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Overview

In many of Earth's monotheistic religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam), as well as in Zoroastrianism, angels are believed to be guardians of mankind and messengers of God[1] (and presumably the creator God Ahura Mazda in Zoroastrianism).

Angels are celestial beings that live in Heaven.[1]

Origins

There are different origins among the Angels. The most powerful Angels claim to have served God since the damn of time.[1] They were created by God with the sole purpose to serve Him.[citation needed] Some mortal souls who reached Heaven after their deaths have also seemingly become angelic beings.[1]

Early years

Among the most powerful was Lucifer the Morningstar, son of dawn and bringer of light. Allegedly, he led an army of Angels to repel the N'Garai from Earth.[1][3]

Rebellion against God / War in Heaven

For more details on this event, please the War in Heaven page.

The Angels were charged with protecting mankind from the evils of the universe. However, some of the angels were jealous of the humans.[citation needed] Lucifer led a rebellion against God, starting a war in Heaven.[1]

Among the Angels mentioned to have joined Lucifer's rebellion as his lieutenants were fourteen angels,[3][1] including Asmodeus,[4] Lilith,[4][5] Samael,[5] Pazuzu,[3][6][7] Xaphan,[6][3] Micah (later Kazann),[8][6] Beelzeboul,[3][1] and Olivier[3][1]

Although only Lucifer, Micah and Olivier's claims are corroborated by non-fallen Angels,[1] but Pazuzu, Lilith and Xaphan's claims are considered confirmed as well.[6] Other Demons' claims aren't formally confirmed but appear to be true.

Lucifer was ultimately defeated[3] after being sold out by Zadkiel whom he saw as a friend,[9]

Aftermaths

Lucifer and his fourteen lieutenant angels were cast down into Hell.[1]

Zadkiel and his subordinates, including Malakim brothers Emmael and Vraniel, because of their previous alliance with Lucifer, were no longer allowed to serve in the choir, but were instead to serve into a .[9] They were also cast down to a portion of Heaven where they couldn't hear God and he couldn't hear them.[10]

According to some sources, there were about 130 million Fallen Angels, unconfirmed sources listing as Fallen Angels (all believed to have followed Lucifer against their leader in the war against Heaven)[11] whose fate is unrevealed the following: Abbadona, Adramaelec, Agares, Amezyarak, Amnixiel, Amy, Anane, Ananel, Anmael, Arakiba, Araqiel, Araziel, Arel, Arioch, Armaros, Armen, Artaqifa, Asael, Asbeel, Asmoday, Astaroth, Astoreth, Atarculph, Auza, Azael, Azaradel, Azazel, Azibeel, Azkeel, Azza, Azzael, Badariel, Bael, Balam, Baraqel, Baraqijal, Barbatos, Barbiel, Bartarel, Batarjal, Beelzebub, Beleth, Belial, Beliar, Belphegor, Busasejal, Byleth, Balberith, Cameron, Carnivean, Carreau, Caym, Chobaliel, Dagon, Danjal, Ertrael, Ezequeel, Flauros, Focalor, Forcas, Forneus, Gaap, Gadreel, Gressil, Gurson, Hakael, Hananel, Harut, Hauras, Helel, Hosampsich, Iblis, Ielahiah, Imamiah, Incubus, Iomuel, Ithuriel, Iuvart, Jeqon, Jetrel, Jomjael, Kasdaye, Kasdeja, Kawkabel, Kazbiel, Lauviah, Leviathan, Los, Mammon, Mara, Marbas, Marchsias, Marou, Marut, Mephistopheles, Meresin, Meririm, Moloch, Mulciber, Murmus, Nelchael, Neqael, Nilaihah, Nithael, Oeillet, Ophis, Orus, Ousir, Ouzza, Paimon, Penemue, Procell, Pruflas, Pursan, Qemuel, Rabdos, Ramiel, Raum, Regent, Rimmon, Rofocale, Rosier, Rumjal, Salamiel, Sammael, Samsaveel, Saraknyal, Sariel, Satan/Shaitan, Saturunus, Sealiah, Semyaz, Senciner, Seriel, Shamshiel, Simapesiel, Sonneillon, Sophar, Sumiel, possibly Symnay, Tabaet, Taus-Melek (later pardoned by God), Tausa, Thammuz, Thaphabaoth, Thausael, Theutus, Tumael, Turael, Turel, Urakabarameel, Urian, Urthekau, Usiel, Uzza, Verrier, Verrin, Vual, Wall, Wormwood, Yetzer Hara, Yomyael, Zaciel, Parmar, Zavevebe and Zophiel.

