Angelology Explained in Obsessive Detail

This investigation is sponsored by Wondrium. Angelology is the study of angels, a class of supernatural beings thought to act as the intermediaries between God and humanity. And for the most part, they’re benevolent creatures. But also extremely complex, and sometimes quite scary. In today’s investigation, we’ll be focusing

Specifically on Christian Angelology from a Biblically-accurate perspective, and yes… we’re going to get obsessively detailed with it. While many do believe in the literal existence of these beings, you don’t have to be Christian or even religious to appreciate this deep fascinating lore. Today, we’ll discover a number of alien-like

Angelic species, some of which are rarely talked about. And we’ll break into their inner workings, from the hierarchy of Heaven, to the way angels actually think and behave. And of course, we’ll assess the very limits of their incredible powers.

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Or click my link in the description to start your free trial today. Thanks again to Wondrium! The world of angels awaits us. Angels are mentioned approximately 200 times throughout the Bible, split almost evenly between the Old and New Testaments. But despite their many appearances, angelology is considered

A particularly difficult study, because there are very few explicit descriptions of these beings and even fewer explanations on their nature. When they do show up, the focus tends not to be on the angel itself, but instead the revelations and prophecies they bring.

And while it’s true that the secrets are in the little details, this vagueness has led to a long history of misunderstanding. In modern day, for example, angels have a remarkably endearing reputation. Most people imagine them as patient, compassionate, and loving beings. All of this is inaccurate, unfortunately, because it definitely doesn’t

Match the angels in the scripture. Their behavioral traits, heavenly priorities, and hidden nature are a big part of what we’ll be covering today, but before all else, we’re going to meet the angels themselves. Admittedly, it’s a little unconventional diving straight

Into the action before tackling the core of these beings, but that’s the way angels do it – they just kind of pop out of nowhere. Speaking of which, angels aren’t very good at making first impressions. And if an angel decides to visit you, it’s a virtual guarantee

That they’ll strike fear in your heart. We know this because in most angelic visitations recorded in the Bible, the first thing they usually say is “Be not afraid”, “Don’t be afraid”, or simply, “Fear not”. This commandment is said 144 times – considerably

More than any other heavenly instruction. It’s literally double compared to the 72 times people are commanded to “Love God”. You’d think that the glory of God’s messengers would be an enrapturing and blissful experience, but clearly that’s not the case.

Believe it or not, there are more than a handful of good reasons why angels are worthy of your fear, all of which we’ll get to in due time. But why was fear the default reaction upon first sight? Well, while it’s 100% Biblically-accurate to say that angels sometimes appeared as regular-looking

Humans, it’s likely that was the rare exception. The very few explicit descriptions of angels tend to be so insane that many have interpreted them as possible visitations from extraterrestrials or interdimensional beings. Which is not surprising, because some of these heavenly creatures are downright alien nightmares. The most unforgettable description of angels

In the Bible is undoubtedly that recorded by a captive slave of the Babylonians at the bank of a river in the remote wilderness. This visitation is found in very first chapter of the scripture bearing the name of this soon-to-be prophet: the Book of Ezekiel.

According to his first-hand account, Ezekiel looked up to the North and saw the heavens open up. Flying at him from out of a great fiery cloud was the Old Testament God himself, Yahweh, sitting on His sapphire throne. And who else seemed to be driving this heavenly

Vehicle, but a troop of angels. As they charged at him from the Heavens, Ezekiel described them, QUOTE: “… in the fire was what looked like four living creatures. In appearance their form was human, but each of them had four faces

And four wings… their feet were like those of a calf and… they had human hands… Each of the four had the face of a human being… each had the face of a lion… the face of an ox… [and] the face of an eagle… The appearance of the living creatures was like

Burning coals of fire or like torches… The creatures sped back and forth like flashes of lightning… I heard the sound of their wings, like the roar of rushing waters, like the voice of the Almighty…” End Quote. These four fiery four-headed angels witnessed

By Ezekiel are today identified as cherubim. And while they do sound terrifying in all aspects, at least their features are somewhat recognizable. The same can’t be said though for the other four angels flying alongside them. Some call these creatures the ‘Thrones’, but I prefer the Hebrew term ‘Ophanim’

Which means ‘wheels’. And that descriptor is pretty accurate, if these wheels were from the fourth dimension. Ezekiel’s words say it all, QUOTE: “As I looked at the living creatures [the Cherubim], I saw a wheel on the ground beside each creature… [the wheels] sparkled like topaz… Each appeared to be made like a wheel

Intersecting [another] wheel… Their rims were high and awesome, and all four rims were full of eyes all around.” End Quote. I think we all agree that these psychedelic, wheels-within-wheels covered in eyes, flying at you from Heavens, would have been a terrifying experience. We’ll revisit the Cherubim and Ophanim soon

Because there’s so much more to say about them, but before we really get to know our angels, it might be a good idea to know exactly where they rank in the angelic hierarchy. The scriptures speak many times of an “assembly” or “council” of angels, but that’s just

The tip of the iceberg. From Heaven to Earth, God’s ethereal domain is apparently a very complex bureaucracy, with various ranks, roles, and governing duties… and special terms for each, such as “dominions”, “powers”, “principalities”, and “archangels”. Though the Bible is rich with these descriptions, it lacks a clear rundown of the surprisingly

Intricate angelic hierarchy. Thankfully, angelologists are a dedicated bunch, and from the many little hints the scripture contains, it only took them a few centuries to figure it out. Since the birth of Christianity, the forefathers and thinkers of the Church studied the hierarchy

Of angels relentlessly. And finally in the 4th century AD, they joined forces for one final task – to establish a consistent classification, which they dubbed the ‘9 Choirs of Angels’. Each of these 9 choirs can be thought of as a rank in the angelic hierarchy, and these

Ranks are organized based on those angels’ proximity to God in Heaven. And for the most part, this was meant as a literal measure of distance from His holy presence. But 9 Choirs is quite a lot, and the number barely fits on two hands, so in the 5th century

AD, the Christian Neoplatonist Dionysius decided to simplify things. In his magnum opus, ‘The Celestial Hierarchy’, Dionysius explained, QUOTE: “Theology has given to the Celestial Beings nine interpretative names, and among these our divine initiator distinguishes three threefold Orders.” End Quote.

These three orders that neatly divide the 9 Choirs are known as the ‘3 Spheres of Angels’, a concept that heavily influenced the development of the Eastern Orthodox Church. So beginning with the 1st Sphere, if you thought that archangels like Michael and Gabriel would

Be the ones closest to God, well, the answer is ‘not even close’. The first sphere are the angels that see God directly and remain in His presence, and thus they’re thought to be His divine attendants. Dionysius writes, QUOTE: “[This] is the first Order of Celestial Beings which are established about God, immediately encircling

Him: and in perpetual purity they encompass His eternal Knowledge in that most high and eternal angelic dance… they know pre-eminently many divine matters.” End Quote. Because of their proximity to God, these are the angels responsible for communicating His

Will to the angels of the lower second and third spheres. However, each of these choirs definitely play their own unique roles. And they each happen to be made up of a unique species of angel. Alright, so for the first choir of the first

Sphere, as we might expect, the first is also the closest to God, and these are the seraphim. Above all else, the seraphim are the dedicated worshipers of God, and their seemingly endless legions are depicted in constant, intense adoration and worship of His perfect holiness,

Flying around His chariot and throne and singing their praises day and night in a never-ending loop. The Bible makes sure to clarify that they never stop, by the way. Not even for a second. In the Book of Isaiah, the prophet Isaiah describes his own hypnotizing encounter with these beings, QUOTE:

“I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne… Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy

Is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.” At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke. “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips… and my eyes have seen the

King, the Lord Almighty.” Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand… With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.”” End Quote.

So, from this, we’re actually given several revealing details. And the first thing to point out is just how incredibly humble these creatures are. The seraphim use four of their six wings specifically to cover themselves in humility, hiding whatever radiance their

Appearance might have, and making sure that all the glory in the room goes to God. This is the traditional belief, but some fringe theories argue that the seraphim are actually forced to cover themselves to avoid blinding or incinerating the human witnessing them.

No person has ever seen what’s under their wings, so we really don’t know. Moving on, the act of touching a hot coal to Isaiah’s mouth in order to atone for his sins shows one of the more unique duties of these creatures – that they’re agents

Of cleansing, to assure that no one stands before God in an impure state. Like many other angelic beings, as we’ll soon see, the seraphim have a very close association with fire. Not only did they handle hot coals and fill the temple with smoke, but their

Actual name ‘seraphim’ is a Hebrew word that roughly translates to ‘burning ones’. And I really do mean a rough translation, because in other parts of the Bible, the word seraphim, as well as it’s singular form, seraph, are used not to describe an angel,

Oddly… but some kind of flying serpent. So the true meaning of this word remains a unsolved mystery, but considering the distinct yet deliberate uses of this word in the Bible, some scholars have argued these may be intentional hints as to the seraphim’s true appearance.

Think about it: all that we know about these angels’ appearance is incredibly general… we know they have a face, six wings, and an unspecified number of feet. And that’s about it. While historical art might depict them as human-like, that’s biblically-inaccurate.

But if we follow the actual trail of hints in the scripture, the seraphim of the first Choir might arguably be described as ‘fiery flying serpents’. Which, of course, are dragons. Moving on to the second choir, we’ve already had the pleasure of meeting these friends of Ezekiel. This rank is occupied by the Cherubim,

Who are likely the most human-like angels in the third Sphere. That should say a lot, because by definition, cherubim are chimeras, hybrid creatures composed of the body parts of different animals. Ezekiel described them as having four faces—that of a man, lion,

Ox, and eagle – as well as four wings and the feet of a calf, which implies that they’re hooved. As for the four faces – from a symbolism standpoint, these have been interpreted in many convoluted ways, but the simplest answer

Is that the man represents humanity, the lion represents wild animals, the ox represents domestic animals, and the eagle represents birds, and birds in the Bible are often a symbol of far-seeing wisdom. On that note, the word ‘cherub’ is actually a Hebrew

Term that translates to ‘Fullness of Wisdom’. Like the seraphim, the cherubim almost always remain in close proximity to God, whether He’s sitting on his sapphire throne or riding his flaming chariot. So what exactly do they do in His presence? Well, when Ezekiel saw

These beings, they were the ones responsible for making the wheels of God’s chariot move. Similarly, the Second Book of Samuel describes God as literally mounting the cherubim, flying through the sky, and soaring on their wings. So it wouldn’t be a stretch to say these

Creatures are like horses, and His means of locomotion on Earth, and perhaps all throughout the Universe. But without a doubt, the Cherubim are known to play another role, and interestingly, some assigned to this role are forced to leave God’s presence. In the Book of Genesis, where after Adam and Eve were expelled from

The Garden of Eden, God assigned a troop of cherubim to guard the Garden’s east-side entrance, and patrol the path leading to the Tree of Life. But considering that these beings are capable sentries and protectors, and most of them remain at their master’s side, it

Seems very likely that the cherubim could also be God’s personal guard, much like how a king requires nearby protection at all times. This is suggested by the fact that the books of Isaiah, Psalms, and 2 Kings all use a very specific phrase describing God as, QUOTE: “enthroned between the cherubim” End Quote.

Furthermore, metal sculptures of specifically cherubim, and no other angel, were used to decorate both King Solomon’s Temple and the Ark of the Covenant, with strong implications that their imagery provided some kind of protection. So while it’s never explicitly stated, guard

Duty might actually be the primary role of the creatures of the Second Choir. But there is one often forgotten connection to make with the cherub… the most powerful testament that these beings are far more complex and capable than the scriptures describe.

