I received the following question:

Is “Don’t be afraid” said only when an angel appears in person but not when it’s a dream or vision?

Well, in Genesis 18, Abraham is not told to not be afraid, even though the ones who visited him were the Lord and two angels, so the opposite is not true, that is, they are not always told not to be afraid when the angels are there in person.

It is a little hard in Daniel 8, since Daniel seems to indicate that the vision was over in verse 15, and while he was trying to figure out its meaning, the angel Gabriel appeared to him in the flesh. At any rate, Daniel appears more afraid of what Gabriel tells him about the vision than of Gabriel. Daniel 10 is distinctly called a vision (verse 1,) but I believe the hierophant there is actually the LORD Himself. Daniel is very terrified, but then, so were the disciples when the saw the Lord in His parousia glory in the vision at the transfiguration. So this doesn’t count if you are wondering about seeing angels in a vision.

In the New Testament, people appear to be a lot more afraid of angels. Zechariah is afraid and the angel tells him not to be in Luke 1:13. This appears to be an actual presence of an angel, except that it calls it a vision in verse 22.

Cornelius was afraid in Acts 10:4, but he is not told not to fear.

Overall, I would say that there is no connection with live appearances of angels and being more afraid than with visions, or that one is only comforted live and not in a vision. There doesn’t appear to be a connection between the two. Men are sometimes afraid when an angel appears to them, and sometimes not. When they are afraid, they are sometimes comforted, and sometimes not. I don’t think there is any connection with whether or not it’s a vision.

Normal
0

false
false
false

EN-US
X-NONE
X-NONE

MicrosoftInternetExplorer4

/* Style Definitions */
table.MsoNormalTable
{mso-style-name:”Table Normal”;
mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0;
mso-tstyle-colband-size:0;
mso-style-noshow:yes;
mso-style-priority:99;
mso-style-qformat:yes;
mso-style-parent:””;
mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt;
mso-para-margin:0in;
mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt;
mso-pagination:widow-orphan;
font-size:11.0pt;
font-family:”Calibri”,”sans-serif”;
mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri;
mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin;
mso-fareast-font-family:”Times New Roman”;
mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast;
mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri;
mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;
mso-bidi-font-family:”Times New Roman”;
mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;}

Letter: In our Bible study thru Acts a few weeks ago someone asked if “Don’t be afraid” said is only when an angel appears in person but not when it’s a dream or vision?

Nathan: Well, in Genesis 18, Abraham is not told to not be afraid, even though the ones who visited him were the Lord and two angels, so the opposite is not true, that is, they are not always told not to be afraid when the angels are there in person.

 

It is a little hard in Daniel 8, since Daniel seems to indicate that the vision was over in verse 15, and while he was trying to figure out its meaning, the angel Gabriel appeared to him in the flesh. At any rate, Daniel appears more afraid of what Gabriel tells him about the vision than of Gabriel. Daniel 10 is distinctly called a vision (verse 1,) but I believe the hierophant there is actually the LORD Himself. Daniel is very terrified, but then, so were the disciples when the saw the Lord in His parousia glory in the vision at the transfiguration. So this doesn’t count if you are wondering about seeing angels in a vision.

 

In the New Testament, people appear to be a lot more afraid of angels. Zechariah is afraid and the angel tells him not to be in Luke 1:13. This appears to be an actual presence of an angel, except that it calls it a vision in verse 22.

 

Cornelius was afraid in Acts 10:4, but he is not told not to fear.

 

Overall, I would say that there is no connection with live appearances of angels and being more afraid than with visions, or that one is only comforted live and not in a vision. There doesn’t appear to be a connection between the two. Men are sometimes afraid when an angel appears to them, and sometimes not. When they are afraid, they are sometimes comforted, and sometimes not. I don’t think there is any connection with whether or not it’s a vision.

Advertisements