From March 1st, 2020
*** Considering the creation of the angels. I was recently reminded that there are three arch angels mentioned in scripture being Michael, Gabriel and Lucifer. Lucifer, we know as the leader of the fallen angels and we call him Satan now.
*** In looking at the references to each in scripture we see that Michael is the angel over the nation of Israel and over the warfare of heavens government. He is seen fighting against the spiritual “price” over Persia during Daniels time and is promised to fight for Israel at the end of days. We also have insight into his dealings with Satan from the book of Jude and the promise of his final victory over Satan in Revelation 12.
Michael: (From the NASB)
Daniel 10: 13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia was withstanding me for twenty-one days; then behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left there with the kings of Persia.
21 However, I will tell you what is inscribed in the writing of truth. Yet there is no one who stands firmly with me against these forces except Michael your prince.
Daniel 12:1 “Now at that time Michael, the great prince who stands guard over the sons of your people, will arise. And there will be a time of distress such as never occurred since there was a nation until that time; and at that time your people, everyone who is found written in the book, will be rescued.
Jude 9:9 But Michael the archangel, when he disputed with the devil and argued about the body of Moses, did not dare pronounce against him a railing judgment, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!”
Revelation 12: 7 And there was war in heaven, Michael and his angels waging war with the dragon. The dragon and his angels waged war, 8 and they were not strong enough, and there was no longer a place found for them in heaven.
*** Gabriel is the Herald or messaging Angel. He is the one who has the privilege and responsibility of revealing Gods plans and decrees to men. We see him twice in the book of Daniel both times he is giving Daniel revelation as to future events and in interpreting things he was shown in visions. It is Gabriel who was sent first to proclaim the birth of John the Baptist to Johns’ father and in that account we are told that Gabriel stands before the throne of God. Obviously, this is place of honor and Zachariah’s unbelief at what was being told him resulted in his loosing his voice for almost a year. Gabriel carries the messages of God and they must not be taken lightly. It was also Gabriel who came to Mary to offer her Gods plan to carry the Messiah.
Daniel 8: 15 When I, Daniel, had seen the vision, I sought to understand it; and behold, standing before me was one who looked like a man. 16 And I heard the voice of a man between the banks of Ulai, and he called out and said, “Gabriel, give this man an understanding of the vision.”
Daniel 9: 21 while I was still speaking in prayer, then the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision previously, came to me in my extreme weariness about the time of the evening offering. 22 He gave me instruction and talked with me and said, “O Daniel, I have now come forth to give you insight with understanding. 23 At the beginning of your supplications the command was issued, and I have come to tell you, for you are highly esteemed; so give heed to the message and gain understanding of the vision.
19 The angel answered and said to him, “I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news.
Luke 1:26 Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee called Nazareth,
*** Scholars believe Lucifer was the angel leading heaven in the worship of God. He was called “the anointed cherub who covers”. He was protector of the holiness and presence of the highest throne. He directed all the glory of heaven and earth towards that throne and was “perfect until”. There was a point in time when he ceased from being “perfect” and he became Satan. There are more scriptures about the devil than there are about Michael or Gabriel but they don’t relate to what I am seeing.
12 “Son of man, take up a lamentation over the king of Tyre and say to him, ‘Thus says the Lord God,
“You had the seal of perfection, Full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. 13 “You were in Eden, the garden of God; Every precious stone was your covering: The ruby, the topaz and the diamond; The beryl, the onyx and the jasper; The lapis lazuli, the turquoise and the emerald; And the gold, the workmanship of your settings and sockets, Was in you. On the day that you were created They were prepared.
14 “You were the anointed cherub who covers, And I placed you there. You were on the holy mountain of God; You walked in the midst of the stones of fire. 15 “You were blameless in your ways From the day you were created Until unrighteousness was found in you.
16 “By the abundance of your trade You were internally filled with violence, And you sinned; Therefore I have cast you as profane From the mountain of God. And I have destroyed you, O covering cherub, From the midst of the stones of fire.
17 “Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty; You corrupted your wisdom by reason of your splendor. I cast you to the ground; I put you before kings, That they may see you. 18 “By the multitude of your iniquities, In the unrighteousness of your trade You profaned your sanctuaries. Therefore I have brought fire from the midst of you; It has consumed you, And I have turned you to ashes on the earth In the eyes of all who see you.
12 “How you have fallen from heaven, O star of the morning, son of the dawn! You have been cut down to the earth, You who have weakened the nations!
13 “But you said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God, And I will sit on the mount of assembly In the recesses of the north.
14 ‘I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.’
15 “Nevertheless you will be thrust down to Sheol, To the recesses of the pit.
16 “Those who see you will gaze at you, They will ponder over you, saying, ‘Is this the man who made the earth tremble, Who shook kingdoms,
17 Who made the world like a wilderness And overthrew its cities, Who did not allow his prisoners to go home?’
Job 1: 6 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came among them. 7 The LORD said to Satan, “From where do you come?” Then Satan answered the LORD and said, “From roaming about on the earth and walking around on it.”
Revelation 12: 9 And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.
*** Here is what I find fascinating. Our God is a triune God and all of creation displays His nature and His glory. In these three angels we have the roles of Warrior (King), Messenger (Prophet) and Worshiper (Priest). Isn’t it amazing that God sets up the nation of Israel to be ruled by Prophets, Kings and Priests? Isn’t it amazing that he calls His church to be a nation of Kings and priests and places his Holy Spirit inside each one of us so that we can “All Prophesy”? Now consider that Our father God is King of the universe. Our Savior is the High Priest of our confession ever living to make intercession for us. Holy Spirit fills our hearts and directs us to worship in Spirit and truth. I am excited to serve such a consistent and awesome God.