It‘s another week and I’m so excited about another question to study out. Each week I will answer one of the questions that has been submitted. I will be giving you what I believe to be the answer that I have found.
The awesome thing about our relationship with Jesus and Christ followers is that we can disagree on matters that don’t affect our salvation and still love each other. I just want to say thank you for asking these questions of me. I promise that each time I sit down, I ask the Spirit to guide me and teach me as I study.
So, here we go to the next question…
Define angels, what are they really?
This is an interesting question as I believe that there are several misunderstandings about them.
I think some people put too much emphasis on them and some people put too little emphasis on them.
First, let’s talk about what angels are not.
They don’t look like those little statues we see. You know the ones that look like cute little kids with little wings. From my studies, I’m confident they don’t play harps and there is no mention in scripture that they sing. They don’t surf clouds all the time and look down on us. And they are not our deceased loved ones who have “earned their wings.”
In both the Hebrew (malak) and the Greek (angelos) the word that is used for angel means, “messenger.” And the word “messenger” denotes any agent that God sends out to do His purposes. The word is used to describe an ordinary messenger (Job 1:14: 1 Sam. 11:3; Luke 7:24; 9:52), prophets (Isa. 42:19; Hag. 1:13), priests (Mal. 2:7), and ministers of the New Testament (Rev. 1:20). Angels not only carry messages to people (Gen. 18:9–16; Judg. 13:2–24; Luke 1:13, 30; 2:8–15), but they also carry out God’s will as He directs them (Ps. 148:2–5; Col. 1:16).
The Bible offers little description of angelic messengers because the focus is mostly on God’s message and not the messenger. Angels also performed tasks as mediators (Acts 7:53; Gal. 3:19; Rev. 1:1; 10:1). Angels also serve God in His heavenly court. Titles such as “sons of God” (Gen. 6:2–4; Job 1:6; 2:1), “holy ones” (Ps. 89:5; Dan. 4:13), and “heavenly hosts” (Luke 2:13) identify angels as celestial beings who worship God (Luke 2:13–15; Rev. 19:1–3), attend His throne (Rev. 5:11; 7:11), and make up God’s army (1 Sam. 1:11; 1 Chron. 12:22).
Angels are sometimes identified as winged creatures—the cherubim and seraphim. These angels appear in Ezekiel’s visions (1:4–28; 10:1–22) and in Isaiah 6:2–6. Cherubim are primarily guards/attendants to God’s throne, whereas seraphim attend God’s throne and offer praises to Him.
As you look at the scripture you will see that there is a phrase that goes with the appearance of angels and that is, “fear not.”
It is my belief that angels are what I like to call “bad action.” They are warriors of God and fight in the spiritual realm for the will of God. We know that in scripture we find that angels can be delayed (Dan. 10:13) because of the spiritual battle that is taking place.
According to the Bible, there is a set number of angels. We also know from scripture a third of the angels followed Lucifer and fell from heaven. This brings us to the point that angels also had a choice to follow God or not. Some of them chose poorly and became demons.
While we’re at it, let’s bust a few myths about angels:
- There is no such mention of the phrase “guardian angel” in the scripture. We do see that angels will serve us in the spiritual realm according to God’s will.
- It is also not true that we get a chance to become angels and earn our wings when we die.
I believe angels are real and I believe that sometimes we are visited by them even today. In the bible they take on a form of human beings but with supernatural additions, such as light and power. Most of the time they are seen as men but I believe that they are non-gender.
In conclusion, angels are real and they are powerful messengers of God and should not to be taken lightly. They play a big role in judgment, spiritual warfare and serving our God in the spiritual realm. They serve us at the request of God and, as such, are God’s commandos fighting in the spiritual realm!
I thank God for them as they serve Him and us. I thank God that they brought highly important messages to us about the Messiah and other Godly matters. I also believe that they will continue to bring us messages according to the will of God.
It is my prayer that this has cleared up some misunderstandings about angels and their roles.
In His Grip,