Heaven’s Angelic Ranking and Hell’s for sure

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There are 9 choirs (ranks) and 3 classes of angels. The most highest class consists of the “Seraphim”, “Cherubim” and the “Thrones” who work directly with God.
The second class consists of the “Dominions”, “Virtues”, and the “Powers” who work directly with the universe (planets, suns, stars, etc.).
The lowest and final class consists of the “Principalites”, “Archangels” and “Angels” who work directly with the Earth.

Seraphim: They were considered the highest order of the Hierarchy of Angels. They are the Angels of Love, Light, and Fire. Seraphim are the closest to God. In the Throne Room, several of the seraphim were described as flying directly above the Throne of God and constantly sing His praise. They are also called “the Burning Ones” because they are aflame with Love. Isaiah 6 in the Old Testament speaks of the Seraphim as “having six wings; two covering the face, two covering the feet, and two were used for flying.” They are associated with the color of white.

Cherubim: The second highest Order of Angels.

Their name stands for “Wisdom” or “one who prays.” In the Throne Room they were said to stand next to the Throne of God. They are also depicted on the Ark of the Covenant as its Guardians. Cherubs are the first Angels mentioned in the Bible when two Cherubs are placed by God to guard the gates to Eden with Flaming Swords. “He drove out the man; and at the east of the Garden of Eden he placed the Cherubim, and a Flaming Sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the Tree of Life.” Genesis 3:24. The Cherubim were also known as the record keepers of Heaven. They were not described as the cute little “cupid like” angels depicted by painters, but instead as having four wings.

Thrones: The third ranking Order of Angels.

They were also known as “Wheels” and “the Many-eyed Ones”. They were considered Angels of Justice as they were said to carry out God’s decisions. These Angels were often believed to be deployed like charioteers around the Throne of God. They were described in Izekiel 1:13-19 as having four wings and four faces. They sparkled like the color of burnished brass. They had the hands of a man under their wings. Their wings were joined one to the other and they did not turn when they traveled – they all went straight forward. They had four faces. They had the face of a man as well as three other faces on their helmets – that of a lion, an ox, and an eagle. They moved on wheels in the middle of wheels, blue-green in color. Above their heads “the likeness of the firmament,” which was the color of crystal, and under this were their wings, two on each side of their bodies. The noise of their wings was “like the noise of great waters.”

Dominations: The fourth ranking Order of Angels.

According to Jewish traditions, the success or failure of nations was decided by this Order of Guardian Angels. Dionysius claims that this realm “regulates the Angels.” Dominations have been described as wearing long albs, or gowns reaching to their feet, hitched with a golden belt and adorned with a green sole. They carry golden staffs in the right hand and the Seal of God in the left. At other times, they are said to hold an orb or a spectre.

Virtues: The fifth ranking Order of Angels.

They have been called “The Brilliant or Shining Ones.” They were called the Angels of miracles, encouragement, and blessings, and were particularly involved with people struggling with their faith. Virtues have been said to be the chief bestowers of grace and valor. The two Angels at the Ascension of Jesus were traditionally believed to be from the Order of Virtues. Virtues were usually represented in a group.

Powers: The sixth rankings Order of Angels.

Powers have been credited as being the first Order of Angels created by God. In Romans 13:1 it is written that “The Soul is subject to the Powers.” It is their duty to protect the world from the infiltration of demons. They protect our souls these evil beings and act as ministers of God who avenge evil in the world. It was also believed that at death, the Powers guided our transition to Heaven.

Principalities: The seventh ranking Order of Angels.

The Principalities were described as the Angels who protect religious. They were also considered to be the guardians over the nations and the leaders of the world. It was from this Order that the Angel who aided David in his task of slaying Goliath was thought to have come. Principalities have been described as being dressed in soldier’s uniforms with golden girdles.

Archangels: The eighth ranking Order of Angels.

These were considered to be the Angels in command of ministering to humans. They are also the most widely known Order of Angels, since the only Angels mentioned by name in the Bible (Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael) come from this Order. They carry Gods messages to humans and are ultimately in command of God’s Armies of Angels who are constantly in spiritual warfare with the forces of evil and the fallen angels. Michael was almost universally believed to be their leader. The number of Archangels usually considered to be associated with our system of worlds is seven, as in the Seven Angels who stand before God in Revelation 8:2, which is often interpreted to mean the Seven Archangels. The Seven Beloved Archangels are Michael, Jophiel, Chamuel, Gabriel, Raphael, Uriel, and Zadkiel.

