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Doctrine of Angels

January 16, 2011

Introduction
Angels are created spirit beings (Ps. 148:2, 5). The angels were created in
eternity past, before the creation of the cosmos (Job 38:4, 7). The Lord Jesus Christ
created the angels in eternity past (Col. 1:16). They are innumerable (He. 12:22).
They are in eternity (present) a higher category of beings than humans are (Heb.
2:6-7). In eternity (future), redeemed humans will be a higher category of beings
than the angels (Ps. 8:4-5).
The doctrine of positional sanctification states that the church age believer is
positionally higher than the angels by virtue of their union with Christ through the
baptism of the Spirit, which takes place at the moment of salvation. Man cannot
see angels for they are invisible but can be seen by man when God does 1 of 2
things: (1) He lifts the veil of the spiritual dimension (2 Kin. 6:17). (2) He allows
them to change their form to human (Heb. 13:2).
Angels do not die and their number does not increase or decrease (Lu. 20:36).
There are different ranks of angels (Eph. 6:12; Col. 1:16). The angels were created
in a hierarchy because some are called “archangels” (1 Thess. 4:16). The prefix
arch means “one in priority or rank.” The hierarchy of angels is found in the book
of Revelation (Re. 9:14). A hierarchy is a system with the different levels of
authority.
When Satan sinned he persuaded one third of the angels to defect with him
(Rev. 12:4). When these angels fell, their total nature changed and they became
completely different creatures called demons. Satan took a cross section from these
various ranks of angels.
There are now two categories of angels in the cosmos: (1) Elect (2) Fallen. The
supreme court of heaven sentenced Satan and the fallen angels to the lake of fire
forever (Mt. 25:41). This sentence has not been executed since the Scriptures state
that Satan is the “prince of the power of air” (Eph. 2:3), and the ruler of this
world (2 Cor. 4:4).
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Terms in Scripture for the Angels
There are many terms that are employed in the Scriptures to describe both elect
and non-elect angels and their function: (1) Bene ha Elohim, “sons of God” (2)
Malak (noun), “angel, messenger, ambassador” (3) Cherub (noun), “cherub, an
order of angelic beings, four-winged angels” (4) Seraphim (noun), “an order of
angelic beings, six-winged angels” (5) Boqer kokab, “morning stars” (6) Ruach,
“spirit” (Nm. 11:25; 1 Sm. 16:14; Is. 11:2). (7) Tsava (noun), “host, army.” (8)
Qadhosh (adjective), “holy ones.” (9) Angelos (noun), “angel, messenger, envoy”
(10) Pneuma (noun), “spirit.” (11) Satan (noun), “Satan” (12) Halel Ben Shachar,
“son of the dawn, morning star” (13) Diabolos (adjective), “the adversary, the
devil, slanderous, false accuser” (14) Archangelos (noun), “archangel” (15) Arche
(noun), “authority, rule, domain, principality” (16) Exousia (noun), “authority,
right, power” (17) Kosmokrator (noun), “world ruler” (18) Ta pneumatikos tes
ponerias en tois epouraniois, “wicked spirit-beings in the heavenlies”
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Various Functions of Angels
Elect Angels: (1) Protect (2) Provide (3) Proclaim the Word of God (4) Execute
God’s Judgments. As God’s servants who are dispatched from the throne room of
heaven to execute God’s purposes, we may observe that the ministry of the electangels
falls into several categories.
In Relation to God the elect-angels perform the following services: (1)
Attendants around the throne of God, and are waiting to serve Him and do His
bidding (Ps. 103:20; Isa. 6:1f; Job 1:6; 2:1; Rev. 5:11; 8:1f). (2) Worshippers in
praise of Him (Isa. 6:3; Ps. 148:1-2; Heb. 1:6; Rev. 5:12). (3) Observers who
rejoice over what the Lord does (Job 38:6-7; Luke 2:12-13; 15:10), Soldiers in
battle with Satan (Rev. 12:7). (4) Instruments used by the God to execute
judgments (Rev. 7:1; 8:2).
