Τετάρτη, 24 Φεβρουαρίου 2010
Learn about the angels of heaven. What are they?
Angels in heaven? Yes, but perhaps not what you think, or even imagined angels to be. Read on and learn the truth about divine messengers who speak to us in spirit.
Many wonder about angels and heaven. Heaven is a word used by religion to describe a peaceful place somewhere outside of yourself. It is hoped by many that when they die, they will be good enough to reside in heaven with the angels. But unfortunately, religion has done a disservice to many, for they do not understand angels or heaven.
Heaven, in the Bible, is translated from the Greek word for sky (ouranos), which conveys the idea of elevation. Heaven is therefore an elevated place, but not in the literal sense. In the Gospel of Thomas, Jesus is cited as saying, "The Kingdom of Heaven is within you." Roughly interpreted, the higher place, or spirit, is within you and not outside of you somewhere.
Now that we have understood heaven to mean spirit, let's examine the word "angel." Angels are messengers, for the word originated from the Greek term for messenger, angelos. In the Bible, we can read of angels bringing messages to various people. Yet, angels are not some fluffy, soft being with wings and halo, but spirits who bring messages from the higher place, heaven. Heaven is the spirit, or energy, in which we all exist.
Angels in heaven are messengers in spirit, and as each of us are spirits within the Spirit, angels communicate with us often, though we may be unaware. Sure, there are angel sightings that occur where people may witness an angel as a benevolant, mysterious stranger, or even a powerful light being that appears out of thin air to deliver a message, but most angels are not seen. They are heard. Messengers in spirit, deliver thoughts to us for direction, to spark ideas, to warn, and to encourage. These are the angels of heaven who surround us, uninvasively overlooking our lives. Their presence may be felt as a tingling, or a breath of air, and even have been experienced as pure love enveloping a person. Angels speaking to us from the heavens will be peaceful, often joyful, and always loving. A great example of angels at work in heaven is the passage of Jacob's ladder:
"He had a dream, and behold, a ladder was set on the earth with its top reaching to heaven; and behold, the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.
And behold, the LORD stood above it and said, 'I am the LORD, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie, I will give it to you and to your descendants.'
'Your descendants will also be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south; and in you and in your descendants shall all the families of the earth be blessed.
'Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.'
Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, 'Surely the LORD is in this place, and I did not know it.'
He was afraid and said, 'How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.'" Genesis 28:12-17
Your physical body, being made from the dust of the ground, is the Earth in this parable. Heaven represents the spirit. Mankind is made up of both. Jacob realized that the house of god, the gate of heaven was within mankind. His connection with his Divine source was not found far away, but within himself, (as well as within you, and within everyone). The angels were ascending and descending in spirit (heaven) and speaking to mankind from within. This is what the dream pictured for Jacob. Angels speak to us within our being, and Jesus referenced this when he said to Nathanael:
"You shall see heaven opened, and the angels of divinity ascending and descending upon the Son of man." John 1:51
Jesus demonstrated how this should be, for he knew things and did things that many were surprised to see and hear. He did so by being in-tune with the angels in spirit...heaven. By listening to your angels who are speaking to your heaven (or higher place - your spirit), you too will also receive higher direction and revelation from the Divine which is Spirit. You may call this energy god.
There is no true separation from your source, the Spirit, heaven, or angels, unless one allows their self to mentally disconnect by ignoring the inner voice. And if one disconnects and seems lost, he or she only need remember that the angels of heaven are in their midst, ever speaking, ever caring, and ever listening.