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Angels With Names and Their Meanings

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In this article we will go into a insightful study of angels with names. We will look into the Bible and what angels have names, their meanings, and their duties. So, grab you Bible and let’s get started…

I have been on a quest to study angels of the Bible and share them here on Think About Such Things. There are so many weird things out there about angels that are not Biblical at all.

So, my hope is to bring God’s truth to you so you can learn and discern. If you would like to see all my articles and studies on angels please visit my Angelology: The Doctrine of Angels page.  

 In this study, we will look at the names of angels. We will look deep into what the Bible says about them and a quick glance into Apocrypha Book of Enoch. 

*An important note is that I do not believe that the Book of Enoch is the inspired word of God as our canonized scripture is. Yes, it is a known fact that many of the early church fathers and some groups do consider the Books of Enoch canonical. My reason for sharing on is to help you understand where people are getting certain names for angels that you do not see in the Bible.  

Names of Angels of God 

Name tag

Under each name I will share the meaning of the name and if the angel had some kind of specific duties. These 4 angel names are taken from the Bible.

The Angel Gabriel 

The meaning behind the angel’s name:

גַּבְרִיאֵל Gabrîyʼêl, gab-ree-ale’; from Strong’s H1403 Gabriel = “warrior of God” or “man of God” 

an archangel; the angel God used to send messages of great importance to man; sent to Daniel, to Zacharias, and to Mary

Gabriel’s Duties –

 It is mentioned that Gabriel stands in the presence of God (Luke 1:19) and he was sent out from there to deliver important messages to the prophet Daniel, Zacharias, and to Mary. 

Scriptures that mention Gabriel 

  • Daniel 8:15-19
  • Daniel 9:21
  • Luke 1:13-19

The Angel Michael 

The meaning behind the angel’s name:

מִיכָאֵל Mîykâʼêl, me-kaw-ale’; from Strong’s H4310 who (is) like God?; Mikael, the name of an archangel and of nine Israelites:—Michael.

Michael’s Duties – Michael is the only angel to be called an archangel. In the book of Revelation, we see Michael leading God’s army against Satan. 

For more on the meaning of archangel please check out 5 Types of Angels of the Bible 

Scriptures that mention Michael

  • Daniel 10:12-13, 21
  • Daniel 12:1
  • Jude 1:9
  • Revelation 12:7

The Angel Lucifer 

The meaning behind the angel’s name:

הֵילֵל hêylêl, hay-lale’; from Strong’s H1984 (in the sense of brightness); the morning-star:—lucifer.

Lucifer’s Duties – Before the fall according to Ezekiel we see that he was an anointed cherub who covers (protects). After the fall Lucifer is known as Satan. He is known as the tempter, accuser, Beelzebul, the father of lies and Beelzebul

Scriptures that mention Lucifer 

The Angel Apollyon

The meaning behind the angel’s name:

Ἀπολλύων Apollýōn, ap-ol-loo’-ohn; active participle of G622; a destroyer —Apollyon.

Apollyon’s Duties – This one is pretty simple…he destroys. 

Scriptures that mention Apollyon 

  • Revelation 9:1-11

* Just to note in some translations of 1 Corinthians 10:10 it mentions the destroyer or destroying angel. This could be a reference to Lucifer or Apollyon. It is unclear so I have left it out of “Scriptures that mention…” but I still wanted to share it. 

 

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Nameless Angels of the Bible 

 Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels. – Hebrews 13:2 

I do want to point out that the Bible is filled with accounts of angels that remain nameless. 

The KJV Bible is 783,137 words in length and only 4 angels are mentioned by name. These angels kept their focus as being messengers of God and kept those who received the message eyes on God. 

Honestly, I think that’s pretty cool. I believe as humans we strive so much to be known, or remembered, or famous. And here you see these incredible creatures who go about not sharing who they are but doing the will of God. 

The Seven Archangels from the Books of Enoch

Just in case you skipped to this section and didn’t read what I wrote above…I will place it here again. 

*An important note is that I do not believe that the Book of Enoch is the inspired word of God as our canonized scripture is. Yes, it is a known fact that some of the early church fathers and some groups do consider the Books of Enoch canonical. And many Christian denominations do look at it as having some historical or theological view.

My reason for sharing is to help you understand where people are getting certain names for angels that you do not see in the Bible. 

The Books of Enoch are composed of three 3 books: 1 Enoch, 2 Enoch, and 3 Enoch. 

It’s in the First Book of Enoch that mentions the 7 archangels. Below are the names of the angels and the meaning:

  1. Gabriel –  “God is my strong man” or “God is my strength”
  2. Michael – “who is like God?”
  3. Raphael – “God heals”
  4. Uriel – “God is my light”
  5. Raguel – “Friend of God”
  6. Remeil – “Thunder of God”
  7. Sariel – “Prince of God” or “Beloved of God”

Well, there you go you have learned about the named angels of the Bible. I hope this has stirred up your faith to study God’s Word more. 

Here are some of my favorite Bibles to get you to study more. 

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