I am very interested in the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ claim that Jesus is the archangel Michael. In my reading, I came across something interesting. Papias was an early Christian father, a companion of Polycarp and someone who had met and heard the Apostle John. He is an important witness for understanding what the early church believed. Although we do not have full texts of Papias’ writings, we do have fragments embedded in other writings. In Fragment of Papias 24:2-10 (I recommend Michael Holmes’ translation of the Apostolic Fathers), Papias sees the fight of Michael and the angels against Satan described in Revelation 12:7-9 as taking place while Jesus was on the cross. The death of Jesus allowed Michael and his angels to achieve their victory. This would seem to make it unlikely that the early church saw Jesus as Michael.