From  the  book  “THE  TRUTH  ABOUT  ANGELS”


by  Terry  LAW


"Activating" Angels

Bless the Lord, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his WORD

—Psalm 103:20


I hesitate to say "activating" angels since that term has been misused in recent years to imply that angels are our servants, not just fellow servants of God. However, used in the sense that we can make it possible for them to help us, activating is an accurate term. They stand by watching, "unactivated," if we are not "on the right road" at the right time and place.


Essentially, angels are agents of the government of God, the sovereign ruler of the universe (Isa. 46:8-11; Rom. 11:36; Eph. 1:11). Activities of angels in the Bible were directly related to God's sovereign plan.


Nothing done by any man controlled the angels. Their primary motivation is obeying and serving God. However, men can do some things that activate angels, or put them in motion to act on their behalf.


In studying angels, I have discovered five biblical principles that seem to activate them to fulfill their role of serving God by serving His people. In other words, our actions seem to influence their actions. Those five principles are: authority, sacrifice, prayer, giving in obedience (or alms), and praise and worship.


[WEEELLLL….. I’M  VERY  DOUBTFUL  BUT  WE’LL  SEE  AS  WE  GO  -  Keith Hunt]


Authority


The first principle is obedience and submission to authority. When angels see us operating properly under authority, they are released to minister for us as the Holy Spirit wills.


The entire universe runs on the authority principle—including Satan's kingdom. The one place where authority is generally resisted is here on Earth.


As often as I have studied the subject of angels, I have been impressed time and again with the principle of authority as it relates to angels.


God's angels operate under God's authority


Satan's angels operate under Satan's authority


There is order in Satan's evil kingdom because it is an imitation of God's orderly, righteous kingdom. The most important point of all, however, as we consider just what the angelic hierarchy may signify, is that Jesus is high above them all. He has no equal and no superior.


[NO  EQUAL?  COME  ON  NOW!  NO  SUPERIOR?  COME  ON  NOW!  BUT  WITH  THE  CATHOLIC  AND  PROTESTANT  IDEAS  OF  THE  “TRINITY”  I  GUESS  HE  DOES  NOT  SEE  THAT  THE  FATHER  HAS  SUPREME  AUTHORITY.  JESUS  SITS  AT  THE  FATHER’S  RIGHT  HAND  NOT  INSIDE  HIM  OR  ON  TOP  OF  HIM,  BUT  AT  HIS  RIGHT  HAND;  YESSSSS…… THE  GODHEAD  HAS  EQUALITY,  BUT  IN  “AUTHORITY”  THERE  IS  THE  FATHER,  HE  IS  TOP  DOG  AS  WE  SAY.  THE  NEW  TESTAMENT  IS  CLEAR  ON  THAT  IF  PEOPLE  WILL  READ  IT.  MY  OH  MY,  I  UNDERSTOOD  THAT  WAY  BACK  WHEN  I  WAS  AN  EARLY  TEENAGER,  FROM  READING  THE  WORDS  OF  JESUS  HIMSELF  AND  ALL  THINGS  IN  THE  NEW  TESTAMENT  FROM  AGE  7  IN  A  CHURCH  OF  ENGLAND  SCHOOL,  AND  FROM  READING  MY  BIBLE  AT  HOME  REGULARLY  -  Keith Hunt]


He delegated His authority over evil spirits to the disciples even before He was crucified and resurrected. His example shows us how we are to walk in that delegated authority.


Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the powers of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Notwithstanding, in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.

—Luke 10:19-20


Evil spirits can tell whether a person is operating in the authority of God's Word.


[YOU  LIVE  ACCORDING  TO  GOD’S  WORD.  LIVING  BY  EVERY  WORD  OF  GOD,  YOU  NEED  NOT  FEAR  SATAN  OR  THE  DEMONS  -  Keith Hunt]


A biblical example involves seven sons of a Jewish priest named Sceva. They attempted to cast out an evil spirit in the name of Jesus "whom Paul preacheth." But they were not born again [BEGOTTEN  AGAIN  -  Keith Hunt] so they did not have the right to use the authority of Jesus, and the evil spirit overcame all seven of them (Acts 19:13-16). In fact, the possessed man tore the clothes off the seven men and chased them down the street.


The spirit's reply to these men was, "Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?" (Acts 19:15). You can almost hear the taunting belligerence in the tone of that spirit. He would not obey anyone who did not have authority over him. This is a law in the spirit realm-—the law of authority.


Neil Anderson says, "Spiritual authority is not a tug-of-war on a horizontal plane; it is a vertical chain of command." He wrote:


Jesus Christ has all authority; He is on top. We are underneath Jesus, because He gave His authority and power to His servants to be exercised in His name. And Satan and his demons? They're at the bottom, subject to the authority Christ has invested in us. They have no more right to rule your life than a buck private has to order a general to clean the latrine.1


If the church could get hold of this, the world would become a different place, even in the midst of the cosmos diabolicus.


Authority carries responsibility, and authority follows responsibility; it does not precede it.


The Great Commission demonstrates this. Jesus said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations," (Matt. 28:18-19, NIV). This is an incredible responsibility for the church. To get the job done, He has delegated His authority completely to the church. In other words, Jesus said, "Since I gave you the responsibility, you also have the authority of My name to do it."


If we don't take responsibility in this certain area, then our authority is canceled out. You may rule or govern by force, through some kind of power, but there is no authority behind it. Like the seven sons of Sceva, there is no point speaking to demons, much less principalities and powers, if you have not assumed responsibility for the lusts of your flesh.


