Angel of the Lord & Yeshua
In the above verses, the Glory of God in the form of a cloud
is also associated with the Angel of the Lord (Exod. 14:19).
Exodus 23:20-28 shows that this Angel has the name of the
Lord in Him, and was known as “my angel,” “my terror,” and
“the hornet.” The Angel of the Lord is first seen at Genesis
16:7, where He appears to Haggar and she later identifies Him
as God (Gen. 16:13). The Angel of the Lord is shown to be
God by Abraham (Gen. 22:11-16). This was after the Lord ap-
peared to Abraham as a Man (Gen. 18:2, 10, 13). The Angel of
the Lord is also shown as the Lord (Gen. 22:15-16).
Clearly, in numerous passages, the Angel of the Lord is
shown as God! Hosea 12:3-5 identifies the Man with whom
Jacob wrestled as “the Angel” and “the Lord God Almighty.”
Jacob himself wanted to know His name, and knew he had
seen God face to face after he had wrestled with Him all night.
What these verses clearly show is that God appeared as the
Angel of the Lord and as a Man in the Old Testament.
The Man who appeared in the Old Testament was the Mes-
siah. It should have been common knowledge that when God
appeared in a human body—as a baby in a manger (1 Tim.
3:16)—He was the one from everlasting or the eternal one (see
Micah 5:2, Psalm 90:2; and Psalm 93:2). Whenever the omni-
present God becomes visible, He appears as either an angel or a
man. The Angel of the Lord was not seen during Messiah’s
time on earth because He was here in the flesh! He tabernacled
or dwelt among people (John 1:14). The Angel of the Lord was
the Christ when He was on the earth, from His birth as a baby
in a manger, to His ascension. They are one and the same!