The True Face Of Angels According To The Bible

When we hear the word ANGEL we think of someone or something like this 👇🏻

Or you think of the cute little baby angels like this one 👇🏻

Well, these are not the only angels described in the bible and they are lower ranking. The way other angels look and the things they did are horrible, nothing close to what we thought and no, I’m not talking about Lucifer that is said to be the most beautiful angel. Let’s dive into the history and bible description of angels.

The beginning

The mention of angels starts from the old testament. The word ANGELS comes from the Greek word ANGELOS which comes from the Hebrew word MAL’AKH which roughly translates to MESSANGER.

Angels (messengers) appear in the old testament a few times. They carry god’s messages from heaven and sometimes they act on his behalf. An example is the angel of death from the Passover story that slaughtered all the first sons of the Egyptians. Another example is the angel that struck 70 000 Israelites to death or the angel that single-handedly killed 185 000 Assyrian soldiers in one night. They don’t seem that nice and peaceful anymore killing so many people.

When they appear in the bible, they are described as having wings and looking like any other person. In the later biblical text such as Daniel, some angels even got names like Gabriel, Raphael and Michael.

The hierarchy

The angels known as Malach are not the only heavenly beings in the bible. There is actually a hierarchy of angels and depending on who you ask, the classic humanoid “cute” angels are actually far down the ladder so they are not the most powerful.

In the middle ages, a Jewish scholar known as Modernities drew up a hierarchy of angels and the humanoid angels (Malakh) are number 3 of 4 levels.

  1. Ophanim
  2. Seraphim
  3. Malakh
  4. Cherubim

CHERUBIMS

Cherubim are not the cute chubby baby angels. In the bible, they are described as animal-human hybrids.

The first time you see them is in the book of Genesis, right after Adam and Eve have been kicked out of the garden of Eden. Cherubims have to guard the garden of Eden from mankind. (So mankind is not allowed in heaven because the Cherubims are the guard to stop you…)

The best description of them comes from the book of Ezekiel. It opens with the prophet experiencing a profound vision and in his vision, he describes them as living creatures but later in chapter 10 he reveals them as Cherubims and describes them like this: In the middle of it was something like 4 living creatures, this was their appearance. They were of human form, each had 4 faces and each of them had 4 wings, their legs were straight and the soles of their feet were like the sole of a calf’s foot and they sparkled like burnished bronze and under their wings on their 4 sides they had human hands and the 4 had their faces and their wings thus their wings touched one another, each move straight ahead without turning as they moved. As for the appearance of their faces, the 4 had the face of a human being, the face of a lion on their right side, the face of an ox on the left side and the face of an eagle. Such were their faces, their wings were spread out above, each creature had 2 wings each of which touched the wing of another while 2 covered their bodies. Each moved straight ahead wherever the spirit would go they went, without turning as they went. In the middle of the living creatures, there was something that looked like burning coals of fire, like torches moving to and fro among the living creatures. The fire was bright and the lightning issued from the fire. The living creatures darted to and fro like a flash of lightning.

Cherubim

The cherubim don’t look like the average angel we see now everywhere. They look like mythical beasts in ancient Mesopotamia. Look at the Babylonian Lamassu which has the wings of an eagle, the body of a lion and the head of a king.

Lamassu acted as guardians to sacred places like temples, the palace or the city walls and performed a similar role to the biblical cherubim.

Also, similarities can be found if we look at the Egyptian sphinx and Hittite griffin which all have the same elements (human parts, animal and wings).

SERAPHIM

Seraphim has 6 wings: 2 used for flying, 2 to cover its face and 2 to cover the feet. They are described in the book of Isaiah like this: Seraphs were in attendance above him with 6 wings […] and one called the other and said ” Holy, holy, holy is the lord of hosts and the whole earth is full of his glory.”

The word SERAPH means to burn 🔥so seraphim may mean something like the burning ones. Also the Hebrew word for venomous serpent of the desert is saraph. In ancient Egypt, the cobra was often referred to as the flaming one.

OPHANIM

And here things will get really ugly, close to a horror movie. Ophanim are simply known as the wheels because they are a pair of interlocking gold wheels with eyes around the outside and they hover and float in the sky. Kind of grotesque and some people pray to all kinds of angels thinking they are the nice human-like with wings.

In the same vision Ezekiel saw them alongside Cherubim: As I looked to the living creatures I saw a wheel on the earth beside the living creatures (Cherubim), one for each of them. As for the appearance of the wheels and their construction, their appearance was like the gleaming of beryl and the 4 had the same form. Their construction being something like a wheel within a wheel. When they moved they moved in any of the 4 directions without veering as they moved their rims were tall and awesome, for the rims of all 4 were full of eyes all around. When the living creatures moved, the wheels moved beside them and when the living creatures rose from the earth, the wheels rose. Wherever the spirit would go they went and the wheels rose along with them. For the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels.

Imagine falling on your knees and beg for help creatures like these.

Did you noticed something similar? 👀

Masons use the eye as their logo, some even tattoo the eye on their body, the “angels” have eyes everywhere. What a coincidence…(there are no coincidences).


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