Preexistence of the Chosen One
Belief in a Messiah requires a belief in someone who is “more than human,” according to biblical prophecy.
Many think that the “heavenly” nature of the Messiah is just a concept from the New Testament.
But, there are many references to this “heavenly” nature in the Old Testament as well.
I will mention two Books: Enoch and Daniel, which describe a chosen one, a Son of Man in heaven before the throne of God.
While Enoch is not officially in the bible, it is recognized as an ancient text, and has legitimate correlations with the bible on many issues.
The pre-existence of the Messiah in heaven before an earthly appearance is one of them.
Book of Enoch – part of a hierarchy in heaven
Lord of Spirits.
61.10 And he will call all the Host of the Heavens and all the Holy Ones above, and the Host of the Lord, the Cherubim, and the Seraphim, and the Ophannim, and all the Angels of Power, and all the Angels of the Principalities, and the Chosen One, and the other host that is upon the dry ground, and over the water, on that Day.
52.7 And it will come to pass in those days, that neither by gold, nor by silver, will men save themselves; they will be unable to save themselves, or to flee.
52.8 And there will be neither iron for war nor material for a breastplate; bronze will be no use, and tin will be of no use and will count for nothing, and lead will not be wanted.
52.9 All these will be wiped out and destroyed from the face of the earth when the Chosen One appears in front of the Lord of Spirits.”
55.4 “You powerful kings who dwell upon the dry ground will be obliged to watch my Chosen One sit down on the throne of My Glory, and judge, in the Name of the Lord of Spirits, Azazel and all his associates and all his hosts.”
The natural question here is what is the Chosen One chosen to do? I would assign this title to the Messiah, who will defeat the forces of evil in the end times.
As ancient as this book is said to be, this would explain how all nations, ahead of the time of the Messiah would have had messianic traditions of a Chosen One, who would come and save them.
The book of Enoch is consistent with the bible on this issue.
Book of Daniel- the Son of Man who is given a kingdom
Dan 7:13 ¶ I saw in the night visions, and, behold, [one] like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.
Dan 7:14 And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion [is] an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom [that] which shall not be destroyed.
While we are all “sons of man” this person is described as “like” man, but it is obvious that if he is in heaven before the throne of God, he is more than human.
There is only one Chosen One, only one Messiah, that will come before the throne of God, and actually be allowed to SIT on the throne of glory.
No human being will ever be allowed to do this.
For those that do not believe in this, I ask them to at least consider what has been prophesied.
Many unbelievers will consult a psychic, but not the Word of God.
For those who believe Jesus was “just a man,” I point out that these scriptures PRECEDE the time of Christ, and portray the Son of Man in heaven.
So, whether someone believes Jesus is the Messiah or not, it is definitely predicted that the Son of Man pre-exists in heaven before an appearance on earth.
This means he is “more than human.”
Only Jesus has made this claim.
Jhn 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
I strongly encourage those who do not accept Jesus as their personal savior and Messiah to do so.
While some insist that “works” will get them into heaven, I tell them that only through grace and Jesus are we saved, and merit heaven.
Believing Jesus was “just a man” only demotes Jesus from his real position, and rejects what he has to offer because of that position.
No one who is “just a man” can redeem us from evil, defeat Satan, and assure our way to the Father in heaven.
Daniel 7 is also complimented by John 1:
Jhn 1:1 ¶ In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Jhn 1:2 The same was in the beginning with God.
1:14 ¶ 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.
Jesus (the Word) was with the Father (the source of the Word) from the beginning. He then became Flesh and dwelt among us.
Jesus also said this of himself:
Jhn 8:58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.
Jesus – before and after earth
More about the angel of the Lord:
Here is the link to the “Trinity” study. Chapter 3 gives the most details for what I propose, with justifications.