Over time most fallen angels became Demons. These two factions have been at war for over one million years.[citation needed]

...[8][6]

Great Flood

After the Great Flood, Zadkiel was tasked by the Throne to oversaw Heaven's more clandestine of missions, including the overseeing of the Spirits of Vengeance.[12]

Grigori's exile

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Modern Days

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Heaven under siege / War for the Great Hereafter

For more details on this event, please the War for Heaven page.

...[13]

The war ended with Zadkiel claiming the Throne of Heaven for himself.[14]

Classification

Hierarchy

Both Judaism and Christianity have the angels divided into hierarchies, but different between the two religions.[1]

Judaism

In Judaism, the Angels are ranked in descending order as Chayot Ha Kadesh, Ophanim, Erelim, Hashmalim, Seraphim, Malakhim, Elohim, Bene Elohim, Cherubim and Ishim.

Elohim is also one of the general designations for Angels in Hebrew.[1]

Christianity

In Christianity, the Angels are divided in three Spheres, each including three Choirs:[1]

Angels has become a common term for the entire kind, and many Seraphim appear to be Archangels, which suggest it is more a title than a rank.[1]

Choirs' leaders appear to be also sometimes Archangels:

Groups

Additionally to those choirs, many groups exist within the Angels:

Ephemera

Angels created with a short lifespan for one specific purpose, such as saving souls of specific mortals.[1]


Powers and Abilities

Powers

The appearance of angels are widely varied and many seem able to alter their appearance at will, but most favor beautiful humanoid forms with large, birdlike wings protruding from their shoulder blades. They are immortal and do not age.

Angels, depending on their ranking in the hierarchy of heaven, have varying levels of superhuman capabilities.[citation needed]

  • Superhuman Strength: Most angels have varying degrees of superhuman strength.[1] Some can use their magical powers to augment their strength, but to an unknown degree.[citation needed]
  • Superhuman Speed: Ruth is capable of running and moving at speeds greater than even the finest human athlete.[citation needed]
  • Superhuman Stamina: The various mystical energies flowing through Angels' bodies augment their musculature so that it generates virtually no fatigue toxins during physical activity. As a result, Angels possess almost limitless superhuman stamina.[citation needed]
  • Superhuman Durability: The tissues of Angels' bodies, while similar in appearance to a human's, are considerably tougher and more resistant to injury than the tissues of a human being, to the extent where their bodies are virtually invulnerable to conventional injury. Angels are capable of withstanding great impact forces, high caliber bullets, exposure to temperature and pressure extremes, and powerful energy blasts without sustaining injury.[citation needed]
  • Regenerative Healing Factor: Despite their superhuman durability, it is possible to injure Angels. However, their unique physiology and mystical energies enable them to rapidly recover from almost any form of injury. They are capable of regenerating almost any damaged or destroyed tissue, even missing limbs.[citation needed]
  • Immortality: Angels are immortal and do not age.[1] Angels are immune to all known Earthly diseases and infections. They are also beyond the need of food, water, or oxygen. If killed, she will merely reform in Heaven.[citation needed]
  • Magical Manipulation: Angels can use this magical energy for various effects only a few which have been shown. Known abilities include the ability to project fire bolts,[1] shapeshift. They can also summon celestial armor[citation needed] and burning swords at will.[1]
    • Ensnare Astral Bodies: Angels also possess certain powers enabling them to capture and detain the astral bodies (sheaths of the soul) of recently deceased human beings.[citation needed]
    • Invisibility to humans: They can make themselves invisible to humans, although rare sensitives[1] (four or five millions of them on Earth) may still see them.[17]
    • Many angels can generate illusions and compel humans to obey their will.[1] Powerful angels can even "switch off" humans for a limited amount of time, with potential dangerous effects (such as miscarrying for pregnant women).[17]
    • Resurrection: Some angels can resurrect the dead by sharing their own divine essence with the deceased.[1]
  • Winged Flight: The Angels possess large bird-like wings that protrude from their backs, who allow them to fly at incredible speed, and defy the laws of gravity. It has been shown that angels can fly with their wings on show, so they may be symbolic.[citation needed]

