Are Guardian Angels Biblical?

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Are guardian angels biblical?  What is an angel’s chief duty for the believer?  Do unbelievers have guardian Angels?  Does each believer have their own angel or more than one?  Are angels dispensed only in emergencies or are they ever present with Christians?  What does the Bible say about angels?

Who Has a Guardian Angel?

Does each and every believer in Christ Jesus have their own angel?   We know that Jesus had a multitude of angels and could command angels at His command (Luke 22:43).   It is possible that many of us have even encountered angels and not even known about it and so the writer of Hebrews tells us to, “Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters.  Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it“(13:1-2).

Not only do believers have angels protecting them, the Body of Christ in general (the church) has multiple thousands of angels watching over it (Heb 12:22-23).  Angels are our protectors when God sovereignly commands them and are under God’s sovereign hand and so we might conclude that Christians have guardian angels but let’s read on before making this determination. The fact is that angels are commanded by God to “encamp all around us” and keep us from falling or getting hurt and they have been with us and will be with us “…from this time forth and forever [will] be with us”… and even strengthen us, and “minister to us” (Heb 1:7,14, Psalm 34:7, 91:10-13, 103:21).

There is scriptural evidence that children, before and after they become believers, also have angels watching over them and these same angels communicate to the Father on their behalf  but do they have specific angels assigned to them and also to adult believers (Matthew 18:10)?

What Do Guardian Angels Look Like?

The little chubby angels that look like infants with angel wings are not biblical.  For example, not all angels have wings.  Most do not.  And if we could actually see an angel, we would probably pass out from fear.  But they are most certainly nothing to fear for believers for they are messengers of God and they are protectors of those who are Christ’s (Luke 1:19-26).

What Types of Angels Are in the Bible?

Angels are extremely powerful.  The prophet Isaiah had the great privilege of seeing them and wrote, “The Lord sitting on the high extolled throne, the hems of His vestments filling the whole temple. Surrounding Him were the Seraphim, each having six wings; with two they covered His face, with two they covered His feet, and they flew with the other two. And they called to each other and said: Holy, Holy, Holy, the Lord Sabaoth! The whole world is filled with His Glory“(Isaiah 6:1-4).   Ezekiel chapter 10:9-20 gives a vivid description of them that is hard to imagine.  Certain angels were solely created for the purpose of giving continuous praise and worship to God Almighty as found in Isaiah chapter 6.

There are also fallen angels (Luke 8:31).  These are angels that have rebelled against God Almighty and have followed Satan, the most powerful created being that God has ever created.  These angels are wicked spirits and seek to harass and cause the destruction and fall of believers (Ephesians 6:11-12, 1 Peter 5:8).

Interesting Bible Facts About Angels

Luke 16:22 indicates that when the believer dies, angels could bring their spirit to heaven in the presence of God.  The word angels in Luke 16:22 is plural so this gives some indication that more than one angel is involved just as children have more than one angel (also plural) watching over them (Matt. 18:10).   Angels are actually commanded by God to “encamp all around us” and keep us from falling, getting hurt, who have been with us and will be with us “…from this time forth and forever to be with us”… and even strengthen us, and minister to us ( Psalm 34:7, 91:10-13, 103:21).   The angels are also messengers of ours to God and sometimes from God to us (Dan 10, Matt 18:10).  And it appears that there are particular angels for particular churches or church ages too (Rev. 1:20).

Angels are no weaklings either (Rev 18:21).  In fact, angels have been known to carry out a death penalty for God on a king (Acts 12:20-25).  Does Acts 12:15 really mean that Peter’s own angel freed him from prison (Acts 12)?  That is what those who were in John Mark’s mother’s house said (Acts 12:15) when Peter came to their door and they said “You are mad. But she constantly affirmed that was so. Then they said, It is his angel,” however this is no conclusive proof that it was actually Peter’s angel that was assigned specifically to him.  At least we can take comfort in the fact that angels do exist. They serve both God and us  but ultimately, our protection is from God and not from angels.  They are real, no doubt, and it is no stretch of the imagination to say that each and every believer and each child before they reach the age of accountability could be or has been protected by them before, but we cannot dogmatically say that each believer has at least one angel assigned to them.  It appears that there may be even more than one at times but that doesn’t mean that they are their personal angel that God assigned to them.  We do know that they are watching over God’s children (Matt 4:6. Psalm 91:11, 12) but God is the One, true Protector of His own.  If you are not a believer in Christ Jesus then you have no angels watching over you, and worse, God will not answer your prayers.  Why not come to faith in Christ today and come under His divine protection and have Him grant you eternal life by repenting and trusting in Christ?

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evey adams February 4, 2016 at 5:58 am

Someone asked this recently, ‘If Guardian Angels are real and are assigned to babies, I would really need to understand why some are selected for help and not others. If my question can be answered I will listen.’ I don’t know how to answer this person?

