What are Angels

  • Speaking
    Mar 16:5-7, Dan 9:22-27, Dan 10:11+, Luk 2:10-14, Mat 1:20, Gen 21:17-19, Gen 22:11-12, Gen 31:11, Gen 16:10, 1Cor 13:1, Rev 7:3, Num 22:32-35, Jdg 2:1, Jdg 2:4, Jdg 6:12, Zec 1:9, Acts 10:22
  • Moving
    Dan 9:21, Luk 16:22, Rev 7:2, Rev 15:6, Exo 14:19, Num 22:23-27, Gen 28:12, Jhn 5:4
  • Praising God
    Psa 148:2, Job 38:7, Psa 103:20-21, Heb 1:6,
  • Attributes of
    Mat 28:2-4, Luk 24:4, Isa 6:2, Dan 9:21, 2Pet 2:11, 2Sam 14:20, Mat 24:36, Mat 18:10, Psa 8:5, Mar 12:25, Luk 12:8-9, Luk 15:10, Luk 20:36, Rom 8:38, Heb 1:4-7, Heb 2:7, 1Ti 5:21, 1Pet 3:22, Rev 15:6, Jdg 13:6, Jdg 13:10-11, Psa 104:4, Mat 16:27, Mat 22:30, Rom 8:38, 2Ths 1:7, 1Tit 5:21, Heb 2:2, 5, 7, 9, 16, 1Pet 1:12, 1Pet 3:22, 2Pet 2:4, 11, Jud 1:6,
  • Number of
    Mat 26:53, Dan 7:10, Heb 12:22, 2Kng 6:17, Rev 5:11
  • Origin
    Neh 9:6, Col 1:16,
  • Environment
    Rev 7:1, Exo 3:2, Jhn 5:4, Jdg 6:21,
  • Eating
    Gen 18:4-8, Psa 78:25
  • Interacting
    Heb 1:13-14, Heb 13:2, Gen 19:1-3+10, Dan 10:10, Mat 25:31, Gen 3:24, Gen 19:15, Gen 32:1-2, Psa 78:24-25, Psa 91:11, Mar 4:11, Mat 13:39, 41, 49, Mat 26:53, Gen 21:17-19, Luk 16:22, Jon 20:12, Act 7:53, 1 Cor 11:10, Gal 3:19, Col 2:18, 2Ths 1:7, Rev 15:6, Rev 16:1, Gen 24:40, Exo 23:20, Num 20:16, Num 22:22, Num 22:31, Jdg 6:22, Jdg 6:12, Jdg 6:11, Jdg 6:14-16, Gen 32:1, Gen 18:4-16, 1Cor 4:9, 1Cor 6:3, Gal 3:19, Jdg 13:10-21, Jhn 5:4, Psa 34:7, Isa 63:9, Dan 3:28, Dan 6:22, Hos 12:4, Zec 1, Mat 18:10, Mat 25:31, 36, Luk 12:9, Luk 15:10, Luk 16:22, Luk 20:36, Jhn 1:51, Jhn 20:12, Act 7:53, 1Cor 4:9, 1Cor 6:3, Gal 3:19, 1Tit 3:16, Jud 1:6
  • Fighting
    Rev 12:7-9, Exo 33:2, Num 22:32, 1Chr 21:15-16, Psa 35:5-6, Isa 37:36, Psa 78:49
  • Punishment of
    Mat 25:41, 2Pet 2:4, Jud 1:6, 1 Cor 6:3, Rev 12:7-10
  • Warnings about
    Gal 1:8, Col 2:18, Jdg 13:16, Deu 4:19, 17:3


Angels were created by God (Neh 9:6, Col 1:16), presumably before the time of the laying of the Earths foundations because of the passage in Job which refers to them singing for joy when the Earth was made or founded (Job 38:7) which would place it before the creation of heaven and Earth (Gen 1:1).

Their activities include praising God (Psa. 103:20, Psa 148:1-2, Isaiah 6:3, Heb 1:6), at times acting out Gods judgment (Numbers 22:32, Psa. 78:49, 2Ki 19:35), bringing the law to man (Acts 7:53, Gal 3:19, Heb 2:2), protection of believers (Psalm 91:11, Dan 6:22, Acts 12:9-11), but their primary business is ministering and speaking to believers (1King 19:7, Mark 16:6-7, Mat 4:11, Luke 2:10), and involvement in healings (John 5:4).

