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12 Terrifying Stories About Violent Archangels That Will Haunt Your Dreams

The earliest biblical reference to the seven archangels is in the Book of Enoch, a Book in some Jewish traditions that is largely rejected by Christianity. The seven archangels include Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, Uriel, Raguel, Remiel (who fell from grace and was replaced by Phanuel), and Azrael (who is sometimes called Sariel). The key players vary slightly depending on the text and faith, but the common thread is that archangels are both the messengers of God and the mighty weapons of heaven. They aren’t the baby-faced, winged beings radiating an aura of calm that show up in the cherubic art of the Renaissance. Archangels are warriors in heaven and on Earth. Just take a look at some creepy pictures that might contain angels if you don't believe.

Tales of archangels fighting demons span across many cultures; the Book of Daniel, in particular, tells of angels and demons battling over the souls of mankind. There are even scary stories about archangels lashing out at humans. This list contains some of the occasions where archangels were far from the comforting celestial beings children are programmed to think they are.

  • Uriel Flooded The Earth To Rid It Of The Children Of Human-Angel Unions

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    While he wasn’t the only one against the idea of the fallen angels taking human wives to breed with, the archangel Uriel was one of the four who spoke up and requested divine intervention in the matter. Basically, Uriel and his self-righteous posse were not at all happy that humans and angels were mating and producing a race of hybrid "giants." He wasn’t taking it easy on anyone either; even the humans were considered guilty of defiling mankind with these unions, and ignorance was not an acceptable excuse. The existence of these cross-breed abominations and the desire to rid the world of them led to a great flood to cleanse the Earth: 

    Here shall stand the angels who have connected themselves with women, and their spirits assuming many different forms are defiling mankind and shall lead them astray into sacrificing to demons "as gods," (here shall they stand) till "the day of" the great judgment in which they shall be judged till they are made an end of. And the women also of the angels who went astray shall become sirens.

  • Samael Tried To Kill A Baby While Still In The Womb

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    The conflict between twin brothers Jacob and Esau began in the womb. There was a discrepancy over who would be born first and who would inherit the Earth.

    The archangel Samael - often referred to as an angel of death - decided to step in and actually intended to slay baby Jacob while still in his mother’s womb. Once again, Michael stepped in and saved the day. Michael had every intention of burning Samael, but God decided they should settle their differences in court. Each of them served different but necessary functions.

  • The Archangel Of Destruction Tried To Take Out Jerusalem

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    It was during the reign of King David that one of the Lord’s angels came out to destroy Jerusalem. Archangels lead supernatural armies into bloody battles and are prepared for Armageddon, but it’s believed they cannot act on their own. With that in mind, it would logically follow that the order to destroy Jerusalem must have come from God, but in this case, it was God who stopped the angel from carrying out the mission of mass destruction:

    And when the angel stretched out his hand toward Jerusalem to destroy it, the LORD relented from the calamity and said to the angel that destroyed the people, “It is enough; now stay your hand.” And the angel of the Lord was by the threshing place of Araunah the Jebusite.

  • The Destroying Angel Slaughtered An Entire Army

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    The Hebrew Bible tells of several instances where the Lord sent his Angel of Death to wipe out the enemies of the Israelites.

    While the slaying of all the firstborn sons in Egypt during what’s now known as Passover is the most famous slaughter, an even larger one took place. The angel saved Jerusalem from an invasion by Sennacherib's army back in 701 BC, but not without a brutal bloodbath. A total of 185,000 men were completely wiped out in one night.