They are traditionally viewed as "guardians" that protect our homes and children, but are angels still active today?
For millions of Christians around the world, the existence of the spiritual, non-corporeal beings that sacred Scripture usually calls "angels" is a truth of faith. Angels are defined as the highest beings in the scale of creation. They are described as personal and immortal creatures, surpassing in perfection all visible creatures. They are messengers of God and beings who do not have a physical body. As evangelist Billy Graham explains, "God created the angels before the beginning of time, and they had one purpose: to be God's servants."
Elsewhere in the Bible, angels are described as spirits. Their work consists in the worship of God and in the service of humanity. They are depicted frequently in television shows, movies and books. They are pinned to our lapels and hang from our rear-view mirrors. They are traditionally viewed as "guardians" that protect our homes and children, but are angels still active today?
Far from being sweet figurines, angels are powerful beings used by God to work in the world, in our lives and the lives of others. There has been an increased interest in angels in the modern world, and there are many reports of angelic appearances. In 1998, a spike in the fascination with angels was capitalized on by the debut of the movie, City of Angels. In the film, these mystical creatures routinely move among the earthly mortals in Los Angeles where they listen to people's thoughts, observe their lives, and guide them to the next world when they die. The angels are discouraged from direct human contact; however, one angel must decide if love is more important than eternal peace.
In the Bible, angels appear to people in unpredictable and various ways. If someone casually reads scripture, a person might get the idea that angelic appearances are somewhat common, but that is not the case. The first appearance of angels in the Bible is when Adam and Eve are expelled from the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:24). The next angelic appearance is about 1900 years later by Hagar, an Egyptian servant (Genesis 16:7). Later, Mary receives a visit from an angel who tells her that she will be the mother of the Messiah, and Joseph is warned by an angel to take Mary and Jesus to Egypt to protect them from Herod's edict (Matthew 2:13). Though biblical visitations appear to be more staggered in their time table, today's sightings of angelic beings seem to occur with an apparent regularity.??Since the launch of the website Angels Online in 1994, the site has evolved into a popular reservoir of stories about extraordinary experiences submitted by people from every walk of life all around the world. The stories detail angel encounters, spiritual awakenings, self-discoveries, and healing miracles. From guardian visitations to guardian rescues, visions, miracles and dreams, the site offers an array of inspirational stories that help to produce a renewed sense of hope and spiritual strength. The accounts are told in the contributors own word and they offer spiritual insight, not only in the lives of the authors, but also in the lives of friends, family, and those who visit the site. Contributors believe that stories of angels and messengers are very powerful and often helpful for human-folk to get through life's challenges. The contemporary stories are moving and healing for those who feel that they have been fortunate enough to have a super-natural visitation.
According to leaders of angel-related organizations and business, angels are turning up with increasing frequency, and people are more receptive to the phenomenon of the heavenly beings than ever before. Millions of people around the world continue to believe that angels exist, and that they are still active everywhere in today's society.