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Communications From the Realm of God

In Angels on February 10, 2011 at 8:00 am

We must not make the mistake of denying the reality of Spiritualism, either ancient or modern. Men and women of both ancient and modern times have been influenced by spirits, and have held actual communication with them. These communications have not come from the spirits of dead men.

After a candid consideration of the subject of the angels of God who remained true, and those who fell and became the angels of Satan, we are forced to the conclusion that all spirit communications are from one of these sources. Hence they may be considered under the two heads, first, Communications from the realm of God; and, secondly, Communications from the realm of Satan.

Communications From the Realm of God.

God has ever held communication with His children through holy angels. Paul says they are “ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation.” Heb. i: 14.

Angels have appeared many times in the form of men.

Three angels appeared thus to Abraham as he sat under an oak at the door of his tent. There they talked with him and partook of his hospitality. Abraham did not know of their heavenly origin until it was revealed to him. as two of them were about to depart on their mission of destruction to Sodom. See Genesis 18.

Two of these angels appeared to Lot at the close of the day. They warned him of the impending doom of Sodom, and in the morning took Lot and his wife and their two daughters by the hand, and, almost by force, hastened them out of the city. These angels came to Sodom as men, and their true nature was not revealed until they brought deliverance to the house of Lot by smiting with blindness the wicked men who were endeavoring to break down the door. See Genesis 19.  An angel in the form of a man appeared to Gideon, and instructed him regarding the deliverance of Israel. Gideon learned that it was an angel from heaven when he disappeared at the burning of the offering. Gideon feared for his life, and exclaimed, “Alas, O Lord God! for because I have seen an angel of the Lord face to face.” But the invisible God reassured him with the words, “Peace be unto thee; fear not: thou shalt not die.” God had an important work for Gideon, and was preparing him for it. See Judges 6.  To Joshua the Lord Himself appeared as a warrior ” with His sword drawn in His hand; and Joshua went unto Him, and said unto Him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries? And He said, Nay ; but as Captain of the host of the Lord am I now come.” Christ alone is “Captain of the host of the Lord.” Joshua quickly recognized the Lord when the words were spoken, “Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest is holy.” It was then that the Lord gave personal instruction regarding the taking of Jericho. See Joshua 5 and 6.   Angels appeared in their natural form, without disguise, to many in ancient times. To the servant of Elisha was revealed the tains surrounding Dothan filled with the chariots of the Lord and the angel host which had come to protect the beloved prophet. See 2 Kings 6:13-17.  King David saw the avenging angel of God standing between heaven and earth, with his sword stretched out, to destroy the people of Jerusalem because of the sin of David in numbering Israel. Seventy thousand of Israel had already been destroyed elsewhere by the pestilence. As David saw the angel of destruction, he plead with God for the people, and the plague was stayed. See 1 Chron. 21:9-30.

God has various ways of communicating with the people of earth. He has usually spoken through prophets, Himself remaining invisible. To Israel at a time of rebellion against Moses, the Lord said, “If there be a prophet among you, I the Lord will make Myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream. My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all Mine house. With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches; and the similitude of the Lord shall he behold.” Num. 12:6-8.  Of the inspiration of these prophets we read, “For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” (3 Peter 1 : 21)  Through this channel God has instructed man. Our Bible, which is the revelation of God’s will to man, was dictated by the Spirit of God to the prophets of old. These revelations have been left on record for our benefit “upon whom the ends of the world are come.” (1 Cor. 10:11) It is through this channel that the plan of salvation is revealed, and the only road to eternal life pointed out.

The methods of communication have differed with the times, the men, and the circumstances under which the revelations have been given.

1. To the child Samuel it was the audible voice of God in the night. See 1 Sam. 3 : 2-18.

2. To Abraham, Moses, Joshua, and Paul, the Son of God at times appeared in person and instructed them.

3. To Ezekiel, Zechariah, John, and others were given panoramic views of scenes which have deep significance to the people of this world. Sometimes these presentations have been explained, and again God’s people have been left to apply them to events as they transpired.

4. To Daniel, the fate of kingdoms and the great events of history were represented by symbols, many of which were explained.

5. To others God speaks in His own way in times of emergency. Our Saviour promised to put words into the mouths of His servants when they should be brought before kings and rulers for conscience’ sake. “Take ye no thought how or what thing ye shall answer, or what ye shall say: for the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say.” (Luke 12:11, 12) And so, in His own way, God teaches us, leads us, and reveals to us the true mysteries of this life and of the great beyond. By His word He has bridged the chasm between this sinful earth and the glorious home of the blest which our Saviour has gone to prepare.

Through the ministration of angels there is wrought out in the lives of the true, the faithful, the obedient of earth, the fulfilling of the beautiful song of the heavenly musicians on the plains of Bethlehem, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”  Thus God reaches man through spiritual, heavenly beings, whom He sends to earth to minister to those who are “heirs of salvation,” and citizens of the kingdom of Christ on earth. Through them are given manifestations from the very home of the great Jehovah. Sinless angels are the messengers, and their messages are true and ennobling. How wonderful I how dignified I how perfect! how beautiful is the whole history of this angelic ministration!

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