June 24, 2017

Angels – even the mention of the word seems to bring a shiver up the collective back of much of the body of Christ yet Angels are mentioned 375 times in the Bible, more than Love, Gospel, or Peace. 33% in the Old Testament 67% in the New. My first Pastor said to me that if something was mentioned once in the Bible it was important, twice very important and more than three times extremely important and we ignore at our peril! So it seems to me that if something is mentioned 375 times its important to the furthering of the Kingdom.

People often say “the Bible says you shouldn’t talk to Angels” and I say if you can find a scripture to back that up then 48 individuals that Ive found listed in the word from Genesis to Revelation who have had conversations with Angels must be in the wrong book.

The word is clear we shouldn’t worship Angels and it seems to me that if an Angel came into the room and asked to be worshiped or didn’t pick you up and say “get up for I am a servant of the Lord just as you are and The Lord alone is due our worship”; then I think you would know they were not from God.

Gal 1:8-9 Let God’s curse fall on anyone, including myself, who preaches any other message than the one we told you about. Even if an angel comes from heaven and preaches any other message, let him be forever cursed. I will say it again: If anyone preaches any other gospel than the one you welcomed, let God’s curse fall upon that person.

Paul in no uncertain terms made it clear that any messages received from Angels would always bring glory to the Lord and line up with a gospel of reconciliation through Jesus Christ.

2 Cor 11:14-15 Even Satan can disguise himself as an angel of light. So it is no wonder his servants can also do it by pretending to be godly ministers. In the end they will get every bit of punishment their wicked deeds deserve.

The likes of Mohammad and Joseph Smith were deceived by an Angel of light and introduced a new false doctrine. If scripture had been followed this would not have been possible. Neither “Gospel” honours Jesus Christ as God and therefore cannot be of God. It should be said that any Angel that preaches any message outside that which was preached by the Apostles is False. Any Angel that seeks worship is false; the true Angels of God will rebuke us the moment we ever try. Any Angel that won’t confess that Jesus Christ came in the flesh and is mans only hope of salvation is false. So there are plenty of ways to test the Spirits. The Angel that came to Joseph Smith was introducing a new Gospel of salvation where Jesus was seen as just a man. That should tell you something. The Angels that come to New Age worshipers will not accept that Jesus is the only way of Salvation! That should tell you something. The Angel that came to Mohammad said that Jesus was just one in a long line of Prophets but that Mohammad was the last and true prophet that should tell you something.

The only danger in talking to Angels is our own pride; Building our Kingdom and not the Lords. It’s not so hard to spot the deception if we walk in humility. Remember there is one Gospel and only one way to God and that is through Jesus Christ, who in fact is God. No Angel will receive worship if they are from God.

So before I tell you of some Angels Ive met I need to show you the biblical basis for talking with Angels or seeing Angels to help us understand why in this Age we need to more than ever look for the assistance of the Angelic host.

1) There are lots of them Revelation 5:11 says 10,000 x 10,000 and thousands of thousands. Well 10,000 x 10,000 is a Billion So with that description we can figure there are several Billion! Jesus said he could have asked for 12 legion of Angels to come to his aid if he desired, A legion is 6000, so Jesus had 72,000 Angels immediately at his call.

2) The Greek word translated Angels simply means Messengers

3) Angels are created beings and were created before the creation of the world Job 38:4-7 Col 1:16

4) They are Spirits Heb 1:14 Psalm 104:4

5) They are subject to Jesus Heb 1:4-6

6) They have powers of discernment 2 Sam 14:17 &20

7) They were created Holy Mark 8:38

8) They have a high level of wisdom Heb 2:7 but much lower than God Heb 1:4

9) They can have an awesome appearance Luke 1:11 Several times when an Angel appeared his first words were “Fear not”

10) They are attentive to the Father for instruction Matt 18:10

11) There are Angels assigned to individuals Matt 18:10

12) They are generally invisible but can become visible and eat food Luke 2:9

13) Angels are strong. One killed 185,000 Assyrians (2 Kings 19:35) one slew 70,000 Israelites (2 Sam 24:15-16)

14) Angels never die Luke 20:35-36

15) They have various names. Watchers, Holy ones, Holy Angels, Hosts, Sons of God, Sons of the mighty, Elect of God, ministering Spirits, Messengers, Angel of the Church, Guardians, Guardian Angels, Warriors and flaming fire.

