Now to put everyone at ease, let me remind you, that the activities of angels were very common
place in the New Testament, as well as somewhat in the Old Testament.

Before the birth of Jesus Christ, His birth was heralded to Mary by the Angel Gabriel.  An Angel
visited Joseph in his dream, once to tell him it was alright to marry Mary, because this was of Him.  
The second time after Jesus was born, to warn Joseph to take Mary and Jesus to Egypt for safety
Angels came to minister to Jesus after He was tempted by the devil. (see Matthew 4).  Even the
stone was rolled away from the tomb, where Jesus body laid, by an angel.  

In the book of acts we can read about many encounters Peter, Paul, Silas, and others had with

My prayer is for those who like to be more sensitive to the angels and to have revelation on why
they are sent, I like to ask the Lord to grant this to you.  In order for you to engage with what is
happening in this hour.  For you to possess your gates and realizing that the gates of hell shall not
prevail against the church.  

Luke 1:19
"I am Gabriel.  I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news."
Sometime after this, this same angel, Gabriel, appeared to Mary.

Luke 1:31
"You have found favor with God.  You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give
him the name Jesus.  He will be great and will be called the son of the Most High...His kingdom will
never end."

Luke 1:34-35
"How will this be," Mary asked the angel, "since I am a virgin?"  The angel answered, 'The Holy
Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you...For nothing is
impossible with God."
Indeed, nothing is impossible with God.  A short while later, Mary found herself pregnant.  
However, before her fiancé, Joseph, could break the engagement, an angel appeared to him in a

Matthew 1:19-21
"[Joseph] was a righteous man and did not want to expose [Mary] to public disgrace...An angel of
the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, 'Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary
home as your wife because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.  She will give birth to a
son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.'"
On the night Jesus was born, angels also appeared to the shepherds in the nearby fields.
After the birth of Jesus, the reigning king, Herod, tried to find the baby so he could have him put
to death.  But again God intervened through angels.

Matthew 2:13-14
"An angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. 'Get up,' he said, 'take the child and his
mother and escape to Egypt.  Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to
kill him.'  So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, where he
stayed until the death of Herod.'

The Bible records  two instances, Jesus had encounters with angels while on earth.  The first was
after Satan had tempted Him for forty days.

"Then the devil left him and angels came and attended him."

The second angelic visitation was in the Garden of Gethsemane, shortly before Jesus was

Luke 41:13
"He withdrew about a stone's throw beyond them.  He knelt down and prayed, 'Father, if you are
willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.'  An angel from heaven appeared
to him and strengthened him."

Jesus also made reference to angels as His companions tried to rescue Him from the soldiers who
came to arrest Him in the Garden.

Matthew 26:52, 53
"Put your sword back in its place," Jesus said to him... 'Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and
he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels?'"

Even the stone was rolled away from the tomb of Jesus after He arose.  Additionally,  angels met
with the women who went to Jesus' tomb the morning after his death.  They found the tomb empty.

Luke 24:4-8
"Suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightening stood beside them... The men said to
them, 'Why do you look for the living among the dead?  He is not here; he has risen!  Remember
how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: 'The Son of Man must be delivered into the
hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.'"

One more appearance of angels relating to Jesus' resurrection is reported in Acts.

Acts 1:10-11
"They (the disciples) were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two
men dressed in white stood beside them.  'Men of Galilee,' they said, 'why do you stand here
looking into the sky?  This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back
in the same way you have seen him go into heaven."

FROM THE DESK OF:  Gabriele Gilpin
P.O. Box 350352
Jacksonville, FL 32235