The Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary offers this comment:
And I saw another mighty angel; the most and best interpreters
understand by this angel, Christ, formerly represented to us as a
Lamb, here as an Angel; none but he could call the two witnesses,
Revelation 11:3, his witnesses; besides, the glorious appearance of
this angel speaketh him no ordinary angel.
While not all agree, the identification of the angel of Rev 10 with Christ is on the following basis of the description which is so similar to other descriptions of Jesus:
- "wrapped in a cloud" similar to the description of Jesus in Rev 14:14
- "rainbow above his head" similar to Rev 4:3 and Eze 1:28
- "face shining like the sun" as in Matt 17:2, Rev 1:16
- "legs like pillars of fire" as in Rev 1:15
- "raised right hand" like that in Dan 12:7
APPENDIX - Angel of the LORD
The following passages make it clear that the “Angel of the LORD” is almost always, the LORD (Jehovah) Himself, probably Jesus in particular. Gen 16:7-13, 22:11-17, 32:24-30, 48:16, Ex 3:2-6, 32:34, Num 22:22-35, Josh 5:13-15, Judg 2:1-4, 6:11-23, 13:3-23, Isa 63:9, Dan 3:25, 28, Hos 12:4, 5, Zech 3:1-7, Mal 3:1.
A closely related phrase, “Angel of God” who is clearly God as in Gen 6:13, 8:15, 9:8, 17, 15:13, 17:3, 4, 21:12, 16-21, 35:1, 10, Ex 4:3-8, 6:2, 23:20, 21, Deut 1:6, 1 Kings 12:22, etc. See also Acts 10:3, 4, Gal 4:14.
In Isa 63:9, “the Angel of His [LORD’s] presence saved them”, and is almost certainly a reference to the same being. The same is true of Ex 23:20, 21, Josh 5:13-15.
In view of the clear statements in John 1:18, 5:37, 6:46, 1 John 4:12 that no one has seen God the Father, and the numerous cases listed above of people seeing the LORD and the Angel of the LORD, etc, it appears that these epiphanies were of the pre-incarnate Jesus.
In other places we see that the LORD sends the LORD:
- Zech 2:6-12 – the LORD (= YHWH) claims three times that He has been sent by the LORD.
- Isa 48:11-16 – again, the LORD has been sent by the LORD.
Thus, unsurprisingly, Jesus is the messenger to the human race and underlines the importance that the Godhead places upon such messages.
This is not to suggest that Jesus is an angel in the sense that He is less that God; far from it! However, the Greek and Hebrew word for “angel” simply means messenger and it is in this sense that Jesus is the messenger in the above passages.