ARCHANGEL METATRON III. The story of the Exodus the Hebrew people took through the wilderness toward the land God had promised to give them is a famous one, described in both the Torah and the Bible. One of the key figures in the story is the mysterious angel whom God sends to guide and guard his people as the prophet Moses leads them forward. And some say it was Metatron, a powerful archangel who is associated with God's name.
The angel travels along with the Hebrew people through the wilderness after they escape slavery in Egypt for freedom, acting as a personal guide both by day (in the form a cloud) and by night (in the form of a pillar of fire): "By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night. Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people." (Exodus 13:21-22).
The Torah and the Bible later record God saying: "See, I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you along the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared. Pay attention to him and listen to what he says. Do not rebel against him; he will not forgive your rebellion, since my Name is in him. If you listen carefully to what he says and do all that I say, I will be an enemy to your enemies and will oppose those who oppose you.
My angel will go ahead of you and bring you into the land of the Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Canaanites, Hivites and Jebusites, and I will wipe them out. Do not bow down before their gods or worship them or follow their practices. You must demolish them and break their sacred stones to pieces. Worship the LORD your God, and his blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you, and none will miscarry or be barren in your land. I will give you a full life span." (Exodus 23:20-26).
In his book Exodus: Question by Question, author William T. Miller writes that the key to figuring out the angel's identity is his name: "The angel is not identified. ... The one thing we are sure of is that in 23:21, God says 'my name is in him.' ... He is represented by his proper name, Yahweh."
God Appearing in Angelic Form
Some people believe that the angel from this passage represents God himself, appearing in angelic form.
Edward P. Myers writes in his book A Study of Angels that "it was the Lord himself who appeared to him [Moses]." Myers notes that the angel speaks as God, such as when the angel declares in Exodus 33:19 that "I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the Lord, in your presence." He writes: "The identity of the presence that went with the children of Israel" is "both the Lord and the Angel of God."
In his book What the Bible Says About Angels, Dr. David Jeremiah notes: "This angel was definitely a cut above ordinary angels, for God's very 'Name' was in him. Also, he could forgive sins -- and 'who can forgive sins but God alone?' (Mark 2:7). The angel of the Lord was personally guiding the Israelites from Egypt to the Promised Land."
The fact that the angel appeared in a glorious cloud is also a clue that he is the Angel of the Lord, who many Christians believe is Jesus Christ appearing prior to his incarnation later in history (after which the appearances of the Angel of the Lord stop), write John S. Barnett and John Samuel in their book Living Hope for the End of Days: "In the Old Testament, God manifested his presence by a visible glowing cloud signifying his glory. Israel was led by a pillar of fire and a cloud." Barnett writes that, in the New Testament, Jesus Christ was often accompanied by the same type of cloud: "Revelation 1:7 says, 'Behold, he is coming with clouds, and every eye will see him, even they who pierced him.' Jesus was clothed in a cloud like this the last time the apostle John saw Him ascend into heaven in Acts 1:9. And John heard the angels who spoke with the apostles say that Jesus would return 'in like manner' (Acts 1:11).
Geremiah writes in What the Bible Says About Angels: "It seems highly possible that in the Old Testament, Christ came to Earth in the form of an angel -- the greatest Angel."
Two Jewish sacred texts, the Zohar and the Talmud, identify the mysterious angel as archangel Metatron in their commentaries, because of Metatron's association with God's name. The Zohar says: "Who is Metatron? He is the highest archangel, esteemed more than any other of God's hosts. The letters [of his name] are the great mystery. You may translate the letters vav, hay which is [part of] the name of God."
In his book Guardians at the Gate: Angelic Vice Regency in Late Antiquity, author Nathaniel Deutsch calls Metatron "an angelic being who embodies the name of God" and adds that the apocryphal text the Book of Enoch corroborates that: "The explicit identification of Metatron with the Angel of the Lord in Exodus 23 appears in 3 Enoch 12, where Metatron declares the God 'called me the lesser YHWH in the presence of his heavenly household; as it is written (Exodus 23:21): 'For My name is in him.'"
An Angelic Reminder of God's Faithfulness
No matter who the angel is, he serves as a powerful reminder of God's faithfulness to believers, writes Peter E. Enns in his book The NIV Application Commentary: Exodus: "The angel here continues his redemptive role from the beginning of God's redemptive work in Israel. Regardless of the mystery surrounding his precise identity and despite the fact that he is not frequently mentioned in Exodus, he is no doubt a central figure in Israel's redemption. And when we keep in mind the virtual equation of the angel and Yahweh, it follows that the angel’s presence is an indication of God's presence with his people from beginning to end. His appearance here reminds Israel of God’s faithfulness."