[AS  STATED:  LIVING  GOD’S  WAY  OF  LIFE,  WITH  THE  FATHER  AND  JESUS  IN  YOU  VIA  THE  HOLY  SPIRIT,  YOU  ARE  MORE  POWERFUL  THAN  SATAN  AND  ALL  THE  DEMONIC  HOST.  I  SELDOM  EVEN  THINK  ABOUT  THE  DEVIL  AND  THE  DEMONS.  I  DO  NOT  FEAR  THEM  AT  ALL;  AS  IT  IS  WRITTEN,  “GREATER  IS  HE  THAT  IS  IN  YOU,  THAN  HE  THAT  IS  IN  THE  WORLD”  -  OKAY  I  AGREE  WITH  POINT  1  -  Keith Hunt]


Another element of authority is submission. Submission to authority is an act of obedience, but it is also a form of faithfulness.


If we want authority in the kingdom of God, we must learn first to be good followers and to submit to authority with the right attitude. God told the Israelites that if they were "willing and obedient" they would "eat the good of the land" (Isa. 1:19). Obedience under duress or with a reluctant heart is not true obedience.


In other words, if you want to operate in authority, you have to come under authority. That's because the levels of authority in the world are established by God. If you want to find out if you're under authority, see how you measure up to these seven guidelines. (These seven levels of authority are listed in order of supremacy.)


1. We must be obedient to the sovereign will of God. This is the highest level of authority. It is absolute and infallible.


2. We must be obedient to the veracity (truth) of God's Word. God's Word holds the position in the universe of veracious authority, with veracious meaning it is "always true."


3. We must not go against our own conscience. Some people's consciences will not permit them to do what other people can do. An angel of God would not ask you to go against your conscience—but an angel of light [FALSE  LIGHT  THIS  IS]  might.


4. We must obey the laws of the land and of our churches, as long as those directives do not conflict with those of the first three levels of authority. That's because all authority in the church and the world is delegated by Christ (Rom. 13:1). However, I am not advocating blind obedience to any law or man, but accepting civic and church authority as ordained and delegated by God.


Attempts to coerce obedience by emotional or spiritual force—fear, shame, guilt, and other negative manipulative techniques—are abuses of authority. Tyrannical political systems, such as Nazism and communism, are abusive authorities, not true representations of God-ordained authority.


5. We must honor stipulative authority, which is authority that is specified by agreement. An example of this kind of authority is parties signing a contract that is legally binding.


6. We must honor tradition if it has not become abusive or is not in conflict with other levels of authority. For example, tradition is wrong when it is given higher authority than the Word of God (Matt. 15:3-6).


[OH  WOW….. THERE  IS  MUCH  IN  THE   TRADITIONS  OF  CHURCHES  THAT  IS  VERY  WRONG.  JUST  ABOUT  ALL  CHURCH  GROUPS  LARGE  OR  SMALL,  ARE  GUILTY  OF  “WRONG  TRADITIONS”  EVEN  IN  THE  TRUE  CHURCH  OF  GOD…. SEE  THE  LAST  LAODICEA  CHURCH  OF  THE  7  GIVEN  IN  THE  BOOK  OF  REVELATION  -  Keith Hunt]


7. We must honor the authority of others, which stems from their talents, abilities, or skills. This is called functional authority, and, again, it's origin is in God. We go to a doctor when we're sick—not a mechanic.2


[YES  OKAY  DO  AGREE  -  Keith Hunt]


Angels and the words we speak


The authority of our words depends on whether or not we obey or submit to the levels of authority over us.


Let's compare the difference between Mary's words of faith and Zacharias's words of doubt when they had visits from the angel Gabriel. It must have been difficult for both of them to believe Gabriel; Zacharias was too old to have a child, and Mary was a virgin.


Zacharias asked a question that was full of doubt—he almost seemed to be asking for a sign that what Gabriel said would really happen (Luke 1:18). "Whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years," he said. Gabriel acted quickly to stop Zacharias's words of unbelief (Luke 1:20). Zacharias was struck dumb and could not speak until John was born. He got his sign, but it probably wasn't the kind he wanted. Angels are sensitive to what we say. It appears our words of faith or doubt can "activate" or "deactivate" them.


[NOT  SURE  IF  ACTIVATE  IS  THE  RIGHT  WORD  TO  US.  OBVIOUSLY  THEY  HAVE  A  CERTAIN  AMOUNT  OF  FREEDOM,  TO  ACT  IN  ANY  SPECIFIC  SITUATION,  TO  GET  THE  TRUTH  OF  GOD  ACROSS  TO  ANYONE  -  Keith Hunt]


Mary submitted to the authority of God's Word and said, "Be it unto me according to thy word." I believe she became pregnant at that very moment. Her faith activated the Word of God, which immediately became flesh inside of her. Her submission to authority became faith that resulted in the conception of Jesus, the Son of God, in her womb. Her response is one of the most powerful faith statements in the Bible.


[YES  WOULD  AGREE  HER  REACTION  WAS  A  MIGHTY  EXAMPLE  OF  CHILD  LIKE  FAITH  -  Keith Hunt]


Jesus taught that we are redeemed, justified, or made righteous by our words, and we are also condemned by our words (Matt. 12:37). When we are sensitive to God, it is easy to discern the oppressive atmosphere created by words of doubt and unbelief.


[IT  IS  TRUE  THAT  WORDS  CAN  RELATE  OUR  ATTITUDE  OF  MIND  -  Keith Hunt]


The church teaches angels


Through Jesus, the church has been raised higher than the angels. We are of the family of God and seated at the right hand of the throne of God with Jesus. What a position of authority this gives to the church! Jesus delegated His authority to the church, and because angels understand authority, they are watching to see what we do with that authority.


When Christians get the revelation of their position in Christ, when they stand against the enemy in the power of the name of Jesus, recognizing the authority God has given to the church, angels understand that authority. If our desire is to see God's will done on earth, and we are under authority, angels will flow with us.


