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Angels: How many are watching over Humanity?

Updated on May 26, 2010

Holy Archangel Michael: Prince of the Seven Archangels

November 21st is The Archangel, Michael's Feast Day
November 21st is The Archangel, Michael's Feast Day

Hierarchy of God's Angels

Yes, there is a hierarchy among God's beloved angels. The highest are assembled of the seraphim, cherubim and the thrones, which are the closest to the Holy Trinity. The very closest to God are the six-winged, seraphim, who are aflame with God's love and incite that same fire in others - angels and people alike. In Genesis 1 after Adam and Eve are expelled from the Garden of Eden, we find the, many-eyed cherubim guarding the gates to Eden. The cherubim shine with the knowledge of God's mysteries and the great depth of His wisdom. They enlighten others, hence their many eyes. The Lord himself sits on the thrones from where he passes his judgement upon the heavenly bodies, hosts and on mankind. Of the middle hierarchy are the dominions, forces, and powers. The dominions rule over their earthly domains wisely and practically. Meanwhile, the forces are filled with God's strength and they carry out HIs will on earth and in Heaven. The forces help mankind bear his/her trials, burdens and difficulties associated with the earthly plane by giving people the strength to carry those burdens, sorrows and misfortunes. The powers have the ability to curtail the devil's actions upon humankind. These forces are ever vigilant in their task and have been granted all power over Lucifer, the light bearer in Hebrew.

Which brings us to the final category of angels where the archangel Michael made his princely, high place by battling with Lucifer. Satan had destroyed himself with pride, selfishness and, subsequently, fell from heaven into the fiery pits. Our beloved archangel Michael always defends us in battle, as he so powerfully demonstrated when he kicked Lucifer's behind out of heaven. Lucifer enticed other wicked angels to follow him; hence, the den of demons whose place is in hell and who lurk among the human race. What Satan does to Job is a well known biblical story, as is the story of Jacob's ladder where he climbs in and out of heaven as do the angels, each illustrating the positions the angels have among our kind: humans.

Of this so called, lower division of angels you find the principalities, archangels and angels. Since this hierarchy is termed such by theologians, does not mean that their place among God's loving, powerful cohorts, messengers and guides is any less important. These are just theological classifications which help the faithful understand those which appear to be closest to God upon inspecting scripture.

The Seven Archangels: Closest to Humankind

Michael and God's Six Other Archangels
Michael and God's Six Other Archangels

Names of The Sevens Archangels and What They do

Which brings us to the final hierarchy of angels where the archangel Michael made his princely, high place among the six other archangels, by battling with Lucifer, the bringer of light to men, and casting him into hell with God's desire fulfilled. Lucifer destroyed himself with pride, selfishness and, subsequently, fell from heaven into the fiery pits. If you have ever heard of Luciferic principal, it refers to this fallen angel who became a demon of the dark. This is ironic, because of Lucifer's original station as the bringer of light to men.

Of this so called, lower division of angels, who are the closest to mankind, you find the principalities, archangels and angels. Since this hierarchy is termed "lower"  by theologians, does not mean that their place among God's loving, powerful cohorts, messengers and guides are any less important. These are just theological classifications which help the faithful understand those which appear to be closest to God when studying both Christian and Judaic scripture.

Celestial Bodies embodied in the Seven

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God's Celestial Bodies: Archangels Names and Duties
God's Celestial Bodies: Archangels Names and Duties
God's Celestial Bodies: Archangels Names and Duties

Have you ever been curious about the immense number of angels above and below: that is in heaven and on earth? Well, most people are familiar with the archangel Michael, who is often pictured defending us in battle, according to the Judeo-Christian books of Daniel, Isaiah, St. John, and Revelation to name a few. Personally, Mystic Amy has, like you, often wondered what the other six archangels names were and what they do for us as our agents, messengers and comforters, among other Godly duties.

Here are the names of our archangels, divinely charged with humanity. These same angels appear in the Christian Bible, the Jewish Talmud, as well as in, the Islamic Koran. Another source of Judeo-Christian and Islamic Angel lore can be found in the non-canonical book: "The Lost Book of Enoch".

The first, as I mentioned, is the Archangel Michael whose main duty is to defend us in battle against all evil. The second best known archangel is the Archangel Gabriel, who is our messenger, who announced the birth of Christ to the Virgin Mary and who delivered the message to Zacharias about the coming birth of St. John the Baptiste. We know the Archangel Raphael's name means "God's Healer" who aids men in their illnesses and who is mentioned in the Book of Tobias.

