Did you know that there are two angels specifically named in Scripture? Have you ever wondered about the other groups of angels or different beings? What do they have to do with me and what can I learn from them?
Gabriel means “the mighty one” or “hero of God.”
Gabriel appears four times in the Bible and each time he delivers good news. Wouldn’t you like to have a job like that?
To Daniel (Dan. 8:16; 9:21).
To Zacharias (Luke 1:13-20). Because Zacharias had little faith, Gabriel took away his ability to talk until John the Baptist was born.
To Mary (Luke 1:26-38). A virgin would give birth to the Son of God? It would take a special messenger to do it. That’s what the word angel means. Are you the faithful messenger you need to be? In your witnessing, rebuking, giving counsel or encouragement?
Michael means “who is like unto the Lord.”
He is the defender of Israel. Dan. 12:1 says, “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.”
Michael is the arch (chief) angel. He is the highest angel. Jude 9 says, “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.”
He leads the angelic armies of heaven against Satan. Rev. 12:7-8 says, “And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.”
The voice of the archangel will be heard at the rapture. 1 Thessalonians 4:16 says, “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first.”
These are different angelic beings. They have six wings and are found in one passage, Isa. 6:1-8.
The word seraphim mean, “burning one.” They were so close to the throne of God that they burned in his presence. Wouldn’t it be great to get heartburn by getting close to God? You can. Lk. 24:32 says, “And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?” Preaching from the pulpit should be red-hot on fire. Your own personal study of the Bible should be so exciting that tums can’t help your heartburn.
This is a different group of the angelic beings. They have four-wings. Ps. 99:1 says, “The LORD reigneth; let the people tremble: he sitteth between the cherubims; let the earth be moved.” The word cherubim means “to be diligent.” They are the guardians of the holiness of God.
They protected the Garden of Eden after man was expelled, they covered the mercy seat and were woven in the very curtains. Why are cherubims found all over the Temple? Because it was to remind the priests to come with a reverent attitude for they were watching them as they entered into the presence of the Lord. Let me ask you: How do you enter church? Without being prayed up, negative, feeling defeated and beat up by the world.