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Shaemdiel

 

Pronunciation:  SHAHM-dee-ehl

Occurrences:  374

First Reference:  Wisdom 15:1

 

Now in the beginning was Shaemdiel bound and brought before the Most High God to give account, for there arose in Heaven a great contention, for the Fallen One had deceived many.

 

 

See:  Archon, Arkomium, Bhugosa, Chief Archon, Elohim, Fallen One, Fallen (the), Immediate Recompense, Lucifer, Rutheniel, Son of the Morning

 

Summary:  Shaemdiel is one the most prominent figures in the Song of God. He, along with his Beloved Rutheniel served as Chief Arch-Angels under the auspices of their Heavenly Parents, Ahman and Galendriel – the King and Queen of the celestial Council of Elohim. Referred to as the “Prince of Kolob” and  “Son of the Morning Light” (E:10:33; B:21:16), Shaemdiel’s rise to greatness was likely fueled by strong ambition and a passion for goodness, yet his zealous pursuit for glory and achievement became the seed which led him to wage a bitter war in the realms of Elohim. Shaemdiel’s rebellion and subsequent eviction from the Celestial Kingdom can be considered a subsidiary aspect of Yaldabaoth’s First War against Heaven (6:7:53).

 

Despite the heartache and damage resulting from the fall of the Chief Archon, there moved behind the actions of Shaemdiel a deeper design, a hidden plan conceived and brought forth by the mind and will of the First Father God, referred to as The One. According to scripture, it was The One’s secret intent that Shaemdiel should be subtly influenced by the Chief Demiurgos, Yaldabaoth, to eventually fall and be evicted to the world of the First Power (1:4:15-41; 6:2:35-36). This development was intended by the First God to serve a greater plan established to increase the glory of Heaven.

 

Alternate Designations for Shaemdiel

Scripture contains numerous appellations referring to Shaemdiel. The various names and titles and the context in which each is used may reveal subtle insight regarding Shaemdiel’s journey and influence.

 

• adversary (2)       B:23:33-35       W:20:13-14

Lucifer (120)       E:10:33-35

Fallen One (38)    B:2:39         B:21:39

Lord / Prince of Kolob (6)       E:4:9        E:8:25

Lord of Light (1)    E:5:51

• Father of Light (1)    E:10:16

• prince of darkness (1)         B:7:43

Prince of Salem (2)         E:10:33        1:8:24

• son of light (2)     6:6:10-13

Son of the Morning/Morning Light (32)    B:21:16       B:27:34-79       E:1:26-27

• the Tempter (1)     E:12:12

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• evil one* (3)        B:4:15             B:22:17       B:23:56-58     [*may not be referring to Shaemdiel/Lucifer]

Satan* (4)     Y:16:52      Y:27:59       Y:40:26

• terrible one, scornful one* (1)      W:20:24

 

 

The Fall of Shaemdiel

Scripture provides valuable context underlying the descent of Shaemdiel, the Chief Archon of Elohim. His zealous ambition was provoked eternities prior to the rise of the Demiurge and the First War against Heaven. The sudden appearance of twelve new suns just outside the realms of Kolob incited Shaemdiel to act presumptuously before the Elohim, despite the counsel of his adoring wife, Rutheniel, and his Father, Ahman (5:5:1-79). Eternities passed, and as more mysteries trickled through the Tael, Shaemdiel’s pride and impatience was roused even further (5:13:33-44, 66-72; 5:14:7-12).

 

With the dawn of the Chief Demiurgos, Yaldabaoth, and his first siege against Heaven, Shaemdiel’s ego rose to the fore, and the rift between he and his family grew deeper (5:16:1-41). While the Demiurge was defeated and cast out of the heavenly realms by the Ahgendai, Yaldabaoth eventually returned to the outskirts of the Celestial Kingdom seeking some means whereby he could gain entrance into the kingomd of God. This eventually led to a curious exchange between Shaemdiel and the Chief Demiurgos (E:1:1-47; 5:17:69-74).

