Why Jesus is not the Archangel Michael

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One of the absurd beliefs of Jehovah’s Witnesses which they don’t discuss with new converts is that Jesus Christ is actually archangel Michael. Most Witnesses will be reluctant to discuss this belief with you if you ask them because it’s one of their weakest links.

In one of their works, they dogmatically stated that:

Michael the great prince is none other than Jesus Christ himself” (The Watchtower, Dec. 1984, 29).

On their website, under the section Our Readers Ask, they wrote:

Jesus Christ is Michael the archangel. Both names​—Michael (meaning “Who Is Like God?”) and Jesus (meaning “Jehovah Is Salvation”)​—focus attention on his role as the leading advocate of God’s sovereignty. Philippians 2:9 states: ‘God exalted him [the glorified Jesus] to a superior position and kindly gave him the name that is above every other name.'”

Scriptural evidence outside the Watchtower grid makes it crystal clear that Jesus Christ is not the same as archangel Michael.

An archangel is simply a “higher order” of angels. And in all the five times archangel Michael was mentioned in Scripture, nowhere is he equated with Jesus Christ (see Daniel 10:13, 21; 12:1, Jude 9, Revelation 12:7).

In Mark 8:33, Jesus rebuked Satan directly: “Get thee behind me Satan.” Whereas, when Michael was contending with Satan, he said, “The Lord rebuke thee.” While Jesus exercised His direct authority over Satan, Michael appealed to God’s authority. Big difference.

Hebrews 1:4 says Jesus “being more better than the angels” has a more excellent name than they. It continues: “For example, to which of the angels did he [God] ever say: ‘You are my son; I, today, I have become your father?” The answer is “none.”

Jesus is uniquely the Son of God and angels or archangels have a position inferior to His.

As we continue to verse six, it also says that Jesus, being God’s Son received worship from angels: “And let all the angels of God worship him.”

We know that angels do not receive worship in any form so there is no way the Lord Jesus would be an archangel (Revelation 22:8-9). Even the early Watchtower magazine (called Zion Watchtower at the time) agreed with this:

Hence it is said, ‘Let all the angels of God worship him’ (that must include Michael, the chief angel, hence Michael is not the Son of God)...” (November 1879, p. 4, Reprints, p. 48)

Jesus said “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” (Matthew 28:18). No archangel can say this because “It is not to angels that [God] has subjected the world to come” (Hebrews 2:5). In their book, What Does the Bible Really Teach? They tried to build a case for this doctrine:

Moreover, Jesus is linked with the office of archangel. Regarding the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ, 1 Thessalonians 4:16 states: ‘The Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a commanding call, with an archangel’s voice’. The voice of Jesus is described as being that of an archangel. This scripture therefore suggests that Jesus himself is the archangel Michael” (pp. 218-9).

Reading that passage from any reputable translation, it says “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.” Notice how the JW bible version had replaced the definite article “the” with “an.”

The specific name of this archangel wasn’t given, so to read “Michael” into the passage is unwarranted. That Jesus would descend accompanied “with an archangel’s voice” doesn’t imply that He’s an archangel. The verse simply means that an archangel’s voice will accompany the Lord’s descent from heaven.

If we apply the forced JW interpretation to the entire verse, it damages their beliefs. If the descent of the Lord Jesus “with the voice of an archangel” makes Him an archangel, that would also mean that His voice “with the trumpet of God” makes Him God. Since JWs disagree with this, they must admit that they are the ones reading their beliefs into the Bible.

This exposes another inconsistency in their teachings. On page 214 of the Bible Teach book, they said: “This appointed Judge is the resurrected Jesus Christ … During that thousand-year period, Jesus Christ will ‘judge the living and the dead’…”

If Jesus is archangel Michael, then Watchtower leaders will need to explain to us how He could be the Judge appointed by God to judge all men. The teaching of both the Old and New Testaments is that archangels, however powerful, do not have the supreme authority to judge all men.

In Revelation 1, we read: “When I saw him, I fell as dead at his feet. And he laid his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last, 18 and the living one, and I became dead, but look! I am living forever and ever, and I have the keys of death and of the Grave.” (NWT)

Even though the New World Translation has dubiously replaced “Hell” with “the Grave,” we know that the One who has the keys of death and hell is none other than Jesus Christ. These are keys that the archangel Michael does not possess.

In Revelation 5, we are presented a glimpse of Heaven and here is what took place there:

And I saw in the right hand of the One seated on the throne a scroll written on both sides, sealed tight with seven seals. 2 And scroll and break its seals?” 3  But no one in heaven or on earth or underneath the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it. 4  I gave way to a great deal of weeping because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it. 5  But one of the elders said to me: “Stop weeping. Look! The Lion of the tribe of Judah, the root of David, has conquered so as to open the scroll and its seven seals.”

6  And I saw standing in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures and in the midst of the elders a lamb that seemed to have been slaughtered, having seven horns and seven eyes, and the eyes mean the seven spirits of God+ that have been sent out into the whole earth. 7  At once he came forward and took it out of the right hand of the One seated on the throne.” (NWT)

Who is the One who alone is qualified to break this seal? Not a demi-god, not Michael the archangel, only the Lord Jesus Christ. That means He is in a position far exalted than any angelic being. He is God made flesh who died and rose again to live forever more.

Again on p. 41 they said: “Jesus is also the only one whom God used when He created all other things (Colossians 1:16).

Now, if Jesus is an archangel, this would mean that archangels can also create like God. That makes them Gods. I once asked a JW man “are you telling Jesus is a created-creator?” He excused himself and said he would be back. It’s been years now and I’m still waiting.

If Jesus was an archangel, they will have to explain how an archangel could pay the price for our sins. This belief is truly absurd in the light of Scripture. When inspired Scripture is teaching one thing and a religious organisation that claims to be inspired by God is teaching things contrary to it, then we need to pick a stand with God-breathed scripture. To put blind faith in an authoritarian leadership that claims to speak for God is to be cruelly deceived and led astray.

Interestingly, the Watchtower Society formerly taught that archangel Michael was the Pope!

And there was war in heaven- Between the two ecclesiastical powers. Pagan Rome and Pepal Rome. Michael- ‘Who as God’, the Pope – B275, C 62. And his angels – The Bishops” (The Finished Mystery, 1917, 188).

3 thoughts on “Why Jesus is not the Archangel Michael

  1. He would be back. Pls wait for him……lol. They are wise now, they don’t engage in argument like they use to. Their teaching is full of flaws. If we christian can evangelise the way they do, this world will be a better place.

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    1. And that’s true. The level of zeal, commitment and methods they devote to converting people into their religion should put many Christian denominations to shame. They have the Theocratic Ministry School where a JW versed in an aspect of Christendom (like Protestantism) will act as a householder with that belief and argue with a JW being trained (who is also assigned a supervisor) and the JW must be able to refute his/her arguments. This is why they are often prepared to answer objections people throw at them at the doorstep.

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