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Archangels. While they aren't as powerful or glorious as the true ones, they still aren't something to scoff at, especially when you are against the end of an archangel's sword. Unlike regular angels, who are messengers, the archangels are trained warriors who wouldn't hesitate to destroy an entire village "in the name of God", even when it goes against His order.
Carl Black.

Archangels, also known as Beni Elohim, Angel Knights, Guardians and Heavenly Punishers, are the eighth order of Angels, making them second in the third hierarchy.

Overview

In the nine orders of angels in Christian teachings, the archangels are among the eighth, making them second in the third hierarchy. They are treated as stronger then low-class angels but weaker than any other order of angels.

Archangels are one of the few bodies of angels that contact those on the material plane directly and are the ministers and messengers between God and mankind. According to some texts, archangels are also the primary warrior race of angels and are known to be at constant war with the fallen angels. At the end of the world, they will be charged with the blowing the Seven Horns.

Description

Archangels have a spiritual awareness two levels higher than humans. Unlike angels, their role is to guide groups and nations rather than individuals. They are called the great heralds of good news, announcing the great and most glorious.

Their service consists in revealing prophecies, knowledge, and understanding of God's will which they receive from the higher orders of angels and announce to the lower order, i.e., the angels, and through them, to men. St. Gregory the Dialogist says that the archangels strengthen people in the holy faith, enlightening their minds with the light of knowledge of the holy Gospel and revealing the mysteries of devout faith.

Myths and Legends

Eighth of the nine orders of angels. Their duty is to minister to humans and deliver messages. They are warriors of Heaven and lead Heaven's forces during battle with the armies of evil.
The Demonic Compendium.

There is a dispute on whether famous archangels such as Michael and Gabriel are the same class as the "plain" archangels, who in the Kabbalah and in the Bible are called "Beni Elohim" (meaning "children of God"), or belong to a completely different order known as "Rav-Malakhim" or "Malakhim-Panav," who are the angels that stand before the lord himself.

According to some texts, archangels are also the primary warrior race of angels and are known to be at constant war with the fallen angels. It is even suggested that Lucifer was an archangel before his fall from grace.

Notable Archangels

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Trivia

  • The Jewish name for Archangels is rav-mal'ákh.
  • There is another class with the same name known as True Archangels.
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