Angels: 5 Powerful Reasons To Test Angelic Encounters

It’s Biblical to receive messages from God through angels—and especially those of great importance.

  • Daniel heard from the angel Gabriel, as did Zechariah and Mary
  • Paul also received messages from God through angels
  • Joseph received messages from angels in dreams
  • Philip was directed by an angel [1]

Hearing from angels is Scriptural, and the angelic realm is a part of God’s Kingdom. But the Bible gives us this important mandate:

All angelic encounters and experiences need to be weighed up, before we can claim they’re genuinely from God.

Regardless of how supernatural the encounters are.
Regardless of the apparent glory of the messenger—and even if we are confronted with an angel seemingly from the very throne of God (Gal 1:8).

‘Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.’ (1 John 4:1, NKJV)

I believe this is a wakeup call for us right now. Because God has more, much more for us.

And we need a foundation of wisdom, so that the fullness of what our Father has for us can be released and impact the world—and not be tainted or stolen from us.

Greater things are just ahead.

5 Reasons Why Testing Angelic Encounters is Powerful

1. When We Test Angelic Encounters, We’re Valuing What is Truly of God

Why should we test all kinds of revelation—including supernatural encounters and messages received through angelic visitations?

  • To make sure the messages and insights are really from God
  • And in the case of angels, we want to ensure the messengers themselves are truly from God

This isn’t about fear, or mistrusting what God is doing.

This reveals the high value God places upon hearing His voice, as we determine what is of Him.

This is why the Apostle Paul brings guidelines and protocols into the operation of prophecy in 1 Corinthians 14.

  • Having just expounded on love in the previous chapter, Paul explains what love looks like in action

It’s not about imposing restrictions, but empowering and releasing what the Holy Spirit is saying and doing.

And to the Thessalonians, Paul writes, ‘Do not quench the Spirit. Do not treat prophecies with contempt but test them all; hold on to what is good, reject every kind of evil.’ (1 Thess 5:19-22)

When we test a communication to see if it is truly of God, we’re seeking His glory. We demonstrate our desire that Jesus receive the honour that is due Him.

2. Testing Angelic Encounters is Biblical

The Bible is always our primary guide in understanding and testing supernatural encounters. (2 Tim 3:16)

When we’re in Biblical alignment, we are standing in a place of spiritual authority.

  • And that is a position from which the power of God can be released

As with prophecy, it is Biblical to weigh up encounters with, and messages from, angels (1 John 4:1).

‘But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed.’ (Gal 1:8, NKJV)

Apply a Biblical Weight of Balance

Having a Biblical approach to testing communication from God is more than using a single Bible verse or passage, to affirm an experience is from God.

It also means applying a Biblical weight of balance—in other words, checking the wider context of what the Bible says.

Take angels, for example: When we look at the overall picture, we see that people who received visits from angels in the Bible did not seek after the angels. [2]

God Himself, by sending His angels, initiated those encounters. The people were invariably taken by surprise.

So, we learn that while communication from angels is scriptural, seeking contact with them and initiating conversation with them is not.
This is one aspect of Biblical balance.

3. Testing Angelic Encounters Helps us to Grow

When the Apostle Paul visited Berea, he came with the Gospel received directly from Heaven. He’d personally encountered Jesus Christ.

And yet the Bereans were still commended for checking everything he said against the Scriptures (Acts 11:17).

A vital aspect of our spiritual growth (and our relationship with God) is that we hear from God for ourselves.

This is true even when a mature or anointed prophet or intercessor is delivering a message.
And even if it comes from an online blog, a book, or a TV show.
Even if it comes with power, and signs and wonders.

We always need to ask for ourselves—is it Biblical?

  • Is the interpretation or teaching given alongside this encounter or message, Scriptural?
  • Does it resonate with the Spirit of God in me?
  • Is the person sharing the word, and the message itself, submitted to oversight? Is there integrity?
  • If it’s for me personally, is it for now—in which case it should be confirmation—or could it be for the future?
  • What are my own leaders and oversight saying about this?

One reason that weighing up prophetic insights from others helps us grow is that by doing so, we are  being instructed personally from Scripture, not just depending on a prophet or leader.

Your Father wants you to grow and to reach your full potential.

A Word for Those of Us Who are Prophetic Leaders

On the other side of this, those of us who are prophetic leaders must be extremely careful not to allow people to follow us blindly.

We must take extra care when we share a message we believe is from God, that we’ve received during a spiritual encounter.

Because young or immature Christians, could mistakenly believe that our revelation is not open to question or being weighed up, because of the way it was received.

Remember, that you hold the keys, not only to your own growth, but also to others around you.

So, encourage those you lead to grow in spiritual authority, Biblical insight and their ability to hear God’s voice.

4. Testing Prophetic Revelation Protects Us from Extremes and Error

In the church body, we need discerners, and we also need the teachers.

