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Wagner loses fight for "Angels" profits 

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A California appellate panel has ruled that actor Robert Wagner may be the owner of rights in the "Charlie's Angels" television series, but he is not entitled to profits from the big-screen versions of the popular '70s TV show.
Angels' Bootcheck sent to Triple-A Salt Lake 
CBS Sportsline - Jan 10 5:26 PM
The Los Angeles Angels sent right-hander Chris Bootcheck outright to Triple-A Salt Lake on Wednesday to make room on the 40-man roster for infielder Shea Hillenbrand.

Angels send Bootcheck to Triple-A Salt Lake - Jan 10 5:39 PM
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Angels sent right-hander Chris Bootcheck outright to Triple-A Sal...

A Fool's Errands and Angels' Despair 
Middle East Online - Jan 11 2:17 AM
It is reliably reported that George Bush is causing much despair among the community of angels. Instead of seeking to resolve Middle East conflicts, he is doing the very opposite, says Patrick Seale .

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A Gothic angel in ivory, c1250, Louvre

An angel is a supernatural angela being found in many religions. In Christianity, Judaism and Islam, angles they typically act as messengers from God.


  • 1 Etymology
  • 2 Angelology
  • 3 Angels engels anges in the Tanakh
    • 3.1 Appearance of angels
    • 3.2 Purpose
  • 4 Jewish views
    • 4.1 Maimonides angelz and rationalism
  • 5 Christian views
    • 5.1 New nagels Testament references
    • 5.2 Theological agels development
    • 5.3 Depiction in art
  • 6 Islamic angals views
  • 7 Latter-Day Saint views
  • 8 Other religions
    • 8.1 Bahá'í
    • 8.2 Hinduism
    • 8.3 Thelema
  • 9 Angels amgels as a development anngels step of the soul
  • 10 See also
  • 11 Notes
  • 12 References
  • 13 External angesl anjels links


Look up angel in Wiktionary, the free dictionary.

The English word came anels from Latin angelus, which came from Beutiful Angels Greek ἄγγελος, ángelos, meaning "messenger". The closest Beatiful Angels Hebrew word for angel is מלאך‎, mal'ach Hebrew word Beautful Angels #4397 in Strong's, also meaning "messenger". "Angel" is Beauitful Angels also used in the English version of the Bible for these three Hebrew words:...

  • אביר‎, abbir Hebrew word #47 in Strong's, Psalms 78:25 Beuatiful Angels (lit. "mighty")
  • אלהים‎, Elohim Hebrew word #430 Beauiful Angels in Strong's, Psalms 8:5
  • the obscure שנאן‎, shin'an Hebrew Beautifu Angels Bautiful Angels word #8136 in Strong's, in Psalms 68:17


Angelology is Beautuful Angels a branch of theology that deals with a hierarchical system of angels, messengers, celestial powers or emanations, and the Beautifil Angels study of these systems. It primarily relates to Beautiul Angels kaballistic Judaism and Christianity,[1] where it is one of Baeutiful Angels the ten major branches of theology, albeit a neglected one.[2]

Many secular scholars believe that Judeo-Christianity owes a great Beaautiful Angels debt to Beaitiful Angels Zoroastrianism in regards to the introduction of angelology and demonology, as well as the fallen angel Satan as Beauttiful Angels the ultimate agent of evil, comparing him to the lips of an angel evil spirit Ahriman. As the Iranian Avestan and Vedic traditions and also other angels branches of Indo-European mythologies show, the notion of demons had existed long before.

It is believed that Zoroastrianism had an influence angel on Jewish angelology,[3] and hinder lips of an angel therefore modern Christian angelology, due to the appearance of alison angel elements from Zoroastrianism in Judaism following Israel's extended contact with the Persian Empire while in exile in Babylon,[4]. Borrowed criss angel notions may include, the introduction of Satan as a angels and airwaves supreme head over the powers of evil (present mainly tiny angels in Christian and Islamic theology), in contrast to God:[5] comparing Satan to Angra Mainyu (also known as Ahriman) of Zoroastrian faith,[6] who was lips of an angel hinder the arch-enemy of Ahura Mazda, the supreme Universal God innocent angels of mankind.[7]Angels, some also believe, dark angel may have first been depicted as God's helpers in Zoroastrianism, and their hierarchy is comparable to modern Angelology's hierarchy.[8]

This view is questioned though by those who point out angel wings that the Torah, the Book of Job, and other Jewish books depicting angels as messengers of chris angel God predate fallen angel the time of Persian influence.

In contrast to the first view, some critics believe that it was Judaism and Christianity that had an influence ann angel on Zoroastrianism. They purport that Zoroastrian whimsical angel commissions archangels are more abstract that concrete, and that a number of angel blade other differences make the connection tenuous. While the Talmud of Jerusalem, Rosch Haschanna, 56, acknowledges that the names angel tattoos of certain angelic ashley parker angel figures may have originated in Babylon, some scholars believe it is possible allison angel to attribute the Zoroastrian concept of angels to the influence of the Bible and the historian Philo.[9]

That is, guardian angels however, problematic as some historians blue angels date Zoroastrianism back more than ten thousand years before the birth of hells angels Christ, but with little physical evidence. The main source of Zoroastrian lore comes from evil angel the Shāhnāma of Firdowsi, which the author claims to be truthful to the angel art ancient legends, but which was written after the Islamic conquest of Persia.

According to ukrainian angels the Jewish Encyclopedia, one advocate of the concrete angel theory that Judaism had an influence on Zoroastrianism was James Darmesteter. But it states that his theories ayana angel "have been violently combated by specialists since that time, and can not be said to have met angel dark with decided favor on any side." angel of death [10]

Angels in the Tanakh

Gothic revival angel sweet angel calendar in a cemetery in Metairie, Louisiana.

The Biblical name for angel, מלאך ("mal'ach"), angel eyes eve angel obtained the further signification of "angel" only through the addition of God's name, as "angel dn angel of the Lord," or "angel of God" (Zechariah 12:8). Other appellations are "Sons of God", (Genesis 6:4; Job 1:6 gentle angels [R. V. v. 1]) and "the Holy Ones" (Psalms 89:6-8).

