Angels in the Bible

 

The word "angel" comes from the Greek word aggelos, which means "messenger." The matching Hebrew word mal'ak has the same meaning.

 

How did Angels originate?

The Scripture speaks about the creation of the Angels. If Angels were indeed created, then it's not possible for them to have existed from eternity.

Nehemiah 9:6 Thou, even thou, art LORD alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven worshipeth thee.

Psalms 148:2 Praise ye him, all his Angels: praise ye him, all his hosts. (3) Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light. (4) Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens. (5) Let them praise the name of the LORD: for he commanded, and they were created.
 
Colossians 1:16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: (17) And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
 

The time of their creation is never definitely specified, but it is most probable that it occurred in connection with the creation of the heavens in Genesis 1:1. It may be that God created the Angels immediately after He had created the heavens and before He created the earth - for according to Job 38:4-7, "the sons of God shouted for joy" when He laid the foundations of the earth.

The Power of Angels

Angels have power to control all of the elements of nature. It is shown through out the Bible that angels are used to control fire, wind and water at their disposable. Here is Exodus 14 an angel was used to control the pillar of the cloud during the children of Israel flight from Egypt.  

Exodus 14:19 And the angel of God, which went before the camp of Israel, removed and went behind them; and the pillar of the cloud went from before their face, and stood behind them:


Again here in Matthew they have power to cause earthquakes as well as great physical strength.

Matthew 28:2  And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.


Here we are told that fire is also under their control. Angels also have the ability to reveal themselves as necessary.

Judges 13:20  For it came to pass, when the flame went up toward heaven from off the altar, that the angel of the LORD ascended in the flame of the altar. And Manoah and his wife looked on it, and fell on their faces to the ground. (21)  But the angel of the LORD did no more appear to Manoah and to his wife. Then Manoah knew that he was an angel of the LORD.


Here in the Book of Acts we get insight of more of the power of Angels. We find here that Angels have power to take human life as well power over the animal kingdom

Acts 12:21 And upon a set day Herod, arrayed in royal apparel, sat upon his throne, and made an oration unto them. (22) And the people gave a shout, saying, It is the voice of a god, and not of a man. (23) And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost.


Angels seem to have power over non living objects or physical objects. Here we find that the city gates were no match for their power. It is also mentioned that they opened on their own accord. This would mean that the Angel made no verbal command but rather "thought" the gates to open.

Acts 12:10  When they were past the first and the second ward, they came unto the iron gate that leadeth unto the city; which opened to them of his own accord: and they went out, and passed on through one street; and forthwith the angel departed from him.


Here again we are told of the power of Angels. Here one Angel was about to destroy Jerusalem when God intervened. This account in the Bible makes it clear that God is in control of all the Angels. God tell the Angels his wishes and they carry out his commands.

2 Samuel 24:16  And when the angel stretched out his hand upon Jerusalem to destroy it, the LORD repented him of the evil, and said to the angel that destroyed the people, It is enough: stay now thine hand. And the angel of the LORD was by the threshing place of Araunah the Jebusite.


This is an interesting topic of where Jacob wrestles with a man from God. Here we find that the man was an angel from God. He had the power of dislocate Jacob's thigh bone by simply touching it. Although Jacob won the match, it ware more of a spiritual match than a physical one. If the Angel has power to knock out Jacob's thigh joint, he could have just as easily touched Jacob in a more vital area of his body. This battle was for a plea and a request for his life as we read in Hosea 12:4 Yea, he had power over the angel, and prevailed: he wept, and made supplication unto him: he found him in Bethel, and there he spoke with us;

Genesis 32:24 And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day. (25) And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob's thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him. (26) And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me. (27) And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob. (28) And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.


Here in Revelation we read about the awesome power of Angels. We find that when God speaks it is done down to the letter. It takes only one Angel to cast Satan into the pit. It's quite clear that the Angels take their direction from God himself.

Revelation 20:1 And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. (2) And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, (3) And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.


The book of Revelation is filled with Angels which carry out Gods commands on the sinful earth at the time of judgment. Angels are used as messengers to reveal messages to men and women on earth as well as carry out Gods requests. 

Revelation 5:2 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?

Power over our thoughts and dreams

Here in these few versus we find that angels can direct our dreams and invade our thoughts. Angels have the ability to view, change and direct our dreams and sub-conscience to a pre-determined outcome.

Genesis 31:11  And the angel of God spake unto me in a dream, saying, Jacob: And I said, Here am I.  (invade our dreams)

Matthew 1:20  But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.