  • Those who will step back and say, ‘What is this revelation, encounter, or testimony teaching others—and does it line up with what the Bible says?’

Let’s not forget that John warned about false prophets (1 John 4:1), and Paul warned against false apostles. He wrote, ‘Satan masquerades as an angel of light’ (2 Cor 11:14).

Paul warns us of blindly putting our trust in an experience—our own or others. And we know if Satan can’t hold us back, he will try and push us too far, into extremes.

Paul wrote to the Colossians,
‘Do not let anyone who delights in false humility and the worship of angels disqualify you. Such a person also goes into great detail about what they have seen; they are puffed up with idle notions by their unspiritual mind.’ (Col 2:18, NIV).

John and Paul were talking about people who were preaching a ‘different Gospel’ and had a ‘different spirit’ and yet they were presenting themselves as being genuinely from God!

They were deceiving Christians.
And if it could happen in the days of the great Apostles—those who had walked on earth with Jesus—we are also vulnerable to this.

This makes testing and weighing up an angelic prophetic message one of the most vital and powerful things we can do today.

It’s for our protection and the safeguard of others. It’s for the protection of those who are yet to follow Christ.

And also, importantly, it guards and releases the true encounters. The true and authentic words.

Because the Kingdom of God is going to become increasingly visible as we pray, and watch for God at work.
The world is waiting for us.
The unusual is going to become commonplace.
And in the midst of this, may we be a people of humility, accountability and Biblical integrity.

5. Testing All Prophetic Revelation Empowers Community

There is no ‘hierarchy’ of the ways that God speaks.

In God’s Kingdom, a practical, but God-breathed, word of wisdom can be just as significant as an open vision.

The revelation (or insight from God) that one believer receives through the gentle nudge of the Spirit, can be just as powerful as that received through an open vision. (John 16:3)

Both are the Spirit. Both are from the Throne.
Both can result in miracles and breakthrough.
And both are subject to being weighed up.

So, let’s be careful not to glorify one means of receiving revelation over another. Let’s always glorify Jesus, Lord of the Church and Giver of gifts.

Never be intimidated, or over-awed, by someone else’s prophetic gift or way of hearing from God.

  • And don’t be impressed with someone’s spirituality, just because they have had an angelic encounter

Maybe your Father wants to use you in a different way to someone else. A way unique to you.

Oh, how He loves you! And He treasures that you hear and respond to His lightest touch and whispers.

(1 Kings 19:12-13)

Notes and Related posts:

This article is excerpted from a 2-part video series on my Prayer School. If you’re interested in more about this and similar topics, check out the Enliven School of Intimacy and Prayer here.

[1] Dan 8:16, Luke 1:19, 1:26, Matt 1:20, 2:13, Acts 27:23, Acts 8:26

[2] Wayne Grudem notes, ‘Though angels did appear to people at various times in scripture, the people apparently never sought those appearances. Our role is rather to talk to the Lord, who is himself the commander of all angelic forces.’ Grudem W. Systematic Theology 1994 IVP:Nottingham p407

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36 thoughts on “Angels: 5 Powerful Reasons To Test Angelic Encounters

    1. Karen Shanklin

      My Lord what a powerful service that must have been I feel all tickle inside knowing that the Great God Almighty would send the Heavenly Host to your service and powerfully manifest Himself in such a magnificent way, My Lord. I call that a show-up and a show-off moment. Father thank you for having your way. Thank you! thank you! THnk you! this makes me want to sing… How excellent is your name oh lord. How excellence is your name. Heaven and Earth forever proclaim how excellent is thou name… I LOVE IT. Thank you for sharing you always seem to make my day amazing woman of God. Love Ya!

      1. Helen Calder Post author

        Amen amen! These moments are like ‘signs’ – angels are at work constantly, but there are times we catch these glimpses that build our faith.
        Thank you Karen

  1. Goodwill

    Woman of God , thanks to such servente of God who help us. Because everyone was once young and midwife appointed by God take us and point us God , like Eli preist and Samuel servant of God.

    Thanks Jesus Christ come down from heaven for the lost and forsaken .Son of the living God

  2. Tuzet L Clark

    Love your blogs there so profound. Every time you email me its with a word that I needed to here. Thanks for all the enlightment & encouragement.

  3. Jem

    I had almost the same thought today. I’ve been thinking about this because I have a friend who is a part of a cult and she claimed that they can see angels, too. They believe in Jesus’ deity but they only follow his teachings and don’t worship Him.

