Preparing For Battle
Ahman, Galendriel, Rutheniel and Mahaleenah take counsel – Solobriel and fifty Seraphim
stand guard – Mahaleenah reveals three imperatives: redeem and restore the Fallen,
establish soul in world of First Man, establish kingdom of the Ahgendai – World of
First Man unmade by God: no earth spirit – Four new forces of opposition – Who is
worthy of so great a challenge? – Mahaleenah returns to Mahaliel – The army of the
Ahgendai greets the Azraella – Azraella addresses the warrior host – Azraella takes
Mahaleenah to see Yaldabaoth’s army – Anticipating Yaldabaoth’s attack: timed with
the first dispensation – Shaemdiel’s involvement in the attack on Heaven – Azraella’s
confidence in Michael and Sher-el – Determining the time and place of battle – The
Ahgendai leave to observe Shaemdiel’s efforts among First Man
1 Yet on Jeruel, near the city of Jerrusha by the sea of Jerra-Cotus, Ahman, Galendriel
and Rutheniel did assemble to take counsel with Mahaleenah regarding such things
as must be done for the sake of Shaemdiel and all the Fallen.
2 For the daughters which chose to fall did report that between Shaemdiel and Jehovah
was there seen a great conflict filled with fiery disputations and dreadful wrath;
causing that the heavens of the First World should shake and tremble constantly because
of it, filling the mind of First Man with evil shadows which did but haunt and darkly
3 And there stood round about Ahman, Galendriel, Rutheniel and Mahaleenah fifty
of the greater Seraphim, which Seraphim did stand as guards; holding in their hands
swords of flaming fire; and there stood forth to command the Seraphim even Solobriel
the Arch-Angel, being himself Chief Guardian of the city of Jerrusha.
4 For with the falling down of Shaemdiel did the Azraella appoint guardians over
each of the cities of God; which cities were found throughout the Seven Councils
of Light; causing that each guardian should give fealty to the very Ahgendai forever.
5 And so there met the noble foursome, each seeking to walk the path of wisdom;
and there stood to speak for God, even Mahaleenah, standing in her Father’s place
while he was far away; and Mahaleenah did address the three, saying:
6 “Consider, my children, these three things which God has found most needful; for
it is incumbent that we should redeem the Fallen from dark and dreadful paths, to
restore through redemption those we love, to make them one with God.
7 Yet in the doing must we fulfill The One’s desire to bring into the world of First
Man the beginning of soul and the hope of immortality and eternal life; that in the
doing we might enlarge the borders of all our several glories, causing that the Hodos
Alea should evolve again towards some greater purpose filled with dreams yet undreamed.
8 And to these two is there added still a third design, for it is appointed that
there should arise a new Heaven and a new Earth, being themselves together found
in the kingdom of the Ahgendai, on the world of Mahaliel.
9 These then shall prove for us a great and noble task, being themselves fraught
with opportunity and mighty challenge; to test in the opposition of some greater
evil, the strength and will of our resolve in the doing of all three together.
10 For in the world of First Man do we find a world unmade by God, being itself
subject to the laws of nature and not of God; causing that there should be thrown
against the living, the hurt of many natural disasters; being in their advent blind
and filled with great destruction; casting into the midst of mortal life the feeling
of great and dreadful evil.
11 For in yonder world is there found no presence of earthly spirit, neither can
we at this time call one to indwell the earth; for there rules over the world of
the First Power, the Demiurge Jehovah-Yahweh; and even he would seek with dread resolve
to kill such earthly spirit as we would seek to give.
12 Consider then such opposing forces as would stand arrayed against us in the working
of our intent; for these four things will seek to frustrate the working of our will:
a) The natural world of First Man being itself not bound to the laws of God, for
it is blind and has no spirit.
b) Jehovah-Yahweh who seeks to subject all mankind to the rule of fear; pretending
himself to stand as god, filled with wrath and indignation.
c) Shaemdiel, who would seek to frustrate the dispensations of God whereby he might
prove the rightness of his own design.
d) Yaldabaoth, who seeks to find the seed of our beginning and bend it to his will;
and thereby erase forever the whole of Heaven.
