The Angel of the Lord – The Great I Am
We will now be looking at scriptures which will illustrate the Divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ. I will be giving Old Testament scriptures revealing him as the Angel Of The Lord, who appeared to various characters in the Old Testament like Abraham, Moses, Joshua, and others. We will be tracing the Angel Of The Lord through Old Testament times and history until we will see him being connected with Jesus Christ himself in Revelation. (Demonstrating that Jesus was the Angel Of The Lord in the Old Testament.
But first I want to give you some New Testament scriptures which I gave in the first chapter of this book regarding Jesus Christ as our Creator, because they reveal his Divinity. Jesus was all man. (Human) Because he was born of a woman. (Mary) But he was also all God in the flesh of a man we call Jesus.
Referring to Jesus John 1:1-3 says: (John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.)
John also says: (John And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.)
God created everything through His Word, and yet His Word became flesh and dwelt among us in the life and ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ. Remember what John says: (John He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.)
Also remember the following two scriptures which referring to Jesus say he’s our Creator. (Colossians 1:15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: 16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him.)
(Hebrews 1:2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son(Jesus), whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds.).
Those scriptures above indicate Jesus Christ was our Creator, but they also indicate he pre-existed in Old Testament times, or before Jesus was born. It was the second member of the Trinity who existed at the time of Creation. (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) John 3:17, John 10:36, and John 17:18 all say that the Father sent him into the world, which means he had to be out of the world in the first place.
John and John both say that he came down from Heaven, which means he was in Heaven in the first place. Perhaps we should consider Proverbs 30:4 which indicates the Son Of God existed in Old Testament times, but also indicates he descends and ascends from and into Heaven. That is exactly what God’s Son did in the life and ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus was God’s Son in two ways. He was the biological Son of God when Mary conceived. (The man Jesus) But he was also God’s Spiritual Son who always existed through the Old Testament. -à(Proverbs 30:4 Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? who hath gathered the wind in his fists? who hath bound the waters in a garment? who hath established all the ends of the earth? what is his name, and what is his son's name, if thou canst tell?)
Jesus prayed to the Father in John 17:5 and here’s what he prays: (John 17:5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.) So Jesus actually indicates here that he had glory with the Father before the world was. Philippians 2:6 referring to Jesus says: (Philippians 2:6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God.)
In John 17:14, 16 Jesus said: "He’s not of this world" In John 8:58 Jesus said: "Before Abraham was, I Am." So Jesus was indicating he existed before Abraham, and Abraham lived about 2000 years before Jesus was born, so the only way Jesus could have existed before Abraham lived was in the form of the second member of the Trinity. (Father, Son, Holy Spirit)
Those scriptures clearly teach us that Jesus was more than just a man. He is also the Spiritual Son Of God (Second member of the Trinity) incarnated or manifested into the man we know as Jesus. The man Jesus was born after Mary conceived, but the Spiritual Son Of God always existed.
The Trinity is revealed in Isaiah 48:15, 16. I will put parentheses in this scripture to identify the three members of the trinity. ( Isaiah 48:15 I, even I, have spoken; yea, I have called him: I have brought him, and he shall make his way prosperous.
16 Come ye near unto me, hear ye this; I have not spoken in secret from the beginning(Jesus); from the time that it was, there am I(Jesus): and now the Lord GOD(Father), and his Spirit(Holy Spirit), hath sent me(Jesus)). So the Old Testament does mention the Trinity.(Father, Son, Holy Spirit.)
The Trinity is also revealed at the Baptism of Jesus, with the Holy Spirit descending on the Son Jesus in the water, and the Father speaking saying tis is my beloved Son whom I’m well pleased. In Genesis God uses the words (us) and(our) when he said let us make man in our image, which would suggest a Trinity.
Also in John 5:17, John 5:30, and John 5:36 we read the Father sending the Son Jesus. In John 15:26 we have the Son Jesus sending the comforter (Holy Spirit) In Acts 13:4,5 we see the Holy Spirit sending Barnabas and Saul. (So we see activity from all three members of the Trinity.)
Here are the scriptures I have been referring to:
(Matthew 3:16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: 17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.)
(Luke 3:22 And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.)
(Matthew 17:5 While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.)
(Luke 9:35 And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him.)
The Father Sends The Son (John For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.)
(John 5:30 I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.)
(John 5:36 But I have greater witness than that of John: for the works which the Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me.)
The Son Sends The Holy Spirit: John But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:
The Holy Spirit Sends Barnabas & Saul Acts 13:4 So they,( Barnabas and Saul) being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed unto
So scripture does suggest a Trinity, but now we will be looking at scripture of Christ appearing as the Angel Of The Lord in the Old Testament, and then adventually connecting the Angel Of The Lord to Jesus Christ in Revelation.