In Dan 8:16  God commands Gabriel to explain the meaning of Daniels dream. Again this tells us two things, 1) that Angels get their power from God and 2) Angels have the ability to control our dreams.

Dan 8:16 And I heard a man's voice between the banks of Ulai, which called, and said, Gabriel, make this man to understand the vision.

Messengers from God

One of the main purposes of Angels is that they are messengers sent from God. There are many versus in scripture pointing to this fact. Angels are often the fore-runner from God to tell of future events and to save people from destruction as in Genesis 19:15. God also speaks through Angels to give insight or revelation to man.

Genesis 19:1  And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom: and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground;

Genesis 19:15  And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot, saying, Arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters, which are here; lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city.


Here God the Father has given the revelation or the "end times" to Jesus who in turn gave it to an Angel who then communicated it to John, who at that time recorded it for us to read today.

Revelation 1:1  The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:


Two Angels were sitting in the tomb where Jesus was laid to proclaim the rising of Jesus from the grave. Angels are often used to relay messages from God to man.

John 20:12 And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.


An interesting versus is Hebrews 13:2, This informs us that Angels could be all around us at any time. At times Angels appear as ordinary human man (the Bible never tell of a angel taking on the form of a woman). Have you ever entertained an Angels unaware? This verse informs us that we are to be on our spiritual guard at all times.

Even when we are far from home or among strangers. When we are not around our close church friends but are among strangers do we "let our hair down" and behave in a different way. Remember that any stranger could be an angel sent from God.

Hebrews 13:2 Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

Appearances as material things

Beside being able to take on the form of a man, Angels can also appear as physical objects. One recurring appearance appears to be that the Angels take on the form of and control the properties of fire without being effected by the flame itself.

Exodus 3:2  And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. 

Revelation 14:18  And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe.


Angels seem to be able to control the elements of nature. Many passages reveal the power over fire, water, wind, and the waves of the seas.

Judges 6:21  Then the angel of the LORD put forth the end of the staff that was in his hand, and touched the flesh and the unleavened cakes; and there rose up fire out of the rock, and consumed the flesh and the unleavened cakes. Then the angel of the LORD departed out of his sight.

Dan 3:28  Then Nebuchadnezzar spake, and said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who hath sent his angel, and delivered his servants that trusted in him, and have changed the king's word, and yielded their bodies, that they might not serve nor worship any god, except their own God.

Act 7:30  And when forty years were expired, there appeared to him in the wilderness of mount Sinai an angel of the Lord in a flame of fire in a bush.


Angels also have the ability to strengthen humans here on earth.

Luke 22:43  And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him.


Angels have massive power over physical objects without coming into direct contact with the object. Here we read that the angel released the chains from Peter. 

Act 12:7 And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands.


Here Angels are master of the air. The Bible mentions in the book of Ephesians that Satan is the prince of the air. Ephesians 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:

Revelation 14:6 And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people.

Their power over the animal kingdom

Angel have mastery over the animal kingdom. From the lowly ass to the king of the jungle are at the Angels disposal.

A closer look at Numbers 22:27-31 take notice that the ass was able to see the Angel but Balaam could not. In this light, Angels are able to appear in a crowded area but only reveal themselves to a single person or to a select few. Reading further in verse 28  the ass actually spoke to Balaam. However, Balaam was so mad it did not register what was taking place. Angels must have the power to go against the laws of nature. This should not be surprising being that the Angels get the power from God who created all things.

This is made clear in reading Colossians 1:16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: (17) And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. Since angels are spirits rather than physical beings, they don't have to be visible at all.

Numbers 22:27 And when the ass saw the angel of the LORD, she fell down under Balaam: and Balaam's anger was kindled, and he smote the ass with a staff. (28) And the LORD opened the mouth of the ass, and she said unto Balaam, What have I done unto thee, that thou hast smitten me these three times? (29) And Balaam said unto the ass, Because thou hast mocked me: I would there were a sword in mine hand, for now would I kill thee. (30) And the ass said unto Balaam, Am not I thine ass, upon which thou hast ridden ever since I was thine unto this day? was I ever wont to do so unto thee? And he said, Nay. (31) Then the LORD opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand: and he bowed down his head, and fell flat on his face.
 


Power over the mighty Lions.

Dan 6:22  My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions' mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt.


Once again Angels have the mastery over the birds of the air.

Revelation 19:17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God.

Angels can take on the form / shape of Humans

Angels can take on the form of a humans. The Bible always refers to the shape as being the shape of a man.

