“Oh, my lord, what shall we do?” Elisha’s servant asked.
The king of Aram (present-day Syria) was at war with ancient Israel and had sent an entire army to the city of Dothan to capture the prophet Elisha. They came by night, so when Elisha’s servant woke and went out early in the morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city.
The statuette of an angel holding the hand of a little boy had been placed on a neglected back shelf in an antique shop. It was covered with soot and dust, lost amidst the clutter of jars, dishes, and ornaments. A man browsing through the shop discovered the figurine and had an inspiration: He would rescue it from oblivion, restore it, and give it a place of honor among his Christmas decorations.
An angel appears to the priest Zacharias and tells him that his wife, Elizabeth, will have a baby boy, even though she is long past childbearing age, and that they are to name the baby John. The angel also explains that the baby has been sent by God to prepare the way for the Messiah. The baby grows up to become John the Baptist. (Luke 1:5–25)
Angels are mentioned hundreds of times in the Bible, both in the Old and New Testaments, in a variety of settings and with diverse roles. Here are answers from the Bible to some of the most frequently asked questions about angels.
Every so often we read or hear about some happening that defies reason, like this personal account by Activated correspondent Misty Kay in Taiwan:
In the eighteenth week of my ninth pregnancy, I started to bleed a little. I went for some tests, and that’s when my doctor discovered that I had a tumor. He said it would be a miracle if the baby survived.
I prayed and asked Jesus to let me keep the baby because I felt that this was going to be my last pregnancy, and the Lord did a miracle and brought the baby to full term, in spite of a lot of pain in my back and uterus. She was delivered by cesarean section—beautiful, big, and healthy!