The strange and curious antics of the watchtower never cease to entertain.  Apparently they seem to be a confusion between Jesus being  “a” God and Michael the Archangel. The amount of twisting and weaving they get up to in order to convince themselves.  Let’s explore that Jesus was no angel, let alone a subordinate god but a full member of the godhead

My Jesus was no angel

It must be remembered that a belief in two Gods turns the Watchtower into a polytheistic religion.  It does not matter if they claim to worship only one or not.  The fact that they hold to two means the label sticks

IS JESUS A MERE ATTRIBUTE?

Watchtower members will often quote Proverbs 8 to try to associate Jesus with the subject of wisdom and by context suggest Jesus is a created being. 

Pro 8:22 The LORD possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.

However this poses a number of problems. 

 Pro 8:1-3  Doth not wisdom cry? and understanding put forth HER voice? SHE standeth in the top of high places, by the way in the places of the paths. SHE crieth at the gates, at the entry of the city, at the coming in at the doors.

Wisdom is spoken of as a she “HER VOICE”   Where in scripture has Jesus ever been referred to in the female gender. In fact where in scripture are angels referred to in a female gender?   The fact that WISDOM is referred in this matter should make any sincere searcher of the truth stop and think.

Compare the language here:

Pro 8:24 When [there were] no depths, I was brought forth; when [there were] no fountains abounding with water. Before the mountains were settled, before the hills was I brought forth.

Now in these verses the watchtower would like to give the impression that Wisdom was created. Hence the Watchtower tries to use these verses to assume that Jesus was this wisdom and thus the first created being.  Now if this is all we had to go on someone might get the idea the wisdom was indeed created.  However by putting these verses back into context we get a better and clearer picture.

Pro 8:23   I was set up from everlasting, from the beginning, or ever the earth was.

Yet as in verse 23 says Wisdom IS FROM EVERLASTING.  So how can wisdom be created if it is EVERLASTING?  Now once we realise that wisdom is the principle attribute of God things begin to become clearer.  There could never be a time that wisdom did not exist, any more than there was a time that God himself did not exist.  Just a holiness Righteousness love and purity are all attributes of God. 

However for a moment let’s turn this about and view this from the watchtower perspective for a brief moment and then see where this gets us.  What would we have if Wisdom was created?  Well it would mean that at some time there was no wisdom and so God had to create wisdom, but hold on a minute does that mean GOD was at some time dumb and then needed to create some common sense aka wisdom?  But does it not take wisdom to create Wisdom?  Hmm you can see where all this goes.  Right up the garden path.  If wisdom is speaking about Jesus it must also be concluded that he too is from everlasting. So any idea of Jesus being Michael an angel a created being is simply knocked on its head.

THE WORD “BEGINNING” IS NOT ALWAYS FIXED IN TIME

Now at no time does Proverbs 8 actually say that Wisdom was created, all it says that wisdom was there from the beginning.  Now because we are finite creatures who have a beginning and an end physically, so we have this tendency to view the term “beginning” as just that.  So that for us to have a beginning means that there is a line before which something does not exist, and after that beginnings there is an existence.  However with God when he talks about a beginning there is no starting point.  That starting point does not exist.  He was always there and always will be. 

Ps 50: 17 Seeing thou hatest instruction, and castest my words behind thee

Prov 1: 7 The fear of the LORD [is] the beginning of knowledge: [but] fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Ex 31: 3 And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship,

Jer 10: 12 He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heavens by his discretion.

This is not speaking about a person, but an attribute.  The fact that the psalmist and the poets often personified verses does not detract from what they really mean.

Does beginning always mean a beginning?

 John 1: 1 In the Beginning was the word

For many this means a starting point.  But in reality there is no starting point with GOD.  The WORD was always there.  Now for God to communicate that point he has to limit himself to our vocabulary.  So how far back do we go?  Well without a starting point, His origins just keep going back into infinity and eternally.  The word was always there and will always be.

John 1: 1 and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

John 1: 2 The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

1 john 1: 1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life

Now in all these verses we see this continual theme being unravelled.  “From the beginning” >>>> “From the beginning”>>>  Beginning with GOD”

The moment we take away that starting point and realise there is no point in which Jesus did not exist, then we begin to see that Jesus was indeed creator.  He was there from the beginning; he was always there and always will be.

That is why he can say am I the first and the last, Alpha and omega.  This speak about Gods eternal enduring existence.

