The Hebrew Scriptures don’t describe the creation of hyper dimensional beings, they simply state that the sons of God were already in existence when the material universe was created.
“when I laid the foundations of the earth…all the sons of God shouted for joy.” (Job 38:4-7)
According to all the ancient scriptures, there is as wide an assortment of celestial images / housings / bodies as there is of terrestrial bodies. This is stated succinctly in the Bible.
“God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him...There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another.” (I Corinthians 15:28-40)
Spirit / Energy is the basic likeness of Creator God, the Singularity – the ability to exist and function entirely as massless energy / spirit or to convert some of that energy to take a physical form.
“a spirit passed before my face; the hair of my flesh stood up: It stood still, but I could not discern the form thereof: an image was before mine eyes, there was silence, and I heard a voice, saying…” (Job 4:12-17)
Some are humanoid
“Then there came again and touched me one like the appearance of a man, and he strengthened / transferred energy to / me…(Daniel 10:18)
“And there appeared in the cherubims the form of a man’s hand under their wings… And every one had four faces:
- the first face was the face of a cherub,
- and the second face was the face of a man,
- and the third the face of a lion,
- and the fourth the face of an eagle.
And the cherubims were lifted up. This is the living creature that I saw by the river of Chebar.” (Ezekiel 10:8-15)
The cherubim are carried in something that at first seems to be a self-controlled high tech vehicle, but is also, like a horse, a sentient living being.
“And when I looked, behold the four wheels by the cherubims, one wheel by one cherub, and another wheel by another cherub: and the appearance of the wheels was as the colour of a beryl stone. And as for their appearances, they four had one likeness, as if a wheel had been in the midst of a wheel. When they went, they went upon their four sides; they turned not as they went, but to the place whither the head looked they followed it; they turned not as they went. And their whole body, and their backs, and their hands, and their wings, and the wheels, were full of eyes round about, even the wheels that they four had. As for the wheels, it was cried unto them in my hearing, O wheel. And when the cherubims went, the wheels went by them: and when the cherubims lifted up their wings to mount up from the earth, the same wheels also turned not from beside them. When they stood, these stood; and when they were lifted up, these lifted up themselves also: for the spirit of the living creature was in them.” (Ezekiel 10:9-17)
We are most familiar with Western poetry that repeats ending sounds in a rhyme. Fortunately, for its intrinsic self-translation, Hebrew poetry repeats thoughts in a rhythm so we understand that
“Praise ye the LORD from the heavens…Praise ye him, all his angels…all his hosts…all ye stars of light.“(Psalm 148:1-3)
Warriors working in partnership with humans.
“LORD, when thou wentest out of Seir, when thou marchedst out of the field of Edom, the earth trembled, and the heavens dropped…They chose new gods; then was war in the gates…The kings came and fought, then fought the kings of Canaan in Taanach by the waters of Megiddo…They fought from heaven; the stars in their courses fought with Sisera.” (Judges 5:4-20)
Ministers is what we understand it to be – a leadership appointment, with governing responsibilities in representation, communication, law, humanitarian aid, support, education, defense.
“But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool? Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?” (Hebrews 1:13-14)
Hierarchy of monarchy: Princes, rulers, and powers.
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Ephesians 6:12)
Watchers is another name for intelligence gatherers and security guards.
“I saw in the visions of my head upon my bed, and, behold, a watcher and [the same individual is also] an holy one came down from heaven; He cried aloud, and said…This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones: to the intent that the living may know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men.” (Daniel 4:13-18)
Holy ones and Saints are sanctified, or set apart to God, the real Untouchables, refusing to be corrupted. Their righteous character is their greatest likeness with God, so to them is delegated authority to decree and demand.
“The LORD came from Sinai…and he came with ten thousands of saints: from his right hand went a fiery law for them.” (Deuteronomy 33:2-3)
Judges in a divine council gather evidence and make decisions, the ultimate Supreme Court. While God has the ultimate say, he doesn’t dictate every detail himself. He entrusts the details to his sons, as any good father does.
“…I saw the LORD sitting on his throne, and all the host of heaven standing by him on his right hand and on his left. And the LORD said, Who shall persuade Ahab, that he may go up and fall at Ramothgilead? And one said on this manner, and another said on that manner. And there came forth a spirit, and stood before the LORD, and said, I will persuade him. And the LORD said unto him, Wherewith? And he said, I will go forth, and I will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And he said, Thou shalt persuade him, and prevail also: go forth, and do so.” (II Kings 22:19-22)
Does this mean that God lies? No. He simply allows choices, which requires the opportunity to act on an appealing lie instead of the uncomfortable truth, to do wrong instead of right. Ahab most certainly had the opportunity to chose to be saved from death by acting on the word of the Most High God who had, by this time, through Elijah, proven over and over that he had power over death.
Host is a large assembly at the basic level, an army at the ready. Interestingly, hyper dimensional horses and “chariots” are reported, perhaps using known images in a feeble attempt to describe what was surely indescribable. Ezekiel puts a lot of effort into describing heavenly entities that, in our day, are categorized as UFOs. Although, while horse cavalry was largely replaced by motorized vehicles during WWII, horses are still a part of highly technological modern armies.
“…the king of Syria…sent he thither horses, and chariots, and a great host…And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth…his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! How shall we do?…And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.” (II Kings 6:17)
Mighty ones in the context of battle.
“…when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (II Thessalonians 1:7-8)
“…angels…are greater in power and might [than humans].” (II Peter 2:11)
Angels, the most common name for these beings is a transliteration of the Greek word for messenger or ambassador, and is translated in both the Hebrew Old Testament and the Greek New Testament as such. This should be understood as an expression of their primary function in bridging the gap between the four-dimensional material domain limiting human functioning and the multidimensional spirit domain allowing access to greater knowledge and power.
“And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it…And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he…was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.” (Genesis 28:12-17)
The gods are real. This name expresses hyper-dimensional ability to operate outside of time and space to empower and benefit humans asking / praying for their help.
“Nebuchadnezzar dreamed dreams, wherewith his spirit was troubled, and his sleep brake from him. Then the king commanded to call the magicians, and the astrologers, and the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans, for to shew the king his dreams…The Chaldeans answered before the king, and said…it is a rare thing that the king requireth, and there is none other that can shew it before the king, except the gods, whose dwelling is not with flesh… Daniel… said… there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days.” (Daniel 2)