Jehovah`s Witness/DW - Messenger of Jehovah


Hi, I just want your insight, what would be your counter argument regarding the below reasoning.

The “Malek YHWH” (which is Hebrew for messenger of God or Angel) who spoke to people in the OT was supposedly God himself; hence in the accounts when the messenger(s) of God speaks, he speaks in first person. The reasoning goes on like this, whenever an account shows a messenger of God (Angel) speaking in the OT it is in fact Jesus, with the exception of the account of Soddom and Gomorrah where the three men who destroy the city are in fact the Father, Son and Holy Spirit the triune God (same goes for the three men appearing to Abraham, for example;

(Genesis 32:24,30) “…Finally Jacob was left by himself. Then A MAN began to grapple with him until the dawn ascended… Hence Jacob called the name of the place Pe•ni′el, because, to quote him, “I have SEEN GOD FACE TO FACE and yet my soul was delivered…”

The reasoning carries on that the title “Angel” does not fit the description of Malek but is rather a mistranslation due to ignorance, even though the term Angel is an accepted term for the spirit beings whom God created. Therefore they say Malek should not be translated Angel but rather messenger of God. They then link Jesus being the Word of God as the Messenger of God (Malek).
Their main scriptural evidence they try to use is found in Exodus 14:19, compared with 1 Corinthians 10:1-4. They say that the Malek YHWH that led them “was the Christ”.

To date I can only think of a handful of counter arguments against these points. Firstly that scripture plainly states that “no one has seen the Father at anytime”, this shows that the Father, couldn’t off appeared to Abraham or lot along with the Son and HS since it plainly states no one has seen him.

My other argument I is the use of parallel accounts of people whom have been sent to relay a message speaking in first person as if they are the person who sent them. (E.g. Matthew 8:5,6 compared to luke 7:2,3) Therefore it isn’t wrong to understand accounts such as ‘angel(s) appearing to Abraham , destroying Soddom, or even  grappling with Jacob, as spirit beings and not Jesus.

The only other counter argument I can think of is that by definition a Messenger ‘of’ somebody cannot be that person himself. Therefore Malek YHWH cannot be Jesus based on the Trinitarian belief that Jesus is God and therefore cannot be his own messenger.

As Jehovah’s Witnesses we could also understand Jesus to be the Malek YHWH in some cases, for example he may have been the angel that appeared in the thornbush, he may be the angel that led Israel and also grappled with Jacob, yet these are meant to be understood with a pinch of salt. Also the fact that we don’t believe in a trinity makes sense that Jesus could be Malek YHWH in some of those accounts, however switch Jesus as God himself and you come up with problems, as I’ve already shown.

So again, what would be your counter arguments as to why Jesus being the Malek YHWH based on the Trinitarian mind frame cannot be God, most importantly what is your insight showing how Malek YHWH speaking as if Jehovah not proof that he is Jehovah.

Thanks for your input in advance brother.

Hi mate

Thanks for writing

You know the points you come out with are very good as opposed to the trinitarian argument. The reality is nobody can just make a statement without backing it up , well they can but it doesn't work ,the conversation goes something like this

Trinitarian) This messenger is God

JW) No it isn't

Trinitarian) Yes it is

Jw) No it isn't

Trinitarian) Yes it is....

and so on and so on

What we believe needs to be backed up with evidence.

But having said that sometimes you can present the most reasonable and logical argument and people still don't get it this is what happened with the Apostle Paul

Acts 28: "And he explained the matter to them by bearing thorough witness concerning the kingdom of God and by using persuasion with them concerning Jesus from both the law of Moses and the Prophets, from morning till evening. 24 And some began to believe the things said; others would not believe"

It is the same with us, being convinced in your own mind is the most important thing rather than trying to persuade others who won't be persuaded

Heb 6: 9  "we are convinced of better things, things related to salvation,"

So here's some problems with the trinitarian argument in this case

1)God is an Angel

2)God is his own messenger

3)God created millions of messengers/angels to then go and deliver messages himself

4)R.E mistranslation) Angel means messenger anyway

5)These two scriptures Ex 33:20, John 1:18 

I think fives plenty I also see some of the others have answered for you too and done a decent job.

Take that back to him and if he won't accept it this is what our lord said to do

Matt 10:14" Wherever anyone does not take YOU in or listen to YOUR words, on going out of that house or that city shake the dust off YOUR feet"

Follow up if you need

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I have many years of experience serving Jehovah . I have known Jehovah a long time and I have known his organization . I have been privileged to see great progress not only in my own personal relationship with my God and Father but within his organization. I am an avid reader of the bible and have been gifted by my Father with the indescribable privilege of being allowed to understand his own word.


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False religion is disgusting to God and to his true worshippers it is likened in the Bible to a harlot Rev 17:"I will show you the judgment upon the great harlot who sits on many waters, 2with whom the kings of the earth committed fornication, whereas those who inhabit the earth were made drunk with the wine of her fornication" Whereas the bride of Christ is likened to a virgin Rev 14: 4"These are the ones who did not defile themselves with women; in fact, they are virgins" These are both used as spiritual terms here and show the importance of pure and clean worship for God's people.

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