1. Archangel Gabriel in the Bible

Archangel Gabriel’s name appears in the following scriptures:

And I heard a man’s voice between [the banks of] Ulai, which called, and said, Gabriel, make this [man] to understand the vision (Daniel 8: 16)

Yea, whiles I [was] speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation (Daniel 9: 21)

And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings  (Luke 1: 19)

And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth (Luke 1: 26).

The texts immediately reveal that Archangel Gabriel:

  • has the masculine gender
  • interprets visions for humans
  • can fly swiftly. There was a short time span between the commencement Daniel’s prayer and Archangel Gabriel’s appearance. In contrast, a space craft takes days to reach the moon.
  • hears and responds when believers pray
  • stands in the presence of  God and is therefore a reliable witness.
  • brings good news to earth.

2. Archangel Gabriel’s FIRST visitation with Prophet Daniel – Reveals World Superpowers

Archangel Gabriel appeared to the Prophet Daniel in  553 BCE, during the 3rd Year of Belshazzar’s reign (Daniel 8). By this time, Daniel had lived in Babylon for 52 years.   Daniel was a Prophet who was exiled to Babylon in 605 BCE during the third year of King Jehoiakim who reigned between 608-597 BCE.  605 BC was also the first year of King  Nebuchadnezzar’s rule (Jer 25: 1-12; 36; Jer 29: 1-10).

Daniel had been appointed as deputy in Nebuchadnezzar’s monarchy after revealing and interpreting a dream for the King. He had witnessed firsthand the times and lives of the successive rulers of Babylon.

553 BCE also matches the time frame of Mohamed’s birth in 570 CE. Is there a prophetic connection?

Archangel Gabriel appeared in order to interpret the vision that Daniel had seen.  In the vision, God had revealed the destruction of the Babylonian Empire by the Persian Empire and the succession of worldwide dynasties. The Kingdoms or World Superpowers were compared to violent beasts in the vision; with the character of each revealed in its mannerisms. Each successive beast or world kingdom was revealed as being more violent than the previous one.

3. Archangel Gabriel’s  SECOND visitation with Prophet Daniel- end of  Babylonian captivity  and the birth of the Messiah

Daniel had a second visitation in 539 BC, 14 years after the vision of  Daniel 8.   He had now lived in Babylon for sixty-six years (605 BCE -539 BCE).   History shows that  539 BCE was the first year of the reign of Darius the Mede or Cyrus the Persian  (Daniel  9: 1).

Daniel had just discovered Jeremiah’s prophecy about the 70 year captivity in Babylon.  This time period had been given to  King Jehoiakim in 605 BCE, the  very year of the first captivity  (Jeremiah 25: 1-12; 36).

Archangel Gabriel confirmed the duration of the prophecy given by Jeremiah.  He gave a formula in His response with seventy weeks = seventy years AND cycles of seventy year periods:

Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy (Daniel 9: 24)

What is the meaning of this prophecy? Archangel Gabriel prophesied that the Jews would have to serve 70 year periods for 6 reasons. To:

  1. finish the transgression
  2. make an end of sins
  3. reconcile for iniquity or sins
  4. bring in everlasting righteousness
  5. seal up the vision and prophecy
  6. anoint the Most Holy

This explanation will be given further in “The Countdown to the Messiah – Timing of His birth”.

3. Archangel Gabriel then gave another  prophecy regarding the Messiah-  time of  His birth and death

This prophecy would begin at the commandment to release the captives unto the time of the Messiah:

Know therefore and understand, [that] from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince [shall be] seven weeks, and (plus) threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.

And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the prince of the people that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof [shall be] with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined   (Dan 9: 25 & 26).

The highlights of this prophecy:

  • a command which would be given for the restoration and rebuilding of Jerusalem’s streets and walls. This would be done even in troubled times.
  • Weeks or years of sevens would elapse from the command to Messiah’s birth.
  • The Messiah would be cut off threescore and two weeks after His birth.
  • An invasion, a war, and another desolation would take place – the city and the sanctuary would be destroyed again.

Related readings

Prophesies about the destruction of the Temple and Jerusalem

Deadline for the restoration of the temple in Jerusalem

Cyrus King of Persia