Jesus claim of the title "Son of Man", if of prophetic status, would assume statements or "viewings" of the "Merkavah".
His principal message seems to introduce the spiritual "Kingdom of G-D", (written on our hearts) which is central to the future "Merkavah" function. His principal action was to offer an alternative (or termination) to the personal sacrificial offering, as practised in the Herodian temple. He probably did this due to the shear numbers of sacrificial livestock becoming a logistical, monetary and aesthetic concern, undermining the sanctity of the Holy Place. Strict adherence to the law killed too many animals and ultimately himself.
Maccabean control had created a racially and gender divisive sacred/profane temple hierarchy, where Levitical Priests, as officiates, and Jewish males +Jewish females, were placed in spiritual authority over the "lost tribes" and gentiles. This differed from the Davidic/Solomon hierarchy of Zadokite Priests, Levitical servants and righteous congregation.
A Temple in Jerusalem is a model of Heaven. As the angels are androgynous, gender is not a segregation requirement. Neither can the two surviving Jewish tribal identities claim segregation as Elijah took 12 stones and said Israel will be your name. It must be noted though, that Jerusalem borders the ancient Benjamin/Judah lands.
The Zadokite Priesthood had left Jerusalem in 154 BCE, retreating to Qumran and Leontopolis, replacing sacrificial practice with the breaking of Bread and Wine, the communal meal. I propose that Jesus might have gained Zadokite High Priesthood status, his spiritual assault on the Herodian Temple validated by his scriptural status. The tension between himself and the established authority, similarity of ritual to the Qumran community and his common popularity, seems to validate this.
Christian claims of Jesus' divinity seem to have parallels with Egyptian mythology (especially Horus) , Christ's deification, was absorbed into a mythologically primed population, quite separate from Judaism.
John the Baptist says of Jesus that he will baptise with fire and the Holy Spirit. Fire is a central image of the "Merkavah", the Holy Spirit's presence being both flame and rainbow light.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the sons of G-D.
Do not swear, either by Heaven, for it is G-D's Throne, or by the Earth, for it is his Footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King.
Unless you humble yourself and become like little children, you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven. See that you do not look down on these little ones. I tell you that their angels in Heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.
I tell you the truth, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his Glorious Throne, you who have followed me will also sit on 12 thrones, judging the 12 tribes of Israel.
Parable of the Workers of the Vineyard: I want to give man who I hired last the same as I gave you. The last will be first and the first last.
Note: This alludes to the design where both Jews and Gentiles have the same status in the structure even though the Jewish people have "borne the burden of the work."
The stone that the builders rejected has become the capstone.
Note: This alludes to the rejected Zadokite Priesthood and their 3 dimensional (holistic) interpretations of scripture, rather than Levitical textual legality. Both are relevant, the first being contemplative, the second, legislative. For correct legislative interpretation, the contemplative balance between justice and mercy needs to be found. The congregation waits on the Levite as the Levite waits on the Zadokite.
At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory. And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the 4 winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.
Mark & Luke
Is it not written: "My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations."
"O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how long have I longed to gather your children together as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing. Look, your house is left to you desolate."
From now on, the Son of Man will be seated on the right hand of the mighty G-D.
Note: This is a reference to the wings under which worshippers sit and the Boaz column on the Right Hand side of the Holy Place, that Christology (the solar column of Justice) signifies. It is important to note that Jachin, the lunar column of mercy, balances Boaz.
You shall see heaven open, and the angels of G-D ascending and descending on the Son of Man. Trust in G-D, trust also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms. I am going there to prepare a place for you.
Note: The majority of Jesus' teachings are to do with refuting Levitical authority and introducing conceptual sketches describing what is required of the entrant to the "Kingdom of G-D." His role as the “Christ” of his time, was to keep sacredness alive in the personal spirit, preparing a way for a people without a spiritual centre, (no physical temple) until the arrival of the Kingdom of G-D.
Stephen's trial: Heaven is my throne and earth is my footstool. What kind of house will you build for me? Says the Lord. Or where will my resting-place be? Has not My hand made all these things?
Stephen looked up and saw the glory of G-D and Jesus standing at the right hand of G-D.
Note: Stephen sees the "Merkavah" with the Boaz column on the right hand side of the House. The status of Jesus is symbolic this column, the nature of his ministry being solar movement based, the following Christianity being a solar calendar pattern inherited from Egypt. Death and resurrection is its yearly cycle.
It is likely that the recipients of this letter were aware of the "Merkavah" visionary tradition and therefore were capable of accepting the images presented.
The Son is the radiance of G-D's glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand side of the majesty in heaven.
So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs. For to which of the angels did G-D ever say, "You are my Son; today I have become your father". Or again, "I will be his Father, and he will be my Son."
