THE ANGEL OF THE LORD
You cannot see God and live, so when there are physical appearances
of God in the Bible are they only an angel? In the NT many see God and
live because Jesus is the physical manifestation of God. Jn.1:1; 20:28;
The Son of God is the physical manifestation of the Godhead which men
can see. He is seen as The Angel of The Lord, for this specific angel is
worshiped and speaks as God. One cannot worship an angel Rev.22:8,9;
Angel simply means messenger and we know the Son of God is the Message.
When people see God in the OT the one they are seeing is the Son of God.
Gen.16:7-13; Hagar - "You are a God who sees"
Gen.22:11,15-18; At the sacrifice of Isaac
Gen.24:40 Sending for Isaac's wife "His angel"
Gen.31:11-13; Jacob and sheep, "I am the God of Bethel"
Gen.48:15,16 Jacob's last days "The angel who has redeemed me."
Gen.3:8-11; God walked in the garden, physical presence.
Gen.18:1-33; Abraham fed the LORD (YAWEH)
Gen.32:24-30 Jacob wrestles with God, Israel - "he who wrestles with God"
Hos.12:4; Jacob wrestled with the Angel and prevailed.
Ex.3:2f; Moses & burning bush, God spoke from the bush
Ex.14:19; Pillar of cloud was The angel of God
Ex.23:20-23; I will send My Angel, obey His voice, My ame is in Him.
Ex.32:34; My angel will go before you.
Ex.33:2; I will send an angel
Num.22:22-35; Balaam met the Angel, Num.23:4,5;
Jos. 5:13 - 6:5 captain of Lord;s host - standing on holy ground.
Jdg.2:1-4; The Angel of the Lord spoke to the people as God.
Jdg.5:23; in Deborah's song
Jdg.6:11-24; to Gideon, the LORD looked at him, Angel called LORD
Jdg.13:3-23 Samson's parents worshiped the Angel with sacrifice.
2Sam.14:17,20 Like the wisdom of the angel of God
2Sam.19:27; The king is like the angel of God
2Sam.24:16,17; David asking for mercy from pestilence. 1Chr.21:14-17
1Kin.19:5, 7; Elijah fleeing from Jezebel
2Kin.1:3,15; Speaking to Elijah
2Kin.19:35; Killed 135,000 Assyrians over night; Isa.63:1-6; Rev.19:11-16;
Ps. 34:7; Ps.35:5,6, The angel of the Lord protects God's people
Is.63:9 The angel of His presence saved them.
Dan.3:28 The Lord has sent His angel - fiery furnace
Dan.6:22; "My God has sent His Angel to shut the lion's mouths."
See also Dan.10:1-9 - vision of Messiah? Dan.12:5-13;
Zec.1:12; Jesus intercedes for us, 1Tim.2:5
Zec.3:1-7; Joshua the high priest, satan and The Angel of the Lord
Zec.12:8; be like God, like the Angel of the Lord..
Note - we are not saying Jesus is an Angel, but that Jesus is
The Angel of the Lord which is better translated The Messenger of God
He is the physical manifestation of the Godhead. The HS is the spirit form
of the Godhead we cannot see. The Father is the form of God which men
cannot see and live because while in our mortal bodies we cannot look
upon the Father in His immortal form, His glory is more than physical man
can take in.