The same Ezekiel who first witnessed these creatures, 28 chapters later, went on to record the words delivered to him from God… words which recounted the origin of a certain Biblical figure, QUOTE: “You were anointed as a guardian cherub,

For so I ordained you. You were on the holy mount of God; you walked among the fiery stones. You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created till wickedness was found in you… and you sinned. So I drove you in disgrace from the mount of God, and I expelled

You, guardian cherub, from among the fiery stones.” End Quote. Some of you may recognize these infamous verses as the story of the angel Lucifer’s fall from Heaven, and his transformation into Satan, the Devil. Seeing how Jesus Christ referred to Satan as “the ruler of this world”, this really emphasizes just how little we

Know about what sounded thus far like a rather simple creature. Therefore, it would be wise to apply this same sort of thinking to all other angelic species too. But if you think we’ve reached the bottom of the barrel of the mysteries of the Cherubim,

There’s actually one final puzzle to confuse things completely – And that’s that the Book of Revelation describes an angelic species that sounds an awful lot like a hybrid of both seraph and cherub, QUOTE: “…round about the throne, were four beasts

Full of eyes before and behind. And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle. And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were

Full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.” End Quote. So, like the seraphim witnessed by Isaiah, these creatures have six wings and are in

Constant singing worship of God. And like the cherubim seen by Ezekiel, three of the four creatures have the face of an animal, with the fourth having the face of a human. However, all have only one head each, unlike the traditionally four-headed cherub. So…

Did John, the author of the Book of Revelation, describe this creature accurately? Or might he have seen the seraphim and the cherubim, but accidentally mixed them together when remembering his vision? But what’s even weirder is that it seems John also threw a third angelic species into the mix, because he deliberately used the

Same disturbing description twice… that each creature was ‘full of eyes’. A terrifying profusion of eyes happens to be a main feature of the angels next on our list – the Third Choir, and the lowest of the First Sphere. Finally, we return to the unforgettable Ophanim, the literal wheels of God’s chariot. These

Make up the Third Choir. As described by Ezekiel, each of these angels are made up of two intersected wheels, both covered in eyes. He didn’t clarify whether these eyes looked human, but it’s usually interpreted that way. That doesn’t make

Them any less alien though, and this particular feature is only one of the Ophanim’s many oddities. To begin, the wheel-within-a-wheel appearance conjures a strong feeling that this creature might not be from this dimension, and this theory is actually backed up by Ezekiel’s observation that the ophanim never seem to

Shift their position despite any change in direction. The prophet reported, QUOTE: “As they moved, they would go in any one of the four directions the [cherubim] faced; the wheels did not change direction as the creatures went.” End Quote.

So, if we take a step back from the scripture, and look at this from a modern scientific lens, there’s actually some sense to be made of this visual phenomenon. According to mathematical theory, if creatures from the fourth dimension or beyond exist, they’d

Be more than capable of navigating our dimension, much like how we in the third dimension can navigate a 2-dimensional video game. But due to these creatures existing in a more geometrically complex space, our ability to actually see them is extremely limited. In most cases,

A higher-dimensional creature will simply be invisible to us, unless they make themselves visible at a very specific angle. And in the case that they do, their movement will be visually confusing or impossible for us to comprehend. The interdimensional theory definitely has some credence, especially with the traditional

Religious belief that angels are residents of the ethereal realm. That said, this mystery isn’t the only one stemmed from the strange descriptions of the Ophanim’s movement. In Ezekiel’s account, he makes it clear that the Ophanim don’t move on their own, but are set into motion and even steered by the cherubim. QUOTE:

“When the living creatures [the cherubim] moved, the wheels beside them moved; and when the living creatures rose from the ground, the wheels also rose… the spirit of the living creatures was in the wheels.” End Quote. If the ophanim require the cherubim to move, then we really have to wonder if the ophanim

Are actually independent angelic creatures. The eyes definitely make them appear to be alive, but what if they’re literally just wheels? This is worth think about, because Ezekiel goes out of his way to identify the cherubim as ‘living creatures’, while describing the ophanim as not much more than freaky-looking wheels that don’t move on

Their own. On the other hand, one of the Dead Sea Scrolls, 4Q405, does explicitly identify the ophanim as angels. And the apocryphal Book of Enoch describes them as celestial beings who actively perform a function – guarding of the Throne

Of God. But since that’s the same role as the cherubim, again, they seem to be directly tied to those beings. So this is yet another unsolved mystery. But returning back to Biblical canon, Ezekiel’s vision isn’t the only description of the

Ophanim. The Book of Daniel also contains a vision of God’s throne, and states, QUOTE: “His throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire.” End Quote. Again, we see a clear association between angels and fire. In Ezekiel’s vision, he

Only mentioned them ‘sparkling like topaz’, but it’s possible this was just a poetic interpretation of the Ophanim’s blazing flames. And that about covers the First Sphere. But before we jump down the Second Sphere, there are two other mysterious beings mentioned in the Bible that you may have never heard

Of, or never considered might be unrecognized species of angels. And this is where we’re really getting obscure, but as any theologian will tell you, the scripture is heavily embedded with hidden information and little secrets that require a very close

Look. And these two creatures might be examples of that. Definitely let me know whether you think these are angels in the comments below. The first of these is mentioned only once in the Bible, and specifically in the Book of Genesis. After God banished Adam and Eve,

QUOTE: “At the east of the Garden of Eden he placed the cherubim and a flaming sword that turned every way to guard the way to the Tree of Life.” End Quote. This verse seems to imply that just like the cherubim, this flaming sword was assigned

To guard the entrance to Eden. Traditionally, it was interpreted as a weapon given to the cherubim, however, there are reasons to believe this flaming sword may actually be a living entity, an angelic species unlike any we’ve encountered thus far. First off, this sword is apparently capable of movement, turning in every direction at

Its post. And the actual Hebrew term used to describe this sword, ‘lahat chereb’, literally translates to ‘flame of the whirling sword’, which not only emphasizes its movement, but doubles down on its fiery nature, implying that the object or creature itself is more

Flame than sword. And of course, the association with fire makes the angel theory all the more likely. Unfortunately, since this is the only mention of this strange flaming sword in Biblical canon, we’re left to wonder what this thing may have actually been. As for our second speculative angelic species,

The Second Book of Kings describes the following, QUOTE: “There appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire… and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. And Elisha saw it, and he cried…” End Quote. This was the last time the Prophet Elijah was seen on Earth, making him one of the mere

Handful of humans believed to have entered Heaven alive. This vision though, of burning chariots and horses in the sky, was seared into the mind of Elijah’s protégé Elisha, who would inherit the role of God’s chosen prophet. And apparently, Elisha inherited

These chariots and horses too. While it’s implied that only Elisha could see them, others beings wholly unaware… make no mistake – these beings were apparently very real, and their presence would be vital to some of Elisha’s greatest military victories. The following is one such event involving this haunting invisible army of his, QUOTE:

“When the servant… got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?” the servant asked. “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more

Than those who are with them.” And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, LORD, so that he may see.” Then the LORD opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.” End Quote.

Alright – the natural question to ask first is whether these horses and chariots are one angelic species, or perhaps two. Strangely, none of the verses that mention these creatures describe any riders or drivers in the chariots, so it wouldn’t be a stretch to wonder whether

The chariots themselves are alive, much like the wheels of God’s throne, the Ophanim. This mystery doesn’t end with Elisha though, because the Book of Zechariah contains an instance where the Prophet Zechariah met an angel riding on a red horse, and not long

After, he encountered four chariots, each powered by strangely colored horses, but no angels riding them, QUOTE: “There before me were four chariots coming out from between two mountains… The first chariot had red horses, the second black, the third white, and the fourth [spotted]—all of them powerful. I asked the angel who was

Speaking to me, “What are these, my lord?” The angel answered me, “These are the four spirits of heaven…”” End Quote. So, if we interpret this passage literally, the angel is calling each of the four chariots and their respective horses a single being,

Counting exactly ‘four spirits of heaven’. And while he doesn’t refer to them as angels, calling them ‘spirits of heaven’ strongly implies it. What’s confusing though is that Zechariah’s chariots are very different in appearance and number, compared to Elisha’s flaming legion. Nonetheless, these beings really seem to fit

The bill, and it’s possible that there are still hidden details about them waiting be uncovered by a careful reader. It’s now time to dive into the Second Sphere – and it’s very much unlike the first. Instead of boldly discovering new angelic species, we’ll get to experience the joys of Heaven’s bureaucracy, because, while

We have no idea what these angels look like, we do know what they do… and the creatures of the second sphere are essentially middle-management. While First Sphere passes down orders and communications from God, the second sphere makes God’s will happen. They do this by assigning duties to the third sphere angels below.

Dionysius describes those in the second sphere as, QUOTE: “true Lords, perpetually aspiring to true lordship… and they providentially fashion themselves and those below them, as far as possible, into the likeness of true lordship. They do not turn towards vain shadows, but wholly give themselves to that true Authority.” End Quote.

So be assured that Heaven’s middle management are ethical, inspiring beings, which is good, because these 3 angelic choirs are pretty darn important. On top of being essentially Heaven’s project managers, they also use their own special powers to regulate the forces

Of the universe. As before, the Bible is our source for this sacred knowledge, specifically the key details found in the Epistle to the Ephesians. The first choir of the second sphere is known as the ‘Dominions’. These are angels of leadership, the ‘true Lords’ Dionysius was raving about. The Dominions’ role is

Simple – they make the commandments of God known to the lower spheres and assign duties to their subordinates wherever they see fit. The second choir of the second sphere is called the ‘Virtues’, and this angelic group is responsible for the continued operation

Of the universe and its worlds, including our own. The Virtues are sometimes referred to as the ‘Spirits of Motion’, because they’re believed to be responsible for natural cycles such as the changing of the seasons and the orbits of celestial objects. Simply put, they exercise complete control over the elements of nature.

The third and lowest choir is referred to as the ‘Powers’, and their primary responsibility couldn’t be more different than the two choirs above them – because the Powers are, in fact, warrior angels, the angelic choir assigned by God to be Heaven’s primary military

Force in the never-ending war between Good and Evil. They engage in spiritual combat against the demonic choirs of Hell, Satan’s own counterparts to the Powers. In my video “Demonology Explained in Obsessive Detail”, we explored the distinctly military-like hierarchies of the fallen angels and their demonic legions. But this lore comes less

From the Bible, and more from the reasoning and speculation of Christian mystics and occultists. So where did they get these ideas in the first place? Well, it was probably inspired by the lore of the Powers, which is 100% canon. In countless Biblical verses beginning in the

Book of Genesis and spanning all the way to Revelation, ancient Hebrew military terminology is used to describe the angelic army’s chain of command, combat operations, and even their base camp. So to the credit of the demonologists, if Heaven is so equipped to battle against

Their enemy, this simple fact suggests that Satan’s legion poses a very similar threat. Certain Bible verses also confirm that Hell is a tough enemy. One of the most famous quotes from Revelation depicts the Powers staving off an invasion of Heaven, QUOTE:

“And there was war in heaven, Michael and his angels waging war with the dragon. And the dragon and his angels waged war.” End Quote. The dragon, of course, is the devil, Satan. And his angels are what Christians refer to

As fallen angels. There is quite a bit to cover on those guys, so fallen angels are going to get their own video sometime next month, and we’ll be covering the Book of Enoch, the Nephilim, and even Satan himself. But back to the Powers, these angels are so

Skilled in combat that defending Heaven and the universe might not be the only role they play. Many theologians speculate that these Heavenly soldiers may also be God’s mercenaries, the specific term being the ‘destroyer angels’, sometimes known as the ‘angels of death’.

