Angels are God’s emissaries, unseen unless when they take on a shape to reveal themselves before human beings. We don’t know what they “look” like, except they appear as grand, awe-inspiring beings not the chubby, sweet-faced infants in old artworks. People in the Bible and Christians of later times — usually speak of angels as magnificent beings — impressive figures who inspire awe but also give comfort.
Angels appear in many places in the Bible, but the most familiar passages remind us that of their role as protectors and comforters of God’s people.
The angel of the Lord protects all who respect and worship with admiration, and each of them he delivers. Psalm 34:7
When you make the lord your hiding place, if you make the Most High your refuge, no harm will defeat you; no pandemic will come near your abode. For he instructs his angels to guard you anywhere you go. They will hold you with their hands to keep you from striking your foot on a stone. Psalm 91:9-12
The minister and his associates, who were Sadducees, responded with fierce jealousy. They detained the apostles and put them in the prison. But an angel of the Lord came at night, unlocked the gates of the prison, and brought them out. Acts 5:17-19
The same night Herod was to bring him out, Peter was asleep amongst two soldiers, clasped with double cuffs and protectors before the door were securing the prison. Unexpectedly, there was a bright light in the prison, and an angel of the Lord appeared before Peter.
The angel woke him up and said, immediately, rise up and the chains fell off his wrists. Then the angel told him, “Get dressed and put on your sandals.” And he did. Wrap your outer garment around you and follow me the angel ordered.
So Peter left the cell, following the angel. But all the time he thought it was a vision. He didn’t realize it was really happening. They passed the first and second guard posts and came to the Iron Gate to the street, and this opened to them all by itself. When they had passed through the first and second guard, they approached an iron gate which leads into the city. On its own, the gates were unlocked and they went out and immediately, the angel departed.
And Peter realized himself and said; now i am sure that the lord has brought his angel to save me from the hand of Herod and everything the Jewish people were hoping would occur. Acts 12:6-11
Beware that you not despise or feel scornful towards, or think less of these little ones. For I say unto thee that in heaven, angels are permanently in the company of my Father.” Matthew 18:10
And I tell you, whoever proclaims openly and declares that he believes in me and accepts me in the presence of men, the son of man will also proclaim, declare and accept him in the presence of the angels of God. But if anyone denies me here on earth, I will deny that person before God’s angels.” Luke 12:8-9
“There is joy in the presence of God’s angels when even one sinner repents.” Luke 15:10
Jesus and the apostle Paul promised that angels would play a key role in the Second Coming of the Lord. The angels are harvesters, gathering in the produce of God’s honest people. They are also messengers proclaiming Jesus magnificent coming on earth.
I the Son of Man will direct my angels, and they will eliminate from my Kingdom everything that causes iniquity and all who do evil, and they will throw them into the furnace and burn them. There will be lamentation and clenching of teeth. Then will the righteous shine forth like the sun in the kingdom of their father. Anyone who is willing to hear should listen and understand!” Matthew 13:41-43
Then the sign of the son man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn and lament in anguish, and they will see the son of man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great splendor
And he will direct his angels with the sound of a great trumpet blast, and they will come together his elected ones from the extreme ends of the earth and heaven.” Matthew 24:30-31
For the lord himself will come down from heaven with a loud cry of command, with a cry of the seraph and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And those who have left this life in Christ will resurrect first.
Then we that are alive shall at once be gathered up with the resurrected in the heavens, to see the lord and so shall we always dwell with the lord. Therefore comfort and encourage one another with these words. 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18
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