In the Bible’s Old Testament, the angel is described as a spiritual entity that serves God. These divine creatures play a major role in the Jewish belief although the exact definition of the term has frequently been subjected to a host of varied interpretations. Several saintly creatures inferior to God have come out in the Hebrew Bible and the concept of messenger is only one of the many varieties. In fact, there are other angel characters with special and extraordinary names:
- Irinim (Watchers)
- Cherubim (Mighty Ones)
- Sarim (Princes)
- Seraphim (Fiery Ones)
- Chayyot ([Holy Creatures)
- Ofanim (Wheels)
- Tzeva, (Host)
- B’nei ha-Elohim or B’nai Elim (Sons of God)
- Kedoshim (Holy Ones)
Biblical angels are said to perform multiple functions which include relaying information to mortals as well as protecting and rescuing the Israelites and slashing the enemies of the chosen people. The Book of Daniel reveals information about angels that will later be explained in post-Biblical scriptures. The truth is that all nations of the Christian world have their own angelic prince.
Angels have been arranged hierarchically. These creatures have enclosed realms of authority.
Meanwhile, Jewish sources (Greco-Roman period) have expanded on the customs of angels found in Hebrew Scriptures. We especially see the first systematic organization of Biblical hosts of heaven into a hierarchy of different castes of angels governing and serving on different levels of heaven. At the same time, you can perceive the increased awareness about the fellow feeling between earthly beings and angels. It is widely believed that a philosophical doctrine of opposing principles regarding good and evil was found in the early biblical writings. This was later amplified and referred to these mystic creatures being split into opposing camps that represented light and darkness.
After reading these stories about angels, the question is: Do these supernatural beings really exist? Again, the Holy Bible asserts that they do in fact exist! These seraphim and cherubim are talked about in 34 of the 66 books of the Bible. These creatures are strong and pure while others are like innocent babies. In fact, in Matthew – Chapter 28:4, the soldiers who guarded the tomb of Jesus Christ were very terrified and cowered in fear when an angel descended and declared that the Son of God has risen from the dead. Do these servants of God provide protection and guidance? The Bible says yes and Christians believe this declaration.