Who Is Archangel Gabriel?

Wondering who is archangel Gabriel? Most people have. He (or some even believe she) is a strong angel figure and an archangel who does a lot of announcing and proclaiming. Gabriel throughout history shares a great deal of important information with God's people about God's plans.

Let's dig into this important figure, who plays a key role in the major religions of Abraham; those being the Hebrew, Christian and Muslim faiths.

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There are many archangels and in the past, God had summoned 7 archangels to help the people.  The archangel Gabriel is known as one of the most recognized and popular angels. Let’s uncover why this is true.


The Story of Archangel Gabriel

Understand there is not uniform agreement as to how many archangels exist in heavenly places and on earth.

I do not assume I know everything there is to know about archangels.  My study and experience I share this post will help you and guide you in your spiritual journey and your connection with God through the angels.

3 of the most popular archangels are Michael, Raphael and Gabriel. In the past, Gabriel was one of these angels. Gabriel was a messenger angel from the Hebrew name. The name Gabriel means “God is my strength.”

While not having gender, Gabriel demonstrates more feminine qualities, thereby depicted as a female angel. Gabriel is believed to be one of the top-ranking angels in Judaeo-Christian and the Islamic religion.


Archangel Differences

Remember that every archangel is different, and they are skilled in their own special ways. For example, Gabriel is known to assist and help those who have their deeper spiritual senses or as some faiths call it their "third eye" blocked and are unable to communicate spiritually.

This spiritual help received from Gabriel is understood as angel Gabriel's spiritual meaning and purpose. Archangel Gabriel may come to you when you have trouble communicating or reaching out in your spiritual conversation.

Signs of Archangel Gabriel

First of all, the archangel Gabriel plays a most notable role when she announced to Mary that Mary would have a son, the Son of God.

The Gospel of Luke relates the stories of the Annunciation, (announcement) in which the archangel Gabriel appears to Zechariah and the Virgin Mary, foretelling the births of John the Baptist and Jesus, respectively (Luke 1:11–38).

Gabriel’s Announcement to Zechariah 

11 Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense. 12 When Zechariah saw him, he was startled and was gripped with fear. 13 But the angel said to him: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to call him John. 14 He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth, 15 for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even before he is born.

16 He will bring back many of the people of Israel to the Lord their God. 17 And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the parents to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous—to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”

18 Zechariah asked the angel, “How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along in years.”

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19 The angel said to him, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news. 20 And now you will be silent and not able to speak until the day this happens, because you did not believe my words, which will come true at their appointed time.”


21 Meanwhile, the people were waiting for Zechariah and wondering why he stayed so long in the temple. 22 When he came out, he could not speak to them. They realized he had seen a vision in the temple, for he kept making signs to them but remained unable to speak.

23 When his time of service was completed, he returned home. 24 After this his wife Elizabeth became pregnant and for five months remained in seclusion. 25 “The Lord has done this for me,” she said. “In these days he has shown his favor and taken away my disgrace among the people.”

Gabriel’s Announcement to Mary

"In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”

29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Highest. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”

34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”

35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. 36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. 37 For no word from God will ever fail.”

38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.

Therefore, many Christian traditions—including Anglicanism, Eastern Orthodoxy, and Roman Catholicism—revere Gabriel as a saint.

The Archangel Names 

1 Enoch 20 (a book written between the Old and New Testaments references the seven archangels. They are named Uriel, Raphael, Raguel, Michael, Zerachiel, Gabriel, and Remiel.

There are, however, other lists that give alternate names to the seven archangels. In 3 Enoch 17:1–3 the archangels are named as Michael, Gabriel, Shatqiel, Baradiel, Shachaqiel, Baraqiel, and Sidriel.

In the Testament of Solomon four of the seven archangels are mentioned: Michael, Ouriel, Raphael, and Gabriel

While there are different lists of archangels, writers agree that Gabriel is certainly an archangel and a key messenger angel sent by God to inform and guide at important moments in history.


What is An Archangel?

Because the word “archangel” refers to a particular class of angels; it also refers to a rank in the angelic hierarchy. In the OT, no particular angel is identified as the highest in the angelic hierarchy.

