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Angels

Angeles


An angel is a pure spirit created by God. The Old Testament theology included the belief
in angels: the name applied to certain spiritual beings or intelligences of heavenly
residence, employed by God as the ministers of His will.



HISTORY

Are Angels ambassadors sent from God to guide us, protect us or bring messages from
heaven? The word angel comes from the Greek word "angelos" which means messenger. The
Bible says that God has appointed many angels to those who love God and call to Him,
"Psalms 91:11 For He shall give His angels charge over you, To keep you in all your ways."
The bible refers to different types of angels, with varying duties such as ugides,
protectors, messengers and angels of the Lord, or as Cherubim, Seraphim, or Archangels,
and not to be worshipped for they are "creatures" Col. 2:18; Rev. 19:10; 22:9.



The meanings of angels, their appearance and purposes vary throughout history and the
world. Artists have given us their visions of angels as winged creatures, usually
beautiful figures that are glowing, shining, floating, in human form or as a voice. Saints
as well as everyday people tell about being visited by or helped by angels




In the bible, angels have appeared as messengers, guides, and healers. They also make up
the celestial court. "And I beheld and I heard the voice of many angels round about the
throne, and the number of them was thousands of thousands." - St. John, the Evangelist.
Angels are even recorded in the Koran, "You shall see the angels circling around the
throne, giving glory to their Lord".


The world's great literature and art tell us about many angel characters - some we're
familiar with and some obscure to us now. Yet, the common thread that weaves amongst the
legends and the lore is the undeniable influence that angels have had upon nearly every
culture and religion known to man











Types of Angels

There are different types of angels depicted in the bible that have varying degrees of
divine missions, different names and descriptions. First of all they are said to be with
God



Angels are found throughout the Old Testament and also in the New Testament, though less
often. Origen, one of the earliest biblical scholars living at the time of the first
Century, recognized the notion of Guardian Angels. St. Jerome told us that each of us is
given a Guardian Angel at birth, and St. Thomas concurred with this belief. The Old
Testament was not explicit on a personal Guardian Angel but there was a belief that
guardian angels put people under their protection



Angels of the Lord" "As he considered this, he fell asleep, and an angel of the Lord
appeared to him in a dream. "Joseph, son of David," the angel said, "do not be afraid to
go ahead with your marriage to Mary. For the child within her has been conceived by the
Holy Spirit. When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord commanded. He brought
Mary home to be his wife." Matthew 1:20-24



Dionysius, a 5th or 6th century writer gives us the hierarchical order of the angels. The
first group is the seraphim, cherubim and thrones. The word seraphim (singular is saraph)
is taken from the fiery imagery often associated with the Presence of God-- Ezek. 1:27.
Cherubim are represented as guardians with many wings. Thrones have been depicted wearing
stoles and kneeling before God


Seraphim stood above Him, each having six wings; with two he covered his face, and with
two he covered his feet, and with two he flew" . Isaiah 6:2


So He drove out the man; and placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubim, and a
flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life". Gen. 3:24


The 2nd group is composed of dominations, virtues and powers. Each group is associated
with specific symbols. The dominations held scepters and wore crowns. The virtues are
shown with flasks of perfume, trumpets, and rays of lightening. The powers are depicted
wielding flaming swords


Archangels: The 3rd group includes the principalities, protectors of nations, the
archangels, and the angels who protect humans. The word "archangel" is not found in the
Old Testament



Raphael is the healing angel. Many nurses and physicians claim angels have guided them.


Gabriel, the angel of the enunciation,

Uriel is an angel of death who was also thought to be the angel of transformation, is
believed to be standing by people on the verge of death


Michael the archangel appears as a warrior angel in 1 Thess. 4:16 and Jude 9. Michael is
said to be the defender angel who does battle Daniel 10:13, 21; and 12:1. Also in Romans.
8:38, Eph. 1:21, and Col. 1:16. . The guardian angels are all aspects and forms of
Michael, personal guardian angels, as well as those that help armies and protect nations.
They say that earth has an angel.


There is another angel that appears if a person has died. There is said to be an angel
called the Gatekeeper who comes to gently lead them into the spiritual realm


The meaning of angels throughout history and the world have different powers, are able to
do special things for their followers or believers. Each angel was a distinct species.
Medieval thought was that angels were a distinct being, endowed with intelligence and free
will, which humans could never hope to attain




Angels have made us curious, fired our imagination and filled us with something hope, love
and thankfulness. We hear about people who have seen angels, people who believe they have
been visited by them; angels who have appeared as people who save them from disaster, or
whisper to them what they should do. Whose lives angels have been changed. Angels who
watchover us, who are with us from birth, who protect us, and guide us.




People's Perceptions of Angels


In the middle ages it was believed that the angelic mind had a greater power of
understanding than any human could hope to attain. St. Thomas Aquinas, the great scholar
and theologian, said angels could communicate with one another by opening their minds and
revealing what was there


Angels Wings - During the 1600s, angels pervaded the world of literature and art, depicted
by a vast array of images and writings. Angels were accessible to the laity through these
arts than through church doctrines. Perhaps those earlier inspired visions and
translations in the human way of what the spirit of God was to these people became a
style. It wasn't so much that every artist that was experiencing a spiritual flow
necessarily saw an angel. But the image was strong, the wings, the concept of wings and
their meanings in many symbolic ways held over. The church and various religions picked up
on this angelic form, the winged figure, retranslated it in different ways - whether it
was a woman with wings or a man and wings - and retranslated in there own fashion. But
each of them capturing a sense of the reality that's really there about those images




Description Of The "Angelic Hierarchy"
"All three major religions of the Western world, Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, as well
as virtually all of the world's other systems of religious belief, include celestials in
their cosmologies. Their scriptures all contain references to angelic int erventions."

