Thrones Angels

Thrones Contemplate God's Will, Explain Wisdom, Bring Mercy and Justice

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Thrones angels contemplate God's will, explain its wisdom, and express mercy and justice in the world. DEA/F. Tanasi/Getty Images

Thrones angels are known for their wonderful minds. They contemplate God's will on a regular basis, and with their strong intellect, they work to understand that knowledge and figure out how to apply it in practical ways. In the process, they acquire great wisdom. 

Thrones, who are the third rank on the most commonly used angelic hierarchy, join angels from the first two ranks -- the seraphim and cherubim -- on God's council of angels in heaven.

They meet directly with God to discuss his good purposes for everyone and everything in the universe, and how angels can help fulfill those purposes. The Bible mentions this heavenly council in Psalm 89:7, revealing that, "In the council of the holy ones God is greatly feared [respected]; he is more awesome than all who surround him." In Daniel 7:9, the Bible describes thrones angels on the council specifically: "... thrones were set in place, and the Ancient of Days [God] took his seat."

Since thrones are especially wise, they often explain the divine wisdom behind the missions that God assigns to angels who work in lower angelic ranks. These other angels -- who range from the dominions directly below the thrones rank to the guardian angels working closely with human beings -- learn lessons from the thrones angels about how best to perform their God-given missions in ways that will accomplish God's will in each situation.

Sometimes thrones interact with humans, as well. They act as God's messengers, explaining God's will to people who have prayed for guidance about what is best for them from God's perspective about important decisions they need to make in their lives.

God perfectly balances love and truth in every decision he makes, so thrones angels try to do the same.

They express both mercy and justice. By balancing truth and love, as God does, thrones angels can make wise decisions.

As thrones incorporate mercy into their decisions, they keep in mind that the broken parts of God's creation outside of heaven -- such as the earthly dimensions (where people live after humanity's fall) and hell (where fallen angels live) -- can't function as God intends while they're living in an environment corrupted by sin. Thrones know how much people need mercy as they struggle with sin. So thrones try to reflect God's unconditional love in their choices that affect humans, so people can experience God's mercy as a result.

As thrones incorporate truth into their decisions, they remember that God is perfectly holy and therefore is compelled to work for justice to be done in all circumstances. Thrones are known for their concern for God's justice to prevail in a fallen world, and for their work fighting injustice. They go on missions to right wrongs, both to help people and bring glory to God. Thrones angels also enforce God's laws for the universe so that the cosmos works in harmony, as God designed it to function throughout all of its many intricate connections.

Thrones are filled with brilliant light that reflects the brilliance of God's wisdom that enlightens their minds. Whenever they appear to people in their heavenly form, they are characterized by light that shines brightly from within them. All the angels who have direct access to God's throne in heaven -- the thrones, cherubim, and seraphim -- exude light so bright that it's compared to fire, or gemstones that reflect the light of God's glory in his dwelling place.

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