Angels are real. The Lord told Job that angels were already on the scene to celebrate when the earth was created. "Where were you when I laid the earth's foundation... while… all the angels shouted for joy?" (Job 38:1-7, NIV)
No one in Scripture ever prays to an angel, and neither should we. Angels are not go-betweens from us to heaven, but only from heaven to us. When John fell down to worship at the feet of the angel, the angel said, "'Don't do that! I am a fellow servant with you and with your brothers and sisters who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God!'" (Revelation 19:9-10, NIV)
Angels are limited in knowledge. Jesus said the angels don't know the time of His second coming to the world. But God in heaven always knows the end from the beginning. He is omniscient, all-knowing. "In the council of the holy ones God is greatly feared; He is more awesome than all who surround Him" (Psalm 89:7, NIV).
Angels are here for us. They intervene for us and communicate God's messages to us by what they say and do. "For He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways" (Psalm 91:11,NIV). And they are awesome warriors, agents of God's wrath and power (2 Chronicles 32:21).
Angels guard us from danger. "Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?" (Hebrews 1:14, NIV) The Bible makes it clear that "those who will inherit salvation" refers only to those who come to know Christ as Savior—to them angels are sent.
I've come to believe from Scripture that angels take believers home to heaven when we die. "The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham's side" (Luke 16:22, NIV).
"Praise the Lord… all His angels" (Psalm 148:1-2, NIV). The angels are continually and joyfully praising and worshipping God. "All the angels… fell down on their faces before the throne and worshiped God" (Revelation 7:11, NIV).
Daniel gave a detailed description of the angel that appeared to him: "a man dressed in linen, with a belt of fine gold... around his waist. His body was like topaz, his face like lightning, his eyes like flaming torches, his arms and legs like the gleam of burnished bronze, and his voice like the sound of a multitude" (Daniel 10:5-6, NIV).
Powerful as angels are, they are not all-powerful like God. They can exercise only the energy God channels through them. Their power in unleashing destruction and violence is evident: "And the four angels... were released to kill a third of mankind" (Revelation 9:15, NIV).
Angels would have no power if it were not given them from above. And angels cannot be in more than one place at once, unlike God, who is everywhere at once. Only God is infinite in His whereabouts—He is omnipresent. "For who in the skies above can compare with the Lord? Who is like the Lord among the heavenly beings?" (Psalm 89:6, NIV)
The whole discussion in the most extensive treatment of angels in the entire Bible (Hebrews 1-2) makes one resounding point—Christ is utterly superior to angels.
Were the Israelites happy when an angel became their leader, instead of God? "I (the Lord) will send an angel before you…. But I will not go with you, because you are a stiff-necked people and I might destroy you on the way" (Exodus 33:1-3, NIV). Did they consider an angel better than God? No!—"they began to mourn."
As spirits, angels cannot bleed or die. Christ could, and did—for you and for me. It's that distinction between Christ and angels that makes an eternity of difference. For by it, Christ was able "to destroy him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil."
As spiritual beings, angels know nothing of what it's like to get ill, grow old, and eventually die. "Those who are considered worthy of taking part in the age to come and in the resurrection from the dead... can no longer die; for they are like the angels" (Luke 20:35-36, NIV) Someday we and the angels will share permanent citizenship in God's heavenly kingdom forever.
Heaven—God's dwelling place—is their dwelling place because angels belong exclusively to God. "Heaven is my throne," God says, and that is where angels work and live. "I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven" (Matthew 18:10, NIV).
They inhabit the throne-room of God because they belong to God. It must be their spiritual nature—as well as their spiritual holiness—that allows angels the continual proximity to God they enjoy, for in this they are like God.