Is Michael The Archangel Jesus Christ? (Revised)

Is Michael Jesus Christ?  

 “All Scripture is inspired of God and beneficial for teaching, for reproving, for setting things straight, for disciplining in righteousness, that the man of God may be fully competent, completely equipped for every good work.” (2Tim. 3:16,17, NWT) 

 “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.(2 Tim. 3:16, 17 NASB)

Question: Do you believe that Scripture is God breathed for teaching, correcting, and training, so we as His people are fully educated on what He teaches and instructs?  I ask this question because some say absolutely but in application or real life (real time), man’s biblical teachings trump God’s breathed scriptural communication.

Let us imagine for a moment that God called (you) on the phone.  God wanted to become your personal instructor and asked: “Would you like Me to instruct this course?”  He then provided you His personal training manual.  This manual was not an ordinary instruction booklet.  To the contrary, it was “The Instruction Manual.” Nothing on earth could trump the absolute truth found from every word on every line of every page. Within the binding of this “Instruction Manual” (66 books in total, yes, the Bible), God told man everything He wanted them to know. Therefore, is Michael the archangel Jesus Christ according to the Authority (God’s Breathed Word)?

The Watchtower Position

 “there is Scriptural evidence to concluding that Michael was the name of Jesus Christ before he left heaven and after his return.” (WT May 15, 1969, pg 307)

“Michael the great prince is none other than Jesus Christ Himself.” (WT 12-15-84, pg 29

The Watchtower Invitation

“The Watchtower invites careful and critical examination of its contents in the light of the Scriptures.” (WT 8-15, 1950 WT, pg 263)

We should prove by the word of God whether the things found in the Watchtower are from man or from the Lord!” (WT May 1, 1934 WT, pg 131)

To be sure, the Watchtower invites a critical examination of their theology in light of Holy Scripture.  So, never feel uncomfortable about investigating and questioning Watchtower teachings.  They themselves invite you to examine their theology using God’s Breathed Word.  That said, however, their Bible must not be used.  Finding truths must not include biased materials.  I would use other Bibles for examination purposes. However, use their Bible for comparison purposes.  Let us then, together, examine the Holy Scriptures and find out if Michael the archangel is Jesus Christ according to the Watchtower organization.

I would like to begin our investigation with a question.  Question:  What does God’s Breathed Word say about angels ruling man?  Is the human race in subjection to angels?  Have angels ever ruled man?  In other words, are angels permitted to rule and have man in subjection to them? Does God permit it?

We are not interested in what man has to say on the subject (man’s breathed word).  We are only interested in God’s answer (remember 2 Tim. 3:16).  Let’s find out.  Turn with me to Hebrews 2:5: “For He did not subject to angels the world to come, concerning which we are speaking.”  The NWT reads: “For it is not to angels that he has subjected the inhabited earth to come, about which we are speaking.” In other words, God is saying angels do not rule man … and will not rule man in the future!!

God’s breathed word teaches us that man will never be subjected to the authority of angels.  Angels will never rule over man.  God Said It … Not Me.  So, thus far and we’ve just begun, no angel (which includes Michael the archangel), will ever have man under their subjection / rule over man.  Let us think about that as we continue our discussion.  I ask again: Question: Do you believe 2Tim. 3:16,17, NWT: “All Scripture is inspired of God and beneficial for teaching, for reproving, forsetting things straight (in other words, man’s truth vs God’struth), for disciplining in righteousness, that the man of God may be fully competent (competent in what, in what God teaches), completely equipped for every good work.” (my words in  parenthesis) 

Angels Cannot Be Worshipped. 

 “At that I fell down before his feet to worship him.  But he tells me: ‘Be careful!  Do not do that! All I am is a fellow slave of you and of your brothers who have the work of witnessing to Jesus.  Worship God; for the bearing witness to Jesus is what inspires prophesying.’” Rev. 19:10, NWT, (Also Rev. 22:9)

Turn with me to Daniel

Let us not stop here but continue on with what Daniel says about Michael. 

