Was Jesus the Angel of the LORD?
There are many Christians who believe that Jesus was the angel of the LORD in the Old testament. Thy claim that whenever, or at last at times, when we see the angel of the LORD in the old Testament this is actually a Christopheny, the angel in fact being the pre incarnate Jesus. There are many arguments that they put forth as evidence for this claim.
We see this perfectly demonstrated in the Book of Zechariah where we are told that the house of david will be AS God just as the Angel of the LORD was God.
Zechariah 12- 8In that day shall the LORD defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that is feeble among them that day shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of the LORD before them
However when we examine the scriptures closer we will see that there really is no actual logical or biblical reason to understand the angel of the Lord as anything other than an angel who spoke on behalf of and as God.
If we understand the angel of the LORD was Jesus and so literally God then the House of David would also be literally God just as the angel of the LORD was. This understanding therefore is simply incorrect. The house of David will not be literally God but they will represent God just as the angel of the LORD did. They will be LIKE God AS the angel of the LORD was before them. So in the same way that the Angel of the LORD was God the house of David will be God. If the house of David are not literally to be God but like God then the angel of the LORD would not have been God but like God.
There simply is noway the angel of the LORD can be God (Jesus) here unless the house of David will be God (Jesus) in the same way
At the beginning of Zechariah the angel of the LORD asks the LORD a question to which the LORD answered the angel of the LORD. The angel of the Lord is clearly not the LORD to which he speaks.
Zechariah 1- 12Then the angel of the LORD answered and said, O LORD of hosts, how long wilt thou not have mercy on Jerusalem and on the cities of Judah, against which thou hast had indignation these threescore and ten years? 13And the LORD answered the angel that talked with me with good words and comfortable words.14So the angel that communed with me said unto me, Cry thou, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; I am jealous for Jerusalem and for Zion with a great jealousy. 15And I am very sore displeased with the heathen that are at ease: for I was but a little displeased, and they helped forward the affliction. 16Therefore thus saith the LORD; I am returned to Jerusalem with mercies: my house shall be built in it, saith the LORD of hosts, and a line shall be stretched forth upon Jerusalem. 17Cry yet, saying, Thus saith the LORD of hosts; My cities through prosperity shall yet be spread abroad; and the LORD shall yet comfort Zion, and shall yet choose Jerusalem.
The angel of the Lord cannot be Jesus as Jesus did not exist until he was born. The best that can be claimed in a trinitarian argument is that the angel of the LORD is actually the son who later became Jesus as even in the trinitarian belief Jesus is actually the human Messiah and was not the son before the son became Jesus. The son was actually the word before it became incarnate as Jesus and it can’t be a Christophany as Jesus had not yet been made the Christ.
In the New Testament we have the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph AFTER Mary had already conceived Jesus through the Holy Ghost.
Matthew 1:20 But while he thought on these things, behold, theangel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.
Matthew 1:24 Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angelof the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:
We also see the angel of the Lord appearing AFTER Jesus had already been born. Jesus was now a human.
Matthew 2:13 And when they were departed, behold, the angel ofthe Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him.
To claim Jesus was the angel of the Lord before he was incarnate is shown incorrect as the angel of the Lord still appears after Jesus has been born.
For a more detailed look into the arguments against Jesus being the angel of the LORD I would suggest reading the following 3 writings
Jesus was not the angel of the LORD