ANGEL HIERARCHIES AND WHAT ANGELS MAY LOOK LIKE
We may be able to speak directly to God through prayer, but according to the Bible, he reaches us through a variety of angels, each with specific duties. There are nine types (hierarchies) of angels within three major groups known as choirs. Regardless of where they are on the hierarchy, like us, they are individuals.
Unlike humanity, Angels are able to see far beyond a mortal time line, they are extremely patient and forgiving. They are aware of our personal life goals and are assigned to assist us, but never interfere with our free will. The first choir, in its celestial form, is represented by wavelengths of light and force fields and frequencies of sound. These entities emanate vibrations, or waves, of devotional love into the universe.
In the 5th Century A.D., Dionysus, a Middle Eastern Scholar studied the Angels in Scriptures and other non-biblical sources. He came to the conclusion that there were 9 “classes,” or “choirs” of Angels which were divided into 3 “spheres.”
Even though there are some minor discrepancies in the field of Angel scholars, Dionysus’ Hierarchy of Angels is still accepted today and are as follows:
1st Sphere – Seraphim, Cheribum and Thrones
2nd Sphere – Dominions, Virtues and Powers
3rd Sphere – Principalities, Archangels and Angels
Below you will find a brief description of each hierarchy and how they are described.
These are the angels who are closest to God. They encircle his throne and emit an intense fiery light representing his love. They are sometimes referred to as “The Burning Ones” .Seraphim are considered "fiery serpents" and not even the other divine beings may look at them. There are only four of them and each has four faces and six wings. When they come to Earth, they leave their serpent appearance behind, preferring tall, thin, clean-cut human embodiments.
Cherubim (Plural of Cherub)
These angels are the keepers of celestial records and hold the knowledge of God. They are sent to Earth with great tasks, such as protecting the gates as well as expelling humankind from the Garden of Eden. Ancient art depicts cherubim as sphinx-like, winged creatures with human faces, not the fat babies with wings that now grace greeting cards and book covers. Ophaniel, Rikbiel, and Zophiel are cherubim, as was Satan before his fall to evil.
Thrones' appearance is perhaps the most bizarre of the first grouping. They are said to look like great glowing or fiery wheels covered with many eyes. They serve as God's chariot and dispense his judgment in order to carry out his desires for us. The angels in the second choir can exist in a state of transition between the celestial and human worlds. They are considered heavenly governors, attempting to strike a balance between matter and spirit, good and bad.
Under the highest angelic forms lay the 'middle' angels.
Dominions or Dominations
Think of dominions as middle management. They receive orders from Seraphim and Cherubim, then dish out duties to the "worker bee" angels of the lower orders. Their main purpose is to make sure that the cosmos remains in order by sending down power to heads of government and other authority figures. Their job is to make sure God's wishes are carried out. Zadkiel (sometimes called Hashmal) is the chief of this order.
Virtues are the Angels of Grace who bring God's Blessings to earth. Shaped like sparks of light, virtues are in charge of maintaining the natural world, and they inspire living things in areas such as science. They also take orders from the angels above and convert them into miracles for the deserving. When they make themselves known to us in their earthly form, they are musicians, artists, healers, and scientists who work with the power of love, as well as physics. The two angels at the ascension of Jesus are believed to have been virtues.
The job of the Powers is to prevent “Fallen Angels” from taking over and keeping the Universe in balance. In their celestial form, powers appear like brightly colored, hazy fumes. Powers are border patrol agents between heaven and Earth. They are the angels of birth and death. Some believe that they also preside over demons who wish to overthrow the world, while others, namely St. Paul, thought the powers themselves were the evil ones. In any case, powers are a group of experts who serve as advisers in terms of religion, theology, and ideology.
Principalities are guards against the evasion of evil angels. These angelic beings are shaped like rays of light. Just like a principal in school, it's the principalities who oversee everything. They guide our entire world -- nations, cities, and towns. What's more, they are in charge of religion and politics. As if their plate isn't full enough, they are also in charge of managing the earthly duties of the angels below them.
Archangels carry God's most important messages to humanity. They also command God's Armies of Angels in the constant battle with the son of darkness. They, along with the angels, are guardians of people and all things physical. They are the first order of angels that appear only in human form. As such, they function among us as pioneers for change in the form of explorers, philosophers, and human rights leaders. This order is most commonly known because they are mentioned by name in the Bible – Just to name a few, Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael.
Angels are the true intermediaries between God and individual people. Angels don't watch over nations; they safeguard households and individuals who believe in God and keep them safe from demons. They nurture, counsel, and heal. We all have a "personal angel," better known as our Guardian Angel, with us daily.
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