A poll that was
published in TIME magazine showed that 69 percent of people believe in Angels, 46
percent of which believe they have a personal guardian angel. Descriptions of these
angels include a wide range of appearances. Some are only lights or a hovering golden
halo; while others describe their angel as human, half human, or even animal! Angels are
said to descend upon those who are in need of salvation (from evil or hell), or who need
direction in life, in pain or suffering physically or emotionally, or to those who need
simple things such as directions or a winning lottery ticket. Angelic encounters are
sometimes life-changing, but always leave the experience
spiritually/physically/emotionally revived, comforted, and less negative. "Rocky"
situations in one's life are handled easier and with less stress.
"Angel contactees" usually describe an instance when things are so bad that they go to a
solitary place alone (a bedroom, etc...). An angel then appears. Heavenly music and/or
joyful music is heard, a warm, tingly light is felt, sometimes invisible arms are felt
embracing the person in distress. Communication is usually telepathic, not always in
words but emotion (like a transfer of positive energy).
There are numerous other angel stories which involve deceased loved ones visiting those
they left behind to reassure the grieving of their well being after death. Or someone will
get a vivid image or sudden thought of a close friend or family member minutes before
learning about their death. Other stories include lights from familiar sources "forming"
into angels (or angelic shapes), a halo suddenly hovering over one's head, or even a
mysterious person who saves one's life or helps them out in any way. The "angel" then
disappears before being thanked, giving the bewildered a conclusion that they were
"touched by an angel". Sometimes angels are not seen but felt. For example, someone
may be approaching unseen danger when they are suddenly yanked or pushed out of
harm's way by an unseen force. An old wives tale says that when you hear your name
called, and you look around to find yourself alone, your guardian angel just saved you
from danger or temptation.
Angels or angelic-like beings are mentioned in many other religions including several
middle-eastern religions, often as animal spirit guides in native American or pagan
cultures. However, the majority of angels are reported by people of Catholic or Christian
(Protestant) faiths. This is probably due to the fact that angels are mentioned over 300
times in the Bible.
According to the Christian Bible, angels are workers and messengers of God, who work
in Heaven and on Earth. Two distinct angels are named including Gabriel, the messenger
angel who gave Mary the news of her divine pregnancy (Luke), and Michael the arch
angel. Other Biblical angel encounters include the two men that warned Lot of Sodom
and Gomorra’s destruction (Genisis); the multitude who proclaimed the Christ Child's
arrival to the shepherds (Luke); the angel who escorted the apostle John in the book of
Revelations and defeated Satan; and the angels who comforted Jesus at the garden of
Gethsemene on the night before his execution.
The Bible also mentions other types of Angels or heavenly beings called the Seraphim
and the Cherubim as described in Ezekiel and Revelations.
The majority of angels mentioned in the Bible depict wingless beings who take the form
of a man. The only exceptions are the Cherubim and the Seraphim mentioned above and
only one mention of a winged, female angel in the Old Testament.
the description of winged women and children angels are found mostly in non-Christian
mythology. Cupid, the sprite who makes lovers out of people by shooting them with
special arrows, resembles the flying children made popular during the Victorian and
According to palm-readers, the angel line is found running next to the life line. They can
see how influential one's guardian angel is in their life by deciphering the angel line.
The problem with the majority of alleged angelic encounters is that highly religious
people are likely to interpret coincidence as divine intervention; or a mysterious "human"
hero as an angel sent from God, when infact, they were just benevolent human
Also, mara-like experiences or dreams could be interpreted as angelic visitations.
Maras, OBE's, NDE's, and Alien Abductions all share similar aspects of an angelic
encounter. Some UFO
believers (usually the religious ones) think of extraterrestrials as angels (or demons). So
called "space brothers/sisters" are supposedly watching over and protecting humankind,
and playing a role in evolution of the human race.
In every angelic encounter I have read, the person experiences positive emotions,
comfort, and peace. If you take a look at the majority of angel appearances in the Bible,
those who came in contact with angels were struck with terror. The first words out of the
angel's mouth was always "Fear not!" (See Gabriels
visit to Mary, and the shepherds visitation.)
Why has the fear or startled reaction to a strange entity suddenly appearing before you
Also, angels never appeared as animals or halos hovering over peoples heads. The only
animal-looking angels were the Cherubim and Seraphim who, according to the Bible,
never leave the proximity of God's throne in Heaven. So, why would an angel come all
the way from Heaven and choose a person, not necessarily in danger (when so many
others are), and make a mysterious apparition which is not understood by the experience?
That doesn't make any sense!
And another thing - there are those who charge money to contact your personal guardian
angel, describing them and communicating with them. And there are those who channel
angels, especially Michael, the Arch Angel. Why is it that one can contact God or a
heavenly being through "Bible forbidden" methods such as divination?
I am not attempting to debunk the existence of angels altogether, but I am sure, as with
any paranormal report, the majority of eye-witness accounts are lies, hoaxes, or
misinterpreted. Whether these are real experiences or not, angelic encounters have a
profound effect on many people's lives. And it would appear, according to the media,
that angels are a popular belief. So, what do you think? Do you believe in angels?
Guardian angels? Or do you think this, along with the UFO phenomena and others, are
merely a mass delusion? Post your comments on the Paranormal Message Board and tell us what you
think. View some other Biblical angel references here.