God's Messengers
 Rescuers / Protectors
 Enablers / Directors
 Angels Rejoice
 In the Great Tribulation  

Introduction       [Top]

Who are they?
What do they do?

Angels are not weak, chubby, effeminate little creatures who wear white dresses.

Only the mighty Seraphim and Cherubim have wings.  Is 62  Gen 324  Exd 2520  Ps 991

The nearly 400 references to angels in the scriptures reveal something very different:
They come as vital, timely messengers from God to men.
They 'speak' with a sword and kill God's enemies.
They drive chariots of fire and protect God's servants.
Angels are mighty beings indeed!
They are familiar with God, holy and obedient.
      But they are not impervious to sin, some have fallen.  2 Pe 24  Math 2541
In the O.T. 'the angel of the Lord' or 'a man' is sometimes the Lord Almighty.   e.g. Gen 18  Josh 513-15
In Revelation they will execute the just Tribulation of God.
      They will be instructed to blow the trumpets and enact judgement,
      and finally to empty the bowls of God's wrath.
They also encourage, protect and strengthen; 'they encamp around those who fear God'.
Thank God for his mighty and obedient angels!

God's Messengers       [Top]

Gen 166-15 The angel of the Lord tells Hagar to return to Sarah.
Gen 2117 Hagar banished but assured that Ishmael will become a great nation.
Gen 2211,15 The angel of the Lord tells Abraham not to sacrifice Isaac.
Gen 3110-13 An angel of God tells Jacob to return to his native land.
Judg 611-24 The angel of the Lord calls Gideon to deliver Israel.
Judg 131-25 The angel of the Lord tells Manoah's wife that they will have a son. (Samson)
2 Kg 13,15 Elijah told to tell king Ahaziah that he will not recover from his injury.
Dan 920-27 Gabriel comes to tell Daniel that the Lord has set at time to finish transgression,
to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness,
to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most holy.
Dan 10-12 Gabriel comes again to Daniel after fighting with Michael against the Prince of Persia.
He tells him what will take place, especially in the End Times.
Zech 19 The angel of the Lord speaks with Zechariah many times.
    112,14,19 23 31 41,4,11 55,10 64
Lu 126-38 Gabriel tells Mary that she will conceive the Messiah.
Math 118-24 An angel of the Lord tells Joseph he should not divorce Mary. He obeys.
Lu 28-12 An angel of the Lord tells shepherds that the Saviour is born in Bethlehem.
Math 213,19 An angel of the Lord tells Joseph to take Mary and Jesus to Egypt. ...
Act 826 An angel of the Lord tells Philip to down to the road from Jerusalem to Gaza;
to meet the Ethiopian, and explain his reading of Is 53.
Act 101-8 Cornelius sees an angel of God, who tells him to send for Peter. 1022 1113

Rescuers / Protectors       [Top]

Gen 19 Two angels rescue Lot from Sodom.
Exd 1419 The angel of God moves from in front of Israel to behind to protect them.
2 Kg 211,12 Elisha sees chariots of fire driven by angels. 2 Kg 617 76 1314
Ps 347 The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him. (also Ps 9111)
Dan 628 An angel shuts the mouths of hungry lions and protect Daniel.
Act 517-21 Sadducees jail the Apostles, but an angel of the Lord releases them
    and tells them to go and preach in the Temple - which they do.
Act 125-10 Herod imprisons Peter, but he is released by an angel of the Lord.

Enablers / Directors       [Top]

Gen 247,40 The angel of the Lord goes with Abraham's servant to find a wife for Isaac.
Exd 2320 An angel goes ahead of Israel to bring them to a place prepared by God.

Encouragers       [Top]

Gen 2812 Jacob sees angels of God ascending and descending in his dream.
1 Kg 193-9 An angel comforts and feeds the despairing Elijah.
Math 411 Angels strengthen Jesus after his 40 day fast in the desert. (also Mk 113)
Lu 2243 Jesus prays in agony at Gethsemane. He is strengthened by an angel.
Jn 2011-14 Mary meets two angels in the empty tomb on resurrection morning.
Act 2721-26 In a storm near Malta Paul is told by an angel of the Lord
    that none of the ship's crew will be drowned.

