But is that really what angels look like?
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In order to know the truth, we have to ask, what does the Bible say about angels? These facts will help us learn a lot about the angels in the Bible: what they are, why God created them, how their hierarchy works, and much more.
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However, from time to time angels took on a bodily form and appeared to various people in Scripture Matthew ; Hebrews Another type of angel, the seraphim, are only mentioned once in the Bible. Angels in the Bible appear to have a rank and order. Only two angels are specifically named in Scripture. As we said above, the archangel Michael is mentioned in Jude 9, Revelation —8, and Daniel and Gabriel is the only other angel named in the Bible.
The fact that angels are not omnipresent is made explicit when an angel comes to Daniel and says:. The prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; but Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, so I left him there with the prince of the kingdom of Persia and came to make you understand what is to befall your people in the latter days. Unlike God, who is omnipresent, angels are finite creatures, limited to one place at one time.
But apparently, there are a lot of them. Here are a few of the ways the Bible tells us how many angels there are:. No other passages address relationships between angels, so anything beyond this is simply speculation. But as powerful as angels are, when Jesus returns, followers of Christ will be raised higher than them 1 Corinthians But can we be any more specific?
This may be intended to contrast the emptiness of the earth is with the heavens, where God already created angelic beings. However, this is only speculation. When Elijah fled Jezebel after his triumph on Mount Carmel, an angel brought him food, giving him strength to meet the Lord on Mount Horeb in 1 Kings An angel restored the high priest Joshua in Zechariah 3. Sometimes angels take human form, as seen in the men who appeared to Abraham and Lot in Genesis , or Raphael who appeared in human form to Tobias.
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Michael as one of the leading angels is considered "Prince" of the heavenly hosts, and appears three times in the Book of Daniel , , and He is the only one in the Bible referred to as an Archangel Jude , and serves a major role in Chapter 12 of the Book of Revelation. The angel Gabriel first appears twice to Daniel Daniel and , but is best known for the Annunciation to Mary that she would be the Mother of Jesus, the Son of God Luke Thomas Aquinas was a great medieval theologian, and is known as the "Angelic Doctor" for his writings on angels in his Summa Theologica.
Thomas Aquinas believed that angels, being spiritual beings, influence mankind by illuminating one's mind with an idea. Quoting Scripture, he named 9 orders of angels in 3 groups: the highest hierarchy being next to God, Seraphim Isaiah , Cherubim Genesis , Ezekiel , and Thrones Colossians ; the middle hierarchy involved in government, Dominations Colossians , Virtues 1 Peter , and Powers Colossians ; and the third hierarchy involved in work, Principalities Colossians , Archangels 1 Thessalonians , and Angels.
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Here are a few of the more noted Scriptural passages on Angels. The Lord God made for the man and his wife garments of skins, with which he clothed them.
Then the Lord God said: See! The man has become like one of us, knowing good and evil! Now, what if he also reaches out his hand to take fruit from the tree of life, and eats of it and lives forever? The Lord God therefore banished him from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from which he had been taken. When he expelled the man, he settled him east of the garden of Eden; and he stationed the cherubim and the fiery revolving sword, to guard the way to the tree of life.
And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set. And he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep.
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And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven; and behold the angels of God were ascending and descending on it! Angels also glorify God as they witness his plan unfold. If he neglects to obey, angels will also see and be grieved. I am a fellow servant with you and your brethren who hold the testimony of Jesus. God is able to answer prayer. If we were to pray to angels, it would implicitly give them a status equal to God. There are no examples in Scripture of anyone praying to an angel or asking angels for help.
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Moreover, Scripture gives us no warrant to seek appearances of angels. They manifest themselves unsought. To seek such appearances would seem to indicate an unhealthy curiosity or a desire for some kind of spectacular event rather than a love for God and devotion to him and his work. Though angels did appear to people at various times in Scripture, the people apparently never sought those appearances. Our role is rather to talk to the Lord, who is himself the commander of all angelic forces.
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However, it would not seem wrong to ask God to fulfill his promise in Psalm to send angels to protect us in times of need. Much of what we see or hear about angels in culture is based on speculation, non-biblical sources, or just plain fantasy.
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