The angel, Michael (“Who Is Like God?”) is an archangel in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic teachings.  He is 1 of 2 archangels named in the Bible; Gabriel being the other one (there are many who speculate Lucifer was a third archangel).

Michael is mentioned three times in the Book of Daniel, once as a “great prince who stands up for the children of your people“.

In the New Testament, Michael leads God’s armies against Satan’s forces in the Book of Revelation, where, during the war in Heaven, he defeats Satan.  In the Epistle of Jude, Michael is specifically referred to as “the archangel Michael“.

Scriptural References

Old Testament

In the Old Testament, the prophet Daniel experiences a vision after having undergone a period of fasting.  In the vision of Daniel 10:13-21, an angel identifies Michael as the protector of Israel.  Daniel refers to Michael as a “prince of the first rank“.  In the vision of Daniel 12:1, Daniel is informed about the role of Michael during the “Time of the End” when there will be “distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations” and that “at that time Michael, the great prince who protects your people, will arise.”

In view of this, Michael is seen as playing an important role as the protector of Israel, and later of the Christian Church.

New Testament

Revelation 12:7-9 describes a war in Heaven in which Michael defeats Satan:

“…there was war 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.”  After the conflict, Satan is thrown to earth along with the fallen angels, where he (“that ancient serpent called the devil”) still tries to “lead the whole world astray“.

Separately, in Jude 1:9, Michael is specifically referred to as an “archangel” when he again confronts Satan: “Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses

A reference to an “archangel” also appears in 1Thessalonians 4:16: “… the Lord himself shall descend from Heaven, with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first.”  This archangel who heralds the second coming of Christ is not named, but is probably Michael.


When it comes to understanding Michael – as with all spiritual things, the unknown outweighs the known.  But, one thing is certain: the world we see and touch is not all there is.

You can read the part of the story we know of Michael the Archangel in Daniel 10:13-21; 12:1; 1Thessalonians 4:16; Jude 1:9; and Revelation 12:7-9.


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