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20 Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared. (EX.23:20)

“Angel” is the hebrew word “malach” (H4397) which means “messenger”

We see in this chapter that this is the angel that was in charge of leading/protecting the children of Israel.

The bible says angels are “Ministering spirits, sent forth to minister FOR THEM who shall be HEIRS of SALVATION” (Heb.1:14)

“before thee” (in EX.23:20) is the hebrew word “paniym” H6440, literally “FACES” or “presence” like in (Isa.63:9)

Jesus said “angels do always behold THE FACE of my Father which is in heaven”. (MT.18:10)

This angel is a manifistation or “revealing” of YHWH.

Thus, “MY NAME is IN HIM” (EX.23:21)

YHWH “reveals” himself in many ways throughout all of scripture, here in an angel.

This angel was the overseer of the affairs of Israel. He is directly mentioned again in (EX.33:1-3) but if we look, we see him again throughout scripture, for example when you read “And YHWH said unto Moses” was most likely the angel speaking.

It is also believed this the angel that Joshua saw in (Josh.5:13-15) titled “The Prince of the Army of YHWH” with the sword. He was the captain/general of YHWH’s Army!!

It was this angel until the Christ came in charge (MT.28:18)

“Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.”

But we will see that this angel is a “TYPE” of the Lord Jesus Christ!

His job was to “keep thee in THE WAY” (EX.23:20). Like the cherebim who were in charge of “THE WAY” to the Tree of Life, and we know Jesus is THE WAY, The Truth and The Life.

Yahweh said this angel was to “bring thee to A PLACE which I have prepared” (EX.23:20)Jesus said “I go to prepare A

Jesus said “I go to prepare A PLACE for you” (John 14:2).

“Beware of him and OBEY HIS VOICE” (EX.23:21).

YHWH also said “This is My beloved son in whom I am well pleased, HEAR (“OBEY”) ye HIM” (MT.17:5)

We know this angel is ONLY a “TYPE” of our Lord because ONLY Jesus is called “My son”…

” For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee?” (Heb.1:5).

Jesus was made higher than “the angels” or “aggelos” (G32) in Heb.1:4 . In the original (Psalm 8:5) the word for “angel” is literally “elohim” (H430) or “mighty ones” referring to the angels:

So this is a direct example of when “elohim” or God, refers to the angels.

“Provoke him not” says (EX.23:21). Unfortunetly he was provoked throughout Israel’s history the same as our Lord was/is provoked.

“for he will not pardon your transgressions!” (EX.23:21)

This angel could forgive sins!

The only other being , besides the Lord Jesus Christ given authority to forgive sins (MT.9:6).

but of course this really is YHWH’s Judgement , Jesus clarified in (John 8:15-16).

And if you read John 8 carefully, with this understanding, you can see that Jesus is NOT claiming to be God, but rather manifesting “revealing” YHWH’s work/judgments, just like the angel.

MANIFESTING or REVEALING YHWH, thus “MY NAME IS IN HIM” (EX.23:21).

Yahweh = “He will be” (in whom he will be)

Yahweh said

  • “I will DWELL in THEM, and Walk in THEM, and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.” (2 Cor.6:16).

The same as Jesus explained is OUR HOPE also in (John 17:6, 11, 21-26)

Today, we are to MANIFEST our Lord Jesus the Messiah

10 Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, THAT THE LIFE also of JESUS might be made MANIFEST in OUR body.

11 For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, THAT THE LIFE also of JESUS might be made MANIFEST in OUR mortal flesh.

(2 Cor.4:10-11)

Regarding our Hope of Glory, Paul writes:

18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the GLORY which shall be REVEALED in US.

19 For the earnest expectation of the creation (Gen.1:31) waiteth for THE MANIFISTATION of the SONS OF GOD.

(Romans 8:18-19)

And Jesus said ” they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain THAT AGE (of The Kingdom), and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage:

36 NEITHER CAN THEY DIE ANY MORE: for THEY ARE EQUAL to THE ANGELS; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection.

(Luke 20:35-36)

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