The ancient Greek mystery religions taught that the vision of a god makes one divine; picked up upon by Hellenistic Jewish mystics and then incorporated into Merkabic Mysticism. Thus, in the Second Temple period, the Jewish mystic would descend (as if into the bowels of the pyramid to reach the night sky) into one of the seven Hekhalot or heavens to gaze upon God or his enthroned bodily manifestation, the kabod or ‘Glory’, and one was transforme or transfigured (in the same manner that Enoch was transformed into the archangel Metatron)–returning to Earth with a messianic message. One would then be said to have taken on a glorified body. This practice was relatively controversial with Sanhedrin authority and the Rabbinical establisment.
"Prophecy is, in truth and reality, an emanation sent forth by Divine Being through the medium of the Active Intellect, in the first instance to man's rational faculty and then to his imaginative faculty."–Maimonides
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