The Bible contains many stories of people having an encounter with angels. An encounter alludes to an unexpected meeting. The word “angel” is a transliteration from the Hebrew word “mal’ak” in the Old Testament (Strong’s H4397) and the Greek word “angelos” in the New Testament (Strong’s G32). Both words mean “messenger” and describes one who executes the plan and will of the person whom they serve.
God created an innumerable quantity of angels.
For it was in Him that all things were created, in heaven and on earth, things seen and things unseen, whether thrones, dominions, rulers, or authorities; all things were created and exist through Him [by His service, ...view middle of the document...
Holy and fallen angels dwell in the first heaven; the atmosphere above the earth. Dr. Janet DiPietro stated in Angelology, “Fallen angels cannot dwell in the second and third heaven because those heavens are close to God. Satan and a third of the angels were kicked out of heaven.” The second heaven is the stellar realm of stars and heaven. The third heaven is beyond the telescope. Some holy angels abide on earth to minister to mankind for the work of redemption. In the Old Testament in Genesis, Jacob dreamed of a ladder between heaven and earth where he saw angels ascending and descending. The ascending and descending on ladder is an affirmation and confirmation of the covenant that God made with Abraham. God said He will be with Jacob until He fulfills the Abrahamic Covenant.
And behold, I am with you and will keep (watch over you with care, take notice of) you wherever you may go, and I will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done all of which I have told you. (Genesis 28:15, AMP)
In the New Testament, Jesus informed Nathaniel that angels ascend and descend upon the Son of Man. (John 1:51) Jesus’ reference to Jacob’s dream advocates Him as the Messiah, the Way, the Truth and the Life; no one can enter into heaven except by Him. (John 14:6) The fulfillment of God’s covenant is indicative of Jesus dieing on the cross and His resurrection. The crucified and risen Jesus Christ is the object of mankind’s faith. And the pinnacle of faith is to believe in Jesus without seeing Him.
Jesus said to him, Because you have seen Me, Thomas, do you now believe (trust, have faith)? Blessed and happy and to be envied are those who have never seen Me and yet have believed and adhered to and trusted and relied on Me. (John 20:29, AMP)
The purpose of holy angels ascending and descending is to administer God’s will to protect, guide, and judge mankind. In Hebrews it describes holy angels as, “ministering spirits (servants) sent out in the service [of God for the assistance] of those who are to inherit salvation.” (Hebrews 1:14, AMP) In the Old Testament, when the Syrian army came against Israel, the prophet Elisha was protected and guided by angels to offer the king of Israel victory. The angels also enforced God’s judgment upon the Syrian army that came to kill Elisha. (2 Kings 6) In the New Testament, angels were involved in the protection and guidance of Joseph, Mary and Jesus from King Herod. (Matthew 2:13-15)
Holy angels serve God by executing His plan and will. There are countless examples of angelic encounters in the Old and New Testament. The most notable story is the conception of Jesus Christ. This paper will focus on Mary’s angelic encounter, will expound on how God used the angel Gabriel to bring about His plan, and the result of the angelic help.
Mary experienced an amazing change in her life when she encountered the angel Gabriel. Gabriel is sent by God to announce to...