Angels are absolutely real. They are created beings subject to the will of God. They are a totally separate kind of creation from humans. People do not become angels after death, and angels do not become human. Angels are intelligent beings Matthew 8:29; 2 Corinthians 11:3, I Peter 1:2), and they are emotional beings (Luke 2:13; James 2:19; Revelation 12:17).
Angels have individual personalities and will (Luke 8:28-31; 2 Timothy, Jude 6). Angels are spirit beings (Hebrews 1:14) and do not have physical bodies. The Scriptures make no mention that angels are created in God’s image, as humans are (Genesis 1:26), although Scripture does indicate that they can take on physical form (Genesis 19:1).
The angel, Gabriel, brought the message to Mary that she was to have a baby (read Luke 1:26-38). The angel, Michael, has been fighting wars on behalf of God since the fall of Satan. Revelation 12:7, describes a coming war where Satan will be defeated by Michael and his angels and will be cast out of heaven. Satan (Lucifer) was the most beautiful of all angels until he decided that he was better than God and fell from his exalted position and became God’s enemy and the enemy of humanity (read Isaiah 14:12-21).
All throughout the Bible are accounts of people interacting with angels, angels acting on behalf of people. Angels are real servants of God but we won’t know the full-extent of their work until we get to heaven. It is exciting to know that then we will finally understand the full-truth about what angels have done in our lives and what they have protected us from!
Some Scripture reference to angels: (KJV)
To announce: Luke 1:26, 38: “And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee named Nazareth. And Mary said, Behold, the handmaiden of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.” Luke 1:26-38, give the complete conversation between Mary andthe angel Gabriel. The companion verses to this are Luke 1:18-19.
To protect: Daniel 6:22: “My God sent His angel and shut the lions’ mouths, so that they have not hurt me, because I was found innocent before Him; and also, O king, I have done no wrong before you.”
In judgment: Matthew 13:41-42: “The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather together out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them that do iniquity. And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.”
There are many more references to angels in the Bible. Some, are listed below. We recommend that you read the entire chapter so you will understand these verses in their proper context. Old Testament: Exodus 23:20; 2 Kings 19:35; Psalm 104:4. New Testament: Matthew 4:11; Matthew 28:2-7; Luke 16:22; John 1:51.