Hello again, and welcome. I hope you brought your waders this time, because we are about to get deep into another long-held teaching of Christianity. I must spend time clearing up, what was for me on my quest, one of my biggest questions. Were (and are) Jesus Christ and the Archangel Michael the same being, or two different beings? Modern day, traditional Christianity says they are two different beings. This is all part of God’s side of the story, so I want to be as clear as I can be.
In my last post I communicated to you my belief that they are one and the same being. Now I will get into the details of why I believe that. Time for some research on Archangel Michael. We found the Hebrew meaning for the name Michael to be ‘who is like God?’ Now let us find the meaning for archangel. First let us check Wikipedia. Archangel most be two words, let’s begin with the word arch.
Arche (/ˈɑːrki/; Ancient Greek: ἀρχή) is a Greek word with primary senses “beginning”, “origin” or “source of action”.
Now we put the two words together.
An archangel /ˌɑːrkˈeɪndʒəl/ is an angel of high rank. The word “archangel” itself is usually associated with the Abrahamic religions, but beings that are very similar to archangels are found in a number of religious traditions.
The word archangel is derived from the Greek ἀρχάγγελος (arch- + angel, literally chief angel). A powerful angel that leads many other angels, but is still loyal to a deity.
An angel of high rank or, literally, the chief angel. Let us see what gotquestions.org under the question, ‘What are archangels,’ says?
The word “archangel” occurs in only two verses of the Bible. First Thessalonians 4:16 exclaims, “For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.” Jude verse 9 declares, “But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not dare to bring a slanderous accusation against him, but said, ‘The Lord rebuke you!'” The word “archangel” comes from a Greek word meaning “chief angel.” It refers to an angel who seems to be the leader of other angels.
Jude verse 9 uses the definite article “the archangel Michael,” which could possibly indicate that Michael is the only archangel. However, Daniel 10:13 describes Michael as “one of the chief princes.” This possibly indicates that there is more than one archangel, because it places Michael on the same level as the other “chief princes.” So, while it is possible that there are multiple archangels, it is best not to presume upon the Word of God by declaring other angels as archangels. Daniel 10:21 describes Michael the archangel as “your prince,” and Daniel 12:1 identifies Michael as “the great prince who protects.” Even if there are multiple archangels, it seems that Michael is the chief among them.
According to what we have read, it all points to Michael as the highest-ranking angel of all the angels. Daniel evens called him a prince. Daniel 10:13: “But the prince[a] of Persia has been fighting against me for 21 days. Then Michael, one of the most important princes, came to help me because I was stuck there with the king of Persia.”
Daniel is clear to state that there are other Princes within Gods’ kingdom. That would hold true because, we read in my last blog, that through Jesus, all things were created, Colossians 1:16 in part says, ‘He made the things we can see and the things we cannot see—–such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world.’
If Jesus and Michael are the same entity, that would mean that Michael, (at that time) would have been the being that God used to create all other things. Let us ask ourselves this, ‘Is Jesus an angel?’ and if he is, would he not be the highest-ranking angel, a leader of other angels. Remember what gotquestions.org said, ‘“Jesus is the Lord’s human name given to Mary by the angel Gabriel” (Luke 1:31)
I ask this: If Jesus was his human name, what was his pre-human name?
The first part of 1 Thessalonians 4:16 says: “The Lord himself will come down from heaven with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God.”
Paul was referring to Jesus upon his return to earth, and Paul said he had the voice of the archangel.
If Jesus made kingdoms, there must be other kings. But there was one King before all other kings, God. In Jeremiah 10 verse 10 it says, “the Lord is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting king: at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation.”
God is the eternal king. Jesus being the only begotten son of a King, would that not also make him a prince, the foremost prince? Remember in Colossians 1:16 in part says, ‘He made the things we can see and the things we cannot see—–such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world.’
Jesus is the anointed one of God. The one chosen by God to be the king of His kingdom. Right before his death, Jesus was handed over to the Roman leader Pilate. Here is the conversation that took place between them.
John 18: 33 through 37: 33 “Pilate then went back inside the palace, summoned Jesus and asked him, ‘Are you the king of the Jews?’34 ‘Is that your own idea,’ Jesus asked, ‘or did others talk to you about me?’35 ‘Am I a Jew?’ Pilate replied. ‘Your own people and chief priests handed you over to me. What is it you have done?’36 Jesus said, ‘My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.’37 ‘You are a king, then!’ said Pilate. Jesus answered, ‘You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.’
Well, I could go on, but I think now is a good time to do some comparison between Jesus and Michael to see if they are similar in any way. You decide for yourselves.
An Analytical Comparison of Archangel Michael and Jesus Christ-
Position to God:
Jesus: the only-begotten son of God.
Michael: Highest ranking archangel of God.
Remember, the Greek word ‘arch’ means ‘beginning’. Asked differently, would the answers be the same? Could Jesus be the highest-ranking archangel, or the beginning of all creation? Could Michael be the only-begotten son of God? Michael, meaning: ‘who is like God?’
Remember what Wikipedia said about the archangel? A powerful angel that leads many other angels, but is still loyal to a deity.
So archangel Michael would be loyal to a deity – God. Is Jesus loyal to a deity?
John 5:30 Jesus says this: “I can do nothing on my own accord. I judge according to what I hear, and my judgment is just, because I do not seek my own will but the will of the one who sent me.”
Notice Jesus stated that he chose not to seek his own will, but to do the will of the one who sent him. Jesus chose unselfish love over selfish love. ‘Who is like God?’
