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How fast are angels?

How Fast Are Angels?

The Bible does not mention how fast are angels. But we can conclude that angels can fly faster than the speed of light from a reference in Daniel 9:21 where it says ”Yea, whiles I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation. And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, O Daniel, I am now come forth to give thee skill and understanding.”

When Daniel started his prayer, God instantly sent Gabriel who stands at His presence to Daniel (Luke 1:19). How comforting to know that heaven can be made very near to earth. Whenever we need help and ask for it, the Lord commissions His holy angels to come to our aid without delay.

What Is the Mission of Angels?

Angels do God’s bidding. They are “all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation” (Hebrews 1:14).

On a global scope, angels hold back the evil forces that it may not destroy the world (Revelation 7:1) until the work of God on human hearts is complete and the people of God are sealed in their foreheads (Revelation 6:17). They can do that because they are “greater in power and might” (2 Peter 2:11).

And on an individual scope, angels deliver messages from God to men (Daniel 7:16; 8:16,17) and protect God’s children (Matthew 18:10). This host of heaven is God’s army ready to do battle for man’s redemption. And they visit humans with special missions of deliverance, help and guidance (Hebrews 13:2). Such was the experience of Lot (Genesis 19:1–3), of Manoah (Judges 13:2–4, 9–21), and of Daniel (ch. 9 & 9).


Angels serve God in many capacities (Psalm 103:20; Revelation 22:9). They stand in His presence (Job 1:6; 2:1). They are instruments of His judgments (Revelation 7:1; 8:2). They bring answers to prayer (Acts 12:5-10). They help in winning people to the Lord (Acts 8:26; 10:3). They watch Christians (Ephesians 3:10). They encourage in danger (Acts 27:23-24). Because of these ministries, the Lord equipped angels with unusual speed.

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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