Watch yourselves, that you do not lose what we have accomplished, but that you may receive a full reward. Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God; the one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house, and do not give him a greeting; for the one who gives him a greeting participates in his evil deeds. 2 John 8-11
… not paying attention to Jewish myths and commandments of men who turn away from the truth. Titus 1:15
There are two entirely different concepts which I am forced by necessity to contrast, because they are being blurred and confused past what I deem to be the danger point, regarding the integrity of the Gospel.
First of all, there is the Messiah of the Scriptures, The “Seed of the Woman” promised in Genesis, the Seed of Abraham, and the Seed of David, who has come into this world from His Father, in order to save us by the propitiation which He offered on the cross for our sins. “The Volume of the Book” is written of Him, the Bible cannot be understood without taking him into account. He is the LORD Jesus Christ.
Second of all there is a Jewish mythological creation, “the Metatron”, the one supposedly “behind the throne” of Almighty God, is never mentioned in the Torah or the Prophets, nor is he mentioned in the New Testament. He is a figure in the Kabbalah and the Zohar, two occult Jewish books which offer a metaphysical view of scripture.
It should be obvious that there is no connection whatsoever between these two figures, nor does one need to be a Hebrew or Greek scholar in order to understand this. Jesus Christ is real! He is the fulfillment of the scriptures, and is coming again in the flesh to judge the world in Righteousness.
Metatron is false, he emerges from a book designed by Satan to deceive Jewish people into rejecting their only Messiah. The descriptions of Him range from Him being considered a deified Enoch, all he way to being the “second Pillar of the Godhead” and he is considered the “only mediator between God and man”, and the Angel of the LORD. It should be obvious that this is AntiChrist territory.
Metatron has served to turn Jews away from Jesus for centuries. Now JA Prasch (among others) is glorifying Metatron in the Gentile church as well, and that concerns me deeply.
I know that Jacob’s stated reason for teaching Metatron, is Jewish Evangelism. I have no doubt he started out with just that goal, ( I know He has had a longtime, deep concern for Jews). He says He uses Metatron to show the Jews that they have had a longtime concept of a plurality within the godhead, and that such a notion is not a mere “Christian invention”.
As JA Prasch says in the Article, The Metatron,
So the rabbinic arguments that Christian belief in Jesus the Messiah being God is a Gentile belief of pagan origin can be refuted. It does not pervert the Jewish Scripture; nor are these ideas alien to Jewish thought – contrary to what the rabbis want people, Jew and Gentile alike, to believe. They may still reject the Messiahship of Jesus, but they cannot reject His deity based upon the idea being alien to Jewish thought. To do so would be a rejection of their own Jewish sages.( Moriel Quarterly September 2009,’The Metatron”)
But using Jewish Mythology to analogize Christ, has obviously become a slippery slope, and the clear lines of demarcation between the real Christ and the (fake) Metatron have become blurred, as I will show you, from the Moriel Quarterly, September 2009 edition.
The article is called “The Metatron” and is illustrated with an old painting of Jacob wrestling the Angel of the LORD.
The teaching starts out with the concept of God coming in human form, as the Angel of the LORD. Then Jacob mentions Melchizedek, whom he considers a Christophany, God coming again as He did with Jacob, in human form. Jacob mentions “The Angel of the Covenant” whom Malachi promised would come, He then mentions “the Word became flesh” as in John 1:14.
So far so good, we have no problem with that.
But immediately after this, in the article ,Jacob P makes this leap,
The Word of the Lord is not only called “melech habrit” (the Angel of the cov- enant), but also the Metatrone, from Greek meta – “middle of the throne”.(ibid)
JA Prasch doesn’t say whether or not he agrees or disagrees with the above statement, that the Metatron is the “Angel of the Covenant”, He simply states it, then launches into a discussion of the Kabbalah it came from.
Rabbi Simeon Ben Yochai taught that according to the Zohar, volume 3, page 227 of the Amsterdam edition, the middle pillar in the Godhead is the Metatrone, who has accomplished peace above according to the glorious state there. They identify this Angel, with whom Jacob wrestled and who appears in Malachi, as God Himself. They say it is through Him that God shall bring peace on earth as He has brought it in Heaven, and that God would answer prayers offered in the name of the Metatrone.
