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Is there such a thing as an angel of death?

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The Bible nowhere teaches that there is a particular angel who is in charge of death or who is present whenever a person dies. Angels may be sent to cause death like the passage in Second Kings 19:35 where it describes an angel putting to death 185,000 Assyrians who had invaded Israel and also the passage in Exodus chapter 12, where the angel caused the death of the firstborns of Egypt. While the Bible describes angels causing death at the command of the Lord, Scripture nowhere teaches that there is a specific angel of death.

Angels are created beings that are a little higher than man (Hebrews 2:7). They are spiritual beings (Hebrews 1:14) without physical bodies but at times take a physical form to appear to men (Genesis 19:1). The Bible does not state that angels are created in the image and likeness of God, as humans are (Genesis 1:26). Good angels are sent by God for the ministry of believers (Hebrews 1:14).

Although they do not have physical bodies, they are still personalities. They have intelligence (Matthew 8:29; 2 Corinthians 11:3; 1 Peter 1:12), emotions (Luke 2:13; James 2:19; Revelation 12:17), and exercise will (Luke 8:28-31; 2 Timothy 2:26; Jude 6). And the good angels are subject to God.

God, and God alone, is sovereign over the timing of our deaths. No angel or demon can in any sense cause our death before the time God has willed it to occur.

In His service,

ProofDirectory Team

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