Papias on Christ and Michael

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.

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  1. Papias means the fight against Satan begun by Michael before humankind was on Earth was complete with the death of the man Jesus and Michael-Yahweh-Logos ended the incarnation. “In this sense the teacher understood not his first fall, but the second, which was through the cross, and this DID NOT CONSIST OF A SPATIAL FALL, as at first , but rather judgment and expectation of a mighty punishment.” The incarnation happened because “their battle extended into heaven, to Christ (the Logos) himself. Yet Christ came (the incarnation).”

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