Micah 5:2 speaks about the man Jesus who would be born in Bethlehem, but it also speaks about the Spiritual Son Of God whose goings forth have been from Old, which means from old times like in the days of Abraham, Moses, Joshua, etc. It also speaks of them as one person. (Both God and man in one person) This prophecy was given about 725 years before Jesus was born. Matthew 2:6 quotes this prophecy as pertaining to the birth of Jesus.
(Micah 5:2 But thou, Bethlehem(Place Jesus was born) Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel;(His pre-existence -à whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.)
The Spiritual Son Of God was active all the way through the Old Testament. First Peter says it was the Spirit of Christ who was in the Old Testament Prophets, and prophesied beforehand the sufferings of Christ.
Exodus 3:2-6 and verse 14 speak about "The Angel Of The Lord" and "The Great I AM" In Exodus 3:2-6 below notice that the Angel Of The Lord is God, and he is also the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Notice also that he’s the Great I AM in verse 14. The Angel Of The Lord and the Great I AM are both God, and some Bible Scholars, Bible Commentaries, and Bible Dictionaries speak of The Angel Of The Lord and I AM as being the second member of the Trinity. (Perhaps the form of Christ before His incarnation into the life and ministry of Jesus Christ.) - His name was Yahweh, which was written without vowels (YHWH) in the original Hebrew scriptures. The English or European translation of Yaweh is Jehovah.
The Angel Of The Lord is not just any angel here. He s the Lord himself: (Exodus 3:2 And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. 3 And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt. 4 And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am
In Exodus 3:6 above the Angel Of The Lord is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The Lord also appeared to Abraham as The Angel Of The Lord in Genesis Chapter 18, but he took the form of a man Genesis 18:1 says the Lord appeared unto Abraham. Verse 2 says Abraham looked up and saw three men. These three men are the topic of much controversy. These three men are three angels appearing as men.
Some christians believe these three angels are the three members of the Trinity, but most Bible Scholars would say be careful, because John says that no man has ever seen God. We have to assume that there’s part of God that man hasn’t seen, and we would have to say that man has seen all of God if these three angels represented the Trinity. Some Bible Scholars prefer to believe that one of these angels was the Lord, and the other two were just two other angels. Hebrew 13:2 speaks about entertaining angels unaware. Perhaps the author of Hebrews had this scripture in mind when he wrote those words. – (Genesis 18:1 And the LORD appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre: and he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day 2 And he lift up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him: and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground.)
The reader should remember and have in mind the last phrase in Micah 5:2 which said "whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting" as we follow The Angel Of The Lord through the Old Testament.
The Angel Of The Lord appeared to Hagar in Genesis 16:7 and . Hagar called him Lord and referred to him as God in Genesis 16:13. (Genesis 16:7 And the angel of the LORD found her by a fountain of water in the wilderness, by the fountain in the way to Shur. 8 And he said, Hagar, Sarai's maid, whence camest thou? and whither wilt thou go?.... (SKIP TO VERSE 13) 13 And she called the name of the LORD that spake unto her, Thou God seest me: for she said, Have I also here looked after him that seeth me? - (Genesis 21:17 And God heard the voice of the lad; and the angel of God called to Hagar out of heaven, and said unto her, What aileth thee, Hagar? fear not; for God hath heard the voice of the lad where he is.)
The Angel Of The Lord called out to Abraham in Genesis 22:15, and said "By myself have I sworn, saith the the Lord." Again! The Angel Of The Lord refers to himself as the Lord. (Genesis 22:15 And the angel of the LORD called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time, 16 And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the LORD, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son.)
The Angel Of The Lord appears to Jacob in a dream in Genesis 31:11, and he says in verse 13 "I am the God of Bethel" - ( Genesis 31:11 And the angel of God spake unto me in a dream, saying, Jacob: And I said, Here am I. 12 And he said, Lift up now thine eyes, and see, all the rams which leap upon the cattle are ringstraked, speckled, and grisled: for I have seen all that Laban doeth unto thee. 13 I am the God of Bethel, where thou anointedst the pillar, and where thou vowedst a vow unto me: now arise, get thee out from this land, and return unto the land of thy kindred.)
Jacob wrestles with a man in Genesis 32:24-30. The man he wrestled with was the Angel Of The Lord, because in verse 30 Jacob said he seen the face of God referring to the man he was wrestling with. Hosea 12:4 refers back to when Jacob wrestled with this man, and says it was an angel that he wrestled with. The Angel Of The Lord once again taking the form of man.