Daniel 10:13 reads: But the prince of the kingdom of Persia was withstanding me for twenty-one days; then behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left there with the kings of Persia.”  The WT teaches that Michael, here, was Jesus Christ (before becoming man), angel, human, angel 

Daniel 12:1 reads: “Now at the time Michael, the great prince who stands guard over the sons of your people, will arise.  And there will be time of distress such as never occurred since there was a nation until that time; and at that time your people, everyone who is found written in the book, will be rescued.”

Question: Where in the text of Daniel 10 and 12 does God’s Breathed Word say that Michael (one-of-the-chief-princes) is Jesus Christ?  The answer: It doesn’t.  So, to posture and assert a position that Jesus Christ is Michael from the text is nothing less than heretical.  Jesus Christ isn’t even mentioned in the context.

VINES Complete Expository Dictionary, pg.36: archangelos (743) “is not found in the OT, and in the NT only in 1Thess. 4:16 and Jude 9, where it is used of Michael, who in Daniel is called ‘one of the chief princes,’ and ‘the great prince’ (Sept,.‘the great angel’), 10:13, 21; 12:1. Cf. also Rev. 12:7 … Whether there are other beings of this exalted rank in the heavenly hosts, Scripture does not say, though the description ‘one of the chief princes’ suggest that this may be the case; cf. also Rom. 8:38; Eph. 1:21; Col. 1:16, where the word translated ‘principalities’is arche, the prefix in archangel (from Notes on Thessalonians, by Hogg and Vine, p. 142).  In 1Thess. 4:16 the meaning seems to be that the voice of the Lord Jesus will be of the character of an ‘archangelic’ shout.’”

In fact, since Michael is “one of the chief princes,” this indicates that there are others.  He (Michael) just happens to be named in Scripture.   Christ is referred to as “Unique” in John 3:16 (monogenes), one-of-a-kind.  He is not “one-of-the-chief-princes” (Jesus Christ is never called a “Chief Prince), He is “Unique” according to John 3:16; He is One-of-a-kind, not “one of many.  To the contrary, Jesus Christ is called King, Lord, and Savior.  We have already learned that angels cannot rule over man and cannot be worshipped.  Michael the archangel is never called King … Michael the archangel cannot be called King, and Lord, because angels never rule over man (Kings, and Lords rule).

Jesus Christ is never referred to as a mere chief prince (among many), but as Revelation 19:16 reads: “And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, ‘KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”  This is a title that indicates absolute sovereignty and Authority … King of Kings / Lord of Lords is much higher in authority than a mere “Chief Prince” (who is one among many).  The first one has absolute sovereignty and authority; the latter has derived, limited authority.

That said, Jesus Christ, according God’s Breathed Word, cannot be Michael … Why …  Because, Jesus Christ is KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS, and RULES over man (angels according to Heb. 2:5 will never have man under their subjection, thus, will never rule man).

What About 1Thess. 4:16? 

NWT: “Because the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a commanding call, with an archangel’s voice and with God’s trumpet, and those who are dead in union with Christ will rise first.” (1Thess. 4:16)

KIT: “Because very (one) the Lord in command, in voice of archangel and in trumpet of God, he will come down from heaven, and the dead (ones) in Christ will stand up first.” (1Thess. 4:16)

“BECAUSE HIMSELF THE LORD WITH A CRY OF COMMAND, WITH A VOICE OF AN ARCHANGEL AND WITH A TRUMPET OF GOD, WILL DESCEND FROM HEAVEN AND THE DEAD N CHRIST WILL RISE FIRST.” (The New Greek English Interlinear New Testament)  (1Thess. 4:16)

We have already learned from Hebrews 2:5, I will read it again so there is no misunderstanding: The NWT reads: “For it is not to angels that he has subjected the inhabited earth to come, about which we are speaking.” (Hebrews 2:5)

What is God’s Breathed Word communicating to us in 1Thess: 4:16?  I will describe it in military terms: Christ (King of Kings, and Lord of Lords, and rules over man) comes with a cry of command (The General Commanding) voice of archangel (The General’s officer sounds out), Trumpet of God (Christ comes with total Authority).

