The Archangel Michael

The name and title of a celestial being mentioned in Jude 9 as contending with the devil about the body of Moses. The name Michael occurs also in Dan. 10:13 , 21 ; 12:1 as one of the “chief princes” of the Jews, who had been helping Gabriel at the court of Persia, who alone shared Gabriel’s knowledge of the future, and who would deliver Daniel’s people from their foes at the end of time. The context requires that Michael be considered a supernatural being. In Rev. 12:7 Michael commands the angelic forces in the great struggle in heaven that resulted in the expulsion of Lucifer and his angels. In each instance the name occurs in the context of conflict with Satan. Clement of Alexandria, Origen, and Didymus refer to Jude 9 as a quotation from the pseudepigraphal Assumption of Moses, ...

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