There are many angelic classes, but the Scripture only mentions a few. Today I’m going to talk about Michael who is an angelic prince.
The Hebrew word for “princes” is sar, which means captain, ruler, general, or chief.
However, the prince of the kingdom of Persia opposed me for twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left there with the kings of Persia. -Daniel 10:13 BSB
According to Revelation 12:7, Michael is the head or chief angel of all of God’s angels. Michael is one of the most powerful angels, which God has made besides Satan—who was called Day Star and in Latin Lucifer. Before Satan fell into sin, he was created to guard the holy mountain of God.
14 You were anointed as a guardian cherub, for I had ordained you. You were on the holy mountain of God; you walked among the fiery stones. 15 From the day you were created you were blameless in your ways—until wickedness was found in you. -Ezekiel 28:14-15 BSB
After the fall of Lucifer—Day Star—either Michael took his place as guardian Cherub, or he was always the leader of God’s angels, and Lucifer was only a guardian Cherub. The Scripture is not clear on those details. But, what we can know is that Michael is a mighty, powerful angel. We see this when an angel was dispatched to Daniel. He was confronted and stopped by demonic princes, and only Michael, the chief prince, was equipped with great power, which he received during his creation to engage them and free the angel that God sent to Daniel (Daniel 10:21).
There are princes on both sides, the fallen angels, and God’s angels. It seems that the higher class of angels are categorized as princes.
Michael in Jude 1:9 is also called an archangel. Archangels are superior angels (Strong’s Greek 743) which are princes, as mentioned above. Michael is the highest of that class.
But even the archangel Michael, when he disputed with the devil over the body of Moses, did not presume to bring a slanderous charge against him, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!” -Jude 1:9 BSB
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