What are the different types of angels?
Question: "What are the different types of angels?"
Angels fall into two categories: the “unfallen” angels and the fallen
angels. Unfallen angels are those who have remained holy throughout
their existence and accordingly are called “holy angels” (Matthew
25:31). In Scripture, generally when angels are mentioned, it is the
class of holy angels in view. By contrast, the fallen angels are those
who have not maintained their holiness. Holy angels fall into special
classes, and certain individuals are named and mentioned. Michael the
archangel is likely the head of all the holy angels, and his name means
“who is like unto God?” (Daniel 10:21; 12:1; 1 Thessalonians 4:16; Jude
9; Revelation 12:7-10). Gabriel is one of the principal messengers of
God, his name meaning “hero of God,” and was entrusted with important
messages such as those delivered to Daniel (Daniel 8:16; 9:21), to
Zacharias (Luke 1:18-19), and to Mary (Luke 1:26-38).
Most holy angels are not given names but are described only as “elect
angels” (1 Timothy 5:2-10). The expressions “principalities” and
“powers” seem to be used of all angels whether fallen or holy (Luke
21:26; Romans 8:38; Ephesians 1:21; 3:10; Colossians 1:16; 2:10, 15; 1
Peter 3:22). Some angels are designated as “cherubim,” which are living
creatures who defend God’s holiness from any defilement of sin (Genesis
3:24; Exodus 25: 18, 20; Ezekiel 1:1-18). “Seraphim” are another class
of angels mentioned only once in Scripture in Isaiah 6:2-7 and are
described as having three pairs of wings. They apparently have the
function of praising God, being God’s messengers to Earth, and are
especially concerned with the holiness of God. Most of the references to
holy angels in Scripture refer to their ministries which cover a wide
field of achievement. They were present at creation, the giving of the
Law, at the birth of Christ and at His resurrection, at the Ascension,
and they will be present at the Rapture of the Church and the Second
Coming of Christ.
In stark contrast to the company of holy angels, the fallen angels are
also innumerable and are described as fallen from their first estate.
Led by Satan, who was originally a holy angel, the fallen angels
defected, rebelled against God, and became sinful in their nature and
work. Fallen angels have been divided into two classes: those who are
free and those who are bound. Of the fallen angels, Satan alone is given
particular mention in the Bible. When Satan fell (John 8:44; Luke
10:18), he drew after him one third of the angels. Of those, some are
reserved in chains awaiting judgment (1 Corinthians 6:3; 2 Peter 2:4;
Jude 6), and the remainder are free and are the demons, or devils, to
whom reference is constantly made throughout the New Testament (Mark
5:9, 15; Luke 8:30, 1 Timothy 4:1). They are Satan’s servants in all his
undertakings and share his doom (Matthew 25:41; Revelation 20:10).
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