COMMANDING THE ANGELS – PART I , II, & III- LEARN ABOUT WHO JESUS USES YOUR VESSEL TO COMMAND THROUGH HIMSELF IN YOU! by Melissa Hood

PART I – LEARN ABOUT WHO JESUS USES YOUR VESSEL TO COMMAND THROUGH HIMSELF IN YOU!

2 Corinthians 12:2New King James Version (NKJV)

I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago—whether in the body I do not know, or whether out of the body I do not know, God knows—such a one was caught up to the third heaven.

So there are going to be things in the heavenlies that we do not understand……Or have never seen!

The nine orders of the angels are divided into three hierarchies, each of which is divided into three orders: the highest, the intermediate, the lower.

Firstly- all angels were created by God……

THE CREATION OF THE ANGELS

Angels are creatures. They exist, not by necessity, but by having existence given to them. That is, they have existence by participation. Now, what has existence by participation receives this existence from that which has existence by its own essence. Only God exists by his own essence. Therefore, angels have their existence from God; they are created.

God alone exists from eternity. He creates things by producing them from nothing. Creatures exist after they were nonexistent. Hence angels do not exist from eternity.

It seems most likely that angels and the bodily world were created at the same time, not angels first (as a kind of independent world of spirits) and the bodily world afterwards. Angels are part of the universe, and no part is perfect if it be entirely severed from the whole, the totality, to which it belongs.

The angels were created in heaven. And it is fitting that creatures of the most perfect nature should be created in the most noble place.

Satan 

Michael deferred to Satan; so apparently, [before his fall] Lucifer was higher than Michael. Lucifer never had more inherent authority than the other highest created angels; however, initially God granted him administrative authority over all the angels:

You were the anointed cherub who covers. (Ezekiel 28:14)

Who covers tells us that Lucifer was the ruler over all of the innumerable angels. It seems that he had the top position in the governance and control among the angels in God’s service on behalf of the entire created realm until he fell [and became Satan]:

How you have fallen from heaven O star of the morning, son of the dawn! (Isaiah 14:12)

Today, Satan has remarkable forces (the one third of the angels who defected), but he is not more powerful than the other Archangels are — including Michael. That is important to say because if Satan has more inherent power than the others do then he would be stronger than they are, and he is NOT.

Michael

Michael is the only Archangel who is named and identified as Archangel in the Bible. In 1 Thessalonians 4, we read:

with the voice of the archangel and the trumpet of God… (1 Thessalonians 4:16)

The voice of THE archangel; apparently, Michael is now the prime minister over the administration of the universe.

Gabriel

Gabriel is in parenthesis because the Bible never says that he is an Archangel [though his name does appear in the Bible]. We cannot be dogmatic about what kind of rank Gabriel has, but I think there is a way to demonstrate that he is an Archangel. Gabriel says:

I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God. (Luke 1:19)

The only angels that stand in the presence of God are Archangels, Messengers [from God], Seraphs and Cherubs. We know that he is not a Seraph or a Cherub, because they are clearly described — they are full of eyes and they have wings — Gabriel is not full of eyes and wings; he has a human appearance:

And it came about when I, Daniel, had seen the vision, that I sought to understand it; and behold, standing before me was one who looked like a man. And I heard the voice of a man between the banks of Ulai, and he called out and said, “Gabriel, give this man an understanding of the vision.” (Daniel 8:15-16)

 PART II – How We get Our Authority to Command the Angels

(Information pulled out of the Jewish Library/The Torah and the Bible Gateway)

Angels were supposedly created on the 2nd/5th day of creation

There are angels who control such matters as prayers, hail, rain, anger, Gehinnom, birth and pregnancy, and other matters.

They must take no step without His command

The above data leads to the conclusion that angels were generally regarded as being superior to mortal man. On this point, however, the aggadah contains divergent views. Thus it is asserted that the righteous are superior to the ministering angels.