[RIGHTEOUS  ANGELS  ARE  IN  SINK  WITH  GOD;  THEY  ARE  HAPPY  WHEN  WE  ARE;  THEY  FUNCTION  TO  SERVE  US  AS  GOD  WILLS;  AND  DELIGHT  IN  WHATEVER  THAT  FUNCTION  IS  AS  THEY  SERVE  US  -  Keith Hunt]


Sacrifice


Sacrificing in any area out of love for God is the second principle that I believe activates angels. It shows a wholeheartedness toward God that brings a response. Sacrifice is actually closely related to praise and worship……


Abraham and David clearly understood the principle of sacrifice Abraham was willing to sacrifice his son Isaac to the Lord on Mount Moriah. An angel appeared as Abraham raised his knife, prepared to take Isaac's life. David had to offer a sacrifice to God on the threshing floor of Oman the Jebusite in order to stop the death angel whose sword was stretched over Jerusalem to destroy it.3


Why does God require sacrifice?


From the time Adam and Eve disobeyed, man has been the creature separated from the Creator by sin. The only way to approach God's holiness was through the substitutionary death of a living creature. The penalty for disobedience, required of all the human race after Adam fell, was death (Gen. 2:17). Until Jesus died vicariously once and for all, there had to be a death. Blood is a proof of such death, because the life is in the blood (Deut. 12:23). Animal sacrifice was a substitution—a merciful token of the one-time sacrifice of Jesus yet to come.


[GOD  SAID  THROUGH  JEREMIAH  THAT SACRIFICES  WERE NOT  TALKED  ABOUT  FROM  GOD -  JER. 7: 22, 23  -  SUCH  WERE  ADDED  BECAUSE  OF  THEIR  UNCONVERTED  CARNALITY.  THEIR  FAITH  IN  GOD’S  PROMISE  AND  GOODNESS  WAS  SO  WEAK  THEY  HAD  TO  BE  TAUGHT  THROUGH  SHEDDING  BLOOD;  A  CONTINUAL  REMINDER  SINS  COULD  NOT  BE  FORGIVEN  BUT  THROUGH  THE  SACRIFICE  OF  THE  MESIAH  SAVIOR  TO  COME,  WHO  WOULD  SHED  HIS  BLOOD  FOR  SINNERS  -  Keith Hunt


Why did David refuse to take the threshing floor of Oman (Araunah) as a gift, but insist on paying full price for it before he made sacrifice to God (2 Sam. 24:18-25; 1 Chron. 21:17-30; 2 Chron. 3:1)?


David knew it was not a real offering unless it had cost him something. Human nature (our souls) would far prefer to praise God when things are going well, but to grumble and complain when they are not!


We tend to say, "God, what have You done for me lately?"


That attitude will not activate angels on our behalf.


[WE  MAY  BE  WEAK  IN  THE  FLESH,  AND  AT  TIMES  LIKE  PAUL  SAID  IN  ROMANS  7….. BUT  THAT  DOES  NOT  MEAN  THE  ANGELS  CANNOT  WORK  WITH  US,  AND  STILL  BE  SERVANTS.  TO  THINK  WE  HAVE  TO  BE  AT  SOME  “CERTAIN  SPIRITUAL  LEVEL”  BEFORE  ANGELS  HELP  AND  SERVE  AND  CAN  RELATE  A  MESSAGE  TO  US,  IS  TOTALLY  WRONG  THEOLOGY.  THERE  IS  NO  VERSE  IN  THE  ENTIRE  BIBLE  THAT  TEACHES  SUCH  THEOLOGY  -  Keith Hunt]


Sacrificial worship provides a legal right for the angels to ascend and descend to and from God's throne bringing help to the saints. Gideon and Manoah and his wife offered sacrifices while they were being visited by angels, and the angels returned to heaven while the sacrifices burned (Judg. 6:21; 13:20). Most churches have praise and worship services, but most do not really understand what they are doing.


[I’M  THINKING  YOU  ALSO  DO  NOT  UNDERSTAND  EITHER  -  Keith Hunt]


When Gabriel appeared to Zacharias to announce the birth of John the Baptist, it was while the priest was offering a sacrifice of incense to the Lord. Incense is a symbol of pure worship. In other words, Zacharias's sacrifice unto the Lord brought the angel to him with an answer to his lifelong prayer for a son.


[IT  HAD  NOTHING  TO  DO  WITH  ZACHARIAS’S  JOB  IN  THE  TEMPLE,  OR  ANY  SCALE  OF  “SPIRITUALITY”  HE  WAS  ON.  YES  THE  LORD  KNEW  THEY  WERE  THE  RIGHT  COUPLE  FOR  JOHN  THE  BAPTIST  TO  HAVE  AS  PARENTS  AND  WOULD  BRING  HIM  UP  IN  THE  LOVE  AND  FEAR [DEEP  RESPECT]  OF  THE  LORD,  TO  DO  THE  WORK  GOD  HAD  CHOSEN  HIM  TO  DO.  IT  WAS  THEIR  HEART  AND  FAITHFULNESS  IN  SERVING  GOD,  NOT  THEIR  PHYSICAL  JOB,  THAT  THEY  WERE  CHOSEN  TO  BE  JOHN’S  PARENTS  -  Keith Hunt]


I have found that if I can lead people into a sacrifice of praise, something about that brings angelic involvement. This is especially true of those who are sick and suffering.


