It looks like a stranger, but it might be
an “angel unawares” (Heb. 13:1, King James Bible).
That makes no sense if you think angels resemble the putto of early Renaissance Italian art. If you saw a Cupid flying around, you’d be aware of it! Unless you’re from Texas or Florida and used to the size of their flying critters.
You’d especially notice one sporting a halo like the ancient Egyptian sun god. Ra Ra, people would cheer and hound such an extraterrestrial so it would hurry home rather than try to phone. How could such an oddity visit among us incognito?
Nowhere in the Bible are there winged babies referred to as cherubs, so that idea needs to be kaputto!
When God sends angels down to earth, they blend in by appearing as adult males (Gen. 18:2, Acts 1:10). They are “ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation” (Heb. 1:14). They usually help with physical needs, not spiritual ones—such as making sure Elijah had enough to eat before his arduous journey (1 Kings 19:5-7) and mothering Peter to slow down long enough to dress and put his sandals on when the angel sprang him out of prison (Acts 12:7-8).
Angels deliver their message in a straightforward businesslike manner and then disappear. You won’t encounter one in a chat room.
Angels we don’t want to be unaware of
Angels want us to worship God and build a relationship with the Father and Son, not with them. That’s true of the two-thirds good angels.
But not true of satan the devil and his one-third demons. He swooped up to heaven wanting to be God (Isa. 14:14), and he pulls out all stops to thwart God’s would-be family. Amazing that he gets anybody at all to openly worship him or want to become familiar with him and his demons.
His better plan is to con people into believing he doesn’t exist. In spy thrillers, the best trick is to fake your death so the other guys aren’t watching for you anymore as you come to take them out.
Clear back in April 2009 in a Barna survey, nearly six out of ten Christians either strongly agreed or somewhat agreed with the statement that Satan “is not a living being but is a symbol of evil.” Did you catch that? Christians! Who read that Jesus faced the devil in the wilderness. How much higher is the percentage at the very end-time when satan is about to bring the greatest deception and tribulation ever suffered (Matt. 24:21).
Satan a myth? Naturally it follows that people would be ignorant of his devices (2 Cor. 2:11). He broadcasts powerful satanic atttitudes through his power of the air using pervasive media, culture and peer pressure (Eph. 2:2). For the spiritually unaware, it’s just entertainment, art and life.
Such sad confusion because so many who sincerely want to be true Christians have no idea that satan has “his ministers” who “transform themselves into ministers of righteousness” (2 Cor. 11:15). Read that shocking scripture again.
Ezekiel warns about false shepherds (chapter 34) and prophets (13:3). Matt. 24:24 sounds the alarm that satan’s “false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.”
So yes, let’s entertain strangers who might be good angels unawares. But let’s be aware of the Enemy, acutely aware of his devices, resist and flee (James 4:7).