What's the difference between Angels and Arch Angels?
Do they have different duties?
Archangels are the leaders. If we were to use the current military style as our guide, Archangels would be the base commanders for each of the military stations we have. They have equal powers and only the size of the base or manpower count is different.
Arch angels fight demons and are recognized individually and called "saints"
Angels are the most close to our word and mankind they are the ones who manifest, are represented with light clothes, candles and/or palms of victory.
An arch angel is usually a high ranking angel.
In medieval times, they believed there were nine rankings of angelology. Angels were the lowest ranking ones, and the ones we as humans are most familiar with, then the second lowest was Archangels, which in greek means, "chief angels." Seraphims are the highest, in case you are curious. Michael is often referred to as an archangel, although it is believed he is a seraphim. In fact, Satan was a seraphim, until he fell. They are the ones who praise God.
Here's some good resources to look at:
A few men became followers of Paul and believed. Among them was Dionysius, a member of the Areopagus...
(Acts 17:34 NIV)
Dionysius' book "The Celestial Hierarchy" exerted great influence on scholars and it treated at great length the hierarchies of Angels. Together with other works like the Summa Theologica written by Thomas Aquinas (c. 1225–1274), these drew from comparative studies of the Old Testament and New Testament, detailing the descending celestial order and divine rank.
I have an article that also mentions this topic to some extent at:
*SEE the section under "ANGELS from PARADISE"
All good answers here. Yes, they have different roles, and angels are all the servants of God. Archangels are just more powerful angels.
The difference lies in their importance and service to Almighty God.
All these answers are good and useful. In addition I would say that "Michael" the warier and "Gabriel" the messenger are the most famous archangels according to the Biblical records. Also according to the theological views even 'Luzifer' was one of the archangels before his fall due to his sin. But they all are spirits and they serve God.
What is the truth about Angels? Here's a little Hub that will clear things up. read more
I have written a Hub on the subject since there was not enough space here to explain the answer in enough detail. I hope you enjoy it. Best wishes!
This article will fill in the rest of the historical information and detail modern-day relevance, as we finish describing the day-to-day "working classes" of the angels and function in the universe. We will also look more into the role that angels play in regards to spiritual warfare because this element is much greater than most people probably even imagine. We will uncover these various aspects (including both angels and demons) and how they are involved in the lives of the saved and lost. read more
Thanks everyone for your comments.
@RG Nestle - I appreciate you writing a Hub to answer this, but you didn't add a comment box. It was very useful and I have more clarity on the issue. Thanks and God Bless.
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