Who Is Michael the Archangel?

Is Michael & Jesus are one?

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The Bible's Viewpoint--Who Is Michael the Archangel?

According to the Bible, there are millions of angelic creatures inhabiting the spirit realm. (Daniel 7:9, 10; Revelation 5:11) From beginning to end, the Scriptures make hundreds of references to the angels that remain loyal to God. Yet, only two of these spirit creatures are mentioned by name. One is the angel Gabriel, who personally delivered messages from God to three different individuals over a period of some 600 years. (Daniel 9:20-22; Luke 1:8-19, 26-28) The other angel mentioned by name in the Bible is Michael...

Michael is clearly an outstanding angel. For example, in the book of Daniel, Michael is described as fighting wicked demons in behalf of Jehovah's people. (Daniel 10:13; 12:1) In the inspired letter of Jude, Michael confronts Satan in a dispute over Moses' body. (Jude 9) The book of Revelation shows that Michael wars with Satan and his demons and hurls them out of heaven. (Revelation 12:7-9) No other angel is portrayed as having such great power and authority over God's enemies. :pacman: It is no wonder, then, that the Bible appropriately refers to Michael as "the archangel," the prefix "arch" meaning "chief," or "principal."

By defending Jehovah's rulership and fighting God's enemies, Michael lives up to the meaning of his name--"Who is Like God?" But who is Michael? :\

At times, indivividuals are known by more than one name. For example, the patriarch Jacob is also known as Israel, and the apostle Peter, as Simon. (Genesis 49:1-2; Matthew 10:2) Likewise, the Bible indicates that Michael is another name for Jesus Christ, before and after his life on earth. Let us consider Scriptural reasons for drawing that conclusion...

The Controversy Over Michael's Identity
Christendom's religions, as well as Judaism and Islam, have conflicting ideas on the subject of angels. Some explanations are vague. For instance, The Anchor Bible Dictionary states: "There may be a single superior angel and/or a small group of archangels (usually four or seven)." According to The Imperial Bible-Dictionary, Michael is the "name of a superhuman being, in regard to whom there have in general been two rival opinions, either that he is the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, or that he is one of the so-called seven archangels."

In Jewish tradition these seven archangels are Gabriel, Jeremiel, Michael, Raguel, Raphael, Sariel, and Uriel. On the other hand, Islam believes in four archangels, namely, Jibril, Mikal, Izrail, and Israfil. Catholicism also believes in four archangels: Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, and Uriel. What does the Bible say? Are there several archangels? o_0

The Bible's Answer
Aside from Michael, no archangel is mentioned in the Bible, nor do the Scriptures use the term "archangel" in the plural. The Bible describes Michael as the archangel, implying that he alone bears that designation. Hence, it is reasonable to conclude that Jehovah God has delegated to one, and only one, of his heavenly creatures full authority over all other angels...

Aside from the Creator himself, only one faithful person is spoken of as having angels under subjection--namely, Jesus Christ. (Matthew 13:41; 16:27; 24:31) The apostle Paul made specific mention of "the Lord Jesus" and "his powerful angels." (2 Thessalonians 1:7) And Peter described the resurrected Jesus by saying: "He is at God's right hand, for he went his way to heaven; and angels and authorities and powers were made subject to him."--1 Peter 3:22

While there is no statement in the Bible that categorically identifies Michael the archangel as Jesus, there is one scripture that links Jesus with the office of archangel. In his letter to the Thessalonians, the apostle Paul prophesied: "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." (1 Thessalonians 4:16) In this scripture Jesus is described as having assumed his power as God's Messianic King. Yet, he speaks with "an archangel's voice."

After his own resurrection, Jesus was raised to a "superior position" in heaven as a spirit creature. (Philippians 2:9) No longer a human, he has the voice of an archangel. So when God's trumpet sounded the call for "those who are dead in union with Christ" to be raised to heaven, Jesus issued "a commanding call," this time "with an archangel's voice." It is reasonable to conclude that only an archangel would call "with an archangel's voice."

Yes, there are other angelic creatures of high rank, such as seraphs and cherubs. (Genesis 3:24; Isaiah 6:2) Yet, the Scriptures point to the resurrected Jesus Christ as the chief of all angels--Michael the archangel...

Another one, the Bible states that "Michael and his angels battled with the dragon . . . and its angels." (Revelation 12:7) Thus, Michael is the Leader of an army of faithful angels. (Revelation 19:14-16) And the apostle Paul specifically mentions "the Lord Jesus" and "his powerful angels." (Thessalonians 1:7; Matthew 16:27; 24:31; 1 Peter 3:22) So the Bible speaks of both Michael and "his angels" and Jesus and "his angels." (Matthew 13:41) Since God's Word nowhere indicates that there are two armies of faithful angels in heaven--one headed by Michael and one headed by Jesus--it is logical to conclude that Michael is none other than Jesus Christ in his heavenly role... :D

What do you think guys? :D

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I am pretty sure that the Bible includes references to the hierarchy of the angels. Here is a short excerpt from some widely held Catholic doctrine (source is the Catholic Encyclopedia)
"We know on the authority of Scripture that there are nine orders of angels, viz., Angels, Archangels, Virtues, Powers, Principalities, Dominations, Throne, Cherubim and Seraphim. That there are Angels and Archangels nearly every page of the Bible tell us, and the books of the Prophets talk of Cherubim and Seraphim. St. Paul, too, writing to the Ephesians enumerates four orders when he says: 'above all Principality, and Power, and Virtue, and Domination'; and again, writing to the Colossians he says: 'whether Thrones, or Dominations, or Principalities, or Powers'. If we now join these two lists together we have five Orders, and adding Angels and Archangels, Cherubim and Seraphim, we find nine Orders of Angels."

