Summary: While the phrase “son of man” is used primarily in scripture to contrast
the human condition with the exalted nature of God, the proper forms of “Son of Man”
and “Sun of Man” present a much deeper teaching of theological significance, as revealed
in the 6th Endowment.
A sequential reading of scripture introduces the expression as a title used by the
Ancient of Days in reference to the prophet Enoch (B:6:5; B:17:2-3). Yeshua builds
upon the meaning and mystery of the title, using it extensively in reference to himself,
while simultaneously providing a subtle pointing to a deeper interpretation. Then,
in the book of Wisdom and Enlightenment, a scene is portrayed in which Shaemdiel’s
violent rebellion — midst the gathered might of the Elohim on the plains of Kuristan
— is suddenly interrupted by the sounding of a mighty trumpet as the Heavens part
to reveal one “like unto the Son of Man” and thirty thousand Seraphim prepared for
battle (W:2:38-39; E:9:61-62).
And on the day of battle stood forth seven mighty ones, captains of the heavenly
hosts: Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, Uriel, Ariel, Azrael, and Suriel, and with all
their might did they leap into battle, and behind them were many valiant ones.
And there came a mighty trump and behold, one like unto the Son of Man and with him
many Seraphim, fierce in battle.
When, therefore, Shaemdiel saw his legions in fearful abeyance before the gathering
of the heavenly hosts, he swore a fearful oath, and with speed and might he flung
himself with fierce abandon straight into the face of Michael whereby he might give
But immediately was there heard the sounding of a great trump, and the world grew
still and silent, and the heavens rolled up as a scroll; and, behold, there descended
from above one which was like unto the Son of Man, and with him came thirty thousand
of the greater Seraphim, fierce and mighty in battle.
At this point we are left to ponder: Who is the Son of Man? From whence came the
expression, and what is its significance? What is the title’s connection with Yeshua
(the mortal embodiment of Emmanuel, Michael’s son) and other prophets? Furthermore,
who is the onelike unto the Son of Man? While Yeshua referred to himself as the
Son of Man, it seems unlikely (and contrary to the spiritual hierarchy revealed thus
far throughout scripture) that the battle-ready figure — whose sudden appearance
put an immediate stop to Shaemdiel’s revolt — would be presented as a subordinate,
or a lesser divine figure, to that of Emmanuel.
It is not until the 6th Endowment that the mystery and meaning of the Son of Man
is addressed directly by The One, First Father God and co-Creator of Heaven. The
One begins by revealing the identity of he who descended upon the plains of Kuristan
to put an end to Shaemdiel’s war in Heaven. It is confirmed that the one who is “like
unto the Son of Man” is none other than the First God’s “one and truest son”, the
Azraella Ahgendai (6:2:7-16).
The One continues to explain how the expression, “Son of Man”, arose as a reference
to himself, as he was the first human to engender an immortal soul. As the First
Father God, the One had his beginnings midst the evolution of humankind, specifically,
the life of Kronus Maximillius. Thus, having “sprung forth from the seed of First
Man”, The One is the original Son of Man — the Son of Man Eternal (6:2:16).
And yet, throughout the eternities the meaning and mystery behind the expression
deepened, as the Son of Man came to be likened unto the Sun of Man also, being recognized
as “the light which would chase away the darkness, [giving] both shape and vision
to all who would believe” (6:2:18). The One states that in every dispensation on
every mortal world, those appointed would make mention of the Son of Man, “hiding
deep within the speaking a far more deeper meaning...” (6:2:20-21).
Book of the 6th Endowment
7. Hear then this mystery which I would reveal to the Keeper of Covenants whereby
you might prove most deeply knowing; for on the plains of Kuristan, by the city of
Mitanni did Shaemdiel gather to steal away his lineage from out of the very Keep.
8. And there arrived upon the fields of battle the House of Shevas and the House
of Valhaladea, the House of Sabaoth and the House of Mithron being themselves, all
in all, led by Michael the Arch-Angel.
