Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Tristan Rescues the Girl with Golden Hair


“Granddad,” said Tristan with a concerned look on his face. “I need to swim out to ‘Pirate Island!’”

 

“Why? What’s wrong?” asked the boy’s grandfather.

 

 

“The pirates have got Lanna!”

 

“Do you mean Lanna, the girl with golden hair?” asked the little boy’s grandfather, looking worried too.



 


“Yes, grandad. The pirates have her!” he said excitedly.

“Well, Tristan. If you are going to swim all the way over to ‘Pirate Island’ I had better keep an eye on you.” Granddad loved his little Tristan and did not want anything to harm him.

“Don’t worry, granddad. I’ll be careful. I’ll just scare any sharks and stinging jellyfish away! I got stung by a jellyfish before and I didn’t even cry!”

“You’re so brave, Tristan!” said his grandfather with an approving smile.

“And I’m not scared of those pesky pirates that have got Lanna either!” Tristan could be so bold at times!

So, off they swam to ‘Pirate Island’ to rescue the girl with golden hair. Tristan’s grandfather was keeping a close eye on his grandson. Tristan swam with all his might.


 








Tristan arrived at ‘Pirate Island’ first. His grandad offered to help Tristan climb up the rocks and onto the island but Tristan said, “It’s okay grandad. I can manage myself!” Tristan could be so independent at times.

 

Soon they were on the island. Tristan said to his grandfather, “Grandad, you stay here and I’ll go and rescue Lanna from those pesky pirates.”

 
Tristan walked up to the pirates and said, “Do you have any treasure?”

“No!” they replied.

“Then what are you trying to hide under your foot?” he asked bravely.

“There’s nothing but sand under my foot,” replied the pirate.

 Tristan had a plan. He pointed his finger and said, “What’s that over there?” The pesky pirates turned their heads to see what Tristan was pointing at. When they were looking the other way Tristan grabbed the girl with golden hair and ran away with her. When the pirates turned back to see what had happened it was too late. Tristan had rescued Lanna!

“Okay!” said one of the pesky pirates. (It was really Tristan’s grannie! and the other 'pirate' was his mum!) “It’s time for ice-cream. Tristan, I’ll swim back to shore with you.”

So off they went, Tristan swimming as fast as he could. Tristan loves ice-cream!

 


 

And they all lived happily ever after. THE END.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Australia Day


Many people become new Australians on Australia Day. Australia had been my home for some fifteen years before I became an Australian citizen (or should that be ‘subject’?) Yes, Australia’s system of democracy is a Constitutional Monarchy. At this time of the year it is common to hear that some wish Australia to become some sort of a republic. I suppose I wouldn’t mind so long as an Australian republic was the same as that which America’s founding fathers had in mind, i.e., a Christian republic, i.e., founded on the rule of law as per the Bible. However, I fear that some sort of anti-Christian republic model would be foisted on us, like, for example, the one envisioned by the revisionists in America. These either ignore or reinterpret their Constitution and all mention of God and Christ is blotted out from and forbidden in the public arena in their effort to separate God and State. So, best let sleeping dogs lie, I say, lest we end up a Secularist (read Atheist) Australia. Well, Secularists are trying to distance Australia from its Christian heritage, aren’t they? Some even want to change the Australian flag. ‘Why give Britain (read ‘England’) free advertising?’ So, they wish to remove the picture of the Union flag from the top left of our Australian flag. I reckon the Australian flag would look great with just the white stars on the blue background. I love that Southern Cross! However, some people want to change these colours and put weird-shaped kangaroos and all sorts of critters and things on the flag. So, best let sleeping dogs lie, I say, lest we remove the reminder of our Christian heritage from our flag. And those crosses in the Union flag, they are Christian symbols, aren’t they?

Before becoming an Australian citizen I began to contemplate what Australia is as a nation and who the Australian people are. What is the glue that holds Australians together? Down Under it is called ‘mateship’. What is mateship? It is doing unto others as you would have them do unto you. Mateship is to love your neighbour as yourself. If the Secularists have their way will mateship still be the rule of life in their Godless republic? So, best let sleeping dogs lie, I say, lest we end up following the ‘survival of the fittest’ philosophy or some other anti-Christian rule of life.

