Angels Minister to Believers"
birthday I will be 72 years old. I’m not only showing my
age, but I’m really feeling it too. I have several
friends who already made their journey through death at
a younger age than me. My dad and Linda’s dad both died
at a younger age than we are. God has been good to both
of us. During my treatment of Stage 4 Lymphoma, Thyroid
Cancer, and Brain Cancer, after months of chemo and
brain radiation I have been cancer free a little over 5
years. I still have periodic labs, MRI, and CT Scans,
but all is well. Even my Oncologist questioned if I
would survive, but with God’s help I am still here. I
know God uses doctors and medicine, but I also know
healing power comes from God, and I am thankful for my
we are told that angels have many roles. A few of them
include being God’s messengers and Holy warriors,
watching history unfold, praising and worshipping God,
and being Guardian Angels – protecting and directing
people on God’s behalf. During my battle with cancer
that side-lined me in 2012, I believe God’s angels
worked over-time on my behalf. I have read about many
miraculous stories of angelic guardians and protectors
helping Christians all over the world. Most of the time,
however, God’s angels operate discretely and don’t draw
attention to themselves as they carry out the assignment
given by God. While God has called His heavenly
messengers to work on His behalf, He has also called
angels to work in our lives in very profound ways.
I know I have
already lived a lot longer than I have left and the more
I study the Bible about death, I’ve begun praying that
God will help me be a witness for Him during my dying
time. I want to honor Him and be faithful to Him in my
Not only do
the angels minister to us in life, but the Bible says
they also minister to us in death.
Death can seem
like a terrifying experience. Can you imagine what it is
going to be like to close your eyes one last time and
know they will never open again–not in this life,
anyway? Most of us would be afraid of dying. Yet
Revelation 14:13 says, “Blessed are the dead who die in
the Lord.” Another word for “blessed” here is “happy.”
What is this
verse talking about? It is not just saying that the end
result of death is happiness for the Christian; it is
saying that the process of death is happy for a
Christian. The psalmist said it this way: “Precious in
the sight of the Lord is the death of His children”
(Psalm 116:15). Far from being a frightening experience,
death is a blessed experience for a Christian.
How can death
be a blessed and happy experience? I think the answer
lies in the ministry of angels to us. We see how angels
minister to us in death in Luke 16. Jesus tells the
story of two very different men. They lived two
different kinds of lives, they died two different
deaths, and they ended up in two different destinies.
The first man was the rich man. He spent his life in
luxury and then died and was buried without ever
acknowledging God (16:22). The Bible says when the rich
man died, immediately after his death he was in Hell
lifting up his eyes because he was in torment (16:23).
The rich man disregarded God, he died, and he
immediately ended up in Hell.
But what a
different story for Lazarus who is described as a
righteous man–not because he was poor; there is nothing
specifically righteous about being poor. Lazarus was
righteous because, as his name (“God is my helper”)
indicates, he depended upon the Lord.
The Bible says
when Lazarus died, he was also buried. But notice what
happened to him in verse 22: “Now the poor man died and
was carried away by the angels to Abraham’s bosom.”
Notice what the angels did here: Lazarus was not alone
in his death. At his death, God sent His angels to come
and usher him into Heaven. The Bible teaches that if you
are a Christian, one day God will send His angels to
escort you into the presence of His Son.
Death is our
most universal and dreaded experience, and even
Christians can be apprehensive. But in the Bible, death
is never defined as the cessation of life, but as
separation. Physical death is the separation of the soul
from the body. Spiritual death is being separated from
God. Eternal death is being separated from heaven. For
the Christian, the separation of soul and body is
temporary; and at the resurrection, our eternal souls
will be reunited with our glorified bodies.
clearly anticipating being with the Lord when He told
the Philippians, “I am hard-pressed between the two
(living and dying), having a desire to depart and be
with Christ, which is far better” (Philippians 1:23).
And to the Corinthians he wrote, “to be absent from the
body (is to be) present with the Lord” (2 Corinthians
Here is what I
have learned: Just as we look forward to our eternal
destination, perhaps we should also learn to anticipate
the trip. Why dread that moment of death? The journey to
heaven will not be dark, fearful, or lonesome. God will
dispatch His angels at just the right time, and they’ll
meet us and carry us to the heights of His glory.
Because I know Jesus as my Savior and Lord, I’m looking
forward to the journey. Be blessed today!