Names of Angels in the Bible

The Holy book describes angels as very powerful spiritual beings that were created by God to perform some specific assignments in heaven and on earth.  The Bible often refers to angels as a “host” of angels, naming just a few. What are the names of Angels in the Bible?

names of angels in the bibleThere are majorly three angels mentioned in the Holy Bible.

  • Gabriel
  • Michael
  • Raphael

In the article The Purpose of Angels in the Bible you can read what are their tasks and functions in general. Bellow, I will explain and describe areas where every single angel functioned in the Bible.

Angel Gabriel

Angel Gabriel is the most popular and most known named angel to appear severally in the Scripture. For every time he is mentioned, he acts as a messenger from God to impart wisdom or giving out a special announcement from God. Gabriel appears in the book of Daniel and Luke.  He is famous for being the Angel of the Annunciation but also made a proclamation to the prophet Daniel. Gabriel is known as the messenger angel and is often seen with a trumpet.

Areas Where Angel Gabriel Functioned In The Bible.

  • “While I, Daniel, sought the meaning of the vision I had seen, one who looked like a man stood before me, and on the Ulai I heard a human voice that cried out, “Gabriel, explain the vision to this man.”” (Daniel 8: 15-16)

  •  I was still praying, when the man, Gabriel, whom I had seen in vision before, came to me in flight at the time of the evening offering (Daniel 9:21)

  •  And the angel said to him in reply, “I am Gabriel, who stand before God. I was sent to speak to you and to announce to you this good news. (Luke 1:19)

  •  In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, (Luke 1:26)

Archangel GabrielIn the book of Daniel, Angel Gabriel appeared to the Daniel on a mission to explain some visions God gave to Daniel about the events of the end times. The full details can be seen in the book of Daniel 8:15–27; 9:20–27.

While the prophet Daniel still had difficulty understanding the visions, Angel Gabriel’s explanations, along with other biblical insight on the end times, have given us a better understanding of the events to be expected in the end time.

Gabriel also appeared to Zacharias in the temple to announce the news that Zacharias’s wife, Elizabeth, would give birth to John the Baptist.

Gabriel also visited the Virgin Mary with the good tidings of the birth of Christ.

Take a look how The Angel Gabriel visits Mary ( Luke 1:26-38)

Joseph the husband of Mary also got a surprise visit from Gabriel and received specific guidance and instructions on the circumstances surrounding the pregnancy of his Wife Mary.

It can be concluded from the following events, that Angel Gabriel is one of God’s chief messengers.

Angel Michael

The next and very important angel the Bible calls by name is Michael. His functions are different from that of angel Gabriel.

Areas Where Angel Michael Functioned In The Bible

st. Michael archangelAngel Michael shows up in the Book of Daniel as the warrior who protects Israel, in the book Jude and also in Revelation where he battled with the dragon. Angel Michael is best known as the angel of war and is represented by an armor with a flaming sword.

  •  But the prince of the kingdom of Persia stood in my way for twenty-one days, until finally Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me. I left him there with the prince of the kingdom of Persia, (Daniel 10:13)

  • “At that time there shall arise Michael, the great prince,  guardian of your people; It shall be a time unsurpassed in distress since the nation began until that time. At that time your people shall escape, everyone who is found written in the book. (Daniel 12:1)

  • Yet the archangel Michael, when he argued with the devil in a dispute over the body of Moses, did not venture to pronounce a reviling judgment upon him but said, “May the Lord rebuke you! (Jude 9)

  • Then war broke out in heaven; Michael and his angels battled against the dragon. The dragon and its angels fought back, but they did not prevail and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. (Revelation 12:7-8)

Angel Michael is also seen in the Book of Revelation when he battled the great dragon (Satan) during the end time as seen in the book of Revelation 12:7–9.

Michael always leading an army of angels against Satan himself confirms Michael’s high rank and power among other angels. Read more about Angel Michael here.

 Angel Raphael

angel raphaelRaphael though not as popular as Gabriel and Michael, shows up in the book of Tobit to guide and heal Tobit and rescue Sara from the demon called Asmodeus.

Angel Raphael is also alleged to be the angel responsible for stirring the healing pool in Bethesda in the Gospel of John. Raphael is known as the angel of healing and is represented with a staff.

Areas Where He Functioned in The Bible

  •  I am Raphael, one of the seven angels who stand and serve before the Glory of the Lord. (Tobit 12:15)

  • “And an angel of the Lord descended at certain times into the pond, and the water was moved. And he that went down first into the pond after the motion of the water, was made whole, of whatsoever infirmity he lay under. (John 5:4) DRA

The Book of Tobias (Tobit) 12:15 refers to Raphael as “one of the seven who stand before the Lord.”  In the book of Revelation 8:2, it also made mention of the seven angels who stand before the Lord.

  Who are the 7 angels

gloria angelThe seven Angels mentioned in the Book of Revelation are Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, Raguel, Remiel, Saraqael, and  Uriel.

The first three three were named in the Holy Bible and in Catholicism, three are honored by name: Michael, Gabriel, Raphael.   

Uriel was named in the Book of  Enoch 20:1-8 (non-canonical book).This book was said to be found in the Dead Sea Scrolls and in the Bible of the Oriental Orthodox Church of Ethiopia according to History

Saraqael was mentioned in the Fourth Book of Esdras. Even though the book was popular in the West by Church Fathers was never considered part of the biblical canon.

Other names of angels can find in different apocryphal sources. It is important to stress that Catholic Church gives no official recognition to the names given in apocryphal sources.

Names of Fallen Angels in the Bible

If fallen angels are to be included in the list of angels who are named in the Bible, these two names should not be omitted:

 Lucifer/Satan and Apollyon/Abaddon

fallen angelsLucifer was the angel who led a rebellion against God and was thrown down from heaven alongside the angels who joined him in the act. Prior to his rebellious act, Lucifer was a beautiful, most decorated and powerful angel; but along the line coveted equality with the Most High God and immediately became unholy and cursed and unfit to be heaven (Isaiah 14:12–18; Luke 10:18).

Since His casting down, He is now addressed as Satan and now a chief enemy of  God Almighty seeking and working tirelessly to deceive and destroy all of the mankind (John 10:10).

Apollyon (Hebrew) /Abaddon (Greek) is another fallen angel, as mentioned in the book of Revelation 9:11, who has the mandate to lead an end-time demonic army.

Names of Angels in the Bible – Conclusion

There are three names of angels in the Bible: Michael, Rafael, and Gabriel. They are ranked as an archangel, which means “chief angels”. This title depicts Michael, Gabriel, and Rafael holds a high rank and influential position among other angels in heaven.  Other names of angels are not recognized by Catholic Church.

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