( Genesis 32:24 And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day. 25 And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob's thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him. 26 And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me. 27 And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob. 28 And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but
We now have followed The Angel Of The Lord through the book of Genesis, and this brings us back to Exodus chapter 3 where the Angel Of The Lord appeared to Moses as the Great I AM. But now we'll go beyond Exodus chapter 3. God told Moses he wanted Moses to lead his people (
Notice in verse 21 above, where it says ("he will not pardon your transgressions") Only the Lord can forgive sins, so the Angel who led
Isaiah most likely had Exodus 33:14 in mind when the Lord said: ("My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest") (Exodus 33:14 And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest) (Exodus 13:21 And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night: 22 He took not away the pillar of the cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people.)
The Angel Of The Lord delt with Balaam starting with Numbers 22:22. The reader can read about God's dealings with Balaam in Numbers chapters 22, 23, 24.(Numbers And God's anger was kindled because he went: and the angel of the LORD stood in the way for an adversary against him. Now he was riding upon his ass, and his two servants were with him. 23 And the ass saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand: and the ass turned aside out of the way, and went into the field: and Balaam smote the ass, to turn her into the way. 24 But the angel of the LORD stood in a path of the vineyards, a wall being on this side, and a wall on that side. 25 And when the ass saw the angel of the LORD, she thrust herself unto the wall, and crushed Balaam's foot against the wall: and he smote her again. 26 And the angel of the LORD went further, and stood in a narrow place, where was no way to turn either to the right hand or to the left. 27 And when the ass saw the angel of the LORD, she fell down under Balaam: and Balaam's anger was kindled, and he smote the ass with a staff. 28 And the LORD opened the mouth of the ass, and she said unto Balaam, What have I done unto thee, that thou hast smitten me these three times? 29 And Balaam said unto the ass, Because thou hast mocked me: I would there were a sword in mine hand, for now would I kill thee. 30 And the ass said unto Balaam, Am not I thine ass, upon which thou hast ridden ever since I was thine unto this day? was I ever wont to do so unto thee? And he said, Nay. 31 Then the LORD opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way, and his sword drawn in his hand: and he bowed down his head, and fell flat on his face. 32 And the angel of the LORD said unto him, Wherefore hast thou smitten thine ass these three times? behold, I went out to withstand thee, because thy way is perverse before me:......The reader can read more about this from the Bible itself. I was just giving this reference as another example of the Angel Of the Lord.)
The Angel Of the Lord appeared to Joshua at Jericho in Joshua 5:13-15, where the Angel Of the Lord appears as a man and says that he's the: ("Captain of the Lord's Host") In Revelation 19:10 John fell to the feet of an angel to worship him, but the angel told John not to worship him, for he was John's fellow servant. John wasn't suppose to worship the angel he saw in Revelation because it was just an angel.(Not the Lord himself) But Joshua worshiped this Angel, because this Angel had Deity, because this Angel was the Lord Himself. (Also notice in verse 15 that the Angel Of the Lord told Joshua to ( "Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest is holy.') That's the same thing the Angel Of The lord said to Moses at the burning bush in Exodus 3:5)
( Joshua 5:13 And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, behold, there stood a man over against him with his sword drawn in his hand: and Joshua went unto him, and said unto him, Art thou for us, or for our adversaries? 14 And he said, Nay; but as captain of the host of the LORD am I now come. And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and did worship, and said unto him, What saith my lord unto his servant? 15 And the captain of the LORD'S host said unto Joshua, Loose thy shoe from off thy foot; for the place whereon thou standest is holy. And Joshua did so.)
Other appearances of The Angel Of The Lord
(Judges 2:1 And an angel of the LORD came up from Gilgal to Bochim, and said, I made you to go up out of Egypt, and have brought you unto the land which I sware unto your fathers; and I said, I will never break my covenant with you.)
In Judges 6:11-24 the Angel Of The Lord appeared unto Gideon. Notice in verse 24, that it says:("Then Gideon built an altar there unto the LORD, and called it Jehovahshalom") -
("Judges 6:11 And there came an angel of the LORD, and sat under an oak which was in Ophrah, that pertained unto Joash the Abiezrite: and his son Gideon threshed wheat by the winepress, to hide it from the Midianites.12 And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him, and said unto him, The LORD is with thee, thou mighty man of valour.13 And Gideon said unto him, Oh my Lord, if the LORD be with us, why then is all this befallen us? and where be all his miracles which our fathers told us of, saying, Did not the LORD bring us up from
In Judges 13:3-22 the Angel Of The Lord appeared unto Monoah's wife, and told her that she would conceive and bear a son. Samson was the name of her son. Manoah and his wife were the parents of Samson. In verse 22 Manoah says ("we have seen God")
David writes in: (Psalms 34:7 The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.) - (Psalms 35:5 Let them be as chaff before the wind: and let the angel of the LORD chase them.) Isaiah writes in: (Isaiah 6:1 In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.)