Michael and Gabriel are the two named angels in the OT. In the book of Daniel, Michael is identified as “one of the chief princes,” which is taken to mean archangels (Daniel 10:13). The distinction between Michael and Gabriel in the book of Daniel is that of function, not hierarchy.

Michael serves as a warrior (Daniel 10:13, 21; 12:1), whereas Gabriel serves as a revealer of mysteries Daniel (8:16; 9:21) 16 And I heard a man’s voice from the Ulai calling, “Gabriel, tell this man the meaning of the vision.”

21 …”while I was still in prayer, Gabriel, the man I had seen in the earlier vision, came to me in swift flight about the time of the evening sacrifice.”

Because of this in the NT, Michael is specifically called “the archangel” and is the divine warrior who contends with the devil over the body of Moses (Jude 9); and Michael and his angels engage in a heavenly battle against Satan and his angels (Rev. 12:7). In 1 Thess. 4:16 the imagery used is of God as a divine warrior par excellence who comes down from heaven with a shout, with the voice of his archangel, and with a trumpet declaring his victory as he comes to gather his people.



What Does Archangel Gabriel Look Like?

What do archangels look like? In the Bible angels appear in varied ways. Only cherubim and seraphim are represented with wings. Often in the Old Testament angels appear as ordinary men and even women.

Sometimes, however, their uniqueness is evident as they do things or appear in a fashion clearly non-human. The brilliant white appearance common to the New Testament angel is not a feature of the Old Testament image.


Archangel Gabriel Signs

 Billy Graham wrote a helpful angel book, Angels: God’s Secret Agents (Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1975 pages 14-15), One of the few books published in recent years that approaches angels from a very literal Biblical perspective, Billy tells the story of Dr. S. W. Mitchell, a celebrated Philadelphia neurologist.

Dr. Mitchell had gone to bed after an exceptionally tiring day when suddenly he was awakened by someone knocking on his door. Opening it, he found a little girl, poorly dressed and deeply upset. She told him that her mother was very sick and asked him if he would please come with her. It was a bitterly cold, snowy night, and though he was bone tired, Dr. Mitchell dressed and followed the girl.

As the book recounts the story, the doctor found the mother desperately ill with pneumonia. After arranging for medical care, he complimented the sick woman on the intelligence and persistence of her little daughter. The woman looked at him strangely and then said, “My daughter died a month ago.” She added, “Her coat and shoes are in the clothes closet there.”

Dr. Mitchell, amazed and perplexed, went to the closet and opened the door. There hung the very coat worn by the little girl who had brought him to tend to her mother. It was warm and dry and could not have possibly been out on a wintry night.

Could the doctor have been called in the hour of desperate need by an angel who appeared as this woman’s young daughter? Was this the work of God’s angels on behalf of this woman? I cannot explain it.


What Does Archangel Gabriel Help With?

Angels are a sign of God’s interest in us, of God’s desire to guide us. In the Bible God uses angels and God used archangel Gabriel to guide people to begin new ventures, to protect themselves, to wait, to trust and to hear God’s specific purpose and plan for their life.

There is no reason to think that God has stopped guiding people this way. Scripture clearly stands on the side of those who believe that angels move among us - all the cultural fascination is not false if you trust, believe and have faith in those spiritual things you cannot readily see.

My advice is to keep your eyes open for angels...angels of all kinds. Do not confine yourself to wings and halos. Just remember that, biblically speaking, the word we translate as ANGEL is just as correctly translated MESSENGER.

(Hebrews 12:1) “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us…”

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Reverend Bill is an ordained clergy, having earned his Ba in Psychology from the University of WI. Madison and his Masters of Divinity in Pastoral Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary. Rev. Bill fulfills his calling to ministry through preaching and teaching his people about the Creator's love and purpose for their lives, writing 20+ digital books on spiritual topics and creating blogs on all manner of spiritual themes, especially connecting with your guardian angel and using your angelic helpers to grow closer to God. Reverend Bill's writings and works can be seen on Facebook, YouTube, Amazon and his Vimeo video channel.

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