Kabbalah teaches that God is plural, one God in three persons, or as we say in Hebrew “Shma Israel Adonai Elohenu Adonai eched, baruch haShem kvodo u malchuto la’olam v’ed amen.”(ibid)
My problem here is that JA Prasch talks about the Kabbalah, seemingly without making a judgment of it, he just states it as a matter of fact, then mentions the deviations of a “Heretical Rabbi, Maimonides” who distorted scripture indeed, turning “oneness” to “One” in the Shema.
But aren’t they all heretical? Maimonides, the Zohar and the Kabbalah?
The article is too blurred, Jacob seemingly doesn’t distinguish between the truth as revealed in Scripture and the Kabbalh’s parallel but errant spin on scripture. For example, again from the article,
God is worshipped in his plurality according to the Zohar. The Kabbalah talks about the tree of life; prayers are answered in the name of the Metatrone; and it is the Metatrone who will bring peace. In Exodus24:1 it says: “And he said unto Moses, Come up unto the LORD.”( Moriel Quarterly September 2009, The Metatron)
Rabbi Verchai taught the following: “God said to Moses, come up unto the Lord. This is Metatrone. He is called by his name Metatrone because in this name are implied two significant things which indicates his character. He is both Lord and messen- ger. There is also a third idea implied in the name Metatrone. It signifies a keeper. For in the Chaldee (which is Aramaic), a keeper or watchman is called ‘Matherot’ and because he is the keeper or preserver of the world he is so called the keeper of Israel.”(ibid)
There is no editorial comment after these distortions, they are just in the article, the very definite (and blasphemous saying) that God is Metatron , that’s it. One wonders whether the author agrees with Rabbi Verchai’s interpretation of Exodus 24:1 or not, it just simply states that God is Metatrone.
Furthermore, we cannot tell by the font whether the following is JA Prasch’s thoughts or Rabbi Verchai, or the Kabbalah or the Zohar,
So we see that in Exodus 24:1, the God who is exalted is the God who is speaking to Moses, “sayeth unto him that he should come up to Jehovah, Adonai, Yahweh,” which is Metatrone. So the Metatrone, the Messenger of Yahweh, the Angel of the Lord, is Yahweh who is oftentimes connected to the name of God, alluding to the Shekinah, the glory of the Lord. Hence God is in the Shekinah, the Holy Spirit, Ruach HaKodesh.(ibid)
Here is another problematic paragraph,
We Jews believe Moses was instructed in all divine knowledge by none other than the Metatrone (Haraba Dalet from the Mentuah edition). And the Metatrone is not only God, but the Redeemer. Jacob sees this Metatrone and lives because the Meta- trone comes in a human form, the only way you can see God and live to tell about it.(ibid)
Is it JA Prasch who is speaking when He says “We Jews Believe…“? One cannot tell by the font in the Moriel article, but it looks like Jacob is saying He believes that the Metatron is God! Do you see what I meant by slippery slope?
In this article, the Kabbalah and Zohar are quoted, often without any condemnation of them, as though they offer common ground with the gospel, but the writing blurs the distinction between the true Messiah and the Metatron, badly, as in this example,
Reading this passage and knowing that my nation, the children of Israel, never ap- proached God without the mediation of a priest or a high priest, I went to Rabbi Simeon Ben Voccai to enquire whether any mortal and sinful man dare approach God without a mediator. I received the follow- ing instruction: This is an extract from the Kabbalah, the Zohar volume 2 on Exodus page 51 of the Amsterdam edition.(ibid)
“To keep the way of the tree of life, there is but one mediator between God and man and that is Metatrone.”
Yet the high priest is a mediator, but somehow he is not a good enough mediator. What does it say in the book of Hebrews? We have a more perfect high priest from a different order. It was Melchizedek (i.e., the Metatrone) – the only mediator between God and man; the middle pillar of the Godhead who preexisted, through whom God made the world and sustained it. God would answer prayers made in His name only; the government would be on His shoulders; the mystery of salvation is in Him. He is the Redeemer and the only me- diator between God and man. And Jews ask where do we Christians get this? The Zohar!Ibid)
Who is speaking here? Are these reflecting the author of the article’s beliefs? Is JA Prasch saying that Melchizedek is the Metatron? That Metatron is the only mediator between God and man? If so, shouldn’t we have a problem with this?
The very essence of Anti-Christ is the substitution of anything in the place of Jesus Christ.