Where Does the Bible Mention Archangels?
1 Thessalonians 4:16 reads, “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.” In Daniel 10:13, the Bible mentions the archangel Michael who came to assist an angel delayed by a principality (“the prince of Persia”). The angel was delayed for three weeks while battling the demon.
Michael gets mentioned again in Daniel 12:1, in a prophecy about the End Times, where Michael shall stand up, and people whose names are found in the book of life shall be delivered.
Jude 1:9 gives another reference to the archangel Michael. The author describes Michael contending with the devil for the body of Moses, telling the devil, “The Lord rebuke thee.” According to Biblical scholars, there was a dispute about who had jurisdiction to claim Moses’ body (The KJV Study Bible). It is worth noting that in this passage, Michael did not act under his own authority but left it to God to rebuke the devil.
In Revelation 12:7-9, we see Michael and his angels fighting with the devil and his angels. The fight ends with the devil kicked out of heaven along with his followers.
From these passages, we can tell that Michael has a high rank as an angel. In the Bible, there is no mention of another archangel by this term. Not to say there are no other archangels. We know there are at least seven (this number is established in Revelation 8:2). Scholars mentioned in the KJV Study Bible suggest that these seven angels stand before God and are responsible for carrying out justice in the world.
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