The Angel Gabriel

Gabriel also has a specific job description.  What is it?

Well, let’s look at where Gabriel shows up in Scripture and see what he’s up to.

Daniel 8.  Daniel sees a vision about the coming kingdoms of the Earth, including the final kingdom, which will oppose the King of Kings.  Gabriel comes to explain it to him.

Daniel 9.  Knowing from reading Jeremiah that the captivity is about over, Daniel starts praying.  As he really gets intense, Gabriel appears to interrupt Daniel and gives him what’s known as the 70 Weeks Prophecy, which – among other things – predicts to the day when Jesus will ride a donkey into Jerusalem fulfilling Zechariah’s prophecy.

Luke 1 (twice).

  1. Gabriel is sent to Zecharias to tell him that his aged wife is expecting and their baby, John the Baptist, will prepare the way for the Messiah.
  1. Gabriel is also the angel who appeared to Mary to tell her she will be the mother of the Messiah.

3 out of 4 times, Gabriel is on a Messianic Messenger Mission.  The other time, he gives Daniel an explanation of a vision that climaxes in a world leader who will oppose Christ.

The Book of Enoch and a few other sources give Gabriel other job descriptions, but those sources are extra-Biblical so it’s hard to tell how much weight to give them.

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