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SIH TOTT ICONRev 12:7 KJV

(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…

  1. Daniel 10:13-21 – Michael aids messengers of the Lord to deliver the truths of God
  1. Daniel 12:1 – Michael is said to send God’s wrath upon earth in latter days
  1. 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.
  1. 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:

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16 Comments

  1. Hebrews 1:4 KJV

    Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.

  2. Hebrews 1:6 KJV

    And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.

    • Rob Barkman says:

      Wonderful verses indeed. Christ was certain far greater and better than an angels being God and the very Son of God. Most importantly He was God’s perfect “messenger” that perfectly delivered the message of God to a lost and dying world. When we understand that the word “angel” comes from a Hebrew word that means “messenger” and is translated “messenger” throughout the Old Testament…. it is in that context that we can easily understand that Christ was the angel “messenger” Michael.

      Thsi is not saying Christ was a literal angel… it is simply saying that Christ was the Messenger from God as in
      Malachi 3:1 where Christ is given the title “The Messenger of the Covenant” and “The Angel of The Lord” that uses the very same Hebrew word translated “Angel” in the references to Michael.

      Thanks for the verses Lord bless you!

  3. jsneese62 says:

    I have to agree with unashamedofjesus that Christ and Micheal are very different Christ being the Son of God and Micheal being an angel of God. I see no reason that God would call His Son by another name and surely Micheal being in charge of the angels was a post our Father in heaven gave to him as a servant of God. God bless!

    • Rob Barkman says:

      The reason why God calls His Son many different names in the Bible is because they all teach us something about Him and His ministry. In this case, the title “Angel” teaches us that Christ was His special messenger (which is what the word “angel” actually means). We can see this in three different titles given to Christ by God… “the Messenger of the Covenant”, “The Angel of the Lord” and “Michael the Archangel” (which literally means the Godly messenger who is over all other messengers of God”.

      Thanks for your comments…. Lord bless !

  4. jsneese62 says:

    I now know where these teachings come from and I should have known. You are of the Jehovah Witness and therefore reject that Christ is the Son of God. http://www.apologeticspress.org/apcontent.aspx?category=10&article=1473 This gave me all the information I needed about your claim. What you are say is blasphemous and I would say comes very close to treading on the Holy Spirit if what you claim doesn’t do that but that is for God in heaven to decided not me. I will have more to do with your blog or you. I hope someday you see the light! God Bless!

    • Rob Barkman says:

      I appreciate your desire ot separate yourselves from false teachers but I am afriad that you have wrongly identified me. There are many sound Bible teachers who believe that Michael is another title for Christ, two that are my favorites are Gill and Spurgeon among several others….

      John Gill a Baptist Preacher from his commentary on Jude 1:9 –
      “Yet Michael the archangel
      By whom is meant, not a created angel, but an eternal one, the Lord Jesus Christ; as appears from his name Michael, which signifies, “who is as God”: and who is as God, or like unto him, but the Son of God, who is equal with God? and from his character as the archangel, or Prince of angels, for Christ is the head of all principality and power; and from what is elsewhere said of Michael, as that he is the great Prince, and on the side of the people of God, and to have angels under him, and at his command, ( Daniel 10:21 ) ( 12:1 ) ( Revelation 12:7 ) ”

      Quotes from Charles Spurgeon –

      “By faith we rise into the conquering place this day. In the heavenlies we triumph, as also in every place. We rejoice in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Michael of the angels, the Redeemer of men. For by Him we see Satan cast out and all the powers of evil hurled from their places of power and eminence.” (From “The Blood of the Lamb, The Conquering Weapon” (Sept. 9, 1888))

      “We read that Michael and his angels fought against the dragon and his angels, and the dragon was cast down. The fight is going on every day. Michael is the Lord Jesus, the only Archangel.” (From “The Angelic Life” (Nov. 22, 1868)

      Please be careful next time you do research on a subject and be sure you have checked sufficient sources for your accusations.

      Also, please keep in mind, I do not believe that Michael is a title for Christ because these men say so, it is because of what is said about Michael in the pages of Holy Sciripture. I simply mention these men to show that there are other sound, well-known preachers who hold the same view. None of them, including myself, in any way, can be said to hold to JW heretical doctrine.

      Jehovah’s Witnesses say that Christ is a literal angel… I, and others who are sound in the faith say that Michael is a title for Christ teaching us He is the Perfect Messenger of God, etc etc. Once again, this teaching IN NO WAY teaches Christ is a literal angel, it is simply saying that the name “angel” or “messenger” is another of many titles for Christ. Much like calling Him “The Lamb” does not make Him a literal Lamb, nor does calling Him “the door” make Him a literal door.

      If you want to see the other Christians who hold to this view please google Michael is another name for Christ. The results will give you sound men who believe and, do not believe, this is so. In either case, they are not affliated with the JW in any way.

      I can understand both sides ot this issue, those who agree with me and those who don’t. It is really no big issue with me. Just understand that sound men can hold to this view and do no injustice to the Scriptures, nor does it in any way justify saying they are heretical.

      Enough said.
      May the Lord bless you with continued knowledge in this area.

      • jsneese62 says:

        There are only two churches I know of that preach Michael being Christ and that is Jehovah Witness and Seven Day Adventist the latter always try to hide their identity and even if you neither of them you are still teaching false dotrine and that I cannot abide in.

      • Very well explained Bro Barkman. We appreciate your willingness to present God’s Word in an understandable way. We agree fully with your defense on the Michael/Christ issue.

        There were MANY past teachers of God’s Word who recognized this as a Scriptural truth. Sad to say, with the appearance and spread of dispensationalism this teaching has been left by the wayside as other similar truths of the Lord.

        One of the best articles we have read on the subject can be found at:
        http://mountainretreatorg.net/bible/michael.html

        This article is written by Tony Warren, a former theology professor at SouthWestern Seminary and now an evangelist for the SBC. He seems to clearly present the case for Michael being a title given to Christ in a very clear and concise manner.

        May God bless you richly as you continue to share the Word with us at MDMC. It is a blessing to reblog your posts along with others who are standing for the faith throughout the generations.

        • Rob Barkman says:

          Thank you for the kind words and the privilege of being made a part of your blog. Thank you also for the further information. Lord bless you for all you do as you share His Word with others.

  5. SLIMJIM says:

    Passages like this reminds us there is a spiritual dimension in our lives and that spiritual warfare exists among the angelic hosts!

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