Note: If the “voice” of an archangel represents identity, to be consistent then, the words “with the trumpet of God” must represent Deity (to be accurate).   I’m not saying this passage speaks of the Deity of Christ, but since the WT takes only half of the scripture (and interprets it), and ignores the second half, I will take the second half and make an assumption (I will do as the WT does); since the trumpet of God is also being held, Christ must be God.  Make sense?  Of course it doesn’t.  This passage neither teaches Christ is Michael the archangel or God.  Although the Scriptures teach Jesus Christ is God, this passage is not one of them.  Remember, I did exactly what the WT did.

Who Then Is Jesus Christ If Not Michael The Archangel?

Let us dig deeper into our investigation.  Turn with me to Isaiah 44:24: (NWT)This is what Jehovah has said, your Repurchaser and the Former of you from the belly; ‘I, Jehovah, am doing everything, stretching out the heavens by myself, laying out the earth.  Who was with me?’”

NASB: “Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, and the one who formed you from the womb, ‘I, the LORD, am the maker of all things, Stretching out the heavens by Myself, And spreading out the earth all alone.”

The Lord, God, Jehovah, made everything … all alone, and He even said, “Who was with me?”  I will come back to this passage of scripture in a minute.

Let us now turn to Colossians 1:15,16, Notice what the KIT reads: “because in him it was created the all (things) in the heavens and upon the earth, the (things) visible and the (things) invisible, whether thrones or lordships, or governments or authorities; the all (things) through him and into him it has been created.”

NWT: “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation; because by means of him all (other) things were created in the heavens and upon the earth, the things visible and the things invisible, no matter whether they are thrones or lordships or governments or authorities.  All (other) things have been created through him and for him.

Before going on, please read 2Tim: 3:16 again below:

 “All Scripture is inspired of God and beneficial for teaching, for reproving, for setting things straight (man’s truth vs God’s truth), for disciplining in righteousness, that the man of God may be fully competent (competent in what, in what God teaches), completely equipped for every good work.”(2Tim. 3:16,17, NWT) (Parenthesis are mine)

 

Question: Does God Make Mistakes?

Please Listen To This Next Statement Very Closely 

First and foremost, the WT in reality, according to 2 Tim 3:16, believes that God’s word is God Breathed, “only when” it affirms / agrees with Watchtower theology.  Let me explain:  In essence, the WT is telling us that “The Teaching Manual (God’s Breathed Word, the Bible), failed.  God failed to accurately communicate Christ’s true identity.  How?  God forgot to insert the word “other” in Colossians Chapter 1:16.  God made a mistake.  When He inspired the apostle Paul to write the letter, He forgot to inspire Paul to write the word “other” in the text.  The Watchtower caught God’s mistake and corrected it.  God was saved through His Organization by their correction of His oversight.

This is how God was corrected: the Watchtower inserted the word “other” in the text.  They placed brackets around the word “other” indicating that the word did not appear in the original writings (God’s Breathed Word).  In essence, by adding to God’s word the word “other,” it changed the entire meaning of what God was communicating.  God’s error communicated Christ as the Creator (He created all things).  The Watchtower, however, came along and corrected what God had originally spoken.  According to the Watchtower, God didn’t mean Christ created all things (making Him the Creator), He meant, Christ created all other things (making him only a thing).  This of course changes the entire meaning of the text.

Christ, now, becomes a thing instead of God’s original teaching: Christ created all things, (again, making Him the Creator).  The Watchtower takes a giant leap of insanity.  They assume that they have the authority to correct God’s Breathed Word.  In this case, they believe 2 Ti. 3:16 “only when” it affirms their theology, that of, Christ is Michael the archangel.

Note: Scholars have added words into the text.  However, that said, it is only done for clarity purposes, and cannot be done if it changes the meaning of the text.

