What Does the Bible Say About Angels?
“Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it.” – Hebrews 13:2
Our society is fascinated with the subject of angels. Gift shops carry ornaments and trinkets with angelic themes. The sports world has jumped on the angelic band wagon with team mascots such as the “Halos” and the “Angels.” Television shows have tried to portray angels through programming such as “Touched by an Angel” and “Highway to Heaven.” Hollywood has even tried to enter the angelic realm with movies like “Angels and Demons.” Unfortunately, many inaccuracies about angels have been birthed by Hollywood, which in turn has led to great levels of confusion.
But what does the Bible really say about the subject of angels? Well, there are many wonderful truths that we can glean from scripture about angels For instance, Luke 15:10 says, “In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” From this one verse we learn three glorious truths about angels. First, they are watching us. Secondly, they are concerned for our well being. Thirdly, they rejoice over every lost soul that is gloriously saved.
Angels are agents of protection. We are all familiar with the story from the pages of Daniel’s life when he was thrown in a lion’s den. Daniel says, “My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight. Nor have I ever done any wrong before you, O king” (Daniel 6:22). Daniel’s experience of angelic protection was not some isolated biblical event. Throughout the Bible, we see angels as protectors of God’s people (Exodus 23:20-23, 2 Kings 19:35, Daniel 3:28, Psalm 34:7, Acts 5:19; 12:7). They even shield people from their own stupidity. In Numbers 22 we read of Balaam and how the Angel of the Lord stood in his path, preventing him from doing the wrong thing. Numbers 22:23 says, “When the donkey saw the angel of the Lord standing in the road with a drawn sword in his hand, she turned off the road into a field. Balaam beat her to get her back on the road.”
There are other truths about angels that we should ponder. For instance, their primary purpose is to worship God (Isaiah 6:1-3; Luke 2:1314; Revelation 5:11-14) Also, we see that angels played a major role in the birth narratives of our Lord. An angel informed Mary about the upcoming birth of her Son Jesus, who would be the Savior of the world. Luke 1:28 tells the opening greeting by the angel Gabriel. He says, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” Angels also had an active presence throughout the life of Christ, and ministered to Him during His earthly ministry (Matthew 4:11, Luke 22:43). Angels were even involved in the events surrounding His resurrection (Matthew 28:2-8, Acts 1:10-11).
End time events are particularly saturated with angels. They are present with Christ at His return; for they gather together the believers (Matthew 16:27, 24:30-31). They are also involved with God’s judgment of the wicked (Matthew 13:39-42, 49-50). And it is an angel that binds the devil during the thousand year millennium (Revelation 20:1-3).
As we close, let us draw our attention to our primary text above. The Bible says that angels are all around us. This means as we live life, it is good for us to remember that we never really know when we might be entertaining angels.
– Michael Eric Martin