Colossians 1:16 speaks of the spirit world in a way that is just as real as the physical world. It is invisible to us because we have on the veil of the flesh. Once the veil is removed at death, we enter into that world. It is just as tangible as the physical realm; it is just on a different plane. It is in this world that demons have their habitation; it is also where the angels of the Lord do their work. There are 294 references to angels in the Bible. There are 104 appearances of angels to men recorded in the Scripture.
Remember, there are exactly twice as many angels as there are demons (Revelation 12:4). Elisha told his servant, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them” (II Kings 6:16). Elisha prayed that the eyes of his servant would be opened to see, and he saw. The mountain was full of the armies of heaven – God’s angelic host (v 17). Most paintings portray angels as some cute baby with wings, or a harmless female. This is not the picture the Bible gives us! Angels are mighty in stature and very powerful. One angel once killed 185,000 enemy soldiers in one night (Isaiah 37:36). Daniel 10:13, 20 makes it very clear that angels are in constant battle with the demonic hosts. Chapter 12 of the book of Revelation reveals the climactic culmination of that ongoing battle:
Revelation 12:7-9 And war broke out in [second] heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in [second] heaven any longer. So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
Until this time of final eviction, there remains a war that rages, and the Saints of God are right in the middle of it. As well as doing warfare on our behalf, angels are also present in our daily life. Hebrews` 1:14 says that angels are “ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation. “ Among their functions and ministry to mankind are:
- Strengthening in trial (Mark 1:12-13)
- Protecting those who fear God (Psalm 34:7)
- Personal Guardians (Matt. 18:10)
- Deliverers from danger (Acts 5:18-20)
- Assisting in salvation (Acts 10:1-5 )
I want to show you how every Christian can affect the outcome of these battles taking place in the heavenlies through the power of prayer and the Word. In Acts chapter 12, Peter had been arrested and thrown into jail. Verse five says, “Peter was kept in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God for him by the church.” As they prayed, God sent an angel to deliver him. Peter was miraculously delivered from certain death by the angel of the Lord, in answer to the prayers of the church.
Psalm 103:20 says, “Bless the LORD, you His angels, who excel in strength, who do His word, heeding the voice of His word.” Angels heed the voice of God’s Word. That is why it is so important to speak the Word and not the problem. Jesus said to speak the Word to the mountain (Mark 11:23). Who do you think it is that picks up the mountain and moves it? The angel of the Lord! As we stand in prayer, speaking the Word of God, we cause angels to “excel in strength.” It is like fuel to their engines!
Psalm 35:4-6 Let those be turned back and brought to confusion who plot my hurt. Let them be like chaff before the wind, and let the angel of the LORD chase them Let their way be dark and slippery,` and let the angel of the LORD pursue them