Elohim said, “Let us make...” (Genesis 1:26)
Elohim is One-As-Many. Who are the many? What might Elohim mean by Let us make? The many, the “us,” are the powers of Elohim personified by angels. These divine powers are the interface between Creator and Creation. Angels matrix and gradate the overwhelming presence of Elohim into an interface through which people may interact with God. Consider how often an angel of the LORD appeared in scripture: The will of God, the angel, and the message are all one movement guiding a human soul in a critical moment. Likewise, when prophets are carried up into any one of the heavens, the revelation they receive is by way of corresponding angels. Consider when Isaiah was called to be a prophet: It began when he saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lofty; and the hem of his robe filled the
temple. Seraphs were in attendance above him; each had six wings: with two they covered their faces, and with two they covered their feet, and with two they flew (Isaiah 6:1-2). While Ezekiel was already a prophet, he received divine visions among the exiles by the river Chebar, the heavens were opened, and I saw visions of God (1:1). Like Ezekiel in exile, the revelation through angels continued with John on the island called Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. I was in the spirit on the Lord’s day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet saying...(Revelation 1:9). Through the involvement of angels, the messages these prophets received were encouragement to all God’s people in terrible times. We are never alone. God is with us in all times and reminds us through angels.
Ascending & Descending
Angels are behind everything. When Jacob dreamed he saw a ladder reaching up to heaven with angels ascending and descending upon it (Genesis 28:12), he learned that God’s Presence pervades this earth with angels. Ascending and descending means angels are here already: always. When people pray, God answers their prayer through angels: Circumstances shift and something else miraculously manifests. Many who are familiar with the leading of the Holy Spirit hear and feel guidance in their heart to act with God. This leading is by way of angels. An angel’s message is often so transparently woven into what is happening, even in an apparently mundane task, that some might mistake the voice of an angel for their own thoughts. Prayer warriors, however, are people who are often led by the Spirit of God to intercede on others’ behalf. The maturity of their faith doesn’t require signs or confirmations, because they know that the merit—the righteousness—of their prayer life forms ladders between heaven and earth for angels to move. God needs us to pray. So many we’ll never know are in urgent need of healing or deliverance. To tip their circumstance in mercy requires a reservoir of merit to which the faithful and elect of God are contributing through their prayer life. Though we’ll seldom meet the many whose circumstance angels shifted because of our prayers, we all generate the links for angels to intercede. When God wills, the Spirit of God moves, and angels shift the matrix: God’s mercy answers. Such miracles recorded in the Bible are influxes of divine force shifting the fabric of physical reality, revealing greater realities of God’s power manifest through angels: Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory (Isaiah 6:3). His glory is the angels within and all around us, always with us, near as our soul.
What are human beings that you are mindful of them, / mortals that you care for them? / You have made them a little lower than divine beings, / and crowned them with glory and honor (Psalm 8:4-5). Few are aware of the great power of the human soul: Its aspects span every universe of God’s creation. Fully awakened and aligned with the Holy One, Yeshua likened the soul of the human one to Jacob’s ladder: Very truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man (John 1:51). In Messiah, we are the conduits of divine force manifest by angels. Beyond our flesh, who we truly are is like angels in heaven (Mark 12:25). Yet in the forgetfulness of our flesh, our divine, angelic nature is overwhelming. If the Presence of God is overwhelming, so are encounters with angels. No faithful person visited is not first overwhelmed by the presence of angels. Our ancestors sometimes even mistook angels for God and bowed down before them. A marvelous teaching from such a moment flashes from St John’s Apocalypse, where twice, John fell down in worship of the angel. The angel’s response is remarkable: You must not do that! I am a fellow-servant with you (Revelation 19:10, 22:9). By correcting John with such an affirmation, we learn something about our own angelic destiny: In Messiah, we are siblings with angels serving God together. Praying, worshipping, and communing with the Messiah, we are peers with angels in the great work of manifesting the sovereignty of the Holy One on earth as it is in heaven.