On a short trip with my wife and kids in the UK and with much time on my hands I find myself often seated browsing the TV stations especially the religious bouquet seeking inspiration but instead finding myself perturbed ... it seems a family film at the local Odeon will be more settling and I have asked my little boy to chose a safe film for all of us to see. But in my spirit I am led to warn about an ongoing and prevalent worship of angels that has flooded the networks...worship of who?
I will not be the first to be alerted and personally hindered from false worship. John the faithful disciple of Christ who was trusted to receive and share the Revelation of Christ, the last book of the Bible, also a rare example of unusual stability and longevity as a Christian worker. Worship of angels is genuinely heartfelt, comes from a well meaning heart and is closely associated with truth as angels can reveal truth ... but it is not worship of God. If John needed correction, you and I may as well, especially in the present times.
Revelation 22 “Behold, I am coming soon! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy in this book.”  I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I had heard and seen them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who had been showing them to me.  But he said to me, “Do not do it! I am a fellow servant with you and with your brothers the prophets and of all who keep the words of this book. Worship God!” (NIV)
In the last days, worship of angels will become very prevalent. Angels are powerful superhumans with awesome intellect, talent and in touch with deep wisdom. They can be so impressive, like the erring John we can believe we are in the presence of God. More scary is the truth that a third of them are fallen and employed by the anti-christ.
I saw a documentary on a late music icon strong on religious themes linked to several spiritual gurus and heard many of his devotees convinced that his birth and death years ago was accompanied with signs. His spell-binding talent, unusual performance success and interest in the paranormal suggests an angelic “entertainment” presence of a different dark kind. But then there are awesome gatherings where revelation, deep truths, amazing wisdom and intellect combine to create another worship experience ...these “intellect and wisdom” angels reveal impressive truths. In addition the love of money – and the obsession with financial “success” will facilitate bowing before the knees of mammon....a busy angel known to have a very large and growing following.
How then can we recognise worship of angels? True children of God will be hindered, warned and not allowed to worship angels. There are many things that only serve us excellently well such as money, music, the arts, intellect and wisdom that are not sinful but should not be permitted to keep out the presence of God ... any adulation in the absence of God can be angelic worship. The presence of the Lord either in the Old and New Testament either before Isaiah, Abraham, Ezekiel or John is often accompanied by a
- sense of God’s holiness and man’s sin, the cleansing and the atoning blood of Christ that gives access to the throne of mercy as opposed to a feeling of anything goes.
- desire for sacrificial service, submission and obedience conflicting with our agenda and natural leanings. “Here am I send me, use me Lord for your glory” is our cry...a sense of assignment and commission.
- forgetting of self (achievements and disappointments) and eyes lifted up to God, filling us with a sense of the gratitude, glory, joy and majesty associated with admission into eternity.
John was impressed, shown wonderful things and heard deep truths, but warned not to bow at the feet of the angel revealing the truths ... reminded to “Worship God”.
Lord, as you hindered every false worship for John – helping him, help me to worship you in Spirit and in Truth, and not be impressed into deception. Expose the worship of angels that your children may please you.
Do something new in my life as I worship God. Amen.
Bode is author of a new book "Perfect Fall Wedding:The Coming of Christ"