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Is Jesus an angel?

Discussion in 'Traditional Adventists' started by JohnMarsten, Oct 7, 2011.

  1. JohnMarsten

    JohnMarsten Newbie

    According to the SDA Michael is another name of Jesus.

    Is the Jesus the archangel then?

    Where does that belief come from?
  2. Contented

    Contented Newbie

    An angel is a created being. Christ was not created. The teaching is widespread in the Jehovah's witness.
    I saw a a link sometime ago on the Internet ROOTS OF THE WORLDWIDE CHURCH OF GOD...Google this and you will see that the JW were once Sabbath keepers, they broke away. You will see an organisational chart which will amazed you. (I realise now that the link seems to have been removed.)
  3. keyboard321

    keyboard321 Guest

    Hi :wave:

    You can read online "Who is Michael the Archangel" by Doug Batchelor and David Boatwright :study:
  4. JohnMarsten

    JohnMarsten Newbie

    nice string of thoughts...

    same with the trinity, is it a mandatory doctrine to believe that or can one distingiush between Jesus and Michael.

    I mean if it says He is one of the chief princes in Daniel 10:13, does that put him on a level with other beings?? isnt there a clear hierarchy with Jesus on top and everyone else below, claiming Jesus was one of the chief princes, one of many that is... I dont know...
  5. JohnMarsten

    JohnMarsten Newbie

    a more interesting thing for me is that the name Jesus is not mentioned in the old testament, in the new testament (of course) all the time. In the very book of Revelation, too. Why the sudden change of the name? WHy bring in Michael and not say Jesus and His angels fought...

  6. OntheDL

    OntheDL Guest

    Does your bible have these passages?

    30And when forty years were expired, there appeared to him in the wilderness of mount Sina an angel of the Lord in a flame of fire in a bush.
    31When Moses saw it, he wondered at the sight: and as he drew near to behold it, the voice of the LORD came unto him,
    32Saying, I am the God of thy fathers, the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. Then Moses trembled, and durst not behold.
    33Then said the Lord to him, Put off thy shoes from thy feet: for the place where thou standest is holy ground.
    34I have seen, I have seen the affliction of my people which is in Egypt, and I have heard their groaning, and am come down to deliver them. And now come, I will send thee into Egypt.
    35This Moses whom they refused, saying, Who made thee a ruler and a judge? the same did God send to be a ruler and a deliverer by the hand of the angel which appeared to him in the bush.
    36He brought them out, after that he had shewed wonders and signs in the land of Egypt, and in the Red sea, and in the wilderness forty years.
    37This is that Moses, which said unto the children of Israel, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear.
    38This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sina, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us:
  7. Stryder06

    Stryder06 Check the signature

    Angel as in Messanger or the Father? Yes

    angel as in created being? No

    The problem is that the word has been used solely to descibe the created beings that serve God as His personal attendants. Thus whenever the word is used in it's proper context, i.e, Messanger, and refers to the pre-incarnate Christ, folk get confused and just assume that because the word "angel" was used it can't be speaking about Christ.
  8. k4c

    k4c Well-Known Member

    The Angel of the Lord is the tangible and audible message of the invisible God. It was the audible Word Moses heard in the burning bush. It was the audible and sometimes tangible Word that came to the people of old. It was the Word the people rejected. It was the Word that manifested in divers ways all throughout the old testement. It was the Word that became flesh and dwelt among us.

    In the old testement there was no personal name given to the Word other than the Word of the LORD.

    Judg 13:18 And the Angel of the LORD said to him, "Why do you ask My name, seeing it is secret?"

    Hebrews 1:1-2 GOD, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds;

    The actual words God spoke are seen and understood as God's will and presence manifested not by the Angel the Lord, but rather, as the Angel of the Lord.

    The Word in the old testement was the Rock and that Rock was not Michael.

    1Cor 10:4 and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ.

    As a retired police detective I’ve had the opportunity to work with voice analysis and recognition machines. These machines analyze voices and identify the individual whose belongs to the voice. Let’s compare the voice of the Angel of the Lord of the Old Testament with the voice of Jesus in the New Testament and you will see that they are one in the same.

