There are 21 major world religions today. Logically, in assuming there can only be one God, most of these people are wrong – a sobering thought. Many of the people that are part of these religions believe they have a strong faith. How strong is your faith? Do you know where you are going when you die? Will you see paradise? Find out how strong your faith is by reading this pamphlet and see what the last paragraph says about salvation.
Let’s start by reading scripture (New World Translation) and examining some interesting concepts. The Watchtower Society New World Translation (NWT) mentions Michael five times as: 1) “one of the foremost princes” (Dan. 10:13); 2) “the prince of [Daniel’s] people” (Dan. 10:21); 3) “the great prince who is standing in behalf of the sons of [Daniel’s] people” (Dan. 12:1); 4) “the archangel” who “had a difference with the devil and was disputing about Moses body” but “did not dare to bring a judgment against him in abusive terms” (Jude 9); and 5) a participant in heavenly conflict when “Michael and his angels battled with the dragon” (Rev. 12:7).
The Watchtower Society says clearly that “Jesus Christ, whom we understand from the Scriptures to be Michael the archangel” (The Watchtower, February 15, 1979, p. 31). I respectfully and humbly ask you, can you show where these scriptures say Jesus is Michael? Maybe in the following verse we can make things more clear.
1 Thessalonians 4:16 (NWT) says, “The Lord himself will descend from heaven with a commanding call, with an archangel’s voice and with God’s trumpet…”
The expression “with an archangel’s voice” simply means that the archangel, like God’s trumpet, will herald the coming of the Lord, not that the Lord is an archangel. If we honestly examine the texts we can see no scripture even comes close to stating that Jesus Christ is Michael the archangel. In fact, Scripture clearly teaches the opposite: namely, that the Son of God is superior to the angels. The entire first chapter of Hebrews is devoted to this theme. Take the time and read Hebrews chapter one and look at the distinct contrast between angels and the Son of God. “For to what angel did God ever say, Thou are my Son…? And again, when he brings the first-born into the world, he says, “Let all Gods angels worship him.” (vv. 5, 6, Revised Standard Version).
Angels consistently refuse worship (“Be careful! Do not do that! …Worship God,” Revelation 22:8, 9, NWT), but the Fathers command concerning the Son is, “Let all Gods angels worship him” (Hebrews 1:6). The Watchtowers own New World Translation read, as above, until, in 1970. The Society changed it to read “do obeisance to him” instead of “worship him.” Why?
In order to come to the conclusion the Jesus Christ is also Michael it would be necessary to read Scripture plus Watchtower material, because scripture is clear in what it says. Rather than being merely “one of the foremost princes,” Jesus Christ is “Lord of lords and King of kings” (Rev. 17:14, NWT) and is “far above every government and authority and power and lordship and every name named, not only in this system of things, but also in that to come” (Ephesians 1:21, NWT). And, unlike “Michael who did not dare condemn the Devil with insulting words, but said, The Lord rebuke you!” (Jude 9, Today’s English Version), Jesus Christ displayed His authority over the devil when He freely commanded him “Go away, Satan!” (Matthew 4:10, NWT).
Now, after examining the scripture, how much more important is John 14:6? It says (Jesus speaking), “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes to the Father, but by me.” Please seek Jesus Christ for your salvation. He is the only way.
Stephen John Spivey