Angels are closely related to spiritual warfare and are often reported around people who are engaged in religious struggle or facing tremendous difficulty in their life. We live in a world where the forces of evil are working hard to undermine the family, the Church, and our nations. We are polluting the planet, as well as our hearts and minds. We all have doubt that the angels are here to help us in our spiritual or religious need.
They are everywhere in today’s society. They are traditionally viewed as “guardians” that protect our homes and children. But what is the myth and what is the reality? Where do angels come from?
The word “angel” comes from the Greek word “Anglos,” which means “messenger” in Hebrew. Angels can take many forms, usually appearing as human or a glowing light or aura. If something good, unexpected, and seemingly inexplicable happens, it’s often assumed to be the result of the divine or angelic intervention. The angels most people are familiar with today are the Christian angels, which originated from the Hebrew Testaments. The Catholic Church is developing an extensive hierarchy of angels. There were many different types of angels, archangels, seraphim, and so on, with an official census of nearly half a million.
Many angels were created by religious authorities, but others were fabricated by quasi-religious scholars. “To invent an angel, a hierarchy, or an order in a hierarchy, required some imagination but not too much ingenuity”. In Christianity and Islam, angels function mainly as God’s messengers, but in modern times they function more as guardians. The word “angel” has come to describe any hero. By their nature, angels serve God; they also serve mankind as well. They heal the sick and find lost keys to smiting enemies and, of course, winning football games. It is known that Angel comes when summoned, and there is a long tradition of using magic spells to call them.
Angels surround us all the time, not literally but especially during the holidays. They appear in paintings, etchings, figurines, T-shirts, posters and just about everything else. Angels appear in several religions; for example, in Islam, angels are said to be made of light, while Christian angels were willed into being by God. Early versions of angels had no gender, though later Christian angels were tall, slender males with soft features, wearing flowing robes tailored around their large white wings. It is said that they are either immortal or greatly long-lived. Angels have become more secular over the years, and today they are widely associated with the New Age movement populated by pagans, atheists and those who consider themselves “spiritual.”
Despite centuries of theological speculation about angels- no one knows if they exist outside of stories and legends. Many people believe they do. Nearly 70 percent of Americans think angels are real. The most famous angel, of course, is Satan, who rebelled against God and was cast out of heaven. He started his own outfit and has been doing well ever since. The archangel Michael, for example, is often depicted as the leader of God’s Army, destroying armies with his terrible powers and a flaming sword.
Any good luck, meaningful coincidences or unexpected pleasant surprises can be interpreted as the work of angels. Whether real or fictional, angels have been with humans for millennia, and their presence will continue to comfort.