“But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.”
The ‘chief’ or ‘principal’ angels referred to in the Book of Daniel are the original angels who serve directly before the throne of God.
They include Gabriel and Michael who are both mentioned in the Bible. There were a total of seven of these princely servant to begin with. The Bible mentions two Books which are not contained within the Books we have available today. They both tell about these seven powerful angels by name and much more.
One is the Book of Jasher:
“And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day.” Joshua 10:13
The second is a Book of prophecy written by the man Enoch:
“And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,” Jude 14
Available text from Enoch’s writings go into detail about the existence of these seven angels and what transpired as result of the fall.
Jude obviously had information we don’t have access to today. The Bible does not contain the following account that Jude writes about:
“Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.”
Another disciple observed : “Despite his great power, Michael is still in total submission to the Lord. His dependence on the Lord’s power is seen in Jude 1:9:
“But when the archangel Michael, contending with the devil, was disputing about the body of Moses, he did not presume to pronounce a blasphemous judgment, but said, ‘The Lord rebuke you.‘”
The righteous angels have a rank and are submissive to authority, and for this reason they are used as a picture of a wife’s submission to her husband.
The Bible tells us, “That is why a wife ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels” (1 Corinthians 11:10). If you take into consideration the strength of Michael, the submission to God is all the more beautiful.”
Notice that Michael isn’t ‘lord’, but answers to the Lord.
Beyond these facts, the only begotten son of God was not a member of that group of seven angels. Satan however was an angel of that order.
That there were a group of angels that included Gabriel, Michael, and others is common knowledge and has been throughout human history.
The only begotten son of God, Christ, has always been set apart from all other beings and things. He is unlike any other since no other can claim to have begotten by God. He has no peers or peer group.
Was it that all the angels in Heaven were aware of this special son? It appears not.
If so, consider the scene recorded in the Book of Revelation in chapter 5 verses 1 through 4:
And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.
“2 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?
3 And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon.
4 And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon.”
John is not witnessing an earthly scene but one played out in Heaven right before the throne of God.
When this scene occurs all the angels are assembled before the throne of God in attendance.
When as verse two states the cry goes out to those in attendance, “Who is worthy to open the book and loose the seals thereof?”, there is silence for no one among them is worthy.
Ask: If all present during that vision scene were familiar with the chosen one (Christ), then why would there have been any uncertainty and silence from those in attendance when the strong angel ask his question? There could have only been one possible choice given all he had done. this is also true had they understood that the ‘chosen one’ would of course have to be the heir of the Kingdom. It was all to become his inheritance after all.
Christ does not approach the throne of God from the midst of the assembled group of angels, but is lead in and appears before the throne.
This is when the angelic body is introduced to the son of God and his identity becomes known to them.
Again, if Christ was well known, there would have been no question as to who was worthy. And if he was a member of an existing group, certainly they would have known he was the worthy one.
Jesus is the only begotten son of God. Michael is as the Bible describes an archangel, one of the principal angels who served before God’s throne. These were the chief angels referred to in the Book of Daniel.