"The Multi-Eyed Fiery Wheels"

The First Hierarchy – those closest to God

Seraphim – the first choir
Cherubim – the second choir
Thrones – the third choir

The Thrones bringers of justice. They are the 3rd choir in the Celestial Hierarchy by Dionysius the Areopagite. These angels are really quite amazing.

Dionysius calls them “the many eyed ones”. They are the angels of justice and it is their job to carry out God’s decisions. Actually he said” God brings his justice to bear upon us.”

They are some of the most powerful angels in the hierarchy. St. Thomas Aquinas said they have the task of pondering the disposition of divine judgments. They carry out or fulfill the divine justice of the Lord.

The cherubim are referred to in rabbinic and mystic Judaism as God’s charioteers and the multi-eyed ones are the chariots wheels. There is an excellent description of this duo in Ezekiel 1: 14-19.

And the living creatures ran and returned as the appearance of a flash of lightning.

Now as I beheld the living creatures, behold one wheel upon the earth by the living creatures, with his four faces.

The appearance of the wheels and their work was like unto the color of beryl: and they four had one likeness: and their appearance and their work was as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel.

When they went, they went upon their four sides and they turned not when they went. As for their rings, they were so high that they were dreadful; and their rings were full of eyes round about them four.

And when the living creatures went, the wheels went by them: and when the living creatures were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up.

I am doing a little paraphrasing here. He recounts that the cherubim were carried on four wheels, the thrones, “whose rims were covered with eyes and their construction was a wheel within a wheel.”

They were in constant motion “like the noise of great waters and above their heads the likeness of a throne.”
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They are also described in Daniel 7:9 And the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire.

They are described in Colossians 1:16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him.

These angels are also known as Ophanim, Wheels or Galgallin. All of these angels have the same descriptions. It is said that they were the actual wheels of the Lord’s Heavenly Chariot driven by cherubim.

Ophanim, in the Book of Enoch, are described as never sleeping but watching or guarding the throne of God which is the same description given to the Seraphim, Cherubim and Thrones.

In the Book of the Angel Raziel, there are 7 of these multi-eyed angels. Raziel is known as “secret of God”, angel of mysteries and chief of the Supreme Mysteries. He is an angel that stands close to God and hears and writes down everything that is said and discussed.

Following are the 7 throne angels

  1. Gabriel - “God is my strength” - an archangel we all know and love see the Archangel Gabriel
  2. Fanuel (Peniel, Phanuel) – “face of God” depending on the sources the same angel can have different spellings, this is probably Phanuel
  3. Michael – “who is as God” - needs no introduction see Archangel Michael
  4. Uriel – “fire of God”- See the Archangel Uriel
  5. Raphael – “God has healed” - you probably know him. One of the 3 great angels in post-Biblical lore see the Archangel Raphael
  6. Israel - Big time Islamic angel (with all the strife between Jews and Muslims I think this angelic name is very interesting) – a companion of Mohammed for three years. You will also find that Uriel and Israel have a lot in common.
  7. Uzziel (or Usiel) – “strength of God” he appears to be one of the thrones, the cherubim and the virtues – busy guy!

These magnificent angels, as you can see, are a very powerful choir in the angelic hierarchy not to mention seeing one might give you pause for thought. Remember these angels are the bringers of justice.