Abilities

Warriors, scholars, philosophers.

The Angels speak aramatic.[18]

Average Strength level

Varying level of strength

Weaknesses

Can be harmed and killed with heavenly-made weapons.[citation needed]

An Angel powers can be decreased by removing their wings. This will make them mortal and can be as easily as killed as a human. In that state they are humans and their souls will be judged as such, and if they have sinned, they will go to Hell rather than Heaven.[citation needed]

Habitat

Habitat: Heaven
Gravity: Earth-like
Atmosphere: Earth-like
Population: Thousands (no exact recorded number)

Miscellaneous

Type of Government: God (father/creator)
Level of Technology: Beyond humans
Cultural Traits: Servants of God
Representatives: 'Existing Angels:
Afterlife, Agent of Heaven, Armaros, Andy, Angel of Death, Anielle, Arcturus, Armaziel, Azrael, Daniel, Emmael, Ephesus,Esphares, Esther, Ezekeel, Gabriel, Gadriel, Golden Angel, Lusa Gregor, Hafaza, Jodyquiel, Metatron, Harry Moran, Ruth, Sariel, Sansenoy, Semangol, Senoy, Shemhazai, Spirit of Christmas, Tariel, Thrasher, Todyquiel, Tzadqiel, Uriel, Michael, Raphael, Azazel, Vraniel

Fallen Angels, now Demons:
Asmodeus, Beelzebulb, Lilith, Lucifer, Kazann, Malachi, Olivier, Pazuzu, Sammael, Vrabiel, Xaphan, Zadkiel; possibly Ghost of Christmas Past, Baliel, Azazel

Notes


Trivia

  • Angels are a recent addition to the Marvel Universe. Demons have appeared as villains in many titles, the comics had avoided featuring angels or directly mentioning the presence of the Judeo-Christian God until the 1990s.


See Also


Links and References

Footnotes

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 1.21 1.22 1.23 1.24 1.25 Marvel Zombies Handbook #1; Angels' entry
  2. Ghost Rider Vol 6 #20
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 Marvel Zombies Handbook #1; Lucifer's entry
  4. 4.0 4.1 Marvel Zombies Handbook #1; Asmodeus' entry
  5. 5.0 5.1 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Vol 4 #18; Lilith's entry
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 Marvel Zombies Handbook #1; Demons' entry
  7. Marvel Zombies Handbook #1; Pazuzu's entry
  8. 8.0 8.1 Marvel Zombies Handbook #1; Kazann's entry
  9. 9.0 9.1 Ghost Rider Vol 6 #18
  10. Ghost Rider Vol 6 #14
  11. Although some are part of the Grigori, who were exiled later
  12. Ghost Rider Vol 6 #30
  13. 13.0 13.1 Ghost Rider Vol 6 #21
  14. 14.0 14.1 Ghost Rider Vol 6 #33
  15. Gambit Vol 2 #2
  16. Marvel Zombies Handbook #1; Angels' entry
  17. 17.0 17.1 Ghost Rider Vol 5 #1
  18. Howard the Duck Vol 3 #4
  19. Ghost Rider Vol 6 #32