HOW DO ANGELS SPEAK TO SATAN

(A) Jude 1: 9 Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee

MICHAEL QUOTES GOD IN THIS INSTANCE

(B) Zech 3: 2 And the LORD said unto Satan, The LORD rebuke thee, O Satan; even the LORD that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: [is] not this a brand plucked out of the fire.

How does Jesus deal with Satan  A or B

Mat 4: 10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve

Otherwise  GET LOST!!!  That just does not sound like Michael the archangel does it?

WILL THE REAL CREATOR PLEASE STAND UP?

Heb 1: 203  Hath in these last days spoken unto us by [his] Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of [his] glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;

The contrast cannot be so obvious. Jesus is the creator  and sustainer of all creation.

When we look at Genesis 1; In the beginning GOD.  Does it tell us that God created the world through a subordinate?  In fact it is made quite clear that God was in every way the architect and builder in creation.  Why would he even bother to leave his own creation to a mere angelic subordinate?  Does God want to start taking credit for the work of someone else, clearly not?  Nor does God turn to his subordinate and declare that all that this angel created was good?   

Another major problem with believing that Jesus was some mere angel then an angel becomes the key and central focus of heavens hopes and earths salvation.

If we give our gratitude to an angel for saving us, then that is in direct conflict with scripture.  We would indeed be worshipping a lesser being and taking glory from God, and that would also be idolatry.  The fact that Jesus is God means we neither detract from honouring God, nor worship a lesser creature.

Another interesting fact is that Jesus would send the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit would testify about Jesus.  According to the Watchtower the Holy Spirit is not a person but a form of GODS (power) energy.  NOW how can a mere angel command Gods powers?  How can God himself be subservient to an angel?  That runs totally contrary to everything we know about God.

DO ANGELS WORSHIP OTHER ANGELS?

 Hbr 1:5-6 For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son? And again, when he bringeth in the first begotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.

Now if Jesus was just a mere angel then we will see God commanding angels to worship a fellow angel.  Yet God makes it clear that Angels were not to be worshipped

Phil 3: 3 For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh.

Exd 34:14 For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name [is] Jealous, [is] a jealous God:

Now at no time is worship ever offered up to angels, Yet the watchtower would believe that God has exalted an angel to a place of prominence.  It does not matter if they try to play around with words by replacing worship with obeisance because it still places one angel in a prominent position as creator and sustainer. 

Heb 1: 14  Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?

Mat 4:11 Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.

ANGELS MINISTER TOO OTHERS, BUT ARE NOT THE OBJECT OF MINISTRY, HOWEVER AS WE HAVE SHOWN ANGELS DID INDEED  RENDER MINISTRY TO JESUS.

By definition God does not and has never placed an angel central to his plan of redemption.  Nor does it imply creative ability to them.  They are ministers to those who are heirs.  At no time does God ever imply that angels are saviour and redeemer to the lost.

Isa 43:11 I, [even] I, [am] the LORD; and beside me [there is] NO SAVIOUR

Is 43: 11  I—I am Jehovah, and besides me there is no savior.” (NWT)

Isa 45:15 Verily thou [art] a God that hidest thyself, O God of Israel, the Saviour.

Isa 45:21 Tell ye, and bring [them] near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? [who] hath told it from that time? [have] not I the LORD? and [there is] no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; [there is] none beside me.

Is 45: 21 Is it not I, Jehovah, besides whom there is no other God; a righteous God and a Savior, there being none excepting me? (NWT)

Isa 49:26 And I will feed them that oppress thee with their own flesh; and they shall be drunken with their own blood, as with sweet wine: and all flesh shall know that I the LORD (Jehovah NWT) [am] thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob.

Just how clear can this get >> There is no saviour and redeemer except God. Are we suddenly to expect that God suddenly changes his mind and leaves redeeming mankind to some subordinate creature?  NO!!!  Time after time God makes it clear that he is saviour and redeemer.

Hbr 2:9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.

Now if Jesus was made a little lower, the context implies that he was higher than the angels.  It also implies that Jesus was not an angel.

 Heb 2: 16  For verily he took not on [him the nature of] angels; but he took on [him] the seed of Abraham.

Now if Jesus did not take upon himself the nature and appearance of an angels , that is because he never was an angel

Barnes’ Notes on the Bible

For verily – Truly.

