THE ANGELS IN THE BIBLE (1)

THE BIBLE CONFIRMS THE EXISTENCE OF ANGELS


Angels appear in the Bible from the beginning of the Book of Genesis to the Book of Revelation (Psalm 91:11; Matthew 18:10; Acts 12:15).

The word "Angelo" in Greek means "messenger", and angels are purely spiritual beings that do the Lord God's will. They may appear as men, and never as women or cute babies flying in the air. Angels are often depicted as ultra, extraordinary spirits that often carry out God's commands without fail, swiftly and successfully. They never question God's authority and quickly and efficiently carry out His instructions. I do believe they are not depicted as women because they must have super strong force to fight with the sly and cunning evil spirits. Women are more docile and gentle and probably no match for Satan and his cohorts. They do not marry but live to glorify and exhalt the almighty God.

Jesus in Matthew 13:41 said that, "The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity."

Jesus mentioned that there would be legions of angels. Legion is the division of the ancient Roman army, varying from 3,000 to 6,000 men during different times. This shows the enormity and strength of the angels in heaven to do God's bidding.

Psalms 103:20

  • Bless the Lord, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.

Acts 12: 23

  • And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost.



Abraham met three Angels
Abraham met three Angels
Moses and the Burning Bush
Moses and the Burning Bush

ANGELS IN THE OLD TESTAMENT


Three angels appeared as men before Abraham and prophesied that Sarah would have a son when Sarah was old and beyond the child bearing age. The destruction of Sodom was revealed to Abraham (Genesis 18).

The angel of the Lord appeared to Moses to lead the Israelites out of Egypt from captivity (Exodus 3:2) which he refused at first, giving excuses. God was extremely angry with David and was going to punish King David and the Israelites when David numbered the people, but stopped from destroying Jerusalem after David repented and offered sacrifices (2 Samuel 24). David already knew of God's commandment, but he still went ahead of the numbering of the Israelites.

Exodus 3:2

  • And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him (Moses) in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.

Angels appeared to Lot before the destruction of Sodom. They must have looked like men for the inhabitants of Sodom wanted to have sex with them. Lot who first saw them made no comment whether he knew they were angels or not. He bowed himself with his face toward the ground. Probably, Lot knew that they were special people or he would not bow himself low to them.

Genesis 19: 5 states: "Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them."


Genesis 19:1

  • And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom: and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground.


II Samuel 24:16; I Chronicles 21: 15

  • And when the angel stretched out his hand to destroy it, the Lord repented him of the evil, and said to the angel that destroyed the people, It is enough: stay now thine hand.


II Chronicles 32:21

  • And the Lord sent an angel which cut off all the mighty men of valour, and the leaders and captains in the camp of the king in Assyria.


Isaiah 37:36

  • Then the angel of the Lord went forth, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians a hundred and fourscore and five thousand.


I Kings 19:5

  • An angel touched Elijah as he slept under a juniper tree.


Paul, the Angel and Shipwreck
Paul, the Angel and Shipwreck

ANGELS IN THE NEW TESTAMENT


The New Testament continued the story of the angels and their work in the new period of Jesus Christ as High Priest and sacrificial lamb. The angels continued the work of God as requested. Peter was freed from prison upon the prayers of the church (Acts 12:7-11). The angel stood by Paul when the ship wrecked on the way to Rome (Acts 27:23). All children have angels in heaven who keep watch over them in heaven. The angel smote King Herod because he gave not the glory to God (Acts 12:23). Those believers of Christ also have angels who minister to them (Hebrews 1:14).

In the last book of the New Testament, the angel of the Lord was sent to Apostle John to reveal the prophecies which would befall upon the earth (Rev. 1:1).


Matthew 18:10

  • That in heaven their angels (the little ones) do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.


Act 12:23

  • And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost.


I Peter 3:22

  • Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subjects unto him.


Luke 15:10

  • Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.


Acts 27:23

  • The angel of the Lord stood by Paul during the shipwreck on the way to Rome.

Hebrews 1:14

  • Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?


CREATION OF ANGELS BY GOD


The book of Psalms definitely confirmed that the angels were created by the Lord. Ezekiel spoke of their being created perfect until iniquity was found in them, and the angels were in Eden before the creation of man.


Psalms 148:2,5

  • Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all ye stars of light.
  • Let them praise the name of the Lord: for he commanded, and they were created.


Ezekiel 28:15, 13,14

  • Thou was perfect in thy ways from the day that thou was created, till iniquity was found in thee.
  • Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God (v.13).
  • Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. (v.14).


Colossians 1:16

  • For by him were all things created, that are in heaven and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him (Jesus), and for him.


Genesis 3:1

  • Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which God had made.


