Do you know how many names of angels are in the Bible? One would assume that the angels were many but surprisingly the Bible only gives us the names of four angels. Who are these four angels and what are their roles? Their primary duty is to be intermediaries between God and man. They also act as messengers, protectors and guides.
In this article, we have given the names of the four angels and what they did as indicated by the Bible. Keep scrolling and be on the know.
Names of angels and their powers
The Bible has given the names of angels complete meaning. In the Bible, there are angels that are named with their specific names and others are placed in groups. The angel names mentioned in the Bible are all male, there are no names of female angels in the Bible. Below are the names of the angels as mentioned in the Bible;
1. Angel Michael
The archangel Michael is first on this list because he is considered to be the most powerful of the angels. This is attributed to the fact that he was able to drive out Lucifer and the rebellious angels out of heaven.
He is mostly illustrated wearing armor or even holding scales of justice, other times he is portrayed holding a sword while piercing the devil. These are all signs of showing that the archangel Michael is an angel with strength, courage, integrity and an angel of truth too.
The names of angels of God and their duties also have meanings behind them and the meaning of the name of angel Michael is quite vivid which means ‘who is like the Lord'. Despite being powerful, the archangel Michael only speaks once in the whole Bible, and this is seen in the book of Jude 1:9. This shows that the angel is still under the authority of his creator who is God. He only depends on God for directions, and he cannot issue judgment on people in contrary to God's judgment. This is very well portrayed when he says to the devil ‘the Lord rebuke you' indicating that the archangel only acts upon the authority of God.
Catholics believe that the angel Michael comes at the hour of death of a human and gives the soul of the person a chance to redeem itself before it passes and later, weighs the souls.
2. Angel Gabriel
The second of the names of angels in heaven is the angel Gabriel who is popularly known for his roles in delivering messages from God. Gabriel is seen delivering the most important messages from God to humankind. In the first instance, he is seen carrying a message to Daniel the prophet in Daniel 8:15-16 where he is to give Daniel the meaning of the vision Daniel had seen. Here, angel Gabriel is receiving a command from a higher rank saying, ‘Gabriel tell this man the meaning of the vision'. The angel Gabriel being ordered means that even though he has a high level among angels, he is still under the authority of God. The latter day saints believe that the angel Gabriel and Noah are the same person only that Gabriel is the heavenly body while Noah is the mortal body.
3. The fallen angels
These are the angels that sinned and were therefore expelled from the presence of God in heaven. The Bible generally refers to them as demons, unclean spirits or devils. They were already in heaven and were given powers and other splendours, but they were overtaken by their lust for power, and so they wanted to be like God, their creator. Unfortunately, they plotted to take over God's throne but were powerless in His presence. They were thus driven out of heaven.
In Revelation 12:7, the scripture says that there was war in heaven and the dragon and his angels were hurled to the earth, and that is why they are referred to as the fallen angels. Their desire since then has been to hold as many humans captive as possible so that they will be judged into eternal suffering together with them.
The names of fallen angels that were driven out of heaven are not all known but their leader who in Revelation 12:9 is referred to as the dragon, is their leader. Lucifer was an angel in heaven who was given prominent duties and powers just like the angel Michael and angel Gabriel. According to Ezekiel 28:12-19, Lucifer, who is the devil was a magnificent being created by God Himself. The Bible speaks of him as a ‘model of perfection' because he was perfect. Satan has not always been a symbol of darkness as he is now, he was pure and walked blamelessly in the eyes of God. Since he had walked blamelessly in God's presence, God made him a guardian cherub.
However, this angel was puffed up by his wickedness and pride and plotted to sit on the throne of The Most High. In Ezekiel 28:16, the Bible says that due to Lucifer's wickedness, he became violent and that is why he started a war in heaven which he immediately lost. He was driven out in total disgrace and fell on earth together with the angels whom he managed to influence. Here on earth, he started taking over things and taking captive the minds of the people of God so that he causes so many people to turn away from God by sinning against Him. It is evident in the book of James 2:19 that Satan and his angels are afraid of God, the scripture clearly states that the demons believe that there is God and they shudder at the thought of Him.
Lucifer was named the son of the morning, but after he sinned, he was called Satan which means adversary. Satan, like humans also wait for his judgment and will be thrown in the lake of fire forever with his demons and he will not have the chance to keep misleading the people of God thereon.
4. Cherubims and Seraphims angels
These are the angels that are involved in attending to God Himself. The Cherubims are responsible for defending God's holiness against the unholy character of humanity. In Genesis 3:24, the garden of Eden was closed, and a Cherub was placed at the entrance to protect the way to the tree of life. This was after Adam and Eve sinned and were driven out of Eden. The Cherubim angels are responsible for guarding God's holy places as in the case where their statues were placed on the ark of the covenant in Exodus 25:18-22. In Revelation 4:6-8, there are four creatures who were worshipping the holiness of God as mentioned by John, the apostle.
Although the names of the angels in the Bible are not many, the Bible says that God has so many angels that protect human and who act as His messengers. Read the Bible and get to know more details of the names of angels and their powers in the Bible.