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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Who Was Jibra'il (Gabriel)?

Interplanetary Traveler?

Did he travel through the stars in an "ark"-like device?

Could he have used some kind of teleportation machinery to facilitate his "appearances"?

Were the "wings" he posessed some type of machine or service award or decoration? With the knowledge we posess today, could it be possible that one of the key figures in religious history was a being from another place, another time, another world? Did he play one of the biggest roles in shaping human destiny? What knowledge did he posess and why did he choose to help mankind?

Three arkangels are mentioned in the Bible, although Gabriel said they numbered seven. In Islam, Gabriel (Jibra'il) is thought of as “the divine intercom” because he is the Angel who relayed The Qur’an to the Prophet Mohammed over a period of 23 years. Gabriel first appeared to Muhammad when the Prophet was a child. When the Prophet was 40 and meditating at Mt. Hira, Gabriel returned to him in "a blaze of light". I find this rather interesting: According to The Qur'an, the number of wings angels have may vary.

Muslims believe that Gabriel gave the prophet Abraham a stone known as the Black Stone of Ka'aba; Muslims who make pilgrimages to Mecca, Saudi Arabia kiss that stone. Muslims, Jews, and Christians all believe that Gabriel delivered news of the upcoming births of three famous religious figures: Isaac, John, and Jesus.

In the Kabbalah, Gabriel is identified with the sephirot of gevurah. He also has a prominent role as one of God's archangels in the Kabbalah literature. There, he is portrayed as working in concert with Michael as part of God's court. He is not to be prayed to directly; because he is so disliked, and only God can answer prayers and send him as His agent.

According to Jewish mythology, in the Garden of Eden there is a Tree of life or the Tree of Souls that blossoms and produces new souls, which fall into the Guf, the Treasury of Souls. Gabriel reaches into the treasury and takes out the first soul that comes into his hand. Then Lailah, the Angel of Conception, watches over the embryo until it is born.

Gabriel means "God is my strength." Other spellings of Messenger Gabriel's name include Jibril, Gavriel, Gibrail, and Jabrail. People in certain Christian denominations, specifiacally the Catholic and Orthodox churches, consider Gabriel a saint. He serves as the patron saint of journalists, teachers, the clergy, diplomats, ambassadors, and postal workers.

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  1. I once read an article in a magazine in the 1960s that refered to Gabriel as "Lord of the Starfields" ---- it mentioned old scrolls that said he was among 7 "generals" who often arrived "through the sky." Have you ever heard of it or do you remember seeing the article? Merry Holidays

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