 

After his brief exchange with Yaldabaoth, Shaemdiel began aggressively promoting an alternate method of exaltation based upon his Law of Immediate Recompense. While First God had established the pathway of eternal progression (Hodos Alea) in the freedom and agency of an individual to make their own choices regarding good and evil, Shaemdiel saw this as an inferior method that hindered the growth and glory of Heaven. The Chief Archon became convinced that innocence was preferable to hard-earned wisdom, and that greater glory was achievable by enforcing righteousness through instantaneous consequences and rewards (E:2:1-51; E:3:1-52).

 

After a season of contention and a series of discordant acts, the Prince of Salem initiated a violent rebellion which culminated on the plains of Kuristan located on the Eden World of Paradise. Shaemdiel and a portion of his lineage were subsequently cast from the realms of Heaven and — as disembodied spirits — made to serve the Demiurge in the cosmos of the First Creation (E:9:68-73). It was there that Shaemdiel was given the name “Lucifer” by the Demiurge Prince, Jehovah-Yahweh (E:10:33-35). Shaemdiel’s position and title of Chief Archon was given to his younger brother, Michael, which enflamed Shaemdiel’s resentment and bitterness towards God even further (E:10:33-35).

 

Discovering the existence of humans on the world of the First Power, Shaemdiel and his fallen host competed with Jehovah-Yahweh for dominion over earth and humankind (6:3:2). Midst constant clashes with the Demiurge Prince, Shaemdiel initiated dispensations of his own among the children of men, hoping to prove before God the rightness of his Law of Immediate Recompense. Shaemdiel and his lineage began a world-wide effort to identify and initiate communication with receptive humans, and set them apart by giving them knowledge. Those who were receptive to the spirits were given the name “Enosh”. It was through these individuals that various innovations were introduced throughout the earth, including: the mastery of fire, the atlatl, the sling, the boomerang, and the art of making clothes and catching fish (6:4:29-30).

 

With the arrival of Adam and Eve and the dawn of the first dispensation of God (c. 12,775 BCE), humans found themselves in the midst of three competing factions: Jehovah-Yahweh, Lucifer, and the Adaam. Resentful towards God and his younger brother Michael, Shaemdiel focused his attention on fighting against Adam and Eve (the mortal manifestations of Michael and Sher-el) and their progeny (the Adaam). The Fallen One hoped his harassment against the Adaam would cause that God would abandon their efforts on the world of the First Power, allowing Shaemdiel to reclaim the earth and continue his dispensations free of competition (6:8:1-10). According to scripture, Lucifer’s adversarial efforts continued throughout the dispensations, manifesting in contention, violence, and corruption on various scales (B:21:3-57; B:23:29-58; B:24:29-64; W:1:5; W:14:61; 1:3:19-48).

 

Shaemdiel’s first strike against Adam and Eve arose with the incarnation of one of his eldest sons, who was born to Adam and Eve as their first child, Cain (6:8:20). Influenced by a troubled soul and the temptations of Lucifer, Cain would later murder his younger brother, Abel — a brazen act which echoed through the halls of Elohim (1:3:19-20; 1:8:49-51; 6:8:19-23, 42). Thus began the conflict between the Adaam and the Fallen One on the world of the First Power.

 

Unbeknownst to Shaemdiel and the majority of the Elohim, the former Chief Archon played a significant role in a hidden strategy conceived and implemented by The One, who desired to save Heaven from the dangers of complacency and mediocrity, and redeem First Man on the world of the First Power (5:4:41-67; 5:5:78). While Shaemdiel the Mighty (E:9:25), indeed, fought violently against the Elohim and was subsequently evicted from the Heavens, the Lord of Kolob, Prince of Salem, unknowingly served the hidden designs of The One and his grand scheme to renew the kingdom of God and bring about the advent of soul in the heart of First Man (E:5:1-62; 1:4:15-41).

 

Even before Shaemdiel’s eviction, God began establishing a means to redeem, rescue and heal him of his offenses (E:5:61; E:9:71,75; E:14:11; 1:12:29; 6:2:23-47; 6:6:34-35). Scripture portrays the event in which Shaemdiel and his children are redeemed and rescued from the dominion of the Demiurge, and joyfully reunited with their Mother and Beloved, Rutheniel (2:12:1-61).

