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WHO IS MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL IN THE BIBLE?

By Elena & Enrico B.  /  August 9, 2014

Who is Michael the Archangel?

Is he really Jesus Christ?

Is he just another angelic being?

Where in the Bible is he listed?

 

The Meaning of the name "Michael" and its Related Bible Texts

In Hebrew, Mika'el literally means "He who is like God" or sometimes posed as a question “who is like God?”  The name “Michael” appears in the following biblical passages:

Numbers 13:13

1 Chronicles 5:13-14

1 Chronicles 6:40 1 Chronicles 7:3 

1 Chronicles 8:16

1 Chronicles 12:20

Chronicles 27:182 2 Chronicles 21:2 

Ezra 8:8

Daniel 10:13
Daniel 10:21

Daniel 12:1

Jude 1:9

Revelation 12:7

Michael, The Archangel

The name “Michael” as a heavenly being appears in the Bible only in the apocalyptic passages: 

Daniel 10:13
Daniel 10:21
Daniel 12:1
Jude 1:9
Revelation 12:7

The chief Characteristics of Michael, the heavenly being:

  1. He is a chief of angels (Daniel 10:13; Daniel 10:21; Daniel 12:1)
  2. He had special charge of Israel as a nation (Daniel 12:1)
  3. He is called an Archangel who disputed with Satan about the body of Moses (Jude 1:9)
  4. He also protected the heavenly kingdom from “that old serpent, called the Devil and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world” (Revelation 12:7-9)

Is Michael Really Jesus Christ?

In Daniel 10:13, Daniel 10:21 and Daniel 12:1, Michael is described as “one of the chief princes.”
In Daniel 12:1, He is described as “Israel’s particular protector.” His identity is not stated here but when comparisons are made in the scriptures, it clearly shows that Christ is the one who bears this name for He had special charge of Israel as a nation (Romans 11:26; Joshua 5:13-6:2)
Jude 1:9 declares that Michael is the Archangel. This word signifies “head, or chief angel.” There can only be one archangel and therefore, it is improper to use the word in the plural as some do. In 1 Thessalonians 4:16, the “voice of the archangel” is associated with the resurrection of the saints at the coming of Jesus. Also, in John 5:26- 29, Jesus himself declares that the dead will come forth from their graves when they hear the voice of the Son of man.
Putting these scriptures together, they prove that the dead are called from their graves by the voice of the Son of God, that the voice they hear is the voice of the Archangel, proving that the Archangel is the Son of God and that, the Archangel is called Michael. From this it follows that Michael is the Son of God. In Daniel 10:21, He is called “your prince” and in Daniel 12:1, He is called “the great Prince which standeth for the children of thy people,” expressions which can appropriately be applied only to Christ and no other being. In fact, this name “Michael” occurs in instances where Christ is in direct conflict with Satan (Revelation 12:7-9).

Unless otherwise stated, KJV is used for Bible texts.