16 Facts About Angels: 12- 16

From the three main types of angels to references made to a fallen angel, the Bible is full of passages that makes mentions of these winged messengers. In this article, you will learn more about archangels and seraphim.

12) Archangels are mentioned in the Bible in 1 Thess. 4:16: “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first.” However, the word ‘archangel’ does not appear in the Old Testament. The only references that are found point to Michael the archangel in 1 Thess. 4:16 and Jude 9. Gabriel is considered an archangel in the Old Testament and New Testament. In the Old Testament, he is mentioned in Dan. 8:15-26 and 9:21-27. The New Testament, Gabriel appeared in Luke 1:11-20, 26-38, and is described as a messenger angel.  

13) Angels possess a noted wisdom and are considered intelligent, as seen in passages from the Book of Samuel and Daniel: “Your maidservant said, ‘The word of my lord the king will now be comforting; for as the angel of God, so is my lord the king in discerning good and evil. And may the LORD your God be with you.’ (2 Samuel 14:17) and “…while I was still in prayer, Gabriel, the man I had seen in the earlier vision, came to me in swift flight about the time of the evening sacrifice. He instructed me and said to me, “Daniel, I have now come to give you insight and understanding.” (Daniel 9:21-22).

14) Passages in the Bible that mention cherubim include the following:

In Genesis 3:24, it is said: “So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubim, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.” The typical description of cherubim includes wings, feet, and hands, as seen in Ezekiel 41:18. In Ezekiel 10:21, the cherubim are described as having four faces. Cherubim appear in the Bible as guardians of things considered sacred. In Genesis 3:24, they were responsible for guarding the tree of life. They also watched over the Ark of the Covenant on the Mercy Seat, as mentioned in 1 Sam 4:4. According to Exodus 26:31 and Chronicles 3:7, figures of Cherubs were embroidered on the temple veil and decorated on the temple of Solomon (1 Kings 6:26).

15) A passage that mentions seraphim is “Seraphim stood above Him, each having six wings; with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew,” (Isaiah 6:2). In Isaiah 6:3, they are mentioned to praise God.

16) Some people have heard about fallen angels, but what exactly does that mean? The angels were once good but turned their back on God and choose evil over good. One of the most prominent of these fallen angels is Lucifer, who was an archangel that went against God and eventually became known as the Devil. A popular quote that references him is from Isaiah 14:12-14, which is listed below:

“How you have fallen from heaven, O star of the morning, son of the dawn! You have been cut down to the earth, You who have weakened the nations! 13 “But you said in your heart, “I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God, And I will sit on the mount of assembly In the recesses of the north. 14 “I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High,'”