Angels are fascinating beings! Unlike Michelangelo’s angel, they are not of our own making. They are witnesses to a spiritual
world beyond our human comprehension; a world first documented in the ancient scriptures.
The Hebrew prophet Isaiah wrote of his own encounter with angels. They were the seraphim, the "burning ones", that cover their faces in the presence of their Creator; but it was not only the seraphim that felt humbled by the holiness of the Divine, but also Isaiah himself. "I am ruined!" he cried. "I am a man of unclean lips, ..., and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty." Actually experiencing the presence of God undermines all of our neat excuses and points to the root of the problem, that like Isaiah we too are far from perfect. Yet Isaiah wrote that despite his wayward past, God forgave him and gave him the role of a prophet. It's part of the Divine character to forgive and forget.
Michael the Archangel is a great warrior, described as "one of the chief princes." He is recorded as leading the angelic army that fought victoriously against the dragon (i.e. the devil) and his angels, leading to the devil's departure from heaven. According to the scriptures, Michael also holds the responsibility of protecting God's chosen people, the Hebrew race. All of this shows that the Divine is not an "absentee landlord", but in fact is actively involved in the care and nurture of His creation, and from holding back the evil forces that threaten to destroy our society. How much worse would this world be without the unseen intervention of a loving creator, often through His angelic forces?
Gabriel is one of the most famous angels recorded in the ancient scriptures. He was sent to Daniel in Babylon to explain
visions of future events. At the same time he foretold the death of the Messiah, and the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans in 70 CE. In approximately 5 BCE. Gabriel appeared to the elderly
priest, Zechariah in Jerusalem, to tell him he would have a son, Yochanan (John) the Baptizer. "I am Gabriel," he announced. "I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to ... tell you this
good news." Six months later Gabriel appeared to Miriam (Mary), to give her the news that she would have a real "miracle" baby, Yeshua the Messiah. Through these events we see that Gabriel was a
messenger of the highest standing. We also learn that the Divine loves to communicate with His creation, and that we are all of utmost importance to Him.
Some of the most awesome angels can be found in the Biblical books of Ezekiel and Revelation. In the latter we find Jochanan’s amazing vision: “Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne ... In a loud voice they were saying, ‘Worthy is the Lamb …” (Revelation 5:11-12)