Aug 9 2020
But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, being small among the clans of Judah, out of you one will come out to me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings out are from of old, from ancient times.
“Behold, I send my messenger, and he will prepare the way before me. And the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple; and THE MESSENGER OF THE COVENANT in whom you delight, behold, he is coming, says the LORD of hosts.
Having discussed the use of the appellation “Arm of the LORD” for the figure who intervened on behalf of humanity when there was no one else to do so – the figure, based on scriptural exegesis, could be identified as the figure who will later become the Messiah. As it had been proven in the previous article, the Arm of the LORD is the figure that all nations wait for, the One who was identified as the Suffering Servant, the very One who will rule for YHWH and judge all people from all nations. Most important to this discussion is the fact that Isaiah identified the Glorious Arm of the LORD with the Angel of the LORD’s presence (Isaiah 63:9-12) – a particular point buttressed by the fact that YHWH on numerous occasions claimed that He brought Israel of out Egypt by His outstretched Arm – the very Arm through whom He used to create the world.
Now, to strengthen our case, namely that the phrase “Arm of the LORD” is not always used in a more pedestrian sense but also used for a personified figure, we move on to the apparitions of this particular figure whom Isaiah said accompanied Moses as the Angel of the LORD’s presence and also identified by Isaiah as the Suffering Servant.
By now, the readers must have been familiar with the contention that the figure known as the Angel of YHWH (Malak YHWH) is a divine figure who at a later point in time incarnated as our Lord Jesus Christ. For the sake of those who aren’t very familiar with this argument, it ought to be re-iterated that the identification of the pre-incarnate Christ with this mysterious figure in the OT, does not in any way mean that Jesus is a created spirit – which is outright Arianism. This is because the majority of the occurrences Hebrew word “malak” refers to figures (humans as well as God) other than created spirits.More