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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|Michael]], [[Archangel Gabriel|Gabriel]], [[Archangel Raphael|Raphel]], [[Archangel Uriel|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 maketh his angels spirits [literally, winds]; his ministers a flaming fire" ([[Psalms]] 104:4, KJV).
The ancient priests rabbis always connected the seven archangels with the seven then known planets: the Sun, the Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, and Saturn; and the [[Church Fathers]] have always thought and taught that God rules this Universe through his Celestial Armies. There are three (irreducible) lists of these seven archangels. One comes from the [[Book of Enoch]], (which is accepted as [[canonical]] by the [[Church of Ethiopia|Ethiopian Orthodox Church]], itself representative of the [[Oriental Orthodox]] churches). The second is from the [[tradition]] of the Chalcedonian [[Orthodox Church]] (which, interestingly enough, coincides with that of the [[Gnosticism|Gnostics]], an ancient [[heresy]]). Finally, the third comes from such great Church Fathers as StSts. Dionysius the Areopagite and Gregory the Theologian|St. Gregory the Dialogist.
All of these three different lists, however, agree on the names of the first four archangels: Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, Uriel. The remaining three are given as follows:
==Name meanings==
[[Image:Archangels.JPG|thumb|right|230px|Synaxis of the Bodiless Powers, with the names of the seven Archangels inscribed, together with a seraphim (in red) and two cherubim (dark blue), and Christ in the center]]
*[[Archangel Michael|Michael]]: "Who is like unto God?" Dan. 10:13; 12:1; Jude v. 9; Rev. 12:7-8.
*[[Archangel Gabriel|Gabriel]] "The Powerful or Strong Man of God," "The Power or Strength of God" Dan. 8:16; 9:21; Luke 1:19-26. Also called Djibril or Jibril.
*[[Archangel Jehudiel|Jehudiel]]: "The Glory, Laudation or Praise of God." Also called Jegudiel or Gudiel.
*[[Archangel Barachiel|Barachiel]]: "The Benediction or Blessings of God." Also called Varachiel.
*[[Archangel Raguel|Raguel]]: "The Friend of God." Also called Raziel[http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/] (, which means "The Secrets of God." Not to be confused with Raphael.
*[[Archangel Jeremiel|Jeremiel]]: "The Compassion, Exaltation or Mercy of God" R.V. II Esdras 4:36. Also called Jeramiel, Jerahmiel, Jerehmiel, Ramiel, or Remiel.
*[[Archangel Anael|Anael]]: "The Grace or Joy of God." Also called Aniel, Hanael, or Haniel.
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