- She's not an angel perched on a fluffy cloud waiting to impart unknown wisdom to me from the afterlife!
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 (and possibly the creator God Ahura Mazda in Zoroastrianism).
There are different origins among the Angels. The most powerful Angels claim to have served God since the dawn of time. They were created by God with the sole purpose to serve him. Some mortal souls who reached Heaven after their deaths have also seemingly become angelic beings.
Rebellion against God / War in Heaven
The Angels were charged with protecting mankind from the evils of the universe. However, some of the angels were jealous of the humans. Lucifer led a rebellion against God, starting a war in Heaven.
Among the Angels mentioned to have joined Lucifer's rebellion as his lieutenants were fourteen angels, including Asmodeus, Lilith, Samael, Pazuzu, Xaphan, Micah (later Kazann), Beelzeboul, and Olivier
Although only Lucifer, Micah and Olivier's claims are corroborated by non-fallen angels, but Pazuzu, Lilith and Xaphan's claims are considered confirmed as well. Other Demons' claims aren't formally confirmed but appear to be true.
Zadkiel and his subordinates of the Black Host, 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 "black ops" team,. They were also cast down to a portion of Heaven where they couldn't hear God and he couldn't hear them.
A third of the Angels were expelled from Heaven. 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) whose fate is unrevealed the following: Abbadona, Adramaelec, Agares, Amezyarak, Amnixiel, Amy, Anane, Ananel, Anmael, Arakiba, Araqiel, Araziel, Arel, Arioch, Armen, Artaqifa, Asael, Asbeel, Asmoday, Astaroth, Astoreth, Atarculph, Auza, Azael, Azaradel, 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, 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.
Christian apocrypha mentioned as 200 angels, although those numbers are unverified.
Heaven's on Fire
The war ended with Zadkiel claiming the Throne of Heaven for himself.
Both Judaism and Christianity have the angels divided into hierarchies, but different between the two religions.
Elohim is also one of the general designations for Angels in Hebrew.
In Christianity, the Angels are divided in three Spheres, each including three Choirs:
- The First Sphere include the Seraphim, Cherubim and Thrones (Council of Thrones, or Orphanim)
- The Second: Kyriotites (Order of Dominions, or Dominions), Dynameis (Choir of Virtues, or Virtues) and Exousiai (Powers),
- The Third: Archai (Principalities), Archangels and Angels.
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.
Choirs' leaders appear to be also sometimes Archangels:
- Zadkiel himself was the chief of the Order of Dominions, yet was also an Archangel.
- Haniel, the disputed Archangel, was prince of the Choir of Virtues.
Additionally to those choirs, many groups exist within the Angels:
- The Asura, a group of Angels known as "the assassins of Heaven".
- The Black Host, a group of Angels operating as Heaven's "black ops".
- The Grigori, originally created to protect mankind, but went rogue and remained in the earthly realm.
- Religion as Replacement for Thought Coalition.
Powers and Abilities
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.
- Superhuman Strength: Most angels have varying degrees of superhuman strength. Some can use their magical powers to augment their strength, but to an unknown degree.
- Superhuman Speed: Ruth is capable of running and moving at speeds greater than even the finest human athlete.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Immortality: Angels are immortal and do not age. 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.
- 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, shapeshift. They can also summon celestial armor and burning swords at will.
- 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.
- Invisibility to humans: They can make themselves (or simply their wings) invisible to humans, although rare sensitives (four or five millions of them on Earth) may still see them (or the wings).
- Many angels can generate illusions and compel humans to obey their will and inflict pain to themselves. Powerful angels can even "switch off" humans for a limited amount of time, with potentially dangerous effects (such as miscarrying for pregnant women).
- Resurrection: Some angels can resurrect the dead by sharing their own divine essence with the deceased.
- 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.
Warriors, scholars, philosophers.
The Angels speak aramatic.
Average Strength level
Varying level of strength
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.
Population: No exact recorded number.
The Angels use the Angelic Script for their writings.
Afterlife, Agent of Heaven, Andy, Angel of Death, Anielle, Arcturus, Armaziel, Azrael, Daniel, Emmael, Ephesus, Esther, Gabriel, Golden Angel, Lusa Gregor, Hafaza, Jodyquiel, Metatron, Harry Moran, Ruth, Sansenoy, Semangol, Senoy, Shemhazai, Spirit of Christmas, Thrasher, Todyquiel, Tzadqiel, Uriel, Vraniel
- The First Book of Enoch listed fallen angels, and their spheres of influence.
- Thor perceived the machination of Zadkiel and the attack on Heaven as a war made by "mighty gods".
- 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.
- Discuss Angels (Monotheism) on the forums
- Appearances of Angels (Monotheism)
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- Race Gallery: Angels (Monotheism)
- Images of Angels (Monotheism)
Links and References
- ↑ 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 1.26 Marvel Zombies Handbook #1; Angels' entry
- ↑ Ghost Rider Vol 6 #20
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 Marvel Zombies Handbook #1; Lucifer's entry
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Marvel Zombies Handbook #1; Asmodeus' entry
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Vol 4 #18; Lilith's entry
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 Marvel Zombies Handbook #1; Demons' entry
- ↑ Marvel Zombies Handbook #1; Pazuzu's entry
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Marvel Zombies Handbook #1; Kazann's entry
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 Ghost Rider Vol 6 #18
- ↑ Ghost Rider Vol 6 #14
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 11.2 Spirits of Vengeance Vol 2 #2
- ↑ Punisher Purgatory #1
- ↑ Punisher Purgatory #2
- ↑ Ghost Rider Vol 6 #30
- ↑ 15.0 15.1 Ghost Rider Vol 6 #21
- ↑ 16.0 16.1 Ghost Rider Vol 6 #33
- ↑ Gambit Vol 2 #2
- ↑ Bizarre Adventures #34
- ↑ According to Spirits of Vengeance Vol 2 #2, a third of the Angels were expelled from Heaven. According to some sources mentioned in the Angels' entry of Marvel Zombies Handbook #1, there were about 130 million fallen angels.
- ↑ 20.0 20.1 Ghost Rider Vol 5 #1
- ↑ Howard the Duck Vol 3 #4
- ↑ Dead of Night Featuring Devil-Slayer #4
- ↑ Punisher Purgatory #4
- ↑ Marvel Tarot #1; Marvelous Catalogue of Correspondences
- ↑ Ghost Rider Vol 6 #32