An angel by definition is a messenger. The Bible has over three hundred references to angels, and defines two groups of angelic messengers. Heavenly angels carry out the commands of God, while fallen angels carry out acts of deceit and wickedness.
Angels are mentioned in 34 books of the Bible for a total of 273 times. 108 times in the OT and 165 times in the NT.
The word angel (Hebrew “Malak”, Greek “Angeles”) signifies a messenger – one sent to deliver a message – an ambassador sent to bring tidings.
The origin of Angels:
- Angels like everything else in the universe were created by God through Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit. Gen.1:1, Neh. 9:6, John 1:1-3
- All angels are created beings, they are not evolved beings and neither are they born through procreation. Ps. 148:2,5
- Each angel is direct creation individual creation from God.This is why angels are refered to as Sons of God. Gen. 6:2, Eph. 2:8
- Angels were created at creation and they are a fixed number in their quantity forever, and they do not reproduce themselves. Mt. 22:30
- Angels can never die and they numbers will never increase or decrease.
- Angels are considered to be a company of beings and not a race.
The nature of Angels:
- Angels are created “spirit beings” – created by God. Col. 1:16.
- Angels are invisible beings. Rom. 1:18-32
- Angels constantly surround us. Heb. 1:14
- Angels are in-numerable. Job 38:7
- Angels posses separate and individal personalities and more than likely, there are not two the same. Each Angel posses intelegence – Dan. 9;21, will – Isa. 14:12-12-15, Emotion – Job 38:7
- Angels are greater than man in power and might. 2 Pet. 2:11, 2 Thess. 1:7.
- Just one angel killed 185,000 men of the Assyrian army in a single night (Isaiah 37:36).
- Angels are smarter than men. 9:21
- They are always spoken of in the masculine gender and are never given in marriage. Matthew 22:30
- Angels neither marry nor die. Matt. 22:30 and Luke 20:35, 36.
- Angels are not omniscient. Although they have great knowledge yet there are many things they do not know. Mark 13:32 – see also Eph. 3:10, 11 and 1 Pet. 1:12.
- Angels must not be worshipped. Rev. 22:8, 9.
- Angels are classed in different ranks or orders. Jude 9, 1 Thess. 4:16, 1 Pet. 3:22.
- Angels are subject to The Lord Jesus Christ and are created to worship Him. Heb. 1:6. “Let all the angels of God worship Him”.
- Angels are spoken of as HOLY (Luke 9:26) and God will not tolerate uncleanness (sin) amongst their ranks. (2 Pet. 2:4)
- Angels will be judged by believers. 1 Cor. 6:3
- Angels eat! Psalm 78:25. “Men did eat angels’ food: He sent them meant to the full”.
- Angels can take on human form. Gen. 18:2-8
- Angels do not need rest. Rev. 4:8
- Angels protect God’s people. Ps. 34:7, 91:9-13).
- Angels speak their own language. I Cor 13:1
- Angels ascend and descend from heaven. Gen. 28:12
- Angels learn the wisdom of God by observing God’s people. I Cor. 4:9; Eph. 3:10
Classification and Rank of Angels.
The Bible does not reveal an angelic hierarchy. God is the commander of His heavenly host (Isaiah 45:12). However, there are a few scriptures that infer delegated authority to some angels. Paul mentions “elect angels”(I Timothy 5:21) and says that “one star differeth from another star in glory”(I Corinthians 15:41), implying that each star (and each angel) is unique in glory and in position. Though it is noted that angels do differing functions and responsibilities.
The word archangelis mentioned twice in Scripture. The Greek word is archaggeloswhich is a combination of archo(meaning “first” in political rank or power) and aggelos(meaning “messenger”). An archangel by definition is the first or highest angel and leader of the angels.
- Michael – His name means: Who is like God.Luke 1:11-20
- Gabriel – His name means: The mighty one of God – Chief prince. Daniel 8-9
- Besides Michael and Gabriel, apocryphal books and historical documents mention names of other angels. The Bible makes reference to seven angels in Revelation (1:20, 3:1, 4:5, 8:2, and 10:7) who have been placed over the seven churches and also carry out the seven judgments on the earth. These may be the seven archangels named in extra-biblical writings. The Book of Enoch tells of seven powerful angels (20:1-8). Uriel, who is set over the world and over Tartarus; Raphael, who is set over the spirits of men; Raguel, who takes vengeance on the world of the luminaries; Michael, who is set over the best part of mankind, over chaos, and over Israel; Saraqael, who is set over the evil spirits; Gabriel, who is set over Paradise, the serpents (seraphim), and the cherubim; and Remiel, whom God set over those who rise.
