â€œI saw in the visions of my head upon my bed, and, behold, a watcher and an holy one came down from heaven.â€ (Daniel 4:13)
by Dr. Henry Morris, Ph.D.
t is only in this chapter of Daniel (see also verses 17 and 23) that certain angelic beings called â€œwatchersâ€ are mentioned. Whether the term applies to all Godâ€™s holy angels or only to a certain order of angels has not been revealed in Scripture.
However, we do know that at least some of the angels, if not all of them, are intensely occupied with observing events among humans here on Earth. For example, Paul said that he and the other apostles had been made â€œa spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to menâ€ (1 Corinthians 4:9).
The word â€œspectacleâ€ in this verse is actually â€œtheatreâ€ and is so translated the only other time it is used in the New Testament (Acts 19:29, 31). It is sobering, as well as surprising, to realize that Christiansâ€”especially Christian leadersâ€”are on a stage, as it were, being carefully watched by an audience which even includes the angels.
Paul also cautioned Christian women to maintain a covering on their heads â€œbecause of the angelsâ€ (1 Corinthians 11:10). Perhaps the watching angels are also included in the great â€œcloud of witnessesâ€ who observe us as we â€œrun with patience the race that is set before usâ€ (Hebrews 12:1).
But why should these mighty angels, these â€œholy ones,â€ these heavenly â€œwatchers,â€ have such a â€œdesire to look intoâ€ these things here on Earth (1 Peter 1:12)? Perhaps they are anxious, like us, to â€œsee what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of Godâ€ (Ephesians 3:9-10). HMM