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Angels are spiritual beings created by God as servants[1] of God for many purposes, especially for His praise, and as messengers (transliterated from Greek as "messenger") to believers.[2] Angels appear about 300 times throughout the Bible. Though often seen in the form of men, angels are never portrayed as female in the Bible.

Characteristics

Types

Cherub

Main article: Cherub
In the building of the Tabernacle, a special kind of angel is depicted in art. This is the "cherub" (plural: cherubim) that is to guard the Ark of the Covenant. It is also mentioned that the cherub guarded the Garden of Eden from Adam and Eve[3]. These are portrayed as being in the form of man, but with wings.[4]

Seraph

Main article: Seraph
A related angelic being, the Seraph (plural: seraphim), is seen by Isaiah in his vision of the presence of God[5]. They are also portrayed to have different faces: one had a lion's, one had an ox's, one had a human's, and one had an eagle's.[6] They are also described as having six wings, and having eyes all over, even under their wings. They continually praise God, saying: "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come."[7]

Other

Other types of angels may include Principalities, Powers, and Princes. Fallen angels are normally referred to as Demons and Devils.

Archangel

Main article: Archangel
The Archangel is perhaps the best known of all the Angels. His role is unclear but the name suggests he is a leader among the angels.

Inequality

To Humans

Angels were not created in God's image (as were only humans[8]). Angels do not receive the forgiveness from God as did humans but rather were cast into Hell and punished after they sinned.[9]

To Jesus Christ

Jesus Christ is superior to Angels as God never proclaimed Angels as His sons.[10] Angels are also to worship Jesus Christ[11] and are servants.[12] God also never had an Angel sit at his right hand[13].

Appearance

Verses

  1. Psalm 104:4; Hebrews 1:7 (Link)
  2. Hebrews 1:14 (Link)
  3. Genesis 3:24 (Link)
  4. Exodus 25:18-20; 26:1, 31 (Link)
  5. Isaiah 6:2, 6 (Link)
  6. Revelation 4:7 (Link)
  7. Revelation 4:8 (Link)
  8. Genesis 1:26-27 (Link)
  9. 2 Peter 2:4; Jude 1:6 (Link)
  10. Hebrews 1:5 (Link)
  11. Hebrews 1:6 (Link)
  12. Psalm 104:4; Hebrews 1:7 (Link)
  13. Hebrews 1:13 (Link)

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