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P Houpapa February 6, 2016 at 12:53 pm

if you understand that God is Just… and God must follow the Laws he set down, any Death sentence that is set forth must be carried out in accordance with the Law he constituted… So the only way this can be overcome.. is by pleading through Jesus Christ for the Life to be spared… Jesus Died on the Cross for Lives to be spared..

It is through prayer and utterance of words asking or pleading for lives to be spared and asking in Jesus Name.. we have the outcome of life…

all this said… some people would seemingly die too early, one must remember god has a time marked out for everyone to depart from the earth.. and even death glorifies god… for all things are for the glory of God and in some circumstances Death fits into the plans of God..

it must be stated though that the meaning of John 3:16
has a two fold meaning in relation to the word “Perish”

Jesus was sent to help us during our earthly life… so we come to repentance and turn from sin, and have life abundance on earth

secondly preventing us from the Second death which occurs after death

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

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Carley February 8, 2016 at 5:48 pm

Wow! Great to find a post knokcing my socks off!

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Raj Sinha Roy February 11, 2016 at 8:19 am

\o/ Excellent exposition … adds to the faith and consolidates the Truth in and by the Bible. Thanks immensely.

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Sugandha February 16, 2016 at 1:09 am

I liked all the explanations you have given reg the bible…. Thank you so much

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Roxann and micheal May 20, 2016 at 1:05 pm

Amazing post ! My question is if angels are about and to help from falling or being hurt sent from god my son drowned at 2yr old u would think an angel possibly threw god would have led him away or somthing I’m sorry just looking for maybe a better understanding .. I know God works everything for the good just a grieving mother hoping for insight . Thank you I loved your post amazing!

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Jack Wellman May 20, 2016 at 1:40 pm

You know, I believe that God loves our children more than we do and to have them with Him means that they are there waiting for you. Children are not accountable so in God’s knowledge of the future, perhaps He knew they would fall into grievous sin later in life and so took them now.

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Mabel June 21, 2016 at 5:54 am

What do you mean by “children are not accountable to God”? Where is this in the bible and can it be extrapolated to mean all children who die go to heaven?

Thank you for your articles they are clear and based on the truth (I also come from a brethren background).

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Jack Wellman June 21, 2016 at 7:57 am

Hello Mable. What I mean are that children are not accountable for their sin until they’re old enough to know that sin is and what repentance is. A young child could be told to repent and believe but they must first know enough about what they believe. That is all I mean. Thank you Mable.

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Philip R Foster July 18, 2016 at 10:56 am

I find it very difficult to try and explain to some one, that guardian angels are real. the person, would say, “then why does this person suffer horribly, and not the other? ” it is a valid question. Yes, I know, there is sin in the world, and usually, that is the reasoning behind most ministers answers. I have yet to get the type of answer, that would make me say, “ahhh that makes more sense”. thank you

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Jack Wellman July 18, 2016 at 3:13 pm

Thank you Mr. Foster. God alone saves. We can’t convince anyone that God is good or evil. It must be by God’s Spirit. Ask them if they believe in God and if they don’t, then guess what, there’s still evil in the world. Ask them since evil exists, are humans responsible? yes, they are and God is not the creator of evil but allows evil for good (Gen 50:20), just look at the cross. Are those who ask you about angels Christians or not? The answer you give depends much on this. The Bible says “For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God” (1st Cor 2:11).

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aimee August 24, 2016 at 2:38 pm

tell me more about jehovah witness … my parent are witness what can i do to help then to believe in christ jesus.

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Jack Wellman August 24, 2016 at 2:43 pm

Thank you Aimee. The timing of your question is very interesting because this very day we published an article called “How Christians Can Witness To A Jehovah’s Witness That Comes To Their Door?” at this link.

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Jessica Grenier September 22, 2016 at 9:49 am

All children go to heaven, before the age of accountability. “But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 19:14 God bless, I hope this eases your conscience.

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Heath October 21, 2016 at 6:41 am

What does it mean, the Bible clearly states, Do not take the lord your Gods name in vain, Is God his name or title or both

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Kaitlin January 2, 2017 at 3:02 pm

I read that my gaurdian angel based on my birthrate of Dec 21 is Nithael. How is this possible if he is a fallen Angel?

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Jack Wellman January 2, 2017 at 4:26 pm

Where did you read that Kaitlin? I know it must not be from the Bible. I wouldn’t believe much outside of the Bible.

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Monica January 6, 2017 at 7:43 pm

Amen!!

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ESTHER HARRIS July 3, 2017 at 3:51 pm

I once had a dream, I was of my angle’s left wing it was at lest 10 feet tall and White as I picked it up, it was as light as a feather.
This dream has always been with me and I often wonder the meaning. Was my angel wounded in a battle did it somehow regain its Wing the fact that one way was lost did that mean that somehow something negative did happened to me. or will something negative happening because of the Lost of my angel’s Wing I just don’t know.