"Angels, like people, belong to families or clans. Many names have been given to them, but
in the opinion of a number of angel historians, the most familiar can be arranged in three
categories, or spheres, starting at the top with those closest to God, and moving down to
those who are connected to the physical world." ...

"The word 'angel' itself is used both as a generic term to refer to all heavenly beings,
and as a specific term to refer to the members of the third sphere, those closest to the
physical. So, too, the word 'archangel' is often used as a generic term to refer to all
the high orders of heavenly beings, although they are in fact but one of the higher
orders."

"According to Abigrael, there are four orders within the heavenly hosts that particularly
concern us now: angels, archangels, principalities, and thrones." ...

"While it looks like there is a higher and lower echelon, it's more accurate to visualize
all these orders in a great circle, with the "highest" and the "lowest" holding hands. For
example, seraphim, who appear to be closest to the Creator, also serve t he God in us."

In the New Testament celestial beings are grouped into seven ranks: angels, archangels,
principalities, powers, virtues, dominions, and thrones. Plus, the Old Testament adds
cherubim and seraphim, which with the other seven ranks, comprise the nine cho irs of
angels in later Christian theology; although the number has generally been fixed at seven.
The angels receiving the most attention and veneration were the four angels mentioned in
the O.T. and the Apocrypha.

The Spiritual Hierarchy
The 9 orders of angelic beings
(1 being the highest order)
The First Sphere -- angels who serve as heavenly counselors
1 - SERAPHIM
2 - CHERUBIM
3 - THRONES
The Second Sphere -- angels who work as heavenly governors
4 - DOMINIONS
5 - VIRTUES
6 - POWERS
The Third Sphere -- angels who function as heavenly messengers
7 - PRINCIPALITIES
8 - ARCHANGELS
9 - ANGELS
SERAPHIM
"The highest order of the highest hierarchy are the seraphim, the celestial beings said to
surround the throne of God, singing the music of the spheres, and regulating the movement
of the heavens as it emanates from God."

CHERUBIM
"Beyond the thrones are the cherubim. They are the guardians of light, and of the stars.
Remote from your plane of reality, still their light touches your lives, the divine light
that they filter down from Heaven." -- Lucifer (Satan/Devil) is known as the 'angel of
light, whom God's light shown through' -- before his 'sin against God'.

THRONES
"The first order in the third sphere is the thrones. They are the companion angels of the
planets. At this time in your history it is important for you to be aware of the
particular throne, the Earth Angel, who is guardian of your world." -- [ Lady Gai a ]

DOMINIONS
"The dominions are the heavenly beings who govern the activities of all the angelic groups
lower than they are. Divine bureaucrats, they also serve to integrate the spiritual and
the material worlds. Although they take their orders from God, and rarely contact
individuals, their work is connected to your reality."

VIRTUES
"Beyond the powers are another group of beings, the virtues. They are of particular
importance to you now because they are able to beam out massive levels of divine energy.
As more groups of you learn to work with the virtues, their will be a greater i nfusion of
spiritual energy available on your planet."

POWERS
"The first order of the second sphere are those beings who have been known as powers. They
are the bearers of the conscience of all of humanity, the keepers of your collective
history. The angels of birth and death are in this category. They are able to draw down
and hold the energy of the divine plan the same way trees draw down the energy of the Sun.
In this way, the powers can send all of you a vision of a world spiritual network. Just as
you have a heart, liver, kidneys, and other organs in your body, all of the worlds
religions are different organs in the emerging spiritual body of this planet." -- For
example, The Bahai Faith.

PRINCIPALITIES
"Beyond the group of archangels are the principalities. They are the guardian angels of
all large groups, from cities and nations to recent human creations such as multi-national
corporations. These might more accurately now be called integrating angel s. There are
many of these beings involved with your planet....one particular integrating angel who
carries the pattern of a unified global order in its heart."

ARCHANGELS
"Beyond the angels are the beings you are used to calling the archangels. But we suggest
that you call them overlighting angels, since they tend the larger arenas of human
endeavor. These beings are from a different family from the angels. There are m any
different kinds of overlighting angels in this larger family. The four you are most
familiar with are Gabriel, Michael, Raphael, and Uriel."

ANGELS
"The angels that you're most familiar with are those in the last order. They are the ones
who are closest to humanity, the ones most concerned with human affairs. Within the
category of angels, there are many different kinds, with different functions.. ..The ones
that you know best....are the guardian angels. Because of shifts in their functions and
your consciousness, it is useful to think of these celestial beings as companion angels.
As you enter a time of increased light and love on the planet, th ey will not need to
guard you, but rather will be your guides to greater and greater consciousness." -- This
can be related directly to the transformation of the Earth into the Galactic Federation,
with the Earth entering the photon belt, transmuting us i nto the Fourth Dimension.
According to the Galactic Federation, we will be assisted during this time both by our own
angelic hierarchy (above) and by mass landings of Humans from the Sirius star cluster.

Description Of The "Celestial Top Ten" Angels Best Known To Us
MICHAEL (Archangel): Who is like God?
"Whose name is a question -- 'Who is like God?' -- is surely the best known of the
overlighting archangels. Michael is acknowledged by all three Western sacred traditions.
He is believed to appeared to Moses as the fire in the burning bush, and to have rescued
Daniel and his friends from the lions' den. To Christians, he's the angel who informed
Mary of her approaching death. Islamic lore tells us that his wings are the color of
'green emerald and are covered with saffron hairs, each of them containi ng a million
faces and mouths and as many tongues which, in a million dialects, implore the pardon of
Allah.' The Koran also paints the touching image of the cherubim being formed from the
tears of Michael."

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