The kids had just left for school, and my cell phone, 12” or so from my head, rang. It was 6:50 a.m. I saw my son’s name and little head shot graphic on my blinding screen and answered, “Hello?” It was still dark, and we lived on a hilly, twisty road that caused me to answer such calls with a hint of worry in my voice.
Our car sat parked with blinkers flashing. We had rushed by our son's 4 runner, which had seen over a quarter million miles, wrecked and abandoned. Our short walk from the our car to the police car had required navigation of patches of ice sprinkled with debris from the overturned car. The silver, red and black upper hood of the car was crushed from it’s inverted contact with pavement. The glass from the back windows was missing. The SUV was on its side, black underbelly exposed. The kids had unbuckled themselves and crawled out the hatchback window. It seemed impossible that they now sat timidly in the police SUV, unharmed.
My 16 (in less than a week) year old's first words to me were amazed: “Mom, I’m ok. I felt like I was wrapped in bubble wrap!” She gave unspoken glory to God with this information. This would actually be the only explanation for both teenagers' lack of contact with bent metal, glass or pavement.
“Mom, I’m ok. I felt like I was wrapped in bubble wrap!”
Angel Armies is the most revelatory book on angels that I have read, and I have read several on the subject. After the death of a family member many years ago I had become fascinated with books on heaven and angels. I learned “everything there is to know” about angels. This newly-released book had received noteworthy endorsements, so I decided to read it, curious if Pastor Sheets actually did have content that was new. He did.
The book started slow for me, but as I continued to read, I understood that the author was being painstakingly thorough in his introduction to angels. All of this would have been more interesting to someone who hadn’t previously read much on the subject. His first few chapters were basically summaries of other entire books that I had read on the subject. All conclusions are backed by Scripture with generous use of Strongs to refer to original Hebrew and Greek word meanings.
This book’s purpose is to teach us to work with angels with maximum effectiveness in our lives.
Angel Armies explains how God has revealed that He will use angels to work in cooperation with His end-time church to bring in the astoundingly-prophesied harvest. It is about working with angels to fulfill our personal destinies. He has an amazing amount of insight into what angels are, what they do, how they do it, why they do it and even into their personality traits and motives. All attributes are pulled from Scripture. He also tells us how we should act in order to do our part to best benefit from their supernatural abilities.
This book has impacted my angel theology. Tim Sheets explains that none of us can fulfill our true optimal destinies without angels. They are designed to provide help to us. That’s one of their main purposes. To acknowledge them increases their help tremendously. To work with them increases our spiritual productivity profoundly. We are safer, more empowered, and better positioned when we work with God's angels.
When we act, they are ready. They wait to fulfill declarations and to answer prayers.
Many prayers for safety have been prayed over the years for our children. Grandparents, parents, and friends have asked God over and over to bless and protect them. God answered those prayers this week. Their angels had been discharged long ago and were right there, ready to act. As the enemy struck to destroy, God’s angels were hovering over our kids and were waiting to snatch up and wrap our children in their arms as their car rolled and ground against pavement in a potentially deadly accident.
I can picture these heavenly being waiting to act on God’s promises in His Word, and to respond to our words and prayers.
Declaring Scripture over our lives, and the lives of our family members, is key in activating the angelic. Angels respond to our faith, and they respond to the Truth of His Word. Angels know their purpose as “messengers” (the meaning of the word angel). They provide heavenly assistance when activated by our agreement to submit and to do our part in the tasks that God has for us.
Angels became very real to our family this week. Our children clearly have Kingdom work to do in their lives. Their angels have been busy since their births, assisting and helping, in ways we don’t even know. I encourage you to enrich your future by reading this book and learning about moving forward in your Kingdom work in a new way: with a more involved partnership with the angels of Heaven.
Quotes from Angel Armies: Releasing the Warriors of Heaven
by Tim Sheets
“We have real, intelligent, wise, and powerful beings networking together with us in this new Kingdom campaign that is beginning now. We have real help for our assignments!”
“When angels talk to one another, I have offen wondered if they bring us up. I wonder if they say, ‘My guy doesn’t seem to be able to make up his mind. He leaves the church so positive, but he usually cancels my assignments by Monday morning.’”
“It is time for a new generation of saints, new in attitude and lifestyle. It is time for a divine shift into true Christianity with the decision made to quit playing as if we are going to do it and for us to simply do it.”
“We must guard how we live because angels are watching. They see our behavior….Proper conduct provides an atmosphere through which angels can move freely and minister among us.”
“Prayer time releases more angel activity than any other time.”