Gabriel is an Holy Angel of God who watches over the cherubim (Angels
with 4 wings). Gabriel also stands in the presence of God and God
sends him with messages to people. Daniel, Zacharias (John the
Baptist's Dad) and Mary the mother of Jesus, were some people who
received messages from God through the Angel Gabriel.
To know more about Gabriel, one must learn more about Angels ...
When you think of Angels, do you think of an entity standing with a
sword and shield, wielding the power of God? Do you think of someone
in a white flowing gown with a pure face surrounded by cascading
Angelic hair and a glowing light around them? Maybe you think of
plump little babies with feathery wings and little halos fluttering
around the expanse of Heaven and Earth? No matter how you picture
Angels in your mind, one thing is for certain:
Angels Are Real
Most believe that there are Angels, but the real question is
... Is it really possible that Angels are actually walking amidst us?
Well, let's not get ahead of ourselves. Let's look at Angels in
Scripture. The word Angel is in the Bible almost 300 times.
In this study, we're going to find out more about these spiritual
beings and how even though you may not know it, they're an important
part of our lives. Many people believe that when they die, they will
become an Angel. Others believe in Angels, but they don't believe
that humans can become Angels ...
But what is the Truth?
This is a little tricky, so follow closely ... The Apostle John says
that we are the sons of God now. But is he speaking literally, or is
this a term of endearment?
1 John 3:1-2
1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon
us, that we should be called the sons of God:
therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew Him not.
2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not
yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall
appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is.
John may be saying that we are Angels in our hearts, but we know not
what our angelic form will be like when we are in Heaven ... Albeit
undoubtedly, it will be in the image of God. Paul similarly speaks of
us being the sons of God now:
11 But if the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the
dead dwell in you, He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also
quicken your mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwelleth in you.
12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh,
to live after the flesh.
13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye
through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they
are the sons of God.
13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to
do of His good pleasure.
14 Do all things without murmurings and disputings:
15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of
God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation,
among whom ye shine as lights in the world;
16 Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in
the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in
Another scripture written by John definitely says that we will
become Heavenly Angels ...
10 He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and
the world knew Him not.
11 He came unto His own, and His own received Him not.
12 But as many as received Him, to them gave He power
to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name:
13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the
flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
However, this doesn't specify when. We learned earlier that Angels
abide in Heaven, so one might assume that we won't become as Angels
until we are in Heaven. Don't forget, that doesn't mean when you die,
because you will be in Paradise Abraham's
Bosom until the 1st resurrection and rapture.
13 And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What
are these which are arrayed in white robes and whence came they?
14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to
me, These are they which came out of Great Tribulation, and have
washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
Jesus confirms that we become as Angels in the resurrection.
For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor
are given in marriage, but are as the Angels of God in Heaven.
So, if you had high hopes that when you die, you would become an
Angel and God would assign you to watch over your loved ones, it
doesn't look like that's in the divine plan, but somehow, I don't
think God will disappoint you with what He has in store for the
interim between our decease and the resurrection.
8 And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I
had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the
Angel which shewed me these things.
9 Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am
thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the Prophets, and of them
which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.
John, the writer of the Book of Revelation is speaking to an Angel
(this of course is after the 1st resurrection) and he falls at the
feet of this Angel. The Angel told John not to bow to him, because
the Angel was a fellow servant and of thy brethren the
Prophets and of them which keep the sayings of this book. Wow
!!! This simply means that the Angel, that John was speaking to ...
Was once in our physical form and not an Angel.
So, the answer to our question earlier, Can humans become Angels, is,
Now, you may have wondered if Angels get to know what you're
thinking, or if they can see you at any given moment. Well ...
Heavenly Angels today are here to help us, so you don't have to worry
that your deceased grandpa knows any of your deep dark secrets.
Another thing to remember is that only God is omniscient ... That is,
He is the only one that can know your thoughts. Can Angels see you
though? Well, they do report to God of your doings, so it's a good
bet they can.
Some spiritual things, will obviously remain a mystery, until we
actually experience them, but one thing is sure, we will have a much
better understanding of things ... What things? Guess we'll have to
wait and see!
1 Corinthians 13:12
For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face:
now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
2 Peter 1:3-4
3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things
that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge
of Him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
4 Whereby are
given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by
these ye might be partakers of the divine nature,
having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
Sons of God
Now for something quite interesting.
1 And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the
face of the Earth, and daughters were born unto them,
2 That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they
were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.
Who are these sons of God?
They are Angels that God created, they were never humans, but
spiritual, with eternal life, that abide in Heaven. Since they live
forever, there was no need to procreate, so God did not make wives
It makes sense then, why all of the Angels of the Lord that you read
about in the Bible are male, because they were the only gender God
created as Angels from their beginning. We'll be discussing the above
scripture from Genesis, a little later in this study.
Heavenly Angels Definition
How does the dictionary define Angels?
(From Webster's Dictionary)
- a celestial attendant of God; one of a class of spiritual beings
who, in medieval Angelology, were the lowest of the nine celestial
orders (Seraphim, Cherubim, thrones, dominations, virtues, powers,
principalities, Archangels, and Angels).