Where did Australian mateship come from? In other words, what philosophy has impacted Australian life so much so that the whole nation as a nation has adopted it? Well, I’ve already mentioned the Golden Rule. The Golden Rule of what? Islam? Buddhism? Secularism? Humanism? Socialism? Communism? Atheism? Jedi Knightism? Which of these has most influenced the Australian way of life? None of them! Where do we find the Golden Rule? It’s found in the Book our Constitutional Monarchy is based upon – the Holy Bible: ‘As ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise’ Luke 6:31. This rule is not about sitting on your comfy couch and watching the news. It is about actually ‘doing’ something. It is about actively loving your neighbour as yourself (Matthew 19:19; 22:39; Mark 12:31). The Jesus who spoke those words is the same Jehovah who said (way back in Leviticus 19:18), ‘Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD.’ Thus Jehovah-Jesus.

It is great that Australia has adopted the teaching of Christianity, the belief system she inherited from Great Britain. Australian Law goes all the way back to the Bible from Sir William Blackstone (1723-80) through King Alfred the Great (871-99) who codified large portions of the Bible as Common Law. It is great those times when Australia puts the spirit of the law into practice! By way of example, during the Queensland floods of 2010 (in which at least 35 people lost their lives), Australians demonstrated true love for neighbour. Whole houses with people’s belongings were washed away. Cars were piled on top of each other by the power of rushing water. In Brisbane City whole suburbs were awash. I heard someone on the radio say that when the floods hit New Orleans all the city’s roads were blocked with people trying to leave the city. But when the floods hit Brisbane all the city’s roads were blocked, not with people trying to leave, but with people trying to get into the city to lend a hand! Television pictures of thousands of volunteers lining up to help brought tears to my eyes! I am proud to be called an Australian! What a people! What a nation! ‘Mateship’ in action!

The Queensland State Premier at the time, went from zero to hero(ine) and then back to zero in the space of a few days. Before the floods her ratings were the lowest of the low. During the floods she demonstrated great leadership – even asking for prayer for the flood victims! After the floods her ratings plummeted when she and her government wanted to ‘means-test’ flood refugees before they could receive our voluntarily donated monies! There was a great hue and cry. The people voiced their opinion that the government ought to ‘butt-out’ when it comes to our donations! Don’t governments just spoil things when they overstep their God-given mandate? (Romans 13:1-10)

I love Australia as it is – a nation greatly influenced by Christian teaching. Let us not change it except to influence it for good with more of the Bible, not less! So, lest we become a Secularist/Atheist Republic, best let sleeping dingoes lie…

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Morning Coffee at Redcliffe


Had a couple of hours to kill at Redcliffe. I ordered a large coffee. “Would you like an extra shot with that?” I respond with a puzzled look. “It makes the coffee stronger.” I wonder about the logic of this but nod the go-ahead. I order a blueberry muffin as an afterthought. I sit outside with a view of Moreton Bay. The usual morning people are enjoying breakfast. A table of six women are giggling and laughing. I immediately glance to see if my fly is secure! A pigeon lands at my feet looking for crumbs. I devour the muffin before my coffee arrives in a cup that looks more like a soup bowl with a handle! I sip my coffee as I read some of “Leaving Alexandria” on my Kindle. I finish my coffee and feel the hair on my scalp rise as the pseudo-adrenalin caffeine-hit raises my alertness. I hear a guitar being gently strummed. There’s a man quietly serenading us breakfasters. I stroll out on the Redcliffe jetty. The air is warm and the tide is in. So peaceful. So relaxing. I look into the water. Portuguese man-o-war, “bluebottles,” gently flap their wings as they drag their chemical-tentacles through the clear liquid. A flock of seagulls stand together looking out into the bay. I hear crows calling to each other from the tall and proud Norfolk Island Pines. A fish leaps. The ripples fade. All becomes quiet. Still. The objective becomes subjective. I am left alone with my thoughts. I silently distil the chemicals produced by the synapse impulses in the refinery of my mind. Beautiful morning! I thank the Lord for life, for everlasting life.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

ECONOMY

I write for the monthly writer's magazine called FreeXpresSion. The following is a recent article I wrote for that mag:
http://www.freexpression.com.au/monthly_writers_magazine.html
 
