Are Guardian Angels Biblical?

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Are guardian angels biblical?  What is an angel’s chief duty for the believer?  Do unbelievers have guardian Angels?  Does each believer have their own angel or more than one?  Are angels dispensed only in emergencies or are they ever present with Christians?  What does the Bible say about angels?

Who Has a Guardian Angel?

Does each and every believer in Christ Jesus have their own angel?   We know that Jesus had a multitude of angels and could command angels at His command (Luke 22:43).   It is possible that many of us have even encountered angels and not even known about it and so the writer of Hebrews tells us to, “Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters.  Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it“(13:1-2).

Not only do believers have angels protecting them, the Body of Christ in general (the church) has multiple thousands of angels watching over it (Heb 12:22-23).  Angels are our protectors when God sovereignly commands them and are under God’s sovereign hand and so we might conclude that Christians have guardian angels but let’s read on before making this determination. The fact is that angels are commanded by God to “encamp all around us” and keep us from falling or getting hurt and they have been with us and will be with us “…from this time forth and forever [will] be with us”… and even strengthen us, and “minister to us” (Heb 1:7,14, Psalm 34:7, 91:10-13, 103:21).

There is scriptural evidence that children, before and after they become believers, also have angels watching over them and these same angels communicate to the Father on their behalf  but do they have specific angels assigned to them and also to adult believers (Matthew 18:10)?

What Do Guardian Angels Look Like?

The little chubby angels that look like infants with angel wings are not biblical.  For example, not all angels have wings.  Most do not.  And if we could actually see an angel, we would probably pass out from fear.  But they are most certainly nothing to fear for believers for they are messengers of God and they are protectors of those who are Christ’s (Luke 1:19-26).

What Types of Angels Are in the Bible?

Angels are extremely powerful.  The prophet Isaiah had the great privilege of seeing them and wrote, “The Lord sitting on the high extolled throne, the hems of His vestments filling the whole temple. Surrounding Him were the Seraphim, each having six wings; with two they covered His face, with two they covered His feet, and they flew with the other two. And they called to each other and said: Holy, Holy, Holy, the Lord Sabaoth! The whole world is filled with His Glory“(Isaiah 6:1-4).   Ezekiel chapter 10:9-20 gives a vivid description of them that is hard to imagine.  Certain angels were solely created for the purpose of giving continuous praise and worship to God Almighty as found in Isaiah chapter 6.

There are also fallen angels (Luke 8:31).  These are angels that have rebelled against God Almighty and have followed Satan, the most powerful created being that God has ever created.  These angels are wicked spirits and seek to harass and cause the destruction and fall of believers (Ephesians 6:11-12, 1 Peter 5:8).

Interesting Bible Facts About Angels

Luke 16:22 indicates that when the believer dies, angels could bring their spirit to heaven in the presence of God.  The word angels in Luke 16:22 is plural so this gives some indication that more than one angel is involved just as children have more than one angel (also plural) watching over them (Matt. 18:10).   Angels are actually commanded by God to “encamp all around us” and keep us from falling, getting hurt, who have been with us and will be with us “…from this time forth and forever to be with us”… and even strengthen us, and minister to us ( Psalm 34:7, 91:10-13, 103:21).   The angels are also messengers of ours to God and sometimes from God to us (Dan 10, Matt 18:10).  And it appears that there are particular angels for particular churches or church ages too (Rev. 1:20).

Angels are no weaklings either (Rev 18:21).  In fact, angels have been known to carry out a death penalty for God on a king (Acts 12:20-25).  Does Acts 12:15 really mean that Peter’s own angel freed him from prison (Acts 12)?  That is what those who were in John Mark’s mother’s house said (Acts 12:15) when Peter came to their door and they said “You are mad. But she constantly affirmed that was so. Then they said, It is his angel,” however this is no conclusive proof that it was actually Peter’s angel that was assigned specifically to him.  At least we can take comfort in the fact that angels do exist. They serve both God and us  but ultimately, our protection is from God and not from angels.  They are real, no doubt, and it is no stretch of the imagination to say that each and every believer and each child before they reach the age of accountability could be or has been protected by them before, but we cannot dogmatically say that each believer has at least one angel assigned to them.  It appears that there may be even more than one at times but that doesn’t mean that they are their personal angel that God assigned to them.  We do know that they are watching over God’s children (Matt 4:6. Psalm 91:11, 12) but God is the One, true Protector of His own.  If you are not a believer in Christ Jesus then you have no angels watching over you, and worse, God will not answer your prayers.  Why not come to faith in Christ today and come under His divine protection and have Him grant you eternal life by repenting and trusting in Christ?


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Colette May 10, 2011 at 3:15 pm

You give Satan far too much credit when you say that he is “the most powerful created being that God has ever created.” St. Michael kicks Satan out of Heaven… “Then war broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels battled against the dragon. The dragon and its angels fought back, but they did not prevail and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. The huge dragon, the ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, who deceived the whole world, was thrown down to earth, and its angels were thrown down with it.” – Rev. 12:7-9

Satan is formidable and should not be ignored but, in Christ, ALL things are possible!


Chris August 5, 2012 at 7:27 pm

Michael could possibly be the name that is given to Jesus in Heaven. The bible does mention that we will have new names in heaven. Let’s get deeper into the Archangel Michael. The name Archangel means chief of the angels and Michael means one like God. We as believers learn that no one is like God. So this points to Jesus being Michael. Jesus will come and defeat satan who will claim to be Christ (Jesus). This is the exact thing that Michael will do. Another thing that can lead to Michael being Jesus name in Heaven. With this being said the article could be right in saying that satan is the most powerful created being considering Jesus said satan was very powerful. This can all be true if Michael is indead Jesus’ name in Heaven.


gregg September 25, 2012 at 12:11 am

I wish a site that is as great as this wouldn’t allow comments. All it does is allow ones to show “that they know more.” They’ll take a scripture or two and with a little shuck n jive have you thinking something completely different.

Why is it that sites like this….that all a sudden EVERYONE is a bible theologian? I know the answer also so it’s not really a question but more of a statement.
Love the site but I’m REALLY going to try an ignore all the Bible experts, before you know it someone will visit this site who is new in the Lord and leave thinking Christ’s REAL name is Floyd

Just enjoy the site people, we don’t have to know how smart you THINK you are.


Chris September 25, 2012 at 3:13 pm

That’s what the bible teaches. You should read all of it while letting the Holy Spirit Guild you through it. That’s what I do. You should do it.


Jack Wellman September 25, 2012 at 5:04 pm

Believe me, I DO know what you mean Greg. You said volumes. I think the fact that we can allow for comments is to ensure we get great ones like yours.


jacob November 19, 2012 at 4:25 pm

I love your site and find what you have to say extremely interesting.. However, you are taking all of the passage of scripture out of context and attempting to justify a stance that although might be widespread has little biblical support..


Jack Wellman May 10, 2011 at 6:16 pm

Satan and his angels were caste out of heaven but Satan had only 1/3 of the angels on his side and Micheal was on the side of the other 2/3rd of angles in heaven that were caste out and so Satan was badly outnumbered. I did not give him too much credit because. The Bible gives this credit to him, not me. It says that Satan was above the throne of God Almighty at one time. Why does God permit Satan to exist and have so much power? Is God unable to destroy Satan? No, God could do it, but Satan is permitted to operate for certain reasons. Satan has deceived the whole world and has blinded them that don’t know Christ.

Ezekiel 28 is another passage thought to refer to Lucifer/Satan. Although it begins with Ezekiel being commanded by God to “take up a lament concerning the king of Tyre” (v. 12), an evil idolatrous king, it soon becomes clear that the passage is referring as well to the power behind that king—Satan. Verse 13 says he was “in Eden, the garden of God.” Clearly, the king of Tyre was never in Eden. Verse 14 says,Pride in his perfection, wisdom and beauty (v. 12) became the source of his downfall, and God threw him to the earth (v. 17). This was witnessed by the Lord Jesus in heaven before His incarnation (Luke 10:18).
Is Lucifer Satan? Does the fall of Lucifer describe Satan?


Lucifer Satan

Question: “Is Lucifer Satan? Does the fall of Lucifer describe Satan?”

Answer: There is no verse or passage in the Bible that says, “Lucifer is Satan,” but an examination of several passages reveals that Lucifer can be none other than Satan. The fall of Lucifer described in Isaiah 14:12 is likely the same that Jesus referred to in Luke 10:18: “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.” A similar fall is depicted in Ezekiel 28.

Isaiah 14:12-18 also described Satan. The vast majority of theologians, evangelists, & seminary professors state that Satan was the most powerful angel and thus being ever created. The Holy Trinity are of course more powerful since God is the creator.


Jack Wellman May 10, 2011 at 7:16 pm

Please let me say THANK YOU for commenting too Colette. Here is more evidence that even the Archangel Micheal was needed to help in getting past Satan. It is from Daniel 10: 4-14: “On the twenty-fourth day of the first month, as I was standing on the bank of the great river, the Tigris, 5 I looked up and there before me was a man dressed in linen, with a belt of fine gold from Uphaz around his waist. 6 His body was like topaz, his face like lightning, his eyes like flaming torches, his arms and legs like the gleam of burnished bronze, and his voice like the sound of a multitude. 7 I, Daniel, was the only one who saw the vision; those who were with me did not see it, but such terror overwhelmed them that they fled and hid themselves. 8 So I was left alone, gazing at this great vision; I had no strength left, my face turned deathly pale and I was helpless. 9 Then I heard him speaking, and as I listened to him, I fell into a deep sleep, my face to the ground.

10 A hand touched me and set me trembling on my hands and knees. 11 He said, “Daniel, you who are highly esteemed, consider carefully the words I am about to speak to you, and stand up, for I have now been sent to you.” And when he said this to me, I stood up trembling.

12 Then he continued, “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them. 13 But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia. 14 Now I have come to explain to you what will happen to your people in the future, for the vision concerns a time yet to come.”

So it took 3 weeks for this messenger of God to get past Satan and it took another angel to help him, being Michael and then the other angel, so it took two angels to overcome one Satan.


Christian M. Cepel October 17, 2011 at 7:04 pm

I skimmed so I may have missed it. You start with the premise that each and every Christian has their own personal guardian angel, “What does the Bible say about angels? It might surprise Christians but each and every believer in Christ Jesus has their own angel.” Did I miss the area where you support this assertion with biblical reference? I see lots of verses that mention that there are angels, a great many angels, and that they are tasked with protection, but other than the Matthew 18:10 passage “their angels in heaven” that children have angels (plural) -in heaven-. There’s no suggestion there that they are ‘guardians’ or even individually assigned, and it even suggests that they are not in close proximity… they are in heaven. If an angel can be delayed by the enemy by three weeks, it sounds as though proximity matters.

Honestly, I don’t know the answer. We’re discussing it right now in my men’s group and I found your essay.

So far, I think the only conclusion I’m able to draw from scripture is that the answer to the question -is not there-. I don’t think we do scripture, God, or our fellow believers and seekers any favors by making definite statements about something that is anything but definite.

Thank you for your time.


Jack October 17, 2011 at 7:34 pm

Christian, thank you so much for your fine comment. I used Scripture as my only support for such conclusion, e.g.:

Heb 1:14 “Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation (these are the believers)? ”

Psalm 91:1-2 ” 1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.
3 Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5 You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
8 You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.
9 If you say, “The LORD is my refuge,”
and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his (((angels))) concerning (((you)))
to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.
14 “Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. ”

Matthew 18:10 “See that you do not look down on one of these little ones. For I tell you that (((their))) angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.”

Acts 12: “14 When she recognized Peter’s voice, she was so overjoyed she ran back without opening it and exclaimed, “Peter is at the door!”
15 “You’re out of your mind,” they told her. When she kept insisting that it was so, they said, “It must be (((his))) angel.”

Why would the angels in reference to believers be called “his” “their” (for children) and “those” if Peter, children, and those who will inherit eternal salvation if they were not related to them. Pass these Scriptures amongst your mens group and see what they might conclude and please get back with me.

