27 Facts About Angels

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Christmas and angels seem to go together!  An angel appeared to Joseph (Mt. 1:20) to assure him that the pregnancy Mary was carrying was from God.  The angel Gabriel had appeared to Mary prior to her pregnancy informing her of God’s plan for her to carry Jesus, the Savior of the world (Lk 1:26).  And of course an angel appeared to the shepherds outside of Bethlehem announcing the birth of the Savior-King (Lk 2:9)!  After the announcement a host of angels appeared to the same shepherds saying, “Glory to God in the Highest, and on earth peace, good-will to men” (Lk 2:13)!

For whatever reason our culture is fascinated by angels!  Some people pray for angels to help them when they are in trouble.  Other people believe that their departed loved ones become angels after they die.

Christmas is a good time to think about angels – and a good time to find out what God’s Word teaches us about them.

Here are 27 helpful facts about angels from the Word of God.  (This chart is found in Wilmington’s Book of Bible Lists).

27 Facts about Angels

1. They are mentioned 273 times in 34 biblical books.
2. They were all created by God. Gen. 2:1; Neh. 9:6; Eph. 3:9; Col. 1:16
3. They report directly to God. Job 1:6; 2:1
4. They were present at the Creation of the world. Job 38:1, 4, 7
5. They announced Jesus’ birth to the shepherds. Luke 2:10–14
6. They do not marry. Matt. 22:30
7. They were created to live forever. Rev. 4:8
8. Their purpose is to glorify God. Rev. 4:8
9. Some angels help human beings. Heb. 1:14
10. Some angels harm human beings. Mark 5:1–5
11. They are spirit beings. Ps. 104:4; Heb. 1:7, 14
12. They are invisible beings. Rom. 1:18–32; Col. 2:18; Rev. 19:10; 22:9
13. They are innumerable. Deut. 33:2; Ps 68:17; Dan. 7:9–10; Matt. 26:53; Heb. 12:22; Rev. 5:11
14. They possess intelligence. Dan. 9:21–22; 10:14; Rev. 19:10; 22:8–9
15. They possess will. Isa. 14:12–15; Jude 6
16. They display joy. Job 38:7; Luke 2:13
17. They display desire. 1 Pet. 1:12
18. They are stronger than men. Ps. 103:20; 2 Thess. 1:7; 2 Pet. 2:11
19. They are more intelligent than men. Dan. 9:21–22; 10:14
20. They are swifter than men. Dan. 9:21; Rev 14:6
21. They are not omnipresent. Dan. 10:12
22. They are not omnipotent. Dan. 10:13; Jude 9
23. They are not omniscient. Matt. 24:36
24. Some are cherubim. Ezek. 1:1–28; 10:20
25. Some are seraphim. Isa. 6:1–8
26. The majority remained true to God. Rev. 5:11–12
27. They will join all believers in the heavenly Jerusalem. Heb. 12:22–23

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