“Michael, one of the chief leaders.” Michael was a ruling angel. When God created the spiritual world with different spiritual beings, He made some of His angels to be ruling angels, “archangels.” The ruling-angel Michael is specifically called one of the “chief princes” (or “primary rulers”) in Daniel 10:13. Similarly, Revelation 10:1 and 18:21 mention “strong” angels who are more powerful than others. So, like people, God’s angels have different abilities and responsibilities. [For more information on ruling angels and the spiritual world, see Jude 1:9 and see the commentary on Gen. 1:26].
Do not be fooled into thinking that God is behind death, disease, and destruction. Though we live in a five-senses world, our daily battles are spiritual. Like Daniel, when we are in times of trouble, we need to first seek the Lord in prayer for understanding, guidance, and help.
Verses: Dan. 10:1-14; Heb. 2:14; 1 John 5:19
Teacher: John Schoenheit