Are Angels real?


Question: “Are Angels real?  If Angels are real, what do they do?”



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The Word “angel” comes from the Hebrew Word mal'ak and the Greek Word aggelos.  Both mean  “messenger.”


God uses angels as messengers, warriors, and servants. Angels were created by Christ (Col. 1:16), they carry out the will of God (Psalm 103:20; Matt. 6:10), they worship God and Christ (Phil. 2:9-11; Heb. 1:6), are holy (Matt. 25:31), are wise (2 Sam. 14:20), mighty (Psalm 103:20), but angels are not to be worshipped (Col. 2:18; Rev. 19:10; 22:9) as they are created beings.


Angels are so powerful that in one night, a single angel destroyed 185,000 Assyrian soldiers (2 King 19:35).


Angels are spiritual beings (Hebrews 1:14) without bodies of flesh and bones, but can appear in human form (Gen. 19:1-22).  Angels praise God (Isaiah 6:3), serve as His messengers (Luke 1:11-20), watch over God's people (Psalm 91:11-12),  fight the demons (Rev 12:7-9, rejoice over each sinner who repents (Luke 15:10), carry the saved to heaven (Luke 16:22), are superior to humans (Heb 2:7), and have been used to carry-out God's judgment (Matt. 13:49-50).


Angels include cherubim, seraphim, and archangels (lead angels) and angels are mentioned over 270 times in the Bible.  


Angels are ministering spirits sent by God

Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?  (Hebrews 1:14).  


Commanding angels

For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways (Psalm 91:11).  God commands His angels, but nowhere in the Bible does it say we are to command, ask, or worship angels.  In Matthew 26:53, Jesus said, I could pray to my Father, and He would give me more than twelve legions of angels.  We have no control over angels; only God commands angels.


But we can ask the Father to send His angels to protect us and our family.


How many angels exist

Scripture only says that there are a great number of angels (Daniel 7:10; Matthew 26:53; Hebrews 12:22).


Likely all angels were created at one time, and the number of angels are not being increased or decreased (Luke 20:36).  As each of us have at least two angel (Mt. 18:10), it could be concluded that there are at least twice as many angels as there are Christians.


Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand (Revelation 5:11).


Did the term angel ever refer to Jesus

When humans tried to worship angels, they always stopped them saying that they were fellow servants of the Lord, except in two occasions when angel’s deity (Jesus) did accepted worship. When He appeared to both Moses (Exodus 3:1-5) and Joshua (Joshua 5:14-15), they were told to remove their sandals for they were “standing on holy ground.”


Did the term angel ever refer to the Father

No, because John 1:18 says, No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him [God]. The people in the Old Testament times who saw God really saw Jesus in a pre-incarnate form “declaring” God. Furthermore, the Father told Moses, “You cannot see My face, for no one may see Me and live” (Exodus 33:20).



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