Summary: Questions about angels answered by scripture.
A. WHAT ARE ANGELS?
1.Created Spiritual Beings.
-Angels have not always existed, God created them. (Neh 9:6)
-They were created to bear the message of God, protect the people of God, implementing the judgement of God, and offering worship to God.
-They are spirits which are sometimes given temporary physical bodies to do specific jobs. (Heb 1:14, 13:2)
2.Other Kinds of Heavenly Beings.
a.Guard the entranced into the Garden of Eden (Gen 3:24)
b.God is frequently said to be enthroned on the cherubim or to travel with them as his chariot. (Ps 18:10; Ezek 10:1-22)
c.Their figures covered the mercy seat over the Ark. (Ex 25:22; 18-21)
a.Only mentioned in Isaiah where they continually worship God (Isa 6:2-7; 6:3)
a.They appear like a lion, an ox, a man, and an eagle
b.They are the mightiest representative of various parts of God’s creation
c.They worship God continually
d.Rev 4:8; Ezek 1:5-14
3.Rank and Order Among the Angels
-Scripture indicated that there is rank and order among the angels.
-Michael is called the “archangel” in Jude 9
-One of the chief princes in Daniel 10:13
-Angles have been identified by their name
4.Angels are Not Omnipresent (can be everywhere at one time)
-Evidence of this is in Luke 1:26, Dan 10:12-14
5.Do People Have Individual Guardian Angels?
6.Angels Do Not Get Married
7.Do Angels Have Wings, halos, and harps?
-Nothing at all is said in the Scriptures about angels having halos and harps.
8.When Were Angels Created?
-They must have been created before the 7th day of creation (Gen 2:1)
9.Do Christians Become Angels When They Die?
-This in mentioned no where in scripture
-In fact, the Bible says we will be glorified with Christ because we have been purchased by his blood – that is a claim that angels cannot make.
10.Who Is “The Angel of The Lord” or “The Angel of God”?
-God the Son or God the Father (Gen 31:11,13)
B.OUR RELATIONSHIP TO ANGELS
1. We Should Be Aware of Angels in Our Daily Lives
-Angels see our joys and struggles. They also see our descisions.
-Sometimes we entertain them unawares(Heb 13:2)
-They are sent by God to protect us(Ps 91:11-12)
2. Cautions Reguarding Our Relationship to Angles
-Beware of receiving false doctrine from angels (Gal 1:8)
a. Even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light (2 Cor 11:14)
b. Those declaring to have received some further revelation from God (ex. Mormons) should be reguarded as false prophets.
-Do Not Worship Angels, Pray to Them, or Seek Them
a. Worship of Angels was one of the false doctrines being taught at Colossae (Col 2:18)
b. John in the book of Revelation was told not to worship angels (Rev 19:10)
c. We are not to pray to angles: Jesus is our mediator to God; not angels.
d. It is not wrong to ask God to send his angles to protect us; but it is wrong to seek angels- This will draw our minds off of God and to his creation.