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The Angel of the Lord

Scholars can't seem to agree on the identity of the angel of the Lord .

Comparing scripture with scripture, we can draw our own conclusion who 

the angel of the Lord  is.

The scriptures seem to say that he could be:

God the Father

Jesus Christ in His pre-incarnate body

Gabriel

A special angel created to speak for God

Another mighty angel

A spiritual Appearance of the Lord

Nearly every time the Bible says:

An Angel of the Lord

The Angel of the Lord

Another Mighty Angel

So, the bible uses the term angel to refer to a spiritual appearance of God to men.

It also refers to a spiritual appearance of men to men.

It also refers to a spiritual appearance of other angels to men.

 

Also, Jesus said that when men die, they shall be as the angels of God in heaven.

Matthew 22:29 (KJV)  Jesus ... said ...For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.

This means they will have a supernatural, spiritual appearance like the angels, yet still be men, in the image of Jesus in His resurrected, immortal body.

In the Bible, God uses words in comparisons,

just as he does with the word angel.

 

An Angel of the Lord refers to a spiritual appearance of the Lord.

The Angel of the Lord refers to the spiritual appearance of the Lord.

Another Mighty Angel also  can refer to a spiritual appearance of the Lord.

Check it out.  This will fit nearly every time in the whole Bible.

 

Let's start comparing scripture with  scripture:

Revelation 10:1 And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire:

"another mighty angel:

Could it be?

The angel of the Lord?  A spiritual appearance of God the Father?

We have some clues:  clouds, a rainbow, a flame of fire,   and feet like in colour to  polished brass.

Is the Bible telling us this is a spiritual  appearance of the Lord?

 

Compare these scriptures:

 

who is this?

Revelation 1:7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him

This describes Jesus at the 2nd coming.

Exodus 13:21 And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud

Exodus 13:22 He took not away the pillar of the cloud by day…

 

Matthew 24:30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven:…they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

This describes Jesus at the 2nd coming.

 

Acts 1:9 …while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.

 

1 Corinthians 10:1 … our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea;

1 Corinthians 10:2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea;

1 Corinthians 10:4 …they drank of that spiritual Rock …that Rock was Christ.

 

Matthew 17:2 …was transfigured…his face did shine as the sun

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…

 

Daniel 10:6 … 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

 

Revelation 1:14 …his eyes were as a flame of fire;

Revelation 1:15 And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace…

Revelation 4:3 … there was a rainbow round about the throne...

 

Exodus 3:2 And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush

Exodus 3:4 …God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said

Exodus 3:5 And he said

Exodus 3:6 …he said, I am the Godthe God of Abraham, the God

 

Zechariah 12:8 In that day shall the LORD defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem…shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of the LORD before them.

 

Genesis 22:15 And the angel of the LORD called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time,

Genesis 22:16 And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the LORD

 

Judg 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.

Judg 2:2 And ye shall make no league with the inhabitants of this land; ye shall throw down their altars: but ye have not obeyed my voice: why have ye done this?

Judg 2:3 Wherefore I also said, I will not drive them out from before you; but they shall be as thorns in your sides, and their gods shall be a snare unto you.

Judg 2:4 And it came to pass, when the angel of the LORD spake these words unto all the children of Israel...

 

 

Judg 6:10 And I said unto you, I am the LORD your God; fear not the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but ye have not obeyed my voice.

Judg 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.

Judg 6:12 And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him, and said unto him, The LORD is with thee...

Judg 6:13 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 Egypt? but now the LORD hath forsaken us, and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.

Judg 6:14 And the LORD looked upon him, and said, Go in this thy might, and thou shalt save Israel from the hand of the Midianites: have not I sent thee?

Judg 6:15 And he said unto him, Oh my Lord, wherewith shall I save Israel? behold, my family is poor in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father's house.

Judg 6:16 And the LORD said unto him, Surely I will be with thee, and thou shalt smite the Midianites as one man.

Judg 6:17 And he said unto him, If now I have found grace in thy sight, then show me a sign that thou talkest with me.

Judg 6:18 Depart not hence, I pray thee, until I come unto thee, and bring forth my present, and set it before thee. And he said, I will tarry until thou come again.

Judg 6:19 And Gideon went in, and made ready a kid, and unleavened cakes of an ephah of flour: the flesh he put in a basket, and he put the broth in a pot, and brought it out unto him under the oak, and presented it.

Judg 6:20 And the angel of God said unto him, Take the flesh and the unleavened cakes, and lay them upon this rock, and pour out the broth. And he did so.

Judg 6:21 Then the angel of the LORD put forth the end of the staff that was in his hand, and touched the flesh and the unleavened cakes; and there rose up fire out of the rock, and consumed the flesh and the unleavened cakes. Then the angel of the LORD departed out of his sight.

Judg 6:22 And when Gideon perceived that he was an angel of the LORD, Gideon said, Alas, O Lord GOD! for because I have seen .an angel of the LORD face to face

Judg 6:23 And the LORD said unto him, Peace be unto thee; fear not: thou shalt not die.

Judg 6:25 And it came to pass the same night, that the LORD said unto him,

 

 

Judg 13:16 And the angel of the LORD said unto Manoah, Though thou detain me, I will not eat of thy bread: and if thou wilt offer a burnt offering, thou must offer it unto the LORD. For Manoah knew not that he was an angel of the LORD.

