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Angelic hierarchy. Who are seraphim, ophanim, cherubim, archangels? And which one was Satan?

Angelic hierarchy.  Who are seraphim, ophanim, cherubim, archangels?  And which one was Satan?

Angels are heavenly beings capable of performing miracles. There are MANY different types of angels, and here we will talk about some of the existing types. This is a fairly broad question.

Let’s look at five of the nine types of angels. With hierarchies that vary depending on the purpose set for them.

Seraphim (Seraphim)

An angel can become a seraphim only after he has been a cherub. Seraphim have six wings, including when some of them merge together. The extra pair of wings seems to come from the increase in their energy when assigned. And is the maximum that an angel can possess. Any extra power will just make them grow a bigger pair of wings.

They seem to be referred to as the highest order of angels besides the archangel. They are literally and figuratively the angels closest to God, sitting with him near his throne.

An angel can become a seraphim only after he has been a cherub.  Seraphim have six wings, including when some of them merge together.  The extra pair of wings seems to come from the increase in their energy when assigned.  And is the maximum that an angel can possess.  Any extra power will just make them grow a bigger pair of wings.

These are the angels appointed as the royal servants of God on His throne. Their main task is to keep everything holy or pure before God.

They are extremely bright. The most famous of the Seraphim would probably be Satan, (Corinthians 11:14) [но также, конечно, во многих случаях номинальный глава зла].

Seraphim, contrary to popular belief, are not so scary. But they can be awe-inspiring and beyond our comprehension.

Ophanim

They are described as possibly the strangest angels in biblical stories. They belong to the same hierarchy as the Seraphim.

The reason they are called ophanim is because the Hebrew word ophanim meant wheels. In other beliefs, ophanim are also described as spheres or whirlwinds. Or, again, the same wheels that were attached to the chariot of God.

The reason they are called ophanim is because the Hebrew word ophanim meant wheels.  In other beliefs, ophanim are also described as spheres or whirlwinds.  Or, again, the same wheels that were attached to the chariot of God.

There is not much information about them. When Ezekiel claimed to have seen them, he was frightened by their size and height. Judging by the book of Enoch, which states that the Grigori (a race of dragonoid celestials who gave birth to the first and most powerful race of demons) were as tall as a mountain. By human standards, a creature of that size would be terrifying. As a result, ophanims are probably mountain-sized as well.

Apparently, ophanims are equated with “thrones” (Thrones) in Christianity. They are probably designed to exist within Heaven and around the Throne of God. (Ezekiel 1:15-21). It is never mentioned if they have wings.

Cherub (Cherub)

Cherubim are at the second highest level of the angelic hierarchy, just below the Seraphim. They seem to have very important roles, such as guarding the throne of God (Exodus 25:20).

The first misconception is that the cherub is an angel with a child’s face. This is far from the truth. Such images appeared thanks to art. Cherub, in fact, has a rather ferocious appearance.

They are described as having two sets of wings. Cherubim have four faces: one human, one bull, one lion and one eagle. They have four wings covered with eyes, the body of a lion, and the legs of a bull (Ezekiel 10:14).

The task of the cherubim is to guard the throne of God. He is guarded so that he who is not allowed to enter this kingdom cannot do so. This is the main function of cherubs, and there are a lot of them.

Cherubim are at the second highest level of the angelic hierarchy, just below the Seraphim.  They seem to have very important roles, such as guarding the throne of God Exodus 25:20.  The first misconception is that the cherub is an angel with a child's face.  This is far from the truth.

They are the descendants of the princes of heaven, and they are chosen. They are assembled for this lofty task, and serve as royal angelic guards or guards in heaven.

Another interesting fact of the day is that the Cherubim are actually angels guarding Eden (Genesis 3:24). Unlike seraphim, there are many places in the Bible where cherubim are mentioned.

Archangel

And now the most interesting. The archangel is used only in the singular, and there is no mention of archangels in the plural. The only widely known archangel is Archangel Michael.

The archangel is the main, leading and main angel appointed by God over all other angels. His main goal is to defend the dominion of God in front of other angels and all intelligent living beings. They are created in the image and likeness of God. It has one pair of large wings.

References to his appearance are vague. But it is likely that he is like most angels. Extremely bright with some semblance of a human form in it. He may have been wearing armor. Michael is also perceived as the mortal enemy of Satan (Revelation 12:7-8; Jude 1:9).

The archangel is the main, leading and main angel appointed by God over all other angels.  His main goal is to defend the dominion of God in front of other angels and all intelligent living beings.  They are created in the image and likeness of God.  It has one pair of large wings.

Maybe the age of an angel, comparable to other angels, is commensurate with its rank. The archangel is the oldest being, older than the seraphim, who are older than the cherubim, while the cherubim are usually older than the angels without special rank. The archangel loves people just like God does.

The Bible only mentions two archangels, Gabriel and Michael. Raphael, Uriel, and other “archangels” appear only in Apocryphal books. Which most biblical scholars do not consider valid. Therefore, they are not included in most versions of the Bible.

Angel

The lowest rank of celestial beings and the most recognized. They are most concerned with the affairs of the living. Within this category, there are several different types that function in different ways. Angels are sent as messengers to mankind.

Angels, guardian angels, they are the lowest of the heavenly realms. They are sent as messengers, messengers, and personal angels to watch over or guide people.

The lowest rank of celestial beings and the most recognized.  They are most concerned with the affairs of the living.  Within this category, there are several different types that function in different ways.  Angels are sent as messengers to humanity.

The mere mention of angels would mean a very broad list. Angels are supposed to look like us, but they come in many different shapes and sizes. Many are just literally beings of light, but they all have wings, of course.

Was Satan/Lucifer an archangel, cherub or seraph?

Lucifer was the brightest angel with a high position. He became proud and wanted to be like the Most High, thinking that he could be equal to God. God kicked him out of heaven because of his rebellion and Lucifer convinced 1/3 of all the angels to go with him. Now they are “fallen angels” or demons. Lucifer is now called Satan.

Of course, any status of Satan in the heavenly hierarchies is long gone. And today his status is the status of the head of the fallen principalities, forces, spiritual malice in the skies and the rulers of the darkness of heaven.

In Christian (and, to a lesser extent, Islamic) apocrypha, Satan is almost always depicted as having once existed among the seraphim. The hierarchy of angelic positions can sometimes be confusing. Because, as a rule, angels of a higher rank contain the qualities of all ranks “below”.

Of course, any status of Satan in the heavenly hierarchies is long gone.  And today his status is the status of the head of the fallen principalities, forces, spiritual malice in the skies and the rulers of the darkness of heaven.

Thus, a Seraphim may have the qualities of a Cherubim. But the Cherubim (being lower than the Seraphim) will not be like the Seraphim.

Archangels and Seraphim are interesting beings because they are separated from the rest of the angelic race. Archangels are superior to all other angels, and in this task they must be somewhat separated from their brothers. To carry out their missions effectively while leading others. Just like the general is separated from the infantry.

Thus, the Seraphim are further removed from the angelic race, although they are not necessarily “above” other angels, like the Archangels. Seraphim are sort of like covert operatives. They have different missions that other angels may not know about.

This is how Satan had gifts that other angels did not have, and he took possession of them, showing them his uniqueness.

Angels are heavenly beings capable of performing miracles.  There are MANY different types of angels, and here we will talk about some of the existing types.  This is a fairly broad question.

Satan is confused with a cherub because he has the qualities of a cherub but is not. He is not an Archangel, but a very powerful Seraphim, by whom other angels have been trapped in admiration.

So, Lucifer was an angel, and now he has become a fallen angel.

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