Is Jesus Michael? – What does the Bible Really Teach?
I recently got given a copy of the Jehovah’s Witness book “What Does the Bible Really Teach?”
This is the book that JWs use to “study” with potential new members.
As I looked at it I found that at the rear of the book, there is an appendix that lists a number of different topics (mainly concerning some of the JWs more unique beliefs).
One of these topics asks “Who Is Michael the Archangel?” on page 218.
In trying to prove that Jesus is Michael, the book states that the word Archangel means “chief angel” and it says this suggests that there is only one such angel. But does that really mean this?
After all, someone maybe the chief coach of a football team. Does this mean that there is only one chief coach. No, of course not.
Another football team might have a chief coach.
Just because there isn’t another angel referred to as a Archangel in the Bible doesn’t mean that there aren’t other Archangel’s.
This is just arguing from silence (a tactic the Watch Tower Society loves to use).
They mention that Jesus is linked with the office of archangel when the book says:
The Society tries to reinforce this point by saying: “This scripture therefore suggests that Jesus himself is the archangel Michael.” But does it?
Firstly, the Society does it normal trick of half quoting some of the scriptures that it uses.
1 Thessalonians 4:16 does not end with the word Archangel but continues with a comma (not a full stop like the Society ends it) “and with the trumpet of God”
Does this mean that Jesus is also a trumpet? I don’t think so.
Also since he is coming with the trumpet of God, surely “this scripture therefore suggests that Jesus himself is God.
Isn’t it strange how JW logic doesn’t continue this far into the verse. I wonder why?
Secondly, 1 Thessalonians 4:16 even suggests that there is more than one Archangel.
Surely if there was only one Archangel like the JWs like to claim it would have read “…with the voice of the Archangel, rather than the phrase “an archangel”
On page 219 the article continues with the title “Army Leader”
The point the Society is trying to make here is that Michael in Revelation 12:7 “is the leader of an army of faithful angels.”
It then compares this with Revelation 19:14-16 where Jesus is described as the Leader of an army of angels.
Then comes their logic again when the book continues:
So the Bible speaks of both Michael and “his angels” and Jesus and “his angels.” (Matthew 13:41) Since God’s Word nowhere indicates that there are two armies of faithful angels in heaven—one headed by Michael and one headed by Jesus—it is logical to conclude that Michael is none other than Jesus Christ in his heavenly role.
Can we draw this conclusion?
Sorry Mr/Mrs JW I’m afraid not.
Revelation 19:14 says: “Also, the armies that were in heaven…” Do you notice the problem for the JW?
This verse states that there are armies (plural).
Surely if there was just one army of angels led by Jesus/Michael it would have read: “Also, the army that was in heaven…”
The fact that the Watch Tower Society tries to make this claim is laughable.
It is so desperate to shoehorn this Jesus/Michael belief into the Bible that they will try anything to prove it.
But anyway let us, just for a moment, go along with the JW argument.
My question is “Is Jehovah ever mentioned as leading an army?”
What do you think the term “Lord of Hosts” means?
It gets even worse for the JWs if you read their own bible. One of a number of verses that mention this title is 1 Samuel 17:45 says:
In turn David said to the Phi‧lis′tine: “You are coming to me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin, but I am coming to you with the name of Jehovah of armies, (emphasis added)
So surely, if there is only one army in heaven, according to the Witnesses, it is being led by Jehovah. Therefore by using the same Watchtower logic Jesus must be Jehovah*.
*When somebody uses the name Jehovah, most JWs will interpret this as us saying Father. However, this is not so. Please understand Mr/Mrs Witness that when we as Christians use the Name Jehovah we are saying God. We do not believe that Jesus is the Father or Jesus is the Holy Spirit. But we do believe Jesus is God, the Father is God and the Holy Spirit is God.