Jesus Christ in human bodily form in the Old Testament
King James Version
15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
Contrary to popular mainstream false teaching that frankly has infiltrated the reformation over the years from the Vatican, Jesus Christ exists and has existed in human form even before he became flesh in the virgin birth.
God said in Genesis 1:26, 27 KJV: “Let US (the first person plural object pronoun) (The Godhead) make man in OUR (the first person plural possessive adjective) (The Godhead) image, after OUR likeness… So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. Note: This is clearly the godhead speaking among itself and NOT God speaking to the heavenly host as some false teaching suggests. Angels were not involved in creation. God is Spirit and invisible to mankind. Jesus Christ is the visible image of the Godhead and Jesus Christ created all things.
1. No one has ever seen God for he is Spirit. John 1:18, 4:24 KJV
2. Jesus Christ is the “VISIBLE IMAGE” of God. Colossians 1:15 KJV. And in Jesus Christ dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. Colossians 2:9 KJV. Note: The Godhead is NOT the pagan understanding coined as the trinity which is from the catholic church teaching please read understanding the Godhead Blogs
We know Jesus existed in the beginning as the visible image of God and in Him dwells the fullness of the Godhead "bodily"... Period!
John Chapter 1 verses 1 and 2, 10 - 14 KJV. Colossians 1:15 KJV. John Chapter 14 gives us great insight. Here in verse 7, we read: If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.
3. It was Jesus Christ who created all things: Colossians 1:16,17 KJV.
4. We have here established precedence of Genesis 1:26, 27 KJV as someone called a human with a human form but not being born of human means. We know God (Jesus Christ) created Adam and Eve in the exact image of the Godhead (Genesis 1:26,27; 2:7, 21, 22 KJV, and refer to Godhead Blog above) without human means; i.e., no sperm not human birth. They were created by God, Jesus Christ, who is the visible image of the Godhead.
Every reference I've found regarding the physical appearance of Jesus Christ to mankind in the Old Testament before he was born by virgin birth as God incarnate (John 1:14 and Galatians 4:4-5 KJV) uses the same text: Jesus Christ in his pre-incarnate state. Here’s but a few of many repeating the same theme.
"Where Was Jesus Before the Incarnation?" https://www.bethel.ch/updates/62
“The Pre-Incarnate Christ” http://www.angelfire.com/tx5/jeansptx/preinc.htm
“The Pre-Incarnate Son of God” https://bible.org/seriespage/a1-preincarnate-son-god
I have a major problem with the words and dangerous implication of pre-incarnate because it’s not written or implied anywhere in scripture. First and most egregious is this implication that Christ didn’t appear in a human form before the virgin birth sets up dangerous false teaching found in those who claim and teach that Jesus Christ is NOT God in the flesh but rather was a man that was filled with the Holy Spirit of God and had god like features using the argument that Jesus was created in the same manner of Adam and Eve, both who were created but not born of flesh.
This teaching and implication that Jesus never appeared in human body form is setting the stage for the teaching of Vatican trinity = God is 3 distinct persons within 1 God. You heard it right. Polytheism is many gods. The trinity is not biblical but rather we’re told in scripture of the godhead. Please refer to my Blog link above on Godhead vs Trinity. Notice all or most who use the unbiblical doctrine of the trinity instead of the biblical godhead to support their claims that Jesus had a “pre-incarnate” existence. As far as pre-incarnate not being in scripture, critics will argue that both John 1:14 KJV and Galatians 4:4,5 KJV to prove otherwise. But let’s examine.
At the appointed time by God we know Jesus was born in the flesh by virgin birth:
GEN 3:15 KJV God had a plan and revealed the precise time in Daniel 9:25. 26 KJV. And was fulfilled in Matthew Chapter 1, Luke 2:1-5 John 1:14, Galatians 4:4,5KJV. All Attest to the actual fulfillment of God’s plan to redeem mankind. This was the Virgin Birth of Jesus Christ. The only begotten son of God was given to mankind. God almighty manifested himself in human form, fully human, flesh, and blood man. Praise God!
Genesis 3:15 KJV - John 1:14 KJV - Galatians 4:4,5 KJV and Revelation 5:9,10 KJV tells us precisely why Jesus was born in the flesh. We lost our inheritance and Jesus restored our rightful place with God. I ask the reader to stop, read these scriptures, and ask the Lord to reveal the meaning to you in a personal way.
John 1:14 KJV tells us that Jesus became flesh. This manifestation of God through himself in the VISIBLE Image of Jesus Christ was for our salvation. No Bible reading Saint will argue this.
However, let us discuss the subject of this study which is the Pre-Incarnation of Jesus Christ and his appearing to mankind throughout the Old Testament of the Bible was not a manifestation of some spirit or angel, but was an actual physical appearance of Jesus Christ in the form of a male human being.
The Devil is in the details: (The devil is in the details really only refers to problems or difficulties that result from the unforeseen nature of unexamined details. It refers to a catch hidden in the details rather than the truth in its abstract sense
Understanding unexamined details of scripture instead of being spoon fed apostate and heretical teachings handed down from the Vatican and perverse Protestant seminaries is paramount. Understanding terms is where the root problem of misunderstanding the physical body manifesting before the Virgin Birth.