The economy in the Garden of Eden was robust. Adam and Eve had perfect health and wealth, that is, until they rebelled against the establishment. The opening chapter of the Bible starts from an outer-space perspective and then focuses on the planet earth. Details of how and with what the Creator populated it are given in general terms. The second chapter zooms-in on the planet earth, then on Eden, and then onto the Garden in Eden. Certain specifics are given about where to find gold, ‘Havilah, where there is gold. And the gold of that land is good. Bdellium and the onyx stone are there’ Genesis 2:11b-12. The clear intention is that Adam and Eve and their offspring are to utilise these and other resources for the creation of wealth to the glory of God. However, Adam and Eve became involved in the revolution that attempted to overthrow the established order with the result that any wealth would be gained only by ‘the sweat of your face’ Genesis 3:19. One gets the impression that before the Fall there was easy access to raw materials and precious commodities (e.g., Ezekiel 28:13), perhaps as in the words from the old Bob Dylan song, ‘I saw a highway of diamonds with nobody on it…’ However, since the Fall, and particularly since the global Flood, we have had to dig and drill to build our economies. Even in the ‘Promised Land’ the nation’s wealth would only come through effort,  ‘For the LORD is bringing you to a good land … a land whose stones are iron and out of whose hills you can dig copper’ Deuteronomy 8:9b.
Western economies tend to be based on gold held in reserve. However, the general trend is toward wealth through borrowing and by fiat – if your nation needs money simply print more! Most Middle Eastern economies tend to be built on oil (which Western economies cannot do without.) There was perhaps some oil around before the Deluge produced coal and oil in great abundance and buried underground the precious stones. E.g., Noah was to cover the ark ‘inside and out with pitch’ Genesis 6:14. It is possible that this ‘pitch’ was manufactured from tree resin. However, we do know that there were tar pits not long after the flood into which some of the enemies of the wealthy Abraham fell, ‘Now the valley of Siddim was full of asphalt pits; and the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled; some fell there…’ Genesis 14:10a. Many Western nations are rich in oil resources. However, rather than make it easier for companies to drill for more oil, they choose instead to buy from the Middle Eastern nations at inflated prices. This causes a great drain and strain on Western economies –especially during cold months. However, Norway is a good exception. Its economy, based on its own oil, is flourishing!
The Bible has had a major influence on Western economies through men such as John Calvin (1509-64), whose Biblical teachings on economics greatly influenced Adam Smith. Adam Smith (1723-90) is often regarded as the founder of modern economics. He established ‘theories of labour, distribution, wages, prices, and money, and advocat[ed] free trade and minimal state interference in economic matters’ (Oxford English Reference Dictionary). In the 1930s John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946) helped move Western nations away from the Calvinistic approach of keeping a balanced budget to the more Socialistic idea of borrowing capital simply to sustain employment.
The wealth of the nations’ belongs to Christ! His City is adorned with all kinds of precious stones: jasper, sapphire, chalcedony, emerald, sardonyx, sardius, chrysolite, beryl, topaz, chrysoprase, jacinth, and amethyst. The twelve gates were twelve pearls: each individual gate was of one pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass ... And the nations of those who are saved shall walk in its light, and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honour into it … And they shall bring the glory and the honour of the nations into it’ Revelation 21:18-21; 26-27. Entrance is gained by repenting and believing in the Gospel!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

ANGELS

(The following is excerpted from my "Paving Paradise" e-book: http://www.amazon.com/PAVING-PARADISE-ebook/dp/B007SU154U/ref=la_B006NTVAWY_1_12?ie=UTF8&qid=1357171725&sr=1-12
(Photo of Mount Wellington, Tasmania by author)

ANGELS

Introduction

Who and what are angels? We know from the Bible that there are good and bad angels. We call bad angels demons and the chief demon is Satan the Devil. We’ll be looking at angels in the following, not demons. But whether angels or demons all were created good by God, which is to say that somehow some good angels became evil angels or demons.

So, what is an angel? An angel is a spirit-being created by God. It’s hard to pinpoint the moment of their creation, however, we can be sure that it was before the seventh day. And we think it was most probably on the first day. For instance we think the “morning stars” referred to in Job 38:6 & 7 are angels. The Lord was asking Job, rhetorically, if Job was there when God laid the foundations of the earth. Then the Lord asks him, “To what were its foundations fastened? Or who laid its cornerstone, when the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?” So the idea is that the angels, the morning stars, the sons of God, were praising God as He formed the earth. But since God formed the earth over a six day period and rested on the seventh we can conclude only that angels were definitely created before the seventh day.

