Jacob Prasch and His Claim That Jesus Is the Metatron
You will notice, he claims in Isaiah 4 and 5 it says Jesus is the Metatron. You will not find this in the whole book of Isaiah. Someone clarified it for me and said he meant to say Revelation 5:6.
These videos are one of the reasons he had to address the accusations that he is teaching Kabbalah.
Here is someone who explained my view very well in the comments on this post.
Regardless, the Greek μεσω θρονου is mesos thronos, not meta thronos in Revelation 5:6. Its a straw man argument, it doesn’t hold water biblically. And even if it had said meta thronos that in and of itself would not equate metatron not to mention the term is never used in the Torah. He has to read from the Septuagint to even make his point. I don’t believe orthodox Jews would even consider the Zohar as it is a Jewish mystical work existing outside of Jewish orthodoxy. And your right, faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God not the Zohar. We only need Scripture to witness to any people groups.
Other Doctrine Issues
The Metatron doctrine isn’t the only troubling thing Prasch teaches about. In a quick search through Prasch’s blog, you can see him using the word “Shekinah” several times. The word Shekinah is not found in the Bible and is another false doctrine from Judaism. Don’t get me wrong, I am in complete agreement with learning about a religion before witnessing to the members. But we also cannot agree with their false doctrine or imply it is the same as Biblical Christianity.
For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?”
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
A friend commented on Facebook sharing this with me below. I cannot confirm this, but I want to share it because I know she loves and fears God. She is a Messianic Jew and has learned to spot these false teachings very well.
Prasch seems to think that we need the knowledge of the Midrash and Jewish thought to rightly understand the Bible. Here are some quotes from this article.
“…But Matthew appears to take the passage out of all reasonable context and twist it into talking about Jesus. We have to ask, is Matthew wrong? or is there something wrong with our Protestant way of interpreting the Bible? There is nothing wrong with Matthew, and there is nothing wrong with the New Testament. But there is something wrong with our Protestant mentality…They were reading a Jewish book as if it were a Greek book… The first step is going back to reading the Bible as a Jewish book, instead of as a Greek one.”.
” It takes the wisdom of the ancients to really understand these things.”.
“Wisdom of the Ancients” bears an uneasy resemblance to Ancient Wisdom, which is the esoteric term used by occultists for Gnosis or Mysticism. William Kingsland wrote of this wisdom in his book, ” THE GNOSIS OR ANCIENT WISDOM IN THE CHRISTIAN SCRIPTURES: OR THE WISDOM IN A MYSTERY”: ”
…when I speak of the Gnosis, I do not refer specifically to the Greek or Coptic variety, but to that ‘Ancient Wisdom’ which can be discovered as a thread of gold running through allegories and myths and fables from the very earliest times of which we have any literary records, and which has more recently been somewhat more fully expounded to us by some of the existing Masters of that Wisdom.”.
Christians In Agreement
What is even scarier is how many Christians are agreeing with his Metatron doctrine. A woman, named Linda who says she works at Fellowship Bible Chapel is defending this, as well as Prasch teaching there many times. John Haller is also okay with this teaching from Prasch saying it was only to witness to Jews. You will also notice these videos have a lot of thumbs up on YouTube.
A woman shared a conversation with me that she had with the “Be alert! | Moriel Ministries” Facebook page. She confronted them about this issue and messaged me sharing what they said. She gave me permission to use the photos she sent me.
They even defend the Talmud. This is a lot worse than I thought!
I also spoke to the owner of the “Be Alert! | Moriel Ministries” Facebook page. Here is a quote from the owner of the Facebook group:
your replies indicate to me that you (and all the others who have criticized Jacob on this matter) just don’t understand at all. To reiterate what Jacob said in BOTH videos: it is possible to show Hasidic Jews from their own literature that Christian beliefs don’t conflict with what Hasids already believe. The Jews for Jesus website (as well as other Messianic Jewish websites involved in evangelism to Hasids) also basically makes the same points that Jacob has. There are actually entire Messianic Jewish ministries which evangelize to Hasidic, Ultra-Orthodox and Orthodox Jews; ALL OF THEM use the texts of those streams of Judaism to prove that Christian beliefs aren’t contradictory. As Jacob says in the beginning of this video: if you were evangelizing a Mormon, you’d have to know their texts. There is nothing different here.
I just need to point out part of her statement; “ALL OF THEM use the texts of those streams of Judaism to prove that Christian beliefs aren’t contradictory” is very wrong. Christianity has ZERO in common with the Jewish doctrine.
What Does The Bible Say?
As Christians should know, the Talmud, Kabbalah, Zohar, etc have absolutely nothing in common with the Bible. What does the Bible say about the teachings from those of the circumcision (the Jews) and other deceivers?
Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.
For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision:
Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake.
One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, the Cretians are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies.
This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;
Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth.
Here is what Jesus said about the traditions of the elders:
Then the Pharisees and scribes asked him, Why walk not thy disciples according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashen hands?
He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.
Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do.
And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.
For Moses said, Honour thy father and thy mother; and, Whoso curseth father or mother, let him die the death:
But ye say, If a man shall say to his father or mother, It is Corban, that is to say, a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; he shall be free.
And ye suffer him no more to do ought for his father or his mother;
Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye
Another Metatron Teaching from Prasch
Here we have a video from Prasch’s 2014 book named ‘Harpazo’. He talks about Metatron quite a bit in this book.
I only know of Prasch, John Haller and Servus Christi who seem to be involved with this group. I subscribed to the three of them a while ago on YouTube before red flags went off and I unsubscribed. A woman I recently subscribed to on YouTube pointed out this false teaching from Prasch, so I want to be clear about this. Apparently, there is a lot of fighting in Prasch’s ministry, along with churches who gather with them. A lot of people are exposing some other things going on with Prasch. These other claims also question his credibility, but I am just here to talk about false doctrine.
More on the Kabbalah and Its Demonic Teachings
I need to link some places where you can research more on the Kabbalah from true Christains.
DeAnne Loper wrote a wonderful book in response to Itzhak Shapira who is also claiming that Jesus is Metatron. You can find her book here. She also has a website you can check out here. DeAnne is wonderful so feel free to ask her any questions on her website.
Israeli News Live is a great resource to understand the teachings of Judaism from a Messianic Jew.
You might want to look into the Noahide Laws and check out my (work in progress) sources. This is just another sign of how satan is trying to Judaise Christians in the last days for their plan.