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Angels, who are they?

Updated on August 2, 2012

Angels

Angels are messengers sent from God; they are created beings of a higher order than man and therefore not spirits.They are referred to as ministering spirits in Hebrews 1:14, but this is more descriptive of their being sent, as messengers.

All angels named in the canonized Bible are three; Michael (an archangel) Gabriel and Lucifer (Satan) there are others named in apocrypha and Dead Sea Scrolls they are Raphael and Uriel. They do not reproduce so there is no need for gender, but they are definitely spoken of as male. There are Cherubim and Seraphim and there are Heavenly hosts.

This hub was made in response to a question,

Angels are spirits, right or wrong? Are they sexless?

by Rhoda Talisaysay

and I will do my best with what materials I have for reference to answer as many questions as I possibly can about angels.

Archangel Michael

Lucifer, the fallen angel

What does the Bible say?

I have said before and actually in the Bible it is written that angels are created beings Psalm 148:5 & Colossians 1:16 and they were formed even before the Earth's existence. Job 38:6-7

Many are they, legions upon legions could have been called to help rescue Jesus from the cross had he willed and still those many will be summoned to fight the one last battle at Armageddon. Let us look at one type of angel from a Biblical point of view, the Seraphim.

These beings are associated with serpents and wth light. It is the Seraphim who Isaiah speaks of as singing “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.” Isaiah 6:3 and of their features they are tall, with six wings, two that cover their eyes as they can not look directly at the LORD, two for covering their feet and two more for flying. Of this order of being comes Lucifer, also known as Satan and he is known from the Hebrew word "helel," which means brightness. Lucfer was even known as one of the "mornng stars." Other angels Metatron, Kemuel, Nathanael and Gabriel are of this order as well.

The book of Ezekiel, Ezekiel 1, speaks of "creatures" in his vision, these creatures are the cherubim, four in number, with four faces each and four wings. A face of an ox, of an eagle, of a lion and of man and they also give a similar message as did the Seraphim saying “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.” Revelation 4:8


Revelation

Messengers

What does man say?

Man has many notions about angels, halos,wings and dressed in white; guardians and even matchmakers. Matchmakers? Yes, look to Cupid that cute winged cherub, shooting arrows of love to and fro, creating a love between two persons.

With Valentines Day approaching perhaps Cupid is filling the quiver with those arrows even now. The offspring of either Venus or Aphrodite, Cupid or Eros has been depicted as a winged and somewhat chubby child-like figure representative of an angel.

Another of man's belief has been or may be that once we die we ourselves might become as an angel. This is not represented as belief or taught through the Bible, it is a kind gesture or thought to believe we might take on this form upon entering Heaven, but I believe another and more biblical accurate life awaits us and I believe at that time we will see and perhaps share in praising God alongside these Heavenly Hosts.

Guardian angels, do we have one? I'm sure that God watches over us and I know through scrptures that He has sent many a messeger(angel) to keep us from harm, either by avoidance or by interceding on our behalf. Genesis 19:15-16, Ezekiel 9:4-5 & Psalm 34:7

Nine Orders

Hebrews 13:2

Angels have been entertained by men unknowingly? So if I understand this scripture correctly, we may have had company with angels, by showing them hospitality. Well that certainly seems to tie in with the teachings of Jesus, how we should love our neighbors and in the lesson to be learned from the story of The Good Samaritan.

While we may never see an angel ourselves knowingly, I do consider that loving all creatures created by God, especially our neighbors, is the result of an active faith in God and by employing regular study habits of our Bibles, as well as acting upon the lessons we find within its two covers, we serve as messengers like our angelic brethren.

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      noturningback 6 years ago from Edgewater, MD. USA

      Thank you kashmir56, I'm hoping our guardians stand watch over us always, Lord knows we need the help.

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      Thomas Silvia 6 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great beautifully written hub on angels and very well explained .

      Vote up and more !!!

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      noturningback 6 years ago from Edgewater, MD. USA

      I am glad I found you as well, for all I try to encourage, but at times I need encouragement too and you were/are for me. Thank you ?

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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      A beautiful hub on Angels which are very close to my heart now and forever.

      I am glad you found me on here and I am looking forward to reading many more of yours also.

      Take care and have a great day.

      Eddy.

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      noturningback 6 years ago from Edgewater, MD. USA

      Thank you for your comment and your time in stopping by to visit this Hub.

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      freelanceauthor 6 years ago

      Angels are around us. Nice and interesting hub.

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      noturningback 6 years ago from Edgewater, MD. USA

      Reminds me of an Alanis Morisette song "What if God were one of us" and of course He was. Thanks for the comment.

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      Enlydia Listener 6 years ago from trailer in the country

      I think I met an angel once, though she looked like a street person.

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      noturningback 6 years ago from Edgewater, MD. USA

      You're welcome. A Ms./Mrs. Rhoda Talisaysay provoked and inspired me to research and create a hub about them.

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      noturningback 6 years ago from Edgewater, MD. USA

      I would like to thank you as well Rhoda. By your thoughts on angels, I was able to educate myself by researching the scriptures more thoroughly. I am almost certain, that when we return home tp our heavenly father's home, we will indeed see firsthand who and what they are and I'm sure there will be many surprises too.

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      Rhoda Talisaysay 6 years ago from Philippines

      Thank you very much noturningback for making this hub as a response to my question and such a wonderful inspiring knowledge that comes from you. I am truly curious about the characteristics of the angels.Looking forward to read your hubs when our internet connection will get better hopefully soon.

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      Queirdkus Ω Ibidem 6 years ago from Sitting on the Rug

      Thanks for writing about angels, noturningback! They are among my daily inspiration.

      Best,

      Quirinus

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      Jackie Lynnley 6 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Interesting thought.

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