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Archangel Michael, is he Jesus the Christ?
Is Michael the Archangel and Christ, the Same?
Interestingly, Jehovah’s Witnesses are not the only ones who believe that Michael the Archangel is in reality none other than Jesus Christ.
From: Christology of the Old Testament and a Commentary on the Messianic Predictions, 1836-9, Vol. IV, pp. 304-5, by Ernst Wilhelm Hengstengerg, we read: “The two passages in the NT in which Michael is mentioned serve to confirm the result already arrived at. That the Michael referred to in Rev. 12:7 is no other than the Logos, …the name Michael [Who is like God?, that is, ‘Who dares to claim that they are like God?’] contains in itself an intimation that the work referred to here, the decisive victory over Satan, belongs to Christ, not as human, but rather as divine [compare 1 John 3:8]. Moreover, this name forms a connecting link between the Old Testament and the New. Even in the OT, Michael is represented as the great prince, who fights on behalf of the Church (Dan. 12:1). The conflict there alluded to was a prediction and prelude of the one mentioned hero.”
The following is a rather lengthy quote from: The Bible Doctrine of God, Jesus Christ, The Holy Spirit, Atonement, Faith and Election; NY: H.R. Piercy, 1829, pp.152-5, by William Kinkade, a copy to be found in the library of Harvard University. “I am not alone in this opinion; most of the principal writers of the Trinitarian school have advocated the same doctrine. Brown’s dictionary of the Bible on the words Michael, and Angel says, that both these words do sometimes refer to Christ; and also affirms that Christ is the archangel. Woods Spiritual Dictionary teaches nearly, if not exactly, the same on this subject that Brown’s does. The former was a Calvinist, the latter a Methodist. Buck in his Theological Dictionary says, under the article Angel, d) that Christ is in scripture frequently called an Angel. Butterworth, Cruden, and Taylor in their concordances, assert that Michael and Angel are both names of Christ. Doctor Coke, a Methodist bishop, in his notes on the Bible, acknowledges that Christ is sometimes called an Angel. See his notes of that passage where the Angel of the Lord spake to the people at Bochim. Winchester has taught the same doctrine in the 152nd page of the first volume of his lectures on the prophecies. Whitefield, in his sermon on the bush that burnt and was not consumed, says that the Angel that appeared to Moses in the bush was Christ. Pool, in his Annotations, explains those passages where the Lord appeared to the Patriarchs under the character of an Angel, as referring to Jesus Christ. Bunyan makes the pilgrim ascribe his deliverance from Apollyon to Michael. He says, “Blessed Michael helped me.” Pilgrim’s Progress, Cincinnati edition, page 54. Guyse in his Paraphrase on the New Testament, on Rev. 12:7, acknowledges that many good expositors think that Christ is signified by Michael; and also gives it as his opinion.
After commenting on a text that some use to disprove that Jesus was not an angel, the author goes on to say: “The other text that I have heard urged to prove that Christ never was an Angel, is Heb. 1:5: ‘For unto which of the Angels said he at any time, thou are my Son, this day have I begotten thee.’ Although this text abundantly proves that Christ is exalted above all other Messengers, it by no means proves that he never was a Messenger himself. If I should say of General Washington that he was made superior to all the officers of the Revolutionary army for to which of the officers said Congress at any time, thou shalt be commander-in-chief, and again when they brought him into the army, they said, let all of the officers obey him, and of the officers it is said that the government gave them commissions and appointed them wages, but to Washington it said, thou hast loved thy country, and hated treachery, therefore the government, even thy government, hath exalted thee to honor and office, above thy fellows; such conversation would go just about as far to prove that I thought Washington never was an officer in the army of the Revolution, as the first chapter of Hebrews goes to prove that Christ never was a Messenger of God. In fact the above text taken in its connexion [connection] goes rather to prove, then to disprove, that he is one of God’s Angels, or Messengers, because the writer, after speaking of him in connexion [connection] with the Angels several times, finally asserts that he was anointed with the oil of gladness above his fellows, by which he must mean his fellow messengers [angels] for there are no others mentioned in this connexion [connection].
