Angel names?

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'Do all angels have names? If not, how do they communicate?' - Submitted by Lastone M Siyoto, Zambia.

An angel is a heavenly messenger who either delivers a message to humans, carries out God's will, praises God, or guards God's throne. The word 'angel' is derived from the Greek word angelos, which means 'messenger'. Angelos and the Hebrew equivalent, melek (which also means 'messenger'), are the two most common terms used to describe this class of beings in the Bible. In general, in texts where an angel appears, his task is to convey the message or do the will of the God who sent him. Since the focus of the text is on the message, the messenger is rarely described in detail.

Another set of terms used to describe angels focuses not on angels as mediators between God and humans, but as members of God's heavenly entourage. Terms such as 'sons of God', 'holy ones', and 'heavenly host' seem to focus on angels as celestial beings. As such, these variously worship God, attend God's throne, or comprise God's army. These terms are used typically in contexts emphasising the grandeur, power, and/or acts of God.

A third category of heavenly beings is that of winged angels. Cherubim and seraphim make their most memorable appearances in the visions of Ezekiel (1:4-28; 10:3-22) and Isaiah (6:2-6). Cherubim function primarily as guards or attendants to the divine throne. Seraphim appear only in Isaiah's vision and there attend God's throne and voice praises.

The Bible mentions only a few names of important angels or archangels: Gabriel, and Michael. In other Jewish writings the names of Rafael and Uriel occur. One could not accept that God would have given angels numbers, could one? Angel 10,089? Of course not! Adam even had to give the animals names. Names are important to us and to God. He even calls the heavenly bodies by their names (Isaiah 40:26).

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