    Listen to how the audible Word, which is identified as, Angel of the Lord, calls to Abraham and repeats Abraham's name twice.

    Genesis 22:11 But the Angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, "Abraham, Abraham!'' And he said, "Here I am.''

    And again when the Angel of the Lord called out to Moses from the burning bush He called out Moses’ name twice.

    Exodus 3:4 So when the Lord saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, "Moses, Moses!'' And he said, "Here I am.''

    Now listen to how Jesus has this same character trait in how He speaks.

    Luke 10:41 And Jesus answered and said to her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things.

    Luke 22:31 And the Jesus said, "Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat.

    Acts 9:4-5 Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?'' And he said, "Who are You, Lord?'' And the Lord said, "I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads.''

    Matthew 27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, "Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?'' that is, "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?''

    The audible and trangible manifistations of the Word from God seen and understood as the Angel or messenger of the LORD is Jesus, the Word become flesh.
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2011
  9. Jonathan95

    Jonathan95 Veteran

    I've seen him and no he didn't have wings. But I don't know, maybe he can appear with wings for others. By "angel" I guess you mean if he looks like an angel with wings?
  10. Kira Light

    Kira Light Shinigami love apples

    The Jesus and Michael thing goes right along with the trinity debate they had in the early church. It seems like there is even a movement in the SDA church today to abandon the idea of the trinity.

    The belief that Jesus is Michael came out of a desire to see Him as less than God the Father. It is still around today as a remnant of that belief.

    For the record, I have no problem with someone believing Jesus is Michael. I can't see how it would matter.

    The Father then made known that it was ordained by Himself that Christ His Son, should be equal with Himself; so that wherever was the presence of His Son, it was as His own presence. The word of the Son was to be obeyed as readily as the word of the Father. His Son He had invested with authority to command the heavenly host." - E.G. White, the Story of Redemption, p.13.

    Jesus was not always God? At some point it had to be made known by the Father that Jesus was now equal? Jesus was invested with authority by the Father?

    Interesting stuff..
  11. JohnMarsten

    JohnMarsten Newbie

    For me, it actually doesnt matter, as I am not too convinced to accept that Michael theory I will stick to them being separate entities, for now.

    What I was wondering is: if Michael and Jesus are one and the same person, than (theoretically) we could pray to God in the name of his Son Michael and even be saved through that name. I know that probably no-one would do that, and even here we are given the concept that there is no other name under heaven by which man can be saved...
  12. Stryder06

    Stryder06 Check the signature

    Sorry, but where does the quote you provided say that Jesus was not always God?

    Did not the Father proclaim the authority of His Son while He walked on the earth with man, stating, "This is My Beloved Son in whom I am well pleased", and at another time, "This is My Beloved Son: hear Him"? Was Jesus not God while man? Was He not equal with the Father at all times? Was it not for our benefit that these things were made known? Do you think it so strange that something similar may have been going on in heaven, considering that at some point in time, rebellion occured? Ever consider that it was God trying to clear the air, and that's what Sr White was speaking of?

    You're right, it is very interesting. :cool:
  13. Revelation 14:6-12

    Revelation 14:6-12 Member

    Please see a more complete study here [though more could be given still]:

  14. Pythons

    Pythons Well-Known Member

    Page 6 of the following link ( official SDA publication ) addresses this question.....
    ...And goes into detail as to the rubrics of this distinctive Adventist doctrine.


    To effectively demonstrate the false charges of Lucifer against God...
    ...It was determined that Christ should live as and under the sphere of" the angel class".
    ...This was the position Christ took to lead the armies of heaven in the war of Lucifer.

    This was the 1st phase of remedy, to demonstrate the angels the true character of Lucifer's charged against God's govt...
    ...Once this was completed Christ pleaded with the Father to let Him save mankind.
    ...And to do that God made christ live in "the sphere of human class".

    What follows are a few copy and pastes from the "Signs of the Times".


