By C.A. Huft
Angels have long been misunderstood beings, especially in our society. When we think of angels we often get the picture of a cute naked baby with wings flitting to and fro with arrows pointed toward stylized hearts, or we have the image of a Christmas tree topper depicting a Romanesque beauty with long flowing robes and golden hair, two wings and a halo atop of her head. Both of these couldn’t be farther from the truth.
The only way to truly understand the Paranormal and the manipulation of human energies is to understand angels, elect and fallen.
When I was in nursing school one of the first things we learned was that in order to recognize disease, you first had to understand what was normal, or healthy or good.
So let’s look beyond our pop culture angels and come to a true understanding about the Elect Angels spoken about in Scripture.
We are not alone. God did create other beings, other entities, and he created them before us. He created myriads, innumerable counts of powers, authorities, rulers, thrones in the heavenly realms.
From the beginning chapters of Genesis, we are introduced to a single powerful angel, and a couple others sent to guard the Garden of Eden. All throughout scripture we find bizarre descriptions of beings that call themselves “angels”. We are given details about these angels that do not match the previous mentioned fairy angels I described; instead these creatures, or Sons of God, the B’noi Elohim, are direct creations of God. Adam and Jesus were the only other two bestowed with the title Son of God. The first thing we need to make mention of is there IS NO Mention of “Daughters of God”….hmmm, so that puts our little Romanesque beauty out of the picture doesn’t it? From the Hebrew text, and from Hebrew tradition there are no female angels…none. This will be an important concept for us when we begin to study Fallen angels and the Paranormal Pentecost.
Many people believe the Bible tells us angels are “sexless, celibate” and without gender because of this verse from Matthew: At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage: They will be like the angels in heaven, (Matthew 22:30; NIV). This verse has created a lot of confusion about angels. Many believe angels are spirit, which the Bible clearly states, but they also mistakenly believe angels have a completeness of both gender qualities or are androgynous because of their relationship to God. As we stated earlier, the scriptures do not agree with this train of thought. When we die, we do not become genderless, we simply will not need to mate. So Matthew is saying angels do not marry. Marry in this context is the word for consummate. In other words, there is no reason for them to mate in heaven. God made a whole passel of angels. As spirit beings they do not die . . . What would be the point of procreation for spirits if God had already created the perfect number of them to carry out his will? Angels are spirit beings, not flesh beings, so they were expected to act within those boundaries. Now let me point out a very important point that will make sense farther down the road. Scriptures paint angels in the masculine gender. Our God is a complete God; he doesn’t leave things undone. Male angels are fully male, if you get my meaning. Jesus was fully male; he was not genderless, even though he was God incarnate. In other words, they have all the right plumbing, and are thus equipped with the knowledge of its use. After all, they observe us daily. This concept is not meant to gross you out, but it will become very apparent when we begin to study the fallen angels, and their behaviors. The Bible has some fascinating scriptures referring to this. Take Genesis 6 for example. The Bible is very clear angels are to keep to their own accord and not go after strange flesh (sexual sin) (see Jude). Jesus was fully male, but he did not take a wife on earth, the angels were commanded in heaven to follow this example.
Angels are also spirit beings, which mean they are eternal, immortal, they do not experience death. If they do not die, and if God created them innumerable, why would they need to procreate and create more angels? Procreation is an earthly, mortal assignment; this allows a species to avoid extinction, something the angels clearly cannot do.
Of great importance is the fact that Angels, every time they appear to humans in the scriptures evoke strong emotions of great fear, trembling, awe, dumbstruck, weakness, terror, and this uncanny compulsion in humans to bow down and worship them. This is important so pay attention! The Elect angels whenever they appear to humans always command us to: “Fear not”, and “Do not worship me, worship the Most High God alone”. With that knowledge alone, if you have an angelic encounter, you can now discern if it is an elect holy angel of God, or if it does not instruct you in this manner, it may be a fallen angel. Be warned!
