Christian Pilgrim


67. Gabriel

There are four references to "Gabriel" in the Bible. Note that he is NOT an archangel, there is only one of those, i.e. "Michael":

Daniel 8:16 - "And I heard a man's voice between the banks of Ulai, which called, and said, Gabriel, make this man to understand the vision."

Daniel 9:21 - "Yea, whiles I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation."

Luke 1:19 - "And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings."

Luke 1:26 - "And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth"

In Daniel 8:16 and 9:21 he is called a man, but in Luke 1:19 and 1:26 he is called an angel. In the Bible, angels are sometimes referred to as men.

In Luke 1:19 he is described as one "that stand in the presence of God." Could he be one of the seven angels that do this? c.f. Revelation 8:1 "And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets."