We are told in scripture very plainly that we are not to fall down and worship angels, but God alone. John had to be reminded of this two times while he was visited by different angels in the book of Revelation. I could understand why he would want to do this, for angels are so glorious in their appearance and how they speak and act. This would make a lot of people want to give them glory. However, we know that this is prohibited just by reading what happened with John and his angelic visitations. In Revelation, chapter 19, these verses begin with the angel saying, “write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God. And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” (Revelation 19:9,10) Therefore, John was commanded to not worship the angel who was with him, for he is his fellow servant and brother in Christ, which testify of Jesus as he does. In the same manner, this angel directly told him to worship God and Him alone. This was taught by Paul also, when he wrote, “Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind.” (Colossians 2:18) This cannot get any more clear that worshipping angels is off-limits.
Later, as we read more of the book of Revelation, in chapter 22, an angel said unto John, “these sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done. Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book. And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things. Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.” (Revelation 22:6-9) And again, this angel told John the same thing he was told before, which is not to worship him, but God alone. This was re-emphasizing what Paul had already taught about not worshipping angels. Lastly, Paul also said, “for this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.” (Ephesians 5:5) So not only is praying to and worshipping angels wrong but praying to and worshipping Mary and the Saints is wrong also. When we make graven images and statues of people and bow down to them, this is idolatry, which blasphemes God. So if you desire to go to heaven, then get rid of all your idols, while only worshipping our Lord God who saves.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, help us to know and follow Your will for us and not follow after the will of man. We can easily go off course when we put our trust in people, instead of trusting in You. I know that there are times that it is good to follow the lead of a specific Christian, but only if the Holy Spirit is leading us in this. Thank You for teaching me these important truths. The truth is, I would never wish to be led by a false teacher or false church unknowingly. Therefore, I seek Your hand daily, that I might be led by You and not go astray. People say my heart is closed off to the truth, but if they just knew how open it really is to You, they would be amazed. Lord, I love to learn from You. You are my guide and the author of any wisdom I have in my life. Sure, angels are glorious in their appearance, but I don’t come to them for wisdom. I simply bow down at Your feet God, not angels in prayer, while asking that You surround me with Your angels. Not that I am supposed to speak to them, but for You to send them to me. Lord, help me and others find what is most important in this life and then cling to it. Help us not go astray because of certain influences in our lives. If there are any toxic relationships now, I ask that you mend them or help us know how to break free from them if necessary. And help us find a good Bible-believing church that teaches Your message of hope and not the doctrines of men. I believe in You, Lord. I trust in You, God. Your ways are true and faithful. will follow You until the end of times. I love You. Amen.