The Functions of ANGELS
“For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created by Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.”
The time of their creation occurred with the creation of the heavens in Genesis 1:1.
God created the angels immediately after God created the heavens and before earth was created.
To correctly understand what angels are and their characteristics, one should read the bible. Close to 300 Scriptures contain the word angel. We are surrounded by an innumerable amount of these heavenly messengers.
In the following chapter, two angels went to Sodom they were a pair of human visitors.
Jeremiah 33:22 says, “…the host of heaven cannot be numbered.”
Psalm 8:5 says, “You made him [man] a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory(Physical LIGHT) and honor.” The Hebrew word here for “heavenly beings” actually means “The Godhead”- The first family of angels of GOD.
Angels have been appointed
“…to minister for those who will inherit salvation.” (Hebrews 1:14)
Matthew 18:10 says, "Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that in heaven their angels always see the face of My Father who is in heaven."
In the dream involving Jacob’s Ladder, Genesis 28:12 says, “…the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.” These messengers of God commute between heaven and earth appearing in a variety of forms such as a burning bush (Exodus 3:2). Other angels may appear with wings or like humans.
Hebrews 13:2 advises us, "Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels."
These heavenly beings perform a variety of functions…
Angels bring direction.
In Acts 8:26, an angel told Philip, "Arise and go toward the south along the road which goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza." This led him to minister salvation to a traveling Ethiopian.
Angels bring revelation.
In the sixth chapter of Zechariah, an angel showed the prophet a vision of four chariots, which represented “four spirits of heaven.”
Angels bring answers to prayer.
In Daniel 10:11-13, the angel Michael gave a prophetic vision to Daniel after he had fasted and prayed for twenty-one days.
Angels encourage believers.
An angel told Gideon in Judges 6:12, "The LORD is with you, you mighty man of valor!"
Angels ministered to Jesus prior to His arrest and crucifixion;
”Then an angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening Him.” (Luke 22:43)
Angels bring deliverance.
Psalm 34:7 says, “The angel of the LORD encamps all around those who fear Him, and delivers them.” In Acts 5:19 and Acts 12:7; angels freed the apostles from prison.
Angels Guides us
Angels warn God’s people of pending judgment.
Just before Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed, angels urged Lot, his wife and their two daughters to leave “…lest you be consumed in the punishment of the city." (Genesis 19:15) The angels were responding to the intercessory prayers of Abraham from the previous chapter.
Angels carry out divine judgment.
“Then David spoke to the LORD when he saw the angel who was striking the people, and said, ‘Surely I have sinned, and I have done wickedly; but these sheep, what have they done? Let Your hand, I pray, be against me and against my father's house.’" (2 Samuel 24:17)
Angels provide supernatural protection.
Psalm 91:11-12 says, “For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.”
Angels bring provision like the one that brought food to Elijah in the desert (1 Kings 19:5-8).
Angels subdue our enemies.
“May they be like chaff before the wind, with the angel of the LORD driving them away” - Psalm 35:5 (NIV). In Daniel 6:22, an angel shut the mouths of lions.
The Bible does speak about classes of angelic beings like cherubim (Ezekiel 1) and seraphim (Isaiah 6). We also know the names of two notable angels: Michael (Daniel 10:13; Jude 9) and Gabriel (Daniel 9:21; Luke 1:19,26).
The unnamed angels who appear most often in Scripture carry out a variety of tasks—all designed to serve God…
Angels bring Revelation
- - Getting God's people out of danger once they're in it. Angels released the apostles from prison in Acts 5, and repeated the process for Peter in Acts 12.
Strengthening and encouraging –
Angels strengthened Jesus after His temptation (Matt 4:11), encouraged the apostles to keep preaching after releasing them from prison (Acts 5:19-20), and told Paul that everyone on his ship would survive the impending shipwreck (Acts 27:23-25).
We can increase angelic activity in our lives by confessing the promises of God. Psalm 103:20 says, "Bless the LORD, you His angels, who excel in strength, who do His word, heeding the voice of His word."
However we can also provoke our angels by disobeying God and saying the wrong things. Ecclesiastes 5:6 (KJV) says, “Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to sin; neither say thou before the angel, that it was an error: wherefore should God be angry at thy voice, and destroy the work of thine hands?”
Worshipping GOD also activates angels (see Isaiah 6:1-3 and Revelation 4:8).
One other important function of angels is to carry men to their eternity destinies. Matthew 13:49 says, “So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come forth, separate the wicked from among the just.” Some people believe they can raise themselves to angelic status through saintly action. Acts 10 tells of the account of an angel leading Cornelius to go to Peter to hear the gospel. Angels can lead sinners to preachers and churches but not directly to salvation. Angels cannot forgive sin (Exodus 23:21).
Some people think they will go to heaven just because they believe in God. The devil also believes in God but certainly he won't be spending eternity in heaven. Satan will be cast into the lake of fire as well as people who reject the free gift of salvation.
Matthew 25:41 says, "Then He will also say to those on the left hand, "Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels.”
3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.
8 And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive;
12 And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges;
28 And I will give him the morning star.
29 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit (Angel) saith unto the churches.
1 And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead.
7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;
14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;
2 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?
11 And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands;
12 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.
1 And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.
2 And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea,
3 Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.
11 And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God,
12 Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.
2 And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets.
3 And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.
4 And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel's hand.
6 And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.
7 The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth: and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up.
8 And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood;
9 And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed.
10 And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters;
12 And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise.
13 And I beheld, and heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabiters of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet(announcement) of the three angels, which are yet to sound!
1 And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit.
13 And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God,
14 Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates.
15 And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men.
1 And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire:
2 And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth,
3 And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices.
5 And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven,
6 And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer:
7 But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.
8 And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and said, Go and take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth.
11 And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.
1 And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.
15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.
1 And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars:
6 And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,
7 Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.
8 And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.
9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,
10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:
15 And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe.
16 And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped.
17 And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle.
18 And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe.
19 And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God.
1 And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvellous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God.
8 And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled.