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The Archangel's Call
by Wayne Blank
"But when the archangel Michael, contending with the devil, disputed about the body of Moses, he did not presume to pronounce a reviling judgment upon him, but said, "The Lord rebuke you." (Jude 1:9 RSV)
Michael alone is more powerful than Satan, as Satan learned when he faced Michael in battle:
"Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they were defeated and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world - he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him." (Revelation 12:7-9 RSV)
"For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the archangel's call"
The word archangel (i.e. the Greek word from which the English word archangel originated) is found only twice in the Holy Scriptures; Jude 1:9 as quoted above, and 1 Thessalonians 4:16 in describing the resurrection at the time of the return of Jesus Christ:
"But we would not have you ignorant, brethren, concerning those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep.
Michael is not specified as the archangel who will make that "call" at the first resurrection (see the Fact Finder question below to understand the different times and purposes of the resurrections) but he is plainly described in prophecy as being very active at the time of The Great Tribulation and the resurrection.
"At that time shall arise Michael, the great prince who has charge of your people. And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never has been since there was a nation till that time; but at that time your people shall be delivered, every one whose name shall be found written in the book.
Fact Finder: Why will there be different resurrections?