He took not on him the nature of angels – Margin, “He taketh not hold of angels, but of the seed of Abraham he taketh hold.” The word used here – ἐπιλαμβάνεται epilambanetai – means, to take hold upon; to seize; to surprise; to take hold with a view to detain for oneself. Robinson. Then it means to take hold of one as by the hand – with a view to aid, conduct, or succour; Mark 8:23; Acts 23:19. It is rendered “took,” Mark 8:23; Luke 9:47; Luke 14:4; Acts 9:27; Acts 17:19; Acts 18:17; Acts 21:30, Acts 21:33; Acts 23:19; Hebrews 8:9; “caught,” Matthew 14:31; Acts 16:19; “take hold,” Luke 20:20, Luke 20:26; “lay hold,” and “laid hold,” Luke 23:26; 1 Timothy 6:12. The general idea is that of seizing upon, or laying hold of anyone – no matter what the object is – whether to aid, or to drag to punishment, or simply to conduct. Here it means to lay hold with reference to “aid,” or “help;” and the meaning is, that he did not seize the nature of angels, or take it to himself with reference to rendering “them” aid, but he assumed the nature of man – in order to aid “him.” He undertook the work of human redemption, and consequently it was necessary for him to be man.

But he took on him the seed of Abraham – He came to help the descendants of Abraham, and consequently, since they were men, he became a man. Writing to Jews, it was not unnatural for the apostle to refer particularly to them as the descendants of Abraham, though this does not exclude the idea that he died for the whole human race. It was true that he came to render aid to the descendants of Abraham, but it was also true that he died for all. The fact that I love one of my children, and that I make provision for his education, and tell him so, does not exclude the idea that I love the others also – and that I may make to them a similar appeal when it shall be proper.

JHN 5:39 SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES; FOR IN THEM YE THINK YE HAVE ETERNAL LIFE: AND THEY ARE THEY WHICH TESTIFY OF ME.

Hbr 1:6 And again, when he bringeth in the first begotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.

 Now if scripture testifies to anyone who would that person be, God or angels?  I think we can all agree that scripture is not about angels.  The central focus is on GOD.  From the first pages of Genesis to the last pages of the Book of Revelation.  So Jesus makes it clear that scripture is speaking about him.  By connection he is saying that he is indeed God manifested in the flesh.

Col 2:18 Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,

It would seem that some people did indeed worship angelic beings, but Paul makes it clear that this was not to be the case.  Yet in Hebrews 1 God himself tells  angels to worship Jesus.  The word obeisance as used in NWT and worship used by every other translation is the same Greek word.  There is no difference despite the dishonesty of the watchtower to play around with words.

Rev 5:12 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and GLORY, and blessing. And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and GLORY, and power, [be] unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the LAMB FOR EVER AND EVER And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four [and] twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.

11 And I saw, and I heard a voice of many angels around the throne and the living creatures and the elders, and the number of them was myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, 12 saying with a loud voice: “The Lamb that was slaughtered is worthy to receive the power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing. 13 And every creature that is in heaven and on earth and underneath the earth and on the sea, and all the things in them, I heard saying: “To the One sitting on the throne and to the Lamb be the blessing and the honor and the glory and the might forever and ever.” 14 And the four living creatures went saying: “Amen!” and the elders fell down and worshiped.  (NWT)

Mat 25:31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory.

Worship is ascribed to the lamb.

Rev 7:12 Saying, Amen: Blessing, and GLORY, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, [be] unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.

The same language is used of God as it is of the lamb.

Rev 5:12 Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and GLORY, and blessing

What is ascribed to one is also ascribed to the other.  Now are we to believe that a mere angel should be given such honour and worship?

Rev 10: 6 And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer

Rev 1: 18 I [am] he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

Is 42: 8 I [am] the LORD: that [is] my name: and my GLORY will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.

This is one area that God cannot share because it’s something that’s peculiar to his nature.  It is his by right of who he is.  No man or angel could attain to this loft position. Now what does the book of revelation says again? 

“Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and GLORY” 

The Watchtower may try to argue that Jesus was given “a” glory but not thee glory. (more playing around with words on their part) However as we can see the same glory is given to both the father and the son. There is no mention of a greater GLORY and a lesser glory. To honour the father one has to honour the son. Same glory is ascribed to both. If we don’t give full honour to the son then the father is not honoured. That fact alone shows just how much they are tied together.

Now either GOD got it wrong or the Watchtower did. Personally I know who I am going to trust. It will not be the Watchtower

FOR THAT REASON JESUS COULD NEVER BE AN ANGEL

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