God’s Angel in Revelation

Jamin Bradley

According to Revelation 1:1-2, God sent “his angel to his servant John, who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw.” The confusion here, however, is that Jesus Himself is the first character we see appear to John.

Or is this confusing? After all, there was an angel in the Old Testament known as “the Angel of the LORD” that seemed very different from the other angels in the Bible. God said, “my name is in him” (Ex 23:21), and time and time again we find that angel act with authority. Every time he shows up he seems to talk as though he is God—something that an angel (whose job is essentially to deliver a message) isn’t supposed to do.

Furthering his authority is the fact that when Joshua met him he “fell on his face to the…

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