Where Do Angels Come from And What Is Their Purpose?
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People want to know where angels come from and what their purpose is. God’s word talks about angels a lot and He uses them in many different ways. This article is the first in a series of articles about angels and by the time you finish, you will have learned the following things.
Why angels were created
What their duties and jobs are
Whether or not they have free will like humans
What they look like
What their duties are concerning you
There is much to learn about where angels come from and their duties so let’s get started. God created angels because he wanted other beings to fellowship with and He even gave them “free will” just like He did human beings. The angels were meant to stay in heaven, worship God, and do the wonderful work He had planned for them.
Lucifer was the head angel over all the angels. In fact, Lucifer was not only an arc angel, he was the highest arc angel. The angels all reported to him. Once Lucifer saw how much worship and praise God was getting he wanted to be God and tried to overtake the throne.
Lucifer is not the Lucifer Netflix portrays in their series where the devil is sometimes good and sometimes bad. Satan (Lucifer’s new name) is always evil. Satan is a good manipulator and talks a good game so it’s no wonder that 1/3 of the angels went with him when God cast him out of heaven.
Once humans were created by God the beginnings of spiritual warfare began. The good and bad angels are fighting for a prize, and you and I are the prize they are fighting for!
We don’t know exactly when angels were created, but it was before the creation of mankind. We now know they were created, not born, and that they have free will, which was evident by what Lucifer tried to pull off.
Angels Are NOT To Be Worshiped
We are never to worship, glorify, or adore angels themselves. Only God (the Trinity) is to be worshiped. While angels were created to worship God, we are not to worship them. They are also used to fight battles, take messages to people, and help humans when God sends them to. More on how they do that as the series progresses.
Psalm 148:2 says the angels find their delight in praising God. In Hebrews 1:14 we are told they are also ministering spirits, sent out to render service for the sake of those who will inherit salvation. That phrase “those who will inherit salvation” is talking about you if you are a Christian.
Remember when the angels appeared to Sarah and Abraham? They brought a message she was to have a baby in her old age. They usually come in human form although they have other forms as you will see as we study further.
Angels were also at Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 19:1) where Lot’s wife turned into a pillar of salt because she did not obey God.
Angels Are Spirit Beings
The apostle Paul tells us in Ephesians 6:12 that our struggle here on earth is not against flesh and blood, but against rulers, powers, and forces of darkness. He calls them spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.
Angels are spirit beings and so are humans, the difference is our spirits are housed in earthly bodies. This doesn’t mean that angels are simply floating apparitions. They also have the shape and form given to them by God. Below are three of the attributes of angels.
They Have Intellect – I Peter 1:12
They Have Emotions – Job 38:7 and Luke 15:10
They Have Free Will – They had a choice to follow Lucifer or stay with God
Satan exercised his will when he attempted to take over God’s throne, and his intellect when he tempted Eve in the garden of Eden. We know Lucifer felt emotions because of how he craved all the angels and God to worship him, and not God.
Angels Can Not Be Counted
If you read Daniel 7:10 he tells us he saw ten thousand times ten thousand angels and called them a myriad of angels, which is a whole lot more than we can count. The fact that 1/3 of the angels fell with Satan is the main reason you and I need God’s divine help to be successful in spiritual warfare. While we may be no match by ourselves, with God we can overtake all of them!
God decided on the number of angels and unless He decides to create more there will never be any more. Why? Because angels don’t procreate as humans do.
Angels Show up in Different Ways
If you want to see what Daniel saw you can read Daniel 10:5-6. Seeing an angel is an awe-inspiring experience. To see what Peter saw you can read Acts 12:7. (I’ve got to give you just a little homework to read for yourselves!)
Angels can come in human form because they are still glorified beings. Demons are no longer glorified and can not make themselves look like a man. Evil spirits either possess a person or animal, etc. Demons need another entity to work through when they want to manifest their presence. We know this because the bible never talks of demons taking any human form but it talks about them going into a pig, a serpent, or possessing a person.
Angels are Functional Beings
Angels were created to fulfill at least three responsibilities that we know of. Their most important job is to worship God. You know, it makes sense that the devil tried to rob God of that praise and worship because the one we worship is usually the one we serve.
Did you know that Satan and his band of evil demons try to distort true doctrine. His doctrine is to get us to believe lies and live in the flesh, instead of worshiping and following God.
God’s good angels are his staff and help carry out His will. God has chosen at times to work through both angels and humans. One job of the angels affects us Christians directly. Remember in Hebrews 1:14 angels are ministering spirits sent out to render service for those who will inherit salvation.
What About Guardian Angels? Are They Real?
The term guardian angel was probably taken from the 18th chapter of Matthew. The chapter talks about how precious children are to God and woe to anyone who harms one. We know that God looks after the little children and that He wants us to come to Him with that same child-like faith when He tells us something. It doesn’t say anything about guardian angels directly.
The truth is we all have angels around us most of the time, and usually more than one. You can call them guardian angels or ministering angels, it doesn’t matter. What matters is they are sent from God to help us. We can also pray for God to send our ministering spirits (angels) to help us or protect us when we need it. So yes, we DO have guardian angels!
How Powerful Are Angels?
In Luke 24:24 we see that an angel rolled away the stone from Jesus’ grave. Scholars believe some of those stones weighed almost two tons! Another example is in the book of Revelation. John wrote that he saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth (North, South, East, & West) holding back the four winds so that no wind would blow on the earth or on the sea.
Those are some pretty powerful angels! Also, don’t forget it was an angel who shut the lions’ mouths when Daniel was thrown into the lion’s den!
Make no mistake that demons are powerful beings as well, but their power is no match for the power of God. There is a lot more to learn about angels so if you want to be notified when the next article comes out, be sure and subscribe to the newsletter. You will receive a free e-book for subscribing!