Michael the Archangel
Michael the Archangel

NAMES AND TITLES OF THE ANGELS


Two angels were named Michael (Daniel 10:13; Jude 9) and Gabriel (Daniel 9:21; Luke 1:19, 26). They are the major angels who were named.

Michael called one of the chief princes, first appeared in Daniel 10:13 and later in chapter 12:1, he would deliver Israel from trouble. In Jude 9, Michael was called the archangel and contended with the devil disputing about the body Moses. Michael also played a major role in Revelation 12:7 when he and his angels fought against the dragon and his angels.


Gabriel also appeared to Daniel in chapter 8:16 and 9:21. God called out to Gabriel to make Daniel understand his vision in the first instance. Gabriel was described as "flying swiftly" and touching Daniel during the evening prayer in the latter verse..

  • Cherubim (Gen 3:2; Eze 11:32).
  • Seraphim (Isa 6:2,6).
  • The Angels of the Lord (Ps 34:7; Dan 6:22).
  • The Angel (Ac 12:7,8).
  • The saints (Ps 89:5-7; Jude 14).
  • The holy ones (Dan 4:13).
  • The hosts of heaven: the armies which were in heaven (1 King 22:19;
  • Rev 19:14).
  • The heavenly host (Lk 2:13).
  • The ministering spirits (Heb 1:14).


THE HABITATION OF ANGELS


The angels are the inhabitants of heaven and behold the face of God, standing on the right and left side of the almighty Lord. They are spiritual beings and do not marry or give birth to children, but serve God and man.

  • They are called the heavenly messengers because they live in heaven (Matthew 22:30).
  • The angels return to heaven after completion of their mission (Luke 2:13-15)
  • The host of heaven were standing on the right and on his left (1 King 22:19). Thousand thousands ministered unto the Lord (Daniel 7:10).
  • An innumerable company of angels live in the heavenly Jerusalem (Hebrews 12:23).


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Comments 32 comments

lifeate 6 years ago

Thank you einron for a very well written and informative hub.


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Tamarajo 6 years ago from Southern Minnesota

Great information. I have noticed that a lot of other religions present angels as women and babies. (not comforted much in that) I think you are correct in that the Bible presents them male communicating strength.


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einron 6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA Author

lifeate

Thank you for being the first to respond and your appreciative comments.


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einron 6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA Author

Tamarajo

Glad to hear that you agree angels presented in the bible are male for they represent strength to accomplish the work set by God.

Until I started researching for my article, I believed what was written that angels were appealing women in flowing robes and babies with cute fluttering wings. Artists have a lot of imaginations.


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

Thank you for publishing this lovely Hub. I surely believe in angels. And am I glad they are real? Yes I am!


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einron 6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA Author

James A. Watkins

Thank you for visiting. Thank God for creating the angels to accomplish His work without whom the world would be more chaotic.


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HOOWANTSTONO 6 years ago

I like your pic of Michael standing over Lucifer "Satan"

Go Well


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einron 6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA Author

HOOWANTSTONO

Your choice is good. The angel is victorious and portrays his tremendous strength over evil.


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A M Werner 6 years ago from West Allis

Nice assembly of scriptual materials einron. I would have to say that on the part where you speculated about the angels appearing as males - I agree - but I think the reasoning goes back to Genesis and the creation itself. When Yahweh said, Let us make man in our image, I believe that means that He was speaking to all who are in Heaven, the angels. He then took part of man to make woman. Man now had someone to be intimate with, someone the angels did not. They also had the power to create new life, which the angels could not - for their number is set. This would also explain the fallen angels and their desire to have women, creating many of the mythogical monstrosities and giants of Old Testament times. Peace.


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einron 6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA Author

A M Werner

Why was there no female angel appearing in the Bible? Why did a female angel not appear before Mary?

God is unique and I doubt He would want man made in the image of angels either. Angels are spirits and have no form whatsoever. Peace.


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago

Einron, Beautiful! I surely believe in the angels of the Lord He sends to mininster to us...! "Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minster for those who will inherit salvation... Hebrews 1

Thank you for sharing, In His Love, Joy, Peace & Blessings!


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einron 6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA Author

DeBorrah K. Ogans

The Lord does send His angels to minister to those in need whenever they have problems.

It is very rewarding to share with those who believe in the Almighty God. Blessings to you and yours!


naD 6 years ago

BRAINWASHED FOOL BELIVES ALL THIS. JESUS IS FALSE, GOVT CREATED HIM TO CONTROL PEOPLE OF AMERICA, BIBLE IS A PHOTOCOPY OF EGYPTIAN BIBLES, GOOO AND WATCH "ZEITGEIST" U FOOL, BRAINWASHED PPL HAVE A WALL IN THEIR HEAD, THEY DONT SEE NEW INFORMATIONS.


