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Angels: Their Duties and Function within Christianity

Angels hover above and around us.

Angels hover above and around us.

God's Messengers

Angels and apostles have always been God's messengers in the bible. Angels are ministering spirits enlisted in God's heavenly army with the main task of assisting those who will inherit salvation (Heb.1.14).

These messengers assist believers. At times they are also tasked with special message delivery to non-believers as in the case of the Roman soldiers who guarded Jesus' tomb. It was an angel who delivered the Good News about God-incarnate to a young woman named Mary. It was an angel who warned Joseph, Jesus' stepfather, to escape to Egypt. Angels are still tasked with this ministry even today.They still appear in real life or in dreams.

Appearing Spirits

Ordinarily we cannot see angels because they are spirits. But as God permits, there are times when they become visible. Today, they continue to appear bodily as "strangers," and thus the bible warns us to be kind to all people, even strangers (Heb.13.1). There are countless situations in Scriptures where mortals saw angels.

They Fight Evil Spirits for Us

Spiritual war and battles always rage around us often unseen by the naked eyes. We may not see it but devils get bashed in the head or thrown off far away or zapped with spiritual electricity from a sword by mighty warrior angels as we pray unceasingly or maintain faith in the face of extreme difficulties.

In Daniel 9 and 10, we see this battle happening. It was not expressed in detail but we're given the impression that an angel was faced with fierce resistance causing a delay in the delivery of a message for Daniel. We see angels in the Old Testament sometimes with drawn swords. This means they use supernatural swords and other weapons to fight devils with.

Angels win battles for us depending on how steadfast we are in faith. If we falter in faith, they have no choice but to retreat, not out of defeat but because God will command them so, and the power of darkness will hover around us. It would be difficult for angels to rescue us then, unless we repent and strengthen in faith. When we worship in Spirit and truth, angels are given a go signal from God to attack relentlessly. And there demons' heads will roll. If we maintain faith no matter what, angels win for us and drive out darkness. Was the delay in delivering the message to Daniel because of Daniel's weak faith? Some delays are within God's permissive will, not due to weakness of faith. And God's delays never result to help being sent too late.

A Powerful Wall of Fire

Angels surround God's servants who are cornered by the enemy. We find this in the case of Elisha and his servant. As the enemy surrounded them, they were backed up by angels in fiery chariots who counted more than the adversaries. This is an automatic provision from God. When you're in danger, this wall of fire is automatically set off. But if you're a Christian non-believer, sorry.

Christian non-believers are different from those who have weak faith. The weak faith gets extra of God's grace. The Christian non-believers (mockers) get nothing.

Angels Give Directions

The Holy Spirit guides us, no doubt. But many times, he does this by sending messengers, as in the case of Peter in Acts 12 when an angel told him what he should do after being miraculously freed from prison. Yes, angels also help believers escape traps and prisons. Daniel was kept from being devoured by lions due to a mighty warrior angel who stopped the lions' mouths.

Angels can Kill Humans

In Hezekiah's time a powerful warrior angel killed 185,000 Assyrians in one stroke (2 Kings19). David was afraid when he saw a warrior angel with outstretched hand over Israel at the threshing floor of Araunah (2 Sam.24). That time 70,000 had already died. Even unarmed, warrior angels can inflict terrible damage with their bare hands.

God Worshipers

Angels are also powerful worshipers. Like the living creatures in Ezekiel and the book of Revelations. Lucifer was once a model worshiper before he sinned. At times angels help us worship or joins us in worship when God is pleased with our faith. Remember, the key to angelic activity in your life is radical faith in God.

The ministries of angels better work when we know and believe how they minister to us. The problem is, most church people are ignorant about this and even refuse to believe that angels still exist in our midst, visible and invisible. Without faith, we cannot please God--and angels will not move a "muscle" if their Master is not pleased--except probably to destroy unbelievers.


Laura Coleman on October 30, 2017:

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How can I save this whole article on Angels? Would love to read all of this...

Reveren Nana Asare on June 16, 2015:

Am sorry Mary, 'Chandra Shekhar' is right about Yoseph.

This brothers drew him out of the pit and sold him to a midianites merchantmen ( thus Ishmeelites) for twenty pieces of silver. (Gen. 37:28)

Mary on May 17, 2015:

No, 'Chandra Shekhar' is wrong about Yoseph.

He wasn't sold by his brothers, but thrown in a well by his 10 step brothers, because of jealousy, and survived. Some travellers found him and took him with them. He had the ability to explain dreams. That place's king saw a mysterious dream and wanted to know what it means so people called Yoseph to explain him (the king) the dream he saw.

