What Are Angels?

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Ann Dougherty answered
The Bible teaches that they are spiritual beings, whose primary function is the service of God, with special emphasis on ministering to human beings.    Cherubim and seraphim are often erroneously confused with angels, or thought to be a type of angel.  In fact they are something quite different,.    Whenever angels appear to people in the Bible, they always have the form of ordinary men.  It is sometimes stated that they are dressed in white robes.  Many people ever since have believed they have received visits from angels.  In every case, when these angels are seen, they look like ordinary people.  Sometimes they may be dressed in white robes, but often they are wear ordinary clothes.    The Bible also states that one very important function of angels is to stand constantly in the presence of God, praising him.    Only two angels are named in the Bible.  One is Gabriel who was God's special angelic messenger to the prophet Daniel, and also to Zechariah, Joseph and Mary in the gospel accounts of the births of John the Baptist and Jesus.  The other is Michael, who is the angelic guardian assigned to the nation of Israel.  Certain other angels are named in the Apocrypha.  One that springs to mind is Raphael.  Angels are often associated with stars and this has a certain amount of backing in the Bible.    Satan and his demons are in fact fallen angels, according to the Bible.  Satan was originally Lucifer, or the light-bearer (morning star), a very important archangel who rebelled against God, and who was cast out of heaven in a very great battle between Lucifer and his following of fallen angels against Michael and his loyal angels.    One very special being in the Old Testament is referred to as "the angel of the Lord".  This personage is throughout the OT recognised to be a manifestation of God in human form and, is therefore described by christian theologians as a pre-incarnate (i.e. Before being born at the nativity) appearance of Jesus Christ.
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Selie Visa answered
Here is a short description on almost everything about angels as found in the Bible.

Angels are real. God uses them as his messengers. They are ministering spirits. They obey the will of God and execute the purposes of God. They worship God and Christ. They celebrate the praises of God.


The angel Gabriel appeared to Daniel. Gabriel also appeared to Mary and announced the conception of Christ. Angels proclaimed the birth of Christ to the shepherds. They appeared at the resurrection and the ascension of Christ and announced the second coming of Christ.

The archangel is Gabriel. In the high order of angels he is the ruling angel.

Gabriel is another high ranking angel.

There are guardian angels too to protect and deliver those who fear God.

Psalm 34:7 The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them.

Cherubim are a classification or order of heavenly beings or winged angels. Symbolic figures of golden cherubim decorate the tabernacle. The Ark also rested beneath the wings of cherubim.

Like Michael and Gabriel, Lucifer (Satan) was a high ranking angel. He was perfect, full of wisdom and blameless (Ezekiel 28:11-15).

But Lucifer was ambitious and rebelled against God (Isaiah 14:12-15 and Jude 6).

There was unity among angels. But war broke out due to Lucifer's rebellion. Lucifer and his followers were defeated and cast out from heaven (Revelation 12:7-9 and 2 Peter 2:4).

Don't worship angels. John committed this mistake. We are to worship only God.

Revelation 22:8-9 I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I had heard and seen them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who had been showing them to me. But he said to me, "Do not do it! I am a fellow servant with you and with your brothers the prophets and of all who keep the words of this book. Worship God!"
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Anonymous answered
There are different meanings. I like this meaning: A guardian spirit or guiding influence.

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