Mentioned in the book of Ezra as the one who prays to God and urges man to pray fervently is the archangel Salaphiel. Now, the archangel Jegudiel glorifies God singing, "Holy, holy, holy is God on High..." In fact, all of the angels sing. It is also his place to strengthen those who work, to keep on truckin". Last, but not least, is the Archangel Barachiel, who intercedes before our Lord, God on our behalf when we are not able to utter our own prayers. Barachiel's name means, the blessing of God. Besides these seven archangels who are mentioned in the Book of Tobias, Ezra, the book of Enoch, Tobit and elsewhere throughout scripture, we find that the Archangel Jeremiel, whose name means exhaultation, lifts up our prayers to the holy ones, the Holy One, God. These are the seven holy archangels who are among the very closest to you and me. We can call on them in our need, in our trials, and our praise of God according to their specialities. Archangels, principalities and angels are so very close to us they can hear our thoughts, intervene on ou good behalf. They can appear as glorious heavenly angels or as human beings who pop into your life exactly when you require their help.

I have known the name of my guardian Angel since I was five or six years old; her name is Grace. She, among the other heavenly hosts mentioned throughout this article, have saved my life, sent me important messages, helped me to pray when I was unable to form the words. But who needs words which so inadequately describe and comprehend the universe and supreme intelligence: God. When our hearts and minds are already known to Him, we still require angelic and heavenly intervention. We utter our prayers, think in archetypal imagery and generally get an answer soon enough. All of the angels mentioned above have their stations in heaven and on earth; they are without a doubt, fully believed in by not just the Faithful but, by the general public as well. Angels have been part of humanity's lore prior to literacy. This is why you see so many angel images carved in cathedrals, divinely wrought in paintings and sculpted to guard pre-medieval castles.


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In Conclusion: The Angels

They Lovingly Attend Us

So, these are the names of all of the angels, hosts and attendants to the Father/Mother Principle, better known as God. In researching this article, I found that the angels did guide me, for it is a heavy task to undertake. A task I was glad to learn for myself and also to share with you, my readers. May God hold you in the palm of his Hand. His spirit is all over and about us, so naturally He does not have hands, but many people think of God as a man with a long-flowing white beard and a loving nature, at least as He is shown in the New Testament. The Old Testament depicts a God who is often cruel, frightening, capricious and whimsical. But the God of the New Testament, perhaps because he sent His son in the flesh to experience the human condition as it is, really understands his humans all the better on that account. Now, I have a challenge for you: Can you name all the archangels after reading this piece. Or all of the heavenly hosts? Please ask me anything about the entire Heavenly Host and I'll be glad to research the answer for you, if I don't already know it. Today, November 21st, is the Orthodox Feast Day of St. Michael, the Archangel in whose honor I wrote this article today. Feel free to give this winged prince thanks.

Thank You. From The Grotto of Mystic Amy AKA: Amy Frerichs, M.A.

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      mystic amy 7 years ago

      Thank you, Art. I am glad u liked it. Took some research, but it panned out. So, that is your pic, eh? What happened to Dr. House?

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      mystic amy 7 years ago

      Thank you, Art. I am glad u liked it. Took some research, but it panned out. So, that is your pic, eh? What happened to Dr. House?

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      Truth From Truth 7 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks Mystic Amy, Im learning much from you.

      I really enjoyed the Celestial Bodies picture.

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      mystic amy 7 years ago

      Thank you Truth from Truth - always love it when my articles or short-ficion teach someone something. Check out my recent post to your North Western Food hub, where you enumerated some top spots. Cha-cha.

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      Coolmon2009 7 years ago from Texas, USA

      Nice hub I am comforted by the thoughts of angels watching over me during my life thanks for sharing

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      Truth From Truth 7 years ago from Michigan

      Just thought I would stop by again, see if you had any new hubs I missed. I will be waiting, so as soon as you get a chance I am looking forward to your work. I hope things are going well for you.

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      PAMITCHRUS 7 years ago

      Grace and peace be unto you sister, and to all who believe on the Holy Name of Jesus ..

      Really good info, and it's always a great joy to realize that we who have been ministered to by spirits shall one day return the favor.. in his name.. :0)..

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      Marliza Gunter 7 years ago from South Africa

      Yes..I've seen Angels as well...check out my hubs...

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      mystic amy 7 years ago

      Hey Marliza, I'll check U out too and follow. Are you a fan of Mystic Amy? I hope so.

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      mystic amy 7 years ago

      Hey thanks for your opinion Brothychanan and for playing the devil's advocate: this is always good for discussion.

      Yes, I do find the non-cannonical texts very important to the history of World Religion. I have always been an open minded individual when it comes to WORLD RELIGION. Naturally, I believe that Religion should UNITE rather than DIVIDE.