    Christ — must become the leader in the warfare against Satan, which He could NOT be as Fellow God, without giving the occasion for the accusation of an unjust warfare. As Satan had become' so unalterably connected with rebellion that he could not be separated therefrom, he must be crushed. Who could, in justice, do this so well as the member of the Godhead who partook of the nature of angels? And again, the loyal angels must have a leader on their own plane, to wage the righteous warfare, forced by the hosts of evil, led by Satan, who were created exactly the same class of beings as the angels who remained loyal.


    To repeat, the first step, then, in His humiliation, in laying aside His divine nature, was to put on the nature of angels, and thus it is that we have Jesus brought to view as "Michael the Archangel," "the Commander of the hosts of heaven," "the Captain of
    the host of the Lord," and as such, "the armies in heaven follow Him." When He became an angel, He bore a fitting name, even as when, later. He became man, His name befitted the nature which He took by virtue of His birth into our human family. That name was "Emmanuel, " God with us.'' His name as an angel is "Michael," which signifies "the one who is like God." Whatever the name that He takes in crushing sin and rebellion, in redeeming the lost and in restoring harmony
    to the universe, that name must indicate that God is

    in Him and with Him, on the very plane and in the very nature of the class of beings to whom He is sent. By living the God-life on the plane of angels, of which Satan was one, altho fallen, He could neutralize the force of Satan's accusations.

    So, the SDA teaching is that Christ lived "the God life" in both the plane of angels and the plane of humanity. Had Christ failed to do this correctly He would have been terminated by God and eternally ceased to exist.

    Hope that helps shed some light on the Michael the archangel thing. The date of the publication is 1912.

  15. Kira Light

    Kira Light Shinigami love apples

    Very interesting, Pythons. I see this was written by George W. Reaser, but I don't see where he is getting this information.

    This whole paper is pretty fascinating. From vegetarianism to Sunday laws in Cali and Oregan. 99 years ago. Amazing.
  16. Pythons

    Pythons Well-Known Member

    That teaching goes way back however I will grant that it 'mutated' several times prior to ending up in 1912 as it is...
    ...The thing I thought that was most amazing was that the Sanctuary Doctrine-
    ...Was founded on the SDA foundational pillar that Father God had a rectum.
  17. E.T.Elijah

    E.T.Elijah Brother In Christ

    Found this study and thought it was interesting.