Their terrible destructive potential serves at least one known purpose – to pass merciless judgement on us humans. The raw punishing power of the destroyer angel is shown in the Second Book of Samuel, QUOTE: “And when the angel stretched out His hand

Over Jerusalem to destroy it, the LORD relented from the destruction, and said to the angel who was destroying the people, “It is enough; now restrain your hand.”” End Quote. It says a lot when God has to tell a destroyer angel they went a little too far with their

Destroying. But if you’re looking for raw numbers, in the Second Book of Kings, a single one of these angels killed 185,000 Assyrian soldiers overnight, with such ease that the Hebrews didn’t even know what happened until they woke up the next morning and saw the

Mountain of corpses. But that’s still baby damage compared to what was prophesized in the Book of Revelation, where just four angels judge the entirety of mankind, and end up killing one-third of the world’s population. But while the roles played by the Powers definitely

Emphasize the violent side of these beings, at the end of the day, they’re actually not so different than the two choirs above them, the Dominions and the Virtues. All angels of the second sphere help regulate the universe at large, and the Powers are simply responding

To that which offsets or threatens the moral balance established by God. Finally, we reach the third sphere, the holy angels furthest from God and the closest to humanity. These are the angels who we meet most in the Bible, the ones who delivered

Commandments, revelations, and assistance to people. Unlike the spheres above, the third sphere is in continual, direct contact with our kind. These are the beings that popularized the only somewhat-accurate idea that angels are messengers, the inter-communicators between God and humanity. In fact, in Greek, the word

For angel is ‘angelos’, and in Hebrew it’s ‘mal`ach’, both of which literally translate to ‘messenger’. However, this term was used in the old sense, when a messenger wasn’t only a deliverer of messages, but had the far more general goal of doing the

Bidding of their master and carrying out their will. That being said, angels delivering communications from God was extremely common in the Bible. While there are countless examples, the best known is in the Gospel of Luke, where the archangel Gabriel delivered two positive pregnancy

Prophecies, alerts of the incoming births of John the Baptist and later Jesus Christ. This was much to the shock of the husbands, of course, since John’s mother was far past menopause, and Jesus’s mother was a virgin. So some of these angels were definitely messengers

As we think of them today. But as we dive into the third sphere, you’ll see that their roles were far more than just this. To begin, the first choir of the third sphere are actually the angels most of us probably considered the closest to God. And we wouldn’t

Be at fault for believing so, because the Bible and other religious texts really seem to place so much emphasis on the power and importance of these beings, who are, of course, are the archangels. There is a lot of ground to cover on the archangels, so we’ll actually

Revisit them in depth in just a few minutes, but for now, here are a few key details about them. The archangels are typically thought to be the very few angels the Bible actually refers to by name, and whenever they show up, it’s

Usually a critical moment for humanity. Their primary responsibility is to communicate and execute God’s plans for mankind. And as the archangels’ title implies, they are the chief angels of the highest authority… at least in the third sphere. The second choir of the third sphere is known as the ‘Principalities’, and each of these

Angels are assigned to their own domain on Earth. They oversee their assigned community, whether it be a humble town or an entire kingdom, providing protection and guidance. They do have a very particular trend in the Bible though, because the Principalities seem to

Be heavily concerned with events where power is transitioned between earthly rulers. These are the times when they very directly influence the course of history, such as appearing to kings to give advice and prophecies. The role of the Principalities naturally requires

These angels to be in constant observation of their domain. And this brings up another name for these angels… the Principalities are also known as the ‘Watchers’. The Biblical Aramaic term that’s usually translated to ‘watcher’ is actually an adjective meaning ‘ever-awake and always watching’. That alone can help explain why

These particular angels have been the subject of strange and disturbing theories, fueled ever further by the Bible’s characteristic lack of explanation. In traditional belief though, the Watcher’s main purpose is to observe the movements of humans, particularly those in power, and report their actions directly to God. But on occasion,

They’re also known get involved and directly influence the course of history. In the Book of Daniel, there are 3 explicit mentions Watchers doing this, two of which repeat the same description, QUOTE: “a watcher, a holy one, coming down from heaven” End Quote. This deliberate detail that the Watcher was

A ‘holy one’ seems to imply that there are also unholy Watchers. And this is a bit more than concerning, because not only are they constantly observing and reporting, but also actively influencing the leaders of this world. The third choir of the third sphere are the ‘personal guardian angels’, the last and

Lowest of the 9 angelic choirs. In Christianity, it’s strongly thought that all believers are assigned their own guardian angel, and this idea actually does have Biblical roots, specifically from the Book of Psalms, Psalm 91, QUOTE: “If you say, “The Lord is my refuge, … he will command his angels concerning

You to guard you in all your ways…” End Quote. So to answer the popular question, ‘does everyone have a guardian angel?’, the Biblically-accurate answer is… they’re only assigned to true believers. These angels are shown many times helping believers in danger – for example, in the

Gospel of Matthew, an angel warns Joseph to take Mary and the baby Jesus and flee to Egypt for their survival. Other guardian angels are shown answering desperate prayers, and even comforting believers in their time of death. However, there’s one big exception.

Helping people out might not always be part of God’s plan, and guardian angels don’t make exceptions to His will. It’s important to learn this lesson before putting your safety in their hands, as the Epistle to the Hebrews warns, QUOTE: “Some [true believers] faced jeers and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were

Put to death by stoning; they were sawed in two; they were killed by the sword… Persecuted and mistreated… They wandered in deserts and mountains, living in caves and in holes in the ground. These [believers] were all commended for their faith, yet none of them

Received what had been promised, since God had planned something better…” End Quote. Even Jesus Christ himself, the mortal incarnation of God on Earth, was not immune to the plans of God. When Jesus was arrested in the Gospel of Matthew, he asserted, QUOTE:

“Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels? But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?” End Quote. The ending of this well-known event is no

Surprise. Not a single guardian angel came to save Jesus from the cross, because his successful crucifixion was required by God’s master plan. Regardless, the personal guardian angels are without a doubt the furthest angels from God, because they remain so close to humanity. In fact, the Epistle to the Hebrews states

That these angels often walk among us in a human form, totally indistinguishable from the everyday people of our community. Therefore, beyond protecting us, it’s strongly believed that these beings are actively involved in testing our faith and character, so remember

To always treat strangers kindly. And that wraps up the 9 choirs, the 3 spheres of angels ranked according to their proximity to God. But as promised, we’re gonna take a far closer look at the archangels, because every angelologist should know exactly who

These famous angels are. To begin, I’ll mention again that the archangels have a very important job, at least from the perspective of us humans, because they’re responsible for carrying out God’s plans for mankind. These are truly capable and blessed

Angels, far more powerful than the majority of their angelic peers in Heaven, Hell and on Earth. But to be clear, the entire Bible only identifies one specific angel as an archangel, and that is Michael, who’s referred to with that

Title in the Epistle of Jude. And the only other canonical mention of the term ‘archangel’ is found in the First Epistle to the Thessalonians, which only mentions the voice of an archangel without identifying them. While these mentions are enough to show that this angelic rank

Exists, it’s absolutely possible that Michael may be the only one to hold this rank. But most Churches and believers think otherwise. Most Christian traditions venerate exactly 7 archangels, although their exact identities differ depending on what source or authority they rely on. For example, the Ethiopian Orthodox Church identifies the seven Archangels as

Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, Uriel, Raguel, Phanuel, and Sachiel, a list taken from the Book of Enoch. The Ethiopian Orthodox tradition is unique in the Christian world though because they treat the Book of Enoch as Biblical canon, as opposed to apocryphal lore.

In a similar manner, the Eastern Orthodox Church identifies the 7 archangels as Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, Uriel, Camael, Jophiel, and Zadkiel, and they took this from the expert on angelic hierarchy, Dionysius, whose work was a huge influence in their tradition. While the Eastern Orthodox Church openly acknowledges the existence of thousands of archangels,

Interestingly, they only venerate these 7 by name. But you’re probably wondering – 7 is a very specific number, so where does this concept actually come from? Well, even though it’s not part of the Jewish canon, it actually derives from early Jewish mystical writings, and specifically the Book of Tobit, written

In the 3rd century BC. In this work, one of the most commonly venerated archangels, Raphael, makes it known, QUOTE: “I am Raphael, one of the seven angels who stand in the glorious presence of the Lord, ready to serve him.” End Quote.

The Book of Tobit, by the way, is considered canon today by both the Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches, despite neither agreeing on who exactly these 7 archangels are. So clearly, this muddy realm of Christianity remains in the throes of identity crisis to

This day. However, there are three angels that are virtually recognized by all major Christian traditions as holders of this rank. Michael is the most obvious, due to his rank being canonical. And we just met Raphael. And the third archangel agreed to hold this

Rank is Gabriel. Finally, there’s a very common fourth angel that’s not universally accepted, but nevertheless is agreed to be an archangel by many Christian traditions, and that’s Uriel. So let’s take a minute and explore these four angels, and perhaps speculate on one more.

In Hebrew, the name Michael translates to “Who is equal to God?”, and that’s meant as a question, by the way. From the earliest days of Christian artwork, Michael was usually depicted in a militaristic role, holding a spear or sword, and using this weapon to pin

Satan to the ground. If we assume that the rank of archangel has its own sub-hierarchy, Michael would definitely take the crown as the most important, because out of all the places on Earth, God designated him as the defender of Israel. The Book of

Deuteronomy reads, QUOTE: “For you [Israel] are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession.” End Quote. As the one given responsibility over God’s

Land, people, and greatest treasure, we have to assume that Michael’s power is the highest of all angels. However, there is one disturbing exception. The only angel arguably more powerful than Michael is Satan. We know this because in Epistle of Jude, it’s recorded QUOTE:

“But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not himself dare to condemn him for slander but said, “The Lord rebuke you!”” End Quote. Clearly, Michael refrained from offending or challenging Satan directly, and that showed that Michael actually held fear of the Devil’s

Powers. That being said, the Book of Revelation prophesized that he would eventually edge a victory over the infamous fallen angel, who took the form a giant red dragon with seven heads, seven crowns, and ten horns. This battle was intense

And a close match, but in the end, Michael did win. There are two things to consider though. The first is that this battle takes place in a future timeline, and it’s unknown how much time and effort Michael took to finally gain the strength to defeat the Devil. The

Second thing is that while Michael and his army were technically victorious, they only ended up casting the red dragon out of Heaven and onto Earth, where the dragon continued to attack other targets, seemingly unharmed. That really speaks to how powerful the Devil

Is, who according to the Bible, was not an archangel, but a mere cherub. The next archangel that always makes the list is Raphael. Despite not being named in the Bible, he’s the key figure of the Book of Tobit, a scripture considered canon by the

Largest Christian denomination in the world, Catholicism. In the Book of Tobit, Raphael is sent by God to assist the main character, a pious man named Tobit who suffers many problems, the main ones being issues in his marriage, lack of money, a demon named Asmodeus haunting

His sister, as well as the fact that Tobit couldn’t see anything, because he was blind. In Hebrew, Raphael’s name translates to “It is God who heals”, so it shouldn’t be surprising that Raphael solved Tobit’s problems completely. And while the story of the Book

Of Tobit is definitely more complex than that, Tobit himself had a very happy ending thanks to this archangel. We saw that Michael embodied both the role of the Archangel and the Principality, as an assigned authority of Israel, and similarly, Raphael is clearly associated with two distinct roles. The Book of Tobit strongly implies

That he’s an archangel, and no one can deny that he was also the personal guardian angel of Tobit. And like other guardian angels, Raphael also disguised himself as a totally normal human being. In artwork, there’s the popular image of Raphael helping Tobit

Catch a huge fish, but when shown alone, he’s usually depicted holding a staff, alluding to his healing nature. The Book of Tobit from the 2nd century BC is actually not the first to mention Raphael as an archangel, by the way. That honor goes

To the Book of Enoch, written in the 3rd century BC. So, the idea of the archangel Raphael is truly ancient, even if it isn’t Biblical canon. The third entity found in every list of the 7 archangels is Gabriel, the angel who famously

Delivered the most important prophecy in the Christian Bible – that the virgin Mary would give birth to the mortal incarnate of God himself, Jesus Christ. Gabriel’s name is specifically mentioned four times in the Bible, and while he’s not specifically identified as an archangel, the simple fact that he’s given a name and

Plays such an important role in the scripture makes it seem very likely. In fact, the Bible only ever mentions four angels by name – Michael, Lucifer, Gabriel, and Abaddon. And if you’re wondering who Abaddon is, he’s only mentioned once, and

The Book of Revelation seems to imply that he’s a fallen angel, calling him the ‘angel of the Abyss’. Other than that, the Bible doesn’t say… but maybe for my follow-up episode on Fallen Angel Demonology, I’ll see if I can dig more up.

But back to Gabriel, not only is he canonical, but he’s clearly quite special to be mentioned 4 times by name. It’s also hard to believe that God would entrust such a significant task, the prophecies regarding the birth of Jesus, to any rank other than an archangel.

