Does the Bible talk about angels? Is there proof in the Bible for angels coming to earth? Check the answers to "Are Guardian Angels Biblical?" in our latest article.
Do Guardian Angels Appear in the Bible?
Throughout history, angels have been sent by God to bring a message of hope, to protect and comfort God's children on earth. Angels always first serve and praise God, following God’s plan for the world and for the individual believer.
Angels appear, as often told in the Bible, to carry out God’s judgment, warning and also to share Good News to the people. In fact, the word angel means "messenger."
There are people who have had encounters with angels in our world even today. Maybe some are aware of these angelic meetings. Maybe others have no idea they’ve walked or possibly talked with an angel. A person’s lack of believing and trust does not make heavenly messengers any less real or able to help and guide a person.
But it is a person’s believing in the existence of angels and archangels that enables the person to notice, recognize and appreciate an angel’s presence and work in their life.
Angels in the Bible
We’re told in Hebrews 13:2 in the Bible New Testament, “Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.”
God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. And we can be confident that God still works in the same powerful ways as in Bible times. For God is unchanging and ever present as the angels would show.
Here are 3 reasons why God sent angels in the Bible, what their stories teach us, and why we may experience an interaction with our guardian angel today.
Reason #1: Angels come to bring a message from God.
Many people believe that angels are very real, even today. They are God’s messengers, and there is a vast spiritual realm that surrounds us, though we can’t visibly see it (Colossians 1:16). Just as the air we breathe is invisible but we do not deny it is present, the same is true for God’s angels.
There are many examples in the Bible of when God sent an angel to give a specific message to an individual or group of people. Sometimes it was a word of encouragement or to offer hope for what was still to come.
Other times it was a clear warning for God’s people and provided protection and guidance. Here are some examples from Scripture where God sent angels with messages:
Are Guardian Angels Biblical? -Biblical References To Angels as Messengers:
In Genesis 18, God sent three of these messengers to Abraham and Sarah to tell them that even in her old age, she would soon bear a son. Within just a year, those words had come true.
In Genesis 16, God sent an angel to Sarah’s servant, Hagar, in the desert when she ran away after feeling hurt and mistreated. We read the story of how the angel’s message was to give hope that God indeed saw her situation, and she was not forgotten.
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He sent an angel to the discouraged Gideon in Judges 6, who greeted him with the words, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.” Hardly the words Gideon may have used to even describe himself at that time. But God saw with different eyes, and the angel’s words spoke truth and life to a fearful soul.
God sent the angel, Gabriel, to Mary in Luke 1 to tell her that she would give birth to the very Son of God. Gabriel also came to Zechariah to tell him the news that Elizabeth would bear a son. In Luke 2, God sent an angel messenger to the shepherds to tell them of Jesus’ birth. In Matthew 28, an angel appeared at the tomb of Christ to announce that Jesus was risen.
Reason #2: Angels Protect God’s People.
As believers, we never need to be afraid of God’s heavenly servant angels. Though this may be our normal response if we ever encountered one of God's heavenly hosts or even an archangel messenger, the Bible reminds us over and over that we do not need to fear them.
Angel messengers always come to give us wisdom and clarity as to God’s plan and purpose for our lives.
Many times throughout history, and still today, God sends angels to protect, guard, and fight for us. We do not have authority over angels, and the Bible never tells us to give our guardian angel instruction or to command them. That is the work of God alone.
We can most certainly talk with them and get to know them and their work on our behalf, but they are most definitely powerful spiritual beings with knowledge and understanding far beyond our limits. Therefore, it is most wise for us to listen and follow their advice.
More References That Answer The Question "Are Guardian Angels Biblical":
God tells us in the powerful words of Psalm 91 that He would give angels charge concerning us to guard us in all our ways.
God sent an angel to protect Daniel when he was thrown into the lion’s den. Daniel 6:22 says that he shut the mouth of the lions so that no harm came to him who was found innocent before God.
God reminded the Israelites of his presence with them in Exodus 23:20 when he said, “I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you along the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared.”
Psalm 34:7 reminds us, “The angel of the Lord encamps around those who worship God, and delivers them.”
In 2 Kings 6:17, Elisha prayed that his servant would see the armies of angels surrounding the city. God opened his eyes of faith and he realized he had overlooked these mighty invisible beings.
His word reminds us of his special care over children, “See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father…” Matthew 18:10.
Reason #3: Angels Comfort and Minister, Especially When We Hurt.
Many times, God sends angels to minister to those in extreme times of pain, loss, or grief.
If you’ve ever sat at the bedside of a loved one who was at heaven’s gates, whether you recognized it or not, you were surely in the presence of angels. Maybe one of your loved ones has spoken last words of seeing angels or light before being ushered straight into the presence and realm of God.
Maybe you just knew and were comforted by the fact that they were seeing into a reality or dimension that we can’t fully see, and it gave them peace and strength. I’ve had the experience several times through life of saying goodbye to dear ones I loved and served in the Church.
It gives us a picture of God’s tender heart that He cares for His children enough to send help in their greatest times of need and loss.
We see many accounts in the Bible of when God sends His messengers to provide comfort and to minister to those who are in need and to those who are passing from this life to the next.
Biblical References To Guardian Angels That Comfort and Minister:
When Elijah was afraid and running for his life in 1 Kings 19, an angel appeared to him and provided food and water for his journey.
In the Garden of Gethsemane, as Jesus prayed and wrestled with what was to come, Luke 22:43 tells us that an angel appeared from heaven, “strengthening him.”
After Jesus spent 40 days in the wilderness and stood strong against the temptations of the devil, Matthew 4:11 says, “Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and were ministering to him.”
God promises to help us as we seek to honor Him and walk wisely in this life. We can trust that even when we’re unaware of our needs or impending disasters that lay before us, God knows the way.
He is at work: sending words of hope, protecting his children, attending to our needs, bringing justice and mercy to our land, drawing us closer to himself, and encouraging us to walk wisely, be aware, and live fully for Him. God seeks to fulfill a divine plan for all creation and God will use his angels and us to fulfill this plan.
God often works in ways we can’t fully see, sometimes behind the scenes or with unexpected timing. Yet he’s always working on our behalf. Whether we realize it or not, there’s a spiritual realm constantly around us.
Are Guardian Angels Biblical? Indeed yes! May God give us eyes to see clearly that angels are among us and that God is working miracles, even today.
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