Agency of Evil Spirits (part 1)

The connection of the visible with the invisible world, the ministration of angels of God, and the agency of evil spirits, are plainly revealed in the Scriptures, and inseparably interwoven with human history. There is a growing tendency to disbelief in the existence of evil spirits, while the holy angels that “minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation” (Hebrews 1:14) are regarded by many as spirits of the dead. But the Scriptures not only teach the existence of angels, both good and evil, but present unquestionable proof that these are not disembodied spirits of dead men.

Before the creation of man, angels were in existence; for when the foundations of the earth were laid, “the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy.” Job 38:7. After the fall of man, angels were sent to guard the tree of life, and this before a human being had died. Angels are in nature superior to men, for the psalmist says that man was made “a little lower than the angels.” Psalm 8:5.

We are informed in Scripture as to the number, and the power and glory, of the heavenly beings, of their connection with the government of God, and also of their relation to the work of redemption. “The Lord hath prepared His throne in the heavens; and His kingdom ruleth over all.” And, says the prophet, “I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne.” In the presence chamber of the King of kings they wait—“angels, that excel in strength,” “ministers of His, that do His pleasure,” “hearkening unto the voice of His word.” Psalm 103:19-21; Revelation 5:11. Ten thousand times ten thousand and thousands of thousands, were the heavenly messengers beheld by the prophet Daniel. The apostle Paul declared them “an innumerable company.” Daniel 7:10; Hebrews 12:22. As God’s messengers they go forth, like “the appearance of a flash of lightning,” (Ezekiel 1:14), so dazzling their glory, and so swift their flight. The angel that appeared at the Saviour’s tomb, his countenance “like lightning, and his raiment white as snow,” caused the keepers for fear of him to quake, and they “became as dead men.” Matthew 28:3, 4. When Sennacherib, the haughty Assyrian, reproached and blasphemed God, and threatened Israel with destruction, “it came to pass that night, that the angel of the Lord went out, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians an hundred fourscore and five thousand.” There were “cut off all the mighty men of valor, and the leaders and captains,” from the army of Sennacherib. “So he returned with shame of face to his own land.” 2 Kings 19:35; 2 Chronicles 32:21.

Angels are sent on missions of mercy to the children of God. To Abraham, with promises of blessing; to the gates of Sodom, to rescue righteous Lot from its fiery doom; to Elijah, as he was about to perish from weariness and hunger in the desert; to Elisha, with chariots and horses of fire surrounding the little town where he was shut in by his foes; to Daniel, while seeking divine wisdom in the court of a heathen king, or abandoned to become the lions’ prey; to Peter, doomed to death in Herod’s dungeon; to the prisoners at Philippi; to Paul and his companions in the night of tempest on the sea; to open the mind of Cornelius to receive the gospel; to dispatch Peter with the message of salvation to the Gentile stranger—thus holy angels have, in all ages, ministered to God’s people.

A guardian angel is appointed to every follower of Christ. These heavenly watchers shield the righteous from the power of the wicked one. This Satan himself recognized when he said: “Doth Job fear God for nought? Hast not Thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side?” Job 1:9, 10. The agency by which God protects His people is presented in the words of the psalmist: “The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear Him, and delivereth them.” Psalm 34:7. Said the Saviour, speaking of those that believe in Him: “Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of My Father.” Matthew 18:10. The angels appointed to minister to the children of God have at all times access to His presence.

Thus God’s people, exposed to the deceptive power and unsleeping malice of the prince of darkness, and in conflict with all the forces of evil, are assured of the unceasing guardianship of heavenly angels. Nor is such assurance given without need. If God has granted to His children promise of grace and protection, it is because there are mighty agencies of evil to be met—agencies numerous, determined, and untiring, of whose malignity and power none can safely be ignorant or unheeding.