[IT  DOES?  DO  NOT  THINK  SO!  MOST  CHRISTIANS  DO  NOT  GO  AROUND  SINGING  SPIRITUAL  SONGS  IN  THEIR  DAILY  LIVING.  AND  SINGING  IN  CHURCH  IS  NOT  AUTOMATICALLY  GOING  TO  WAKE  UP  ANGELS  TO  SERVE  YOU.  IF  YOU  HAVE  A  COLD  AND  A  THROAT  INFECTION,  AND  JUST  CANNOT  EVEN  MAKE  A  JOYFUL  SOUND  TO  THE  LORD;  IT  DOES  NOT  MEAN  ANGELS  CAN’T  BE  INVOLVED  WITH  YOU.  AGAIN  DOING  SOMETHING  PHYSICAL [LIKE  GIVING  HALF  YOUR  LIFE  SAVINGS  TO  THE  “CHURCH”  TO  SPREAD  THE  GOSPEL]  IS  NOT  AUTOMATICALLY  GOING  TO  GET  “ANGELIC  INVOLVEMENT”  WITH  YOU  MORE  QUICKLY  OR  MORE  POWERFULLY;  THAT  WOULD  BE  AKIN  TO  HIRING  ANGELS  TO  BE  MORE  ATTENTIVE TO  YOU.  THE  BIBLE  TEACHES  NO  SUCH  THEOLOGY  -  Keith Hunt]


Prayer—the Word of God on Our Lips


The third principle that activates angels is prayer, especially praying God's Word back to Him. There is no question that prayer activates angels on our behalf. Moses' prayers of repentance on behalf of the Israelites saved them from destruction several times (Num. 14:11-21; 21:5-9; and others). Abraham's intercession on behalf of Lot and his family activated angels to rescue them (Gen. 18:17-33). Those are two of many biblical examples.


[THEY  PRAYED  TO  GOD,  NOT  TO  ANGELS.  CHRISTIANS  ARE  NOWHERE  COMMANDED  TO  TALK  TO  ANGELS.  WE  TALK  TO  GOD  IN  CHRIST’S  NAME;  THE  ANSWER (DEPENDING  ON  THE  PRAYER  AND  SITUATION)  MAYBE  THAT  GOD  SENDS  AN  ANGEL/S  TO  SERVE  AND  HELP  YOU  -  BUT  WE  DO  NOT  TALK  TO  ANGELS…..I’VE  NEVER  TRIED  TALKING  TO  ANGELS,  AND  I  NEVER  WILL  IN  THIS  LIFE.  I  TALK  TO  GOD  THE  FATHER  IN  JESUS’  NAME.  I  DO  AT  TIMES  THANK  THE  MOST  HIGH  FOR  ANGELS  THAT  SERVE  US,  AND  I  KNOW  THEY  HAVE  HELPED  ME  FROM  SERIOUS  ACCIDENTS  THAT  COULD  HAVE  KILLED  ME OR  ENDED  IN  SERIOUS  PHYSICAL  INJURY  -  Keith Hunt]


The primary way to renew our minds so that any thoughts dropped in by evil spirits cannot find a lodging place is to meditate on the Bible. I have found that something special happens in the angelic kingdom when Christians speak God's Word in the midst of contrary circumstances. It somehow releases the angelic world to work alongside us.


[GOD  DECIDES  IF  ANGELIC  BEINGS  ARE  TO  WORK  ALONG-SIDE  US.  READING  HEBREWS  11,  SHOWS  NOT  EVERY  CHILD  OF  GOD  IS  SPARED  FROM  PERSECUTION,  DESOLATION  OF  THE  PHYSICAL,  AND  EVEN  FROM  DEATH.  THE  APOSTLE  PAUL  IS  A  CLASSIC  EXAMPLE….. ALL  THE  THINGS  HE  WENT  THROUGH  IN  HIS  PHYSICAL  LIFE  TO  TEACH  AND  PREACH  THE  WORD  OF  GOD,  JESUS  AS  SAVIOR,  AND  THE  KINGDOM  OF  GOD.  SOMETIMES  STONED  AND  LEFT  FOR  DEAD.  HE  SAID  HE  HAD  KNOWN  HOW  TO  BE  FULL  AND  HOW  TO  BE  EMPTY,  TO  HAVE  AND  NOT  TO  HAVE;  HE  SAID  WHATEVER  PHYSICAL  STATE  HE  WAS  IN,  HE  HAD  LEARNT  HOW  TO  BE  CONTENT.  NO  ANGEL  CAME  TO  FEED  HIM  WHEN  HE  WAS  IN  HUNGER;  NO  ANGEL  CAME  TO  HAVE  THE  STONES  THROWN  AT  HIM,  MISS  THE  MARK;  NO,  HE  WAS  LEFT  AS  DEAD.  THIS  “RELEASING  THE  ANGELS”  STUFF,  THROUGH  SOMETHING  YOU  DO,  IS  FLUFFY-DUFFY  THEOLOGY,  AND  PENTECOSTAL  PEOPLE  ARE  INTO  THIS  THEOLOGY  ALL  THE  TIME  IT  SEEMS  -  Keith Hunt] 


Our prayers are much more effective when we pray God's Word back to Him. That allows us to get in agreement with Him instead of wasting time and energy imploring Him to get in agreement with us. Many times we tend to pray the problem and talk about the problem so much that we finally operate in "negative faith"—faith that something bad is going to happen or is happening.


[PRAYER  IS  GREAT,  BUT  PATIENT  ENDURANCE  IS  NEEDED;  JESUS  PRAYED  THAT  HE  WOULD  NOT  HAVE  TO  GO  THROUGH  WHAT  HE  WENT  THROUGH  IN  HIS  LAST  DAY  TO  HIS  DEATH,  BUT  HE  ALSO  PRAYED,  “NOT  MY  WILL  BE  DONE,  BUT  YOUR  WILL  BE  DONE.”  THE  FACT  IS,  LIKE  PAUL  KNEW,  CHRISTIANS  ARE  NOT  DELIVERED  OUT  OF  ALL  AND  EVERY  PROBLEM,  SITUATION,  OF  PHYSICAL  TROUBLES  THAT  MAY  COME.  YES  WE  SHOULD  PRAY,  BUT  FINISH  WITH  “THY  WILL  BE  DONE.”  -  Keith Hunt]


Problems do not activate angels. God's Word activates angels.


