Howard Mooney - Angels - Tacoma, Washington - December 6, 1950

Hebrews 12:22 It is this innumerable company of angels, that we want to speak about this evening.  You will notice that these are included among the things that we have brought ‘into,’ when one first begins to walk in the Truth.  We seem to be concerned more with the things we have been brought out of, the separation that takes place, the sacrifices we are called upon to make, etc.  One does not walk in God’s way very long, until we begin to see the other side of the picture.  What we have been brought into.  This far outshines the other.


“Ye are come unto Mt. Zion.”  Zion means a sunny place.  The top of this mountain, generally extends above the clouds, God chose the city built on the top of this mountain as a type of his church, reminding one that when we become lifted up into His fellowship, we find ourselves above the clouds of confusion of fear, of unbelief, and many other clouds that weigh so heavily over the hearts of people.  It is a wonderful awakening to realize that I am above these clouds.  One lady who recently decided, said, “Everything seems brighter now.”


City of the living God, embodies all that the church stands for.  Walls of salvation, protecting us from enemies without.  God from off mercy seat meeting needs of all who dwell within.  But while it is wonderful to find ourselves above the clouds, and while it is wonderful to be within the walls of this eternal city, it is equally wonderful to know that we have also been brought into the fellowship of the angels.


The religious world misses a great deal of comfort along this line.  They think of an angel as a winged-being they will meet after death.  They do not realize that god intended for us to be comforted by help of angels now, that they begin to help us prepare for death.  “Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation,”  Hebrews 1:14. Notice these words “Innumerable company of angels,” an unlimited source of help.


Matthew 26:53, You remember when Peter cut off the ear of a man in the garden.  Jesus rebuked him.  Ending the rebuke by saying, “thinkest thou that I cannot pray to My Father and He shall presently give Me more than 12 legions of angels.  In a Roman army a legion consisted of more than 6,000 fully equipped soldiers.  Think of it, more than 72,000 fully equipped angels at Jesus’ disposal.  And if you would like to know, the comparative strength of an angel, think of that time when Jesus was praying in the garden, facing the greatest test that man could possibly face in life.  So great was the conflict, that  sweat from His brow was like drops of blood.  In His agony He prayed-and how many angels did God send to help Him?  Only one.


Luke 22:43 And that one Angel gave Jesus all the help he needed in facing this greatest of all tests.  It is good to remember though that there were 71,999 others waiting to help, had he needed them!  I hope we can grasp this fact, that same unlimited host is at our disposal.  There isn’t such a thing as can’t in our picture.  God has placed at our side the help of these Angels so that even the weakest can make it if they want to.


According to Luke 15:10, the help of these angels begin when we repent and obey the Gospel.  The Lord’s servants also rejoice at such a time.  I am sure there is no joy known to man like joy that fills the heart of a servant of God, when we see a sinner brought to repentance.  We rejoice because we know what it will mean to that person to be lifted up above the clouds, to know the security of the walls of the city.  This verse, however, speaks of joy among angels of God, suggesting that their joy is even greater than ours.  I believe it is because they not only know what this will mean to individuals eternity.  They are there in the presence of God.  They see things that our eyes have not seen, they hear things that our ears have not heard; Therefore they are in a position to rejoice even more fully over that person who comes to repentance.  Isn’t it nice to know that God has given this charge to angels?  Angels that never die, that never change.  Isn’t it comforting then to know that they who most fully realize the wonderfulness of this salvation are the ones that God has placed at our disposal to help us?  For He will give His angels to take charge over thee. 


Psalms 91:11-12,  you can think of this in the light of an individual, or of a church as a whole.  For the church is made up of individuals.  God has placed a very responsible work in the hands of his servants.  On our shoulders rests the care of His people.  We are responsible to see that people understand Truth, and fit it into that Truth. 


Hebrews 13:17 We cannot be grateful enough for workers that brought us the Truth, and workers whose health is practically shattered, because they put more than they were able to put into it for our sakes.  Only eternity will reveal the vastness of this.  However, no servant of God, old or young, would consider for a moment changing one iota of Truth.  What I am trying to bring out is that we need not fear the future of Truth.  Sometimes the question arises, “Will the Truth ever change?”  It could never happen, because God has placed it in the hands of angels, who never change.


Matthew 16:18, Jesus spoke of His church as something that the gates of hell would never be able to prevail against.


Peter 1:4, Peter remembered this later on, he passes that same assurance to Christians reminding them that our inheritance in Truth cannot be defiled, cannot be corrupted, cannot fade, and cannot be taken from us.  Don’t worry for a single moment about the future of Truth.  All we need worry about is our own future.  Let us see that it is invested in the Truth.  There is a verse that often frightens me.

Romans 11:25, “Blindness in part is happened to Israel.”  That could easily be said of us.  We could see the Truth all right, we could fully realize that this is the Way God planned from the beginning, that this is the only Way that God sanctions today, but we could be blind to the worthwhileness of that Way.  The purpose of this meeting tonight is not to reveal more of the Truth, none of us here are perishing for lack of Truth.  Our great need is to see more clearly the need of putting our best into the Truth.  If we do this, God will take care of the rest, for He has placed our future in the charge of angels, that never change, angels that never die.


