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.

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