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Faith Figure: Archangel Michael

The Archangel Michael’s Importance In Christianity:

As Christians we have less of an emphasis of learning and implementing praise/ recognition surrounding saints rather than those rooted in the Catholic faith. The Catholic and Christian church are structured quite different while maintaining a few similar key points/ ideas. One of the major differences is in the approach and servitude of various faith figures- from those appearing in the Bible to The Vatican. This article isn’t to tell you one way is “right” or “wrong” but rather shed light on the commonality to learn about the Archangel Michael and his vital role in the Bible. While I’m not saying to abandon prayers and praise to God and Jesus or replace their name with Michael, I think we need to hold sacred and holy space for the Angel because God has created him and uses Michael in God-honoring, kingdom building ways that we will reap the benefits of, for all of eternity.

What is an Angel?

God created angels as holy figures to act as His messengers from Heaven to Earth. One of the most well-known examples is when God sent the Angel Gabriel to appear before Mary, Jesus’ mother to reveal the plan God has for her and how He chose her, a virgin, to carry His son. Angels carry various messages from God to us- some being more prophetic others containing exact instructions but they all have the foundation of wisdom, peace, protection, assurance, and other characteristics of God.

Who is the Archangel Michael?

The Archangel Michael is an angel of God. Michael is an “angel of high rank” as defined by the term archangel- or, also referred to as the chief of angels appointed by God. Although Michael is not the angel’s supreme leader (this is still God- governs all, including angels), Michael is written into scripture multiple times and plays a vital role in the second coming of Jesus through a leadership position. Theologists explain the significance of Michael is deeply rooted- as we’ll explore later in the article, he is chosen by God to fight against Satan and expel evil once and for all. But, Michael is also named in the Bible- and done so multiple times. Michael hold such importance in God’s plans and symbolism that He choose to call Michael by name, making him known to us. God is revealing His angel of high ranks as a gift to us. He offers Michael as wisdom and understanding, comfort, security/ protection, and gives us the knowledge about the future of mankind and the joy that comes along with God revealing His plans to us for Michael’s destiny with our salvation. God could have easily chosen to leave Michael out of scripture, keeping this as His “behind the scenes”, but He loves and respects us enough as His holy people to share in this joy. The name Michael means “who is like God”.


Fun Facts:

  • Our first detailed introduction to Archangel Michael is in Daniel and the final appearance is in Revelation, detailing his destiny.
  • Michael is featured in multiple religious texts- including the Bible, Torah, and Qur’an.

Significance:

Michael is most commonly known among the Catholic community as Pope Leo XIII wrote and implemented the St. Michael’s Prayer. However, from a Christian standpoint, it is important we understand the importance of Archangel Michael and the role he plays in the end times- the final battle with sin. Today, every single one of us has a tie to Archangel Michael- believers and non-believers because of the final battle. As Christ- followers, Archangel Michael is a faith figure we need to be aware of and truly understand how the integration of this role impacts all of eternity, in addition to our daily living.

What Does He Do?

  • Provides protection, strength, courage

  • Acts as a holy messenger of God.

 

What Has He Done?

  • Spoken to Satan

  • Delivered messages from God to Moses, Daniel, and Paul

  • Provided protection to Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego

Why Is He Important?

  • Michael will kill “the dragon” and help God expunge sin once and for all in the final battle.

Symbolism:

Michael is most commonly shown in painting with a sword/ spear, representing his role as the angel leader in the spiritual battles. He is also represented with armor and banners- typical “war-like” attire/ atmospheres. His other key role and representation is as the angel of death, where are depicts him weighing people’s soul on scales. His “energy color” or a color to represent him is traditionally painted with blue angelic light, symbolizing power, protection, and strength amongst his other character traits.

 

What is an Angel?

God created angels as holy figures to act as His messengers from Heaven to Earth. One of the most well-known examples is when God sent the Angel Gabriel to appear before Mary, Jesus’ mother to reveal the plan God has for her and how He chose her, a virgin, to carry His son. Angels carry various messages from God to us- some being more prophetic others containing exact instructions but they all have the foundation of wisdom, peace, protection, assurance, and other characteristics of God.

