This title probably refers neither to fire as we know it nor to the consuming judgment. Rather, it expresses the passionate devotion of a particular order of angelic beings to praise and proclaim all creation of GOD's holiness and majesty. Though these angels, too, are awesome to behold, they pose at least a little less difficulty for humans to describe than do the cherubim.
Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory. And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke. Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts. Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar: and he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged. Isaiah 6:2-7
In the book of Isaiah, Isaiah saw GOD seated on His throne in the temple. Flying above Him were astonishing beings called seraphim. As stated above, the word "seraphim" literally denotes "burning ones." These angels stay so close to GOD that they shine with a holy brilliance. This is not to surprising when considering the nature of GOD. GOD is light in Him is no darkness at all...anything around Him for long might end up very bright indeed.
Seraphim have six wings. Two wings cover their faces in reverence, or maybe protection, from the awesome power of the Almighty GOD. As powerful as angels may be even they need to protect themselves from the brilliance of GOD's glory! Two wings cover the seraphim feet in humility. In the Mid-eastern culture, covered feet denote deep humility. And the last two wings propel them back and forth above the LORD. The wing configuration signifies that four wings are for worship and two wings are for work. Perhaps the seraphim are pictured as examples of the importance of worship. The seraphim also have human features such as feet, hands and voices. One Seraph carried a burning coal from the altar in his hand. The voices of the seraphim were so loud they shook the doorposts. They called back and forth, announcing the LORD's holy character, and one of them pronounced cleansing and forgiveness to Isaiah. Although they are not called seraphim, the angels in Revelation chapter four seem to fit this same description. They have six wings and cry "Holy, holy, holy" to the LORD. One proclamation of "Holy" for each member of the Trinity is possibly seen in the cry of the seraphim.
Archangels are angels of exalted rank and power, sent by GOD to carry out special assignments. It is possible that GOD created more than one archangel. However, only one, Michael, is mentioned by name in the Bible. His specific role is perhaps most comparable to that of a military leader. He is the commander who leads the angelic host against Satan's demonic forces. Michael's ultimate victory over Satan suggests that his powers and abilities may be greater than Satan's.
Michael is very popular in writings outside the Bible. No angel has more name recognition than Michael. The Jews believe it was Michael who destroyed the invading Syrian army (2 Kings 19:35). It is generally believed that Michael's voice will be the one to announce the return of Christ and the rapture of the church. Some Bible scholars pronounce that when Paul says that the voice of the archangel will be heard at the Rapture of the church, he does not seem to feel the need to name that archangel, which might support the conclusion that there is only one archangel.
Soon, Michael and his angels will be locked in the titanic struggle of the universe at the last conflict of the age, which will mark the defeat of Satan and all the forces of darkness. Scripture tells us in advance that Michael will finally be victorious in the battle. Hell will tremble and heaven will rejoice and celebrate!
There is one more angel, mentioned by name in scripture. He is Gabriel. Gabriel means "Mighty One of GOD." Luke calls him the "angel of the LORD." Gabriel describes himself as one who stands in the presence of GOD. Gabriel is GOD's special messenger angel. Gabriel appeared four times in the Bible, and he always brought good news.
He came swiftly to answer Daniel's prayer at the end of the Babylonian captivity. It was Gabriel who, 500 years later, announced the birth of John the Baptist. And, it was Gabriel who announced the birth of Jesus Christ.
So, Michael is the protecting and fighting angel, and Gabriel is the preaching or announcing angel. Each of them has his own job description and carries out GOD's will in perfection.
An interesting thought on which to meditate involves the three angels named in scripture.Michael, Gabriel and Lucifer. There are those who say that each of these three angels at one time was associated with a corresponding member of the trinity. Michael in all his power and might is associated with GOD the Father. Gabriel the Mighty One of GOD with the "good news" is associated with GOD the Son. Finally Lucifer was at one time before his fall associated directly with GOD the Holy Spirit.
While this association of angels with GOD almighty is only speculation it is interesting. Think about traits or specialties that Satan may possess and how they might have been used for the glory of GOD in times past, especially associated with the Holy Spirit. An obvious example might be music. Music could be used in worship. Music could be used for sinister purposes. Music is powerful in human beings. Music can and does bring out human emotions. all emotions. Ever thought that Satan might use music to harm humans in any way? Ever read about conditioning using music. Can human behavior beinfluenced or changed by music? Nah.probably not! Since Satan, might affect his influence in music and is a limited creature, is it possible that many of the tunes to which we now hear in popular music were heard centuries ago in popular music of long ago? Who knows? Something to think about perhaps!
There is an account in the book of Matthew that might take on a slightly different flavor if Satan was indeed at one time intimately associated with the Holy Spirit. Read the verses below and meditate.
Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw. And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David? But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils. And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand: And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand? And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges. But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you. Or else how can one enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house. He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad. Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come. Matthew 12:22-32
Though the dimensionality and capacities of the angels supersede ours by what seems a vast margin, we have the opportunity and capacity to comprehend certain spiritual realities that mystify angels.
And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: Ephesians 3:9-11
Evidently in the life that continues past our physical death or the rapture (which ever comes first), we humans who are the Bride of Christ will be assigned as "judges" of the angels. Imagine that!
Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? And if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Know ye not that we shall judge angels? How much more things that pertain to this life? 1 Corinthians 6:2-3
For now, GOD deploys angels to perform supernatural acts of service on behalf of those individuals who are heirs of salvation or those who will one day be saved by the blood of Jesus.Hey that's us!
Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation? Hebrews 1:14
Some of those around us have had experiences with angels and know it well. Others have had angels directly minister and know it not. It is interesting to think how many angels, fallen or otherwise are close to us every day, either in this continuum of space or time or outside it (but close none the same). Have we entertained angels and not known it? Have angels saved our skin a time or two? Someday soon we may not only see them, but also judge them.and we will not be going to California to do it.most amazing.