Tuesday, May 25

Which Angels are Mentioned in The Bible? What is The Third Heaven?

Michael, Gabriel, Lucifer, Raphael, Uriel, and many others. How many of these names of angels actually appear in the Bible? Three. Who are these three angels that are mentioned? Also, what about the Third Heaven that Paul talks about in 2nd Corinthians 12:2.

As I have said, there are only three angels mentioned in the Bible: Michael, Gabriel, and Lucifer. Raphael is mentioned in the deterocanonical book of Tobit as well as Paradise Lost, while Uriel appears in the deterocanonical book of Enoch. But Raphael and Uriel are not found anywhere in the Bible.

So, who are Michael, Gabriel, and Lucifer? In past entries, I've talked at length about who Lucifer is, what he did, and what he will do. Lucifer is the fallen angel - Satan, the Devil. He rebelled against God, refused to repent, and fell from heaven. Michael, Gabriel, and Lucifer are the three brothers. This is what the Bible tells us about Michael and Gabriel: [See past entries for more information on Lucifer]

Michael, whose name means "Who is like God?," is one of the three archangels. He is charged with the care of Israel - their protector. (Daniel 10:13, 21, 12:1) Jude 1:9 says, "But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil [Lucifer] over the body of Moses, did not himself dare to condemn him for slander but said, 'The Lord rebuke you!.'" When Moses died, Michael and Lucifer fought over the body. At the end of 1,000 Years, Michael will fight Lucifer and will throw him into the Lake of Burning Sulfur, where he will lock him at for eternity.

Gabriel, whose name means "Champion of God," is also one of the three archangels. He is a messenger. He was sent to Daniel (Daniel 8:16) to explain the vision of the ram and the he-goat, and again to Daniel to give the prophecy of seventy weeks (Seven Years of Tribulation). (Daniel 9:21-27) Gabriel announced the birth of John the Baptist and the Messiah, Jesus. (Luke 1:11, 16) He describes himself as, "I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God." (Luke 1:19)

So, Michael - The Protector, Gabriel - The Messenger, and Lucifer - The Deceiver.

Switching gears, what about the Third Heaven that Paul mentions in 2nd Corinthians 12:2, which says, "I know a man in Christ [Paul] who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven. Whether it was in the body or out of the body I do not know - God knows." He goes on in Verse 4 to say, "was caught up to paradise and heard inexpressible things, things that no one is permitted to tell."

So, what is the third heaven that Paul talks about? Well, what about the first two? There are 551 references in the Bible to the word "heaven," and there are 127 references in the Bible to the word "heavens." There are three heavens talked about in the Bible. Allow me to explain. There is only one HEAVEN. But the word heaven is used for different things.

The first Heaven is the firmament. This heaven is closest to the earth. Genesis 1:8, "And God called the firmament Heaven. And evening and the morning were the second day." In other words - The Sky. So, the Sky is the first "Heaven."

The second Heaven is the space where the sun, the moon and the stars are located - outer space. Deuteronomy 4:19, "And when you look up to the sky and see the sun, the moon, and the stars - all the heavenly array - do not be enticed into bowing down to them or worshiping things the Lord your God has apportioned to all nations under heaven."

The third heaven is the location of God's throne. It is the place where God, the Angels, and man dwell. This is the heaven that the saved go to at death. This is the third heaven Paul talks about. Isaiah 14:13 says that the Third Heaven is "in the sides of the north."

If you are not saved, and God has placed it upon your heart, all you have to do is this: Romans 10:9 says, "If you declare with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." Ask forgiveness for your sins, turn to Jesus, follow his commandments and the Ten Commandments (found in Exodus 20 and Deuteronomy 5), spread the word of God in any way you can. Feel free to email me at vexx801@yahoo.com or leave a comment below. Take Care, and God Bless. Troy Hillman

7 comments:

  1. Hi Troy thank you for your blog and I'm really interested to find out where I can learn about where in the bible it says that it takes 1,000 years for Michael and Lucifer to fight each other in the end? And is that from when Moses passed away? Thanks also for the info on Enoch as when I first came across it in the bible it undoubtedly raised many more questions.

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  2. Hi Daniel!
    Thank you for taking the time to read my article, I am glad you found it useful. More often than not, when I research something I also find that it leads to more questions - yet this is how discovery takes place. In reply to your question, there is not a passage in Scripture that says it will take 1000 years for Michael and Lucifer to fight, nor does it involve from when Moses passed away.

    What Scripture does say, however, is that Michael and Lucifer once argued over the body of Moses, presumably around 1405 BC (Jude 9). The verse says, "But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not himself dare to condemn him for slander but said, 'The Lord rebuke you!'" Also, the reference to Michael vs. Lucifer is found in Revelation 12, where we see the war in heaven.

    This war in heaven will likely occur 3.5 years into the 7-year Tribulation, when Lucifer will be fully expelled from heaven (he still has access to God's throne room; cf. Job 1-2, Zechariah 3). The passage in question says, "And 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. The great dragon was hurled down - that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him."

    Finally, the reference to 1000 years occurs at the end of the 7-year Tribulation. Revelation 20:1-3 says, "And I saw an angel coming down out of heaven, having the key to the Abyss and holding in his hand a great chain. He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years. He threw him into the Abyss, and locked and sealed it over him, to keep him from deceiving the nations anymore until the thousand years were ended. After that, he must be set free for a short time." Traditionally, it is thought that the angel who locks Lucifer in the Abyss is Michael, but Scripture does not specifically state either way.

    So in answer to your question, Michael and Satan concerning Moses is found in Jude 9, Michael vs. Satan is found in Revelation 12:7-9, and Lucifer being locked away during the 1000 years which follow the Tribulation is found in Revelation 20:1-3. I apologize for the late reply, but hope this answers your question!

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  3. This was so helpful I glad I ran into it thank you GOD bless

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  4. Why will we face judgement if we are already guilty of our sins

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    1. Consider the following analogy: if I find myself slashing tires or committing another crime, am I not guilty? Indeed I am. But because I am guilty, the law will take me to court and deal out a punishment for my crime.

      In like manner, we face judgment because we are judged by our actions, how we live our life, the things we say and how we treat others, and particularly our faith in God.

      I hope this analogy makes sense.

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  6. Can you help me understand the Tribulation?

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