I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I had heard and seen them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who had been showing them to me. But he said to me, “Do not do it! I am a fellow servant with you and with your brothers the prophets and of all who keep the words of this book. Worship God!” – Revelation 22:8-9 (NIV)

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Obviously, prophecy was much alive and encouraged after the Resurrection, even after some would have us believe it had been closed. We have guides and companions in this journey.

Still, few spiritual aspirants today describe angels accompanying their visions from heaven, but the counsel to keep our eyes and hearts on the Holy One, rather than the messengers, remains ominous.

Too often, followers are encouraged to worship their teachers, gurus, saints, and religious overlords. In a crowd, it can be infectious. I sensed it in the ashram; I see it on the newscasts. Listen to the angel, Friend.

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And they do also believe, that this same Jesus here spoken of, who is said to be the Messenger of the Covenant, the same and not another, did inspire his Prophets and Apostles, in writing of the Scriptures. (Elizabeth Bathurst, 1655?-1685)


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