The Origin of Angels
The Creation of all the Heavenly Troops
2 Enoch 29:1, 2
"And for all the heavenly troops I imaged the image and essence of fire, and My eye looked at the very hard, firm rock, and from the gleam of My eye the lightning received its wonderful nature, which is both fire in water and water in fire, and one does not put out the other, nor does the one dry up the other, therefore the lightning is brighter than the sun, softer than water and firmer than hard rock. And from the rock I cut off a great fire, and from the fire I created the orders of the incorporeal ten troops of angels, and their weapons are fiery and their raiment a burning flame, and I commanded that each one should stand in his order."
2 Enoch 20:1-4
"…I saw fiery troops…incorporeal forces, and dominions, orders and governments, cherubim and seraphim, thrones and many-eyed ones…the Ioanit stations of light, and I became afraid, and began to tremble with great terror, and those men took me, and lead me after them, and said to me: 'Have courage Enoch, do not fear,' and showed me the Lord from afar off, sitting on His very high throne. For what is there on the tenth heaven, since the Lord dwells here? On the tenth heaven is God, in the Hebrew tongue he is called Aravat. And all the heavenly troops would come and stand on the ten steps according to their rank, and would bow down to the Lord, and would again go to their places in joy and felicity, singing songs in the boundless light with small and tender voices, gloriously serving Him."
1 Enoch 60:13
"He shall call on every power of the heavens, to all the holy…the Cherubim, the Seraphim, and the Ophanin, all the angels of power, and all the angels of the Lords…"
An angel is denoted as a supernatural being intermediate between God and man. While some may view angels as warriors who fight against demon powers in the spiritual realm, others may see angels as the guardians or unseen protectors of the people of God.
Paul the Apostle, in the book of Hebrews describes angels as "ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation" (Hebrews 1:14). Angels minister to us in many ways.
Angels can be directed by God to physically provide for us. In 1 Kings, the prophet Elijah experienced the provision of an angel who brought bread and water to him while he was fleeing from the wrath of Jezebel after his victory on Mt. Carmel (1 Kings 19:5,6).
Sometimes God provides guidance in order to help us fulfill the purpose He has for our lives. An angel appeared to Joseph in a dream and instructed him to take Mary as his wife and to name her baby JESUS (Matthew 1:20,21).
God also used an angel to instruct Philip. Philip was to go and meet the Ethiopian eunuch on the road from Jerusalem. This encounter ultimately lead to the eunuch's baptism and helped extend the gospel of Jesus Christ into the land of Ethiopia (Acts 8:26).
Angelic ministry can also provide powerful encouragement. When Paul and his shipmates were caught in a fierce storm and were facing death, an angel appeared to him and assured him that not one life would be lost, and that he would live to stand trial before Caesar (Acts 27:23).
Angels also provide supernatural protection in the midst of adversity. While confined in the lion's den, Daniel testified that his God had "sent his angel and shut up the lions' mouths, so that they have not hurt me" (Daniel 6:22).
Angels sometimes rescue people in distress. It was "one like the Son of God" who joined Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah in the burning fiery furnace, and rescued them (Daniel 3:25).
One of the most interesting aspects of the angel is that of the warrior. "And it came to pass on a certain night that the angel of the Lord went out, and killed in the camp of the Assyrians one hundred and eighty-five thousand; and when people arose early in the morning, there were the corpses – all dead" (2 Kings 19:35).
"Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that in heaven their angels always see the face of My Father who is heaven" (Matthew 18:10); And King David wrote, "For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways" (Psalm 91:11).
Also when Elisha prayed for the Lord to open the eyes of his servant "the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around" (2 Kings 6:17).
Enoch, in his writings records the names of many angels, both virtuous and fallen. Some of the clearest accounts of these angels refer to the seven holy archangels that attend the throne of God.
1,2 And these are the names of the holy angels who watch. Uriel, one of the holy angels, who is 3 over the world and over Tartarus. Raphael, one of the holy angels, who is over the spirits of men. 4,5 Raguel, one of the holy angels who takes vengeance on the world of the luminaries. Michael, one 6 of the holy angels, to wit, he that is set over the best part of mankind and over chaos. Saraqael, 7 one of the holy angels, who is set over the spirits, who sin in the spirit. Gabriel, one of the holy 8 angels, who is over Paradise and the serpents and the Cherubim. Remiel, one of the holy angels, whom God set over those who rise.
THE MEANING OF THE NAMES OF SEVEN OF THE ARCHANGELS
GABRIEL the Archangel
Hero of God / God is my strength / The mighty one / God is great
GABRIEL is known as the 'messager angel'
The archangel of annunciation and power. The archangel of skill, understanding, encouragement, vengeance, death, resurrection and revelation. Set over Paradise, the serpents and the cherubims. In Daniel 10:10, Gabriel merely lays one of his hands upon Daniel and causes Daniel to tremble with fear. The archangel Gabriel is told by another holy one in Daniel 8:16: "Gabriel, make this man understand the vision." And in Luke 1:19, he tells Zacharias, "I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God."
MICHAEL the Archistratege
Who is as the Lord / Who is like God / Who is like unto the Lord
MICHAEL is known as the 'warring angel'
Chief of the archangels. The archangel of the presence. The great prince. The archangel of mercy, patience, righteousness, sanctification and holiness. Set over the best part of mankind and chaos. He is characterized in 1 Enoch 24:4 as the "holy and glorious angel." In 2 Enoch 22:6, he is referred to as the "archistratege" and in 2 Enoch 33:11, God refers to him as, "My intercessor, the archistratege Michael."
archistratege - (arch) A chief; first of a class; a member serving as a support. [Gk. archein, to rule]; (strategy) The art of conducting political, economic and psychological operations with military forces; the art of disposing and maneuvering available forces in relation to each other and the enemy and of employing them in combat; generalship; skillful management in getting the better of the adversary; the art of employing available forces with an end in view. [Gk. strategia, strategein, office of a general; generalship; piece of strategy; to lead an army].
RAPHAEL the Archangel
Healing of God / God has healed
RAPHAEL is known as the 'healing angel'
The archangel set over all the spirits of infirmity and the wounds of the children of men.
URIEL the Archangel
Fire of God / Face of God
URIEL is known as the 'angel of fire'
The archangel that fends off the satans. He comes against the spirits who accuse those who dwell on earth.
RAGUEL the Archangel
Friend of God
The archangel of the earth. He takes vengeance and brings other angels into account. Also known as Rakael, Reuel, Raguil, Ragiel, or Raguhel.
SARIEL the Archangel
Warrior of God / One who fights
The archangel in charge of battling with the sons of darkness. The angel set over the spirits of sin. He works to expel the accusing satans from the presence of the Lord. Also known as Samuil, Sarakiel, Saraquael, Saraqel, Suryal, or Suriyel.
JEREMIEL the Archangel
Mercy of God / Whom God hath set up
The archangel of the awaiting souls. Set over those whose rise to the Third Heaven. The angel set over the souls of those who wait in Paradise for the great Day of Judgment. Also known as Phanuel, Salathiel, Ramiel, or Jerahmeel.
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