MP3: The Mighty Angels of Daniel 12
Hosts: Nathan Jones & Vic Batista
Michael Shall Stand Up
Vic Batista: Let’s read Daniel 12:1-3 and walk it through slowly to see what the Lord will reveal to us through this passage.
“At that time Michael shall stand up, the great prince who stands watch over the sons of your people; and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation, even to that time. And at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone who is found written in the book. And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, some to shame and everlasting contempt. Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament, and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.”
Nathan Jones: We are now teetering on Armageddon with this chapter. We’re near the end of the 7-year Tribulation. The Jewish people were left in disarray because of the Antichrist desecrating the Temple and are hiding out in the wilderness of Jordan.
The world emperor’s failed reign has incited rebellion, and by this point in the narrative, he’s busy putting down various rebellions from his subject kings. We’ve skipped to the end of the 7-year Tribulation, and there’s plenty of trouble all over the globe. The Antichrist had just successfully put down a rebellion from the King of the South in Daniel 11. The Antichrist then hears there’s trouble from the north and the east because the Kings of the East and their armies — China, India, Japan and other Asian nations — are charging towards his location to rebel against him. The global demagogue relocates his armies up into Israel where he camps in the massive Valley of Jezreel, which we know today as the Valley of Armageddon. These massive armies filled with people conscripted from every corner of the earth are about to converge in a planet-wide civil war. The suffering remnant in Israel is caught in the middle of this coming bloodbath. And that’s where we come to verses 1-3.
Vic Batista: And then this angelic being Michael shows up. We read a lot about him in the Bible.
Nathan Jones: Remember God’s messenger angel sent to Daniel got in some trouble running across Satan’s demonic forces. The Prince of Persia, as the demon was called, kept the angel delayed for three whole weeks. He sure needed help! It took Michael the Archangel himself, the strongest of all the angels, their leader and general, to come and rescue him so the messenger angel could go on his way.
Now in Daniel 12:1, Michael is sent by God to yet again to do battle. Michael was engaged in warfare during Daniel’s time, and here in Daniel 12 concerning the end times, these last days of the Tribulation, he’s still fighting. Michael stands up to protect God’s people.
The Archangel Michael serves God in his job as head of the Lord’s army, but he also is the main angel tasked in protecting Israel. Michael is the strongest of the angels that we know of, and interestingly, he is the one whom God sends to protect Israel.
Vic Batista: Michael is mentioned all over in the Bible. He is also mentioned in the book of Jude and the book of Revelation as the one sent to protect God’s people. As Jude 1:9 says, “Yet Michael the archangel, in contending with the Devil, when he disputed about the body of Moses, dared not bring against him a reviling accusation, but said, ‘The Lord rebuke you!'” That’s the same Michael we are talking about here in Daniel 12.
Nathan Jones: Michael stands apart as probably the most prolific angel described in the Bible, that is next to Gabriel.
Concerning Michael’s role as guardian, just look at Israel today. Israel was created as a nation in May of 1948, and ever since then, they have had fended off one overwhelming war after another. Many times since Israel was reborn there appeared no way that Israel should have survived against the overwhelming forces attacking them.
For instance, when Israel first became a nation, they existed as little more than a few thousand kibbutz farmers wielding farm implements. And yet, they fended off the mighty Egyptians and Jordanians and other adjoining nations’ armies. No way Israel should be around today against those odds, and yet, Israel continually always wins. I read Israel wins at a whopping 10:1 ratio. For every Israeli soldier who dies, ten of their enemies die. Only one reason explains that incredible ratio. Even the secular Jews have to admit there is only one reason for that number. God must be protecting His people, and we know from these passages that God in part is using Michael the Archangel in order to do it.#Israel wins at a whopping 10:1 ratio. For every Israeli soldier who dies, ten of their enemies die. Click To Tweet
The Fallen Angel
Vic Batista: Some people think that Satan stands as the polar opposite of Jesus, but that isn’t really true at all. Jesus is all powerful. Satan is not. The fallen angel Lucifer bears the privilege of being the mightiest of God’s creations, but still pales significantly to the Creator. Rather, Michael would be considered the most opposite of Satan.
Nathan Jones: True, how very interesting that Satan could overpower Michael. Satan as Lucifer, which means “light-bearer,” officiated as the guardian angel before the throne of God. If you’ve ever seen a movie about an Egyptian pharaoh, they portray this massive mountain of a man bearing a sword and shield and standing behind the Pharaoh. That was Satan’s role during the time period before man.
The Bible describes Satan as a great dragon covered in jewels and light. He was the most beautiful of all God’s creation. Lucifer was the strongest and the most powerful of all the angels. But, because that power corrupted him and ego drove him to sin, Satan coveted God’s position. He actually thought that he was great enough to take over God’s role, and so fomented a rebellion.
In pre-history, Lucifer even presided over Michael. Because Satan remains the strongest of the angels, even Michael when he contends with Satan always says, “The Lord rebuke you.” He calls to God because he needs God’s power and strength to help him win against Satan, because he remains more powerful than Michael.
Vic Batista: Daniel 12, as foretold by God’s mighty messenger angel and the old prophet Daniel, still prophesied Michael’s intervention to protect Israel then and now. This incredible angel commands God’s angelic hosts to protect Israel. We then should pray as Daniel likely prayed that God would send His angelic beings to project us as well.