Angel n : a spiritual being that is
believed to be much more powerful than a human. Angels are composed
of ethereal matter, thus allowing them to take on whichever physical form
best suits their immediate needs. In Christian,
Muslim, Jewish and other theologies an angel can be one who acts as a
messenger, attendant or agent of God.
In Christian religion and theology an angel can also be a member of the
ninth and lowest order of the nine-fold celestial hierarchy this is
a ranking which comes directly below archangels.
angel is often classed as a devil, like Satan himself; whereas a guardian angel is
classed as a human guide or protector. Angels are commonly
represented by a figure with wings and wearing a long white robe.
They are also sometimes depicted wearing halos whichemanate from the angels' head in a
glorious wreath of light, serving as a symbol of divine wisdom.
Angels do not die or age, they are immortal, created by God and existing
since the Creation. Generally they are accepted as being the
guardians of souls. Although angels are generally divine,
they have been shown to be fallible and prone to sin, particularly
pride. One of the most notable examples of this being Satan
and his fallen
Angels can take on a variety of different forms. In Ezekiel
1:16-21, Isaiah 6:1-3, and throughout the book of Revelation they are
described as taking on not only the appearance of men but many fantastical
forms. A notable example was the angel who took on the appearance of
a burning bush. The image of an angel with wings tends to symbolise
the spiritual nature of the being. The purpose of the wings being to
allow the angel to travel through the ether as well as being a
symbol of divine authority.
The middle picture
Angel and apparitions on film, was reproduced with kind permission from Rev. Dr.
Theresa Jodray. The photograph was taken by her husband James in an
old cemetery in downtown Fairbanks, Alaska.