What do they do?
1) Called to worship God Rev 5:11-12 , Rev 8:3-4

2) Called to protect the saints Matt 4:11, Dan 6:22

3) They lead Christians to the unsaved and unsaved to Christians Acts 8:26 , Acts 10:30-32

4) Look after Children Matt 18:10

5) Protect people Dan 6:22

6) Announce God’s plans Luke 2:13

7) Look into the affairs of men 1 Pet 1:12

8) Help to see the will of God performed in the earth Num 22:22 Balaam, Herods demise Acts 12:23

9) Take the Lords people home at death Luke 16:22

10) Encamp around those that fear the Lord Psalm 34:7

11) Form the Lords army Mat 16:22-27

12) Help reap the end time harvest Matt 13:39

The Bible says we should entertain strangers because we never know when we are entertaining Angels unaware Hebrews 13:2 This tells us that God expects us to expect Angels in our life. They are there to help us, and when someone gets saved the Angels rejoice, Luke 15:7

In the Scripture there is a long list of interventions by Angels, In fact Ive found 48 instances of two way conversations with Angels in many cases the course of human history has changed forever because of these interventions. However never has the spotlight been taken off The Father, Jesus or the Holy Spirit, by any of these interventions. Some of the Angelic encounters are quite different experiences, like Balaam’s Donkey or Elishas servant but in all cases there is a victory for the true and living God.

Here are just a few of those who spoke to Angels or to whom Angels spoke. Do your own study sometimes it will surprise you! Hagar, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Lot ,Moses, Balaam’s Donkey, Balaam, Joshua, All the Children of Israel in Judges 2:1-6, Gideon, Elijah , Elisha Angels & Horsemen, David, Daniel, Zechariah the Prophet, Elizabeth, Zechariah Father of John the Baptist, Mary, Joseph, Jesus, Shepherds, Wise men, Peter , John, Phillip, Stephen, Paul, The Women at the tomb, Cornelius All the Disciples when Jesus ascended.

I have had a number of experiences with Angels and there are millions of stories of Angelic activity in the Church right through the Ages and ever more so in this final hour of history.

Psalm 91:11 For he orders his angels to protect you wherever you go. They will hold you with their hands to keep you from striking your foot on a stone.

Psalm 34:7 For the angel of the Lord guards all who fear him, and he rescues them.

God’s Angels are on your side and its time to take hold of the supernatural realm and live in it. Kathie Walters always says. The Supernatural, the chariots and the Angels are meant to be a normal part of every Christians lives.

There was an evangelist in NZ many years ago called Bob Kingi, he had lots of Angel stories, but the one I loved the most was when he was ministering in Australia, the Lord moved powerfully in the morning service and there were many miracles, signs and wonders, but Bob was very late finishing, in fact there was no way he would make it to the night meeting several hours drive away. Bob thought to cancel the night meeting but the Holy Spirit compelled him to set out in his car. About 30 mins into his journey Bob saw a hitch hiker and decided to pick him up. When he took his back pack to put in the boot Bob noticed it was very light in fact it seemed empty, but he thought nothing of it. On the journey the man started to talk to Bob about the wonders of the Lord. And all track of time was lost. Suddenly the man said this is where I get out Bob said, there’s nothing here we are in the middle of nowhere, but the man insisted, so Bob let him out, the man blessed bob in the name of the Lord and Bob drove off, looking in his rear view mirror there was no sign of his passenger, within five minutes Bob arrived in the town he was due to speak at in the evening, he looked at his watch and realised he had fifteen minutes to spare before the meeting began, The five hour journey had only taken one & a half hours to complete, His passenger had to be an Angel, Bob and his car had been translated in time. Did Bob become deceived by this experience? Not at all up until the time of his death, he preached the Gospel of Jesus.

I once knew a Christian Traffic officer who found himself in a very difficult situation one nigh with a group of thugs; the ugly men were coming toward him with pipes and knives and meant to do a lot of damage to him. Suddenly they just turned and ran. Latter the men were arrested on another matter and the traffic officer was curious to know why the men had run. They told him it was because of the five big men who stepped out of his car and started moving toward them. Angels! Did this situation deceive my friend, not at all, it encouraged his faith and he became a Pastor.

In 2003 I was ministering in Melbourne Australia and the meeting had gone well but I felt a little discouraged and said to the Lord when I got into my room. Did that meeting make a difference in the Spirit? Very soon an Angel appeared to me and encouraged me, telling me some of the results, I needed that, did it deceive me, not at all, in fact he encouraged me to push on through in my ministry, and caused me to worship Jesus for caring enough about my feelings to send a messenger.

