Several sects such as the Jehovah’s Witnesses and Seven Day Adventists teach that Jesus Christ is, in fact, Michael the Archangel. Without getting lost in the weeds one may confidently believe that their claims are untrue. We have proof of this in Daniel 10 and Revelation 1. In both of these passages, a description of Jesus Christ is given and in the Book of Daniel we see that it is explicitly stated that Michael the Archangel is someone other than the “son of man” described.

The following is from the latest New World Translation from JW.org:

A Description of Jesus in Daniel

I looked up and saw a man clothed in linen, and around his waist was a belt of gold from Uʹphaz.  His body was like chrysʹo·lite, his face had the appearance of lightning, his eyes were like fiery torches, his arms and his feet looked like burnished copper, and the sound of his words was like the sound of a multitude (Dan 10:5-6).

Note the above characteristics:

  1. Clothed in linen
  2. Belt of gold
  3. Body like a shining gem, face is bright, eyes like fire, extremities like “copper”
  4. Voice is like a “multitude”

A Description of Jesus in Revelation

I heard behind me a strong voice like that of a trumpet…someone like a son of man, clothed in a garment that reached down to the feet and wearing a golden sash around his chest.  Moreover, his head and his hair were white as white wool, as snow, and his eyes were like a fiery flame,  and his feet were like fine copper when glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of many waters (Rev 1:10-13-15)

Note the above characteristics:

  1. Clothed in a (linen?) garment
  2. Sash of gold
  3. Face is “white” (bright?), eyes like fire, extremities like “copper”
  4. Voice is like “many waters” or a “trumpet” (i.e. like a multitude of noise)

Clearly, the two preceding descriptions are of the same entity, with any slight differences (i.e. belt versus sash) probably due to translation and the language used (Hebrew versus Greek).

Proof That Michael the Archangel is Different Than Jesus Christ

Miʹcha·el, one of the foremost princes, came to help me; and I remained there beside the kings of Persia (Dan 10:13).

There is no one strongly supporting me in these things but Miʹcha·el (Dan 10:21).

In the preceding verses, we see that when Jesus Christ (Who was described) speaks, He mentions that Michael “the prince” (i.e. Archangel) is supporting Him. This means, indisputably, they are two different persons.

Conclusion

I pray that the preceding may help those Adventists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and others seeking for the truth in this matter. Further, for those who want to witness to these sectarians, these verses may be helpful in that they are impossible to dispute and not the usual apologetic they are used to hearing.

May by God’s grace we worship Him in truth and all due humility.

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