Jesus was an Angel Himself. He is the Angel of the Lord. He is the King of angels. He is the Capstone Angel. Therefore, he is the very Angel of the Lord. He came in human form to visit the world. He died and was resurrected. The angels were created by Him a long time ago. They had a beginning, but He didn’t.
The angel at the tomb of Jesus was millions of years old, yet he was described as a young man (Mark 16:5). That’s how we are going to look, eternally young. Angels do not die. The elect will be like that in glory (Luke 20:36).
In the bible, there is a special veiled Angel — the Lord Jesus Christ. Christ is our veiled Angel, the Eternal One. He took the disciples to the mount and was transfigured. The veil of flesh was removed and the disciples saw the Eternal One. The bible is our doctrine — the King James Version. All truth is in God, the Lord Jesus.
That was Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Remember, our Lord Jesus Christ never did identify Himself as the Son of God. He said, “You said I was; to this end, I was born,” and so forth, but He never identified Himself.
And now, that was the pillar of fire that led the children of Israel, was the Lord Jesus Christ in Spirit form. Do you believe that? The Logos that went out of God. And then when He was on earth, He said, “I come from God and I go to God.”
We all know that. And after His death, burial, and resurrection, Saul of Tarsus was on his road down to Damascus to persecute the Christians because they were teaching things contrary to what they had been taught. And he was a great warrior under Gamaliel, one of the outstanding teachers of the day in their school, their monastery, and a great man and an officer of the church. And it was there that great light, the pillar of fire, again, struck him down in the middle of the day. And a voice said, “Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?”
Now, if you notice when Paul (Saul) raised up, he said, “Lord, who are You?” Now, that boy is a Jew, he certainly wouldn’t have called anything, unless it had been something to symbol God, he wouldn’t have called it “Lord.” So it was the same pillar of fire.
As Jesus said, “I go to God … I came from God, and I return to God.” There He was, back in the form of a pillar of fire again. He said, “I am Jesus, whom thou persecutest, and it’s hard for you to kick against the pricks.” And we realize that when the Apostle Peter (to who the keys were given to build the church), we find out that he was in prison, and this same pillar of fire came through the bars, opened the doors of the prison, and took Peter out mysteriously, without even disturbing the guards. To me, it’s Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today, and forever.