There is also the opinion that at the end of days the righteous will rank above the angels and that the angels will learn the mysteries of heaven from the righteous

SO!  How do we command the angels?  THROUGH SONSHIP, operating in the Holy of Holies in the fullness of Christ within!  This is why its SO important for us to get into our Holy of holies.

NOTE:  KEY AND THIS IS WHY the enemy always tries to keep us operating in the flesh! So we can never enter in because once we do WE CAN COMMAND God’s ARMY OF HOLY ANGELS AGAINST SATAN and his forces and beat him at his own game!
Hebrews 1:4-14)

1 After God spoke long ago in various portions and in various ways to our ancestors through the prophets, 2 in these last days he has spoken to us in a son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he created the world. 3 The Son is the radiance of his glory and the representation of his essence, and he sustains all things by his powerful word, and so when he had accomplished cleansing for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high. 4 Thus he became so far better than the angels as he has inherited a name superior to theirs.

5 For to which of the angels did God ever say, “You are my son! Today I have fathered you”? And in another place he says, “I will be his father and he will be my son.” 6 But when he again brings his firstborn into the world, he says, “Let all the angels of God worship him!” 7 And he says of the angels, “He makes his angels spirits and his ministers a flame of fire,” 8 but of the Son he says, “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, and a righteous scepter is the scepter of your kingdom. 9 You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness. So God, your God, has anointed you over your companions with the oil of rejoicing.” 10 And, “You founded the earth in the beginning, Lord, and the heavens are the works of your hands. 11 They will perish, but you continue. And they will all grow old like a garment, 12 and like a robe you will fold them up and like a garment they will be changed, but you are the same and your years will never run out.” 13 But to which of the angels has he ever said, “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet”? 14 Are they not all ministering spirits, sent out to serve those who will inherit salvation?2

 The Angel of the Lord

The narrative books offer many instances of an angel – rarely, two or more – delivering a message or performing an action, or both. The angel appears in human form, and sometimes is not immediately recognized as an angel. The appearance of an angel to Hagar (Gen. 16:7 ff.; 21:17 ff.) and to Abraham at Mount Moriah (Gen. 22:11 ff.) was noted above. Further, three “men” visit Abraham to announce the birth of Isaac; two of them go on to Sodom to warn Lot to flee and to destroy the city (Gen. 18:1 ff.; 19:1, 13 ff.). The angel of God appears to Jacob in a dream, says “I am the God of Beth-El,” and bids him return to his home (31:11 ff.). The angel of God plays a role, not entirely clear, in the events at the Sea of Reeds (Ex. 14:19ff). In the Book of the Covenant, God promises to send His angel to lead the Israelites and to overcome the obstacles to their entrance into the promised land. God’s name is in the angel, who must be faithfully obeyed (23:20 ff.). When Balaam accedes to Balak’s plea for help, the angel of the Lord comes as an adversary to the enchanter. The angel is visible to the she-ass, but Balaam cannot see the angel until the Lord opens his eyes (Num. 22:22 ff.). When the “captain of the host of the Lord” appears to Joshua, the latter does not at first realize that his visitor is an angel (Josh. 5:13). The malʾakh of the Lord in Judges 2:1 ff., 10 and 5:23 may be a prophet; but the visitor who summons Gideon to leadership and performs wonders is clearly an angel (ibid. 6:11 ff.). The same is true of the emissary who foretells the birth of Samson, and whose angelic nature is made manifest only when he ascends to heaven in the altar flame (ibid. 13:2 ff., esp. 16, 20). An angel with a drawn sword is the agent of the pestilence in the days of David (II Sam. 24:16–17; I Chron. 21:15 ff.; the drawn sword is mentioned also in the Balaam and Joshua incidents). The old prophet pretends he has received a revelation from an angel (I Kings 13:18). An angel appears once in the Elijah stories (ibid. 19:5 ff.). The army of Sennacherib is destroyed by the angel of the Lord (II Kings 19:35; Isa. 37:36; II Chron. 32:21). The angel of the Lord appears two times in Psalms: in 34:8, he protects the righteous; and in 35:5–6, he brings doom upon the wicked.

