Angelology is the study of angels. There are many unbiblical views of angels  today. Some believe angels are human beings who have died. Others believe that  angels are impersonal sources of power. Still others deny the existence of  angels entirely. A biblical understanding of angelology will correct these false  beliefs. Angelology tells us what the Bible says about angels. It is a study of  how the angels relate to humanity and serve God’s purposes. Here are some  important issues in angelology:

What does the  Bible say about angels? Angels are an entirely different order of being from  humans. Human beings do not become angels after they die. Angels will never  become, and never were, human beings. God created the angels, just as He created  humanity.

Are angels male or  female? The Bible does not necessarily support the gender of angels being  male or female. Whenever gender is “assigned” to an angel in Scripture, it is  male (Genesis  19:10,12; Revelation 7:2; 8:3; 10:7), and the only  names assigned to angels are Michael and Gabriel, generally considered masculine  names.

Do we have guardian angels? There is no doubt that good angels help protect believers, reveal information,  guide people, and, in general, minister to God’s children. The difficult  question is whether each person or each believer has an angel assigned to  him/her.

Who / What is the angel of the  Lord? The precise identity of the “angel of the Lord” is not given in the  Bible. However, there are many important “clues” as to his identity.

What are cherubim? Are cherubs angels? Cherubim /  cherubs are angelic beings involved in the worship and praise of God. In  addition to singing God’s praises, they also serve as a visible reminder of the  majesty and glory of God and His abiding presence with His people.

What are seraphim? Are seraphs angels? Isaiah chapter 6  is the only place in the Bible that specifically mentions the seraphim. The  seraphim (“fiery, burning ones”) are angelic beings associated with the prophet  Isaiah’s vision of God in the temple.

Angelology gives us God’s  perspective on angels. Angels are personal beings who worship and obey God. God  sometimes sends angels to “interfere” in the course of humanity. Angelology  helps us to recognize the warfare that exists between God’s angels and Satan and  his demons. A proper understanding of angelology is very important. When we  understand that angels are created beings, just as we are, we realize that  worshipping or praying to angels robs God of the glory that belongs to Him  alone. It was God, not angels, who sent His Son to die for us, who loves and  cares for us, and who alone is worthy of our adoration.

A key verse on  angelology is Hebrews  1:14, “Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will  inherit salvation?”