We can learn a great deal about angels from scripture:
1. Angels are created beings, and were made specifically for praising God, carrying out his will and helping mankind. (Psalms 148:2, 5, Colossians 1:16 Psalm 103:20, Hebrews 2:11)
2. Humans are a prized creation, but we were created a little lower than the angels, but, interestingly we will ultimately judge angels. (1 Cor. 6:3)
3. Angels eat (manna), have their own language, can shape shift or change their appearance at will. (Psalms78:25, 1 Corinthians 13:1, Hebrews 13:12)
4. Man can never become an angel when he dies, it goes against Gods divine order of “like produces like”.
5. Angels appear to be male, remain celibate if elect, but are not without gender function.
6. They dress in white, or have a dazzling white appearance, and their skin has a bronze glow. (see Daniel)
7. They are huge! 7–15 ft tall, gigantic statures, with great strength and weight.
8. They inspire great fear, terror, and holy awe when encountered. (Luke 1:12,2:9)
9. They are everywhere around us, but are unseen until God’s spiritual sight is given. Most likely we do not just have one guardian angel, but several thousand.
10. They transcend known space/time dimensions (hyper dimensional).
11. They are innumerable.
12. They can be provoked to anger (see 2 Peter 2:4) and are sent to kill or destroy at the request of God.
13. They are immortal, holy, elect, obedient, mighty servants.
14. They possess emotions and are very concerned with humans.
15. They have the ability to heal diseases and infirmities. (the angel at the pool- John 5:4)
16. They have stations and power over various forms of weather and animals. (Revelation)
17. There are many identifiable classes, serving in many orderly offices and functions.
18. They are separated into ranks and orders, and hold various titles, and rule certain geographical areas. (see Daniel)
19. They are also organized into vast armies. (Revelation)
20. There are archangels, seraphim, cherubim, and the ophanim, mentioned in the Bible.
21. There is no plan for their redemption. (see Jude)
22. Certain angels are described as having wings, either four or six; none are described as just having two wings.
23. They are nothing in comparison to the Almighty God, and they are not to be worshipped! (see Exodus 20:1–6, and Colossians 2:18.).
24. All angels have free will, and Lucifer was the first to choose to sin. Sin originated with angels. (See Ezekiel 28:12-19)
25. Angels can and do petition God, either on our behalf or against us as we saw with Satan. (see Job)
26. Seraphim, cherubim and ophanim are in a separate class all by themselves, having separate and distinct characteristics and functions at the throne of God.
So really what do angels look like? Are they the handsome men with drawn swords and two wings depicted in art work at the Christian book store? That’s still not correct, when it comes to angels the only solid information we can stand on is from Scripture itself. Let’s check it out.
There are three different “kinds” of angels specifically described in Scripture, two you may be familiar with but the third is often overlooked; they are: Seraphim, Cherubim and Ophanim. As a note to the reader, the “im” ending on the different types of angels is a plural language structure.
Seraphim means “burning ones.” Seraphim have six wings, not two!
In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high & exalted, and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphs, each with six wings; with two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with the two they were flying. And they were calling to one another, “holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.” At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke. “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty!” Isaiah 6:1-5
Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under his wings. Day and night they never stop saying: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is, and is to come.” (Revelation 4:8)
There are only two scant accounts (see Isaiah and Revelation) of seraphs or seraphim found in the Bible; all other accounts are differing ranks of angels, or cherubim. Seraphs seem to indicate the power and might of God’s ultimate holiness and purity. I am only speculating, but the wings which cover their faces and feet must have some spiritual significance in relationship to God’s holiness and the divine covering of Jesus’ blood. When they shouted “holy, holy, holy,” it was so loud it shook a gigantic, stone temple and filled it with smoke. Isaiah was scared out of his wits. Seraphs seem to represent God’s glory, holiness, and purity. Their primary function is to encircle the Holy Throne of God and provide perpetual adoration, and thus by tradition are seen as the “choirs of angels.”
