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 (above) 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.
Michael, the greatest of the archangels, walked in the middle, with Gabriel to his right and Raphael to his left.
All three angels were commanded to carry out a specific mission.
Gabriel's mission was to destroy Sodom.
Michael's mission was to inform Sarah that she would give birth to Isaac in a year's time.
Raphael's mission was to heal Abraham (from his recent circumcision) and save Lot.
Rashi writes, "Although Raphael's mission included two tasks, they were considered a single mission since they were both acts that saved people."
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.
Ask through Prayer
If you are a Christian, you would pray to your Lord & Savior 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 and practice a different religion then you'd pray the way you
do normally and ask God to send the Archangel Raphael to help you.
If you do not practice any particular religion, and just seek healing, you can simply ask the Archangel for his help or try one of the many sample prayers from the Pinterest Prayer link in the 'Sources' section below.
To those who may not be a Christian and have asked for the Angel of Healing for help, but may not have received it;
Before you give up on this course of healing, honestly ask Jesus Christ (without doubt) to send the Angel to you and you will most likely be surprised with the results if you open your heart and mind to Jesus for help.
You just need to have faith.
1) What is faith? It is the confident assurance that something we want is going to happen. It is the certainty that what we hope for is waiting for us, even though we cannot see it up ahead.
Hebrews 11:1 - Living Bible (TLB)
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 his healing through divine guidance that will require you to listen to your intuition, or inner voice 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 experience his help often see more occurrences of this color, in unexpected ways.
I'll share with you one of my own instances of seeing 'Emerald Green' after I asked for the Lord Jesus Christ to send the Archangel Raphael to help my father beat his cancer, as told in the section below titled: How the Angel of Healing Cancer Research Fund Got its Name.
Weeks before my Dad had a tumor removed from his liver, I had been praying to Jesus Christ to send the Archangel Raphael to help my Dad's tumor to stop growing and not to spread.
The night before, I drove my Dad down to the hospital to have the tumor in his liver removed, I couldn't sleep.
I remember being on YouTube watching some the latest videos of those I subscribe to, and I kept having Mount Saint Helen's Eruption videos showing up on the right side column, next to the video I was watching.
I hadn't watched any volcano videos, so I didn't know why they kept being recommended to me, but I clicked on one and watched a documentary on the 1980 eruption, and it ended up putting me to sleep.
The next day, I was in the Hospital waiting room, reading a travel magazine I picked up about Maine, the state.
As I was flipping through the pages, I see a big Green Emerald Ring advertisement.
The green emerald was called Helenite (wikipedia), it is a man-made emerald, but it can only be made by using the ash from the 1980 Mount Saint Helens eruption.
The Angel of Healing was letting me know he was close.
Early in the summer of 2017, I decided that I was going to start a Gold Nanoparticle Cancer Research Fund in January of 2018.
The fund's name was intended to be the 'Gold Nanoparticle Cancer Research Fund,' until I found out about the Archangel Raphael a.k.a. The Angel of Healing, and was given grace through my prayers to him.
Before the Fall of 2017, I'd never heard of the Archangel Raphael.
I found an image of him on Pinterest while doing an image search for a blog post, and when I found the image it said beneath it, "The Archangel Raphael."
Like a lot of people, I'd heard about the archangels Gabriel and Michael, but I thought that was all of them.
After I saw the image of the Archangel Raphael, I searched for him and found out that he was known as the Archangel of Healing.
At this time there was a need for healing for my mother, in early November of 2017, she was scheduled to have much-needed knee surgery, and on top of that she has a heart problem, which added stress to the issue.
So after learning of the Archangel, and being a Christian, I started to pray to my LORD and Saviour Jesus Christ, asking him to send the Archangel Raphael and his healing powers to help my mother have a successful surgery.
Then a few days before my Mother's surgery, a spot that was found on my Fathers liver, during the summer, had grown and what the doctors said was nothing, was now a cancerous tumor.
Furthermore, because of my mother's surgery was in a few days, my father decided to wait until she was able to be with him to have his surgery to remove the tumor.
All this time, I'm praying every day to Jesus to send the healing powers of the Archangel Raphael to my parents, and at this point, I've added that if my prayers are answered for my parents, I'll name this fund after him.
My mother had a successful surgery, there were no problems with her heart during the surgery and replacing her knee went well.
My father's surgery to remove the tumor from his liver was scheduled three weeks after my mother's surgery, however, even though he wanted her there, I had my doubts that she would be able to be there.
Normal recuperation time for someone after knee surgery is 6-weeks.
My mother was at my father's surgery, with a walker, but she hasn't used a walker since his surgery.
doctor told us after my father's surgery that the tumor had barely
grown over the last three weeks, which was unusual, and that he felt
very confident that it was completely removed from his liver.
In addition, we didn't know if my father would need to stay overnight or not for the surgery, but by the afternoon they told him he could go home.
That all happened in November and December of 2017, and my father is still, thankfully, cancer free (last updated on 3/06/2019).
I can honestly say that I saw similar signs from the Archangel Raphael. mentioned above, that told me he was near during this time.
So, in January 2018, I announced that I was starting a new cancer research fund, and that it was going to be called the Angel of Healing Cancer Research Fund which is my way of thanking Jesus Christ for answering my prayers.
Lastly, I wanted to add that I am no one special, anyone who believes in Jesus Christ can receive the same amazing grace.
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