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ANGELIC OVERVIEW: "Angels are spirits," proclaimed St.
Augustine! St. Thomas Aquinas believed that angels were pure
spirit, having no matter or mass, and taking up no space; but Thomas
believed angels could assume bodies at will. The purpose of angels
is the same as mankind: to love and serve the Lord. However, being
that angels are not material beings, and possibly from a different
dimension, they can serve the Lord in many different ways. Angels
have far greater will and intellect than we have. Whereas mankind
must sift through and experiment with natural laws, angels can grasp
all natural laws with a single thought. Eventually we find that
angels cannot work miracles per se, but they can perform many
special effects that appear miraculous, such as protecting Daniel
from the lions in Daniel 6. When angels appear to man, they usually
appear with wings, but the wings are not the method of loco- motion.
The angels seem to slip in and out of the fourth dimension; thus
travel is more or less instantaneous. If you have access to a
Catholic Bible (it MUST be Catholic), check out Daniel ch. 14, to
read how the prophet Habakkuk was instantly carried, via angel, from
Judea to Babylon, a distance of 600 miles.
The primary general duty of angels is as messengers of God. (The
word "angel" means messenger in Greek.) But angels can do God's
chores, such as busting Peter out of jail in Acts 5, or destroying
Sodom and Gomorrah in Genesis 19. But some angels obey only the
devil, and those angels are known as "demons", as is Satan himself.
Satan had been an angel, but decided to do his own thing. Angels
can see all aspects of a situation instantly, since they are so very
Angels, and the dimensions they live in, were apparently created
before our visible world and universe. (The Bible tells us in
Genesis ch.1-2 that mankind was created (or evolved) last.) The
number of angels are countless. One reason they are count- less is
that the Bible holds that each person who is or has lived, in the
universe, has a guardian angel (Matthew 18:10). Additionally, some
people who have died may have been transformed into lower angels.
Many people witness "small miracles", and attribute them to God,
when, in fact, angels may likely author the event. Speaking of
miracles, some people believe that the reason more asteroids don't
hit and damage planets is because each planet also has a guardian
angel. In this school of thought, we owe our very existence to
angels guiding our destiny.
There are MANY stories of loved ones appearing after they have
died, and helping the loved ones. Poss- ibly the loved one never
did appear; possibly the loved ones physical appearance was taken
over by an angel. The Bible tells us to respect strangers, as they
may actually be disguised angels, as in Genesis 19, Hebrews 13:2,
and Tobit chapters 4-12 (in Catholic Bibles). They also intercede
for us before God, such as was proposed in Job 33:23, and Psalms
ANGELIC ORGANIZATION: There are three hierarchies of angels:
the Supreme Hierarchy, the Middle Hier- archy, and the Lower
Hierarchy. Within earch hierarchy, there are three choirs (or
ranks), of angels, making a total of nine choirs. The choirs within
the hierarchies differ because of angelic form, rather than matter
or quantity within the choir. The Supreme Hierarchy is always in
God's inner circle, meditating on Him. The Middle Hiearchy keeps the
universe running according to God's physical laws. The lower
hirarchy carries out particular tasks.
SUPREME HIERARCHY: The Seraphim (Singular, Seraph) is the first
choir of the Supreme hierarchy. The name means "the burning ones",
or "ardor". They sit at God's throne, or a little above it, and
unceasingly sing praise to Him, and bear light and love to lessor
angels. The Seraphim are completely ruled by divine love, for there
is nothing more important than love according to 1 Corinthians
13:13. Isaiah 6:2 tells us the Seraphim have three sets of wings,
one set to cover the face out of reverence, one set to cover the
feet out of modesty and respect, and one set to fly with. (But as I
previously wrote, they don't actually use their wings to fly.)
The Cherubim (singular, Cherub) is the second choir of the
Supreme Hierarchy. The Cherubim sit beside God's throne, and act as
throne bearers, keeping unwanted entities away. (This is
illustrated in Catholic Bibles, in Ecclesiasticus ch.49.) They have
a great insight of God's secrets, and the workings of the universe.
Exodus ch.25 also tell us that the Cherubim guard churches and
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