In Relation to the Nations, the elect-angels and non-elect angels perform the
following services: (1) Michael, the archangel, is the guardian of the nation of
Israel (Dan. 10:13, 21; 12:1; Jude 9). (2) The non-elect angels rule over the Gentile
nations (Dan. 4:17; Eph. 6:11-16) and seek to influence their human leaders (Dan.
10:21; 11:1). (3) In the Tribulation the elect-angels will the agents God uses to
pour out His judgments (see Rev. 8-9 and 16).
In Relation to Christ, the elect-angels perform the following services: (1) They
prophesied of the birth of Christ (Matt. 1:20; Luke 1:26-28). (2) They announced
his birth (Luke 2:8-15). (3) An angel warned Joseph to take Mary and the baby
Jesus and flee into Egypt (Matt. 2:13-15), and an angel directed the family to
return to Israel after Herod died (vv. 19-21).
In relation to His suffering, the elect-angels performed the following services:
(1) They ministered to the Lord after His temptation (4:11). (2) They administered
to the Lord in the Garden of Gethsemane (Luke 22:43), and Jesus said He could
have called a legion of angels who stood ready to come to His defense if He so
desired (Matt. 26:53).
In relation to His resurrection, the elect-angels performed the following
services: (1) An angel rolled away the stone from the tomb (28:1-2). (2) Angels
announced His resurrection to the women on Easter morning (vv. 5-6; Luke 24:5-
7). (3) Angels were present at His ascension and gave instruction to the disciples
(Acts 1:10-11).
In relation to His coming again, the elect-angels perform the following services:
(1) The voice of the archangel will be heard at the translation of the church (1
Thess. 4:16). (2) They will accompany Him in His glorious return to earth (Matt.
25:31; 2 Thess. 1:7). (3) They will separate the wheat from the tares at Christ’s
second coming (Matt. 13:39-40).
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In Relation to the unbeliever, the elect-angels will perform the following: (1)
Angels announce and inflict judgment (Gen. 19:13; Rev. 14:6-7; Acts 12:23; Rev.
16:1). (2) They will separate the righteous from the unrighteous at the Second
Advent (Matt. 13:39-40).
In Relation to the Church: Hebrews 1:14 describes ministry of the elect-angels
“servant-spirits who are divinely commissioned and repeatedly dispatched for
service on behalf of those who are destined to inherit salvation.” In this,
however, Scripture points to a number of specific ministries: (1) The elect-angels
bring answers to prayer (Acts 12:5-10). (2) They help in bringing people to the
Savior (Acts 8:26; 10:3). (3) They may encourage in times of danger (Acts 27:23-
24). (4) They care for God’s people at the time of death (Luke 16:22).
In Relation to the introduction of a new dispensation, angels are actively
involved when God institutes a new epoch in history: (1) They joined in praise
when the earth was created (Job 38:6-7) (2) They were involved in the giving of
the Mosaic law (Gal. 3:19; Heb. 2:2) (3) They were active at the First advent of
Christ (Matt. 1:20; 4:11) (4) They were active during the early years of the church
(Acts 8:26; 10:3, 7; 12:11) (5) They will be involved in events surrounding the
Second advent of Christ (Matt. 25:311 Thess. 4:1).
The angelic hierarchy is divided into two categories: (1) the college of heralds
and (2) the angelic army. Most angels do not have wings. Wings are an insignia of
rank. Seraphim have the highest rank with six wings (Isa. 6:2; Rev. 4:8).
Cherubim have four wings, plus the uniform of wisdom (Gen. 3:24; Ezek 1, 10,
28ff).
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Angelic Warfare
As we noted in our introduction, man cannot see angels for they are invisible
but can be seen by man when God does one of two things: (1) He lifts the veil of
the spiritual dimension (2 Kin. 6:17). (2) He allows them to change their form to
human (Heb. 13:2).
