Angels – ministering spirits
Angels do appear to human beings today. According to Hebrews 1:14, angels are “ministering spirits, sent for to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation.” These beautiful, powerful creatures belong to a different order than the human family. According to Psalms 8:5, man was created a little lower than the angels.
These beings have greater powers that humans don’t possess (2 kings 19:35). The Bible has some amazing stories of how angels have often been responsible for saving people from danger and death (Genesis 19).
Angels appearing to men
The Bible mentions that angels did appear to human beings. We read this text in (Hebrews 13:2) “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” This text shows that these heavenly visitors have appeared as in the following examples:
1-Angels warning Adam and Eve from entering the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:24).
2-Angels appearing to Abraham telling him he will bear a son (Genesis 18:1–8).
3-Angels appearing to Lot before the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 19:1–3).
4-An angel appeared to Hagar in the wilderness and saving her from death (Genesis 16:7-14).
5-Angels appeared to Jacob in a dream giving him hope (Genesis 28:10-12).
6-An angel warned Balaam before he went to curse Israel (Numbers 22:31-35).
7-An angel appeared to Gideon commissioning him to deliver the Israelites (Judges 6:11–20).
8-An angel telling Manoah’s barren wife that that she will bear a son (Judges 13:2–4, 9–21).
9-The Angel of destruction appeared to David after the census (2 Samuel 24:16).
10-Gabriel appears to Daniel to reveal the meaning of the divine vision (Daniel 9:21).
11-Two angels appearing to Zechariah the prophet (Zechariah 2:3).
12-Gabriel appeared to Zacharias the priest to announce that he will have a son (Luke 1:5-2:20).
13-Gabriel appears to Mary announcing that she will give birth to the Messiah (Luke 1:26-38).
14-Angels appearing to the shepherds at Christ’s birth (Luke 2:8-20).
15-Angels ministered to Christ after the 40-day fast (Matthew 4:11).
16-An angel appeared to the Roman soldiers at the resurrection of Christ (Matthew 28:2-4).
17-Two angels appeared to Mary after the resurrection of Jesus (John 20:11,12).
18-Two angels appeared to the disciples at the ascension of Jesus (Acts 1:10,11).
19-An angel delivering Peter from prison (Acts 12:7).
20-An angel speaking to John the Revelator on the island of Patmos (Revelation 22:8,9).
Today, there is no question that God sometimes sends His angels to minister to the redeemed in the form of fellow human beings or even angels as He did in the past.
In His service,