    To begin, let's look at the phrase *angel of the LORD* in the story of Moses and the burning bush-
    Exo 3:2 And the *angel of the LORD* appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.
    Now in verses four and six, who is identified as being in the bush?-
    Exo 3:4 And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I.
    Exo 3:6 Moreover he said, *I am* the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God.
    Notice that the angel (messenger) of verse 2 is really none other than God Himself. This is confirmed in the New Testament-
    Acts 7:30 And when forty years were expired, there appeared to him in the wilderness of mount Sina an *angel of the Lord* in a flame of fire in a bush.
    Acts 7:31 When Moses saw it, he wondered at the sight: and as he drew near to behold it, the voice of the Lord came unto him,
    Now note the following-
    Exo 3:13 And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them?
    Exo 3:14 And God said unto Moses, *I AM* THAT *I AM*: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, *I AM* hath sent me unto you.
    When asked what His name is, the God of the patriarchs of the Old Testament replies *I AM*. Now look again in the New Testament-
    Acts 7:32 Saying, *I am* the God of thy fathers, the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. Then Moses trembled, and durst not behold.
    John 8:57 Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham?
    John 8:58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, *I am*.
    Jesus Christ had just identified Himself as the One who is the God of the Old Testament patriarchs, who was present in the burning bush speaking to Moses. Just for extra measure-
    John 18:4 Jesus therefore, knowing all things that should come upon him, went forth, and said unto them, Whom seek ye?
    John 18:5 They answered him, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus saith unto them, *I am* he. And Judas also, which betrayed him, stood with them.
    John 18:6 As soon then as he had said unto them, *I am* he, they went backward, and fell to the ground.
    Jesus Christ again makes it clear He is the *I am*. Merely speaking the words made those present fall over. So the *angel of the Lord* and Jesus are identical to, and synonymous with, the *I am* that met Moses at the burning bush.
    Now look at the story of Hagar in Genesis-
    Gen 16:7 And the *angel of the LORD* found her by a fountain of water in the wilderness, by the fountain in the way to Shur.
    Gen 16:9 And the *angel of the LORD* said unto her, Return to thy mistress, and submit thyself under her hands.
    Gen 16:10 And the *angel of the LORD* said unto her, I will multiply thy seed exceedingly, that it shall not be numbered for multitude.
    Gen 16:11 And the *angel of the LORD* said unto her, Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael; because the LORD hath heard thy affliction.
    Gen 16:12 And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.
    Hagar has been visited and spoken to by the *angel of the Lord*, but look who she says it was-
    Gen 16:13 And she called the name of the LORD that spake unto her, Thou God seest me: for she said, Have I also here looked after him that seeth me?
    Again the *angel of the Lord* is actually none other than the LORD Jesus Christ Himself. Now a little later in Genesis-
    Gen 21:17 And God heard the voice of the lad; and the *angel of God* called to Hagar out of heaven, and said unto her, What aileth thee, Hagar? fear not; for God hath heard the voice of the lad where he is.
    Gen 21:18 Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him in thine hand; for I will make him a great nation.
    Who would make a great nation of the lad? Surely not a mere angel, but actually Jesus Christ Himself.
    Now let's look at the story of Abraham and Isaac-
    Gen 22:1 And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am.
    Gen 22:2 And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.
    God speaks to Abraham, giving him instructions to follow. Look who speaks to Abraham next-
    Gen 22:11 And the *angel of the LORD* called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I.
    Gen 22:15 And the *angel of the LORD* called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time,
    Gen 22:16 And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the LORD, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son:
    Gen 22:17 That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;
    Gen 22:18 And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.
    Who will bless Abraham and multiply his seed? Notice the transition from *angel of the LORD* in verse 15 to the LORD (Jesus Christ) in verse 16?
    Now on to Jacob-
    Gen 31:11 And the *angel of God* spake unto me in a dream, saying, Jacob: And I said, Here am I.
    Who does this messenger identify Himself as?-
    Gen 31:13 I am the God of Bethel, where thou anointedst the pillar, and where thou vowedst a vow unto me: now arise, get thee out from this land, and return unto the land of thy kindred.
    This vow of Jacob's is found in Gen 28-
    Gen 28:20 And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on,
    Gen 28:21 So that I come again to my father's house in peace; then shall the LORD be my God:
    Gen 28:22 And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God's house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee.
    So the *angel of God* of Gen 31:11 is again none other than the LORD God (Jesus Christ).
    Now to the Israelites in the wilderness-
