The                                              
Christian Pilgrim

 

66. Archangel Michael



There are only two references to "the archangel" in the Bible:

1 Thessalonians 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.”

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.

Therefore we see that there is only one archangel, Michael.


Apart from the above verses, he is referred to in the following:

Daniel 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.

This shows us that there was more than one archangel, as Michael is only "ONE of the chief princes." But 1 Thessalonians 4:16 and Jude 1:9 clearly states that there is only one archangel. Therefore we can at least suggest that there used to be two, Michael and Satan. Satan subsequently fell and became the arch-demon, in charge of all the fallen angels.


Revelation 12:7 – “And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels and prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.”


Michael and his angels fought against Satan and his angels and Satan and his angels were cast out to earth. Satan is here defeated in principle, but this does not imply total defeat yet (casting into the "Lake of Fire" at the end of time is that).


Daniel 10:21-11:1 – “But I will shew 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. Also I in the first year of Darius the Mede, even I, stood to confirm and to strengthen him.”

This shows that Michael needed strengthening by this one “like the similitude of the sons of men” (v.16). So, whoever he is, Michael cannot be Christ, because Christ would not have needed any help.


Daniel 12:1 – “And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.

Here we see that Michael is the prince of God's chosen people, as opposed to Satan, who is the prince of this world (John 12:31, 14:30, 16:11).