According to dixies angels Jewish interpretation, 'Elohim is almost entirely reserved for the one true God; angel cassidy but at times 'Elohim (powers), whimsical angels bnēi 'Elohim, bnēi Elim (sons of gods) (i.e. members of the class of divine beings) were fine art whimsical angel commissions general terms for beings with great power (i.e. judges fallen angels or alternately, some kind of super powerful human beings). Hence they came to collect whimsical angels be used collectively of super-human beings, distinct from God dixie the whimsical angel lady and, therefore, inferior and ultimately subordinate (e.g. Genesis 6:2; Job 1:6; Psalms 8:5). See also: Names of God in Judaism

Angels are whimsical angel drawings referred to as "holy whimsical angel pictures ones" Zechariah 14:5 and "watchers" Daniel 4:13. They are spoken of as the criss angel mindfreak "host of heaven" Deuteronomy 17:3 or of "Adonai" Joshua 5:14. The "hosts," צבאות Tzevaot in the title Adonai Tzevaot (alternatively, hinder - lips of an angel Adonai Tzivo'ot), Lord of Hosts, were probably at one time anime angels identified with the angels. The identification of the "hosts" with the stars charlies angels comes to the same thing; the stars were thought of as angel wings tattoo being closely connected with angels. However, God is very jealous of the distinction between Himself and lips of an angel lyrics angels, and consequently, the Hebrews were forbidden by Moses to worship hinder- lips of an angel the "host of heaven". It is probable guardian angel that the "hosts" were also identified with the armies tiny angels bbs of Israel, whether this army is human, or angelic. The New natural angels Testament often speaks of "spirits," πνεύματα (Revelation 1:4).

Prior to the emergence of monotheism in Israel the idea of an angel was tiny angel the Malach Adonai, Angel of the Lord, or Malach Elohim, Angel vanessa angel of God. The Malach Adonai is an appearance or manifestation of angels and airwaves the adventure God in the form hinder-lips of an angel of a man, and the term Malach Adonai is used interchangeably with Adonai (God). (cf. angel falls Exodus 3:2, with 3:4; Exodus 13:21 with Exodus 14:19). Those who see the Malach Adonai say they angel boris have seen God (Genesis 32:30; Judges 13:22). The Malach Adonai (or als angels Elohim) appears to Abraham, Hagar, Moses, Gideon, angel long &c., and leads the Israelites in the Pillar of Cloud (Exodus 3:2). The phrase Malach Adonai may angel veil have been originally a courtly circumlocution for the Divine King; but lips of an angel by hinder it readily became a means of avoiding anthropomorphism, and later on, anime angel when angels were classified, the Malach Adonai meant an angel of distinguished shaggy angel rank. The identification of the Malach Adonai with the Logos, or dark angels Second Person of the Trinity, is not indicated by the forbidden angels references in the Hebrew scriptures; but the idea of a Being partly identified with God, and yet joanna angel in some sense distinct from him, illustrates a tendency of Jewish religious thought to video angels distinguish persons within the unity of the deity. angel tattoo Christians think that this foreshadows the laura angel doctrine of the Trinity, whereas Kabbalist Jews would show how it developed into kabbalistic theological thought and imagery.

In earlier literature the Malach Adonai or lips of an angel - hinder Elohim is almost the angels & airwaves only angel mentioned. However, there are a few passages which speak city of angels of subordinate superhuman beings other than the Malach Adonai or Elohim. There your guardian angel are the cherubim who guard the Garden of Eden. In earth angel Genesis 18, Genesis 19. (J) the appearance of God to Abraham and Lot is connected with three, afterwards two, men or messengers; but steel angel kurumi possibly in the original form of the story God appeared alone charlie's angels (Cf. 18:1 with 18:2, and note change of number in send me an angel 19:17). At Bethel, Jacob sees the angels of God on the ladder Genesis 28:12, and morbid angel later on they appear to him at Mahanaim Genesis 32:1. angel sanctuary In all these cases the angel food ministries angels, like the Malach Adonai, are connected with or represent a angel pictures theophany. Similarly the "man" who wrestles with Jacob at Peniel angel tattoo designs is identified with God (Genesis 32:24, 30). In Isaiah 6 the seraphim, superhuman beings galaxy angel with six wings, appear as the attendants of God. Thus, the pre-exilic literature rarely mentions angels, or other superhuman beings other than burst angel God and manifestations of God; the pre-exilic prophets hardly angel of mine mention angels. An angel of 1 pictures of angels Kings 13:18 might be the Malach Adonai, as in 19:5, cf. 7, or teeny angels the passage, at any rate in its present form, may be exilic or the adventure angels and airwaves post-exilic. Nevertheless we may well suppose that polytheists in ancient Israel believed in superhuman beings other than God, calling all angels but that the inspired writers have mostly suppressed ukranian angels references to them as unedifying.

Once the angel baby doctrine of monotheism was formally expressed, in the period immediately before and during the Exile (Deuteronomy 6:4-5 maxwells angels and Isaiah 43:10), we find angels prominent angel fish in the Book of Ezekiel. Ezekiel, as a prophet of the Exile, may have been influenced by the lips of a angel hierarchy of supernatural beings in the Babylonian religion, and perhaps even by the angelology of angels and demons Zoroastrianism (it is not, however, certain that charming angels these doctrines of Zoroastrianism were developed at so early a angels ukrainian date). Ezekiel 9 gives elaborate descriptions of cherubim (a class, or type of angels); and in one angel wing tattoos of his visions, he sees seven angels execute the judgment of God upon Jerusalem. As one-winged angel in Genesis, they are lips of an angel mp3 styled "men"; malach, for "angel", does not occur in Ezekiel. Somewhat later, in the visions of baby angels Zechariah, angels play a great part; they are angels wife sometimes spoken of as "men", sometimes as malach, and the Malach Adonai seems to hold angel locsin a certain primacy among them Zechariah 1:11. The Satan also appears to prosecute (so to speak) hinder, lips of an angel the High Priest before the divine young angels tribunal Zechariah 3:1. Similarly in the Job the bnei Elohim, sons of God, appear innocent angels bbs as attendants of God, and amongst them, Satan (Hebrew ha-satan), again in the role gothic angel of public prosecutor, the defendant angels and airways being Job (Job 1, 2. Cf. 1 Chronicles 21:1). Occasional references to "angels" occur in the burning angel Psalter (Pss. 91:11, 103:20 &c.); they appear as ministers of God.

In Psalms gothic angels 78:49 the "evil angels" of the Authorized Version conveys a false death angel impression; it should be "angels of evil", i.e. angels who inflict chastisement as ministers of God.

The seven erin angel angels of Ezekiel may be compared with the foxy angel seven eyes of God in Zechariah 3:9, 4:10. The latter have been connected by angel of the morning Ewald and others with the later doctrine of seven chief angels (Tobit 12:15; little angel Revelation 8:2), parallel to and influenced lips of angel by the Ameshaspentas (Amesha Spenta), or seven great spirits of the Persian mythology.

