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Angels have become part of the pop culture landscape, often appearing as cuddly and adorable tykes with wings, and many people think of them as "spiritual pets" at their beck and call. Such images are a long way from the angels of the Bible, who are often, to put it mildly, extremely intimidating beings. Angels are God's messengers and do come to people's aid at times, but "cuddly" would be the last word to describe the angels in the pages of Scripture. At this season of the year, when angels seem to be on everyone's mind, see how much you really know about these divine heralds and helpers.
1 Which biblical figure had an awe-inspiring …