Is Michael really Jesus?
We are taught that there is an Arch-Angel called Michael… who, being a mighty warrior, is one of the Seven Arch-angels of God within the military division of Heaven, and has battled with the likes of Lucifer and his demons. Yes, this character has shaped many a sermon as well as several blockbuster Hollywood movies. However, I have particular views on angelic theology that goes against the grain of modern day Christianity... where I smell a similar ‘Luciferian doctrine’ (please refer to previous blogs). Consequently, I found something quite unexpected:
OLD TESTAMENT MICHAEL:
Although there are several mentions of the name “Michael” having positions of authority within Israel (e.g. Numbers 13:13), it is the Michael from the Book of Daniel that most theologians go to for support of their argument:
Daniel 10:13 "But the Prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the Chief Princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia".
Daniel 10:21 "But I will show you that which is noted in the scripture of truth: and there is none that holds with me in these things, but Michael your Prince".
Daniel 12:1 "And at that time shall Michael stand up, the Great Prince which stands for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book"
So… we can easily observe that there is no mention of Michael being an “Angel” (at least in the Old Testament). None! So our findings are:
- that Michael is one of the Princes in the Kingdom of Persia, who supports Daniel contrasted to another Prince who appears to have “withstood” him (Daniel 10:13)
- Michael the Prince supports Daniel in matters of truth (Daniel 10:21)
- And it is Michael who makes a “stand” and rescues the Israelites, delivering them from destruction (Daniel 12:1)
- Logically speaking, Michael is definitively a man in authority!!!
Now here lies the problem: because there is an immediate tendency of Church folk to spiritualize the information… taking the New Testament information that Michael is an Arch-Angel, and projecting this concept onto the above Daniel verses. But let’s not do that for now, as I would like to show you something else…
If we can just look at the current facts, Daniel clearly states that Michael is a “Prince”… in fact… one of the “Chief Princes"... and a "Great Prince"... and that Michael was present during some intense issues happening within the Kingdom of Persia. So intense were these issues that the passages portray someone who is in the political/religious arena making a stand and being instrumental in supporting Daniel towards saving the Israelites.
Historically, we should all be now aware that the Persian Empire suffered an Armageddon in the period 529BC to 522BC. Seven years of antisemitism, war and violence across the Persian Kingdom, where virtually all vassal nations rose up and revolted against King Cambyses. This horrific period ended in the year 522BC, where King Darius overthrew these rebelling nations and was able to restore the empire back to its glory (for example: funding the Jewish people to continue in their temple restoration project). King Darius is considered a “Saviour” of his time.
And here’s the thing, I think the name “Michael” is a pseudonym for “King Darius”.
It was a very common thing for other names to be associated to rulers. This is especially seen in the Behistun Inscription, which clearly states nine rebellious national leaders during this conflict, renaming themselves after historical leaders such as "Nebuchadnezzar".
So with this in mind, “Michael” could also be a familiar name representative of an actual or fictional character who personified a righteous quality... which in this case, has been associated to "King Darius"... potentially a synonym for “Saviour”.
NEW TESTAMENT MICHAEL:
There are only two verses in the New Testament where “Michael” carries the Arch-Angel title:
Revelation 12:7 "And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels".
Jude 1:9 "Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the Devil, he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, “The Lord rebuke thee”.
So observing the passages:
- Michael appears to have authority over other angels (Revelation 12:7)
- There is a ‘big picture’ analogy of conflict with opposing angels (Revelation 12:7)
- Michael is called the Arch-angel (not a Arch-angel) (Jude1:9)
- Arch-angel means Chief- Angel (Jude 1:9) aligning with Revelation 12:7
- Michael said to the Devil “The Lord rebuke thee!!” while discussing the outcomes of Israel (Jude 1:9)
The Jude passage needs clarifying as the phrase “body of Moses” is not about Moses’ actual body. Rather, it is similar to saying the “body of Christ” which refers to the “Church”, which would make the “body of Moses” to refer to the “people of Israel”. Thus, when “Michael” is said to dispute with the Devil, this is possibly linked with Matthew 4:1-11, where "Jesus" is contending with the Devil over principle issues that will ultimately affect humanity. Fortunately, Jesus' responses were always based upon what the Lord God would have to say on each matter...
THE "MICHAEL" THEORY:
Perhaps it is in the name… because a name gives us understanding of the person. For example, Jesus changed “Simon’s” name to “Peter” meaning “Rock” (the metaphor based upon Peter’s acquired understanding of who Jesus is). This seems to be common practice giving people new names, especially as Jesus promises the believer a new name when they listen to what the Spirit says (Revelation 2:17). And so… with respect to Jesus, scripture also gives us multiple pseudo names:
- The Angel at birth told Mary His name would be “Emmanuel” meaning "God with us" (Matthew 1:23)
- During his ministry years, Jesus called Himself the “Son of Man” (e.g. Matthew 8:20; 10:23; 11:19)
- His disciples called Him the “Son of God” (e.g. Matthew 16:16)
- Paul calls Jesus the “Last Adam” (1 Corinthians 15:45)
- Many other names have been associated to Jesus: such as “Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6), the “Morning Star” (Revelation 22:16), the “Sun, Moon and Stars” (Revelation 1:16) … and “King of Kings” (Revelation 19:16)… “Lord of Lords”… and the “Lamb” (Revelation 17:14)…
- Even the Church has changed His real name to “Jesus”, derived from the Greek god Zeus (Jesus’ actual name is “Lesous” (pronounced “Ee-ay-sooce” (Greek reference)).
What I’m trying to say here is that in Jesus' case, multiple names can be used throughout biblical literature that reflects His multi-layered character traits. And this is my argument, because I think scripture has given Jesus another pseudonym called “Michael” (potentially a synonym for “Saviour”)... especially as the Book of Revelation has typically taken all the metaphors from the Old Testament in its delivery of end times.
Consider this verse:
1 Thessalonians 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the Archangel, and with the trumpet of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first”
This could be interpreted that the "Lord Jesus" brings a message to the world that has the voice (authority) of the Arch-angel… which is an interesting statement, as why compare Jesus' proclamation to that of an angel!!?? Additionally, the verse states that Jesus carries the mandate to sound the seventh trumpets at the appointed time before His return... which again is interesting, as the seven trumpets are sounded by Angels (Revelation 8-10)... thus making "Jesus" the "Chief-Angel". This end time event occurs at the fall of the Babylonian Empire (that Great City renowned for slaughtering the saints)... and if we are to incorporate the "Michael" from the Old testament, then it will be “Michael” who makes a stand and rescues the Israelites from certain destruction.
So in summary, are Michael and Jesus one in the same? There is an argument for it:
Just as “Michael” could be the pseudonym for “King Darius”, so too could “Michael” be a pseudonym for “King Jesus”.
May we all “Thrill like Michael” and “Move like Jagger”