This reminds me of the Garden of Eden.  God said, “you will die.” Satan (the original serpent) contradicted God and said, “God made a mistake.” God meant “you will not die.”  Making a contrast here with our subject, God said Jesus Christ was the Creator of all things, but Satan said, no, God meant to say Jesus created all “other” things (making Jesus only a thing not the creator).  The question becomes: who are you going to believe … God’s Breathed Word or man’s breathed word (in this case the WT).

Question: Did God Inspire Paul To Teach Christ Created All Other Things or All things?

Getting back to Isaiah 44:24: “This is what Jehovah has said, your Repurchaser and the Former of you from the belly; ‘I, Jehovah, am doing everything, stretching out the heavens by myself, laying out the earth.  Who was with me?’”

However, that said, the apostle Paul teaches us that Jesus Christ created all things: “And He is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of all creation.  For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities – all things have been created by Him and for Him.”  (Colossians 1:16) (NASB)

Isaiah teaches us that Jehovah created all things by myself.  Paul teaches us that Christ created all things.  God’s Breathed Word never lies.  Was Christ (according to the WT) Michael before He came to earth?  No, He was “The Word” Logos, in John 1:1.  He was God.  Even the NWT says the Logos was “a god” (which by the way in an incorrect rendering of the text) … It does not say the Logos was Michael.  Verse 14 of John 1 tells us that “The Word, Logos, God” became flesh and dwelt among man (tented with man).  Jesus Christ, according to God’s Breathed Word is God The Son, and is The Creator.

Remembering that nothing can trump God’s instruction manual (man or any organization), and because it is absolute truth, His students believe it over any man-man organization / person (s) or even an angel from heaven.  That said, God’s instruction manual teaches the Logos (The Word) in vs 14 became Jesus Christ … as the creator (unless you deny His authority teaching manual).  According to scripture, The Word (Jesus Christ) according to Paul’s words created Michael the archangel.

Question: To which of the angels did He ever say “THOU ART MY SON, TODAY I HAVE BEGOTTEN THEE?  And again, ‘I WILL BE A FATHER TO HIM AND HE SHALL BE A SON TO ME?’  And when He again brings the first-born in to the world, He says, ‘AND LET ALL THE ANGELS OF GOD WORSHIP HIM.’ And of the angels He says, ‘WHO MAKES HIS ANGELS WINDS, AND HIS MINISTERS A FLAME OF FIRE.’  But of the Son He says, ‘THY THRONE, O GOD, IS FOREVER AND EVER, AND THE RIGHTEOUS SCEPTER IS THE SCEPTER OF HIS KINGDOM.’”:  (Heb. 1:5-8) Read the whole context … through 14 (Heb 1:10-12 and Ps. 102:25-27 … applied to Jehovah in Psalms but applied to Jesus in Heb.)

Question: how do you explain Heb. 1:8: “But of the Son He says, THY THRONE, O GOD, IS FOREVER AND EVER … vs. 9: THEREFORE GOD, THY GOD, HATH ANOINTED THEE WITH THE OIL OF GLADNESS ABOVE THEY COMPANIONS.”  (This was a quote from Ps. 45:6,7)

Who Only Receives Worship?

Exodus 34:14 “for you shall not worship any other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.” 

Heb. 1:6: “And when He brings the firstborn into the world, He says. ‘AND LET ALL THE ANGELS OF GOD WORSHIP HIM.’”

Note: The angels worship Jesus Christ.  God the Father (Jehovah) calls His Son, God.  Jesus is God the Son, who receives worship, called King of Kings, Lord of Lords, and who is The Savior of the world.

