Do angels play harps? Do they sit around on clouds all day, plucking away? Yes, and no. I had a friend in her eighties who has now passed on and that was her idea of heaven, and that was a shame. So let’s get some good teaching. Though they are depicted with harps, there are also lutes, flutes and lyres, which are something like a guitar. And people who artistic have been known to give them a guitar. Revelation 8:3 has them with trumpets, and of course there is the trump, of the archangel.
Each one had a harp, and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. Revelation 5:8, John is having a vision of what is to come, and is right on our horizon, he had no word like million or trillion to refer to angels, but says they number thousands upon thousands. Angels are innumerable, and only a third fell. So the good ones have them outnumbered.
And the living creatures, which are angels close to the throne do have harps. Now that alone debunks the myth of the cherubs on a cloud, though there could be some, and they are cute. You don’t become one when you die, though you will be a spirit, you will still be you and you will know people.
These living creatures are unique and for another post. There is a quote about music being the speech of angels, and if you go deep into Hebraic studies you will see how music corresponds with certain words and notes, I have a CD, which I need to locate that plays some of the music rediscovered from the days before David hung up the harps. Harp music is very calming and relaxing, peaceful and there is a healing quality to it.
We also know that David played for Saul, and he was very oppressed, his demonic hatred for David caused him to lose his life, if not soul, and also Jonathan, his son, who was a friend of David’s. You can read the story for yourself and see how music calmed him, if only he had turned to God and let bitterness, jealous and hate go.
Give thanks to the LORD with the lyre; make melody to Him with the harp of ten strings! Psalm 33:2
I will also praise you with the harp for your faithfulness, O my God; I will sing praises to you with the lyre, O Holy One of Israel. Psalm 71:22
In Revelation 14:2, there is harp music before the trumpet and the star that falls and in 15:2, those who have defeated the beast, also have harps, which could be angels or even people because we do come back with Jesus and He will reign a thousand years. That is still not saying we become angels or that we will be in much of a battle, returning on a white horse with HIm would be something, though He will defeat the AntiChrist easily.
In 18:22, the sound of harpists and musicians, of flute players and trumpeters, will be heard in you no more, and a craftsman of any craft will be found in you no more, and the sound of the mill will be heard in you no more. This is in reference to the destruction of Babylon. And I do believe that is Rome, after the AntiChrist has set up a false religion. I am not condemning Catholics, though we all may not agree on everything. I am looking for Jesus Christ, not the AntiChrist, I don’t believe he is revealed until after the Rapture of the church.
And we can even go back to 1 Corinthians 14:7, If even lifeless instruments, such as the flute or the harp, do not give distinct notes, how will anyone know what is played? Paul is talking about the interpretation of the gift of tongues. There is a time you pray to build up your spirit but prophetic words to the church have to be interpreted. Like instruments are lifeless, so would we be without His salvation and gifts. He came to give abundant life.
So I hope this clarify music and harps and how much it is a part of God’s plan. I even like classical music, I think angels can play any instrument, and we know they can sing. Do angels play harps, sure they do but also other instruments and God gifts good gifts, you may not be harpist but there may be a violin or old clarinet around.
Make a joyful noise to the Lord. Psalm 100:1
And don’t forget the shofars, I’m sure angels are experts with those, and they go before a battle as well as call the time of the feast. I hope angels are sounding them against the enemy, and our Marriage Feast is surely ready for the table. If you don’t know Jesus, He is the only way to heaven. He is the only one who died for us.