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We live in an apparently infinite universe. When we look out into space, we are looking into an
endless universe that stretches billions upon billions of light years into space. Just to put the
universe into proper perspective, consider these words of Camille Flammarion: Then I
understood that all the stars which have ever been observed in the sky, the millions of luminous
bodies, suns of every magnitude and of every degree of brightness, solar systems, planets and
satellites, which by millions and hundreds of millions succeed each other in the void around us,
that what ever human tongues have designated by the name of the universe, do not in the infinite
represent more than an archipelago of celestial islands and not more than a city in a grand total
of population. In this city of the limitless empire, our sun and its system represents one house a
single house among millions of inhabitants. The earth is a room in that solar house. Its
staggering to realize the vastness of space.
About the immensity of the universe, we can ask the question whether or not we believe that
beings exist in other places than the earth. My answer is always, Yes, of course they do. I believe
that the Bible says that there are literally millions of beings occupying the universe around us. The
next comment that usually comes is, Oh, you believe in UFOs? Yes, I believe in unidentified
flying objects not swirling around like a sort of glorified Frisbee. The Bible says that there are
beings occupying the universe literally millions of them filling the void around us their
number is uncounted. These amazing beings of the heavenly sphere, known as angels, have
mingled in human affairs since the creation of man. In fact, Hebrews 13:2 says that some have
entertained angels unaware.
There are many recorded appearances of angels. And though many times their presence goes
unnoticed, they are often seen in sort of a protecting capacity as Gods invisible army.
Paton, a missionary to the South Pacific islands, tells a story about some angelic care that he
received. He said that one night wild natives surrounded his house, frantically dancing and
jumping up and down, desiring to kill John and his wife. Realizing that there was no way they
could protect themselves against these wild cannibals, they got on their knees and prayed. Soon
after that the attacking natives all vanished into the jungle.
According to Patons biographer, a year later the chief of the tribe became a Christian, and John
asked him at that time, What happened that night about a year ago when your natives surrounded
our little lean-to there on the sand by the beach, that caused them to suddenly leave? And the
chief replied, We left because of all those men you had with you. John said, There were no
men, just myself and my wife. The chief went on to say that they had seen men standing guard
hundreds of big men in shining clothes with swords in their hands totally encircling his home.
Did God dispatch a legion of angels to protect His servant? It wouldnt be the first time.
The Old Testament relates a very interesting incident in II Kings 6:15-17 involving the prophet
Elisha and his servant who were about to be captured by the Syrian army. And when the servant
of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with
horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do? And he
answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them. And Elisha
prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the
eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of
fire round about Elisha. Now thats some invisible army!

The story is told of a twentieth century missionary serving in a cannibalistic environment who
found it necessary to travel alone at night through a very hostile region in order to reach a village.
The trip was unavoidable, but he committed himself to the Lord, realizing he had to do it. Having
made it safely to his destination, the next day he was informed by the chief of the village that an
ambush on his life had been attempted by some of the natives. Waiting for him along the trail, the
natives had not attacked the missionary because of two men riding with him on either side. The
natives reported that they were two of the fiercest looking warriors they had ever seen. Needless
to say they scrambled for their own safety into the jungle. But he thought he had been alone.
You see, the universe is occupied by these creatures. And though natural human vision usually
cannot perceive them (except when their visual manifestation is necessary to their mission), they
mingle in the earth all around us. However, its ironic that when you begin to talk about holy
angels, people are more skeptical than they are when you talk about demons. But in a dimension
that we cant fully comprehend, they exist. Just because we cant see them doesnt mean they
arent there. When the natural vision of that young man in II Kings 6 was transformed, he saw the
invisible army of God that encircled them.
Now, in spite of their reality, the study of holy angels for the most part has been sadly neglected.
Perfection and righteousness dont seem to be very interesting we tend to get more interested
in demons than holy angels. And maybe thats one reason why we ought to study the latter.
Did you know there are 273 references in Scripture to angels? How many times does God have to
say something to make it true? Only once. Because there are 273 different references to angels, I
would say that thats too many to ignore, wouldnt you? Well then, we ask ourselves, why have
the holy angels been ignored? If we were to ask most Christians to tell us a little bit about angels
theyd say, Well, lets see they have wings they wear white. And they fly around. What
happened in the history of the church that would allow us to forget about angels? Here are some
reasons why I think the study of holy angels has been ignored.
As a reaction against the past speculation of a medieval theological trend known as scholasticism,
many may have chosen to avoid the topic of angels. Scholasticism was guilty of arguing over
trivially insignificant and whimsical aspects of theology and a whole lot of argument surrounded
angels. For example, the scholars wondered how many angels could stand at the same time on
the point of a needle; whether an angel could be two places at once, and if he couldnt, how fast
was he; how long it was between their creation and fall (Rossetti and Dante believed it to be
twenty seconds); whether the sin of the first angel caused the sin of the rest, or they sinned all
together. They argued about how many of them fell; whether our atmosphere is the place where
angels are now being punished; and whether you got your guardian angel when you were
baptized, born, or conceived. All of this dialogue and speculation caused a reverse reaction, and
true biblical scholars gave a cold shoulder to the study of angels. In reacting against this
foolishness, serious study was shelved as responsible scholars just walked away from it.
Secondly, the study of holy angels has suffered in the recent centuries because of the veneration of
worship of angels by the Roman Catholic Church, against which Protestantism reacted.
Did you know that along with worshipping God and Christ, the Catholic Church has promoted
the worship (i.e. veneration) of saints and angels for centuries. In his book on Catholic theology,
Ludwig Ott writes: The worship of angels by men is justified. That which the council of Trent

teaches as to the invoking and worshipping of saints may also be applied to angels. And so they
worshipped angels the primary angel being Michael. In fact, in the Catholic calendar there is an
event called Michaelmas on September 29th. There were even two famous and large churches built
to honor him: one by Constantine near Constantinople, and the other in Rome.
Now, prior to the fourth century when angel worship was introduced by the Roman Church, it
existed but was considered a heresy. In Colossians 2:18 Paul had warned the church against
worshipping angels, yet thats precisely what happened. As a reaction against the worship of
angels, the Protestant Church avoided the whole issue regarding angels.
In nearly all systems of religion, such beings as angels were believed in. The Chinese believed in
demons and designed their roofs in such a way so as to hinder their access. The Gnostics believed
in aeons, demons, and demi-gods. There were such things as genies in various kinds of religions.
Mythology said that Jove created aerial spirits. Heathen philosophers talked about spiritual
beings: Socrates, for example, referred to a good demon that took care of him. Plato taught that
high-level demons, the kind that never dwelt in mortal bodies, were appointed the guardians of
men. And so, paganism was loaded with the worship of all different kinds of multiplied spirits,
sub-gods, semi-gods, demi-gods, etc. And with all of this confusion the church retreated from
angels and concentrated on Christ, leaving that whole area alone because of its confusion when
mixed with paganism.
A fourth cause for the neglect of the study of angels is the age of
Once the world got into the industrial revolution, everything took a turn toward science. Hence, a
rationalistic perspective became prevalent in the eighteenth century when the mind of man was
considered ultimate. To accept the fact that there were floating spirits everywhere just wasnt
reasonable. The age of rationalism just didnt allow for that. Its only with the ending of that age
and the rise of existentialism (i.e. experience) that people have begun to allow demons back into
their consciousness and understanding. And, of course, angels became more acceptable as well.
The fifth thing that has diverted Christians from studying holy angels is that of the modern
preoccupation with the demons of the occult.


With 273 references to angels in the Bible, I feel that the study of angels is worthy of our
attention. Hopefully, by the time were done studying what the Bible has to say about angels, you
will have a new sensitivity to these beings that you may have never really understood before, but
with whom you will be spending eternity. So you might as well get to know them. No sense in
going up there and saying, Who are you?
From this study we are going to benefit from an increased knowledge
a. Of Gods Creative Power and Sovereign Control
The study of angels will increase your appreciation of God when you see what He has created in
this angelic host. When you begin to see how they work, youre going to get a whole new vision
of what God is like.
b. Of Gods Providential Care
Its exciting to find out that all of those holy angels that God has dispatched not only serve Him,
but you and me as well. The angels are busy attending to us (cf. Heb. 1:14).

c. Of Gods Authoritative Word
We are forced to study the Scripture because the only thing we know about holy angels comes
from the Bible. Their study is going to drive us into the Word of God.
In his book Angels: Gods Secret Agents, Billy Graham says of angels, I am convinced that these
heavenly beings exist and that they provide unseen aid on our behalf. I do not believe in angels
because someone has told me about a dramatic visitation from an angel, impressive as such rare
testimonies may be. I do not believe in angels because UFOs are astonishingly angel-like in some
of their reported appearances. I do not believe in angels because ESP experts are making the
realm of the spirit world seem more and more plausible. I do not believe in angels because of the
sudden worldwide emphasis on the reality of Satan and demons. I do not believe in angels because
I have ever seen one because I havent. I believe in angels because the Bible says there are
angels; and I believe the Bible to be the true Word of God.
Thats a helpful statement, isnt it? We believe in angels because theyre in the Bible. When our
study is complete, I hope you will have a clear, meaningful knowledge of these wondrous,
powerful, holy, beautiful, immortal creatures who serve God and us.
We will be looking at basically three things: who they are, what they are, and how were to
respond to them. Lets begin by examining



Now there have always been people who didnt believe in angels even people who were familiar
with the Old Testament. There were some leaders in Israel who didnt believe in angels.

