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Important titles (šemhāy’ rabbaye) are those given to significant figures venerated in Mirianism and other forms of Christianity. Various persons in the Judeo-Christian bible and throughout Christian or world history are given honorary titles such as "Malakh", "Malpān", "Nēbya", and "Qadush".
The Mirian view of Angels is derived from Jewish and early Christian folklore/Biblical traditions. These angelic beings are believed to be the messengers of God, but they also have different roles according to rank; a belief in an angelic hierarchy (see below), which is derived from the The Celestial Hierarchy by Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite:
- First Sphere:
- 1. Seraphim (Srāpai'in)
- 2. Cherubim (Krubā)
- 3. Ophanim (Giggal)
- Second Sphere:
- 4. Dominions (Hashmallin)
- 5. Virtues (Hayil)
- 6. Powers (Shultān)
- Third Sphere:
- 7. Principalities (Ārkaws)
- 8. Archangels (Malakh rabā)
- 9. Angels (Malakh tahtāy)
The angels (Malakhāy) of the first sphere are the highest in the ranks of the angels, and are considered to be the "gods" worshipped in polytheistic religions; they are the heavenly attendants of God's throne. Angels are also believed to be ministering spirits, similar to the theology in the Epistle to the Hebrews (1:14). They are believed to be dedicated to the Will of God; they have no need for procreation since they are not mortal (Matt. 22:30).*
* Note here that Angels of God in both the Old and New Testaments are usually in the form of men. According to the Mirian Church, the choice of gender in celestial beings is generally male for reasons concerning Old Testament fertility cults associated with Goddesses mating with Gods to produce offspring such as the Earth itself, and everything contained within the Universe. The Malakhā are dedicated to the work of God in Heaven, and should not concerned with sexual promiscuity. However, Mirianism teaches that Fall between the Serpent (Archangel), Adam and Eve was of sexual nature; the story was told in allegories regarding the Tree of Knowledge and the Forbidden Fruit.
Mirians believe that Prophets (Nēbye) are people that are inclined to have almost direct communication with the Godhead. They are considered semi-enlightened instruments of the Holy God, but are still imperfect humans that can misinterpret visions, signs, and dreams if not careful in understanding. Many prophets are believed to have appeared throughout history, especially in the Old Testament times. Mirianism teaches that God sent his messengers to people outside of the Israelite/Jewish/Christian fold also. These include Zoroaster (to the polytheistic Persians), Confucius and Laozi (to the Chinese), the Buddha (to the Indians), Socrates (to the Pagan Greeks), Guru Nanak (to Hindu and Muslim Indians of the Punjab), the Báb and Bahá'u'lláh (to Muslim Arabs and Persians), and so on. All of the Judeo-Christian prophets, from Noah to Abraham to Moses to Isaiah to John the Baptist, are specifically sent to God's chosen lineage, namely the lineage stemming directly from Noah's offspring of Shem.
Israel, the descendants of Abraham's grandson Jacob, was to be the nation that God chose to represent Him fully and to be His blessing to all nations of the earth (Gen. 12:2-3). However, the Israelites constantly rebelled against God's plan and providence. The Judeo-Christian prophets were specifically sent to this chosen nation to chastise and bring them back to their Lord and His plan.
While John the Baptist is considered a Gate Finder (tr‘ā-mškonā), and the last of great prophets, as well as the re-incarnation of the Prophet Elijah, he is believed to have failed in his mission to bring about full realization of Yeshwa's messiahship (see below for more information). In turn, Yeshwa had been crucified against God's original intention for His son to be blessed through marriage to who would become the "Second Eve".
Reverend Sun Myung Moon, from the nation/people of Korea in the Far East, is considered to be the "first among equals" among the prophets. It is believed that, at the age of 15, Reverend Moon was visited by Yeshwa in a vision on April 17, 1935. He revealed what Unificationists know as the Divine Principle. It biblically reveals things hidden about the sacred scriptures that are considered legitimate revelations by the Mirian Church.
John the Baptist and Sun Myung Moon
While considered a Gate Finder (tr‘ā-mškonā), the last of great prophets, and the re-incarnation of the Prophet Elijah, John the Baptist is believed to have failed in his mission to bring about full realization of Yeshwa's messiahship. John's failure to serve the Christ during his ministry was fully realized by Reverend Sun Myung Moon through the Divine Principle. Yeshwa had been crucified against God the Father's original intention for His Son. This prolonged the restoration of all things (apokatastasis; d-kulmedem n-shalem) for another 2000 or so years. This realization was given by the Reverend Prophet Sun Myung Moon of Korea whom the Mirian Church believes will fulfill the loss of Mishyah to the way of the cross.
For this reason, Reverend Moon is considered "first among equals" among the prophets for his revelations of Yeshwa for this present age, and is believed to be a representative of Yeshwa, and the Second Coming of Mishyah himself. He is also considered the "Prophet of the Far East" to the Judeo-Christian tradition rooted on the Korean peninsula. Sun Myung Moon, together with his wife Hak Ja Han Moon, has conveyed the sacred marriage Blessing upon all who hope for world peace, and ultimate reconciliation of humanity to God the Father.
The question of Muhammad as a Prophet of God is complex in light of Mirian views on God's providence. Nevertheless, Mirianism views Muhammad as a necessary prophet for the furthering of divine providence through Islam. This was made manifest in the prophet's successful uniting of the Arabian tribes. In addition, as a son of Ishmael, Muhammad reconciled the Arab people back into their original relationship with God and His Providence.
While acknowledged as a prophet in Mirian tradition, Muhammad was, nevertheless, a fallible human being.
- See also: List of Saints in Mirianism
Many Christians use the word "saint" to refer to a person who, after their death, is widely recognized and formally honored as having led an exemplary and holy life. Mirians also believe in a similar concept: Qaduše are those who have passed on after making an influential difference in the Church and for the rest of humanity. They are spiritual beings that were once earthly humans, and are able to aid humans on earth into attaining Sainthood themselves.
Glorification of Saints and Holy persons is similar to that of the Roman Catholic canonization in that there are 4 Stages :
- First Stage: Gate Finder (tr‘ā-mškonā) > Second Stage: Revered (dahal) > Third Stage: Blessed (mbrekh) > Fourth Stage: Saint (qaduš)
Anyone can be a Malpān (teacher) in the Mirian Church; children, young and elderly adults, etc. Mirians believe that humans can all learn something by just looking and observing another human being (See Luke 18:15-17 and 21:1-4). Prophets and Saints can also be teachers if they can be learned from by their example. Nature and the Universe are also looked upon as teachers (Matt. 6:28-30).
- See also: Apostolic succesion (Mirianism)
The Rabbane, however, are considered the teachers of the Way of Mishyah (’Owraḥ d-Mishyaḥ) and dedicate their lives to that profession. They are the ministers of the New Covenant in Yeshwa Mishyah, the Great High Priest (Rab Kahiyn Rabā). All Mirian believers are considered a royal priesthood (Kahiyna l-Malkut’ā), similar to the Protestant doctrine of the Priesthood of All Believers.