Archangels in Religion

Find out which major faiths mention archangels in their religious texts.

BY: Compiled by Sherry Huang

 
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MICHAEL


Apocrypha:

  1. Listed as one of four angels along with Gabriel, Raphael, and Uriel (Enoch 9:1).
  2. One of seven archangels named with their delegated tasks (Enoch 20).

Jewish Faith:

  1. In one of Daniel's visions, Michael—"one of the chief princes"—came to Gabriel's aid in the battle against the prince of Persia (Daniel 10:13, 21). Also believed to be the protector of Israel (Daniel 12:1).
  2. Commonly believed to be the unnamed "commander of the host of the Lord" that Joshua sees in the heavens when he's near Jericho (Joshua 5:13-15).

Protestant/Catholic Faith:

  1. Rebuked Satan in their debate over the fate of the body of Moses (Jude v.9). This is the only place in the Christian/Catholic Bible that mentions Michael as an archangel.
  2. Along with other angels, battled the great seven-headed, 10-horned red dragon (Satan, in the form of a serpent) during the great battle in Heaven. The dragon was defeated and thrown down to earth along with other fallen angels (Revelation 12:7-12).

Muslim Faith:

In the Qur'an, he is mentioned as one of two angels who should be no one's enemy (Surah 2:98).




GABRIEL


Apocrypha:

  1. Listed as one of four angels along with Michael, Raphael, and Uriel (Enoch 9:1).
  2. One of seven archangels named with their delegated tasks (Enoch 20).

Jewish Faith:

Helped Daniel interpret his prophetic visions about the Messiah (Daniel 8:16-26; 9:21).



Protetant/Catholic Faith:

  1. Appeared to Zechariah to reveal his wife, Elizabeth, would give birth to John the Baptist. Also, made Zechariah mute when he didn't believe in the prophecy (Luke 1:11-20). 
  2. Appeared to Mary to reveal she would give a virgin birth to Jesus (Luke 1:26-38).

Muslim Faith:

  1. In the Hadith, he is known as the angel who revealed the Qur'an to the Prophet Muhammad. He also accompanied the Prophet on his journey from Mecca to Heaven to meet with Allah.
  2. In the Qur'an, he is mentioned as one of two angels that should be no one's enemy (Surah 2:97-98).


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