7 Facts You Might Not Know About the Angel Gabriel

7 Facts You Might Not Know About the Angel Gabriel

What do you know about the angel Gabriel?

He played a big role in Jesus’ birth story as the angel who told Mary she would birth the Son of God. But what else does the Bible say about the angel Gabriel?

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1. Gabriel is mentioned in both the Old and New Testaments

Gabriel’s first biblical appearance is in Old Testament passage Daniel 8:16, when he is told to explain a vision to the prophet. He’s also commonly known for bearing the good news of Jesus’ coming birth in the New Testament’s Nativity narrative.

Gabriel is mentioned in both the Old and New Testaments

2. Gabriel stands in the presence of God

“I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God,” is how Gabriel describes himself to Zacharias in Luke 1:19. The Greek word for “stands” is paristánō, which means to wait before a superior. The Greek Old Testament uses this same word to describe how Joshua served Moses and how David assisted King Saul.

3. Gabriel has a name

Scripture refers to Gabriel as “Gabriel” six times, “angel” eight times, and “man” twice. Gabriel is one of only two angels explicitly named in the Protestant Bible. The other is Michael, a warrior archangel.

Logos Cloud references the exact times and verses each name is mentioned in the below image.

Gabriel has a name

4. Gabriel is not an archangel

The traditional definition of “archangel,” is an angel of high rank. Gabriel has been called an archangel by tradition because the Book of Tobit (of Catholic and Orthodox canon) identifies the angels who stand in the presence of God as archangels, but surprisingly enough, scripture never refers to him that way.

5. Gabriel has the appearance of a man

The second time Daniel encounters Gabriel (Daniel 9:21), he describes Gabriel as a “man [. . .] seen in the vision previously.” We don’t get any more details on Gabriel’s looks, but Logos Cloud tells us the name Gabriel means “man of God” or “strength of God.”

Gabriel has the appearance of a man

6. Gabriel scares people

When Daniel first meets Gabriel, Daniel falls on his face out of fear. When Gabriel greets Zacharias, his first words are, “Do not be afraid.” When he greets Mary in Luke 1:26-38, the exchange is more celebratory, but Gabriel still starts the conversation by telling her not to be afraid.

7. Gabriel anticipates Jesus birth

Gabriel relays a prophecy concerning “Messiah the Prince” to Daniel. He tells Zacharias that John the Baptist will be a forerunner before the Lord. And most famously, he tells Mary that her son will be called “the Son of the Most High” in Luke 1:32.

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