In Christianity, angels are agents of God, based on angels in Judaism. The most influential Christian angelic hierarchy is that proposed by Pseudo-Dionysius Areopagite in the 4th or 5th century in his book De Coelesti Hierarchia (On the Celestial Hierarchy). During the Middle Ages, many schemes were proposed about hierarchy, some drawing on and extending Pseudo-Dionysius, others suggesting a completely different classification. According to medieval Christian theologians, the angels were arranged in several orders, or "Choirs of Angels". Pseudo-Dionysius (On the Heavenly Hierarchy) and Thomas Aquinas (Summa Theologiae) took passages from the New Testament, particularly in Galatians 3:26-28, Matthew 22:24-33, Ephesians 1:21-23, and Colossians 1: 16, to develop a scheme of three Hierarchies, Spheres or Triads of angels, with each Hierarchy containing three Orders or Choirs. Although both authors used the New Testament, the biblical canon is relatively silent on the subject, and this hierarchy is considered less definitive than biblical material. As stated in the theological doctrine of the communion of saints, in Paradise there is a common and unique vision of the truth and contemplation of the Face of God, without any distinction between angels or human souls.
St. Thomas Aquinas imagined Satan as a fallen cherub.
Summa's theology states that there are different degrees of creation, of the power of intercession for God and of direct belief in human life. The angels of the first sphere serve as heavenly servants of the incarnate God the Son. Seraph (singular "Seraph") literally translated "that burns", the word seraph is usually a synonym for snake when used in the Hebrew Bible. Mentioned in Isaiah 6:1-7, the Seraphim are the highest class of angels and they serve as guardians of God's throne and continually praise: "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!" According to Isaiah 6:1-8, the Seraphim are described as fiery six-winged creatures; with two wings covering their faces, with two other wings covering their feet, and the last two wings they use for flight. The cherubim had four faces: one of a man, an ox, a lion, and an eagle (later adopted as symbols of the four evangelists). They have four conjoined wings covered with eyes (although Revelation 4:8 appears to describe them with six wings like seraphim), the body of a lion, and the feet of an ox. The use of modern language has blurred the distinction between cherubim and putti. Putti are often wingless (sometimes winged) infant/toddler-like creatures that are traditionally used in figurative art. St. Thomas Aquinas imagined Satan as a fallen cherub. They are living symbols of God's justice and authority, and have as one of their symbols the throne. It is common to find that the Throne is associated by some, with Ophanim or Erelim of the Jewish angelic hierarchy.
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However little evidence exists to defend this notion. Daniel:7:9-NI) looks unusual, even compared to other heavenly beings, plus they are said to be "moved by the spirits of other creatures." Which then raises the question of whether Ophanim are spiritual beings or whether they are purely material beings. Their rims are covered with hundreds of eyes. Christian theologians who include the Throne as one of the choirs do not describe them as wheels, describing them as worshipers of old men who listen to God's will and offer up the prayers of men. The Four and Twenty Elders in the Book of Revelation are usually considered part of this group of angels. Angels of the Second Circle work as heavenly governors of creation by subjugating matter and guiding and ruling spirits. Ephesians 1:21;. Col 1:16) (Lat dominatio, plural dominationes, also translated from the Greek term kyriotētes, Jmk from kyriotēs, as "Lordships") or "Dominations", as a hierarchy of celestial beings "Lordships" in some English translations of De Coelesti Hierarchia. Dominion manages the lower angel's duties. It is very rare for angels to appear and be recognized by humans. Dominions are believed to look like divinely beautiful humans with a pair of feathered wings, much like the common representation of angels, but they can be distinguished from other groups by means of orbs of light strapped to the heads of their scepters or in the pommel of their swords.
These angels are those who appear when signs and miracles occur in the world. The term appears to be associated with the attribute "strength", from the Greek root dynamis (jmk Dynameis) at Ephesians 1:21, which is also translated as "Virtue" or "Strength". They are present as the heavenly Choir of "Virtue", in the Summa Theologica. The main task of the "Power" is to monitor the movement of the celestial bodies to ensure that the cosmos remains in order. Being warrior angels, they also oppose evil spirits, especially those who take advantage of this problem in the universe, and often cast evil spirits into places of detention. These angels are usually represented as warriors wearing full armor and helmets, and also possessing defensive and offensive weapons such as shields and spears or chains, respectively. Angels who function as heavenly guides, protectors, and messengers for humans. The Greek archai, jmk archē (see Greek roots in Eph. 3:10), are angels who guide and protect nations, or groups of people, and institutions such as the Church. Heads of Kingdom lead groups of angels and assign them to fulfill divine service. There are some angels who manage and there are some who help. The Principals are shown wearing crowns and carrying scepters. Their job is also to carry out the orders given to them by the upper orb angels and pass down blessings to the material world. Their job is to supervise groups of people. They are educators and guardians of the earthly world. Like creatures associated with the world of germinal ideas, they are said to inspire living beings for many things such as art or science. It comes from the Greek archein, which means to be first in rank or power; and angelos which means messenger.
The name of the archangel Raphael appears only in the Book of Tobit (Tobias).
