Functions of Angels
Jesus told those present when he was arrested in the garden of Gethsemane that there were over twelve legions of angels at his disposal. That equates to 12,000 plus angels. How many angels do you have at your request? Does it make any difference how many Angels are appointed to us? All of us who are born again have at least one angel appointed to watch over us and report to the Lord about our actions.
Different angels have different functions. They are not stamped out of the same mold. Each angel has an appointed assignment, such as Gabriel when he was sent to Daniel to give him understanding. Gabriel was also sent to give understanding to Zacharias, the father of John the Baptist and Mary, mother of Jesus.
And Zacharias said to the angel (Gabriel), "How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is well advanced in years." Luke 1:8
Then the angel (Gabriel) said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in you womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS." Luke 1:30
On the other hand Michael, the archangel, was created to be a warring spirit. Many times Michael was involved in fighting the enemies of God and enemies of God's people. Satan cannot stand against Michael and his angels, for they are always victorious.
At that time Michael shall stand up, The great prince who stands watch over the sons of your people; And there shall be a time of trouble, Such as never was since there was a nation, Even to that time. And at that time your people shall be delivered, Every one who is found written in the book. Daniel 12:1
Yet Michael the archangel, in contending with the devil, when he disputed about the body of Moses, dared not bring against him a reviling accusation, but said, "The Lord rebuke you!" Jude 1:9
And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. Revelation 12:7,8
Michael and Gabriel are the only two angels mentioned by name in the entire Bible; however, their functions are quite different. In fact, in the book of Daniel, Michael came to Gabriel's aid when he was unable to fight his way through the demonic principalities of the air. (ref. Daniel 10:13) It is obvious that angels have different powers. They apparently are not all equal, receiving various measures of power and favor from God.
My wife, Andrea, reminded me of an experience she had as a young adult at her home church in Savannah, Georgia. A visiting minister asked the pastor of the church if he could pray for him. When the minister touched the pastor, the pastor fell out under the power of the ministers, ministering spirit, angel. (ministering spirits -ref. Hebrews 1:13,14)
Andrea saw in the spirit realm a dark form rise up and hover over the body of the pastor as he laid on the floor of the sanctuary. She immediately began to rebuke it believing that because it was a dark form, it was evil. As soon as she began her rebuke the Lord said, "What are you doing?" Andrea replied, "I am casting out this demon." Then the Lord informed her that this was not a demon but rather an Angel. He went on to explain to her that he was His Warring Angel appointed to watch over the pastor of the church.
Puzzled, Andrea began to pray to the Lord for understanding. She found her confirmation while reading a book by Kenneth Hagin. In the book Papa Hagin referred to black angels as Warring Angels. The book indicated that he had met many people through the years who had given similar eye witness accounts of visitations of Warring Angels. It just goes to show you cannot judge a book by its cover, or an angel by its form.
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