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How Many Times Did Angels Appear?

The Annunication by Fra Angelico

Angels appeared five times:

  1. The angel Gabriel revealed to Mary she was giving birth to Jesus (Luke 1:26-38).
  2. The angel Gabriel told the shepherds that Jesus had been born. A multitude of angels then appeared (Luke 2:8-20).
  3. Zechariah received news of his wife's pregnancy from the angel Gabriel. The child would be named John (Luke 1:11-25).
  4. After the Magi's visit, an angel instructed Joseph to flee to Egypt with Mary and Jesus (Matthew 2: 13).
  5. After the death of Herod an angel told Joseph to return to Israel with Mary and Jesus (Matthew 2:19).


Painting: "The Annunciation" by Fra Angelico

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