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St Michael The Archangel in The Bible

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St Michael is also known as St. Michael the Archangel and is the patron saint of the air force, air defense, military and law enforcement hence most of the common prayers to st Michael cover one of those topics. He is one of the four archangels of the Abrahamic religions: Judaism, Islam and the Christian and the Eastern Orthodoxy religions. He is also venerated as a defender of the Church and State. He has been named as the patron saint of many places and organizations, including the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Montreal, the city of Mexico and the United States, as well as the city of Toulouse in France.

The Meaning Behind the Name Michael

St Michael was the Archangel whose name means ‘of salvation’ and whose appearance in the Bible is usually reserved for the Book of Revelation. He is the chief of the army of God, the angel of the ‘prince of the army of the heavenly hosts, and the one who reigns over the ‘prince of the army of the heavenly hosts, the angel who is over the second heaven’, i.e. the sun, moon, and stars. The second meaning refers to his role as the patron saint of police forces.

The Archangel Michael is also one of the most powerful and famous figures in the Biblical and Qur’anic traditions. His name in Hebrew is Mīkāl, which means “who is like God?”, which is supported by the Latin translation, “qui est Deus.” In Islamic tradition, Michael is known as “al-Malik al-Mamūd,” the “King of all the Creation.”

Michael is a traditional name for the Archangel that is commonly used in English-speaking countries, but he has a very different meaning in the Bible. In the Bible, Michael is a chief warrior angel who helps the warring angels fight against the Devil. However, he is also a protector of the Christian people because he has been given the power to fight against the dragon, which is the Devil.

St Michael In the Catholic Bible

The Catholic Church believes that St Michael the Archangel is the patron of the Church and is also the patron saint of the military, police, firefighters, travelers, doctors, undertakers, lawyers, bankers, arms dealers, sportsmen, undertakers, musicians, teachers, travelers, and university students. He was venerated in the Catholic Church on September 29, along with Gabriel and Raphael.

He, along with Gabriel, is the patron of the Archangels. He is seen as protecting communities or churches from evil demons. He is also the angel of the righteous, who tells the rest of the angels when to wake up. He is identified with the Archangel Uriel in some traditions.

Many Protestants and other non-Catholics don’t know that there are Catholic traditions that venerate other archangels besides St. Michael. The Eastern Catholic Churches, especially the Syro-Malabar Church, also venerate St. Raphael, St. Gabriel, St. Uriel, St. Selaphiel, St. Jegudiel, St. Barachiel, and St. Jerahmeel.

St Michael in Quoran

Michael was an archangel that played an important part in the early history of many of the Middle East countries. He was the Archangel that the Jews and Christians ascribed to as one of the guardian angels. He is an angel that has been mentioned in the Bible and the Quran and is one of the most famous and angelic archangels. His name is mentioned in many hymns and prayers.

The Arabic word for Michael is Mikael.  Mikael is mentioned in the Quran as the Archangel who keeps the records of the deeds of the righteous and the angels prostrate before him. Allah says: “So, whoever is an enemy to Allah, His angels, His Messengers, Jibrael [Gabriel] and Mikael (Michael), then verily, Allah is an enemy to the disbelievers” (Quran 2:98)

St. Michael As Mentioned in Bible verses

The story of Michael the Archangel is one of the most well-known, beloved, and miraculous stories in the Bible. The Archangel Michael is mentioned in the Bible in several places. One of the most talked-about is his battle with the Devil at the battle of Armageddon, where he defeats Satan and leads God’s armies to victory.

Some believe that Saint Michael, the Archangel, was an individual person (one of the most important and powerful angels in the Old Testament and the New Testament). He was the commander of all angels. He fought in the ranks of the angels in the war against the dragon. Others believe that Saint Michael was simply a title given to an angel (in the Old Testament and the New Testament). It was a titular designation given to the leader of the heavenly hosts.

However, most scholars agree that Saint Michael is an instance of an epithet for the leaders of the angels in the Old Testament and the New Testament. Either way, the Archangel Michael appears in the Bible in the Book of Daniel and in the Book of Revelation.

Here are some of the books in the Bible and the verses where St. Michael was mentioned:

  • In the Book of Daniel, he is referred to as an enemy of God, but he is also a defender of his people. Hid name is mentioned in these bible verses; Daniel 10:12-13, Daniel 10:21 and Daniel 12:1. The book of Revelation tells us that Michael is one of three angels who rule the final battle against the forces of evil. His name was mentioned several times in the Bible, most often in the Book of Revelation. For example, Judas mentions him in his last days to protect Jesus, while John the apostle used his name to describe the people that followed Jesus.
  • Ironically, Revelation 12:7 refers to the war between The Dragon, Michael, and his angels against The Devil, while Revelation 12:9 refers to the war between the dragon, Michael, and his angels against the army of The Devil.
  • Also, St. Michael the Archangel is also mentioned in these bible verses; Jude 1:9 and in 1 Thessalonians 4:16.

In summary, St. Michael is described as the defender of the faith. He is described as a great warrior. He is the champion of the Church. He vanquishes the enemy and brings back the captured and the captive to the Church. He also intercedes for them. He is the protector of the Church. He is the patron of the sick and of the dying. He is the Archangel who gives the Church victory, and therefore he is the patron of the Church.

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