Acts 23:8 says For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, neither angel, nor
spirit... Now here were the rationalists and materialists who denied angels. But they were dead
wrong. You say, How could they be Jewish then? Well, they were the Jewish liberals. They
didnt even accept the resurrection even though the Old Testament taught it as far back as its
oldest book.

Job said, And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:
Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be
consumed within me. (Job 19:26-27). He had a knowledge of resurrection.

The Psalmist had said, For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine
Holy One to see corruption. (Ps. 16:10). Resurrection was there, but they denied it just as they
also denied the existence of angels. As the liberals of their day, the Sadducees denied the veracity
of the Old Testament. But they were dead wrong in their conclusion, for there is far too much
evidence in the Word of God to say there arent any angels. The existence of angels is clearly


Woven throughout the books of the Old Testament, angels appear as personal beings who are the
messengers and ministers of God (e.g., Ps. 104:4).

In fact, if you were to remove all the references to angels, you would have an absolute mess:
you would have inexplicable events; you would have gaping holes in the narrative; you would
have events that had no possible way of occurring you would have problems without solutions
if you removed angels. Theyre too busy in the Old Testament theyre everywhere. Youd also
put God in the same boat with everybody else: God would be having hallucinations like everybody
else who thought they saw angels. And if there arent any angels, then who was God sending all
the time?


a. Generally
Angels are even more prominent in the New Testament. In fact, if you cut the references to angels
there, you would almost have to reject the entire New Testament:

Who announced the birth of Christ?

Who came to the tomb and announced Christs resurrection?

Who told the shepherds where to go?

Who was it who came to Jesus after His temptation and fasting for forty days and
ministered unto Him?

Who is coming to gather the elect from the four corners of the world?

Who is it that freed Peter and John from jail? How could they walk out of jail with the
locks on, the doors shut, and the guard still there?

Angels did these things; otherwise their marvelous interventions would be reduced to fanciful
stories. The spiritual warfare of Christians and angels against Satan and demons would be only
psychological and Christs conflict with Satan would be a symptom of delusion. And what about
the book of Revelation without angels? About all youd have is the chapter headings. Theyre

b. Specifically
Though the evidence of angels is plentiful throughout the Bible, the greatest single testimony to
their existence is the testimony of Jesus Christ, because I believe what He says. In His own
teaching Jesus talked about angels.

In Matthew 22 he said those who have been resurrected ... are as the angels of God in
heaven (v. 30). In Matthew 18:10; 24:31; and 26:53, Jesus talked about angels. Yet these are
just a few of the many times He spoke about them.
So I believe that angels exist not only because of the record of their activity in the Bible, but also
because Ive encountered them. I also know that they are there because the Bible says so.
With the existence of angels fairly well-established, lets look secondly at


Once upon a time there were no angels. That means they were created theyre creatures.

COLOSSIANS 1:16 Speaking of Christ, Paul says, For by Him all things
were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and
invisible Now there have been some things created in heaven. You say, Well,
what are they? I can understand the things in earth thats us. Were the visible
things. But the invisible things in heaven what are they? those are angels and
here are four different names for them: whether they be thrones, or
dominions, or principalities, or powers: [or authorities NASB]. all
things were created by him, and for him: Those different terms designate
ranks of angels in Gods invisible army. And this super-organized army, it says, was
created by the Lord Jesus Christ.

NEHEMIAH 9:6 Thou, even thou, art LORD alone; thou hast made
heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, [Here is the idea that
God created not only heaven, but those who occupy it the angels], 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 worshippeth
thee. Nehemiah acknowledges that God has created angelic and earthly creatures.

PSALMS148:1-5 Praise ye the LORD. Praise ye the LORD from the

heavens: praise him in the heights. Praise ye him, all his angels:
praise ye him, all his hosts. Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise
him, all ye stars of light. Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye
waters that be above the heavens. Let them praise the name of the
LORD: for he commanded, and they were created. Like the heavens
and earth the angelic hosts were created by the command of God. -

Now it is clear from those passages that angels were created by God. But even our understanding
of God as the King of kings, and Lord of lords; who only hath immortality (I Tim. 6:15b-

16a) implies that angels were created by the one who alone possesses inherent immortality. The
angels dont have this kind of immortality because they were created.


Apparently, angels were created before time began before the material universe was brought
into existence.

a. Prior To The Temptation Of Eve

Its obvious that angels were created before man because they had fallen by Genesis 3 where
Satan was in the Garden ready to tempt Eve.

b. Prior To The Creation Of Earth

Job 38:7 says that the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for
joy. Now what are these angels singing and shouting about?

In Job 38:4-7, God rhetorically asks Job: Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the
earth? declare, if thou hast understanding. Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest?
or who hath stretched the line upon it? Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who
laid the corner stone thereof; When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God
shouted for joy? Because you have the angelic hosts singing and shouting at the creation of the
earth, their existence predates the earth out of necessity.

Now, there was no procreation among angels. There arent mother and father angels, and a whole
lot of little angels. They have no capacity to reproduce. This can be deduced from Jesus comment
about the nature of resurrected people:

Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of
God. For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels
of God in heaven. (Matthew 22:29-30). Because the angels dont marry, there is apparently no
procreation among their kind. Just think of it God instantly commanded and millions of
creatures came into existence each independently created. And because they do not reproduce,
there can be no increase in their number from what God originally created. Conversely, because
angels have immortality derived from God, they do not die, and hence, there can be no decrease in
their number either. The only change came when, according to Revelation 12:4, Satan was
banished from heaven and took a third of the angels with him in rebellion. Apparently the third of
the angels that fell became demons. But theyre all going to live forever some in heaven, and
some in hell.

a. Their Vastness Calculated

Now people ask, How many are there? How many did God create? Their number will be the
same in eternity as it was at the time they were instantly created by God. Its impossible to know
how many angels there are because the Bible doesnt tell us, but we can gain a relative idea of the
vast number of angels from several scriptures.

1) A Multitude Announcing the birth of Christ to the shepherds,

there appeared a multitude of the heavenly host, praising
God (Luke 2:13). Now that wasnt all of them. That was just a part.

2) Twelve Legions At His arrest, Jesus assured His disciples that

the Father could provide More than twelve legions of angels
for His defense (Matthew 26:53). That would be somewhere between

72,000 and 144,000 (a double legion of Roman soldiers equaling 12,000). Let me
tell you, 144,000 angels could do a job on anybody. In fact, in the Old Testament,
it only took one angel to slay 185,000 Assyrians (II Kings 19:35).

3) More Than People Referring to how God loves His own and
cares for them, Jesus said, Take heed that ye despise not one
of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their
angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in
heaven. (Matthew 18:10). In other words, Dont mess with these little
kids, because the angels assigned to them keep reporting whats going on. Those
who believe this verse teaching that everybody has a group of angels assigned to
them, reason that there would have to be at least as many angels as people.
Theoretically that would mean there are billions of angels.

4) The Same As Stars Others say, No, there are as many angels as there
are stars. How many stars are there? Astronomers estimate that there are at least
ten billion galaxies, each having a billion to a trillion stars. Now thats a lot of
angels if this theory is correct. The reason why angels are equated with stars is that
the terms are often used interchangeably. Whereas in Luke 2:13 the angels
are called the heavenly host, in Deuteronomy 17:3 the host
of heaven refers to stars and other luminous bodies (cf. Job 38:7;
Rev. 12:4).

5) Hundreds Of Millions And I beheld, and I heard the voice of

many angels Does it say, I heard the voice of all, or most, or almost all of
the angels? No, just many. And how many were there? round about the
throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them
was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of
thousands (Rev. 5:11). The intent of this expression is to put their number
beyond the ability to count. I have no idea how many there are, but there are
plenty. And if every child has a group assigned to him, then there has to be a lot
because there are things to do other than just taking care of children.
Consequently, I believe that there are billions of angels in the universe.

6) An Innumerable Company The issue is put to rest in Hebrews

12:22 where it says, 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. Well, there are simply just too many
angels to be counted.

b. Their Variety Considered

Furthermore, Scripture leads us to conclude that there are differences among the angels indicated
1) By Individuality Of Creation
Amazing angels created instantly by God and every one created independent of another.
Generally we assume that all angels would look the same, and quite often artist have depicted
them with the same physical features, but I dont think that God created them identical to one

Like man, I believe they were created as individuals in the image of God with the independent
capacities of intelligence, emotion, and will. I believe that God, by one command out of His
mouth, spoke into being millions of creatures that occupy the universe every one different than

every other. If God can demonstrate His creativity with snowflakes, certainly He can do it with
the millions of angels that serve to glorify Him. Angels are unique.

2) By Ranks Of Organization
Think of it millions and billions of beautiful and powerful angels performing the commands of
God with great speed through the heavens and the earth. Gods invisible army is better organized
than the armies of Caesar, Alexander, Napoleon, or Patton.

Their variety can be seen in their different ranks they fill such as cherubim (Gen. 3:24),
seraphim (Isa. 6:2-3), living creatures (Rev. 4:6-8), thrones, dominions, principalities, powers
(Col. 1:16), and authorities (I Pet. 3:22). Theyre all led by the archangel Michael (cf. Dan.
10:21) who is assisted by the supporting Gabriel (cf. Dan. 9:21; 10:21).