So it’s not surprising that Gabriel is a staple on these lists. So despite his name, which translates to “the Might of God”, it’s clear that Gabriel’s specialty is not combat or destruction, but that of a herald and messenger. Centuries before his appearance in the New Testament, Gabriel actually shows up twice

In the Old Testament’s Book of Daniel, written in the 2nd century BC, both times delivering messages to the prophet. First, he prophesized the fates of four great empires of the world – which scholars today agree were those of Babylon, Medo-Persia,

Greece, and Rome – and he foretold the rise of a fifth and final kingdom from Heaven, which Christians usually interpret as a reference to the Second Coming of Christ. In Gabriel’s second visitation, he delivered the cryptic prophecy of the so-called ‘seventy

Sevens’, which has the honor of being recognized as the most convoluted and difficult set of verses in the entire Bible. I’ll read a portion of it to you, and see if you can guess what the heck Gabriel is actually talking about, QUOTE:

“From the time the word goes out to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One, the ruler, comes, there will be seven ‘sevens,’ and sixty-two ‘sevens.’ … After the sixty-two ‘sevens,’ the Anointed One will be put to death… The people of the ruler

Who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary… War will continue until the end… He will confirm a covenant with many for one ‘seven.’ In the middle of the ‘seven’ he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And at the temple he will set up an abomination

That causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.” End Quote. As you may have guessed, most Christians interpret this as a prophecy of both Jesus Christ and the Antichrist. And as for the numbers, that’s where scholars and mystics tend to argue angrily,

Because these are definitely supposed to be used to calculate exact dates, but the math quickly gets very complicated. There’s a reason why this thousand-year-old puzzle remains unsolved. Anyway, Gabriel’s depiction in most artwork is actually inspired by an ancient legend, that when he appeared to Mary, he held a lily

In his hand as a symbol of her virgin purity. But other artworks, especially in the Eastern Orthodox tradition, show Gabriel with a mirror and lantern, both of which signify his role as the herald of the hidden mysteries of God. There is a fourth archangel venerated by a

Significant number of Christian traditions, and he’s certainly one of the most popular angels in occult and esoteric literature. His name is Uriel, which translates to “God is my Light”. While Uriel never actually appears or does anything in the Bible, he’s an incredibly busy archangel according to the masses of

Biblical apocrypha written about him. According to these non-canonical stories, Uriel has done everything from flying Jesus’ cousin John the Baptist and his mother to Egypt, to controlling demons in the construction of the body of the first man, Adam. Apparently

Uriel was even one of the cherubim assigned to guard the entrance to Eden. But this wasn’t his only station. The Book of Enoch referred to Uriel as the Heavenly overseer of Tartarus, a deep pit and pitch-black prison in Greek mythology, which is mentioned in the New Testament

As a synonym for Hell. As you can see, Uriel has been a pretty popular angelic figure. And while I mentioned he was described as a cherub, other angelologists have variously identified him as a seraph, a flame of God, and even the face of God,

Among other descriptors. In any case, it’s not easy to figure out who Uriel really is, with the main commonality between these stories simply being the idea that Uriel is an archangel among the ranks of Michael, Raphael, and Gabriel. In most historical artwork, Uriel carries a thick book or a papyrus scroll, both of

Which symbolize wisdom. But I like to believe that text contains the secrets of who this archangel really is. Uriel is yet another lore puzzle where there’s a thousand pieces scattered across the table, and less than a handful of them actually fit the true narrative.

But with these four archangels covered, there’s one final, very unique angel I’d like to speculate on, and this being might actually take the crown of the most holy of all angels. Far before the advent of Christianity, Jewish theologians poured countless hours into identifying

A certain angel who showed up again and again in the books of the Hebrew Bible. Spanning from the Book of Genesis to the Book of Zechariah, and many in-between, this angel is never named, but instead branded by the deliberately vague descriptor – ‘the angel of the Lord’.

The events that involve this mysterious angel range anywhere from mundane to some of the most vital moments recorded in the scripture. There are exactly 53 mentions of this particular angel, ‘the angel of the Lord’, with particular emphasis given to the definite article ‘the’,

In his title. The angel of the Lord is always mentioned in singular form, with the strong implication that there is only one in existence. Which makes it all the more interesting because this angel is unquestionably the most frequent angel encountered in the scripture, one whose

Involvement in Biblical events dwarfs that of both Michael and Gabriel combined. There’s also one other reoccurring trait that identifies this being as the very same being in all encounters, but we’ll get to that in a minute. This angel’s most famous appearance was

Arguably in the Book of Exodus, when he appeared to Moses, who was then just a humble shepherd, not yet aware of his destiny to become a prophet. QUOTE: “Moses was tending [his] flock… and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness

And came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush.” End Quote. And here’s where the potential answer to the mystery becomes apparent. QUOTE: “Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up… When the Lord saw that

He had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!… I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God.” End Quote.

To many scholars, it seems quite clear that the angel of the Lord literally distinguished himself as Yahweh, the God of the Old Testament, and even spoke as God in the first person. And this very telling trend continues in many other encounters, where in the case that the

Angel doesn’t at least hint at his own identity, the person they’re appearing to clearly acknowledges exactly who they’ve just met. For example, in this angel’s very first appearance in Genesis, he delivers a prophecy to an Egyptian slave. While the angel of the

Lord never indicates who he is or why he appeared to her, and simply delivers a prophecy, nevertheless, the encounter ends with the slave’s following reaction, QUOTE: “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me.”” End Quote. This interpretation that the angel of the

Lord is literally God Himself is so widely accepted that many English translations of the Bible, including the King James and New King James versions, capitalize the word ‘Angel’ in all mentions of the angel of the Lord. But here’s where people really butt heads

With the details. The angel of the Lord is almost definitely an angelic incarnation of God… but are we dealing with a Theophany, or a Christophany? Alright, we’re in need of some definitions here. A Theophany is a visible manifestation of God the Father on

Earth. And a Christophany is a preincarnation of God the Son, aka Jesus Christ, and basically a visible manifestation of Jesus before the events of his human incarnation in the New Testament. And this may seem like a weird detail to get hung up on, but it’s one people

Talk about for good reason. All explicit references to ‘the angel of the Lord’ end with the Old Testament, and for such a prominent figure, his absence in the New Testament is incredibly apparent. The only reasonable solution connects the

Angel’s absence to the fact that Jesus Christ was on Earth as a human. As a bit of a metaphor, it’s like in the comics – when Superman shows up to save the day, Clark Kent suspiciously goes missing. But that’s just putting two-and-two together, and at least for the angel of the

Lord, no one can really say for sure. So now that we’ve met the angels, and even have a few names – it’s safe to say that there’s still much more to reveal about these beings. And while there are so many mysteries, you might be surprised how much

Angelologists actually have figured out. Angels are in no way perfect beings, and they also express some bizarre characteristics and certain limitations that will make you wonder just how deep the lore goes, and what these beings truly are. The Bible never specifies exactly when the creation of angels occurred, but the Book

Of Job states that they were present when Earth was first formed. And the traditional belief is that all angels are born flawless and without sin. But note that that doesn’t mean all would remain this way. So from what little we know about their creation,

The natural follow-up question would be ‘why’, exactly, God made these creatures. And similarly, the Bible doesn’t say much, only stating the obvious, QUOTE: “For in Him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible… all things have been created through him and for him.” End Quote.

While the scripture may not speak straightforwardly about these beings, it absolutely does hide subtle patterns that reveal some surprising truths. Though angels may seem completely occupied in serving God’s will, they also have traits that are uniquely ‘angel’. So let’s strike some comparisons and unlock what these beings truly are – and aren’t.

And the end, we’ll return to the question of ‘why’, and try to provide an answer to their mysterious existence. To begin, we need to understand the differences between angel and man. The Epistle to the Hebrews states that God made humankind, including the mortal-incarnate Jesus Christ, QUOTE: “a little lower than

The angels” End Quote. Traditionally, ‘a little lower’ is thought to refer to our literal proximity to God in Heaven, much like the order of the 3 Spheres, but some theologians have speculated that more might be hiding in this statement. According

To the Bible, both humans and angels are God’s creations. So, might it be possible that we share peculiar similarities… and just how wide is the gap between our 2 kinds? Well, one of the most consistent words used to describe angels in the scripture is simply

The word ‘holy’. What the descriptor ‘holy’ actually means for them though is still up for debate, but some scholars interpret this as meaning angels possess a personality similar to God, and mirror many of His behaviors, desires, and values.

The human counterpart to this then is that, according to the Book of Genesis, humans were created in God’s image, which many strongly argue that this refers to a similarity to God in our physical appearance. So according to these theories, humans and angels both

Reflect aspects of God, but in very different ways. Of course, neither of these are perfect mirrors. On a related note, according to Genesis, we humans were formed from clay or dust. So, as for what material angels were made from, or what forms their essence, it’s not entirely clear. While Islam, another Abrahamic religion,

States that God made angels out of light, the Christian Bible fails to provide the specifics, and instead, we’re left to interpret the many references to so-called ‘angels of light’, and the fact that many angelic visitations are accompanied by a blinding brightness.

However, just as often, many angelic events are accompanied by blazing flames, and fire, of course, is a natural source of light. By this point, we should all be well aware that fire seems to be their most closely associated element, with many descriptions of angels

Not only raining fire on their victims, but being enveloped in flames, and ascending towards Heaven in a blaze, like some sort of rocket ship. But I’d expect most theologians to argue that angels are neither made of light nor flames, but something else entirely. Several Biblical verses describe angels as invisible

To humans until God ‘opens our eyes’ to them. This is because angels are in no way physical beings, but instead visitors from the ethereal spiritual world, another dimension of space and time that we simply can’t comprehend nor perceive unless they allow us to.

So to explain the light and flames, they might simply be a blinding, in-your-face reminder of the sheer brilliance of the glory of God. Kind of like a uniform telling you who they work for. And then we have the most inherent difference

Of them all. The Gospel of Luke explicitly reveals that angels are immortal, and cannot die. And yes, that includes the fallen angels in Satan’s army – hence the eternal fire prepared for them as referenced in the Gospel of Matthew. So angels never die, but they

Can be subdued. That obviously separates us completely from these beings, but that’s not to say there’s no relatable ground. For example, us humans love music, and so do angels. Some angels sing songs, and other play instruments. The two favorite instruments of angels are undoubtedly harps and trumpets. There are many instances

Of trumpets in association with Heaven and God, but on the flipside, the harp is in a bit of a more grey-area. While Revelation definitely describes good angels as playing harps, the Book of Isaiah closely associates the noise of harps with the former archangel

Lucifer, who became Satan after his fall from Heaven, and who is speculated by many theologians to have once been Heaven’s finest musician. In fact, the Book of Ezekiel argues that Lucifer may have been more than just a master of the harp, QUOTE:

“The workmanship of your timbrels and pipes was prepared for you [Lucifer] on the day you were created.” End Quote. Timbrel is another word for a tambourine, and pipes are flutes. While Satan might have been a one-angel band, this love for music is something definitely

Shared by all angels, and humans too. But aside from that wholesome connection, angels may also share a negative trait with humans. These beings are susceptible to lust, and they seem to specifically favor human women. The main evidence for this is found in the Book of Genesis, where it’s said that the

‘sons of God’ lusted for earthly women and copulated with them, and even had hybrid children with them, known as the Nephilim. Later on, the Epistle of Jude confirms that these ‘sons of God’ were indeed angels, QUOTE: “The angels who did not keep their proper domain, but left their own abode… having

Given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.” End Quote. There are of course many mysteries surrounding this specific topic that we’ll tackle in the follow-up. But in terms of our investigation, this does imply two interesting observations…

The first is the fact that angels are vulnerable to temptation and can make conscious choices to disobey God’s will. The second is that they are somehow capable of procreation, at least with human women. Genesis clearly states that they had children with them, and this

Is a real mystery because what sense does it make for an immortal being to procreate? And assuming that angels are ethereal, non-physical beings… how is that even possible? Well, there might actually be an answer to that one. In the scripture, angels do, on rare occasion, assume a physical human form, and perhaps

That comes with the necessary reproductive organs. Speaking of which, when angels do take a human form, it’s almost always male. There is literally only one possible instance of female angels in the Bible. The Book of Zechariah describes the following, QUOTE:

“I raised my eyes and looked, and there were two women, coming with the wind in their wings; for they had wings like the wings of a stork, and they lifted up the basket between earth and heaven.” End Quote. Some argue that this was just a holy hallucination,

And that no angel has literally manifested as female, and thus angels are inherently male. But logically speaking, there’s no reason for angels to be bound to a single sex, because they almost definitely have no sex. And I mean that biologically. As we know,

Angels aren’t physical beings, but ethereal. They don’t possess material bodies, and thus, there’s no good reason to believe they can be female or male. On a related note, in the Gospel of Mark, Jesus mentioned that angels don’t marry one another – another big separation between our two species. Jesus didn’t really explain