And again, when G-D brings his first born into the world, he says, "Let all G-D’s angels worship him." In speaking of the angels, He says: "He makes the angels winds, his servants flame of fire." But of the son he says: "Your throne O G-D, will last forever and ever, and righteousness will be the sceptre of your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore G-D, your G-D, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy. To which of the angels did G-D ever say, Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet."
Revelation of John
John's Revelation is the culmination of "Christ-centred Merkavism." This complex and theatrical writing combines all the images that have been found thus far.
I turned around to see the voice speaking to me. And when I turned I saw 7 golden lamp stands and among the lamp stands was someone "like the son of man" dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest. His head and hair were white as wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire.
His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. In his right hand, he held 7 stars, and out of his mouth came a sharp double-edged sword. When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: "Do not be afraid. I am the first and the last. I am the living one; I was dead, and behold I am alive forever and ever. I hold the keys to death and Hades."
The 7 stars are the angels of the 7 churches and the 7 lamp stands are the 7 churches.
Ephesus: These are the words of him who holds the 7 stars in the right hand and walks among the 7 lamp stands...
Smyrna: Be careful even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life.
Pergamum: These are the words of him that has the sharp double-edged sword...
Thyatira: These are the words of the Son of G-D, whose eyes are like blazing fire and whose feet are like blazing bronze.
Sardis: These are the words of him who holds the 7 spirits of G-D and the 7 stars....
Philadelphia: These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David.... I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have so that no one will take your crown. Him who overcomes I will make a pillar in the temple of my G-D. Never again will he leave it. I will write on him the name of my G-D and the name of the city of my G-D; and I will also write on him my new name.
Laodicea: To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne just as I overcame and sat down with my father on his throne.
At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it. And the one who sat on there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian. A rainbow resembling an emerald encircled the throne.
Surrounding the throne were 24 other thrones and seated on them were 24 elders. They were dressed in white and had crowns of gold on their heads. From the throne came flashes of lightening, rumblings and peals of thunder, before the throne, 7 lamps were blazing. These are the 7 spirits of G-D. Also before the throne there was what looked like a sea of glass, clear as crystal.
In the centre, around the throne, were the 4 living creatures and they were covered with eyes, in front and in back. The first living creature was like a lion, second like an ox, third had a face like a man, the fourth was like a flying eagle.
Each 4 creatures had 6 wings and were covered with eyes all around, even under his wings. Day and night they never stopped saying: "Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord G-D Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come."
Whenever the living creatures give glory, honour and thanks to him who sits on the throne and who lives forever and ever, the 24 elders fall down before him who sits on the throne, and worship him who lives forever and ever.
They lay their crowns before the throne and say: "You are worthy O Lord and G-D, to receive glory and honour and power, for you have created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being."
Then I saw a lamb looking as if it had been slain, standing in the centre of the throne, encircled by the 4 living creatures and the elders. He had 7 horns and 7 eyes, which are the 7 spirits of G-D, sent out to all the earth.
Then I looked and saw the voice of many angels, numbering 1000s upon 1000s, and 10 000 upon 10 000. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. To him that sits on the throne and to the lamb be praise and honour and glory and power, forever and ever. The 4 living creatures said, "Amen", and the elders fell down and worshipped.
One of the 4 living creatures says in a voice like thunder, "Come"! Before me was a White horse. Its rider held a bow and he was given a crown and he rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest.
The 2nd living creature said, "Come"! Red horse was given power to take peace from the earth and make men slay each other. To him was given a large sword.
The 3rd living creature, "Come"! Black horse, its rider holding a pair of scales in his hand.
The 4th living creature, "Come"! Pale horse, its rider named death, and Hades was following close behind him. They were given power over 1/4th of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague and by wild beasts.
I saw 4 angels standing at the 4 corners of the earth to prevent any wind from blowing on the land or on the sea or on any tree. Do not harm the land or the sea or the trees until we have a seal on the foreheads of the servants of G-D. 144 000 sealed.
I saw the New Jerusalem coming down out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.
Now the dwelling of G-D is with men, and he will live with them. It shone with the Glory of G-D and its brilliance was that of a very precious jewel, like jasper, clear as crystal. High wall with 12 gates has the 12 names of the 12 tribes of Israel.
12 foundations and on them were the names of the 12 apostles of the lamb.
12 000 stadia in length, and as wide and as high as it was long. Wall 144 cubits thick.
Foundations of precious stones: jasper, sapphire, chalcedony, emerald, sardonyx, carnelian, chrysolite, beryl, topaz, chrysoprase, jacinth and amethyst.
The 12 gates were of pearl, the great street was of pure gold, like transparent glass.
I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord G-D Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. The city does not need the sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of G-D gives it light and the lamb is its lamp.
Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of G-D and the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the Tree of Life, bearing 12 crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.