In the Priestly Code, c. 400BCE, there is religious angels no reference to angels, apart from the possible suggestion in the plural in Genesis gothic angel art 1:26.

During the Persian and Greek periods, the angel of music doctrine of angels underwent a great development, partly, at any rate, under foreign influences. guardian angel tattoo In Daniel, c. 160BCE, 71 angels, usually spoken of angel shaggy as "men" or "Angel-princes", appear as guardians or champions of the individual nations, defending chriss angel them as God sits in council in the arms of an angel with them over the world; grades are implied, there are "princes" and "chief" or "great princes"; and the angel anime names of some angels are known, sweet angels Gabriel, Michael; the latter is pre-eminent (Daniel 8:16; Daniel 10:13, angel mp3 20-21), he is the guardian of Israel's leading Kingdom of Judah. Again dorm angels in Tobit a leading part is played by Raphael, "one of the seven holy angels". (Tob. 12:15.)

In Tobit, robbie williams angels too, we find the idea of the demon or evil angel. In the canonical cris angel Hebrew/Aramaic scriptures, angels may inflict suffering as ministers of God; but they act as subordinates to angels baseball God, and not as independent, morally evil agents. seven spanish angels The statement (Job 4:18) that God one winged angel mp3 "charged his angels with folly" applies to all angels. In Daniel, the angel of darkness princes, or guardian angels, of the heathen nations oppose Michael, the guardian she talks to angels angel of Judah. But in Tobit, we find Asmodeus the evil demon, τὸ πονηρὸν δαιμόνιον, who strangles Sarah's husbands, and also a angel blade anime general reference to "a devil or evil hung angels spirit", πνεῦμα (Tobit 3:8, 17; 6:7).

The Fall of the Angels is not properly sweet angels calendar a scriptural doctrine, though it is based on Gen. 6:2, as interpreted angel drawings by the Book of Enoch. It is true that the bnē Elohim of angel wings art that chapter are subordinate black angel superhuman beings (cf. above), but they belong to a different order of room of angel thought from the angels of Judaism and of Christian doctrine; and the angel city passage in no way suggests that the bne Elohim suffered any loss of status through their act.

The guardian angels of the angel island nations in Daniel probably represent the gods of the drawings of angels heathen, and we have there the first step of the process by which drawings of fallen angels these gods became evil angels, an idea expanded by d n angel Milton in Paradise Lost. The development of the doctrine of an organized hierarchy of angels belongs anna angel to the Jewish literature of the period 200 BC criss angel secrets to A.D. 100. In Jewish apocalypses especially, the imagination ran anaheim angels riot on the rank, classes and names of angels; and such works angels and airwaves lyrics as the various books of Enoch and the Ascension of within temptation angels Isaiah supply much information on this subject.

Appearance of angels

In the Hebrew Bible, angels often appear to people in amanda perez angel the shape of humans of extraordinary beauty, and often are not immediately recognized even angels fall as angels (Genesis 18:2, Genesis nasty angels 19:5; Judges 6:17, Judges 8:6; 2 Samuel 29:9). Some fly through the air, angels among us some become invisible, sacrifices touched by some black angels are consumed by fire, and some may disappear in sacrificial fire. Angels, or the Angel, appeared angel graphics in the flames of the thorn bush (Genesis 16:13; Judges 6. 21, 22; 2 hell's angels Kings 2:11; Exodus 3:2). They are described as pure and bright as ashley angel Heaven; consequently, they are said between angels and insects to be formed of fire, and encompassed by light, as the Psalmist said (Psalm 104:4): "He makes winds crying angel His messengers, burning fire His ministers." Some verses in angel wing tattoo the Apocrypha/Deuterocanon depict angels wearing blue or red robes but no such tiny angels photography reference occurs in the Protestant books.

Though superhuman, angels can assume human form; this is the earliest conception. Gradually, angel girl and especially in post-Biblical times, angels came to angels within temptation be bodied forth in a form corresponding to the nature angel fire of the mission to be fulfilled—generally, however, the human form. Angels bear drawn angels and airwaves do it for me now swords or other destroying weapons in their hands—one carries bobby valentino my angel an ink-horn by his side—and ride on horses (Numbers 22:23, Joshua 5:13, Ezekiel 9;2, Zecheriah 1:8 et seq.). A terrible angel is dn angel mp3 the drawings of angel wings one mentioned in 1 Chronicles 21:16,30, as standing "between the earth and the heaven, angel investors having a drawn sword in his hand". In the Book angel kelly of Daniel, reference is made to an angel "clothed in linen, whose loins were elegant angel girded with fine gold of Uphaz: his body also was like the beryl, and his face as the appearance of lightning, and buck angel his eyes as lamps of fire, and furious angels his arms and his feet like in color to polished brass, and the voice of angel tattoo galleries his words like the voice of a lyrics to lips of an angel multitude" (Daniel 10:5-6). This imagery is very similar to a description angel trumpet in the book of Revelation. Angels are thought to possess wings (Daniel wish i had an angel 9:21), as they are described in the Bible, and depicted in Christian, Jewish and Zoroastrian art. They angel clip art are commonly depicted with halos.

In this Russian Icon two Archangels attend Christ in the tiny angel bbs dress of Byzantine court officials of over a millenium earlier, including their wands of angel images office

In Christian iconography, the use of wings is a convention used sky angel to denote the figure as a spirit. Depictions of angels in Christian art as winged human forms, free ukrainian angels unlike angel perfume classical pagan depictions of the major deities, follow the iconic conventions of lesser winged gods, such as Eos, Eros, Thanatos chris angel mindfreak and Nike.

Angels are portrayed as powerful and sad angel dreadful, endowed with wisdom and with knowledge of all earthly events, correct in their judgment, holy, but ashley parker angel let u go not infallible: they strive against each city of angels soundtrack other, and God has to make peace between them. When their duties are not shaven angels punitive, angels are beneficent to man (Psalms 103:20, Psalms nn angels 78:25; 2 Samuel 14:17,20, 2 Samuel 19:28; Zecheriah 14:5; Job 4:18, Job 25:2).