    Exo 14:19 And *the angel of God*, which went before the camp of Israel, removed and went behind them; and the pillar of the cloud went from before their face, and stood behind them:
    Who went before them?-
    Exo 13:21 And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night:
    Zec 12:8 In that day shall the LORD defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as God, [that is] as the angel of the LORD before them.
    Neh 9:7 Thou art the LORD the God, who didst choose Abram, and broughtest him forth out of Ur of the Chaldees, and gavest him the name of Abraham;
    Neh 9:8 And foundest his heart faithful before thee, and madest a covenant with him to give the land of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Jebusites, and the Girgashites, to give it, I say, to his seed, and hast performed thy words; for thou art righteous:
    Neh 9:9 And didst see the affliction of our fathers in Egypt, and heardest their cry by the Red sea;
    Neh 9:10 And showedst signs and wonders upon Pharaoh, and on all his servants, and on all the people of his land: for thou knewest that they dealt proudly against them. So didst thou get thee a name, as it is this day.
    Neh 9:11 And thou didst divide the sea before them, so that they went through the midst of the sea on the dry land; and their persecutors thou threwest into the deeps, as a stone into the mighty waters.
    Neh 9:12 Moreover thou leddest them in the day by a cloudy pillar; and in the night by a pillar of fire, to give them light in the way wherein they should go.
    Neh 9:13 Thou camest down also upon mount Sinai, and spakest with them from heaven, and gavest them right judgments, and true laws, good statutes and commandments:
    Neh 9:14 And madest known unto them thy holy sabbath, and commandedst them precepts, statutes, and laws, by the hand of Moses thy servant:
    Neh 9:15 And gavest them bread from heaven for their hunger, and broughtest forth water for them out of the rock for their thirst, and promisedst them that they should go in to possess the land which thou hadst sworn to give them.
    1 Cor 10:1 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea;
    1 Cor 10:2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea;
    1 Cor 10:3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat;
    1 Cor 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.
    Again, the messenger or *angel of God* is the same as the LORD (Jesus Christ).
    Now in the story of Balaam, we begin with God speaking directly to Balaam-
    Num 22:20 And God came unto Balaam at night, and said unto him, If the men come to call thee, rise up, and go with them; but yet the word which I shall say unto thee, that shalt thou do.
    Then a transition from God to *angel of the LORD*-
    Num 22:22 And God's anger was kindled because he went: and the *angel of the LORD* stood in the way for an adversary against him. Now he was riding upon his ass, and his two servants were with him.
    So guess who was standing before Balaam? None other than Jesus Christ. The *angel of the LORD* is used many times in verses 23,24,25,26,31,32,34,35 and the LORD in verses 28,31. Then continuing in Chapter 23 God meets Balaam in verse 4 and the LORD is mentioned in verses 5 and 16. These titles are being used interchangeably. In each case it is again referring to the LORD Jesus Christ.
    Now in the book of Judges-
    Judg 2:1 And an *angel of the LORD* came up from Gilgal to Bochim, and said, I made you to go up out of Egypt, and have brought you unto the land which I sware unto your fathers; and I said, I will never break my covenant with you.
    By now this should be easy. Just who brought the Israelites out of Egypt and made the covenant with Israel that He would never break - *an angel of the LORD* or Jesus Christ, GOD Himself? Yes, the answer is both, one and the same.
    Now look who visits Gideon later in Judges-
    Judg 6:11 And there came an *angel of the LORD*, and sat under an oak which was in Ophrah, that pertained unto Joash the Abiezrite: and his son Gideon threshed wheat by the winepress, to hide it from the Midianites.
    Note what this messenger (angel) says-
    Judg 6:12 And the *angel of the LORD* appeared unto him, and said unto him, The LORD is with thee, thou mighty man of valour.
    THE LORD IS WITH THEE ... it was indeed Jesus with Gideon, note-
    Judg 6:20 And the *angel of God* said unto him, Take the flesh and the unleavened cakes, and lay them upon this rock, and pour out the broth. And he did so.
    Judg 6:21 Then the *angel of the LORD* put forth the end of the staff that was in his hand, and touched the flesh and the unleavened cakes; and there rose up fire out of the rock, and consumed the flesh and the unleavened cakes. Then the *angel of the LORD* departed out of his sight.
    Judg 6:22 And when Gideon perceived that he was an *angel of the LORD*, Gideon said, Alas, O Lord GOD! for because I have seen an *angel of the LORD* face to face.
    Now look who (again) speaks-
    Judg 6:23 And the LORD said unto him, Peace be unto thee; fear not: thou shalt not die.
    Gideon had been speaking with the LORD Jesus Christ all along.
    On to Judges 13-
    Judg 13:3 And the *angel of the LORD* appeared unto the woman, and said unto her, Behold now, thou art barren, and bearest not: but thou shalt conceive, and bear a son.
    *Angel of God/the Lord* appears in verses 9,13, and 15-18.
    Note what Manoah asks in verse 17 and the answer in verse 18:
    Judg 13:17 And Manoah said unto the angel of the LORD, What is thy name, that when thy sayings come to pass we may do thee honour?
    Judg 13:18 And the angel of the LORD said unto him, Why askest thou thus after my name, seeing it is secret?
  18. E.T.Elijah

