An angel is an ethereal creature who assists and serves God or the gods of many religious traditions. In the Christian bible, angels are portrayed as powerful and dreadful, endowed with wisdom, correct in their judgment, holy, but not infallible. When their duties are not punitive, angels are beneficent to man. When their duties are punitive, they are known as avenging angels and are mentioned inverses such as II Sam. Xxiv. 15, in which an angel annihilates thousands on God's command. These avenging angels are used by God to punish men for their sins.
A supernatural being found in Christianity, Judaism, Zoroastrianism and Islam. Angel comes from the Latin word angelus, which came from the Greek word, angelos, meaning "messenger". According to these religions Angels typically act as messengers from God.
Though superhuman, angels can assume human form and according to the Hebrew Bible, often appeared to people in the shape of humans of extraordinary beauty. They are also described as pure and bright and are said to be formed of fire, and encompassed by light. Angels are thought to posess wings, and are depicted that way in Christian, Jewish and Zoroastrian art where they are also commonly depicted with halos.In the Bible, angels are a medium of God's power; they exist to execute God's will. Angels reveal themselves to individuals as well as to the whole nation, to announce events, either good or bad, affecting humans.
Never say never, (...) but in my mind, angels as supernatural beings do not exist. In my opinion there are forces of evil, but the forces of good are human. There might very well be a God, but if there is, he's working in mysterious ways through a band of very imperfect humans.
Angels in the Supernatural Verse
In Season 2, episode 2.13 Houses of the Holy Sam thinks they might actually encounter an avenging angel, who goes after the wicked, although Sam and Dean later find out, that the supernatural being Sam thought for an angel was in fact the ghost of a priest. Dean makes it known in the same episode that he doesn't believe in angels. This was the second time Supernatural takes on the question of faith and belief (see also 1.12 Faith).
When Heaven learned Dean was being primed to break the first of The 66 Seals, they laid siege to hell, but couldn't not rescue Dean in time. Castiel eventually saved him, because he is needed to stop the rise of Lucifer and the apocalypse.
Angels are currently active on Earth to stop the breaking of The 66 Seals
- are divine beings imbueded with a heavenly grace.
- take on mortal form by possessing human bodies, and like demons they keep their host's body alive should they gain a mortal wound.
- their true voice and form can be discerned by some "special" people, but to others it is "overwhelming" and painful to behold.
- Their form can burn out the eyes of one who spys upon it and their voice shatters glass, cuases the earth to quake, and cuases the ears of man to bleed.
- they have super strength and can move and materialise at will
- by placing two fingers on a person's forehead they can render someone unconscious or change their memories
- Have the ability to bend time, allowing them to send someone or go themselves to the past.
- they operate in heirarchical units called garrisons
- Carry a distain for all things demon related.
- disobedience is a crime punishable by death
- Lack of faith in God is punicshable by death
- they can become human by removing their grace
- Said angel can regain their grace, and be restored to full angelic power.
- Angels can only speek to humans in their dreams, that or in the body of a mortal human.
- Have the poower to exorcise demons from humans by touching them.
According to Castiel in The monster at the End of This Book: ""Archangels are fierce. They're absolute. They're Heaven's most terrifying weapon."
Lucifer is first mentioned in 3.04 Sin City by the demon possessing Casey, who claims that demons have a belief system just like humans, but while humans believe in God as a higher power, demons believe in Lucifer, the fallen angel. Casey reminds Dean that Lucifer was once an angel, and that his name also means "Lightbearer (Lightbringer)", as he was the one to stand up against God, igniting a rebellion in heaven. Casey says that no demon has ever actually seen Lucifer.
In 4.02 Are You There, God? It's Me, Dean Winchester, Castiel reveals that Lilith is in the process of opening The 66 Seals that keep Lucifer "behind locked doors". When they are broken Lucifer will rise and the apocalypse will occur.
In 4.16 On The Head Of A Pin, it is revealed that Uriel is part of a group of rebel angels are also working to help free Lucifer. Both Uriel and Castiel knew Lucifer who was expelled from Heaven for refusing to bow before humanity.
The Angel who saved Dean from Hell. Since that contact he has started to develop empoathy for humans. He even doubts his orders for the first time, when Uriel] tells him they must get Dean to torture Alastair. He refuses Uriel's attempt to recruit him to join the angels who support Lucifer.
Uriel is introduced as a "specialist" who is part of Castiel's garrison. He exhibits disdain for humanity. By 4.16 On The Head Of A Pin, he has been made Castiel's superior. He plots to release Alastair and have him kill Dean, as he is one a a group of Angels who support the release of Lucifer. He has been trying to recruit angels to the cause and killing those who refuse.
Anna was originally Castiel and Uriel's superior, but she choose to remove her Grace and become human. When Dean is saved, she begins hearing the Angels speaking. Alastair waqnts to capture her in order to find out what the Angels are doing. Dean and Sam save her, and Pamela Barnes helps her regain her memory that she was once an angel. She is under a death sentence for disobedience, but she is able to regain her Grace from Uriel and she becomes and angel again.
Zachariah is Castiel's superior. He puts Sam and Dean into a jobs with Sandover Iron and Engineering, without their real memories, to show Dean that being a hunter is who he is