Angels are spirit beings (Heb 1:7, Heb 2:16). They are higher than man in perfection and design (Heb 2:7) and are put in charge of the things of God’s hands (Heb 2:8). However they have interacted with man kind in ways that would require them to have a physical structure (Heb 13:2, Gen 18:4-8, Isa 37:36), it may be that angels have a unique ability to manifest in to the physical realm when needed. They also have been recorded to be bright in appearance and are able to speak audibly (Acts 12:7, 2Cor 11:14). There seems to be a language or tongue of angels mentioned by Paul (1Corinthians 13:1). Angels live forever (Luke 20:36) and they do not marry (Luke 20:35). Because they live forever there is no need to reproduce or marry as there is with man kind (Matthew 12:25). However, in the Garden of Eden rebellious sons of God married human women and had children with them named Nephilim (Genesis 6:4). This is understood because these angels were in sin and were in rebellion against God which means they no longer followed God’s rules for holy angels of heaven (Jude 1:6). Because of there sin against God, they were either able to manifest there spirit bodies as physical bodies (as holy angels often did to eat food and fight batles) and reproduce, or they were stripped of their heavenly, glorified bodies and were then made physical beings (Jude 1:6).

There are elect or holy angels and sinful or fallen ones (Matthew 25:31, Luke 9:26, 1 Titus 5:21, Rev 14:10, 2Peter 2:4, Jude 1:6). Satan was an angel that led astray 1/3 of heavens holy angels and thus they sinned and are no longer holy or elect (Rev 12:4, 9). Judgment awaits the sinful angels and demons (Mark 1:24, 2Peter 2:4, Rev 20:10). It seems that the angels who have sinned are unredeemable or unforgivable for their rebellion (2Peter 2:4). God did not spare the angels, just like with Sodom and Gomorrah, He did not warn the people of the two cities about their imminent destruction or give them a chance of repentance. Also the holy saints of God will judge the angels that have sinned (1 Corinthians 6:3).

Angels have personal will and emotions that, because of their holy state are subject to Gods will and guidance (unless they disobey) as ours ideally should be (1Peter 1:12). Part of angel’s free will is expressed by their ability to sin which is a choice of rebellion against God (2Peter 2:4, Jude 1:6).

Guardian Angels?

It appears that the idea of the Guardian Angel is mentioned in some scriptures such as Psa 91:11, Dan 6:22, and 2Kng 6:17. It is not true however that specific Angels are assigned to certain believers but that Angels come to the aid of Christians by the command of God at the right moment. However, the Angel Michael assigned to Israel as a nation (Dan 12:1).


It is important to realize that the main purpose of angels is to deliver messages. In the New Testament the Greek word Aggelos is translated “angel (s)” 139 times and “messenger” 7 times.  The word Aggelos means a messenger, envoy, one who is sent, an angel, a messenger from God.
In the Old Testament the Hebrew word Mal’ak is used and it means representative, messenger, angel, or theophanic angel. It is used as “angel(s)” 111 times, “messenger” 98 times, and “ambassadors” 4 times. Sometimes it is used to identify a human agent such as in Genesis 32:3, Numbers 20:14 which also happens with Agellos in the New Testament.

The Angel of the Lord

Many believe that the “Angel of the Lord” was actually Jesus appearing spiritually to man before being born in to his human body. Though Jesus is not an angel, this may be acceptable when you look at the Hebrew word used for “angel” being Malak. Jesus appearing in the Old Testament delivered various messages to God’s children and thus He would qualify as a messenger or ambassador of God (Malak). The activities of the Angel of the Lord at times were very much Messianic in nature and often presented foreshadowings or types of what Jesus Christ would one day do as Savior of mankind. Although it is key to recognize that Jesus is not an angel and never was (Hebrews 1 & 2).

One thought on “What are Angels

  1. Very informative, Daniel. There has been an increase in angelic activity – or perhaps, there are simply more believers aware of it – these days. There have been many seen, and sometimes communicated with, that have a specific ‘job’ or assignment: like a healing angel. “Wind Of Change” is another’s name – he seems to precede and oversee sudden manifestations of the Holy Spirit during a move of God. They are all around us, ready to help God’s people in our times! There is a lot going on in the spirit realm; may we get close enough to Daddy God to understand more of it!

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