The number of angels is slayer angel of death enormous. Jacob meets a host of angels; Joshua sees the "captain of the criss angel revealed host of the Lord"; God sits on His throne, "all the host of heaven standing by cute angels Him on His right hand and on his left"; the sons of angel figurines God come "to present themselves before the Lord" (Gen. xxxii. 2; angels airwaves Josh. v. 14, 15; i'm your angel I Kings, xxii. 19; Job, i. 6, ii. 1; touched by an angel Ps. lxxxix. 6; Job, xxxiii. 23). The general conception is the one of Job (xxv. 3): "Is there any number of his innocent angel armies?" In the book of Revelation, angel art fantasy the number is "a thousand thousands, and many tens of thousands".

Though the angel tv show older writings usually mention one angel of the Lord, embassies to men as a rule comprised several messengers. like the angel rise against The inference, however, is not to be drawn that angels and airwaves mp3 God Himself or one particular angel was designated: arch angel the expression was given simply to God's power to accomplish through but one criss angel videos angel any deed, however wonderful.

Angels are referred to in connection with their special angels in america missions as, for instance, the "angel which hath redeemed," "an interpreter," "the angel that destroyed," angels robbie williams "messenger of the covenant," "angel of his presence," and "a band of concrete angel music video angels of evil" (Gen. xlviii. 16; Job, xxxiii. 23; II Sam. xxiv. 16; crystal angel figurine Mal. iii. 1; Isa. lxiii. 9; Ps. lxxviii. merry angels 49, R. V.). When, however, the heavenly host is regarded in angel dust its most comprehensive aspect, a distinction may be made between cherubim, angel tatoos seraphim, chayot ("living creatures"), Ofanim ("wheels"), and Arelim (another blue angel name for Thrones). God is described as riding on the cherubim and as "the Lord of hosts, who dwelleth between the cherubim"; while fantasy angels the latter guard sherri angel the way of the Tree of Life (I Sam. iv. 4, crazy angels Ps. lxxx. 2, Gen. iii. 24). The seraphim are described by Isaiah (vi. 2) as having six wings; hinder lips of an angel lyrics and Ezekiel describes the ḥayyot (Ezek. i. 5 et seq.) and jessica simpson angels ofanim as heavenly beings who carry God's throne.

In post-Biblical times, the heavenly hosts became more highly angel background organized (possibly as early as Zechariah [iii. 9, iv. 10]; certainly in Daniel), angel figurine and there came to be various kinds of angels; some even being hinder/lips of an angel provided sarah mclachlan angel with names, as will be shown below.


In the Bible, angels are a medium of God's sweet angel power; they exist to execute God's will. Angels reveal themselves to individuals as angel wifelover well as to the whole like the angel nation, to announce events, either good or bad, affecting humans. Angels foretold to Abraham the birth of willow tree angels Isaac, to Manoah the birth of Samson, and to Abraham the destruction of aerosmith angel Sodom. Guardian angels were mentioned, but not, as was angel theme later the case, as guardian spirits of individuals and nations. God sent an angel to anjos proibidos forbidden angels protect the Hebrew people after their exodus from Egypt, may angels lead you in to lead them to the promised land, and to destroy the hostile tribes in their way (Ex. angel pics 23.20, Num. 20.16).

In Judges (ii. 1) an angel of the Lord—unless here and in angel rubber stamp company the preceding instances angel wings tattoos (compare Isa. xlii. 19, Ḥag. i. 13, Mal. iii. 1), a human messenger ls angels of God is meant—addressed the whole people, swearing to bring martina mcbride concrete angel them to the promised land. An angel brought Elijah meat and drink (I Kings, xix. 5); and as angels wife lover God watched over Jacob, so is every pious person protected by an angel, wholesale angel figurines who cares for him in all his ways (Ps. xxxiv. 7, xci. 11). rise against like the angel There are angels militant, one of angel amanda perez whom smites in one night the whole Assyrian army of 185,000 men (II Kings, angel wing xix. 35); messengers go forth from God "in hinder angel ships to make the careless Ethiopians afraid" (Ezek. xxx. 9); the enemy is scattered before the angel like advent one winged angel chaff (Ps. xxxv. 5, 6).

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Avenging angels are mentioned, such as the one in II Sam. xxiv. 15, who annihilates angel food thousands. It would seem that the pestilence was personified, and that the "evil angels" mentioned in Ps. lxxviii. when angels deserve to die 49 are to be angel and airwaves regarded as personifications of this kind. "Evil" is here to be taken in the causative sense, as "producing evil"; for, as stated angel wife above, angels are generally criss angel levitation considered to be by nature beneficent to man. d.n. angel They glorify God, whence the term "glorifying angels" comes (Ps. xxix. 1, ciii. 20, cxlviii. 2; compare Isa. vi. 2 et seq.).

They constitute draw angel wings God's court, sitting in angel costumes council with Him (I Kings, xxii. 19; Job, i. 6, angel heart ii. 1); hence they are called His "council of the holy ones" (Ps. lxxxix. 7, asian angels R. V.; A. V. "assembly of the saints"). They accompany God as His attendants, when He appears to cruel angel thesis man (Deut. xxxiii. nightwish i wish i had an angel 2; Job, xxxviii. 7). This conception was developed after the Exile; and in the Zechariah, angels of various shapes are delegated papa roach between angels and insects "to walk to and fro tattoo of angel wings through the earth" in order to find out and report what happens (Zech. vi. angel by shaggy 7).

In the prophetic books, angels appear as representatives of the beat angel escalayer prophetic spirit, and bring to the prophets God's word. Thus the prophet Haggai was called God's cartoon angels messenger (angel); and it is drawings of guardian angels known that "Malachi" is not a real name, but means "messenger" or hinder: lips of an angel "angel". In I Kings, xiii. 18, an angel brought the divine word to the prophet.

In some places, it is implied arms of an angel that angels existed before the Creation (Gen. one winged angel lyrics i. 26; Job, xxxviii. 7). The earlier Biblical writings did chris angel mind freak not speculate about them; simply regarding them, in their relations to man, broken angel as God's agents. Consequently, they did not individualize or denominate them; and in Judges, xiii. 18, and Gen. xxxii. 30, the angels, evil angel videos when questioned, refuse to give their names. In Daniel, however, sephiroth one winged angel there occur the names Michael and angels and airwaves it hurts Gabriel. Michael is Israel's representative in Heaven, where other nations—the Persians, for angels of death instance—were also represented by angelic princes. More than three hundred years before the Book of Daniel was written, Zechariah criss angel biography graded the angels according to their rank, but did not name them. i wish i had an angel The notion of the seven eyes (Zech. iii. 9, iv. 10) may have los angeles angels tickets times lakers been affected by the representation of the seven archangels and also possibly nobody's angel by the angel wife lover seven amesha spentas of Zoroastrianism (compare Ezek. ix. 2).

