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What do angels look like? My aunt likes to collect figures of angels (she has dozens of them around her house), but how do we know if angels actually look like them?


A:

The Bible doesn’t tell us exactly what angels look like; in fact, they often are invisible to us, because they are spiritual beings who seldom take on any physical appearance.

At times, however, they do become visible. When the prophet Isaiah was given a vision of God’s majesty and glory, His throne was surrounded by angels. They were similar in appearance to humans, with faces and feet, but they also had wings and could fly (see Isaiah 6:1-3). When the angel announced Jesus’ birth to the shepherds outside Bethlehem, the Bible says that “the glory of the Lord shone around them” (Luke 2:9). On the other hand, angels sometimes took the appearance of ordinary men, and were only recognized as angels later (see, for example, Genesis 19).

God created the angels before the beginning of time, and they had one purpose: to be God’s servants. Today, angels watch continually over God’s people, to deliver them from evil and safeguard their entrance into heaven. We may not even think about them very much or realize their importance, but they still watch over us—and we should thank God for them. The Bible says, “Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?” (Hebrews 1:14).

The angels’ work on our behalf should remind us of God’s love for us. At the same time, we are not to worship the angels or give undue attention to them. Christ alone is our Savior, and He alone is the One to whom we should look for our salvation. Have you put your faith and trust in Him?

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18 Comments

  1. Susan Wyant says:

    Enjoying your articles.

  2. Connie Little says:

    I had a vision, yes a vision, not a dream. It was during a terrible time in my life. The being that ministered to me, I presumed was an angel. I was very comforted by their presence. 😇

  3. Nancy P. Ray says:

    My husband and I saw a family of angels 7 years ago at a restaurant. We saw the father and next to him was his son. Across from the father, we saw the mother and daughter. They were very calm and peaceful with our conversation. The father kept saying to me do not worry about it. It was over family situations. The father sat right next to me. I never saw them leave. The server said that we were the 100th guest and there was no charge for our food. I am thinking did the angels pay for our food? He also told me he was heading up North with the family.

  4. janice fuller says:

    I have seen two angels. One was in my early twenties. I was asleep. I woke up and there was standing an angel. He had a long white robe. He had wings. He was looking out a window. He turned his head and looked at me. What impressed me was he was not in a hurry. It was like he had all the time in the world. I tried raising my head but I became very sleepy and my eyes closed. I am 69 years old now.

    Last month I saw another angel. My sister lost her only child. He was 40. Her grief has been terrible. I took her on a short trip. We slept in the same room. I woke up and standing beside her bed was an angel. He looked similar to the angel I saw when I was younger. He looked at her with love and tenderness. He never looked at me. He gently pulled the cover up.

  5. Delisa. Martin says:

    Yes I do believe in heavenly angels.

  6. Donna Batschelet says:

    May God continue to guide the Graham family

  7. mary gribble says:

    I adore angels. i have many of them around the house and i believe they are WATCHING OVER US. KEEP ME IN YOUR PRAYERS. THANK YOU.