Why, but if angels don’t have a sex and don’t procreate with each other, there doesn’t seem to be any point to wedding in holy matrimony. So other than music, carnal lust, and the apparent ability to procreate, there’s not much else we have in common with these truly

Alien beings. Despite this, they’ve never been a stranger to humans, and in the Bible, they interact with us all the time, leaving us a host of subtle details that prove just how different they are. For example, language is no barrier to angels,

And they have no problem communicating with any person. In every visitation, 100% of what they say is perfectly understood, with not even a hint of confusion – at least in the literal message being communicated. Because the actual implications of these messages

Tended to be pretty shocking. But there may be a reason for this phenomenon. Compared to humans, the way angels communicate appears to be far beyond any concept of language in general – For example, the Book of Revelation tells of an angel simultaneously speaking

To, QUOTE: “every nation and tribe and language and people…” End Quote. So from these verses, it seems likely that angels communicate telepathically and without words, just a message plainly understood by the recipient. But despite their apparent non-use of language, little contradictory details in the Bible

Have led some theologians and occultists to believe that angels do, in fact, possess a language of their own – And this angelic tongue is thought to come with a full vocabulary and even syntax. I actually investigated this in my video “Enochian, the Lost Language

Of Angels”, so if you’re interested in this mystery, I’ll leave a link in the description. Moving on, the Second Book of Samuel states that angels possess an ability to know ‘everything that happens in the land’, the land being their assigned domain. Similar to how their

Non-use of language hints at telepathy, the belief that angels simply know all happenings at all times across a large geographic region, strongly suggests that they may have other psychic powers, such as a perfected ability to remote view – to see across time and

Space. Note that this doesn’t mean they’re omniscient, and more on that in a minute. While their intellect is certainly beyond us humans, there’s yet another aspect inherent to angels we simply can’t rival. The Second Epistle of Peter plainly asserts that, compared

To any mortal, angels are ‘greater in might and power’. Perhaps the most famous instance of this superhuman strength was the angel who rolled away the massive 4-ton bolder that locked Jesus in his tomb. But beyond sheer muscle, some angels do have

Legitimate superpowers, according to the many vivid descriptions of lone angels coming down and eliminating armies overnight, or obliterating cities in a fiery meteorological downpour. Demons are scary, but I, for one, definitely would not want to pick a fight with an angel.

But speaking of superpowers, it’s also worth exploring the obvious fact that angels can fly, as they’re consistently depicted as coming down from Heaven and ascending back up, but how this actually works is somewhat interesting. In the scripture, some angelic

Species rely on wings, such as the seraphim and the cherubim, and those without wings, like the ophanim, seem to be reliant on those with wings in order to move through the air. This implies a less magical and more practical locomotion, at least during their time in

Our physical realm. Angels do have one specific and major limitation compared to mortals, however. The First Epistle to the Corinthians states that at the end of days, QUOTE: “Do you not know that the Lord’s people will judge the world? … Do you not know that we will judge angels?” End Quote.

So eventually human believers will be governing over the same angels who are currently governing over us. The reason why – the Bible never explains. But until that destiny is fulfilled, angels still have power we humans simply can’t match. It’s important to stress though that angels, no matter how powerful they are, are still

Far below the might and ability of God. To begin, they are certainly not omniscient. Jesus himself confirms this in the Gospel of Matthew, saying that both he and the angels of heaven don’t know the exact way the End of Days will play out, and that the only one

Who knows is God. So despite the many verses of angels conveying revelations and prophecies of events in both the short and long term future, it’s implied that they don’t know much beyond what God allows them to know. The First Epistle of Peter again confirms

This, but also throws in a rather revealing detail, QUOTE: “… the things that have now been told to you [by the gospel of God]… Even angels long to look into these things.” End Quote. This verse strongly implies that angels are

Curious, and want to know more. Similar to angels lusting for human women, this really pushes the notion that angels are capable of both emotion and free will, and in just a minute, we’ll explore that complexity in more depth. Angels are also not omnipresent. The Bible speaks of angels traveling to specific places

At specific times, and there are even instances of angels being somehow imprisoned in a physical location. For example, the Book of Daniel records this testimony from an angel, QUOTE: “The prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the

Chief [angels], came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia.” End Quote. This is interesting, simply because it shows that, on Earth, angels can be captured and imprisoned, and held against their will. One

Has to wonder how the king of Persia managed to capture an angel for even a short period time, because the Acts of the Apostles writes that angels can pick locks with ease, fly open the doors of prison cells, and make chains drop to the ground like nothing. But apparently,

It’s possible. Especially with lesser angels. But an Archangel like Michael, who freed this lesser angel, clearly wouldn’t be so easily subdued. But as we’re making this comparison of angels to God, there really doesn’t seem to be any competition, because the belief is simply that God’s power is boundless. But that

Presents a serious logical problem –the main function of angels seems to be carrying out His will, but we know that God can do everything, so He obviously doesn’t need angels to do anything on His behalf. There is one accepted solution to this puzzle.

It’s arguable that angels aren’t doing things on behalf of God, but rather, God actually does it all directly through his angels, much like a puppet controlled by a hand. And while the puppet solution does help explain ‘how’ He uses them, the question remains

As to ‘why’ God created the angels, and why needs His angels in the first place. The 12th century Jewish philosopher Maimonides gives the answer, QUOTE: “God, glory and majesty to Him, does not do things by direct contact. God burns things

By means of fire; fire is moved by the motion of the sphere; the sphere is moved by means of a disembodied intellect, these intellects being the ‘angels which are near to Him’… thus totally disembodied minds exist which emanate from God and are the intermediaries

Between God and all the bodies [objects] here in this world.” End Quote. Basically, God’s holiness is so intense that He requires, or simply prefers, some form of separation between Himself and his lower creations. And that answer does align

With the idea of the 9 choirs and 3 spheres of angels, where only the highest actually work directly with God. But while the puppet and separation theories do help explain the existence of these beings, it calls into question their nature. Are angels independent actors, or do they ultimately lack free will?

Last year in my demonology video, I made a rather controversial statement along these lines… that angels essentially operate as robots, programmed by God to do his bidding… and at the time, I was speaking from the perspective of the puppet interpretation. But many of

You disagreed with me, and after researching this video, I have to say, you all were absolutely right. So I want to take a minute to prove why I was wrong. Let me explain… The Bible states that all angels were created

As moral creatures with the power of choice. We know that angels definitely experience temptation, but unlike us humans, angels can never rightfully be described as falling victim to temptation, because these beings inherently know the difference between what’s good

And what’s evil. The Second Book of Samuel states that angels are able to fully discern between good and evil, no matter how subtle. And the Book of Jude confirms that angels who abandon the righteous path are punished for eternity, and are never forgiven.

The reason for this is that angels have completely free will, much like humans. Compared to us though, angels don’t make mistakes. They make informed decisions. So while God is pretty forgiving to humans, as we’re naturally sinning creatures, it’s only expected that angels will face the ultimate consequences for their fully conscious sins.

All this considered then, it’s actually rather astonishing that one-third of all angels made the decision to follow Satan, according to the Book of Revelation. But that just goes to emphasize how complex these beings are, and that the way their minds reason these decisions is far beyond what us humans can comprehend.

But that’s not to say that we don’t have some understanding, because today, we’ve covered incredible ground. We learned about the species of angels, what they look like, how they rank on the hierarchy, what they do, what powers they possess, how they serve

God’s will and even how they defect from it. So by watching this video in its entirety, I hereby grant you the deserving title of Amateur Angelologist. But stay tuned, because we’ll be exploring the dark side of these beings in our follow-up, Fallen Angel Demonology. Until then – thank you for watching.

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Demonology Explained in Obsessive Detail

Demonology is the study of demons, which are essentially evil spirits that have the ability to influence the physical world, including ourselves, animals, and observable events. Whether or not we actually believe in the existence of these beings, Demonology is an occult science, meaning that there are distinct methods of classification and hierarchy, as

Well as identification of a demon s name and sigil, theories regarding their demonic powers and limitations, and complex rituals of summoning, command, and exorcism. Hundreds, if not thousands of grimoires have been written on this exact subject, a handful of which you ll learn about today. Demonology is just as important to the devoutly

Religious as it is to those who seek to control demons for their own nefarious purposes. This is because understanding the nature of demons can help a person protect themselves from their influence. This concept is called spiritual warfare, a battle between Good and Evil that

We are thought to be constantly engaged in. Of course, whether or not you accept this as Truth is up to you. Some people just find this stuff interesting, and I m not surprised why. Demonology is pretty cool. Hey fellow Seekers, welcome. I m Mr. Mythos.

If you re a fan of strange and ancient mysteries with research so deep, you re guaranteed to fall down the rabbit hole – you re in the right place. I humbly ask that you give this

Video a like, and ding the notifications bell so you don t miss any of the rare info we’ll be digging into every Saturday. In today s investigation, after a brief overview of the history of demons, we ll be focusing specifically on Christian Demonology, as it

S probably the most developed field of demon study. And yes we re going to get obsessively detailed with it, and I m going to teach you some weird things. But remember: there s nothing to fear, Mr. Mythos is here. And if you love the work I

Do, please consider supporting me on Patreon. Without further ado, let s dive right in. The term demon is actually derived from the Greek word, daim?n, which simply means a supernatural entity or spirit . In Ancient Greece, this term was not actually

Negative at all. These daim?ns could be either good or bad, or even completely neutral. For example, the philosopher Socrates talked about his own daim?n as a spiritual muse who inspired him to seek the truth of reality. Of course, daim?n or demon is simply a word.

And over time, that word evolved to specifically classify malicious entities that would have been blamed for deathly diseases, mental illness, or terrible and unlikely events such as a person s house mysteriously burning down, without any signs of foul play.

Perhaps the earliest record we have of malicious demons comes from the magical texts of ancient Mesopotamia, where seven evil entities were recorded. These 7 entities were called udug , and they were never visually represented, but simply described as dark shadows with

A distinct absence of light surrounding them, as well as a poisonous air and their incredibly loud, even deafening voice. Udugs were believed to be the cause of specific diseases, and detailed instructions of how to exorcise these demons make up some of earliest Sumerian texts,

Dating back to over 5000 years ago, in the third millennium BC. From a Christian perspective through, demons can get pretty complicated. To begin, it s true that in popular culture we consider angels good and demons bad, but in the original scripture, both of these beings were morally ambiguous. For example, angels

Were primarily messengers, and acted more as robots, programmed by God to do his bidding. Demons, as I said before, are a bit more complicated. They re directly connected to the idea of angels, because in ancient Christianity as well as its predecessor Judaism, demons were

Believed to be fallen angels, which are angels who committed sin and were permanently expelled from Heaven. So if regular angels essentially operated as robots, then demons, or fallen angels, would have broken their programming and intended purpose, instead going off to do their own thing, such as having sexual intercourse with

Human women simply because they found them beautiful. This specific instance is recorded in the 6th chapter of the Book of Genesis. In fact, Satan himself was supposed to be a former high-ranking angel whose original heavenly name was Lucifer. So it s important

To remember than all demons, including the Devil himself, are beings who have direct connection to God, and they also have powers that derive from Heaven, though limited to what God will allow. So, if there s one thing we must understand,

It s that Satan and all other demons are creations of the Almighty God, who essentially gives them permission and power to wreak havoc on Earth and tempt humans. While it s confusing to think about, the stance of the Church is that this is God s way of continually testing

And proving people s faith in Him, as those who turn to Satan make their own choice to sin. For example, King James of the famous King James Version of the Bible strongly emphasized that demons act under God s permission as

A Rod of Correction , and that s his own term by the way. All that being said, demons are essentially angels that failed to follow God s instructions. They aren t inherently evil, but more independent actors that are not so different from a human

In terms of actual morality. Some demons have their own personal agenda, some are tempted by primal desires such as sex, while others are directly influenced by Satan in Hell and actively serve his evil agenda. However, others may actually be good and, believe it or not, there are demons who worship God.

