The Bible speaks about angels in many places. The difference between what the Bible says and what the Roman Catholic Church teaches about angels is the number and titles distributed. The Holy Scripture only names one archangel, Michael.
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- 1 Only Gabriel is mentioned by name
- 1.1 Verses in the Bible about Michael
- 1.2 Verses in the Bible about Gabriel
- 1.3 Verses in the Bible about Raphael
- 2 Roman fantasies
- 3 Worshiping angels
Only Gabriel is mentioned by name
In addition to the angels described several times, especially in the Old Testament, the named angel Gabriel also appears. But Gabriel is not an archangel. However, unlike the Gospel, the Church of Rome teaches about multiple archangels. This includes Gabriel and also an ominous Raphael. The latter, however, only appears in Gnostic writings.
Verses in the Bible about Michael
The Archangel Michael appears in the Bible. He is also the only angel referred to as an archangel.
“But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.”
Here the prophet Daniel asked for the explanation of a received vision about the future. The angel Gabriel immediately set off, but was stopped by the “Prince of Persia” and could not overcome him. Only when the archangel Michael came to help was Gabriel able to continue on his way to Daniel.
“But I will shew thee that which is noted in the scripture of truth: and there is none that holdeth with me in these things, but Michael your prince.”
These words were spoken to Daniel by the angel Gabriel and Gabriel describes Michael as “your prince”
“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.”
The version given to Daniel about the time of the end. Here too, Michael is highlighted as “the great prince” who stands up for God’s people.
“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.”
The only verse in the entire Bible that is written about an “archangel.” The name for Michael.
“And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,”
This chapter of Revelation records the “expulsion” of Satan and his attached angels (fallen angels, demons) from heaven and his fall to earth. From the beginning, Satan pursued the people of God. Michael is indicated here as the highest and the heavenly being.
Verses in the Bible about Gabriel
The angel Gabriel, like the archangel Michael, also appears in the Old and New Testaments. There is no verse that describes Gabriel as an archangel.
“And I heard a man’s voice between the banks of Ulai, which called, and said, Gabriel, make this man to understand the vision.”
The angel Gabriel was commissioned to explain the received version to the prophet Daniel.
“Yea, whiles I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation.”
Gabriel has reached Daniel for the explanation of the vision and stands him up
“And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings.”
Gabriel went to Zechariah to tell him that his wife Elisabeth would become pregnant. She will give birth to John the Baptist.
“And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,”
The angel Gabriel visited Mary to report her impending birth of Jesus Christ.
Verses in the Bible about Raphael
An angel Raphael, let alone an archangel Raphael, does not appear in the (normal) Bible. Unless you pick up a Catholic version that contains the book “Tobit”. In this book, which is one of the so-called late writings, the angel Raphael (not the archangel) is mentioned several times. The book of Tobit was never included in the Jewish Tanakh. This book found its way into the Greek translation of the Septuagint (LXX).
A version, self-contradictory (Info), from the hands of so-called Hellenistic scholars from the Alexandria area and thus permeated by Gnostic thought (Info).It is a so-called apocryphal and reads in style roughly like the novel “The Lord of the Rings”.
“And Raphael was sent to heal them both, that is, to scale away the whiteness of Tobit’s eyes, and to give Sara the daughter of Raguel for a wife to Tobias the son of Tobit; and to bind Asmodeus the evil spirit; because she belonged to Tobias by right of inheritance. The selfsame time came Tobit home, and entered into his house, and Sara the daughter of Raguel came down from her upper chamber.“
“Therefore when he went to seek a man, he found Raphael that was an angel.“
“I am Raphael, one of the seven holy angels, which present the prayers of the saints, and which go in and out before the glory of the Holy One.“
The title “Archangel” for Gabriel cannot be proven biblically. Only Michael has this designation and only the Hellenistic philosophers on the Alexandria-Rome axis “knew” about Raphael. Other writings that list Raphael as an angel include the Babylonian Talmud.
It is obvious that there is only one archangel, Michael. This is not only the chief of the angels, but also the “prince” of God’s people. The name Michael means “Who is what God is”.
The naming of several archangels can therefore be dismissed as one of the many gnostic fantasy teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.
Another peculiarity of the Roman Catholic Church is the worship of angels and, in the Church of Rome’s self-image, Michael is also one of these. A (Catholic) prayer to angels is supposed to help people out of trouble, according to one thesis. The Catholic magazine “Die Tagespost” also performs a prayer to “Saint Archangel Michael”.
Worshiping angels is a gross violation of God’s First Commandment (Commandments of God) and the angels know it. John on the island of Patmos fell down before an angel and wanted to worship him. But the angel immediately relented, Revelation 22:9:
“Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.”
But as usual, the Roman Catholic Church simply ignores it.
Bible verses from King James Version