And again, thank you for your visit. If I am wrong, I will surely be glad to admit it. I used Scripture as the evidence to reach my conclusion. Thanks Christian and may God richly bless your group study. I am so glad that there are those who are hungry for the Word of God.


Victor November 25, 2012 at 1:22 pm

I don’t know about guardian angels but it does say in Bible that we have entertained angels unawares & that it was an angel who approached Mary & an Angel Of Death that killed the firstborn in Egypt.


Christian M. Cepel October 19, 2011 at 12:49 pm

Thanks for your response. I find it more compelling but I’m still not seeing the statement, “It might surprise Christians but each and every believer in Christ Jesus has their own angel.” borne out by scripture…. not entirely. I may be splitting hairs here, but I’ve become so concerned with the frog-in-the-pot-scenario theological drift that we have undergone in the last few centuries, such that we haven’t noticed or have been too sleepy to respond to outright heresy being taught in mainstream churches, that I’m trying to be very careful with each and every statement I run across, lest I fall for some untruth… or even worse still, repeat it to others. I take your statement to mean that any and all given times, a believer has a single, one and only one angel more or less assigned to them. I think that may well be true, but I don’t see it supported in the scriptures that you list. Hinted at, yes, but not clearly defined, and in absence of clear definition, I think it’s a grave mistake to say, “It looks like it could be A or B, but it’s definitely B”. If it’s not, then there’s absolutely nothing wrong with saying, “It looks like it could be A or B” and then look to how to deal with that lack of clarity as well as analyze from the perspective, “Is it even necessary for the definition to be made?” I think it’s human nature to want everything set down and in comfortable order, but again, I haven’t seen any evidence that we are doing any favors to God, scripture, ourselves, believers, or seekers.

Perhaps I’m overlaying my own past personality problems upon it and unfairly so. I used to be a know-it-all, meaning, not that I knew everything, but that I couldn’t bring myself to ever admit that I didn’t know everything. I’ve found incredible freedom in realizing that I don’t know it all and that it’s ok to say, “I don’t know, but I’d be interested in learning.” The old-man of pride and arrogance, alas, is always there under the surface and apt to rear his head when I’m not paying attention, so perhaps I go too far in the other direction in trying to suppress him. This is problematic however because I tend to seek understanding and learning and refinement by challenging things I don’t understand or have a different understanding of, and if the other can clarify, or refute, or somehow convince me of the truth of what I challenged, then I add it to my understanding. This is problematic for two reasons… 1. Many don’t take kindly to being challenged as I’m apt to do in a not-always-tactful-manner and 2. Pride still sabotages me and makes me want to be stubborn.

Taking it verse by verse, I must confess that so far as I’ve gotten into Hebrews, I’ve had a very difficult time with it. I rest upon 2 Timothy 3:16, but even so I was forced by the fourth chapter of Hebrews to go out and see how this odd and contradictory book made it into the present canon. My pastors don’t have answers that satisfy, and I’m struggling with that because it seems that I’m being quoted verses from Hebrews at every turning; indeed that’s what caused me to pick it as the next thing I wanted to explore.

I digress. On to Hebrews 1:14.

“all angels ministering spirits sent to serve”: we know from scripture that that is far from -all- their roles and duties… warriors, messengers, agents to kick some sense (and physical handicap) into a certain OT personality. So… safe to say that this is one duty that they are all qualified for and expected to fulfill to one degree or another.

Also, angels, plural. Nothing about having “our own angel”.

“those who will”: Let’s avoid discussion of predestination/unconditional election, etc. and just say that in this translation this denotes something yet to come. You say they are believers. The verse says that they -will- be believers… not that that precludes angels helping believers, but your statement was that “each and every believer in Christ”, so I don’t see that this verse supports that, or that it will continue after they become believers.

So, yes, Hebrews 1:14 does say that Angels do minister those of us who are going to be saved… but not that we, after believing, have our own personally assigned angel.

Psalm 91:11 (You placed emphasis here, so I assume it’s your focus). Plural “angels”, and “you”, the individual. What a neat promise David (I assume David) says we have.

But again. This doesn’t say that God assigns a single angel to each of us, and even saying “in all your ways” does not mean constant close proximity and tasked to nothing else.
It says we can rest on the assurance that as Amy Grant says, “He’s got His angels watching over me, every move I make” *chuckle*

Matthew 18:10 – again, a wonderful promise (that children [plural] have angels [plural] in heaven), but does not bear out the claim that “each and every believer in Christ Jesus has their own angel”. Little ones – children, plural, and not yet “believers in Christ Jesus”. (This distinction is made more clearly elsewhere) Angels – plural. In heaven – not in proximity. Nothing whatsoever about protection or guarding. It’s simply -not- here. It’s an instruction to treat children a certain way because some number of angels to which they are somehow associated with, who are in heaven, see the face of Christ’s Father in heaven.

Acts 12:15 – we are not provided with doctrine here and that’s an -imperative- distinction to make, but simply the belief and understanding of the characters involved… the entire ministry of Christ has Him correcting, and sometimes over and over to no real avail, the misconceptions of the entire Jewish history, His disciples, and people He encounters… He flat out tells them what’s going to happen in some cases and then later realizes that they’ve not cottoned onto the idea, or understood, or, most often I think, let His definition of what -is- or -will be- replace their incorrect earlier notions of what is or will be. Christ provides doctrine. The disciples provide something akin to comic relief… I can almost hear the words of Christ being translated into modern speech as, “Duuuudes… I just explained it to you and you still don’t get it!” … “Again!” … “Seriously, one would have to have Christ-like patience…” … “Oh wait. LOL” This means that the bible contains passages describing “their misconceptions”. We’re not to read these and build in the same misconceptions, we’re to read these, and read the response of someone who is in authority and learn from it… to take it as doctrine. I’m confounded as to why you cite a passage which, in the context states unequivocally that -they were wrong- it was not “Peter’s Angel”, it was Peter himself. As to whether they were right in that he had an angel assigned to him as -his angel- isn’t included. Maybe they were right, and maybe they were wrong, but it’s no basis to make statements as fact that “…every believer in Christ Jesus has their own angel.”

I’m still forced to the conclusion that the bible says that God tasks angel(s) to minister to, protect, and even serve us, as believers and unbelievers. I don’t see support for the conclusion that we are assigned a case worker, an individual guardian angel, much as Lewis imagines, soley for the convenient sake of alegory, not definitive theology, that the forces arrayed against us are organized such that we have a single demon to whom we are assigned as his ‘patient’. I think the idea of a single guardian angel being tasked to each one of us is a very modern idea and part of this “It’s all about me” theology that we see so prevalent in the prosperity gospel, entitlement mentality. We’ve let Hollywood redefine angels for us with Highway to Heaven and Touched by an Angel, and now they are redefining demons and the devil and the process of death with Dead Like Me, Reaper, The Devil’s Advocate, Buffy/Angel/Charmed… They’ve made angels touchy-feely cherubs and kindly friendly and approachable case-workers who are working to ‘get their wings’. These are all a far cry from the awesome terrifying beings that angels (and demons too) are in the bible. They’ve marginalized and made almost comical the both harsh and amazing realities of death and heaven and hell. The emphasis on ‘what can God do for me’ instead of ‘I should be constantly overwhelmed by the awesomeness of God and His unfathomably great gift of grace should keep us in constant devotion, looking to answer the question of, what can I do for God, and how can He use me?’ has left us acting like spoiled entitled brats demanding our desires rather than humbled supplicants before the throne overwhelmed by the undeserved blessings God, in his unfathomable love, showers upon us.

I find the promise that is there very comforting, and don’t understand this driving need we seem to have to define it as this definite concept in order to be comfortable and rejoice in it. Is it any less effective and awesome and assisting if it’s not a one-human-one-angel (personal guardian angel) scenario? I can’t see any reason other than silly human desires for it to be.

Post script: I’m not really ‘concluding’ anything except that I don’t really know and there always seems to be things I haven’t considered or been exposed to, or new understanding I might yet gain. Very often, I’m forced to rely on the words of the translation and my modern understanding of them, and am undone when someone who knows the Koiné Greek vocabulary, grammar, sentence structure, and understands something of the context in which it was said provides a more likely understanding of them. Being undone is a pretty awesome thing! 🙂

Post post script: Our men’s group will likely have another topic next week, but I will do partially as you request and pass this discusson on to my pastor who posed the question (as follow-up to his sermon on Sunday regarding the doctrine relating to Angels). Thank you for your blessing. we’re pretty casual, and yet, I do see a growing hunger in myself and others, and I like how one person’s excitement or passion does seem to have a contagious effect on others. Thank you for your efforts on His behalf and for challenging me.

I’m curious to see if I were to return to this discussion, say, a year from now, how closely my thoughts on the subject would match my thoughts today.


David June 27, 2012 at 1:12 am

All I can say is that I agree.


gregg September 25, 2012 at 12:24 am

Chrstian – I agree with the first parts of your statement, that was/is basically what I said in my first post but then you kinf of went off on a tangent and I saw how long your post was and I didn’t read the rest.

I think I will read any response to my posts (two of them) and then….no matter what is said in response….I will not respond anymore and from now on I will just act like this site doesn’t have comments and don’t read them because it’ll be like the other 100,000 sites on the Bible that allow comments and I’m not here to listen to ones “interpertation”{SP} of the scriptures.


Christian M. Cepel September 25, 2012 at 1:48 pm

Sincere apologies if my thoughts have offended. I find such discussions often challenge me and very often lead me down paths I might not otherwise go in seeking to understand. I am not theologian, to be sure. I’m just a Ragamuffin trying to muddle my way through like all the rest of us. I can only hope when I contribute that it’s beneficial to someone more than myself, but your response would indicate that I fell short of the goal, or missed the mark. It’s true that I tend to ramble… I’m a stream of consciousness thinker, though I’m working to try to self-edit with the reader in mind. I do better sometimes and worse other times. My apologies and sincere wishes for blessings to you.


Christian M. Cepel September 25, 2012 at 1:53 pm

I’m confused gregg. Searching for your name, I see only your two posts today. I’m not finding the ‘first post’ you refer to. Has it been somehow archived or deleted? I’m trying to read into the context and understand, but that, and a somewhat confusing conversation threading system is leaving me stymied.


chona November 27, 2012 at 2:41 am

a baby christian like me does believe that bible is profound and no one could ever dig the real meaning of it, every human has its own point of view,it depends how we understood the scriptures,but the main thing is we know jesus as our savior,and satan as the trouble maker is not worth mentioning.No matter how clever a person is,or how long u been reading bible or being a christian all your life,It is OUR FAITH that considers.


susan Morrow November 21, 2011 at 5:09 am

Don’t forget Jesus said he would not leave us orphaned.
When He returned to heaven his Father sent the Holy Spirit .
I wonder how the role of angels and the Holy Spirit are similar or different?


Jack November 21, 2011 at 2:26 pm

Thank you Mrs. Morrow. That’s a super reminder that Jesus will never leave us nor forsake us. That’s also a great question in how the Holy Spirit and angels are similar in roles and ministering to us. I truly believe that the Holy Spirit or at least one of the God-family members may be responsible for directing these ministering angels for our aid. The Holy Spirit may keep us safe by telling us inwardly of danger via discernment and the angels may keep us safe in the physical realm. Beyond that, I have no clue. Great point Susan. Thank you so much my friend.


Clara December 26, 2011 at 12:06 pm

I’ve always thought that your prayers could be heard by God. Even when I was a child I prayed to God asking him for a puppy and I had so much faith (and I realize that it takes faith for our prayers to leave the phisical word into the spiritual) and now I’m 14 and I have one. I know God didn’t just give me a puppy just because. I know its because I asked for it some years back. But I guess I had an angel then too bcuz I was a child. But why cant UN believers prayers be heard from God?


Jack December 26, 2011 at 12:45 pm

Hi Clara. Thank you for visiting our website and for your comment. I believe that God does hear and answer the prayers of children because they are still not at the age of accountability and so He will hear your prayers. The reason that God will not answer prayers of those who do not believe in Him or in Jesus is given in this article:

This is not my opinion because human opinions are not important but what God says is true. Humans make mistakes but God never does. He says: in I Peter 3:12 “For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”

Proverbs 1:26-29 speaks to everyone who does not believe in Him that “…when disaster strikes you; I will mock when calamity overtakes you— when calamity overtakes you like a storm, when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind, when distress and trouble overwhelm you. Then they will call to me but I will not answer; they will look for me but will not find me, since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the LORD.”

