For a number of years, Jehovah’s Witnesses came knocking at my door and I talked with them at length about their beliefs. They believe in the works and words of Jesus Christ but they deny His deity. They do not believe in the Trinity and hence do not believe that Jesus is co-eternal, co-equal, and consubstantial with God the Father.
So I asked them, “If Jesus Christ isn’t the incarnation of the eternally begotten Son of God, then who is He?”
And they told me, “He is Michael the archangel.” That is the incarnation of Michael the archangel. They believe Jesus Christ is the embodiment of Michael the archangel rather than the embodiment of the eternally begotten Son of God.
Since Jesus was called “Messiah the Prince” in Daniel chapter 9 and Michael was dubbed “the great prince” in Daniel 12, they have deduced that Jesus Christ is Michael the archangel.
Now the name, Messiah the Prince, is tagged with a cross reference. It cites Isaiah 9:6 which is a description of the child Immanuel:
“For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;
And the government will rest on His shoulders;
And His name will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.”
Pardon the cliché but you can’t have your cake and eat it too. If Jesus is the Prince of Peace, He is also Mighty God, co-eternal and co-equal with God the Father. And if He’s God, He’s certainly not a created angel which the book of Hebrews is quick to point out.
Strictly speaking, the book of Hebrews was a letter written to the Jews in the 1st century AD but, nevertheless, it also applies to the Witnesses of the 21st century. Chapter 1 of Hebrews should be mandatory reading for all Jehovah's Witnesses.
And besides all this, if Jesus Christ was anything less than the eternally begotten Son of God, He could not be the Saviour of men. “For this reason we must pay closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. For if the word spoken through angels proved unalterable, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense, how shall we escape, if we neglect so great a salvation?” Heb. 2:1-3