Evil spirits, in the beginning created sinless, were equal in nature, power, and glory with the holy beings that are now God’s messengers. But fallen through sin, they are leagued together for the dishonor of God and the destruction of men. United with Satan in his rebellion, and with him cast out from heaven, they have, through all succeeding ages, co-operated with him in his warfare against the divine authority. We are told in Scripture of their confederacy and government, of their various orders, of their intelligence and subtlety, and of their malicious designs against the peace and happiness of men. (continues)

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Snares of Satan (part 3)
Snares of Satan (part 2)
Snares of Satan (part 1)
Agency of Evil Spirits (part 3)
Agency of Evil Spirits (part 2)
Agency of Evil Spirits (part 1)
Enmity Between Man and Satan (part 3)
Enmity Between Man and Satan (part 2)
Enmity Between Man and Satan (part 1)
The Origin of Evil (part 5)
The Origin of Evil (part 4)
The Origin of Evil (part 3)
The Origin of Evil (part 2)
The Origin of Evil (part 1)
Facing Life's Record (part 5)
Facing Life's Record (part 4)
Facing Life's Record (part 3)
Facing Life's Record (part 2)
Facing Life's Record (part 1)
Modern Revivals (part 9)
Modern Revivals (part 8)
Modern Revivals (part 7)
Modern Revivals (part 6)
Modern Revivals (part 5)
Modern Revivals (part 4)
Modern Revivals (part 3)
Modern Revivals (part 2)
Modern Revivals (part 1)
A Work of Reform (part 4)
A Work of Reform (part 3)
A Work of Reform (part 2)
A Work of Reform (part 1)
God's Law Immutable (part 7)
God's Law Immutable (part 6)
God's Law Immutable (part 5)
God's Law Immutable (part 4)
God's Law Immutable (part 3)
God's Law Immutable (part 2)
God's Law Immutable (part 1)
In the Holy of Holies (part 4)
In the Holy of Holies (part 3)
In the Holy of Holies (part 2)
In the Holy of Holies (part 1)
What is the Sanctuary? (part 6)
What is the Sanctuary? (part 5)
What is the Sanctuary? (part 4)
What is the Sanctuary? (part 3)
What is the Sanctuary? (part 2)
What is the Sanctuary? (part 1)
Prophecies Fulfilled (part 7)
Prophecies Fulfilled (part 6)
Prophecies Fulfilled (part 5)
Prophecies Fulfilled (part 4)
Prophecies Fulfilled (part 3)
Prophecies Fulfilled (part 2)
Prophecies Fulfilled (part 1)
A Warning Rejected (part 6)
A Warning Rejected (part 5)
A Warning Rejected (part 4)
A Warning Rejected (part 3)
A Warning Rejected (part 2)
A Warning Rejected (part 1)
A Great Religious Awakening (part 8)
A Great Religious Awakening (part 7)
A Great Religious Awakening (part 6)
A Great Religious Awakening (part 5)
A Great Religious Awakening (part 4)
A Great Religious Awakening (part 3)
A Great Religious Awakening (part 2)
A Great Religious Awakening (part 1)
Light Through Darkness (part 5)
Light Through Darkness (part 4)
Light Through Darkness (part 3)
Light Through Darkness (part 2)
Light Through Darkness (part 1)
An American Reformer (part 10)
An American Reformer (part 9)
An American Reformer (part 8)
An American Reformer (part 7)
An American Reformer (part 6)
An American Reformer (part 5)
An American Reformer (part 4)
An American Reformer (part 3)
An American Reformer (part 2)
An American Reformer (part 1)
Heralds of the Morning (part 7)
Heralds of the Morning (part 6)
Heralds of the Morning (part 5)
Heralds of the Morning (part 4)
Heralds of the Morning (part 3)
Heralds of the Morning (part 2)
Heralds of the Morning (part 1)
The Pilgrim Fathers (part 4)
The Pilgrim Fathers (part 3)
The Pilgrim Fathers (part 2)
The Pilgrim Fathers (part 1)
The Bible and the French Revolution (part 9)
The Bible and the French Revolution (part 8)
