soul to heaven. When you are a child of God facing harm, the Lord's angels will protect you by doing one of two things: either they will rescue you and preserve your life, or else, if it is your time to die, the angels will shield your soul and bring you safe to heaven. The angels are warriors who serve as guardians for those who love God, but there's another side to the angels' work as warriors. As they protect God's friends, they also fight his enemies. There are many stories in the Bible of how God's angels destroyed entire armies, laid waste great nations, and struck down individuals who harmed God's people and denied God's glory. Do you like seeing a police officer nearby? It all depends. If you have car trouble or an accident and need help, you're glad to see a police car pulling up. But if you drive too fast or run a red light, you're not happy to see the police behind you. If you're being robbed and beaten, you're overjoyed to see an officer coming. But if you happen to be the robber, a police officer is the last person you want to see. Angel warriors, like police, are good news for some but bad news for others. Angels are good news for oppressed people but bad news for oppressors. Angels are
5 good news for those who trust and obey God but bad news for those who break God's law. It's comforting to think angels stand up for you when you face trouble. But remember, angels stand up for others too. When you meet someone who seems weak, small or unimportant, don't despise or harm that person. "See that you do not look down on one of these little ones," says Jesus. "For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven" (Matthew 18:11). It is an awful crime to harm the weak or cause little ones to sin. Their angelic enforcers and their King will catch up with the guilty and punish them. At the end of time, Jesus will return to judge the living and the dead, and his heavenly warriors will be with him. "The Son of Man will send out his angels," says Jesus, "and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth" (Matthew 13:41-42). It's a great comfort to be on the side of Jesus and his angels, but if you chose another way, it will be horrible to be seized by those fierce warriors and hurled into hell. Let's summarize what we've seen so far. When it comes to the nature of angels, the Bible says they are creatures made by God, they are spirits, they are personal, and they are mighty and magnificent. When it comes to the activities and roles of angels, the Bible says they are worshipers, messengers, guardians, and warriors. Clearly, angels are impressive, and their work is important. King of Angels The reason the Bible tells us all this is not just so that we will be aware and amazed by angels, but so that we will stand in awe of Jesus, the King of angels. If angels are so great that a man who saw one would be tempted to worship the angel, just imagine the splendor and power of the One the angels themselves worship.