In many mythologies and religions, an angel is a good spirit. The word angel comes from the Greek word angelos which means "messenger". Angels appear frequently in the Old Testament, the New Testament, Qur'an and Aqdas.
In the Bible [change]
Angels are powerful, smart spirits that obey God's commands and praise him with singing. They sometimes appear to humans in human form. They can deliver messages to people in person or in dreams. Angels that are named in the Bible are Michael (called a "chief prince"), Gabriel (known for telling Mary that she would be the mother of Jesus), and Raphael (in the Book of Tobit). The book of Tobit is no longer part of the mainstream accepted version of the Bible, the book was removed from the Bible during the apocrypha. Later on the catholic church reissued it as a "God Breathed" material and placed it into their Current selection of books in the old testament of their Bible. Since were also citing apocryphical works the Ethiopian book of Enoch or I Enoch, which list four Arch Angels which watch over the four quadrants of the heaven; Michael, Raphael, Gabriel, Uriel. The Book of Enoch was never Reissued back after it had been removed.
- Cherubim (plural of cherub) are described as "winged creatures" which have four wings A cherub guarded Eden with a sword of fire. Which for me shows that the author of Genesis Was aware of the Different types of angels Genesis 3:24 which ties Ezekiel to Genesis. This same Cherubim is mentioned in Ezekiel 28:13-14 Ezekiel, saying that the angel was in the Garden of God Though most commonly believed this passage refers to Satan as the snake in the Garden of Eden, which is false.
Ezekiel 28:13-14 13. Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepaired in thee in the day that thou wast created. 14. Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.
describes the sound of their wings, "like the roar of rushing waters."
Ezekiel 10:5-7 ; Ezekiel 10:8 reveals that they have hands like a man under their wings .
Ezekiel 1:7 KJV reveals that they look like man but are different because they have "straight feet" and four wings and four faces.
Ezekiel ch 1, and 10 describe the cherubim creatures ascending and descending from the earth with wheels. Ezekiel 1:14-20 ; Ezekiel 10:16
Ezekiel 10:9-13 describes what the wheels appeared to look like, and how they moved around, how they moved or flew through the sky quickly but turned not as they went; and how the inside workings of the wheels appeared to be "a wheel in the midst of a wheel" and that the color of the wheels was the color of "Amber" Stone. There are four separate wheels in both accounts, one for each single cherub which is there.
- Seraphim (plural of seraph, which means "burning")they also are depicted having wings, six of them. They are known for singing and praising God. They can shout so loud, they shake the temple.
- Archangels are the highest type of angel. They are considered saints in the Catholic church. However, in the King James Version of the Bible; they are another type of angel. In the Bible the Angel Michael is said to cast out the dragon angel satan out of the heaven and down to the earth in a great battle between the good and bad angels, just before the Great Judgement of angels and man. Revelation 12:7-9
Luke reveals the angel Gabriel whom is suspected of being another arch angel Luke 1:19
- Dragon Angels are found throughout the bible. The Leviathon Job 41:19-21 ; Isaiah 27:1 ; Isaiah 30:6 Says that there were fiery flying serpents so serpents that flew and were fiery. This is also the category which satan the devil falls into as far as type of angel. He is a dragon angel Revelation 12:7-9 ; Revelation 20:2
In art [change]
They are often shown in art as having wings and a halo. The wings represent their speed, and the halo represents their holiness.
The cherubim in art always appear as baby faced angels with very small non useful wings.
The cherubim statue or bronze casting of cherubim in the Temple of Solomon depicted them as two four winged creatures who's wings touched at the peak of the ark that they were making.
The same cherubim creatures were said to be cast in gold on top of the ark of the Covenant. Casting metal is one of the oldest forms of artwork, and was attempted my L. DaVinci