Most people know very little about angels. We see pictures of angels on Christmas cards or other greeting cards. Angels are presented as being masculine or feminine with wings and mostly shown in a positive manner. Where do angels originate? Of course our perception of The Word of God necessarily will influence our thinking about angels. Here are some things to mull over about angels.
The word “angel” comes from the Greek word aggelos, which means messenger. The matching Hebrew word for angel mal’ak has the same meaning. God created Angels for His glory to carry out His purpose. They are incorporeal, invisible and immortal. Angels are ministering spirits. Not all angels have wings. Angels do not procreate. The depiction of chubby, rosy cheek babies with wings is a fantasy of our imagination.
Angels are mentioned over 200 times in The Word of God in both the Old and New Testament. The Bible is our only valid source of information about angels; who would know more about angels than God who created them? All of the angels named in The Bible are of masculine gender.
The Bible tells us, unless one has accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, we do not have the benefit of a guardian angel. Look at what is written in this scripture found in Job 4:15-18, which says:
“Then a spirit passed before my face; the hair of my flesh stood up: It stood still, but I could not discern the form thereof: an image was before mine eyes, there was silence, and I heard a voice, saying, Shall mortal man be more just than God? Shall a man be more pure than his maker? Behold, he put no trust in his servants; and his angels he charged with folly:”
There are two types of angels. There are good angels and there are angels called ‘fallen angels.’
Linda Stover wrote an article entitled “Angels -A Bible study” this is what she said about angels.
“All angels were created as holy angels, but about a third of them rebelled against God. The angel Satan led this rebellion and fell from his sinless position along with those who followed him, (Revelation 12:9). Satan is a liar, a murderer, and a thief. (John10: 10). He hates God and -NEWS FLASH! He passionately hates God’s people.”
Satan is ‘king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit.’ It is Satan’s job on earth to kill, steal and destroy man; he does this with the help of other fallen angels. Satan and his demons control people who choose evil over good; these are people who steal, kill and destroy at the bidding of Satan. Evil in the world comes from Satan. The good in the world comes from God. Angels are very much a part of the choices we make in life.
To be sure, God could have made us robotic but He (God) wanted us to choose good over evil. Love is voluntary. God loves us and He wants us to love Him of our own free will by choosing to obey his commands and good angels help us by guarding us and by The Holy Spirit.
God has instructions for believers to follow to avoid the pitfall of being a victim of (Satan) a “fallen angel.” The evil angels are also called rulers, authorities, powers, and spiritual forces of evil in heavenly realms as shown in Ephesians 6:11-12, which reads and tells believers what to do:
“11 Put on the full armor of God so you are able to stand up against the schemes of the devil; 12 because our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world powers of this darkness, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
Michael the Archangel, is Chief of angels, he is a good angel. He plays a prominent role in the Book of Daniel and in the Book of Revelation. Although powerful, Michael the Archangel, respects God’s authority. Look at what the scripture says:
“But even Michael, one of the mightiest of the angels, did not dare accuse the devil of blasphemy, but simply said, “The Lord rebuke you!” (This took place when Michael was arguing with the devil about Moses’ body.)
Gabriel is another powerful angel that is named in The Bible. We have already mentioned Satan. These are the angels called by named in the canonized Bible. You will find Gabriel in Luke 1:19, which reads:
“The angel said to him, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news.”
In Revelation, the last book of the New Testament Bible, angels of the churches are still at work ministering unto mankind. We are made conscious of the mighty host of angels fighting the good fight of vanquishing evil once and for all times. Angels will accompany Christ when He returns to judge the world. They will assemble God’s elect from every quarter and they will remove the wicked and cast them into the Lake of Fire.
Angels play a significant role in the life of every person. Do you think angels have an influence in life?