Is Jesus in the Old Testament?

Part 1: In the Beginning... Jesus
Part 2: Jesus in Genesis
Part 3: Jesus in Judges
Part 4: Jesus in Zechariah
Part 5: Jesus in Jerusalem
Part 6: Jesus and Satan

Next let’s turn to the book of Judges where we see Gideon threshing wheat:

Judges 6
“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.
12 And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him, and said unto him, The Lord is with thee, thou mighty man of valour.
13 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.
14 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?
15 And he said unto him, Oh my Lord, wherewith shall I save Israel? behold, my family is poor in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father's house.
16 And the Lord said unto him, Surely I will be with thee, and thou shalt smite the Midianites as one man.
17 And he said unto him, If now I have found grace in thy sight, then shew me a sign that thou talkest with me.
18 Depart not hence, I pray thee, until I come unto thee, and bring forth my present, and set it before thee. And he said, I will tarry until thou come again.
19 And Gideon went in, and made ready a kid, and unleavened cakes of an ephah of flour: the flesh he put in a basket, and he put the broth in a pot, and brought it out unto him under the oak, and presented it.
20 And the angel of God said unto him, Take the flesh and the unleavened cakes, and lay them upon this rock, and pour out the broth. And he did so.
21 Then the angel of the Lord put forth the end of the staff that was in his hand, and touched the flesh and the unleavened cakes; and there rose up fire out of the rock, and consumed the flesh and the unleavened cakes. Then the angel of the Lord departed out of his sight.
22 And when Gideon perceived that he was an angel of the Lord, Gideon said, Alas, O Lord God! for because I have seen an angel of the Lord face to face.
23 And the Lord said unto him, Peace be unto thee; fear not: thou shalt not die.”

There are a few fascinating things that take place in this passage. First it seems that just some angel of God comes to speak to Gideon. The angel tells Gideon “The LORD is with thee”, but Gideon doesn’t know how NEAR the Lord is, in fact standing before him! After a short exchange proving the seeming cowardly nature of Gideon (thus all strength resting in the Lord); Gideon offers a sacrifice. Angels could NOT receive a sacrifice which shows that this is no angel! It is Christ Himself. The “Angel” instructs Gideon to put the food on the rock (altar) and pour the broth over the top after which Christ touches the food with His staff and the sacrifice is consumed in fire. Perhaps this precedence gave Elijah faith when he repeated the miracle before King Ahab at Mt. Carmel. Lastly notice Gideon’s reaction and the Lord’s reply. God says, “fear not: thou shalt not die.” Gideon realized that he had seen God and according to the law could not live, for no man can see God and live. But God says not to fear; Gideon would not die.

At this point it seems we must conclude that either the “Angel” was not God or the Bible contradicts itself in claiming that no man can see God and live. –enter Jesus! Though no man has seen God the Father; there is nothing to prohibit humans from seeing their Savior Jesus Christ. Not to confuse Christ as a mere angel, for Jesus is indeed equal with God as part of the Trinity, but Christ is the element of the Trinity that we can experience in the flesh, the Holy Ghost in the spirit, and God the Father in Power.