Their names as well as those of the faithful are listed therein... But The Archangel Michael, the angel-prince of Jerusalem (Zion, Targ. Art opens new doors for learning, understanding, and peace among nations."oward David Johnson is a contemporary realistic artist and photographer with a background in the natural sciences and history.King Solomon's experiences confronting demons are related, of each of whom he asks his name as well as the name of the angel that can overpower him. And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many." Then he cast them all out. David works in a wide variety of mixed media ranging from oil on canvas to digital of David's more prestigious clients have included the University of Texas, the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge in England, The Australian Mint, The National Geographic Society, Paramount Studios, Universal Studios, MGM Studios, Warner Brothers Home Video, ABC/Disney, CBS TV, PBS TV, The History Channel, Enslow Educational Publishers, Adobe Photoshop, Auto FX, Tree-Free Greeting, Verizon wireless, Apple IPOD, Penguin, Doubleday (Now Random House), Harlequin Top Historical Romances, and the History Book of the Month Club, as well as appearing in periodical publications like Popular Photography and the Wall Street Journal.Others, on the contrary, are profane and unworthy, as is seen in Ps. Furthermore, in acting for God, angels may influence human affairs through such acts as rewarding faithful believers, punishing those who do evil, and helping those in need.n religions based on the belief that everything is god and that the universe and mankind share one essence, angels are far less important.These monotheistic religions that share this view include Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Zoroastrianism.n the Koran, Jewish and Gnostic angelologies seem to be intermingled. The chief of all the archangels is Gabriel (Jibril); Michael comes next; Israfil (Sarafiel) sounds the trumpet of the resurrection; and Azrael is the angel of death (the etymology of the last name is obscure).In Mohammed's time the old Arabian goddesses Al-Lat, Al-Uzza, and Manat were spoken of as angels and daughters of God (Koran, sura xxxvii. Instead of four, there are eight angels that support the throne of God (sura xlix. Some angels have two, some three, others four wings (sura xxxv. "They celebrate the praise of their Lord and ask forgiveness for those that are on earth" (sura xlii.
The role of angels is developed in greatest detail in religions based on revelation - the disclosure or communication of divine truth or divine will to human beings.They are endowed with seven angelic virtuesone more than is ascribed to the Messiah (Enoch. The misuse of the term Cherubs for the Putti and their use in art as symbols of innocence has become so commonplace and time honored that it is now considered correct. Most people don't even know about the authentic Cherubim, who are among the highest ranked and holiest of God's Angels or realize they have been replaced with mischievous little demons from Pagan religion in much of our Western Art Biblical story of the sons of God marrying the daughters of men (Gen. 1-4), implying the possibility of angels lusting and sinning, suggested the idea of a fall, not only of man, but of pure heavenly beings as well. Still, they were finally subjugated by the power of heaven, and punished by the archangels Raphael and Gabriel, and consequently a knowledge of their names would enable one to control them. In the Book of ENOCH, the seventh from ADAM, the Watchers who had been sent to Earth to watch and pray for mankind, instead taught them abortion, weapon making and war, face painting and magic and fornicated with them. He has been identified, whether correctly or incorrectly, with Metatron. 21), known under the name of "Metatron"; frequently explained as "Metator," "Metathronos," and "Metatyranos." Already in Dan. 20-21, the idea prevails that each nation has a heavenly guardian angel or prince. 59, the seventy shepherds are the guardian angels of the seventy nations over whom Michael, as Israel's angel-prince, is set as ruler. owever great the tendency to enlarge the number and the influence of the angels over life, there is, on the other hand, great stress laid upon the fact that the angels are in many respects inferior to man. 2) intercedes on behalf of the angels, instead of having them intercede for him; and none of the angels could see what he saw of God's glory (ibid. At their best, artists speak not only to people; they speak for them.The names of angels formed a favorite study of the Essenes in view of the magical cures effected by means of these names; for upon the accurate knowledge of the name and sphere of each angel. They came