John 9:31 “We know that God does not listen to sinners. He listens to the godly person who does his will.”

This is God’s opinion and Word of truth, not mine. Thanks for your comment.


marcus keels April 18, 2012 at 9:52 am

hi, I am a born again christian but I know for sure that I am not perfect and still commit sin weather it be known or unknown to mr. Does that mean God doesn’t hear or acknowledge my prayers??? thanks for your info.


Jack April 18, 2012 at 2:57 pm

Mr. Keels. Please understand that anyone that is concerned about committing sin and acknowledges they are not perfect are drawn close to God. God will hear and answer your prayers I have no doubt. God will not ever leave you nor forsake you (Heb 13:5).

The fact is that I still sin too and we all do as John says in 1 John 1:8 “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.” but the good news follows Mr. Keels in verse 9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” Now, if He cleanses you and forgives you and purifies you from all unrighteousness, then He will hear your prayers, I have no doubt for the Word of God, the Bible, says as much.


Christian M. Cepel January 2, 2012 at 9:22 am

Hi Clara. To suggest that God does not hear the prayers of anyone, unbeliever or not, is to deny the sovereignty (all reigning), omnipotence (all powerful) and omniscience (all knowing), which is not supported by scripture.

If I understand Jack’s post and the linked article, I think he is saying that God does not hear the prayers of unbelievers and gives scripture to back that up… however…

The scriptures Jack lists, I believe actually mean that God hears, but does not respond to the prayers of unbelievers by His own choice.

I Peter 3:12 – “the face of the Lord is against” – this is metaphor for ignoring. His choice.

Proverbs 1:26-29 – “They will call to me but I will not answer;” – God chooses not to answer, “they will look for me but will not find me” – God refuses to be found. Man fails.

John 9:31 “We know that God does not listen to sinners.” – Sinners, not unbelievers. Does not listen – God’s choice not to heed, pay attention to, acknowledge, respond. It does not imply that he does not hear. God is aware. God chooses not to entertain the prayers of those who are working against his will… not unbelievers… sinners.

If I’ve misread you Jack, I apologize. I have no truck with those who question the authority and sovereignty of Almighty God.

Interesting how this blog engine prevents copying and pasting of content. Rather limits response, though fortunately, there’s an option to look-up on Wikipedia and copy from there.

Cheers and may God bless you.


Jack April 18, 2012 at 2:59 pm

Christian, you are exactly right. To hear is one thing but to answer is another. You have not misread me sir but did a marvelous job of clarifying what I was trying to say but I believe you said it better than me! Thank you Christian. Well said sir. I am sorry I responded so late.


Jack January 2, 2012 at 3:32 pm

Christian, what a brilliant and insightful comment. I wished I had included your thinking in this article…YES, He does hear them but will not answer them. I love that. I remember that David prayed numerous times to God and God heard and answered him but Saul prayed only ONE TIME to God and God did not answer him so he went to the Witch at Endor (1 Sam 28). Saul only made it worse by doing this and ended up breaking yet another law of God (Deut. 18:9-12)

Thank you so much Christian for clarifying this article in a most positive way my friend. Well done. Please return again soon. You are always welcome here.


Christian M. Cepel January 3, 2012 at 9:18 am

Thanks Jack. I’ve been enjoying your articles, especially the ones that challenge my thinking. I’ve found that this is really the only way I learn and remember. I can read something I agree with entirely and get a warm fuzzy feeling and know that I enjoyed it… and not remember a single point; or I can read something that makes me formulate an argument (even if just in my head)… and often, after trying to form an argument I’ll have found that the other point of view has influenced and moderated or changed my way of thinking. I’m still just a neophyte and fall victim to many of the traps, especially pride that await those trying to mine the bible for its riches.


Jack January 3, 2012 at 2:31 pm

Christian, thank you so much sir. I like your thought on formulating an argument since this shows you take studying the Bible seriously. Well said and for great reason too. I have to watch myself that I don’t get too cocky since I know that knowledge puffs up. The thing I must keep in mind is that the Holy Spirit is doing the teaching and so I can not take credit for spiritually revealed knowledge. Pride is something that I have even today and it causes my downfall at times…but I must remain humble, and what I love to say to the church I under-shepherd (pastor) that God loves FAT people…they are Faithful, Available, and Teachable. I pray I remain all three. I appreciate your comment so much. Please return again soon. When need such men of God like you and I thank God for you Christian.

PS, love your name…that’s my oldest grandson’s name! 🙂


Shawn February 10, 2012 at 3:41 pm

I had a recent experience with a self-proclaimed medium recently. I have only known her for 2-3 weeks and she does not know any of my family. In fact, I don’t have any family living anywhere nearby and we had never had any discussions regarding my family. She is a patient of mine and I see her about 3x/wk. She told me the other day that for the past couple of visits, there has been a lady standing behind me and that she was wondering who she could be. Completely skeptical of the whole idea, I kept my mouth shut and did not reveal any information that could be used to allow her to convince me this was real. I told her the only person I could imagine it being was my aunt. My patient stated she heard the name “Carol or Carolyn” and asked if my aunt had a very good friend by that name. At first, I thought “No, definitely not”, but about 10-15 minutes later I made a connection. My aunt’s daughter’s name was Kari (but they also called her Kari Ann). I had been thinking too literally and realized that the translations may not be perfect. I was still keeping in mind not to be swayed by vague coincidences. Later, she mentioned that my aunt stated several times “I couldn’t stand the cigarette smoke!”. The only people in her life that smoked were her twin brothers who would come from out of town to visit and set up a card table in her garage and smoke. Now when I mentioned the smoking statement to her daughter, Kari, she said “Yes, she was always complaining about the cigarette smoke”. The last person to care for her in the end was one of her brothers, and I’m sure she could smell the cigarette smoke on him.
My patient then looked at me and said “Her name starts with a S”. I said “yes”. She immediately stated “Sally!”. I said “yes” and my eyes immediately began to well up with tears. She stated my aunt told her I was always her favorite. She had two children of her own but I lived right across the street and would always come over to visit and play. She said I was such a well behaved child. She stated she was very worried when I fell. When I was 16, I had a big fall (about 10 ft onto concrete) and broke both of my arms. When I talked to my cousin Kari, I didn’t tell her that Sally mentioned I was always her favorite. Instead, I told her she said she was always very fond of me. Kari replied “Yes, she always did show a favoritism towards you”. That blew me away even further that she used the word “favorite”. I was then told by my patient that Sally was my guardian angel. My patient told me that she is present during times of need and that the more people you have praying for you the better.
My patient admitted to me that she (the patient) used to be a member of Wiccan and that she was a good (white) witch. She does or has gone to church and does believe in heaven and angels (obviously). She apologized the next visit and that she didn’t mean to scare me. She told me she wouldn’t do it anymore. She stated she has not done it in long time and that’s why she was “a little rusty” in her translations. She stated she knew the spirits name was Sally from the very beginning but withheld it until the end, and that she should have trusted her instincts and told me immediately. She stated the only reason she did it was because Sally was very persistent, but polite and smiling, and that she would never enter the room until she had been invited. Apparently, the message that she wanted to get across was that she wanted me to tell Kari that she loved her.
I was never troubled by the information. It was surreal, but comforting. My wife, however felt the source was likely from evil (the beautiful side of evil). She feels that family members cannot be guardian angels either. Now, I understand that the bible recognizes mediums and spiritists as deplorable. When Saul went to see the witch of Endor, it is believed that Satan or a demon was the one posing as the prophet Samuel’s ghost. What would Satan gain from posing as Samuel’s ghost and proclaiming that Saul had angered God by coming there and that he would die in battle tomorrow as well as his sons as a result? And, If this really wasn’t from my aunt, then what would Satan gain from this encounter? I have an even stronger belief in God now (no longer strictly faith-based, but now also evidence-based). If it really was Satan’s activity and not Godly, then it still proves that there must be a God.


Jack February 10, 2012 at 3:57 pm

Shawn, this is a very interesting experience. Your patient said that she does believe in angels and in heaven but does this mean that she is a Christian then? I am concerned for your patient because what she was seeing was not your aunt or any human being because wicked spirits may take the form of a familiar family member. Satan has this to gain…he wants humans to believe in ghosts and thusly not in God. Satan can gain people who want to seek out spirits which is against the laws of God and anytime he can get people to break God’s laws, it is a victory for him, so he gains considerably. Particularly if he can get Christians to do so.

You said that you are no long a strictly faith-based but now evidence-based believer. Is this from this experience? Your stronger belief, did it come from this experience? Please read the article below about what Christians believe about ghosts and what they actually are. I hope this helps. Thank you for visiting us and please come back again and let us know what you think.


Shawn February 11, 2012 at 10:34 am

Thank you for the link and the swift reply. After further research, I have come to accept that evil forces were at work. It was very hard to fathom that such a “comforting” experience could be anything other than innocent. This event, whether good or evil, certainly strengthened my faith in God. For the even the presence of evil, proves to me the presence of good. Therefore, God exists! I am a new Christian, recently baptized and I imagine this is why I was targeted (or as a wake up call to start reading my bible and seek Him).
I can admit, ever since this event, I have done more reading and “seeking” than in my entire lifetime. I can equate it in a sense to my college career. I wandered aimlessly for years until I found my career path. Then life took off. I had been wandering aimlessly on this earth doubting God’s existence but now I have been guided onto the correct path.
I did not realize, nor do many other Christians apparently, that God forbids the seeking of past family members and any knowledge of our future. I can say though, that after speaking w/ her I had no further urges to seek further information. I was fully comforted in knowing that something supernatural was present that knew very specific details. And even if the demon spirit took my aunt’s form to convince me that we can speak to the dead and break God’s own law, I feel blessed with personal proof that God most definitely exists! Thank you for your wisdom and for this forum, allowing us to share our experiences and promote the learning of scripture.


Jack February 11, 2012 at 1:08 pm

Shawn, thank you sir for your returning and your comment. I agree, that new Christians are often a target for the devil. Truly, the Devil can appear good when he is really evil as Paul says in 2 Cor 11:14, “And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.”

I know that many do not understand that even a Ouji board game is forbidden because God knows that evil spirits are not to be messed with as they are dangerous. Here is a serious warning and example of this: “Some Jews who went around driving out evil spirits tried to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who were demon possessed. They would say, “In the name of Jesus, whom Paul preaches, I command you to come out.” Seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this. One day the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and I know about Paul, but who are you?” Then the man who had the evil spirit jumped on them and overpowered them all. He gave them such a beating that they ran out of the house naked and bleeding” Acts 19:13-16).

Shawn, again thank you sir for you comment and please come back again soon.


Jack February 13, 2012 at 3:54 pm

Great stuff Christian. I love your sense of humor. Made my day my friend. Love the DRD because surely I have been there and will be there again some day! 🙂 Please come back and see us again soon friend.


Paul Runnels February 14, 2012 at 10:41 am

I stumbled across this pleasant page and was blessed tremendously. I am a Methodist Pastor in Kansas and a Counselor for the Dept. of Corrections. I thank God for your work and bless you in the name of the most high, Jesus the Christ. I would like to know of some of your books and other literature you have written and or suggest. I am of close kinship to your belief and analytical approach to God’s word. In this great awakening, true believers are being tested, sifted and weighed. We must stick together, pray together and in the race. We are guaranteed victory in Christ; we must simply stay in the race with him ever before as as the prize of the high calling. We shall offer up to him in faith and spirit and beautiful crown to His glory! I am encouraged and love the heart of all that lift up the name of Jesus in spirit and truth! God bless you always, your family and ministry; it is in Jesus name I pray, Amen.

