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Defending God’s Truth in Church Doctrine and Political History – Renette Vermeulen

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This statement of the King of kings completely refutes the JW allegation that Jesus is ‘a god’ or evil ruler of the evil world system, as Satan currently still is.  In fact, there is simply nothing true in anything the Jehovah’s Witness Society teaches.  They are indeed, as J.W. Thomas writes in his book, ‘Masters of Deception!’ 

Jesus is unmistakably the one and same Yehowah of both the Old and the New Testaments. In the context of Scriptural truth, have never and will never be ‘two gods,’ [Mighty God and Almighty God,] ‘two fathers,’ [Everlasting Father and Heavenly Father,] ‘two lord of lords,’ ‘two firsts and lasts,’ ‘two beginning and ends,’ ‘two creators,’ or any other form of duality (a double-natured god of both good and evil) in the God of the Bible! 

The One and Only God of the Bible is the inseparable, Mono or One GodJust as importantly, Jesus is not a false god, as JWS blasphemously allege!  Jesus is the prophesied Hebrew Messiah or Saviour of the Hebrew Scriptures!  Everything about Jesus was and is Scriptural, as documented in both the Old and the New Testaments!  Anyone who read these Scriptures and cannot find the true Godhead of the Bible revealed throughout the true context of Scripture deliberately rejects God’s own Word for the lies of a strange, unbiblical religion! 

WHERE DOES THE BIBLE SAY THE ARCHANGEL MICHAEL BECAME JESUS? 

The Watchtower, 1/02/1979, p. 31 refers to "Jesus Christ, whom we understand from the Scriptures to be Michael the archangel.”  Jehovah’s teach their followers that Jesus is the first angel whom God created.  They tell their followers, when Jesus was born as a human baby, it was actually Michael the Archangel “who became flesh,” and Michael was named “Jesus.”   

Dear Jehovah’s Witness, if this can be true, then please prove it from the contextual truth of the Bible, not the Watchtower!  I dare you to show the world which of the following verses, which you use to ‘prove’ this doctrine, declare that Jesus is Michael the archangel.  Just remember, it is vital to view these verses in real Biblical (not Watchtower) context. The truth of a teaching can never be found in only one verse here and one verse there, or even in one passage of Scripture.  “The entirety of God’s Word is Truth,” (Ps. 119:160.) 

Let us first establish the difference between Christ Jesus and the archangel Michael, as they are definitely not the same person!  It is a sound, contextual, Biblical fact that “all” God’s angels, archangels included, are mere creatures of God.  God commanded angels and humans to worship God only, (Ex. 20:1-6.) Angels do not worship other angels. 

In obedience and reverence to God, angels refuse the worship of humans.  When John, in Rev. 22:8-9, fell on his face to worship the angel, the angel said, “See that you do not do that…  Worship God.”  

If angels and Jesus’ disciples worship the archangel Michael, they are committing idolatry and witchcraft! 

Again, let the contextual truth of the BIBLE, not the Watchtower, speak: 

 How can it be possible that Michael the archangel can align himself with Jesus’ Divine testimony in Jn. 1:1, “In the beginning was the Word… and the Word was God…”? 

Russellites reject this irrefutable verse in the Bible because “it was [supposedly] translated wrongly!”  Shamelessly, they refer to their own invention of this verse in their New World Translation Bible, which reads, “Originally the Word was, and the Word was with God, and the Word was a God.” 

By fabricating their own scriptures, JWS make Jesus into a lower,’ ‘smaller,’ ‘subordinate’ ‘secondary’ and ‘another’ god of world systems such as Satan.  Hence, they declare in the Watchtower, 1 March 1959, p. 150, “The one and only true God is Jehovah.”  So, how can they maintain that Jesus is “a God,” and follow some of His teachings, as according to their definition of Who Jesus Is, they are actually following ‘the god of this world,’ Satan! 

