WHO IS MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL?

Michael the archangel is described in the Bible, in the books of Daniel, Jude, and Revelation, as a warrior angel who engages in spiritual combat.

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Michael the archangel appears to have a major role in end time events.  The angel of the Lord told Daniel that, during the time of the end, Michael will “arise” and there would be a time of unparalleled trouble—a reference to the Great Tribulation (42 months/ the second half of the 7 year tribulation).

“…And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book,” Daniel 12:1-2.

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“Then a war broke out in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back,” Revelation 12:17.  Michael and the forces of heaven defeat the dragon (Satan), and the dragon is hurled to the earth where he goes to persecute the woman (Israel); Israel is protected and goes into the wilderness where she is safe for 42 months (3 ½ years) from Satan.  “And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days,” Revelation 12:6.

The word “archangel” occurs in only two verses of the Bible. First, “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 1 Thess. 4:16 -17.

And second, “Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.”  Jude 1:9.

From the Hebrew name מִיכָאֵל (Mikha’el) meaning “who is like God?”. This is a rhetorical question, implying no person is like God. Michael is one of the seven archangels in Hebrew tradition and the only one identified as an archangel in the Bible.

The word archangel means “angel of the highest rank or chief angel.” Most angels in the Bible are portrayed as messengers, but Michael is described in all three books as contending, fighting, or standing against evil spirits and principalities (Daniel 10:13;21; Jude 1:9; Revelation 12:7). We do not have a full picture of any angel, and only two are named in the Bible (Gabriel is the other). Scripture only gives us hints of their movements during human events, but it is safe to say that Michael the archangel is a powerful being.

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