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What Does the Bible Say About Angels?
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What are angels? Why were they created, and what do angels do? Humans have always held a fascination for angels and angelic beings. For centuries artists have tried to capture the image of angels on canvas. However, it may surprise you to know that the Bible describes angels nothing at all like they are typically depicted (you know, those cute little chubby babies with wings). So, let's take a look at what the Bible says about angels.

Bible Facts About Angels

Angels are mentioned 273 times in the Bible. Although we won't look at every instance, this study will offer a comprehensive look at what the Bible says about angels.

Angels were created by God:

    Genesis 2:1
    Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished. (NKJV)

    Colossians 1:16
    For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. (NIV)

Angels were created to live for eternity:
    Luke 20:36
    ...nor can they die anymore, for they are equal to the angels and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection. (NKJV)

    Revelation 4:8
    Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under his wings. Day and night they never stop saying: "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come." (NIV)

Angels were present when God created the world:
    Job 38:1-7
    Then the LORD answered Job out of the storm. He said: "...Where were you when I laid the earth's foundation? ...while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?"(NIV)
Angels do not marry:
    Matthew 22:30
    At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven. (NIV)
Angels are wise and intelligent:
    2 Samuel 14:17
    Your maidservant said, ‘The word of my lord the king will now be comforting; for as the angel of God, so is my lord the king in discerning good and evil. And may the LORD your God be with you.’(NKJV)

    Daniel 9:21-22
    ...while I was still in prayer, Gabriel, the man I had seen in the earlier vision, came to me in swift flight about the time of the evening sacrifice. He instructed me and said to me, "Daniel, I have now come to give you insight and understanding." (NIV)

Angels have knowledge of, and interest in, the affairs of men:
    Daniel 10:14
    "Now I have come to explain to you what will happen to your people in the future, for the vision concerns a time yet to come." (NIV)

    Luke 15:10
    "Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents." (NKJV)

Angels are faster than men:
    Daniel 9:21
    ... while I was still in prayer, Gabriel, the man I had seen in the earlier vision, came to me in swift flight about the time of the evening sacrifice. (NIV)

    Revelation 14:6
    And I saw another angel flying through the sky, carrying the eternal Good News to proclaim to the people who belong to this world—to every nation, tribe, language, and people. (NLT)

    Angels are spiritual beings:


      Psalm 104:4
      Who makes His angels spirits, His ministers a flame of fire. (NKJV)

      Ephesians 3:10
      ... to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places ... (NIV)

    Some angels are invisible:
      Job 4:15-18
      Then a spirit passed before my face; 
      The hair on my body stood up. 
      It stood still, 
      But I could not discern its appearance. 
      A form was before my eyes; 
      There was silence; 
      Then I heard a voice saying: 
      ‘Can a mortal be more righteous than God? 
      Can a man be more pure than his Maker? 
      If He puts no trust in His servants, 
      If He charges His angels with error ...
    Angels are not meant to be worshipped:
      Revelation 19:10
      And I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, “See that you do not do that! I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren who have the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” (NKJV)
    Angels have a will:
      Isaiah 14:12-14
      How you have fallen from heaven, 
      O morning star, son of the dawn! 
      You have been cast down to the earth, 
      you who once laid low the nations! 
      You said in your heart, 
      "I will ascend to heaven; 
      I will raise my throne 
      above the stars of God; 
      I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, 
      on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain. 
      I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; 
      I will make myself like the Most High."

      Jude 1:6
      And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their own home—these he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great Day.(NIV)

    Angels are subject to Christ:
      1 Peter 3:22
      ... who has gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, angels and authorities and powers having been made subject to Him. (NKJV)
    Angels express emotions like joy and longing:
      Job 38:7
      ... while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy? (NIV)

      1 Peter 1:12
      It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things. (NIV)

    Angels are not omnipresent, omnipotent or omniscient:
      Daniel 10:12-13
      Then he continued, "Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them. But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia. (NIV)

      Jude 1:9
      But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not dare to bring a slanderous accusation against him, but said, "The Lord rebuke you!"(NIV)

    Angels are too numerous to count:
      Psalm 68:17
      The chariots of God are tens of thousands and thousands of thousands ... (NIV)

      Hebrews 12:22
      But you have come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly ... (NIV)

    Most angels remained faithful to God:
      Revelation 5:11-12
      Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. In a loud voice they sang: "Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!" (NIV)
    • Angels were created to glorify and worship God the Father and God the Son:
      Revelation 4:8
      Hebrews 1:6