Not only does Daniel 10 teach the principle that the elect-angels are involved in
spiritual combat with the fallen angels but this passage also teaches that the electangels
render service to believers. Daniel 10 takes place in the seventieth year of
the Babylonian deportation of the nation of Israel. It is 536 B.C. The Persians had
defeated the Babylonians. Daniel was now under the authority of Cyrus king of
Persia. It was the third year of Cyrus’ reign that Daniel received his fourth and
final prophetic vision. Daniel was still being called by his Babylonian name:
Belteshazzar. Daniel was an old man now when he received this vision.
In Daniel chapter 10, verses 4-9, we have Daniel seeing the transfigured Christ.
Daniel sees here in Daniel 10 what Peter, James, John, Moses and Elijah saw,
namely, the transfigured Christ or in other the glorified resurrected Christ. Now
many Bible scholars believe that Daniel 10:4-9 is what we call in theology, a
theophany.
A theophany is a theological term used to refer to either a visible or auditory
manifestation of the pre-incarnate Christ. The following are examples of
theophanies: (1) The burning bush (Ex. 3:2-6). (2) Pillar of fire and pillar of cloud
over the Tabernacle (Ex. 19-8-10). (3) Small still voice to Elijah (1 K. 19:12ff.).
I don’t believe we have a theophany in Daniel 10. I believe Daniel is seeing a
vision of the transfiguration of Christ that was recorded in Matthew 17.
Matthew 17:1-5, “Six days later Jesus took with Him Peter and James and
John his brother, and led them up on a high mountain by themselves. And He
was transfigured before them; and His face shone like the sun, and His
garments became as white as light. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to
them, talking with Him. Peter said to Jesus, ‘Lord, it is good for us to be here;
if You wish, I will make three tabernacles here, one for You, and one for
Moses, and one for Elijah.’ While he was still speaking, a bright cloud
overshadowed them, and behold, a voice out of the cloud said, ‘This is My
beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased; listen to Him!’”
In Daniel 10:4-9, we have Daniel seeing the transfigured Christ before Moses,
Elijah, Peter, James and John did. This is an appearance of the post-incarnate or
glorified Christ.
The career of Christ has three divisions: (1) Pre-incarnate: Before He became a
Man. (2) Incarnate: Hypostatic union during His First Advent. (3) Post-incarnate:
After the resurrection, in His glorified resurrected body.
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There have always been three representatives throughout the history of the
nation of Israel: (1) Moses represents the Law (2) Elijah represented the Prophets
(3) Daniels represents the Exiles. Daniel is given this vision of the transfigured
Christ before the Moses and Elijah in order to encourage him and the nation of
Israel that was presently in exile in Babylon.
Daniel 10:1-21, “In the third year of Cyrus king of Persia a message was
revealed to Daniel, who was named Belteshazzar; and the message was true
and {one of} great conflict, but he understood the message and had an
understanding of the vision. In those days, I, Daniel, had been mourning for
three entire weeks. I did not eat any tasty food, nor did meat or wine enter my
mouth, nor did I use any ointment at all until the entire three weeks were
completed. On the twenty-fourth day of the first month, while I was by the
bank of the great river, that is, the Tigris.”
Daniel indicates the time here. It is the April 24, 536 B.C. The first month and
the twenty-fourth day of that first month. This refers to the twenty-fourth day of
first month on the Jewish calendar, namely, Nisan, which occurs during the month
of April. Thus, April 24th 536 B.C.
Daniel 10:5, “I lifted my eyes and looked, and behold, there was a certain
man dressed in linen, whose waist was girded with {a belt of} pure gold of
Uphaz.”
The phrase “a certain man” is reminiscent of the “certain man” he employed
in His parables which describes either God the Son or God the Father.