3) By Titles Of Identification
This fantastic host of angelic beings is known by a variety of titles in Scripture:

a) Sons of the Mighty (Ps. 89:6)

b) Sons of God (Job 1:6; 2:1; 38:7)
c) Angels [Heb. Elohim = god] (Ps. 8:5). Here they are
identified with the supernatural level.
d) Holy Ones (Ps. 89:5-7 NASB)
e) Morning Stars (Job 38:7)
f) Princes (Dan. 10:13)

These fantastic beings constitute the mighty army created by God in a split second. What a
creative God!
Further evidence of their variety is indicated

4) By Places Of Location
Angels appear in every strata of heaven in the revelation of God:

a) In the Third Heaven Sometimes you find them by the

throne of God (cf. Rev. 4:6-11).
b) In the Second Heaven sometimes you read about them
transiting through space (cf. Dan. 10:13).
c) In the First Heaven Throughout the Old Testament we see
angels on earth within our atmosphere, interacting with men
(cf. Luke 2:13).

Angels are not supernatural robots. They are persons because they possess the attributes of
personality: intelligence, emotion, and will.
Are angles intelligent? They certainly are.
a. Ezekiel 28:12 As the most magnificent angel in his original state, Lucifer
was described as being full of wisdom. Angels are intelligent.
b. Matthew 28:5 Following the resurrection of Jesus, And the angel
answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that
ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. That angel figured out what they
were doing. He was intelligent because intelligent beings can communicate and
have conversations.
c. Revelation 17:1 It is very clear that angels not only understand the plan of
God, they unfold it as well: And there came one of the seven angels
which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me,
Come hither; I will shew unto thee Here again is the intelligent ability
to communicate. But though they have knowledge of Gods plan, they do not
know everything because they are not omniscient like God. In fact, in I Peter 1:12
it says that the gospel is something which things the angels desire to look into.
There are some things the angels are not yet able to understand or have knowledge
in but they are intelligent.
Besides intelligence, angels possess
a. Job 38:7 During creation, the angels sang and shouted for
joy. Singing is a response of emotion, is it not? They have the emotion of joy.
b. Luke 15:10 Do you know that angels respond when one soul comes to
Christ? there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over
one sinner that repenteth. Angels experience joy.
c. Isaiah 6:3 The seraphim, who had their feet covered with two wings, and
with two wings they would fly, and with two covered their faces, cried out ,
Holy, holy, holy. That was an expression of worship and, as such, is an
emotion. Angels have the capacity for emotion and thats a trait of personality.
Thirdly, angels have
Angels have the capacity for self-determination.
a. Hebrews 1:6 God appealed to their wills: And again, when he
bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all
the angels of God worship him. The very fact that God invites the angels
to worship the Christ child indicates that they had a will to do it.
b. Isaiah 14:12-15 Having a will is what got Satan into trouble, wasnt it?
He expressed his will five times in Isaiah 14.

So, angels are not ethereal, aerial spirits, floating around without personalities like squishy
robots. Angels are persons, and each ones personality is different from the others. They are

The Temporary Superiority of Angels

Though angels are similar to men in their possession of personhood, in another respect they are
clearly different from men. Hebrews 2:9 tells us that Jesus Christ became a man and was made a
little lower than the angels Angels occupy a higher state than we do for this time anyway. But
some day were going to rule over angels: Paul told the Corinthians, Know ye not that we shall
judge angels? (I Cor. 6:3). In Christ we will be exalted because as joint heirs with Christ (Rom.
8:17), we will share in His inheritance. Because we are in Him and one spirit with Him (cf. I Cor.
4:15; 6:17), we will reign over angels with Christ in the Kingdom and the Eternal State. Remember in
Revelation, He says, To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne (Rev. 3:21).
But for this age, man is a little lower than the angels.

Angels are different than we are in terms of their super-naturalness.

Now both angels and men as creatures are limited by time and space; both are dependent on God
for existence and well-being; both are responsible to God and yet, they differ from us. As
personal beings, the angelic realm is just as active and complex as the human realm. But the
difference is, whereas we cant see their invisible world, they can see our visible one. Angels are
spirits and thats the key difference. Hebrews 1:14 say, Are the not all ministering spirits?
People say, Dont angels have bodies? Not physical ones. They are spirits and do not have
fleshly bodies like we do. But is your body your personality? NO. Your personhood is different
from you body. Angels are merely the person without the flesh and blood that we know (cf. Luke
24:39). You say, Well, if their bodies are different, what exactly are they like? Though they have
spiritual bodies, they are still beset with certain limitations.
a. In Space
I believe that angels have some kind of localized capacity. Their bodies arent material, fleshly
ones like ours, but they still have spatial limitations. They are not like God whose spiritual essence
is everywhere and cannot be contained in the universe (cf. II Chr. 6:18). Angelic spirits are
confined to one place at a time which means they have some kind of form. Its a form I cant
perceive, but nevertheless, they have some kind of form. They must travel through the heavens to
get from one place to another (cf. Dan. 9:21; 10:13,20). Angels also have limitations
b. In Time
Their travel through space requires time. And though theyre often pictured with wings, I dont
know it that means they have literal wings, but may just represent their swiftness in obeying the
will of God.
We dont really know what kind of intrinsic form angels have. Well just have to wait until we get
to heaven. But what makes me think they have a different kind of body is that I Corinthians 15:44
differentiates between a natural body and a spiritual body. They must have a spiritual body
because they dont have a natural one.

a. How Angels Appear To Men
Now when angels do appear and sometimes God chooses to let them be manifest they
generally appear as men. The masculine pronoun is always used to speak to them. For example, in
Genesis 18-19 when the angels came to visit Abraham and the city of Sodom, they appeared as
handsome men. They sat down, ate, walked, and talked with Abraham. They took on the visible
form of men.
However, sometimes angels appear as unusual looking men. In Matthew 28:3, the appearance of
the angel at the empty tomb of Jesus was definitely unusual: His countenance was like lightning,
and his raiment white as snow. His face was like lightning. Now thats unusual. Sometimes they
appear as men and sometimes as unusual men, but whenever they appear, their presence produces
amazing effects.
b. How Men Are Affected By Angels
1) Mental turmoil came on Mary when Gabriel announced the
news of the virgin birth (Luke 1:29).
2) Panic and terror gripped the heart of Zacharias when an
angel appeared to him promising him a son (Luke 1:12).
3) Great fear fell upon the shepherds to whom the angelic
messengers announced the birth of Christ (Luke 2:9).
4) Paralyzing fear caused the Roman soldiers guarding the
tomb to shake and become as dead men when they saw an
angel descend and roll away the stone from the tombs
entrance (Matthew 28:4).
Angels are unique creatures created by God, and when theyre around, strange responses by men
can be expected because its a trip into another world, so to speak.

Before we consider The Ministry of Angels, lets take a brief moment to discuss a very special
angel who doesnt fit the mold of any of the rest. In fact, this angel is not like any other angel.
He even has a special designation that never is consistently used for any other being. He is called
The Angel of the Lord or The Angel of Jehovah. He is very unique and is found only in the
Old Testament, initially appearing with Abraham and ceasing to appear with Zechariah. So, we
believe He has to be something very special.

1. GENESIS 16:7-13
a. The Command to Hagar
And the angel of the LORD found her by a fountain of water in the wilderness, by the fountain
in the way to Shur. 8And he said, Hagar, Sarais maid, whence camest thou? and whither wilt
thou go? And she said, I flee from the face of my mistress Sarai. 9And the angel of the LORD
said unto her, Return to thy mistress, and submit thyself under her hands.
b. The Covenant To Ishmael
10And the angel of the LORD said unto her, I will multiply thy seed exceedingly, that it shall not
be numbered for multitude. [In other words, the promise came to Ishmaels seed that it, too,
would be as vast as that of Isaacs and Abrahams] 11And the angel of the LORD said unto her,
Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael; because the
LORD hath heard thy affliction. 12And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every
man, and every mans hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.
c. The Calling Of The Angel
13And she called the name of the LORD that spake unto her, Thou God seest me: for she said,
Have I also here looked after him that seeth me? This Angel of the LORD is here called God by
2. EXODUS 3:1-6
a. The Appearing Of The Angel
Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock
to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb. 2And 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. 3And Moses said, I will now
turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.
b. The Addressing Of Moses
And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of
the bush, Now verse 2 says the angel of the LORD was in the bush and verse 4 says God
called from the bush and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I. 5And he said, Draw not
nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy
ground. 6Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac,
and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God. Again the
Angel of the Lord is called God.

3. JUDGES 6:11-14
a. The Appearing Of The Angel
11And there came an angel of the LORD, and sat under an oak which was in Ophrah, that
pertained unto Joash the Abiezrite: and his son Gideon threshed wheat by the winepress, to hide
it from the Midianites. 12And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him, and said unto him, The
LORD is with thee, thou mighty man of valour. 13And Gideon said unto him, Oh my Lord,

b. The Addressing Of Gideon
14And the LORD looked upon him, and said, Go in this thy might, and thou shalt save Israel
from the hand of the Midianites: have not I sent thee?
4. JUDGES 13:21-22
a. Manoahs Conclusion
21But 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.
b. Manoahs Comment
22And Manoah said unto his wife, We shall surely die, because we have seen God.
Here are just four separate incidents where the Angel of the LORD is identified with God Himself.
Well, is this just God? Lets find out.
Then the angel of the LORD answered and said, O LORD of hosts Here is a conversation
taking place between the Lord of hosts and the Angel of the Lord, who has already been identified
as God.
And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan
standing at his right hand to resist him. 2And the LORD said unto Satan, The LORD rebuke
thee, O Satan; even the LORD Here again a distinction is made between the Angel of the Lord
and God. But you say, If the Angel of the Lord is identified with God and yet distinct from Him,
then who is He? Well, the Angel of the Lord is God and yet not God.

