What the Bible Says About Angels
According to the bible, an angel is a pure spirit created by God, and their job is to be a messenger for God. The word angel actually comes from the Greek word aggelos, which means messenger. The Hebrew word for angel is mal'ak, and it has the same meaning. Sometimes the bible even uses different words to signify angels. This happens first in Job when he calls them “ordinary people who carry messages” (Job 1:14). Then Isaiah calls them “prophets” (Isaiah 42:19). Then at the end of the bible they are mentioned as “church leaders” (Rev 1:20).
But the bible usually describes angels as spirits whom God has created, including both good and evil angels. There are eve special categories for angels such as cherubim, seraphim, and the archangel. Angels are mentioned at least 108 times in the Old Testament and 165 times in the New Testament. Hence, there is plenty of information available in the bible to allow us to have an understanding of angels. The bible speaks about the creation of angels, making it clear that angels have not existed for all eternity (Nehemiah 9:6; Psalm 148:2, 5). Colossians 1:16-17 explains: “For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created by Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” Since the time of creation it was never specified, it is most probable that angels were created in connection with the creation of the heavens in Genesis 1:1. It may be that God created the angels immediately after He had created the heavens, or possibly even before He created the earth. While the Scriptures give no definite figures, we are told that the number of angels is very great (Daniel 7:10; Matthew 26:53; Hebrews 12:22). It appears that all angels were created at one time. No new angels are being added to the number, yet angels are not subject to death or any form of extinction; therefore they do not decrease in number. It seems reasonable to conclude that there are at least as many angels in existence as there have been human beings in all of earth’s history. Angels are essentially “ministering spirits,” (Hebrews 1:14) and do not have physical bodies like humans. Jesus declared that “a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have” (Luke 24:37-39).The Bible does, however, make it clear that angels can only be in one place at a time. Angels can take on the appearance of men when the occasion demands or when God demands. Since angels are spirits rather than physical beings, they don't have to be visible at all (Colossians 1:16). Elisha once prayed that his servant would see the armies of angels surrounding the city, and the young man discovered that he had overlooked a lot of invisible beings (2 Kings 6:17) (Abraham was visited by three heavenly messengers)
When angels do appear, they generally appear in the form of men. In (Genesis 18), Abraham welcomed three angelic guests who appeared to them as some travelers. In the following chapter, two angels went to Sodom where they were presumed to be simply a pair of human visitors. With the possible exception of one debatable passage in (Zechariah 5:9); angels always appear as males rather than females (Mark 16:5).Sometimes an angel appears to be a man with unusual features. Daniel saw an angel with arms and legs resembling polished metal and precious stones, and a face like lightning (Daniel 10:5-6). The angel that rolled back the stone from Christ's tomb was radiating dazzling light (Matthew 28:3; Luke 24:4). (Angels in the Bible never appear this way) Angels in the Bible never appear as cute, chubby infants! They are always full-grown adults. When people in the Bible saw an angel, their typical response was to fall on their faces in fear and awe, not to reach out and tickle an adorable baby! Some bible passages picture angels with wings (Isaiah...