Angels are often a fascinating part of the Bible. Whether you believe there is a guardian angel watching over you or want to know some of the characteristics mentioned in religious texts, some of the following tidbits of information in this article could be of interest to you.
1) In the Bible, angels are mentioned 273 times.
2) The Bible states that God created angels. Evidence of their creation is found within the Bible includes passages in Genesis and Collosians:
3) “Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished.” (Genesis 2:1)
“For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.” (Colossians 1:16)
4) Passages in Luke and Revelation state that angels were created with the purpose to live for all eternity. Examples include:
“…nor can they die anymore, for they are equal to the angels and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection.” (Luke 20:36)
“Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under his wings. Day and night they never stop saying: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.” (Revelation 4:8)
5) When God created the world, angels were in existence. This is shown in Job 38:1-7, where it is said: “Then the LORD answered Job out of the storm. He said: “…Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? …while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?”
6) In the Bible, there is only one angel to be called an archangel. Interpreters of the Bible assume that there are other archangels, but there is no specific names mentioned. Michael is called “one of the chief princes” in the Bible. An archangel is referred to as one of the highest ranked angels who is in charge of other angels. Michael is mentioned in the following passages:
In the New International Version, it is stated “But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia.” (Daniel 10:13).
In a reference to the End of Times, Michael appears in Daniel 12:1:” At that time Michael, the great prince who protects your people, will arise. There will be a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then. But at that time your people”everyone whose name is found written in the book”will be delivered.”
“But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not himself dare to condemn him for slander but said, “The Lord rebuke you!” (Jude 9)
“Then war broke out in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back.” (Revelation 12:7)