There are many misconceptions about Angels and I would like to clarify some things that I have learned. Please keep in mind that the scriptures used are taken from the King James Version of the Bible. When writing scriptures, I will put something like John 3:16, which means the book of John, Chapter 3 verse 16. Over the next few post, I hope to shed light on what angels are and what they were created for.
Angels are supernatural or spiritual beings that many people think and wonder about. There are many misconceptions about them and many people seek answers related to them. I hope to clarify some things about angels and open your eyes to what angels are all about.
Angels are everywhere doing God’s service. Angels are not to be worshipped but recognized as spiritual beings that God created. Many think that a person who accepts Christ will become an angel when they die. This is not true. They were created to worship God and do his service by acting as messengers, protectors of God’s people, comforters, ministers or overseers (Nehemiah 9:6).
They have different jobs to perform such as announcers, harpist, or carpenters (Zechariah 1:20). Some sing, worship and praise God on a continuous basis. Some have delivered things to God’s people. Some stand as guards. They hearken unto God’s voice and obey his commandments (Psalm 103:20). They do God’s pleasure or service and are called ministers (Psalm 103:21). Others will gather those that offend God and do iniquity and cast them into hell. Then, there were some that followed after Satan and became fallen angels.
Angels themselves do not condemn or accuse. They only carry out what God tells them to do. We see this in 2 Peter 2:11 and Jude 1:9. They are knowledgeable about things pertaining to this earth (2 Samuel 14:20).
Some walk amongst the people of the earth for Hebrews 13:2 says that some of us have entertained angels unaware. They were created sometime before the creation of the earth as identified in Job 38:4-7. They are great in number; a great innumerable company of angels. This is told in several places of the Bible such as Daniel 7:10, Matthew 26:53, Psalms 68:17 , Jeremiah 33:22 or Hebrews 12:22.
Angels have different characteristics and different forms. Some look just like we do. Most of the time in the Bible, Angels were referenced as looking like men; with one possible exception in Zachariah 5:9. Genesis 19:3 says that Lot made them a feast of unleavened bread and they ate it. The Bible tells us that there are some people who have entertained angels unaware (Hebrews 13:2).
Some take on unusual forms. They can appear as a cloud or fire as explained in Exodus and Revelations. They can be visible or invisible. In 2 Kings 6:17 we learn that they can be invisible and then appear visible. Or they can disappear within a blink of an eye. They can walk through walls or doors without opening them. They tell you things that you need to know.
They are considered strong because Psalm 103:20 tells us that they excel in strength. Most of the time, when men of the Bible seen the angels they became fearful. Some fell to the ground because of fear.
One Angel was described in the gospels as having white raiment, or clothing, and his countenance was like lightning (Matt 28:3). Another place, angels were described as looking like men with shining garments (Luke 24:4).
In Daniel 10:5 we read of one clothed in linen with a girdle of fine gold. In Ezekiel Chapter 1 we read of some unusual looking creatures that appear unto Ezekiel. They had a likeness of a man but with four faces and four wings that joined to each others. On the right side their faces looked like a man and a lion. On the left side their faces looked like an ox and an eagle. Their appearance was like burning coals of fire and out of the fire lightning went forth. It appears that they stay close to the Almighty God near his throne because it tells of a throne with the appearance of a sapphire stone. In Revelations it talks of different precious stones around the throne of God.
Revelations Chapter 8 tells us that some carry a trumpet, one carries a golden censer. Revelations Chapter Ten tells us that one is clothed with a cloud and a rainbow around his head. His face appears bright like the sun and his feet like pillars of fire. Revelations 15:6 tells us that some angels have pure and white linen with golden girdles upon their breast.
Different angels have different jobs. The Bible tells us that some follow Jesus. Some act as messengers. Others as ministering spirits (Hebrews 1:14). This might include spiritual guidance or an act of service.
Some angels watch over the churches. You can read about this in Revelations Chapter Two and Three. Some testify to the churches about Jesus (Revelations 22:16). Some worship God and Jesus near the throne by saying, “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever (Revelations 5:12-13).”
Other angels play harps and sing songs to God (Revelations 15). Some make announcements like in Revelations Chapter 14:6-13. Some play trumpets to announce things to come. Look at Judges 6:34, Psalms 47:5, Isaiah 18:3, Isaiah 27:13, Matthew 24:31, 1 Thessalonians 4:16, Revelations 8:2-13, and Revelations 9:14.
Some angels praise God and show honor to him by singing (Luke 2: 13,14). Some fight with the Devil and cast him out of Heaven (Revelations 12:7-9). Other carry out God’s judgment as explained in Chapter four. Others act as protectors of God’s people. Some are sent to warn people of their iniquities as in Judges Chapter 2.
Angels ministered unto Jesus when he was on the earth (Matthew 4:11, Mark 1:13). Luke 22:43 tells us that one angel came to comfort and strengthen Jesus before the Crucifixion.
An angel ministered unto Elijah while he was under the Juniper tree. Two times he brought him food and told him to eat (1 Kings 19).Angels brought manna from Heaven to the Israelites for forty years while they were in the wilderness (Exodus 16:35, Psalm 78:25).
One Angel delivered Peter, one of Jesus apostles from prison in Acts Chapter 5 and 12. Numbers 20:16 tells us that an Angel was sent by God to bring Moses and the Israelites out of Egypt. One Angel was sent to stand in Balaam’s way to prevent him from going somewhere that he shouldn’t. (Numbers 22-24). One Angel was sent to roll the stone back from the grave where Jesus laid (Matthew 28:2).