“Then the angel of God, who had been traveling in front of Israel’s army, withdrew and went behind them. The pillar of cloud also moved from in front and stood behind them, coming between the armies of Egypt and Israel. Throughout the night the cloud brought darkness to the one side and light to the other side; so neither went near the other all night long.”-Exodus 14:19-20
In almost every instance in Exodus Chapter 14 when we come across the words “Lord”, “God” or “Adonai”, the original Hebrew is YHVH.
However, in verse 19 we encounter one of those few times when a different reference to God is used.
We are told the “angel of God” placed Himself between Egypt and Israel.
The original Hebrew here is MALACH ELOHIM and is clearly identified as the cloud that was leading Israel.
Later we will see this cloud rest upon the Holy of Holies in the Wilderness Tabernacles where it will be called the SHEKINAH or “God’s Glory”.
Keep in mind that Scripture assigns different terms to God’s visible manifestations.
For example, we have the MALACH ELOHIM (the Angel of God), MALACH YHVH (the Angel of YHVH), and the SHEKINAH (Glory of God).
Though some might say that these are just different names all pointing to the same thing, I’m not so sure.
I just don’t think we can so easily package God into nice, black-and-white, easy-to-categorize boxes.
And that is precisely why I think the idea of the trinity is super fallacious.
If the trinity is the absolute truth, which box should this “Angel of God” be placed into?
If you hold to the trinity belief, you only have three choices, either the Father, Son, or the Holy Spirt, right?
Well, what some churches will actually teach is that this cloud manifestation was “Jesus” Himself or to use a bloated seminary term, a “pre-incarnate Christ”.
So before Yeshua’s first coming, He had actually visited earth many times before.
Ridiculous and laughable I know, but that’s what happens when you to try to force the all of the many manifestations of the eternal God to fit some arbitrary man-made doctrinal agenda.
I’ve written about this before, but it’s worth saying again.
For the first 200 years, the early church knew nothing of a trinity teaching.