  4. Christian

    I have been edified and enlightened by this post. Towards the end of January, I was given a Prophetic word at a service and the Prophet told me to see him afterwards because he could not say everything publicly. He subsequently told me after I saw after the service that the venue was not convenient and therefore gave me an appointment a week later at his office…
    I went for that appointment and it was re-scheduled and it has been “re-scheduled ” for God knows how many times I have tried to meet him – Consequently, I have asked myself a lot of questions about the whole encounter…why have I been fobbed off al this many times? I have prayed to God about it and I am really at a loss as to why this is happening…I think your post has helped to put some things into perspective for me

    But the larger issue is, what do you do in such a situation? Give up trying to get the full word or what? Would appreciate some counsel on the way forward in such circumstances

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Hi Christian, my thoughts on this are, you can trust God to bring the fullness of His prophetic message and word for you in His time. I know it’s challenging, but I’d forgive and let it go. Trust the Holy Spirit to stir the person prophesying if there was truly something else you needed to hear, release them from expectations, pray and declare your trust in God to release the fullness of His word for you in His timing – then praise Him. Situations like this are disappointing but generate a hunger in us for the ‘more’ God has for us that’s yet to be unveiled

      1. Christian

        Thanks so much, Helen for reacting to my anguish and giving me “crumbs of comfort” with your response.
        I have been left really perplexed, however, there is no bitterness whatsoever in me. I have prayed and interceded daily for that prophetic vessel, despite my obvious disappointment.

        Like the Prophet Hosea said, the revelation awaits an appointed time and I trust that the Lord in His goodness and mercy will unveil the truth to me. Thanks and God bless you for the deep spiritual insights you provide

  5. Ann Merlino

    Thank you so much, Helen for your wise council and insights. I agree that this is a very important word for this time. Your blog and your online resources have been so valuable to me as a pastor and a leader of prophetic people. Bless you!

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Thank you, Ann. May your ministry and those you lead be strengthened and enlarged!
      Isaiah 54:1-3

  6. Wanda Faye Steele

    God bless you. Thank you for the encouraging message. Through the gift of discerning of spirits God has allowed me to feel the presence of angels, the anointing of the Holyspirit and the presence of demons. This is all new to me so my words will be few. Praying that God will lead and guide me, I don’t want to be deceived.

  7. Abayomi Samson

    Thanks for your message, this is exactly what my church is going through presently… A particular member of the church says she has angelic visitation and a every of her revelation is dividing the church

  8. David

    I had been going through a season with the Lord and he had been speaking to me about coming up higher in particular come on the highway of God (Isaiah 35:8) I had several specific instances to confirm this.
    One very notable time was when I was holidaying in a small coastal town. I was out running along the sea way and ran out to a light house along a narrow gravel path, as turned around to come back, the path become wider and an elderly man with bronze skin and sun bleached long hair moved off the path , looked at me in the eyes, motioned with his hand and said “ I give you the highway”
    I still believe today that was an angel, I get emotional just thinking about it, Amen.

    1. Helen Calder Post author

      That’s really powerful David, what an extraordinary statement!
      Reminds me of this: ‘Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels’ (Heb 13:2)

  9. Johannah

    Thank you so much for the teaching mother. I’m always looking forward to receiving a word or teaching from you as I’m learning a lot from them


  10. Moira Shole

    For about a month or two now I started to see shiny lines at the corner of my eyes especially the right one. I have also been getting demonic attacks on a daily basis where I am working so I told myself that it is one of them but sometimes I feel encouraged receiving the message of protection. I asked the Lord to be more clearer if it is Him. Is is angelic or demonic. I spend most of my time worshipping and praising and praying.

  11. Steve McCracken

    Hi Helen

    I was really stirred reading your insights and wisdom about angelic visitations. Some people step back from this topic because of a fear of extremes and ‘weirdness’ that goes on with some Christians. But you boldly and gracefully spoke into it in a way that brought empowerment. Thanks! Everything you said was spot on, and I am very grateful you reminded people that we are never to focus on seeking angelic visitations and communication. Father is our focus, and when He initiates through angels, something powerful happens.

    Bless you heaps my friend! Keep up the ‘good work that He has prepared in advance for you to do’.


    1. Helen Calder Post author

      Thanks Steve, that’s so true – when Father initiates through angels, His power is being released. We’re going to see much more Heavenly activity! Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment, I was going to touch base with you to let you know this was up.

  12. daniel

    thank you very much ma ,.,. may your anointing keep flowing and never run dry is jesus name ,….
    please i would love more lectures on dream interpretation .,,cause i have the gift and i can give spiritual interpretation even to the extend of getting the meaning from my sleep .,. but i need to back it up and improve with knowledgeable interpretations to master it to become a professional by able to identify symbols to derive meaning and how it projects for occurrence…
    thank you

  13. Andre Ewerts

    Hi sister Helen i received your email, but never had the time to read it. During this time me and my wife was studying about the different angles and their role in the kingdom. But we never thought of it in the way you are explaining. We have now a better understanding of how to approach the topic and revelation of angels. God is so great for helping and warning us through people like you. Thanks very much. God bless you.


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