(Mi′cha·el) [Who Is Like God?].


MICHAEL

(Mi′cha·el) [Who Is Like God?].

1. The only holy angel other than Gabriel named in the Bible, and the
only one called “archangel.” (Jude 9) The first occurrence of the name
is in the tenth chapter of Daniel, where Michael is described as “one of
the foremost princes”; he came to the aid of a lesser angel who was
opposed by “the prince of the royal realm of Persia.” Michael was called
“the prince of [Daniel’s] people,” “the great prince who is standing in
behalf of the sons of [Daniel’s] people.” (Da 10:13, 20, 21; 12:1) This
points to Michael as the angel who led the Israelites through the
wilderness. (Ex 23:20, 21, 23; 32:34; 33:2) Lending support to this
conclusion is the fact that “Michael the archangel had a difference with
the Devil and was disputing about Moses’ body.”—Jude 9.

Scriptural evidence indicates that the name Michael applied to God’s Son
before he left heaven to become Jesus Christ and also after his return.
Michael is the only one said to be “the archangel,” meaning “chief
angel,” or “principal angel.” The term occurs in the Bible only in the
singular. This seems to imply that there is but one whom God has
designated chief, or head, of the angelic host. At 1 Thessalonians 4:16
the voice of the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ is described as being
that of an archangel, suggesting that he is, in fact, himself the
archangel. This text depicts him as descending from heaven with “a
commanding call.” It is only logical, therefore, that the voice
expressing this commanding call be described by a word that would not
diminish or detract from the great authority that Christ Jesus now has
as King of kings and Lord of lords. (Mt 28:18; Re 17:14) If the
designation “archangel” applied, not to Jesus Christ, but to other
angels, then the reference to “an archangel’s voice” would not be
appropriate. In that case it would be describing a voice of lesser
authority than that of the Son of God.

There are also other correspondencies establishing that Michael is
actually the Son of God. Daniel, after making the first reference to
Michael (Da 10:13), recorded a prophecy reaching down to “the time of
the end” (Da 11:40) and then stated: “And during that time Michael will
stand up, the great prince who is standing in behalf of the sons of
[Daniel’s] people.” (Da 12:1) Michael’s ‘standing up’ was to be
associated with “a time of distress such as has not been made to occur
since there came to be a nation until that time.” (Da 12:1) In Daniel’s
prophecy, ‘standing up’ frequently refers to the action of a king,
either taking up his royal power or acting effectively in his capacity
as king. (Da 11:2-4, 7, 16b, 20, 21) This supports the conclusion that
Michael is Jesus Christ, since Jesus is Jehovah’s appointed King,
commissioned to destroy all the nations at Har–Magedon.—Re 11:15;
16:14-16.

The book of Revelation (12:7, 10, 12) specifically mentions Michael in
connection with the establishment of God’s Kingdom and links this event
with trouble for the earth: “And war broke out in heaven: Michael and
his angels battled with the dragon, and the dragon and its angels
battled. And I heard a loud voice in heaven say: ‘Now have come to pass
the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority
of his Christ, because the accuser of our brothers has been hurled down
. . . On this account be glad, you heavens and you who reside in them!
Woe for the earth and for the sea.’” Jesus Christ is later depicted as
leading the heavenly armies in war against the nations of the earth. (Re
19:11-16) This would mean a period of distress for them, which would
logically be included in the “time of distress” that is associated with
Michael’s standing up. (Da 12:1) Since the Son of God is to fight the
nations, it is only reasonable that he was the one who with his angels
earlier battled against the superhuman dragon, Satan the Devil, and his
angels.

In his prehuman existence Jesus was called “the Word.” (Joh 1:1) He also
had the personal name Michael. By retaining the name Jesus after his
resurrection (Ac 9:5), “the Word” shows that he is identical with the
Son of God on earth. His resuming his heavenly name Michael and his
title (or name) “The Word of God” (Re 19:13) ties him in with his
prehuman existence. The very name Michael, asking as it does, “Who Is
Like God?” points to the fact that Jehovah God is without like, or
equal, and that Michael his archangel is his great Champion or
Vindicator.

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