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Don Stewart :: Where Do Angels Live?

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Don Stewart
According to Scripture, earth is not the only inhabited place in the universe. Angels make their home in heaven. Jesus said:

For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven (Mark 12:25).

Though they are said to live in the heavenly realm, there is not necessarily one certain place where they reside. The Bible does speak of the evil angels leaving their proper dwelling.

And the angels who did not keep their own position, but left their proper dwelling, He has kept in eternal chains in deepest darkness for the judgment of the great Day (Jude 6)

Some have thought that this refers to a specific place where angels reside. What we can say for certain is that angels do live in the heavenly realm.

Access To God

Not only do angels live in the heavenly realm, they also have access to God's presence.

One day the "sons of God" came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came among them (Job 1:6).

Scripture makes a distinction between the heavenly realm - the sun, moon, and stars - and the presence of God. His presence is above this heavenly realm. This is a place that no telescope can reach. The Bible says Christ entered into this realm after His death.

For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made by human hands, a mere copy of the true one, but He entered into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God on our behalf (Hebrews 9:24)

Come To Earth

Though angels reside in heaven, and have access to God, the Bible says that they have the capacity to come to earth.

And he [Jacob] had a dream, and behold, a ladder was set on the earth with its top reaching to heaven; and behold, the angels of God were ascending and descending on it (Genesis 28:12).

Scripture gives abundant testimony of angels leaving their home in heaven to minister here on the earth.

Summary

Angels live in the unseen heavenly realm. They have access to God, whose presence dwells above the heavens. Though angels have their residence in heaven, they are able to come to the earth. They are spoken of as both ascending and descending. Therefore they are not restricted to any part of the universe. Consequently, they do the will of God wherever they are needed.
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The Blue Letter Bible ministry and the BLB Institute hold to the historical, conservative Christian faith, which includes a firm belief in the inerrancy of Scripture. Since the text and audio content provided by BLB represent a range of evangelical traditions, all of the ideas and principles conveyed in the resource materials are not necessarily affirmed, in total, by this ministry.


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