Is Michael the angel still in heaven?


Michael the Archangel remains in Heaven as a servant of the Lord, which is to say he remains in good standing with God and does His will, wherever it may take him. Michael is described in the Biblical books of Daniel, Jude, and Revelation, as a warrior angel who engages in spiritual combat. The word archangel means “angel of the highest rank.” Most angels in the Bible are portrayed as messengers, but Michael is described in all three books as contending, fighting, or standing against evil spirits and principalities (Daniel 10:13; 21; Jude 1:9; Revelation 12:7). We do not have a full picture of any angel and only two are named in the first cannon’s 66 Books of the Bible (Gabriel is the other). Scripture only gives us hints of their movements during human events, wherewith Michael the archangel is a powerful being.

Despite his great power, Michael is still in total submission to the Lord. His dependence on the Lord’s power is seen in Jude 1:9. The righteous (those in right standing with God) angels have a rank and are submissive to authority, and for this reason they are used as a picture of a wife’s submission to her husband (1 Corinthians 11:10). If the submission of angels is an argument for all submission subject to the authority appointed over it, we can see that submission is never meant to take away a woman’s strength or purpose or value.

The prophet Daniel is told about Michael.. “And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble,” Daniel 12:1.

Daniel’s people are the Jews, and the fact that Michael “protects” them suggests that God has set various angels over various countries or people groups. Demons have a similar hierarchy (Daniel 10:20). The fact that Michael is a “great prince” indicates that he has authority in the spiritual realm. There are others—Daniel 10:13 says that Michael is “one of the chief princes.”

Michael the archangel has a prominent role in the events of the end times. Daniel was told by the angel of the Lord that, during the time of the end, Michael will “arise” and there would be a time of unsurpassed trouble—a reference to the Great Tribulation (Daniel 12:1). Israel is guaranteed protection during this time, which will be followed by a resurrection of the dead—some to everlasting life and others to everlasting contempt (Daniel 12:2). The rapture of the church will be accompanied by “the voice of the archangel” (1 Thessalonians 4:16); this could be a reference to Michael, but Scripture does not specifically name him here.

The last mention of Michael the archangel appears in Revelation 12:7. During the tribulation, “And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,” Revelation 12:7

There is a spiritual war being fought over the hearts and souls of mankind. Michael the archangel is a strong angelic prince who protects Gods people and particularly Israel. He submissively serves God by doing battle against Satan and his demons. Its important to note that the Devil has limitations and cannot subvert Gods will. “And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.” Revelation 12:7-8

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