This is actually really, really interesting many times in the Bible, we see demons actively submitting to Jesus’ authority, Jesus being the son of God and part of the Holy Trinity. For example, every time a demon came into the presence of Jesus, they would pretty much

Automatically bow or even throw themselves to the ground and worship him, such as in Gospel of Mark. If we trace the appearances of demons from the oldest books of the Bible to the final ones written, such as the Book of Revelation,

You ll find that, at that time, there still was an idea that neutral and good demons existed however, the Bible gives most focus toward the evil ones, and those who specifically serve under Satan s legion. So, this is where we get the popular idea that demons are inherently

Evil. Over time, as Christianity developed and spread through Europe, there was a distinct change in the way that the term demon was used. It evolved beyond fallen angels and began to branch out to cover just about every untrustworthy pagan god, especially those in polytheistic religions such as that of ancient Greece,

Rome, Scandinavia, Germany, etcetera. All of these gods who were worshipped and believed to have influence on the physical world were considered by Early and Medieval Christians to be demonic entities, tempting people away from the One True God . This understanding of Demons was largely independent from the original Christian scripture, but

Became sort of its own apocrypha, since it was recorded by important Christian scholars, beginning around the second century AD. Of course, the folklore of these regions in which Christianity spread had their own legends of demonic entities, and from this folklore,

The idea of demons began to encompass much more than just fallen angels and pagan gods, but also ghosts, ghouls, goblins and fairies. All of these are lesser spirits who don t possess a physical body, but they have the ability to interact with the physical world,

Sometimes in very powerful ways. And conversely, we may interact with them, by conjuring their presence, speaking to them, and even controlling these entities through magic. At least that s what was believed. As I mentioned in the beginning, we ll be

Focusing on Christian Demonology, so let s talk about the nature, specifically of the evil fallen angels, the ones who serve Satan. What they look like, what powers they have, and how they carry out their mission. Their mission, of course, is to test one s faith

In God through temptation and manipulation of circumstances to gradually push a person over the edge. We ll begin with the defining features of demons and what these beings are capable of. Demons pretty much share the same nature as regular angels, being that they re non-physical, celestial, and immortal beings. They are not

Omniscient, but they typically have one specific body of knowledge they re specialized in. Sometimes this can be broad, such as natural and moral philosophy, or extremely narrow, such as the poisons and cures derived from herbs. The powers that demons have do come from Heaven, but are carefully limited by God. And typically,

Demons can only be in one place at one time, but some traditions suggest that the Devil can be omnipresent, which puts Satan s power in much higher category than any other known demon. The Gospel of Mark implies twice that multiple

Demons can cling to a single person, and in general, demons are known to torment their victim over long periods of time, as well as over multiple attempts, until they are able to fully possess the person and gain complete control. They re also able to torment

And possess animals, as seen in the Gospel of Luke. So, pretty much every living creature is vulnerable to their influence. But, when they re not clinging onto people and animals, where do demons go? Well, though we usually think of demons living

In Hell, the Gospel of Luke describes them as wandering endlessly in arid places , which means some waterless dimension apart from our own physical world. Their only home, where they feel most comfortable, is supposedly inside people, animals, or idols, which can be statues or images associated with pagan worship.

So, what do demons actually look like, especially when we know they aren t physical beings? Well, most of our typical image of demons actually comes from the Book of Revelation, especially the idea that they have horns. But this idea likely originates way earlier

With ancient pagan gods such as Moloch, who was portrayed as a bull. There were also other pagan gods who had the head of a bull, or wore bull horns as their crown. So, if you re like the ancient Christians who believed these gods were actually demons

Worshipped by those who fell victim to their temptations, then yeah, we could say that horns are a trait of some demons. However, the Bible makes it clear that demons can pretty much take on any physical appearance they desire, including ones we would associate

As good or even holy. For example, Second Corinthians states that demons can appear in the form of, QUOTE: false apostles masquerading as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. End Quote.

Speaking of the Devil in the Bible, Satan takes the form of various animals, including a serpent, a goat, and even a seven-headed red dragon. So it s pretty clear that no appearance can accurately be prescribed to demons they pretty much take whatever form helps them

Accomplish their goal. For example, there are two species of demons known as incubi and succubi, whose goal is temptation through seduction. The incubus thus appears in the form of an attractive man to seduce and have sexual intercourse

With women, and the succubus takes the form of an attractive woman to do the same with men. Moreover, the 15th century treatise on witchcraft, Malleus Maleficarum, states that some classes of demons prefer to take the form of children.

The identifying traits are that these children are abnormally heavy and don t grow over time as a normal child would. There are supposedly more identifying traits associated with demons who take a physical form. For example, their bodies would be abnormally

Cold even icy. But this icy belief evolved during the infamous Witch Trials, as supposed witches were tortured to give out information, so I wouldn t exactly call it reliable. What is somewhat reliable, yet extremely debated and controversial, is whether demons possess sexuality. Slight trigger warning by the way, as we ll

Be talking very generally and briefly about * encounters. So, sex-wise, the traditional Christian demons such as Satan and Beelzebub are pretty much always stated to be male, and this is consistent in both religious and occult sources. And

I hate to disappoint, but this includes succubi, who take the form of beautiful women in order to have intercourse with men. The succubus is, in fact, a male. On top of that, the succubus is thought to take the man s sperm, and then transform itself

Into an incubus, who then has sexual intercourse with a woman and uses that sperm to impregnate her. Theologians generally agree that this is how the first fallen angels produced offspring with human women in the Book of Genesis.

By the way, this is all despite them not actually having a physical body, but instead an intentionally manifested one. So in that sense, you could say that demons are almost definitely sexless and only conform to a perceived gender. As you may imagine, sexual attraction and

Lust are very important concepts in demonology, because they encompass some of the most powerful temptations a person might face being that our nature, just like any other living creature, is to reproduce. But, it wasn t always a brief demonic encounter

Of seduction and sex. In fact, most Christian demonologists would agree that long-term consensual relationships between humans and demons were entirely possible. The thought was that the relationship was one of pain and toxicity, however, many people who confessed to having these relationships, such as diabolical witches and 13th century

Luciferians, were pretty insistent that it was a satisfying and pleasurable experience. To each their own! We ll go in deeper about the abilities of demons and how one might go about summoning and controlling them, but first, we need to

Return back to what is the core of Demonology. Being that it s traditionally treated as a science, not so different from zoology, demonologists give a ton of focus to how demons are classified and placed into a hierarchy, because this is how we derive a better understanding of

What specific demons are capable of, what body of knowledge they specialize in, and what superiors they answer to. And it s through this deeper understanding that the demonologist gains power over the demon. There s no better place to start than getting to know the most powerful demons of them all,

And these are the archdemons. So, much like archangels who command choirs of angels, archdemons command legions of demons. Unlike in Angelology, however, Demonology doesn t have a concretely defined list of what specific demons are archdemons. There was and still is a lot of controversy about this in the occult world.

For example, there were the ancient Canaanite gods Baal and Astarte who, in ancient Christianity, became seen as two of the worst enemies of God. So early Demonology considered them to be archdemons, and associated them with the demons Bael and Astaroth. But as the religious

Worship of Baal and Astarte stopped, the perceived threat of these two supposed archdemons went away, and so did their place on hierarchy. That being said, there is a mostly consistent hierarchy of archdemons from the Middle Ages that survives into modern day, and these are

The 7 Princes of Hell. The 7 Princes are based upon the infamous 7 Deadly Sins, with each sin being associated with a specific archdemon as their primary method of temptation. This system comes from the anonymous 15th century tract known as the Lantern of Light.

The First Prince of Hell is Lucifer, the original fallen angel, who is associated with Pride. Second, we have Leviathan, who is a demonic sea serpent referenced throughout the Bible, and he is associated with envy. Third, there is Sathanas, which is Latin for Satan , the fallen form of Lucifer, and he represents wrath.

Fourth is Belphegor, said to be the laziest and most neglectful of all the former angels in Heaven, and of course, Belphegor represents sloth. The fifth is Mammon, a fallen angel who, according to occult writings, always looked down at the gold pavement of Heaven instead of up at God himself. Thus, Mammon is associated

With greed. The sixth is Beelzebub. In Catholic demonology, Beelzebub is thought to be one of the first three angels to fall from heaven, alongside Lucifer and Leviathan, and his name translates literally to Lord of The Flies . Beelzebub is associated with gluttony. Finally, the seventh is Asmodeus who is depicted

As a chimera with the chest of a man, the leg of a chicken, the tail of a dragon, and three heads that of a man, a ram, and a bull. Despite this absolutely hideous appearance, Asmodeus represents lust. So, beyond the 7 archdemons, there are countless

Medieval grimoires that contain very long lists, some with hundreds of entries – with very little consistency between them by the way – and these lists typically set out to organize lesser demons by office, rank, and title. As for titles, these are typically derived from the titles they held as angels before

Their fall from Heaven. For example, the demon Olivier was Prince of the Archangels, and thus he retains that title in Hell, even though that s clearly no longer his position. In terms of rank, demons are traditionally organized as a sort of military hierarchy,

With anything from a president who commands many legions of demons, to a general in charge of a specific group, all the way to those lesser demons who are essentially foot soldiers. For example, there is the demon Sargatanas who The Red Dragon grimoire states is a brigadier-major,

Commanding only three lesser demons Faraii, Loray, and Valefar and Sargatanas reports to his superior, the higher demon Astaroth. I m particularly fond of the 1818 Infernal Dictionary for the pretty mundane ranks assigned to some of these lesser demons. For example,

We ve got Melchom, the payer treasurer. Nisroch, chief of the kitchen. Behemoth, chief cupbearer. Dagon, grand pantler, which means he s in charge of the bread in the pantry. And Nybbas, the grand buffoon. Finally, in terms of office, this usually

Crosses over with rank, but an office can also be assigned to demon depending on the times and locations in which they appear in world of humans. For example, the demon Leonard is the great lord of the Sabbath, and the demon Belial is the Ambassador of Italy.

Finally, there is a hierarchy based on the cardinal directions, which are North, South, East, and West. This is found in the very famous grimoire, the Lesser Key of Solomon, and it suggests an alternative to the 7 Princes of Hell.

Instead of 7 Princes, there are 4 Kings of the Cardinal Directions who serve directly under Satan, and beneath them, these 4 kings command 72 powerful demons which King Solomon from the Bible allegedly summoned, but we ll get into that story a bit later.

The 4 Kings are as follows: King of the North is Ziminiar, and King of the West is Corson. Unfortunately, for both Ziminiar and Corson, there s hardly any information available beyond their name. So what they look like and what they represent are largely unknown. However, for the Kings of the East and South,

There is quite a bit more to dig into. The King of the East is Amaymon, who is recognized as the Lord of Avarice, which is extreme greed and materialism. Something a bit curious about Amaymon is that when a person summons this demon, they have to stand upright with their

Headdress removed in order to show respect and if they fail to do this, then Amaymon will pretend like everything is cool, but in secret, he ll set up the summoner s work for catastrophe. Moving on, the King of the South is a powerful

Demon known simply as Gaap. There s actually quite a bit of lore to this demon. First off, when Gaap takes a physical form, he presents himself as a charming human prince or some other high nobility. Gaap is closely associated with love, as well as pretty strange

And specific behaviors such as providing medical care for women, and while doing so, making them more attractive to the men, but at the same time, rendering them infertile. Probably in line with this idea, later grimoires described Gaap as having the power to make men stupid,

Or invisible. And, like we covered earlier, these demons tend to specialize in a body of knowledge, and Gaap is a master of the liberal arts. So, now we have an idea on how Demons are generally catalogued based on hierarchy, but

There can also be classification based on type meaning the instinctual nature and desires of certain demons and what sort of powers they possess. Actually, this isn t too different from classes of animals in Zoology most birds fly and most

Fish swim, and most succubi take the form of beautiful women and seduce men, for example. Something most people don t know is that King James of the King James Bible, you know, probably the most influential book of all time, yeah, King James was actually an extremely devoted

Demonologist, and he wrote a dissertation known simply as Daemonologie in 1597. This document classified 4 primary types of demons based on their typical method of causing trouble. First, we have the Spectra, which is a spirit that haunts a house or some other solitary

Place, much like the modern concept of a ghost or poltergeist. Then there is the Obsession type, which is a spirit that follows certain people around and causes external trouble near them throughout the day. This gets us a little closer to what we usually think of

As a demon. Third is the Possession type, which actually attaches itself or even enters the person in order to cause them trouble from the inside. Think violent psychotic outbreaks or sudden and extreme depression, maybe even a complete change of personality. Finally, there are Fairies, which are spirits

Who present themselves physically and interact with humans in a direct way. That would include leading a person to danger, having sexual intercourse with them, or transporting them from one location to another. However, predating King James s 4 types of

Demons was a list of 6, except these were determined by where the demons reside. This classification was created by the first century Byzantine monk, Michael Psellos, and is as follows: First are the Leliurium , who are the most powerful demons of the 6, and they inhabit the ether, which is beyond the Moon.

