According to the Bible, angels are God's special messengers and His heavenly army. The Authorized Version of the Old Testament includes 212 verses where the Hebrew word translated angel appears. That word(מלאך mal'âk), translated 100 times as angel, is also translated as, messengers 74 times, messenger 24 times, angels ten times, and ambassadors four times.
They do get around. Today angels are quite in vogue, with tiring lists of library and Internet references concerning them. Bumper stickers proclaim angelic protection, and movies and TV shows feature their adventures.
Though I've personally never witnessed obvious spirit-manifestations, that is not to say they haven't happened around me. There is no reason to assume my eyes of flesh—or anyone else's for that matter—should be able to observe spirit-beings. Since the Bible gives many non-symbolic accounts of angels at work, however, I have no choice but to believe they exist.
The Bible also makes God's attributes perfectly clear, among which is his attribute of omnipresence, or existing everywhere at once. Since such a concept is impossible for us finite mortals to fully understand, many assume it to mean God is aware of all things rather than literally being everywhere.
God's omnipresence creates an interesting conundrum when considering the angelic role of messenger. If God is present everywhere at once, logic suggests he must be present as his angels perform their God-assigned tasks. So, why does he need messengers if he's with the message's recipient all along?
One might think skepticism motivates this line of thought. While that is certainly the case for those who refuse to believe the Biblical account, my questions drive me deeper into God's word for the answer, which I know is there, hidden though it may be.
In coming posts, I will share with readers what I find. If I come to any conclusions, they are up for grabs. Anyone who can shoot them down must feel free to do it, but not with religious dogma or tradition, unsupported by careful Bible study. So, let's see what comes of all this speculating.