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 firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment below. Take Care, and God Bless. Troy Hillman