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In Angels on January 26, 2011 at 8:00 am

Executive Judgments

Not only do the angels act as guardians and protectors to the servants of God, but they also execute judgments upon the wicked and disobedient.

When Balaam, the sinning prophet, started on his journey to the land of Moab to curse Israel, God’s anger was kindled against him, and the angel of the Lord met him, and “stood in the way for an adversary against him. . . . Then the Lord opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel of the Lord standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand.” (Num. 22:22, 31)  Yet so blinded by avarice was Balaam that he still went on his journey, and was finally among the slain in the overthrow of Moab when they fought against Israel. See Joshua 13:22.

When David sinned in numbering Israel, it is recorded that “God sent an angel unto Jerusalem to destroy it. . . . And David lifted up his eyes, and saw the angel of the Lord stand between the earth and the heaven, having a drawn sword in his hand stretched out over Jerusalem.” (1 Chron. 21: 15, 16)   By humility, confession of sin, and strong cries to God the plague was stayed, and the sword of the avenging angel was sheathed.   When Sodom became so wicked that its very presence could be no longer tolerated, two angels came to Lot with the message, “We will destroy this place because the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the Lord; and the Lord hath sent us to destroy it.” (Gen. 19 : 13)

When Sennacherib, king of Assyria, came against Israel and Jerusalem with an immense army, Hezekiah, king of Judah, cried unto the Lord, “and the Lord sent an angel, which cut off all the mighty men of valor.” (2 Chron. 32:21)  And that night the angel slew 185,000 of the blasphemous host. See 2 Kings 19: 35.

Of the great harvest of the world, our Saviour speaks in His parable recorded in Matt. 13:37-39:— “He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; the field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; the enemy that sowed them is the devil ; the harvest is the end of the world ; and the reapers are the angels.” By these angels the good seed is brought into the garner, but the wicked, represented as tares, will be cast into the furnace of the great burning day.

Just prior to the second coming of Christ seven awful plagues will be sent upon the wicked. See Rev. 15:1. These are to be poured out by seven angels selected for that purpose.

When the work of the gospel is finished, our Savior will come again to this earth to take His faithful people to Himself. On this glorious mission He will be accompanied by “all the holy angels.” See Matt. 25 : 31 ; 2 Thess. 1 : 7-10.  Paul writes, “The Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the Archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” (1 Thess. 4:16, 17)  This gathering of the saints will be made by the angels. See Matt. 24:30, 31.

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