Many people believe that Michael is merely an angel, as in a created being. There are very few apparent accounts of Michael in the scripture, so this conclusion without deeper study would be logical. However, Lets examine a few things and see if we can take a closer look into his role and personality.

Names in scripture have meaning; there are also titles that show positions of authority held. We will take a look at some of these examples to see which individuals do what. Before we begin the study, have any considered what Yahshua’s name was pre incarnate? We know that Yahshua was a name given to him when he was born on earth and that he is called many names in scripture, namely; Emmanuel, the rock, Messiah, son of David, the prince, and there are more. Let’s take a deeper look into names and titles.

In Malachi 3 verse 1 Yahshua is referenced as the messenger of the Covenant.

Behold, I will send my messenger (John), and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts. (Malachi 3:1)

 Luke also shows us plainly that this passage here in Malachi is speaking about Messiah.

This is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee. (Luke 2:27)

 And again in Matthew

This is the one about whom it is written: ‘Behold, I will send My messenger ahead of You, who will prepare Your way before You.‘(Matthew 11:10)

 There are two witnesses. But, we can also find two witnesses before the time of Messiah as well. Look at what Isaiah says.

The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.(Isaiah 40:3)

Let’s examine an account in scripture to see if we can better understand what this means to be a messenger of the covenant and if Yahshua can fill this title.

Exodus chapter 3 verses 3-6 reads;

  1. Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb.

 2 And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him 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.

 3 And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.

 4 And when the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, here am I.

 5 And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.

 6 Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God.

 First, it says that an ANGEL of the Lord appeared unto Moses in the fire. Next it says that GOD called unto him from the fire. Then it says Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look upon GOD.

The first thing we have to understand is that the terms God and angel are merely titles, or positions. The Word angel in Hebrews is Malawk and means; Messenger or representative: specifically messenger of God. We just learned that in fact Yahshua is a messenger Of Yahweh.

It is very evident from this passage that it was not Yahweh himself that spoke with Moses, because it says it was a messenger (angel) OF Yahweh: someone sent.

We also know because we have two witnesses that tell us, no one has seen the Father.

NO MAN has seen God (Elohim) at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the FATHER, he hath declared him (John 1:18)

Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honor and power everlasting. Amen.

 Also in Colossians he is called the invisible God, because no one has seen him.

 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation (Colossians 1:15)

 So again, Messiah is a representative (or image) of the invisible God because NO MAN can see him, or has. We will talk more about this in another study titled “Who Moses Saw.”

 So in this particular incidence in Exodus chapter 3, Yahshua is delivering a covenant to Moses: specifically the fulfillment of a covenant Yahweh had made with Israel, 400 years prior, to bring them into the Promised Land. This promise was first made to Abraham (Genesis 15:18-21), then confirmed to his son Isaac (Genesis 26:3), and then to Isaac’s son Jacob (Genesis 28:13), Abraham’s grandson.

Wherefore say unto the children of Israel, I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments: (Exodus 6:6)

 It was prophesied that the Israelites would be strangers in a land not there own, and kept in bondage for 400 years but at the end would be delivered with a mighty arm.

And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, a horror of great darkness fell upon him.

 And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years;

 And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance. (Genesis 15:12-14)

So this messenger is delivering a particular message, and that is the messages of the covenants Yahweh makes with his people.

Covenant in scripture just means promise or agreement between two. Yahshua is this messenger of the covenant.

Behold, I will send my messenger (John), and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts. (Malachi 3:1)

 So we see one of Messiahs positions was to deliver a message to the people, and he is referenced as the “messenger of the covenant.”

Yahshua in scripture is also referenced as the word of God

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. (John 1:1)

Rev 19:13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
Rev 19:14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.

 Notice how in verse 14 of Revelations it tells us that the ARMIES which were in heaven FOLLOWED him.  In Joshua 5:14 Yahshua is called the captain of the host.

And he said, nay; but as captain of the host of the LORD (Yahweh) 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?

 Already we see that Christ is referenced as the Messenger of the Covenant, the word of God and the captain of the host. But wait, there is more. Yahshua is also called the prince.

Isa_9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

Act 5:31 Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Savior, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.

 Philippians also tells us that Yahshua was exalted.

Philippians 2:6-11

Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:

That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;

 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

And in Daniel Yahshua is referenced as Michael. But notice the work it says Michael the great prince is doing.

 Daniel 10:21 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 12:1 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.

 Who stands for the people of God? Who is it that does the work of intercession? This is the work of the high priest. This position was given to Messiah.

 Hebrews 4:14-16

Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.

 For we have not a high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

To stand for someone means to intercede or side with them. Particularly in this context the Hebrew word used is Amad and has many meanings, but all pertaining to siding, presenting, or serving.   Scripture tells us that we have only ONE intercessor/mediator.

For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; (1 Timothy 2:5)

 Because Yahshua is already filling this position and it says there is only one who does this, Michael and Yahshua cannot be two separate individuals. But let’s continue.

Remember in Revelations 19 it says that the ARMIES followed Yahshua and in Joshua it calls him the CAPTIAN of the host.

Host is the Hebrew word Tasaba which means; Army, that which goes forth, host of angels, war, warfare, service of soldiers.

With this information we can derive that Yahshua was the Angel spoken of in Revelations 12:7

And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,

 Compare this verse again with the earlier verse.

 Rev 19:13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
Rev 19:14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.

 Remember that we learned that an “angel” only means a messenger sent of Yahweh. People are also considered angels. Consider Revelations 22 verses 6-9.

And he said unto me, these sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done.

 Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.

 And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things.

 Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.

Here, this messenger, or angel that revealed to John these things references himself as thy fellow servant and one of the prophets. In Thessalonians we have one more account of Michael descending to raise up the dead.

1 Thessalonians 4:16

For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.

 Here we see plainly that scripture calls the Lord, Yahshua an archangel.

The word Arch means captain or leader of the angels. Earlier we discovered that Yahshua was the leader of the armies in heaven.

Also the name Michael specifically means; “Who is like God.”

I hope this study has made clear what Messiah’s role and position was before earth, and prior to being known by his earthly name Yahshua. If there are any question please feel free to comment or email us and we would be happy to go over this study more.

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