December 24, 1995 A.M. Christmas Sunday
Today I would like us to focus on these angels, who appeared to the shepherds at the time of the birth of our Lord. First, a solitary angel appeared to them, and they were afraid. The angel encouraged them not to be afraid, because he assured them that he was bringing a message of great joy for all people. He then announced to them the birth of the Saviour, and where He would be born, and where they could find Him.
Suddenly there appeared a multitude of the Heavenly Host (angels) praising God and saying,
"Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men."
Then the angels went back to Heaven, and the shepherds went to Bethlehem to see this great thing that had come to pass, which the Lord had made known to them. We know the rest of the story all so well. But what do we know about angels?
One of the greatest ways to enter into the glories of eternity is to study the angels. Our secular culture is more awed and inspired by the angels than we Christians. I can't give a complete study on these messengers from Heaven in a single message, but I trust that t could give you the desire to explore the Heavenlies where we shall live forever.
I. THE APPEARANCES OF ANGELS
From Genesis to Revelation we see again and again the appearances of angels to God's people. Note the following:
1. To Abraham
Genesis 18:2; 22:11-18
2. Hagar in the Wilderness
3. Lot in Sodom
4. Jacob in his various visions
Exodus 14:19; Judges 2:1-4
8. Joshua, "the Captain of the Lords host"
Judges 13:6, 15-20
11. David at the threshing floor of Araunah (Are-u-nah)
II Samuel 24:16, 17; 1 Chronicles 21:15, 16
12. Elijah (Under the juniper tree)
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