Today’s video will be about the Seventh-Day Adventist doctrine that Jesus is Michael. As I mentioned several times before, this was a common partisan doctrine among Calvinists in some Baptist until the 19th century, then essentially it was whitewashed and died out and they forgot about it or completely rejected the doctrine. Anyway, the Seventh-Day Adventist Church does teach Jesus as Michael. Some Seventh-Day Adventists are pathetic or just plain uneducated about their beliefs and do not know this. And they claim it’s not actually the official teaching of the Seventh-Day Adventists church. In a sense, this is true because it’s not explicitly mentioned but their official website does have this one reference to it and as I show it’s written by a guy named Rodney Woods. It’s called a lesson from history and you can click the link here, the direct link to the Adventist site adventist.org.
Even before time on earth began, the universe was engaged in a terrific terrible conflict. John, the last living disciple of Jesus, described this conflict from what he saw in a vision while a prisoner on the Island of Patmos. “There was a war in heaven, he said. “Michael (another name for Jesus) and his angels fought against the dragon (Satan), and the dragon and his angels fought back.” (Revelation 12:7). Notice how he puts in brackets “another name for Jesus”. You can go to the link and see it for yourself but anyway this reference is only in passing that Jesus is Michael. For more definitive proof that the Seventh-Day Adventist Church teaches this, we have a statement by them that Ellen White is a prophet and her interpretation of the Bible is to be used since it was inspired by God. We see the official statement of how to interpret the Bible called the Methods of Bible Study under the section called Methods of Bible Study. It’s under Section 4L which states “Seventh-Day Adventists believe that God inspired Ellen G White. Therefore her expositions on any given bible passage offer an inspired guide to the meaning of the text without exhausting their meaning and or pre-empting the task of exegesis and they give some references. This is what they believe. They believe that her interpretations are inspired. It doesn’t mean that includes every possible interpretation and stuff like that but if they are inspired, this is part of their principles. This is an official statement, you can find a link right here. That’s the Methods of Bible Study. You can click on that link. In the preamble of that same statement states this “the statement is to be addressed to all members of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church with the purpose of providing guidelines on how to study the Bible, both the trained Bible scholar and others.” So it’s addressed to every member of the church and at the bottom of the web page it’ll say this: “this statement was approved and voted for by the General Conference of the Seventh-Day Adventist Executive community at the annual council session in Rio de Janeiro Brazil October 12th 1986. The General Conference according to the Adventists is led by the Holy Spirit, which I’ll show later.
Their official church manuals under their 28 fundamentals of the Adventists belief (used to be the 27 now it’s 28) also states about Ellen G White. Anyway this is the church manual, the 18th edition revised in 2010, this is page 162 under section 18 of the 28 Principles – the gift of prophecy – which says “One of the gifts of the holy spirit is prophecy. The gift is an identifying mark of the remnant Church and was manifested in the ministry of Ellen G White. As the Lord’s messenger, her writings are a continuing and authoritative source of truths, which provide for the church’s comfort, guidance, instruction and correction. They also make clear that the Bible is a standard by which all teaching and experience must be tested. So what we see here is it says her writings are an authoritative source of truth so they must be used. They make it sound like it’s dogma but the Adventists must believe this – that they’re an authoritative source of truth because one of the 28 fundamentals of the Adventist Church. The Adventist Church states this statement was led by the Holy Spirit but admits that the Spirit might later cause him to better express their beliefs. Now this is where I said I would show you where it says the General Conference is all about the Holy Spirit. Here’s what it says. This is in chapter 14 the fundamental beliefs of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church page 156. It is a preface to the 28 principles. You get to see the links here Adventists site again at adventist.org. Anyway it says some of the Adventists accept the Bible as their only creed and hold certain fundamental beliefs to be the teachings of the Holy Scriptures. These beliefs as set forth here constitute the church’s understanding, an expression of the teaching of the scripture. Revision of these statements may be expected at a General Conference session when the church is led by the Holy Spirit to a fuller understanding of Bible truth or finds better language in which to express the teachings of God’s Holy Word. So that’s what they believe – the General Conference is essentially led by the Holy Spirit. They claim no Creed but the Bible but you must believe Ellen G White’s writings and how she interprets the Bible because those are inspired also. So it’s plainly clear that the Seventh-day Adventist must believe in the divine inspiration of Ellen G White’s writings. Interestingly enough, the SDA often see the Catholic Church as the whore of Babylon. Here they seem to make the church structure like the Catholic Church with Ellen G White being equivalent to the Pope and the General Conference being equivalent to the ecumenical councils of the Catholic Church.
Here is what the prophetess White says about Michael the Archangel. Notice all the writings are gonna be from an SDA site. It’s actually Ellen G White’s estate’s website. Remember according to the Seventh-Day Adventists, her writings are inspired by God and she’s a prophet and it’s authoritative truth. Here’s what it says. The first statement is taken from the Desire of Ages page 99 and you could finally see the link right there. It says the words of the angel “I am Gabriel that stand in the presence of God” show that he holds a position of high honor in the heavenly Court. When he came with a message to Daniel, he said there is none that holdeth with me in these things but Michael (Christ) your prince. Next example is from Patriarchs and Prophets page 761, written in 1890 approximately. It says again Christ is called the Word of God (John 1:1). He is so called because God gave him his revelations to man. In all ages through Christ it was his spirit that inspired the prophets. 1 Peter 1:10-11. He was revealed to them as the angel of Jehovah, the captain and the Lord’s host, Michael the Archangel…So right there she’s saying that’s one of Jesus’ names is Michael the Archangel.
Interestingly enough, a lot of Protestants still believe the Angel of the Lord is Jesus. In her writing The Story of Redemption Page 206, also found in Early Writings page 164, she writes this: My mother’s passed through death but Michael came down and gave life before his body had seen corruption. Satan tried to hold the body claiming it was his but Michael resurrected Moses and took him to heaven. Satan railed bitterly against God announcing him as unjust and permitting his prey to be taken from him but Christ did not rebuke his adversary though it was through his temptation that the servant of God had fallen. He meekly referred him to his father saying “The Lord rebuke thee”. So this is taken from the book of Jude 9. It’s Michael, according to Jude 9 said “The Lord rebuke thee.” and she’s saying here that’s Christ saying it. So she’s equating Michael with Christ and also saying that Michael resurrected Moses, which there’s no indication angels can do but of course if she believes Michael is God or Michael is Christ, that would make sense. Also we see here is the truth about angels which is in page 104, written by Ellen G White. Michael or Christ with the Angels that buried Moses came down from heaven. So we see that the Seventh day Adventists regard Ellen G White as a prophet and her writings inspired and authoritative truth and those writings teach Jesus is Michael. Then logically this would make official Adventist doctrine to be Jesus is Michael.