Rev. Paul Runnels


Jack February 14, 2012 at 4:02 pm

Wow Reverend. What a wonderful comment. I thank God for your ministry sir. I write letters to inmates in Kansas State Prison in Hutch and used to write a Death Row Inmate until his life was terminated, yet he came to saving faith. Glory to God. I am in the nursing home & prison ministry and am a pastor at the Brethren Church in Mulvane, Kansas. What a small (to God) world it is! Please feel free Reverend Runnels to contact me personally by clicking on the “Contact” link at the top of the website. I would be thoroughly interested in knowing more about you. We share an interest in counseling and in prisoners. I have developed Bible Study Lessons for prisoners. God be praised. I thank God you can by to comment and for you labor of love in the Lord.


Jeremy July 12, 2012 at 12:26 pm

Thank you, sir, for this article. I’m currently reading a book, “Angelic Encounters” by James W. & Micheal Ann Goll. It got me researching the topic more, and your site came up. While reading through the questions, I became a bit confused. I’m all about growth, and often times I can over-think things. While I personally do believe that we have angels, personal ones, Christian M. Cepel’s comments did get me thinking a bit. Could you add some clarity. Granted, I’ve always though Acts 12:15 was proof. But I’m not certain that it’s not just happenstance they thought it. It was awhile ago, and a bit lengthy, but it posed valid points. It is below in quotations. Thank you.

“I digress. On to Hebrews 1:14.
“all angels ministering spirits sent to serve”: we know from scripture that that is far from -all- their roles and duties… warriors, messengers, agents to kick some sense (and physical handicap) into a certain OT personality. So… safe to say that this is one duty that they are all qualified for and expected to fulfill to one degree or another.
Also, angels, plural. Nothing about having “our own angel”.
“those who will”: Let’s avoid discussion of predestination/unconditional election, etc. and just say that in this translation this denotes something yet to come. You say they are believers. The verse says that they -will- be believers… not that that precludes angels helping believers, but your statement was that “each and every believer in Christ”, so I don’t see that this verse supports that, or that it will continue after they become believers.
So, yes, Hebrews 1:14 does say that Angels do minister those of us who are going to be saved… but not that we, after believing, have our own personally assigned angel.
Psalm 91:11 (You placed emphasis here, so I assume it’s your focus). Plural “angels”, and “you”, the individual. What a neat promise David (I assume David) says we have.
But again. This doesn’t say that God assigns a single angel to each of us, and even saying “in all your ways” does not mean constant close proximity and tasked to nothing else.
It says we can rest on the assurance that as Amy Grant says, “He’s got His angels watching over me, every move I make” *chuckle*
Matthew 18:10 – again, a wonderful promise (that children [plural] have angels [plural] in heaven), but does not bear out the claim that “each and every believer in Christ Jesus has their own angel”. Little ones – children, plural, and not yet “believers in Christ Jesus”. (This distinction is made more clearly elsewhere) Angels – plural. In heaven – not in proximity. Nothing whatsoever about protection or guarding. It’s simply -not- here. It’s an instruction to treat children a certain way because some number of angels to which they are somehow associated with, who are in heaven, see the face of Christ’s Father in heaven.
Acts 12:15 – we are not provided with doctrine here and that’s an -imperative- distinction to make, but simply the belief and understanding of the characters involved… the entire ministry of Christ has Him correcting, and sometimes over and over to no real avail, the misconceptions of the entire Jewish history, His disciples, and people He encounters… He flat out tells them what’s going to happen in some cases and then later realizes that they’ve not cottoned onto the idea, or understood, or, most often I think, let His definition of what -is- or -will be- replace their incorrect earlier notions of what is or will be. Christ provides doctrine. The disciples provide something akin to comic relief… I can almost hear the words of Christ being translated into modern speech as, “Duuuudes… I just explained it to you and you still don’t get it!” … “Again!” … “Seriously, one would have to have Christ-like patience…” … “Oh wait. LOL” This means that the bible contains passages describing “their misconceptions”. We’re not to read these and build in the same misconceptions, we’re to read these, and read the response of someone who is in authority and learn from it… to take it as doctrine. I’m confounded as to why you cite a passage which, in the context states unequivocally that -they were wrong- it was not “Peter’s Angel”, it was Peter himself. As to whether they were right in that he had an angel assigned to him as -his angel- isn’t included. Maybe they were right, and maybe they were wrong, but it’s no basis to make statements as fact that “…every believer in Christ Jesus has their own angel.”


Paul Runnels February 14, 2012 at 10:46 am

Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory of the Lord! I have seen God’s angel’s before me and I am confident they are here to see me through; they watch over me and minister to me through the night! I and my family are blessed and protected by the most high! Victory is ours through Christ!


Jack February 14, 2012 at 4:03 pm

Mine yes have seen the Glory of God in your labor of love for the Lord. God be praised for godly men of faith like you sir.


krista February 20, 2012 at 3:34 pm

hi,i know that each believer has an angel and i was wondering do the angels that watch over us have names….or do we name them???i’m confused:\


Jack February 20, 2012 at 3:47 pm

Hi Krista. I know that the angels have names but we will not know them until we get to heaven. For example, the archangels Gabriel and there is Michael…so, yes, since God has called out every star by name and knows each of these (100 trillion times 100 trillions stars are estimated), and so I truly believe all angels have names. I do not believe that we name them. God named the angels already, like Michael and Gabriel, so they already have names.

Thank you for your question and for visiting us and please come back again Krista.


Christian M. Cepel February 20, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Hey Jack, I’ve been meaning to ask, and this seems a good opportunity. Do you think there’s any risk of we, as Christians, getting too bogged down or encumbered with unnecessary details that take our eyes off the cross, or do you think an exhaustive understanding, even of such minutia is important or essential? Rather a philosophical right-turn from the subject, but hopefully not too unrelated.

I’ve been kind of coming to the belief that if God wanted us to know, to delve, to place such importance on a subject, He would have made point to emphasize the subject in His love letter to us… and in contrast, means us to concentrate more deeply on the subjects He has focused on, atonement, obedience, evangelism, salvation, worship, etc. However, that’s just where my thoughts have been headed. I think others would be inclined to disagree. In fact, I think C. S. Lewis said it best in the foreward of Mere Christianity:

“Oddly enough, you cannot even conclude, from my silence on disputed points, either that I think them important or that I think them unimportant. For this is itself one of the disputed points. One of the things Christians are disagreed about is the importance of their disagreements. When two Christians of different denominations start arguing, it is usually not long before one asks whether such-and-such a point ‘really matters’ and the other replies: ‘Matter? Why, it’s absolutely essential.'”


Jack February 20, 2012 at 4:22 pm

Christian, you are spot on the mark sir. I totally concur. The fact is that many Christians have delved into areas that are not essential to our faith, such as you mentioned, “atonement, obedience, evangelism, salvation, worship” and so on.

We have indeed written about many of these and in fact I believe evangelism is the least written about and most ignored of all but we need to keep our focus on what you said. I believe you needed us to realize this. We can sometimes get bogged down on non-essential issues and forget about Calvary, faith, grace, mercy, and the things you mentioned. You are surely right.

We have actually written on many of these already, but most certainly we will take your sterling advice to heart. It is absolutely true Christian and thank you for bringing us back to the foundational principles and doctrines that are essential to the faith of believers. We will heed these words of yours and store them up as treasure to focus on what you said. Thank you. That is truly spoken from a heart that is sold out to Christ and has the Holy Spirit alive and active in you. My sincere compliments. Please come back again and keep us pointed in the right direction Christian. God bless you sir.


krista February 21, 2012 at 2:44 pm

hi,im sorry to bother you again,but after i saw your reply i got to thinking about stories that iv’e heard where people that i know have seen angels around them and i was wondering if you thought it could be possible that if i prayed would God might show me my guardian angels….or atleast their names?


Jack February 21, 2012 at 2:54 pm

Unless God sends them, I don’t believe they will come to us but I can not limit what God might do. Perhaps he would but God might send angels in human form and you may not even realize that they are angels, as Hebrews 13:2 says, “Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it.” The Bible has revealed only 3 names of the angels: Lucifer (who fell & rebelled & became Satan), Michael and Gabriel. I know that some day in heaven we will know their names. Sorry that I can’t answer your question because I simply don’t know for sure….I DO know that there are angels among us.

Thanks Krista for your comment and question and please come back again soon.


daniel March 13, 2012 at 6:23 am

hi. i would like to add on this by saying
God is spirit. in order for us to talk ,discuss or even talk about him we need to be simple, for God only reveals his mystery to the humble.thank you!


Jack April 19, 2012 at 5:18 pm

True statement Daniel. I appreciate your bringing this to light and you are right sir. God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble. Thank you sir.


Clare Watts May 1, 2012 at 4:55 pm

I have read on your website and in the comments that God does not listen to sinners, but I always understood that if we repent then we will be taken with joy to be with Jesus. I hate to feel that when I pray that God is not listening to me. I really really want to know God’s love, but because I have not always felt this way and have sinned does this mean I will never know God’s love. I have been corresponding with a nun and she tells me God both loves me and forgives me all my sins. She says that God is my father and has always loved me and forgiven me. Who do I believe?


Jack May 1, 2012 at 5:07 pm

Thank you so much for your comment Clare. It is true that if we repent that God will hear and answer that prayer. What I am saying is that God will not answer the prayer of those who are unrepentant sinners and refuse to believe in Jesus Christ. I should have said this more specifically so I am sorry, my mistake. Yes, God loves you and sin you come to Him for forgiveness, He will hear and answer that prayer but for those who will not repent of their sin, God will not answer their prayer because they need to turn from their sins, come to God to confess them, and place their faith in Jesus Christ and God will absolutely hear that prayer and answer it. Did this help? I apologize for not being so clear. Thank you for your question. Please come back soon.


Clare Watts May 2, 2012 at 2:02 am

Thank you so much Jack for your reassuring answer. The problem is that the more I read the more confused I get. I used to pooh pooh the idea that mediums were tools of Satan because they helped people, and ignored my born again friend who was worried when I said I was going to see one. However I have totally changed my mind. I did something when I was very young that I don’t feel I will ever be forgiven for, but that nun I wrote about said I had been forgiven almost as soon as it happened. So perhaps you can see why I wrote my email asking about sins. So thank you for taking the trouble to reply to me, and so quickly.


Jack May 2, 2012 at 4:00 pm

My pleasure Clare. I am glad that I could help in some way. I love 1 John 1:09 which says, ” If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” That’s good news for all of us. I now see why you wrote that email. May God richly bless you my friend.


Clare Watts May 3, 2012 at 6:56 am

Thank you so much Jack for helping me. My problem now is that my simplistic view of God as being a loving father to all his children, evil or good or just in between, has been confused. The more I read about God and Jesus, and the Angels, the more I am confused, and to be honest, scared. Why would God who hates the sin of pride sit on a throne with angels literally singing his praises constantly. I don’t much like that view of God. I prefer my vision of a gentle, quiet unconditional loving God, who wouldn’t want anybody to sing his praises, but to love him totally and obey his teachings because we want to please him as we love him so much. I am sorry to take up your time but that has always really left me wondering who exactly is my God. Is he full of anger, demanding to be praised constantly, and denying anyone who doesn’t conform to being an outsider (I wouldn’t want to know a human being like that), or is he a gentle loving God who welcomes a sinner back into the fold with joy, and is full of sorrow when he watches us, his children, being cruel or nasty etc? Once again Jack thank you for your time and patience.


Jack May 3, 2012 at 3:17 pm

Thank you Clare. Let me say that He doesn’t demand to be praised or worshiped. The angels do this on their own! He is not full of anger and He is full of sorrow when He watches us being cruel and mean and this is why He sent the humble, meek, gentle, mild, Son of God, Jesus. When my children do good things, I praise them and compliment them because they deserve it. I compliment my wife all the time…and so God is no different in this respect. His love is unconditional for those who place their faith in Jesus Christ. God is not a harsh, angry God but a loving, Prodigal Father Who is watching and waiting for us and desires that none should perish but wanting all to come to saving faith. Does this help? Thank you for your honesty and openness. I surely respect you for that.


Daisy May 22, 2012 at 4:10 pm


Thanks for taking the time to reply to our comments. I’ve a question; It is mentioned in the bible not to involve ourselves with evil spirits. I’m wondering about those people who encounter spirits but don’t choose to do so. Also people who see shadows or hear evil things being said to them at night. Are these sins as well? And what can we do about it?