I believe this special angel is the Second Person of the Trinity none other than the Lord Jesus
Christ as He is known in the New Testament. Here you have the First and Second Persons of the
Trinity in what is called a theophany, or more specifically, a Christophany (i.e., a preincarnate
appearance of Christ).
The only member of the Trinity who ever manifests Himself is the Second Person. The Bible says
that God is a spirit (John 4:24) and No one has seen God at any time. (John 1:18). The
Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the Trinity, is a spirit. He is never manifest visually. The one
person of the Trinity who manifests God is the Second Person, Christ (cf. John 1:18b). Whereas in
the Old Testament the preincarnate Christ appears as the Angel of the Lord, in the New Testament
He appears as God in human flesh the man Christ Jesus. Thats why the Angel of the Lord never
appears in the Bible after the book of Zechariah, because He becomes the incarnate Son in the
New Testament (cf. Matthew 1:21; Phil. 2:6-8). This is none other than Jesus Christ.
If you were to chart the ministry of the Angel of the Lord, you would find that His ministry
throughout the Old Testament parallels the ministry of Jesus Christ toward His people in the New
a. He reveals Gods Word (e.g., Exodus 3:2-6 John 1:18).
b. He calls leaders like Moses, Gideon, and Samson (cf. Exodus
3:6-10; Judges 6:14-16; 13:1-5, 24-25), as Christ calls His own in
the New Testament (cf. Mark 1:17; Acts 26:16-18).

c. He is a deliverer through men like Moses, Gideon, and Samson
(cf. Exodus 14:19-20; Judges 6:14-16), just as Christ by His work
delivered His people (cf. Acts 26:15-18; Galatians 5:1).
d. He is a protector who encamps all around those who
fear Him (Psalms 34:7), as Christ surrounds and protects us
(cf. I John 4:4; Revelations 3:10).
e. He is an intercessor interceding for the people of Israel (cf.
Zechariah 1:12) as Christ intercedes for us (Hebrew 7:25).
f. He is the advocate defending believers against Satans
accusations (cf. Zechariah 3:1-5), which is precisely what Christ
does (cf. I John 2:1-2).
g. He confirms the covenant with Abraham (Genesis 22:15-18),
and Christ sealed the covenant with his blood (Matthew 26:28).
h. He is a comforter of Hagar (Genesis 16:7-11) as in the New
Testament Christ is our comforter (cf. Matthew 11:28-30; Luke
This Old Testament manifestation of Christ as the Angel of the Lord shows us clearly that God has
always existed as the Trinity. God hasnt played different parts in history Hes always been three
in one.




a. Isaiah 6:3 The angelic seraphim in the presence of God And one cried
unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the
whole earth is full of his glory. They worship God.
b. Revelation 4:6, 8b-9 And before the throne there was a sea
of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and
round about the throne, were four beasts (cf. Ezk. 1:5, 10,18).
and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord
God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come. 9And when
those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat
on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever. Now I believe that what
you have here is the primary ministry of angels in adoring and worshipping God.
c. Revelation 5:8-9a, 11-12 the four beasts and four and
twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of
them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the
prayers of saints. 9And they sung a new song, and I heard
the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts
and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times
ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; 12Saying with a loud
voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and
riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and

Worship is the beginning of the angels ministry toward God. Because of Gods infinite worth and
glory, because of his excellence and beauty, they praise Him forever. I imagine that all angels do
this, but some probably do this exclusively.
Secondly, angels function
a. Priestly Mediators
And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire
(Hebrews 1:7). The word there for ministers (Greek leitourgos), from which the English word
liturgy comes, has to do with priestly service in the presence of God. I believe that winds is a
reference to their speed, and a flame of fire a reference to their fervency and intensity.
Whatever this priestly service is, angels are like wind and fire in the presence of God, rendering
priestly service. As priestly servants, angels attend in worship to the throne of God.
b. Personal Messengers
Angels provide a heavenly messenger service:
1) Psalm 103:20 Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in
strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the
voice of his word. Angels are noted for their strength and obedience.
2) Luke 1:19 They apparently wait until they are dispatched with orders:
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. Apparently, angels such
as Gabriel stand in the presence of God until they are dispatched with orders.

Gabriel was used here in this chapter to bring the message to Joseph and Mary
about the coming of God in flesh (vv. 26-33). The angels are messengers.
3) Galatians 3:19 At Mount Sinai, God came down and wrote with His
finger the Ten Commandments (Exodus 31:18). Galatians 3:19 says
Wherefore then serveth the law? (i.e., Whats the Law for?) It
was added because of transgressions, till the seed should
come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained
by angels in the hand of a mediator Lets go a step further and
see what part the angels played in the giving of the Law on Sinai.
a) Acts 7:38b, 53 This is he (i.e., Moses), that was in the
church in the wilderness with the angel which spake to
him in the mount Sinai Here is another indication that angels
were on Sinai. It was this church (Greek ekklesia - called out group) in
the wilderness who received the lively oracles to give unto
b) Hebrews 2:2-3a For if the word spoken by angels was
stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience
received a just recompence of reward; How shall we
escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first
began to be spoken by the Lord In other words, if you
couldnt get away with disobedience to law spoken by angels, how do you
think youre going to get away with disobedience to the gospel spoken by
Christ Himself (cf. II Thess. 1:7-9)?
Now these references show that angels were involved in giving the Law. Apparently God authored
the Law (Exodus 31:18), but delivered it to Moses through angels. Consequently, the Jews highly
regarded the angels because they were a part of giving the Law. They were messengers whom
God sometimes sent with verbal messages and, in this case, with a message in a piece of rock. In
fact, when Moses got mad and broke the first tablets, they had to be rewritten by God and
delivered by angels a second time.
c. Political Manipulators
Thirdly, angels are agents of Gods rule in the world. When God wants to carry out His
governmental plans, angels busy themselves doing so. For example, they are restrainers
1) Of Wickedness
Though the Holy spirit is understood to be the present restrainer of wickedness (cf. II Thess. 2:7),
there are ways in which angels restrain people physically preventing people from doing evil.
Whereas the Holy Spirits restraint might be more internal, an angel might just stop somebody. An
example of this can be seen in Genesis 19 where, after meeting with Abraham, 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 (v.1). Now their arrival created some interest in this city which was given over to
homosexuality. And when the men of the city saw those beautiful angels Lot had taken in, they
said, Lets get those guys (v.4). And the angels said, Thats not going to happen, But the
men put forth their hand, and pulled Lot into the house to them, and shut to the door. And they
smote the men that were at the door of the house with blindness, both small and great: so that
they wearied themselves to find the door. (vv. 10-11). The angels restrained the evil of the
Sodomites by blinding them. Now I dont know how they did it, but it might have been just two
angelic fingers. So, angels restrain wickedness in a very physical way.

The second thing angels do as agents of Gods rule in the world concerns their control
2) Of Natural Elements
a) Revelation 7:2-3 And I saw another angel ascending
from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he
cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was
given to hurt the earth and the sea, 3Saying, Hurt not the
earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed
the servants of our God in their foreheads. Now these angels
were getting ready to bring the plaques of Revelation on the world, having
control over the elements (cf. V.1).
b) Revelation 8-9 In this passage you have the angels blowing trumpets
of judgment: The first angel sounded, and there followed
hail and fire mingled with blood And the second angel
sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire
was cast into the sea (Apparently some kind of meteoroid)
And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star
from heaven. (This pollutes the fresh water) And the fourth
angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten,
and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the
stars (vv. 7a, 8a, 9a, 12a). Terrible things happen in judgment as
a response to the angels power over the elements.
c) Revelation 16 Here is catalogued the bowl judgments: 3And the
second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it
became as the blood of a dead man: and every living soul
died in the sea. 4And the third angel poured out his vial
upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became
blood... 8And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the
sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with
fire.... 10And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the
seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness;
and they gnawed their tongues for pain, 11And
blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and
their sores, and repented not of their deeds. 12And the
sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river
Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up (Vv. 3-4,
8, 10-12a).
Now you can see that angels have power over the elements when it is given to them by God, and
theyre going to bring about the most terrible things as a result of the power that God gives them.
They restrain wickedness and control natural elements when God so desires.
Furthermore, in helping God to govern, they assist in the control
3) Of Nations
Behind the human scene in every country there is a spiritual conflict in which demons are fighting
for control of nations and societies, and the purposes of history. But angels are counter-acting that
control. God has His holy angels active behind the scene of governments. To see this, just read
Daniel 4: 13I saw in the visions of my head upon my bed, and, behold, a watcher and an holy
one came down from heaven (Here angels are called watchers). 17This matter is by the

decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the living
may know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will,
and setteth up over it the basest of men. (vv. 13, 17). If God runs everything, even the worst
men are in government because God has allowed it. Angels watch over these governments,
carrying out the plan of history (cf. Dan. 10:13, 21; 12:1). Now we know demons are active, but
no less active are Gods holy angels.
So how do angels minister to God? They do so in priestly service in worshipping Him; as
messengers in delivering important announcements and instructions; and then in terms of
governing, aiding God in carrying out His will in the world. But the ministry of angels is not only
toward God in a general, ongoing sense, but in a past and future sense with regard
This has to be one of the most beautiful and meaningful studies that you could ever do. How
angels ministered to Christ opens up our understanding about them. Firstly, they ministered
a. In Predicting It (Luke 1)
1) The Revelation (vv. 26-28) And in the sixth month the
angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee,
named Nazareth, To a virgin espoused to a man whose name
was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgins name was
Mary. And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou
that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art
thou among women.
2) The Reaction (v. 29) - And when she saw him, she was
troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of
salutation this should be. That means she couldnt quite understand
what was going on.
3) The Response (vv. 30-31) - And the angel said unto her, Fear
not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold,
thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and
shalt call his name JESUS. As Gods revealers, the first thing angels did
around the birth of Christ is that they predicted it. They were the first ones to
tell Mary and Joseph (cf. Matthew 1:20-21) that the Christ was to be born to
them that God was coming into the world
b. In Announcing It (Luke 2)
1) The Appearance (vv. 8-9) - And there were in the same
country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over
their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon
them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and
they were sore afraid. Now an angel isnt a very familiar sight to
shepherds in a field, and so the angel said, dont be afraid. To see an angel is
a fearful thing. When they manifest themselves its remarkable.
2) The Announcement (vv. 10-11) - And the angel said unto
them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great
joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day
in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

