MP3: The Mighty Angels of Revelation 1-6
Hosts: Nathan Jones & Vic Batista
The Revealing Angel
Vic Batista: Nathan and I are going to unravel the incredible book of Revelation, but all from the point of view of God’s mighty angels. The angels in Revelation are very active declaring God’s judgments and helping facilitate His will throughout the book, and we’ll concentrate on what God achieves through them.
Christians know there is a spiritual battle waging across planet Earth. There are hosts of wickedness all around us, as well as God’s mighty angels battling against those demons. Angels also play a huge role in the time of the Tribulation as described in the book of Revelation. From Revelation 6 and on we witness all the Tribulation judgments that are going to come upon the earth. But, before we get to chapter 6, let’s get a little glimpse of the set-up in Revelation so far.
Nathan Jones: True, we know that the heavenly realm exists behind our earthly realm. Ephesians 6 tells us, “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood but against principalities, against power, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” In other words, even though there are activities going on in the earthly realm, there is another realm behind this earthly realm, and that is the spirit realm.
There’s a war being waged here on earth between God’s forces and Satan’s forces. Often, it is hard for people to believe that it is happening. We don’t get to view behind the scenes too much, if ever at all. But, both the Bible reveals that war is the case and those who are in the trenches of spiritual warfare confirm it as well. I’ve talked to missionaries who have lived in animistic societies and tribal nations, and they have seen actual spirit-possessed people doing incredible and terrible things. So, yes, this spirit realm is indeed out there, but often beyond our five senses.Nathan Jones: There's a war being waged here on earth between God's forces and Satan's forces. #Angels Click To Tweet
Why is the spirit world hidden? I think in our Western secular society the demons actually try to hide and not make themselves evident because it is easier for us to not believe in them than to believe. And yet, the Bible is very clear, especially there in Ephesians 6, that there is a spirit realm outside of the earthly realm.
The book of Revelation talks more about what is going on in the spirit realm and the heavenly realm and about angels than any other book in the Bible. As a matter of fact, the word “angel” in the New King James is listed 72 times throughout the book of Revelation.
Vic Batista: Amazing the number of times that angels are mentioned in Revelation! Right from the start in the opening of Revelation 1, we notice that the revelation of God given to John was given by an angel.
Nathan Jones: Yes, Revelation 1:1 begins with the words, “the Revelation of Jesus Christ.” Jesus doesn’t just speak first person in the Gospels and in the beginning of the book of Acts. Jesus speaks first person throughout most of Revelation, “which God gave him to show His servant things that must shortly take place,” shortly in God’s timing, that is.
Revelation 1:1-2 goes on, “And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John, who bore witness to the word of God, and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, to all things that he saw.” God sent an angel to give the messages of the end of times — a revelation — to John.
God continues to use angels throughout the book of Revelation to proclaim His messages and do His will. Like I said, 72 reference to angels can be found throughout the book of Revelation. The angels perform all sorts of myriads of duties, for that is the job of the angels. God created angels as a servant class to help carry out His will.
The angels perform many functions as we’ll see as we travel through Revelation. We will get to see all the different jobs that the angels will be performing during the Tribulation, and even how there are different types of angels. Primarily, the angels are messengers. They go and do the Lord’s will by bringing messages to His servants and even to the whole world.
This particular angel in Revelation 1 is coming to give a revelation, or message, to the Apostle John. Sometimes Jesus Himself will speak directly to John, but much of the book God uses an angel to proclaim His revelation.
Vic Batista: I love that angels are messengers of God who bring forth God’s truth. They speak to our lives. Historically in the Bible, we read instances of angelic intervention, such as the birth of Jesus Christ. An angel appeared separately to both Mary and Joseph to announce the coming of the Son of God.
In the second segment of our series “The Mighty Angels of Revelation,” we’ll look at the angels found in Revelation 2-3.