Real Name: Barachiel
Occupation: Archangel, guardian of the East
Wind, prince of Raquia (see comments)
Group Membership: Angels of Heaven
(specifically the Seraphim subclass of angels)
Affiliations: Angels of Heaven, Metatron
(Enoch), the Seraphim
Known Relatives: None
Aliases: Barakiel, Baraqiel, Barbiel,
Barchiel, Barquiel, "the Lightning of God"
Base of Operations: Presumably Heaven
First Appearance: The Book of Enoch text
(estimated to be around the 2nd century - see comments);
(adapted into Marvel Comics) Spirits of Vengeance I#2 (January, 2018)
Powers/Abilities: As an angel, Barachiel was
an immortal being who revived upon physical death. He also possessed
feathery wings capable of flight.
In battle, Barachiel often carried a fiery sword.
He was able to be harmed and even apparently killed
by bullets fashioned from the Biblical silver paid to Judas to betray
Height: Unrevealed (approximately 6'2")
Weight: Unrevealed (approximately 170 lbs.)
Eyes: White (no visible irises)
Hair: Light brown
(Third Book of Enoch 14:4) - Barachiel was an archangel of Heaven, appointed over lightning. As the mystic Enoch experienced a vision of Heaven, he encountered many angels including Barachiel.
(Third Book of Enoch 17:3) - As Enoch ascended into the form of the angel Metatron, he again encountered Barachiel, who was then prince of Raquia.
(Spirits of Vengeance I#2 (fb) - BTS) - Barachiel actively participated in the timeless war between Heaven and Hell. At some point in the modern era, Barachiel was captured by Necrodamus and hung upside down in an old abandoned factory/barn in Gethsemane Flats.
(Spirits of Vengeance I#2) - Necrodamus met with the
demon Beleth in Gethsemane Flats and Necrodamus led Beleth into the
factory/barn housing the barely alive Barachiel and his angelic
compatriots. Remarking that he had a weapon designed to end the war
between the two realms, Necrodamus pulled out a gun and pointed it at
Barachiel, who goaded Necrodamus to shoot, muttering that the universe
would just spit him back out again. Necrodamus replied by suggesting
they put the gun to the test and he shot Barachiel and his allies
several times, apparently killing the angels.
Comments: Created by Victor Gischler and David Baldeon.
BIG thanks to Prime Eternal for
stepping up with the Book of Enoch information and additions to the
It should be
noted that very few angels were definitively named in the Bible - just
Michael and Gabriel (the "Angel of Death" was later given the moniker
of Azrael but it's not original to the Bible). However, various
traditions have identified all manner of other angels. Barachiel falls
into that camp. Barachiel originates from the Third Book of Enoch, a
text which was apparently originally written in Hebrew. The earliest
copies are from the 5th century but the text itself claimed to be from
the 2nd century. Although all of the Enoch texts are considered
apocryphal by the worldwide church, that didn't stop Barachiel from
picking up a bit of fame.
In mysticism, Barachiel is the angelic ruler of the planet Jupiter and patron of the signs Scorpio and Pisces, and he is the angel of the Ninth Mansion of the Moon (a system which incorporates angels and zodiac signs into the cycles of the moon). During the Ninth Mansion (supposedly), harvest and travelers are hindered and there is discord between humans.
The Third Book
of Enoch also refers to Barachiel as the ruler of Raquia, alias Second
Heaven. This seems to be the same concept as that of firmament, which
is referenced in Genesis as the dome surrounding Earth during its
creation. The firmament is also a popular source of pseudoreligious
speculation. --Prime Eternal
Profile by Proto-Man
Barachiel should be distinguished from:
Spirits of Vengeance I#2 (January, 2018) - Victor Gischler (writer), David Baldeon (art), Chris Robinson (editor)
First posted: 11/19/2022
Last updated: 11/19/2022
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