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Who is Archangel Raphael? Where is Raphael mentioned in the Bible?

Holy Scripture testifies indisputably that heavenly powers communicate ceaselessly with the human world. So the Bible reveals the names of the seven Holy Archangels, the heads of Heaven, as follows: Jegudiel, Michael, Salathiel, Uriel, Gabriel, Raphael, and Varahiel. And all of them have a particularly important role in the lives of people. Especially archangel Raphael, who is the guardian of the heavenly crowns.

Saint Raphael the Archangel is an angel of the Archangels, in the eighth angelic heaven. He is especially honored as a healer of the sick, silent guide of travelers, and protector of the married, living in the fear of God. Archangel Raphael focuses on healing in all our energy fields, not just the physical. He sees in our aura all imbalances, blockages, toxins, and addictions and helps us to take an energy bath to release them. Unfortunately, the Bible does not mention Raphael by name, he is only mentioned in the “Book of Tobit”, in which this archangel plays a leading role. 

Angels are energy and they can take any form, so each of us can perceive angels differently, as energy, as color, as intensity. But frequently the Archangel Raphael appears in emerald green light.

Who is Raphael the Archangel?

Tobias had to collect the money he owed, a friend, to his father Tobit. Tobit was a pious Jew from Nineveh who was blind and wanted to take the money from the debtor. After going through many trials and tribulations, the angel succeeds in recovering old Tobit’s money. Back in Nineveh, Tobit wants to repay Azarias for his help. The angel then shows the father and son his true identity, saying, “I am Raphael, one of the seven angels who stand before the glory of God.” (Tobit 12:15)

Raphael is the first archangel mentioned in the Bible (indirectly) and only appears in the Book of Tobit, from the 2nd century AD. Archangel Raphael leads us to a healthy lifestyle: natural foods, essential oils, herbs, crystals and teaches us how to breathe. Unlike other crafty spirits, who act to keep their identity secret, an angel cannot be accused of fakery. So, if Raphael means, God heals. Azarias translates to God Saves, which is almost the same. 

Archangel Raphael is our watchman when we go on our journeys. So we call upon Archangel Michael but also Archangel Raphael to help us have a wonderful journey and arrive safely at our destination. He is also the one who watches over couple relationships and can arrange certain destiny meetings, as does Archangel Chamuel.

Read also: Archangel Uriel. Meaning of Uriel in the Bible

Biography of Raphael the Archangel

Full name:Archangel Raphael
Place of birth:Heaven
Father's name:God, the Creator
Physical appearance:He is very manly, with brown eyes. Known as the Healing Archangel.

Read more: Who is Phanuel?

What does Raphael mean in the Bible?

In iconography, Saint Raphael is depicted holding Tobias’ hand and guiding him on the path, while Tobias holds the fish caught in the Tigris River. Often, the archangel holds an alabaster medical vessel or a small basket as a sign of God’s blessings to the faithful.

The name Archangel Raphael means “God heals”. The energy of the Archangel Raphael is gentle but extremely effective. Archangel Raphael is also called the Archangel of Healing, but we don’t have to invoke him to heal ourselves rather he brings us the awareness that leads to healing. In Hebrew, his name, composed of the words “Rapha” and “El”, means “Lord Healer” or “God is the Healer”.

He works with emerald green light and clairvoyants can see him alongside ambulances, medical personnel, usually carrying a symbol called the caduceus, a winged staff with two snakes entwined, the symbol of the medical profession.

What are Raphael’s powers?

Archangel Raphael is depicted in a pilgrim’s costume, holding a caduceus-shaped staff, on which a snake is coiled, symbolizing healing. He is holding a water pot in his hand, and in front of him is water from which a fish is jumping. 

Raphael’s powers are to heal and restore love, tranquility, and peace to people’s lives. Archangel Raphael must bring imbalances of all kinds to the surface, but especially those in the physical body, and teach us how to heal ourselves. Raphael takes us to the cause of our problems and helps us to understand what behavior has brought us that illness, that condition, and those situations that we experience.

The Archangel Raphael can also help us to obtain the gift of healing. He shows us the ways to heal ourselves; he helps us to heal ourselves with the help of nature and universal energy.

Key Verse related to Raphael

“When the prayer of both men was heard before the glory of God, we read, “Then Raphael was sent to heal them both, to raise the whiteness of Tobit, that he might see the light of God with his own eyes, and to give Sarah the daughter of Raguel to wife to Tobias the son of Tobit, binding Asmodeus the evil spirit, for Tobias was destined to inherit her.”

(Tobit 3:17).

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Read also: Who is Angel Gabriel? Angel Gabriel in Bible

What is the archangel Raphael known for?

The Archangel Raphael is mentioned in the Old Testament Book of Tobit, where he is presented as the protector and wise guide of Tobias, on his way to Raguel’s house to marry Sarah. When he reveals himself to Tobias, this archangel says that he is an archangel mentioned in the Bible.

The archangel Raphael is known for the miraculous healing he gave Tobias. He is said to be the one who healed Abraham after he was circumcised and gave Moses a book describing all the herbs with healing powers that grow on the earth. In the Old Testament Book of Tobias, Raphael is said to have healed Tobias’ father, who was blind, using an ointment made from the entrails of a fish.

He is the Angel of Repentance. Chosen by God. His angelic function is that he is an Archangel of healing. He is also considered to be a benefactor and benevolent towards helping people.

What can we learn from Raphael?

Raphael assists us in our efforts to heal our bodies, minds, and hearts. He helps us achieve health and fulfillment. He offers help to all who suffer and need healing, and when allowed, he eases their pain. When we open our hearts to spiritual healing, it is Raphael who guides us to therapists, healers, or competent people who can guide and help us.

Raphael can help us to understand the hidden lessons we have to learn from every illness we face and help us to self-knowledge and learn from the suffering we face. When we choose a healthy way of life, this angel is with us. As we transform our wounded minds and hearts, we grow closer to the Archangel Raphael and can receive his spiritual gifts. He is always ready to guide us to fulfillment and harmony.

As we become more aware of our responsibility in the self-healing process, it helps us get in touch with our soul, which secretly knows what is best for us to restore our health and vitality.

Primary Takeaways

  • Archangel Raphael not only offers direct healing for any physical problems, illnesses or diseases; he also offers guidance on how you can improve your health and can work through medical professionals/healers to assist in your health care.
  • Archangel Raphael is the victor of Asmodeus and the guardian of the heavenly covenants.
  • Through the intervention of Saint Archangel Raphael, in the guise of one Azariah, old Raguel sees his married daughter, Sarah gains a faithful husband, Tobias takes for himself a God-fearing woman, and Tobit regains his sight.


Archangel Raphael is mentioned in the Old Testament Book of Tobit, where he is portrayed as the patron and wise guide of Tobias the righteous, on his way to Raguel’s house to marry Sarah. Saint Raphael is known as a healer because he offers supreme peace to both body and soul.

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What is an archangel?

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Archangel Michael appears in the connection with _____?

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Michael defend us in _______?

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Do people have guardin angels?

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This fallen angel appeared to Eve in the form of what creature?

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What was the name of the angel that came to visit the Virgin Mary, according to the Bible?

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A leading angel turned against God and hates humans, according to Jesus Christ, what is this angel’s NAME?

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Why did Lucifer was thrown away?

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Explanation of biblical words

chains¹dinner, dinner party, feast
fall²to fall or cause to fall suddenly and noisily from a height; to (fall) down, to (crumble); to (collapse, to) collapse
tribulation³the end of the world in christian religion, the great disaster
salvation⁴the action of saving; object, being, saving circumstance


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