Best regards,


Jack May 22, 2012 at 4:23 pm

Thank you Daisy for your great questions. I would warn anyone who is trying to encounter evil spirits for they don’t know the true power there is behind them. Unbelievers in particular had better not dabble in these fallen demons. The evil things being said about them at night, are these spirits saying things to Christians? Those who encounter these spirits, are they believers you are talking about? These are not sins if they are not trying to contact them. I heard a sermon once on this from Erwin Lutzer, the pastor of Moody Church and a Christian family had experiences with “ghosts” in their home. Ghosts do not exist. These are actually fallen angels, or demons, who can haunt a home. This pastor made a great recommendation once. Get a group of Christians together in this home and have them go to every room in the house and pray to have, by Jesus’ authority, send these wicked spirits away and what was called a “house exorcism”. I think this is a great idea. Chip Ingram, another sound Christian pastor has a demon in his home and it bothered him and his son and they prayed for Jesus’, in His Name, to rebuke the evil spirits and ask Him by His authority to vanquish them from their home. It worked. Jesus’ name is the most powerful name there is and all authority has been given to Christ. I would not wait. Do this as soon as possible. If these people are not Christians, then they need to seek Christians to pray over their home immediately. Demons can not harm nor possess a believer in Christ because God the Holy Spirit lives in them. For more on this read or have them read “Can Christians Be Demon Possessed? A Biblical Analysis.” Thank you. Great question.


Daisy May 22, 2012 at 6:02 pm


Again, thank you for you time and concern.

“The evil things being said about them at night, are these spirits saying things to Christians? Those who encounter these spirits, are they believers you are talking about?”

Yes, my mother, sister and I are Christians. She and my sister have seen what I believe are demons. They have seen dark shadows moving or watching them. My mom in particular has heard them saying things to her in a few occasions, she didn’t want to tell me what they said only mentioning that they were evil. My mom is very faithful. I truly believe that by her faith alone her family is protected because protection for her family is what she always prays for. Christian pastors have come twice to our house already. Things have settled down ever since their visitations.

My sister moved to Florida with her boyfriend suddenly without my mom’s approval. She has experienced worse things there than she did here. She has seen a “ghost” of an old woman killing herself, she has seen “death” walking abruptly from one end of her bed to the other, saw a shadow come out of her closet and exit her bedroom, she has heard strange sounds and voices and seen unexplainable lights/spheres in her room. This all happened a few months back though, she hasn’t experienced anything else in a while. I think this is because my mom and I have gone to church and prayed a lot for her.

Also, is manifesting the same as being demon possessed? In my church, sometimes people manifest and the pastor drives out the demon.

I’m wondering if it’s possible for children to be demon possessed? Because according to my mom (I don’t remember), I manifested when I was 4 at church. While manifesting, I saw a hole opening up from the ground and a demon came out of it and it started whipping the Pastor’s helper, who was trying to cast out the demon that was in me. I also saw a demon come out from the floor in my apartment around the same age, and it walked in a way as to not be seen or found out, and it took a box with it and left. Do you think this demon stole something from us?

As for people who see “ghosts” all of the time without wanting to, I meant those type of people who have been able to see them every since they were little. How is it that these people are able to see things while others can’t? Is it because demons choose to haunt some people in particular and not others? Also, if it’s a sin that they see them, even if it’s not their choice to see them?



Jack May 22, 2012 at 6:10 pm

Daisy, it is not sin if its not there choice. As I said before, they should ask for an exorcism of the house or any place that has these shadows or demons. I think some people see them while others don’t is because of the place that they are at and not the people themselves.

I am not sure what “manifesting” is. A Christian can NOT ever be possessed according to the Bible so anyone at church being possessed and it is manifested as an evil spirit by their behavior, this person must not be saved. No Christian should ever have to have an exorcism. That is not biblical at all. If the pastor has to exorcise the church members who are being “manifest” then these members are not Christians. There is not ONE example of a believer ever in the Bible being possessed because God the Holy Spirit lives in every believer and the Bible says in 1 John 4:4 that “Greater is He that is in you than he [the Devil or demons] that is in the world.”

Demons can not steal anything. Nor can they hurt any Christian.


Clare Watts May 23, 2012 at 8:56 am

I have a question about guardian angels Jack. I was adopted as a baby and met up with my birth mother when I was forty seven. She calls herself a spiritualist which makes me feel very uneasy. She says she has always been psychic and has been able to see things in the future which have come true. The reason I am giving you this background is because I have inherited to a very very tiny degree her intuition. For instance when driving on our tiny lanes here in England, and maybe coming to a blind bend on a hill, something has told me to move into the side and slow down as a lorry is coming towards me. Every time I have this kind of thought it always comes to pass. I was given the winners of two races once as well, when I firs met my husband to be who was keen on racing. I just knew without question that the horses would win. My birth mother also told me that her father, after his death, would come to her and talk with her when she was in bed. Someone at her work asked her if dogs went to heaven, and that night her father came to her and put a dog on her bed. She said she even felt the bed dip with the dog’s weight. She said she could summon her father by licking her finger and rubbing her third eye. Her mother told her to stop summoning him because she said that her father would take her with him one night. Now please tell me what you make of this. I know you will say my mother was visited by an evil spirit pretending to be her father, but to what ends? She is a spiritualist as I have said, and as it said before that makes me feel extremely uncomfortable as I now know spirits are the work of Satan, as God has said we are not to see dead people, or see into the future. I used to see the occassional clairvoyant, or psychic, but wouldn’t go again purely because I now know better. However what about the times I am told something? Is that the Devil and if so what has he to gain by telling me to pull over in order that my car will not be hit! I haven’t been given the names of anymore winners since those two many years ago, but I still get warned when I am driving. Please can you clarify for me what could be happening. My two sons have also been warned when driving. My youngest ignored the warning not to go in his friend’s car one night, and their car was hit by another driver joining the motorway they were on. No body was hurt thank God. My eldest son says that he heard his grandfather, my adoptive father, warning him to slow down, and he said that a couple of miles on was a bad accident, and if he had carried on at the fast speed he was going he would have ploughed straight into it. My dilemma is that in all these cases the three of us have been warned. I would assume this is a guardian watching over us. Please tell me what you think, as I am worried now in case it is the opposite. Thank you.


Jack May 23, 2012 at 5:07 pm

Thank you Clare for your comment and question. Your birth mother is on very dangerous ground. What she believes that she is having conversations with her father is not her father at all but a demon. [please read this called What Do Christians Believe About Ghosts: ] Your birth mother is actually in real danger. Not being a Christian and dabbling in the occult, she can be demon possessed and taken over by evil spirits. This has happened in the Bible in the New Testament. The things you may be experiencing are I believe a result from being around your birth mother. No one inherits a clairvoyance gene.

If I were you, I would talk to my pastor about this. No Christian is in danger of being possessed or harmed because that is not possible for believers. If you are born-again, you have no need to worry. When you see things that may be in the future, remember only God knows the future for sure and does not want us to contemplate or make decisions based upon what we think. The times you are told something about to happen is no doubt an evil spirit or demon. The Devil can not be in all places at the same time. He is a created being and can only be in one place at one time. I would pray to God in Jesus’ name to rebuke these spirits or images or thoughts of something (called intuition if you wish).

There is NO biblical evidence that someone dead can come back to warn us, like in the accident. That could be a guardian angel. Talk to your pastor and tell him this to as this one comment can not possible cover it all.


Mike June 11, 2012 at 8:53 am

Thank you Pastor Jack. 🙂


Mike June 11, 2012 at 9:58 am

Sorry my English is not that great. But i just want everybody to know and believe that guardian angel are very real. I believe they protect us and i know this becuase an angel save my grandfathers life.. My grandparents were ministers in our small church here in New, Zealand. Anyways one morning my grandmother was preparing lunches for the kids. She then called my grandpa to walk the kids to school. But my grandpa did not hear anything because he was fast asleep. My grandmother was so mad she when to check the room and find
grandpa still in bed fast asleep. She was so mad she picked up my
auntys high-hill shoe that was place near the door and heading to the bed room. My grandmother was not thinking straight cause she was angry. All she was thinking about is to hit grandpa in the head to wake him up. As she lift her hand up high and about to hit grandpa in the head wth the high-hill, shoe, she felt a huge bunch in her face. And it was so quick that she open her eyes she was on the floor. All we could hear was grandma was screaming… “grandpa bunch her in the face!. My grandpa got a fright cause he just woke up from the screaming. My grandmother told me the pain was so extreme, she, thought her nose was broken and was bleeding. My grandmother got up when in the bathroom checking and was looking for any brusies and marks. The funny thing is that her nose was absolutely fine. No blood, No brusies No marks, nothing. My grandfather was so worried he had a talk with my grandmother. He wants to know what was happening. Then my grandmother said something bunch her in the face. And she was knocked down on the floor. So my grandfather said to my grandmother maybe it was an angel protecting him. Who knows, you might killed me wth that high-hill shoe?? lol So yeah! That was our little miracle! An angel save my grandfathers life! haha!!! Thank you God for your Love.Thank you Jesus my Savior & Lord. May your name be GLORIFIED FOREVER! 🙂


Jack Wellman June 11, 2012 at 4:15 pm

I too am convinced of these guardian angels Mike. Have you ever read Beth Moore’s “Voices of the Faithful”? This book is an awesome collection of missionaries in extraordinarily dangerous situations where if the angels had not intervened, the missionaries would have died. I am sure that they exist and have heard too many such stories as yours to doubt their existence. Glory to God Who gives His Holy Angels charge to protect and defend His saints. Amen…may He be glorified indeed…and forever and ever, amen Mike. Thanks brother.


Joanne June 12, 2012 at 2:25 pm

I came across your website looking for various scripture. I am a new Christian….not to say I have never believed in Jesus because I have, I just never realized I needed to have a relationship with him and live my life differently than I had before. My question or maybe help is what I need but I have a friend who was saved many many years ago but she has been battling depression for many years now. She said it happened to her after a neighbor committed suicide. She knows that the demons cannot possess her as she has been saved but she can feel them around her and she said even knew the number of them around her. Who I was before, I would have laughed at the idea and thought her crazy but I know differently. I know for me, the more I try to learn and how hungry I am for the word the more stuff I feel comes at me about atheist’s point of view, satanist, etc. trying to confuse me or change my mind about what I have been learning in the bible. How can I help my friend? I know that people pray for her.


Jack Wellman June 12, 2012 at 4:42 pm

Hi Joanne. Thank you for your comment. I do not believe that she has anything to worry about by seeing demons but something her seems wrong. When a believer is in deep depression, they are more often focused on themselves and the way to get out of depression is to help others. Strange as it sounds, helping others who are less fortunate lets a person see just how blessed that they are. When a believer is in deep depression and doesn’t come out of it, they need to seek counsel from a Christian counselor or pastor. No believe should be seeing demons unless they are staying in such deep sadness and not reading their Bible or attending church. You need to pray with her and tell her to pray to Jesus the next time she sees these demons. You are right, no believer can be possessed but by staying in their depression, they will never get out of it unless they pray to Jesus to rebuke these demon spirit and to get into the Word of God and get into a church where others can pray for her. The devil would love nothing more than to keep your friend in a state of depression and thus, they will never grow in grace and knowledge and be of no use to the kingdom. You can pray for her and that will help but have her pray for you…if she refuses, she needs counseling and if she refuses this, just keep on praying.


David June 27, 2012 at 1:08 am

“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7 KJV)

Yes, the devil has power but I’m more intimidated by the sin nature. In any case looking over the passages in Ezekiel concerning the king of Tyre it appears that the passage is talking about… the king of Tyre; I may be wrong though.


Jack Wellman June 27, 2012 at 2:38 pm

Great point about sin David. I agree. I believe I have met the enemy of my flesh…and I see him in the mirror.

If you will look at the entire chapters mentioned David, you will see that this can not be a human. In Ezekiel

Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyre, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.

13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. (This creature was not a human king for he was in the Garden of Eden).