 

The narrative surrounding the fall and redemption of Shaemdiel is rich in meaning and metaphor, offering considerable insight into human imperfection, ambition and pride, while also portraying the extent of God’s wisdom, patience, compassion, and unwavering dedication towards the redemption of their children (E:14:11).

 

 

Significant Chapters & References pertaining to Shaemdiel and/or Lucifer

 

Beginnings 2                                 Lucifer communes with Cain

Beginnings 21                               Lucifer contends with Michael, the Ancient of Days

Beginnings 23:29-58                     Lucifer contends with Noah

Wisdom 15                                    Shaemdiel’s last words prior to being cast out of Heaven

Enlightenment 1—5                       Shaemdiel’s meeting with Yaldabaoth; Teraphim discuss Shaemdiel’s words; Shaemdiel pleads his cause before the councils of Elohim; Heavenly Mothers seek counsel;  Ahman seeks guidance from The One

Enlightenment 8—13                     Events surrounding Shaemdiel’s rebellion and eviction

1st Endowment 2:19-25                 Interactions between Shaemdiel and Jehovah-Yahweh

1st Endowment 4                           Secret turnings behind the fall of Shaemdiel

2nd Endowment 12                       The redemption of Shaemdiel and the Fallen

5th Endowment 4:41-67                Secret turnings behind the fall of Shaemdiel

5th Endowment 5                          Shaemdiel and the suns of Ashengaard

5th Endowment 16                         Shaemdiel proves insolent during Yaldabaoth’s first siege against Heaven

5th Endowment 17:39-42, 70-74   Shaemdiel is seduced and influenced by Yaldabaoth

6th Endowment 2—8                     Shaemdiel’s eviction and efforts on the world of the First Power

 

 

 

Chronological Summary of Shaemdiel’s Journey

[While the “Song of God” provides a non-linear account of Shaemdiel’s journey, this summary lists significant Shaemdiel-related events in a chronological order determined by the editor. Other interpretations of scripture may result in a slightly different order. Scriptural references included in this section are thorough but not comprehensive in every case.]

 

 

Prologue — Setting the stage with the suns of Ashengaard                5:4:41-67

In a candid discussion with his Beloved Areta, The One reveals the need for certain Gods of the Elohim to unknowingly aid the Nemesis by troubling the Heavens, claiming the domestic disturbance will arise from the pride of great accomplishment. The One determines to create twelve new suns for the Celestial Kingdom, which he calls the suns of Ashengaard. The mystery of these suns would set the stage for a great drama, allowing the Gods to “choose for themselves how to act before the beauty” of The One’s creation.

 

 

Shaemdiel secretly gathers his lineage, rallies sons to join him in moving the suns presumptuously           5:5:1-79

Chronologically speaking, this event marks the introduction of Shaemdiel and Rutheniel (as well as two unique terms that occur only once in scripture: “Arkomium” and “Bhugosa”) (5:5:16). As the Councils debated about what action to take regarding the suns of Ashengaard, Shaemdiel gathers his sons and daughters to rally support for his plan to assume the will of God and the Elohim, and move the suns of Ashengaard from the Chasm into the realms of Kolob. While Shaemdiel garnered support from his sons, his daughters follow the counsel of their Mother, Rutheniel, who tries to gently dissuade her husband from acting presumptuously, refusing to allow any of their daughters to assist him in his prideful efforts.

 

Shaemdiel and his sons dispatched with intent to move the suns of Ashengaard, but Father Ahman was patiently waiting, being “most deeply aware of Shaemdiel’s intent” (5:5:39). Shaemdiel spoke privately with his Father, revealing his objective. Yet Ahman gently counsels Shaemdiel, temporarily calming the Chief Archon’s overzealous ambition. Shaemdiel eventually disregards his Father’s words, and with his sons, proceeds to move the stars of Ashengaard.