3) The Affirmation (vv. 13-14) - And suddenly there was with
the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and
saying, 14Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace,
good will toward men. Picture the whole sky full of glorious angels with
these dumbfounded shepherds gawking in amazement at this incredible sight.
Not only were they around at His birth, but they were also present
A study of the life of Jesus shows us that angels were busy providing protection and care for
Jesus. A beautiful expression of Gods love is seen in the tender care that He showed toward His
beloved Son (Matthew 17:5) in dispatching the angels to minister to Him. And what a great
confidence we can have to know that God also dispatches the angels to care for us, whose lives
are hidden with Christ in God (Col. 3:3).
a. Matthew 2:19-20 -- But when Herod was dead, behold, an
angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt,
Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go
into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young
childs life. In other words, its time. You can leave. You dont need to fear
anymore. And if you go back to Matthew 2:13, it was an angel of the Lord who
appeared and told him to go to Egypt in the first place to get out of the way of
Herod who sought to destroy the child. So, angels warned them to get out and
told them when it was safe to return, because they were responsible for the
protection and care of Jesus in His life.
b. Matthew 4:6 Satan tempted Jesus to presume upon Gods promise of
protection: And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast
thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge
concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest
at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. The devil said to
Jesus, Hey, You can jump off the Temple here because you have a wonderful
promise that the angels are going to take care of You. Ironically, he was right. The
devil is right just when he needs to be, often using a little truth to get his point
across to disarm the undiscerning.
c. Matthew 4:11 Following His forty-day fast and His temptation, Then
the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered
unto him. You say, Well what did they do when they got there? I dont have
any idea, but I imagine they brought some food (cf. v. 2) and did whatever needed
to be done to comfort Him and meet His physical and spiritual needs.
d. Luke 22:42-43 Agonizing at the end of earthly life, Jesus prayed, Father,
if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my
will, but thine, be done. 43And there appeared an angel unto
him from heaven, strengthening him. Its an exciting thing just to see
this practical ministry of the angels to Jesus.
But do you know something very interesting. Though we see angels ministering to Jesus at
various times throughout His life, there was an absence of them at His cross even though thats
when He could have called them (cf. Matthew 26:53). Do you know what would have happened
if Jesus had circumvented the redemptive plan by calling upon twelve legions of angels for His

rescue? We wouldnt be here as members of Christs Church. Wed be destined for an eternal hell
(cf. I Cor. 15:17). Im glad the angels had a day off back then.
The next time the angels were ministering to Jesus was
a. The Descent (Matthew 28:1-2) - In the end of the sabbath, as
it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary
Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. 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. The angels descent caused an
b. The Description (vv. 3-4) - His countenance was like lightning,
and his raiment white as snow: And for fear of him the keepers
did shake, and became as dead men. The guards flat out fainted
out like lights.
c. The Declaration (vv. 5-6) - And the angel answered and said
unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus,
which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said.
Come, see the place where the Lord lay. Do you know what the
angels did around the resurrection? They announced it. And they certainly had an
exciting message to give. Luke 24 says that inside the grave, two angels stood
attending the empty tomb to announce the resurrection (vv. 4-7).
Lastly related to Christ, angels will accompany Him
a. Predicting It (Acts 1:10b-11) - Jesus had ascended into heaven while the
disciples were standing on the hill looking up, and behold, two men stood
by them in white apparel; 11Which also said, Ye men of Galilee,
why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is
taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as
ye have seen him go into heaven. Here they are predicting the Second
Coming. They not only predict it, but they will be
b. Participating In It (Matthew 25:31) - When the Son of man
shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then
shall he sit upon the throne of his glory. Jude also talks about Him
coming with His angels (v. 14 NASB).
So then, angels were present during Christs birth, temptation, and life and were even available
at His death though He didnt call on them. They were at His resurrection and at His ascension,
announcing that he would return. They are now worshipping Him in heaven, and when He comes
back they will be with Him. These holy angels are important creatures.
Besides minister to God and Christ, angels minister
How do they minister to believers? There are so many ways. Hebrews 1:14 says that angels are
Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of

Did you know that angels love you? You say, How do you know they love me? Well, lets take
Daniel 10:11 and broaden its application. The angel said to Daniel, O Daniel, a man greatly
beloved The only way that angel could love Daniel was because God loved Daniel. And if we
can assume that angels love what God loves, then angels love us. So the implication is that their
service to us is not unwilling, but loving. Thats kind of exciting, isnt it? We have the Holy Spirit
indwelling us to minister to our spiritual needs, and we have angels around us who take care of
the physical.
Their ministry to believers is accomplished
Angels look at us. Theyre checking us out all the time. They keep watch over us. I dont suppose
we ever get out of the watchful eye of angels who have been busy observing
a. The Apostles (I Cor. 4:9) - For I think that God hath set forth
us the apostles last, as it were appointed to death: for we are
made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men.
Were spectacles to angels. But you say, Well, how do you know they watch the
whole church all Christians?
b. The Church (Eph. 3:10) - To the intent that now unto the
principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by
the church The angels watch us to see how wise God is. They look down and
say, Look what God did in that life how wise He must be. And they turn and
praise Him.
They watch us to see the manifestations of Gods wisdom so they can, in turn, worship and praise
His name.
They also watch
c. The Women (I Cor. 11:3, 10) - Women need watching for spiritual
reasons. Did you know that? But I would have you know, that the
head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the
man; and the head of Christ is God. For this cause ought the
woman to have power on her head because of the angels. This
passage, in the context of submission to authority, is conveying the idea that
women are to be in subjection to their husbands, and for this reason are being
watched by angels to see if they are being submissive. And what if Im not? you
say. Well, the Lord may give them a message to bring to you. What form will it
take? I dont know, only you can tell. But in case you feel bad ladies, do you know
who else they watch very specifically? They watch
d. The Preachers (I Tim. 5:21) - Paul said to Timothy, who was a preacher,
I charge thee before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the
elect angels, that thou observe these things without preferring
one before another, doing nothing by partiality. In the context of
pastoral instruction to Timothy, Paul exhorts Timothy not to ordain anybody too
suddenly; to take a little wine for his stomachs sake; to rule well as an elder; to
take care of the preacher; not to accuse an elder, etc. And Paul goes on with all of
this ministerial instruction and says, in effect, You better behave because youre
doing this before the Lord Jesus Christ and the elect angels who are watching it
all. So if a preacher doesnt live up to this charge, then the angels will probably
bring him a message too.

e. The Rewards (Matt. 16:27) - When we go to the time when the Lord
rewards us, apparently the angels are going to be there checking it all out: For
the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his
angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his
works. (cf. Luke 12:8).
So angels are very busy occupying themselves with just looking at us. And besides just watching,
angels are acting in our behalf in response to what they see. Scripture records that they are busily
Did you know that much of Daniel and Revelation was delivered through the revelatory work of
angels (e.g., Dan. 9:20 - 12:13; Rev. 1:1)? Angels dont write it God does. And the Holy Spirit
inspires it. But angels are the agents that deliver it. Now the angels revealed the Word to us
indirectly, but let me hasten to add something lest you be confused. The only thing we know that
angels ever delivered is recorded in the Bible. So, if somebody comes up and says, I met an angel
the other day and he gave me a message watch out. The angels are no longer delivering Gods
Word (cf. Heb. 1:1; 2:2-3).
I believe that angels can take a very objective part in guiding the believer. And I dont think its
like the internal leading of the Spirit. We see, in the early church, the unusual guiding of
a. Philip (Acts 8)
1) The Setting (vv. 5b-6a)
Now, Philip was having a big meeting it was packed out with big crowds up there in Samaria.
He was preaching away and fantastic things were happening: the confrontation with Simon the
Sorcerer; many were repenting; and they were having a super time.
2) The Sending (v. 26) - All of a sudden, while hes in the middle of his
ministry there, And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip,
saying, Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that
goeth down from Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert. Now
this angel came to him and said, You know that meeting youre holding?
Cancel it. I know its a big crowd and theres a lot of things going on, but God
wants you to go to Gaza. You know what my reaction would have been?
Gaza? Thats desert! Why do you want me to go there?
3) The Submitting (v. 27a) - The thing thats amazing, and shows the
submissive spirit of Philip, is that he arose and went. So here he is
sitting in the desert, just looking at his sundial and saying, Well, Im not too
sure I understand whats going on. And then a man of Ethiopia, a eunuch of
great authority, comes by and in a wonderful conversation with him, Philip
leads him to Christ. An angel literally guided Philip into the place of service for
the Lord.
b. Cornelius (Acts 10:3b-5) - In Caesarea, a devout man by the name of
Cornelius saw an angel of God coming in to him, and saying unto
him, Cornelius. 4And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and
said, What is it, Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and
thine alms are come up for a memorial before God. 5And now
send men to Joppa, and call for one Simon, whose surname is
Peter: And the angel gave him the whole message, telling him exactly what to

