Seven Angels Before the Throne of God

The seven “elite” angels form a privileged circle in close proximity to Almighty God in heaven. The Archangel Raphael expressly stated to Tobias that he himself was one of the seven:

 “I am Raphael, one of the seven who stand before the Lord.” –Tobias 12: 15

 

 Father Faber, a British born theologian and hymn writer, refers to this when he sings of St. Raphael:

“He is glorious midst the Angels,
Midst the highest there in Heaven,
Standing almost in the furnace,
Of God’s selected Seven!”

In the Apocalypse, John the Revelator mentions the seven angels:

 “Grace be unto you and peace from Him that is, and that was and that is to come, and from the Seven Spirits which are before the Throne.” –Revelation 1: 4

 

When Luciel (Bearer of Light) rebelled against God and became Lucifer (Prince of Darkness) one entire choir of angels followed him and was lost to heaven. Many angels from other choirs also followed him in his rebellion:

“And there was a great battle in heaven, Michael and his angels fought with the dragon, and the dragon fought, and his angels: And they prevailed not, neither was their place found any more in heaven. And that great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, who is called the devil and satan, who seduceth the whole world; and he was cast unto the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.”  –Revelation 12:7-9

 

Seven loyal angels from the second lowest choir, so outraged by the terrible offense to the dignity of God, positioned themselves between the Throne of God and the infernal offenders, prepared to defend the honor and dignity of God. They did this in spite of their inferiority to Lucifer and his legions.

  God was so moved by their heroic love He elevated them, enriching them with many new gifts and graces. So lofty was their new office that they were given the privilege of standing eternally before the Throne of God to carry out the Divine Will.

 The seven now represent the highest Princes of the Heavenly court. Although their most important occupation is the contemplation and praise of the Divine Essence, they are also assigned to special duties. For instance, St. Paul expressly states that they are all “ministering spirits.”

The Abbe Boudon, a prolific French writer of the 17th century, writes that we should invoke these seven “Princes of Paradise” that they may obtain for us the grace to avoid the seven deadly sins and that they may enrich us with the seven gifts of the Holy Ghost.

An ancient belief states that these seven angels actually guard the seven sacred sacraments of the Catholic Church, which some writers describe as “vases of the Precious Blood.” This gives us the consoling image of these seven glorious angels holding aloft these chalices of salvation.

“The Sacraments,” writes the eminent Oratorian, “while they express a most wonderful part of the Divine Mind, seem also to imply the Precious Blood. According to the economy of redemption, the Sacraments form the system by which the Precious Blood traverses the whole Church, gifts it with unity and informs it with supernatural energy and life . . . They are fountains of happiness to all the earth. Who can tell what songs of human goodness are being sung this hour in the ear of God, because of the joyous inspirations of the Sacraments? Out of Himself there is no beauty like it, unless it is the jubilee of the angels.”

It is said that everything in the universe is a source of joy to the holy angels. They have the gift to recognize the accomplishment of that which God has fore-ordained; they know that God derives honor and glory, and the angels rejoice in seeing how He is glorified in all.

This is the secret of true contentment — because we think of ourselves and not of God, that we are troubled and dissatisfied. If only we could take the angelic view, nothing would disturb us and we, too, would always rejoice.

Tradition tells us that these seven angels exult whenever one of the children of men joins their company. They welcome at the threshold of Heaven every soul that enters. The happiness of all derives a fresh jolt of energy from each addition to their choirs and their song of triumph rises louder before the Throne of God.

We should imitate their great-hearted charity and emulate that love which will make us sincerely share the joy and success of our neighbor.

“Yes, in that Heart Divine
the Angels bright
Find, through eternal years,
still new delight.”

22 Responses to “Seven Angels Before the Throne of God”

  1. Joan Doughty says:

    do the seven Angels have names? Gabriel is mentioned

  2. Marilyn Evans says:

    I was reading the morning reading in my Give Us This Day,daily prayer book, Tobit 12:12-15 and I was curious about the seven angels, and wondered if they all were Archangels.

  3. Gabriel Afrim says:

    Am happy to read this angelic stuffs on this site. Please I wish to recieve books that talks more about the Angelic hierachy, about their duties and how we can command them to be at our service all the time. Please i need a HOLY BIBLE too. I use my sister’s Bible but some parts are torn off so i plead that you send me Bible.