13 Thus in seeking to achieve the goals of our design, we must face an opposition
never before encountered on the worlds which God has made; causing that in the world
of First Man, we must circumvent the will and design of such forces as will stand
arrayed against us.
14 Let us then proceed in frustrating the designs of those who would oppose us in
the working of our will; to prove through godly action the force of our intent in
making right what now stands wrong; setting forth our hand through most subtle wisdom
in bringing forth the desires of all our heart.
15 Who then would take upon themselves so great a challenge as now would stand before
us? Who has proven most worthy in taking hold the hand of God and thereby achieve
a far more greater glory than ever dreamed before?
16 Only to the Eloheim would so great a work first be given, for of all the Councils
of Light, Eloheim is the oldest and most senior; having proved themselves through
countless eternities as always eager in working with The One and Areta in the building
of the Heavens.
17 For it is certain that among the Eloheim shall many desire a far more greater
glory, to become themselves the very progeny of the Ahgendai; to stand before the
celestial realm as warrior Gods who would themselves stand beside the Azraella in
holding back the Darkness.
18 Who then among the Eloheim would become so great a seed? For only those who are
themselves the strongest and most resolved shall prove themselves most worthy; being
empowered from within to endure and overcome such adversities as stand arrayed against
us on the world of First Man.
19 If therefore you would agree, let us begin now the first dispensation, to see
for ourselves the power of the adversary; that in the seeing we might ourselves prove
knowing, revealing before our eyes those among the Eloheim who would choose so great
20 Such were the words of Mahaleenah, and in the hearing did Ahman and Galendriel
and Rutheniel give a solemn assent; causing that they should return to Salem of Merigoth
and there convene the Council of Elohim in all its Houses and many quorums.
21 But Mahaleenah did return herself to Mahaliel and there await her Father till
he should return from the regions of the First Cosmos; being herself most attentive
in fulfilling her Father’s wishes regarding a great many plans and preparations.
22 And in hurried quietness the seasons passed, first the winter and then the spring,
and on the day of the summer solstice the Father did return, being himself announced
throughout all Mahaliel by the blowing blast of many trumpets.
23 And there stood forth to greet the Azraella his good and loving Daughter, and
behind her stood in solemn array even all the congregations of the Cherubim, each
according to their house, holding in their hands bows most artfully made, having
upon their backs quivers filled with arrows of cunning design and power.
24 Yet behind the Cherubim of Mahaleenah stood also the many legions of the Seraphim,
dressed for war and fearsome battle, holding in their right hand a sword of flaming
fire, and upon their left arm was there tightly fastened a shield of curious design
25 And to all these mighty forces was there added the Oggaliaphim which stood in
silent phalanxes above the Amber Plains; being themselves most deeply devoted to
the Azraella, to see in him their only God and true commander; being each themselves
made for war, to bind in light the dreadful darkness.
26 Seeing therefore the fulfillment of his will gathered fast before him, the Father
did embrace the Mahaleenah, to kiss her on the cheek; and the Daughter spoke, saying:
“All which you gave me to do, even this have I brought to pass. Behold, my Father,
the army of the Ahgendai which would defend the realms of Heaven.”
27 Then did the Azraella gaze deeply upon the mighty host, to stand as one most
pleased, and looking upon so vast a gathering, he embraced them to his heart, and
in a great voice he spoke into the hearing of all, saying:
28 “Army of Light, bright and holy,
be strong and of good cheer;
for though the darkness
and in the deepness rage,
we who stand within the light
shall never yield to
29 Be brave and strong and most resolved
and wait on my command,
for soon will come
which dwells so far beyond,
led by fierce Yaldabaoth
to break us if he
30 So stand you down and go your way,
yet come when I should call,
for soon a day
will strike against the light,
and on that day we’ll fiercely strive
save the realms of all.
31 And this for you shall be the sign
to come without delay,
the blast of trumpets,
the beat of drums,
the flash of flaming skies;
in that moment most quickly come
we shall win the day.”