Second are the Aerial , which are demons of the air and atmosphere, below the moon. Third are the Terrestrial , who reside on land. Fourth are the Marine , who live in the water. Fifth are the Subterranean , who live in a

Network of cave systems and hollow pockets deep beneath the Earth. Shoutouts to my last video, Inner Earth Conspiracies. A sequel is coming next week by the way. The Sixth and final type are the lucifugous , which are the lowest and weakest demons

Of the 6, and they reside in the lowest hell. They are completely blind and almost entirely senseless. Speaking of weak and powerful demons, the monk Michael Psellos did elaborate on the abilities of these demons, explaining that the highest and most powerful would try to attack a person s mind in order to manipulate

Their imagination and produce vivid illusions. On the other hand, the lowest and weakest couldn t do much more than grunt and act instinctually. They are simply attracted to the warmth of a living human and are otherwise completely mindless and rather disgusting.

From all this, we can see that there are many types of demons, as well as hundreds of individual demons with a name and title. So, that begs the question, that nobody asked Just how many demons are there in existence? Literally speaking? Well, based on the Book of Revelation, there

S an idea that one-third of all angels turned into fallen angels. But, believe it or not, there are some exact numbers we can reference, which were calculated using extremely complicated systems of data points taken from both scripture and occult writings. For example, the 16th century demonologist

Johann Weyer calculated the number of demons in existence as 4,439,622, which was then divided into 666 legions, with each legion made up of 6,666 demons, all of them ruled by 66 dukes, princes, and kings of hell. But if you think that s a bit of a conservative

Number, then consider the 15th century Catholic Bishop, Alphonso de Spina, who calculated the exact population of demons as 133,316,666. But then there s the problem of procreation. Think about this for a second – if demons can create offspring with human women, as

We ve seen in the Book of Genesis, then there s no way this number would ever be constant. I suggest we leave it to the experts to figure this one out, and with that, it s finally

Time to move on to the meat of today s presentation – what it takes to summon and command a demon, and what that might actually look like in practice. When someone talks about summoning a demon, they re referring to Solomonic magic, which

Is derived from a number of ancient grimoires which are said to date back all the way to the reign of King Solomon, a Biblical King and the builder of the First Temple in Jerusalem. Beyond being extremely important historical monarch who ruled from the year 970 BC to

931, according to a vast number of legends, Solomon was also one of the most powerful magicians and exorcists to ever live. Perhaps the very first text on Demonology was the Testament of Solomon, which is believed by many occultists to have been written by

King Solomon himself, though this is debated, and the Testament of Solomon is not considered canonical scripture. Its origins, however, are at least 2000 years old, making it older than the Book of Revelation. The Testament of Solomon supposedly documents

How Solomon built his temple and that was by means of summoning and commanding a number of powerful demons, using a magical ring engraved by God. The text is comprised mainly of interviews with these demons, in which Solomon tries to extract information about their evil deeds,

Their weaknesses, and how they might be defeated. But, how did Solomon summon these demons in the first place? Well, the key lies in this ring, gifted to him by the archangel Michael, which bears the seal of God, which is a pentagram. This ring and seal are used to stamp the chest

Of a demon in order to enslave them. This idea of a seal is perhaps the most important concept in the art of summoning demons, because – just as God has a unique seal – so does every demon. Later Solomonic grimoires elaborated on the seals of individual demons which could

Also used to control them. Of course, demons prefer to keep their seals hidden, because if one is discovered, or possibly revealed by another demon under torture and interrogation, this is their primary vulnerability, at least according to Solomonic magic. Solomonic magic is corrupting though, and most who practice it are said to, at some

Point, become overwhelmed and abandon their beliefs in favor of some great temptation, thus losing the spirit of God and also their command over the demon. In the Testament of Solomon, King Solomon himself falls victim to this and ends up worshipping

The demons Remphan and Moloch in exchange for sex with a Shunammite woman. And at the end of the text, he gives his grave warning to the reader not to follow in his footsteps. So, with that being said, we re about to learn what actually goes into summoning and controlling

A demon, and I strongly recommend you do not actually try these techniques, as they are from real grimoires and I m only relaying this information for the sake of being obsessively complete in our investigation of Christian Demonology. Demon summoning is considered high magic, and very powerful. Low magic can be thought

Of as simple witchcraft, such as hexing someone you don t like. On the other hand, High magic is extremely intensive and exhausting, and it takes a serious toll on the practitioner but this is what summoning a demon requires, if not external sacrifices as well.

To begin, there are two ways to summon a spirit, whether it be a demon, an angel, or some other supernatural entity. The first is evocation, which is when one calls upon the name of the entity. In the case of demons though, typically they would be evoked in the name of God.

The second method is conjuration, which uses magical spells to form a sort of pact with the demon. The word conjure in Latin literally translates to swear together . In either case, the summoner would be using a variety of wands, incense, and daggers to

Complete the ritual, and below them they would draw magical Solomonic diagrams either on the ground or on parchment. Finally, the seal of the demon is what s required to complete this diabolical act. Now why would anyone want to summon a demon?

Well, in King Solomon s case, he enslaved them to help build his temple. And this is true in many other instances, where the summoner wants the demon to serve them in some way, whether it be for good, or for evil. Others might summon a demon in order to ask it a

Favor, usually related to whatever power the demon is associated with or to educate one s self in the body of knowledge that the demon specializes in. More than that, there was actually a religious order of Roman Catholic theologians and clerics

In the late 1400s known as the Carmelites, and they were involved in massive scandal for being publicly open about their demon summoning practices, which they called non-heretical. They believed summoning demons was okay for the purpose of asking them specific questions

And recording responses in order to learn about the nature of the demonic world. But just like King Solomon, it turned out that, over time, many of the Carmelites ended up summoning demons – no longer to ask questions – but to win sexual favors from women, and

To discover the locations of buried treasure You can see how good intentions quickly get corrupted when dealing with these beings. And with that final warning, it s time for some summoning action. To begin, I ll give you an example of how one might summon a demon

According to the important Solomonic Grimoire, the Key of Solomon, which dates back to the 14th century. The summoner begins by drawing a magical circle around themselves on the ground, after which they must draw a magical triangle immediately outside of that circle. These of course are highly complex diagrams that must be drawn

In exact detail, or the ritual will fail. During this process, the summoner wears the seal of the demon they intend to summon. And after drawing the magical diagrams, they must take the seal and place it into the triangle while reciting incantations, which are very

Specific series of words, typically in Latin. If every detail is exactly as it should be, the demon is literally supposed to appear within that triangle in a physical form that the summoner can both see and interact with. It’s not that simple, however, as there are

Minor and major extra steps a summoner must take, depending on the demon. For example, if a person wanted to summon one of the 7 Kings of Hell, they would need to appeal to each demon in the correct order to reach the demon they intend on actually

Summoning. You can see how this can quickly get complex, because the summoner must not only be aware of the hierarchy of demons, but painstakingly navigate the Bureaucracy of Hell. Even if a person wanted to summon and control a lesser demon, they would still need to evoke the names of that demon s superiors.

Moving on, it s now time to teach you in detail how to summon the Devil, which again, I really do not recommend you do. Regardless, it s likely that over the years, these steps have been altered to prevent people from actually doing it.

These instructions come from the diabolical grimoire known as the Red Dragon, which is another Solomonic grimoire, allegedly discovered in 1750 within the actual tomb of King Solomon. Today, the original copy is held in the Vatican Archives of the Catholic Church, hence why

I believe it s been altered. Many occultists consider this grimoire in particular to be one of the potent and dangerous in existence. This is because inside of it, there are very specific instructions on how a person should go about summoning the most powerful and evil demons in existence, particularly Lucifer, the devil.

The Red Dragon grimoire also gives methods of constructing special tools and instruments to enslave the demon after it s summoned. However, it also gives the user the option of completely foregoing these tools at the expense of forging a binding pact with the

Demon that is, to sell one s soul. As for summoning Lucifer, the person conducting the ritual would first need to evoke the name of God and the Trinity, which is The Father, The Son, and The Holy Ghost and then command Lucifer to exit Hell using an incantation.

There are two phases of this with two distinct incantations that must be performed perfectly. At this point, Lucifer is supposed to appear within the Solomonic triangle but if he doesn t, the summoner needs to use an instrument known as a Blasting Rod, and dip two ends

Of the rod s fork into a cursed firepit. This will result in the horrible cries of a million spirits from Hell, which the author of The Red Dragon grimoire advises the reader not to be frightened of. These spirits are being tortured in order to force Lucifer to act.

The summoner must then proceed to a third incantation, where all the names of God are evoked, and Lucifer s demon legion are again threatened with the blasting rod. If that doesn t work, there is a fourth and final incantation, known as the Grand Invocation

Of the Great Kabbala, which is by far the most esoteric and complex, and the user is instructed to say it twice, absolutely perfectly. If all of these steps are done correctly, Lucifer will definitely appear, according to the grimoire. Finally, the summoner must converse with Lucifer, and convince him to submit to their control.

This is done through torture, using both the blasting rod and the Grand Invocation of the Great Kabbala. Of course, summoning demons and especially the Devil comes with risk, particularly that of possession. In the case of the Red Dragon, the user is instructed to form their Solomonic triangle

Using a bloodstone and two blessed candles in order to protect themself. However, the risk isn t as huge as you d think. This is because the main purpose of Solomonic magic is to tempt demons into doing something for the summoner. So the summoner typically

Offers the demon something they d want, like a bribe or some other incentive. Thus, in this context, possession is not really on the minds of these demons, as they re far more interested in what deal the summoner wants to strike.

But if all else fails, the purpose of the magic triangle on the ground is to contain the demon, keeping them trapped and unable to exit the triangle. However, sometimes things do go wrong, and the demon gains an upper hand on the summoner.

This leads us to the deeper discussion of demonic possession and exorcism, which is really quite an ancient concept in fact, it s as old as the idea of demons itself. Any type of supernatural spirit is said to have the ability to possess a living creature,

Including angels, gods, and ghosts. And belief in spiritual possession exists in nearly every known culture, even remote islands such as those in Micronesia, as found in a study conducted by the National Institute of Mental Health in 1969. So either possession is a real thing

Or this idea is somehow inherent in the human race to explain things like mental illness. There are actually quite clear distinctions between possession and mental illness, but we ll get into that a little later. From the very beginnings of Christianity,

It has always been thought that Satan and his legions of demons are at constant war with Heaven, but this is more of an indirect war, because they carry out what are known as spiritual attacks on humans in order to lead them away from God. This includes temptation

And misfortune, but the most powerful of these tactics is undoubtably possession. Early Christian writers defined three stages of possession. It begins with a spiritual vulnerability, which serves as an entry point for the demon. In the victim, this vulnerability could be a lapse in judgement or an unethical choice. After a vulnerability is identified,

The demon then attempts to invade the person, and for one reason or another, the victim voluntarily gives up all control to the invader. This leads to the final stage, which is called perfect possession , and at this point, the demon can only be driven out through an exorcism.

