Who really is Michael the Archangel?

by theMadJW 309 Replies latest jw friends

  • theMadJW

    td- you are correct in questioning my hastily typed blunder- "God did NOT inspire a writing we'd have to study Greek to understand."

    I MEANT to say that he inspired a message easy to understand.

    (Except the prophecies, most of which NO ONE appears to understand...yet!)

  • Deputy Dog
    Deputy Dog


    DD, Christ came down as a PERSON- how we can only speculate.
    No God-Fetus, no Angel-Fetus- just a Fetus!

    In police work, they teach you how to spot a liar. The fact that you can't won't answer the question, speaks volumes. If you don't know, say so. I don't think the WT knows either. Do you know what they (the WT) say came down? You might want to get out your CD.

    The MADJW Says:

    I ALWAYS answer a question...

    I didn't ask HOW Jesus came down.

    Lets try for #5

    When Jesus said:"I am the living bread that came down out of heaven" WHAT came down from heaven?

    Are you trying to say, Jesus was a human fetus in heaven, and that IT came down?

  • theMadJW

    DD- how old are you?

  • Deputy Dog
    Deputy Dog


    The fact that you can't won't answer the question, speaks volumes.

  • theMadJW

    You mean the Dr Suess books you have a hard time reading?

    How can one answer a question that makes no sense?

    Do you believe in quinsanas?

  • TD


    I'm not a Tinitarian and not even terribly religious. I'm just a person who thinks the Bible is a really cool book. (Who happens to be married to a JW) It's not a question of what I want to believe. I'm stuck with what the original text actually says just like everybody else is.

    I don't know if this will help or just confuse things, but look at 2 Peter 2:16. It expresses an idea almost identical to what you're thinking:

    "....A voiceless beast of burden, making utterance with the voice of a man, hindered the prophet’s mad course."

    The reference here is to Balaam's donkey. "With" in this instance indicates possession. The donkey's mouth opened and the voice of a man came out.

    The difference is that the phrase εν ανθρωπου φωνη (In the voice of a man) is modifying a verb of speech -φθεγγομαι (phtheggomai -- to give out a sound, noise or cry. In this sentence, "Making utterance")

    At 1 Thessalonians 4:16, the phrase εν φωνη αρχαγγελου (In the voice of an archangel) is modifying a verb of motion - καταβαινω (katabaino - descend)

    The voice of an archangel is not a method of locomotion (At least I don't think it is...) and the phrase therefore can't function like the similar phrase does above at 2 Peter 2:16. Try to focus on the fact that "In the voice of an archangel" is telling us something about the Lord's descent. The main verb determines how the subordinate phrases are understood.

    Here's a way to look at it in English. If I were to say:

    "MadJW descended the mountain with rope"

    --We would automatically understand that you were the one in possession of and using the rope. "With" would indicate agency or possession.

    But things get weird when the phrase has nothing to do with descending a mountain:

    "MadJW descended the mountain with the sound of a 72 piece brass band"

    The sound of a brass band doesn't move you from point A to point B. "With" in this instance would indicate accompaniment -- something that happened while you were descending the mountain

    I've noticed that when it comes to the trumpet, JW literature has absolutely no problem with the rules of Greek grammar:

    "Another thing that accompanies Christ's descent from heaven is the sound of "God's trumpet." (1 Thess 4:16) The trumpet in this case is not a war signal for assembling troops that they might fight and put the enemy to death. Rather, the blast of "God's trumpet" is a peaceful one for assembling Jehovah's people...." (The Watchtower 6/15/1979 p.25)

    I'm not trying to be a jerk here and I'm not trying to drive you crazy by harping on grammar. We can't just clean out the library and throw the textbooks away when they all disagree with a particular interpretation.

  • theMadJW

    Very interesting, TD- but Grekk is not what's important- but the message; it is quoting Hebrew- and the voice CAME from the ass, JUST as the voice comes from Jesus.

    It is NOT Greek that makes you so dogmatic- or the pro-trinitarian translations would QUICKLY transalte it as YOU insist it should be. Do modern Greek Bibles give it that spin?

    Regarding the Trumpet- there are neither horses, harps or trumpets in the spirit realm- and NOTHING indicates he's coming back in the flesh again!

    Sorry if I sounded like a Jerk- I AM one ! heh

  • theMadJW

    DD, it was God #2 that came down as Baby Jesus! heh

  • Think About It
    Think About It
    So is Jesus an Angel/Human hybred?

    The only angel/human hybrids mentioned in the Bible are the Nephilim. Doubt Jesus looked anything like that.

    Think About It

  • kurtbethel

    Michael is one of the members of the Watchtower Trinity.

    Watchtower Trinity

    According the the Watchtower, Michael is also the Pope. - The Finished Mystery p. 188

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