- Cherubim:These are guardian angels to the entrance of paradise and the Holy of Holies. It is interesting to see the anology of the winged bulls and lions of Babylon and Asyria, the colosal figures with human faces that guard the entrance of the temples and palaces. The location of these statues is the original place of the garden of Eden. It Is not unreasonble to suggest that these statues are false idols and copies of the real chrubims. Ex. 25:18-20 – Prior to the fall of Satan, Lucifer was the chief chrub angel. Isa. 14:12, Ezek. 28:14
- Serahim:(means the burning one) These creatures are mentioned only once in the bible. 6:3 They have an intense passion of devotion to God. They have 6 wings and Isaiah was ministered to by one one of the cherubim who touched his tongue with a coal from the Alta of God.
- Living Creatures: 4:6-9, 5:8, 6:1 These creatures are similar to that of the Seraphim an dthe Chrubim, though there number seems limited to 4.
- Ruling Angels:1:21, 3:10, There are six distinct categories among the Ruling Angels and it seems that the anolagy is that to milatary ranking, generals to privates.
- Ruling Angels over Principalities.
- Ruling Angels over Powers.
- Ruling Angels over Thrones.
- Ruling Angels over Authorities.
- Ruling Angels over Dominions.
- Ruling Angels over Might.
- Guardian Angels: 1:14, Mt. 18:10The bible does not state if each believer has their own personal guardian angel or not if there are guardian angels for communitties. Bassed on personal obeservation, I am convinced that each believer has a designated guardian angel and accordingly for families, communitties, and countries.
- Angels associated with horses and chariots: 68:17, Zech. 1:8-11 It is most probable these angels are war, work and stately angels that are created to bring Glory to God along side the creatures of the animal kingdom.
- Abraham receives a visit. Gen. 18:1-8. Bible scholars are agreed that one of these three beings was none other than CHRIST (the angel of the Lord) before His incarnation. Even Jacob saw angels. Gen. 32:1-2.
- Elijah (1 Kings 19:4-8) is touched by an angel and is provided supernaturally with a meal.
- Elisha (2 Kings 6:15-17) sees the heavenly hosts.
- Luke chapters 1, 2 shows clearly the angelic visitation whenever a mighty work was done. Luke 1:11, 13, 19,26,28,35. Luke 2:9-14. (Angelic Host).
- Jesus (Matt. 4:11) “….Angels came and ministered unto Him”. (Mark 1:13, Luke 22:43). “And there appears an angel unto Him from Heaven, strengthening Him”. Read also Matt. 26:53 and Matt. 28:2, John 20:12.
- Acts 5:19 prison doors opened by an Angel.
- Acts 8:26. The Angel speaks to Philip: “Go hear – join thyself to this chariot”.
- Acts 10:3, 4. Cornelius receives a visitation.
- Acts 12:7-11 Peter in prison is visitation. By an Angel – his chains fall off.
- Acts 12:23. Herod smitten by Angel because he gave not the Glory to God.
- Acts 27:23, 24 Angel appears to Paul and speaks to Him.
- Angles number very many. Heb. 12:22 – “Innumerable company of angels”. See also Matt. 26:53 “more than twelve legions of angels”. (Legion – 3,000 to up ward of 5,000).
- Angels abode – Matt. 22:30, Eph. 3:10, John 1:51, Luke 2:13, 15
- Angels take God’s people at death to their new abode. Luke 16:22.
- Angels will gather His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. Matt. 24:31.
- Angels were used to give the Law. Heb.2:2, Gal 3:19, Acts 7:53.
- Angels will divide the JUST from the WICKED. 13:39-49, Matt. 13:47-50
- Angels do not appear to have wings as many suppose, but the cherubim do (Exod. 25:18, 20) and they seem to belong to the angelic order, as do the seraphim. (Isa. 6:2.3).
I pray the Lord open will your eyes to spirit realm and you will see that greater is He that is for you than he that is against you.
I pray the Lord will cause your natural senses to be hightened to the spirit realm and that you will encounter angels and have your spiritual awareness increased.
My prayer for you is that You will see the Glory of God and enjoy the fulness of The Holy Spirit.