The Myth

 

Gabriel is a messenger, the spirit of truth and the archangel of death.

Gabriel’s role as an essential connection with spirit, with God and the universe is depicted in many of the world’s major religions. Gabriel is an angel who serves as a messenger from God, and as such bridges the worlds of life and the afterlife.

Based on two passages in the Gospel of Luke, many Christians and Muslims believe Gabriel to have foretold the births of both John the Baptist and Jesus. Islam further believes he 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 favored angels and the spirit of truth, and in some views is a personification of the Holy Spirit. Gabriel is also mentioned in Bahá’í Faith texts, specifically in Bahá’u’lláh’s mystical work Seven Valleys.

Gabriel is believed to be the holder of the universal truth that underlies the meaning of all life. As gatekeeper to our soul’s final union with cosmic God consciousness, Gabriel escorts all souls from this world to the afterlife, sharing the truth and meaning of their existence along the way.

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