Is Michael, Jesus?
There are parallels between Jesus’ sayings and Michael mentioned at Daniel 12:1-2.
The period of time that Daniel 12:1-2 is found is when the king of the north is finally and decisively destroyed. There’s a good chance that it is by Michael. Daniel 12:1 is a continuation of the end of chapter 11, which contains struggles between the kings of the north and south, including the destruction of the king of the north. Once Michael takes a stand for God’s people, the resurrection of the righteous and unrighteous begins. Interestingly, as 12:2 shows, Daniel’s people (God’s people) are not delivered until after Michael takes a stand for his people. I personally believe that because God’s people were in danger AND had straightened their worship, Michael interveens and delivers. Compare Christ’s Bride
The NETS (New English Translation of the Septuagint) has two translations of Daniel 12:1,2 which talks about Michael, the tribulation, the deliverance of God’s people, and resurrection of the righteous and unrighteous:
The NETS OG (Old Greek) renders the passage as;
“And at that hour Michael, the great angel who stands over the sons of your people, will pass by. That is a day of affliction, which will be such as has not occurred since they were born until that day. And on that day the whole people will be exalted, whoever is found inscribed in the book. (2) And many of those who sleep in the flat of the earth will arise, some to everlasting life but others to shame and others to dispersion [and contempt] everlasting.”
The NETS TH (Theodotion) renders the passage as;
“And at that time Michael, the great ruler who stands over the sons of your people, will arise. And there will be a time of affliction such as had not occurred since a nation first came into existence until that time. And at that time your people will be delivered, everyone who is written in the book. (2) And many of those who sleep in a mound of earth will be awakened, these to everlasting life and those to shame and everlasting contempt.”
12 “At that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince who stands for the children of your people; and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone who shall be found written in the book. 2 Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.
With the above, compare Matthew 24:3,21 (The Interlinear Bible);
“…The disciples came to Him privately, saying, Tell us, when will these things be? And What is the sign of your coming and of the end of the age? … (21) For there will be great affliction, such as has not happened from the beginning of the world until now; no, nor ever will be.”
Compare 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17 (WEB):
13 But we don’t want you to be ignorant, brothers, concerning those who have fallen asleep, so that you don’t grieve like the rest, who have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep in Jesus. 15 For this we tell you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will in no way precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with God’s trumpet. The dead in Christ will rise first, 17 then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air. So we will be with the Lord forever.
Compare also where Jesus says about himself and the resurrection:
25 Most certainly, I tell you, the hour comes, and now is, when the dead will hear the Son of God’s voice; and those who hear will live. 26 For as the Father has life in himself, even so he gave to the Son also to have life in himself. 27 He also gave him authority to execute judgment, because he is a son of man. 28 Don’t marvel at this, for the hour comes, in which all that are in the tombs will hear his voice, 29 and will come out; those who have done good, to the resurrection of life; and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of judgment.
39 This is the will of my Father who sent me, that of all he has given to me I should lose nothing, but should raise him up at the last day. 40 This is the will of the one who sent me, that everyone who sees the Son, and believes in him, should have eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.”
44 No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, and I will raise him up in the last day.
54 He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.
48 He who rejects me, and doesn’t receive my sayings, has one who judges him. The word that I spoke, the same will judge him in the last day.
The close similarities are found nowhere else in scriptures between Daniel and the Gospel accounts. Can you imagine the possibility of the disciples of Jesus thinking about this passage of Daniel when they asked him? Jesus’ reply can be found in numerous verses in Daniel 11-12.
There is no place in scripture that says that Michael is Jesus. But the evidence strongly suggests it.