We know also that they are spirit beings or spirits. But unlike man who is body, spirit, and soul, angels don’t have bodies. Therefore angels are something like a spirit or soul-spirit without a body. They are of the same substance as the human soul. And of course they were created that way.

Unlike human beings who are organically connected to each other, each angel is an individual creation. Human beings are all descended from our original parents Adam and Eve, but angels don’t reproduce. They are a set number. Says Augustine,

Angels are spirits, but it is not because they are spirits that they are angels. They become angels when they are sent, for the name angel refers to their office, not their nature. You ask the name of this nature, it is spirit: you ask its office, it is that of an angel, which is a messenger.[1]

From what we’ve talked about so far we’ve learned that angels are spirits. As spirits they’re not restricted as are humans. Angels can fly as it were. We’ve also learned from Job 37:7 that they sing and can shout for joy. Therefore if they can sing and shout they can surely talk! And also since they were singing and shouting for joy when they saw what God was doing, we can conclude that they have the ability to praise God!

Wings

Do angels really have wings? Everyone who has watched the school play at Christmas has seen an angel. It goes without saying that we know what an angel looks like. Angels are like people – only with wings! But where did we get the notion that they have wings?

In Luke chapter 2, where it records the birth of Jesus, angels appeared to the shepherds. “And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men!’ So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us’” Luke 2: 13-15.

I’m sure we’ve all seen this scene acted out sometime during our lives! But we should notice that it says in Luke 2:15, “when the angels had gone away from them into heaven...” So we take it that they flew up into heaven. But there’s no mention of actual wings! But we should note, at this point, that the angels were praising God for what He had done. And they were making it known to the shepherds what God had done. They were telling people that Jesus was born in Bethlehem. So we see that angels were spirits sent from God to tell certain people about Jesus.

The writer to the Hebrews asks the following rhetorical question about angels, “Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?” Hebrews 1:14. So then, it’s the Lord who sends them. And He sends them to minister to those He is saving. Therefore angels are God’s messengers – indeed the word angel means “messenger.” And they brought the message of Glad Tidings to God’s people. Indeed sometimes human beings are called angels or messengers in the Scriptures, however, we’re looking at those heavenly beings we call angels!

But do they have wings? – wings with feathers? The first recorded mention of angels in the Bible is Genesis 3:24, “So He drove out the man; and He placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.” So, our first encounter with angels is of them preventing man access to the tree of life in the garden.

These particular angels are called cherubim. They were cherubs. Everybody knows a cherub is a chubby little child – with wings! Just like the angels in the school Christmas play – or are they? No! And there’s no mention of wings on the cherubs guarding the garden – only a flaming sword.

So where are we going to find angels with real wings? Well, I’ll keep you in suspense no longer. We discover that cherubs or cherubim have wings in Exodus 25. Moses had instruction on how to make the Ark of the Covenant. There was the cabinet that contained the Ten Commandments. Above that was the Mercy Seat upon which the blood of the Covenant was sprinkled. And above the Mercy Seat were angels – cherubim with wings no less!

Exodus 25:20, “And the cherubim shall stretch out their wings above, covering the mercy seat with their wings, and they shall face one another; the faces of the cherubim shall be towards the mercy seat.” At last! Angels with wings – cherubim!

But what about seraphim? Seraphim are a different kind of angel to Cherubim. Seraphim are mentioned in Isaiah chapter 6. Isaiah saw them standing above the very throne of God. Isaiah 6:2, “Each one had six wings....” I’ve never seen Seraphim in a school Christmas play, have you? One minute we couldn’t find any wings and now we have too many! How’s an angel supposed to fly with six wings? Well, Isaiah 6:2 goes on to say, “Each one had six wings: with two he covered his face, with two he covered his feet, with two he flew.” So it appears that seraphim use only two wings for flying!

The Prophet Ezekiel saw angelic beings – but they only had four wings! So there are certainly passages in the Bible speaking of angels with wings. Then there is the poetic language in the Bible, which uses created things to describe angels among other things. One of my favorites is Psalm 104:3-4, “He lays the beams of His upper chambers in the waters, Who makes the clouds His chariot, Who walks on the wings of the wind, Who makes His angels spirits, His ministers a flame of fire.” So the picture in Psalm 104 is the Lord riding the dark clouds of a thunderstorm. And the Lord is sending out His messengers – bolts of lightning – as the wind blows the storm across the earth.

