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7 Biblical Facts About the Angel Gabriel

7 Biblical Facts About the Angel Gabriel

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7 Biblical Facts About the Angel Gabriel


Gabriel isn’t Called an Archangel in the Bible

Many people, including Christians consider Gabriel an archangel and for good reason. The book of Enoch, an influential work written between the Old and New Testament, references Gabriel as an archangel. Because of this, most believe that Gabriel is an archangel from this text. The book of Enoch says Gabriel and Michael were both archangels. Jude quotes the book of Enoch as prophecy and calls Michael and archangel. Because of this, Jude considered Gabriel an archangel too, all pointing to Gabriel being one. But the truth is the Protestant Bible never once calls Gabriel an archangel. The only named angel specifically called an archangel in the Bible is Michael, referenced in Jude 9.

Gabriel Only Speaks to Three Biblical Characters

We know from Scripture that the angel Gabriel is a messenger who is entrusted to deliver several important messages on God’s behalf. Gabriel appears to at least three people in the Bible, first to the prophet Daniel, referenced in Daniel 8:16; next to the priest Zechariah to foretell and announce the miraculous birth of John the Baptist (Luke 19:19); and finally to the virgin Mary to tell her that she would conceive and bear a son, referenced in Luke 1:26-28.


Gabriel First Appears in Daniel’s Vision

The first time we see Gabriel, he appears to Daniel after the prophet had a vision. Gabriel’s role is to explain the vision to Daniel. The Bible tells us, “And I heard a man’s voice between the banks of the Ulai, and it called, ‘Gabriel, make this man understand the vision.” Gabriel’s appearance was that of a man. When Gabriel visited Daniel a second time, he came to him “in swift flight at the time of the evening sacrifice” (Daniel 9:21).

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Gabriel May Not Have Had Wings

While popular art and culture depict Gabriel with wings, he may not have had them. Gabriel’s “flight” referenced in Daniel 9:21 might suggest wings, but wings are not mentioned. While there is no record of Gabriel having wings, Scripture also doesn’t say that he didn’t have wings. Much is left up to our imagination.

Gabriel’s Name Means “God is Great”

His name has tremendous significance and power. Gabriel means “God is great,” and, as the angel of the annunciation, he is the one who revealed that the Savior would be called “Jesus” referenced in Luke 1:31. But Jesus isn’t the only baby Gabriel names. When Gabriel startles Zechariah in the temple, he tells the priest to name his son John (Luke 1:13). In Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus states that among the sons of women, nobody is greater than John the Baptist – although the very least in the kingdom of God would be greater than John. Gabriel is quite significant as he names the two greatest humans to ever live. Every time Gabriel shows up in the Bible, he makes some mention of Jesus. Gabriel’s messages always point to the coming Messiah.

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Gabriel is One of Two Named Good Angels in the Bible

While many angels are referenced in the Bible, Gabriel is one of the two good and holy angels referenced by name which is pretty significant. He has favored position as an angel who stands in the presence of God (Luke 1:19), and he is selected to deliver important messages of God’s particular love and favor to individuals chosen to be part of God’s plan.

Gabriel’s Appearance is Rather Terrifying

It is clear from Scripture that Gabriel’s appearance was rather terrifying, as Daniel fell on his face at the sight of him. The Bible tells us, “So he came near where I stood. And when he came, I was frightened and fell on my face. But he said to me, ‘Understand, O son of man, that the vision is for the time of the end’” (Daniel 8:17). The Bible also tells us that he was sick for days after his experience with the angel and the vision. Scripture also says, “And I, Daniel, was overcome and lay sick for some days. Then I rose and went about the king’s business, but I was appalled by the vision and did not understand it” (Daniel 8:27). Zechariah is likewise “startled and gripped with fear” (Luke 1:12). His fear may not have been based as much on his physical appearance as it was the shock factor. He did show up unannounced in what was supposed to be an empty temple. He may have been less frightened by his looks than he was his sudden appearance.

While God has called His heavenly messengers to work on His behalf, He has also called angels to work in our lives in very profound ways. Gabriel is an incredible example of this. God loves us so much that He sends His angels to guard, guide and protect us through various stages of our life. Although we may not immediately know or see that angels are around us, they are there at God’s direction and working to assist us in this life and the next.


What is the place of angels as ministering spirits today?

What is the place of angels as ministering spirits today?

This question brings to mind Heb. 1:14, which speaks of the angels as “ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation.” But what are these ministering spirits, and what practical benefit do we derive from them in our age?


What is the place of angels as ministering spirits today?

To be clear, angels are neither winged people wrapped in billowing silk nor chubby children with wings – two false images we sometimes see portrayed in religious artwork. Nor are angels former humans who are working to “earn their wings,” like Clarence in Frank Capra’s movie, It’s a Wonderful Life. The Bible reveals angels to be spiritual creatures. That is, they were created by God, just as we were. But they are spirits, lacking the kind of body we have and possessing an ability to transcend space and physical boundaries.