Angels: The ninth ranking Order of Angels. Angels are the Order closest to humanity. The word angel derives from the Greek “angelos” meaning “messenger.”

Archangel Raphael

St. Raphael, one of the seven archangels, is also one of the three angels mentioned by name in the Scriptures.

St. Raphael is spoken of only once in the Scriptures, in the book of Tobit, one of the deuterocanonicals. He was traditionally thought to be the angel mentioned in John 5:4 as he is revered as having great healing powers.

Archangel Michael

St. Michael, who ranks among the seven archangels, is also one of the three angels mentioned by name in the Scriptures.

St. Michael is spoken of four times in the Scriptures:

The first reference occurs in Daniel (chapter 10) where Michael comes to comfort Daniel after he has had a vision, and promises to be his helper in all things. In Daniel (Chapter 12), Michael is called “the great prince who stands for the children of Thy people”. In these references, Michael is represented as Israel’s great support during the 70 years of the Babylonian captivity. In the Letter of St. Jude (verse 9), we are told that Michael disputed with Satan over the body of Moses.

In the Book of Revelation (chapter 12), St. John recounts his vision of the great battle in Heaven, when the wicked angels under Lucifer revolt against God, and how Michael, leading the faithful angels, defeats the host of evil and drives them out. Because of the victory, St. Michael is revered in Catholic tradition and liturgy as the protector of the Church, as once he was regarded as the protector of the Israelites. In the Eastern Church, St. Michael is placed over all the angels, as prince of the Seraphim.

Archangel Gabriel

The Jews venerated Gabriel as the angel of judgement, and in both Jewish and Christian tradition he is one of the seven archangels. Gabriel is also known to Muslims, who believe him to be the angel who served as the mouthpiece of God in dictating the Koran to Mohammed.

Mention of St. Gabriel occurs four times in the Scriptures:

He first appears to Daniel in the guise of a man and proceeds to interpret a vision Daniel has had of a ram with two horns, which is overcome by a he-goat. Gabriel explains that the ram is the empire of the Medes and the Persians which will be destroyed by the he-goat, the king of the Greeks (Alexander the Great). This vision came to Daniel in the year 554 BC, while the Israelites were in captivity in Babylonia. The prophecy was fulfilled nearly 200 years later. The angel Gabriel again appears to Daniel to foretell the coming of the Messiah and the destruction of Jerusalem and its sanctuary.

The next appearance of Gabriel is recorded in Luke 1:11-20, where he predicts to the priest Zachariah as he is burning incense at the altar in the temple that his wife is to bear a son whose name shall be John.

The final mention of Gabriel is found a little later in the same chapter of St. Luke’s Gospel, where he goes to the Blessed Virgin Mary with the tidings that she is to be the Mother of the Messiah. Thus we see that Gabriel comes as the bearer of good tidings and the comforter and helper of men.

Deu 32:22 For a fire is kindled in mine anger, and shall burn unto the lowest hell, and shall consume the earth with her increase, and set on fire the foundations of the mountains.

2Sa 22:6 The sorrows of hell compassed me about; the snares of death prevented me;

Job 11:8 [It is] as high as heaven; what canst thou do? deeper than hell; what canst thou know?

Job 26:6 Hell [is] naked before him, and destruction hath no covering.

Psa 9:17 The wicked shall be turned into hell, [and] all the nations that forget God.

Psa 16:10 For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

Psa 18:5 The sorrows of hell compassed me about: the snares of death prevented me.

Psa 55:15 Let death seize upon them, [and] let them go down quick into hell: for wickedness [is] in their dwellings, [and] among them.

Psa 86:13 For great [is] thy mercy toward me: and thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest hell.

Psa 116:3 The sorrows of death compassed me, and the pains of hell gat hold upon me: I found trouble and sorrow.

Psa 139:8 If I ascend up into heaven, thou [art] there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou [art there].