In Daniel 3:23-25 we can read how King Nebuchadnezzar(King of Babylon) made a golden image, and he commanded all people to bow down and worship his image. Whosoever would not bow down and worship the image would be cast into the furnace of fire. There were three Godly men (Shadrach, Meshach, and Abedego) who wouldn't bow down and worship his image. So King Nebuchadnezzar gave orders to have Shadrach, Meshach, and Abedego cast into the furnace of fire, because they wouldn't bow down to worship his image. He also ordered to have the furnace seven times hotter than it was before.
In Daniel 3: 23-25 King Nebuchadnezzar looks into the furnace of fire and sees four men instead of just the three he had cast in Shadrach, Meshach, and Abedego. In verse 25 he said the fourth man was liken unto the Son Of God. But in Daniel 3:28 he said it was The Angel Of The Lord who delivered them. (Daniel 3:23 And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. 24 Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonied, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said unto his counsellors, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king. 25 He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God SKIP TO VERSE 28. Notice where he said it was the Angel Of The lord who delivered them 28 Then Nebuchadnezzar spake, and said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who hath sent his angel, and delivered his servants that trusted in him, and have changed the king's word, and yielded their bodies, that they might not serve nor worship any god, except their own God. (So we can see that the fourth man in the fire with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abedego was like the Son of God and the Angel Of The Lord.)
Now we will look at a couple of scriptures that will connect The Angel Of The Lord directly to Jesus Christ, whereas Jesus himself says in Revelation 1:18: (" I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death") Jesus Christ was alive then crucified , and then rose from the dead, and is alive for evermore.
The reader should read Daniel 7:13,14 and Daniel 10:4-6 , and compare them with Revelation 1:12-18. Because Revelation Chapter one is Jesus Christ himself who appeared to John, but has the same identical description as the the person Daniel sees in Daniel 7:13,14 and Daniel 10:4-6. I believe John and Daniel both saw the same person. Jesus Christ as the Angel Of the Lord.
(Daniel 7:13 I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. 14 And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be dest)
(Daniel 10:4 And in the four and twentieth day of the first month, as I was by the side of the great river, which is Hiddekel;
5 Then I lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a certain man clothed in linen, whose loins were girded with fine gold of Uphaz 6 His body also was like the beryl, and his face as the appearance of lightning, and his eyes as lamps of fire, and his arms and his feet like in colour to polished brass, and the voice of his words like the voice of a multitude.) Now Compare To Revelation 1:12-18 Below. Where John Describes What He Seen About Jesus Christ.
(Revelation 1:12 And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; 13 And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.14 His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;15 And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.16 And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength.17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: 18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.)
In Matthew 17, Mark chapter 9, and Luke chapter 9 Jesus was transfigured on the mountain, where Moses and Elijah appeared with him. I believe Jesus was transfigured into The Angel Of The Lord Whom he really is through Old Testament times.(Matthew 17:1 And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, 2 And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. 3 And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him.)
(Mark 9:2 And after six days Jesus taketh with him Peter, and James, and John, and leadeth them up into an high mountain apart by themselves: and he was transfigured before them.3 And his raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow; so as no fuller on earth can white them. 4 And there appeared unto them Elias with Moses: and they were talking with Jesus.)
(Luke 9:28 And it came to pass about an eight days after these sayings, he took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray. 29 And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistering. 30 And, behold, there talked with him two men, which were Moses and Elias)
So who is Jesus Christ? He is The Angel Of The Lord (Yahweh Or Jehovah) who appeared throughout the Old Testament, as as the Great I Am in Exodus 3:14.
He is: "I am the Bread of Life in John 6:35"
He is: "I am the Light of the world in John 8:12"
He is: "I am the Door in John 10:9
He is: "I am the Good Shepherd in John 10,11,14'
He is: "I am the Resurrection and the Life in John 11:25"
He is: "I am the Way, the, Truth, and the Life in John 14:6"
He is: "I am the True Vine in John 15:1"
He is: "I am With You Always in Matthew 28:20"
He is: "I am the First and the Last in Revelation 1.17'
He is: "I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last" in Revelation 22:13.
I am! I am! I am! Because he is the Great I AM. Also! In Mark 14:61,62 the high priest asked him if he was the Christ and the Son of the Blessed. Jesus replied in verse 62: ("I am") Jesus said in John 8:58 ("Before Abraham was I am")
We will finish this teaching by planting in the reader's mind the words of Jesus in John 8:24 ("Unless you believe that I am he, you shall die in your sins.") Remember also two other scriptures which reflect the words of Jesus and the Angel Of The Lord.
(John 5:39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. 40 And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.)
(Psalms 40:7 Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me)
May God bless the mind and heart of all the readers who read this book. Sincerely & Affectionately! Jeffrey L. Girling