End-times Angels - Bible Study
There is an angelic conflict that has been occurring since Lucifer rebelled. In many ways the interaction between angelic creatures and men will only intensify in the last days. It may already be showing signs of intensification – but you need to know where to look!
Before we can understand what is happening in the invisible realms all around us, we should know what these beings are. How do we learn what they are? We will examine what the Bible tells us about them plainly, and deduce some further conclusions based on what we know.
Angel means “messenger”. We get the word angel in English from the Greek word “angelos”. In the Bible an angelic being is most often an envoy or a messenger.
Angels visit noteworthy people with important messages. They appeared to all the Old Testament patriarchs (Abraham, Isaac, Jacob), to Moses, to Lot (Gen. 19:1),
They seem to have appeared when someone needed to hear an important directive from the Lord but no one was around (i.e. a prophet) to deliver the message. An example of this would be the appearance of an angel to Hagar (Genesis 16:9).
At the time of most of these messages, how else could people know God’s words?
Angels intervene and/or influence human affairs when necessary. The angel of the LORD stood in the pathway of Balaam (Num 22:31), stopped Abraham from sacrificing Isaac (Gen. 22:12), and angels held influence over Persia (Daniel 10:13).
Did the angels always visibly appear?
Could there be instances in which angels are active – but not visible?
Angels can fight and engage in conflict. Daniel 10 was just mentioned as an example of this. Daniel 12:1 tells us that Michael the angel stands up for Israel. In 2 Kings 6:17 we see that angels have troops.
Angels hold various jobs – not just as warriors or messengers. The different jobs described are one indication that angels might have different makeups, species, ranks, classes, or specialties. (We are told some specifics of their ranks elsewhere.)
Angels – or some types of angelic creature – are described as “stars”. See Revelation 9:1 for a description of a star that has the power to open the bottomless pit. Apparently, this star acts in the service of the LORD, but there are “stars” that are against God. Acts 7:43 connects the worship of false gods with the symbol of a star. The downward-pointing star is a symbol used to worship the fallen angel that (at one time) covered the throne of God. The Bible tells us that false gods are in actuality devils (Deut. 32:17, Psalm 106:36-39, 2 Cor. 10:20).
Angels are also described as “men” – and can act, look, and physically interact with the physical world just like people. Often there was something “different” about them, but otherwise they appeared to just be people. Acts 1:10, Genesis 18:2, Judges 13, and other passages show this. Angels have conversations, eat, sit, walk, and otherwise act like people. However, they also possess supernatural abilities: ascended into a flame (Judges 13:20), make homos blind (Genesis 19:11), possibly transported people (Gen. 19:16), killed thousands of soldiers (2 Kings 19:35), and more.
Angels are one part of a bigger hierarchy. Romans 8:28 lists things that are related somewhat and angels are listed with principalities (“princedoms”) and powers (“authorities”). It alludes to rankings or classes as well as specific jobs and lawful authority in certain things. Jude 8-9 validates this and so does Ephesians 1:21, 6:12, and Col. 1:16.
There is much more to learn about angels – and we have only begun to explore some of their characteristics. We will further explore them as we continue our study into the End Times and try to shed light on the book of Revelation.