14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God ; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. (He at one time covered the throne of God in heaven and is called an anointed cherub, was upon the Holy Mountain in heaven and walked on the stones of fire [a just formed, molten earth?).

15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee. (What human was ever perfect?) and read the rest of this chapter.

Thanks by the way for your comment.


David June 28, 2012 at 9:06 am

Hello Mr. Wellman thank you so much for responding, indeed you have stirred me to search the scriptures (lately I confess I seriously lagged behind in feeding my heart, soul, and mind in The Holy Scriptures) so I must thank you. 🙂
Concerning The Holy Proclamation against the king of Tyre the context and purpose appears to be rooted in the national crisis that the nations around Israel would face and indeed can possibly be classed as “oracles/prophecies of doom” such as The Book of Obadiah. Now in Obadiah Edom was he concern. In fact Obadiah is he only book in The Bible not addressed to the nation of Israel. In this book the following language is used “The pride of thine heart hath deceived thee, thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, whose habitation is high; that saith in his heart, Who shall bring me down to the ground? Though thou exalt thyself as the eagle, and though thou set thy nest among the stars, thence will I bring thee down, saith the Lord.”(Obadiah 1:3, 4 KJV). Here the sin of pride appears to be in focus in regards a neighbor of Ancient Israel quite like Ezekiel’s passage concerning the king of Tyre.
Another similarity is the use of regional puns, by this I mean prominent features in the nation of interest are used to vividly describe the activities of the party mentioned. In Obadiah Edom’s mountains (the peaks of some excel 6,000 feet), in other words their geography metaphorically highlights thier pride, for they trusted in thier location. We also are certain that the Edomites couldn’t literally set thier nests among the stars.
Another case of regional puns is in The Book of Ezekiel, chapter 16. Here the history of Israel is in view especially in verse 3 of said chapter.
More to the point Tyre in chapters 26-28, the pun is on Tyre’s trade and “ideal” location. The riches, no, the wealth that this seaport was blessed to have! The timber, tin, ivory,iron, wool, horses, embroidered garments, all the merchandise that were imported and exported through his Phoenician seaport and city it truly was paradise, an Eden if you will. In fact the king appears to have been quite blessed at first, wise, rich, I’m shocked if Israel wasn’t jealous! Unfortunately as we all know pride cometh before a fall for in verse 16 The Holy Scriptures says, ” By the abundance of your trading you became filled with violence within, and you sinned; therefore I cast you as a profane thing out of the mountain of God; and I destroyed you, o covering cherub, from the midst of the fiery stones” (Ezekiel 28:16, NKJV). Tyre’s king went from an ideal king, an angel if you will, to a pitiful reminder of human weakness. In fact this king who should have been humble will face doom after a long siege from 580-570 B.C. By a king who would be humbled, King Nebuchadnezzar. Such a sad glimpse of history replays itself as a recurring theme in the lives of nations and is recorded in The Bible for ALL people to learn for ” All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness “(2 Timothy 3:16 KJV).


Delores July 2, 2012 at 5:49 pm

Can angels minister to you at night when you are sufferring from cancer and are in a lot of pain. The angel helped my brother turn over on his side when he was hurting at night and he felt alot better for awhile. He wants to know if an angel can or would do this


Jack Wellman July 2, 2012 at 5:53 pm

Thank you Delores. I am convinced that they can and we can not limit what God can do through angels. Yes, I believe that angels can and have indeed done things just like this. I am not surprised by this for I have heard many such experiences like this when there was no logical explanation otherwise. Isn’t our God an awesome God? Thank you Jesus and giving His Holy Angels charge over us and visiting us when we are at times unaware, as the Book of Hebrews testifies too. We know that angels do His bidding. God bless you Delores for this inspiring account.


Delores July 2, 2012 at 5:59 pm

Thank you so much for the assurance to my brother and myself. He would also like to know “How do you know whether it is a good angel or bad angel”?


Jack Wellman July 2, 2012 at 6:14 pm

Delores, let me say that no one can be harmed by a fallen or demon angel for it is written,in 1 John 4:4 “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.”

No bad angel would ever do a good thing.


. July 16, 2012 at 6:35 am

Did lucifer have a choice about whether to rebel?
If he did why didn’t God kill him when he began plotting?


Jack Wellman July 16, 2012 at 2:14 pm

God created all creatures with freewill and not automated being. God has allowed Satan to live with his consequences and his time is coming but God can even use evil for good. See the story of Joseph for example.


Todd July 19, 2012 at 9:05 am

who is more powerful Micheal or Satan?


Jack Wellman July 19, 2012 at 4:03 pm

Todd, I have no idea…but I DO know that Satan is only as strong or can only do as much as God allows him to do and no more (read Job chapter 1). Thanks for the question.


Brenda Marchman July 20, 2012 at 9:20 am

Thank you so much for this study,


Wilson July 20, 2012 at 10:18 pm

I am commenting because I love to write. I think that it is very comforting to have a guardian angel. However, the sight of such a being interests me.


tina August 3, 2012 at 11:36 pm

I enjoyed this site very much it blessed my soul!


Jean-Marc August 31, 2012 at 6:18 am

Yes Thank you for delivering this message jack, i would like to tell you that there is a women who is a mystic and she claims she can see angels and that she has been seeing them since she was born. she has been in interviews in Ireland and stuff, she always says things like ‘everyone’ has their own angel and stuff, i belive that each believer in Christ really has angels, ut she always says they love you and stuff no matter what you do, so what a demon possesed person kills people would the angel still unconditionaly love them……..i dont think so, so Jack i would like you to tell me what you think please


Jack Wellman August 31, 2012 at 4:47 pm

Hello Jean-Marc. Thank you so much for your question. Let me say that this woman who is a mystic is NOT a Christian for mysticism in an abomination to God. What this woman is actually seeing is angels all right…but fallen angels! These are nothing less than demons. The Bible is very clear that anyone that sees demons is in danger of being overtaken by them and being possessed by them. No Christian can be demon possessed however as 1 John 4:4 is very clear about this as he says, “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” And the warning is in verse one, “believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God.” I believe every Christian has an angel, yes, but those who are not the children of God are susceptible to demons and demon possession. Warn this woman and say its not my opinion but from the Word of God, the Bible. Even Satan can appear as an angel of light, yet he is utter darkness, evil, and the father of lies. They are not loving, no way! Angels love is not important, but God’s is! If a demon possessed person kills people it doesn’t matter what the angels think but what God will do to this person…and it is hell fire forever for them. Warn her immediately. See Revelation 20.


Jean-Marc September 1, 2012 at 9:33 am

Thank you very much brother, others have told this women about the danger of demons, but she practically prays to angels it’s ridiculous but i do believe that the way she is now she will never see the awesome glory of God present in heaven

thank you brother


Geert Prins September 24, 2012 at 1:31 pm

Hi.. I… This is the first time I actually visited this site..
I have to say it pleases me to see how every person on this page shows God’s love to another..
I hope God blesses every one who has commented on here..

I.. I.. I really want to see angels, and have prayed for it, but I’ve never seen them..
Is it wrong to seek them? is it wrong to try to see them, or pray for it?..

I just.. it would really comfort me in times of trouble if I could see angels..

May God be with every one on this page.



Jack Wellman September 24, 2012 at 7:17 pm

Hello Geert and thank you for visiting our website. I would not be trying to seek angels for the only appear when God wants them to do something for Him. Angels are at His command and do whatever He wills and they are not for us to see or to pray for them to appear. We must seek God in times of trouble and only Jesus can help us when we need help. Angels can not help you in times of trouble and so, as the Bible commands, don’t seek angels but Jesus Christ. It is not wrong to not see them but it is wrong to seek always to see them but we must seek to have Jesus live in us and to seek His holiness during times of trouble and for comfort. That is what Jesus is supposed to do. Angels can not help you but Jesus can.


Christian M. Cepel September 25, 2012 at 1:11 pm

I would throw in that I think such desires can be a possible rocky and dangerous path if they are not in line with God’s will. What I mean to say is that Satan was an Angel and Paul reminds us that he can masquerade as an Angel of light in his second letter to the church at Corinth.

2 Corinthians 13-15 NASB For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. Therefore it is not surprising if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness, whose end will be according to their deeds.

Ezekiel 28:12–15 implies that Satan was exceedingly beautiful.

The danger comes in that if a desire is not ‘Godly’…. i.e., a desire in-line with God’s will, it opens up the door for others to step in and ‘fill’ that desire, and it would seem from scripture, that there is nothing to prevent them from seeming to be every bit an angel while being every bit a devil, and our desires out of line with God give them legal license to step in and start camping and vandalizing.

I would agree with Jack. Seek God. If He has reason for you to see an angel, you shall.

One thing I would remind all who hope to see angels… especially all who came through the 80s and 90s eras of Highway to Heaven and Touch by an Angel….. And this is super-important…

=== In the biblical accounts of man encountering angels, man’s reaction is sheer terror. Ergo, “Do not be afraid.”, “Fear not”, “dumbfounded”, “filled with terror”, They are great and awesome. In the birth narrative, they are surrounded by the glory of God, and it’s entirely possible that they would affect us in ways that might overwhelm and harm our senses were God not protecting us. Imagine a creature, a force, that has God’s power and authority to battle openly with demons. We are not aware of the realms in which they do that battle… I think… because we are being protected from that which would hurt us to experience. ===

The angels Hollywood has drawn for us are milk-toast weak rather pitiful creatures who we would not expect to hold up for a second battling to protect us from the hatred and destructive aims of hell. They are impotent cutesy things of our own designing and understanding and serve to be as much of a disservice to Truth as does Hollywood’s more recent undertaking to portray demons and devils as rather innocuous creatures, some of whom can even work against their master (I don’t recall the name of the program… It’s on Netflix… I watch as friends who share my faith sleepily laugh and fail to see the terrible danger and agenda. They tell me to relax. Tell me… should I relax if this is really the agenda, or the outcome?).

Add to that the cute cherubic depictions of the Renaissance and later, and you’ve reduced these beings of overwhelmingly awesome power to something almost laughable.

C. S. Lewis gets it (more) right I think in his depiction of angels in his Space Trilogy (Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, That Hideous Strength). He names them ‘eldila’ (singular eldil) in the ‘old solar’ tongue. Those of higher order, are named the Oyéresu (singular Oyarsa), given each as God’s caretaker of a planet. The exception being the ‘bent eldil’ who has turned his back on God, thus making Earth ‘The Silent Planet’. The main character, Ransom, is only shown what his senses can handle. When he is asked to help chose an appearance for them to take to greet and give honor the the king and queen… the non-fallen Adam and Eve of Venus, even their attempts at a non-mind-destroying form are so foreign and terrifying that Ransom has to beg them to stop. A good allegorical read that takes us down paths of speculation of the character and form of angels and their service to God.

I mention Lewis, not as an authority, but as a possible response to Hollywood’s subtle and damaging agenda in humanizing and draining the awesomeness and power from both God and His servants and Satan and his servants. Once our senses are dulled with happy cute, and sometimes even laughable and ludicrous depictions, the reality of Truth becomes obscured in the opium haze of false happiness and perceptions of safety. We begin to doubt the awesome power of a Sovereign God because… hey man… really… like… the angels are just some medievalist’s fantasy on the order of the operatic Furies or other laughable Greek mythologies. God is marginalized until He becomes in our hearts just one more mythological metaphor for elements of the Human Condition.

Please do not imagine that I consider myself any sort of authority. I struggle with these questions as well. These thoughts are currently where I stand… the one thing that really is a constant theme through my thinking is an increasing awareness, vigilance, and frustration with the dangerous doctrines of the post-modern worldview (Check out for more) that a sleeping body of believers has allowed to creep in and subjugate our faith. So much of what I hear of mainstream Christian thought is very much ‘Me’ oriented instead of ‘God’ oriented. It’s about what we want… what can God do for us. What we think God should be like, instead of how God ‘is’. What we think we know what we “need” to make us happy and why doesn’t a loving God provide it… and on our timetable. Instead we have peoples seeking ‘deeper’ self-serving religious experiences… People trying to master the challenges of PhD level university studies when they’ve not mastered the basics of elementary school… needing to speak in tongues or experience ‘holy’ laughter or drunkenness… experiential worship… seeking a higher religious high…. ===and completely, completely missing=== the awesome spiritual experience that comes just from reading scripture and seeing how awesome our God is and how awesome His love for us is; and how overwhelming the gospel of grace is; why do we need more??? I would think that would be a food that would sustain us and be more satisfying than any other, except that we just cram it down without tasting or appreciating it like it were our daily bowl of oatmeal while our eyes are fixed ahead, longing for lavish steak and lobster dinners that in the end leave us hungry and malnourished if we ever neglect the ‘oatmeal’. [I am, myself, just as much guilty of, or a victim to this, alas.]

