Fact a Day: December 4th - Ankerberg Theological Research Institute, John Ankerberg Show

Fact a Day: December 4th

The Facts on Angels (Harvest House, 1995) pp. 11-12


How powerful are angels?


Angels are incredibly powerful. Peter puts the case mildly when he says they are “greater in power and might” than men (2 Peter 2:11). For example, only one angel was sent to destroy the entire city of Jerusalem (1 Chronicles 21:15), while only two angels were needed to destroy the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah and all the surrounding cities (Genesis 19:13,24,25). One angel is even able to lay hold of Satan himself to bind him for ten centuries (Revelation 20:1-3). “Destroying angels” produced the ten plagues on Egypt, including the death of all Egypt’s firstborn—millions of people (Exodus 12:13,23,29-30; Psalm 78:43, 49; Hebrews 11:28). The four angels of Revelation have power over the winds of the entire earth (Revelation 7:2,3).

Other angels are indirectly associated with the destruction of one-third of the entire heavens and earth—one-third of the seas, the rivers, and the vegetation, and one-third of the sun, moon, and stars (Revelation 8,9). In Revelation 9:14,15, four angels actually destroy one-third of the earth’s entire population.

At the end of the world, the angels will gather all the spirits of the saved and unsaved dead. They will gather believers at Christ’s return to earth (Matthew 24:30,31), and they will gather the unbelievers for eternal judgment (Matthew 13:39-43).

Truly, angels “excel in strength” (Psalm 103:20); But what is perhaps most amazing for the simple believer in Christ is that God tells us that we will one day judge and perhaps rule angels themselves (1 Corinthians 6:2-3)!

*For full documentation, please see The Facts on Angels.


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