Daniel 10:6, “His body also {was} like beryl, his face had the appearance of
lightning, his eyes were like flaming torches, his arms and feet like the gleam
of polished bronze, and the sound of his words like the sound of a tumult.”
The imagery here in verse 6 is nearly identical to that of John’s description of
the glorified Christ in Revelation 1.
The phrases “waist was girded with a belt of pure gold,” “the appearance of
lightning” and “his arms and feet like the gleam of polished bronze” is
comparable to the description of Christ given by the apostle Paul in Revelation
1:13-17 where the apostle John describes the resurrection glorified Christ.
Daniel 10:7, “Now I, Daniel, alone saw the vision, while the men who were
with me did not see the vision; nevertheless, a great dread fell on them, and
they ran away to hide themselves.”
This is reminiscent of Paul’s conversion on the road to Damascus.
Acts 9:3-7, “As he was traveling, it happened that he was approaching
Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him; and he fell
to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, ‘Saul, Saul, why are you
persecuting Me?’ And he said, ‘Who are You, Lord?’ And He {said} ‘I am
Jesus whom you are persecuting, but get up and enter the city, and it will be
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told you what you must do.’ The men who traveled with him stood speechless,
hearing the voice but seeing no one.”
Daniel 10:8-13, “So I was left alone and saw this great vision; yet no
strength was left in me, for my natural color turned to a deathly pallor, and I
retained no strength. But I heard the sound of his words; and as soon as I
heard the sound of his words, I fell into a deep sleep on my face, with my face
to the ground. Then behold, a hand touched me and set me trembling on my
hands and knees. He said to me, ‘O Daniel, man of high esteem, understand
the words that I am about to tell you and stand upright, for I have now been
sent to you.’ And when he had spoken this word to me, I stood up trembling.
Then he said to me, ‘Do not be afraid, Daniel, for from the first day that you
set your heart on understanding {this} and on humbling yourself before your
God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to your words. But
the prince of the kingdom of Persia was withstanding me for twenty-one days;
then behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been
left there with the kings of Persia.’”
Here we have the veil lifted. The words of this angel reveal the reality of the
angelic battle that is raging all around us here on planet earth, in the earth’s
atmosphere and in the stellar universe. Here the Word of God gives us information
regarding this angelic battle between the forces of Satan and the forces of God.
Before we study the confrontation that takes place here in Daniel 10 between a
fallen angel and an elect-angel sent by God, we must understand some principles
regarding spiritual warfare in the angelic realm. First of all, as we noted in our
introduction, angels do not die and nor does their number increase or decrease (Lu.
20:36). There are different ranks of angels (Eph. 6:12; Col. 1:16). The angels were
created in a hierarchy because they are called “archangels” (1 Th. 4:16). The
prefix arch means “one in priority or rank.” A hierarchy is a system with the
different levels of authority.
There is hierarchy of angels as noted in Ephesians 6:12 and Colossians 1:16.
Ephesians 6:12, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but
against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this
darkness, against the spiritual {forces} of wickedness in the heavenly
{places.}.”
Colossians 1:16, “For by Him all things were created, {both} in the heavens
and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or
authorities– all things have been created through Him and for Him.”
In Daniel 10:8, the expression “the Prince of Persia” is composed of the
following: (1) Adversative use of the conjunction we, “but.” (2) Masculine singular
noun sar, “prince.” (3) Proper name Paras, “Persia.”
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The noun sar can be used of a political leader or a military commander. Here
we have both in view. This fallen angel that withstood this elect-angel was both a
political and military ruler of Persia. Every nation on planet earth has one of these
angels ruling over it. This angelic military commander from the kingdom of
darkness was preventing Daniel’s prayer from being answered. This angelic
dictator over the nation of Persia did not want information to get to Daniel
regarding the future of both Persia and Greece. More importantly, this fallen angel
that withstood the elect-angel did not want presented to Daniel the future of the
nation of Israel.
