Warrior Angels

Q. My question regarding Daniel 10: 13, “But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia.”

Is this a physical resistance, spiritual, or some form of restraining that can’t be explained to a human? Do God sent angels and fallen angels fight in the sense that we humans fight with weapons? Or does the spirit world fight with words from the Lord?

A. The angel sent to Daniel, the Prince of Persia, and Michael are all angelic beings. In a manner not explained to us the first angel was detained by the angel called the prince of Persia, who was sent by Satan to influence the earthly rulers of Persia. He prevented the first angel from delivering his message to Daniel. After 21 days of resistance, the archangel Michael, who is the protective power behind Israel, came to the first angel’s aid and secured his release to complete his mission.

In art and literature warrior angels are depicted as powerful beings. 2 Kings 6:17 describes warrior angels on horses and chariots of fire. In Psalm 103:20 they’re called mighty ones. 2 Peter 2:11 says angels are stronger and more powerful than we are. We don’t know if they engage in hand to hand combat, but in the 99 times they appear in the Bible, angels are never described as carrying weapons.

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