In some ways, angels are superior to fallen mankind. They are far more powerful; and aside from those who fell from grace (more commonly called demons), they are perfectly free from sin. However, no angel bears the image of God; and no angel will ever be called a child of God. In those more important ways, redeemed mankind is categorically superior to the angels. I think it’s safe to say that angels in general have three “clients” – three targets which they serve – all of which benefit God’s elect, in the end. Above all else, angels exist to serve God. Jesus teaches us to pray: “thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matt. 6:10b).


The angels in heaven (along with the saints) perform God’s will perfectly. They serve Him without flaw, without failure, and without complaint. A big part of that service involves declaring God’s praise. Thus the Psalms call on the angels of the Lord to praise Him (Ps. 103:20-21; Ps. 148:1-2); while Isaiah (Isa. 6:2-4) and John (Rev. 5:11-12) attest to their vigorous obedience to God. The angels also declare the praises of Him who sent them (Luke 2:13-14).


God uses angels to convey God’s messages to men. (In fact, “angel” means “messenger” or “one who is sent” in both Hebrew and Greek!) Heb. 2:2 and Acts 7:53 imply that the angels were sent to bring God’s Law to Moses. The angel Gabriel brought word to Zechariah and Mary of Jesus’ impending birth (Luke 1). Angels announced Jesus’ resurrection (Matt. 28:2-8; Luke 24:4-8; John 20:12-13), as well as His eventual return (Acts 1:10-11). In their faithful service, the angels stand as examples.


God tells us about their service so that we can see their eagerness to obey Him. If these creatures – neither made in God’s image nor called to be His sons and daughters – serve Him so willingly, shouldn’t we be all the more eager to serve Him? Angels also exist to serve Israel, or the Church. In the face of impending danger, God has been known to reveal His angels to His people to assure them of their safety. Thus, God opened the eyes of Elisha’s servant so that he could see that God’s angelic army was far superior to the Syrian army (2 Kings 6:15-19).


But God doesn’t use angels to reassure His people only when an enemy is attacking. When Israel was on the offensive, preparing to invade Canaan and receive the land God had promised, the Angel of the Lord met Joshua to assure him that the army of the Lord was fighting on Israel’s side (Josh. 5:13-15). God gives such assurances because of our weakness. John Calvin said it should be enough for us to know that God is our Protector and King. However, “when we see ourselves beset by so many perils, so many harmful things, so many kinds of enemies – such is our softness and frailty – we would sometimes be filled with trepidation or yield to despair if the Lord did not make us realize the presence of His grace according to our capacity.


Angels Are Listening

For this reason, He not only promises to take care of us, but tells us He has innumerable guardians whom He has bidden to look after our safety” (Institutes 1.14.11). In short, God tells us about this heavenly force to assure us of our security. He comes to protect us, and He leads an army of angels to tackle the task! The Bible indicates that angels also serve individual believers. In Luke 15:10, Jesus declares that the angels rejoice over one sinner who repents. Luke 16:22 records a story by Jesus that shows the angels ensuring the passage of a saint into heaven. And throughout the Bible, we find assurances that angels protect us. The angels of the Lord encamps around God’s people to deliver them (Ps. 34:7). For those who take refuge in the Lord, He commands His angels to guard and protect them (Ps. 91:9-12).


Thus an angel delivered Daniel by shutting the mouths of hungry lions (Dan. 6:20-23). So, does that mean we really do have “guardian angels”? Some have pointed to Matt. 18:10 to claim that each believer has an angel “assigned” to him, as Clarence was assigned to George Bailey. But Matt. 18:10 simply says that God commands His angels heaven to care for the children of His people – not necessarily that a particular angel is “assigned” to each child. Another passage is harder to address.


In Acts 12:15 Peter has been freed from prison and has knocked at the gate of Mary’s house. Hearing his voice, the servant girl runs to tell the others that Peter is at the gate. But they reply, “It is his angel.” This could be a euphemistic way of referring to his spirit. Or it could reflect the disciples’ belief that God does send a particular angel to care for each believer – at least in times of distress. Maybe. But it would be unwise to insist on that conclusion, based as it is on one remark in a single verse! What we know is that God’s angels together rejoice at the repentance of each sinner (Luke 15:10), and that an army of them guard God’s people (Ps. 91:11-12; cf. 2 Kings 6:16; 2 Chron. 32:7). That should give us great comfort.


So then: what is the place of angels as ministering spirits today? It is the same today as always: God promises to send His angels to protect and guard His people, individually and as a church. His angels delivered the Law which leads us to Christ; and they stand as a shining example of the willing service we should give to our heavenly Father. They assure us of His care. And they point us continually to God, who loves us so much that He will not let anything separate us from His love in Christ (Rom. 8:35-39)!