Functions of Angels

Offering praise to God is regarded as the major function of angels (I. En. 40; Test. Patr., Levi 4). Their functions as intermediaries between God and man were, however, also of special importance. As early as the Book of Tobit (3:16; 12:12, 15) Raphael is depicted as one of the seven angels charged with bringing the prayers of man before God’s throne (compare Test. Patr., Dan 6). At times, an angel is ordered by God to accompany a man on his travels in order to ward off dangers that may beset him, or, as in the Greek Apocalypse of Baruch, to guide Baruch through the seven heavens and explain the sights. More frequent is the angels’ role as intercessors, pleading for man before God (I En. 9:4 ff.; 15:2; etc.); sometimes man pleads with the angels to transmit his prayers to God (ibid. 9:2). Angels also appear in opposition to evil angels who wish to act as prosecutors before the throne of God. It is significant, that in spite of Exodus 33:11 (“God would speak to Moses face to face”), the prevailing opinion of later traditions is that at the giving of the Law the angels acted as intermediaries between God and Moses (Jos., Ant., 15:136; Jub. 1:27 ff.; Gal. 3:19; Heb. 2:2). Specific mention of the presence of angels at the right hand of God, during the Revelation on Sinai, is made in the Septuagint, Deuteronomy 33:2.

Although no traces of a cult of angels were retained in normative Judaism, in the Sefer ha-Razim angels seem to be used for purposes of magic. Formulas for influencing the angels, stars, and the moon by means of incantations over flasks of wine and blood, by burning incense, sacrifices, and other methods all appear in Sefer ha-Razim. Likewise the names of the angels, when coupled with those of Greek gods and magic phrases, were efficacious for incantations (Sefer ha-Razim, ed. Margaliot, 1:123–6; 2:99; introduction, 8–9). Testament of Levi 5 makes mention of an appeal to an angel; the passage, however, does not imply that an angel can be venerated as an independent being, for the context makes it clear that the angel acts only as an intermediary between God and Israel. The imperfect nature of angels is frequently stressed. Although they are regarded as immortal (I En. 15:6), their existence did not precede the Creation; they were created on the First Day (Jub. 2:1 ff.), or, according to another version (Slavic Book of II En. 29), on the Second Day. Nor are they omniscient; sometimes they are incapable of answering questions put to them and have to confess their ignorance (IV Ezra 4:51). It follows from this that communication between God and man by means of angels is regarded only as a temporary situation. Before the First Temple was built, communication between God and Israel was by means of an angel, but afterward God and Israel communicated directly, without an intermediary (Job. 1:27 ff.). This concept of the nature of angels permitted the view that no unbridgeable gulf existed between the material world and the world of angels, and some righteous men could be transformed into angels (I En. 51:4). Similarly, in the fragments of the pseudepigraphal “Prayer of Joseph,” Israel, known to mankind as Jacob, declared that in reality he was “the archangel of the power of the Lord” and no mere mortal (Origen, Commentary to John, 11, 84, 15). Even the people of Israel as a whole, by virtue of its covenant with God, was in some ways regarded as being equal to angels; in consequence, while other peoples are in the custody of angels, Israel is under the protection of God Himself and is independent of angels (Jub. 15:27 ff.). A further development of this view gives Israel the privilege of participating in the heavenly choir of the angels; at the time that the angels praise the glory of God – as they do at certain hours of the day – the praise by the people of Israel is also heard before the heavenly throne (Ḥul. 91b; Constitutiones Apostolicae, 8:35). This idea may be similar to the concept found in Coptic texts and the Prayer of Joseph of an angel “Israel” who serves God in heaven.

 Raphael

The name Raphael (healing of God) is in double parenthesis, because it does not appear in the Bible; therefore, I am reluctant to include Raphael in the hierarchy. However, according to rabbinic tradition and to The Celestial Hierarchy, which was written by Dionysius and Damaris, Raphael is the one who drove Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden [to save their lives]:

So He drove the man out [from the Garden of Eden]. (Genesis 3:24)

A lot of believers “Assume” this was God driving them out……..

