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It is uncertain whether the person in question was an angel or was Christ. It is my understanding that it is fairly widely held among Theologians that this passage is an example of a Christophany, but I cannot quickly cite any references for that view. That the 4th person was a heavenly being seems quite clear from the context.
The King said that the fourth person looked like "a son of the Gods." This is translated as "the son of God" in the King James Version, which has led some people to conflate the fourth figure with Christ, but it's important to remember that the concept of "the son of God (singular)" makes no sense to the King, who was a polytheist. He calls out to ...
Looking at the opening verse you've quoted "The LORD appeared...", where the proper name of God, YHWH, is used, seems to set the context as being a Christophany. That it then goes on to say Abraham "saw three men", is not discounting that - it's quite common for angelic apparitions and Christophanies to be described in human terms, since they often ...
It is not explicitly stated whether or not this was a Christophany. Nebuchadnezzar's description that the Fourth was like "a son of the gods" without any commentary by the writer himself is circumstantial evidence that this was a legitimate conclusion. God does promise to be with us in the fires as He said through the prophet Isaiah: But now thus says ...
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