What Does the Bible Say About Angels?

Angels are mentioned in the Bible 273 times, so they are certainly not unknown to people. There are however a great many questions associated with Angels, their origins, their duties, and just where they came from. Below are many of the most common questions people have concerning angels and what the Bible teached us about them. 

Where did angels Come from? As with all things, Angels were created by God. According to the Book of Job (38-7) the Angels were present at the creation of the world. This would mean Angels were created some time before the Book of Genesis but exactly when is unknown. While the Book of Genesis tells of the creation of the heavens and the earth, this does not mean it was God's first creation. - "by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible,"

Were angels ever human? No. Angels are an entirely different type of being than humans. Humans and Angels are actually not created equally. In Palsm 8:4-5 we are told humans are slightly below the Angels. "For thou hast made him (man) a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour."

Are all angels equal? It would seem there are at least three different types of Angels. One group of Angels are called Seraphim and seem to be set apart from the bulk of the Angels. There is also an Archangel mentioned in the Bible which is apparently a higher-ranking angel. While we cannot be certain how many archangels exists, scripture tells us there is more than one. The only one mentioned by name in the Bible is Michael. The word archangel comes from the Greek word archangelos which means 'chief angel'.

How many Angels are there? No one knows for certain. It would seem there are at least millions, perhaps more. In Hebrews 12:22 we are told there are thousands upon thousands of angels joined in joyful assembly. In Psalm 68:17 we are told there are tens of thousands and thousands of thousands of angels. 

How long to Angels live? Angels are eternal beings. They were created as spiritual beings and thus will not experience illness or death. 

Do all Angels have wings? Some Angels do have wings, but apparently not all. Some Angels can and do take the shape and form of humans, otherwise how could we entertain Angels without being aware of it. In most instance when the term Seraphim is mentioned the Angel has wings. They are said to be very tall, and each has six wings.

Do Angels have physical bodies?
No, although they can take the form of a human. Angels, in their natural state, are spiritual beings and thus do not have bodies.  - "Are they not all ministering spirits," Hebrews 1:14

How Many Angels are named in the Bible? Only three angels are given individual names in the Bible. It is safe to assume that since some Angels have names, all Angels have names, they are simply not recorded in the Biblical text. The three we do know by name are Michael, the archangel, Gabriel, and Lucifer who would be cast out of heaven for defying God.

Do Angels have emotions? Yes, Angels know happiness, joy and we must assume they can experience the opposing emotions of sorrow and sadness. In Job 38:7 we are told the Angels shouted for joy. In the New Testament we are told of how the Angles will rejoice at the conversion of a single sinner. Angels are not human, but they do have at least some of the same emotions as humans.

Do Angels Have Free Will? Yes, Angels can and have chosen to defy God. Lucifer, aka Satan/Devil defied God and was cast out of heaven. There were also a number of angels who either choose to follow Satan or were cast out for their loyalty to Satan rather than God. - "And angels that kept not their own principality, but left their proper habitation, he hath kept in everlasting bonds under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. " - Jude 1:6

Are Angels to be Worshipped? No. Angels are spirits and as we have seen are slightly above humans, but they are not to be worshipped. Only God is to be worshipped and the worshipping of Angels, as special as they are, is forbidden in the Bible. - "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." - Colossians 2:18

Do Angels answer to Jesus? Yes. We are told in 1 Peter - "...who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, angels and authorities and powers having been made subject to Him."

Are the powers of Angels limited? Yes, Angels do the will of God, but they do not have His power or authority. A good example of this is when Michael, who is an archangel, did not assume the power to rebuke even Satan, but left that to God. -  "The archangel Michael, when he argued with the devil about Moses’ body, did not dare charge him with slander. Instead, he said, “The Lord rebuke you!” - Jude 1:9

Do we each have a guardian angel? It seems the Bible tells us we do. The key scripture concerning
individual guardian angels is Matthew 18:10 - 
“See that you do not look down on one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.”  - The term 'little ones' could refer to believers or to little children. The passage then mentions 'their' angels, so we must assume they have individual angels who are assigned to them. These angels, we are told, have direct access to God in heaven so we should not look down on anyone, as our transgression will not be overlooked. 

Do Angels help people? Yes, the Bible tells us that angels are ministering spirits. - "Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?" - Hebrews 1:14

Angels are spirit beings created by God before He created the Heavens and the Earth. There are different types of Angels, and they appear to have a wide assortment of duties. They can convey information (Luke 1:11-20) aide and help believers (Hebrews 1:14) be a guide to people (Acts 8:26) and even protect people from harm (Daniel 6:20-23). While Angels were created before man and are said to be slightly above mankind, they are actively involved in the lives of believers. Angels are real and are among us more often than we know.  - "Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it." - Hebrews 13:2

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