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As it is shown in the Book of the Holy [[Prophet Ezekiel]] throughout (compare with the [[Book of Revelation]]), the first four '''Archangels''' ([[Archangel Michael]], [[Archangel Gabriel]], Raphael, Uriel) are the ones that stand in the four corners of '''The Great Throne of God''' (the '''Ma'aseh Merkabah'''). Together with them stand the four six-winged '''Living Creatures''' ('''Ayyot'''), the four many-eyed [[Cherubim]], -having four arms, four wings and four faces each-, and the four many-eyed '''Wheels''' ('''Ophannim''') or '''Storm-Winds''' ('''Galgallim'''), which Christians, (according to the example of the Great [[Apostle Paul]] and that of his illustrious [[Disciple]], St. [[Dionysius the Areopagite]]) call [[Thrones]]. These four '''Archangels''' are the ones that protected the four camps of the people of [[Israel]] in the wilderness : to the North, to the South, to the East and to the West. They are the [[Angels]] of the four winds, according to the [[Scripture]] that says : "''You, Who make Your [[Angels]] spirits (winds), and Your servants pears of flaming fire''".
The ancient Rabbis allways connected the seven '''Archangels''' with the seven then-so-called Planets : the Sun, the Moon, Mars, Mercury, Venus, Saturn and Jupiter, and the [[Church Fathers]] have allways thaught and taught that God rules this Universe through his Celestial Armies. (See [[Angels]])
There are three (irreducible) lists of these seven '''Archangels''' : one from the [[Book of Enoch]], (which is accepted as [[canonical]] by the Ethiopian [[Orthodox Church]], who, in its turn, is representative of the Oriental [[Orthodox Church]]es, which are all of semitic origins : Armenian, Coptic, Ethiopian, Syrian); the second from the tradition of the Eastern [[Orthodox Church]], (which, interestingly enough, coincides with that of the Gnostics -- who were an Eastern [[Christian]] sect, to begin with); and a third from such Great [[Church Fathers]] as St. [[Dionysius the Areopagite]] and St. [[Gregory the Dialogist]].
== Michael ==