Just how do these angels help us?  We have a good example in the case of Elijah.

Kings 1:8, Elijah was very discouraged at this time, but we have here a reminder that discouragement is not always connected with defeat.  We have a wonderful picture there of God’s mercy towards a man that had failed; of an angel who interceded for him, and of that man being cleansed and sent on his way rejoicing.  But going back to Elijah, his discouragement was not because of his failure.  He was discouraged because he was weary of the faithful battle he had been fighting, alone.  Because he began to wonder if it was worthwhile to keep on or not.  The crucial battles of the Lord’s people have always been fought in secret, when we were alone before God.  God sent his angel to Elijah to assure him of two things:  First, that He knew what he was up against, that He knew that the journey was too great for Elijah in his own strength.  Secondly, that through his angel he was making a provision which would be more than enough to meet his need.  This is the double assurance we still have today. 


Revelations 2:12-13, God said to the church at Pergamos, “I know where thou dwellest.”  Don’t ever be discouraged by the thought that no one understands what you are up against, or what you have to contend with.  Maybe the brethren don’t, maybe even the workers don’t, but God understands fully, and the provision He still sends by the hands of angels is always more than enough to meet our need.  Isn’t it comforting, as we look into the future, that is clouded in mystery, to know that there is no position we will be found in, or called upon to face, but what the Lord will understand, and send help accordingly.


Daniel 6:22,  We also have a wonderful picture in the case of Daniel.  Daniel like Elijah was in trouble, not because of his unfaithfulness, but because he was loyal.  Satan often tries to hinder most when we are most faithful.  Daniel stopped the lion’s mouth.  This isn’t merely history, this is something that the Lord’s people are proving constantly.  We often find ourselves facing the roaring lion.


Peter 5:8, He is an old bluffer.  A lady who decided in our meeting awhile ago surely proved this.  Her husband was 20 years her senior, which was bad.  He was jealous, which was worse; he was an alcoholic.  For years she had lived in fear of her life, in fact, it was this fear for her safety and the safety of her children, that caused her to turn to the Lord.  At first he didn’t mind, but when he saw she was getting a happiness, that he had never been able to give her, his jealous rage knew no bounds.  This night he told her if she went to the meetings she would never see her children again, and when she came home the door would be locked.  She went away in fear and trembling.  After the meeting she asked if we thought she should return home and try to get in, or wait until the next day.  We assured her that she had committed no sin in coming to the meeting, but he might make a real issue of it if she stayed away all night.  We encouraged her to return home.  I knew the Lord wouldn’t let her down.  When she got home the house was in darkness, but the door was not locked.  She was afraid to go into the room where he was sleeping, so she slept in another room with her little girl.  That is, she spent the night there, but did not sleep.  In the morning, she got up and started breakfast, every once in a while casting an anxious look at his door, wondering when the lion would come roaring out of his den.  Finally the door opened and out he came, and do you know what he said?  "Darling, is breakfast ready?  I must have overslept."  The Old Bluffer.  She could hardly contain her joy.  She told me afterwards that no one could ever convince her that God had not interceded, for he had always carried out his threats before.   We assured her that she would have lots in common with Daniel in Heaven, because of this experience.  Don’t be afraid of the old bluffer Peter says he goeth about as a roaring lion.  He really isn’t one; he is an imitator.  Remember the lion of the tribe of Judah is on our side.  There is also another work angels do for us.


We read of it in the death of Lazarus, Luke 16:22.  He was carried by angels in to Abraham’s bosom.  Angels that had strengthened him during his times of discouragement.  That had closed the mouths of lions along the way now were gently carrying him up into a place of rest.  “Underneath are everlasting arms.”  There may be some here tonight that will soon pass through this experience of death.  We don’t want you to dread the thought of it.  God has planned that death to His people should be the most glorious experience of all.  I don’t think that Lazarus found it such a dreadful hour, when suddenly he felt those tender hands lifting him out of his old aching body, and carrying him to the place where pain and tears will never again be known.


We talked to a woman once who believed in the doctrine of the sleeping soul.  She told us she didn’t fear death, but she was terrified at the thought of spending so many years in the cold dark grave.  We told her we had a better hope than that.  All that goes back to the grave is the old worn out body that we will need no more.  Would you like some verses to prove this?


Genesis 35:18, we read of Rachel’s soul departing when she died. 

I Kings 17:22, we read of this lad who died, his soul had departed from his body, and when Elijah prayed his soul come into him again.

II Corinthians 5:8, Paul spoke of being absent from the body at death and going to be with the Lord.  Peter also spoke of death as a time when he would “put off” his old tabernacle – not go to the dark grave.  God has something better for you at death than that.  Your angel will see to it that His plan is carried out.