9. Which Houses, in all their several powers and glories became as a wall which would
shield Galendriel from the wrath of a prideful son; becoming to Shaemdiel and his
legions even as a barrier which would prevent Shaemdiel from wounding deep his own
soul in the doing of evil.
10. And in a moment of great frustration Shaemdiel flew straight into the face of
Michael, and immediately there was heard the sounding blast of a great and dreadful
trumpet which shook the world of Paradise, down to the deepest core; and with a sudden
breath of deep surprise, the world grew still and silent, filled with expectation.
11. And the heavens rolled up as a scroll revealing the stars of all creation, even
Olaha Shinehah sparkling in the Deep; and there descended one which was like unto
the Son of Man, and with him thirty thousand of the greater Seraphim.
12. And added to these were gathered the House of the Archons and the Houses of El
Shalon and El Shaloah, and there stood at the head of the Houses even Ahman the Father
of All; even he who presided over all the Elohim together; standing himself beside
the one who was like unto the Son of Man.
13. Consider now and quietly ponder this mystery which I would open before your eyes;
that you might grow in understanding regarding the workings of my mind; that you
may be emboldened as in ancient days of yore, to stand beside my Azraella fit for
war and holy battle as warriors of light and goodness.
14. For it is my Azraella who is like unto the Son of Man, being himself my one and
truest son; ever eager to prove through diligence his love for God and Heaven, having
himself proved the faith which in him dwells, to stand himself beside the Ahman as
the insurer of victory and peace within the blessed realms.
15. For this Azrael which goes before you is the advocate of my will, to stand himself
within the breach upon the trysting day; firm resolved with deep foreknowing in all
he says and does.
16. Know then that if this Azraella be the likeness of the Son of Man, possessing
in his heart and mind a fullness of my intent; thought for thought, heartbeat placed
on heartbeat, then is it certain that I alone am the Son of Man Eternal.
17. For the meaning of the Son of Man have I derived from former times, having myself
in my beginning sprung forth from the seed of First Man; even such men as once did
dwell upon the world of the First Power, when I as Kronus strode upon the earth filled
with dreams and hopeful yearnings.
18. Thus in this meaning am I the Son of Man, but not this only; for in the creating
of God and Heaven was there fashioned still more subtle meaning; evolving throughout
the eternities to be myself the Sun of Man also, even the light which would chase
away the darkness, to give both shape and vision to all who would believe.
19. Know then that in the Son of Man and the Sun of Man is there a deeper meaning
found, which meaning is perceived most subtly in the working of Azrael; who through
many labors did most nobly strive to strengthen and enlighten every man and every
women who would seek for things eternal; being ever hopeful that they might sure
20. For in every dispensation upon every mortal world, did those which were appointed
make mention the Son of Man; hiding deep within the speaking a far more deeper meaning,
being diligent to cast within the darkness the light which shines beyond.
21. Revealing to those who seek, perchance that they might find, that brightly shining
star which does forever glow; causing that there should rise up within the mind,
the sum of all my dreams and glory; for this alone is my only will, to bring to pass
the immortality and eternal life of every man and every woman till they should stand
as one within the heart of God.
6th Endowment 2:7-21
Book of Beginnings
The phrase “son of man” is first used by the Ancient of Days while addressing Enoch
the prophet (B:6:5; B:17:2-3). In these cases the title appears to be honorary and
a reference to Enoch’s spiritual destiny or identity, and not merely a reference
to Enoch’s humanity.
Now in the beginning, the Ancient of Days came forth unto the land of Ur in a mighty
vision, and he spoke unto a certain man named Enoch, saying: “Come, O son of man,
and attend your ear unto the words which I shall speak unto you. For I shall send
you forth among the sons and daughters of men.
But Enoch, upon seeing the armies of Sumer, went into the temple, and there in the
Holy of Holies the Ancient of Days appeared unto him above the altar. And he spoke
to Enoch, saying:
“Consider, O son of man, how evil has encamped itself round about you, that it might
make desolate the dwelling place of the godly, that it might lift up the hand of
war against the peaceful habitation.
