Zechariah has more references to angels than almost any other book in the Old Testament. Because of the apocalyptic nature of his writing, some are tempted to see angels as figurative or mythological. But the Bible reveals that angels are real spiritual beings who serve God and His people.
- Abraham was visited by angels (Genesis 18.1-2; 19.1), and Jacob saw visions of angels (Genesis 28.10-12; 32.1-2).
- The Angel of the LORD appeared to Moses in the burning bush (Exodus 3.1-2) and led the Israelites through the wilderness (Exodus 14.19).
- The Angel of the LORD confronted Balaam’s donkey and caused the animal to speak (Numbers 22.22-35).
- Gideon was called by the Angel of the LORD to lead his people against their enemies (Judges 6.11-24).
- An angel stood by and helped Elijah during his flight from Jezebel (1Kings 19.5-8).
It’s notable that the prophets who preached before the Exile rarely mentioned angels, yet the prophets after the Exile, especially Daniel and Zechariah, frequently refer to them. Maybe it was because the Exile was a terribly dark time spiritually, and God wanted to reassure His people He had not forgotten them.