Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Gabriel (Hebrew, man of God) is generally represented as one of the four archangels, and is especially considered as the messenger of God - e.g. to Daniel and to the Virgin Mary. The later Jewish tradition considered him to preside over the forces and processes of nature, and looked on him as the destroyer of the host of Sennacherib.

“God is a skilful physician. He knows what is best. God observes the several tempers of men, and knows what will work most effectually. Some are of a more sweet disposition, and are drawn by mercy: others are more rugged and knotty pieces: these God deals with in a more forcible way. Some things are kept in sugar, some in brine. God doth not deal alike with all, he hath trials for the strong, and cordials for the weak.”
–Thomas Watson, A Divine Cordial