Who is Michael the Archangel?

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This is a controversial question that is often misunderstood. Many Christians believe that the Michael who appears in the Bible is Christ. They don’t believe that Jesus is an angel, because Michael is never actually called an angel in the Bible. He’s only called the archangel.

The Bible is very clear that Jesus is God in the flesh (Romans 9:5; John 1:1-3,14; I John 5:20; John 10:30; Isaiah 9:6; Jude 1:25; Colossians 1:19; John 20:27,28; 1 John 5:7). Angels are created beings; Christ is their Creator (Col. 1:16, 17). Christ is God (John 1:1–3), and the angels are charged to worship Him (Heb. 1:3–8, 13, 14).

 It is believed that this archangel Michael is one of the ways that Jesus merely appeared to people, especially in the Old Testament. Here are some Scriptures that lend to this belief:

1-The Bible tells us that Michael intercedes for God’s people in (Daniel 12:1). And we know that Jesus is our Intercessor (Romans 8:34; Hebrews 7:25).

2-The Bible tells us that the archangel who appeared to Joshua received worship from him (Joshua 5:14). And we know that only Jesus can be worshiped (Matthew 4:10; Luke 4:8).

3-The Bible tells us that Michael the archangel resurrected Moses (Jude 9). And we know that Jesus is the Resurrection (John 11:25).

4-The Bible tells us that the Lord is going to descend with the voice of the archangel (1 Thessalonians 4:16). And we know that Jesus will come in the clouds of heaven (Matthew 26:64; Mark 14:62).

Bible commentators like Matthew Henry and others believe that Michael was one of the pre-incarnate ways that Jesus appeared to humans.

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