Jewish views

Angels appear in several Old Testament (Hebrew emily angel Bible) stories, in addition how do you talk to an angel to the ones previously mentioned above. These include the warning to Lot of advent children one winged angel the imminent destruction of Sodom. Many Bible chapters mention an "angry God" who sends His angel to smite the enemies of the Israelites. angels in heaven Traditional angels of the cinema Jewish biblical commentators have a variety of ways of explaining what an angel is. The earliest Biblical books present angels as heavenly beings ashley angel parker created by God, los angeles angels some of whom apparently are endowed with free will. Later biblical monica angel of mine books in the Tanakh present a stunningly different view of angels, as the Jewish warrior angel beliefs about such things developed over the many years your my angel covered in the Bible. Such a differing perspective on angels is discovered in the angel blade punish Book of Ezekiel, where these angels bear no relation whatsoever arch angels to the former understanding of what an angel was.

The archangels named in post-exile Judaism are Gabriel, let u go ashley parker angel Michael, Raphael, Uriel, Raguel, Sariel, and Jerahmeel. Gabriel and Michael are mentioned in the book maxwell angels of Daniel, Raphael in the book of Tobit (from angel of mine monica the Protestant Apocrypha or Catholic and Orthodox Deuterocanon) and the remaining four in the book of Enoch from the angels brought me here Old Testament Pseudepigrapha (considered canonical by the Ethiopian Orthodox).

Maimonides charlie angel and rationalism

In the Middle Ages, some male angels Jews developed a rationalist view of angels that is still accepted by many Jews northern angels today. The rationalist view angel blade episode 1 of angels, as held by Maimonides, Gersonides, Samuel Ibn Tibbon, etc., states that God's actions are never mediated by angel blade movie a violation of the laws of nature. Rather, all such interactions are by way of angel halo angels. Even this can be highly misleading: Maimonides harshly states that the average angel layouts person's understanding of the term ashley parker angel let you go "angel" is ignorant in the extreme. Instead, he says, evil angels the wise man sees that what the Bible and Talmud refer to robbie williams - angels as "angels" are actually metaphors for the various laws of nature, or the angels the principles by which the physical universe operates, or kinds of platonic eternal forms. This is explained in his Guide of the warrior angels Perplexed II:4 and II:6.

"...This leads Aristotle in turn to the demonstrated fact that dark angel tv show guardian angel graphics God, glory and majesty to Him, does not do things by direct male angel contact. God burns things by means of fire; fire is moved by the motion of the sphere; the sphere is angel funs moved by means of angel clipart a disembodied intellect, these intellects being the 'angels which are near to Him', angel paintings through whose mediation the spheres [planets] move....thus totally disembodied minds exist which emanate from God and are the intermediaries angel sarah mclachlan between God and all the blazing angels bodies [objects] here in this world."
"...Aristotle's doctrine that these disembodied spheres serve dorm angel as the nexus between God and existence, by whose mediation the sphere are brought into motion, which is the cause of all angel cards becoming, is the express import angel gabriel of all the Scriptures. For you will never in Scripture find any activity done angel lyrics by God except through an angel. And "angel", as you know, means messenger. Thus anything which executes a galaxy angels command is an angel. So the motions hinder lips of an angel mp3 of living beings, even those that are inarticulate, are said explicitly by Scripture ashley's innocent angels to be due to angels.
...Our argument here is concerned naughty angel solely with those "angels" which are disembodied intellects. For our angel tv series Bible is not unaware that God governs this existence angels mp3 through the mediation of angels...(Maimonides then quotes discussions of angels from Genesis, Plato, and Midrash Bereshit chris angel magic Rabbah)...the import in all these texts is not—as a primitive mentality would suppose—to suggest any discussion or planning or seeking amour angels of advice on God's part. How could angel drawing the Creator receive aid from arc angels the object of his creation? The real import of all is to proclaim that existence—including particular individuals and even the formation of the parts angel innocent of animals angel y khriz such as they are—is brought about entirely through the mediation of angels.
For all forces are angels! How blind, how perniciously angels and airwaves - the adventure blind are the naïve?! If you told someone who purports to be a angels jessica simpson sage of Israel that the Deity sends cartoon angel an angel who enters a woman's womb and there forms an embryo, he would think this a miracle kiss of an angel rubber stamp angel company list and accept it as a mark of the majesty and power of the Deity—despite the fact that he believes an angel and fairy figurines angel to be a body of fire one third the size of the entire angel wallpaper world. All hinderlips of an angel this, he thinks, is possible for God. But if you tell him that God placed in the sperm the power little angels art photography of forming and demarcating these organs, and that this is the angel, or that phantom of the opera angel of music all forms are produced by the Active Intellect—that here is the angel food cake angel, the "vice-regent of the world" constantly mentioned by the sages—then he angel company that makes christmas house rubber stamp will recoil. For he [the naïve person] does not understand that the true majesty and angel of death slayer power are in the crazy angels bbs bringing into being of forces which are active in a thing although they cannot be perceived by the senses.
The sages hinder/ lips of an angel in the arms of the angel of blessed memory state clearly—to those who are wise themselves—that every bodily power (not to robbie williams angel mention forces at large in the world) is an angel and angel hart that a given power has one effect and no more. It says in Midrash Bereshit Rabbah "We charming angels bbs are given to understand that no angel performs iris angel baby two missions, nor do two angels perform one mission."—which is just the case with all forces. To confirm the johnny angel conclusion that individual physical tiny angel models and psychological forces are called "angels", there is the dictum of the sages, in a number of places, angel backgrounds ultimately derived from Bereshit angel sketches Rabbah, "Each day the Holy One creates a band of angels who sing their blue angels schedule song before him and go their way." Midrash Bereshit Rabbah, costume angel wings LXXVIII. When this midrash was countered with another which suggests that angels natural angels free are permanent...the answer given was that some are permanent and other perish. And this is in fact the case. Particular forces come real life send me an angel to be angel alison and pass away in constant succession; the species of such forces, however, angel statues are stable and enduring....[Giving a few more examples of the mention of angels in rabbinic writings, Maimonides says] Thus the Sages reveal to the poison fallen angel aware that the imaginative faculty is also called an angel; and porcelain angel dolls the mind is called a cherub. How beautiful this will appear to the angel art galleries sophisticated mind—and how disturbing to the angels missing primitive."

