The ONE true faith? part 5; Michael the archangel is Jesus?

Posted: December 13, 2011 in Apologetics, Jehovah Witness, the ONE true faith?, Truth, WHAT?
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Jehovah Witnesses will tell you they are the one true faith, and that every other church in the world is part of “Babylon the Great”. This series will discuss some of their flaws and false doctrines. I pray you are encouraged and equipped for the next time you meet a Jehovah’s Witness, and you can use the tools I will give you to witness to them.

Jesus is an angel?

A Jehovah’s Witness (JW) will tell you that Jesus is, “none other that Michael the Archangel in his heavenly role.” (What Does The Bible Really Teach, p.218-219) It should be noted, that nowhere before, EVER, has any organization ever said that Jesus was Michael, to include the Arians who taught that Jesus was created, never went so far as to say who he was before he came to earth.

Honestly, in my opinion, no organization has ever been stupid enough to make this claim. It’s completely unbiblical and cannot be backed up with scripture. Anyways, lets look at this issue from a biblical perspective.

A JW will tell you that they believe Jesus Christ made all things, but is not God almighty. Once again, we look to Scripture.

IS 44:24
Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer,
who formed you from the womb:
”I am the Lord, who made all things, who alone stretched out the heavens,
who spread out the earth by myself,

On the authority of this scripture alone, they have no argument. However, we will look at a few more.

It should be noted, that an angel does not accept worship in the Bible. See Rev 19:10, 22:9.

Furthermore, Paul says very plainly, DO NOT WORHIP ANGELS.

Col 2:18a Let no one disqualify you, insisting on asceticism and worship of angels

Looking at the life of Jesus we need to ask one fundamental question; did Jesus freely accept worship? Answer, YES.

Matt 8:2 And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean

Matt 14:33 those in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

If Jesus accepted worship, but he was just an angel, then is Paul a liar, or did he make a mistake, or is Jesus in the wrong for letting people worship Him? Did He sin when he let people worship Him?

I have brought these up in the past and it literally felt like they were sticking their fingers in their ears saying, “we cant hear you…”

Now I offer the most convincing argument against Michael as Jesus Christ.

I believe the only verse we have in the Bible where Michael speaks (I could be wrong) is Jude 9 where Michael is contending with the devil.***

Jude 9 But when the archangel Michael, contending with the devil, was disputing about the body of Moses, he did not presume to pronounce a blasphemous judgment, but said, “The Lord rebuke you.”

The Greek for ‘Michael the archangel’ reads Michaēl archaggelos meaning Michael: who is like God, and archangel or chief of angels.

In plain English, Jude is referring to an angel, not Jesus, and there is no hint of majesty in the Greek.

Even more interesting that this is what the Greek word for Lord is when Michael said, “the Lord (kyrios) rebuke you.“

Kyrios means Lord: God the messiah.

Interestingly enough, in Jude 3,4, 17 and 21, Jude refers to Jesus Christ as our Lord using the exact same Greek word Kyrios.

So, if Jesus is Kyrios, and Michael said, “the Kyrios rebuke you,” he must either be talking in third person, or he is not God!!! The ladder is the only reasonable conclusion.

Why would anyone say, “the ME rebuke you?”

It makes no sense.

We have to look to the scriptures to find out who Jesus is, and we have to want to find the truth. Never let someone tell you that you cannot study your own Bible and learn on your own. That is how the JW cult got so big in the first place; they said they the believer would be in darkness without the organization.

Study to show yourself approved (2 Tim 2:15)

… study men (and women)

God Bless,

Dan Fogarty.

***(Note this scripture (Jude 9) is taken from the book of Enoch the 1st chapter. the book of Enoch is non-cannonised, meaning it could not be verified as wrote by him (Enoch), and may hold some doctrines that are not supported in the scriptures…the most common belief is that Enoch wrote the first chapter or so, and then someone else picked up the pen and started writing for him after he was taken (Gen 5:24), this would explain why Jude uses parts of the beginning of the book of Enoch, but nothing further. It was a common practice to write a famous persons name on a scroll or codex in those days)

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Comments
  1. Ruth Gjukich says:

    I have never understood what they believed and your series of articles is really helping me to understand so the next time I encounter one, I will know what to say. A few things I did know was they believe only 144,000 are going to heaven and that Jesus is not God and was not resurrected. I did not know that they claimed He was an angel. Someone told me they claim Jesus was a prophet.

    • Well, they teach that Jesus was Michael before he was Jesus, then he turned into Jesus, and now he’s Michael again in heaven… which makes no sense… They also teach that Jesus is a lesser created God that Jehovah God… once again, unscriptural… and they believe that 144,000 will be in Heaven, the rest of the Jehovah’s Witnesses will be here on earth, and everyone else will be destroyed, not eternally punished… yeah

      Thanks for the comment.

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