[GOD  ACTIVATES  ANGELS  NOT  US;  HE  DECIDES  HOW  AND  WHEN  ANGELS  WILL  COME  TO  US,  AND  WHAT  IS  DONE  WHEN  THEY  COME  TO  US;  SOMETIMES  IT  IS  TO  HOLD  OUR  HAND  SO  TO  SPEAK,  AND  GIVE  US  STRENGTH  TO  ENDURE;  AGAIN  HOW  MANY  TIMES  DID  THIS  HAPPEN  TO  PAUL?  I’M  SURE  MANY  MANY  TIMES.  EVEN  HIS  “THORN  IN  THE  FLESH”  WAS  NOT  REMOVED,  BUT  GOD  SAID  HIS  GRACE  WAS  SUFFICIENT  FOR  HIM  -  Keith Hunt]


Promises from God's Word bring provisions, including the assistance of angels if that is needed. Someone has said there are seven thousand promises in the Bible. God does not want to hear the problem. He wants to hear the promise that fixes the problem. He wants to hear us praise Him in advance for that promise. He honors prayer that costs us something.


[BUT  IN  IT  ALL  WE  NEED  TO  REALIZE,  AS  PAUL  DID (WITH  HIS  THORN  IN  THE  FELSH)  THAT  GOD  AND  THE  ANGELS  ARE  NOT  ALWAYS  GOING  TO  GIVE  OR  PERFORM  THE  ACTIONS,  THAT  WE  WOULD  WANT,  SO  IT  IS  AGAIN,  “NOT  MY  WILL  BUT  YOUR  WILL  BE  DONE”  -  Keith Hunt]


Remember, prayer by the church brought an angel to Peter in prison. Prayer brought an angel to shut the mouths of lions for Daniel. Faith words (prayer) by the three Hebrew children brought the fourth man into the fiery furnace.


[NICE  TO  THINK  OF  THE  POSITIVES;  YET  READING  HEBREWS  11,  IT  IS  PLAIN  NOT  ALL  OF  GOD’S  CHILDREN  HAD  DELIVERANCE;  THE  APOSTLE  PAUL  DID  NOT,  NOR  PETER….. THEY  WERE  BOTH  KILLED  FOR  THE  GOSPEL’S  SAKE,  WHILE  THE  APOSTLE  JOHN  LIVED  TO  BE  A  RIPE  OLD  AGE….. IT  IS  GOD’S  WILL  NOT  OURS.  WHEN  PETER  ASKED  WHAT  WOULD  BEFALL  THIS  DISCIPLE,  JESUS  ANSWERED  BY  SAYING,  IN  MODERN  TERMINOLOGY  “DON’T  BE  CONCERNED,  MIND  YOUR  OWN   BUSINESS,  JUST  GO  OUT  AND  DO  GOD’S  WORK”  -  [Keith Hunt]


Giving in Obedience


The fourth principle that activates angels involves giving to God's work, God's people, or to the poor and needy. Something about money and its use by the church touches the world of angels. Sacrificial giving activates angels as much as sacrificial praise. Evil spirits are trying today to hinder giving by God's people.


[GIVING  MONEY  TO  A  CHURCH  ORGANIZATION,  BE  IT  LOCAL  OR  LARGER (A GROUP OF CHURCHES)  DOES ABSOLUTELY  NOTHING  IN  ACTIVATING  ANGELS.  THIS  IS  ALL  HOCUS-POCUS  IN  “KEEP  THAT  MONEY  ROLLING  IN”  ATTITUDE,  “OH  YOU  WILL  HAVE  ALL  KINDS  OF  ANGELS  LOOKING  OUT  FOR  YOU”  IS  THE  GREEDY  TALK  BY  MANY.  SOME  PEOPLE  JUST  DO  NOT  HAVE  ANYTHING  TO  GIVE  ABOVE  THEIR  10  PERCENT;  EVEN  THEN  THE  “CHURCH”  SHOULD  BE  GIVING  TO  THEM;  THE  CHURCH  SHOULD  BE  LOOKING  AFTER  THE  WIDOWS  AND  ORPHANS  AND  SINGLE  MOTHERS  WITH  CHILDREN.  IT  MAKES  ME  SO  ANGRY  AND  SICK  TO  THE  STOMACH,  HOW  THESE  LARGE  CHURCHES  JUST  WANT  MORE  AND  MORE!  DO  YOU  SEE  HOW  SOME  OF  THE  LEADERS  LIVE?  BIG  FANCY  HOUSES,  EXPENSIVE  CARS,  ONE,  TWO,  AND  MORE  PLANES….. IT  IS  TRULY  DISGUSTING  THE  WEALTH  OF  SOME  CHURCH  LEADERS.  THE  ONE  I  WAS  WITH  FOR  ABOUT  12  YEARS  WENT  THAT  WAY……THE  “LEADER”  AND  OTHERS  LIVING  IN  A  STYLE  THAT  WAS  HOLLYWOOD  FILM-STAR  STYLE  -  LUXURIANT,  EXUBERANT…. LIKE  ROYALTY!  WE  ARE  HEIRS  TO  ROYALTY,  THE  GREATEST  ROYALTY  IN  THE  UNIVERSE (GOD  THE  FATHER  AND  CHRIST  JESUS),  BUT  WE  HAVE  NOT  INHERITED  THAT  ROYALTY,  IT  IS  AT  THE  RESURRECTION  WE  SHALL  HAVE  IT  -  Keith Hunt]  


Cornelius, the first Gentile to be filled with the Holy Spirit, was a giver. The angel told him his prayers and his alms (money) had come up as a memorial before God (Acts 10:3).