2 Samuel 23:2 (American Standard Version)
2 The Spirit of Jehovah spake by me, And his word was upon my tongue.
Acts 7:53 (New International Version)
53you who have received the law that was put into effect through angels but have not obeyed it."
Galatians 3:19 (English Standard Version)
Matthew 22:43 (English Standard Version)
43He said to them, "How is it then that David,(A) in the Spirit, calls him Lord, saying,
Mark 12:36 (American Standard Version)
36 David himself said in the Holy Spirit, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, Till I make thine enemies the footstool of thy feet.
Psalm 110:1 (American Standard Version)
Psalm 110A Psalm of David.
1Jehovah saith unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, Until I make thine enemies thy footstool.
Hebrews 2:2 (English Standard Version)
Acts 10:19 (Amplified Bible)
19And while Peter was [a]earnestly revolving the vision in his mind and meditating on it, the [Holy] Spirit said to him, Behold, three men are looking for you!
a. Acts 10:19 Marvin Vincent, Word Studies.
b. 17Now Peter was still inwardly perplexed and doubted as to what the vision which he had seen could mean, when [just then] behold the messengers that were sent by Cornelius, who had made inquiry for Simon's house, stopped and stood before the gate.
c. 18And they called out to inquire whether Simon who was surnamed Peter was staying there.
d. 19And while Peter was [a]earnestly revolving the vision in his mind and meditating on it, the [Holy] Spirit said to him, Behold, three men are looking for you!
Acts 22:17 (English Standard Version)
18and saw him saying to me, (AK) 'Make haste and get out of Jerusalem quickly, because they will not accept your testimony about me.' 19And I said, 'Lord, they themselves know that in one synagogue after another(AL) I imprisoned and(AM) beat those who believed in you. 20And when the blood of Stephen(AN) your witness was being shed,(AO) I myself was standing by and(AP) approving and watching over the garments of those who killed him.' 21And he said to me, 'Go, for I will send you(AQ) far away to the Gentiles.'"
Revelation 9:17 (English Standard Version)
17And this is how I saw the horses in my vision and those who rode them: they wore breastplates the color of fire and of sapphire[a] and of sulfur, and the heads of the horses were(A) like lions’ heads, and fire and smoke and sulfur came out of their mouths.
a. Revelation 9:17 Greek hyacinth
John the Baptist, his witness of Jesus.
John was NOT the promised Messiah. But concerning what he witnessed at the baptism of Jesus of Nazareth, in the fall of 29 C.E., John said: "I viewed the spirit coming down as a dove out of heaven, and it remained upon him. Even I did not know him, but the very One who sent me to baptize in
water said to me, 'Whoever it is upon whom you see the spirit coming down and remaining,
this is the one that baptizes in holy spirit.' AND I HAVE SEEN IT, AND I HAVE BORNE
WITNESS THAT this one is the Son of God." John 1:32-34. AT HIS BAPTISM, Jesus
became the Anointed One-the Messiah, or Christ.
John 3: 28 - 36.
You yourselves bear me witness that I said, I am not the Christ, but, I have been SENT
FORTH in ADVANCE of that one. He that has the bride is the bridegroom. However, the
friend of the bridegroom, when he stands and hears him, has a great deal of joy on account
of the voice of the bridegroom. Therefore this joy of mine has been made full. That one
must go on INCREASING, but I must go on decreasing.
He that COMES FROM ABOVE is over all others. He that is from the earth is from the
earth and speaks of things of the earth. He that COMES FROM the heaven is over all
others. What he has SEEN and HEARD, of this he bears witness, but no man is
accepting his witness. He that has accepted his witness has put his seal to it that God is
true. For the one whom God SENT FORTH SPEAKS THE SAYINGS of God, for he
does not give the spirit by measure. The Father loves the Son and has given all things
into his hand. He that EXERCISES FAITH IN THE Son has everlasting life, he that
disobeys the Son, WILL NOT SEE LIFE, BUT THE WRATH OF God remains