Rabbianic Celestial Beings from the Torah

Maimonides, in his Mishneh Torah or Yad ha-Chazakah: Yesodei ha-Torah, counts ten ranks of angels in the Jewish angelic hierarchy, beginning from the highest:

Rank Angelic Class Notes
1 Chayot HaKodesh[1] See Ezekiel chs. 1 and 10
2 Ophanim See Ezekiel chs. 1 and 10
3 Erelim See Isaiah 33:7
4 Hashmallim See Ezekiel 1:4
5 Seraphim See Isaiah 6
6 Malakim Messengers, angels
7 Elohim “Godly beings”
8 Bene Elohim “Sons of Godly beings”
9 Cherubim See Talmud Hagigah 13b
10 Ishim “manlike beings”, see Genesis 18:2, Daniel 10:5

 

A Closer Look:

KEY:   GUARDING GOD’S PRESENCE/ HOW THIS TIES INTO JESUS and OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM and the Angelic

Background:

Based on the Old Testament system that was ordained by God, the high priest (a representative of God for God’s people) was allowed to go into the Holy Place (an interior space in the Tabernacle, and later, in the Temple) only on the Day of Atonement (the most sacred day of the year); he would present the required blood sacrifices to symbolically atone for the sins of God’s people — giving them right standing before God and access to His presence.

Who fulfilled that type of high priesthood [the one who came into the Holy of Holies with blood]? Messiah Jesus fulfilled the high priesthood once for all — it never needs repeating:

But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things to come, He entered through the greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this creation; and not through the blood of goats and calves, but through His own blood, He entered the holy place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have been defiled sanctify for the cleansing of the flesh, how much more will the blood of Messiah, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? (Hebrews 9:11-14)

You will read in Hebrews 6:19-20 that Jesus Christ, after His resurrection, is High Priest “after the order of Melchizedek.” The plainer English of the Moffatt translation words it: “. . . with the rank of” that is, equal status with “Melchizedek.”

Who was Melchizadek?

Melchizedek Was God’s Priest

First, notice from both Old and New Testaments that the man of mystery, Melchizedek, was a priest of the Most High God. Turn ‘low to the account in Genesis 14. During the war between a number of ancient city-states in Canaan and Mesopotamia, Abraham’s nephew Lot had been captured. He and his family and goods were carted off.

One of their number escaped and brought the news to Abraham, who armed 318 of his own servants and pursued the invaders to what was later named Dan and beyond. Abraham rescued Lot and his family and returned them safely to the Canaanite cities.

On Abraham’s return a man of mystery bursts upon the scene. Abraham was ministered to by Melchizedek.

Here is the account:

“And Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was priest of God Most High. And he [Melchizedek] blessed him [Abraham] and said, ‘Blessed be Abram by God Most High, maker of heaven and earth; and blessed be God Most High, who has delivered your enemies into your hand!’ And Abram gave him [Melchizedek] a tenth of everything” that is, a tithe of all, for a tithe means a tenth (Genesis 14:18-20, RSV).

Through the blood and death of Messiah Jesus, the sins are completely removed for all (Jews and non-Jews) who believe that Messiah Jesus is their personal Savior. At the moment of redemption, those individuals have right standing with God and access to His presence. And apparently, believers are shown the way by Cherubs since they are the spiritual beings who are around God’s throne and who are guarding it.

So when Jesus told His disciples that after He was resurrected THEY WOULD DO EVEN GREATER THINGS THAN HE!

THAT THEY WOULD SIT AT HIS RIGHT HAND….(AUTHORITY LUKE 10:19 through USING His name to Cast out demons)

NOTE:  The nearer creatures are to God the greater is their rule over other creatures. Therefore, the good angels rule and control the demons.

How do believers access God’s presence with His angelic forces?

Through prayer OR through Worship through High Praise!

How does God hear the prayers of believers?

Undoubtedly, for most — In the Believer’s Mind: When we pray, our prayers take wing/flight (nonsensically depart), go out through empty space, go to the highest heaven where God hears them. Even at great distances, God hears our prayer [mainly because He hears so well] and He says Yes, I hear your prayers!

