Angel Phanuel – the “face of God”
Is Phanuel the ancient name of the angel of the Lord?
If not, then what happened to him?
Phanuel is the name given to a possible fourth Archangel in the Book of Enoch after Michael, Raphael, and Gabriel.
He is also considered to be the ruler of the Ophanim.
His name means "the face of God.” His was one of the four voices Enoch heard praising God.
There are a host of angels mentioned in the Bible, yet very few individual names are given.
Could other names exist, and they are recorded elsewhere?
The Book of Enoch is a separate book, which is possibly a legitimate missing book. I will look at what it says.
Some discredit the Book of Enoch, since it is missing in the present Bible version.
Issue of using a “missing text”
It is possible to have a “missing text. For example
Num 21:14 Wherefore it is said in the book of the wars of the LORD, What he did in the Red sea, and in the brooks of Arnon,
Although the book is mentioned, it was somehow not preserved.
There is also no book of Adam and Eve, Shem, Noah, Abraham, etc. mentioned in the bible, yet we know that their stories were passed down to their generations.
BEFORE the FLOOD, it may have been that stories were passed on more by word of mouth, than by writing, then eventually someone wrote it down later, but it was a private copy.
I cannot imagine someone writing the “book of Noah,” and planning on saving for a bible that would one day exist.
Later on, when Moses was called, books started being recorded and preserved for posterity, to instruct the nation of Israel.
Before Moses, the first 5 books of the Bible were not written either.
The 4 Angels around the throne, according to Enoch
40.2 I looked, and on the four sides of the Lord of Spirits, I saw four figures, different from those who were standing; and I learnt their names, because the Angel who went with me made known their names, and showed me all the secret things.
40.3 And I heard the voices of those four figures as they sang praises in front of the Lord of Glory.
40.4 The first voice blesses the Lord of Spirits forever and ever.
40.5 And the second voice I heard blessing the Chosen One and the chosen who depend on the Lord of Spirits.
40.6 And the third voice I heard, petitioned, and prayed, on behalf of those who dwell on dry ground and supplicate in the name of the Lord of Spirits.
40.7 And the fourth voice I heard driving away the Satans and not allowing them to come in front of the Lord of Spirits to accuse those who dwell on the high ground.
40.8 And after this I asked the Angel of Peace, who went with me, and showed me everything which is secret: "Who are those four figures, whom I have seen, and whose words I have heard and written down?"
Phanuel – one of the 4 voices
In the book of Enoch, there is a special angel who is set over the repentance of those who inherit eternal life.
Enoch mentions 4 arch angels: Michael, Raphael, Gabriel, and Phanuel.
40.9 And he said to me: "This first one, is the Holy Michael, the merciful and long-suffering. And the second, who is in charge of all the diseases, and in charge of all the wounds of the sons of men, is Raphael. And the third, who is in charge of all the powers, is the Holy Gabriel. And the fourth, who is in charge of repentance, and hope of those who will inherit eternal life, is Phanuel.
Here the 4 angels are mentioned as administering punishment to the wicked on the day of judgment.
54.6 And Michael and Gabriel, Raphael and Phanuel – these will take hold of them on that great day. And throw them, on that day, into the furnace of burning fire, so that the Lord of Spirits may take vengeance on them for their iniquity, in that they became servants of Satan, and led astray those who dwell upon the dry ground.
4 Angels around the Throne, who come and go
71.8 And I saw Angels, who could not be counted, a thousand thousands and ten thousand times ten thousand, surrounding that house. And Michael, and Raphael, and Gabriel, and Phanuel, and the Holy Angels who are in the Heavens above, went in and out of that house.
71.13 And that Head of Days came with Michael, Gabriel, Raphael and Phanuel, and thousands and tens of thousands of Angels without number.
On this site, there is an objection to the Book of Enoch:
“The Bible never mentions an angel named Phanuel, let alone an angel who is set over the repentance of those who inherit eternal life.”
We read in 1st Timothy 2:5 that Jesus Christ is the ONLY Mediator between God and men, not some angel named Phanuel..
But who is Phanuel? Is he known by another name?
An angel who forgives sins:
The angel of the Lord appeared before Joshua and removed his iniquity:
Zec 3:1 ¶ And he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him.
Zec 3:3 Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and stood before the angel.
Zec 3:4 And he answered and spoke unto those that stood before him, saying, Take away the filthy garments from him. And unto him he said, Behold, I have caused your iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raiment.
Only God / Jesus can remove sins.
So Jesus must be the angel of the Lord?
Maybe the angel of the Lord’s name is Phanuel?
Is Phanuel and Jesus the same “being?”
Interestingly, the name Phanuel means the “face of God.”
Jesus always said, if you see me, you see the Father. So this would make sense.
But is this association with Phanuel true?
The angel Phanuel mysteriously got dropped from mention in the bible.
So what happened to him?
The Chosen One
Enoch also mentions the Messiah figure – the Chosen One.
45.3 “On that day the Chosen One will sit on the Throne of Glory and will choose their works. And their resting places will be without number and their spirits within them will grow strong when they see My Chosen One and those who appeal to My Holy and Glorious Name.
45.4 And on that day I will cause My Chosen One to dwell among them and I will transform Heaven and make it an Eternal Blessing and Light.
49.2 For He is powerful in all the secrets of righteousness and iniquity will pass away like a shadow, and will have no existence; for the Chosen One stands in front of the Lord of Spirits and His Glory is for ever and ever, and His Power for all generations.
51.3 And in those days, the Chosen One will sit on his throne, and all the Secrets of Wisdom will flow out from the council of his mouth, for the Lord of Spirits has appointed him and glorified him.
52.6 And these mountains, that you have seen; the mountain of iron, and the mountain of copper, and the mountain of silver, and the mountain of gold, and the mountain of soft metal, and the mountain of lead. All these in front of the Chosen One will be like wax before fire, and like the water that comes down from above onto these mountains they will be weak under his feet.
52.9 All these will be wiped out and destroyed from the face of the earth when the Chosen One appears in front of the Lord of Spirits."
55.4 "You powerful kings who dwell upon the dry ground will be obliged to watch my Chosen One sit down on the throne of My Glory, and judge, in the Name of the Lord of Spirits, Azazel and all his associates and all his hosts."
Phanuel is mentioned in the Book of Enoch, but not the Scriptures that follow in time.
Only the other 3 angels are mentioned by name – Michael, Raphael, and Gabriel.
1. What happened to Phanuel? Is he still present, but now known by another name?
Having 4 creatures or beings around the throne is confirmed in other ways in the bible.
Eze 1:5 Also out of the midst thereof [came] the likeness of four living creatures. And this [was] their appearance; they had the likeness of a man.
Eze 1:15 Now as I beheld the living creatures, behold one wheel upon the earth by the living creatures, with his four faces.
Mat 24:31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
Rev 7:1 And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.
Rev 7:2 And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea,
Rev 9:15 And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men.
2. Is Phanuel the “angel of the Lord” that met with and removed the iniquity from Joshua?
*** a separate post on the “angel of the Lord” is needed to look closely at all his characteristics
3. Is the “angel of the Lord” the pre-incarnate Messiah, whose previous name was Phanuel?
4. Did Phanuel change names to enter an earthly realm?
5. Or was the Chosen One a separate heavenly figure?
6. If the Chosen One was separate, then what was his name in heaven before he came to earth?