 

LET THE TRUE BIBLE BE THE JUDGE THESE JEHOVAH’S WITNESS DOGMAS AS WELL: 

In Phil. 2:6-8, the Word of God boldly proclaims, “[Christ Jesus,] Who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, [God Himself became a mere Man,] but [as a human] made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bond-servant, and coming in the [complete human] likeness of men.  Being found in appearance as a man, [as an example of obedience to us,] He humbled Himself and became obedient [to the Father] to the point of death, even the death of the cross…” 

Where do we find even one verse that states Michael the archangel is God, was with God from the beginning before all creation, or that he is the Word of God, Who IS God Himself?  Please, if such a verse exists, show it to me!  Heb. 7:3 is the basis of all contextual Scripture that states Jesus Is God Himself, “He is without father or mother or genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but resembling the Son of God he continues a priest forever. ...

Isa. 9:6 proves that Jesus Himself Is the Everlasting Father…  The Almighty God…”  (Rev. 1:6-8.) 

This makes it clear that Jesus never was, and never will be an angel, for the Bible says in Heb. 1:5, 6, “To which of the angels did He ever say, You are My Son …”   Heb. 1:6, “…Let all the angels of God worship Him, [Jesus.]”  This verse and contextual truth was changed by the Watchtower Society in 1970 to “do obeisance to him,” but it still remains indelible in the Bible! 

When Philip asked Jesus to show them the Father, how could Michael the angel ever answer, “Don’t you know Me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time?  Anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father…  Don’t you believe that I am in the Father and that the Father is in Me?  It is the Father, living in Me, Who is doing His work.  Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is IN me…  (Jn. 14:7-11, 20.) 

Moreover, how can Michael the angel fit into Paul’s explicit teaching on the Omniscient Creator God in Col. 15-17, “[Jesus] is the image of the invisible God… [If you want to see God, look at Jesus.] For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth; visible and invisible; whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers.  All things were created through Him and for Him.  And [Jesus existed] before all things, and in Him all things consist.” 

If Jesus were the archangel Michael, how could Paul declare explicitly in 1 Tim. 3:15-16, “Without controversy, [beyond a shadow of doubt,] great is the mystery, [which was obscured in prophesy during the Old Testament dispensation, but which was revealed or manifested in the New Testament through Christ Jesus,] of godliness, [or of the Being of God Himself:] God was manifested [revealed or shown] in the flesh…”

[Thus, the human man Jesus is] the “express image of [God’s] Person…” - (Heb. 1:3.)

In modern terminology, we can say that Jesus is an exact Photograph of God because He is God Himself.  It is a great sin to say that Michael the archangel is God manifested in the flesh, or that Michael is the “express image [or photograph] of God.” 

In Col. 2:8-10, Paul continued to teach on the “mystery of Godliness,or the Being of the God, Who was revealed in the flesh when He became the Man Jesus Christ, “Beware [watch out,] lest anyone cheat you through philosophy, [manmade ideas, beliefs, and doctrines] and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, [or inherited Kingdom Hall ceremonies and doctrines;] according to the basic principles of the world, [widely accepted theories, assumptions, and Christianized pagan dogmas] and not according to Christ.  For in Him [Jesus] dwells [present tense] ALL the fullness of The Godhead Bodily; and [sincere disciples of Jesus] are complete in Him, [for you do not need any other ‘mediator’ or so-called way of enlightenment except Jesus,] Who is the Head of all principality and power,” (Col. 2:8-10.) 

None of the angels can say they are “the Head of all principality and power,” and in them “All the fullness of The Godhead dwells [present tense] bodily!” 

Dear Jehovah’s Witness disciples, it is a sound Biblical fact that Jesus Is God Himself. 

The Scriptures, which the Watchtower uses to ‘prove’ Michael became Jesus 

“Michael, one of the chief princes [came to help me…]” (Dan. 10:13.) “No one upholds me against these, except Michael [the nation of Israel’s] prince," (Dan. 10:21.)  "At that time Michael shall stand up, the great prince, who stands watch over the sons of [the physical nation of Israel,]" (Dan. 12:1.) 

From the context of Daniel Chapter 10, it is clear Michael the archangel, a mighty creature of God, one of the angelic ‘war generals’ of Jesus’ armies, is the nation of Israel’s main angelic sentinel and protector.

