Friday, March 2, 2012

The Angel Gabriel

In Abrahamic religions, Gabriel is an angel who typically serves as a messenger to humans from God.
He first appears in the Book of Daniel, delivering explanations of Daniel's visions. In the Gospel of Luke Gabriel foretold the births of both John the Baptist and of Jesus. Christians of the Catholic traditions refer to him as Gabriel the Archangel.
In Islam, Gabriel was the medium through whom God revealed the Qur'an to Muhammad, and that he sent a message to most prophets, if not all, revealing their obligations. He is called the chief of the four flavored angels and the spirit of truth. He is called the created Holy Spirit (Islam) that spoke to Muhammad, which is not to be confused with the Holy Spirit of God in Christianity who is revered as God Himself. Gabriel is also mentioned in Bahá'í Faith texts, specifically in Bahá'u'lláh's mystical work Seven Valleys.
He is the patron saint of telecommunications, postal workers and diplomats.
Gabriel is referred to as "he" in the Bible, and in Daniel 9:21 he is explicitly called "the man Gabriel". Some moderns, especially New Age exponents, portray Gabriel as female or androgynous.

“I drew out six loads of manure today and then got ready for some countancy.  Mr. & Mrs. Wm. H Robbins and Mr. & Mrs. Ed Robbins and their friend, and Will and Libbie McEwen spent the evening here.  Has been a beautiful day.”

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