[THE  ANGELS  SEE  WHAT  WE  DO;  THEY  CAN  AT  TIMES  REPORT  BACK  TO  GOD.  BUT  IT  IS  GOD  WHO  THEN  DECIDES  HOW  AND  WHEN  TO  REWARD  IN  THIS  LIFE.  GOD  WAS  ENTERING  A  NEW  PHASE  OF  HIS  WORK  ON  EARTH  -  THE  GOSPEL  AND  SALVATION  WAS  TO  GO  OUT,  NOW  TO  THE  MASSES  OF  THE  WORLD  -  THE  GENTILE  MASSES.  CORNELIAN  HAD  A  GOOD  “REPORT  CARD”  IT  WAS  NOTED,  WITH  THE  RIGHT  ATTITUDE….. THE  FATHER  CHOSE  CORNELIUS  FOR  A  SPECIAL  BEGINNING  OF  THIS  OPENING  DOOR  TO  THE  WORLD  OF  GENTILES  -  Keith Hunt]


When Satan became "god of this world" (2 Cor. 4:4), the finances of the world also passed under Satan's authority. The world economic system is Satan's system, his way of handling trade and money, not God's.


However, through the work Jesus did on the cross, the authority over the world's resources once again became God's. Because God has given us the responsibility to reach the world, He also has given us the authority to get the job done. Through the delegation of that authority, the church should be taking dominion over the silver and gold through biblical principles. Our stewardship in finance demonstrates probably more than anything else whether we have come under God's authority. The angels are aware of how we handle our money……


[THE  ANGELS  ARE  AWARE  OF  MANY  THINGS,  BUT  THAT  DOES  NOT  MEAN  WE  GAIN  THEIR  FAVOR,  LIKE  WE  PURCHASE  THEM  TO  SERVE  US  -  SUCH  THOUGHTS  ARE  LUDICROUS  AND  ANOTHER  WAY  OF  MINISTERS  TO  TEACH  “PRAY  AND  PAY”  -  Keith Hunt]



Willie George, pastor of Church on the Move in Tulsa, Oklahoma, also believes very firmly that angels are involved with finances on behalf of the children of God.


[WELL  THEY  SURE  MAKE  A  MESS  OF  A  LOT  OF  WRONG  FINANCIAL  MANAGING  BY  MANY  CHRISTIANS  AROUND  THE  WORLD.  AND  HAVE  YOU  NOTICED  THOSE  “CHURCHES”  WITH  LEADERS  LIVING  IN  SPLENDOR  AND  POMP,  NEVER  SAY  TO  ANYONE,  “WELL  AN  ANGEL  CAME  TO  ME  THE  OTHER  DAY  AND  TOLD  ME  TO  SELL  MY  MILLION  DOLLAR  HOME,  EXPENSIVE  CAR,  SAILBOAT,  ALL  MY  $400  PAIRS  OF  SHOES,  MY  $500  SUITS, MY  $5,000  ROLEX,  AND  GIVE  IT  TO  THE  POOR,  WIDOWS,    AND  SINGLE  MOTHERS,  IN  THE  CHURCH;  I  WAS  TOLD  TO  LEARN  TO  LIVE  ON  50  THOUSAND  DOLLARS  A  YEAR.”

NOPE  NEVER  HEARD  OF  MINISTERS  SAYING  SUCH  WORDS  TO  THEIR  CONGREGATIONS  -  Keith Hunt]


The principle of giving in obedience was demonstrated to me when I was a very young pastor. This incident changed the course of my entire life. In 1967, I pastored a little church in Hatton, Saskatchewan, on the prairies of western Canada. My father was pastor of a larger church in Medicine Hat, Alberta, fifty miles away. My congregation numbered about twenty-five; it was an event when thirty people showed up for a meeting!


Obviously, a congregation this size could not pay me a full salary, so I supplemented my income by working with a local farmer, Ed Stahl. Ed was a successful farmer with a herd of five hundred purebred Herefords running on thirteen square miles of fairly barren, dry prairie land. Finding water for their stock was one of the biggest problems for area ranchers and farmers.


However, Ed was a very unusual man and one of the most godly, honest men I have ever known. He did not walk when he worked; he trotted, and all day long he prayed and talked to the Lord. One night, in a vision, God showed him where pockets of water form on the prairies. After that, Ed found water everywhere he dug for it.


He also had large wheat and hay operations, and my work included branding cattle in the spring and riding a tractor sowing wheat seed. During the summer, I spent long periods baling hay, hauling the heavy hay bales, and stacking them in the yard. Then, in the fall, I rode the combine and helped with the wheat harvest.


In the late summer of 1967,1 heard that Oral Roberts was coming to Edmonton, Alberta, for a healing crusade. Edmonton is about three hundred fifty miles north of Medicine Hat, and I got permission from Ed to take off work to attend one of the meetings. I had never seen Oral Roberts in person and did not know very much about his ministry.


I made the trip during the day. That night Roberts preached and prayed for the sick, which I watched intently, then I left for the parking lot.


In the lobby, I passed a large table with books and tapes and another table with literature promoting a school just started in Tulsa, Oklahoma, named Oral Roberts University. I paused at the book table for a moment, then picked up one of the brochures about the university.


As I picked it up, I had an overwhelming inner awareness that I was to attend ORU. I felt the call of God so strongly that I literally groaned. The last thing I wanted to do was go to school two thousand miles away! The biggest problem would be tuition and other expenses. My weekly salary was only about fifty dollars. There was no way I would be able to save the money. Besides that, like many other young preachers, I felt I was ready to "turn the world upside down" with the Bible school education I already had!


During the long trip home tears rolled down my cheeks as this strong call from God echoed inside me. For the next three months I wrestled with this, not telling anyone else about it, not even my father or mother. I did not mention it to Ed as we worked side by side during those three months. However, after three months of struggling every night with this call and my uncertainty about finances, I finally gave up.


One night, I said to the Lord, "All right! I’ll go to Tulsa!"


The next day Ed and I were working together digging holes for fence posts. This is hard, back-breaking work, and I paused for a moment with a posthole augur in my hand and with sweat rolling down my forehead. Ed was standing at the back of a half-ton pickup truck pulling fence posts out of the truck bed to drop into the holes.