Angels in the Bible never appear as cute, chubby infants! They are always full-grown adults. When people in the Bible saw an angel, their typical response was to fall on their faces in fear and awe, not to reach out and tickle an adorable baby.

Some Bible passages picture angels with wings (Isaiah 6:2 Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.

Other verses talk about angels flying, and we assume that the wings would be useful for that flight as in Daniel 9:21 Yea, while I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation. However, I suspect that angels can move around without having to depend on wings. Most references to angels in the Bible say nothing about Angels having wings.


Here is a perfect example of the fear and awe portrayed by the presence of Angels.

Judges 13:6  Then the woman came and told her husband, saying, A man of God came unto me, and his countenance was like the countenance of an angel of God, very terrible: but I asked him not whence he was, neither told he me his name:


This is an interesting verse of scripture. Here we are told that for this cause also a woman ought to be veiled in the church, because of the angels - Who attend there, and before whom they should be careful not to do anything indecent or irregular. We should, even in our dress and habit, avoid every thing that may dishonour Christ.

The woman was made subject to man, because she was made for his help and comfort. And she should do nothing, in Christian assemblies, which looked like a claim of being equal. She ought to have “power,” that is, a veil, on her head, because of the angels. Their presence should keep Christians from all that is wrong while in the worship of God.

1Corinthians 11:10 For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels.


It tells us here that although the angels in their natural form are a spirit they can take on the appearance and physical form of a man.

1Kings 19:5  And as he (Elijah) lay and slept under a juniper tree, behold, then an angel touched him, and said unto him, Arise and eat.

Genesis 18:2  And he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him: and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground.

Sent to deal out judgment from God

Here we read a couple of passages which revel the total power given from God to his angels. Here in 2Kings we read that God only sent one angel to kill 185,000 men of war.

2Kings 19:35  And it came to pass that night, that the angel of the LORD went out, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians an hundred fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses.


No man or no army is any match against the Angel of the Lord. Here we find that an Angel "cut off " destroyed the mighty men of valour, the men of valour are the elite man of war, fearless, merciless man of experience in the ways of battle. 

2Chronicles 32:21 And the LORD sent an angel, which cut off all the mighty men of valour, and the leaders and captains in the camp of the king of Assyria. So he returned with shame of face to his own land. And when he was come into the house of his god, they that came forth of his own bowels slew him there with the sword.


When God sends angels, they are sure to come, and if he bids them slay they will not spare. See how sin sets all the powers of heaven in array against man; he has no friend left in the universe when God is his enemy. Messengers of evil entered their houses at midnight, and smote the dearest objects of their love. The angels were evil to them, though good enough in themselves; those who to the heirs of salvation are ministers of grace, are to the heirs of wrath executioners of judgment.

Psalms 78:49  He cast upon them the fierceness of his anger, wrath, and indignation, and trouble, by sending evil angels among them.

Names of angels

The Angel's have names, although they are mentioned very seldom in scripture.

Luke 1:19  And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings.


There is a hierarchy or chain of command structure in heaven, Michael commands his own Angels

Revelation 12:7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,


Daniel chapters 10-12 refers to Michael - an angel - 3 times. Michael is called "One of the chief Princes" and in 12:1 is called the great prince. In Jude and Revelation chapter 12 he is called an "Archangel". This word in the original language implies that he is a military leader. The Bible never records Michael speaking to people as does the angel Gabriel.

Another Angel mentioned quite often in the bible is Satan. Satan has many different names. Here is a partial listing.

Abaddon The Accuser of the Brethren The Adversary
Angel of Light Power of Darkness Dragon
The Enemy The Evil One Father of All Lies
Lucifer That Old Serpent The Devil
Serpent Prince of the Power of the Air Son of Perdition
The Tempter The Wicked One  

 

 




 


Here is another fallen Angels who is given a name.

Revelation 9:11  And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.

Not power to create life

Here is one time that an angel was not used to carry out a important command but rather God the Holy Spirit was directly used instead. It is possible that GOD reserves the giving of life only from Himself and does not allow the Angel's to posses this power. However it could also be the fact that it took the Holy Spirit him self to conceive Jesus. It is also written in Genesis 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

Luke 1:35  And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

Physical properties

It would seam here that the Angels do indeed eat. If it is possible to eat the food of Angels then Angels must have food to eat.

Psalms 78:25  Man did eat angels' food: he sent them meat to the full.


It is possible for the Angel to eat normal solid human food. We are told so here in Genesis 18:5 that the three Angels who visited Abraham took bread to eat. Here is another example that Angels can take on the form of human beings.