In 2004 & 2005 I was uplifted in the spirit by an Angel & Chariot at meetings being conducted by Kathie Walters in New Zealand and Australia. The first time I was shown several nations and taken to the western wall in Jerusalem. There I was given orders and a commissioning to Israel & the nations we had visited. In 2004 – 2007 in the natural what I had seen was just a dream, we went through very hard times and it seemed impossible that I would ever see some of these nations. Then In March 2008 an Angel of breakthrough came to me in a meeting and declared “Breakthrough” Since that time I have visited Australia, Israel, Malaysia Singapore & Turkey, doors of ministry have opened in other places I visited on that journey of instruction and commissioning.

Have these visitations (and there now have been many) taken me away from the call to take the gospel and spread the glory of His Kingdom to the nations. No its increased 1000 fold and my love for Jesus and his glory in the earth has increased, my abandonment to the Father and my hunger for the Holy Spirit have been fuelled by these visitations.

If we close our lives to the work of Angels we miss a big part of what God wants to do with us! My feeling is, that if we want to see the results that the early Church saw and we want to see multitudes saved, if our desire is to see the will of God fulfilled in the world, and we want to remain safe doing it, then we are going to have to work with the Angels to see the work done. The Church was born in supernatural power by the God of Israel who has always demonstrated to the Jewish people that they have lots of help through Angelic intervention.

Each one of you have at least one Angel who works on your behalf, if you are in Ministry you will have several. I know of four who work with me when I’m ministering each has a different function and I very seldom make mention of them. Because their desire like mine is to see Jesus glorified but they are there and work with me at the command of the Father.

Each Church that is ordained of God will have an Angel assigned to it. They are so passionate about protecting the Church they are assigned to they will block anything that is not sanctioned by the Church leaders. The Lord allowed me to see this when I was Ministering in Perth Western Australia. The Pastor didn’t introduce me but just said to me just get up and go for it. Well I was allowed to see the Church Angel and he wouldn’t stand aside and let my ministering Angels come forward. I said to the Pastor do you mind just introducing me and welcoming me into the Church, this he did and immediately the Church Angel stood back and my ministering Angels came forward. We had an amazing move of God but if we hadn’t done that things would have been tough. I was in another Church one time when a prophetic anointing came on me and I began to declare what I was seeing for the Church. The Angel of the Church got so excited that he began to slap me on the back in encouragement. Now every one wondered why I was making sudden moves to the left and the right, it was just an excited Church Angel.

Don’t be afraid of the Angelic realm. Don’t fall into the trap of blocking out the Angelic help available to you and your ministry; The Father won’t give you a stone if you ask for bread, or he won’t give you a scorpion if you ask for a fish. Sure there are bad Angels around who work for the Devil, but the good news is that there are two thirds of all the Angels on your side and they really want to help us see Jesus the King & His Kingdom established.

As we enter the last days we are going to see an outpouring of the Supernatural because God is a supernatural God who lives in a supernatural place and does supernatural things. The new age folk are more used to seeing into the Supernatural than the Church, and that’s not how it’s meant to be. Don’t allow the fear of deception cause you to throw the baby out with the bath water.

The encounters you have may seem just like a dream at first like Peter when the Angel broke him out of prison. Peter understood that it wasn’t a dream when he was half way across the street and totally out of prison. Some of you have had experiences just like that and have dismissed it. When I first went in a Chariot it took an act of faith on my part to step into the chariot. But the moment I stepped out in faith I was in the vision with the Angelic messenger and the start of a whole new ministry to the nations opened up before me.

Angels have been commanded to help you bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to a dying world, they won’t step in to preach the Gospel that’s our job, but they will give you lots of help along the way. There’s a whole new world waiting for you to walk into.

Ask the Lord to show you the help you have with you; You may even have an experience like that of Elishas servant

Ian Johnson
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Ian Johnson is an itinerant Prophetic Revelator and Revivalist from Auckland New Zealand. Along with His wife Joye they minister encouraging the body of Christ to move into revival and the Glory realm.Ian Johnson is a conference & Prophetic speaker, Author and Prophetic leader. With his wife Joye they are founders and directors of His Amazing Glory Ministries based in Auckland New Zealand. Ian & Joye have been pioneers and leaders of Churches in Auckland for over 25 years and itinerant since 2007 ministering in NZ, Australia & the Nations. They take regular tours to Israel as part of their ministry.Ian & Joye are committed members and part of the leadership team at Horizon Church in Auckland NZ

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    Karen stirling
    March 30, 2015

    Wow that’s amazing to be privaledged enough to witness the glory of angels like in the bible and minister with them to bring gods will and word into the lives of people I truly can’t imagine how awesome this must be . Karen