Understanding seraphim, cherubim, and ophanim, may help us fill in the blanks when it comes to our figurative language and descriptions of Satan and his fallen angels and demons when they are described as snakes and certain cloven-hoofed, horned beasts, and even UFOs.
Seraphim also means “fiery ones,” but others have translated it to “fiery serpents.” They are literally living flames. Tongues of fire do resemble snake-like behavior as they make a serpentine form, licking the air. Now this may be a far stretch of my imagination, but I wonder if we do not get our ancient imagery of Satan presented as a snake not only from the Bible, but from his very nature as a holy angel, “a fiery one, fiery serpent”? Lucifer, we are told, was a cherub who displays other unique physical characteristics. But many of the fallen angels who rebelled against God may have been seraphim, thus leading to some of our ancient images of snakes. We also see this strange imagery of fiery serpents sent upon the children of Israel after they complained against God in Numbers 21:4–9. The word used is seraphs, meaning fiery serpent. This snake was copper colored and poisonous. Later we see Moses hold up the pole with the bronze snake on it, and anyone who looked upon it lived. This is a metaphor for sin, as Jesus would one day be put up on another pole, and took our sin for us, and if we were to look to him, we would have everlasting life.
Rejoice not thou, whole Philistia, because the rod of him that smote thee is broken: for out of the serpent’s root shall come forth a cockatrice, and his fruit shall be a fiery flying serpent, (Isaiah 14:29; KJV). And also: . . . the viper and fiery flying serpent, ( Isaiah 30:6; KJV). Very odd imagery, if you were to attribute this to seraphs, which is the Hebrew word used in both of these texts for fiery serpent, and then add a descriptive word—flying.
So what can we make of all of these eyes covering their bodies? One meaning may be a reference to God’s all-seeing omnipresence. The other meaning is literally “eyes with a jealous glance,” according to Strong’s Dictionary , which may imply the jealous nature of God, as shown by the commandment “thou shalt have no other gods before me.” Another interpretation by Maimonides, a venerated Rabbi and Philosopher; “is eyes or a body with different colors” Possibly it could mean light or reflection of light.
When you begin to study seraphs, you walk away with more questions than answers. We may never know until we get to heaven, but at least the little information we do have erases many years of deception by the enemy and gives us a fresh perspective on title and duties bestowed upon these special, powerful creatures who are so close to God.
Cherubim simply mean “winged, celestial beings.” They are found all over the Old Testament and in only one passage in the New Testament, which is a reference to the Old. Cherubs are found in the tabernacle and the temple, and are representative of redemption, and minister to the manifestation of the glory of God.
Cherubim are interesting “creatures.” In fact they are described as “living creatures” in Revelation. The phrase “living creatures” is the word zoon in the Greek, which actually means “animal.” We may not even be able to group cherubim with other angels, as they seem to be unique and separated from angels in the few scriptures in which we see them mentioned. The other interesting verse we can discuss here is from Genesis: “Cursed are you above all livestock, and all the wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life. And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel, (Genesis 3:14–15). This verse is talking about Satan, the once anointed cherub who covers. God makes reference to him as an animal, above other animals mind you, but an animal nonetheless. In ancient Babylon and other places Cherubs are pictured as gigantic bulls, twice the size of our bulls, with four wings and horns.
The other question raised is: are all angels either seraphim, cherubim, or ophanim? Or are there other types of angels that we can add to this odd list? The Bible simply does not give us enough information to make such assumptions.
Cherubim are first seen in Genesis 3:24 after God drove Adam out of the Garden, and he placed one on the east side of the Garden of Eden with a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the Tree of Life. So they do obviously function as a guard. Their second function is to fulfill God’s majesty as told by David: [The Lord] mounted the cherubim and flew; he soared on the wings of the wind, (2 Samuel 22:11; NIV). Boy is that weird! God is riding an angel, or is he? Are they carrying the throne of God?
