Amongst the Archangels, Michael ranks as the highest of the host. He is considered to be of the class of seraphim, and yet is also head of other ranks within the hierarchy: the ruler of the archangels, leader of the virtues, and head of the principalities in his role as protector of Israel. Michael is considered to be the angel of the burning bush through which God spoke to Moses. It is Michael who weighs the souls on judgment day, after his battle with the forces of evil. He is mentioned as both an angel of destruction and vengeance in the name of God, but also as a protector.