In God’s Mind: Believers are there in heaven in spirit.

Ok- think about this reality:

YOU’RE A SPIRIT, GOD’S A SPIRIT AND THE DEVIL IS A SPIRIT

(A BODY WITHOUT A SPIRIT IS DEAD RIGHT)  Even a church Body- so Jesus is our access bridge before the God the Father- there God CANNOT DENY HIMSELF…….so His angels take our prayers upward….(If demons hinder our prayers- the angels fight for our prayers to be answered)

ESPECIALLY WHEN PRAYING THE WORD OF GOD! Because praying the word of God is 100% effective 100% of the time.

Our spirit comes walking through, the Cherubs who are guarding the throne recognize us [you did not realize that you are such a big shot, did you? -sic], and they let us in to communicate with the living God.

Inasmuch as angels know creatures in the Word of God, they have what God calls “morning knowledge.” And inasmuch as they know creatures in the creatures’ own being and nature, they have “evening knowledge.”

The distinction between morning and evening knowledge in the angels, for he says (Rom 7:18): “There is very great difference between knowing a thing as it is in the Word of God and as it is in its own nature.

This is the also the difference between walking in the spirit  (Morning knowledge because things become illuminated) vs. walking in the flesh (evening knowledge, because things are dark)

Angels also have a more PERFECT free will than man does….because a thing has intellect (a brain) it has the ability to “Choose.”  So God holds us responsible for our choices…

FOR PRAYER:

(The Lord has taught me to pray rings of fire around everything that means anything to me with ANGELLIC HOSTS IN EVERY RING, LOCKED SHIELDS IMPENETRABLE (Luke 15:22)

This is the way that I always see them, in rings in the heavenlies but I’ve never understood why.
Have you heard of the great cloud of witnesses?  Whenever a loved one departs, I also see them within these rings……So this might be why:

By the gifts of grace, human beings can merit glory in a degree that makes them equal to the angels in each of the orders. Therefore, human beings who get to heaven are taken into the angelic orders. But these human beings remain human beings; they are not turned into angels.

PART III

First Sphere – The first hierarchy, the highest and closest to the Most Holy Trinity, consists of:   Seraphim, Cherubim, Thrones

Seraphim – highest order – Closest to the Throne of God Therefore they are VERY POWERFUL

These are the highest order or choir of angels. They are the angels who are attendants or guardians before God’s throne. They praise God, calling, “Holy Holy Holy is the Lord of Hosts”. the only Bible reference is Isaiah 6:1-7. One of them touched Isaiah’s lips with a live coal from the altar, cleansing him from sin. Seraphim have six wings, two cover their faces, two cover their feet, and two are for flying.

They dwell in the presence of God and cleave to Him, and are immediately united to Him. They receive revelations of God before the other angels and then relate such information to them.

We identify them with the fire of healing and love. Each Seraph radiates powerful light – a light so powerful that the Thrones and Cherubim cannot look at them. It is said that anyone who lays eyes on a Seraph would instantly be incinerated due to its immense brightness (Isaiah notwithstanding). They are described as tall, with six wings and four heads, one for of the cardinal directions. They use one pair of wings to fly, one to cover their eyes (a token of humility), and one to cover their feet (a token of respect). They stand in the direct presence of God. They bear a general resemblance to the human figure in some aspects. Writers other than Isaiah describe them with a face, voice, feet, and hands. In this way, they passed from Jewish tradition to Christianity as angels.

Cherubim – second highest in the nine hierarchies

Cherubim rank after the seraphim and are the second highest in the nine hierarchies or choirs of angels. The Old Testament does not reveal any evidence that the Jews considered them as intercessors or helpers of God. They were closely linked in God’s glory. They are manlike in appearance and double-winged and were guardians of God’s glory. They symbolized then, God’s power and mobility. In the New Testament, they are alluded to as celestial attendants in the Apocalypse (Rev 4-6). Catholic tradition describes them as angels who have an intimate knowledge of God and continually praise Him.