Kenny frm Nigeria on April 23, 2015:

The Holy Spirit and the Jehovah Angels is there to assist the born again Christian to live the life of overcomer. Then heaven is not where the righteous will spend their eternity its New Earth that Jehovah promised. 2Pet. 3:13. Thanks Shalom.

Jacinta on November 01, 2014:

This gives avivid understanding of angels and their functions

sefa boakye on July 25, 2014:

Am being blessed

evg.rakhal on October 10, 2013:

nice informashion

Anointing on August 22, 2013:

Very powerful massage for an Angelic protection and their ministration I like

hfd on February 16, 2013:

there is no god like JESUS he is just a prophet

johnore on January 21, 2013:

Ever enlightening!!!

Alfa on November 26, 2012:

Very Good

Gabriel C. Egede on October 02, 2012:

The word of God remains our strenght in weakness and joy when all hope is gone. It good to be hear for i found peace.

Apostle Clement Nigeria on August 08, 2012:

A wonderful work inspired by the Holy Spirit, the Lord is your strength. Remain bless and may you not be a cast away in the kingdom of our Father God. See you in Heaven in Jesus name. Amen. Shalom.

Manson Zimbabwe on April 21, 2012:


okunola j.d on August 14, 2011:

it is good to have a discerning spirit so that christain did not commune with satanic Angel.

chandra on July 10, 2011:

Sabbath Shalom to all my Beloved ones!

this is very short Sabbath message.



He can do anything at any time with any person and any people.

His words will change lives of people,position of kings.He can do wonders and miracles with only His word. we can see in the sacred and Holy scriptures.

1.YOSEPH:- He was sold by his brothers as a slave.but Almighty father was changed his life to equal with the king of Egypt.Gen 37-41:44.

2.HANNAH:-She was a barren,she always insulted by Peninnah,then Elohim YHWH remember her then she changed as a mother of a great prophet.1sml 1.

3.DAVID:-He was a last and younger son of Yishai,David was neglected by house of Yishai,prophet samuel was come unto Yishai's house 1sml:-16:5 And he set Yishai and his sons apart,and invited them to the slaughtering(with David), but Adonai YAHWEH was chosen and change the David as a king Israel,then he became a great leader and king,


Now, therefore, thus you shall say to my servant David, 'Thus says the YHWH of hosts, I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, that you should be prince over my people Israel.

4.AMOS:-He was a herdsman,but our creator ABBA Eloha was changed him as a prophet. Amos 7:14:- Then Amos answered and said to Amaziah, "I was[a] no prophet, nor a prophet’s son, but I was a herdsman and a dresser of sycamore figs.

5.DANIEL:-He was in the kongdom of Babylon as a learner of the language of Chaldeans but ElShaddai was changed him as a valuable person in spirit to that whole country, he had spirit of the set-apart Elah, Dan 2:46:- Then King Nebuchadnezzar fell upon his face and paid homage to Daniel, and commanded that an offering and incense be offered up to him.

we can understand HIS things and wonders and miracles, He can change lives in a friction of seconds

Psalms 136:4:-to him who alone does great wonders,

for his steadfast love endures forever.

See more on later.....................................

kindly pray for the Roof damaged prayer hall in India.

Todah rabah,

B'ahavah in Yeshua.



success on June 12, 2011:

angels ar real n effective if we put them 2 work

Ed on June 05, 2011:

One must ALWAYS remember that Angels are the sons of God and have NO right to sin as they are created with the knowledge of good and evil. They cannot KILL a human without God's sanction. For an angel to do something that God does not command is a sin - and he is fallen. God created man without the knowledge of good and evil and therefore the CHOICE, THE CHOICE to commit sin. Because of this, man may sin and if he is truly repentent, he may be received into heaven. If an ANGEL SINS - HE IS FALLEN FOREVER...for he has been given the knowledge of good and evil. His bidding is the Lord's and no one else's. Killing a human without the santion of God is a sin and therefore the angel has fallen. God has given Man a special place in heaven, more special than Angels themselves. We are to be Christ-like, not Angelic. This is not a good post. An Angel is a powerful tool of God, but as in Paradise Lost, Jesus our savoir was able to end the war in Heaven in a single day, whereas it took Michael 3 days. Jesus Christ is where the ultimate power resides and good Angels know that. They would gladly change places with us, who are so dear to God that he would give his only Son for our salvation - did he do that for Lucifer's soul? NO. He did it for yours. Be happy that angels are around to help and guide be Christ-like.

Prayer Power from Long Island, New York on May 03, 2011:

Excellent post.

petane on May 02, 2011:


Vanessa on July 10, 2010:

This a great and helpful tool. I appreciate your Spiritual depths for those on the same level.

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