I was looking for an answer in Google for the correct interpretation of 1 Thessalonians 4: 16, and I found some discussion about it here. I'm interested in writing an article in my blog (in Spanish) about that verse.
As some of you may know, there is this sect that misinterprets this verse to argue that Jesus is archangel Michael. This is what I found in their website (watchtower dot org):
"God’s Word refers to Michael “the archangel.” (Jude 9) This term means “chief angel.” Notice that Michael is called the archangel. This suggests that there is only one such angel. In fact, the term “archangel” occurs in the Bible only in the singular, never in the plural. Moreover, Jesus is linked with the office of archangel. Regarding the resurrected Lord Jesus Christ, 1 Thessalonians 4: 16 states: “The Lord himself will descend from heaven with a commanding call, with an archangel’s voice.” Thus the voice of Jesus is described as being that of an archangel. This scripture therefore suggests that Jesus himself is the archangel Michael"
I know this is plain wrong -- it's a corrupted interpretation of the Bible. Now I'll try to explain in plain words (again) in Spanish why I believe this is wrong. I'm particularly interested in the text "with the voice of an archangel".
In the Biblos Interlinear Bible and text analysis for this verse I found the original Greek phrase:
My question is with regard of the preposition "ἐν" which means (according to Strong's 1722): in, on, at, by, with.
Do you guys believe that a better translation of that phrase would be: "in the voice of a chief-messenger" (Young's Literal Translation see last version in that page)?
Do you guys believe that it could mean that Jesus will not be using the trumpet but another angel? Perhaps Michael (since he's the only archangel mentioned in our Bible and I think that in that fact only the JW are correct)? Perhaps what this verse really mean is that Jesus is in charge of the Heavenly Army (or something like that) but Michael will be the angel who is making the noise with the trumpet (sorry if I'm not using the right English words)? Or that when the trumpet sounds then Jesus (who is not making the trumpet sound) will come and meet with all the elected in the rapture time?
Could this be a case when King James is not the best translation (in fact even most translations I've seen in both English and Spanish use the word "with" or its equivalent in Spanish) and that perhaps Young's Literal Translation is the most accurate?
Is there anything else I could say in my future post to show that Jesus is NOT Michael? I know there was several verses mentioned in that post above (in this forum again here) but which would be the most appropriate in your opinion to mention with this stated goal?
Do you know if there is a verse in the Old Testament where it shows (for instance) that Kings were not the ones making the trumpet sounds? So far I can only think of Rev 11:15 as an example where the angels make this type of trumpet sound.... Also the 7th trumpet sound of Revelation 11:15 the same of 1 Thessalonians 4: 16? I do know there are difference of opinions on this but if the answer is yes/no can/should I still mention it?
Thank you and sorry if I'm "invading" you with questions...