The Father of All Evil: Mastema the Demon-Angel

The Mastema Angel the Father of All Evil. Angel and a Demon? Mastema is the angel who carries out retribution for God, as well as tempting humans and testing their faith. According to the Zadokite Fragments and the Dead Sea Scrolls, Mastema is the angel of disaster, the father of all evil, and a flatterer of God. His first emergence is in the literature of the Second Temple Period as a personification of the Hebrew word mastemah meaning “hatred”, “hostility”, “enmity”, or “persecution”. Mastema is an Angel and a Demon
He is also found in the Book of Jubilees, Mastema (“hostility”) is the chief of the demons vulnerable to the Watchers/fallen angels unification with women. Mastema’s actions and name indicate he is the Satan, the “Adversary”, but in these religious works, Satan is more like he who appears in the Book of Job with a function to fulfill under God unlike the Satan of later traditions who is the highest rival of God.
The demon Beliar, is mentioned twice in the Book of Jubilees,
and is likely to be identical with Mastema in this work. When God is ready to annihilate all these demons after the flood and Noah prays that his descendants be released from their attacks, Mastema intervenes, beseeching God to allow him to retain and control one tenth of these demons in order to exercise his dominion because they are “intended to corrupt and lead astray before my judgement
because the evil of the sons of men is great”. (Jubilees 10:8) Mastema is the tester of humans, with God’s consent Mastema sends a plague of birds onto the land in the days of Terah. (Jubilees 11:10). Later, Mastema counsels God to test Abraham (Jubilees 17:15-16) as does Satan in the book of Job who wanted approval to test Job. As Abraham prepares to sacrifice his son Isaac, Mastema stands in God’s presence. On his deathbed, Isaac promises that the spirits of Mastema will have no power to turn Jacob or his descendants away from Yahweh. The strange account in Exodus 4.24 where Yahweh meets Moses by the way and tries to kill him is retold in a way that attributes the attack to Mastema instead (Jubilees 48:1-3). Please watch the video for more information on Mastema the Demon-Angel of God or visit the channel for many videos on the Angels, Fallen angels and Demons at mythology explored by ANCIENT MYSTERY on Youtube.

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