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Christians believe that angels are supernatural beings created by God. Generally, they are thought of as his servants. There is no clear consensus among Christians as to the nature of angels, but the Bible indicates that they can appear as human and that some types have wings. Whether these descriptions are literal or figurative is often debated. Primarily, the Bible speaks of angels as messengers, but they can also be guardians, and are sometimes called "ministering spirits."
These supernatural beings are most often recorded as being messengers of God.The Bible also records angels as destroyers, guardians, ministers, and as warriors.
Other heavenly beings are mentioned in addition to angels, including cherubim(Hebrew, kerubh, "one who blesses") and seraphim (Hebrew, saraph "the burning one"). Whether or not these beings have some hierarchy among them is not stated. Traditions of a complex angelic hierarchy have arisen among some groups.
There is little biblical information regarding the nature or status of angels, such as whether they have physical or spiritual bodies. There are numerous references to angels as "men,"which most Christian scholars interpret as meaning that angels have—or at least can assume—human form. One recorded biblical appearance of angels seems to consist of one male and two female angels. Cherubim and seraphim are seen in biblical visions as winged heavenly beings, but this detail is often debated.
Several angels are notable. Their names often end in the suffix –el, a Hebrew word meaning "God."
- is the only angel named as an archangel. As recorded in the Bible, he led the angels that fought and cast out the and his angels.
- Daniel and to announce the births of John the Baptist and Jesus . He is generally considered an archangel, though never called such in the Bible. is the angelic messenger sent to explain certain visions to
- calls himself "one of the seven, who stand before the Lord" in the .
- The "angel of the Lord" appears to speak as the voice of God.
- The "captain of the Lord’s host" is otherwise unidentified.
There are also references to angels of the devil,more commonly known in Christian terminology as "demons," though this term is not used in the Bible.