    E.T.Elijah Brother In Christ


    The Hebrew word translated "secret" in the King James (H6383) also can mean "wonderful". Note that this is a title for Jesus:
    Isa 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
    So who had Manoah and his wife been speaking with?
    Judg 13:21 But the *angel of the LORD* did no more appear to Manoah and to his wife. Then Manoah knew that he was an *angel of the LORD*.
    Judg 13:22 And Manoah said unto his wife, We shall surely die, because we have seen God.
    In the instances I have cited, the phrase *angel of the LORD* or *angel of God* actually meant Jesus Christ, who is the *chief messenger (angel) of the LORD (God the Father)*.
    Here is a further text to consider-
    Gen 48:14 And Israel stretched out his right hand, and laid it upon Ephraim's head, who was the younger, and his left hand upon Manasseh's head, guiding his hands wittingly; for Manasseh was the firstborn.
    Gen 48:15 And he blessed Joseph, and said, God, before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac did walk, the God which fed me all my life long unto this day,
    Gen 48:16 The *Angel which redeemed me* from all evil, bless the lads; and let my name be named on them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.
    Notice that Israel was talking about God and then transitioned to an angel-
    God, --- before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac did walk
    God --- which fed me all my life long unto this day
    The *Angel --- which redeemed me* from all evil
    (*the Angel* that) --- bless the lads; and let my name be named on them
    (*the Angel* that) --- let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth
    This is referring back to Gen 28:13-15 and the Lord's promise to Jacob (Israel)-
    Gen 28:13 And, behold, the LORD stood above it, and said, I am the LORD God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed;
    Gen 28:14 And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.
    Gen 28:15 And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of.
    Gen 28:16 And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the LORD is in this place; and I knew it not.
    So in Gen 48:16 Israel is speaking of God as a redeeming angel. Again, not angel the sense of a created being, but rather in the generic sense of the word, meaning messenger. What created angel could redeem anyone? None. Redemption is found only in Jesus Christ, the very Son of God, and that is exactly who Jacob (Israel) had been speaking with and about. Jesus was, and is, that redeeming angel (messenger) sent from God the Father. A similar passage referring to Jesus as a redeeming angel is in Isaiah:
    Isa 63:7 I will mention the lovingkindnesses of the LORD, and the praises of the LORD, according to all that the LORD hath bestowed on us, and the great goodness toward the house of Israel, which he hath bestowed on them according to his mercies, and according to the multitude of his lovingkindnesses.
    Isa 63:8 For he said, Surely they are my people, children that will not lie: so he was their Saviour.
    Isa 63:9 In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them: in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; and he bare them, and carried them all the days of old.
    In Daniel, when the three Hebrew boys were cast into the fiery furnace for not bowing down to the golden statue, not three but four figures were seen in the furnace:
    Dan 3:25 He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.
    Now most Christians would agree that this was indeed Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who walked with them in the furnace, in a pre-incarnation appearance. Yet, verse 28, interestingly enough, describes the fourth figure as an angel:
    Dan 3:28 Then Nebuchadnezzar spake, and said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who hath sent his *angel*, and delivered his servants that trusted in him, and have changed the king's word, and yielded their bodies, that they might not serve nor worship any god, except their own God.
    The Angel of the Covenant
    Mal 3:1 Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.
    Mal 3:2 But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap:
    Mal 3:3 And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness.
    The messenger of the covenant spoken of here in Malachi is clearly a reference to Jesus Christ, and His first and second coming. The word translated as messenger in Mal 3:1 is the same word [H4397, mal'ak] used in the previous passages of the old testament where we saw the phrase angel of the Lord. So this would also be a proper translation:
    Mal 3:1 Behold, I will send my angel, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the angel of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.
    In fact, this is how the Catholic Douay Rheims Bible translates this verse:
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    Christ shall come to his temple, and purify the priesthood. They that continue in their evil ways shall be punished: but true penitents shall receive a blessing.
    Mal 3:1 Behold* I send my angel, and he shall prepare the way before my face. And presently the Lord, whom you seek, and the angel of the testament, whom you desire, shall come to his temple. Behold he cometh, saith the Lord of hosts.
    * Matt. 11:10; Mark 1:2; Luke 1:17; and 7:27.
