Angels are very well organized. There are eight titles that show a tremendous degree of organization in the angelic sphere of existence.
Titles that Show Degrees of Organization
The titles show categories of organization and degrees of organization. There are eight such titles.
The first title is thrones. Those angels who are on these thrones sit in the immediate presence of God (Col. 1:16).
The second title is that of dominions, which emphasizes the concept of rulership. This category of angels rules in some specific area (Eph. 1:21; Col. 1:16). It includes higher angels ruling over lower angels.
A third title is that of principalities. This emphasizes the concept of rulership in the category of governing; principalities govern. Those angels who are principalities are viewed as rulers of nations. While dominions apparently concern higher angels ruling lower angels, principalities are rulers of nations (Eph. 3:10; Col. 1:16).
A fourth title is that of authorities, which means to exercise supremacy (Eph. 1:21; 1 Pet. 3:22).
The fifth title is powers, which emphasizes imperial responsibilities (Eph. 1:21; 3:10; Col. 1:16; 1 Pet. 3:22).
The sixth title is hosts, the Hebrew word for “army.” This title emphasizes their military organization (1 Sam. 1:11; I Kg. 22:19).
A seventh title is legions. Legions, like hosts, emphasizes military organization. While the term hosts emphasizes the military organization as a whole, the legion is one division within the host, comprising anywhere from three thousand to six thousand angels (Mat. 26:53).
The eighth title is chief prince or great prince. The chief prince is an angel who heads up and rules over a nation (Dan. 10:13; 12:1).
 Fruchtenbaum, A. G. (1983). Vol. 73: The Messianic Bible Study Collection (12–13). Tustin, Calif.: Ariel Ministries.
Published on Friday, April 12, 2013 @ 4:36 AM CDT