Angels are mentioned at least 108 times in the Old Testament and 165 times in the New Testament. There is ample information available in Scripture to allow us to build a foundation for our knowledge of angelic beings.
The Scripture speaks about the creation of angels, therefore, it is clear that they have not existed from all eternity. Colossians 1:16-17 explains:
“For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created by Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.”
The time of their creation is never definitely specified, but it is most probable that it occurred in connection with the creation of the heavens in Genesis 1:1. It may be that God created the angels immediately after He had created the heavens and before He created the earth—for according to Job 38:4-7, “the sons of God shouted for joy” when He laid the foundations of the earth.
While the Scriptures give no definite figures, we are told that the number of angels is very great.
It appears that all angels were created at one time. No new angels are being added to the number. Angels are not subject to death or any form of extinction; therefore they do not decrease in number.
Each of us has a guardian who protects and helps us understand things, says the pope.
Pope Francis said that guardian angels exist and people who listen to their advice are less likely to make the wrong decisions.
“The doctrine on angels is not fantasist. No, it’s reality,” the pope said during his daily mass in the small chapel in his residence at the Vatican.
“According to church tradition we all have an angel with us, who protects us and helps us understand things.”
Francis asked: “How often have we heard ‘I should do this, I should not do this, that’s not right, be careful …’. So often! It is the voice of our travelling companion.” The pope advised sceptics to ask themselves: “How is my relationship with my guardian angel? Do I listen to him? Do I say good morning to him? Do I ask him to watch over me when I sleep?
“No one journeys alone and no one should think that they are alone,” he said.
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