The 700 Club
-- Angels are spiritual beings created by God to serve
Him. They are very powerful beings who function as God's messengers.
Many times in the Bible they appeared to people and said, I have
come as a messenger from the Lord.
The New Testament tells us they are also ministering spirits
sent to look after human beings who are the heirs of salvation
(see Hebrews 1:14). Jesus seemed to indicate that little children
have angels assigned to them, for He said their angels always
behold the face of God (see Matthew 18:10). So the concept of
guardian angels has its basis in the Bible.
In addition to the worker angels, there are archangels--angel
princes such as Michael (see Jude 9). Scripture seems to indicate
that he represented an entire nation (see Daniel 10:13).
Although we do not know for sure what angels look like, the Bible
mentions some angelic features. The first chapter of Ezekiel tells
of a vision in which the prophet saw a group of angels who were
so holy that they appeared as flames of fire. These creatures
seemed to be like men, yet they had four wings and multiple faces
(see Ezekiel 1:5-6). They responded instantly to God's Spirit.
The book of Isaiah mentions angels called seraphim who have six
wings (see Isaiah 6:2,6). Another group of angels is called cherubim.
Seemingly, cherubim were present to cover the very holiness of
God Himself, and on the lid of the Ark of the Covenant their wings
formed the throne for the presence of the Lord (see Exodus 25:18-22).
Angels are magnificent creatures, not at all like the tiny, childlike
cherubs that we see in some Renaissance art. Their power is so
great that just one angel was able to destroy 185,000 Assyrian
soldiers in one night (see II Kings 19:35).
Their presence is so awesome that those who see them have been
known to fall unconscious on the ground or to voluntarily prostrate
themselves (see Daniel 10:9).
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