Michael : Heb. Mika’el, literally, “who [is] like God?” The name “Michael” appears only in passages that are linked with the apocalypse. Archangel: occurs only twice in the Bible. ἀρχάγγελος Archaggelos (1Thess. 4:16 and Jude 9). There are only 5 verses in the entire... Read more
Michael : Heb. Mika’el, literally, “who [is] like God?”
The name “Michael” appears only in passages that are linked with the apocalypse.
Archangel: occurs only twice in the Bible. ἀρχάγγελος
Archaggelos (1Thess. 4:16 and Jude 9).
There are only 5 verses in the entire Bible that mention Michael, the Archangel. Here they are:
- 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. Daniel 10:13
- 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. Daniel 10:21
- 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. Daniel 12:1
- 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
- And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, Revelation 12:7
2 Thessalonians 4:16 says, “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:”
John 5:28 says, “Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his (Jesus’) voice. See also John 11:43,44 (Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead).
“Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.” John 11:25
Jesus said, “I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.” Revelation 1:18
To Jesus alone, is ascribed the power to raise the dead.
Jesus is referred to as an angel or angel of the Lord.
In the Bible Jesus is often referred to as “the angel of the Lord”. In Exodus 3:2 says, “And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him (Moses) in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.”
Who was this “angel of the Lord?” Verses 4-6 gives the answer. The angel of the Lord is Jesus Himself.
Judges 2:1 says, “And an angel of the Lord came up from Gilgal to Bochim, and said, I made you to go up out of Egypt, and have brought you unto the land which I sware unto your fathers; and I said, I will never break my covenant with you.”
Who is this angel of the Lord? It is none other than Jesus.
Joshua 5: 13-15 says, “And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries?
14 And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the Lord am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my Lord unto his servant?
15 And the captain of the Lord’s host said unto Joshua, Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest is holy. And Joshua did so.”
Notice that Joshua worships this being without rebuke prohibition. The only person worthy of our worship is one who is a member of the Godhead.
John tried to worship an angel and was refrained from doing so. Revelation 19:10 says, “And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”
Here we see clearly that no other being is to be worshiped but God Himself. An angel, though a more exalted being than man is not to be worship, only God is to be worshiped.
Conclusion: Michael, the Archangel is non other than Jesus, the captain of the Lord’s army. It is by the call of His voice that the dead in Christ will rise (see 2 Thessalonians 4:16.
The very first lie recorded in the Bible is told by the serpent (Devil) where he says to the Eve, “You will not die” regarding her eating of the forbidden fruit. This is a lie that has been perpetuated throughout the world’s history.
So, what does the Bible say about death? What happens when we die? Why is there so much confusion and mystery around the subject of death? Do we go to Heaven immediately when we die? Are there disembodied spirits praising God right now around His throne in Heaven? Can we communicate with loved ones who have passed away? Are the dead really “dead”? Rest assured, God has given us enough evidence from His Word so that we need not be confused.
The Immortality of the soul
The doctrine of the immortality of the soul is ubiquitous. This is a teaching that is present in most of the world religions, that even though the body may die, the soul lives on. One of Celine Dion’s greatest hits, “My Heart Will Go On” supports that very idea. There are a plethora of songs and movies that support the doctrine of the immortality of the soul; that the soul never dies, but is an immortal entity of the real you.
So, what exactly does the Bible have to say on the subject? I am happy to inform you that there is an abundance of information on the state of the dead found in the Word of God.
Ezekiel 18:4 God says, “Behold, all souls are mine; the soul of the father as well as the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sins shall die.” But what exactly is the soul? Well, the first mention of the word “soul” is found in Genesis 2:7 “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” Notice that the Bible does not say, “man was given a soul”. It says that “man became a living soul”. This is extremely important to know.
Genesis 2:7 gives a brief overview of how God made man; first, he was made from the dust of the ground, second, God “breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” Man BECAME a living soul. This is crucial to know. Man composed of dust and the breath of life became a living soul.
The best way I can explain the existence of the soul would be to use the example of a lit bulb. A lit bulb (the soul) does not exist without the union of electricity (breath of life) and the mechanical components (body). Without electricity, the bulb’s physical properties (body) is rendered useless. The tungsten filament, glass enclosure, screw thread, electrical foot contact and a few other components of the bulb represents the dust, or physical material God used to form man. The bulb with all its physical components represents the body that God created. Without electrical contact, there will be no lit bulb or soul, if you will. Once electricity (breath of life) is applied, instantly, there is light. You now have a lit bulb.
In a very similar way God made man. He first formed man from the dust of the earth; formed all his organs and set in place the intricate cells, skeletal structure, brain, various systems and wrapped them in skin. But despite of this masterpiece, man did not yet exist. This was just a lifeless body until God breathed into man’s nostrils the breath of life. It was then that man became a living soul. This process can be broken down into a formula which looks something like this, body + breath = soul.
Without the body, the soul ceases to exist. The Bible explains just what happens at death, which is the reversal of creation, where body and breath of life are separated. Ecclesiastes 12:7 says, “Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.” The word “spirit” here is not referring to a separate living entity apart from the body but the breath of God. How do we know this? The original meaning of the word, “spirit” is Ruach (breath, wind, spirit). This reversal of life is further emphasized in Psalm 146:3,4 which says, “Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help. His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.” This is the process of death. The breath of life makes its grand exit leaving the body and returns to God who gave it. The body is returned to the earth from where it came to perish in the process of decomposition.