    The first angel or messenger mentioned in the verse alludes to John the Baptist, who preceded Jesus Christ and prepared the way for Him, but the angel of the testament / covenant who comes to His temple is clearly Jesus Christ. So Jesus is described in scripture as the *angel or messenger of the covenant*. That covenant likely being the one made to Adam and Eve in Genesis 3:15, that a redeemer would come to rescue a fallen humanity, or in addition, as we have previously noted, it was Jesus who appeared to Moses on Mount Sinai in the burning bush, and He also gave the Ten Commandments to Moses on tables of stone, which were placed in the container known as the ark of the covenant.
    Therefore, in Malachi both John the Baptist and Jesus Christ are referred to as angels, or messengers, in the broadest sense of the meaning of the word. An angel in scripture can simply be a messenger, without meaning the created heavenly winged-being that most associate with the term. This is the key point to be made, Jesus can be referred to as an angel (messenger) without detracting from His deity in any way at all.
    So now, what of Michael the archangel? Is it so difficult to believe that he may actually be Jesus Christ? Let's look at each instance he is mentioned in the Bible and see-
    1 Th 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the *archangel*, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
    Who raises the dead with His voice? Not a created angel, indeed not even a created archangel. The shout is given with the voice of the *archangel*, the LORD Jesus Christ Himself:
    John 5:26 For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;
    John 5:27 And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.
    John 5:28 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,
    John 5:29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.
    It is the voice of Jesus Christ (the Son of man) that raises the dead. Just as 1 Th 4:16 says, the Lord Jesus shall descend from heaven and shout with the voice of the Archangel, because He is the Archangel. With that shout, the righteous dead will be raised from their graves!
    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.
    This verse is a virtual duplicate of another Old Testament event-
    Zec 3:1 And he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the *angel of the LORD*, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him.
    Zec 3:2 And the LORD said unto Satan, The LORD rebuke thee, O Satan; even the LORD that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: is not this a brand plucked out of the fire?
    In both Jude 9 and Zech 3:1-2 it is Jesus, the *angel of the LORD* who is also *Michael the archangel*, contending with Satan for both Moses and Joshua.
    Dan 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
    The prince of the kingdom of Persia is a reference to Satan, and Michael refers again to Jesus. It is the created angel Gabriel that is speaking with Daniel (See Dan 8:16, 9:21). The reference to Michael as one of the chief princes probably alludes to the Trinity, with Jesus being one part of the triune Godhead.
    Dan 10:21 But I will show thee that which is noted in the scripture of truth: and there is none that holdeth with me in these things, but Michael your prince.
    Gabriel says that only he and Michael know certain truths which Gabriel will reveal to Daniel. Who could this Michael be but Jesus, God Himself, giving Gabriel the truths to reveal to Daniel?
    Dan 12:1 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people:
    Michael standing up is a reference to the second coming of Jesus at the end of time.
    Some might propose that, in these three preceding texts from Daniel, the description of Michael as a mere prince is inappropriate for Jesus, so it must be speaking of a created angel. Note the following verses:
    Isa 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
    Dan 9:25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.
    Acts 3:14 But ye denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you;
    Acts 3:15 And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.
    Acts 5:30 The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree.
    Acts 5:31 Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.
    Rev 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
    Rev 12:7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, ...
    Who leads the angelic host of heaven, who is their captain?
    Josh 5:13 And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries?
    Josh 5:14 And he said, Nay; but as *captain of the host* of the LORD am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my lord unto his servant?
    Josh 5:15 And the captain of the LORD'S host said unto Joshua, Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest is holy. And Joshua did so.
    Notice that Joshua worshipped the *captain of the Host*? If this were a mere angel, then the angel would have protested Joshua worshipping him, just as the angel protested John the Revelator worshipping him (Rev 22:8-9). So Joshua met with God (Jesus Christ) the *captain of the Host*. That is why he stood on holy ground and was asked to remove his shoes (just like Moses was asked in Exo 3:5 and Acts 7:33). Therefore, in Rev 12:7 you have Satan and his angels, and Jesus (Michael, the *captain of the Host*) and His angels - this was the war that began in heaven and continues today.
    And what does the name Michael mean? It means *who (is) like God?* A very good question indeed - who is like Jesus?
    As this study shows, according to scriptures, Jesus is the angel of the LORD, the angel of God, the angel of the covenant, the Archangel Michael, who appeared time and again in the Old Testament to speak directly to His people. Michael is just another title for the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who is God in the flesh, the principle messenger of the gospel (archangel) to humanity, but He is not a created being.