In Native American culture we often speak of spiritual beings or spirits sent by The Creator who help us in our times of need, give us warnings, and show themselves to us in a variety of ways. We will look at how our people’s belief in the spirit world can be found in the scripture and how The Lord frequently sends spiritual messengers to help us on our journey on earth.
In the Old Testament angles are mentions at least 108 times and in the New Testament they are mentioned 165 times. The word “angel” actually comes from the Greek word aggelos which means “messenger”. In Aramaic ( The language in Jesus’ time) the word for angel is mal’ak, which also means messenger. Even Jesus acknowledges the legions of angels that exist in heaven.
Hebrews 1:14 “But angels are only servants. They are spirits sent from God to care for those who will receive salvation.”
Psalm 8:5 “For you made us only a little lower than Angels, and you crowned us with your glory and honor.”
Mathew 26:53 Don’t you realize that I could ask my Father for legions of angels to protect us, and he would send us them instantly?”
1 Corinthians 6:3 ” Don’t you realize that we Christians will judge angels?..”
Angels as Messengers:
Galatians 3:19 “God gave his laws to angels to give to Moses, who was the mediator between God and the people.”
Zechariah 4:1 ” Then the angel who had been talking with me returned and woke me, as though I had been asleep.”
Acts 8:26 ” As for Philip, an angel of the Lord said to him, “Go south down the desert road that runs from Jerusalem to Gaza.”
Hebrews 1:7 “God calls His angels messengers swift as the wind, and servants of flaming fire.”
We must pray for His discernment when it comes to messages from angels though, because when satan was cast out of heaven he took with him 1/3 of the angels there. These angels still appear to people as beautiful spiritual beings that deceive man into believing they are gods and deities who wield power and work miracles:
Galatians 1:8 “….Even if an angel comes from heaven and preaches another message, let him be forever cursed.”
Ephesians 6:10-11 “A final word: be strong with the Lords mighty power. 11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies and tricks of the Devil.
2 Corinthians 11:14 ” ….Even Satan can disguise himself as an angel of light.”
1 Timothy 4:1-2 “Now the Holy Spirit tells us clearly that in the last time some will turn away from what we believe; they will follow lying spirits and teachings that come from demons.”
Revelations 16: 14 “These miracle-working demons caused all the rulers of the world to gather for battle against the Lord on that great judgment day of God Almighty.”
God sends his Angels to protect us and in our times of need:
Psalm 34:7 ” For the angel of the Lord guards all who fear Him, and He rescues them.”
Daniel 6:22 “My God sent His angel to close the lions mouth. They have not hurt me, because my God has found me innocent in His sight.”
Psalm 103:21 “Yes, praise the Lord, you armies of angels who serve Him and do his will.”
Acts 12:7-9 “Suddenly, there was a bright light in the cell and an angel of the Lord stood before Peter. The angel tapped him on the side to awaken him and said, “Quick, get up!” and the chains fell off his wrist.”8 Then the angel told him, “Get dressed and put on your sandals.” and he did. “Now put on your coat and follow me,” the angel ordered. 9 So Peter left the cell, following the angel. But all the time he thought it was a vision. He didn’t realize it was really happening.”