MP3: The Mighty Angels of Revelation 1-6
Hosts: Nathan Jones & Vic Batista
The Church Angels
Vic Batista: Angels are also involved with the Seven Churches of Revelation 2-3. Angels are communicating all throughout the churches.
Nathan Jones: Revelation 1:20 reveals, “The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands which you saw are the seven churches.” Revelation 2 and 3 provide messages to seven churches. They were seven churches that existed in John’s time during the late First Century and they were located in what today is the nation of Turkey. Each church had an angel over it, protecting and guarding them. The messages given to each of these seven churches was given by Jesus Christ Himself. Jesus proclaimed, for instance in Revelation 2:1, “To the angel of the church of Ephesus write…”
Some Bible prophecy teachers have made the case that these may have not been just physical churches in John’s time, but that they also represent ages during the Church Age, or in other words, different eras over the last 2,000 years.
The Seven Churches inevitably lead up to the seventh and last angel who is the angel over the church of Laodicea. Laodicea is known in character and in the Church Age as a time of apathy and spiritual disinterest, where their members think the church is wealthy, but in truth they really are spiritually poor. Apathy will be the defining characteristic of the Church just before Jesus returns.Nathan Jones: Apathy will be the defining characteristic of the #Church just before #Jesus returns. #Revelation #Angels Click To Tweet
Vic Batista: If we truly are living in the time of the Laodicean Church, we need to be praying so much for the Church in general. Although we know that the Church, meaning those who are true believers in Christ, are going to be raptured off the earth before the Tribulation, we still have some significant things we need to pray about. We are seeing a lot of the signs of the end times occurring that point to Jesus’ soon return.
With apathy the love of many has grown cold. It seems as though Christians are no longer on fire anymore for the things of the Lord, and especially the learning of Bible prophecy.
Nathan Jones: I think part of our apathy today has to do with the fact that Christians don’t take the spirit realm seriously. I’m not talking spirit like crystal balls and tarot cards and all that nonsense. No, I’m talking about how God uses His Holy Spirit through the Church to get His work accomplished. We are not just a gathering of people getting together in order to try and accomplish something by our own hands. Rather, as the Church there is the hand of God behind us and the Holy Spirit working through us. And, as Revelation reveals, angels are helping fight the spiritual battle behind the scenes. So, when you’re facing the challenges of ministry and life each and every day, it should be encouraging to believers in Christ for the Church to know that we are not doing any good works by our own power, but by the power of God.
Vic Batista: It’s so encouraging to know that there are more angels on Christ’s side, according to the Bible in terms of sheer numbers, fighting the spiritual warfare. The way that some of us behave, we need more than one angel taking care of us, right?
Nathan Jones: You’re not kidding! You can read stories in the Bible, such as King Hezekiah, who found himself in a dangerous situation. Jerusalem was being attacked, but the attackers mysteriously fled. Later, Hezekiah’s men captured a fleeing attacker who told them the reason their army ran was because it looked like Hezekiah had an army of super warriors surrounding their encampment.
Angel sightings are not just isolated to stories in the Bible. We hear stories about how throughout history God’s angels are revealed to people who needed to be protected.
That brings up the question about why then does God not protect those Christians who are being slaughtered, such as by ISIS? That brings up a difficult question indeed. Why are there angels protecting some Christians, but not protecting others? That is when we just have to leave it all in God’s hands. He knows who to protect and who to bring home to Heaven with Him. It should be a tremendous encouragement to know that the power of God stands behind His children, whether in this life or the one to come.Nathan Jones: The power of #God stands behind His children, whether in this life or the one to come. #Revelation Click To Tweet
Vic Batista: All throughout the Seven Churches, expanded through Church history, we learn that angels are involved.
In the third segment of our series “The Mighty Angels of Revelation,” we’ll look at the angels found in Revelation 4.