Archangel Raphael



Raphael means “Healing power of God”, “The Divine has healed,” “It is God who Heals,” “God heals” Hebrew word rapha means “doctor” or “healer.”  He is well known in Judaism, Christianity and Islam. 

Raphael in Judaism:  The angels mentioned in the Torah, the older books of the Hebrew Bible, are without names.  It has been asserted that all the specific names for the angels were brought back by the Jews from Babylon, and modern commentators would tend to agree.  Raphael is named in several Jewish apocryphal books.

Raphael in Christianity:  The name of the angel Raphael appears only in the Deuterocanonical Book of Tobit. The Book of Tobit is considered canonical by Roman Catholic and Orthodox Christians. Raphael first appears disguised in human form as the travelling companion of the younger Tobias, calling himself “Azarias the son of the great Ananias”. During the adventurous course of the journey the archangel’s protective influence is shown in many ways including the binding of the demon in the desert of upper Egypt. After the return and the healing of the blindness of the elder Tobit, Azarias makes himself known as “the angel Raphael, one of the seven, who stand before the Lord” Tobit 12:15. Compare the unnamed angels in John’s Revelation 8:2. Christian churches following Catholic teachings (Roman, Oriental, Orthodox, Anglican, etc) venerate and patronize him as Saint Raphael.

Raphael in Islam: Seen in this 16th century Islamic miniature is Raphael, along with Michael, and Gabriel, accompanying  Muhammad to Mecca. According to the Hadith, Raphael (Israfil in Arabic) is the Angel responsible for signaling the coming of Judgment Day by blowing the horn (namely Sûr) and sending out a “Blast of Truth”. Unlike Gabriel (Jibrail) and Michael (Mikail), this archangel was not mentioned by name in the Quran.

Raphael in Paradise Lost:  The angel Raphael, as well as many other prominent angels appear in John Milton’s Paradise Lost, in which he is assigned by God to re-warn Adam concerning the sin of eating of the Tree of the knowledge of good and evil. He also expounds to Adam the war in heaven in which the Archangel Lucifer fell and became Satan, and the creation of the Earth. Some scholars believe the angel was used as a form of self-insertion by Milton.

Common Current Attributions of Raphael:

The archangel Raphael is a powerful healer and assists with all forms of healing – humans and animals. He helps to rapidly heal body, mind and spirit.

The chummiest and funniest of all Angels, Raphael is often pictured chatting merrily with mortal beings. He’s very sweet, loving, kind and gentle and you know that he’s around when you see sparkles or flashes of green light.

Part of Raphael’s healing work involves spirit releasement and space clearing. He often works with Michael to exorcise discarnate entities and escort away lower energies from people and places.

As well as a healer, Raphael is known as the “Patron of Travelers” because of his help with Tobias and his travels. He assures that all your transportation, lodging and luggage details go miraculously well.

Raphael also helps with inward spiritual journeys, assisting in searches for truth and guidance. Raphael is protecting and helping healers such as doctors, therapist and surgeons.

Raphael not only helps you to heal from physical, emotional and mental pain, he also heals wounds from past lives. He is a Keeper of Holy Grail the highest spiritual energy of unconditional love that heals everything.

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