Archangel Metatron keeps heaven's official records about everything that happens on Earth in human beings' lives, believers say, writing it all down in a place that some believers call heaven's Book of Life and some believers call the Akashic records. Both names refer to the celestial record of all that has ever happened in the past, is happening in the present, and will happen in the future on Earth.
Enoch to Metatron, the Great Scribe
Metatron is unusual among angels because he began life as a human being (the Jewish prophet Enoch) and then became an angel after ascending to heaven, believers say. The Jerusalem Targum version of the Torah translates Genesis 5:24 as: "Enoch ascended into heaven through the Word of God, and God called him Metatron, the great scribe."
In his book The Enoch-Metatron Tradition, Andrei A. Orlov writes that Jewish apocryphal literature describes the prophet Enoch working as a scribe prior to his transformation into the angel Metatron: "The theme of Enoch-Metatron’s scribal functions became a prominent motif in the later rabbinic traditions, where ... the privilege of sitting beside God was accorded to Metatron alone by virtue of his character as a scribe, for he was granted permission as a scribe to sit and write down the merits of Israel."
Orlov continues: "The important aspect of the early portrayals of Enoch as a scribe is that they depict him in the capacity of both celestial and terrestrial scribe, as the one who not only records message from his heavenly guides, but also composes petitions at the request of the creatures from the lower realms ..
The celestial and terrestrial sides of Enoch’s duties as a scribe reveal the composite nature of this important role."
"Enoch was given wings and transformed into a great archangel named Metatron," writes Doreen Virtue in her book Archangels and Ascended Masters: A Guide to Working and Healing with Archangels and Ascended Masters. "Since Enoch was a skilled and honest scribe upon Earth, he was given a similar job in heaven: to record everything that happened on Earth and keep it in the Akashic records (also known as the Book of Life). Enoch is in charge of recording and organizing this material."
Recording Every Thought and Action
Metatron is constantly at work recording every thought and action in human being's lives, as well as the history of how those thoughts and actions interact with each other in the universe, say believers. His staff of heavenly librarians is made up of angels from the powers angelic rank, whom the Creator has assigned to bear the conscience of every creature in the universe.
"Metatron is heaven’s secretary, who records the minutes of all celestial and earthly thoughts and behaviors for safekeeping in God’s archives," writes Belinda Joubert in her book AngelSense. She continues: "Metatron records everything we see, do, say and experience in life. This recording starts at conception."
In her book Metatron: Invoking the Angel of God's Presence, Rose Vanden Eynden writes: "One of Metatron’s most prominent roles is as the Angel of the Akashic Records. These records are the Universe’s energetic repository of all actions, thoughts, and information from the beginning of time. They are accessible to all of us as spiritual beings inhabiting a physical body, and we can work with Metatron to help us access this information to better ourselves in our current life circumstances."
Accessing Higher Truth
Believers say that people can ask Metatron to help them spiritually access some of the information that his records contain, and that doing so can help them better understand who they are and inspire them to make choices that reflect God's best for them.
"Use Metatron’s vast knowledge to assist you to access your Higher Truth," writes Margaret Doner in her book Archangels Speak. "In meditation he will take you to the Akashic Records, where you will be able to access the highest vision of yourself. ... His energy is powerful, and if you contact him you must be ready to face the Truth of who you are."
In her book The Angel Blessings Kit, Revised Edition: Cards of Sacred Guidance and Inspiration Kimberly Marooney writes: "Metatron supervises special archives called Akashic Records, where all of our thoughts and deeds are recorded upon an impressionable and highly sensitized screen of mental essence. Our attitudes perpetually create our current life experiences as well as our future. ... You are God’s thought, and you can connect with eternal intelligence in your creative thoughts. Call on Metatron to quicken your intellect and reveal all that imprisons you."
"Metatron teaches up to live upward," writes Joubert in AngelSense. "Only then can our Eternal Self fill our awareness, seeking to reunite in love and freedom. We always strive for perfection. To realize that we are imperfect, the more perfect we get. Our beliefs drive our thoughts and our thoughts drive our energy."
In her book The Angel Bible: The Definitive Guide to Angel Wisdom, Hazel Raven writes "Only with guidance from higher level beings can we unlock the 'codes of light' from which the Akasha are formed. Even with the help of your higher self, guardian angel and Metatron, the 'light codes' will often be perceived by the human mind as symbolism or a library in which books or scrolls are stored. Yet, as we transcend the human mind, the codes of light will be downloaded into the Heart Chakra and DNA, where they will be decoded and stored as a higher form of 'intelligent energy', which will bring about personal evolution, clarity and guidance.". These are the thing I can share with you all about our beloved Archangel Metatron. Thank you for reading my dear ones love you all. Wish you a wonderful Saturday with lots of love & light. Tercy