Judg 13:17 And Manoah said unto the angel of the LORD, What is thy name, that when thy sayings come to pass we may do thee honour?

Judg 13:18 And the angel of the LORD said unto him, Why askest thou thus after my name, seeing it is secret?

Judg 13:19 So Manoah took a kid with a meat offering, and offered it upon a rock unto the LORD: and the angel did wonderously; and Manoah and his wife looked on.

Judg 13:20 For it came to pass, when the flame went up toward heaven from off the altar, that the angel of the LORD ascended in the flame of the altar. And Manoah and his wife looked on it, and fell on their faces to the ground.

Judg 13:21 But the angel of the LORD did no more appear to Manoah and to his wife. Then Manoah knew that he was an angel of the LORD.

Judg 13:22 And Manoah said unto his wife, We shall surely die, because we have seen God.

Judg 13:23 But his wife said unto him, If the LORD were pleased to kill us, he would not have received a burnt offering and a meat offering at our hands, neither would he have showed us all these things, nor would as at this time have told us such things as these.

 

 

Mat 2:19 But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt,

 

 

Acts 7:30 And when forty years were expired, there appeared to him in the wilderness of mount Sina an angel of the Lord in a flame of fire in a bush.

Acts 7:31 When Moses saw it, he wondered at the sight: and as he drew near to behold it, the voice of the Lord came unto him,

Acts 7:32 Saying, I am the God of thy fathers, the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. Then Moses trembled, and durst not behold.

Acts 7:33 Then said the Lord to him...

Acts 7:34 I have seen, I have seen the affliction of my people which is in Egypt, and I have heard their groaning, and am come down to deliver them. And now come, I will send thee into Egypt.

Acts 7:35 This Moses whom they refused, saying, Who made thee a ruler and a judge? the same did God send to be a ruler and a deliverer by the hand of the angel which appeared to him in the bush.

Acts 7:36 He brought them out, ...

Acts 7:38 This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sina, and with our fathers: who received the lively oracles to give unto us:

 

These are  appearances of God, as 

 

So, it must have been commonly known that the angel of the Lord was a spiritual appearance of the Lord, or His Ghost, or Spirit.  When the word said the angel of the Lord ,  or an angel of the Lord,  they knew it meant that the word was talking about the God of the Old Testament spiritually appearing to men, like he did to Adam, Moses, Jacob, David, Manoah, Noah,  the Israelites in Exodus, etc.

 

The word appearance of the Lord will fit in nearly every instance.

 

The only time it won't fit is when the Bible is using a comparison, and making a spiritual application.  And exceptions fit the rule, or make the rule.  And in this case, the Bible is clear to explain what it means when it says:

an angel of the Lord 

 

Luke 1:11 And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense.

Luke 1:12 And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him.

Luke 1:13 But the angel said unto him, ...

Luke 1:18 And Zacharias said unto the angel, ...

Luke 1:19 And the angel answering said unto him, I am that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to show thee these glad tidings.Gabriel,

In this case, Gabriel is called an angel of the Lord, because he 

an angel of the LORD

the angel of the LORD

stands in the presence of God

and is sent to speak unto thee, 

and to show

This illustrates that Gabriel is :

speaking for God,

sent from God

shows God's words

Gabriel is an angel in contrast to the fact that there are other angels.  The Bible doesn't say in this case, the  angel of the Lord, because this is not an appearance of God the Father, but an appearance of Gabriel. 

Gabriel, an angel, in distinction from other angels, makes an appearance for God,

speaking for God,

is sent from God,

and he shows (or speaks) God's words

 

The angels were created by God before men, and are:

Hebrews 1:14 (KJV)  ... all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?

Hebrews 2:2 (KJV)  For if the word spoken by angels ...

The angels were created by God before men, and are:

 

To Summarize,

It Fits.

 

 

 

One way to explain the term the angel of the Lord is to say:

Sometimes it can refer to God the Father spiritually appearing in his spiritual body in the Old Testament

Sometimes it can refer to Jesus spiritually appearing in his pre-incarnate spiritual body in the Old Testament

Sometimes it can refer to Jesus spiritually appearing in his glorified body in the New Testament

Sometimes it can refer to some other creature spiritually appearing for God.

Go back and re-read this tract noting that the word angel can be spiritually applied to mean a spiritual appearance.

Spirits

Sent by God

Ministers

They Speak the word of God

They Appear to men as men

it is describing a spiritual  Appearance of the Lord

Compare:

Matthew 2:13 (KJV)

... behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, ...

Matthew 2:19 (KJV)

... behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph ...

Revelation 10:1 And I saw another mighty angel...

 

Let's look at another use of the term angel.   

Here, the Bible uses it to describe a spiritual appearance of Peter:

Acts 12:13 (KJV)... Peter knocked at the door ... a damsel ... named Rhoda... ran in, and told how Peter stood before the gate... they said unto her, Thou art mad. ... It is his angelBut Peter continued knocking: and when they had opened the door, and saw him, they were astonished.

Why were they astonished?  Because they knew it was Peter in the flesh, not his angel,  or spiritual appearance.

The King James Bible refers to a spiritual appearance of the Lord, or of Peter, as an angel.

Why is that?  Because angels are ministering spirits.

Hebrews 1:13 (KJV)  ... the angels said he ...Are they not all ministering spirits...

Angels are spiritual creatures that manifest themselves to men in the Bible and look like men.

Hebrews 13:2 (KJV) ...Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.