I think Robert Farrar Capon said it best when he observed: “The Reformation was a time when men went blind, staggering drunk because they had discovered, in the dusty basement of late medievalism, a whole cellar full of fifteen-hundred-year-old, two-hundred proof Grace–bottle after bottle of pure distillate of Scripture, one sip of which would convince anyone that God saves us single-handedly. The word of the Gospel–after all those centuries of trying to lift yourself into heaven by worrying about the perfection of your bootstraps–suddenly turned out to be a flat announcement that the saved were home before they started…Grace has to be drunk straight: no water, no ice, and certainly no ginger ale; neither goodness, nor badness, not the flowers that bloom in the spring of super spirituality could be allowed to enter into the case.”

We need a reformation… not from the basement of late medievalism, but from the opiod stupor of post-modernist me-centric prosperity-gospel sold-a-bill-of-goods (Rather pitiful and tasteless and therefore completely unfulfilling… it only seems to be lobster and steak until it hits the tongue, and then becomes sawdust) god-of-our-own-making/liking doctrines.

I was granted a small glimpse of the spiritual battle that rages around us when I was 14…. it was TERRIFYING and horrible. I never ever want to experience it again, and I hardly like to think on it… except I’m grateful… it made me aware that a very real and serious battle is going on around us between an awesome force that loves us and an awesome force that wants us destroyed. I shall not go back to sleep in this regard. I cannot. In balance, I would say it’s been worth the nightmare of that experience, but I’m not sure I’d wish it on anyone even if there was the promise of such a benefit as the one I’ve experienced. I’m a naturally skeptical cynic. Perhaps God saw my stubborn ‘think I’ve got it all figured out’ heart and decided that the most loving thing for Him to do to me was to break me a bit. My faith was strong, but it lacked in this area. He fixed that… but again, I’ve no hope to see an angel if they are anything like the angels of the bible and not Michael Landon in a pair of worn jeans and a soft voice… but then, I’ve no desire to see an angel if it’s Michael Landon in a pair of worn jeans with a soft voice… what an impotent and pitiful God I would be serving and trusting and seeking to give my everything to if the best I can look forward to having sent to battle the forces of hell arrayed against me, in my defense and protection, is a Hollywood happy touchy-feely angel or a fat baby cherub ripped from a 17th century European fresco.

Blessings…. Check out the Lewis… I am convinced that God sent Lewis to help start us rethinking the facade mankind has erected over the God of the bible to hide Him from us. Plus… wow… what a fantastic author. The real God is so much more fantastic than the earthly substitute. As Lewis says, “Joy is the serious business of heaven.” Anything the earth offers is just the pale doldrums experience of The Shadowlands.


Jack Wellman September 25, 2012 at 5:03 pm

I loved this post my friend. Where have you been Christian!? What a powerful comment and indeed, I think God’s sovereignty sent Lewis just as He did Charles Spurgeon and Jonathan Edwards. We need a NEW Great Awakening because we have fallen asleep again…the deep sleep of Laodicean-type and this me-ology has replaced theology.


Christian M. Cepel September 25, 2012 at 6:08 pm

Thank you for your kind words. I’ve been around, but keeping my head down, reading instead of contributing unless something like this recent discussion tickles my fancy and hits close to home. I’m amused to find that my other long post contains much of the same material nearly verbatim… *chuckle* It’s neat to see the topic still intriguing people and causing them to seek out answers leading to your resource. I would add John Bunyan to that historic list and Ravi Zacharais, Del Tackett, and perhaps Brennan Manning and Kreeft to that list. We’re starting a small group on “Radical” next week and I’m interested to see where it leads. I’m suspecting that it will in-part be addressing these issues near and dear to my heart. We’ll see if David Platte emerges as a candidate for that list in my estimation.


Jack Wellman September 25, 2012 at 8:05 pm

Wow Christian. These are some superb teachers and authors and evangelists you have mentioned. All solid and even though some are with the Lord today, their works and legacy will live on…John Bunyan’s Pilgrims Progress is still the 2nd best seller next to the Bible.

And David Platte’s book The Radical Church…have you read it? It is life changing. Love his work. Let me know how it goes brother. I am so encouraged by your obvious hunger and thirst for knowledge and His holiness.


Faye October 8, 2012 at 4:29 pm

Hi, thanks for this site. After reading Gods word, I conclude that the dead know not anything,they are sleeping. Question, why was Lazarus nor in heaven when he was called forth if christians go to heaven when they die? I feel having lost many family members, (mom,dad,friends,godparents,etc.) that my greatest hope lies in Christs resurrection power……their breath has gone back to God who owns thw treasury of wind, but when He comes they will be resurrected with gloeified bodies hallelujah! Lastly it occurs to me that to entertain the idea that our loved ones are spirits and aware helps Satans deception. My mom,dad,etc.are sleeping soundly awaiting their reward…blessed is the death of the saints! When He comes l


Faye October 8, 2012 at 4:32 pm

Sorry, ran out of When my Jesus comes, they will be raised incorruptable. This is my blessed hope! God bless all of you beautiful people! Maranatha..our Lord cometh and this Kings kid can hardly wait!


Jack Wellman November 17, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Amen Faye. It appears that our Lord could come quickly although no one knows with certainty.

Also, as I told Tom, why if we are in a sleeping state after death did Paul say, “To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord?’ Where are those who are dead who trusted in Christ? Are they in a soul-sleep? Just curious.

By the way, even when Jesus said that Lazarus slept He confirmed to the disciples that, plainly, “Lazarus is dead…and I glad that I was not there.” The use of “sleep” or “those who are now asleep” are those who have passed away but its not like sleeping as we know it.


Jill November 5, 2012 at 1:48 pm

Pastor Jack,
I came onto this regarding the Hebrews 1:14 and how angels watch over us. Now I have some things to share & would love to hear to your input on it.

Ever since I’ve been saved 9 yrs ago I’ve seen things,heard things & even said things not by my own doing. Let me explain major factors in this scheme of things. My husband lied when he said he was also saved just to get me to marry him. Sadly as a new believer I listened to everyone at my church who wanted us married due to a child we had together out of wedlock as teens. It was the worst decision I’ve ever made still to this day I’m paying for not knowing Gods Word in not being yoked with non believers. I need to back up…when I was still in high school & dating my now husband & before I was pregnant with our 1st I had a dream that he was satan & I couldn’t move,that I was paralyzed! During this dream I heard Satan ringing bells over me as I couldn’t move I was crying out,but couldn’t move.(I wasn’t saved yet BTW) Well, during this I somehow called a friend & begged her to help me but hung up on her,she called me back thus waking me from my dream & I was “free” from satan.aka my now husband. You have no idea how profound this dream was/is. Still to this day. I know God has given me many dreams & I have been blessed by the ones He gives me when I’m able to discern them. People don’t have to believe me,I’ve witnessed so many amazing things to have a single person tell me it wasn’t God. Once a fellow believer/brother in law who is very proud wouldn’t listen to my rebuke. They have all the answers & since I’m younger both in age & in salvation,they always just know more…in their world. Well God used me to warn him & he refused the correction. Then out of my mouth came words not of me that prophesied exactly what was about to happen to him & word for word what he would say. I was totally freaked out when it came true. This wasnt the only or last time this has happened & everytime I shared with others so I had people there to witness pray & hold me accountable if it didn’t come true. My husband has witnessed many of these things & has tried very hard to walk in righteousnese,even though it has been nothing of the heart but of fear of what God will allow to have happen to him for his actions.
My husband is very abusive. I could go on & on but I will only share the relevant stories. Immediately after I became saved I have this gut wrenching feeling to stay way from my inlaws. If you read my journal you can see the stark difference in a matter of days of how my heart was turning from pure love and happiness towards them,to praying to the Lord to keep us safe from them. I can’t explain it but it was almost as if I had to protect my family from them. Well things started to get really weird. I wouldn’t allow my oldest son to go with my husband over to his parents I just got pregnant with our second & had bad morning sickness so I used that as an excuse but they wanted to see him all the time. Then when it was time for me to be close to delivering via c-section,his parents demanded to know what time,date,all the informationand I just felt the Lord telling me not to share. I really didn’t want them at the hospital something was just telling me to keep them away. Also,during the same time period I was telling my husband how I felt his father was molesting or had molested. My husband was more protective of his parents than me or my children,nobody in the Christian community would help me. Everyone was telling me to be reconciled and just forgive anything I was holding against them. We would go to conferences & I would feel pressured into forgiving them but this feeling was just so strong in me to not allow them in our life.
When our second child was born My husband’s parents brought the video camera to the hospital but didn’t film until the nurse went to change the baby’s diaper. I just had a c-section wasn’t supposed to get up but I jumped out of my bed getting to in the line of the camera. Even the nurse said that was very odd of his dad to start filming on the baby was only naked,and not only that but then he went strip the baby down so he could look at my son naked. This only affirmed how I felt & was absolutely adament that we stay away from them. During this time my husband threatened to kill me my family and even tried doing it. The hold his parents had/have over him was/is amazing. He never did get the memo from God that you leave and cleave. My Pastor just would not listen to me and just kept saying believe my husband. He felt my husband’s words were good enough. Even though his actions were far from God & what he protrayed in front the pastor of course looked perfect. I now see how the Lord used this to teach me do not trust in man but the Lord only.
about 1.5yrs after we had our second baby I was going through some picture albums my husband had brought from his parents before we moved in together.As I pulled out the 1 album numerous pictures fell out on the floor. When I pick them up I was so shocked more horrified is the word. They were pictures of my oldest son running around naked at my husband’s parents house. Part of me knew that my husband would just downplay it is harmless,that it was innocent. But I knew it was not that way some if the pictures were really nasty to me. I showed them to my son & he acted shocked,later revealed he was acting because he thought I was on to him. I ripped them up without even thinking about what I could do with them,but I did call the police for where the grandparents live and made a report. My husband was so protective of his parents that he called the police on me and made false claims that I was going to commit suicide. He successfully got me removed by the police & transferred to a hospital where the Dr immediately called the police back & told them to make the husband leave not me. He ran to his parents. I couldn’t handle this anymore and I just prayed and cried out to God. So much more happened but I’ll leave that all out I can say was it was absolutely terrifying. In the hallway of the hospital a man approached me and asked me if I was okay,he didn’t really look like he belonged there & matter what, I still feel in my heart that he was an angel coming to check on me. I walked away,because at the time I thought it was just another person & I was very embarrassed.
Things got really sad scary horrible & just terrible. It was Easter W weekend 2007. Saturday night I had a dream of my oldest son 2 of his friends and my other son. In this dream I was hiding the 2 friends and my younger son all from the oldest son. Now Easter morning I woke up & my oldest son was acting bad. So I told him to go stand in the corner and think about his actions. While he was standing there I felt the Holy Spirit prompt me to ask him about his 2 friends. When I did my whole world fell apart. He announced that he was molesting them! Ofcourse immediately I knew my younger son was also a victim. Now not 1 single police offcer no 1 for social services nobody from the church will help me they were all against me. Claiming oldest was a victim even though there was no proof nor does that matter at this point because he was the one victimizing. He also was a master manipulator,he scored 120 on his IQ. He would quickly change a story line to make someone else feel sorry for him or make it go on off the adults ideas of what happened,when that wasn’t the case at all. With 1 another idea came up & he used it for the next. I had doctor’s calling reporting it but the social service refuse to help,in fact they purposely made it so much harder for me. My youngest son was only 5 & had to go to rigourous testing for major health issues. Nobody cared about the victim only about the predator. It turned out my 5 year old have ulcers from stress!
Finally I reached out to a neighboring county who called our county & we now had a voluntary placement. Which meant our county wouldn’t pay the bill. What I’m about to share is going to be very eye opening and shocking,everything that the Lord was warning me about with regards to my oldest son was coming true. For example I would sense that he would grab him when our backs were turned later on we found out he was. He also molested my youngest son in the same room on the same couch that my husband fell asleep on knowing this kid was an abuser. When this was happening I was upstairs bubble wrapping picture frames & heard the Holy Spirit telling me to go downstairs,that he was hurting my son! I didn’t listen right away & beat myself up all the time for if I had,I would’ve stopped that incident. It didn’t bother the kid at all! He had no shame.He later failed numerous polygraph that’s how a lot of the truths came out. We also learned he had more than 7 known victims but they stopped with the polygraphs,probably because they knew he should he in jail. He also admitted that he was cornering kids at school to molest them! I had to keep him at home to home school but sadly it was just torturing my youngest son to be around the predator nonstop. When they finally removed him things went from pretty bad too a lot better but not good enough because my husband was still so protective of his mom and dad.
Now this is where God really intervened. I felt the Lord say things out of my mouth not of me or my ideas. They just poured out. So far everything spoken that night has come true & my husband was very aware that God had had it with him.
Here’s somewhat how it went down. Something was really heavy on my heart that my husband was talking to his parents behind my back. When I confronted my husband he got so angry he grabbed me by my neck and throw me up against the bathroom door. Now my son who was molested called 911 we had 2more girls by this time as well. When the police arrived somehow somebody accused my husband of molesting my oldest daughter. With no proof,no evidence my husbands case was pushed through the courts. He was arrested and had to have a trial! Look at the stark contrast the same county does here! They wouldn’t believe me about the teen with all the victims & proof but came after my husband guns blazing. So they have my husband do a polygraph & he fails! The first thing that he said to me was why would God allow this and I have something to confess,shocker…..he was after all talking to his parents behind my back. Now 1 of the things that came out of my mouth the night that I spoke to my husband that were not of me but of the Lord was that my husband was going to take the fall for his dad because he was so defensive of his father,that he would not cleave to me and leave his parents,that he was destroying the family God has blessed him with & destroying the woman that God blessed him with to be his wife. He wouldn’t listen to correction but only things that would tickle his ears. That he was going to lose everything if he refused to repent.
My husband was quick to repent,only in words to make all the bad stuff dissapear. Gods no fool & He made so much happen in the 9 months to follow & in the 11th hr God came to save the day. Right before the jury was to come in!
Then things got bad again because just as the Isrealites,my husband turned his back on God and went on his merely way to live in sin & unholy life. God came in with a mighty hand & life was so stressful again. This time the county was trying to push the oldest back into our home & the victim was not ready. The judge didn’t care,no body cared for the little guy. They all praised the child who was sick. Believe me,our nation is not right. There is no justice. To acquit the guilty & condemned the innocent the Lord detests them both. I trusted in the Lord,not in man & even though it scary & could’ve been so much easier if I just allowed the system to have their way. I fought,with God right there,I fought. With every human imaginable against me beside 1 true friend inthe Lord,I was all alone with God. To only trust in the Lord.
Finally the county just wanted him placed with a family member to save money. I made it very clear that I don’t trust my husband parents I did not want this child with them expecially when they allowed my husband to do drugs watch porn,drink,have sex with girls,party,have parties at their home,drop out,so much more. They wanted to be liked. Again,I could share more. Now there were things happening where my husband was seeing lies pouring out of his parents mouths & our oldests mouth. He tends to forget quickly so when this all went down he said he had it,enough,let him go. This is something because my husband was very protective of not only his parents but of the child doing wrong. He would protect him over the victim,which is so sad. Either way,our oldest once told us his grandpa molested him,but later said he lied to just blame someone else so he wouldn’t be in trouble.
Now we are paying child support to people I believe are molestors to a teen who is a known molestor & its so wrong to me he gets $ from his victims! That’s another thread.
Actually this whole post could be.
My whole story is this; God showed me things & I believe isn’t done yet. If I had listened to man or put all my experiences or God in a box or to chalk them up as evil inspired & not of the Lord would be gravely mistaken. God helped me,no person,no man who has let me down or didn’t support me,but my Jesus who said HE would never leave me or forsake me. I still listen to Him,through my dreams or sometimes when He is more direct & uses my mouth!
When you sense a warning,praise God when its been proven that He intervened to help you. Whether He is using His angels concerning us or just by His awesome power in a dream,spoken words,His Word. I believe the more faith we show the more He speaks to us the more He shows us amazing things you may have never imagined possible.
Trust in God alone. Men will fail you either by action or words,God won’t! Just thank Him whenever Hs reveals something to you no matter how small. All good things are from above.
My story is surely not over but I’ve learned so much from Jesus that only could’ve happened through experiences He allowed in my life.