I dug.

I said, "Ed, I made a major decision last night. I believe the Lord has called me to attend Oral Roberts University, and I have made up my mind. I don't know how yet, but I'm going to go."

Tears came into his eyes so suddenly that I thought he had dropped a post on his toe.

He said, "Get in the truck. I want to show you something."

So I jumped in, and we traveled a couple of miles across the prairie up to the top of a hill.

"Do you see that spot over there?" he said. "Three months ago I was working in the field with one of the bulls when suddenly an angel of the Lord stood before me.

"The light was so bright I didn't dare look at him, and I fell on my knees. The angel spoke to me and said, Terry Law is going to make a decision. He is going to go to Oral Roberts University in Tulsa. When he makes that decision, God the Father wants you to cover the financial obligations of his university education. You are to pay the bills and make sure everything is taken care of.'"

It was my turn for tears to well up in my eyes. The decision I had struggled with, which looked so impossible, had been taken care of by the Lord even while He was calling me to go. Ed was faithful to the command of the Lord and covered my entire university education.


Since my graduation, I have seen literally hundreds of thousands of people make decisions for Jesus Christ in my missionary travels around the world. I believe that Ed has a share in every one of those people because he was obedient to the words of the angel sent by God.


[NOPE  WAS  NOT  AN  ANGEL  FROM  THE  LORD,  NOT  AT  ALL.  ORAL  ROBERTS  HAS  NEVER  BEEN  USED  BY  GOD  TO  BRING  PEOPLE  TO  THE  KNOWLEDGE  OF  WHAT  THE  BIBLE  TEACHES.  HE  HAS  BEEN  A  TOOL  IN  THE  HANDS  OF  SATAN  AND  THE  DEMONS  TO  DECEIVE  PEOPLE  SPIRITUALLY  AND  PHYSICALLY.  AGAIN  SUCH  TALK  FROM  PEOPLE  LIKE  THIS,  WITH  “VISIONS”  OF  AN  ANGEL  APPEARING  TO  THEM….. HOW  MUCH  DO  YOU  THINK  IT  WOULD  TAKE  TO  CONVINCE  THEM,  THEIR  THEOLOGY  IS  WRONG;  WHAT  THEY  TEACH  IS  WAY  OFF  BASE,  AND  WHAT  THEY  PRACTICE  IN  THEIR  TRADITIONS  IS  ALSO  WAY  OFF  BASE?  IT  WOULD  TAKE  A  MIGHTY  MIRACLE!  FOR  THEM  TO  ACKNOWLEDGE  THEY  WERE  VISITED  BY  A  FALLEN  ANGEL  WHO  CAME  AS  AN  ANGEL  OF  LIGHT  AND  RIGHTEOUSNESS,  A  DECEPTIVE  DEMON……TO  ADMIT  THAT  WOULD  TAKE  A  MIRACLE…..A  MIRACLE  FROM  GOD  TO  TAKE  AWAY  THEIR  SPIRITUAL  BLINDNESS.  IF  ANY  SUCH  PERSON  AS  LIKE  THIS  AUTHOR  WERE  TO  READ  MY  COMMENTS  AS  WE  GO  THROUGH,  ESPECIALLY  THESE  LAST  CHAPTERS,  OF  HIS  BOOK,  I  WOULD  BE  BRANDED  AS  MENTALLY  SICK.  PEOPLE  WHO  HAVE  SUCH  VISIONS  OR  A  SUPPOSED  “ANGEL  FORM  GOD”  COMING  TO  THEM,  ARE  THE  HARDEST  PEOPLE  TO  EVER  ACKNOWLEDGE  THE  TRUTHS  OF  GOD’S  WORD.  IT’S  LIKE  THE  GUY  WHO  SAID  TO  ME,  “I  SPEAK  IN  TONGUES,  SO  I  HAVE  GOD’S  SPIRIT,  WITHOUT  OBSERVING  THE  WEEKLY  SABBATH.”  ONLY  A  MIRACLE  FROM  GOD  WOULD  CHANGE  THEIR  WAY  OF  THINKING  -  Keith Hunt]


Praise and Worship


The fifth principle that seems to activate angels is praise and worship of God.


As I mentioned in chapter fourteen, before he fell, I believe Satan led the angelic hosts in praise and worship to the Father. He was heaven's choir director. Music was not created as a tool—even for evangelism—although God does use it that way. Music was originally ordained for one purpose—to worship the Father.


When Lucifer took his eyes off God and focused them on his own beauty and brilliance, something happened inside him. He became filled with pride. He began to desire worship for himself instead of giving and leading worship to God.


Satan's primary drive today is still to get worship for himself in any way that he can. His temptation of Jesus was designed to get the Lord to worship him! As Chafer wrote, one can hardly think of a more audacious, arrogant, conceited act. He failed with Jesus, who told him it was written that only God shall be worshiped and served.4


Satan's challenge concerning Job was one of the greatest insults he has ever given God.5 He implied that God really cannot be loved for Himself, but only for what He does for people or for what He gives them. Satan was saying God has to bribe people to serve Him. No wonder the Lord allowed Job to be tested! God knew what Satan was saying could be proven false. He knew Job's heart.


Jesus asked the same thing of the multitudes who followed Him after the miracle of the loaves and fishes. In effect, He said, "Are you following Me because of who I am, or because of what I can do for you?" (See John 6:26-27.)

