(7) And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
In the prior portion of this chapter, we saw how Satan had used all the forces at his disposal in an attempt to stop Christ from finishing the work that His Father had given Him to do… redeem His people and conquer death, sin, and the powers of darkness.
Here, we see Michael the archangel and the elect angels of God going to battle against the dragon and the angels that fell with him. This represents for us the war that took place between Christ (Michael) and Satan (the dragon) which was won at the cross of Calvary.
The relationship between Christ and the archangel Michael is a very interesting one. .
But who is Michael? His name means “One that is like God”. Also, his title “archangel” means “ruler of the angels”. Both of these titles perfectly describe Christ.
Also, it we look at the times that Michael is mentioned we find that he is mentioned in the Bible four times…
- Daniel 10:13-21 – Michael aids messengers of the Lord to deliver the truths of God
- Daniel 12:1 – Michael is said to send God’s wrath upon earth in latter days
- I Thess 4:16 – Christ’s second coming is accompanied by the voice of the archangel (Michael). In other words, it is Christ Himself shouting at His coming.
- Jude 9 – “Moses body” in this passage is referring to Israel (the body of people that were physically led by Moses). Satan was constantly at work trying to overcome Jerusalem (the capital of Israel) with deceit and the powers of Gentile nations around them (Zech 3:1-2). This was an effort to stop the first coming of Christ by destroying His ancestry prior to His birth. Michael is the One that is seen intervening and protecting Israel from its spiritual and physical enemies.
Also, keep in mind, “the Angel of the Jehovah (the Lord)” is another title that could very possibly refer to pre-incarnate appearances of Christ in the Old Testament. And in Malachi 3:1, Christ is described as the “Angel (or Messenger) of the covenant”.
Please note that Michael pictures the Person and Work of Christ in many ways. It is very possible that He is not simply picturing Christ, but He is literally Christ. That helps us to understand, that throughout the OT, Christ is known as “the Angel of Jehovah”, “the Messenger of the Covenant”, and “Michael, the archangel”.
In our Revelation text, we can see that Christ has defeated Satan and brought deliverance to His people through His sacrificial death on the cross (Heb 2:14-15 KJV)…
“Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.”
This is the One that has led the angels of God and His human messengers (the saved) against the powers of darkness and led them to victory! May we all praise the Lord for the great victory He has won on our behalf leading those of us who were the captives of sin to become His possessions and gave many graces to us!
Eph 4:8 KJV – “Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.”
For an in depth look at these sections of the Revelation: