There are those
who try to de-christianize Christianity without being noticed by
Christians. They use several crooked methods, depending on the
denomination they are working in. One of the methods is to join a
denomination and then destroy or at least maim its Christian doctrines
from the inside out.
Russellites spread the heretic idea that Jesus and Michael the Archangel are the same person. If they directly rejected Christ then Christians would notice it. So, instead, without directly rejecting Christ, they subtly deny his divinity by transforming him into just an archangel. They are very shrewd in doing evil and in a very clever way. The sad part is that there are many good Christians that recognize Christ's divinity, and still believe that he and Michael, the Archangel, are the same person. Let us see what the Scriptures say about it.
"5 Then I lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and
behold a certain man clothed
in linen,whose loins were girded with fine gold of Uphaz, 6 his body also was
like the beryl, and his face as the appearance of lightning, and his eyes as lamps
of fire, and his arms and his feet like in colour to polished brass, and the voice
of his words like the voice of a multitude. …..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."
( Dan 10: 5-13 abbreviated )
In this passage
the angel who speaks to Daniel says several things that demonstrate
that Michael cannot be Christ. Let us scrutinize this passage.
First. The angel who speaks to Daniel refers to Michael as a peer, not as someone superior. The angel speaks of Michael as one who is just helping him . Jesus is this angel's Lord, not his peer. Therefore, if he refers to Michael as his peer and not as his Lord, it is because Michael is not Jesus.
Second. Let us focus our attention to the fact that according to the angel who speaks to Daniel, Michael is one of several, he is not unique. We know that the angel thinks this because of his phrase "one of the chief princes". If the angel used the word "princes" in plural, it is because he knows that there are several others like Michael. This means that Michael is not the only one of his kind, but just one of them, one of several. If there are several like Michael, then that means that there are several archangels. If Michael is "one of the chief princes" is because he is not the chief of them all. It is true that Michael is the only archangel mentioned by name, but evidently he is not the only archangel.
On the other hand, Jesus is the only begotten son; the only one of his kind. If Michael is not the only one of his kind, he cannot be Jesus.
Third. As we read verse 21 of this same chapter 10 we learn that the angel who spoke to Daniel said that Michael is the prince of the Hebrew people. He limited him to just a race, just a nation; and Jesus is Lord and King of all nations. Thus, Michael cannot be Jesus.
"But I will shew thee that which is noted in the scripture of truth;
is none that holdeth with me in these things, but Michael your prince."
( Dan 10: 21 )
If we read Jude 1:9 we learn of a fight, a dispute between Michael the
Archangel and the Devil, about something that had to do with Moses' body.
Jesus does not have to fight or dispute with the Devil. Jesus only has
to give him orders, period. Satan is in no way a match for Jesus!
Jesus is divine! Satan is just a creature.
This power of Christ was evident even when Jesus was on the earth, clothed with flesh, made a little lower than angels. During the temptation Jesus ordered Satan to leave, and he had to leave. He could not argue with Christ, or resist him, or merely dispute with him. Satan just had to obey Jesus at once.
Therefore if Michael had to dispute with Satan, it is because Michael is not Christ, but a being of much lower category than Jesus.
"Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the Devil
about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation,
but said, The Lord rebuke thee." ( Jude 1: 9 )
When a legion
of demons were possessing a man in the region of the Gergesenes, Jesus
did not have to dispute with them; he just ordered them to leave the possessed
they had to do so. All through the gospels
we see that demons feared Jesus and begged him not to cast them into the
abyss. This shows us what an authority and potency Jesus had even
being in flesh. Jesus did not have to dispute, contend or struggle with
demons, he just had to speak, and that was it. How then can Russellites
convince anyone that Jesus is Michael the Archangel?
Fifth. We also can see in Jude 1: 9 that Michael did not dare to bring a railing accusation against Satan. Are Russellites saying that Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God cannot dare to rebuke Satan? He is the Lord! He can do whatever he wants to do! He is, and always has been, the Lord of all the angels, including Satan and demons. The one that cannot dare to do anything against Jesus is Satan, and not vice versa.
Sixth. In this same verse of Jude, Michael said: "The Lord rebuke thee". If Michael asked the Lord to rebuke Satan it is because Michael did not consider that he was the Lord, therefore Michael is not the Lord Jesus Christ.
It is clear that the job Satan has given the Russellites is to creep into Christianity and destroy or harm it from the inside out. They are trying to identify Jesus with Michael the Archangel in order to degrade Jesus. This is a Russellite heresy that many Christians have just gulped down, without realizing neither its theological consequences nor how heretical the concept really is.
"28 And when he was come to the other side into
the country of the Gergesenes,
there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding
fierce, so that no man might pass by that way. 29 And, behold, they cried out,
saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither
to torment us before the time? 30 And there was a good way off from them an herd
of many swine feeding. 31 So the devils besought him, saying, If thou cast us out,
suffer us to go away into the herd of swine. 32 And he said unto them, Go. And when
they were come out, they went into the herd of swine: and, behold, the whole herd
of swine ran violently down a steep place into the sea, and perished in the waters."
( Matt 8: 28-32 )
As we can see,
these demons were exceedingly fierce, but before the divine presence of
Jesus Christ they humiliated themselves, they besought and begged.
Jesus did not have to struggle, or dispute with them, so that they would
leave the possessed man. Jesus' presence terrified them, because
they were not sure if he was already going to cast them into the abyss.
Christ's order was enough, they humbly obeyed Jesus: they left the possessed
man at once.
This same case happened with Satan during Jesus' temptation. Christ did not have to struggle with Satan so that he would leave. Jesus only had to order Satan to get out, and Satan obeyed promptly and humbly; he knew he could not do anything else before a divine being as Jesus is.
A very different picture is seen in the case of Michael. The archangel had to contend, had to struggle with Satan. It is more than evident that Jesus and Michael are not the same person. Michael could not order Satan to leave; he had to struggle with him. Michael even needed peers to help him in his struggle. On the other hand, Jesus alone, by himself, was more than enough to put Satan in his place, he did not need any help.
No real Christian, who knows that Christ is divine, is going to accept that Jesus "durst not " or had to "contend" with the Devil. Satan is no match at all for Jesus.
Satan found it impossible to destroy Christianity from the outside. He could not destroy Christianity with persecutions and tortures. This is why he infiltrates it and tries to destroy it from the inside out.