10 Facts about Angels

324912564_1009fbbcfc_oHow much do you know about angels? How often do you even think about angels? It is interesting how the subject of angels is one that is found all throughout the Bible. It is topic that God wants us to have to some understanding of.

Consider 10 facts the Bible gives us about angels:

  1. Fact #1: angels are real. They are not mythical imaginary creatures like unicorns and fairies. Instead they are real created beings by God (Psalm 148:1, 5; Colossians 1:16). The fact that angels are created shows us that they are not deity. They are not self-existent like the persons who make up the Godhead (Psalm 90:2).
  1. Fact #2: angels are very powerful and mighty (Psalm 103:20; 2 Peter 2:11). There was a time when an angel killed 185,000 Assyrian soldiers in one night! This action saved the kingdom of Judah from going into captivity during Hezekiah’s reign (Isaiah 37:36-37). If one angel could do this much damage, what do you think 72,000 (12 legions) angels could have done when Jesus was being arrested in the garden? See Matthew 26:53.
  1. Fact #3: angels are limited in knowledge. Unlike God, angels are not all knowing. They do not know when the Lord will return and the world will end (Matthew 24:36). They also did not understand the plan of God for our salvation until it was fully revealed (1 Peter 1:12).
  1. Fact #4: angels are spirit beings (Hebrews 1:13-14). This means that they possess a nature that is perfectly suited for heaven. This explains why Luke refers to them as “heavenly” (Luke 2:13). Being heavenly means that angels have no earthly substance (unlike humans). And yet, there are many times in the Bible when they appeared as men (Genesis 19:1-5; Matthew 28:1-2; Mark 16:5; Luke 24:4; John 20:11-12).
  1. Facts #5: angels carry out the will of God (Psalm 103:20). In the past God used angels to make announcements or give instructions (Luke 1:26-27; 2:8-13), deliver His people from troubles (Daniel 6:22; Acts 12:5-9), execute judgment on evil men (Psalm 78:43, 49), and reveal His will (Zechariah 1:9; Galatians 3:19; Hebrews 2:2; Acts 7:53).
  1. Facts #6: angels have the power of free will. Instead of being spiritual robots, angels possess the ability to make choices. Some have even chosen to rebel against God (Matthew 25:41; 2 Peter 2:4; Jude 6).
  1. Facts #7: angels serve us every day! They are constantly doing things for us that we are completely unaware of. While the precise elements and activities of their ministering are not revealed in the scriptures, we should nevertheless be thankful that God is using them to help us in our lives. We can’t see them, but they are constantly rendering service for us (Hebrews 1:14).
  1. Fact #8: angels have a special interest in our salvation. Just like the prophets in the Old Testament desired to know God’s complete plan for our redemption, the angels did too (1 Peter 1:10-12). They rejoice when sinners come to God (Luke 15:8-10). They will be present when we stand before Jesus on the Judgment Day (Luke 12:8-9). It is sad that many times angels seem to be more concerned about us being heaven than we are!
  1. Fact # 9: angels will liberate us from the earth. They will come with Jesus when He returns and the world is destroyed (Matthew 25:31-32). Jesus will then use them to separate the faithful from the unfaithful (Matthew 13:36-43). Several other verses in the New Testament emphasize these truths (1 Thessalonians 4:16; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9).
  1. Fact #10: Even though they are higher than us (Hebrews 2:6-7), angels are not to be worshiped. God the Father is to be worshipped (Matthew 4:10). Jesus is to be worshipped (Matthew 14:33; 28:16-17). The Apostle John tried to worship an angel and was told not to (Revelation 22:8-9).

There are many things about angels that we need to be impressed with. But above being impressed with these spirit beings, we need to be more impressed with Jesus! Jesus is above angels (Hebrews 1:13). Angels worship Jesus and are in subjection to Him (Hebrews 1:3-6). Jesus is the Savior, King, Lord, and Redeemer! Unlike angels, Jesus is the source of our salvation (Revelation 1:5)!