Genesis 18:5 And I will fetch a morsel of bread, and comfort ye your hearts; after that ye shall pass on: for therefore are ye come to your servant. And they said, So do, as thou hast said.


We find here that there is no marriage among the Angels in heaven. We need to read this passage carefully. This does not mean, that we are going to be like the Angels or become Angels, but that we will not marry in heaven like the Angels do not marry.

Mark 12:25 For when they shall rise from the dead, they neither marry, nor are given in marriage; but are as the angels which are in heaven.

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Luke 20:36  Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection.


The angels here express joy which is a emotion. We are not told if Angels portray any other types of emotion or not.

Luke 15:10 Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.

Their place in Gods creation

The hierarchy is as follows, God (Father, Son and Holy Ghost), Angels, then Man. Man is a little lower then the angels because of death, Angels cannot die, this also states that Jesus was a man while he walked this earth.

God has placed man next in dignity to angels, and but a little lower, and has crowned him with the empire of the world.

Psalms 8:5  For thou hast made him (man) a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour

Hebrews 2:7  Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands:

Hebrews 2:9  But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.


As a quick note here. Some believe that Jesus was the Angel Gabriel who came do to earth. This is not scriptural by any means. We are told plainly that Jesus is much higher then the Angels.  

Hebrews 1:4 Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.

Hebrews 1:6 And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.  (Jesus is MUCH better then the angels)

The right hand is reserved for Jesus being higher then the Angels

Hebrews 1:13  But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool?


The Angels are subject to God and must appear in attendance before God to give an report of their actions. This includes Satan as well, Satan must give an account of his doings.

Job 1:6  Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them.


Here we are informed that when we appear before the glory of God that the Angels will be present. Take notice it does not mention that we will be before the glory of the Angels, but only God himself. The Angels are not to be worshiped in any way.

Mark 8:38 Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.


When Jesus returns he is bringing his angels with him.

2 Thessalonians 1:7 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,


This is an interesting passage. From this verses it reads that Angels carry or lead the dead to Abraham's bosom which is also referred to as paradise.

Although it's not mentioned here, but is would make sense that Angels also deliver those who are worthy of Hell to their temporary resting place in hell, until the day when death and hell are cast into the lake of fire.

Luke 16:22  And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;


According to 1st Corinthians we will judge the Angels when we get to heaven. These will be the fallen Angels as we read in Jude. Jude 1:6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.

1Corinthians 6:3 Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?


This clearly stated that the Angels were created by the Lord, as well as all things in heaven and earth.

Nehemiah 9:6  Thou, even thou, art LORD alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven worshipeth thee.

Used to minister to people

Here we find that Angels are used to encourage and to minister to humans in their times of need .

Matthew 4:11 Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.

Mark 1:13 And he was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted of Satan; and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered unto him.

Are Angels all powerful?

Are the Angels all powerful or is there a limit to their power? We find that the Angels are more powerful in both strength, knowledge, and their ability to change form and to transvers space very quickly. Angels are more noble or righteous then man is. But their power is limited as we will reference below.

Angels do not know when the end of time will happen. This seams to be reserved for God the Father only.

Matthew 24:36  But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.


Angels possess more physical strength than humans.

Psalms 103:20 Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.

2Peter 2:11 Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the Lord.


Angels are also greater than man in knowledge and wisdom. 

2Samuel 14:20 To fetch about this form of speech hath thy servant Joab done this thing: and my lord is wise, according to the wisdom of an angel of God, to know all things that are in the earth.


We find that the Angels are more noble than man.

Dan 9:21 Yea, while I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation.

Dan 10:13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia. (14) Now I am come to make thee understand what shall befall thy people in the latter days: for yet the vision is for many days.


While angels are powerful, they are not all powerful or as powerful as God.  In Jude 9 we read that Michael the archangel was no match for Satan in contending for the body of Moses.

Jude 1:9 Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.


Can we number the angels?

 

We read in the word that we can not number the Angels in Heaven. Angels were created before God created man on day 6. This adds to the glory of God in that He created a massive number of Angels before day 3. We know this by reading in Job that the Angels shouted for joy when the cornerstone of the earth was laid.

Job 38:6-7 Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof; (7) When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?


A legion is equals to 1000, Jesus could have 12,000 Angels at his command, In 2 Kings we learn that one angel, in one night, destroyed 185,000 warriors of Assyria. Imagine what 12,000 Angels could do.

Matthew 26:53  Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?

Hebrews 12:22  But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels.