- a conventional representation of such a being, in human form,
- a messenger, esp. of God.
- a person having qualities generally attributed to an Angel, as
beauty, purity, or kindliness.
- an attendant or guardian spirit.
- a deceased person whose soul is regarded as having been accepted
So, as you can see ... Even Webster's Dictionary believes that people
can become Angels when they go to Heaven.
Let's investigate some of the different kinds of Angels.
The first Angels that are mentioned in the Bible are called Cherubim.
Cherubim guard the Garden of Eden to protect the Tree of Life.
So He drove out the man; and He placed at the east of the garden of
Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to
keep the way of the Tree of Life.
- A celestial being
- A member of the second order of Angels, often represented as a
- A person, esp. a child, with a sweet, chubby face
- A biblical figure often represented as a being with 4 wings
, a human head and an animal body and regarded as a guardian of a
King David said that God rode upon a Cherub ...
2 Samuel 22:11
And He rode upon a Cherub, and did fly: and He was seen upon the
wings of the wind.
And He rode upon a Cherub, and did fly: yea, He did fly upon the
wings of the wind.
Perhaps he was referring to the Mercy Seat made of gold, where the
presence of God abided in the Tabernacle that Moses made.
18 And thou shalt make two Cherubim of gold, of beaten work
shalt thou make them, in the two ends of the mercy seat.
19 And make one Cherub on the one end, and the other
Cherub on the other end: even of the mercy seat shall ye make the
Cherubim on the two ends thereof.
20 And the Cherubim shall stretch forth their wings on
high, covering the mercy seat with their wings, and their faces shall
look one to another; toward the mercy seat shall the faces of the
21 And thou shalt put the mercy seat above upon the ark;
and in the ark thou shalt put the testimony that I shall give thee.
22 And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune
with thee from above the mercy seat, from between the two Cherubim
which are upon the ark of the testimony, of all things which I will
give thee in commandment unto the children of Israel.
The Mercy Seat was an earthly example of God's Heavenly Chariot of
Cherubim (Cherubim is plural for Cherub) that Ezekiel describes
in his vision in Ezekiel,
Chapter 10. In this vision, there are Cherubim with four
wings, four faces (of a Cherub, a man, a lion, and an eagle),
and likeness of the hands of a man under their wings. They have
wheels beneath them, and fire under the wheels. Now that folks, is
The Mercy Seat had a chariot of Cherubim that covered the Ark of the
1 Chronicles 28:18
And for the altar of incense refined gold by weight; and gold for the
pattern of the chariot of the Cherubim, that spread out their wings,
and covered the ark of the covenant of the Lord.
A seraph is one of the 6-winged Angels of the highest rank believed
in ancient Judaism to guard God's throne with sacred ardor (loyalty).
Seraphim is the plural of seraph.
In the Revelation of Jesus to John, the four seraphim that guard
God's Heavenly throne are described as beasts, although one has the
face of a man. In other words ... Some Angels can be animals! So if
you've ever wondered if there are animals in Heaven, the answer is,
yes! John also describes them as having six wings and they praise
God, so that means that these angel animals can talk too!
And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they
were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying,
Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to
Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he
covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain
he did fly.
An Archangel is a chief or principal Angel; one of the nine orders of
celestial attendants of God.
Yet Michael the Archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed
about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing
accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.
1 Thessalonians 4:16
For the Lord Himself shall descend from Heaven with a shout, with the
voice of the Archangel, and with the Trump of God: and the dead in
Christ shall rise first ...
Daniel refers to some Angels as Watchers ...
I saw in the visions of my head upon my bed, and, behold, a watcher
and an holy one came down from Heaven ...
And Paul refers to Angels as ministering spirits ...
Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them
who shall be heirs of salvation?
This confirms that each of us has an assigned Angel which watches
over us. Whether you acknowledge their presence ... Or not, they are
there. Isn't that just Awesome?
You will oft times hear people talk about their Guardian Angels ...
But are they Real?
Jesus said, [concerning God's children ... Namely you] Be careful that you never harm one of these little ones,
because I tell you, that in Heaven their Angels always look
upon the face of my Heavenly Father.
On top of that, we have the Holy
Spirit, given to us as a Comforter. Are we, as Christians spoiled
or what? So whenever you feel alone, ponder on this Truth. God loves
His children and He gave us spiritual companions to protect and
comfort us because we're so precious to Him. Make sure you commune
with the Holy Spirit often and say
Hi to your Heavenly
assigned Angel once and again.
This is what King David wrote:
11 For He shall give His Angels charge over thee,
to keep thee in all thy ways.
12 They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash
thy foot against a stone.
Angels in White
White is the color that represents innocence and purity. Whenever the
clothing of an Angel is mentioned in the Bible, it is white.
And entering into the sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the
right side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were
And seeth two Angels in white sitting, the one at the head,
and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain.
And while they looked stedfastly toward Heaven as he went up, behold,
two men stood by them in white apparel ...
4 Thou hast a few names even
in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk
with me in white: for they are worthy.
