Papias thus speaks, word for word: To some of them [angels] He gave dominion over the arrangement of the world, and He commissioned them to exercise their dominion well. And he says, immediately after this: but it happened that their arrangement came to nothing. Papias (A.D. 60-130) fragment VII

But let us now pass to another sort of knowledge and doctrine. There are two ways of doctrine and authority, the one of light, and the other of darkness. But there is a great difference between these two ways. For over one are stationed the light-bringing angels of God, but over the other the angels’ of Satan. And He indeed (i.e., God) is Lord forever and ever, but he (i.e., Satan) is prince of the time of iniquity. Barnabas (A.D. 70-130) ch.18

For I myself also, albeit I am in bonds and can comprehend heavenly things and the arrays of the angels and the principalities, things visible and things invisible — I myself am not yet by reason of this a disciple. Ignatius: to the Trallians (A.D. 35-105) ch.5

These are the holy angels of God, that were created first of all, unto whom the Lord delivered all His creation to increase and to build it (the church), and to be masters of all creation. By their hands therefore the building of the tower (church) will be accomplished. Hermas (A.D. 150) Ante-Nicene Fathers vol.2 pg.14

They are young in the faith, and faithful; but they are warned by the angels to do good, because wickedness was found in them. Hermas (A.D. 150) Ante-Nicene Fathers vol.2 pg.14

And the fences are the [holy] angels of the Lord who keep together His people. Hermas (A.D. 150) Ante-Nicene Fathers vol.2 pg. 58

God planted the vineyard, that is, He created the people, and delivered them over to His Son. And the Son placed the angels in charge of them, to watch over them. Hermas (A.D. 150) Ante-Nicene Fathers vol.2 pg. 35

“This,” said he, “is the angel of punishment, and he is one of the just angels, and presides over punishment. So he receives those who wander away from God, and walk after the lusts and deceits of this life, and punishes them, as they deserve, with fearful and various punishments.” “I would fain learn, Sir,” said I, “of what sort are these various punishments.” “Listen,” said he; “the various tortures and punishments are…” Hermas (A.D. 150) Ante-Nicene Fathers vol.2 pg.37

But the great and glorious angel is Michael, who has the power over this people and is their captain. For this is he that puts the law into the hearts of the believers; therefore he himself inspects them to whom he gave it, to see whether they have observed it. Hermas (A.D. 150) Ante-Nicene Fathers vol.2 pg.40

“The glorious man,” said he, “is the Son of God, and those six are the glorious angels who guard Him on the right hand and on the left. Of these glorious angels not one,” said he, “shall enter in unto God without Him; whosoever shall not receive His name, shall not enter into the kingdom of God.” Hermas (A.D. 150) Ante-Nicene Fathers vol.2 pg.47

For all these things I gave thanks unto the Lord, because He had compassion on all that called upon His name, and sent forth the angel of repentance to us that had sinned against Him, and refreshed our spirit, and, when we were already ruined and had no hope of life, restored our life. Hermas (A.D. 150) Ante-Nicene Fathers vol.2 pg.48


“Hear now,” said he, “concerning faith. There are two angels with a man, one of righteousness and one of wickedness. …The angel of righteousness is delicate and bashful and gentle and tranquil. When then this one enters into your heart, forthwith he speaks with you of righteousness, of purity, of holiness, and of contentment, of every righteous deed and of every glorious virtue. When all these things enter into your heart, know that the angel of righteousness is with you… Now see the works of the angel of wickedness also. First of all, he is quick tempered and bitter and senseless, and his works are evil, overthrowing the servants of God. Whenever then he enters into your heart, know him by his works.” Hermas (A.D. 150) Ante-Nicene Fathers vol.2 pg.24

For regiments of angels are distributed over the nations and cities. And, perchance, some are assigned to individuals. The Shepherd, then, cares for each of his sheep; and his closest inspection is given to those who are excellent in their natures, and are capable of being most useful. Clement of Alexandria (A.D. 195) Ante-Nicene Fathers vol.2 pg.517

The apostle says that “God put it into the heart of Titus.” That certain thoughts are suggested to men’s hearts either by good or evil angels, is shown both by the angel that accompanied Tobias, and by the language of the prophet, where he says, “And the angel who spoke in me answered.” Origen (A.D. 248) Ante-Nicene Fathers vol.4 pg. 332

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