and begged ENOCH to pray for them, that GOD would have mercy on them. According to the Testament of Job (lii.), this vice-regent "sitteth upon the great chariot" His "name is like the name of his Master" (Sanh. With these seventy-one angel-princes of the world God sits in council when holding judgment over the world (Hebrew Enoch; Jellinek, "B. 181); each pleading the cause of his nation before God. Art is a weapon against ignorance and hatred and an agent of public awareness...I am Raphael, one of the seven holy angels, which present the prayers of the saints, and which go in and out before the glory of the Holy One" (Tobit, xii. " and mutually responding, "Blessed be the name of the Lord! ", merciful and long-suffering, blesses the Lord of spirits for ever and ever; the second, Raphael, set over the diseases of the children of men, blesses the Elect One [the Messiah] and the elect ones who cleave to the Lord of spirits [the pious ones]; the third, Gabriel ["the mighty one of God"], set over all the powers, intercedes in behalf of the inhabitants of the earth [see Enoch, x. And in the heaven below this are the angels who bear the answers to the angels of the presence of the Lord, and in the heaven next to this are thrones and dominions in which hymns are offered to God; in the third heaven there are hosts of the armies ordained for the day of judgment, to work vengeance on the spirits of deceit and of Belial; the second has fire, snow, and ice ready, all the spirits of retribution for the day of judgment; and the lowest is gloomy because it is near the iniquities of men."ith this Heavenly hierarchy firmly in mind, a look at the visual portrayals of Angels in the Western Art tradition seems appropriate, particularly Cherubs and Cherubim; above are two very different interpretations : "Joan of Arc" MMVI (left) has the popular and time honored but incorrect interpretation of "Cherubs" or more aptly "Putti" and "Ezekiel's Vision" MMX (right), with more accurate six-winged Cherubim Angels with three faces each from descriptions in the visionary Book of Ezekiel chapter one. The earliest Christian catacombs and tomb art incorporated the popular Greco-Roman Putti (or little Cupidic figures). 12), it seemed to take for granted the existence of evil spirits working antagonistically to God through the evil practices of witchcraft, astrology, and the like. Smith, Europe After Rome: A New Cultural History 500-1000. Educational Realistic Art Gallery link icons for Two-fisted Tales of VALOR & Frontline Combat featuring Legendary Warriors of History, Knights and ladies of Arthurian Legend, Celtic, Nordic, Asian and Olympian gods & monsters, unicorns, dragons, fairies... All these pieces of art and the text are legally copyrighted and were registered with the U. Library of Congress Office of Copyright by the author, Howard David Johnson All rights reserved worldwide.v.14-15)Four Angels of the Throne: On the other hand, Michael, Gabriel, Uriel, and Fanuel (Penuel) are introduced as "the four angels of the face of the Lord." After the watchers ("those that sleep not") have been described (ibid. 9-10, 12-14]; and the fourth, Fanuel [Penuel "turning to God"], set over repentance and hope of eternal life, prevents the Satans from accusing men."(2) seraphim, (3) ofanim, (4) all the angels of power, (5) principalities, (6) the Elect One (Messiah), and (7) the (elementary) powers of the earth and the water. v.2): "In the spirit of faith, of wisdom, of patience, of mercy, of judgment, of peace, and of goodness they glorify, saying: 'Blessed is He, and may the name of the Lord of spirits be blessed for ever and ever.'" "In the highest of which dwelleth the great Glory in the Holy of Holies, and beneath it are the angels of the presence of the Lord, who minister and make propitiation to the Lord for all the ignorance of the righteous. Classical (or Greco-Roman) tradition has influenced Christian art from it's earliest origins. The Putto were revived with passion in the works of Donatello and Raphael and became commonplace in the renaissance before they became one of the most dominant interpretations of Angels in painting and sculpture. Fallen angels became progenitors of hosts of evil spirits and seducers of men to crime and vice. When John fell at the angel's feet to worship him in his account in The Book of Revelation, (22:9) the angel said: "Don't do that! Permission for many academic or non-commercial uses is freely and legally available by simply contacting the author via e-mail or visiting one of David's invitations to the Florence Biennale Contemporary Art Exhibition, (a partner in the United Nations' Dialog among Nations), UN Secretary General Kofi Anon wrote him: "Artists have a special role to play in the global struggle for peace.