32 And in hearing the words of the Azraella, the host did quiet salute, and then
they flew away, each and all to do their duty; to be themselves as those most ready
in defending the realms of Heaven against Yaldabaoth and all the Demiurge together.
33 Thus did Mahaliel stand prepared and fit for dreadful war, and the Azraella did
rejoice in the faithfulness of the Daughter; and taking her by the hand, he took
her far away into the regions of the First Cosmos, that she might see for herself
the armies of the Darkness.
34 Through the halls of endless ages
beyond the realms of God,
going further than
they rode the sparkling blue.
35 Bending time,
piercing deep beyond the quickening,
until at last
they came to stand
within the darkest night.
36 And there before their eyes they saw
the mighty hosts of Doom,
hidden deep within
cloaked and shrouded within the gloom.
37 Ten mighty armies
each commanded by a dreadful lord,
a seething mass of frightful
which hissed and crackled within the Deep.
38 How paled the army of the Ahgendai
when compared to so vast a sea;
how paltry few
the warriors of Light
against so great a host,
causing that Mahaleenah should gasp
seeing so dread a frightful thing.
39 But the Father did most sweet allay the apprehensions of the Daughter, speaking
into her ear words of courage and hope together; pouring into her heart the strength
and fire of all his soul; till at last she stood most bravely calm above the sea
40 And the Daughter spoke, saying: “Tell me, Father, when shall this dark and mighty
host assail the realms of Heaven?” And the Azraella answered, saying: “In the coming
of the first dispensation upon the world of the First Power, when Adam and Eve shall
dawn upon the world of man, to fill the earth with God, in that moment shall Yaldabaoth
go forth to war.
41 Believing in his own mind that by attacking fierce the gates of Heaven, he might
force the Gods to withhold their hand; causing through the threat of war that Adam
and Eve should quick return to Heaven’s glory to defend their realm instead.
42 For this have I foreseen and in my mind already know, that on that day when Adam
and Eve shall walk upon the world of man, even then shall Shaemdiel go forth to trouble;
causing that there should rise against them some unexpected evil filled with great
43 Believing that in the doing, Shaemdiel might weaken the resolve of Adam and Eve,
causing that in the moment when Yaldabaoth should attack the very Heavens, even then
might Adam and Eve be filled with great anxiety, causing that they should retreat
from the world of man, to go to the aid of God instead.
44 Yet of those who would come as Adam and Eve do I know full well, having myself
plumbed their depths, and their resolve have I fully measured; for in Michael and
Sher-el have I found no degree of variance regarding the deeper mysteries of God,
being themselves relentless in the living of their faith.
45 Thus in the diligence of Adam and Eve shall the Demiurge fail in forcing God
from the world of First Man; causing that the dispensations of light should roll
forth throughout the darkness, lifting high what now seems common, making noble what
now seems naught.
46 Consider now so vast a horde as stands arrayed before us, for even though we
should seem ourselves outnumbered, yet in the struggle twixt good and evil shall
we prove ourselves the better; for victory is not always given to those with greater
force, but rather to those who have determined already the time and place for battle.
47 Know then my brave and noble Daughter, that in the coming of Adam and Eve have
I determined the time when war begins, perceiving deeply through subtle knowing the
nature of Yaldabaoth; and in his coming against the Heavens have I determined that
one place where he shall be defeated.
48 Thus do numbers alone prove not enough to guaranty a win; for he who has taken
into his hands both time and place, having determined beforehand both the movement
and the structure of all his forces; having already secured the prize which must
not fall, he it is – having done all these things – he alone shall seize the victory
regardless of his numbers.
49 Come now Daughter and let us go from here, for I would show you that distant
world where God at first was born; that you might see the working of Shaemdiel among
the various tribes of men; seeking through his many efforts to prove the rightness
of his way, to prove superior to Hodos Alea the Law of Immediate Recompense.”
50 So spoke the Azraella to his one and only Daughter, and immediately did they
move away from the darkly gathering horde which sought to serve Yaldabaoth; to go
themselves beyond the darkness, until at last they came to stand in a world most