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Where did the angels come from? And do we become angels when we die, as some think? Or can we actually know anything about them?


Yes, we can know about the angels — because God has told us about them in His Word, the Bible. It tells us that angels haven’t always existed but were created by God before He made the universe. When the world was created, the Bible says, “all the angels shouted for joy” (Job 38:7).

Why did God create the angels? They were meant to be His servants, obeying Him and doing His will in the world. Because they are spiritual beings we’re seldom aware of them — although on occasion they do become visible. They protect God’s people and watch over them — not just to preserve them from physical harm but to shield them from Satan’s power. After Satan failed to persuade Jesus to sin, we read that “angels came and attended him” (Matthew 4:11).

Although I know it’s a popular idea, the Bible says we don’t actually become angels when we die and enter heaven. The angels are different from us, and even in heaven that difference is preserved. But that shouldn’t discourage you — because heaven will be far more glorious than anything we can imagine right now. In heaven, the Bible says, Christ “will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body” (Philippians 3:21). Think of it: Some day you will be like the risen Christ!

Thank God for His angels, and thank Him also for His love for you. Thank Him most of all for the salvation He has provided for us through His Son, Jesus Christ. Have you invited Him to come into your life, and are you trusting Him alone for your salvation?

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  1. David Southern says:

    As a young soldier in the 1970s, I was privileged to attend a Billy Graham gathering in Calgary in Canada. Although at this time I was saved, to this day I remember how my heart was jumping out of my chest with each word he spoke and how much I regretted not making my way to the stage in the giant arena to meet him personally. Praise the Lord.

  2. anietie edet says:

    i pray that God should show me his power by delivering my father and healing him completely. Amen

  3. kenneth R. Carr Sr. says:

    This will really help our bible study, knowing about angels and what we will look like in heaven. Thank you so much, MIN. Carr.

  4. Wilbert Travier says:

    I thank God for his unfailing love for his children, We are all God’s wonderful children that he created.

  5. tony d willIiams says:

    thank you. i have a special daughter who believes we will become angels when we die. i haven’t been able to find the words, and yours were easy and precise. blessings

  6. Joyce Cooper says:

    Would like to know if angels have wings? Could you please answer that question for me. ..

    1. BGEA says:

      Billy Graham has pointed out that the Bible tells us angels are spiritual beings who don’t typically have physical bodies like we do. Here’s more:

  7. Billy Batchelor says:

    Mr Billy Graham is such a true man of God thank you so much sir

  8. Carol Benne6 says:

    Wonderful to know!

  9. Winfrida James says:

    God Bless you. I’m blessed by your teachings. I need more lessons about salvation. Thank you.

    1. BGEA says:

      Here’s more on salvation if you’re interested:

  10. Dora Gourley says:

    This answered my Bible Study group question so well. Thank you for your ministry.