Are the Dead Really Dead?
Let us notice that Psalms 146:4 goes on to say of the deceased that his thoughts perish. There is no thought process in death. All cranial functions are terminated. There is no remorse, sorrow or anticipation in death. There is no planning or scheming; no visions or imaginations. The Bible says that the thoughts perish. Ecclesiastes 9:5,6 says of the dead that, a. He doesn’t know anything, b. He has no more reward for his memory is forgotten, c. His love, hatred and envy is perished, and, d. He has no more portion forever for anything done under the sun. I believe this is abundantly clear, don’t you?
Do the dead praise God?
I attended a funeral back in 2015 where the priest, in his attempt to comfort the bereaving, exclaimed that the deceased was “soaring with the angels in heaven.” You may have heard similar rhetoric. In many instances, people are told that their deceased loved ones are in Heaven, praising God around His throne. As comforting as this may seem, it is not supported by the Bible. Psalms 115:17 says, “The dead praise not the Lord, neither any that go down into silence.”
What about Samuel the prophet?
The story of Saul going to a sorcerer to summon up the spirit of Samuel the prophet has been part of a long debate in the topic of the state of the dead. The story is found in 1 Samuel 28. Before we even go there, let’s remember that God Himself gave the prohibition against consulting with sorcerers or those who have familiar spirits (see Leviticus 19:31). The Bible also says that Jesus is the one who holds the keys to life. He is the resurrection (see John 5:40; John 6:40 & John 11:25). If you put these two truths together, it will help you to understand what happened and what didn’t happen in the story of Saul and the sorcerer. The two points are: 1. God forbids any attempt to communicate with the dead and 2. God alone has the power to raise the dead.
In this story of King Saul, we see a man who has forsaken God’s commands and has gone so far in his rebellion that God no longer hears or answers him. I will hasten to say here that no matter how far you may wander from God, He will forgive you if you truly confess your sins (see 1 John 1:9). King Saul did not do this. The Bible says that when the host of Philistines gathered against Israel to annihilate them, King Saul, in desperate fear inquired of the Lord, but God did not answer in either dreams, Urim or by the prophets (see 1 Samuel 28:5,6). So, what did Saul do? He went to the witch of Endor to summon up “Samuel” to enquire of him. What really took place in this story is what we would call today a séance. Remember, the only way that Samuel could have been raised from the dead would be by the power of God, and God was not in this transaction. God does not work in contradiction to His own laws and principles. Saul was having a supernatural experience with demons. How do we know that God was not in this transaction? Turn to 1 Chronicles 10:31 where it says, “Saul died for his transgression which he committed against the Lord, even against the word of the Lord, which he kept not, and also for asking counsel of one that had a familiar spirit, to enquire of it.”
Where are the dead?
To those of you who are agonizing over your deceased loved ones and wondering where they are right now. The Bible gives sufficient answers to your questions – if you will believe. Jesus says in John 5:28,29 that the time is coming when all that is in their graves will hear His voice. They will come out, both the righteous and the wicked in their due time, either at the resurrection of the righteous or at the resurrection of the wicked. See also 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18.
In Acts 2, Paul speaks about the patriarch David. You know, the man described as being “after God’s own heart.” He says of David in verse 29 that he is “both dead and buried.” In case you are saying, so what? This is only talking about his body, we read further down in verse 34 where it says, “David is not ascended into the heavens.” This is amazing because as blessed as King David was, the Bible clearly states that he is not in heaven. Now if David is not in heaven as we speak, what makes you think your deceased loved ones are there? The Bible is clear. The dead are resting in their graves until either the first or second resurrections. We have great things to look forward to.
For further study:
Job 14:10-14, Job 27:3, Psalm 6:5, Ecclesiastes 9:10, Isaiah 38:18,James 2:26
- “Woe unto you! for ye build the sepulchres of the prophets, and your fathers killed them (Luke 11:47).”
- “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness (Matt. 23:27).”
- There were no parades
- No marching bands
- No priests or rulers to welcome the redeemer
- It is tradition that mentions there were three wise men. Scripture does not support this. There were, however, three gifts; gold, frankincense and myrrh (Matt. 2:11).
- Tradition also gives them the names “Gaspar, Balthasar and Melchior”. This too is unfounded. No names are given in scripture.
- The idea that they were kings is derived from Isaiah 60:3 & Rev. 21:24. This too is unfounded.
- What about us today, who have been given such a wealth of knowledge and precious truth for this time? On the verge of the most climactic event the world has ever seen; the second coming of Jesus.
- Are we any better than that unfaithful nation?
- Are we hoarding the truths to ourselves? Or are we sharing them with our neighbors and friends?
- Are we guilty of the same “Selective reading” of the Word of God; picking out the parts that best suits us and discarding the areas that trouble our conscience?
- When Jesus comes again, who will greet Him? Will you?
- Are you ready for Jesus to come?Isaiah 25:9 And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the Lord; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.
- I’m so glad the story has already been written. The battle has already been won. God wins, Satan loses. And if we are faithful to the end, we will receive a crown of life.
- “Our God comes and does not keep silence; a fire devours before Him, and round about Him a mighty tempest rages (AMP).” Psalms 50:3
- “Behold, the day of the Lord cometh, cruel both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate: and he shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it (KJV).” Isaiah 13:9
- “Behold, the Lord comes with His myriads of holy ones (ten thousands of His saints) (AMP).” Jude 1:14