The Bible and the French Revolution (part 7)
The Bible and the French Revolution (part 6)
The Bible and the French Revolution (part 5)
The Bible and the French Revolution (part 4)
The Bible and the French Revolution (part 3)
The Bible and the French Revolution (part 2)
The Bible and the French Revolution (part 1)
Later English Reformers (part 8)
Later English Reformers (part 7)
Later English Reformers (part 6)
Later English Reformers (part 5)
Later English Reformers (part 4)
Later English Reformers (part 3)
Later English Reformers (part 2)
Later English Reformers (part 1)
The Netherlands and Scandinavia (part 3)
The Netherlands and Scandinavia (part 2)
The Netherlands and Scandinavia (part 1)
The French Reformation (part 13)
The French Reformation (part 12)
The French Reformation (part 11)
The French Reformation (part 10)
The French Reformation (part 9)
The French Reformation (part 8)
The French Reformation (part 7)
The French Reformation (part 6)
The French Reformation (part 5)
The French Reformation (part 4)
The French Reformation (part 3)
The French Reformation (part 2)
The French Reformation (part 1)
Protest of the Princes (part 7)
Protest of the Princes (part 6)
Protest of the Princes (part 5)
Protest of the Princes (part 4)
Protest of the Princes (part 3)
Protest of the Princes (part 2)
Protest of the Princes (part 1)
Progress of Reform in Germany (part 6)
Progress of Reform in Germany (part 5)
Progress of Reform in Germany (part 4)
Progress of Reform in Germany (part 3)
Progress of Reform in Germany (part 2)
Progress of Reform in Germany (part 1)
The Swiss Reformer (part 5)
The Swiss Reformer (part 4)
The Swiss Reformer (part 3)
The Swiss Reformer (part 2)
The Swiss Reformer (part 1)
Luther Before the Diet (part 10)
Luther Before the Diet (part 9)
Luther Before the Diet (part 8)
Luther Before the Diet (part 7)
Luther Before the Diet (part 6)
Luther Before the Diet (part 5)
Luther Before the Diet (part 4)
Luther Before the Diet (part 3)
Luther Before the Diet (part 2)
Luther Before the Diet (part 1)
Luther's Separation From Rome (part 10)
Luther's Separation From Rome (part 9)
Luther's Separation From Rome (part 8)
Luther's Separation From Rome (part 7)
Luther's Separation From Rome (part 6)
Luther's Separation From Rome (part 5)
Luther's Separation From Rome (part 4)
Luther's Separation From Rome (part 3)
Luther's Separation From Rome (part 2)
Luther's Separation From Rome (part 1)
Huss and Jerome (part 9)
Huss and Jerome (part 8)
Huss and Jerome (part 7)
Huss and Jerome (part 6)
Huss and Jerome (part 5)
Huss and Jerome (part 4)
Huss and Jerome (part 3)
Huss and Jerome (part 2)
Huss and Jerome (part 1)
John Wycliffe (part 7)
John Wycliffe (part 6)
John Wycliffe (part 5)
John Wycliffe (part 4)
John Wycliffe (part 3)
John Wycliffe (part 2)
John Wycliffe (part 1)
The Waldenses (part 7)
The Waldenses (part 6)
The Waldenses (part 5)
The Waldenses (part 4)
The Waldenses (part 3)
The Waldenses (part 2)
The Waldenses (part 1)
An Era of Spiritual Darkness (part 5)
An Era of Spiritual Darkness (part 4)
An Era of Spiritual Darkness (part 3)
An Era of Spiritual Darkness (part 2)
An Era of Spiritual Darkness (part 1)
Persecution in the First Centuries (part 4)
Persecution in the First Centuries (part 3)
Persecution in the First Centuries (part 2)
Persecution in the First Centuries (part 1)
The Destruction of Jerusalem (part 8)
The Destruction of Jerusalem (part 7)
The Destruction of Jerusalem (part 6)
The Destruction of Jerusalem (part 5)
The Destruction of Jerusalem (part 4)
The Destruction of Jerusalem (part 3)
The Destruction of Jerusalem (part 2)
The Destruction of Jerusalem (part 1)

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