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Jack Wellman July 3, 2017 at 4:07 pm

You must put all your faith in the Word of God, like Romans 8:31-39 and John 10:27-29 instead of dreams, which are not Scripture and can be so random that they may mean anything, but I wouldn’t worry about it. By the way, most angels do not have wings and their wings cannot be broken. They are not physical in nature but spirit and spirit cannot break bones because they have no bones. I don’t know about your angel, but put your trust in God, not in angels…and trust the Word of God and not dreams.

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Dalene Rathnum July 18, 2017 at 7:14 am

My 8 year old son saw a blue angel standing at our lounge door. What does this mean. He was afraid. Tx Dal

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Jack Wellman July 18, 2017 at 3:09 pm

Hello Mrs. Rathnum. I would talk with your pastor about this. There are good angels and fallen angels, and angels rarely appear to us, so what that means? I don’t know. You cannot put any real meaning in this unless you know it was from God or not.

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Angela August 10, 2017 at 9:23 pm

Hello, found this article trying to find answers to what happened to my 2 year old. He woke up having what appeared to be a febrile siezure one night earlier this year. But his symptoms were not those associated with febrile siezures. The next morning after it happened, I took him in is room to change him. He immediately pointed to his window saying “scary” “black” “I cry”. He would occasionally bring it up using those same words.

It’s been about 6 months since then, and he is talking a lot more now. We have moved out of that house and to a new state. He will still bring it up from time to time saying, “Freaky guy in my room. He scared me. I was screaming.” When we ask him questions about the “freaky guy”, he tells us he was black, with eyes, no legs, and he didn’t talk at all. Then he said there was a “white girl, with hair” with the “freaky guy” and she was nice.

As believers, and knowing this world is a spiritual battle, we can only conclude that what he experienced was the devil or a fallen spirit (angel) with his guardian angel along side him, keeping him safe. Terrifying!

I’m writing this to see what you conclude about this experience? Was it the devil and an angel? My 2 year old’s description of this has stayed consistent, and he is too young to be able to make up stories.

Thanks for you input!

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Jack Wellman August 10, 2017 at 9:44 pm

Of course, it is impossible for me or anyone else who wasn’t there to ever know what it was…good or bad. Of course, 2 year olds have vivid imaginations, as now as a grandfather, I have heard similar things, so don’t put too much into this. Besides, no enemy of God can ever keep you from God Himself (Rom 8:38-39) so there’s no need to fear. The Gospel of John will help you trust Him in all things.

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SANDY HINMAN August 26, 2017 at 4:24 pm

I WAS TOLD THAT EACH OF US HAS AN ASIGNED ANGEL. THE LADY TOLD ME WE MUST GIVE OUR SPECIAL ASIGNED ANGEL A NAME. THE ANGEL COMMUNICATES WITH OUR LOVED ONES AND REPORTS BACK TO THEM WHEN WE TALK TO IT AND GIVE IT A NAME. IF THIS IS TRUE I WOULD NAME MY ANGEL JESSUP. I KNOW THE BIBLE SAYS WE CANNOT CALL UPON ANGELS ONLY GOD CAN ORDER THE ANGELS.

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Jack Wellman August 26, 2017 at 4:29 pm

Hello Sandy. Whoever told you we must name our angel doesn’t know what they are talking about because this is not taught in the Bible. We must not become fixated on angels, but on Christ. And, we pray through Jesus’ name, as Christ commanded us to do, and never pray through angels. Jesus is the only One Who the Father will listen too. Angels only take orders from God. By “our loved ones” does she mean our loved ones who have passed away? This too is sin…as it’s not possible. We are not to try to communicate with the dead. That is an abomination to God. Stay away from this woman. She is deceived and trying to deceive others. Talk to your pastor about this and tell him right away.

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Philip October 4, 2017 at 5:35 pm

Though this an encouraging blog, I must admit, there is no biblical verses that proves guardian angels. Many use the famous :
Mathew 18:10 reads: “See that you do not look down on any of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.”
But this verse is not specifically referring to guarding angels, rather specifically to the saved bodies of Christ. the believers.
If one would research the verse from its original writings. they would discover this.
Angels are messengers and where I do not understand the reasoning why some saints are protected and some are not, there is enough evidence in life that does not hold “guardian angels” accountable for the harm of saints.
There mere thought that each of us has a specific “guardian angel”, would lead Christians to wonder why some “guardian angels” are able to protect their assign souls and some are powerless to help their assigned souls.

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Jack Wellman October 5, 2017 at 8:41 am

Hello Philip. Thank you for your comment, but as I said near my conclusion, “we cannot dogmatically say that each believer has at least one angel assigned to them” so I do not actually state that we all have a guardian angel as you assume I do but thank you anyway for your comment.

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