“And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon… and his angels,” (Rev. 12:7) 

The Bible does not declare that Jesus is an archangel or an angelic warden, ‘prince,’ or combat ‘general.’  Jesus is the Commander-in-Chief of the entire heavenly host.  Hence, Rev. 17:14 states, “[Demonic forces] will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, for He is Lord of lords and Kings of kings...” (Rev. 17:14.)

“Yet Michael the archangel, in contending with the devil… dared not bring against him a reviling accusation, but said, ‘The Lord rebuke you!” (Jude 9.)

God Jesus will not allow such audacity from an angel.  He is “seated… in heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.  [God the Father] put all things under His feet, and gave [Jesus]; to be Head over all things…”  (Eph. 1:20-23.) 

Rather than “not daring to revile the devil,” Jesus commanded the evil one, “Get behind Me, Satan! [Some translations say, “Away with you, Satan!”] For it is written, You shall worship the Lord our God, and Him only you shall serve. 

Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him,” (Mt. 4:10-11.)

Where have you read in the Bible that angels came to minister to other angels? 

I Ths. 4:16, The Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God.  And the dead in Christ will rise first.”  This verse does not say it is Michael descending from heaven, but ‘The Lord Himself,” crying victory with (or like) the mighty voice of one of His war generals – and Michael is not even mentioned here! 

 

Is it true that “the firstborn over (not ‘of’) all creation and of many brethren” make Jesus a mere human?   

The Jehovah’s Witness Establishment teaches that Jesus is not God, but “the firstborn of all creation.” By this, they mean that God created Jesus as a mere angelic being, called Michael. 

Bible truth:  Col. 1:15, “Jesus is the Image of the invisible God, [as God Himself in human form, Heb. 1:3,] the firstborn over [not ‘of’] all creation.”  This does not refer to His human birth, but to His exalted position as Creator of all creation.  Heb. 1:2b, “[God has] appointed [Jesus] Heir of all things, through Whom also He made the words… (v. 8,) To His Son He says: Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; [reigned with] a sceptre of righteousness …” 

Rom. 8:29b, “…[Jesus] is the firstborn of many brethren…”  The context is explained in 1 Cor. 15:21-23, “For since by man [Adam] came [spiritual and physical] death, by Man [the resurrected Jesus] also came the resurrection of the dead.”  Those believers who died knowing and serving Christ will be resurrected bodily from the grave to “meet Him in the air,” (1 Ths. 4:17).  “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive… (1 Cor. 15:52,) “…In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet, [all true believers in their graves…] will be raised incorruptible…”  Together with those who are still alive, they shall all be changed into glorious, resurrected bodies, similar to the resurrected body of Jesus.       

 

Was Jesus resurrected as a spirit without flesh and bones? 

Scripture leaves no doubt about Jesus’ bodily resurrection. Apart from the unbelieving Thomas’ encounter with the resurrected Jesus, which the JWs also twist, just one passage of New Testament Scripture makes it absolutely plain that Jesus was resurrected with a glorified, ever living but touchable body.  1 Cor. 15-55, “We shall not all sleep [in our graves physically while our Scripturally born again human spirits are with Christ in heaven, (Lu. 16:22,) but we shall all be changed, [all those alive at Christ’s return and those who are in their graves as well.  With the sound of the last trumpet,] the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed [into glorious physical/spiritual bodies as Jesus had when He rose from the dead.} 

Jehovah’s teach that Michael the archangel, who actually ‘became Jesus’ at his ‘human birth,’ was not resurrected bodily.  After His resurrection, Jesus merely looked human while he was actually an angelic spirit.  When Jesus ascended into heaven as a spirit, he turned into Michael the archangel again. 

Jehovah’s stand on 1 Pt. 3:18, “…Being put to death in the flesh, but being made alive “in” the Spirit…” 

If only they would read the Bible for themselves, and read the whole verse and even the whole passage, to interpret what they read in context! 