 

 

Shaemdiel plots to prove himself greater than all the rest                     5:14:7-12

Eternities pass since the appearance of the suns of Ashengaard. In that time, other mysteries begin to manifest and be observed by the Gods and Goddesses of the Celestial Kingdom. Eventually, a great gathering of all the presiding members of the Seven Councils of Light is convened to discuss the mysteries moving throughout the Tael (5:13:33-44, 66-72). It was determined that each Ahman be given a portion of the mystery to solve. However, Shaemdiel sought to unravel the mysteries on his own, hoping to achieve the admiration and respect of the Gods that dwelled beyond.

 

 

Heaven is attacked — Shaemdiel proves defiant and non-cooperative         5:16:1-41

Shaemdiel becomes upset after Areta and The One advise a defensive approach midst a surprise attack by Yaldabaoth. The Chief Archon refuses to assist his Beloved Rutheniel in gathering and placing their lineage in the refuge of the Keep. He then refuses to participate as the Elohim gathers to determine what next to do in defense of Heaven. When Shaemdiel is absent during his Father’s departure to war, he is approached by Rutheniel, Michael and Sher-el, who make efforts to comfort and console Shaemdiel midst his injured pride.

 

 

The First War concludes, but Shaemdiel is seduced by the Chief Demiurge, Yaldabaoth

E:1:24-47          5:17:39-42, 70-74           6:2:2-4            1:6:26-27           1:4:23-27

While the Elohim gathers to meet the Ahgendai and honor casualties of the First War, Shaemdiel refuses to attend, remaining content in his self-pity and seclusion. Alone in a garden, Shaemdiel hears the distant booming of something dark and dreadful, and is moved to explore its source. Curious and arrogant, Shaemdiel goes seeking across the Chasm to discover Yaldabaoth and commune with him. The Lord of Chaos plants a dark and subtle seed of fear in the heart of Shaemdiel.

 

 

Having conversed with Yaldaboath, Shaemdiel returns to disrupt the realms of Elohim       Enlightenment 2—5, 8

  •  Shaemdiel begins to spread the dark ideas planted by Yaldabaoth       E:2:1-15  

   •  The Teraphim gather to discuss the troubling words of Shaemdiel       E:2:16-51

  •  The Elohim gathers to hear Shaemdiel’s argument for Immediate Recompense      E:3:1-52

  •  Heavenly Mothers gather seeking comfort and guidance from Galendriel       E:4:1-35

  •  Ahman goes seeking counsel from The One       E:5:1-62

  •  Division grows, Shaemdiel and his sons determine to create their own planet and use Immediate Recompense to achieve exaltation. Galendriel removes Shaemdiel’s access to the Tael. Ahman returns and ignores Shaemdiel’s pleas. Rutheniel refuses to assist or console Shaemdiel. Ahman appoints Michael to replace Shaemdiel as Chief Archon.      E:8:1-32

 

Shaemdiel’s wages battle —  The Fallen are cast from Heaven    W:2:36-40     1:4:15-41       E:9:1-66

  •  Hoping to incarnate his spirit children on the planet he created, Shaemdiel violently forces entrance into the Keep, injuring Cherubim guardian Bashiel and taking spirit children hostage         E:9:1-14

  •  Shaemdiel strikes down Loriel and 12,000 Cherubim who attempted to intercept him      E:9:15-31

  •  Galendriel rescues the injured Cherubim; Ahman sends 10,000 Seraphim to secure Shaemdiel’s planet     E:9:32-36

  •  Seeing the Seraphim guard, Shaemdiel retreats to the Paradise city of Mitanni      E:9:37-41

  •  Ahman summons the hosts of Elohim, appoints seven captains, descends upon the plains of Kuristan        E:9:42-47

  •  Michael calls out to Shaemdiel seeking reconciliation; Shaemdiel remains defiant     E:9:48-55

  •  Galendriel descends with Cherubim, rescues the hostages, Shaemdiel prevented from giving chase     E:9:56-60

  •  Shaemdiel moves to attack Michael, interrupted by the sounding of a great trump, Ahman and one “like unto the Son of Man” descend       E:9:61-63       6:2:5-14; 23-49       W:2:36-40      

