Who Is Michael The Archangel? 2

Michael means, ‘Who is like God?’ Archangel means, head of angels, or commander of angels, or one who leads angels. Therefore other names of Archangel include commander of hosts, Prince, Chief Prince and all else that depicts leadership of angelic host.

Another terminology that needs interpretation and is used frequently in the Old Testament is the Angel of the LORD. Depending on context, it may refer to ordinary angels or to Jesus Christ. Read more from, Dederen, Raoul, et al (Eds) (2000), Handbook of SDA Theology, Vol 12 of the Commentary Reference Series, Review and Herald Publishing Association, Hagerstown, MD, P78.

The Bible in several passages refers to Michael the Archangel aka the head of angelic hosts or commander or prince.  The passages include Joshua 5:13-15, Daniel 10:13, Daniel 10:21, 1 Thessalonians 4:16, Jude 1:9 and Revelation 12:7-9.

Existence of Michael the Archangel and angel Gabriel are acknowledged scripturally by the three Abrahamic religions i.e. Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

The Archangel unlike other angels in the Bible, accepts worship. In the following text(s) Angel(s) refuse to be worshipped. Revelation 19:10 { “At this I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, “Do not do it! I am a fellow servant with you and with your brothers who hold to the testimony of Jesus…”} and Revelation 22:8-9 { 22:8 I , John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I had heard and seen them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who had been showing them to me. (22:9) But he said to me, “Do not do it! I am a fellow servant with you and with your brothers the prophets and of all who keep the words of this book. Worship God!” }.

But in the following text the Archangel unlike angels accepts worship. Joshua 5:13-15 (5:14″Neither,” he replied, “but as commander of the army of the LORD I have now come.” Then Joshua fell facedown to the ground in reverence, and asked him, “What message does my Lord have for his servant?”5:15The commander of the LORD’S army replied, “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy.” And Joshua did so. ). Only God deserves worship. This Archangel must be a member of the holy trinity.

In Revelation 12:7 “And there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back.” (1) Angels are said to belong to Michael. Yet only God owns angels. (2) The cosmic battle is headed on God’s side by Michael. Michael must be part of the godhead. An angel who is a creature cannot head God’s side, yet God is there. Otherwise an angel would have died to save us. It takes more than an angel.

In 1 Thessalonians 4:16 “For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.” The voice of the Archangel causes the dead to rise. Only the voice of God the Son can raise the dead. Lazarus heard that voice and he arose from the grave. John 11:25 and Revelation 1:18 Jesus states that only He is the resurrection and life. The Archangel is not only God,  but is God the Son, Jesus Christ!

In Jude 1:9 “But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not dare to bring a slanderous accusation against him, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!”” When Michael went to raise Moses from his grave, Satan went to dispute for the body. The raiser of the dead is Jesus Christ aka Michael the Archangel. By just one word from His mouth He defeats Satan in that contest for the body of Moses. Only Christ the Creator John 1:1-3 is able to defeat the evil one by His words  Revelation 19:15 . This Archangel whose word defeats Satan is God. It is Jesus Christ!

In Daniel 12:1 “At that time Michael, the great prince who protects your people , will arise. There will be a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then. But at that time your people–everyone whose name is found written in the book–will be delivered.” Michael is said to be a protector or a defender of God’s people. Psalms 46:1 God is the protector. 1 John 2:1-2 Jesus is the defender/ mediator of all believers. Michael is a reference to Christ Jesus! Satan is the accuser Revelation 12:10 but Michael is the defender or protector of God’s people. Our defender and protector is Jesus. Michael is Jesus Christ!

Michael the Archangel is God the Son – Jesus Christ. He is our defender, our protector and He will always be victorious against evil and the evil one. May Michael the Archangel be you Savior both now and forevermore. May He stand up to defend us when we are threatened both now and forevermore. Amen!

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Pastor Rei Kesis

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