“Is Jesus the Angel of the LORD in the Old Testament?”

The ministries of the Angel of the LORD in Old Testament times are amazingly parallel to Jesus’ ministries in the New Testament.  Though there are many parallel ministries we could look at, we will focus our attention on only one: Christ the Revealer of God.  The appearances of Christ in Old Testament times are called theophanies.  A theophany is an appearance or manifestation of God, usually in visible, bodily form.  Therefore, every appearance of Christ in Old Testament times as the Angel of the LORD was a visible and concrete revelation of God.  To encounter the Angel was to encounter God.  Without doubt, one of the most revealing theophany in the Old Testament was the preincarnate appearance of Christ in the burning bush to Moses.  On this occasion, the Angel revealed His true identity to Moses: “I am the God of your father-the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of  Jacob” [Exodus 3:6a].  The Angel also revealed His name to be “I AM” [v.14], a name He would again apply to Himself after the incarnation: Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM” [John 8:58].  Praise Jesus!



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