The Jehovah’s Witnesses and Seven Day Adventists have been misled and are leading others astray.
PITTSBURGH, PA, August 29, 2019 /24-7PressRelease/ — According to an article found on the Institute For Religious Research entitled, “Is Jesus Michael the archangel?” a piece in April 1 2010 Watchtower addressed the question “Is Jesus the Archangel Michael?” The response, as presented in the article, was “Put simply, the answer is yes…. Jesus Christ is Michael the archangel…. So Michael the archangel is Jesus in his prehuman existence. After his resurrection and return to heaven, Jesus resumed his service as Michael, the chief angel, ‘to the glory of God the Father.” Dan Corner, Director of Evangelical Outreach, recently had this to say:
To learn the real identity of Michael the archangel is very important for millions of people. Why? Because the Jehovah’s Witnesses and Seventh Day Adventists both wrongly believe and insist that Michael the archangel is Jesus Christ! While the Seventh Day Adventists believe Michael is deity, the Jehovah’s Witnesses adamantly oppose the deity of Christ, even denying Jesus was ever prayed to or worshiped!
Michael the archangel is only referred to on five different occasions throughout the entire Bible:
But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia. (Dan. 10:13)
(NOTE: Michael is but just one of the archangels – one of the “chief princes”.)
But first I will tell you what is written in the Book of Truth. No one supports me against them except Michael, your prince. (Dan 10:21)
At that time Michael, the great prince who protects your people, will arise. (Dan. 12:1)
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!” (Jude 1:9)
And there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. (Rev 12:7)
Additionally, the word archangel is only found one time besides Jude 9:
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. (1 Thess. 4:16)
Which archangel is coming down from heaven is unclear since there are more than one. It might not even be Michael. Furthermore, we must logically conclude from 1 Thess. 4:16 that if Jesus’ coming with the voice of an archangel makes him an archangel, then Jesus is a trumpet too, because he is also coming with the trumpet call of God.
This is all the Jehovah’s Witnesses and Seventh Day Adventists got! Nothing shows Jesus to be Michael the archangel; nonetheless, some have distorted those verses to concoct their “Jesus is Michael” fantasy to the detriment of souls. Again, Michael is just one of the chief princes and a warring angel.
As for who Jesus is, consider the clarity of this:
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made”. (John 1:1-3)
Col. 1:16 shows Jesus created everything visible and invisible, including all the angels, in heaven and earth. So before coming to earth Jesus was called “the Word,” who created even Michael the archangel. After ascending up to heaven he is still called Jesus:
“Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked. “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. (Acts 9:5)
“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.” (Rev. 22:16)
Rev. 22:16 further demolishes the twisting of Rev. 1:1 to portray Jesus as an angel. (Rev. 1:1 states, “The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He [Jesus] made it known by sending his angel to his servant John.”)
Jesus is never identified as Michael at any time. Likewise, various New Testament writers identified the Lord Jesus by nearly 100 names and titles, each one demonstrating Jesus’ spiritual attributes and significance, and Michael is not any of them. [By the way, the humanity of Jesus does not cancel out his deity any more than his being the Good Shepherd cancels out his being the Lamb of God.]
“Let all God’s angels worship him [Jesus].” (Heb. 1:6). So, even Michael the archangel worships Jesus! Moreover, Hebrews 1 showcases Jesus’ deity and majesty, and it lists 8 ways that Jesus is superior to the angels, which includes Michael.
Furthermore, Jesus repeatedly received worship on earth (Mt. 14:33; 28:9, 17, etc.), yet angels never receive worship. When John, awed by heaven’s splendor, fell at the angel’s feet to worship him, the angel stiffly rebuked him, “Don’t do that! I am a fellow servant with you and with your brothers and sisters who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For it is the Spirit of prophecy who bears testimony to Jesus.” (Rev. 19:9-10; See also 22:8-9). In contrast, Jesus receives equal praise and worship with the Father in heaven:
Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, singing: “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!” The four living creatures said, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshiped. (Rev. 5:13-14)
Moreover, Jesus is prayed to unlike angels:
While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” (Acts 7:59) Others in the early church also prayed to Jesus (Acts 9:14; 1 Cor. 1:2; etc.), but Jehovah’s Witnesses refuse to.
If Jesus were Michael the archangel, he should not have been prayed to and worshiped, and yet Jesus was both. The early Christians followed and trusted exclusively in Jesus for salvation, and they received eternal life through him (Mt. 11:28-30; Acts 16:30-31; 7:59; Jn. 3:16; 10:27; 1 Pet. 2:6; 1 Jn. 5:12; etc.). In fact, Jesus is Eternal Life (1 Jn. 1:2).
None of the details about Michael can be logically connected to the Lord Jesus Christ. The Jehovah’s Witnesses’ teaching that Jesus is Michael the archangel is mythical and pure religious fantasy.
The proof is clear and overwhelming; though the Jehovah’s Witnesses and Seventh Day Adventists teach that Jesus is Michael the archangel, they do so in violation and neglect of the scriptural evidence. To teach Jesus Christ is Michael the archangel not only downgrades the PRECIOUS Lord Jesus and robs him of his majesty and deity, but it also constitutes serious and lethal error concerning the plan of salvation, to the harm of precious souls.
Dan Corner, a former pastor and ex-Catholic, is the author of a number of books including ‘The Believer’s Conditional Security: Eternal Security Refuted’, ‘The Myth of Eternal Security’ and ‘Is this the Mary of the Bible?’.
Dan is available for media interviews, including debates, and can be reached using the information below or by email at [email protected], by phone at 724-632-3210 or by mail at PO Box 265, Washington, PA, 15301. His websites are https://www.evangelicaloutreach.org (EOMIN.org) and http://www.AlcanceEvangelistico.org (DBN-MIN.net) and http://www.EternalLifeBlog.com.
After graduating from college, Dan Corner got saved by reading the Bible. For over four decades, he has diligently served the Lord Jesus. Dan Corner’s pastoral, apologetic, counter cult and street evangelism experiences have equipped him to contend for the faith and win souls to Jesus from many backgrounds.
He is the director of Evangelical Outreach and has authored hundreds of Christian articles, answered thousands of emails and letters and has written several books of vital importance in our day.
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