Let us not to get so mesmerized with angels, that we take our focus off Jesus (Hebrews 12:2). There is nothing wrong with studying what the Bible says about angels and even being impressed with what they can do. But let us always remember that Jesus is who we must submit to and put our complete trust in (Matthew 28:18).

By Shawn Jeffries

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With God’s Word

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Do you want God to speak to you?  Would you want to hear the audible voice of God? Maybe sometimes we wish God would speak to us audibly. We want to hear His voice. After all, there are certain preachers who claim that God speaks to them. They say, “God told me this,” or “Jesus was speaking to me the other day.” Wouldn’t it be great if we could all hear God?

Or maybe we feel like our circumstances and difficulties are so unique that only direct audible speech could guide us. We have tough decisions to make and wish God would shout from on high and tell us exactly what to do.

Yet, I highly doubt those preachers actually hear God’s voice. Some of them are truly hucksters and liars; others are likely just overanxious leaders thoughtlessly using charismatic jargon.

Furthermore, I don’t think we would necessarily enjoy God speaking to us audibly. The Bible talks about people God spoke to directly and they did not like it very much.

For one reason, God’s voice was a terrifying experience. Folks are fond of the Elijah story where God spoke in “a still small voice” (1 Kings 19:12). We figure we could handle that. But that is more the exception than the rule. God spoke to Job from a whirlwind (Job 38:1; 40:6). In the book of Job, great winds blew over houses (Job 1:19)! We forget God spoke on Mount Sinai and that the Israelites did NOT want God to speak directly to them (Exodus 20:18-21). Similarly, at the voice of God, men fell down afraid (Matthew 17:5-6) and even mistook His voice for thunder (John 12:28-29).

Secondly, when God spoke to people, He did not talk to them about what they wanted to talk about. He said what He wanted to say. He told Abraham to start moving cross-country without naming a destination (Genesis 12:1). The Bible does not indicate that Abraham had been praying about making a move in his life. Or God directed Abraham to sacrifice his only son, Isaac (Genesis 22:1-2). There’s no way that had been a question on Abraham’s heart! Job faced terrible circumstances and he thought he was ready to demand answers from God (Job 23:1-7). But once God started talking, Job could only cover his mouth (Job 40:4). God was not inclined to answer a single one of Job’s complaints (Job 38-42).

No, God does not speak to His people audibly today. And since God is all-wise, I’m going to say that is not a bad thing. Know that God has already spoken to you! He speaks to His people every day and any time of day through His Word, the Bible. God speaks through the Scriptures, the Bible. The 66 books of the Bible (39 Old Testament and 27 New Testament) are inspired – God breathed!

“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work,” 2 Timothy 3:16.

The 66 books of the Bible are not called inspired because they are in the Bible. Rather, they are in the Bible because they are inspired. The Bible is the collection, or library, of Scripture – God-breathed writings.

There is no other God and there is no other Scripture. The Bible is God’s revealed truth, His revealed will for our lives.

With God’s word, we are shown our world, how to understand it, and how to operate in it correctly. With God’s word Christians receive their standard for Faith and practice. With God’s word we have guidance for our lives: knowledge, wisdom, and counsel. With God’s word the great questions are answered: Where did we come from? Why are we here? Where are we going?

Not only this, the Scripture is the standard we are given whereby to judge anyone who claims that God is speaking audibly to them (1 John 4:1; 1 Thessalonians 5:21; 1 Corinthians 14:37)! Great care and discernment is required when listening to anyone who claims that God is speaking to them.

As we read the Bible, study it, meditate upon it, and devote our heart to it, the Holy Spirit works through the word in our lives. The word of God is the Spirit’s sword, after all (Ephesians 6:17). It is living and double-edged (Hebrews 4:12). When we take it up, it is He who wields it to

  • pierce our hearts
  • slay sin, error, and doubt
  • wage the great war for the souls of men against the evil one

Instead of waiting for thunder, read your Bible. The Bible is God’s true, constant, accessible, and near voice in our lives. Let’s start every day reading it. And let’s be sure to launch out on a new week with God’s Word.

By Andrew Roberts