      It is a shame that so many people create division rather than embrace the concept that God was around before religion. A far as contradiction goes, Protestant Bibles and Catholic bibles alike are littered with contradictions and references to those apocryphal books and gospels. The latter books were discarded by both the councils of Trent and Nicaea. Also, that non-sense about the Angels breeding with humans is simply another religious allegory. Personally, I find books like the Apocrypha and the Dead Sea Scrolls very illuminating.

      Thanks again.

      Amy

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      brotheryochanan 7 years ago

      hehehe... oh my... imagine me playin devils advocate.. cheeky, you are :0D

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      brotheryochanan 7 years ago

      hmmm, that went well.... doctrine aside.. dinner friday? :0)

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      mystic amy 7 years ago

      That was sweet Brotheryochanan! Diplomacy is the best venue, don't you think? :)

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      brotheryochanan 7 years ago

      well then what are you doing the rest of your life :)

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      mystic amy 7 years ago

      Well, are smitten with me? I live in the

      U.S. and you?

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      mystic amy 7 years ago

      That would be Canada. I am not sure but I think that both provinces and states are terms to describe an ability to govern autonomously within your state or province while operating under "country" laws. - i.e., Canada, Africa, U.S.A., etc. A Yurtz? Hmmm...P.S. my comments section is getting quite long so I'll have to clean it up a bit, K?

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      James A Watkins 7 years ago from Chicago

      This is a beautiful missive that you delivered quite well. I enjoyed your article. Thank you!

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      mystic amy 6 years ago

      James, Thanks for your generous comment. I have the feeling that you know the difference between the verb, "to lend" and the noun form, "a loan". I bet you also know that "to lie" down is intransitive and that "to lay" is transitive? I know so few people who adhere to proper use of the english language and its parts of speech.

      Drop by again soon. You are always a WELCOME guest! Plus I am searching topics to write about: Any ideas James? :)

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      James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

      hmmm . . . I would write about whatever is placed on your heart. That's what I do. :)

      I do my best with grammar and vocabulary but I do get it wrong sometimes. You are a writer!

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      mystic amy 6 years ago

      Thanks again James :).

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      Levi Joshua Kell 6 years ago from Arizona

      Hello Mystic Amy. This was another wonderful hub. Thanks.

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      Rafa 6 years ago

      Remember, though: As majestic and powerful as angels may be, they are nevertheless the agents and soldiers of a higher power than they: Yahweh. Think of it this way: The angels may pave the gap and forge a bridge between the mortal and the divine, humanity and God, but where would their bridge lead to without the Almighty? They are intermediaries, certainly, but not gods to be worshipped.

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      Mystic Amy 6 years ago

      Agreed. Thanks for the comment!

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      Errol Kane 6 years ago

      To conclude: Mt 4:11; 26:53; 28:5-7; Lu 1:30, 31; 2:10, 11; 22:43; Ac 1:10, 11.

      Thereafter, God’s spirit messengers continued ministering to his servants on earth, even as Jesus promised: “Do not despise one of these little ones; for I tell you that their angels in heaven always behold the face of my Father.” (Mt 18:10) “Are they not all spirits for public service, sent forth to minister for those who are going to inherit salvation?” (Heb 1:14) No longer do these mighty angelic ones appear visibly in behalf of Jehovah’s servants on earth, as when they delivered the apostles from prison; nevertheless, God’s servants are assured of the ever-present, invisible protecting armies, as real as those that surrounded the prophet Elisha and his servant. “He will give his own angels a command concerning you, to guard you in all your ways.” Yes, “the angel of Jehovah is camping all around those fearing him, and he rescues them.” Ps 91:11; 34:7; Ac 5:19; 2Ki 6:15-17.

      Angels are further shown accompanying Jesus Christ when he comes for judgment, separating “the wheat” from “the weeds” and “the sheep” from “the goats.” Angels joined with Michael in his war on the dragon and the demons at the birth of God’s Kingdom in heaven. They will also support the King of kings in fighting the war of the great day of God the Almighty. Mt 13:41; 25:31-33; Re 12:7-10; 19:14-16.

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      mystic amy 5 years ago

      Dear Errol, These were well thought out comments and I found them worthwhile and engaging. I am sorry for not having approved and replied in kind until now as I have been busy working as a freelance journalist, editor, tutor and one of my books has gained the interest of 2 publishers!! Plus, I am a full-time mother - I've been so very busy. I am glad you are replying and engaging yourself into the HubPages Community and believe that you writings are in depth and potent. Thanks so much. ~Mystic AMY

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