What do angels do?

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Angels carry out a variety of tasks for the Lord:

•They worship God (Hebrews 1:6; Revelation 5:8-13).

•They praise God (Psalm 148:1-2; Isaiah 6:3).

•They are messengers—They serve as messengers to communicate God’s will to men as in the book of Daniel and Revelation.

•They guide—Angels gave God’s instructions to Joseph about the birth of Jesus (Matthew 1-2), to the women at the tomb, to Philip (Acts 8:26) and to Cornelius (Acts 10:1-8).

•They provide—God used angels to provide physical needs such as food for Hagar (Genesis 21:17-20), Elijah (1 Kings 19:6) and Christ after His temptation (Matthew 4:11).

•They protect—God send His angels to protect people out of physical danger as in the cases of Daniel and the lions and his three friends in the fiery furnace (Daniel 3 and 6).

•They deliver—God sent His angels to deliver the apostles from prison in Acts 5 and repeated the process for Peter in Acts 12.

•They strengthen and encourage—Angels strengthened Jesus after His temptation (Matt 4:11) and told Paul that everyone on his ship would survive the shipwreck (Acts 27:23-25).

•They bring answers to prayer (Acts 12:5-10).

•They help in winning people to Christ (Acts 8:26; 10:3).

•They serve as executioners—Angels are used by God to punish sin. An angel of the Lord went forth and smote an Assyrian camp (2 Kings 19:20-34). And at the time of the Exodus, the Egyptian firstborn were killed by an angel of death.

In His service,

The BibleAsk Team

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