The kingdom of darkness has waged war against the nation of Israel from its
inception. Anti-Semitism originates not with humanity but with Satan and the
kingdom of darkness. They promote anti-Semitism. Why? Satan does not want the
Lord Jesus Christ to fulfill the four unconditional covenants to Israel in order that
he might say that God doesn’t keep His promises to His people and thus discredit
God. Satan also wants to prevent the millennial reign and Christ ruling bodily in
and through Israel, with Israel as head of the nations.
This information regarding the future of Israel, Greece and Persia is finally
revealed to Daniel by the angel from God twenty-one days after the angel was
dispatched from the throne room of God. This information regarding the future of
these three nations is revealed in Daniel 11. If it were not for Michael who defends
Israel, this angel would never have reached Daniel. Michael’s responsibility
regarding the human race is to protect and defend the nation of Israel from the
attacks of Satan’s military commanders.
Daniel 12:1, “Now at that time Michael, the great prince who stands
{guard} over the sons of your people, will arise. And there will be a time of
distress such as never occurred since there was a nation until that time; and at
that time your people, everyone who is found written in the book, will be
rescued.”
Michael also withstood Satan when the latter attempted to kidnap the body of
Moses.
Jude 1:9, “But Michael the archangel, when he disputed with the devil and
argued about the body of Moses, did not dare pronounce against him a railing
judgment, but said, ‘The Lord rebuke you!’”
Now, Michael was able to defeat the prince of Persia because of one simple
principle: Victory or defeat in angelic warfare is gained by the application of
power and the withdrawal of the inferior force.
So we have here in Daniel 10:13 God delivering a message about the future of
Israel, Greece and Persia through an angel of lower rank than the Prince of Persia
who represented Satan’s forces. We might say that the angel God sent was a
lieutenant in His military.
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As soon as he was opposed by an angelic with greater rank and power from the
forces of Satan, he was stopped at once. He could not go on with his mighty
ministry on behalf of Daniel until there was intervention by God Himself. God
then sent a still higher elect-angel to relieve this lieutenant from his struggle with
superior adverse powers, thus permitting him to complete his mission to Daniel.
There is a principle here that I want to note regarding angelic warfare. It
appears that angels of every rank in both camps are constantly at war with each
other in the invisible realm…we know this because the human governments
throughout the world are in a constant stay of upheaval and war and the angels rule
over these nations. So the conflict between nations is a reflection of the invisible
angelic battle that is being waged throughout the first and second heavens.
Now there is no question that these spiritual beings which we call angels cannot
die. So how does one achieve victory in the angelic realm if they cannot kill each
other? As we noted earlier, victory or defeat in angelic warfare is gained by the
application of power and the withdrawal of the inferior force.
So Daniel gets the answer to his prayer regarding the future of the nation of
Israel but only have the intervention of Michael, the archangel whose
responsibility is to defend the nation of Israel from the demon armies.
Daniel 10:14-21, “Now I have come to give you an understanding of what
will happen to your people in the latter days, for the vision pertains to the
days yet {future.} When he had spoken to me according to these words, I
turned my face toward the ground and became speechless. And behold, one
who resembled a human being was touching my lips; then I opened my mouth
and spoke and said to him who was standing before me, ‘O my lord, as a
result of the vision anguish has come upon me, and I have retained no
strength. For how can such a servant of my lord talk with such as my lord? As
for me, there remains just now no strength in me, nor has any breath been left
in me. Then {this} one with human appearance touched me again and
strengthened me. He said, ‘O man of high esteem, do not be afraid. Peace be
with you; take courage and be courageous!’ Now as soon as he spoke to me, I
received strength and said, ‘May my lord speak, for you have strengthened
me.’ Then he said, ‘Do you understand why I came to you? But I shall now
return to fight against the prince of Persia; so I am going forth, and behold,
the prince of Greece is about to come. However, I will tell you what is
inscribed in the writing of truth. Yet there is no one who stands firmly with
me against these {forces} except Michael your prince.’”