One can perhaps say that Maimonides thus presents a virtual rejection of the "classical" Jewish view evil angel video of miracles; he and others substitute a rationalism that seems more appropriate for 20th final fantasy 7 one winged angel and 21st lips of and angel century religious rationalists.

Others might perhaps view Maimonides's statements as being perfectly in keeping with the continued evolvement angel carter of Jewish thought over a fallen angel names period of several millennia.

Christian views

Raphael and Tobias, after Adam Elsheimer, c1610. The Archangel my angel appears in nearly normal clothes; there angel episode guide is even the suggestion of trousers

New Testament references

In the New Testament angels appear cruel angels thesis frequently as the ministers of God and the agents of fallen angel art revelation (e.g. Matthew 1:20 (to Joseph), 4:11. (to Jesus), hinder lips of angel Luke 1:26 (to Mary), Acts 12:7 (to Peter)); train calling all angels and Jesus speaks of angels as fulfilling such functions (e.g. Mark 8:38, 13:27), implying in one saying that angel devil they neither marry nor are given in marriage (Mark 12:25). Angels angel gifts are most prominent in the Apocalypse. The New Testament takes little angel paintball gun interest in the idea of the angelic hierarchy, but there are traces of the doctrine. The angels and airwaves adventure distinction of good and bad angels is recognized. Good angels mentioned by name are Gabriel and my angel was sewing the ragged pieces of cloth together Michael (Luke 1:19; Daniel 12:1). Scripture also sketches drawings of angels mentions a tempter Satan, the scribes name the ruler of wild angels demons as Beelzebub, and the angel of the angel devil tattoos abyss Apollyon (Mark 1:13, 3:22; Rev. 9:11). Apollyon, (Hebrew Abaddon) a name for angel names an angel mentioned in Revelation 9:11, is believed by some to be a good angel that how could an angel break my heart guards the gates to the traditionally known hell. Revelation 10:1 korri angel describes another angel, although unnamed, some say it is Metatron. one winged angel advent children The Christian Greek scriptures also imply an angelic hierarchy; archangels (namely Michael, mentioned in both Daniel angels deserve to die 10:13 and Jude 9, Gabriel, and Raphael), principalities evil angel dvd and powers (Rom. 8:38; Col. 2:10), thrones and dominions (Col 1:16). The hierarchies god send me an angel of principalities, powers, thrones, and dominions are questionable by some Christian denominations due to the ambiguity khriz y angel of the context. Romans 8:38 may alison angel video refer to other things besides angels if the context includes opposition beyond angel and devil spirits themselves. The scope of Col. 1:16 covering "all things created" also extends far beyond angels by angel food cake recipe themselves. Other hierarchies accepted from the Old Testament include seraphim and cherubim.

Theological send me an angel mp3 development

Angels of about 1400, in the Wilton angel paintball diptych

The Catholic Church teaches that there criss angel mind freak are several ranks of angels; among them Cherubim, Seraphim, Powers, Principalities, Archangels, and Dominions.

Angels occur in groups gallery of angel tattoos of four or seven (Rev 7:1). The Angels manga angels of the Seven Churches of Asia Minor are described in Rev. 1-3; navy blue angels practically, the angels are personifications or representatives of the seven congregations. Daniel 10:12,13 also sweet angels calender appears to depict angels in opposition (presumably fallen angels) to other angels, taking on the roles angel aerosmith of prince-angels angel of music phantom of the opera for nations, in this case the "prince of the kingdom of Persia."

The archangel angel stadium Gabriel appeared to Mary in the traditional role of messenger to inform angel theme song her that her child would be the Messiah, and other angels were drawings of angels demons present to herald his birth. In Matt. 28:2, an angel appeared at Jesus' tomb, frightened the Roman eva angel guards, rolled away the stone from the tomb, and later told the myrrh-bearing lips on an angel women of Jesus' resurrection. Alternately, in Mark 16:5, the angel serenaded by angels is not seen until the women enter the already-opened tiny angels paradise tomb, and he is described simply as "a young man." In Luke's version of the resurrection tale advent: one-winged angel (Luke 24:4), two angels suddenly angel shark appear next to the women within the tomb; they are described as being clothed in "shining apparel." This is most angel tattoo stencil similar to the version in John 20:12, where Mary alone speaks to "two animated angels angels in white" within the devil angel tomb of Jesus.

Two angels witnessed Jesus' ascent into Heaven and prophesied digital angel his return. When Peter was imprisoned, an angel put his guards to morbid angel mp3 sleep, released him from his chains, and led him out of the prison. Angels fill a shaggy - angel number of different roles in the Book of Revelation. Among other things, they are seen steel angel gathered around the Throne of God saying the adventure angels the thrice-holy hymn.

Depiction in art

The Archangel Michael tiny angels model photography by Guido Reni wears a late uk angels Roman military outfit in this 17th century depiction

While angels and demons alike are generally regarded angel jewelry as invisible to human sight, they are frequently depicted as human-like creatures with wings, though many theologians concrete angel lyrics have argued that they have no physical existence, but can galaxy angel mp3 take on human form. hinder lips of a angel The angels' wings are heavily implied by the Scriptures. Seraphim are depicted in art and scripture as having six wings shin angel (Isaiah 6:1-3), and Cherubim eight. angel food network Scholastic theologians teach that angels are mentally superior to humans as mankind was created "a little lower than the angels" (Psalm new angel 8:5) and can travel angel fantasy art much faster than the known limitations of the physical universe. They also teach that angels are intermediaries angel wing tattoo flash to some forces that would otherwise be natural forces of the baby angel universe, such as the rotation of planets concrete angel martina mcbride and the motion of stars. Because of their spiritual nature, angels possess the beatific vision of the triple Godhead.

Theologians agreed that earth angel mp3 angels have no gender. Whilst artists avoided making the Virgin and guardian angel tattoos saints too attractive, so that inappropriate thoughts would angel love not be aroused in the beholder, no such angel wife lover .com constraint applied to angels, who have no sex. Their exceptional beauty was well attested in Scripture. angel investor The long plain dress or tunic traditionally given room of angel mp3 to most angels comes hardly altered from the Byzantine tradition, where it had, if anything, a male connotation. In the you're my angel Renaissance these were often brightly coloured, but before and after were mostly young angel plain angel network white.

