Was the Spider a Warning?

And, if angels can appear in dreams and visions, can they also appear in more than one place?

BY: William D. Webber

Have a question about angels? Email Bill Webber at angelquestions@beliefnetstaff.com.*

Find Out: My mother died in December in a nursing home after a long struggle with Alzheimer's.

The director of the nursing home told my oldest brother that one of the residents, who had deteriorated to the point of hardly speaking, had said to an aide:

"Those people gotta get out of that room. There's angels in there."

At the time the resident said this, my family had been called into the room with my mother. This was also the time my mother passed away.

I want to believe the story, but is it something that nursing homes say to the family of the deceased as comfort?

No, this is not something that nursing home staff members routinely tell grieving families who have lost loved ones. If a staff person had wanted to make up a comforting message, he or she would have said something like, “Angels were with your mother when she died.”

Were angels in the room? Angels often do appear at the time of death, bringing peace and comfort. It is possible, especially since the resident had Alzheimer’s, that the “angels” were only a result of his dementia. However, I believe that there were angels present in the room and that the resident did see them. The experience was enough to rouse him from his dementia and move him to speak.

Which angel was considered the first Angel of Mercy, and what is he/she like?
--Sandra Newbauer

There are many legends and traditions about Angels of Mercy so it's difficult to say which angel was the first. In some Jewish traditions Uzziel, Rahmiel, Gabriel, and Michael are considered Angels of Mercy. According to the Kabbalah, Zadkiel, the leader of the nine angels who make up the choir of Dominions, is known as the Angel of Mercy.

In the Islamic tradition Munka and Nakir are the Angels of Mercy, although they are not mentioned in the Qur'an. It is believed that when a person dies these angels come to examine the deceased's faithfulness. The Angels of Mercy then escort the soul of believers from their graves to become birds in the trees of paradise. There they will be until the souls are united with their bodies in the resurrection.

Although no one angel is called the Angel of Mercy in the Bible, every good angel is merciful.

Do angels use scary images to wake us up to extreme danger? Many years ago I was married to an alcoholic who was becoming more abusive. I had two small boys, ages two and four. Even though I was afraid my husband would harm me, my fear of being unable to raise my children alone kept me in the marriage. At night when I laid down to sleep, a large spider would suddenly drop down onto me from the ceiling. I would jump up and frantically look for the spider. There never was one.

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