- "If there is only one archangel, why does the word "an" appear before the word "archangel" in this verse implying that there is more than one?"
The Greek word used at 1 Thess. 4:16 in the NT text is in the Genitive case. This means that even if there is no article ('the') with it, it can still be understood to be definite ('the archangel').
That is why The NRSV has "with the archangel's call" and The Revised English Bible has "the archangel's voice is heard" and the New Jerusalem Bible has "At the signal given by the voice of the Archangel".
We can also see that the New American Bible words it as "with the voice of an archangel".
--- In JWquestionsfirstname.lastname@example.org, travelingman1352 <no_reply@...> wrote:
> The most important thing to me is that the scriptures plainly show that
> Jesus Christ is not God, but rather is the son of God. So whether Jesus
> is Michael the archangel or not, it really isn't of earth-shattering
> importance to me. However with what I know about the subject, I believe
> that the circumstantial biblical evidence does indicate that the
> archangel Michael is Jesus Christ. But there is one thing that has
> bothered me for years and maybe someone here can help me with it. A
> member here recently wrote the following: "Interestingly the
> expression "archangel" is never found in the plural in
> the scriptures, thus implying that there is only one."
> I tend to agree with that. However, 1 Thess. 4:16 says:
> "Because the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a commanding
> call, with an archangel's voice and with God's trumpet, and
> those who are dead in union with Christ will rise first." If there is
> only one archangel, why does the word "an" appear before the word
> "archangel" in this verse implying that there is more than one?
> --- In JWquestionsemail@example.com, "Melvin B.Dolobah"
> melvinbanks2005@ wrote:
> > is Jesus the same as Michael the archangel? The name of this Michael
> > appears only five times in the bible. the glorious spirit person who
> > bears the name is refered to as one of the chief princes, the great
> > prince who has charge of your ( Daniel's )people and as the archangel.
> > Daniel 10:13; 12:1; Jude 9. Michael means Who Is Like God? the name
> > evidently designates Michael as the one who takes the lead in
> > upholding Jehovah's sovereignty and destroying God's enemies.
> > At 1 Thessalonians 4:16, the command of Jesus Christ for the
> > resurrection to begin is describe as "the archangel's call," and Jude
> > says that the archangel is Michael. would it be appropriate to liken
> > Jesus' commanding call to that of some one lesser in authority?
> > reasonably then, the archangel Michael is Jesus Christ.
> > Interestingly the expression "archangel" is never found in the plural
> > the scriptures, thus implying that there in only one.
> > Revelation 12:7-12 says that Michael and his angels would war against
> > satan and hurl him and his wicked angels out of heaven in connection
> > with the conferring of kingly authority on Christ. Jesus is later
> > depicted as leading the armies of heaven in war against the nations of
> > the world. Rev.19:11-16. Is it not reasonable that Jesus would also be
> > the one to take action against the one he described as "ruler of this
> world," Satan the Devil? (John 12:31)