9)

7b Reveals God's Law and its Enforcement (Acts 7:38, 53; Gal. 3:19; Heb. 2:2)

1c Fallen angels seem to also have the ability to reveal information - false information (1 Tim. 4:1-3; 2 Cor. 11:13-16; 2 Chron. 18:19-22 & 1 Kings 22:22-23)

2c Believers must be careful to check it out! (Deut. 13:1-5; 1 John 4:1-3)

8b Selection of a mate (Gen. 24:7, 40)

2a Work with unbelievers

1b Announce Judgment (Gen. 19:1, 13; Rev. 19:17, 18)

2b Inflict Judgment

1c Death to Herod for blasphemy (Acts 12:23)

2c Judgment to the world (Rev. 16:1ff; 19:17-18)

3c Separate the unbelievers from the believers for judgment (Matt. 13:39-41; 49-50; 24:31; Mk. 13:27)

3b Conduct the dead to hell (Matt. 13:39-41; 49-50; Mk. 13:27)