If you picture it as Ezekiel describes it, you get a little different take on this scripture.
Ezekiel gives us an encrypted description of the cherubs. Here is what he saw:
In the fire was what looked like four living creatures. In appearance their form was that of a man, but each of them had four faces and four wings. Their legs were straight; their feet were like those of a calf and gleamed like burnished bronze. Under their wings on their four sides they had the hands of a man. All four of them had faces and wings, and there wings touched one another. Each one went straight ahead; they did not turn as they moved. Their faces looked like this: Each of the four had a face of a man, and on the right side each had the face of a lion, and on the left the face of an ox; each also had the face of an eagle. Such were their faces. Their wings were spread out upward; each had two wings, one touching the wing of the other creature on either side, and two wings covering its body. Each one went straight ahead. Wherever the spirit would go, they would go, without turning as they went. The appearance of the living creatures was like burning coals of fire or like torches. Fire moved back and forth among the creatures; it was bright, and lightening flashed out of it. The creatures sped back and forth like flashes of lightening. (Ezekiel 1:5–14; NIV)
It is difficult to picture these creatures, but they seem to walk upright like a man, have four faces, one of a man, a lion, an ox, and an eagle, and hands, and their legs were straight like a calf, so I am making a wild assumption they had cloven hooves. This is unlike any of the other angels. In fact it sounds more like an animal than a human form. I make the wild assumption of cloven hooves because why else would Ezekiel point out the fact their feet were like calves’ feet? In the Kings James version it reads: And their feet were straight feet; and the sole of their feet was like the sole of a calf’s foot: and they sparkled like the color of burnished brass, (Ezekiel 1:7) The other point I have with this little tidbit is that many of our images of Satan depict him with a horned head (not unlike an ox), cloven hooves, and a man’s upper torso. Could this weird imagery be closer to the truth than we give it credit for? Satan was a cherub, therefore we can safely assume he looked liked the cherub described by Ezekiel.
My NIV Bible has commentary about this passage which I found insightful and helpful: “Each of the four living creatures had four faces, symbolizing God’s perfect nature. Some believe the lion represented strength; the ox, diligent service; the man, intelligence; and the eagle, divinity. Others see these as the most majestic of God’s Creatures and say they therefore represent God’s whole creation. The early church fathers saw a connection between these beings and the four gospels: The lion with Matthew, representing Christ as the lion of the tribe of Judah; the ox with Mark, portraying Christ as the servant; the human with Luke portraying Christ as the perfect human; the eagle with John, the Son of God, exalted and divine. The vision of John in Revelation 4, parallels Ezekiel’s vision.” Later on we will see each of these four faces are tied to the zodiac as well.
Cherubim are also the creatures on the top of the Ark of the Covenant, known as the mercy seat. . . . they were also woven into the Veil of the Tabernacle, (Exodus 25:17–22). . . . and also woven into the curtains hanging on the tabernacle, (Exodus. 26:31). Later on, when Solomon built the temple, they also adorned the most holy place where the Ark of the Covenant was kept. Cherubim are very special “covering creatures”, (which means covenanting) They surround God in the holy temple, and they also followed the Holy Spirit wherever it went according to Ezekiel. These are truly God’s own personal servants, and they help to carry out the will of the Holy Spirit.
All the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying “Amen! Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor, and power and strength be to our God for ever and ever. Amen!” (Revelation 7:11). We sometimes miss an important element in this passage. The angels—separate, were standing around the elders, and the living creatures. The four living creatures, these cherubim were not counted with the angels or the elders. And again in Revelation: Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. In a loud voice they sang: . . . The four living creatures said, “Amen,” and the elders fell and worshiped, (Revelation 5:11). Again, we see they are separate from the multitude of angels, and notice the living creatures talked, sang, and worshipped. What on earth are cherubim? They are obviously in a class all of their own, as intelligent, articulate, separate, animal-creature creations. We may never fully understand these cherubim either, as they seem to be fully animal-creature creations, and fully transferable as humanoid as well. Nothing is too difficult for our God, and if he wants to have creatures that surround him with praise, are mighty and warrior-like, super-intelligent, and able to change their appearance, then it does nothing but increase my faith and holy awe of the one true God we worship.