This verse actually reads, “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by [it is not written ‘in’] The [Holy] Spirit.” 

Simply by replacing a two-letter word (by) with another two-letter word (in,) JWS effectively changed the whole meaning of Paul’s words, and wrote an extremely false doctrine into their beliefs! 

Russell taught in ‘The Time is at Hand,’ p. 129, “[Jesus’] body was supernaturally removed from the tomb… no one knows…”   JWS carry this unbiblical statement further by saying in ‘Make sure of all things,’ “Jesus’ Resurrection not of Same Body:  ‘He merely materialized flesh and blood to be seen and believed.’” 

Jesus Himself answers the Russellites as He answered the unbelieving Thomas, “Reach your finger here [and feel my wounds.]  Look at My hands, and reach your hand here [and feel my wound.]  Put your hand into My side… Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have.” 

Jesus Himself declared that a spirit, such as Michael the archangel, does not have flesh and bonesTherefore, it is simply impossible to force a ‘spiritual’ resurrection into Jesus’ own words concerning the substance of His glorified, resurrected body.  Jesus even ate and drank, and then walked through walls, because Jesus was resurrected immortal in a glorified spiritual/human body. 

The Russellites also twist Jesus’ meeting with Mary in the garden, saying, “Jesus appeared as a gardener to Mary.”  This is a blatant lie.  In Jn. 20:1, Mary came to the tomb “while it was still dark…”  Jn. 20:15 actually states in the Bible, “…She, supposing [or mistaking] Him to be the gardener…”  Jesus did not ‘shape shift’ into the likeness and clothes of the gardener.  In the half-light, Mary made a mistake and assumed He was the gardener! 

Similarly, Jesus’ disciples allegedly “did not know it was Jesus” standing in the distance on the sea shore in the first light of the morning! (Jn. 21:4.)  Jesus did not ‘shape shift’ to ‘appear’ as a fisherman standing on the shore! 

When Jesus went to the disciples on the road to Emmaus, He was not ‘under cover’ as some kind of ‘secret agent!’  He actually “restrained their eyes so that they did not recognize Him!”  On this occasion, God Jesus chose to remain unrecognized for the moment.  It was not as the JWS teach in “Studies in the Scriptures, Vol. 2, p. 127-128, “The clothing in which He appeared… must have been specially created, and… appropriate for each occasion…” 

 

JWS believe the human Michael born as Jesus ascended into heaven to become Michael again 

Concerning Jesus ascension, the Bible declares unmistakablyAfter Jesus’ bodily resurrection from the grave, He Himself “began at Moses and all the Prophets, [the Old Testament Scriptures,] and expanded to them the things concerning Himself,” (Lu. 24:27.)  “And Jesus… lifted up His hands and blessed them… While He blessed them, He was parted from them and carried up into heaven, and they worshipped Him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy…” (Lu. 24:50-53.) 

If Jesus’ disciples worshipped the ascending Michael, they would be committing gross idolatry and witchcraft, as God commanded in Ex. 20:2-6, “You shall have no other gods beside Me…” 

After Thomas felt and saw the scars in Jesus’ resurrected body, he said to Jesus, “My Lord and my God!” 

Michael has never and will never be God.  Michael is a creation of the Creator Christ Jesus. 

Yet, Russellites laugh at Thomas’ declaration and minimize it to “he was so amazed by the spirit appearing to him,’ he burst forth with the exclamation, ‘My Lord and my God!!!’  As F.W. Thomas comments, “Are we to believe that Thomas got so excited here that he forgot himself and took the Lord’s Name in vain!”  This kind of trickery is exposed by the clear words of our text: “And Thomas answered and said unto him, [Jesus,] My Lord and my God,” (Jn. 20:28.)  It is undeniable fact that Thomas here is addressing his statement to Jesus.  Therefore, his statement is not an exclamation.” 

Therefore, Michael too, bows to worship Jesus, because God commanded in Heb. 1:6, “Let all Gods angels worship Him!”  There is only One God in the whole of Scripture, prophesied in the Old Testament and revealed in the New Testament, and His Name is Jesus!

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