Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Archangel Michael

Scripture:  Revelation 12 v 7: "And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon (Satan) and the dragon fought and his angels."

Daniel 10 v 13: "But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia."

Daniel 10v 21: "But I will shew thee that which is noted in the scripture of truth: and there is none that holdeth with me in these things but Michael your prince."

In Heaven, in the beginning, there were three archangels: Gabriel the Messenger and Recording Archangel; Michael the Guardian Angel and Lucifer who was over Praise and Worship. He lost that name when he fell from Heaven and was called Satan, the Accuser.

Archangels each have oversight over one third of the heavenly angels. When Satan fell from Heaven one third of the angels followed him and were then known thereafter as fallen angels.  Fallen angels are very powerful and very difficult to discern.  

2 Corinthians 11 v 13 - 15: "For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
 14  And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
 15  Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works."

Michael and his angels in their position as guardians fought against Satan and his angels and threw them out of Heaven. Jesus said He saw Satan fall from Heaven like a flash of lightning. (Luke 10v18).

Michael has a special assignment now. He is the Guardian Angel over Israel. This was seen in the book of Daniel when Daniel fasted for 21 days and Jesus came to him in answer to his prayers. Jesus said He came the first day that Daniel had called upon Him but He was prevented by the prince of Persia from getting through.

What was He trying to break through? The Satanic barrier cast over all nations as described in Isaiah 25 v 7: "And he will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people, and the vail that is spread over all nations."  

Jesus said the Prince of Persia is none other than one of the fallen angels who had called on other fallen angels to help, had withstood Him for 21 days and He eventually called on Michael to help Him and together they defeated the fallen angels who had set themselves up as Rulers over nations.  A Prince is one who has great spiritual authority over a situation or region.

When you see the state of Iran, which used to be called Persia, and neighbour Iraq which has been demolished by ISIS, alongside Syria, we should realise that the crushing of evil upon them is the result of that battle back in the time of Daniel.  The events in the heavenlies are manifested on this Earth and there will be a breakthrough in those lands of the power, love and salvation of Jesus Christ. 

In the past forty years that I have been an Intercessor, I have learnt that whatever begins in the Spirit will eventually be manifested in the physical.  The events leading to war in Heaven, the fall of Satan and the flash of lightning......these were what scientists describe as the Big Bang Theory.  How ever long ago that happened, sin was found in pure perfect Heaven, a spiritual state.  No wonder God hates sin!

That spiritual state exploded into what we now call the Universe.  Heaven became "the heavenlies" which consists of all the stars, planets, cosmos, Milky Way, comets, meteors, black holes, stardust.  God Himself was manifested in His Son, Jesus Christ.  Satan will manifest in human form too as the Antichrist.  All the beauty of Heaven, its gold streets, jewels, silver and precious stones became part of the make up of this Earth, which is why they have value here today.  They are reminders of our original home.

2 Peter 3 v 10 - 13: "But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
 11  Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,
 12  Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? 
 13  Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness."

If this is what lies ahead our main concern as Christians should be to save souls and enable those who are diligently doing this to continue unhindered.  

The Archangel Michael watches over Israel to keep her enemies at bay. He protects her from a spiritual onslaught but the sophisticated early warning system and anti-nuclear defence plus the strength of Israel's army and airforce, are a manifestation of Michael in the physical sense.  

Israel is the apple of God's eye and will not be defeated again. She has suffered for her sins as the prophets all warned her about and no matter what the world throws at her now, Archangel Michael will cause it to fail.

Daniel 12 v1: "And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book."

He is a mighty angel doing God's work and must never be summoned by man or prayed to. If you have a need ask your Father in Heaven to help you. His ear is always open to your cry.

(You may ask why I believe it is Jesus who came to help Daniel in Daniel 10.  I noted in Daniel 9 the response of Daniel to "the man Gabriel" who is the mighty archangel, and his response to the vision in 10 v 6: "His body also was like the beryl, and his face as the appearance of lightning, and his eyes as lamps of fire, and his arms and his feet like in colour to polished brass, and the voice of his words like the voice of a multitude."  I also compared this to John's vision of the resurrected Jesus in Revelation 1.  Same person, same reaction!)

Prayer: Heavenly Father all things are under Your perfect control. The rulers of darkness are falling to Earth from their defeat and their evil flares up for a season in this world but it is just the final death throes of demons who have lost the battle. We shall not fear but rejoice in Your plan unfolding. Help us to open our eyes and see the beauty of Your Kingdom coming down in all Your glory. In Jesus' name. Amen.