This write-up is in response to queries asked of me regarding what occurs to us in the course of our time of death. What is the part of the angels of God at this time? I apologize that I have to be very short. As you study this, it may well interest you to know that not too long ago, I have been diagnosed, for a second time, with compact cell cancer in my second lung. Second lung which means, I’ve currently survived compact cell cancer in my other lung. Death is a terrific possibility for me – in fact, I anticipate it. I say this to let you know that what I am about to say, I do so understanding I will sooner than later prove what I teach.
As discussed in detail in a preceding chapter, every Christian has a host of guardian angels assigned to him or her, at the time of their birth to the time of their death. They have been – in most instances unseen – but very busy in a thousand various strategies in our lives.
Please fully grasp: guardian angels do not hold us from creating incorrect alternatives in our lives. We often have our no cost will and the alternatives we make these days is the life we will reside tomorrow – generally creating the part of the guardian angel considerably much more complicated.
Maybe there is no other time in our lives when our guardian angels are much more active or necessary than at the moment of our earthly demise. Death, the occasion we often cloak in a shroud of mystery, and worry, sooner or later comes to all of us. Hiding from it, by no means speaking about it, or getting ignorant of it, does not assist us at all.
We frequently characterize the Angel of Death as a gruesome and ugly creature. We habitually consider of him as a particular person of dread – an individual to worry. Even though that tends to make for excellent theatrics and novels, that is hardly the correct Angel of Death. As in all illustrations like this, we ought to learn what the Scripture has to say regarding this certain agent of God.
Prior to we get to the biblical view of this angel, I want to give you a quantity of non-biblical views regarding the Death Angel. The electronic Jewish encyclopedia reads, It is mentioned of the angel of death that he is complete of eyes. In the hour of death, he stands at the head of the departing a single with a drawn sword, to which clings a drop of gall. As quickly as the dying man sees the angel, he is seized with a convulsion and opens his mouth, whereupon the angel throws the drop in to it. This drop causes his death he turns putrid, and his face becomes yellow.
Several regions and religious teachers determine the Angel of Death by the names of Samael, Azrael, and Sariel and of course the most prevalent of all, Satan. By browsing a lot of ancient texts, we can discover other names for this angel. This is the Christian biblical view, which informs us they are very involved in continuing to minister and comfort us at the time of our death. No other religion or faith I know of, acknowledges angels ministering to humanity in the course of the occasion of our separation from our bodies in death.
Find out what I am about to teach you about death and you will fully grasp the worldly view of the Death Angel is mythological, not godly. I am convinced the Youngsters of God really should by no means worry death. I fully grasp the unknown (no matter how considerably we study the Bible, it remains a definitely unknown location) is often frightening. Nevertheless, the much more you understand about guardian angels the much less you are going to worry.
The very first lesson we want to understand, we (God’s youngsters) do not face death, alone. We did not come into this planet alone, and we do not leave it alone. When an heir of God completes this metamorphous and departs this earthly kingdom for the heavenly a single, there is a flutter of angelic activity surrounding that soul like by no means ahead of. These beings who have been offered the custodial care more than us for all the years we reside on this earth – now with tenderness – ever so cautiously deposit their charge into the protective care of one more group of angelic beings named The Chariots of Israel. They are the angels who are charged with the mission of safely moving us from this realm to that other we generally refer to as Heaven.
There is a excellent likelihood you have by no means heard of these angels. Nonetheless, twice the Scripture speaks of them. We see them as soon as in the Old Testament, and once again in the New. The New Testament portion is from a single of the teaching of Christ, and the Old Testament reference much more-or-much less paints the image of what Jesus is teaching. So let us appear at what Jesus had to say very first.
Luke chapter 16 includes the details of two folks who died. The a single was a beggar, but godly person by the name of Lazarus, who was, according to this planet a poor, miserable error. He had no funds, no fame and to the most effective of our understanding, his job was a single of these homeless persons we see on the street. No a single wept at his death, and I could not even guess who paid for this funeral. 1 much more for us taxpayers, I presume. On the other hand, we have Dives, as the old teachers named him. By all accounts, he was the type of particular person we all admire. He was a man of wealth, energy, and prestige. The type of particular person we venerate as getting a results. His funeral was the fancy a single exactly where every person mourned.
