Angels in the Bible
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Primary source research aided by the NIV Exhaustive Concordance (1984 Text)
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by Rob Lamont - Christian Youth Resources, Australia



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OLD TESTAMENT
1. First historical record in the Bible to Angels?
Job 1:6 (Job was written before Moses wrote Genesis)


2. First record of Angels in Genesis?
Gen 16:7-14 "The angel of the LORD found Hagar near a spring in the desert; it was the spring that is beside the road to Shur. 16:8 And he said, "Hagar, servant of Sarai, where have you come from, and where are you going?" "I'm running away from my mistress Sarai," she answered. 16:9 Then the angel of the LORD told her, "Go back to your mistress and submit to her." 16:10 The angel added, "I will so increase your descendants that they will be too numerous to count." 16:11 The angel of the LORD also said to her: "You are now with child and you will have a son. You shall name him Ishmael, for the LORD has heard of your misery. 16:12 He will be a wild donkey of a man; his hand will be against everyone and everyone's hand against him, and he will live in hostility toward all his brothers."
16:13 She gave this name to the LORD who spoke to her: "You are the God who sees me," for she said, "I have now seen the One who sees me." 16:14 That is why the well was called Beer Lahai Roi ; it is still there, between Kadesh and Bered.


3. Which Psalms mention Angels
Psalm 34:7
Psalm 35:5-6
78:25
78:49
91:11
103:20
148:2

NEW TESTAMENT
BIRTH OF JESUS
4. Did Angels announce the conception of John the Baptist?
Luke 1:11 Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense. 1:12 When Zechariah saw him, he was startled and was gripped with fear. 1:13 But the angel said to him: "Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to give him the name John.

5. Which angel told Zechariah of the Birth of John
Luke 1:18 Zechariah asked the angel, "How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along in years." 1:19 The angel answered, "I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news.


6. Why did Zechariah not speak after seeing the Arch-angel Gabriel?
Luke 1:20 And now you will be silent and not able to speak until the day this happens, because you did not believe my words, which will come true at their proper time." 1:21 Meanwhile, the people were waiting for Zechariah and wondering why he stayed so long in the temple. 1:22 When he came out, he could not speak to them. They realized he had seen a vision in the temple, for he kept making signs to them but remained unable to speak.

7. Which angel told Mary that she was to give birth to Jesus?
Luke 1:26 In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 1:27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin's name was Mary. 1:28 The angel went to her and said, "Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you."

8. Did an angel tell Mary how she was to get pregnant?
1:30 But the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. 1:31 You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. 1:32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 1:33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end." 1:34 "How will this be," Mary asked the angel, "since I am a virgin?" 1:35 The angel answered, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. 1:36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. 1:37 For nothing is impossible with God." 1:38 "I am the Lord's servant," Mary answered. "May it be to me as you have said." Then the angel left her.

9. Angels announced the conception of Jesus to Joseph
Mt 1:20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, "Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 1:21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins." 1:22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 1:23 "The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel" - which means, "God with us." 1:24 When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife

10. Who told the shepherds about the birth of Jesus?
Luke 2:8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 2:9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 2:10 But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.

11. Did the angels sing at the birth of Jesus?
Luke 2:13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 2:14 "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests." 2:15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.

12. Did Angels warned Joseph of Herod?
Mat 2:13 When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. "Get up," he said, "take the child and his and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him." 2:14 So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, 2:15 where he stayed until the death of Herod

13. Did Angels tell Joseph when Herod died?
Mt 2:19 After Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt 2:20 and said, "Get up, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who were trying to take the child's life are dead."



14. Did the angels help Jesus in his early ministry?
Yes! When Satan tempted Jesus in the wilderness
Matt  4:11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.

Also on the night before Jesus died.
Luke 22:41 He withdrew about a stone's throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, 22:42 "Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done." 22:43 An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. 22:44 And being in anguish, he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground. 22:45 When he rose from prayer and went back to the disciples, he found them asleep, exhausted from sorrow.


RESURRECTION
15. Did Angels announce that Jesus was risen?
Matt 28:1 After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. 28:2 There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. 28:3 His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. 28:4 The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. 28:5 The angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 28:6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. 28:7 Then go quickly and tell his disciples: `He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.' Now I have told you."

John 20:10 Then the disciples went back to their homes, 20:11 but Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb 20:12 and saw two angels in white, seated where Jesus' body had been, one at the head and the other at the foot. 20:13 They asked her, "Woman, why are you crying?" "They have taken my Lord away," she said, "and I don't know where they have put him. "20:14 At this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not realize that it was Jesus. 20:15 "Woman," he said, "why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?" Thinking he was the gardener, she said, "Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him."