As in all of theology which in reality is humanism and the philosophy of man trying to define the things of God, often outside of the Bible and or using proper interpretation (Exegesis) as in the proper dispensation, context and other sound principles of Hermeneutics is ( the term used to identify the study of the principles of interpretation) , there is a huge gap between the truth in scripture and the false teaching.
This goes back to the garden. How did Satan through the serpent get to Eve? By questioning the very words God had spoken and making a false interpretation and presumption thereof.
Here we see the text meaning of Theophany: (from Ancient Greek (ἡ) θεοφάνεια theophaneia, meaning "appearance of a deity") is the manifestation of a deity in an observable way. I combed through pages of theological discussions, dictionaries, and lexicons and the overall meaning of “theophany” is the non physical manifestation of Christ. The same with Christophany: Here are direct quotes from online resources:
Christophany is an appearance or non-physical manifestation of Christ., NOTE: This theological term was developed by the Vatican to mean Jesus appearing in nonhuman form A Christophany is an appearance or non-physical manifestation of Christ. Traditionally the term refers to visions of Christ after his ascension, such as the bright light of the Damascus Christophany. Also, following the example of Justin Martyr who identified the Angel of the Lord with the Logos, some appearances of angels in the Hebrew Bible are also identified by some Christians as pre-incarnate.
However, The Oxford compact Dictionary on page: 3283 states Theophany as: quote: “THE MANIFESTATION “OR” THE APPEARANCE OF GOD!” This is huge, and how about
Christophany: quote: “THE APPEARANCE OR MANIFESTATION OF CHRIST”. The Oxford compact Dictionary page 409.
GOD APPEARED IN THE FORM OF JESUS CHRIST IN PHYSICAL FORM. Jesus Christ who is the VISIBLE IMAGE OF GOD.
Subsequently in Genesis 18:1 clearly reveals that one of the three men was the Lord. That is, Yahweh appeared as a man. One of the men was a theophany. Then verses 4-21 plainly demonstrate a number of times that one of the men was Yahweh and the other two men were angels. For example, if we compare Genesis 18:16, 21, 33 with Genesis 19:1 we learn that Yahweh left (Genesis 18:33) and the other two men, who were angels, went to Sodom.
We have discovered that one of the men was a theophany. Hebrews 13:2 tells us that we can entertain angels without knowing it.
Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by this some have entertained angels without knowing it. Hebrews 13:2
John 1:14 kjv 14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.” Gal. 4:4,5
We know of course that the incarnation (Jesus came to us as God in flesh) happened with virgin birth. However, I would argue that when Jesus appeared in the old testament he was indeed in a “physical state”. A human body form of a male human. And that the birth of Jesus in the manger was another appearance among others throughout the old testament, but the first whereby he was physically birthed by water from a human mother to fulfill the law and God's promise.
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More proof is found in Genesis 3:8 KJV. Adam and Eve hid themselves FROM THE PRESENCE of the Lord God. Remember that God is a Spirit and no man has seen him. Jesus Christ is the VISIBLE IMAGE of the Godhead.
More: Genesis 16:13 KJV. Hagar was talking to Jesus Christ identified as “ the” angel of the Lord (The is the definite article only used to refer to Jesus. Any time an angel is addressed in scripture it is used with the indefinite article a/an, or clarified explicitly. Example It was the archangel Gabriel who announced to Mary that she would conceive the Messiah. Luke 1:26 KJV ) but Hagar called this person who met with her “God” .
Jesus Christ in the form of a human man who literally physically wrestled with Jacob in Genesis 32:24 KJV. Jacob called this man, “God whom I have seen face to face.” verse 30.
In powerful explicit terms Jesus Christ personally as a man appeared and spoke directly with the parents of Samson in Judges 13 KJV. Clearly we see this was a man but they called this man “God”. Notice two interesting events here: Jesus told Samson’s father that his name was secret. This tells us that it was not the appointed time for Jesus Christ to be revealed on earth to mankind as the Messiah. Also Samson’s father had thought the man to be a manifestation of an angel, but later realizes he has seen God.
Probably the best example is in Isaiah 6:1-10 KJV. We see a complete description of Jesus Christ in Visible form and is awe inspiring as Isaiah describes in his open vision as follows:
6:1 In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.
2 Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.
3 And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.
4 And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke.
5 Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.
6 Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar:
7 And he laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.
8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.
9 And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.
10 Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.
And finally in the Old Testament we have in Daniel 3:25 KJV “the 4th man” in the burning fiery furnace as witnessed by and spoken by King Nebuchadnezzar, “...and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.”
Now we arrive to the New Testament, coming to the point of the incarnation when Jesus Christ was born to us in the flesh. This event happened to fulfill God’s promise to save mankind from permanent separation from God.
After the Rapture we Saints will truly see Jesus Christ as described in Revelation Chapter 1. Our Kinsman Redeemer awaits us.
What a glorious day this will be. Praise God! Maranatha!