Jude:1:9-TB. Only the Archangel Michael is mentioned by name in the New Testament. In most Christian traditions, Gabriel is also considered an archangel, but there is no direct literary support for this assumption. It should also be noted that the term 'archangel' appears only in the singular, never plural, and only in specific reference to Michael. The name of the archangel Raphael appears only in the Book of Tobit (Tobias). The Book of Tobit is considered Deuterocanonical by Roman Catholics (Eastern and Western Rites), Eastern Orthodox Christians, and Anglicans. However, the Book of Tobit is not recognized by most Protestant denominations, such as Reformed or Baptist Christians. Raphael tells Tobias that he is "one of the seven who stand before God", and it is generally believed that Michael and Gabriel are two of the other six archangels. The fourth archangel is Uriel whose name literally means "Light of God." Uriel's name is the only one not mentioned in the Western Christian Bible, but it plays an important role in an apocryphal read by Anglican and Russian Orthodox Christians, namely in the second Book of Ezra (fourth Esdra in the Latin Vulgate). In the book, he reveals seven prophecies to the prophet Ezra, after whom the book is named. He also played a role in the Apocryphal Book of Enoch, which is considered canonical by the Ethiopian Orthodox Church and the Eritrean Orthodox Church. The Book of Enoch is also not part of the Catholic Bible.
Personal guardian angels are not from a separate order, but from the Angel order.
Another possible interpretation of the seven angels is that these seven are the seven spirits of God standing before the throne described in the Book of Enoch, and in the Book of Revelation. The Seven Angels are said to be guardian angels of the nation and state, and are concerned with issues and events around, including politics, military matters, trade and commerce: for example the Archangel Michael is traditionally seen as the protector of 'Israel' and ecclesia (Gr. The spiritual New Israel Great (with a capital A). The first can denote the second lowest choir (the archangel in the sense of being directly above the lowest Angel Choir called simply "angel") but the second can denote the highest angel of the all angels (that is, Archangels in the sense of being above all angels, of any Choir. They are the ones who are most concerned with human affairs. Within the category of angels, there are many different types, with different functions. Angels are sent as messengers to mankind. A personal guardian angel came from this class. Personal guardian angels are not from a separate order, but from the Angel order. It is a common belief that they are assigned to every human being, Christian or not. It is unknown whether they guarded multiple humans during their existence or just one, but this is a more general opinion. During the Middle Ages, many schemes were proposed, some drawing on and expanding on Pseudo-Dionysius, others suggesting a very different classification (some authors limit the number of Choirs to seven).
Several other hierarchies are proposed, some in almost reverse order. Virtues, Yun: dynameis ), 6. Authority, 7. Principality, 8. Power, 9. Throne, 10. Archangel, 11. Angel. 1. Seraphim, 2. Cherubim, 3. Dominance, 4. Thrones, 5. Principalities, 6. Rulers (or Powers), 7. Virtue, 8. Archangels, 9. Angels. 1. Seraphim, 2. Cherubim, 3. Powers, 4. Dominions, 5. Thrones, 6. Archangels, 7. Angels. Third sphere: 7. Principalities, 8. Archangels, 9. Angels. 1. Seraphim, 2. Cherubim, 3. Thrones, 4. Domination, 5. Principalities, 6. Powers, 7. Virtue, 8. Archangels, 9. Angels. 1. Seraphim, 2. Cherubim, 3. Thrones, 4. Domination, 5. Principalities, 6. Powers, 7. Virtue, 8. Archangels, 9. Angels. Principalities), 8. Archangels, 9. Angels. 3. Angels and Angels. 3. Principalities, Archangels, and Angels. 1. Seraphim, 2. Cherubim, 3. Thrones, 4. Domination, 5. Virtue, 6. Powers, 7. Principalities, 8. Archangels, 9. Angels. Seraphim: In John Milton's Paradise, the Lost Satan and the Archangels are members of this choir ("archangel" here means "most powerful angel", not the second lowest choir).
Beelzebuth is also referred to as the seraphim prince in the magic litany. Cherubim: In Paradise Lost, Beelzebub and Azazel were cherubim before their downfall. Thomas Aquinas in his Summa Theologica states that Satan is part of this chorus, not of the seraphim. Throne: Paradise Lost quotes the demons Adramelec and Asmodai. Some sources mention Astaroth as well. Virtue: The magic litany mentions Belial. Archangel: The Archangels Gabriel, Raphael, and Michael, as well as other angels, are usually assigned to this choir, for example in the hierarchy of St. Gregory and St. Isidore Seville. In addition to this, an extensive list of angels and demons belonging to all choirs can be found in The Lemegeton and The Sixth and Seventh Books of Moses. Chase, Steven (2002). Angelic spirituality. McInerny, Ralph M. (1998). Selected writings of Thomas Aquinas. King James Bible "Authorized Version", (Cambridge ed.). The Vatican forbids evil angels. Why is the book of Enoch not included in the Bible? Archived 2018-11-06 at the Wayback Machine. Online, Catholic. "Who are our Guardian Angels? - Angels - Saints & Angels - Catholic Online". Mrs. Columba Hart, Bishop, Jane, Newman Barbara (1990) Hildegard of Bingen: Scivias (Classic of Western Spirituality) USA: Paulist Press. Barker, Margaret. An Extraordinary Gathering of Angels. Copeland, Mark. Ministering Spirits: Angels In The Old Testament. Copeland, Mark. Terms And Descriptions Of Angels. Fares, Aymen. Angelics and the Angelic Realm. Tatum, Johnny. The Hierarchy of Angels: Hierarchical Chart of Angels. Tatum, Johnny. The Hierarchy of Angels: Distinguishing the Higher Ranked. Pseudo-Dionysus the Areopagite. The Celestial Hierarchy. CA Patrides. "By the order of an angel" (Chapter one).