Archangel Michael Relief
Archangel Michael With the scales of justice
This beautiful piece is intricately modeled after Archangel Michael. Created from cultured marble, this stunning Christian relief depicts Archangel Michael floating in the Heavens, with his mighty sword in one hand, and the scales of justice in the other. Unlike other images of Michael which indicate he may be entering battle, his demeanor in this unique relief implies that Michael may be making a crucial decision for the good on mankind. This exquisite Christian gift is available in hand painted pastel color or natural stone. It measures roughly 13" high x 9" wide and weighs approximately 4 lbs.
History Of Archangel Michael
The name Michael means, "Who is like God". In the Bible he is called
"one of the chief princes" (Daniel 10:13) and "the great prince" (Daniel
12:1). Archangel Michael is usually shown with a sword, or carrying the scales of
justice. Renaissance paintings show him wearing armor. These symbolize
his unique strength, courage, truth and integrity. Michael is engaged in a
ceaseless war against the forces of evil. His most famous example of
this occurred when he cast Lucifer and his followers out of Heaven.
Religious lore ranks Archangel Michael as the master of all angels. As an
archangel, he is on the second lowest of the nine ranks of angels. Yet
his leadership role is undisputed. He is called the prince, or greater
lord, director of the angelic kingdom, commander of the heavenly host
and the viceroy of the heavens. In Hebrew the name Michael means nothing
less than "Who is God" or "Who is as God."
According to the apocryphal Book of Adam and Eve, Archangel Michael kept a close eye on the couple after they were expelled from the Garden of Eden. Michael taught Adam how to farm, and persuaded God to allow Adam's soul to return to Heaven after he died. An ancient tradition says Archangel Michael told Sarah, Abraham's wife, that she would bear a son. Although not mentioned by name, it is believed that Michael was the "angel of the Lord" who stopped Abraham from sacrificing his son, Isaac (Genesis 22:10). Archangel Michael is believed to have rescued Daniel from the lion's den. It is also believed that he was responsible for the plague on Egypt that ultimately led the Israelites to freedom. It was probably Michael who appeared to Joshua and called himself "captain of the host of the Lord." (Joshua 5:13-15) Michael the Archangel also appeared to Gideon and gave him the courage to fight his foes (Judges 6:11-18).
Archangel Michael as the angel of death, in the sense of deliverance and immortality for he leads the souls of the faithful "into the eternal light". Michael guides departed souls to the next world. This came about because, according to the Testament of Abraham, Michael told Abraham he was about to die. Abraham asked God if he could see all the wonders of the world so that he could die with no regrets. Michael developed his unique guiding expertise by taking Abraham on a tour of the inhabited world. Afterwards, he took Abraham home to prepare for his death.
The Archangel Michael, is generally considered to be the foremost of the seven archangels and the leader of the Host of Heaven. He derives originally from the Chaldeans by who he was worshiped as something of a god. He is the chief of the order of virtues, Prince of the presence, angel of repentance, righteousness, mercy and sanctification: also ruler of the 4th Heaven, tutelary sar (angelic prince). He is the prince who defended the Israelites and later, it was claimed, the Christian Church, when as guardian he may be called on (sometimes with Gabriel) to defend church doors against the evil angels. According to the Book of Revelations, Michael and his angels' are described as fighting the dragon and his angels. Hence Archangel Michael is often shown fighting or overcoming a dragon armed with spear or sword as God's Warrior.
God has created Archangel Michael and put him in charge of nature, rain, snow, thunder, lightning, wind, and clouds. God has appointed a complete creation of angels to assist him and placed them under his command. These angels are countless and no-one other than God knows their number. God has given Archangel Michael power to see the entire span of the created universes at once, with no interference of other universes. He knows at all times where he has to send rain, wind, snow, and clouds without effort on his part. The angels who assist him range in size from the hugest size imaginable to man to that of the smallest species living on this earth. They fill the entire atmosphere of every star and planet in every universe. Their praise to God can be heard by the other angels, by prophets, by saints and by young children.