Testers       [Top]

Hos 123-5 Jacob struggles with an angel at Peniel, and prevails. Gen 3224-31
Job 16 21 Evil angels come before God with Satan. Given leave to test Job.

Slayers       [Top]

2 Sam 2410-17 David numbers his fighting men. The angel of the Lord kills 70,000.
Act 1221-23 Herod is struck down by an angel of the Lord.
2 Kg 1935 One angel kills 185,000 of Sennacherib's army in a single night.

Angels Rejoice       [Top]

Job 387 The angels rejoiced when God created the universe.
Lu 213,14 Many angels praised God at the birth of Jesus.
Rev 513 711,12 The angles praise God during the Great Tribulation.

Various       [Top]

Num 2221-35 The angel of the Lord with drawn sword stops Balaam and his donkey.
Ezek 9 God tells a man (angel?) clothed in linen to mark all in Jerusalem
    who are grieved over the ruin of Joseph.
Lu 18-22 Zechariah is frightened and struck dumb by Gabriel.
Heb 14 Jesus became as much superior to the angels
    as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs. also Heb 29
Heb 17 In speaking of the angels he says,
    "He makes his angels winds, his servants flames of fire."
Heb 114 Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?
Heb 132 Do not forget to entertain strangers,
    for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it.
Math 1810 Angels in heaven. Math 2230 2436 Mk 1235 1332 Lu 128 1510
Ezek 10 Cherubim (mighty winged creatures - Heb 95) on either side of God upon his throne.
    Also on the Ark. There are over 70 references to cherubim.
1 Thes 416 The Lord will return with the voice of the archangel Michael.
Jude 19 The archangel Michael disputes with the devil about the body of Moses. Michael won!
Math 2541 The Devil has angels too. Evil ones.
2 Pe 24 God did not spare these angels when they sinned, but sent them all to hell ... Jude 16

In the Great Tribulation and Final Judgement       [Top]

