Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Is Jesus Michael The Archangel?

  • Defining The Issues:
          -The Jehovah's Witnesses and Seventh-Day Adventists believe that Jesus Christ and Michael the Archangel are the same person.
    • Jesus Christ Cannot Simply Be Michael The Archangel Because The Angels Worshiped Him:
              -"You are My Son, Today I have begotten You”?...And let all the angels of God worship Him...Your throne, O God, is forever and ever...You, Lord, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, And the heavens are the works of Your hands... But to which of the angels has He ever said, “Sit at My right hand, Until I make Your enemies A footstool for Your feet”?" (Hebrews 1)

              Thus, the author of Hebrews clearly distinguishes between Christ and the angels.

              "And every created thing which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all things in them, I heard saying, “To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever.” And the four living creatures kept saying, “Amen.” And the elders fell down and worshiped." (Revelation 5:13-14)

              "And I saw another angel flying in midheaven, having an eternal gospel to preach to those who live on the earth, and to every nation and tribe and tongue and people; and he said with a loud voice, “Fear God, and give Him glory, because the hour of His judgment has come; worship Him who made the heaven and the earth and sea and springs of waters.” (Revelation 14:6-7)

              Scripture forbids the worship of mere creations, which includes angels:

              "You shall fear only the LORD your God; and you shall worship Him and swear by His name." (Deuteronomy 6:13)

              Therefore, the Lord Jesus Christ must not be an angel, but God Himself. He is co-eternal with the Father:

              "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being." (John 1:1-3)

              For those who object to the citation of John 1:1-3 as a proof-text for Jesus being God, notice how Scripture tells us plainly that He is the Word which became incarnate:

              "But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth." (John 1:12-14)

              "He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God." (Revelation 19:13)

              If Michael the Archangel was Jesus, then why is it that he had to call upon the name of the Lord in order to cast judgement on the devil?:

              "But Michael the archangel, when he disputed with the devil and argued about the body of Moses, did not dare pronounce against him a railing judgment, but said, “The Lord rebuke you." (Jude 9)

              Our Lord Jesus Christ openly rebuked the devil without invoking any name of authority because He is God in the flesh. Consider this text, for example:

              "and he said to Him, “All these things I will give You, if You fall down and worship me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only." (Matthew 4:9-10)

              If Jesus Christ is not divine, then how is it that He made atonement for all the sins of mankind--past, present, and future? How does one account for His bodily resurrection from the grave? How could He possibly be conceived miraculously through the power of the Holy Spirit? How could He be sinless? How could He perform miracles? Not only is it obvious that our Lord Jesus Christ is not Michael the Archangel, but we also can see how unitarian theology poses the major threat of undermining the biblical gospel.

    2 comments:

    1. What is amazing to me is that while the JW's claimed Jesus was Michael, the Mormons teach that Adam was Michael. Ah, the confusion of the cults!

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      1. Yep, as I show in my article here:
        http://watchmanvlds.blogspot.com/2018/04/the-mormon-adam-is-not-biblical-adam.html

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