How To Recognize An Angel!

Updated: Aug 9


We hear many stories of encounters with Angelic beings who've helped individuals in dire or hopeless situations, providing hope, comfort, protection, and even the revelation of truth! The New Testament scriptures admonished its readers, "Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby have some entertained angels unawares" (Hebrews 13:2, KJV).

  • What is an Angel, and how do we recognize them according to the scriptures?

  • Who gives them their orders and missions to accomplish?

  • Who do they serve?

  • Have you had an encounter with an Angel?

These are the questions that we will briefly examine. Let's Begin!

Defining an "Angel"

The English word "Angel" was one of the earliest Germanic adaptations from Latin; originally from the Greek word "ággelos".


  1. One that carries messages or performs errands as a servant; a prophet (American Heritage Dictionary, 5th ed. 2016)

The original Greek word for "Angel" is "ἄγγελος" (G32) Strong's Concordance, meaning, a messenger, delegate, or envoy who is sent, a messenger from the GOD of Israel ; bodied or disembodied

An "Angel of the LORD" or "a Messenger of the GOD of Israel" is a familiar term within the Original Testament scriptures.

The original Hebrew word for "Angel" is מֲלְאָךְ (H4397) Strong's Concordance, meaning, a messenger; representative, especially of the GOD of Israel (i.e. a prophet, priest, or teacher). From an unused root meaning to dispatch; either human (Mt 11:10; Lk 7:24, 9:52; Gal 4:14; Js 2:25) or heavenly (a celestial angel); someone sent (by God) to proclaim His message.

The English Bible uses the words "Angel" and "Messenger" interchangeably in place of the one Hebrew word, מֲלְאָךְ (H4397), but they are one and the same.

Genesis 32:1, KJV

"And Jacob went on his way, and the Angels (H4397) of the God of Israel met him"

Exodus 3:2, KJV

"And the Angel (H4397) of the GOD of Israel appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed" (Angel of the GOD of Israel)

Numbers 20:14, KJV

"And Moses sent Messengers (H4397) from Kadesh unto the king of Edom, Thus saith thy brother Israel, Thou knowest all the travail that hath befallen us:" (Angels of Moses or מֲלְאָךְ of Moses)

Psalm 103:20, KJV

"Bless the GOD of Israel, ye HIS Angels (H4397), that excel in strength, that do HIS commandments, hearkening unto the voice of HIS word"

Isaiah 42:19, KJV

The GOD of Israel speaking to HIS prophet "Who is blind, but My servant? or deaf, as My Messenger (H4397) that I sent? who is blind as he that is perfect, and blind as the LORD'S servant?"

Isaiah 44:26, KJV

The GOD of Israel "That confirmeth the word of his servant, and performeth the counsel of HIS Messengers;(H4397)"

Psalm 104: 4, KJV

"Who maketh HIS Angels (H4397) spirits; HIS ministers a flaming fire"

Who do Angels serve?

According to the scriptures, not all Angels are invisible to the naked eye, and they are not limited to what we've restricted as being "celestial beings" limited to the Heavenly realm.

In Jacob's dream, there was a stairway that led upward to the Heavens, and the מֲלְאָךְ (Angels/Messengers) of the GOD of Israel, were ascending and descending thereby (Genesis 28:10-19, KJV). These מֲלְאָךְ were carrying out the mission and orders of the GOD of Israel. However, as we've seen, an מֲלְאָךְ is not just identified as a "messenger" but it is also descriptiv