Question: Are angels singing in human worship services?
When I first read an article that this phenomena was being reported my mind went back to just a short time ago when there were reports of angel feathers falling in some charismatic meetings connected with the False Revival that came out of the Vineyard Church movement that was later connected with the Toronto Airport and Brownsville Revival spin offs. The people connected with these types of quasi-Christian movements have a long history of “manufacturing” supposed miracles and other phenomena, that if they were real, would have to be labeled extra and often contrary biblical and smack heavily of the occult.
Things that take place in these organizations seem to be strongly connected with angel worship, which is forbidden in Scripture:
“Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God.”
“And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”
The only angelic beings that will receive worship, apart from the Lord Jesus Christ when He appeared in angelic form in the Old Testament, are fallen angels including Lucifer himself. The whole business of supposed angelic singing seems to me more in tune with the adoration of angels than with the worship of God, and this is true whether instances of angelic singing are real or contrived. While it seems to me that the whole business is contrived, the inspiration for perpetrating the deception could still be demonic in origin.
My opinion, however, is worth nothing if it is not based upon Scripture, so let us consider what the Word of God says and what it does not say. First of all does the Bible picture angelic beings as singing on earth? Let us take a look at that. Woops! We cannot! The closest we can come to seeing angels singing upon the earth occurs in Luke 2: 13-14:
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
You will notice that we do not actually know angels were singing at that time. We presume that they were because we consider singing an integral part of praising God.
Does singing occur in heaven? Apparently it does. Beginning with the Creation:
Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding. Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it? Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof; When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy? Job 38: 4-7 But there is no evidence that I can find men and angels ever sing together, even in heaven until after the Redeemed Church is gathered before the Throne of God in Heaven:
1 And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.
2 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?
3 And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.
4 And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.
5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.
6 And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.
7 And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne.
8 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.
9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;
10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.
11 And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands;
12 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.
Revelation 5 1-12
One thing that has occurred to me studying this is the occasion where men and cherubim sing together might actually be such a momentous event that it could actually be a real blasphemy to fabricate a delusion that men and angels have sung together before. I do not know that is the case, but in the light of the evidence of what I have learned thus far I fear this might be true.
Next, it seems good, since the claim is made that angels are participating in human worship services to ask the question “Are angels present in human worship services?” I think the reasonable answer to this question is yes. I cite evidence for this in the Book of Ephesians:
And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: Ephesins 3: 9-11.
Let us do some deductive reasoning. This passage presents the idea of the church being used as an object lesson for the principalities and powers in heavenly places, that would be angelic beings who did not fall with Satan. Now if they are learning the manifold wisdom of God they would have to be present in worship, just as some must have been present in the Holy of Holies. But because they are learning a lesson, it follows they are observing, not participating, except in their role of resisting the evil messengers of the Devil. It follows they cannot interfere in worship by participating in it. They are not singing with the choir!
Now, having established the falsity of this claim, let us go forward to look at the man who promoted the delusion. The article I read from WorldNetDaily.com written by Joe Kovacs in February 2007 began by introducing him as a retired Air Force colonel. There is a reason behind such an introduction. People have a tendency to think of military officers, particularly higher-ranking officers as being more level headed. Not only that, Air Force officers because of the Air Force image and the high responsibilities they might be asked to handle have a particular degree of respect in this matter. All of this can be used to lend them credibility when they promote something strange or unusual. To give Mr. Kovacs credit, he did later on in the article provide clues to allow the discriminating reader catch on that all might not be well.
When I posted the article in my Thought_Today Daily Digest in Yahoo Groups, a dear sister in the Lord, whose work I greatly respect and appreciate wrote me:
Greetings Brother Ford,
I took note that you mentioned this and decided to check it out. I didn’t have time to research the churches where this supposedly occurred, but Jackie Alnor says that the one in Florida is Rodney-Howard-Browne’s church. (You know, Mr. Holy Laughter.) That explains a lot and convinces me that it is Satan himself disguised as an angel of light. He was the director of music in heaven and I am sure his minions can sing very sweetly and what they are doing is mocking the Lord. I haven’t listened to any of the other tapes, but the one I listened to didn’t sound “out of this world.” There are people who are “angel-obsessed” and that is very dangerous ground. This only feeds into that and furthers the deception. I am sure you will do a good job of addressing this. Oh what deception! Satan is pulling out all the stops!
I think her observations on this matter were very much correct and to the point.
My research on Jim Bramlett revealed some additional things of interest. Apparently, from what appears on the Internet Mr Bramlett has been involved in some pretty far fetched things during his time, including a prophecy that the Lord Jesus Christ would return and the Great Tribulation would begin before the year 2000. Not to mention revelations of things like a guy in Alabama having the Lord appear to him in a cave, which reminds me of Mohammed’s deception, if these stories are true, this man has already revealed himself as a false prophet of the first rank.
I was not satisfied with my own research and opinions about the music so I submitted the matter to my brother who is a Minister of Music and a Christian musician and singer of the first rank. His comments and observations are most telling, but I am not liberty to publish his comments at this time and hope in the future I might do so in a separate response. One thing that did catch my eye was his observation on the presence of female angelic voices when there is no Scripture evidence such a thing as female angels exist. The other thing is he points out discords his trained ear picks up on in the supposed angelic music. I do not think that if angels were to be singing they would be missing any notes. I do not expect that when I get to sing in the presence of the Lord that even I will miss a note!
In the future I expect we will publish more on the subject as I have said. In the meantime I think I have provided enough information to make anyone of sincere heart highly skeptical of this supposed miracle.
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