As promised in the first article in this series. this article will deal with the Ishim. The Hebrew word literally is a variant plural of the word ish, which literally means man or human being. Classically the “normal” plural of ish is anashim, an irregular plural.which would mean “men” or “men and women”. Hence, the plural form Ishim means “great men” or the lowest class of angels. The Ishim are very closely related to the material world, which is called by the Kabbalists Malkuth, meaning “Kingdom”. This is the lowest manifestation on the .Tree of Life, corresponding to the planet Earth. Please understand that this term “lowest” is not to be understood literally.
The Archangel of the Ishim is Sandalphon, the “Sandal Wearer”. This an appropriate name, as Sandalphon often walks with us. Legend says that Sandalphon is really the Prophet Elijah. Of course, this would not necessarily make logical sense if He appeared to Abraham. Sandalphon is the Protector of planet Earth, and also, the Master of Music.
Encounters with the Ishim are easier to identify, in contrast meetings with the other groups. Put simply, the Ishim lack wings, and strongly resemble human beings, even down to having, occasionally, physical bodies,. This is in sharp contrast with the characteristics attributed to the other Angelic groups. Let’s look at the story of Abram and the three Angels. This may be found in Genesis 18. According to the story, Abram not only washes the Angels’ feet, but even feeds the Angels! These very physically-appearing creatures are referred to in Genesis as Ishim.
Another Ish appears to Daniel in Chapter 10 of the Book of Daniel. In this story, the Being, although only visible and audible to Daniel, is able to physically touch him, more than once!
Many modern encounters with Angels seem to be with Ishim! Of course, there are also sightings of winged beings, too. However, the most common motif seems to be along the lines of “three strangers appeared from nowhere and towed my truck out of the ditch, and then disappeared!” Perhaps they dwell among us, like on “Touched by an Angel” or “Highway to Heaven”!
There has been much discussion, especially in the past fifty years, about “aliens”. If you read descriptions of alen “close encounters”, you can not help but wonder, whether legends about Angels could be vague reminiscences of encounters with beings from other worlds, or, could alien encounter stories be clouded memories of meetings with Angels? The descriptions of the “Greys” are hauntingly similar to those of the Ishim. This writer feels that the Jury is still out on this issue. Perhaps both Angels and denizens from other planets visit us here on Mother Earth. We will continue to assume, for the sake of discussion, that Angels are “real”. The next article will deal with the Cherubim.
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