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Archangels are the principle messengers of God.
The word 'Archangel' is derived from the Greek word archi which means chief, principal or to have authority over others of their class, and angelos means 'Messenger of God.'
The archangel Raphael is one of the seven archangels who stand in the presence of the Lord, and he is the principle healer in the angelic realm.
Raphael's name is a combination of two Hebrew words: “Rapha” (physician, healer) and “el” (God) and when joined 'Raphael' means 'God Heals.'
Raphael works to heal the body, mind, and spirit of everyone who asks for God's help and his good work has been recorded in many different religious scriptures.
In addition, the Roman Catholic Church identifies Raphael as 'Saint Raphael the Archangel.'
However, unlike most saints, Raphael was never a human being, but he was declared a saint in honor of his work in helping humanity.
In the Catholic and Orthodox 'Book of Tobit,' is a book of scripture that is part of the biblical canon, in it God sends the archangel Raphael, disguised as a human, as an answer to the prayers of two faithful souls: Tobit and Sarah.
Tobit prayed for his sight back because he had been stricken with blindness in a freak accident and Sarah prayed for God's help in finding a lasting love because she was cursed by a demon who killed all of her husbands on their wedding night; seven in total.
The day after his prayer, Tobit sent his son Tobias and his dog out to collect silver coins which he had loaned to someone.
Shortly after Tobias set out on his journey, God sent Raphael, disguised as a human, to be a helpful traveling companion for the young man.
On their journey, Tobias and the Raphael caught a large fish in the waters of the river Tigris; they eat the fish, but Raphael tells Tobias to keep the organs of the fish.
Later in the story, Raphael shows Tobias how to make an ointment with the gallbladder of the fish and heals his father's eyesight with it.
As they continue on their journey, Raphael tells Tobias about a good woman named Sarah and that they should meet.
Tobias is first excited about meeting Sarah, but he becomes discouraged after he finds out about her curse and her seven dead husbands.
Raphael encourages Tobias to trust the Lord and convinces him to meet her. After they meet and fall in love, Sarah becomes worried that Tobias will have the same fate of her previous husbands, after they wed.
Raphael, still disguised as a human, tells Tobias to throw the organs of the fish they killed into a fire and that this will drive away the demon that is cursing Sarah and killing her husbands.
So, Tobias threw the organs into the fire and after Sarah walked through the smoke, it drove the demon away.
The truth to all the healing is that it came from the divine power of Raphael.
It was Raphael who healed Tobit's eyesight and it was Raphael who removed the demon from Sarah.
But, at the time, Raphael could not disclose his true identity to keep from frightening his companions.
As seen in the painting by Jan Steen titled: 'Tobias and Sarah in Prayer with the Angel Raphael and the Demon' the Archangel Raphael is revealed as the true destroyer of the demon, not the smoke.
Lastly, in the book of Tobit 12:14-22 the Archangel Raphael reveals himself to Tobit as one of the seven archangels who stand before the Lord.
In the New Testament's Book of John, the Archangel Raphael is believed to be the angel who healed by stirring the waters at the Pool of Bethesda:
For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had. (John 5:4)
In the ancient Jewish book of Enoch, the Archangel Raphael is mentioned by name several times. He's often referenced in the book with the archangels Michael and Gabriel, and Uriel.
The names of the archangels Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael are also found in the fourth order of the Mishna called the Nezikin, which is part of the Talmud, a central text of mainstream Judaism.
Found in the volume of Bava Metzia, the three archangels appear to Abraham on the plains of Mamre.
In addition, near the end of Bava Metzia 86b it states that the archangel Raphael was sent by God to heal Abraham after his circumcision.'
Raphael is the patron of doctors, nurses, health care workers, pharmacists, the blind, ill, sick, disabled or mentally ill; people suffering from nightmares; travelers, couples, and any one needing help, guidance or protection.
Raphael works to heal people's body, mind, and spirit so they can enjoy peace and good health to the fullest extent of God's will for them.
The Archangel Raphael can bring healing through instant and miraculous healing.
However, many times Raphael brings healing through divine guidance that will required you to listen to your intuition or ideas that will direct you to take action yourself so that you can align with the healing you seek.
The archangel Raphael's angelic color is 'Emerald Green' those who have said they've experienced his help often see more occurrences of this color.
For instance, if you are a Christian, you would pray to Jesus Christ to send the Archangel Raphael to help you.
Jesus said the following:
"And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son my bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it." - John 14:13-14 (NIV)
Jesus goes on to say the following in the next chapter of John:
"If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you" - John 15:7 (NIV)
If you aren't a Christian, then you'd simply pray to God the way you
normally would and ask him to send the Archangel Raphael to help you.
In addition, if you aren't of any particular religion but still consider yourself 'spiritual' or if you aren't spiritual at all and just seek healing, you can choose one of the many sample prayers from the Pinterest link in the 'Sources' section below.
As God's messengers, no angel is allowed to violate our human 'free will,' instead, they can only guide us to what is God's will is for us.
By giving us 'free will,' God leaves it up to us to decide whether or not we wish to follow him or take a different path.
Therefore, if you decide to ask the archangel Raphael for his help in healing, you're asking God to change your path or the path of the one you are praying for.
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