do. Later on in chapter 11 verse 13 Peter recounted the story: And he shewed us
how he had seen an angel in his house, which stood and said unto him, Send men
to Joppa, and call for Simon, whose surname is Peter So angels were used in
both of these cases to guide believers.
Another facet of guiding is chastening. For the Lord to guide us, He may have to exert a little
divine discipline to keep us in line. For example, consider an incident in the life of
c. David (II Sam. 24)
1) The Counting (v. 1) - Again the anger of the LORD was
aroused against Israel, and He moved David against
them to say, Go, number Israel and Judah. Davids sin
involved his misdirected faith in depending upon the number of people he had
in his army, rather than depending upon God.
2) The Confessing (v. 10) - And Davids heart condemned him after he had
numbered the people. So David said to the LORD, I have sinned
greatly in what I have done; but now, I pray, O LORD,
take away the iniquity of Your servant, for I have done
very foolishly. He was counting on his own military might rather than
3) The Choosing (vv. 13-14) - So Gad came to David and
told him; and he said to him, Shall seven years of
famine come to you in your land? Or shall you flee
three months before your enemies, while they pursue
you? Or shall there be three days plague in your
land? (You have a choice: seven years of famine, three months of enemies
running you down, or three days of pestilence. Which one would you pick? Id
pick the shortest.) And David said to Gad, I am in great
distress. Please let us fall into the hand of the LORD,
for His mercies are great; but do not let me fall into
the hand of man.
4) The Chastening (vv. 15-16) - So the LORD sent a plague
upon Israel from the morning till the appointed time.
From Dan to Beersheba seventy thousand men of the
people died. 16 And when the angel stretched out His
hand over Jerusalem to destroy it, the LORD relented
from the destruction, and said to the angel who was
destroying the people, It is enough; now restrain your
hand. Here God used an angel in chastening King David and his people.
Fourthly, besides watching, revealing, and guiding, angels are involved
Angels provided in a physical sense for the prophet Elijah who had just slain all the priests of
Baal. Hearing that the evil queen Jezebel was after him, Elijah panicked and beat it out of town (I
Kings 19).
a. The Request (v. 4) - But he himself went a days journey
into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a
broom tree. And he prayed that he might die, and said, It
is enough! Now, LORD, take my life, for I am no better

than my fathers! Elijah was too old to be running like that. He was to
the point of giving up in hopeless despair because he felt like he was fighting a
losing battle (cf. v. 14)
b. The Refreshment (vv. 5 - 7) - Then as he lay and slept
under a broom tree, suddenly an angel touched him, and
said to him, Arise and eat. Then he looked, and there
by his head was a cake baked on coals, and a jar of water.
So he ate and drank, and lay down again. And the angel
of the LORD came back the second time, and touched him,
and said, Arise and eat, because the journey is too great
for you.
c. The Result (v. 8) - So he arose, and ate and drank; and
he went in the strength of that food forty days and forty
nights as far as Horeb, the mountain of God. Thats some
food! There was old Elijah ready to bail out and God sent an angel to provide for
his physical and emotional exhaustion, giving him everything he needed.
So angels watch us; they have revealed Gods truth to us; they guide us, even to the point of
chastisement if necessary; and when God sends them to meet our needs, they provide for us.
Weve discussed in these past few lessons many facts about holy angels. I hope that out of this
study you have gained not only a greater understanding of angels, but of God as well. One thing
that I have gained out of this study of angels is the tremendous care that God has taken to assure
His children of their security in a physical sense. Such assurance has alleviated a lot of the burden
that I might normally bear over anxieties for physical accident, disease, or any kind of danger,
knowing that Gods angels are ministering to the physical care, protection, and guidance of His
children. Truly we have found Gods angels to be amazing beings, and Im sure that well never
fully understand them until we meet them. Then maybe our understanding will be increased to
really get a glimpse of what theyre like.
Do angels sing?
Because of the limited understanding we have about angels, this question is often asked. As might
be expected, at the creation of the world the morning stars sang together, And all the sons of
God shouted for joy (Job 38:7). So, we know that angels sang in the past. And in the future as
well, we see them singing. In Revelation 5:11b-12 John says, Then I looked, and I heard the
voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number
of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands, 12 saying with a
loud voice: Worthy is the Lamb who was slain The question is: Are they singing? Back up
to verse 9: And they sang a new song With the four living creatures (who are angels) and
the four and twenty elders (who are representatives of the church) it appears as though the rest of
the angels join in that new song.
So, the angels are seen singing twice in the Bible: once at creation and once again at the return of
Jesus Christ. It is interesting that there is no record of them ever singing in-between those two
times. Its as though they lost all reason to sing after newly-created man fell. And the only thing
that will restore their joy in song is the restoration of the world to the rule of Christ at His return.
Now lets consider five more ministries of angels to believers, beginning with that of their
involvement ...

Angels protect Gods people in physical danger. The Bible gives several illustrations of His angels
protecting believers in dangerous situations.
a. In The Fiery Furnace (Daniel 1)
Nebuchadnezzar had an ego problem (to put it mildly) and he wanted everybody to worship the
golden image that he had set up. But there were some Jews who didnt care for such a pagan law,
deciding to worship only God.
1) The Refusal Of The Jews (vv. 16-18) - Shadrach, Meshach, and
Abednego refused to worship Nebuchadnezzars gods or his golden image (vv.
12-14). Upon their indictment, they answered and said to the
king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer
you in this matter. (i.e., We arent concerned about this. Were just
going to go about doing what we always do.) If that is the case, our
God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the
burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your
hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king,
that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship
the gold image which you have set up. These three were
willing to suffer the consequences for their uncompromising stand.
2) The Rage Of The King (vv. 19-23) - The kings changed visage (i.e.,
contorted face) reflected his great rage: Then Nebuchadnezzar
was full of fury, and the expression on his face
changed toward Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego.
He spoke and commanded that they heat the furnace
seven times more than it was usually heated. And he
commanded certain mighty men of valor who were in
his army (He was afraid they wer going to put up a fight, so he got the
strong arms.) to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego,
and cast them into the burning fiery furnace. 21 Then
these men were bound in their coats, their trousers,
their turbans, and their other garments, and were cast
into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. Therefore,
because the kings command was urgent, and the
furnace exceedingly hot, the flame of the fire killed
those men who took up Shadrach, Meshach, and AbedNego. (The guys that threw them in all burned to death because the fire was
so hot) And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and
Abed-Nego, fell down bound into the midst of the
burning fiery furnace. The mighty men who threw them in there
were burned, but not the prisoners who were still alive in the fire.
3) The Rescue By The Angel (vv. 24-28a) - Then King
Nebuchadnezzar was astonished; and he rose in haste
and spoke, saying to his counselors, Did we not cast
three men bound into the midst of the fire? They
answered and said to the king, True, O king. Look!
he answered, I see four men loose, walking in the
midst of the fire; and they are not hurt, and the form
of the fourth is like the Son of God. Then

Nebuchadnezzar went near the mouth of the burning
fiery furnace and spoke, saying, Shadrach, Meshach,
and Abed-Nego, servants of the Most High God, come
out, and come here. Then Shadrach, Meshach, and
Abed-Nego came from the midst of the fire. And the
satraps, administrators, governors, and the kings
counselors gathered together, and they saw these men
on whose bodies the fire had no power; the hair of
their head was not singed nor were their garments
affected, and the smell of fire was not on them. (They
were absolutely unaffected) Nebuchadnezzar spoke, saying,
Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and AbedNego, who sent His Angel and delivered His servants
who trusted in Him Do you know who the fourth one in the
furnace was? Some say it was Jesus Christ, the Angel of the Lord. One like a
son of the gods was the comment of the pagans. A very unique angel
delivered them from the midst of the furnace that was so hot it burned to death
the people who threw the prisoners in.
Lets look at another angelic intervention of protection in the book of Daniel. Angels were busy in
the life of Daniel and his friends.
b. In The Lions Den (Daniel 6)
In this chapter, Daniel was serving under a different king by the name of Darius who had the same
problem Nebuchadnezzar had: he wanted everybody to worship him and his kind of religion. (cf.
vv 7-9).
1) Darius Assurance (vv. 16-17) - Having caught Daniel petitioning
God rather than Darius, the princes brought Daniel and cast
him into the den of lions. But the king spoke, saying
to Daniel, Your God, whom you serve continually,
He will deliver you. I really think that this king liked Daniel a lot,
and that he believed that Daniels God was able to do as he hoped: He said,
Dont worry about it, Daniel. Ive had the history of your God reported to
me and youre going to be okay Hell get you out. Now, thats what I
call the faith of a pagan. Then a stone was brought and
laid on the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it
with his own signet ring and with the signets of his
lords, that the purpose concerning Daniel might not
be changed.
2) Darius Anticipation (vv. 18-20) - Now the king went to
his palace and spent the night fasting; and no
musicians were brought before him. Also his sleep
went from him. Then the king arose very early in
the morning and went in haste to the den of lions.
And when he came to the den, he cried out with a
lamenting voice to Daniel. The king spoke, saying to
Daniel, Daniel, servant of the living God, has your
God, whom you serve continually, been able to
deliver you from the lions?

