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Who is Michael the Archangel?

"Who is Michael the archangel?" is a question that seems to come up regularly and somehow it can cause considerable contention. Note that it is not a matter of salvation. However, we want to understand scripture as best we can and close investigation can sort out this question quite clearly. The purpose of this study is to explore the meaning and identity of Michael the Archangel.

There are a few groups who believe that Michael the Archangel is Jesus and that the term is used for Him in His pre-incarnate state (before His birth in Bethlehem) or in particular situations. Others believe that using the term archangel is an insult to His nature because He is much more than an angel. They will even regard such belief as cultish.

In this four-part study, we will look carefully at what scripture says in an attempt to answer the question of who is Michael the Archangel? Understanding how the Bible uses the terms angels and archangels will be a help so we will start there. Below are links to the four parts of this study. Of course, it is best to go through them in order.

Part 1. What are Angels? The first thing is to understand is what angels are, what the term refers to. Does it always and only refer to angelic beings? Where did angels come from? What is their role?

Part 2. What are Archangels? Is this a different and perhaps higher order of angels? What is the relation to regular angels? How many of them are there?

Part 3. Jesus and Angels Compared Surely Jesus can not be referred to as an angel, can He? What is His relationship with the angels?

Part 4. Michael the Archangel Who is Michael the archangel, this mysterious being? What is his relationship to Jesus, to other angels or archangels?

Go through each of these pages in order, follow the logic, check the verses and, by the end, you will have a clear understanding of the identity and role of Michael the archangel.

To start the study, go to part 1 - What are Angels?

I have added another study about Heavenly Angels examining the question of why angels are so often associated with clouds.

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