Jeremiel means "God's mercy." Other spellings include Jeremeel, Jerahmeel, Hieremihel, Ramiel, and Remiel.
Jeremiel is known as the angel of hopeful visions and dreams
. He communicates hopeful messages from God to people who are discouraged or troubled. People sometimes ask for Jeremiel's help to: evaluate their lives and figure out what God would like them to change to better fulfill his purposes for their lives, learn from their mistakes, seek new direction, solve problems, pursue healing, and find encouragement.
In art, Jeremiel is often depicted as if appearing in a vision or dream, since his main role is to communicate hopeful messages through visions and dreams.
Role in Religious Texts:
In the ancient book 2 Baruch
, which is part of the Jewish
apocrypha, Jeremiel appears as the angel who “presides over true visions” (2 Baruch 55:3). After God gives Baruch an elaborate vision of dark water and bright water, Jeremiel arrives to interpret the vision, telling Baruch that the dark water represents human sin and the destruction it causes in the world, and the bright water represents God’s merciful intervention to help people. Jeremiel tells Baruch in 2 Baruch 71:3 that “I have come to tell you these things, because your prayer has been heard with the Most High.” Then Jeremiel gives Baruch a vision of the hope that he says will come to the world when the Messiah brings its sinful, fallen state to an end and restores it to the way God originally intended it to be: “And it shall come to pass, when he has brought low everything that is in the world, and has sat down in peace for the age on the throne of his kingdom, that joy shall then be revealed, and rest shall appear. And then healing shall descend in dew, and disease shall withdraw, and anxiety and anguish and lamentation pass from amongst men, and gladness proceed through the whole earth. And no one shall again die untimely, nor shall any adversity suddenly befall. And judgments, and abusive talk, and contentions, and revenges, and blood, and passions, and envy, and hatred, and whatsoever things are like these shall go into condemnation when they are removed” (2 Baruch 73:1-4). Jeremiel also takes Baruch on a tour of the different levels of heaven. In the Jewish and Christian apocryphal book 2 Esdras
, God sends Jeremiel to answer the prophet Ezra's questions. After Ezra asks how long our fallen, sinful world will endure until the end of the world comes, "the archangel Jeremiel answered and said, 'When the number of those like yourselves is completed; for he [God] has weighed the age in the balance, and measured the times by measure, and numbered the times by number; and he will not move or arouse them until that measure is fulfilled'" (2 Esdras 4:36-37).
Other Religious Roles:
Jeremiel also serves as an angel of death
who escorts people's souls from Earth to heaven, and once in heaven, helps them review their earthly lives and learn from what they've experienced, according to some Jewish traditions. New Age believers says that Jeremiel is the angel of joy
for girls and women, and he appears in female form when he delivers blessings of joy to them.