3) Daniels Answer (vv. 21-22a) - Then Daniel said to the
king, O king, live forever! My God sent His angel
and shut the lions mouths, so that they have not
hurt me This is a fantastic record of how God protected Daniel from
physical harm and death by sending an angel.
Well, we have to ask What about the New Testament? Do we have any illustrations in the New
Testament of angels protecting the people of God?
Yes! No question about it.
c. In A Tempestuous Sea (Acts 27)
Having been arrested in Jerusalem and imprisoned in Caesarea, Paul was now on his way to Rome
that he might stand trial before Caesar.
1) The Storm Described (vv. 14-15) - But not long after, a
tempestuous head wind arose, called Euroclydon. So
when the ship was caught, and could not head into the
wind, we let her drive. When this feared Mediterranean wind came
upon them, they had no choice but to let go of the controls and let the wind
take the ship.
2) The Strategy Determined (vv. 16-20) - And running under
the shelter of an island called Clauda, we secured the
skiff with difficulty. In other words, they were afraid they wer going
to lose the dinghy which was tied to the back, so they labored hard to hold on.
And the storm ws getting worse. When they had taken it on
board, they used cables to undergird the ship; (i.e.,
frapping the ship, which involved throwing ropes around the ship and securing
them with winches to tighten the boards together so that the ship wouldnt fall
apart) and fearing lest they should run aground on the
Syrtis Sands, they struck sail and so were driven. The
sailors were afraid of being driven by this northeastern wind into the graveyard
of ships on the North African coast, so they lowered their sails and were just
driven with the wind. And because we were exceedingly
tempest-tossed, the next day they lightened the ship.
On the third day we threw the ships tackle overboard
with our own hands. 20 Now when neither sun nor stars
appeared for many days, and no small tempest beat on
us, all hope that we would be saved was finally given
up. Without any celestial reference points because of a dark clouded sky,
there was no way to navigate. Being driven by a tempest like this, they had no
idea what they might smash into.
3) The Safety Declared (vv. 21-24) - But after long
abstinence from food, then Paul stood in the midst of
them and said, Men, you should have listened to me,
and not have sailed from Crete and incurred this
disaster and loss. And now I urge you to take heart, for
there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the
ship. Now you figure that out. How would you like that news? Folks,
nobody will drown. Well only lose the ship. Great, but what do we do out
here without a ship? And Paul, how do you know that? So Paul continues,

For there stood by me this night an angel of the God
to whom I belong and whom I serve, saying, Do not be
afraid, Paul; you must be brought before Caesar; and
indeed God has granted you all those who sail with
4) The Ship Directed
While that ship was being blasted across the Mediterranean by that wind, there probably was a
whole legion of angels hanging on to everybody and everything. The incredible story goes on to
tell how they came to such a wonderful place of landing, they couldnt believe it. Instead of being
driven further south, the ship had actually been driven toward their destination. And when they ran
aground, the ship was destroyed and the crew swam for shore. Later, when they had gathered
together on the shore, they checked and every person was there though the ship was destroyed
just as the angel had said. Gods angels take care to protect Gods people.
Angels really do protect.
Lets go to a sixth thought which is similar to protection. Angels assist believers
This in not just preventing trouble, its getting you out of it delivering.
a. In The Past
1) The Apostles From Prison (Acts 5)
As the early church was actively preaching, and growing as a result, the leaders in the Jewish
community were becoming very upset about the churchs popularity.
a) The Arrest of the Apostles (vv. 17-18) - Then the high
priest rose up, and all those who were with him
(which is the sect of the Sadducees), and they
were filled with indignation (i.e., They were really furious
about the growth of this new sect, Christianity), and laid their
hands on the apostles and put them in the
common prison. They threw them in the public prison which
was designed for criminals.
b) The Appearance of an Angel (vv. 19-20) - But at
night an angel of the Lord opened the prison
doors and brought them out, and said, Go, stand
in the temple and speak to the people all the
words of this life. Whats so satirical about this is that the
Sadducees were the ones who denied angels. And God, as if to say,
Take that, Sadducees, sent an angel to let them out after the
Sadducees had put them in.
c) The Absence of the Accused (vv. 21-23) - And when
they heard that, they entered the temple early in
the morning and taught. But the high priest and
those with him came and called the council
together, with all the elders of the children of
Israel, and sent to the prison to have them
brought. But when the officers came and did not
find them in the prison, they returned and
reported, saying, Indeed we found the prison

shut securely, and the guards standing outside
before the doors; but when we opened them, we
found no one inside! How did they get out? The angel let
them out.
Gods angels deliver His people. Its exciting to know that you can never get yourself trapped in a
situation from which God cant get you out if thats what He chooses to do. This ought to really
give boldness to the missionary, when he realizes that if he gets into any kind of problem and God
wants him out, He can call upon His angels to protect or deliver him.
A few chapters later, God sent an angle again to deliver
2) Peter From Prison (Acts 12)
With the persecution getting worse, James was killed and Peter was imprisoned again (vv. 2-4)
a) Peter Restrained (vv. 5-6) - Peter was therefore kept
in prison, but constant prayer was offered to God
for him by the church. And when Herod was
about to bring him out, that night Peter was
sleeping, bound with two chains between two
soldiers; and the guards before the door were
keeping the prison. Now get this: Peter is under maximum
security as a prisoner probably to be executed. Guards are on the
outside of the door of his cell, and inside he is chained to two guards
one on each arm. Thats security!
b) Peter Rescued (vv. 7-11) - Now behold, an angel of
the Lord stood by him, and a light shone in the
prison; and he struck Peter on the side and raised
him up, saying, Arise quickly! And his chains
fell off his hands. Then the angel said to him,
Gird yourself and tie on your sandals; and so
he did. And he said to him, Put on your garment
and follow me. So he went out and followed him,
and did not know that what was done by the
angel was real, but thought he was seeing a
vision. When they were past the first and the
second guard posts, they came to the iron gate
that leads to the city, which opened to them of its
own accord; and they went out and went down
one street, and immediately the angel departed
from him. And when Peter had come to himself,
he said, Now I know for certain that the Lord has
sent His angel, and has delivered me from the
hand of Herod
b. In The Present
A striking modern parallel to these biblical records of deliverance from prison is seen in the
experience of the famous Indian Christian, Sundar Singh.
1) A Slow Death?
By order of the chief lama of a certain Tibetan community, Sundar Singh was thrown into a dry
well that was used as a prison. With a lid over the top that was secured and locked, he was left to
die at the bottom among the bones and rotting flesh of other unfortunate victims.

2) A Sudden Deliverance!
On the third night when he had been crying to God in prayer, he heard someone unlocking the lid,
and a voice spoke telling him to take hold of a rope that had been lowered. He did so and was
glad to find a loop at the bottom of the rope in which he could place his foot, his arm having been
broken when he was thrown down. He was then strongly pulled up and the lid was replaced and
relocked. But when he looked around in the dark to thank his rescuer, there was no one to be
seen. When morning came, Singh returned to the city in which he had been arrested and began
preaching again. News came fast to the chief lama, who denied that it could have happened since
the only key was attached to his own belt.
How did it happen? God might have sent one of His angels to provide deliverance in this case.
And such an incident is not an isolated one.
Think of how active angels must have been in the lives of all those mentioned and inferred in
Hebrew 11. Just taking care of and delivering those heroes must have been quite an undertaking:
Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, and the prophets who through faith
subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, 34
quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword (vv. 33-34a).
Think of how angels have served the people of God by protecting and deliverance throughout
history. And the future will be no different. Angels will be active protecting Gods people then,
c. In The Future
During the period of time know as the Tribulation, following the Lords removal of the true
church from this world, God is going to take 12,000 Jews from each of the twelve tribes and use
them as evangelists (cf. Rev. 7:4-10). All Israel will be saved (Rom. 11:26), but 144,000 are going
to become evangelists. In order to make sure that nobody hurts those 144,000 who will be
preaching the gospel, God will have His angels place a protective seal upon them. Listen to
Revelations 7:2-3: Then I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the
living God. And he cried with a loud voice to the four angels to whom it was granted to harm
the earth and the sea, 3 saying, Do not harm the earth, the sea, or the trees till we have
sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads.
The angels come and seal them so that they cannot be injured or put to death by the beast in the
time of the Tribulation. And perhaps the seal also serves as an identifying mark so that the angels
know who they are to protect when the slaughter of the Tribulation occurs.
Besides delivering Gods people, angels are also actively ministering to believers
We need to clarify this: Angels do not answer prayer, they simply deliver answers.
a. For Peter
In Acts 12 where the angel released Peter from prison, the church had been actively praying for
him (v. 5), and God sent an angel in answer to their prayers.
b. For Israel
In Daniel 9 you have a very similar incident. Daniel prayed and God sent an angel (v. 21ff). In
Daniel 10 you have it again: a prayer followed by an angel (vv. 10-14).
Now we do not pray to angels. They are only servants. They do not give their own orders or do
what they want, at any time. They only obey God, and the prayer that we offer Him is the only
one that is heard. God will activate His angels in response to that prayer. I guess it would be all
right to say, Lord, I need your angels. Could you spare a few and send them my way to help me

