Angels, Prophecies, and Experiences

In Revelation 19, John the Apostle was overwhelmed by all the visions he had seen and words he had heard. It was no doubt a sensory and spiritual overload! Unable to take any more, he falls down to worship the angel who had shown him many things — and receives a rebuke for doing so.

“See that you do not do that! I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren who have the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” (Rev. 19:10b, NKJV)

We learn two extremely important things from the rebuke of the angel. First, angels do not consider themselves superior to us. We should not have an unhealthy devotion to angels and should definitely not worship or serve them – nor should we seek their counsel in anyway.

The angel emphasizes that he, like John, is only a servant of God. He directs John back to the worship of God, because that’s what prophecy is all about: giving testimony and glory to Jesus. This is why people can easily go astray when they seek prophetic experiences for their own sake.

The angel’s second point is clear:

All true, Christian, experiences of prophecy are about exalting Jesus Christ and directing our affections towards Him. They will draw us to the Shepherd, not cause us to begin wandering the pastures in search of another prophetic encounter.

Do I believe in the prophetic? Absolutely! But divorced from Christ and what He is doing, it is only a show.