Angels in 'The Watchtower'
What do Jehovah's Witnesses believe about Archangel Michael?
- Is Jesus the Archangel Michael?
- Are angel icons dangerous to buy?
- What's the difference between angels and spirit guides?
Jehovah's Witnesses do believe that Jesus is Archangel Michael. Their belief in God, Jesus, and Archangel Michael differs from what Catholics, Protestants, and other Christians believe. Mainstream Christian doctrine says that God has existed eternally as a trinity: God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The three are one person and have always existed as one God. When Jesus came to earth, he took on a dual nature, being both fully God and fully human.
Jehovah's Witnesses believe that in the beginning only God existed, not as a trinity, but as a single person. The first thing God created was Michael, the archangel. In heaven, Jesus was known as Michael the archangel, a pure spirit. Upon coming to earth he ceased to be a spirit. His spirit-ness disappeared entirely. On earth Jesus was purely human. The man Jesus was killed on the cross. At his resurrection, his human body was not resuscitated. It remained in the tomb and God disintegrated it. There was no real, physical resurrection in the traditional Christian sense. Instead, what was resurrected was Michael's angelic spirit-body. Today he exists in heaven as Michael the archangel.
"Reasoning from the Scriptures," a manual used by the witnesses in door-to-door evangelism, states that "the evidence indicates that the Son of God was known as Michael (the archangel) before he came to earth and is known by that name since his return to heaven where he resides as the glorified spirit Son of God" (page 218).