Michael the Archangel

Archangel Michael

 

Michael is an archangel in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic tradition. He is viewed as the field commander of the Army of God. He is mentioned by name in the Book of Daniel, the Book of Jude, and the Book of Revelation, in which he leads God's armies against Satan's forces during his uprising.

In Hebrew, Michael means "who is like God" (mi-who, ke-as or like, El-deity), which in Talmudic tradition is interpreted as a trhetorical question: "Who is like God?" to imply that no one is like God. In the book of Daniel, Michael appears as "one of the chief princes".

In Islam, he is the angel of mercy, dispenser of rain. Michael is another name for rain in Arabic. He is created from the light of God's attribute al-Rahman, "the Merciful." In Arabic tradition Michael always appears as second to Gabriel.

He is generally referred to in Christian litanies as "Saint Michael the Archangel". Jehova's Witnesses, Seventh Day Adventists, and certain New Age Christian denominations refer to Michael as the Christ Michael, or Christ before he became man.

In late medieval Christianity, Michael, together with Saint George, became the patron saint of chivalry. Michael was the natural patron of the first chivalric order of France, the Order of Saint Michael of 1469. In the British honours system, a chivalric order founded in 1818 is also named for these two saints, the Order of St Michael and St George. Michael is also considered in many Christian circles as the patron saint of the warrior. Police officers and soldiers, particularly paratroopers and fighter pilots, regard him as their patron.

Archangel Michael is is often portrayed wearing armour, vanquishing Satan in the form of a snake, dragon or demon with a spear or sword. He is often also shown holding a pair of scales in which he weighs the souls of the dead.

In the Kabbalah Michael rules sphere 8 - Hod, which means "glory".

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