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Stefanus
12th April 2010, 13:05
The Archangel Jophiel
“Beauty of God”

The Third Hierarchy - those closest to humanity

Principalities - the seventh choir
The Archangels - the 8th choir
Angels - the ninth choir

http://www.wendag.com/images/angelology/jophiel.jpgYou talk about an under appreciated archangel, Jophiel is it. I suppose there are popular and unpopular angels the same as humans. In this case I believe it is lack of knowledge.

His name means “beauty of God”. Like most of the angels, there are many spellings of his name, Jofiel, Iofiel, Iophiel, and Zophiel. They have the same meaning except for Zophiel which means “God’s spy”.

“God’s Spy” really explains the description in Paradise Lost VI of Zophiel when he reports to the heavenly hosts that the rebellious angels are preparing a second more fierce attack. It is Jophiel and Zadkiel, the seventh archangel, that assist Michael when he draws his sword in battle.

He is a member of the choir of Cherubim and ruler of the choir of Throne angels. The Cherubim are the angels of divine knowledge and the Throne angels deliver God's justice upon humanity.

As ruler of the Thrones it is not surprising that he was the angel that threw Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden after their sin. This would certainly bear out that the Throne angels carry out God’s justice.

In Jewish and cabalistic lore, the Cherub and Throne angels are “the princes of heaven” and as such Iofiel is listed as a prince of the Torah (Divine Law) and is equated to their angel Yefefiah.

He looked after and tutored Noah’s three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japhet. Why is this of interest? These three robust young men and their wives are responsible for populating the earth after every man, woman and child was destroyed in the flood. Think about it – someone had to do it.

Your eyes may glaze over but the whole table of nations starts with Genesis 10 in the Old Testament. Many Jews, Christians, and Muslims retain the belief that this table applies to the entire people of earth.

This makes Johpiel one special Archangel.