Who and What are Angels?

Angels are one of the most well-known figures in the world; even small children can recognize them. You see them on greeting cards, in movies, in TV shows and even as guardians.


Angels are mentioned 108 times in the Old Testament. It seems reasonable to say that the Israelites worshipped angels, since the law was given through angels (Galatians 3:19). The Apostle Paul also warns the Colossians who were under attack from Judaizers about the worshipping of angels (Colossians 2:18). 

Let's take a look at who and what angels are, and how they fit in to God's plan of salvation. 

Who Are Angels?


Angels mentioned 108 time in OT, 182 times in NT and 77 times alone in Revelation)


First mentioned in Genesis 16:7, when an angel talked to Hagar. 


Angels can speak (1 Corinthians 13:1)


Greater strength than humans (2 Peter 2:11)


Created above human beings (Hebrews 2:7)


God created them (Colossians 1:16)


There are millions of angels (Hebrews 12:22, Revelation 5:11)


Two angels have names, Micheal and Gabriel (Daniel 12:1, Luke 1:26). Michael

battled with the devil (Jude 1:9,Revelation 12:7


Other angels acknowledged they had a name, but wouldn’t reveal them (Genesis 32:29)


Angels are in heaven at God’s right hand with Jesus (1 Peter 3:22)


Angles Help People in Many Ways

To guide and protect believers (Psalm 34:7)

Angel appeared to Moses in burning bush to receive the Law (Acts 7:30-53, Galatians 3:19, Hebrews 2:2)

Opened jail cells for apostles (Acts 5:19, Acts 12:7)

Told Cornelius to go get Peter to open Gospel to Gentiles (Acts 10:4)

Stuck down and killed Herod (Acts 12:23)

Pharisees believed in Angels, Sadducees did not (Acts 23:8-9)

Helped John with Revelation (Revelation 1:1)

Telling the good news about the Gospel (Revelation 14:6-7)

Will help believers who suffer tribulation in the end times (Thessalonians 1:6-8)

Separate believers from unbelievers in end times (Matthew 13:49)

Misconceptions About Angels


All angels are good (2 Peter 2:4)

Angels are immortal (Jude 1:6)

We can pray to angels (Revelation 19:10)

God want us to worship angels (Colossians 2:18)