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WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT ANGELS IN THE BIBLE?

Angels are mentioned 273 in the Holy Bible. They are also referred to a number of other times in other religions. Here are some facts to check out and remember!

 1 Angels were created by God – they are heavenly beings

“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 made by Him.” Colossians 1v 16

Angels are heavenly beings; we are human beings. We do not become angels.

2 Angels were present when God created the world

“The Lord answered Job out of the storm. He said “ Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundations?....while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?

Job 38 v 1-7

3  Angels live for eternity – they never die

 “They will be like angels, and cannot die”. Luke 20 v 36

4 Angels are interested in the affairs of men and women

“There is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents”. Luke 15 v10

5 Angels are too numerous to count!

   “The chariots of God are tens of thousands and thousands of thousands…” Psalm 68 v17

6 Only three angels are named in the canonical books of the Bible:

    Michael – the only angel to be called an Archangel (Chief angel). The guardian angel of Israel.          

    Gabriel – The angel sent by God to Zechariah (John the Baptist’s father) and Mary and Joseph.

                      He also appears to Daniel about 550BC to explain visions.  Daniel 8 & 9.

    Satan (Lucifer) – an angel who through pride and provocation of God was cast out of God’s

                      presence to earth. Ezekiel 28v11-19

7 Other angels – those who stand before God’s throne – are mentioned in Enoch and Tobit in the

             Apocrypha.   Raphael, Raguel, Remiel, Saraqael, Uriel + Michael and Gabriel.

8 Do angels have wings? Passages like Isaiah 6 v 2,6, Daniel 9v21 and the Revelation of John,

             indicate heavenly beings (angels) with wings. Artists sometimes depict angels with wings.

9 Are there different classes of angels? Thomas Aquinas an early Christian Father wrote about

Archangel Michael, Seraphims (Isaiah 6v2), Cherubims (Genesis 3v24; Ezekiel 10v1-22).           There are “ordinary” angels – often called “The Angel of the Lord”;….  and fallen angels (demons – followers of Satan). All angels are less than and subject to Christ (Hebrews 1v4-6).

   

 

10  What do angels do?

·        Worship and Praise of God in heaven - Isaiah 6v1-3; Revelation 4-5

·        Messengers of God to reveal His purpose – Mary & Joseph; Daniel.

·        Announcing God’s salvation – The shepherds; Christ’s resurrection at the tomb.

·        Guiding – giving instructions and clarification – Philip Acts 8v26; Cornelius Acts 10v1-8;

·        Ministering to those in need – Elijah 1 Kings 19; Christ Matthew 4v11

·        Protection (Guardian angels) – Daniel in the lion’s den; Matthew 18v10; Acts 12v15

And lots more!!....................

I hope this is informative and helpful. Of course, YOU need to check out “angels” in YOUR Bible!

I leave you with a passage from the Letter to the Hebrews chapter 13 v2:

“Remember to welcome strangers in your homes. There were some who did that and welcomed angels without knowing it.”

Every blessing to you

The Reverend Gordon Briggs        [extracts from our Family Service on 14th January 2018].


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