Other Religions Angels and Miracles Ophanim Angels Share Flipboard Email Print Ian Trower/Getty Images Angels and Miracles An Introduction To Angels All About Miracles Prayer and Meditation Religious Texts Famous Archangels By Whitney Hopler Religion Expert B.A., Comparative Religion, George Mason University Whitney Hopler has written on faith topics since 1994. She is communications director for the Center for Advancement of Well-Being at George Mason University. our editorial process Whitney Hopler Updated January 19, 2019 The Ophanim angels are a group of angels in Judaism who are known for their wisdom. They never sleep, because they're constantly busy guarding God's throne in heaven. Ophanim are most commonly called thrones (and sometimes "wheels"). Their name comes from the Hebrew word "ophan," which means "wheel," due to the Torah and Bible's description of them in Ezekiel 1:15-21 as having their spirits encased inside wheels that moved along with them wherever they went. The ophanim's wheels are covered with eyes, which symbolize their constant awareness of what's happening around them and how well those activities align with God's will. Merkabah Mysticism Meditation As people's minds progress through the different levels of heaven during Merkabah mysticism meditation, they encounter ophanim angels who test them on their spiritual knowledge and reveal more holy mysteries to them after they pass a test and continue on their way. Their goal is to leave their personal egos behind and move closer to God's will for them. Ophanim angels help people grow closer to God by helping them open their minds up more to discovering and fulfilling God's purposes for their lives. Enoch and Ophanim Angels Ophanim angels help transport a chariot of fire carrying the biblical prophet Enoch to and through heaven in a story included in the book of 3 Enoch, a Jewish and Christian sacred text. When the ophanim and other angels present in heaven meet Enoch (who turns into Archangel Metatron), they scoff: "He is merely a gnat among those who divide flames of fire!". But God replies that he has chosen Enoch because of his "faith, righteousness, and perfection of the deed" to be "a tribute from my world under all the heavens." Ophanim Angels Communicating With Humans In Kabbalah, Archangel Raziel leads the ophanim angels as they express God's creative energy of wisdom (called "chokmah") throughout the universe. That work involves the ophanim angels working with humans to help people learn more knowledge, guide people to apply that knowledge to their lives in practical ways so they can become wiser, and empower people to reach their full, God-given potential in life. Sir Francis Canker Photography/Getty Images Ophanim angels may send signs or messages to people through extrasensory perception (ESP), including: Clairvoyance (clear seeing), seeing impressions in your mindClairaudience (clear hearing), hearing sounds that come from beyond the physical realmClairalience (clear smelling), receiving psychic knowledge through your sense of smellClairgustance (clear tasting), learning about something through taste, despite the lack of a physical source of that tasteClairsentience (clear sensing of touch and emotions), gaining psychic information through your sense of touch or perceiving something by feeling the emotion of it in a physical way Some of the other ways that ophanim may communicate with humans include sending fresh creative ideas (such as insights about new ways to solve problems) and boosts of faith. Helping Mankind Understand Ophanim angels are constantly reflecting on God's will so that they can understand and follow it wisely. The ophanim explain God's will to other beings that the Creator has made (humans included) to help everyone develop greater wisdom. They also explain and enforce the laws that govern the universe, ushering God's justice into every type of situation and working to right wrongs. As they explain God's laws to humans, they work through people's minds, sending thoughts that increase their understanding of, and appreciation for, the ways God has designed the universe to work for the good of everyone in it.