Dive into the world of angelic beings with a comprehensive compilation of angel names from the Bible and explore their roles and significance.
Angel Names in the Bible
Ready for the giant list of angels named in the Bible? Here we go!
Pretty underwhelming huh?
When I researched this topic, I saw tons of search results, so I assumed the list was huge. However, upon further digging, I found most angels referred to in general terms.
Mythology, traditions, and the Book of Tobit are a few places where you’ll find lists of angel names. However, when it comes to the 66 books in the traditional Bible, only two angels (plus two other fallen angels) are listed specifically. Even “The Angel of the Lord” remains unnamed through the text.
There are the almost 300 references to angels in the Bible! For example:
- Angels of God
- Sons of God
- Sons of the Almighty
- Heavenly Host
- Holy Ones
- Holy Watchers
- Heavenly Beings
Let’s look at the four specific names of angels listed in the Bible.
Two Good Angels
Known as God’s messenger, the Bible mentions the angel Gabriel by name four times.
He appears to Daniel, Zechariah, and also to Mary.
In Daniel’s case, Gabriel appears to explain his vision about the two-horned ram and the one-horned goat (the coming Medo-Persian kingdoms overthrown by Greece).
While I, Daniel, was watching the vision and trying to understand it, there before me stood one who looked like a man. And I heard a man’s voice from the Ulai calling, “Gabriel, tell this man the meaning of the vision”.
While I was still in prayer, Gabriel, the man I had seen in the earlier vision, came to me in swift flight about the time of the evening sacrifice. He instructed me and said to me, “Daniel, I have now come to give you insight and understanding”.
Daniel 8:15-16 & 9:21-22
In Zechariah’s case, the angel Gabriel appears to tell him that he will have a son (later known as John the Baptist, and cousin to Jesus).
The angel said to him: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to call him John.”
Zechariah asked the angel, “How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along in years.”
The angel said to him, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news.“
Luke 1:13, 18-19
Perhaps the most famous encounter from the angel Gabriel is with Mary, to inform her that she is miraculously pregnant with the Messiah (Jesus!).
God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary.
The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High.“
Luke 1:26-27, 30-32
A second angel, Michael, is known for protecting God’s people as a leader of angel armies! So if Gabriel is a messenger, Michael is a warrior!
The book of Daniel references him twice and also lists him in the books of Jude and Revelation.
Michael doesn’t speak in the text, but another angel calls him “the chief prince” and “the great prince.”
“Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia…At that time Michael, the great prince who protects your people, will arise”.
Daniel 10:13 & 12:1
In the book of Jude, Michael is referenced speaking to the devil and is also referred to as an “archangel” (high-ranking angel).
But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not himself dare to condemn him for slander but said, “The Lord rebuke you!”
Another reference to Michael’s authority is in the book of Revelation during a heavenly battle scene:
Then war broke out in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back.
Two Bad Angels
You may recognize this fallen angel as the devil. Also known as Satan, Isaiah tells us that he was once an angel who rebelled against his creator, God.
“How you are fallen from heaven,
O Lucifer, son of the morning!
How you are cut down to the ground,
You who weakened the nations!”
Isaiah 14:12 NKJV
A few ways he’s described throughout the Bible are:
- father of lies
- prince of this world
His time on earth is limited because the book of Revelation prophesies he will finally be destroyed at Christ’s second coming.
And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown. They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
Another fallen angel is mentioned by name (although some think this is just another name for Satan, while others wonder if he is from God to implement judgment).
The fifth angel sounded his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen from the sky to the earth. The star was given the key to the shaft of the Abyss. When he opened the Abyss, smoke rose from it like the smoke from a gigantic furnace. The sun and sky were darkened by the smoke from the Abyss. And out of the smoke locusts came down on the earth and were given power like that of scorpions of the earth…They had as king over them the angel of the Abyss, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon and in Greek is Apollyon (that is, Destroyer).
Revelation 9:1-3, 11
In any case, I don’t want to be anywhere near this guy…
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