 

Another Reason Michael Is Not Jesus Christ

Moses’ Body Dispute 

Jesus REBUKED Satan but Michael couldn’t …

Notice Jesus Rebuking Satan … “To express Sharp reproof / reprimand / Disaproval

Matthew 4:10: “Then Jesus said to him, ‘Be gone, Satan!  For it is written, YOU SHALL WORSHIP THE LORD YOUR GOD, AND SERVE HIM ONLY.’” (The Greek word for “LORD” in this verse is kurios.  It is the standard word for Lord in the New Testament.  It is also a direct parallel to the word Yahweh of Jehovah in the Old Testament.  (Now, it’s crucial to note that while Jesus is called kurios (Lord) many times in the New Testament, Michael is never called kurios)

Jude 9: “But Michael the archangel, when he disputed with the devil and argued about the body of Moses, did not dare pronounce against him a railing judgment but said, ‘THE LORD REBUKE YOU.’”

If Jesus could rebuke Satan, and Michael could not, this is proof positive that Michael is not Jesus.

Dr. Spiros Zodhiates says concerning Jude 9: “This refers to an unknown incident in which there was a dispute between the Archangel Michael and the devil concerning the burial of Moses’ body.  Jude related this incident to tell us that the archangel Michael did not bring a railing accusation against the devil, but said, ‘The Lord rebuke you.’ He wanted to show that neither we nor angels, no matter how hard we try, will be able to put the devil out of commission, but that his time is coming one day.  It is said of him in Rev. 20:2 that he will be bound for a thousand years during Christ’s millennial kingdom and that finally he is going to be cast into the lake of fire and brimstone (Rev. 20:10).

(Phil. 2:9-11 … Why couldn’t Michael rebuke Satan?  Because, Jesus Christ is Lord not Michael.

In conclusion, our investigation has proven Michael the archangel is none other than Michael the archangel.  Jesus Christ is King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  He is our Creator, Savior and is worshipped.  Jesus Christ created Michael the archangel.  God’s Breathed Word has spoken.  Who will you believe?  Will you believe 2 Tim. 3:16 or the Watchtower 3:16?  Only you can answer that question.  We will get into the trinity doctrine at another time.  This is all I have to share on this topic, but I could have said much, much more.

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4 Responses to “Is Michael The Archangel Jesus Christ? (Revised)”

  1. Gordon Says:

    Question: Did God Inspire Paul To Teach Christ Created All Other Things or All things?

    If Jesus created ALL things as yoa suggest then Jesus created God. Verse 3 “We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,” AV

    inserting the word other exclude Jesus from creating God
    Jesus did not create the Father

    Triniratianism is 3 distinct individuals Sabellism or Modalism is thre aspects of the one God

    The Greek word pas is NOT allinclusive

    ” the whole world has gone after him” Did all the world go after Christ? “then went all Judea, and were baptized of him in Jordan.” Was all Judea, or all Jerusalem, baptized in Jordan? “Ye are of God, little children,” and the whole world lieth in the wicked one”. Does the whole world there mean everybody? The words “world” and “all” are used in some seven or eight senses in Scripture, and it is very rarely the “all” means all persons, taken individually. The words are generally used to signify that Christ has redeemed some of all sorts — some Jews, some Gentiles, some rich, some poor, and has not restricted His redemption to either Jew or Gentile … (C.H. Spurgeon from a sermon on Particular Redemption)

    • thebiblevsthewatchtower Says:

      Hello Gordon. Jesus could rebuked Satan because He was God the Son. The Apostle Paul in Colossians 1:15,16 and 17, tell us exactly who Christ is. He is the Creator of all things. The Word (God) became flesh (Jesus Christ) and dwelt among us. The Watchtower trains their members to pick and choose. In other words, they take scriptures out of context to prove their theology. All one has to do is read the entire text to discover what the passage is communicating. In this instance, the apostle Paul is teaching us that Christ is the Creator. His Father, Jehovah, was not His Father when He was the Word. Christ became man (The Son). When He left heaven as The Word (God the Word), he became a man. At that time, Jehovah became His Father. My recommendation Gordon is that you read the Bible without Watchtower interpretation. The Bible is God breathed not the Watchtower. Thank you for your comments. If I can be of any further help at all, please let me know.

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