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Our church also teaches this. In a recent sermon, our Pastor taught that the Angel of the Lord can be used interchangeably with Christ. As we believe in the Trinity, this means the Angel of the Lord is also God. The following is some (but not all) of the Scriptural evidence used to support this teaching: From Baker's Evangelical Dictionary: The ...


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Justin Martyr is probably the strongest early advocate for the view that the "Angel of the Lord" in the OT often refers to Christ. In his Dialogue with Trypho, he argues that many supernatural appearances in the OT are manifestations of the second member of the Trinity. One such example is that of the burning bush in Exodus 3:2-4, where reference to the "...


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According to Augustine, it seems, he interpreted the three men in Genesis 18 as The Trinity God appearing in human form, hence the three men. On the Trinity (Book II) - Chapter 10 But under the oak at Mamre he saw three men, whom he invited, and hospitably received, and ministered to them as they feasted. Yet Scripture at the beginning of that ...


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The first means is fulfilled prophecy. Methusaleh's name was a prophecy: it means "When he dies, it will come". The year he died, the flood of Noah arrived. God told Abraham that he would have a son. Twenty-five years later, he did. Elihu announced the coming of God to Job, and God came. Job uttered at least two dozen prophecies, which ultimately came ...


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No Pope has made such claim, but he wouldn't need to. As Hebrews says, Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, Just because one does not have a face to face encounter does not mean that God has not spoken to them. Very few of the prophets claim they saw God's face. Indeed, Elijah perceived him only as a "...


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The angel of the Lord in Judges 2:1 speaks as Deity. Not as a representative of Deity but speaks as Deity, personally. The conclusion of what is laid out, competently, in the above question can only, logically, be that the 'messenger of the Lord' (the word is malak in Hebrew) is the same 'messenger of the Lord' referred to in, for example, Malachi 3:1, which ...


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Beyond the general belief related to the Archangel Michael, Jehovah's Witnesses do believe that Jesus makes an appearance in the Old Testament. Under the article "The Word" in the JW reference work Insight on the Scriptures Vol. II page 1203 it says this: "In a similar way God’s firstborn Son doubtless served as the Mouth, or Spokesman, for his Father, the ...


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Everything that God does is meaningful, significant, and purposeful to the last detail, there is no such thing as an accident or a coincidence, that would imply that God is not in control. Every detail in the Holy Scriptures is there by design. The burning bush is a type of Christ (Isaiah 53:2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a ...


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If you know for sure it's God's will, then killing (not murder; others have addressed the difference) is OK. But how can you be sure that it's God's will (this is not aiming at anyone specifically, just oratory questions)? Did you hear voices ordering you so? Then it's not Him (see answers for this question). Your pastor/priests tells you so? He probably ...


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Among church fathers, Ambrose is one supporter: Abraham, who was glad to receive strangers, faithful to God and tireless in his service and prompt in fulfilling his duty, saw the Trinity typified. He added religious devotion to hospitality, for although he beheld three, he adored one, and while keeping a distinction of the persons, yet he called one Lord,...


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Not God the Father apparently, but perhaps Jesus. In Anatomy of the Vatican, page 20-21, Paul Hoffman says that in 1954, towards the end of his life, Pope Pius XII reported to some Jesuits that Jesus had appeared at his bedside during a recent illness and said to him that his time was not yet up. When the story found its way into the press, the Vatican had ...


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From looking at the situation that Jacob was currently in gives me a better understanding of it. Jacob had an issue with running away from his mistakes instead of confronting them head on, his mom taught him that by the way. This ultimately took a toll on Jacob's life. God decided it was time for Jacob to become a man. He actually starts forcing Jacob to ...


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I try to answer with my Scripture reading. May this answer help The answer for number one: First we have to know that Jacob seems knew that he was not good at all. We can see in the previous chapters before, Jacob get everything by tricking. Tricking his brother (Esau) and tricking his uncle (Laban). For the reason why GOD Choose to wrestle with Jacob,This ...


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Jehovah's Witnesses believe that Jesus was the Archangel Michael before the incarnation so the answer would be that it would have been Michael (pre-incarnate Jesus). "Likewise, the Bible indicates that Michael is another name for Jesus Christ, before and after his life on earth." JW.org "The foremost angel, both in power and authority, is the archangel, ...


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I looked at many Christian apologist websites, like GotQuestions, which states that anybody who claims to see God can have their claims evaluated by Scripture. So far so good, but how would people like Abraham know that their visions of God were real and that they were not deceived if they didn't have the complete edition of the Scripture? The ...


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The Bible explicitly teaches that no on has seen the Father : Verses from the bible teach clearly that no one has seen the father - No man has seen God at any time; the only begotten God, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him (John 1:18). Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen (...


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Even though a good answer was given by David, I would like to make some points: As have been said, Jacob was not good at all, but he believed in God. We can take that as a allegory in many levels: A sinner who recognizes his miserable situation and begs for God to change his or her life. A believer that fights in prayer and not quit until get an answer. ...


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