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("hero of God".) (Daniel 8:16; Daniel 9:21; Luke 1:19; Luke 1:26). As Michael represents the angels in their might in conflict with evil, so Gabriel in ministering comfort and sympathy to man in dark times. Thus, Gabriel explains to Daniel the appalling prophecy concerning the ram and he-goat, and cheers him with the prophecy of Messiah's advent within the "70 weeks," in answer to his prayer; and in New Testament announces to Zacharias the glad tidings of the birth of John the forerunner, and of Messiah Himself to the Virgin (Luke 1:19; Luke 1:26). There is in his manifestations a simplicity and absence of terror, corresponding to his character as a comforter.

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Fausset, Andrew R. Entry for 'Gabriel'. Fausset's Bible Dictionary. 1949.

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