The Angels In The Bible

Some of the angels in the Bible named, Michael, Gabriel and Raphael are God's good angels. Apollyon and Satan are the bad ones.


One of the best-known angel "names" of the Bible is that of Gabriel. Gabriel is a messenger of God. He appears in the Old Testament Book of Daniel and in Luke's Gospel. Gabriel appeared twice to the prophet Daniel. One of those appearances was to explain the meaning of a vision that the prophet had experienced. (Dan. 8: 16) The second visit of the angel was to explain a prophecy that God had revealed to Daniel but that the prophet did not understand. (Dan. 9:21)

Gabriel had the privilege of announcing the future births of John the Baptist and Jesus. In Luke's Gospel, the angel appeared to Zechariah to announce the coming birth of John the Baptist to his wife Elizabeth. (Luke 1: 5-19) Gabriel said this about himself: "I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, who sent me to speak to you and tell you this good news." (Luke 1: 19) The pregnancy was a miracle because Elizabeth bad been unable to bear children up to this point.

It was Gabriel who appeared to Mary. (Luke 1: 26-38) This is the revelation of another miracle, a virgin birth. The angel tells Mary that she has been blessed among women to mother the "Son of God". He also informs her that her relative Elizabeth is also pregnant. "For there is nothing that God cannot do." (Luke 1: 37)


Michael is an archangel. Jude describes Michael as "the chief angel". (Jude 9) Jude was teaching that even Michael does not condemn the Devil, but leaves that to God. Revelation describes a war in Heaven with Michael leading his angels in a battle victory against the dragon (Satan) and his angels. The Devil is thrown out of Heaven and sent to earth. (Rev. 12: 7-9)

Michael is described in the Book of Daniel as "Israel's guardian angel". (Dan 10: 21) A prophecy regarding Michael's role in the end times struggle against evil is revealed to Daniel. (Dan.12: 1)


The angel Raphael is revealed in the Book of Tobit. Tobit is not in the canon of Protestant or Jewish Bibles; it is in Catholic and Anglican Bibles and is recognized in some of the Orthodox Churches.

Raphael is more of a "Touched by an Angel" angel. God dispatches Raphael from Heaven to answer the prayers of two Jewish supplicants exiled in Ninevah. Through the work of this angel a blind Tobit is made to see and a young woman is given relief from an evil spirit that keeps killing her husbands. The happy ending is supplied when Tobit's son marries the young woman. They live happily ever after and Raphael returns to Heaven after revealing his true identity and refusing the earthly rewards offered by Tobit.


Apollyon is the "angel in charge of the abyss". (Rev. 9: 11) Apollyon means "The Destroyer". He has a Hebrew name also: Abaddon. This is not a good angel.


Satan is an angel but, a fallen one. Revelation 12: 9 describes his fall from Heaven. Paul tells us in 1 Timothy 3:6 that Satan was condemned because of pride. Satan appears before God as the accuser and meets with The Lord in the first chapter of Job. Satan's job is to make trouble for us but his days are numbered as we see in Revelation.

These are the angels in the Bible who are named. There are hundreds of instances of unnamed angels appearing and working for God as messengers and warriors. Angels visited Lot in Sodom to warn him and protect him. (Genesis: 19) Angels protect God's people, too. (Psalm 91: 11) Angels are created beings, (Psalm 148: 2-5) don't marry, (Luke 20:34-36) and are created holy (Genesis 1: 31; Jude 6).


Good News Bible, Canadian Bible Society, 1992

Handy Dictionary of The Bible, Zondervan, 1965

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