Would Michael the prince one day become a king? Jesus told Pilate his kingdom is not from this world. Jesus must be a king in order to have a kingdom. When Jesus was giving the Sermon on the Mount, one of the things he was teaching them was how to pray, and said this at Matthew 6:9-10: “So pray this way: Our Father in heaven, may your name be honored, may your kingdom come, may your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
Jesus is telling them to pray for a kingdom that is from heaven to come to earth, and for the will of that kingdom to be done on earth. Jesus was a King in the kingdom he came from before his life here on Earth.
In my last blog we read where Michael in Daniel 12:1 is said to be a protector and deliverer of God’s people. At Luke 2:11 it says of Jesus: “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.”
We read in Daniel 9:25 that Michael is the anointed one, a prince. The meaning of the word Christ is “anointed one.”
This teaching of the Holy Trinity by Christianity does not hold up for them if Michael and Jesus are the same being. We will be getting more into that teaching later. I could go on, but I have a story to tell.
Throughout the rest of God’s side of the story, I will be using the earthly name of Jesus when speaking of God’s son. But he also has other names. The name almost everyone has heard is the Word. I won’t spend too much time on this because I want to get started on God’s personal name. However this name, the Word, will come up in future discussions. If we turn to John 1:1 and begin reading, it states: “1 In the beginning, the Word existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He existed in the beginning with God. 3 Through him all things were made, and apart from him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life brought light to humanity. 5 And the light shines on in the darkness, and the darkness has never put it out.”
Christianity tries to use this scripture as proof that God and Jesus are the same, because it says the Word was god. But we already know the bible says there are many gods and in verse 14 of the same chapter it explains exactly who it is talking about. John 1:14: “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father), full of grace and truth.”
This is some of the information that I have gathered to reach my conclusion that Jesus and archangel Michael are one and the same.
Does God have a personal name? Remember I asked you to take notice of the name Yahweh. Let’s see what Wikipedia has to say.
When I enter the word Yahweh it refers me to the Tetragrammaton of four Hebrew letters that Yahweh is translated to.
The tetragrammaton (/ˌtɛtrəˈɡræmətɒn/; from Greek Τετραγράμματον, meaning “[consisting of] four letters”) is the four Hebrew letters יהוה, commonly transliterated into Latin letters as YHWH. It is one of the names of God used in the Hebrew Bible. The name may be derived from a verb that means “to be”, “to exist”, “to cause to become”, or “to come to pass”.
The books of the Torah and the rest of the Hebrew Bible (with the exception of Esther, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Songs) contain the Hebrew word יהוה. Religiously observant Jews and those who follow conservative Jewish traditions do not pronounce יהוה, nor do they read aloud transliterated forms such as Yahweh; instead the word is substituted with a different term, whether used to address or to refer to the God of Israel. Common substitutions for Hebrew forms are hakadosh baruch hu (“The Holy One, Blessed Be He”), Adonai (“The Lord”), or HaShem (“The Name”).
One of the first places God gives us any indication that He has a personal name is in Exodus 3:14 where he is speaking to Moses, it states, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you should tell the people of Israel: ‘I AM has sent me to rescue you.’”
That scripture is saying that God’s name is I AM WHO I AM.
There is at least one other translation of those four Hebrew letters, YHWH.
Let’s examine what https://www.jesuswordsonly.com has to say about that translation of the meaning.
Exodus 3:14 — ehyeh asher ehyey — is often rendered “I am that I am.” This is wrong. Verse 14. – I AM THAT I AM. No better translation can be given of the Hebrew words. “I will be what I will be” (Geddes) is more literal, but less idiomatic, since the Hebrew was the simplest possible form of the verb substantive. “I am because I am” (Boothroyd) is wrong, since the word asher is certainly the relative.
As Wikipedia explains in “I am that I am”, it reads:
It is one of the most famous verses in the Torah. Hayah means “existed” or “was” in Hebrew; “ehyeh” is the first person singular imperfect form and is usually translated in English Bibles as “I will be” (or “I shall be”), for example, at Exodus 3:14. Ehyeh asher ehyeh literally translates as “I Will Be What I Will Be”, with attendant theological and mystical implications in Jewish tradition. However, in most English Bibles, in particular the King James Version, this phrase is rendered as I am that I am.
The translation ‘I Will Be What I Will Be’ is more to the true meaning of the four Hebrew letters YHWH. As I stated earlier from Wikipedia, this is what the four letters mean:
The name may be derived from a verb that means “to be”, “to exist”, “to cause to become”, or “to come to pass”.
I say that is a better translation because this is what God does, He is the creator or He causes to become. We find in Wikipedia under the heading: In Religious Thought it says,
In the ancient world, particularly in the ancient near-east (Israel, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Persia) names were thought to be extremely powerful and to act, in some ways, as a separate manifestation of a person or deity.
So Yahweh means: ‘I cause to become’. Wikipedia says,
The name of God used most often in the Hebrew Bible is the Tetragrammaton YHWH(Hebrew: יהוה). It is frequently anglicized as Jehovah and Yahweh and written in most English editions of the Bible as “the Lord” owing to the Jewish tradition of reading it as Adonai (“My Lord”) out of respect.
The name of God most used in the Hebrew bible is Jehovah or Yahweh. I have given you the information that I have found in my research for God’s name. I want you to know these names are not something I fabricated. Call God what you will or want, He is still God the Almighty and His will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
I thank you for your patience as I presented this information. That’s all the time I have. I hope you will return for the next post when I will start getting into the interesting things that developed after the creation of Jesus.