True worship comes out of love and reverence, not fear, coercion, or a desire to be better off. This is what Satan has never understood. Judson Cornwall wrote:

Satan is still far more interested in worship than in sin. He is more likely to be in church than in the worst den of iniquity in any area. This fallen angel would rather pervert a person's worship than corrupt his morals, for he knows that if he can pervert our worship, we will corrupt our morals.6


Satan is a very religious being who desires and probably needs praise and worship. His goal is far less to destroy mankind than it is to receive worship from those created to worship God. He knows the power that praise and worship generate in the spiritual realm……


If Satan cannot subvert it to attention on himself, he tries to kill praise and worship altogether by turning it into ritualistic religion. Today, Satan is working on people, whispering in the ears of anyone who appears to have talent, promising them popularity and prosperity. Many top music groups today actually give Satan the credit for the lyrics they "receive" while high on drugs. Some groups perform songs seeking sympathy and worship for Satan. Christians who chant Satan's name or sing choruses about him as a part of spiritual warfare do not realize it, but he counts that as worship, not warfare.


Music played an incredibly important role in the Bible. There are more than eight hundred references to music, while hell is only mentioned seventy times. Our church services would be more productive in spiritual terms if we could learn that music is not a preliminary to the message, nor an icebreaker to get people warmed up. The song service is the protocol that God designed for the body of Christ to come into His presence.


Protocol is the procedure to be followed in approaching royalty and dignitaries on earth, a "code of ceremonial forms."


When we were invited to the Vatican, a monsignor took me aside and instructed me on the proper protocol. He said, "Terry, you are a Protestant leader. When a Protestant meets the pope, he does not respond to him as a Roman Catholic would. I want to tell you the proper phrases so that you will feel comfortable. You will not feel as if you are compromising your beliefs, or fear that you might show disrespect to a head of state."


I was taught protocol because addressing a cardinal, as we knew him first in Poland, and addressing the pope require different approaches. When I met Pope John Paul II, I felt as comfortable talking with him as I had when he was a cardinal. I knew the proper way to approach him.


The highest office in the universe is God the Father. If earthly officials require a certain protocol to approach them with respect, how much more should we feel that way about the Creator? Visitors usually bring gifts to heads of state. My group and I also took gifts to the pope: a cowboy hat from Oklahoma and other things.


The psalmist David indicated that the first step in the protocol of approaching God is thanksgiving. In Psalm 100:4, David wrote that we should enter into His gates with thanksgiving. The next step is to enter His courts with praise. Using the pattern of the tabernacle, David was saying, "Come into the outer court of God with thanksgiving and into the holy place with praise."


Thanksgiving in the Bible is retelling what God had already done for people. How often God's children come to Him with shopping lists of what we need or want Him to do. How seldom do we come with a "thanksgiving list" from the past. However, giving thanks for past blessings is one of the greatest faith builders that I know.


In the story of Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, we see an example of protocol in approaching God (2 Chron. 20:1-29). Jehoshaphat's heart was filled with fear when he found that three kings had invaded his territory with their armies.


The king first went to the Lord with thanksgiving. He reminded him of His greatness and of what He had done for the Israelites previously (2 Chron. 20:5-12). Then he essentially asked God to do it again.


A plan given to Judah by God through a young prophet was to send the Levites, the priests, out ahead of the army singing and praising the Lord for His mercy that endures forever. A group of singers heading out toward the enemy ahead of the soldiers would have been afraid, but they obeyed in the face of fear. They brought gifts to God of sacrificial praise, and God "set ambushments" (2 Chron. 20:22). The result was that the three armies—Moab, Amnion, and Mount Seir—turned on one another and destroyed one another.


As I read this one day, the word ambushments caught my attention. I began to trace it through the Bible. I saw that God consistently uses angels to set up ambushes. Some of these were for individuals such as Balaam. Others were for Israel and Judah. Still other ambushments of God were against Israel and Judah when the nations departed from following God's ways.


Perhaps the angels sang along with Jehoshaphat's priests. As you've read earlier in the book, there have been many reports of people seeing angels during praise and worship services. Other people have heard angels singing along with the congregation. So, angels may not only watch us worshiping, but also join in.


[MOST  OF  WHAT  WE  HAVE  JUST READ,  AS  FOR  WORSHIP  TOWARDS  GOD,  I  AGREE  FULLY.  THE  LAST  SENTENCE  OR  SO…..  WELL,  NOPE,  ANGELS  OF  GOD  ARE  NOT  THERE  IN  ROMAN  CATHOLIC  OR  PROTESTANT  CHURCHES,  SINGING  ALONG.  THEY  ARE  OLD  ENOUGH  AND  WISE  ENOUGH  TO  KNOW  HOW  THE  CATHOLIC  CHURCH  CAME  OUT  OF  THE  TRUE  CHURCH  OF  GOD  IN  THE  SECOND  CENTURY  A.D.  THE  RIGHTEOUS  ANGELS  HAVE  BEEN  AROUND  TO  SEE  THE  PROTESTANT  CHURCHES  COME  OUT  OF  THEIR  MOTHER  CHURCH,  CARRYING  ON  WITH  TEACHINGS  AND  TRADITIONS  THAT  ARE  THE  PRODUCT  OF  SATAN  AND  HIS  DEMONS.


ONCE  MORE,  WE  DO  NOT  SOMEHOW  GAIN  FAVOR  WITH  ANGELS  SO  WE  KINDA  “WIN  THEM  OVER”  OR  “WIN  THEM  OVER  MORE  BY  OUR  SINGING,  SAYING,  PRAISES,  TO  GOD.  ANGELS  WOULD  EXPECT  US  TO  DO  THAT  WHEN  WE  ARE  CALLED  TO  BE  GOD’S  CHILD  IN  SPIRITUAL  SALVATION.


WE  DO  NOT  ACTIVATE  ANGELS,  LIKE  THEY  ARE  SOMEWHAT  ASLEEP  ON  THE  JOB.  THEY  NEVER  SLEEP,  THEY  DO  NOT  NEED  SLEEP.  THEY  ARE  THERE  ALWAYS  SERVING  US,  AS,  WHEN,  AND  HOW,  WE  NEED  TO  BE  SERVED  AS  DIRECTED  WITHIN  THE  AUTHORITY  OF  GOD

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TO  BE  CONTINUED