 

Who is the Archangel Michael?

The Archangel Michael is an angel of God. Michael is an “angel of high rank” as defined by the term archangel- or, also referred to as the chief of angels appointed by God. Although Michael is not the angel’s supreme leader (this is still God- governs all, including angels), Michael is written into scripture multiple times and plays a vital role in the second coming of Jesus through a leadership position. Theologists explain the significance of Michael is deeply rooted- as we’ll explore later in the article, he is chosen by God to fight against Satan and expel evil once and for all. But, Michael is also named in the Bible- and done so multiple times. Michael hold such importance in God’s plans and symbolism that He choose to call Michael by name, making him known to us. God is revealing His angel of high ranks as a gift to us. He offers Michael as wisdom and understanding, comfort, security/ protection, and gives us the knowledge about the future of mankind and the joy that comes along with God revealing His plans to us for Michael’s destiny with our salvation. God could have easily chosen to leave Michael out of scripture, keeping this as His “behind the scenes”, but He loves and respects us enough as His holy people to share in this joy. The name Michael means “who is like God”.


Fun Facts:

  • Our first detailed introduction to Archangel Michael is in Daniel and the final appearance is in Revelation, detailing his destiny.

  • Michael is featured in multiple religious texts- including the Bible, Torah, and Qur’an.

 

Significance:

Michael is most commonly known among the Catholic community as Pope Leo XIII wrote and implemented the St. Michael’s Prayer. However, from a Christian standpoint, it is important we understand the importance of Archangel Michael and the role he plays in the end times- the final battle with sin. Today, every single one of us has a tie to Archangel Michael- believers and non-believers because of the final battle. As Christ- followers, Archangel Michael is a faith figure we need to be aware of and truly understand how the integration of this role impacts all of eternity, in addition to our daily living.

What Does He Do?

  • Provides protection, strength, courage, and acts as a holy messenger of God.


What Has He Done?

  • Spoken to Satan.
  • Delivered messages from God to Moses, Daniel, and Paul.
  • Provided protection to Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.


Why Is He Important?

  • Michael will kill “the dragon” and help God expunge sin once and for all in the final battle.

Symbolism:

Michael is most commonly shown in painting with a sword/ spear, representing his role as the angel leader in the spiritual battles. He is also represented with armor and banners- typical “war-like” attire/ atmospheres. His other key role and representation is as the angel of death, where are depicts him weighing people’s soul on scales. His “energy color” or a color to represent him is traditionally painted with blue angelic light, symbolizing power, protection, and strength amongst his other character traits.

Michael In The Bible

“For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.”

1 Thessalonians 4:16 (NIV)

“But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia. Now I have come to explain to you what will happen to your people in the future, for the vision concerns a time yet to come.” While he was saying this to me, I bowed with my face toward the ground and was speechless. Then one who looked like a man touched my lips, and I opened my mouth and began to speak. I said to the one standing before me, “I am overcome with anguish because of the vision, my lord, and I feel very weak. How can I, your servant, talk with you, my lord? My strength is gone and I can hardly breathe.” Again the one who looked like a man touched me and gave me strength. “Do not be afraid, you who are highly esteemed,” he said. “Peace! Be strong now; be strong.” When he spoke to me, I was strengthened and said, “Speak, my lord, since you have given me strength.” So he said, “Do you know why I have come to you? Soon I will return to fight against the prince of Persia, and when I go, the prince of Greece will come; but first I will tell you what is written in the Book of Truth. (No one supports me against them except Michael, your prince.”

Daniel 10:13-21

“At that time Michael, the great prince who protects your people, will arise. There will be a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then. But at that time your people—everyone whose name is found written in the book—will be delivered.”

Daniel 12:1

“But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not himself dare to condemn him for slander but said, “The Lord rebuke you!”

Jude 1:9

“Then war broke out in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.”

Revelations 12:7-9

 

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