On this feast of the archangels Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, it's worth revisiting this question: Is it true Jehovah's Witnesses believe that Michael the archangel and Jesus are the same person?
In a word, yes. The Jehovah's Witnesses maintain that Jesus was Michael the archangel prior to his coming to Earth: "Scriptural evidence indicates that the name Michael applied to God's Son before he left heaven to become Jesus Christ and also after his return" (Aid to Bible Understanding, Watchtower Bible & Tract Society, 1971, 1152).
Jehovah's Witnesses arrive at this erroneous belief primarily through the misinterpretation of two Bible passages:
- Daniel 10:13, 21, where reference is made to a "great prince," Michael; and