Spiritual Warfare Part Four: Angels
No discussion of spiritual warfare would be at all complete or comprehensible were we to leave out a discussion of angels. After all, what we know as demons are in actuality fallen angels. Also, the holy angels help us in ways we perhaps do not even realize, as Sacred Scripture tells us. The word angel comes from the Greek angelos, and that from the Hebrew malakh, both meaning messenger. Angels are ministering spirits sent by God to do His will.
"Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?"- Hebrews 1:14
"Let us consider the whole multitude of His angels how they stand ready to minister to His will."- Clement of Rome
Angels are also created beings, which means they, like us, are limited in power, ability, etc.
"For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions, or rulers or authorities-all things were created through him and for him."- Colossians 1:16
Specific Types of Angels
There are at least two specific types of angels mentioned in scripture.
Cherubim- First mentioned in Genesis 3:24. They are also depicted on the Ark of the Covenant (Exodus 25:18-22). Ezekiel mentions these angels, and a far cry away from the cute little babies with wings we see in popular artistic depictions, they are anything but cute. He describes them as having four faces; the face of a lion, the face of an ox, the face of a man, and the face of an eagle.
Seraphim- These are mentioned in Isaiah 6:2,6. They are said to be positioned above the throne of God, in contrast to the position of the Cherubim who surround His throne. The duty of these angels seems to be to lead heaven in the worship of God.
Most Prominent Angels
There are two angels who are mentioned by name and feature prominently in Sacred Scripture.
Micahel- Michael the archangel is mentioned by name in Daniel 10:13, 21; 12:1; Jude 9; and Revelation 12:7. He is the only angel referred to as an archangel. He is represented as having charge over an army of angels in Revelation 12:7, and is said to be thr prince of the people of Israel in the Book of Daniel.
"The great and glorious angel Michael is he who has authority over this people, and governs them."- The Shepherd of Hermas
Gabriel- The meaning of his name is "mighty one". He is mentioned in Daniel 8:16; 9:21; and Luke 1:19, 26. He is always charged with the delivery of important messages from God. It is Gabriel who interpreted the vision of Daniel in Daniel 8:16 and 9:21, and is the angel who announced the births of both John the Baptist and Jesus.
- They are spirits.- Heb. 1:14
- They are sexless.- Luke 20:34-36
- They are immortal.- Matt. 22:28-30
- Have both visible and invisible forms.- Num. 22:22-35
- Can appear as men.- Gen. 19:1-22
- Possess emotional capacity.- Luke 15:1-10
- Are glorified beings.- Luke 9:26
- Possess intelligence.- 2 Samuel 14:20
- Are meek.- Jude 9
- Are powerful.- Psalms 103:20; 2 Peter 2:11
- Travel at great speeds.- Rev. 8:13
- Speak various languages.- 1 Cor. 13:1
- Are innumerable.- Luke 213; Rev. 5:19
- Do not marry or procreate.- Luke 20:34-36
- Are obedient.- Psalms 103:20
- Are holy.- Rev, 14:10; Mark 8:38