Psalm 18:10 gives something of the same picture, “And He rode upon a cherub, and flew; He flew upon the wings of the wind.” What a beautiful and awesome picture of our Lord and His angels. The clouds are the Cherubim and the lightnings are the Seraphim. The Prophet Daniel, however, in Daniel 7:13 saw the real thing where he says, “I was watching in the night visions, and behold, One like the Son of Man, coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, and they brought Him near before Him.” This is Christ arriving in heaven after His resurrection and ascension.
 
Words

Well, there’s much more that could be said about wings of angels, and it’s easy to get carried away with it all. But more important than wings – what about words? Do angels talk? Do they have accents? Paul says in 1 Corinthians 13, you know, the famous “love” passage, “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become as sounding brass or a clanging cymbal” 1 Corinthians 13:1.

Would it surprise you to hear that some have concluded from this that Paul speaks a special language angels speak? Well, we’ve already established that angels are messengers from God, and that they were instrumental in bringing the message of salvation to people. So what would you say if a bunch of angels appeared and said to you, “Gloir do Dhia anns na h-ardaibh, agus air talamh sith, deadh-ghean do dhaoinibh.” You’d say, “What? I don’t understand you! Speak English!” And the angels would oblige and switch from the Gaelic and say the same thing in English, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men!” Luke 2:14. Why would the angels oblige? Because they bring the message of God’s salvation to men! Therefore whatever language men speak, so do they.  They need to be understood by men. Therefore they speak in the various tongues of men.

If you were to search the Scriptures of every instance where a human being encounters an angel, you’d see that they speak our language. A couple of examples, first, one we’ve looked at already, where the shepherds were told of Christ’s birth in Bethlehem. Also, the angel Gabriel spoke to Mary and she had no trouble understanding his words when he told her about Jesus. She said, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?” She understood the words spoken but had trouble understanding the logic!

In the Book of Acts chapter one after Jesus had been taken up and a cloud had received Him out of their sight, two men, i.e., angels, appeared dressed in white apparel. They said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven” Acts 1:11.

We have no evidence from Scripture of angels speaking any special language of their own. This is because they are instruments for communicating the gospel to men not each other. Angels don’t need to hear the words of the gospel to be saved. The words of the gospel are for fallen men, not fallen angels. But that’s not to say that angels have no interest in the gospel. In fact angels are most definitely present when the gospel is proclaimed in the power of the Spirit. Why? Well Scripture says these are “...things which angels desire to look into” 1 Peter 1:12b. Therefore, if no one in the congregation is interested in what the preacher is saying, he’s guaranteed an audience of keenly interested angels! (And isn’t that a great encouragement for any depressed preacher?) Angels sit in awe of what God has done in Jesus Christ. And somehow they minister to those God is saving by His Gospel. They help us to glorify God and enjoy Him along with their company. Like the two cherubs gazing upon the Mercy Seat, so all the angels gaze intently into the gospel.

In Revelation 14:6 John says, “Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on earth – to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people – saying with a loud voice, ‘Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come, and worship Him who made heaven and earth.’”

How does this angel know God made heaven and earth? He was there when God laid the foundations of earth! This angel is a flying angel. Does he have wings? Maybe so. But what matters more are his words. He has the everlasting gospel. And it’s for all of mankind on earth to hear.

Worship

Do angels worship God? We’ve seen already that they most certainly do. And the angel John saw flying around in heaven with the gospel is telling everyone to fear God – to glorify and worship Him because of the coming Judgment. In fact there is a command in Hebrews that says, “Let all the angels of God worship Him” Hebrews 1:6b. The angels worshipped God when He laid the foundations of the earth. The angels worshipped God at the birth of Christ in Bethlehem. Luke 2:13-14.

After Jesus did battle against the devil in the wilderness, “And He was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan, and was with wild beasts; and the angels ministered to Him” Mark 1:13. As Jesus prayed to His Father in the Garden of Gethsemane Luke 22:43-44 records, “Then an angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening Him. And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. And His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.”

Jesus settled for one solitary angel to strengthen Him! When He was being arrested He rebuked the disciple who pulled out the sword, “Do you think that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He will provide Me with more than twelve legions of angels?” Matt. 26:53. So, do angels worship God? You bet! These are noble creatures. And they do exactly what the Lord tells them to. They worshipped Christ all through His ministry on earth.

