“I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I heard and saw, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who showed me these things” (Revelation 22:8).
Angels are terrifying beings. They are nothing like the cute and cuddly babies with wings that Renaissance art depicts.
They are terrifyingly glorious, and they are terrifyingly powerful. They are truly fearsome creatures.
In fact, they are so fearsome that they frequently have to announce their arrival with “Fear not,” lest the mere mortals they are appearing to fall down dead in terror.
The angel Gabriel appeared to Daniel with a message, and Daniel was so terrified that he fell on his face in fear (see Dan 8:16-17).
Even the apostle John, who walked and talked and lived with Jesus for 3 years fell down to worship at the feet of an angel. Little wonder, then, that we humans should be tempted to worship and exalt them.Continue reading