This angelic war that is being waged in the cosmos is further illustrated in even
greater detail by the apostle John in the book of Revelation. Revelation 12:14 also
states that Satan and the fallen angels are behind the persecution of the nation of
Israel since its inception.
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Revelation 12:1-12, “A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed
with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve
stars; and she was with child; and she cried out, being in labor and in pain to
give birth.”
Who does this woman clothed with sun signify? What does the moon under her
feet signify and the crown of twelve stars upon her head? Well, Scripture always
explains Scripture. This is a law of hermeneutics. This symbolism first occurred in
Joseph’s dream in Genesis 37:9.
Genesis 37:9, “Now he had still another dream, and related it to his
brothers, and said, ‘Lo, I have had still another dream; and behold, the sun
and the moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me.’”
The dream of Joseph concerned the nation of Israel, as does Revelation 12:1.
Genesis 37:10, “He related {it} to his father and to his brothers; and his
father rebuked him and said to him, ‘What is this dream that you have had?
Shall I and your mother and your brothers actually come to bow ourselves
down before you to the ground?’”
The “sun” represents Jacob and the “moon” represents Rachel and Leah who
bore the twelve sons of Jacob. The “crown of twelve stars” represents the twelve
patriarchs of Israel.
The “woman” represents the nation of Israel and not Mary, the mother of Jesus
as is suggested by many expositors. The reason for this interpretation is that the
entire context is symbolic. Thus to be consistent one must say that the woman here
is symbolic as well. The career of the woman mentioned here in verses 1-2 fits
perfectly with the history of the nation of Israel. Her travail refers undoubtedly to
the sufferings of the nation of Israel throughout her history. The “child” is the Lord
Jesus Christ.
Revelation 12:3, “Then another sign appeared in heaven: and behold, a
great red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads {were}
seven diadems.”
The dragon refers to Satan. The “seven heads” refer to seven great world
empires: (1) Egypt (2) Assyria (3) Babylon (4) Medo-Persia (5) Graeco-Macedonia
(6) Rome (7) Future Revived Roman Empire.
The “ten horns” refers to the ten-nation confederacy, which will compose the
future Revived Roman Empire during the Tribulation.
Revelation 12:4-12, “And his tail swept away a third of the stars of heaven
and threw them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who
was about to give birth, so that when she gave birth he might devour her
child. And she gave birth to a son, a male {child} who is to rule all the nations
with a rod of iron; and her child was caught up to God and to His throne.
Then the woman fled into the wilderness where she had a place prepared by
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God, so that there she would be nourished for one thousand two hundred and
sixty days. And there was war in heaven, Michael and his angels waging war
with the dragon. The dragon and his angels waged war, and they were not
strong enough, and there was no longer a place found for them in heaven. And
the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil
and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth,
and his angels were thrown down with him. Then I heard a loud voice in
heaven, saying, “Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our
God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our
brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day
and night. And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and
because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even
when faced with death. For this reason, rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell
in them. Woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has come down to
you, having great wrath, knowing that he has {only} a short time.”
Angelic Warfare in 2 Kings 6
In 2 Kings 6, we are given a glimpse into the invisible angelic warfare all
around us. The prophet Elisha and his servant were encountering danger in Dothan.
In this passage, God answers the prayer of the prophet and permits his servant to
see the elect angels were protecting them.
The name “Elisha” means, “God is salvation,” or “God saves.” He was the son
of Shaphat from the town of Abel Meholoah (1 Kgs. 19:16). Elisha was originally
a farmer (1 Kgs. 19:19). He had a home in Samaria (2 Kgs. 2:25; 5:3, 9; 6:32).
Elisha was evidently bald (1 Kgs. 2:23) and he employed a staff to walk (2 Kgs.
4:29).
