MICHAEL AS JESUS
MICHAEL AS JESUS
Also, Jesus is the Chief Prince. Israel had many princes who were in charge of their tribes. But above them all was Michael, the Chief Prince. Why Prince? Because He had not yet received His Kingship. That would not take place until later. Notice, even Peter calls Jesus “Prince”. “God exalted Him to His own right hand as Prince and Savior that He might give repentance and forgiveness of sins to Israel.” (Acts 5:31) Nowhere in the Bible is a regular “angel” called a prince. Also Jesus said in John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you.” He is the Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6-7.
1 Thessalonians 4:16 and Jude 1:9 are the only texts to show us that Michael and the Archangel are the same person. “Arch” means leader, or “head of”. Jesus is “Leader” and “Head of” the angels. Jesus is the One who is coming at the head of all the angels at His second coming. It is His voice, the voice of the Archangel, which He will use to call the righteous to life (John 11:25). Only God has the power to raise the dead. Jesus, the Archangel, will raise the dead at the end of time.
Again, in Exodus 19:20 it is God who “descended to the top of Mount Sinai and called Moses to the top of the mountain.” Again, listen to Stephen as he spoke by the Holy Spirit. “He (Moses) was in the assembly in the desert, with the angel who spoke to him on Mount Sinai, and with our fathers; and he received living words (Ten Commandments) to pass on to us.” Acts 7:38.
Now comes the positive proof that Jesus, God, is called an “Angel” in the Bible. Look at Genesis 48:15, 16. “…The God who has been my Shepherd (Jesus)…, the Angel who has delivered me from all harm…”. (NIV)
Jesus, Michael, is the “Arch” Angel. He is the “Head” Message Giver. Jesus is the Leader of the messengers (1 Peter 3:22). Messages that come from the Father go through Jesus who then gives them to the angels, or messengers, to give to us. But sometimes, Jesus Himself will give the message. Revelation 1:1, 8.
Angel is a broad term used to designate anyone who gives a message. Among the “angels” of heaven there are actual names for different groups of angels. Isaiah 6:2 shows us Seraphim and Ezekiel 10:1 shows us the Cherubim. These are actual names given to two different groups of “angels” who have very specific jobs. Hebrews 1:7, 13, 14 are talking about the “plural” kind of angels, the ones we think of as having wings.
Many have asked why, if Michael was “The Lord”, He speaks in the third person saying, “The Lord rebuke you!”? (Jude 9). Because Jesus is humble. Look at Mark 8:31, 32. Here we find Jesus speaking about Himself in the third person also. He did not speak directly about Himself as “I”, or “Me”, but as the “Son of Man”. See also Luke 18:31, 32 and Zechariah 3:1, 2. It is never good to limit Jesus. Just believe.
I pray that this little study on Michael helps you to understand how broad and how deep the concept of Jesus goes. Check out Isaiah 9:6 for some more names of Jesus. Two more names are found in Matthew 1:21, 23. So, understand that Michael and Archangel are only “titles”. No different than Jesus being called “Lamb”. I hope you don’t think of Jesus as a four footed animal going “baa, baa, baa” all day long, do you? Or how about the title “Rock”. Do you think of Jesus as a lump of granite? So why visualize Jesus as an “angel” with wings just because He has the title, “Archangel”? Don’t be so foolish. Visualize Him as “Leader” of the angels. Truly, He is the “Archangel”.
Yes my friends, the biblical evidence is undeniable that Jesus, Yahweh, Messiah, Michael and Archangel are all the same person. The word “Michael” means One “who is like God”. Yes, Jesus is God in every way.