Angels Are Listening

Did you know that angels actually listen to and act on the words we speak?

As I was praying one day, the Spirit of God began to share something with me about angels. He said: You have been wanting to know about confession and why it works. You have been practicing the Word and putting it into motion. You have been saying what My Word says. Now I am going to share with you why it works. One reason the words you speak are so important is because the angels are listening to what you say. People think I tell the angels what to do; but most of the time you are the one who gives them their assignment.

I designed them as ministering spirits. They stand beside you daily, listening to the words that come out of your mouth. If your words are in line with my Word, then the angels go to work immediately, causing the things you speak to come to pass. But if you speak things that are contrary to My Word, you won’t’ get an audience with angels. They won’t operate on those words. Words spoken contrary to My Word will bind the angels. They will back off, fold their hands, and bow their heads. They are bound. They are designed as ministering spirits to minister for you. They listen to your voice, to your words. My Word is My will for man. You should always speak in line with My Word in order for My will to come to pass in your life. Man was designed to speak truth, to speak his will.


No one will be really successful in life unless he puts Jesus’ sayings into action. Jesus said: “Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will show you to whom he is like: He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth: against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.” Luke 6:47-49

There’s no doubt about it– those chariots were manned by angels, because it says, “His ministers are as a flame of fire.” As Psalm 68:17 says, “God’s chariots are twenty thousand, even thousands of angels. Because those four lepers dared to go toward the enemy camp, God caused the enemy to hear the noise of chariots and a great host. Those four lepers took over the whole camp, buried the silver and gold, and had plenty of food. God is just waiting for someone to start toward the enemy’s camp. You will get supernatural help when you start toward the enemy’s camp. Act on God’s Word by speaking and then acting on God’s Word. Your angels will see to it that you win the battle!


Angels appear in church during a LIVE Service – Prophet Shepherd Bushiri

Angels appear in church during a LIVE Service – Prophet Shepherd Bushiri.


On the 13th of September 2015, during a Live Sunday Service, Prophet Shepherd Bushiri – Major 1 prayed for the congregation on behalf of those who don’t believe in God for their spiritual eyes to open just as Elisha prayed for his servant Gehazi in 2 Kings 6:16. Behold, there was a physical appearance of angels in the fourth overflow.

Angels appear in church during a LIVE Service - Prophet Shepherd Bushiri
Angels appear in church during a LIVE Service – Prophet Shepherd Bushiri

It is recorded that thousands witnessed and attested to this great miracle. Some actually shared pictures of screenshots of the apparition of these angels captured live on camera as they watched. Others took snap shots with their camera phones from their TV screens.

Many people who doubted the existence of God were convicted through this miracle and received Jesus as their Lord and personal Saviour. This, however, is just one of many peculiar miracles that God is performing through Prophet Shepherd Bushiri – Major 1 in the Enlightened Christian Gathering (ECG).

Below is a written excerpt of the service:

Prophet Shepherd Bushiri – Major 1(prays): “We believe that you really lived and that you died but Father for the sake of those who don’t believe, open the eyes of these people that they may believe in your power.”


“Let your kingdom, your splendour, your dominion be manifest. The visible glory of your kingdom and may every problem of them disappear.”

“Father in the Name of Jesus, let your kingdom appear in this place. Your power appear in this place and take away the problems of people. In the Name of Jesus, I pray.”

Congregation: “I receive!”

Prophet Shepherd Bushiri – Major 1: “In the Name of Jesus, I pray.”

congregation: “I receive!”


Prophet Shepherd Bushiri -Major 1: “Elisha prayed for the eyes of Gehazi to open. And I want to say this. Your situation. Your problem. Your current suffering will never and can never be compared to what the Lord is about to do in your life.”


Some congregants: “O yes!”

Entire congregation starts screaming and people are been hit by the power of God all through the auditorium.

Prophet Shepherd Bushiri – Major 1: “See angels! See angels! See angels!”

Screaming continues as angels become more visible and many are slayed in the Spirit.

Prophet Shepherd Bushiri – Major 1: “Angels! Angels!”

“Do you see the glory of God? Have you seen the angels?”


Some congregants not hit by this great manifestation of power: “Yes!”


Prophet Shepherd Bushiri – Major 1: “Look here! Angels are here!”


“Whatever you need, begin to pray. Begin to pray. (X2)


” Begin to receive it! Begin to pray.”

Congregants start praying.

Angels appear in church during a LIVE Service – Prophet Shepherd Bushiri

Angels appear in church

You can also read about the ground breaking miracles that occurred during the 2017 – 2018 historic Angel Gabriel Cross Over Service With Prophet Bushiri at the FNB stadium. Note that the stadium was filled to full capacity containing 100,000 and an overflow. All glory be to God for this end time move of His power.

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