Fallen Angels

The fallen Angels are the Angels that followed Satan and rebelled against God. The Bible tell us that 1/3 of the Angels followed Satan at his time of uprising. Revelation 12:4 And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven,....

Romans 8:38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, (39) Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.


Angels have the capacity to sin, this means that they have the choice to follow God not not as we do. God has always give man the choice to follow him or not. God has laid out the consequences for each choice, it's up to us to choose our path to follow as stated in Joshua 24:15 ...choose you this day whom ye will serve...

2 Peter 2:4 For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;


These angels, then, had fallen. Created holy, they had sinned and become wicked angels, or evil spirits.

Judges 1:6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.


God will cast Satan and his Angels out of heaven in the last book of Revelation. After the battle of Armageddon God will lock Satan away for 1000 years. He will then be loosed for a short season then the final battle between good and evil will occur. Satan will be cast into the lake of fire for ever.

Revelation 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.


Satan at times will appear as an Angel of light or as a roaring lion. 1Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

2 Corinthians 11:14  And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.


Satan's main goal is to destroy the faith and trust of God. To make man turn from the glory of God and to accept he (Satan) as their God instead of the true and righteous God.

2 Corinthians 12:7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.


Here is another Angel whose named is revealed as a fallen Angel.

Revelation 9:11  And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon.


Hell and the lake of fire was originally created for Satan and his followers the fallen Angels.

Matthew 25:41  Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

The Power of Satan

While angels are powerful, they are not all powerful or as powerful as God.  In Jude 9 we read that Michael the archangel was no match for Satan in contending for the body of Moses.

Jude 1:9 Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.


Here Satan is asking permission to touch Job life. It is very plain that Satan must ask God before he can touch one of God chosen ones.

Job 1:12 And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.

Do people become angels after death?

No, angels are not glorified human beings. Angels also do not do not marry or reproduce like humans. Hebrews 12:22-23 states that when we get to the heavenly Jerusalem, we will be met by "myriads of angels" and "the spirits of righteous men made perfect" this clearly states that this is two separate groups.

We find here that there is no marriage among the angels in heaven. We need to read this passage carefully. This does not mean, that we are going to be like the angels or become angels, but that we will not marry in heaven like the angels do not marry.

Mark 12:25 For when they shall rise from the dead, they neither marry, nor are given in marriage; but are as the angels which are in heaven.

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Luke 20:36  Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection.


Angels are a company or association, not a race descended from a common ancestor (Luke 20:34-36). We are called "sons of men," but angels are never called "sons of angels." Again this does not mean that we become angels but we will have some characteristics or be similar in some respects to angels.

Luke 20:34 And Jesus answering said unto them, The children of this world marry, and are given in marriage: (35) But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage: (36) Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection.

Summary

Angels don't want your praise or to be praise, and God says don't praise them. (Revelation 22:8-9, Colossians 2:18)


Worship and praise - This is the main activity portrayed in heaven (Isaiah 6:1-3; Revelation 4-5).


Revealing - They serve as messengers to communicate God's will to men. They helped reveal the law to Moses (Acts 7:52-53), and served as the carriers of much of the material in Daniel, and Revelation.


Guiding - angels gave instructions to Joseph about the birth of Jesus (Matthew 1-2), to the women at the tomb, to Philip (Acts 8:26), and to Cornelius (Acts 10:1-8).


Providing - God has used angels to provide physical needs such as food for Hagar (Genesis 21:17-20), Elijah (1 Kings 19:6), and Christ after His temptation (Matthew 4:11).


Protecting - Keeping God's people out of physical danger, as in the cases of Daniel and the lions, and his three friends in the fiery furnace (Daniel 3 and 6).


Delivering - Getting God's people out of danger once they're in it. angels released the apostles from prison in (Acts 5), and repeated the process for Peter in (Acts 12).


Strengthening and encouraging - angels strengthened Jesus after His temptation (Matthew 4:11), encouraged the apostles to keep preaching after releasing them from prison (Acts 5:19-20), and told Paul that everyone on his ship would survive the impending shipwreck (Acts 27:23-25).


Answering prayer - God often uses angels as His means of answering the prayers of His people (Daniel 9:20-24; 10:10-12; Acts 12:1-17).


Caring for believers at the moment of death - In the story of Lazarus and the rich man, we read that angels carried the spirit of Lazarus to "Abraham's bosom" when he died (Luke 16:22).


Angel appears 109 times in the old testament

Angel appears 180 times in the new testament

Angels appears 13 times in the old testament

Angels appears 79 times in the new testament

 

** Note all references are taken from the King James Version.