In the ninth century B.C. Elisha succeeded Elijah the prophet and ministered
primarily to the northern kingdom of Israel. Elijah upon God’s command, anointed
Elisha to succeed him (1 Kgs. 19:16f). Elisha was willing to serve Elijah and learn
from him so that he might be prepared for this work that God commissioned him to
do (1 Kgs. 19:20-21). He remained with Elijah until the latter was taken up to
heaven by the Lord (2 Kgs. 2:1-18). Elisha then took up Elijah’s mantle and work.
During Elisha’s prophetic ministry, he exposed and confronted idolatry,
injustice, immorality and impiety among God’s people (1 Kgs. 19:17; 2 Kgs. 2:24;
5:20-27; 7:17-20). Elisha also spent much of his time reaching out to those in need
and demonstrated to these needy individuals the power and compassion of God (2
Kgs. 4:1-5:14; 8:1-6; Lk. 4:27).
The miracles Elisha performed helped his fellow countrymen come to know the
Lord better, trust Him more and obey His Law (2 Kgs. 2:14, 19-22; 3:15-20; 5:15,
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17-19; 6:1-7:3; 13:21). Elisha functioned as a prophet in Israel for over fifty years,
which encompassed the reigns of Jehoram, Jehu, Jehoahaz and Jehoash, from 850
B.C. to 800 B.C.
The king of Syria had been engaged in war against Israel. The king of Syria was
extremely disturbed because every plan he had made and every place he went was
discovered by the king of Israel. Elisha was bugging the king of Syria’s quarters
but not by the means employed by the FBI and CIA but rather the Lord was telling
Elisha everything the king of Syria was planning to do militarily.
Finally one of the servants of the king of Syria is told by a servant that Elisha
was the culprit so the king dispatches some troops captured Elisha. This is where
we pick up the story.
2 Kings 6:8-17, “Now the king of Aram was warring against Israel; and he
counseled with his servants saying, ‘In such and such a place shall be my
camp. The man of God sent {word} to the king of Israel saying, ‘Beware that
you do not pass this place, for the Arameans are coming down there. The king
of Israel sent to the place about which the man of God had told him; thus he
warned him, so that he guarded himself there, more than once or twice. Now
the heart of the king of Aram was enraged over this thing; and he called his
servants and said to them, ‘Will you tell me which of us is for the king of
Israel? One of his servants said, ‘No, my lord, O king; but Elisha, the prophet
who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the words that you speak in your
bedroom. So he said, ‘Go and see where he is, that I may send and take him.’
And it was told him, saying, ‘Behold, he is in Dothan.’ He sent horses and
chariots and a great army there, and they came by night and surrounded the
city. Now when the attendant of the man of God had risen early and gone out,
behold, an army with horses and chariots was circling the city. And his
servant said to him, ‘Alas, my master! What shall we do?’ So he answered,
‘Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with
them. Then Elisha prayed and said, ‘O LORD, I pray, open his eyes that he
may see.’ And the LORD opened the servant’s eyes and he saw; and behold,
the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.”
Psalm 68:17-20, “The chariots of God are myriads, thousands upon
thousands; the Lord is among them {as at} Sinai, in holiness. You have
ascended on high, you have led captive {your} captives; you have received
gifts among men, even {among} the rebellious also, that the LORD God may
dwell {there.} Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears our burden, the God
{who} is our salvation. Selah. God is to us a God of deliverances; and to GOD
the Lord belong escapes from death.”
Psalm 104:4, “He makes the winds His messengers, flaming fire His
ministers.”
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Psalm 78:49, “He sent upon them His burning anger, fury and indignation
and trouble, a band of destroying angels.”
Psalm 91:11, “For He will give His angels charge concerning you, to guard
you in all your ways.”
Psalm 103:20, “Bless the LORD, you His angels, Mighty in strength, who
perform His word, obeying the voice of His word!”
2 Kings 6:18, “When they came down to him, Elisha prayed to the LORD
and said, ‘Strike this people with blindness, I pray.’ So He struck them with
blindness according to the word of Elisha.”