Gabriel

gā´bri-el (גּבריאל, gabhrı̄’ēl, “Man of God”; Γαβριήλ, Gabriḗl): The name of the angel commissioned to explain to Daniel the vision of the ram and the he-goat, and to give the prediction of the 70 weeks (Dan 8:16; Dan 9:21). In the New Testament he is the angel of the annunciation to Zacharias of the birth of John the Baptist, and to Mary of the birth of Jesus (Luk 1:19, Luk 1:26). Though commonly spoken of as an archangel, he is not so called in Scripture. He appears in the Book of Enoch (chapters 9, 20, 40) as one of 4 (or 6) chief angels. He is “set over all powers,” presents, with the others, the cry of departed souls for vengeance, is “set over the serpents, and over Paradise, and over the cherubim.” He is prominent in the Jewish Targums, etc. (ISBE)

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Gabriel with Daniel

Gabriel appeared two times to Daniel (Dan 8:16; 9:21) to advise and help Daniel to understand the spiritual battle that he was actually participating in. For three weeks he fought in the matter of the Persian king (either some evil demon occupied the place of counsel for the king, or the king himself refused Gabriel’s counsel and message). Gabriel fought against this evil force which raised itself against the Jews, and to which, it accelerated the destruction and judgment on the Persian nation (Dan 10:13,20). In this counseling with Daniel, Gabriel explained the vision of the four beasts, and the appearance and death of the Messiah. All this was continued in the comments of the second coming of the Messiah, the rise of the Antichrist before that event, and the eventual restoration of the Jews (Daniel 7, Daniel 12).

Gabriel with Zacharias

Gabriel also appeared to Zacharias to announce the birth of John the Baptist (Luke 1:19, 26), the last of the Old Testament prophets. Gabriel’s treatment of Zacharias confirmed his prophecy with special miraculous events (being struck dumb). Compare with Judges 6:36-40.

Gabriel with Mary

Gabriel also informed the young maid, Mary, of her pregnancy with the Messiah, and as a sign to bolster her faith, he also informed her of her cousin’s pregancy, Elizabeth with John the Baptist.

Gabriel with Joseph

Gabriel also appeared to Joseph, Mary’s betrowed, and informed him of the Holy Spirit causing Mary’s pregnancy, and of the imminent danger before them, and to flee to Egypt.

godly

GODLY

Godly entry from the Amtract Dictionary




Personal Comment – The concept of “godly” has to do with God. How God is, so is the godly. When we take on voluntarily the good and righteous character of God, then we become godly, and when we do God’s work in this way that God wants it done, then we are also associated with or become godly.

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God

GOD

Entry on God from Amtract dictionary

Personal comment – After studying every occurrence of the word “god” in the Bible (at least most of them) I concluded that the base most concept of “god” is somebody that dictates the life situation and decisions of another. Psalm 82 speaks of God (the only true God) judging amongst the “gods”. The chapter is very difficult to understand, but it is best understood as “god” being a judge or politician or king that makes or affects the lives of others.




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Grasshopper

Grasshopper.

Numerous references to grasshoppers and locusts in the Bible show what an impact these insects had in the hot, dry lands of the ancient world. Some of these references are literal (Ex. 10:4-19) while others are symbolic (Num. 13:33).

The terms grasshopper and locust are often used interchangeably. A locust is one kind of grasshopper. Another term used rarely for these insects is katydid (Lev. 11:22), (NIV). It has a brown-colored body two to three inches long. Airborne, with two sets of wings, the locust was dreaded because of its destructive power as a foliage-eating insect in the ancient world.

The eighth plague that God sent upon the Egyptians was an invasion of locusts. Millions of these insects may be included in one of these swarms, which usually occur in the spring. Locusts in such numbers speedily eat every plant in sight, totally destroying the crops. A locust plague is practically unstoppable. Water does not work; for when enough locusts drown, the survivors use their bodies as a bridge. They have also been known to smother fires that had been set to destroy them. Even modern farmers wrestle with this problem, often resorting to poisoning the adults and harrowing fields in the fall to destroy the eggs before they can hatch in the spring.

(Chapter 9 of the Book of Revelation) presents a nightmarish prospect: locusts with special powers will be unleashed upon mankind for five months.

Locusts do not always appear in swarms. Hot weather normally brings a few solitary grasshoppers and locusts to the Holy Land. But scientists have learned that under certain conditions of climate and food scarcity, chemical changes take place in the female locust. These cause more eggs to hatch, sending millions of locusts into the air at the same time in search of food.

Many people, including the Jews, eat locusts (Lev. 11:22). These insects may be boiled, fried, or dried. Locusts were part of the wilderness diet of John the Baptist (Matt. 3:4).

Source: [Anon-Animals]