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Don Stewart :: Do Angels Appear to People Today?

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Don Stewart
Is it possible for angels to appear to people today? The Bible does speak of humans entertaining angelic visitors without being aware.

Let mutual love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it (Hebrews 13:1,2).

According to this passage, it is possible for angels to appear to humans without anyone being aware it was actually an angel. Since they have done so in the past, there is nothing impossible about this happening today.

As He Desires

Jesus made it clear that God works as He desires.

The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit (John 3:8).

Therefore the visitation of an angel is certainly possible, if God so desires.

Not Normal In Biblical Times

However, we must also recognize that angelic appearances were not normal in biblical times. As we look at the entire scope of biblical history, we find very few examples of angels appearing to humans. Angelic appearances are the exception rather than the rule.

Summary

Angelic visits have happened in the past. The Scriptures give many examples of this. On certain occasions the people were unaware of the angelic appearance. Because God works any way that He desires, there is nothing stopping God from sending an angelic visitor, if He should so wish. Yet we must remember that angelic appearances were not the norm in biblical times. Therefore believers should not expect angels to appear to them.
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