"And I saw another mighty angel
and a rainbow was upon his head,
and his face was as it were the sun,
and his feet as pillars of fire:
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,
And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth:
And when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices."

Revelation 10:1-6 KJV
ute as she may be may be, as are many artistic renditions of angels, I do not believe
these are the angels described in the Word of God. The Bible tells us all we need to
know about angels and their service to God. Angels are God's messengers. And His
servants. They carry out His bidding and His will.  In scripture, God also refers to
them as wind and fire.  Two great and powerful forces of His creation. The work of
guardians, and protectors.  It shouldn't surprise us that God created His messengers
with strength and might
That's not to say that angels are void of love or benevolence.  The live solely to worship and serve their
Creator. And, indeed many of their God-sent missions have been of compassion; for the guidance,
assistance, and salvation of God's people. God also calls His angels 'hosts' and these hosts serve only
God, who is the Lord of Hosts.  Angels are also referred to as cherubim in many books of the Bible.  And,
when a gender reference is made of an angel in scripture, it is a man.    

As heartwarming as the concept of baby-faced angels floating around, performing random acts of kindness
may be, this isn't what the Bible tells us.  Angels answer only to God, obeying and carrying out His specific
instructions.  If we take a closer look at the characteristics and the works of God's angels, we see they are
like fire and wind, and have might and power. They have shut the mouths of lions, opened jail doors, and
removed a boulder from a tomb, to name just a few.  Michael the Archangel, even disputed with Satan in
Jude 1:9. And, in Daniel 8:15-27, it was the angel Gabriel that explained one of the many visions Daniel had
regarding the endtimes. These are quite formidable attributes and tasks.  

With these vivid descriptive facts the Bible provides, I'm convinced God's angels are more like the picture at
the very top of this page, rather than the ones that adorn our valentines. So, I invite you to take a moment
and read some of my favorite angel passages below and see if you might agree.  

Please know that this is not an exhaustive list of angel scripture.  For that, I would refer you to your Bible
and the many concordances that are available to direct you to specific topics.  Another great secondary
resource is a book I read several years ago, What The Bible Says About Angels, by David Jeremiah.  This
wonderful book, along with many other books he has authored, is available at most Christian book stores,
as well as through his ministry,
Turning Point.  Enjoy!

"God calls his angels messengers swift as the
wind, and servants made of flaming fire."
Hebrews 1:7

"Praise the LORD, you his angels, you mighty
ones who do his bidding, who obey his word.
Praise the Lord, all his heavenly hosts, you his
servants who do his will.  Praise the Lord, all his
works everywhere in his dominion."
Psalm 103:20-22 NIV

"So the LORD God banished him from the Garden
of Eden to work the ground from which he had
been taken. After he drove the man out, he
placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden
cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and
forth to guard the way to the tree of life."
Genesis 3:23-24 NIV

"At the first light of dawn, the king
(Nebuchadnezzer) got up and hurried to the lions'
den.  When he came near the den, he called to
Daniel in an anguished voice, 'Daniel, servant of
the living God, has your God, whom you serve
continually, been able to rescue you from the
lions?'  Daniel answered, 'O king, live forever! My
God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the
lions. They have not hurt me, because I was
found innocent in his sight. Nor have I ever done
any wrong before you, O king.' "
Daniel 6:19-22 NIV

"Then the high priest and all his associates, who
were members of the party of the Sadducees,
were filled with jealousy. They arrested the
apostles and put them in the public jail. But during
the night an angel of the LORD opened the doors
of the jail and brought them out. 'Go, stand in the
temple courts,' he said, 'and tell the people the full
message of this new life.' "
Acts 5:17-20 NIV

"If you make the Most High your dwelling-
even the LORD, who is my refuge-
then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come
near your tent. For he will command his angels
concerning you to guard you in all your ways;
they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will
not strike your foot against a stone."
Psalm 91:9-12 NIV

"God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who
trouble you 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."
2 Thessalonians 1:6-7 NIV

"But angels are only servants. They are spirits
sent from God to care for those who will receive
Hebrews 1:14 NLT

"And they [two seraphs] were calling to one
another: 'Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty;
the whole earth is full of his glory.' "
Isaiah 6:3 NIV
Music playing is "Agnus Dei" by Michael W. Smith
Words: Michael W. Smith and Wayne Kirkpatrick

Alleluia Alleluia
For our Lord God Almighty reigns
Alleluia Alleluia
For our Lord God Almighty reigns
Holy Holy
Are You Lord God Almighty
Worthy is the Lamb
Worthy is the Lamb
You are Holy Holy
Are You Lord God Almighty
Worthy is the Lamb
Worthy is the Lamb
"He makes winds his messengers, flames of fire
his servants."
Psalm 104:4 NIV

"He (God) parted the heavens and came down;
dark clouds were under his feet. He mounted the
cherubim and flew; He soared on the wings of the
Psalm 18:9-10 NIV

"On the twenty-fourth day of the first month, as I
was standing on the bank of the great river, the
Tigris, I looked up and there before me was a man
dressed in linen, with a belt of the finest gold
around his waist. His body was like chrysolite,
his face like lightning, his eyes like flaming
torches, his arms and legs like the gleam
of burnished bronze, and his voice like the sound
of a multitude........ He said, 'Daniel, you who are
highly esteemed, consider carefuly the words I am
about to speak to you, and stand up, for I have
now been sent to you.' "
Daniel 10:4-6,11 NIV

"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. His
appearance was like lightning, and his clothes
were white as snow.The guards were so afraid of
him that they shook and became like dead men."
Matthew 28:2-4 NIV

"On the appointed day Herod, wearing his royal
robes, sat on his throne and delivered a public
address to the people. They shouted, 'This is the
voice of a god, not of a man.'  Immediately,
because Herod did not give praise to God, an
angel of the LORD struck him down, and he was
eaten by worms and died."
Acts 12:21-23 NIV

"That night the angel of the LORD went out and
put to death a hundred and eighty-five thousand
men in the Assyrian camp."
2 Kings 19:35a NIV

"With the coming of dawn, the angels urged Lot,
saying, 'Hurry! Take your wife and your two
daughters who are here, or you will be swept
away when the city is punished.' "
Genesis 19:15 NIV

"But the angel said to her, 'Do not be afraid, Mary,
you have found favor with God. You will be with
child and give birth to a son, and you are to give
him the name Jesus. 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, and he
will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his
kingdom will never end.' "
Luke 1:30-33 NIV  

"...there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels
of God over one sinner who repents."
Luke 15:10 NIV