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The results of a Mori poll in 2009 showed that 46 per cent of people (58 per cent of women and 34 per cent of men) believe in angels.
Angelology is the theological study of angels
The word angel comes from the Greek word, angelos, which means "messenger."
The word Archangel means Chief Angel.
These days the word angel has expanded to mean other types of spiritual beings including deceased loved ones
Angels often appear at the bedside of the dying and occasionally witnessed by all present, including medical staff.
Seeing an angel doesn’t mean you’re going to die! However, angels appear to the living to warn, heal and comfort
Angel feathers have become known as the ‘calling card’ of the angels
To call upon the angels help, it is said you simply have to ask for it
There are millions of angels and the bible suggests, ‘thousands upon thousands, and ten thousands times ten thousand’ (Rev 5:1). This was becase the Hebrew language had no word for "million"; a thousand thousands is a million and ten thousand times ten thousand is a hundred million". It also says that 72,000 angels (twelve legions) were waiting for Jesus Christ's command at his hour of betrayal.
Some people see angels surrounded by a white light which was later interpreted in paintings as a halo or aura
Angels are assigned to as many tasks as we humans can imagine including roles as large as caring for planets and as small as watching over insects
We imagine angels as beautiful beings but the Book of Enoch is just one that has other variations on their appearance. Some angels stand as tall as the heavens and the great Archangel Metatron is said to be cover in 365,000 eyes and 36 pairs of wings! Not so gorgeous!
According to the Bible, the Archangel Gabriel has 140 pairs of wings
The Seraphim, according to Isaiah 6:2-7 have six wings and praise God's holiness. The Cherubim, according to Ezekiel 10:1-15 have four wings and surround God's glory. The Four Beasts of Revelation 4:6-8 (who may or may not be 'angels') also have six wings.
The 'Heavenly Host' is a phrase which describes all of the angels as a whole.
The cherubs we know so well from Christmas decorations came about as a development of the idea that babies became angels after death. This belief was comforting in earlier times when child mortality was great.
Angels can help us but cannot intervene when the purpose of an experience is to learn a life lesson – to do so would be doing us a great disservice
Angels and ghosts are not the same thing. Ghosts are the energy (or memory) of deceased human souls; angels are beings of light, created for service and worship of God.
Although angels don’t have need to eat as sustenance there are stories where angels have ‘eaten’ (or pretended to eat) to make humans feel more at ease. ‘Manna’ is said to be the food of the angels
Angels don’t marry. Their relationships are not physical like human beings. Their ‘relationship is with God. (Matt 22:30)
Writers at the time of the Bible certainly believed in angels. The number of times the word is mentioned (according to bible experts varies slightly. The references I found:
- 'The word 'angel' is mentioned 194 times and the word 'angels' 92 times in the Bible (King James Version).'
- 'All told, there are 273 references to angels in the Old and New Testaments. Some angels have names, some don’t.'
Only two angels are mentioned by name in the bible, The Michael, and Gabriel. That does not include Lucifer and Abbadon who were both fallen angels.
The Koran also mentions angels, the most important of whom is Angel Gabriel, who Muslims believe was God's messenger who appeared to the Prophet Muhammad and dictated their holy book.
The belief in angels seems to come (at least as one source) from an Old Testament passage found in Psalm 91:10-12, "No evil shall befall you, nor shall affliction come near your tent, for to his angels God has given command about you, that they guard you in all your ways. Upon their hands they will bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone."
And do we imagine angels as superior than humankind because of the Biblical passage (Psalm 8:4-5), "What is man, that thou art mindful of him? ... For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour."
In the Bible angels are called, "Sons of God" - Job 1:6; 2:1 "Heavenly Host" - Luke 2:13, "Holy Ones" or "Holy Angels" - Daniel 4:7; Matthew 25:31, and "Watchers" - Daniel 4:17.
Was Jesus an angel too? Jesus Christ is called, "The Word of God" - John 1:1; there were times in the Old Testament when He appeared himself as "The Angel of the Lord" - Exodus 3:2.
The Sumerians (who lived in Iraq back in 3,000BC) carved angel images - these are thought to be the first historical reference to them.
The singer Kylie Minogue was cast in the starring role of 'angel' at a nativity scene at Madame Tussauds in London 12-7-2004