Later, the title is used by Lucifer while contending against Noah upon Mount Ararat
(B:23:29-30). Lucifer’s use of the expression could be interpreted in various ways.
Was he using the title facetiously as a means to belittle Noah and his accomplishments
pertaining to the global adoption of man? Regardless, Noah is addressed by Lucifer
as the ‘son of man’.
Now after some little while, Lucifer came to Noah upon the mount, and he contended
against him, saying:
“Have you considered, O son of man, how futile shall be your joy concerning the adoption
of the house of Enosh unto the house of Adam?
Book of Yeshua
The expression “Son of Man” is used 22 times by Yeshua. In many cases, the phrase
can easily be interpreted as self-referential. However, Yeshua’s use of the expression
is oftentimes ambiguous and cryptic. While there are cases in which Yeshua is clearly
pointing to himself as the ‘Son/son of Man’, he often presents the expression in
vague form, perhaps implying in subtle fashion that the title is not purely exclusive
to himself (see: 6:2:20-21).
And Yeshua answered him, saying: “The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air
their nest, but the son of man has nowhere to lay his head. How then shall you follow
me seeing that I have taken nothing to myself?”
For John came neither drinking nor eating, having abstained from the joys of the
body, and the scribes and Pharisees declared unto the people, saying: ‘He is possessed
But when the Son of Man is come eating and drinking, they say: ‘Behold, a gluttonous
man, a winebibber full of drunkenness, a friend of publicans and sinners.’
8. And Yeshua spoke unto them in parable, saying: “Unto what shall the Son of Man
be likened to?
9. For he is like a sower that went forth to sow in the earth living grains of wheat.
And as he sowed, some seeds fell by the wayside, and the birds of the air came and
gathered them up.
10. And other seeds fell on stony places where they had but little soil, and when
they were sprung up and the sun was hot upon the land, they withered, having no deepness
in the earth.
11. And some seed fell among thorns, and when they were come up, behold, the thorns
choked them and they perished.
12. But other seeds fell upon good ground, being rich and deep, and when they were
sprung up, they brought forth fruit in abundance, some a hundredfold, some sixty
fold, and some thirty fold.”
30. Hear now and ponder deeply, for the kingdom of Heaven is like unto a treasure
hidden in a field, for which a man, when he finds it, leaps for joy; and selling
all which he has to purchase the field, takes the treasure unto himself.
31. Again, the kingdom of Heaven is like a merchant seeking goodly pearls, and finding
one of great price, he went and sold all which he had, and bought it.
32. You are the treasure hid in the earth, you are the pearl beyond price or measure,
for I tell you truly, that the kingdom of Heaven is within you and you are unable
to perceive it.
33. For this cause is the Son of Man come unto the earth, that you may be brought
out of the darkness and into the light, that you may possess yourselves anew.
For as Jonah was a sign of repentance unto the Ninevites, even so shall the Son of
Man be unto this generation.
For this cause is the Son of Man come forth, that he might seek and save that which
For it is not the Father’s will that any should perish, being lost and without hope.
Again I say unto you that in Heaven do the angels rejoice more over that one which
is found than over any other.
For the Son of Man came not to do his own will, but to seek and to save that which
And whosoever shall speak a word falsely against the Son of Man, it shall be forgiven
But whosoever shall speak against the witness of the Holy Spirit which testifies
of me, even that one shall be brought to account in the day of visitation.”
51. And the good seed are the children of the kingdom unto whom the promise is given.
52. But the enemy which came in the night to sow tares is that wicked one which fell
from Heaven, and the tares are the children of darkness who would steal away your
hope and your joy.
53. And he that is sent forth to reap is the Son of Man which is even now come among
54. And the righteous shall I gather unto glory, and they shall shine forth even
as the sun in the kingdom of the Father, being made heir to all things.
55. But they which are the tares shall I gather and cast again unto the earth, that
they might be purged of all unrighteousness.
Labor not, therefore, for the bread which perishes, but for the bread which endures
unto life everlasting, which bread give I unto you; for on the Son of Man has the
Father set his seal.