It wasn’t until I began to study angels that I even ran across this strange word: Ophanim. Ophanim are a type of angel written about mostly in the book of Ezekiel, and believe it or not, they are the ones everybody overlooks as angels and instead believe was an early UFO encounter. Ophanim are the “wheels” Ezekiel saw:
As I looked at the living creatures, I saw a wheel on the ground beside each creature with it four faces. This was the appearance and structure of the wheels: they sparkled like chrysolite, and all four looked alike. Each appeared to be made like a wheel intersecting a wheel. As they moved, they would go in any of one of the four directions the creatures faced; the wheels did not turn about as the creatures went. Their rims were high and awesome, and all four rims were full of eyes all around. When the living creatures moved, the wheels beside them moved; and when the living creatures rose from the ground the wheels also rose. Where the spirit would go, they would go, and the wheels would rise along with them, because the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels. When the creatures moved, they also moved; when the creatures stood still, they also stood still; and when the creatures rose from the ground, the wheels rose along with them, because the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels. (Ezekiel 1:15–21;NIV)
.. . the sound of the wings of the living creatures brushing against each other and the sound of the wheels beside them, made a loud rumbling sound. (Ezekiel 3:13; NIV)
. . . “Go in among the wheels beneath the cherubim” . . . When the Lord commanded the man in linen, “Take fire from among the wheels, from among the cherubim,” the man went in and stood beside a wheel. . . . I looked, and I saw beside the cherubim four wheels, one beside each of the cherubim; the wheels sparkled like chrysolite. As for their appearance; the four of them looked alike; each was like a wheel intersecting a wheel. As they moved, they would go in any one of the four directions the cherubim faced; the wheels did not turn about as the cherubim went. The cherubim went in whatever direction the head faced, without turning as they went. Their entire bodies, including their backs, their hands and their wings were completely full of eyes, as were their four wheels. I heard the wheels being called: “the whirling wheels.” (Ezekiel 10:2,6,9–13; NIV)
These are some odd creatures, and there is a lot of information to disseminate from these passages. Rabbinical literature suggests these wheels are called Ophan, meaning wheel, or the wheel of a chariot, and the word Galgal, meaning wheel, associated with whirl or roll. They are also called the “many-eyed-ones.” “In Jewish lore the Ophanim, or wheels, are called Thrones, because they are associated with divine judgment, and they are associated with chariots upon which the throne of God rests (the Merkabah).” They are often viewed as the wheels of God, or the wheels of the heavenly chariot.
The way Ezekiel describes them, they seem to be quite separate beings from the cherubim, but they move with fluid connection to the spirit of the cherubim. He goes quite in depth saying over and over again; Where the spirit would go, they would go, and the wheels would rise along with them, because the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels. It is a curious statement, and I can’t even begin to understand what it means. Somehow the two are intimately connected, which may be why Ezekiel describes them as one creature and also as four.
Besides being in wheel form, we get the idea from Ezekiel’s vision they too have some sort of flesh; they have backs, hands, and wings, and again, all of those eyes. They obviously make a loud, rumbling, whirring noise in connection to praise, and were very sparkly. Some people think these things are just a vision of a divine UFO, a space traveling vehicle. Well I agree, but not entirely, because they seem to possess intelligence we do not understand, and the Bible distinctly says they have a spirit. So again, whatever these heavenly, chariot wheels are, I can’t wait to see one!
By understanding the creation and the stations and offices held by the sons of God, we can better understand how far Lucifer and his rebel angels fell. The question begs to be asked: Did you know what you were ignoring when it came to angels?