Shin Megami Tensei V daily demon vol. 205 – Metatron
With the release of Shin Megami Tensei V just around the corner, Atlus has continued to share new information for the game’s various demons with these daily demon showcases. This latest video highlights Metatron, check it out with some extra details regarding its real world history below.
Here is some additional information on the Herald Race Metatron from the Megami Tensei Wiki:
Metatron (who is sometimes theorized to originally be Enoch, father of Methuselah and great-grandfather of Noah) is the voice of God. Whenever a human believes God has directly spoken to them, in reality it is Metatron acting as his vessel. One million eyes and mouths cover his body, and every mouth speaks a different language. He is the being who is the nearest in hierarchy to that of God. He is said to have the largest body among all of the angels, having 36 wings, 3 representing the triumvirate of the father (God), the son (Jesus Christ) and the holy ghost, multiplied by the 12 tribes of Israel (God’s chosen people). In ancient Judaism, his status is even higher than that of the Archangel Michael.
He received various titles such as “Face of God,” “Angel of Contracts” synonymous with the Iranian God Mithra, “King of Angels” and others of the like. His name literally means “He who sits behind the throne of Heaven.” Metatron is also said to be the twin brother of the archangel Sandalphon.
Although Metatron isn’t an official angel according to the ecumenical teachings of modern Christendom (nor does he appear in any of the Old or New Testament books and letters of the Bible), his celebrity is certainly not without consequence. As put forth in several of the ancient Enochian texts (especially the Slavonic Secrets of Enoch text 2, one of many deuterocanonicals attributed to Enoch), Metatron takes on the heavenly role as God’s mediator with all mankind. Some of said texts even go so far as to assert that Metatron is actually the holy ghost of Christianity (see 2 Enoch and 3 Enoch). As such, particularly to the Gnostics in upper Mesopotamia via the “Nag Hammadi” transcripts, Metatron is portrayed to be the most mysterious, as well as the highest, in the order of the heavenly host.
Shin Megami Tensei V arrives on Switch on November 12. Earlier coverage for the game, including trailers, news, and all previous daily demon videos, can be found here.