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Heavenly Angels
Heavenly Angels
Today, our idea of heavenly angels evolved from several religions, but has been strongly
influenced in Western cultures primarily by traditional Christianity.
Heavenly angels within Christianity's
teachings can play several roles within the
realm of heaven.  

A single heaven is the Christian idea of a
final resting place after death, while Islam,
Jewish mysticism and Christian Gnosticism
teaches the existence of multiple heavens
(usually seven), which are levels having
angels found within them.  These heavenly
levels differ and may represent varying
degrees of bliss (to no bliss) depending on
the religion itself.
The Christian idea of heavenly angels are that of messengers and guardians that interact
with mankind from the heavenly realm.  However, there are also descriptions of what are
believed to be other types of angels that surround the court and throne of God, such as
Cherubim (Ezekiel 10) and Seraphim (Isaiah 6).  These heavenly angels find their roots in
the Hebrew Bible, but are also thought to be more symbolic in interpretation and not the
same as the messenger angels which are believed to interact with mankind.   In other
words, some see these angels as caretakers of God, while others see them as
representing attributes and truths about the relationship between God and mankind.  
Those are two different interpretations altogether.

In biblical passages, heavenly angels often are described as having human form, being
sent forth to warn or enlighten; though at times they are described as being mighty in duty.  
The messengers (they are called angels in Genesis 19:1) that visited Lot, for example,
are described as being men by those who observed them from the city of Sodom
(Genesis 19:5).  The images of angels with wings and halos we know today were
depictions from artists after the fourth century.  Angels preceding that time in Christianity
were painted without wings and halos, appearing as men.  There were of course similar,
earlier ideas of angel-like deities found within the religions of other cultures.  Some of
these cultures simply influenced the work of Christian artists.  (
See Angels in Early
Christian Art
)

There are many views concerning heavenly angels and their roles.  In just one example,
the mystical Hebrew book,
3 Enoch, gives the names of each angel prince of the seven
heavens, where we find out that each angelic prince is ministered to by an astounding
496,000 heavenly angels!

We are of the opinion at
Angels & Ghosts that angels have been misunderstood.  
Heavenly angels are likely just messengers in spirit that bring forth truths and guidance to
others.  A messenger could simply be an enlightened human spirit on another plane of
existence (call it from a heavenly, or higher realm) who communicates with those of us in
the earthly plane.  My writing of this article makes me a messenger to the reader - an
example of how broad the meaning of the term messenger can be applied.

Yet, there is another idea for certain angelic visitations from the heavenly realm to
consider.  My friend Laura Lyn suggests that some heavenly angels may be simply the
collective human consciousness manifesting as different loving attributes that we need to
receive into our heavens...our higher place of understanding.  After all, we are all
connected and one Spirit, right?

For more information on heavenly angels, read: History of Angels
Angels & Ghosts!
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