   •  Ahman: “Who is on the Lord’s side? Let him come and with me abide.”       E:9:64-66

  •  Ahman declares Shaemdiel and his supporters as Fallen; spirits are removed from physical tabernacles     E:9:67-73   

   •  Shaemdiel and the Fallen are escorted to the cosmos of the First Creation     E:9:74-75      W:15:1-47      6:2:50-66

 

 

Shaemdiel initiates dispensations on the world of the First Power

Enlightenment 10––13           1:4:30-41             6:3:49-50              6th Endowment 4–-6

Shaemdiel and his children were escorted from the realms of Heaven to the cosmos of the First Creation, a dominion previously claimed by Yaldabaoth and his first emanation, Jehovah-Yahweh. Shaemdiel was sentenced to serve the Demiurge until he establish in his soul “that which is forever good” (E:9:68-69).

 

Yaldabaoth rejoiced at the falling down of Shaemdiel and his host, believing he had won a victory against God and an ally in his fight against Heaven (E:10:1-23). While the Chief Demiurge saw triumph and opportunity in the fall of Shaemdiel, Jehovah-Yahweh viewed the dishonored angels with vile contempt (E:10:24-31). Receiving charge over Shaemdiel and his host, Jehovah-Yahweh refused to address the former Chief Archon by his celestial title, giving him the name “Lucifer” instead (E:10:33-35).

 

Having established the terms of his service to the Demiurge, Shaemdiel went to the world of the First Power where he was happy to discover the existence of evolutionary humans. Seeing that the children of men were without spirit, Shaemdiel saw the situation as an opportunity to prove the rightness of his Immediate Recompense with a decreased risk of failure (E:11:1-13). Calling together his lineage, Shaemdiel set about establishing the foundations of civilization whereupon he could initiate dispensations of his own based upon Immediate Recompense (E:11:14-27; 6:4:3-30). The Fallen spirits observed human clans throughout the earth, seeking unique individuals who proved receptive to their teachings. These clan members were identified as the “Enosh” of the clan. It was through Enosh that the teachings and laws of Shaemdiel would be shared and enforced (6:4:26-82; 6:5:1-37).

 

Relations between Jehovah-Yahweh and Shaemdiel remained tense. Shaemdiel’s interaction with the native humans was seen as a threat by the Demiurge, who had previously established and declared his dominion over life on the world of the First Power (E:11:28-53). Thus began a heated conflict between Shaemdiel and Jehovah-Yahweh. For Shaemdiel feared the destruction of humankind at the behest of the Demiurge, while Jehovah-Yahweh feared that humans would become greater than his might as a result of Lucifer’s meddling (E:13:1-4; 6:5:38-50).

 

After thousands of years of conflict, and having grown weary of the battle, Yaldabaoth interrupted the battle to enforce a “troubled truce” between Lucifer and Jehovah-Yahweh. Shaemdiel was apportioned to rule over the tribes of man, as well as the skies, rivers, streams and lakes. Jehovah-Yahweh was given the elements of land and sea and all living things except the Enoshahim (evolutionary modern humans). After dismissing Jehovah-Yahweh, Yaldabaoth made an agreement with Shaemdiel, promising to hold Jehovah-Yahweh at bay in return for a most peculiar man who would eventually “lay the foundations of Heaven and eternal life”.  Shaemdiel agrees, but secretly maintains a hidden agenda (6:5:51-66).

 

 

Adam and Eve arrive on the earth — Shaemdiel (Lucifer) fights against the dispensations of God

See: Lucifer           B:1–4         E:13:9-40           1:3:18-48          1:8:21-42          6:8:1-23

Shaemdiel is surprised and irritated to discover Adam and Eve (the mortal manifestations of Michael and Sher-el) mingling among the Enoshahim (c. 12,775 BCE). Knowing their intent, Shaemdiel reports to the Demiurge concerning the arrival of God on the world of the First Power (E:13:9-25; 1:8:21-42). Hoping to impede the plans of God and eager to appease the Demiurge, Shaemdiel assures Yaldabaoth of his ability fight against the Adaam, believing they will eventually relent and return to the realms of Heaven (E:13:26-40).