    • Angels report to God:
      Job 1:6
      Job 2:1


    • Angels observe God's people:
      Luke 12:8-9
      1 Corinthians 4:9
      1 Timothy 5:21


    • Angels announced the birth of Jesus:
      Luke 2:10-14


    • Angels perform the will of God:
      Psalm 104:4


    • Angels ministered to Jesus:
      Matthew 4:11
      Luke 22:43


    • Angels help humans:
      Hebrews 1:14


    • Angels minister to humans:


    • Angels rejoice in God's work of creation:
      Job 38:1-7
      Revelation 4:11


    • Angels rejoice in God's work of salvation:
      Luke 15:10


    • Angels will join all believers in the heavenly kingdom:
      Hebrews 12:22-23
    • So what do angels look like and what names are they given? The following passages of Scripture give us the best biblical look at angels.

      Most angels have the appearance and form of a man. Most of them have wings, but not all. Some are larger than life. Others have multiple faces that appear like a man from one angle, and a lion, ox, or eagle from another angle. Some angels are bright, shining, and fiery while others look like ordinary humans. Some angels are invisible, yet their presence is felt and their voice is heard.

      • Some angels are called cherubim.

        If you read this description in Ezekiel 1:1-28, you will discover that these angels look nothing at all like cute, chubby babies with wings. In Ezekiel 10:20, we are told these angels are cherubim.
      • Some angels are called seraphim.

        In Isaiah 6:1-8 we see a description of seraphim. These are tall angels, each with 6 wings, and they can fly.


      • Angels are "ministers" in God's spiritual service.


      • Angels are "messengers."


      • Angels are "watchers" or supervisors for God.


      • Angels are military "hosts."


      • Angels are "sons of the mighty."


      • Angels are "sons of God."


      • Angels are "chariots."
      • b]Some angels have names in the Bible:

        • Daniel 8:16
        • Luke 1:19
        • Luke 1:26

        Michael the Archangel
        Michael is the only angel to be called an archangel in the Bible. He is described as "one of the chief princes," so it is possible that there are other archangels, but we cannot be sure. The word "archangel" comes from the Greek word "archangelos" meaning "a chief angel." It refers to an angel ranked highest or in charge of other angels. 
        • Daniel 10:13
        • Daniel 12:1
        • Jude 9
        • Revelation 12:7


        Angel verses

        "For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you
        in all your ways"
        Psalm 91:11 (NIV)

        "One day the angels came to present themselves before the LORD,
        and Satan also came with them."

        Job 1:6 (NIV)

        "With the coming of dawn, the angels urged Lot, saying,
        "Hurry! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here,
        or  you will be swept away when the city is punished.“
        Genesis 19:15 (NIV)

        “Rejoice with him, you heavens,and let all of God’s angels worship him.
        Rejoice with his people, you nations,and let all the angels be strengthened in him. For he will avenge the blood of his servants;he will take revenge against his enemies. He will repay those who hate him and
        cleanse the land for his people.”
        Deuteronomy 32:43 (NLT)

        “You alone are the Lord. You made the skies and the heavens and all the stars. You made the earth and the seas and everything in them.
        You preserve them all, and the angels of heaven worship you."
        Nehemiah 9:6 (NLT)

        "The Son of Man will send forth His angels,
        and they will  gather out of His kingdom all stumbling blocks,
        and those who commit lawlessness"
        Matthew 13:41 (NASB)

        "So it will be at the end of the age; the angels will come forth
        and take out the wicked from among the righteous"
        Matthew 13:49 (NASB)

        "And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet,
        and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds,
        from one end of heaven to the other."
        Matthew 24:31 (KJV)

        "Also I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess me before men,
        him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God"
        Luke 12:8 (KJV)

        "And he saith unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you,
        Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God
        ascending and descending upon the Son of man."
        John 1:51 (KJV)

        "But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand,
        until I make thine enemies thy footstool? Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?"
        Hebrews 1:13-14 (NIV)

        "I , John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I had heard and seen them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who had been showing them to me." But he said to me, "Do not do it! I am a fellow servant with you and with your brothers the prophets and of all who keep the words of this book. Worship God!"
        Revelation 22:8-9 (NIV)

        "I saw also the LORD sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. And one cried unto another, and said,
        Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the
        house was filled with smoke."
        Isaiah 6:1-4 (KJV)





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