Math 1336-43 Angels will be the harvesters in the Judgement.
      Math 1349 1627 2431 2531 Mk 838 1327 Lu 926
Rev 11 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave ...
      by sending his angel to his servant John
      to reveal what must soon take place.
Rev 120 The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches ...
21 Ephesus     28 Smyrna     212 Pergamum
218 Thyatira     31 Sardis     37 Philadelphia     314 Laodicea.
Rev 52 And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice,
      "Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?"
Rev 511 711 Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands
      they encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders.
Rev 71-3 After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back
      the four winds of the earth.
Then I saw another angel coming up from the east,having the seal of the living God.
      He called out in a loud voice to the four angels who had been given power to harm
      the land and the sea: "Do not harm the land or the sea or the trees until we put a seal
      on the foreheads of the servants of our God."
Rev 8,9 7th Seal opened. Silence.
An angel, who had a golden censer, was given much incense to offer.
      Then he filled the censer with fire from the altar, and hurled it on the earth.
      And there was thunder, lightning, earthquakes.
Rev 82-921 The seven angels who stand before God, blew their 7 trumpets:-
1.  Hail and fire mixed with blood. ⅓ earth, trees and grass burned.
2.  A huge mountain, all ablaze, was thrown into the sea.
      ⅓ sea, turned into blood. ⅓ fish and ships perish.
3.  A great star (Wormwood), blazing like a torch, fell from the sky.
4.  ⅓ of the sun moon and stars struck, darkened.       ⅓ fresh water bitter, many die.
      Eagle cries,”Woe! Woe! Woe! to inhabitants of the earth.”
5.  A fallen star was given the key to the shaft of the Abyss.
      Locusts (demons) torture the unsealed for 5 months.
      Men seek death, but do not find it
6.  Releases 4 angels who were bound at the river Euphrates.
      Kill ⅓ of men using 200m mounted troops. Men did not repent. Rev 101
7.  The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord
      and of his Christ. More, and even greater, thunder, hail, and earthquake.
Rev 10 Another mighty angel gives a loud shout; sounded like 7 thunders.
      (And told not to write down what he said.)
"There will be no more delay ...
      with the 7th trumpet the mystery of God will be accomplished. ..."
John told to eat the little scroll. It was sweet to taste, but bitter in his stomach.
Then to, "prophesy again about many peoples, ... "
Rev 146-13 Three Flying Angels
1."Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come.
      Worship him who made the heavens, the earth, the sea and the springs of water."
2."Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great, which made all the nations drink
      the maddening wine of her adulteries."
3.If anyone worships the beast and his image and receives his mark on the forehead
      or on the hand, he, too, will drink of the wine of God's fury ...
      This calls for patient endurance on the part of the saints
Rev 1414-20 Angel with a Sickle commanded:"Take your sickle and reap,
      because the time to reap has come, for the harvest of the earth is ripe."
      So he who was seated on the cloud swung his sickle over the earth, and the earth was harvested.
Rev 151 I saw in heaven another great and marvelous sign:
      seven angels with the seven last plagues–last, because with them God's wrath is completed.
Rev 161-21 Then I heard a loud voice from the temple saying to the seven angels,
"Go, pour out the seven bowls of God's wrath on the earth."
1. Ugly and painful sores broke out on the people who had the mark of the beast
      (This fulfills the warning of the 3rd flying angel)
2. Poured out on the sea. It turned to blood ... Every living thing in the sea died.
3. Poured on the rivers and springs. They became blood.
      Another angel declared "You are just in these judgments, ...
      for they have shed the blood of your saints and prophets ...
4. Poured on the sun. The sun was given power to scorch people with fire ...
      They cursed the name of God, ... but they refused to repent ...
5. Poured on the throne of the beast. His kingdom was plunged into darkness.
      Men gnawed their tongues in agony and cursed the God of heaven. ... They refused to repent ...
6. Poured on the Euphrates. The river dried up to prepare a way for the kings of the East. ...
      three evil spirits came out of the mouth of the dragon, the beast and the false prophet.
      They are spirits of demons performing miraculous signs,
      and they go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them for the battle
      on the great day of God Almighty. ... Gathered for battle at Armageddon.
7. Poured into the air. Then there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder and a severe earthquake...
      No earthquake like it has ever occurred since man has been on earth, ...
      From the sky huge hailstones of about a hundred pounds each fell upon men.
      And they cursed God on account of the plague of hail ...
Rev 17 One of the 7 these angels told John,
"Come, I will show you the punishment of the great prostitute, who sits on many waters.
      With her the kings of the earth committed adultery
      and the inhabitants of the earth were intoxicated with the wine of her adulteries."
Her name was revealed: MYSTERY BABYLON THE GREAT
The woman was drunk with the blood of the saints, the blood of those who bore testimony to Jesus.
The angel then explains the mystery in 177-18 - the conclusion of which is:
      "They will make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will overcome them
      because he is Lord of lords and King of kings ...
      The woman you saw is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth."
Rev 18 Another angel shouts, "Fallen is Babylon the Great she has become a home for demons ...
Come out of her, my people, so that you will not share in her sins ...
Therefore in one day her plagues will overtake her: ...
She will be consumed by fire, for mighty is the Lord God who judges her. ...
The merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her because no one buys their cargoes any more
      - cargoes of gold, silver ... and bodies and souls of men.
Then a mighty angel picked up a boulder the size of a large millstone
      and threw it into the sea, and said: "With such violence the great city of Babylon
      will be thrown down, never to be found again."  Dan 234,35
Rev 199 Then the angel said to me,
      "Write: 'Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!'"
Rev 1917 And I saw an angel standing in the sun, who cried in a loud voice
      to all the birds flying in midair, "Come, gather together for the great supper of God.
Rev 201-3 And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key to the Abyss
      and holding in his hand a great chain. He siezed the dragon, bound him for 1000 years.
      He threw him into the Abyss and locked and sealed it ...
Rev 219-27 One of the 7 angels said to me, "Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb."
      And the Holy City Jeusalem coming down out of heaven from God.
Rev 226 The angel said to me, "These words are trustworthy and true.
      The Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, sent his angel
      to show his servants the things that must soon take place."
Rev 2216 "I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. ..."

This is just a selection of the many references to angels   -   195 in OT and 182 in NT.