out of this problem? God answered the prayer of Sundar Singh who prayed for three nights
and very likely an angel delivered him.
So what do angels do for believer? They watch, reveal Gods truth, guide, protect, deliver, and
bring answers to prayer. One other thing angels do for believers is take care of them
a. The Testimonies Before Death
1) Reverend William Kendall died with these words to his
family: Why, heaven has come down to earth. I see the
angels. Theyre flying through the house.
2) Mrs. Anna Crowsen said that the last words of her dying
mother were these: Oh, I can see the angels. Cant you
see them?
3) Mademoiselle Bernard died after much suffering. The end
was peaceful and her last words were these: I see two
angels coming for me.
Lets see if theres support for this in scripture:
b. The Transportation After Death (Luke 16:19-22) - There
was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and
fine linen and fared sumptuously (or ate well) every day.
But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of
sores, who was laid at his gate, desiring to be fed with
the crumbs which fell from the rich mans table (i.e.,
Lazarus just hung around the rich mans gate to eat the rich mans garbage).
Moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. So it was
that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to
Abrahams bosom. Though Lazarus may not have been significant to
anybody in this world, he was valued by God who dispatched His angels to
bring him to Abrahams bosom when he died.
So, in our life and death, angels minister to us as believers. What a fantastic reality to know that
mighty angels minister on our behalf in this age. But even in the future during the Tribulation,
saints (i.e., the Christians who are redeemed during that period) are going to know an angelic
When Jesus returns, He says in Matthew 24:31, He will send His angels with a great sound of
a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect The angels are going to be the ones that
gather all the believers.
10. In Being Subject to Us
And finally, during the millennial Kingdom, angels will serve us as we rule in the Kingdom. I
Corinthians 6 says, Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? 3 Do you not
know that we shall judge angels? (vv. 2a, 3a) In the coming Kingdom, we are going to rule
with Christ as co-regents and joint heirs (cf. Matt. 19:28; Rom. 8:17; Rev. 3:21). And the angels
are going to minister to us as servants subject to us. They minister to us now and theyll minister
to us in the future.
What should be our attitude toward angels?

We spent a lot of time discussing their ministry to us so we at least ought to know how we should
respond in their regard.
1. We ought to respect them as holy servants to God.
2. We ought to appreciated them, knowing how they aid us.
3. We ought to follow their example as they incessantly worship and serve God. Thats a
beautiful pattern, isnt it.?
While we can be thankful and appreciate and follow their example, we are not to worship angels,
for that would be the sin of idolatry. Angels do not want our worship. They worship God and
thats an obvious example to follow. Furthermore, Scripture warns us against worshipping angels.
Col. 2:18 Let no one cheat you of your reward, taking delight in false humility and worship
of angels In other words, dont let anyone trick you into worshipping angels youll lose
your reward. And did you know, angels dont even want our worship. In Revelation 19:10, John
fell at the feet of an angel, who said to him, See that you do not do that! I am your fellow
servant, and of your brethren who have the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! That angel
knew that angels are not to be worshipped. And again in 22:8-9, Now I, John, saw and heard
these things. And when I heard and saw, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel
who showed me these things. 9 Then he said to me, See that you do not do that. For I am
your fellow servant, and of your brethren the prophets, and of those who keep the words of
this book. Worship God. Twice John did it and was rebuked by the angel. So then, what do the
angels who serve ask from us? Absolutely nothing, except that we worship God. Angels are only
an extension of Gods loving care, absolute power, and gracious provision. But the glory belongs
to God. Dont worship angels worship God.
So, Angels minister to God, to Christ, to believers, and
How do angels operate in the lives of unbelivers? The Bible records only one way they serve as
Gods executioners. They were involved in the disastrous destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah
(Gen. 19). They also brought judgment upon Egypt as executioners of the firstborn (Ex. 12:23,
29; cf. Ps 78:49). One angel slew 185,000 of the Assyrian army in delivering Hezekiah and Judah
(II Kings 19:14-20, 35).
a. In The Past - In Acts 12:21-23 we meet Herod Agrippa 1 (grandson of
Herod the Great who was reigning at the time of Jesus birth). Now Herod was so
proud of himself that he established, as it were, a national Herod Day he was
going to get his glory. Displeased with what was going on politically, Herod took
what was supposed to be Claudius Caesars commemoration day, and turned it into
his own Herod Day: So on a set day Herod, arrayed in royal
apparel (Josephus, the historian, says he had on a silver robe over royal purple.
He was really dressed to kill), sat on his throne and gave an
oration to them. And the people kept shouting, The
voice of a god and not of a man! (i.e., isnt he incredible? Hes
divine, this Herod. But God wasnt happy with him) Then immediately
an angel of the Lord struck him, because he did not give
glory to God. And he was eaten by worms and died. It must
have been a pretty dramatic scene: God sent His angel and smote Herod, and
maggots consumed him.
Angels appear in Scripture in relation to unbelievers in only one way as executioners. For
example, look with me ..

b. In The Future
In Revelation 6-19, the angels appear again and again as emissaries of judgment:
1) Revelation 8-9
a) The First Trumpet (Acts 8:7) The first angel sounded:
And hail and fire followed, mingled with blood, and
they were thrown to the earth. And a third of the
trees were burned up, and all green grass was
burned up.
b) The Second Trumpet (Acts 8:8-9) Then the second
angel sounded: And something like a great
mountain burning with fire was thrown into the sea,
and a third of the sea became blood. And a third of
the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of
the ships were destroyed.
c) The Third Trumpet (Acts 8:10a, 11b) Then the third
angel sounded: And a great star fell from heaven,
and many men died from the water, because it was
made bitter.
d) The Fourth Trumpet (Acts 8:12a) Then the fourth
angel sounded: And a third of the sun was struck, a
third of the moon, and a third of the stars Do you
know what this would do if their gravitational influence were affected? It
would throw the calendar off, the seasons off, the tides off everything
would be chaos.
And if you think thats bad, the angel says, Woe, woe, woe to the
inhabitants of the earth, because of the remaining
blasts of the trumpet of the three angels who are
about to sound!
e) The Fifth Trumpet (Acts 9:1) - Then the fifth angel
sounded: And I saw a star fallen from heaven to the
earth. To him was given the key to the bottomless
pit. And when it was opened, out came all the demons.
On and on it goes and it continues like that as angels come in acts of judgment, taking over the
earth from the ungodly. Terrible, terrible judgment.
2) Revelation 16
In this chapter, you have the unfolding of the bowls of wrath as the angels pour out that final
phase of judgment that hits so painfully.
a) The First Bowl (v. 2a) - So the first went and poured
out his bowl upon the earth, and a foul and
loathsome sore came upon the men
b) The Second Bowl (v.3) Then the second angel
poured out his bowl on the sea, and it became blood
as of a dead man; and every living creature in the
sea died.

c) The Third Bowl (v. 4) Then the third angel poured
out his bowl on the rivers and springs of water, and
they became blood.
d) The Fourth Bowl (v. 8) Then the fourth angel poured
out his bowl on the sun, and power was given to him
to scorch men with fire.
e) The Fifth Bowl (v. 10) Then the fifth angel poured
out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his
kingdom became full of darkness; and they gnawed
their tongues because of the pain. Terrible physical pain
will occur.
The two final bowls bring further judgment, as the angels continue serving as Gods executioners
of the ungodly. But this role of angels is not limited to just the book of Revelation. We also can
find it expressed in
3) II Thessalonians 1:7-9 - And to give you who are troubled
rest with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed from
heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking
vengeance on those who do not know God, and on
those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus
Christ. These shall be punished with everlasting
destruction from the presence of the Lord and from
the glory of His power. Theres coming a day when Jesus Christ is
going to be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire, taking
Toward an unbeliever, angels are only instruments of Gods wrath and
judgment. Angels do not guide unbelievers or watch over them. They dont
protect or deliver them, or bring answers to their prayers. All they do is wait
until the time when they are dispatched to carry out judgment.
4) Matthew 13:41-42 - The Son of Man will send out His
angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all
lawlessness, and will cast them into the furnace of
fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Thats
what the angels do theyre Gods executioners of the ungodly (i.e., those
who reject the Lord Jesus Christ).
5) Matthew 25:41 - Then He will also say to those on the
left hand, Depart from Me, you cursed, into the
everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels.
The ungodly will spend their eternity with the fallen angels who rebelled
against God. This judgment is going to be carried out, according to verse 31,
by the Son of man and all the holy angels
a. The Choice Of Man
Its a tragic thing to realize, as people evaluate the options available to them, that many refuse the
ministry of angels that is given to believers, and choose the judicial ministry of angels for

unbelievers. Sooner or later, everybody will receive the attention of angels, and each will choose
the ministry he will receive the care of angels or the execution. If you choose Jesus Christ and
believe in Him, receiving Him as Lord and Savior, the angels are yours in watching, revealing,
guiding, providing, protecting, delivering, answering prayer, and in attending your death. But if
you choose to reject Jesus Christ, they will cast you into hell as Gods executioners. The choice is
b. The Choice Of The Angels
Well we wonder If angels had a choice, which would they rather do? Thats easy. I think Luke
15 shows us that angels do not like the ministry of judgment. Luke 15:8-10 Or what woman,
having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and
search carefully until she finds it? 9 And when she has found it, she calls her friends and
neighbors together, saying, Rejoice with me, for I have found the piece which I lost! 10
Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who
Which would the angels rather do: care for you or be Gods executioners? Thats easy. there
is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.