Can Someone Explain Metatron To Me Please?


#1

I have heard strange and scattered stories but no one ever says biblical verse numbers. I know he was a powerful angel, but not much else, so anything would be appreciated. Thank you everyone.


#2

I found this:

crystalinks.com/metatron.html

He supposedly was the Prophet Enoch before God turned him into an archangel.

His primary task among the heavenly court is to maintain the eternal archives of the Lord, recording each and every event that transpires and creating new ones.

Other variations on his name are; Metatetron, Merraton, and Metaraon.

He is one of the greatest of all angels, honored as the angel of the face, the angel of the presence, chief of the ministering angels, the chief recording angel, chancellor of heaven, the angel by whom the world is maintained, and a being so mighty that he possesses seventy-two other names.

Few angels have been the source of such a wide-ranging body of legends and tales, but precious few of the celestial hierarchy are credited with such majesty and power.

He was supposedly once a humble mortal being, the antediluvian patriarch Enoch. According to widely reported lore, Enoch earned such merit in the eyes of the Lord for his goodness and abilities as a scribe that he was taken to heaven, an event noted in the Book of Genesis (5:24).

As with all mythological characters Metatron is a Magician. There is a legend that speaks of two evil Egyptian sorcerers who used their advanced knowledge of magic to ascend to heaven. Such was their strength that neither Michael nor Gabriel could expel them. Metatron, however, broke their spells and cast out the impudent Egyptians. For this reason, Metatron is considered by some to be superior to most of the angels, including Michael, Gabriel, and Uriel.

After arriving in heaven he was transformed into a spirit of fire and equipped with 36 pairs of wings as well as innumerable eyes.

He was to be seated at the entrance of the seventh (highest) heaven upon a magnificent throne and all who approached the throne of God should first approach him, for he was henceforth the prince of wisdom and the prince of understanding.

Metatron became the foremost intermediary between the divine and the human, possessing experiences both of the Earthly and the Heavenly.

He is linked to many legends. He is the angel who prevented Abraham from sacrificing his son, Isaac; wrestled with Jacob; and led the Israelites under Moses out of the wilderness. His female equivalent is Shekinah. His twin brother is Sandalphon.


You might also ask in the Ask an Apologist forum to see if there is a ‘Catholic’ Reference.


#3

Wow thanks for all that. So that is the general catholic acceptance too?

Also, that is strange that egyptian wizards were able to reach heaven, and even the angels couldn’t cast them out.


#4

[quote=Wormwood]Wow thanks for all that. So that is the general catholic acceptance too?

Also, that is strange that egyptian wizards were able to reach heaven, and even the angels couldn’t cast them out.
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This is why I think you would get a better answer from the professional apologetics on the forum. I would direct the question to Father Serpa.
From my understanding, and I could very well be off base here, the information I gave you is from ancient Hebrew legends - and I think the Egyptian magician part stems from the Israelites captivity there.


#5

[quote=Wormwood]Wow thanks for all that. So that is the general catholic acceptance too?

Also, that is strange that egyptian wizards were able to reach heaven, and even the angels couldn’t cast them out.
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No. The book of Enoch is a false book. All this is legend, not inspired revalation.


#6

newadvent.org/cathen/08590a.htm

This is what I found in the Catholic Encyclopedia online. It was under KABBALA as the main heading. Interesting stuff.


#7

You might also ask Carlos Santana about Metatron since he claims to have quite a friendly relationship with him. :rolleyes:


#8

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