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einron 6 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA Author

naD

Your assumption that Jesus is false and that government created Jesus to control people of America is a laughing matter. It is so ridiculous that it makes me laugh.

The Bible was written long before America became a nation.

I am sorry that you made that assumption and will not enlighten you with my explanation.


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christ4ever 5 years ago from a life in sin saved by the Lord's grace - we are blessed with the ministry in Florida & Georgia

In spite of the above banter (wow-the Angels of the Enemy manage to creep into everything, don't they!) you've written a great synopsis of scriptural reference to the Angelic Host!

Keep up the good work!

Rev. Ted


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einron 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA Author

christ4ever

The enemy will do its best to topple the words of God. We must stand firm against the enemy. Forward march. All glory to God.


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sandy27m 5 years ago

great hub!and i do believe that angel exists.


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einron 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA Author

I also believe in the angels for it is written in the Bible.

May the angels guard you too.


CHRIST FOREVER 5 years ago

LETS LIVE WITH GOD THE SON JESUS CHRIST FOR EVER IN ALL OUR LIVES EVERY YEAR,MONTH,DAY,HOUR,MINUTE AND SECOND

LETS INVITE CHRIST TO WALK US IN ALL OUR PRAYERS AND PRAISES.LETS LOVE JESUS CHRIST WITH ALL WE HAVE IN OUR HEARTS.


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einron 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA Author

Yes, we have to invite Jesus in our prayers and love Him with all our hearts. Thank you.


JacksBlogs 5 years ago

This is so corny as to be hard to believe you are serious. naD was more humorous than your original HUB due the lunacy of what he said, but maybe that was his/her intent. Angels, taken seriously, come on gang, get a life! I have a HUB that talks about angels, but it certainly isn't supposed to be taken seriously. - - JACK


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einron 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA Author

JacksBlogs

Believe it or not. That is your prerogative. Hope that some day, you will see the truth.


Jolly29 4 years ago

I didn't read your entire article, but I was just talking to a friend the other night and were talking about angels and how they actually don't have any wings. There we also fallen angels in Genesis who did sleep with daughters of men and as a result there were the Nephilim. Not sure if the fallen angels were called that or the offspring of the angels and the women they slept with.... but I do know that the Nephilim were destroyed in the Great Flood!


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einron 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA Author

Angels are spirits and they do not marry or mate with people. They were created before human beings.


Jessica 4 years ago

Yes I know they were created before human beings. But there were fallen angels who did sleep with the wives of men and doing so created Nehphilim. It is all in Genesis. These fallen angels most certainly did mate with women of their choosing....like I said it's all in Genesis..... God Bless!


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einron 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA Author

Angels are spirits and they do not marry or mate with people. They were created before human beings.

You were referring to Genesis 6:1,2.

Sons of God do not refer to angels, but to human beings who are saved.

Mark 12:25

Jesus said, "They neither marry, nor are given in marriage; but are as the angels in heaven.

You must take the word of God and not people's explanation.


Jessica 4 years ago

I am taking the word of God. It is clear in Genesis that there were fallen angels whether married or not (just plain took because of the evil that was in them) and slept with the daughters of men. And as a result there was a hyprid called "Nephilim" who were later destroyed when God did the great flood. That is all I'm saying. It is true, it is in the word of God. I am not taking peoples explanation. Even the word Nephilim is used in the Bible. I have to assume that you do not go by the King James Bible since you do not see or agree with what I'm saying.....doesn't matter though. But the Nephilim were definitely real and they were destroyed.....God Bless!


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einron 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA Author

Jessica

I do use KJV. Read Genesis 6:1,2.

Why do you not believe Jesus when He said that angels do not marry (mate) with human beings. They are spirits and human beings are made of earth. Even animals do not cross breed. You cannot cross-breed a cat and a dog.

Nephilim - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nephilim

The Nephilim (plural) are the offspring of the "sons of God" and the "daughters of men" in Genesis 6:4, or giants who inhabit Canaan in Numbers 13:33. A similar ...

Sons of God are human beings.


Jessica 4 years ago

I do believe God! I am not being exactly literal. So yes it says they were son's of God. The fallen angels became the son's of God. I do not understand how you don't get what I'm saying. These fallen angels "son's of God" slept with daughters of men creating a hyprid which were called "nephilim" The result of the crossbreed were giants! Just because you can't or not supposed to do something doesn't mean that evil/man doesn't attempt to do it. We can't do a lot of things according to the Bible, but a lot of it is still done.....


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siobhanryandarby 4 years ago from Ireland

Beautiful pictures and quotes and a lot of hard work


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einron 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA Author

Jessica

Angels are spirits and humans are made of flesh. They cannot mate!


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einron 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA Author

siobhanryandarby

Thank you for your gracious remarks. I do appreciate your thoughts. Few people comment on the hard work writers put up with.

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