God directed Moses to place two golden Cherubim on the top of the Ark of the Covenant, where they are fastened to the Mercy Seat, and, facing each other, stretched out their wings so as to form a screen over the seat. Cherubim were also woven into or embroidered upon the inward curtain of the Tabernacle, and later the veil that opens into the Holy of Holies in the Temple.

Solomon instructed two Cherubim to be placed in the first Temple. They were made of olive wood, overlaid with gold. They had bodies ten cubits high, and stood on their feet like men. Length of their wings was five cubits.

They are filled by participation in Divine Wisdom, and through them, lesser orders of angels receive knowledge and wisdom. Their name means, “Streams of Wisdom.”

The four living beings presented in Ezekiel 1 are also Cherubs who are located below the throne of God:

These are the living beings that I saw beneath the God of Israel by the river Chebar; so I knew that they were cherubs. (Ezekiel 10:2))

All of these Seraphs and Cherubs are continually praising God and guarding His Shekinah glory (God’s presence):

  • Seraphs hovering above, and
  • Cherubs hovering around and below.

Thrones

Thrones are the Angels of pure Humility, Peace and Submission. They reside in the area of the cosmos where material form begins to take shape. The lower Choir of Angels need the Thrones to access God.

Thrones – Lesser known group of angels, but as important. They are exempt from and untainted by any base and earthly things. Because of their high rank, they are worthy of fellowship with Jesus Christ and possess the highest knowledge that angels can have of the works of God. In fact, some say that the very essence of God’s Spirit is conveyed to and through these angels, who then pass on the message to men and/or lower classes of angels.

Thrones are known to be involved with justice in the heavens, and are some of the most powerful angels in service to God. Their primary function is to carry out or fulfill the divine justice of God. They have the ability to channel the energy and purpose of God and transmit that message to others. Because they retain such a high position and responsibility, they come closest of all angels to spiritual perfection

PART IV

The middle hierarchy also consists of three orders of holy angels/Second Sphere: Dominions, Virtues, & Powers

Dominions

Dominions are Angels of Leadership. They regulate the duties of the angels, making known the commands of God.

Dominions — Some sources refer to them as the Hashmallim. Their primary function that God delegates to them is the task of regulating the duties of lower angels. As their name implies these angels present order to the lower ranks and will on occasion make themselves known to man. They preside over nations. The Dominions are believed to look like divinely beautiful humans with a pair of feathered wings, much like the common representation of Angels, but they may be distinguished from other groups by wielding orbs of light fastened to the heads of their scepters or on the pommel of their swords. They are purified, illuminated and perfected by the divine Illuminations bestowed on them in a secondary manner through the first order of angels.

Virtues

Virtues are known as the Spirits of Motion and control the elements. They are sometimes referred to as “the shining ones.” They govern all nature. They have control over seasons, stars, moon; even the sun is subject to their command. They are also in charge of miracles and provide courage, grace, and valor.

Virtues – Responsible for the maintenance of the physical universe. Their primary duty is to supervise the movements of the heavenly bodies in order to ensure that the cosmos remains in order. They possess great strength and appear to be “workhorses” of the angels.

Powers

Powers are Warrior Angels against evil defending the cosmos and humans. They are known as potentates. They fight against evil spirits who attempt to wreak chaos through human beings. The chief is said to be either Samael or Camael, both angels of darkness.

Powers – Some sources list Powers as the bearers of conscience and the keepers of history. They sometimes serve as warrior angels, fiercely loyal to God. Some believe that no Power has ever fallen from grace, but another theory states that Satan was the Chief of the Powers before his fall. They work diligently to oversee the distribution of power among humankind, hence their name.

