Have you ever read something that triggered another thought? This happens to me a lot! I recently read about a shift change in the angelic realm that I couldn’t get out of my mind. As I spent time with the Lord, I felt there was something I wasn’t catching and so I asked Him. Lord, what is it you’re trying to show me here? The following is a small part of what He showed me.
Just as with some companies that work round the clock, there are shift changes which cause the work to continue but the workers to have time off. I know that when Walt worked at a bakery many years ago, productivity was achieved by this rotation. Keeping things going while allowing those who had worked their 8 hours to rest. If you’ve ever worked a factory job, you’ll understand this.
There are 280 references to angels in the bible. I don’t claim to be a scholar on the angelic realm, but from the things I’ve read, God gives assignments to angels. Some carry messages to warn us, some carry out a specific order, some gather the saints of God, and some are warriors. There was a host of angels assigned to announce the birth of Jesus to the shepherds.
So when I hear that there’s a shift change in the angelic realm, I’m wondering what assignment they carry and how will it affect me? I know the time is short and Jesus is coming soon. I know that there is an end time revival, the likes of which we’ve never seen before. I know that when God says He’s doing a new thing, it’s unlike anything else and there is nothing to compare it with.
I will close with this from Matthew 25:1-13 out of the Passion Translation at the Lords direction:
“At the time my coming draws near, heaven’s kingdom realm can be compared to ten maidens who took their oil lamps and went outside to meet the bridegroom and his bride. Five of them were foolish and ill-prepared, for they took no extra oil for their lamps. Five of them were wise and sensible, for they took flasks of olive oil with their lamps. When the bridegroom didn’t come when they expected, they all grew drowsy and fell asleep. Then suddenly, in the middle of the night, they were awakened by the shout ‘Get up! The bridegroom is here! Come out and have an encounter with him!’ So all the girls got up and trimmed their lamps. But the foolish ones were running out of oil, so they said to the five wise ones, ‘Share your oil with us, because our lamps are going out!’
“‘We can’t,’ they replied. ‘We don’t have enough for all of us. You’ll have to go and buy some for yourselves!’
“While the five girls were out buying oil, the bridegroom appeared. Those who were ready and waiting were escorted inside with him and the wedding party to enjoy the feast. And then the door was locked. Later, the five foolish girls came running up to the door and pleaded, ‘Lord, Lord, let us come in!’
“But he called back, ‘Go away! Do I know you? I can assure you, I don’t even know you!’
“That is the reason you should always stay awake and be alert, because you don’t know the day or hour when the Bridegroom will appear.”
Father, as new angels are released, may I remain filled with the oil of Your Holy Spirit, quick to hear and obey Your call. To step out and display Your signs, wonders and miracles. May my belief in You be a demonstration everywhere I go and in everything I do. For those who have kept their lamps trimmed, may their flame be fanned by Your breath as You breathe on their lamps. Strengthen them for the task at hand, in Jesus’ name and for Your glory, Amen.