Angels

Angels are spirit beings, created by God. Only three angels are referred to by name in the Bible--Michael, Gabriel, and Satan. There are many ranks and divisions--God's angels are under His authority and they are ministers for humans. Satan had a high position in heaven, but now he is leader of evil spirits. Angels were created to serve the Creator. They have many jobs to do: 1) they praise and worship God; 2) they bring messages from God to man; 3) they provide for God's people; 4) they protect God's people; 5) they do God's will, and 6) they punish God's enemies, including Satan.
  • Their origin and nature
    • They are spirits -- Heb. 1:14
    • They were created by God -- Ps. 148:2, 5; Col. 1:16
    • They were created early in creation -- Job 38:6-7
    • They were created good -- Gen. 1:31
    • They are not to be worshiped -- Col. 2:18; Rev. 19:10
    • They do not marry or die -- Lk. 20:35-36
    • Some angels rebelled against God -- 2 Pet. 2:4
  • Names and ranks of good angels
    • Michael -- Dan. 12:1; Jude 9; Rev 12:7
    • Gabriel -- Dan. 9:21; Lk. 1:19, 26
    • Archangels -- 1 Thess. 4:16
    • Seraphs -- Isa. 6:2
    • Cherubim -- Eze. 10:1-3
    • Rulers and authorities -- Eph. 3:10; Col. 1:16
    • Thrones and powers -- Col. 1:16
    • There are numerous angels -- Rev. 5:11
  • Duties of good angels
    • General duties
      • They revealed the law -- Acts 7:38; Gal. 3:19; Heb. 2:2
      • They bring messages from God -- Zech. 1:14-17; Acts 10:3-6
      • They praise and worship God -- Heb. 1:6; Rev. 5:11-12
      • They provide for God's people -- 1 Kgs. 19:5-8; Mt. 4:11; Heb. 1:14
      • They protect God's people -- Ps. 91:11; Dan. 6:22; Acts 12:7-10
      • Some serve as guardian angels -- Mt. 18:10; Acts 12:15
      • They give guidance to God's people -- Acts 8:26; 27:23-24
      • They interpret God's will -- Dan. 7:16; Zech. 1:9,13-14
      • They carry out God's will -- Num. 22:22; Ps 103:20-21; Mt. 28:2
      • They punish God's enemies -- 2 Kgs. 19:35; Acts 12:23; Rev. 14:17--16:21
    • Duties connected with Jesus
      • Gabriel was sent to tell Mary that she would be the mother of Jesus -- Lk. 1:26-38
      • An angel told Joseph that Mary was pregnant -- Mt. 1:20-21
      • An angel brought His birth announcement -- Lk. 2:9-12
      • Angels sang at His birth -- Lk. 2:13-14
      • An angel instructed Joseph to flee to Egypt -- Mt. 2:13
      • An angel told Joseph it was safe to return Mt. 2:19-20
      • Angels administered to, and strengthened Jesus -- Mt. 4:11; Lk. 22:43
      • Angels were available to help him -- Mt. 26:53
      • An angel rolled away the stone -- Mt. 28:2
      • Angels announced the Lord's resurrection -- Mt. 28:5-7; Lk. 24:23; Jn. 20:11-13
      • Angels were present when He ascended -- Acts 1:11
      • Angels will return with Jesus -- Mt. 25:31; 2 Thess. 1:7
  • Evil angels
    • Satan is their leader -- Job 1:6; Zech. 3:1; Mt. 4:10
    • What they do
      • They oppose good angels -- Rev. 12:7-9
      • They work through false teachers -- 2 Thess. 2:9-10; 1 Tim. 4:1-2
      • They try to separate believers from God -- Rom. 8:38-39
      • They oppose Christ and his church -- Rev. 12:3-6, 13-17
      • They do evil to mankind -- Job 2:6-8; Mt. 13:38-39; Lk. 13:11, 16
      • They tempt people to sin -- Mt. 4:3; 1 Pet. 5:8
      • They accuse us before God -- Zech. 3:1


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