16. HOW DID ANGELS HELP THE EARLY CHURCH IN THE BOOK OF ACTS
Angels are mentioned 23 times in the Book of Acts. Here are some of the highlights

5:19 An Angel open the prison door for the Apostles who had been arrested.
8:26 An Angel Guided Philip to the Ethiopian eunuch so that Philip could lead him to Christ
10:3 Cornelius has a vision of an angel and led him to Peter
12:7 An Angel removed the chains off Peter who was in Jail
12:23 An Angel Stuck Herod Do when he accepted the praise of men who said that Herod was the voice of God.
27:23 An Angel warned Paul that he was to stand trial before Caesar


JUDGMENT DAY
17.  Who judges Angels on the Day of Judgment?
1 Cor.6:2-3 "6:2 Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if you are to judge the world, are you not competent to judge trivial cases? 6:3 Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more the things of this life!"

18. Has God ever used angels to bring about Judgment on sinners?
1 Cor 10:7-10 "Do not be idolaters, as some of them were; as it is written: "The people sat down to eat and drink and got up to indulge in pagan revelry." 10:8 We should not commit sexual immorality, as some of them did - and in one day twenty-three thousand of them died. 10:9 We should not test the Lord, as some of them did - and were killed by snakes. 10:10 And do not grumble, as some of them did - and were killed by the destroying angel.

19. Will angels come with the Lord Jesus on the day of judgment?
1:5 All this is evidence that God's judgment is right, and as a result you will be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are suffering. 1:6 God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you 1:7 and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well. This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels. 1:8 He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. 1:9 They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the majesty of his power 1:10 on the day he comes to be glorified in his holy people and to be marveled at among all those who have believed



JESUS AND ANGELS
20. Is Jesus superior to Angels
Yes! Heb 1:3 The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. 1:4 So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs."

21 Do angels worship Jesus?
Heb 1:5 For to which of the angels did God ever say, "You are my Son; today I have become your Father"? Or again, "I will be his Father, and he will be my Son"? 1:6 And again, when God brings his firstborn into the world, he says, "Let all God's angels worship him."


THE ROLE OF ANGELS
22. Can Angels today add new knowledge about Jesus?
Gal. 1:8 "1:8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned! 1:9 As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let him be eternally condemned!"

23. Because Angels are so special can we worship them?
Col. 2:18 "Do not let anyone who delights in false humility and the worship of angels disqualify you for the prize. Such a person goes into great detail about what he has seen, and his unspiritual mind puffs him up with idle notions. 2:19 He has lost connection with the Head, from whom the whole body, supported and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows as God causes it to grow."

24. Can Angels deceive people or even Christians
2 Cor 11:14 "11:14 And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. 11:15 It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve."

25. What is more important than being able to speak the language of angels?
1 Cor 13:1-8 "If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 13:2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.13:3 If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing. 13:4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 13:5 It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 13:6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 13:7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 13:8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

26. Can Angels Separate us from God?
Romans 8:38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 8:39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.



27. Which Book mentions angels the most?
Revelations mentioned 81 times

28. What is of greatest interest for angels
1 Peter 1:10-12 "Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care, 1:11 trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow. 1:12 It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things."

29. Did the Sadducees believe in angels
No. Acts 23:8 "The Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, and that there are neither angels nor spirits, but the Pharisees acknowledge them all."

30. Did the Pharisees believe in angels
Yes! Acts 23:9 There was a great uproar, and some of the teachers of the law who were Pharisees stood up and argued vigorously. "We find nothing wrong with this man," they said. "What if a spirit or an angel has spoken to him?" 23:10

31.  Do good angels judge or slander bad angels
2 Peter 2:10-11 "This is especially true of those who follow the corrupt desire of the sinful nature and despise authority. Bold and arrogant, these men are not afraid to slander celestial beings; 2:11 yet even angels, although they are stronger and more powerful, do not bring slanderous accusations against such beings in the presence of the Lord."

32. Do we have guardian angels?
Hebrews 1:14 Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?

33. What is more important than messages from angels?
The Gospel and our need to call Jesus Lord.
Hebrews 2:2 For if the message spoken by angels was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment, 2:3 how shall we escape if we ignore such a great salvation? This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him.

34. What is the relationship of Jesus to the angels?
Heb 2:5 It is not to angels that he has subjected the world to come, about which we are speaking. 2:6 But there is a place where someone has testified: "What is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? 2:7 You made him a little lower than the angels; you crowned him with glory and honor 2:8 and put everything under his feet." In putting everything under him, God left nothing that is not subject to him. Yet at present we do not see everything subject to him. 2:9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone

35. Who is more important than angels or even the Law?
Jesus!
Hebrews 2:16 For surely it is not angels he helps, but Abraham's descendants. 2:17 For this reason he had to be made like his brothers in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people. 2:18 Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted. 3:1 Therefore, holy brothers, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess. 3:2 He was faithful to the one who appointed him, just as Moses was faithful in all God's house. 3:3 Jesus has been found worthy of greater honor than Moses, just as the builder of a house has greater honor than the house itself. 3:4 For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything

36. When we get to heaven will we meet angels?
12:22 But you have come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, 12:23 to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the judge of all men, to the spirits of righteous men made perfect, 12:24 to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.

37. Can you entertain angels?
Hebrews 13:2 "Keep on loving each other as brothers. 13:2 Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it. "


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