Daniel 12:1 “And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time…”

First let’s look at;

Zechariah 3:1-4  1And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before THE ANGEL OF THE LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him. 2And 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? 3Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and stood before the angel. 4And he answered and spake unto those that stood before him, saying, Take away the filthy garments from him”

Verse 1; “And he showed me Joshua the high priest”

We know it the Angel of the Lord here is the Messiah, as we have seen before; Joshua the high priest here represents the whole Jewish people; and Satan, the grand accuser of the brethren.

What the subject of dispute was, we perhaps learn from Jude 1:9;

Michael and Satan disputed about the body of Moses.

This could not refer to the natural body of the Jewish law giver, which had been dead about one thousand years; it must therefore refer to that body of laws given to the Jews by Moses, for the breach of which Satan, who was their tempter to disobedience, now comes forward as their accuser; trying to invoke the justice of God against them, that they may be all brought to perdition.

There is some dramatic picture here;

“Satan standing at his right hand to resist him.”

Satan signifies an adversary. wnjsl lesiteno, to be his adversary, or accuser.

Verse 3; “Joshua was clothed with filthy garments”

Here the Jewish people represented by Joshua being their leader were in a most saddened, isolated, destitute, and to all human appearance despicable condition. And outside of this all, they were sinful, and the priesthood defiled by idolatry; and nothing but the mercy of God could save them.

Zechariah 3:1, to have stood, Satan being at his right hand to resist him. As in him was the plan of the restoring of the Jewish Church and state. This is what Jude referred to as the body of Moses, just as the Christian Church is called by Paul the body of Christ.

Now let us compare this with 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”

So what was the Body of Moses?

There is no evidence in scriptures as to the source of St. Jude’s statement. Meaning he drew it from the source of some tradition among his countrymen. Just as one can see from the work of Debarim Rabba, sec. ii., fol. 263, 1: A similar contention story of Michael with Satan is mentioned in Yalcut Rubeni, fol. 43, 3:

“At the time in which Isaac was bound there was a contention between Michael and Satan. Michael brought a ram, that Isaac might be liberated; but Satan endeavoured to carry off the ram, that Isaac might be slain.”

These are all Jewish Rabbi.

So, we can see largely the source of Jude’s write-ups. He got them from Jewish traditions.

Now note it, that the contention mentioned by Jude is not about the sacrifice of Isaac, nor the soul of Moses, but about the BODY OF MOSES.

Some think the devil wished to show the Israelites where Moses was buried, knowing that they would then adore his body; and that Michael was sent to resist this discovery. But reading Deuteronomy 34:5 & 6, we are told; 5So Moses the servant of the LORD died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the LORD. 6And he (God) buried him (Moses) in a valley in the land of Moab, over against Bethpeor: but no man knoweth of his sepulchre unto this day”

So, from where was the devil dragging the dead body of Moses and with whom? The very God who buried him all by himself and no man knew? We have a problem church! Our theology has so many loopholes.

As we have stated before, Jude’s writing was tied to earlier Jewish fables, but of course you must read the scriptures with a spiritual mind

Now listen to this;

“The Body of Christ” is “the church”, just as “the Body of Moses” was “the church in the wilderness”

What ruled the Body of Moses was the law, while the Body of Christ is ruled by the law of the Spirit of Christ. Therefore, what the devil was contending with was that Christ will not go to the Cross so that the power of the law which is sin that results in death might continue. In other words, the devil does not want the law to be abolished, speaking of the Body of Moses. And this is defined for us in;

1 Corinthians 15:54-56 54So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory .55O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? {grave: 56The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law”

Michael the Archangel.

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”.

So when we read of (Yet Michael the archangel) with regards to Michael in the Bible, in the words of Rabbi Judah Hakkodesh;

“Wherever Michael is said to appear, the glory of the Divine Majesty is always to be understood.” Just like Shemoth Rabba, in sec. ii., fol. 104, 3.

So, every one of those writers have always considered MICHAEL as we must see to be THE MESSIAH manifested in the flesh. Nothing more.

May we not forget this fact, that the word archangel is never found in the plural number in the sacred writings. Therefore, there is properly only one archangel, one chief or head of the entire angelic host. Just like the word Devil when used for Satan is never used in the plural sense. It is but one, the father of lies (John.8:44).

Michael is this archangel, and head of all the angelic orders; the devil, great dragon, or Satan, is head of all the diabolic orders.

When these two hosts are opposed to each other they are said to act under these two chiefs, as leaders; hence in Revelation 12:7, it is said: “MICHAEL and his angels fought against the DRAGON and his angels”.

The word Michael lakym, is the compounded of ym mi, who, k ke, like, and la El, God; “he who is like God” hence by this personage, even in the Apocalypse, many understood Him to be the Lord Jesus. There can be no doubt about this.

Therefore Archangel Michael, the Prince of the Jewish people is no other person but Jesus Christ the Lord.

While it is still a struggle for the Church to accept this fact, they can’t provide answer as to where and when the struggle for the physical Body of Moses took place. So, when you teach what you teach, it’s nothing more than a Jewish folklore. We need a new mindset in reading the word and so model our faith in the truth of God’s word, His mind.

With all boldness therefore I declare to you that Michael is the Arch-angel that you read about.

The Lord bless you.

The end.