What are angels?

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What are angels?

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Verses - References - Angel - Angels

There are 306 biblical verses containing specific references to an angel or angels.

A singular angel is mentioned 210 times; angels are found together ninety-six times.

Angel - Scripture - God - Help - Hagar

An angel is first mentioned in Scripture when God sends angelic help to Hagar (Genesis 16:7). Angels are last mentioned in Revelation 22:16 when Jesus says, “I have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches.”

Sixteen of the thirty-nine Old Testament books contain references to angels. Judges and Zechariah tie for the most references with twenty-one each.

Seventeen - New - Testament - Books - References

Seventeen of the twenty-six New Testament books contain angelic references. Revelation contains by far the most such references with seventy-nine.

Surveying the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, here’s the angelic ministry promised to us by the word of God. When you need such help and hope, turn to one of these references and make its truth your own.


What are angels?

Angels were created by God to be “ministering spirits” (Hebrews 1:14). All through God’s word, we find them serving his people.

Reference - Ministry - Angel - Lord - Hagar

Here is the earliest reference to such angelic ministry: “The angel of the Lord found Hagar near a spring in the desert; it was the spring that is beside the road to Shur” (Genesis 16:7). Hagar was running away from her home to a certain death before God’s angel found her, saving her life (cf. Genesis 21:17).

God sent his angel to bring his people out from Egypt (Numbers 20:16).

Angel - Fed - Elijah - Jezebel - Kings

An angel fed Elijah as he fled from Jezebel (1 Kings 19:4-9), saving his life and enabling him to anoint Elisha his successor before he ascended into heaven.

Angels exist to help God’s people fulfill God’s will for our lives.

Way - Angels - Enemies - Long - Angel

Perhaps the most powerful way angels help us is to protect us from our enemies. Long before an angel kept Daniel from the lions, we find...
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