PART V – based on the spiritual law, the first shall be last and the last shall be first

In the lowest hierarchy there are also three orders:

PRINCIPALITIES, the ARCHANGELS, and the ANGELS

Archangels

Archangels are generally taken to mean “chief or leading angel” ( Jude 9; 1 Thes 4:16), they are the most frequently mentioned throughout the Bible. They may be of this or other hierarchies as St. Michael Archangel, who is a princely Seraph. The Archangels have a unique role as God’s messenger to the people at critical times in history and salvation (Tb 12:6, 15; Jn 5:4; Rv 12:7-9) as in The Annunciation and Apocalypse. A feast day celebrating the Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael is celebrated throughout the Church Sep 29. A special part of the Byzantine Liturgy invokes the “Cherubic Hymn” which celebrates these archangels and the guardian angels particularly.

Of special significance is Michael as he has been invoked as patron and protector by the Church from the time of the Apostles. Many Churches place him over all the angels, as Prince of the Seraphim. He is described as the “chief of princes” and as the leader of the forces of heaven in their triumph over Satan and his followers.

But Michael the archangel, when he disputed with the devil and argued about the body of Moses, did not dare pronounce against him a railing judgment, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!” (Jude 9)

The angel Gabriel first appeared in the Old Testament in the prophesies of Daniel, he announced the prophecy of 70 weeks (Dan 9:21-27). He appeared to Zechariah to announce the birth of St. John the Baptist (Luke 1:11). It was also Gabriel which proclaimed the Annunciation of Mary to be the mother of our Lord and Savior. (Luke 1:26) The angel Raphael first appeared in the book of Tobit (Tobias)Tb 3:25, 5:5-28, 6-12). He announces “I am the Angel Raphael, one of the seven who stand before the throne of God.” (Tb 12:15)

Archangels – We know Archangels from the Bible, but we don’t know as much as we may think. We usually associate these “chief” angels as the great heralds of good news, announcing the great and most glorious. Some have stated that their principle service consists in revealing prophecies, knowledge, and understanding of God’s will, which they receive from the higher orders of angels and announce to the lower order (the angels), and through them, to men. St. Gregory says that the Archangels “strengthen people in the holy faith, enlightening their minds with the light of knowledge of the holy Gospel and revealing the mysteries of devout faith.”

Archangels govern affairs of the messengers of the various realms. Their presence on earth usually signals great change. They can take human form and can cause occurrences or change the tide of events for/on behalf of humanity. They are perhaps the most confusing of the Angelic Orders in that we often use their rank for other angelic beings. In addition, they are among the few angelic beings mentioned specifically by name in the New Testament (See Jude 1:9 where the Archangel Michael contends with Satan over the body of Moses). Gabriel, although not specifically named an Archangel in the Scriptures, is generally regarded as such in Christian thought.

Principalities

In the New Testament Principalities refers to one type of spiritual (metaphysical) being which are now quite hostile to God and human beings. (Rom 8:38; 1 Cor 15:24; Eph 1:21; 3:10; 6:12; Col 1:16; 2:10, 15) Along with the principalities are the powers (Rom 8:38; 1 Cor 15:24; Eph 1:21; 1 Pt 3:22; 2 Thes 1:7); and cosmological powers (1 Cor 15:24; Eph 1:21; 3:10; Col 2:15); Dominions (Eph 1:21; Col 1:16) and thrones (Col1:16). The clarity of the New Testament witness helps see that these beings were created through Christ and for Him (Col 1:16). Given their hostility to God and humans due to sin, Christ’s ultimate rule over them (ibid) expresses the reign of the Lord over all in the cosmos. This is the Lordship of Christ, which reveals God’s tremendous salvation in conquering sin and death at the cross, and now takes place in the Church. (Eph 3:10)

Principalities – We usually see these entities wearing a crown and carrying a scepter. Their duty also is to carry out the orders given to them by the Dominions and grant blessings to the material world. They oversee groups of people. As beings related to the world of the ideas, they inspire living things to many branches of knowledge such art and/or science.

Angels

These angels are closest to the material world and human begins. They deliver the prayers to God and God’s answers and other messages to humans. Angels have the capacity to access any and all other Angels at any time. They are the most caring and social to assist those who ask for help.

 

References:

ANGELS: FROM THE TEACHINGS (n.d.). In ANGELS. Retrieved April 30, 2015, from http://www.jesus-passion.com/angels.htm