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Archangels are Spirit Beings created and directed by God. They live in His presence and possess tremendous powers and responsibilities. Michael and Gabriel, are the only ones specifically mentioned in the Bible, (the Old and New Testament) but some scholars believe there are many others.


"At that time Michael will appear. He is the great leader of the angels who guard your people. There will be a time of terrible suffering. Things will be worse than at any time since nations began. But at that time of suffering your people will be saved. Their names are written in the Book of Life." (Dan 12:1)

"There was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon. And the dragon and his angels fought back." (Rev 12:7)

  • Michael personally disputed with the devil:
  • "But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not dare to bring a slanderous accusation against him, but said, "the Lord rebuke you!" (Jude 1:9)

  • Michael assisted one of Gods messengers:
  • "But the Prince of Persia opposed me for 21 days. Then Michael came to help me. He is one of the leaders of the angels. He helped me win the battle over the king of Persia." (Dan 10:13 )

  • An archangel will be with the Lord
    when He returns:
  • "For the Lord, Himself will descend from heaven with a loud cry of summons, with the shout of an archangel, and with the blast of the trumpet of God. And those who have departed this life in Christ will rise first." (Thess 4:16 )


Some Bible scholars do not believe that Gabriel is an archangel; however, he is referred to as an archangel in the "Book of Jude."

"Yet Michael the archangel, in contending with the devil, when he disputed about the body of Moses, dared not bring against him a reviling accusation, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!” (Jude 1:9).

Gabriel is one of the most beautiful and magnificent beings in the Principalities and Powers of the Heavens.

  • Daniel was "terrified" when Gabriel appeared to him. (Dan 8;17)
  • Mary was "very upset" when she saw him, (Luke 1:29,30)
  • Zechariah was "amazed and terrified." (Luke 1:12)

There are passages scattered throughout the Bible with Gabriel delivering God's messages.

Gabriel Delivers a Message to Mary

"In the sixth month after Elizabeth had become pregnant, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee. He was sent to a virgin. The girl was engaged to a man named Joseph. He came from the family line of David. The virgin's name was Mary. The angel greeted her and said, "The Lord has given you special favor. He is with you."

Mary was unsettled because of his Words. She wondered what kind of greeting this could be.

But the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary. God is very pleased with you. You will become pregnant and give birth to a son. You must name him Jesus...," (Luke 1:26-37).

Gabriel Delivers a Message to
Zachariah and Elizabeth

"Then an angel of the Lord appeared to Zechariah. The angel was standing at the right side of the incense altar. When Zechariah saw him, he was amazed and terrified.

But the angel said to him, "Do not be afraid, Zechariah. Your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will have a child. It will be a boy, and you must name him John...," ("John the Baptist")

Zechariah asked the angel, "How can I be sure of this? I am an old man, and my wife is old too." The angel answered, "I am Gabriel. I serve God. I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news," (Luke 1:11-19: ).

Gabriel, in the Book of Daniel

"While I was still praying, Gabriel came to me. I had seen him in my earlier vision. He flew over to me very quickly. It was about the time when the evening sacrifice is offered." (Daniel 9:21)

Gabriel was entrusted by God to deliver of some of His most inspiring and important messages.

Samuel Mills

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