From what I have seen on the subject it is more likely that Michael is Jesus' right hand man especially as he is depicted a little milataristically as a "commander/leader" of the angels.

Do not interfere in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy and good with ketchup.

  • Aug 09, 2006

Carmen

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Sometimes I did think that Michael and Jesus and the "Angel of Jehova" are the same person. Is logic, and with all your biblical refferences I think that you think that too. Anyway, Jesus did say that he existed before the patriarchs, so, he must have been there, in the Old Testament, just as He is in the New one.

  • Sep 02, 2006

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The Archangel Gabriel is belived to have delivered the good news to Mary. ...Also, it is believed that there are several choirs of angels. ...All of them vast in number.

  • Sep 02, 2006
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As far as i know Michael is the leader of the Archangels. He struck down Lucifer during the latter's rebellion and hence replaced Lucifer as the Right Hand of God. This makes him the second/third most powerful being in existence, next to God and possibly Lucifer. Jesus is the 'Son' aspect of God (i.e. part of the Father Son and Holy Spirit trinity) made flesh so that he could die for mankind's sins.

  • Sep 03, 2006
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Ah, you're a Witness of Jehova... that's the why of your question.

1)Archangel Raphael is one of the protagonist of the book of Tobias. Gabriel is mentioned in the Gospels.

2)Jesus is one of the Three Persons that make ONE GOD: The ACTION of Creation of the Father was His Word... "Let it be..." But the actions and emotions of God are far superior to those of human's, so, His WORD has engendrated with inteligense, being part of him but a second person. When Father and Son met each other for the first time, they felt Love... so the Third person was engendrated, the Holy Ghost, who is the love that gives life to everything.

So, Jesus is God. The Archangel Michael is a CREATURE made by God. Michael never incarnated, he's an spirit. The Son Incarnated. We have a God different to other's. He's 1/3 human.

3)St. Micheal is patron of all Humanity against evil, and especially of the Church Is his thechampion, since he defeated the devil. He's mentioned in revelations

4)The name "Jehova" is a mistake carried from Jewish translators since the Middle Age. They mixed YWVW with ADONAI, since Yave was a name too sacred to be said.

  • Sep 14, 2006
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He is the warrior archangel who "banish" Lucifer from heaven.Lucifer was the first angel and the most beautiful one God ever made...and now he is the most ugly and stupid and...nevermind.>.>

  • Oct 02, 2006
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There is no Archangel Michael in the christian bible. That is only in the Jehova Witness bible which isn't the same thing. I believe that Gabriel is the only Archangel because that is the only Archangel in the Christian bible.

  • Nov 20, 2006

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Quote by ArioswingThere is no Archangel Michael in the christian bible. That is only in the Jehova Witness bible which isn't the same thing. I believe that Gabriel is the only Archangel because that is the only Archangel in the Christian bible.

You're wrong...

The name "Michael" means "Who Is Like God?" thus indicating that this foremost prince upholds Jehovah's sovereignty. Since Michael is also a champion of God's people, we have reason to identify him with the unnamed angel that God sent ahead of the Israelites hundreds of years before: "Here I am sending an angel ahead of you to keep you on the road and to bring you into the place that I have prepared. Watch yourself because of him and obey his voice. Do not behave rebelliously against him, for he will not pardon your transgression; because my name is within him." (Exodus 23:20, 21)

We next read of Michael in the Christian Greek Scriptures. The book of Jude tells us: "But when Michael the archangel had a difference with the Devil and was disputing about Moses' body, he did not dare to bring a judgment against him in abusive terms, but said: 'May Jehovah rebuke you.'" (Jude 9) This incident helps to show the closeness of Michael to God's ancient people. Therefore, it supports the argument that he was the angel that went ahead of the Israelites to protect them...

We learn from Jude that Michael had the post of archangel. In fact, he was the archangel, since no other archangel is mentioned in the Bible, nor does the Bible use "archangel" in the plural. "Archangel" means "Chief of the angels." (Thayer's Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament) Among God's spirit servants, only two names are associated with authority over angels: Michael and Jesus Christ. (Matthew 16:27; 25:31; 2 Thessalonians 1:7) This, too, argues that Jesus and Michael are the same...

Interestingly, the name of Jesus is linked with the word "archangel" in one of Paul's letters. The apostle writes: "The Lord [Jesus] himself will descend from heaven with a commanding call, with an archangel's voice and with God's trumpet." (1 Thessalonians 4:16) The context places this event during "the presence of the Lord," when Jesus has started to rule as king. (1 Thessalonians 4:15; Matthew 24:3; Revelation 11:15-18)

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