The thing about Angels

So when we hear the word angel what is the first thing that comes to mind:? A beautiful olive-skinned half-naked figure with big white shiny wings and a kind look on its face, a naked baby with tiny wings holding an adorable bow and arrow or a really cute girl (depending on how your mind works). Well the most common reference to angels are in the Bible. From Genesis right to Revelations we find that angels are spiritual beings often depicted as messengers of God. they do things like simply deliver a message to stand  guard by the tree of Good and Evil. So how did we get the image of a beautiful angle in our head?

You just melted there didn't you?

You just melted there didn’t you?

Actually from Paintings! painters took liberties when portraying angels, giving them wings was a visually interesting way to identify who was the angel  in a painting full of regular figures (wings were also used in the early church to denote that these creatures lived in the sky). [1]

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Angels are easier to identify with wings

Archangels like Michael and Gabriel were given contemporary military status, there are more types of angels: Seraphim, cherubim,Chrysolite etc… But if you look in to Bible the writers have done more than record what angels did, but have also noted down the appearance of what an angel looks like, specially people like Isaiah and Ezekiel who actually encountered angels first hand. So according to them angels look like this: The Seraphim

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Seraphim

the seraphim,  have six wings and need all of them to cover their body, lest they blind/incinerate whoever is unlucky enough to bump into one.

Seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet,and with two they were flying. At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke. Isaiah 6:2:4.

the Thrones look like this:

Thrones

Thrones

This was the appearance and structure of the wheels: They sparkled like chrysolite, and all four looked alike. Each appeared to be made like a wheel intersecting a wheel. Ezekiel 1:16

and this is that the cherubim would look like:

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cherubim

In Ezekiel 10:14 describes them as frightening four-headed monstrosities that included the faces of a man, an eagle and a lion.

  The cherubim had four faces: One face was that of a cherub, the second the face of a human being, the third the face of a lion, and the fourth the face of an eagle. Ezekiel 10:14

So the next time you refer to someone as an angel…

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