Who is Michael the great prince, or Michael the archangel? Most Sabbath keeping, prophecy understanding Christians know the answer to this question right off. But for those new to the faith, my "opinion" is not what they seek. A true child of God will search out the Scriptures to see what they have to say about this. And as many of us that understand this truth know, you just can't answer with one Bible verse. It's what's referred to as a "meaty topic" for the Christian to digest. It is not one that comes without intense study. The Word is plain about how we need to approach a truth such as this…
The Strong's Concordance says this about Michael...
The Strong’s Concordance says this about the word, “archangel.”
By the way… There is one thing I would like to share regarding this topic that I feel is of some concern. Every Christian on Earth understands Christ came to this planet and was born as a man. They seem to have no problem understanding that Jesus Christ came as a MAN to introduce His Father to mankind. Why is it they have such a hard time believing that HE would come as a Angel so as to introduce His Father to the angels?
There are numerous areas in the Word of God that refer to the “Angel of the Lord” that I would like to bring your attention to. I do believe that after you look upon these passages you will agree that Jesus did in fact “appear” as an Angel to man as well when the situation warranted it. Let’s start at the beginning and work our way all the way to the book of Revelation.
Back to Genesis we see more evidence unfolding. Do you recall the dream Jacob had after he fled from his brother Esau? In the dream the Lord confirmed the covenant He had made earlier with Abraham. It so blessed Jacob that he made a vow to tithe to him a tenth of all his increase. He actually set up a pillar of stone and anointed it with oil to let the Lord know he was serious about the vow. Then he named the place, Bethel, “the house of God” because he knew that the Lord had appeared to him. Now, keep that in mind for a moment.
Many years later Jacob is very wealthy. HE is explaining how he was blessed with his wealth. He recounts yet another dream he had in how he was instructed to deal with how Laban was treating him. The Lord showed him how to be blessed with many herds in this dream. IN THE DREAM the Lord said this…
One last thing concerning Jacob and the Angel of the Lord. And by the way, this is MY FAVORITE verse on this subject! On his death bed as he was giving blessings unto his sons he uses the terms “angel” and “God” interchangeably.
In Exodus chapter three we come across the well known appearance of the Angel of the Lord at the burning bush of Moses. It is plain in verse 2 that it is in fact the “Angel of the LORD” that is appearing as a flame of fire.
In Judges chapter 13 we come to Samson’s mother to be. The “Angel of the Lord" instructs her as to what not to do in the days ahead regarding herself and her son Samson who she is about to conceive. Notice that the “Angel of the Lord” term is used here repeatedly.
The Angel of the Lord is easily understood to be God Himself. And we also understand that "No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him" -John 1:18. Plus we also understand that the only one who has seen the Father is the Son Jesus Christ. For it is also written…
Genesis 48:16 The Angel which redeemed me from all evil…
How can a mere angel redeem man? Only one can do this. Jesus Christ! The Angel of the Lord! This “redeeming Angel” is also mentioned by the prophet Isaiah…
Now… is this redeeming Angel of the Lord called Michael? Well... we are getting close to that evidence. Lets look to Zechariah to continue in this study. In Zechariah chapter 3 we see the prophet is given a vision of Joshua standing before the “Angel of the Lord.”
Notice the amazing parallels here in these two instances as well. In both cases, Christ and Satan are contending over a sinner. In the case of Joshua, we see a live sinner, and in the case of Moses, a dead one of course. And both times the problem is quickly ended when Christ Himself states, “The Lord rebuke thee!” By the way, Jesus was no stranger to rebuking Satan. He did it in the desert, and He did it when Peter allowed Satan to move him to fear. (See Luke 4:8 & Matthew 16:23)
Where you also aware of this connection as well? We are all aware that Satan was a created Angel. We also know that Satan was Lucifer before he fell, and we are also aware that he is the most powerful created angel ever made. No one was above him in the angelic race. Gabriel took his place when he fell. Still, Satan was more powerful than Gabriel. Satan is fallen, yes, but still as powerful as ever. That is why Michael had to come and rebuke him. No angel could stand against Satan. But the Creator of the Angels could. Think about the common sense of that reality. Only Jesus could defeat Satan. There were no other angels before him. So the Creator had to step in!
getting back... Do you recall the verse I shared earlier in Isaiah that spoke of the names this prophet used for the Lord? Did you also notice one of them was, “prince of peace?”
Before moving on, please make special note of the last statement made in Daniel 10:21 where it says, "Michael your prince." It is Daniel being spoken to here. He is a mere human like you and I. Michael is given special mention here as "our" Prince when He is declared "your" Prince to Daniel. This is a title never attributed to "regular" angels.
Let’s now take a look at the word “archangel.” It is only used twice in the entire Bible.
Or look at it this way... Mere Angels cannot raise the dead, only Christ Jesus can do that. So the voice of the archangel in 1 Thessalonians MUST be the voice of Jesus Christ the redeemer! I truly believe the Word of God can't state that fact any clearer.
Also make special note: In Jude it is revealed that Michael is competing with the devil over the body of Moses. Does this sound familiar? For this has happened before. The “Angel of the Lord” had to deal with Satan before on this. Do you recall what we covered earlier regarding how the “Angel of the Lord” had to rebuke Satan regarding both Moses and Joshua? We know that Moses was in fact raised from the dead and brought to Heaven. And then we see the archangel raising all the dead Christians on the day Christ returns. In Daniel 12 we see Michael standing up at the second coming.
So, when did this all start? To find this out we need to go to the last book of the Bible. That’s right, Revelation lets us know what happened in Heaven when Lucifer rebelled against the Father.
All Christians agree that God came as a man to mankind. They also know this same man Jesus created the angels before He created man. Why is it they can understand that God would come as the man Jesus to introduce God to mankind, but they cannot see that God would come as the Angel Michael to angels? They can see the man Jesus, but not the angel Michael?
In Daniel chapter 3 we see Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego being thrown into a furnace of fire because they refused to bow before king Nebuchadnezzar's golden idol. As bible students, most of us are aware that Jesus Himself appears in the midst of the fire to not only protect the three students of Daniel, He is also there as confirmation they did good not to bow before that idol. As Christians this is not something we question. All know that Jesus Himself did in fact appear in that fire. It is recorded thusly...
If Jesus was never able to stand in the form of an angel, why does He declare He has wings?
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