One last thing; my dream happened after months of praying over my kids to be protected from sexual predators. That was something the Lord laid on my heart to start praying & I did. Look at what happened by following His lead! If I never got saved,never obeyed His Voice,I wouldn’t have ever known what my oldest was doing to kids all over the place! Even at restaurants!
Blessing to you all & sorry for the long post.
Please give me your input as to how God worked in my life so far.


Jack Wellman November 6, 2012 at 12:31 pm

Jill, first of all I am so sorry for responding so very late. And this is so amazing how God has been at work in you and just how sensitive to the Holy Spirit you are. I do hope things turn for the better for you. I believe that God has a special purpose for you. Sometimes God does use dreams and other times prompts us with His Holy Spirit to tell us or warn us of things. The fact that you are saved thru all this and still hold on to your faith is like the story of Job. I pray God continues to watch over you and your children and you are so right, this world of not our Father’s world but someday soon, He will make straight the crooked paths and make just the injustices that are now in our world, including in the courts. Please know that our prayer is for God to remain with you and protect you and give His angels charge over our family.


Jill November 6, 2012 at 1:12 pm

Pastor Jack,
Thank you so much for the encouragement & kind words! That’s a huge honor for you to compare me to Job,really it blessed me so much to read that! I mess up tons & still trip up in life with my sins so to be constantly loved,forgiven & watched over by the Lord is truly amazing. Knowing we have angels watching out for us makes the battlefield more even. For if we only knew what was going on around us in the “unseen”,the battle that ensues for us,thank you Lord for all You do!
Thank you again for such a kind & thoughtful response. I really appreciate all your prayers!


Jack Wellman November 6, 2012 at 1:30 pm

Jill, I am so glad I could encourage you after all you have been thru but I must thank you and thank God FOR you for your testimony I believe is God-sent and will help many, many who read your powerful testimony and strong faith that gives others hope that they can endure, just cling to Jesus thru all the storms and you can make it thru them. There is a great day when He returns and you will be rewarded someday for your faithfulness to Christ thru your terrible sufferings.


Jacob Morales November 8, 2012 at 10:02 pm

Hello Mr.Wellman Im not sure I found this study helpful I still don’t know if there are guardian angels or not you sighted Luke and Hebrews and Isaiah but I still don’t feel that these references are specific enough to proove there really are guardian Angels as people traditionally believe them to be. Most believe them to be individually assigned to one person I am having a hard time finding this theory in scripture maybe you can give some more insight on my perdicament?


Jack Wellman November 8, 2012 at 10:12 pm

Hello Mr. Morales. We know that angels exist and that they are ministering spirits and Hebrews 1:14 says, “Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?” Are we not those who have inherited salvation and they are “sent forth to minister for those.”?

Jesus said that even children have their very own angels (Matthew 18:10). Ultimately, we know that our protection is in God’s hands and not in any angels because any angel is under the direct rule and reign of God Himself and we know that angels are for ministering to believers and protecting children and it seems natural to conclude that we have that protection available but I am not saying that each individual believer has his own specific angel assigned to each believer alone but I have heard multiple numbers of stories of people who may have experienced an angels intervention without any other human explanation rather than it had to be an angel. Thanks for your question sir. I am not sure I gave you a satisfactory answer though.


amanda November 11, 2012 at 11:56 am

I believe guardian angels biblical and good. God sends his angels to watch over us all of the time.
II believe guardian

AI b. elieve all guardian angels


Jacob Morales November 15, 2012 at 3:53 pm

Hello Mr.Wellman I found your answer to be satisfactory I just wish the scriptures were a bit more descriptive I know that all scripture is given by ispiration of God and that God is all knowing but my finite mind is finding alot of Gods word difficult to apply to many of my questions. I do have another question for you if I might ask is there any one denomination that holds the key to salvation all claim to be the only Biblically sound denomination. I for instance am independent fundimentall baptist and I am trying to keep a Biblically open mind to where God would want me to worship.


Jack Wellman November 15, 2012 at 4:04 pm

Hello Jacob. Let me tell you that I was saved in a very conservative fundamental church, the Southern Baptist, but there is not any single church denomination that has all truth but that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t strive to believe the truth. I would stay where you are at. As long as they teach that we need to repent and can be saved only by Jesus’ name (Acts 4:12) and that we can confess our sins to be forgiven (1 John 1:9) and that putting our trust and belief in Jesus (Rom 10:9-13), we are where we should be. Does this help sir?


Tom November 17, 2012 at 2:41 am

Our view of angels and of all things supernatural is important. The devil would have us believe a lie. Much of the Christian world believes in a ‘state of the dead’ that is not Biblical. Many believe that our dead loved ones who died knowing God are in heaven. From what I read in the Bible concerning death is that it is like a deep sleep and that God will resurrect us and unite our spirit and body and we will again become a living soul. This resurrection will occur at Christ’s 2nd coming. Believing that we immediately go to heaven upon death and are in a conscious state with the Lord sets us up to be deceived by the devil, who can masquerade as our relatives and appear to be very real and ‘good’. Satan will deceive many before Christ comes and many Christians are setting themselves up to be deceived because of their view of the ‘state of the dead.’

Jack, I’m curious why no comment was made to ‘Faye’s’ post on Oct 8. I would be happy to provide Biblical references to the statements in this post. Will hold off initially because I’m curious if anyone wants to see them.


Jack Wellman November 17, 2012 at 12:20 pm

Thank you Tom. Why if we are in a sleeping state after death did Paul say, “To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord?’ Where are those who are dead who trusted in Christ? Are they in a soul-sleep? Just curious.

By the way, even when Jesus said that Lazarus slept He confirmed to the disciples that, plainly, “Lazarus is dead…and I glad that I was not there.” The use of “sleep” or “those who are now asleep” are those who have passed away but its not like sleeping as we know it.


michael November 19, 2012 at 8:56 pm

folks that is why its called faith. either you have it or you dont.Assigned to us or not they exist


Mabel November 26, 2012 at 9:50 pm

Wow, I have never read soooo many comments on any of your previous articles…. Well, angels do exist, as far as being around, I do believe that as well, what is the purpose for them to be around us? Now that I don’t think I quite comprehend, since bad things happen to children and believers, it’s something I know God will answer me when the time comes. For now, I’m content to know that I have the Holy Spirit, His Spirit, who will give me as much strength, peace, comfort & discernment as I allow Him through prayer and obedience to give by seeking His presence in my life.
God Bless, MJ


jacs November 27, 2012 at 12:18 am

I gave my life to Jesus when I was 10. At age 18 I woke up one night, signing and praying in tongues. There was “someone” standing at the foot of my bed. I don’t have a clear recollection of what he looked like, but I was not afraid, and asked “who are you?”
He answered “I’m Michael, I’m looking after you.”
I said Ok, and went back to sleep. I have always been sure it was an angel. Do you think there is more than one “Michael” in the angelic realm?
Many years later I was having trouble with infidelity issues, and my pastor’s wife said that I had a demon of lust. She prayed for me and it left. If christians can’t be possessed, then what was that all about?
I never denied Christ my saviour at any time.

More recently, we have been living in an area where everyone has house break-ins and robberies. When we moved in to this house, I prayed in every room and anointed the door frames. We were wondering why we had never had any trouble but our neighbors did. I said, half joking, that ut was because of the angels on the roof.


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