But Yeshua spoke unto them, saying: “Will you be offended a second time also? What
if you should see the Son of Man ascending again unto God, will you believe then?
Go you, therefore, two by two unto every city and place, that you may prepare all
Israel for the coming of the Son of Man.
For I tell you that the field is great and ready for harvest, but the laborers are
few: pray you therefore unto the Lord of harvest that he might send forth yet other
laborers into the field.
I tell you truly, that it shall prove more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrah in that
day than for you; for you believed not in the Son of Man when he came to dwell among
If, therefore, God should feed the birds of the air, and you yourselves should feed
both the ox and the ass; how much more then should I feed them which are the sons
and daughters of Abraham?
By this shall you know that the Son of Man is Lord also over the Sabbath; for the
Sabbath was made for man and not man for the Sabbath.”
20. And the Lord looking tenderly upon his disciples, said: “Why will you be fearful?
21. For it is expedient that I go again unto Jerusalem that all men might see the
love of the Father which is made manifest unto the whole world.
22. But this word will I speak for your sake: for when I am come again unto Jerusalem,
then shall the Son of Man be betrayed into the hands of the chief priests and scribes,
and they shall condemn him unto death.
23. And they shall deliver him unto the Gentiles for judgment and death, and they
shall mock him, and scourge him, and spit upon him, and they shall crucify the Holy
One of Israel;
24. And the Heavens shall gather darkness, and the lightning shall flash and thunder
all about, and the earth shall be convulsed with sorrow because of it.”
25. And though Heaven and earth shall pass away, yet shall my word not pass away,
but shall ever remain as a testimony against you.
26. But of the coming of the Son of Man, of the day and the hour is it given unto
no man to know, not even unto the angels of Heaven, but the Father only.
27. Watch, therefore, and pray you daily, for you know not at what hour your Lord
shall come again unto you.
28. Know then that if the master of the house had known in what hour the thief would
come, he would have watched with all diligence; and would not have suffered that
his house should be broken into.
29. Be you likewise also diligent: for in such an hour as you think not of, behold,
in the very moment shall the Son of Man come.
30. Which of you being a good and faithful servant, of whom the Lord has made master
over all his house, will not watch diligently in due season to do all which his Lord
has required of him.
31. Blessed, therefore, is that servant which the Lord, when he comes, shall find
so doing. I tell you truly that he shall be made ruler over all his master’s goods.
32. But if a servant be evil and shall say in his heart: Behold, the Lord has delayed
his coming; and shall begin to smite his fellow servants, and to eat and drink wantonly,
fulfilling the lusts of his own pleasure;
33. Then shall the Lord of that servant come in a day when he looketh not for him;
and in an hour that he is not aware of. And the Lord shall apportion unto him according
to his works, and in desolation shall he make his abode.
34. When, therefore, the Son of Man shall come into his glory, and all the righteous
with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory; and he shall gather from
the earth, the people of every nation.
35. And he shall separate from among them the good from the evil, even as a shepherd
will divide his sheep from the goats; and he shall set the sheep upon his right hand,
but the goats shall he place on his left.
Watch, therefore, and be you diligent and wise; for you know neither the day nor
the hour wherein the Son of Man shall come forth unto you.”
So Judas took the thirty pieces of silver and returned unto the Lord, and when the
Master beheld Judas drawing near, he spoke, saying: “Behold, the Son of Man is betrayed
into the hands of sinners.”
For it is written: Against the shepherd shall the wicked strike, against my Anointed
shall the ungodly rage, and the sheep of his flock shall be scattered abroad.
But now is the Son of Man glorified; and God is glorified also. And if the Father
and the Son be glorified, then shall you also be glorified in me.
“Sleep my children, and do not fear; for, behold, the hour is near when the Son of
Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.”
But Caiaphas, being filled with anger, spoke hotly against the Master, saying: “I
adjure you by the living God, tell us plainly whether you are the Messiah of whom
all the prophets spoke.”
Yeshua answered him, saying: “You have rightly said; nevertheless I tell you truly:
hereafter you shall see the Son of Man sitting on the right hand of God and coming
in the clouds of Heaven.”