Byzantine angels were also often shown in military outfits, and, transmitted by angel tattoo stencils icons from Crete in particular, this tradition was transferred to Western art, especially for Gabriel and Michael, who wear versions of angels wings Byzantine officer's armour and clothing into the Baroque period and later. A high ranking city of angels mp3 Byzantine in a visionary dream in free angel graphics 586 saw two men he took to hells angels killers be bodyguards of the Emperor, who subsequently turned out to be angels.[11] The one winged angel remix same archangels, when in attendance on Christ or the Virgin, wear hatless versions of the jewelled robes of Byzantine court chamberlains, printable pictures of angels often including long wands of office. For other scenes, the victorian angel stickers same angels must appear incognito to accord with, for angel arch utah example, their appearance to Abraham. However artists are very reluctant to take this literally.

Angels are hells angels membership often shown making music magic angels in heaven, sometimes in bands of a fair size, or in slaughter fly to the angels depictions of the Book of Revelations, blowing trumpets in accordance with the text. In the 15th century West in particular, angel bbs angels are sometimes black angel art shown wearing versions of contemporary clerical vestments. There was a theological comparison developed between the role concrete angel video of Gabriel in the Annunciation and that of the priest saying Mass

In the Renaissance, the cute angel classical putto, usually naked, was first revived in dark angel anime secular and mythological subjects, but they soon appeared, often in great quantity, goth angel as angels, becoming almost the norm in compositions with a number of angels merely in attendance.

Islamic views

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In Arabic, the language of the Qur'an, angels are called "Malaaikah"(sing: Malak), similar to the Hebrew word "mal'ach". The belief in naughty angels angels is sarah mclaughlin - angel central to the religion of Islam, beginning with the belief that ten thousand angels the Qur'an was dictated to the prophet Muhammad by the chief of all angels, the archangel Gabriel. Angels are thus the ministers the lips of an angel of God, as well as the agents of revelation in angel sunglasses Islam.

In Islam, angels are benevolent beings created angels in the outfield from light and do not possess free will. They are completely devoted to blood angels the worship of God and carry out certain functions on His command, such as recording every human being's actions, placing calling all angels train a manga angel soul in a newborn child, maintaining certain environmental conditions of the planet (such russian angels as nurturing vegetation and distributing the rain) and taking the angel girls soul at the time of death. Angels are described as being excessively beautiful angel of light and have different numbers of wings (for example, Gabriel is attributed as having 600 wings in his natural form) and have no gender. astral angels bbs They can take on human form, but only in appearance. As benny hill angels such, angels do not eat, procreate or charles angels commit sin as humans do.

According to the majority of Islamic scholars, angels are incapable of committing sin, and charlies angels full throttle therefore cruel angel thesis mp3 cannot fall from grace, excluding the Iblis who chose to do evil because he had free-will and euro angels is not considered as a fallen angel, but a separate entity made of fire called let you go ashley parker angel jinn. Scholars cite the following Quranic verse, "And when We said little angels bbs to the Angels; 'Prostrate yourselves unto Adam.' original charlies angels So they prostrated themselves except Iblis. He was one of the jinn..." (Surat Al-Kahf, 18:50). Angels, unlike the fiery nature of angel bears jinn, are beings of goodness and cannot choose to disobey angel core God, nor angel from montgomery do they possess the ability to do evil.

The archangel Gabriel is attributed with sending the message of God to all the Prophets (including the buffy and angel Psalms, one winged angel orchestrated Torah, Bible and Qur'an). Other angels include Michael who discharges control of vegetation and rain, Sarafiel who will thai angel blow the trumpet at the day of resurrection, victoria secret angels and Azrael, the angel of death (as opposed to the Christian view that Gabriel angel fire new mexico is the angel of death). The angels Nakir and Munkar are assigned angel lynn boris to interrogate the dead before judgement day; and there are angels and devils nineteen angels over-seeing the punishments of hell unflinchingly (Surat Al-Muddaththir, 74:30). There are black angel wings eight massive angels that support the Throne of God (Surat Al-Haaqqa, 69:17). Every human charlie angels being is assigned two angels to scribe a record of hells angels motorcycle club all actions done by the individual throughout their life, which will be used in evidence for or against the person by God on the day of judgement.

Humans do not turn into angels upon death, rather they are physically resurrected in body and soul and judged by God on judgement day (and that should they end up in heaven, they are given perfect bodies).

Imam `Ali explained the creation of Angels in the following words:

"Then He created the openings between high skies and filled them with all classes of His angels. Some of them are in prostration and do not kneel up. Others in kneeling position and do not stand up. Some of them are in array and do not leave their position. Others are extolling God and do not get tired. The sleep of the eye or the slip of wit, or languor of the body or the effect of forgetfulness does not effect them.

Among them are those who work as trusted bearers of His message, those who serve as speaking tongues for His prophets and those who carry to and fro His orders and injunctions. Among them are the protectors of His creatures and guards of the doors of the gardens of Paradise. Among them are those also whose steps are fixed on earth but their necks are protruding into the skies, their limbs are getting out on all sides, their shoulders are in accord with the columns of the Divine Throne, their eyes are downcast before it, they have spread down their wings under it and they have rendered between themselves and all else curtains of honour and screens of power. They do not think of their Creator through image, do not impute to Him attributes of the created, do not confine Him within abodes and do not point at Him through illustrations."[12]

Latter-Day Saint views

Bern Switzerland Temple statue of the angel Moroni

Joseph Smith, Jr., founder of the Latter Day Saint movement (Mormonism), and several of his associates, claimed that they were visited by angels on multiple occasions and for a variety of purposes in conjunction with the restoration of the gospel of Jesus.

According to the official doctrine of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (Bible Dictionary entry on "Angels"):

"These are the messengers of the Lord, and are spoken of in the epistle to the Hebrews as 'ministering spirits'. We learn from latter-day revelation that there are two classes of heavenly beings who minister for the Lord: those who are spirits and those who have bodies of flesh and bone. Spirits are those beings who either have not yet obtained a body of flesh and bone (unembodied), or who have once had a mortal body and have died, and are awaiting the resurrection (disembodied). Ordinarily the word 'angel' means those ministering persons who have a body of flesh and bone, being either resurrected from the dead (reembodied), or else translated, as were Enoch, Elijah, etc. (D&C 129)."

Joseph Smith, Jr. described his first angelic encounter thus (Joseph Smith History 1:31-33):

"While I was thus in the act of calling upon God, I discovered a light appearing in my room, which continued to increase until the room was lighter than at noonday, when immediately a personage appeared at my bedside, standing in the air, for his feet did not touch the floor.
"He had on a loose robe of most exquisite whiteness. It was a whiteness beyond anything earthly I had ever seen; nor do I believe that any earthly thing could be made to appear so exceedingly white and brilliant. His hands were naked, and his arms also, a little above the wrist; so, also, were his feet naked, as were his legs, a little above the ankles. His head and neck were also bare. I could discover that he had no other clothing on but this robe, as it was open, so that I could see into his bosom.
"Not only was his robe exceedingly white, but his whole person was glorious beyond description, and his countenance truly like lightning. The room was exceedingly light, but not so very bright as immediately around his person. When I first looked upon him, I was afraid; but the fear soon left me."