Our understanding of possession and exorcism has evolved dramatically over the two-thousand or so years of Christianity s existence, particularly in the Catholic Church where demonology continues to be a living field of study. But before we get into modern methods of identifying

And ending a possession, let s take a look at some of the oldest documented instances of demonic possession which are found in the Bible. Beginning in the Old Testament, there are only two clear cases of a demon possessing someone, and the first revolves around King Saul. The First Book of Samuel describes King

Saul being tormented by an evil spirit , which is only exorcised after David plays the harp for him. The second case regards the false prophets that King Ahab relied on in the First Book of Kings. These false prophets are described

As being empowered by a deceiving spirit . Finally, some theorize that the necromancers mentioned in the Book of Leviticus are also possessed, as in some translations, chapter 20, verse 27 states that a spirit is within them . Moving on to the New Testament, there are many instances where Jesus Christ exorcised

Demons out of a person. In fact, this particular power of his was supposed to be evidence of him being the foretold Messiah of Israel, as prophesized by Isaiah. In these instances, it s made very clear that all demons respond and submit to the authority

Of Jesus and this is a vital concept, because in summoning, controlling, and exorcising demons, the practitioner is pretty much always required to evoke the name of God, Jesus, the Trinity, or all them in sequence. As a side note, I previously mentioned that,

In early Christianity, it was believed that a person needed to voluntarily give up control in order to be possessed. This idea may have come from the story of Judas Isacriot in The Gospel of John. Judas, one of the original 12 apostles of Christ, intentionally set out

To agree with the Devil s every suggestion in order to betray Jesus, and by doing so, he became completely possessed by the end. Jumping forward in time, our most developed understanding of both possession and exorcism comes from demonological studies conducted

By the Catholic Church, which has a fleet of officially sanctioned exorcists who they send out to perform exorcisms across the world, year-round. According to the Church, there are 6 types of what they call extraordinary demonic activity : The first is obsession, where a demon causes

A person to suddenly become overwhelmed with obsessive and irrational thoughts, typically resulting in violent behavior toward one s self or others. The second is oppression, where there is no involuntary action or loss of consciousness, but a person is continually tormented by demons through a series of terrible misfortunes in

Their health, wealth, family, business, etcetera. The third is suffering, where demons cause physical pain, external cuts, and other injuries. This is associated with particularly powerful demons the ones capable of fully possessing a person if nothing is done. The fourth type is infestation, where demons attach themselves to houses, objects such

As dolls or statues, and even animals. The fifth is possession, where a demon takes full control over a persons body and / or mind, but unlike the ancient Christian concept, it s believed that no consent from the victim is given. As before, this usually occurs after

A person does something that leaves them susceptible or vulnerable to demonic influence, such as giving into a temptation. Remember though, this is only really something to worry about if a demon is present, and usually the person would have some indication

That a demon is targeting them for example, the demonic activities I just listed obsession, oppression, suffering, and infestation. Finally, the sixth type of extraordinary demonic activity is subjugation, and this is when a person goes out of their way to voluntarily

Submit to demons, or the Devil himself. This is found with diabolical witches, as well as certain theistic sects of Satanism that actually worship Satan. We ll get into subjugation in the final section of this video. When it comes to the modern Catholic Church

S identification of extraordinary demonic activity, thankfully, they go out of their way to explicitly distinguish it from what might be mental or physical illness. Catholic exorcists are careful to always conduct an array of medical and psychological examinations before proceeding with an exorcism. An exorcism can only happen if the exorcist believes beyond

Any doubt, that they re dealing with genuine case of demonic activity with absolutely no other reasonable explanation available. This practice is called moral certitude . So what does a genuine demonic possession look like? Well, since medieval times up until modern day, certain criteria are used to identify

Genuine possession. These include superhuman strength; speaking in languages unknown to victim; revealing accurate knowledge of past, present, or future events, again, unknown to the victim; an aversion or intense hatred toward holy symbols such as a cross, names such as Jesus, or places such as a church; then there are unnatural

Body contortions; a cold feeling in the room that seems to follow the victim; levitation of objects; and finally, a change in their voice that is strikingly guttural, ancient, and unhuman. Now, if a person is clearly possessed by a

Demon, an exorcism might not only be justified it could be the only way to save them. For example, there is the famous Roland Doe case, which the novel and movie The Exorcist was based off of. Roland Doe was an anonymous 14-year-old boy

Who was introduced to a Ouija board by his aunt who was a fortune teller. If you don t know, a Ouija board is a tool used to send and receive messages from the spirit world, and this is likely what made Roland Doe susceptible to possession. Not long after he used the

Ouija board, the family began to hear strange noises in their house, followed by heavy furniture moving, and even a vase levitating when the boy was in the room. The boy also began to speak Latin, a language he did not know, in a deep guttural voice.

After a recommendation from their local pastor, the Roman Catholic priest Edward Hughes was called in to perform an exorcism on Roland Doe. It s vital to understand that an exorcism is not simply a ritual, but more of a confrontation

Against the demon an actual battle. This is why the possessed person needs to be restrained, so that they can t harm themselves or others, and especially the exorcist. The exorcist is trained to recite a series of ancient prayers – specifically the Lord’s

Prayer, the Litany of the Saints, the Hail Mary, and the Athanasian Creed. These are always spoken in Latin. Once the exorcism begins, the exorcist must proceed forward and continue the prayers no matter what occurs or however long it takes.

If he were to stop the ritual or be interrupted, this could spell grave danger for the exorcist. This process is extremely taxing and thus the exorcist does make himself vulnerable in order to perform it. However, this doesn t necessarily mean that a failed exorcism will result in the possession of the exorcist.

In the case of Roland Doe, the boy was strapped tightly against his bed during the exorcism, but somehow he managed to slip out of his restraints, rip into the bed s mattress and pull out a spring, and then slash the priest with it, causing a serious injury that ended

The exorcism prematurely. It’s actually pretty common for an exorcism to fail, especially due to violent reactions from the victim, and exorcisms can take multiple days, even weeks of near constant prayer and ritual. In Roland Doe s case, his exorcism required three separate attempts and four priests, one of which had his nose broken

During the process. After Roland Doe had been exorcised, the boy returned to his normal self and went on to live a completely ordinary life. Thankfully, this happy ending is not only common, but it s the goal of all exorcisms. When the

Ritual finally succeeds, there is a noticeable feeling that the demonic presence has left the room, and the previously possessed person feels such a relief that they become extremely emotional, a feeling typically described as being reborn . At least to me, being possessed by demons sounds like a pretty terrible ordeal, not

Something which a person might want to experience. But what if I told you that some people actually sought out this kind of relationship with demons. Would it surprise you that, throughout history, demon worship and the hope of possession was totally a thing, independent of rumor

And hysteria. This leads us to our final obsessively detailed dive into Christian demonology, which is the discussion of witchcraft and its relationship with demon worship. Of course, most witches perform pagan rituals, not necessarily Satanic ones. Moreover, many witches throughout history were never actually

Witches at all, but simply accused of being one. However, it s a fact that a small minority of witches did closely associate themselves with the demonic activity, and these groups are the ones we ll be discussing, along with their strange and dark rituals to invite demons

Into themselves. In a very general sense, witchcraft can be defined as manipulation of supernatural forces for example, placing a hex, curse, or blessing on someone. Even casting an enchantment spell, or mixing herbs into a love potion. In a more

Modern sense, it could also mean a pagan practice of, for example, divination, in which the unknown is revealed or the future is told. Unfortunately, there is a subset of witchcraft that deals with causing intentional harm, misfortune, or even death through demonic means. This negative practice is known more specifically as diabolical witchcraft.

When discussing this topic, a clear line deserves to be drawn between diabolical witchcraft and traditional witchcraft whereas traditional witchcraft was essentially just following a pagan religion. However, as we covered early on, there was a lot of confusion during early years of Christianity as to what was considered demonic.

Remember that early Christian authorities believed that pagan gods were not actually gods, but demons in disguise. This is why, in the first century, the apostle Paul wrote that, QUOTE, what pagans sacrifice, they sacrifice to demons and not to God. I do not want you

To be partners with demons. End quote. This belief that any pagan worship was demon worship carried on into the 10th century, where canon law stated that, QUOTE: certain wicked women, turned aside after Satan, seduced by the illusions and phantasms of

Demons, believe and profess that in the hours of the night they ride upon certain beasts with Diana, the goddess of the pagans. End quote. The Diana mentioned here is the Goddess of the Moon in Roman and Hellenistic religion, but in this case, medieval Christian authorities are interpreting her as a demon posing as

A pagan deity. Depending on your beliefs, perhaps you agree or disagree with them, but for now, we ll turn our focus to what is not pagan religion, but genuine diabolical witchcraft, where witches intentionally evoke and worship what they

Know to be actual evil demons for the purposes of harmful magic, also known as sorcery. This is the fundamental difference between the two. Another trigger warning by the way, probably for this whole section as there are * * acts that I ll briefly mention. I ll do my best

Not to be so graphic but viewer discretion is strongly advised. To begin, the practice of diabolical witchcraft was heavily documented in Western Europe around the 15th century, and there were four key elements to this practice. First, the witch would make a binding pact with Satan or another powerful demon by evoking

Them in order to bow to them and submit to their authority. Second, there was sexual congress, which was thought to be literal sexual intercourse with the demon or a surrogate who was possessed by that demon and this could have been an

Idol, another person, or even an animal such as a goat. The purpose of sexual congress was to seal the initial pact. Third, diabolical witches would perform acts of harmful magic, the sorcery I mentioned earlier. This was to carry out the objectives of the Devil. Finally, the fourth element was the night-flight

Or demonic sabbath , which definitely wasn t the Jewish or Christian sabbath, but rather a regular gathering of witches at midnight in order to meet with Satan himself. The late 16th century French text, titled The Antichrist , provided a testimony and description of what this demonic sabbath looked like, and I quote:

An Italian man took her to a field on Saint John’s Eve. The man made a large ring with a rod of holly, muttering a few words which he read from a black book. Thereupon appeared a large, horned goat, all black, accompanied by two women, as well as a man dressed as

A priest. The goat asked the Italian who this girl was, and having replied that he had brought her to be his, the goat made him make the sign of the cross with his left hand. Then he commanded all of them to come and greet him, which they did, kissing his rear. The

Goat had a lighted black candle between his two horns, from which the others lit their own candles. The goat took the woman aside, laid her in the woods, and carnally knew her, to which she took an extreme displeasure, suffered much pain, and felt his seed as cold

As ice. Beyond the demonic sabbath, diabolical witches would also participate in a now infamous ritual known as a Black Mass . In Catholic tradition, Mass is a central ritual of worship in which a series of rites and prayers are carried out in a very specific order to connect oneself with God. On the

Contrary, a Black Mass is essentially a parody where all the chants of Mass are said in reverse and everything is opposite, including an inverted crucifix on the altar. The origins of this parody practice go all the way back to the 8th century, with one

Of the first major groups accused of worshipping Satan, known as the Armenian Paulicians. The local church leader, John of Ojun, declared the Paulicians to be sons of Satan after witnessing them gathering at night to perform a Black Mass, and in particular, a blasphemous version

Of the Eucharist. In Catholic Mass, the Eucharist is a ceremony where wine is consumed. And in the case of the Paulicians, they allegedly drank infant blood instead. Many rumors surround the Black Mass, so it s not entirely clear what s fact and what s exaggeration, or even simply made up. However,

There was a real group in the 13th century known as the Luciferians, which more than half a dozen credible sources, including the Luciferians themselves, have pretty much confirmed without a doubt their rituals of devil and demon worship. The Luciferians named themselves after Lucifer, the former heavenly name of the fallen angel

Satan. The Luciferians believed that Lucifer and his army of fallen angels were unfairly expelled from heaven, and that Lucifer would someday return to defeat and overthrow God and claim the throne of Heaven as his own. In order to support this objective, this group

Pretty much did everything they could to offend God and all things Christian, believing their reward would be everlasting paradise in Heaven with Lucifer. Examples of this include their initiation rite, where a newcomer would kiss a toad, duck, or goose and exchange saliva with it. They would also hold large feasts where a

Massive black cat was the centerpiece. This cat was believed to be possessed by a great demon, if not Lucifer himself, and only the most worthy would be allowed to kiss the cat s rear end. After worshipping the cat, the candles lighting

The feast would be blown out and what proceeded was a massive orgy between members, some of whom were blood-related. Though it s arguably not as disturbing as the Demonic Sabbath or Black Mass, the Luciferians of the 13th century are one of the most reliable

Accounts of real demon worship. Today, demon worship, diabolical witchcraft, and sorcery absolutely still exist in small cults. Demonic possession still occurs, and demonology continues to be studied and expanded upon in the Catholic Church. Unlike most other occult sciences, demonology is very much alive and relevant in modern

Day. You can check out my video, the Curse of Led Zeppelin, for a more modern take on sealing a deal with the devil. But for now, we ve covered incredible ground. We learned about the origins of Christian Demonology, what demons actually are and what

Kind of powers they possess, how they re categorized, how to evoke, how to exorcize, and even how to worship. By watching this video in its entirety, I hereby grant you the title of Amateur Demonologist but don t go out summoning, or I might have to call a professional.

By the way, I would love to cover more on Demonology, especially from the perspectives of Zoroastrianism, Judaism, and Islam, as well as the religions of the East like Shinto, Buddhism, and Hinduism so please, let me know if you want more on this subject.

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