Pro 5:5 Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell.

Pro 7:27 Her house [is] the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death.

Pro 9:18 But he knoweth not that the dead [are] there; [and that] her guests [are] in the depths of hell.

Pro 15:11 Hell and destruction [are] before the LORD: how much more then the hearts of the children of men?

Pro 15:24 The way of life [is] above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath.

Pro 23:14 Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell.

Pro 27:20 Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied.

Isa 5:14 Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it.

Isa 14:9 Hell from beneath is moved for thee to meet [thee] at thy coming: it stirreth up the dead for thee, [even] all the chief ones of the earth; it hath raised up from their thrones all the kings of the nations.

Isa 14:15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.

Isa 28:15 Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:

Isa 28:18 And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it.

Isa 57:9 And thou wentest to the king with ointment, and didst increase thy perfumes, and didst send thy messengers far off, and didst debase [thyself even] unto hell.

Eze 31:16 I made the nations to shake at the sound of his fall, when I cast him down to hell with them that descend into the pit: and all the trees of Eden, the choice and best of Lebanon, all that drink water, shall be comforted in the nether parts of the earth.

Eze 31:17 They also went down into hell with him unto [them that be] slain with the sword; and [they that were] his arm, [that] dwelt under his shadow in the midst of the heathen.

Eze 32:21 The strong among the mighty shall speak to him out of the midst of hell with them that help him: they are gone down, they lie uncircumcised, slain by the sword.

Eze 32:27 And they shall not lie with the mighty [that are] fallen of the uncircumcised, which are gone down to hell with their weapons of war: and they have laid their swords under their heads, but their iniquities shall be upon their bones, though [they were] the terror of the mighty in the land of the living.

Amo 9:2 Though they dig into hell, thence shall mine hand take them; though they climb up to heaven, thence will I bring them down:

Jon 2:2 And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the LORD, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, [and] thou heardest my voice.

Hab 2:5 Yea also, because he transgresseth by wine, [he is] a proud man, neither keepeth at home, who enlargeth his desire as hell, and [is] as death, and cannot be satisfied, but gathereth unto him all nations, and heapeth unto him all people:

Mat 5:22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.

Mat 5:29 And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast [it] from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not [that] thy whole body should be cast into hell.

Mat 5:30 And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast [it] from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not [that] thy whole body should be cast into hell.

Mat 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

Mat 11:23 And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.

Mat 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

Mat 18:9 And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast [it] from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire.

Mat 23:15 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.

Mat 23:33 [Ye] serpents, [ye] generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?

Mar 9:43 And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:

Mar 9:45 And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched:

Mar 9:47 And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire:

Luk 10:15 And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted to heaven, shalt be thrust down to hell.

Luk 12:5 But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.

Luk 16:23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

Act 2:27 Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

Act 2:31 He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ, that his soul was not left in hell, neither his flesh did see corruption.

Jam 3:6 And the tongue [is] a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.

2Pe 2:4 For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast [them] down to hell, and delivered [them] into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;

Rev 1:18 I [am] he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

Rev 6:8 And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.

Rev 20:13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

Rev 20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
hell is the lake of fire is God the Father Himself….more accurately, it is His righteousness. The error of the literally clean spirit that is so prevelant in Christianity today is leading many to the Lake in self-righteousness, where they’ll meet the fate of submitting their unrighteousness (a spirit still largely “dead” in sin) to God [which, being the unrighteousness of self-deception that we are “good” and “clean” and like God (Isa 14:13-14)] that will result in the unrelenting torment of being brought into the bond of the covenant (Ezek 20:37) in the lake of fire of His true righteousness. Such torment will be applied with unrelenting fury (Hosea 13:14), where compassion will be hidden from God’s sight. The believer in Christ (which is NOT necessarily the same as the professing Christian) has access to the “special” salvation of 1Tim 4:10 in that by submitting to sanctification in this life (which the error of a totally clean spirit rejects), we can avoid some or all of the “hell” that awaits unrighteousness after death. Just as Daniel and friends walked unscathed in the furnace of Nebuchadnezzar as a type of the salvation of the righteous, so can we avoid this fate — which I believe is itself restorative, despite its fearsome properties

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