Angels are Real
Angels have been a topic of discussion for Christians about their purpose and function in God’s creation for many years. In the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, angels own a piece of biblical history.
There are two types of angels – good and bad. However there are many functions for the them. They range from Christ as the Angel of the Lord, Cherubim, Seraphim, Arch-Angel, messenger angel, guardian angels, ministering angels, avenging angels, and death angels.
Thank you Karen for sharing your knowledge about this subject. Do you have scriptures to support your thoughts?
Angels can be broken down in too many different categories depending in your perception. All the angels listed in Karen’s post are correct but we can not forget the categories of “powers” and “principalities” that also can describe angels. They can also be categorized as “unfallen” angels and the fallen angels which would include Lucifer and 1/3 of the angels that was cast out of Hell with him.
There are three types of angels. Cherubim Genesis 3:24; Seraphim, and Ezekial and Revelations speaks of other heavenly beings.
Thank you Bonita.
1. There are three types of angels in the Bible
Scripture names three categories of heavenly beings that appear to be types of angels: cherubim, seraphim, and “living creatures.”
Cherubim are mentioned in several places throughout Scripture:
They guarded the entrance to the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:24).
God is enthroned above them (Ezekiel 10:1–22).
God rides on them (Psalm 18:10)
Two golden figures of cherubim sit above the Ark of the Covenant, where God promised to dwell among his people (Exodus 25:22, see also verses 18–21).
The seraphim, are only mentioned once in the Bible. They appear in Isaiah 6:2–7, where they continually worship the Lord and say, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory” (Isaiah 6:3).
Ezekiel and Revelation speak of other kinds of heavenly beings known as “living creatures” around God’s throne (Ezekiel 1:5–14, Revelation 4:6–8). They appeared like a lion, an ox, a man, and an eagle, representing various parts of God’s creation (wild beasts, domesticated animals, human beings, and birds). They, too, worship God continually: “Day and night they never cease to sing, ‘Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!’” (Revelation 4:8)
There are different kinds of angels with different characteristics and roles. The three (3) different types of angels are the cherubim, seraphim, and archangels. Angels are created beings (Psalm 148:2, 5; Col. 1:16) and ministering spirits (1 Kings 19:5; Psalm 104:4; Luke 16:22). They are normally invisible but can manifest themselves to us (Num. 22:22-31). They carry out the will of God. Some were elected by God not to fall (1 Timothy 5:21).
Seraphim praise God (Isaiah 6:3). The word “seraphim” (singular is seraph) is probably a translation of ‘fiery ones’ and probably stems from the fiery imagery often associated with the Presence of God (cf. Ezek. 1:27).1 “Seraphim stood above Him, each having six wings; with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew,” (Isaiah 6:2).
Cherubim are typically represented with wings, feet, and hands but are also described in different forms as having two faces (Ezek. 41:18) and even four faces (Ezek. 10:21). Cherubim were considered to be angels that guarded sacred things. In Gen. 3:24 they guarded the tree of life. They were over the Ark of the Covenant on the Mercy Seat (1 Sam. 4:4). See also Psalm 80:1; 99:1. Figures of Cherubs were embroidered on the temple veil (Exodus 26:31; 2 Chron. 3:7) and lavished Solomon’s temple (1 Kings 6:26ff). “So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubim, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life,” (Gen. 3:24). See also Exodus 25:18-22; Heb. 9:5.
The word “archangel” is not found in the Old Testament. References to Michael the Archangel appear only in 1 Thess. 4:16 and Jude 9. However, Gabriel, who is considered an archangel, appears in both the OT and NT. In the OT he is found in Dan. 8:15-26 and 9:21-27. In the NT he is mentioned in Luke 1:11-20, 26-38. He seems to be a messenger angel. On the other hand, Michael the archangel seems to be a warrior angel (Rev. 12:7) who does battle (Dan. 10:13, 21; 12:1).
I do have scriptures for the mission of the angels mention in my post. For Christ as the Angel of the Lord – Hebrews 2; Cherubims found in Ezekiel 10:1-4; Seraphim in Isaiah 6:1-7; Arch-angels in 1st Thess. 4:16; Arch-angel Michael in Daniel 10:13 and Jude 9; Gabriel in Luke 1:19; guarding angels in Psalms 91:12; Ministering angels in 1st Kings 19:5-7; Avenging angels in Genesis 19; and the Death Angel in 2nd Kings 19:35
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