The one thing I know about The Bible is that I don’t know enough about The Bible. Lately I have been intrigued by scriptures of the ANGEL ARMIES. Two recent sermons RE-rekindled my intrigue. About Elisha and Daniel. I know in my heart that Angels exist. Once on a camping trip to a revolutionary war fort, 3 scouts didn’t want to do the evening ghost tour, I volunteered to sit it out with them. I said in comfort to them that I don’t believe in ghosts, but I DO BELIEVE IN ANGELS.
Oh I can picture them. Can you? Angels cushioning car accident damage, shielding children, calming moments, stirring up Spirit flows… sitting with dying friends… lifting up the hurt, the scared, the hopeful, the believers, the maybe-ers, the lost.
I saw this little girl, maybe 3, reticent to get on the beach from the boardwalk, her sweet family cajoled her, with trinkets and reassurance. We as strangers walking by (and 2 moms ourselves) started working together in the goal of helping. What a live action mini-moment that must be played out by angel armies constantly, daily, again and again helping motivate, people-move, and prevent meltdowns.
A sweet boy I know, my former pastor’s grandson, and his classmates were sleeping in a daycare building when a car ran into the room. How could there not have been ARMIES OF ANGELS taking the brunt of the force. They are all fine now. Wow.
I can imagine. I want to believe. I ask to know and see, but I am OK with just believing.
Prophet Elisha SAW God’s Chariots of Fire, His Angel Armies. Oh what a movie moment, wow, can you even picture the scene? In 2 Kings, Elisha prophesies led to actual visualizations of the ever-present surrounding angels, a spirit realm ready to go all out for God’s Kingdom purposes. (Scripture below). And because Elisha understood the immense protection he had by these warrior angels, he could step out in faith, he was able to not only remain calm, prevent his own death and those of his servant but also stop the impending battle, save those Israelites AND send the invading Arameans army home without killing them.
Another battle time, it was the SOUND of ANGELS ARMIES: “the Lord had caused the Arameans to hear the sound of chariots and horses and a great army, so that they said to one another, “Look, the king of Israel has hired the Hittite and Egyptian kings to attack us!” So they got up and fled in the dusk and abandoned their tents and their horses and donkeys. They left the camp as it was and ran for their lives.”
The attacking army left because they heard what God needed them to hear. The faithful servant and prophet saw what God needed them to see to have peace. I believe that. Can we also ask today proactively step out in faith? Can we trust in His protection, process our blessings, and put them to use for God’s purposes?
Perhaps. Maybe. Yes!
In my looking at the angel face of the little boy, who was in the daycare, how could I not believe in an angel save, a save when no one knew in advance to ask. Prayers that are prevenient always help and Angels are readied for just these times. Therefore going into our futures, can we also ask, in advance, for guidance and protection? How much more peace we would have if we ALREADY knew we were walking into places where Angels set up shop.
Like Prophet Daniel in the Old Testament, we must wait for intervention because our war is in the spiritual realm. We must trust and let the angels focus on fighting the right battles. Daniel’s saving angel was rescued by angel Michael. Oh the battles for us, our souls and His plan, are just as intense.
Let’s step out in faith knowing that these battles however fierce are not ours to bear, step out in faith to know and to show the war that the battle is already won.
Angel Armies are our Amen.
Elisha Traps Blinded Arameans 2 Kings 6
8 Now the king of Aram was at war with Israel. After conferring with his officers, he said, “I will set up my camp in such and such a place.”
9 The man of God sent word to the king of Israel: “Beware of passing that place, because the Arameans are going down there.” 10 So the king of Israel checked on the place indicated by the man of God. Time and again Elisha warned the king, so that he was on his guard in such places.
11 This enraged the king of Aram. He summoned his officers and demanded of them, “Tell me! Which of us is on the side of the king of Israel?”
12 “None of us, my lord the king,” said one of his officers, “but Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the very words you speak in your bedroom.”
13 “Go, find out where he is,” the king ordered, “so I can send men and capture him.” The report came back: “He is in Dothan.” 14 Then he sent horses and chariots and a strong force there. They went by night and surrounded the city.
15 When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?” the servant asked.
16 “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”
17 And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
18 As the enemy came down toward him, Elisha prayed to the Lord, “Strike this army with blindness.” So he struck them with blindness, as Elisha had asked.
19 Elisha told them, “This is not the road and this is not the city. Follow me, and I will lead you to the man you are looking for.” And he led them to Samaria.
20 After they entered the city, Elisha said, “Lord, open the eyes of these men so they can see.” Then the Lord opened their eyes and they looked, and there they were, inside Samaria.
21 When the king of Israel saw them, he asked Elisha, “Shall I kill them, my father? Shall I kill them?”
22 “Do not kill them,” he answered. “Would you kill those you have captured with your own sword or bow? Set food and water before them so that they may eat and drink and then go back to their master.” 23 So he prepared a great feast for them, and after they had finished eating and drinking, he sent them away, and they returned to their master. So the bands from Aram stopped raiding Israel’s territory.
From 2 Kings7
Now there were four men with leprosy at the entrance of the city gate. They said to each other, “Why stay here until we die? 4 If we say, ‘We’ll go into the city’—the famine is there, and we will die. And if we stay here, we will die. So let’s go over to the camp of the Arameans and surrender. If they spare us, we live; if they kill us, then we die.”
5 At dusk they got up and went to the camp of the Arameans. When they reached the edge of the camp, no one was there, 6 for the Lord had caused the Arameans to hear the sound of chariots and horses and a great army, so that they said to one another, “Look, the king of Israel has hired the Hittite and Egyptian kings to attack us!” 7 So they got up and fled in the dusk and abandoned their tents and their horses and donkeys. They left the camp as it was and ran for their lives.