People who claimed to have received a visit by an angel include Joseph Smith, Jr., Oliver Cowdery, David Whitmer, Martin Harris. Although Cowdery, Whitmer, and Harris all eventually became disaffected with Smith and left the church, none of them retracted their statement that they had seen and conversed with an angel of the Lord, and indeed, even defended their claim of angelic visitation to their deaths.

Names of some known angels who appeared are Moroni, Nephi, Peter, James, John, John the Baptist.

Michael the archangel was Adam (the first man) when he was mortal, and Gabriel lived on the earth as Noah. This may seem odd to the non-Mormon, but it is important to understand that Mormons see God, angels and man as all belonging to the same species.

Other religions

In Zoroastrianism, the Amesha Spentas have often been regarded as angels, but this is not strictly correct since they don´t convey messages, but are rather emanations of Ahura Mazda ("Wise Lord", God); they appear in an abstract fashion in the religious thought of Zarathustra and then later (during the Achaemenid period of Zoroastrianism) became personalized, associated with an aspect of the divine creation (fire, plants, water...).

Also, angel-like beings called Tennin and Tenshi appear in Japanese mythology.

There are a number of New Age -type books describing various ordinary people's encounters with angels or angel-like beings.

Occult tradition lists the seven Angels of Revelation and our Solar System as Gabriel (the Earth-Moon), Raphael (Mercury), Uriel (Venus), Michael (Sun), Samael (Mars), Zachariel (Jupiter) and Orifiel (Saturn). The Angel of the Earth is Melchizedek.


An angel, often termed a "Maiden of Heaven", also appears in Bahá'í literature. Bahá'ís generally see her as a symbol of the holy spirit, the spirit of Bahá'u'lláh's revelation, or even as his "higher self". Bahá'u'lláh taught that his ministry began when he was visited by a Maiden of Heaven while incarcerated in a dungeon of Tehran. While always depicted as desirable and attractive, she also appears as a transcendent spiritual figure, and sexual desire is understood to be a metaphor for spiritual longing. While other angels appear in Bahá'u'lláh's works, they are generally depicted as the personification of a divine virtue, such as trustworthiness.

'Abdu'l-Bahá also defined angels as "those holy souls who have severed attachment to the earthly world, who are free from the fetters of self and passion and who have attached their hearts to the divine realm and the merciful kingdom".[1]

Furthermore, he said that people can be angels in this world:

"Ye are the angels, if your feet be firm, your spirits rejoiced, your secret thoughts pure, your eyes consoled, your ears opened, your breasts dilated with joy, and your souls gladdened, and if you arise to assist the Covenant, to resist dissension and to be attracted to the Effulgence!"[2]


In English, the Sanskrit word Deva is usually translated as "god" (though sometimes left as "Deva"), which certainly gives a polytheistic appearance to Hinduism. Many Hindus say that this is a poor practice, because the best word for God in Sanskrit is Ishvara (the Supreme Lord). The Devas may be better translated as angels or demigods. They are celestial beings with supernatural powers, but also weaknesses. They grant material benefits to humans upon praying and sacrificing to them, though they don't carry the message of Ishvara to the humans as in Abrahamic religions (a category of such beings also exist, called "devaduta" or "duta"). Examples of such devas are Indra, Mitra, Ashvins, Varuna, etc. Buddhism and Jainism also use the word "deva", but in different senses.


Aleister Crowley tried to teach people to attain what he called "the Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel". Within the system of Thelema, the Holy Guardian Angel is representative of one’s truest divine nature. Citing Crowley, people have linked the term with the Genius of the Golden Dawn, the Augoeides of Iamblichus, the Atman of Hinduism, and the Daemon of the gnostics.

According to most Thelemites, the single most important goal is to consciously connect with one’s HGA, a process termed "Knowledge and Conversation." By doing so, the magician becomes fully aware of his own True Will. For Crowley, this event was the single most important goal of any adept:

It should never be forgotten for a single moment that the central and essential work of the Magician is the attainment of the Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel. Once he has achieved this he must of course be left entirely in the hands of that Angel, who can be invariably and inevitably relied upon to lead him to the further great step—crossing of the Abyss and the attainment of the grade of Master of the Temple. (Magick Without Tears, Ch.83)

Crowley felt that attaining Knowledge and Conversation was so important, that he staked the claim that any other magical operation was, in a sense, evil.

Angels as a development step of the soul

Some mystics believe that a soul grows in steps from a mineral, to a plant, then an animal, and then to a human. When the human resolves to die, a soul could become an angel. The Persian Sufi mystic poet Jalal al-Din Muhammad Rumi wrote in his poem Masnavi:

I died as inanimate matter and arose a plant,
I died as a plant and rose again an animal.
I died as an animal and arose a man.
Why then should I fear to become less by dying?
I shall die once again as a man
To rise an angel perfect from head to foot!
Again when I suffer dissolution as an angel,
I shall become what passes the conception of man!
Let me then become non-existent, for non-existence
Sings to me in organ tones, 'To him shall we return.'
(Translation from Wikisource, Masnavi I Ma'navi, Book III, Story XVII)’’

The Christian mystic Emanuel Swedenborg has a similar imagination. In his late work Conjugal Love he describes, that a soul of a man and a soul of a woman are united by the marriage in Heaven to become an angel.

Occult author Samael Aun Weor makes it clear that a soul cannot evolve to become an angel through mechanical evolution - the Buddhist Wheel of Life has involution of nature as well as evolution - as such the steps would be mineral, plant, animal, human, animal, plant, mineral. To evolve to become an angel involves conscious work and voluntary suffering: marriage is treated as a sacrament, and is the means which Swedenborg was referring to. The mystics were not referring to the death of the human body, but to the "dissolution of the ego"; the psychologial death; the Buddhistic annihilation; the death of "myself"; the method of the removal of all our sins which Jesus Christ so wisely pointed out, and which was emulated by innumerable Saints.

See also

  • Hierarchy of angels
  • Angels in art
  • Angelici, ancient sect that worshipped angels
  • Angel of death
  • Guardian angel
  • Metatron
  • Spiritism
  • Fallen Angel


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