    Gabriel Afrim,
    P.O. Box 99,
    New Tafo Akim,
    E/R, Ghana.

    GOD bless you for the good work you are doing by enlightening our minds. Thank you

    • ryan youngs says:

      Hi Gabriel, I would be honored to send you a copy of The Holy Bible and can send more material about the Angelic hierarchy. Please respond and let me know which version of The Bible your sister has so I can send you both a new copy. GOD bless you all

  4. eunice amoo says:

    What should I do to see heaven…I luv it with all my heart

    • Jennifer says:

      God bless you Eunice for you hunger and thirst after the things of God. Look to your Bible, and read Romans10:8-13 ” 8 But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach): 9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. 13 For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved”
      Particularly Romans 10:9-10, 9 if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
      Then, tell someone you have accepted the our Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour! Find a Christian Church nearby and begin your wonderful journey with God. Get Baptised at the first opportunity. Ask to be Baptised. Grace and Peace to you dear Eunice, in the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Your sister in Christ, Jennifer. Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you.

  5. Andrew Miguel says:

    Thank you for such great information. It encourages me to keep looking up to my redeemer, and to know that one day we will be with Him for eternity.

  6. Eneti onoyom says:

    The Lord is king lift up thy voice,let all heaven rejoice for the lord omnipotent is king and He shall reign for ever and ever…

  7. SHANNON BANDY says:

    GOD COMMANDS HIS ANGEL’S TO SING HIS PRAISES ALL DAY AND NIGHT. THERE MUSIC IS A TESTIMONY TO HIS GREATNESS. I WOULD LOVE TO BE ENTRUSTED WITH SUCH A THING

  8. Queen Wade says:

    Hello, I would like to know if I can use one of your images posted here on a homegoing funeral program for a believer in Christ. We would probably have 150 printed up.

    My phone number is (310) 254-7966.

    Thank you.

  9. Adedayo Daniel says:

    Please, what is the name of the other these seven angles and which book published it?

    • Newton says:

      Their names are. JEHUDIEL. GABRIEL. SELATIEL. MICHAEL. URIEL. RAPHAEL. BARACHIEL. That’s the names of the seven Archangel that stand around the THRONE OF GOD.

  10. Until now I know only 3 names of angels I will like to know more.

  11. Names of archangeles of the trone

  12. Nancy says:

    Look up: Angels and colors! So encouraging. So amazing. I had a visit from the Angel:Raphael

  13. Nancy says:

    Angels have no form because they have never been human. Saw a green one Raphael/peace/healing and comfort. Was truely amazing. The different colors are different Angels. Something you will never forget.

  14. Nancy says:

    Look up: Angels and colors! So encouraging. So amazing. I had a visit from the Angel:Raphael meaning peace comfort and healing. Green. I always thought Angels were a tall thin being wearing a long white gown with wings. No! Angels have no form because they were never human. They come in colors. What a revelation!!

  15. Chris says:

    The Seven Holy Angels of God (Revelation 1:4 – Revelation 8:2- Revelation 15:1 NIV &The Book of Enoch Chapter XX)

    Sunday – Angel of Faith – Autumn – Michael the Archangel
    Monday – Angel of Hope – Winter – Gabriel the Archangel
    Tuesday – Angel of Healing -Spring – Raphael the Archangel
    Wednesday – Angel of Peace – Summer – Uriel the Archangel
    Thursday– Angel of Prayer – Selaphiel the Archangel
    Friday– Angel of Justice/Harmony – Raguel the Archangel
    Saturday – Angel of Blessing – Barachiel the Archangel

    For the Seven are the ones that positioned themselves in front of Gods Throne and protected it from the infernal offenders. For their heroic acts, God showed his perfect Love to them. “Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Angels which are before his throne.”

  16. i am so happy to have come across this please me more teaching about all this thngs about seven angels before God

  17. IKEOBIJIAKU solomon c says:

    truly i love this publication, am thrilled about the stories of God’s Angles…. i really want to see one or have a physical encounter with one and also i really wana make heaven…
    so pls always pray for me

  18. Newton says:

    They were Angels from the second choirs, but because of their heroic love for their Creator, they took it upon themselves to position themselves close to God, Throne, to defended His, Honor and Dignity, knowing that Lucifer and his hosts was far superior in power than them…

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