When the word “angel” comes to mind, many immediately think of a light-skinned human with large, white wings and wearing a flowing white robe – but these images are not indicative of all angelic apparitions.
The Bible is an excellent source of information on everything from how to live our lives to King David’s biography – but what does it have to say about angels?
There are several passages referencing angels and their many duties, physical forms and purposes.
Angels were created before anything else
Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundations? … to the joyful concert of the morning stars and unanimous acclaim of the sons of God? (Job 38:4,7)
Humans are unable to comprehend the number of angels that exist
In my vision, I heard the sound of an immense number of angels gathered round the throne and the living creatures and the elders; there were ten thousand times ten thousand of them and thousands upon thousands (Revelation 5:11)
Some angels rebelled against God
How did you come to fall from the heavens, Daystar, son of Dawn? How did you come to be thrown to the ground, conqueror of nations? (Isaiah 14:12)
Angels hold power
That same night the angel of the Lord went out and struck down a hundred and eighty-five thousand men in the Assyrian camp. In the early morning when it was time to get up, there they lay, so many corpses. (2 Kings 19:35)
In the end times, angels will sort the saved from the lost
The field is the world; the good seed is the subjects of the kingdom; the darnel, the subjects of the Evil One; the enemy who sowed it, the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; the reapers are the angels … The Son of man will send his angels and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of falling and all who do evil, and throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and grinding of teeth. (Matthew 13:38-39, 41-42)
Angels protect humans
My God sent his angel who sealed the lions’ jaws; they did me no harm, since in his sight I am blameless; neither have I ever done you any wrong, Your Majesty. (Daniel 6:23)
Not all angels appear in the traditional white robes with white wings
I raised my eyes to look about me, and this is what I saw: A man dressed in linen, with a belt of pure gold round his waist: his body was like beryl, his face looked like lightning, his eyes were like fiery torches, his arms and his face had the gleam of burnished bronze, the sound of his voice was like the roar of a multitude. (Daniel 10: 5-6)
I raised my eyes, and there were two women appearing. The wind caught their wings — they had wings like a stork’s; they raised the barrel midway between earth and heaven. (Zechariah 5:9)
Angels are powerful beings created to worship and serve God as well as to protect His children – us. If you have any angelic stories, please feel free to share them with us in the comments below.