5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white
raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the Book of Life,
but I will confess his name before my Father, and before
I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest
be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and
that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes
with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was
said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until
their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed
as they were, should be fulfilled.
After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could
number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood
before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white
robes, and palms in their hands ...
13 And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What
are these which are arrayed in robes? and whence came they?
14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to
me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have
washed their robes, and made them in the blood of the Lamb.
And the seven Angels came out of the temple, having the seven
plagues, clothed in pure and white linen, and having their
breasts girded with golden girdles.
And the armies which were in Heaven followed Him upon white horses,
clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
Oh my Stars!
And speaking of stars ...
Check out what the Apostle Paul says:
1 Corinthians 15:39-40,44
39 All flesh is not
the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men,
another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of
40 There are also celestial bodies, and bodies
terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the
glory of the terrestrial is another.
44 It is sown a natural
body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural
body, and there is a spiritual body.
Stars are really the celestial homes of Angels!
Jesus made this clear in the Revelation to John.
When most people see a falling star, they think it's a really cool
thing and they make a wish, when in fact, it's an Angel, who has
traded their home in Heaven for something ungodly.
There are many more hints in the Bible that suggest that Angels are
stars, here are a few.
Stars are named by God!
He telleth the number of the stars; He calleth them all by their names.
Stars can sing!
Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the Earth? declare, if
thou hast understanding ... When the morning stars sang together, and
all the sons of God shouted for joy?
Stars can praise God!
Praise ye Him, sun and moon: praise Him, all ye stars of light.
Stars are righteous!
And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament;
and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and
These twelve stars were the twelve children of Israel.
And there appeared a great wonder in Heaven; a woman clothed with the
sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve
That's right, there are. Probably the two most commonly known good
Angels are Michael and Gabriel. Michael, the Archangel who appeared
to Daniel and is mentioned in the book of Jude also accompanied Enoch
through visions from the Lord.
Gabriel appeared to Daniel, also Zacharias and the virgin Mary, and
was seen by Enoch as well.
The Angel Satan
Maybe you've heard before that Satan was really an Angel once.
Actually, he still is, but he's a bad angel. We don't commonly think
of Angels as being "bad" but some have fallen, and their choices have
affected each and every one of us.
The Bible describes the angel Satan through an allegory in the words
of the Prophet Ezekiel describing the king of Tyrus, saying that he
had been in Eden, the garden of God. He was the anointed Cherub that
guarded the mountain of God. He was perfect in his ways from the day
he was created until iniquity was found in him, in fact, he was so
beautiful that he became prideful and corrupted because of his
brightness. So God said He would destroy him for all to see and
devour him, that he would be never more.
12 Son of man, take up a
lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus
saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom,
and perfect in beauty.
13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of
God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius,
topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper,
the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the
workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in
thee in the day that thou wast created.
14 Thou art the
anointed Cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou
wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and
down in the midst of the stones of fire.
15 Thou wast perfect
in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till
iniquity was found in thee.
16 By the multitude of thy
merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with
violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee
as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy
thee, O covering Cherub, from the midst of the stones of
17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou
hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I
will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings,
that they may behold thee.
18 Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries
by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy
traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst
of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to
ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold
19 All they that know thee among the people shall be
astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt
thou be any more.
John also writes of Satan, that he has angels that he recruited from
the Sons of God.
9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent,
called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was
cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come
salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of
his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which
accused them before our God day and night.
These are even called Satan's Angels by Jesus:
Then shall He say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye
cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his
(There is spiritual warfare among spirits too. The devil is not only
trying to get humans to turn away from God, but Angels as well.) He
stands before God, day and night, accusing believers for their
And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and
strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ:
for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them
before our God day and night.
Satan and these bad Angels will be banned from Heaven.
And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the
Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out
into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
The Book of Job includes some interesting references to Angels,
saying that they come to present themselves before the Lord. They
give God reports about how we're doing, and perhaps like heavenly
attorneys plead for us when we make poor choices, but you can bet
there are also Angels that can't wait to rat us out and persecute us
before God. In this story, Satan stands in line with them and when
God asks him where he's been, Satan answers, From going to and fro in
the Earth, and from walking up and down in it. We must always be
aware of this. Satan's jealousy causes him to bet God, that Job will
curse Him, if his blessings are taken away.
Satan loses the bet.
6 Now there was a day when the
sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and
Satan came also among them.
7 And the Lord said unto Satan,
Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the Lord, and said,
From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and
down in it.
8 And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou
considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in
the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth
God, and escheweth evil?
9 Then Satan answered the Lord, and
said, Doth Job fear God for nought?
10 Hast not thou made an
hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he
hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands,
and his substance is increased in the land.
11 But put forth
thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will
curse thee to thy face.
12 And the Lord said unto Satan,
Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself
put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the
presence of the Lord.
Most agree that there are Angels among us. Though there are always
those who cannot believe in the unseen and that includes the
multitude of Angels among us.
Check out what the Apostle Paul
wrote about Angels
Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have
entertained Angels unawares.
Are there Angels among us? Absolutely, so always be kind to strangers
because they could truly be ...
Angels Among Us
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