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Warring Angels

QUESTION: What are warring angels?


Warring angels or princes of heaven are to help the children of God in extreme, dangerous situations (2 Kings 6:18-19); such as the time Elisha stood on the side of a mountain with the Syrian army surrounding him. The King of Syria had ordered the demise of Elisha.

We read about the mighty princes’ battle to bring Daniel’s answers to his three weeks of fasting and prayer (Daniel 10:11-15). These strong angels are organized into principalities and powers, sitting on thrones (Colossians 1:16; 2:18; Romans 8:38; Ephesians 6:10-18; 1 Peter 3:22). They drive spirit horses (2 Kings 2:11-12) and guard gates (Revelation 21:12).

Warring angels wage war in actual combat engagement (Revelation 12:7-9; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10) with angels ruling the nations (Daniel 10:13-21; 12:1). The stronger angels will bind Satan after Armageddon (Revelation 20) and other angels are responsible for guarding the abyss (Revelation 9: 1; 20:1-3).

Many people believe angels have played a significant role in keeping them safe during difficult situations. These stories find a way into our hearts sparking faith and hope in God, who shows how much He cares by charging His angels to keep us safe.
  • There are angles who lift up and strengthen the saints during times of trial (Matthew 4:11; Luke 22:43). These are also the angels who are dispatched to lead sinners to gospel workers when the sinners’ hearts are ready (Acts 10:3).
  • Angelic beings can appear in our dreams to give us God’s directions (Matthew 1:20-24).
  • The angels are busy in the re-gathering of Jews to Israel. Thus, the angels also help in bringing about the fulfillment of biblical prophecy (Matthew 24:31).
  • Angels will accompany Christ back to earth during His second coming riding spirit horses (Matthew 16:27; 25:31; 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10).
  • Angels are the silent witnesses to the confessions of men. (Luke 15:8-9).
  • God’s laws are given by the angels (Acts 7:53; Hebrew 2:2)
  • The tree of life is guarded by angels (Genesis 3:24).
  • Men’s revelations are given by the angels of God (2 Kings 1:15; Daniel 8:19; 9:21-23; 10:10-20).
  • They impart God’s will as they are obedient to Him (Acts 5:19-20; 10:1-6).
It is important to remember that the unseen army of our protection stands all around us: "Don't be afraid!" Elisha told him. "For there are more on our side than on theirs!" (2 Kings 6:16; Romans 8:31; Psalm 118:6; Hebrews 13:6).

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