“And there came an Angel of the LORD, and sat under an oak which was in Ophrah, that pertained unto Joash the Abiezrite: and his son Gideon threshed wheat by the winepress, to hide it from the Midianites. And the Angel of the LORD appeared unto him, and said unto him, The LORD is with thee, thou mighty man of valour. And Gideon said unto Him, Oh my Lord, if the LORD be with us, why then is all this befallen us? And where be all His miracles which our fathers told us of, saying, Did not the LORD bring us up from Egypt? But now the LORD hath forsaken us, and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites. And the LORD looked upon him, and said, Go in this thy might, and thou shalt save Israel from the hand of the Midianites: have not I sent thee?” Judges 6:11-14 (KJV)
There are many times throughout the Old Testament the Angel of the LORD is mentioned. For the conclusion, my own, as well as many scholars of Scripture this individual is not an angel, of the LORD’S creation, but He is in fact a physical manifestation of the very Son of God, Jesus Christ, in His pre-incarnate form.
In the Judges the Israelites were under constant torment from surrounding enemies. One phrase which is used, and is the last verse of this book is; “Everyone did what was right in his own eyes” Judges 21:25. There was no king, and so God appointed to them judges to rule and protect them. Gideon was to be one of these Judges.
How can we know that the Angel of the LORD was in fact deity? How can we know that this Angel of the LORD is a manifestation of Jesus Christ before He is physically born? First look at the sacrifice of Gideon. He offers it to the LORD (vv. 19-21), and the Angel of the LORD touches it with the end of His staff, and fire rose out of the rock, and He departed. Second, Gideon felt that since he had see the Angel of the LORD, or the LORD Himself, that he would perish (v. 22). Third, it is the LORD who speaks to him, and assures Gideon that he will not die, and declares, “Peace be with you; do not fear, you shall not die.” (v. 23).
In worship Gideon builds and altar and calls it “The LORD is peace”. The only peace that can be found in this world is through the death, burial and bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ.