While I was speaking and praying, confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my plea before the Lord my God for the holy hill of my God, while I was speaking in prayer, the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the first, came to me in swift flight at the time of the evening sacrifice. He made me understand, speaking with me and saying, “O Daniel, I have now come out to give you insight and understanding. At the beginning of your pleas for mercy a word went out, and I have come to tell it to you, for you are greatly loved. Therefore consider the word and understand the vision. Daniel 9:20-23
Do you ever wish God would give you the same clarification as He did Daniel? I know there are many times I wish he would do that for me. I feel I am going the right direction but it would be nice to get that sort of personal attention. Even though I know that if one of God’s angels would appear to me I would probably faint. There is a problem of discernment. How do I tell if it is God’s angel and not Satan of one of his minions?
There is a way to tell. Is what you are being told contradicts God’s Word or harmonizes with the Word. God will not contradict Himself. He will not suddenly decide that everything He has told us throughout history was wrong and now here is the real truth. God is just not like that. He is unchanging and that means His word and decisions are also unchanging.
We can be fooled. Think not, what about these two examples? In the seventh century Mohammad received revelations from the angel Gabriel which eventually led to the Quran and the Islamic religion. While the Quran agrees with the Bible in many areas it does have some contradiction with the Bible such as changing the son Abraham was to sacrifice from Isaac to Ishmael. But in a major departure Mohammad changes Jesus from the Son of God to another prophet. A great prophet but a prophet none the less. The changing of the nature of Jesus is a major contradiction of the Word of God.
Then in the nineteenth century we have Joseph Smith receiving the Book of Mormon from an angel called Moroni who Smith in one account describes as an angel of light. While the Book of Mormon does not so much contradict the Bible as it does copy almost word for word the King James translation including mistranslations unique to the King James Version. I am not a Bible translator or scholar but I would think that if God was giving us an update in English He would have not mistranslated His own Word.
What the Book of Mormon did lead to was major contradictions between Joseph Smith’s revelations and the Bible. Once again the nature of both God and Jesus are different. For Smith God was once a man who now has an exalted body and Jesus is an actual child of God. Neither were eternally and unchanging God.
Even though I wish God would send some messenger to me to make thing crystal clear from time to time. Maybe I am better off just going back to His Word and the guidance of the Holy Sprite. I would rather deal with a bit of uncertainty than risk being led down the wrong path by the wrong angel.
Have a blessed day,