It was an angel who came down from heaven and rolled away the stone at Easter. Scripture says, “His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow” Matthew 28:3. The guards were terrified of him!

When Christ was born the angels told men where to find Him. When Christ was resurrected an angel told men where to find Him. “Go quickly and tell His disciples that He is risen from the dead, and indeed He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him. Behold, I have told you” Matthew 28:7 Then as they stood on the mount called Olivet, as we mentioned earlier, two men stood by them dressed in white apparel. Dressed the same as the angel who rolled away the stone; again they told men where to find Jesus. “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven” Acts 1:11.

Thus far we’ve seen that angels can fly, that they have wings, that they speak using understandable words, and that they praise God in worship. It’s all to do with helping those who are being saved glorify God and enjoy Him.

Angels have appeared in human form. There’s a verse of Scripture which says, “Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels” Hebrews 13:2. Abraham and his nephew Lot entertained angels for a moment unaware they were angels. These angels appeared as men, i.e., without wings. Therefore, they can materialize themselves in the form of humans. They appeared in order to bring Abraham and Lot revelation of God.

Clearly angels are able to materialize themselves. But prior to materializing are they made of any sort of substance? AA Hodge offers the following helpful comment:

Angels are called in the Scriptures “spirits” Hebrews 1:14, a word which is also used to designate the souls of men when separate from the body. 1 Peter 3:19. There is however nothing in that word, nor in the opinion of the Jews at the time of Christ, nor in any thing which is told us of the nature or the employments of angels in the Scriptures, which prove that angels are absolutely destitute of proper material bodies of any kind. Indeed as the Son of God is to have a “glorious body,” “a spiritual body” forever, and since all the redeemed are to have bodies like His, and since angels are associated with redeemed men as members of the same infinitely exalted kingdom, it may appear probable that angels may have been created with physical organizations not altogether dissimilar to the “spiritual bodies” of the redeemed. They always appeared and spoke to men in Bible times in the bodily form of men, and as such they ate food and lodged in houses like common men. Genesis 18:8 and 19:3.

It has hence been supposed by some that angels have bodies like the present “natural” or animal bodies of men, 1 Corinthians 15:44, of flesh, bones, and blood, of head and features, hands and feet, and that the apparition of an angel involved no change in him, but only a coming within the sphere of the sense perception of the observer when the angel appeared just as he habitually is.

Now this is inconsistent with the facts of the inspired record. In certain situations the angels “appeared” precisely like common men, and in other situations they acted very differently (Acts 12:7-10; Numbers 22:31), in passing through stone walls, appearing and disappearing at will, etc. Besides, one of the three men who appeared to Abraham at Mamre, and whose feet he washed, and who ate the meat he had prepared, was Jehovah, the second Person of Trinity, who had no body till He acquired it many centuries afterwards in the womb of the Virgin. If the apparent human body of the one angel was not a real, permanent human body, there is not ground to argue from the recorded phenomena that the others were. Genesis 18:1-33.[2]

Jesus Christ is going to return with the clouds! And so are all His holy angels, cherubim and seraphim. They’ll all be singing together and shouting for joy, just as they did when God poured the foundations of the earth and laid its corner stone. Just as they did at the Incarnation when God laid Christ His cornerstone in Zion, just as they are going to do when the LORD returns to pour the foundation and lay the cornerstone in the new heaven and earth.

The LORD will be clothed in all His glory and splendour! And all the angels will be there and this time we’ll be there with them! And all of us, every last one of us, angels and humans, praising God through Jesus, myriads and myriads of saints and angels singing praises to God and shouting for joy. The skies will be black with the multitudes as Jesus rides on the wings of the wind, the cherubim underneath His feet like clouds, the Seraphim a flame of fire like lightning, flaming swords turning every which way as Christ comes to judge! Oh what a glorious sight this will be!

Let all the angels of God worship Him. Let every knee bow before Him. Let every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Conclusion
The angels of God certainly know how to glorify God and enjoy Him. And the Lord has sent them to assist you to do likewise.


[1] Augustine of Hippo
[2] AA Hodge, Outlines of Theology, 1860 Republished from the 1879 expanded edition by Banner of Truth Trust in 1972. Reprinted 1983, p. 252.