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May 23, 2015

Is Jesus the Archangel Michael?

Jehovah’s Witnesses (JW) believe that the Archangel Michael comes in the form of Jesus (a man), to die for our sins. Christians on the other hand believe that Jesus is God coming as a human to offer himself as a sacrifice for our sins.

Regardless of who is right, we need to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ in order to be saved. If we believe in a false Jesus, or the wrong version of Jesus, then we are risking our eternity. So we need to get this right.

Romans 10:9 New World Translation (NWT): For if you publicly declare with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, and exercise faith in your heart that God raised him up from the dead, you will be saved.
John 14:6 NWT: Jesus said to him: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
Does the Bible Say That Michael the Archangel is Jesus?


Argument 1: Our Lord with the voice of an archangel.
1 Thessalonians 4:16: For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

JW’s believe this to mean that the Lord is an archangel. This is a simple jump, but it does not say Jesus is the archangel. Throughout the Bible Jesus is described as may things, a lamb, lion, servant, etc., and his voice is compared to a “multitude”, “many waters”, etc but this does not mean that Jesus is those things, but rather that he takes on the characteristics of those things.


Argument 2: Michael the Prince
Daniel 12:1 NWT: During that time Michael will stand up, the great prince who is standing in behalf of your people. And there will occur a time of distress such as has not occurred since there came to be a nation until that time. And during that time your people will escape, everyone who is found written down in the book.

Daniel 10:13 NWT: But the prince of the royal realm of Persia stood in opposition to me for 21 days. But then Michael, one of the foremost princes, came to help me; and I remained there beside the kings of Persia.

The bible calls clearly refers to Jesus as the Prince of Peace. JW’s argue that since Michael is the “great prince”, he must be Jesus.

The problem with this is that it is not a complete comparison. Only one definite being was called “The Prince of Peace” and that title is only given to Jesus in the Bible. If Michael was ever directly associated with that exact title (The Prince of Peace), they would have a good case. But JW’s version of the bible does not. Also, in verse 10:13, Michael is called “one of the chief princes” or “one of the foremost princes” meaning that he is one of many princes, and not THE PRINCE.


Argument 3: Does Jesus Speak About Michael?
If we compare Jesus’ description in Revelation 1:13-18 and 2:18, we see the same characteristics describing Jesus as describing the characteristics of the “man” in Daniel 10.

Revelation 1:13: And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. 14 His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; 15 And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters. 16 And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength. 17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: 18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

Revelation 2:18 “Write this letter to the angel of the church in Thyatira. This is the message from the Son of God, whose eyes are like flames of fire, whose feet are like polished bronze:

Daniel 10:5: Then I lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a certain man clothed in linen, whose loins were girded with fine gold of Uphaz: 6 His body also was like the beryl, and his face as the appearance of lightning, and his eyes as lamps of fire, and his arms and his feet like in color to polished brass, and the voice of his words like the voice of a multitude.

 

 

Also both John and Daniel fainted, or fell face-first in front of this being.

Daniel 10:8 Therefore I was left alone, and saw this great vision, and there remained no strength in me: for my comeliness was turned in me into corruption, and I retained no strength. 9 Yet heard I the voice of his words: and when I heard the voice of his words, then was I in a deep sleep on my face, and my face toward the ground. 10 And, behold, an hand touched me, which set me upon my knees and upon the palms of my hands.

Revelation 1:17: And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead.

Both the man in Daniel and Jesus (in Revelation 1) have similar characteristics:

  • Golden Girdle
  • Eyes compared to fire
  • Voice sounding like many “things”
  • Both John and Daniel fell down face first in a worship position
  • Neither Daniel nor John were told to “get up” as to not worship the being
  • Both Daniel and John were touched

Now if you read it at face value, it appears that the man in Daniel could be described as Jesus. Now if the man in Daniel 10 is Jesus, then Jesus is the one talking about Michael in verse 13: “but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me.”

If Jesus says Michael comes to help him, then Michael cannot be Jesus.

Also, the man in Daniel 10 touches Daniel in verse 10 and places him in a prostrate position (aka the position that indicates worship). Throughout the Bible, any form of worship to angels is forbiden by both God and his angels.

Colossians 2:18: Let no one keep defrauding you of your prize by delighting in self-abasement and the worship of the angels, taking his stand on visions he has seen, inflated without cause by his fleshly mind.

Revelation 22:8-9: And I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I heard and saw, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who showed me these things. 9 And he said to me, “Do not do that; I am a fellow servant of yours and of your brethren the prophets and of those who heed the words of this book; worship God.


Hebrews 1 Clearly states that Jesus is not an Angel, and is higher than all the Angels

Hebrews 1:5: For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son? 6 And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.

But I urge you to read all of Hebrews 1 to discover the following points:

  • God never said to an angel: “Thou art my Son”. Yet, God clearly says that about Jesus. Therefore, Jesus must not be an angel. (vs 5)
  • All Angels worship him (vs 6). Jehovah’s Witnesses use the word ‘obedience’ in their New World Translation. Instead of saying that the New World Translation is the only correct translation, simply ignore all Christian/Jehovah’s Witness translations and find someone that speaks the original language that was used (Greek). Either all of Christian translations, including the KJV are wrong and the NWT is correct, or all the Christian and Hebrew translations are correct, and only the NWT is wrong. You can also simply look up Hebrews 1:6 and use the internet to discover the original words used in Greek, as well as what they mean.
  • God never asked an Angel to sit at His right hand. (vs 14)

Hebrews 1: Concerning Jesus compared to Angels

1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high:
4 Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.
5 For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?
6 And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.
7 And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.
8 But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.
9 Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
10 And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands:
11 They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment;
12 And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.
13 But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool?
14 Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?


All the verses in the Bible with Michael the Archangel

Below is a list of all the verses that contain the angel Michael, for added reading.

Revelation 12:7-9: And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, (Read More…)

Jude 1:9: Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.

Revelation 12:7: And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,

Daniel 12:1: And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation [even] to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.

Daniel 10:13: But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.

Daniel 10:21: But I will shew thee that which is noted in the scripture of truth: and [there is] none that holdeth with me in these things, but Michael your prince.

1 Thessalonians 4:16: For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

Revelation 12:7: And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,

As you can see above, there is no direct reference to Michael as being Jesus.

Conclusion:

I believe there is no solid evidence to support the claim that Jesus is an angel, nor Michael the Archangel. Remember Jesus’ words: “I am the way, the truth, and the light. No man comes to the Father except through me.” Because of this, we need to know who the true Jesus is, in order to come into a saving relationship with him.

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