The Watchtower teaches that Jesus and Michael the Archangel are the same person? Is this Biblical? Could Jesus possibly only be an Angel? Lets first take a look at the scriptures the Watchtower mentions, here is a link to their article
because the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a commanding call, with an archangel’su voice and with God’s trumpet, and those who are dead in union with Christ will rise first.v 1 Thessalonians 4:16 (NWT)
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: 1 Thessalonians 4:16 (KJV)
The Watchtower claims because the scriptures say “with a voice of the archangel” that means its identifying Jesus as Michael. First off, if God wanted to make this known, don’t you think he would have stated Jesus is Michael? Why would Jesus be called the Only Begotten Son if he is also an Archangel?
Secondly the scripture here doesn’t say “Jesus is the Archangel” the scripture says with a voice of the archangel. Would be the same when the Bible describes Jesus voice as the sound of many waters (Revelation 1:15) does that mean Jesus is a body of water? No its make a description and figurative speech, same as calling his voice like an archangel. Probably meaning power and authority.
But when Miʹcha·elo the archangelp had a difference with the Devil and was disputing about Moses’ body,q he did not dare to bring a judgment against him in abusive terms,r but said: “May Jehovah* rebuke you.” Jude 1:9 (NWT)
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. Jude 1:9 (KJV)
Here is the other scripture the JW’s try to prove Jesus is Michael, the ironic thing is the scripture is very clear that Michael is the ArchAngel. Nowhere in this scripture does it reference Jesus being Michael. Now they try to tie together Jude 1:9 with 1 Thessalonians 4:16, but does that make any sense? Because Jesus makes a sound of an Archangel, does that mean he is the Archangel?
Secondly comparing these scriptures , shows you how inconsistent they are in their translation. In Jude 1:9 they translate the original Greek Kyrios as Jehovah. Anyone with basic Greek knows Kyrios is translated as Lord. However in 1 Thessalonians 4:16 they translate Kyrios as Lord correctly, so why are they not consistent in their English translation of Kyrios?
So he has become better than the angelsi to the extent that he has inherited a name more excellent than theirs.j 5 For example, to which one of the angels did God ever say: “You are my son; today I have become your father”?k And again: “I will become his father, and he will become my son”? Hebrews 1:4-5 (NWT)
Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son? Hebrews 1:4-5 (KJV)
Now when we read in Hebrews , Jesus is greater than ALL the angels and is the Only Begotten Son of God. How can Jesus be an Angel if He is greater than all the angels? Also Begotten means unique and One of a Kind, there is no one like Jesus.
To say Jesus is Michael the Arch Angel would contradict scripture and demote the position and authority of Christ. The real question I have to ask here, is why is the Watchtower pushing this doctrine if its not crystal clear?