The terrific equalizer of all humanity in this planet is mortality. It tends to make no distinction who or what we are, there comes a time when we ought to leave it all behind in death. Nevertheless, if you are a single of God’s personal, we do not face death alone since as we understand from Jesus, the angels have been at perform in the death of Lazarus. Now the poor man died and was carried away by the angels to Abraham’s bosom and the wealthy man also died and was buried (Lk 16:22).
Jesus is teaching us that when a kid of God dies, he/she is instantaneously delivered into the hands of a group of angels (and please notice he makes use of the plural for angels), and they are in charge of delivering that particular person safely into the presence of God’s rest. We ought to fully grasp that likelihood is by no means a aspect of the life of the godly. We are often beneath the sovereign care of God by the indicates of His angels, and so luck has no part to play in death either. You, dear kid of God, are far also valuable to go via this knowledge alone. God understands that our greatest worry is death. In His tender compassion, He has produced every single provision to comfort and shield us via the unknown by providing a multitude of angels charge to carry us to Him.
Armed with the details Jesus has offered us, we can fully grasp the action that in fact requires location at the time of our death from this Old Testament illustration. Second Kings, draws back a piece of the curtain far adequate for us to get a glimpse of what is taking place behind the scene at death. The eminent prophet of God, Elijah, is about to go dwelling i.e. die. In his death, God is going to let Elisha, his disciple, and us, to observe a compact glimpse, of how the angels of God take care of us at the time of our death. As they have been going along and speaking, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire and horses of fire which separated the two of them. And Elijah went up by a whirlwind to heaven. Elisha saw it and cried out, “My father, my father, the chariots of Israel, and its horsemen!” And he saw Elijah no much more. Then he took hold of his personal garments and tore them in two pieces (2Ki two:11-12).
Right here we witness the correct Scriptural Angel of Death only to learn he is not a single getting, but an whole squadron of angels. The truth is, I do not know of any time exactly where the Scripture ever hints that any Youngster of God is ever in the care of only a single angel. To cling to that old superstition is to belittle your standing in the Kingdom of God and to disparage God’s appreciate for you. I am stunned at seeing an whole squadron of death angels coming to our side at our demise. This detail springs like a leopard into my soul in amazement. The principal query I ask, is why? What is the cause for placing us into the protective care of all these angels? Most of us would be thrilled to know a single angel escorts us into the presence of God. We may well discover the answer in Scripture if we appear cautiously. According to Holy Scripture, when we close our eyes in death in this earthly dwelling, we are born into a new heavenly planet. We can liken our death to the birth of a child who leaves the planet of his/her mother’s womb and now enters this other planet exactly where there are so a lot of gathered about to applaud this child’s arrival. Each and every kid of God getting into this new realm comes into the protective care of the second and very first division of angels. (I am sorry but I can’t elaborate in this compact write-up.)
Matthew Henry, the scholarly commentator of the previous century suggests these angels are a mixture of each the Seraphim and Cherubim class. He says, The angels are named in scripture cherubim and seraphim, and their look right here, although it may well be under their dignity, answers to each their names for (1) Seraphim signifies fiery, and God is mentioned to make a flame of fire, (Ps. civ. four.) (two) Cherubim (as a lot of consider) signifies chariots, and they are named the chariots of fire. Matthew Henry is not incorrect in his evaluation. The term seraphim does certainly imply burning ones although the title cherubim are often linked with the glory of God.
From what we can glean from scripture, the seraphim and the cherubim are the most effective angels the Bible speaks of in the heavenlies and these may well make up this enterprise. It is into the hands of these effective heavenly angels that our earthly guardian angels pass us. As a host of angels walked with us all through our lives, so to a host of various guardian angels carry us to a new dwelling filled with angels, God, and these who have gone on ahead of us.
Yes, the unknown if often fearful-, but I want to attempt to comfort you who worry, by saying we will not face death alone. Christ certainly conquered death and cleared the way for us. We are going to conclude our study of the guardian angels, but I can guarantee you, there is a wealth of biblical details I could not offer you due to limitation. Seek and ye shall discover, if you have that wish.