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Q:

If angels are real, then why can't we see them? I know you often see pictures or figures of them with wings and halos and everything, but how do we know what they look like, or even if they exist?


A:

Angels are spiritual beings — that is, they don’t have physical bodies that we can see or touch. The Bible calls them “ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation” (Hebrews 1:14).

At times, however, they can assume physical form — and when that happens, they can be seen by us. The Bible indicates this happens only rarely — but it does happen. At times, their appearance is glorious and radiant, and they are immediately recognized as angelic beings. At the end of the present age, for example, the Bible says that the angelic hosts of heaven will accompany Christ as He comes again in glory (see Matthew 25:31). At other times, however, they are unrecognized because they appear as ordinary humans. The Bible says that “some people have entertained (or welcomed) angels without knowing it” (Hebrews 13:2).

We should take great comfort in the fact that we are never alone if we know Christ. We are never alone because He lives within us by His Holy Spirit — but we also are never alone because His angels are constantly with us. The Bible says, “He will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways” (Psalm 91:11).

At the same time, we are not to worship the angels or make them the center of our attention. Christ alone is our Savior, and He alone is worthy of our faith. Is He the center of your life?

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35 Comments

  1. nsom says:

    I thank you for the great job you do in my life. One day He who called you will reward you with a crown of life. amen

  2. Amelita says:

    I once had an accident when I was almost hit by a speeding vehicle. I closed my eyes and just prayed, I guess and stretched my left hand and the bumper hit my palm as I felt it and there was a huge impact like something bumped on a hard surface. People said I was hit and fell down but I wasn't. I was standing there in front of the vehicle..I knew in my heart an angel was sent by God to protect me. Glory to God!!!!

  3. jayasri says:

    Praise God, Glory be to HIM alone. Now we can have comfort because God made angels to guard and help us. We are not alone anymore. Million thanks to Jesus.

  4. Brenda says:

    I also believe in angels. Sometimes they are humans who are so kind and understanding they appear as angels to the spiritual eye. Sometimes we don't know if they are angels or just good human beings.

  5. Jo Anne says:

    I have encountered angels. who looked like humans, on two occassions when I needed help. I didn't realize it until later. I believe in God and I know that He helps us in times of need. Thanks be to God for loving us.

  6. Esther says:

    Praise God. I believe in angels. When i was praying in early morning, i heard the wings sound. At the very moment, I was afraid so much. Afterwards I felt the peace in me.

  7. Barbara says:

    During a recent 3-day Cyberknife radiation treatment where my head was totally “locked down” and I was alone in a room for 40 min., I became a little panicky toward the 1/2 hour mark. (Tech. was watching via closed circuit TV). I felt a fluttering around my feet, and was comforted. I figured the tech had come in to check on me. Later was told that the tech never left her station and there was no possible way any cords or wires were around my feet. The “fluttering” occurred each of the three days. Yes…I believe in angels!

  8. Diana says:

    I believe in angels. As a migrant, when I first arrived in the country, my husband warned me not to open the door to anyone while he is at work. When the door bell rang, I opened the door to see a door-to-door salesman. He was tall and was trying to look inside the home. I felt someone next to me but there was no one. When I looked, I could almost see a face on the wall and it seemed like someone was talking to me. The salesman, after putting one step in the door, eventually took a step back and proceeded to leave as I explained that I was not interested in buying anything. I strongly believe that this was my guardian angel and sent by God to save.Praise the Lord, for He works in mysterious ways.

  9. Ruben says:

    Yes, as per the bible angels do exist. However many experiences can be explained as a mere feeling that somene is with us. I believe in angels but will be glad to actually see one phycially and have a one-on-one.

  10. Janice says:

    I think we tend to veer to right and left on the subject of angels. Some focus almost exclusively on angels so as to elevate these created beings to a higher position than we should while others ignore them altogether. The scriptures as illumined by the Holy Spirit provide just the right balance. Thank you, Billy Graham for always upholding scripture in you writings.