articles of chapter 4

Is Jesus Archangel Michael?

What is the relationship of Jesus to angels? Is Jesus Archangel Michael? There are millions of angels in heaven who are called “sons of God” who were created according to a generally accepted interpretation after Jesus. The name Michael means: ’Like God’. In the Bible, Michael’s is called as ‘archangel’, which in itself is the correct translation. He is also called ‘great angel prince’. In Greek, the word is arkhé, which according to Diginovum-Lexicon means, ‘first’, ’beginning’, ‘government’. “Arkhé means the beginning in an absolute sense. … relates to the creation of the universe. The beginning is tied to a divine person with no beginning and no end, and because it is one of his names. The value of a concept can be well compared with the meaning of logos; ”the Word was made flesh” in Christ (John 1: 1). However, the most glorious meaning of the word arkhé is when it is part of the divine person’s name. Father and Son proclaim at the end of the Bible together, I am the beginning and the end … (lo, they arkhé kai telos) Rev 21: 6., 22:13)”

Dan chapter 10 tells about Michael:

13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; but, behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me: and I remained there with the kings of Persia.  – Here Michael is not called Archangel, but he is one of the chief Princes. There are said (in apocrypha) to be seven chief princes who have the right to approach God in heaven. It seems Michael is one of them.

20 Then he said, Do you know why I have come to you? Now I will return to fight with the prince of Persia. When I go forth, behold, the prince of Greece shall come.

21 However, I will tell you what is inscribed in the writing of truth. Yet there is no one who stands firmly with me against these forces except Michael your prince. – Prince of Persia and Prince of Javan (Greece) are satanic angel princes.

Here is mentioned a notable thing about Michael; he is said to be your prince. Does the word ’your’ refer to Israel or even to the entire human race? The preceding verse refers to the struggle against the Persian angel prince and the upcoming Grecian angel prince. From these verses we find that even the angel princes have difficulties in fighting against Satan. When the angel princes of God are confronted with other angelic forces, it tell about the apostasy in heaven. In my mind, however, a great war in heaven has not yet taken place, and Satan with his angels has not yet been cast out of heaven.

Daniel 12:1 At that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince who stands for the children of your 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 your people shall be delivered, everyone who shall be found written in the book. – Otherwise, the Bible does not speak of Michael before the Second Coming of Jesus, when Jesus is coming with a shout echoing. Everyone does not even associate Michael with Jesus, and the wording of this verse does not necessarily indicate that the Angel’s command would come from Jesus, as Jehovah’s Witnesses believe. Verse 1 and especially verse 2 refer to the Resurrection: 2 Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.

The Hebrew Letter Speaks of Both Jesus and the Angels

Heb 1:3 His Son is the radiance of his glory, the very image of his substance, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself made purification for our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; 4 having become so much better than the angels, as he has inherited a more excellent name than they have.

When Christ thus became greater than angels, it shows that he was not before his exaltation. Jehovah’s Witnesses believe Jesus to be the Archangel Michael, who is one of the first angelic princes (Dan10:13) Let all the house of Israel therefore know assuredly that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified (Act 2:36). – Father of Jesus Christ, therefore, made Jesus Lord and Christ.

Now I want you to realize that Christ is the head of every man, and man is the head of the woman, and God is the head of Christ. (1 Cor 11:3).

After Jesus had provided a cleansing from our sins, he sat on the right side of the Father, and then he became much higher than angels. From this one could conclude that before his redemption sacrifice, Jesus was not much higher than angels. On earth, he was somewhat lower than the angels:

Heb 2:7 You made him a little lower than the angels; You crowned him with glory and honor. Heb 1:5 For to which of the angels said he ever, you are my Son: this day have I begotten thee? and again, I will be to him for father, and he shall be to me for son?

In verse 5, again the word begotten is used. But let’s note the time given, today. This is to say that God brought forth Jesus on that day and acknowledged that he was His own son, not so that Jesus was born at that time. It can also be thought that God gave birth to Jesus in his resurrection as well as people are born again in the resurrection. When Jesus is believed to be born – not created – this is true, at least after his resurrection. Is Jesus therefore born twice? At the beginning of times and “today”, two thousand years ago after his resurrection. Had Jesus been God, father God would not have needed to raise him up higher than the angels. To what rank did God raise Jesus? Jehovah God responds to this by saying to Jesus Heb. 1:8: but of the Son he says, YOUR THRONE, O GOD, IS FOREVER AND EVER; THE SCEPTER OF UPRIGHTNESS IS THE SCEPTER OF YOUR KINGDOM.

The logical conclusion is that Jesus was not much higher than angels before his elevation and was not divine. It is also clear that Jesus is after being elevated almighty with regard to every creature, but this omnipotence has been given to him by God, not so that Jesus was always almighty. When Jesus is to rule the earth with the saints, he is an indisputable King for a thousand years, after which he having subdued all men under his authority, will give power away back to God. And what is the position of Jesus after that? At least he is the high priest in the order of Melchizedek. The power of Jesus resembles Joseph’s position in Egypt. The Pharaoh made him the ruler of Egypt as a whole, but the pharaoh itself held the supreme power.

 

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