 

•  At the advent of Adam & Eve, Jehovah seeks to destroy humankind; Shaemdiel persuades him otherwise (1:2:19-25).

•  Shaemdiel’s oldest son successfully incarnates into the tabernacle of Cain, Adam and Eve’s firstborn son (6:8:19-23).

•  Lucifer confers with Cain, who eventually kills his younger brother, Abel (B:2:1-39; 1:3:19-20; 1:8:43-51).

•  Lucifer confers with Yasher-Baal, the king of Sumer; empowers the king with dark and hidden things (B:11:1-39).

•  Lucifer speaks with his brother Michael, who makes efforts toward reconciliation (B:21:3-57).

•  Lucifer contends against Noah on Mount Ararat (B:23:29-58).

•  The Son of the Morning tempts Sarah; destroys Sodom and Gomorrah despite Abraham’s dissuasion (B:27:33-79).

•  Lucifer’s efforts set the stage for the death of Yeshua (W:14:59-61).

•  The fifth dispensation of Ariel is corrupted (1:2:27, 44; Ariel Disclosure).

 

 

The Redemption of Shaemdiel                    B:24:56-64           2:12:1-71

The 2nd Endowment concludes with Shaemdiel and the Fallen being rescued by Azrael Ahgendai from the realms of the Demiurge. They are re-united with their Mother and Wife Rutheniel, and return to the realms Heaven.

 

 

 

Notes/References:


Yet among all the Gods did one alone scheme and plot some deep and grand design, believing alone that if he should himself unravel the mystery for all to see, then would all Gods and Goddesses show forth their admiration of him.

Believing among themselves that of all the Gods which lived in Heaven, surely Shaemdiel was one most highly favored by the Gods which dwelled beyond.

And so did Shaemdiel go forth to seek, being himself driven and compelled by a fierce and hidden pride, to prove himself greater than all the rest; being himself consumed by an overzealous faith in the greatness of his own power and worth.

5th Endowment 13:70-72

 

For Shaemdiel could see in himself no error, but against his Heavenly Father and Heavenly Mother did he perceive a great many errors which did trouble deeply the musings of his mind; seeing in their careful deliberations and in their consideration of others a sign of weakness and trepidation.

Thus did the Chief Archon of the Elohim presume to act against his Heavenly Father and Heavenly Mother, believing all the while that he acted only for their good; having made of himself a fault finder against all those he thought less worthy than himself.

Yet did the Beloved of Shaemdiel, even Rutheniel, plead constantly with her husband, hoping through kind words to persuade Shaemdiel from falling deeper into pride; which pride gave birth in Shaemdiel to the constant troublings of a dark and brooding ego which chafed and complained constantly against such constraints as would compel him to act rightly and not amiss.

5th Endowment 14:10-12

 

Consider then the falling down of Shaemdiel, for he being a mighty prince, being himself Chief Archon did fall from Heaven’s glory; becoming himself cast out, and many children with him.

For his offense was born of an overzealous pride; which pride caused that he should act against his quorum as though he alone were wiser; to become himself impatient and filled with deep contempt against the very Gods which loved him.

6th Endowment 1:22-23

 

And so it was decided the path which we would take, permitting that Shaemdiel should follow after the pride of his heart; which pride caused that he should seek to war against the Celestial Kingdom, even as Yaldabaoth did war against Olaha Shinehah;

Having himself been seduced by the dark reasonings of the Lord of Chaos to see in the glories of the highest realms something paltry and thinly pale; becoming himself fearful and filled with anger against the workings of Hodos Alea whereby he might supplant it with another, made of his own devising.

6th Endowment 1:29-30

 

But behind the turning of Shaemdiel unto evil was there still another turning; behind the designs of Shaemdiel’s hand was there still some greater design, for I alone caused that Shaemdiel should fall, that he should be cast unto that world which first gave rise to me.

1st Endowment 4:23

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