There is a startling similarity between the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of darkness. In your study of the word you will realise that the Kingdom of darkness is built around a consistent dimension of replication. My focus today is mostly on the beings in the kingdom of God but also to touch slightly on the kingdom of darkness. These things are important for a believer to know and to become conscious of the army that stands with you. Even just for learning, knowing but also for your prayer life, I hope you enjoy this.
Seraphim and Cherubim
There are the Seraphim and Cherubim. Both are angelic creations bearing the resemblance of creatures rather than human form. Isaiah 6 and Genesis 3. Seraphim and Cherubim are also referred to as “living creatures” Some argue they belong to the highest order of celestial creations. John the revelator also saw 4 “Living creatures” in Revelation chapter 4 and he speaks about them but these are not the same as the cherubim and seraphim. However, in his description these creatures seem to share the same features as both the Seraphim and Cherubim.
Archangels, Michael and Gabriel
The “Archangel” is also regarded as a special category. The title itself means “chief of angels” “prince” or “chief prince” are also applied interchangeably to denote an Archangel. Apocryphal texts name more than these two. The understanding is that these angels are higher rank than others and they have the same rank as “Principalities” since their root name is the same. It is then understood that the Principalities are also the highest ranking in demonic forces, of equal capacity to arch angels in the kingdom of God.
Principalities, Powers, Thrones and Dominions
Ephesians 6:12 possibly lists demonic agents according to their rank as well; principalities being the highest, powers being the lower rank and rulers of darkness, and spiritual wickedness in high places being even lower ranked entities. In general we also understand that the enemy’s ranks are organised in very much the same way as God’s heavenly hosts. This means that there are angels in charge of certain thrones, domains and power structures. The older teachings share that powers were spirits with certain virtues, that means they exist in specific power capacities or vocations. I believe that these are the same type of spirits that are specialist type of spirits i.e Godly spirits in worship, warfare, defence, messengers vs Demonis spirits such as carnage, bloodshed, sexual perversion etc
Many texts about spiritual warfare mention “territorial spirits”. The prince of Persia and the prince of Greece (Daniel 10:13, 20) as biblical basis to suggest territorial assignments of angels. It is also generally agreed that the Archangel Michael has charge over Israel and its people (Daniel 10:21; 12:1). As I shared before that the Old Testament features a lot of fight over domains, over territory and land. It is then understood that there are specific assignments released over charge of those specific places.
Hosts of heaven
Genesis Chapter 2 verse 1 is the first time we see this term and it is use many times in the rest of the bible. The connotations of the word host refers to an army, a large body of persons or things. This entails the sun, moon, stars, angels and a whole bunch of things we do not yet know and have not yet seen. The term heaven is also a dual term with the word “shamayim” which basically implies that there are about two heavens being spoken of, the sky we see and a celestial plane we cannot see as well. These have a glory of their own 1 Corinthians 15:40 There are also celestial bodies and terrestrial bodies; but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another.(NKJV)
The seven spirits of God
“The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD, and He will delight in the fear of the Lord.” Isaiah 11:2–3
Bishop Kandemiri spent quite some time on this topic in the local assembly, and listening to the audio could be lifechanging. These angels are known to be a special unit charged with special duties by the Lamb. You sadly will not find enough teaching about this entourage of angels because we know very little about them but they are mentioned 4 times in the book of revelations and once in Isaiah.