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International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
Angels of the Seven Churches
It is evident from the contexts of the various Biblical passages in which the word "angel" appears, that the word does not always represent the same idea. In such passages as Daniel 12:1 and Acts 12:15 it would seem that the angel was generally regarded as a superhuman being whose duty it was to guard a nation or an individual, not unlike the
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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Angels of the Seven Churches'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/isb/a/angels-of-the-seven-churches.html. 1915.