The Initiate (Part 1)
- Which way is the right path, as I stand upon
- this chaotic crossroad of hate…
- How many ways are there to roam
- on this dark and damned road of Fate…
- “There are many ways, my son,
- to find where the souls of Demons remain…
- But it takes only one second of despair and of doubt
- until at last, your soul, they will gain…
- Inherit these lands, these things, these dreams
- that are yours, forever, to adore…
- For there is no life, in the depths of chaos, my son,
- for you to explore…”
The Adept (Part 2)
- For every secret left unveiled, for every power learned,
- I’d sell the remnants of my soul, regardless how it burned.
- And still I sought a higher wisdom few could have attained.
- ‘Though I found it, it would leave me – broken, damned and drained.
For now I find this power gained is more unto a curse.
My spirit burns with every spell and each irreverent verse.
Despite this strength and knowledge earned, I have paid a heavy toll,
Never should’ve traded power for my own immortal soul.”
In Genesis fallen angels are known as the “bene ha-’elohim” (sons of god) who have sex with human woman.
“The sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all that they chose ….. The Nephilim were in the earth in those days, and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men” (Gen. 6:4). This union of fallen angels created giants.
These giants were seen before the flood, and again after the flood when the children of Israel attempt to enter Canaan. A fallen angel would have had to been the father of Goliath since Gen. 6:4 says this is how they are created. This account gives rise to, and an understanding of the giant races of antiquity by the union of demigods with human wives as portrayed by Greek Mythology.
It has been the opinion of Rabbinical Scholars, and the translators of the Septuagint that this event actually occurred.
The early church agreed with this view. Justin Marty, Cyprian, Eusebius, and even Josephus a historical writer accepted this view. While we should not let tradition have the final say in doctrinal matters, we can learn from their statements why they considered Fallen Angels to have actually been cohabitating with human females. Justin Marty (the earliest of the church fathers) in his Second Apology wrote, “The Angels lusted after woman, and beget giants. These giants upon death became the demons.”
This cohabitation with human females resulted in an offspring called “Nephilim”. The King James Version says, “Giants”. Giants in the Hebrew text are described as those “who ruined the world” (by their violence, (Enoch vii. 3, 4). They comprise three classes: the original giants, who begot the Nephilim, to whom in turn, were born the Eliud (Book of Enoch, vii. 2).
What about the origin of the word Nephilim, Nephilim cannot mean, “fallen ones” as some have speculated (the spelling would then be nephulim). Likewise, Nephilim does not mean “those who fall” or “those who fall away” as Zecharia Sitchin suggests (that would be nophelim). The only way in Hebrew to get nephilim from naphal by the rules of Hebrew morphology (word formation) would be to presume a noun spelled naphil and then pluralize it. This is what Zecharia Sitchin suggests.
However, in Aramaic the noun naphil(a) does exist. When the ancient Greek version of the Hebrew Old Testament (the LXX or Septuagint) was written, the word “Nephilim” was translated gegenes/gigantes, (giant) a word implying “Earth born.” This same terminology is used to describe the Greek gods. Greek and Roman mythology have legends of “gods” coming down and intermarrying with humans having hybrids, half-human and half-god or animal. Unger’s Bible dictionary says, “the Nephillim are considered by many as demigods, the unnatural offspring of the daughters of men mortal women in cohabitation with” the sons of god” (angels). This utterly unnatural union, violating God‘s created order of being, was such a shocking abnormality as to necessitate the worldwide judgment of the flood.” (pg. 788) These legends and folklore are distortions of the true account given in Genesis.
This mingling was disastrous for humanity. The mingling of angel and human is a fact reported somewhat as a matter of fact in Genesis. However, other texts explain this occurrence with a little more color. According to The Book of Enoch, the offspring of the fallen angels, the Nephilim began to oppress the earth, and to eat up the inhabitants thereof.
Angels can change into physical form even though by nature they are spirit beings. The Bible does not tell us how this happens, but it refers to angels “which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation” Jude 6-7. This verse is saying that the angels who kept not their “own habitation” had gone after “strange flesh”. These are the angels referred to in Genesis Chapter Six who took on human form “strange flesh” and went after “strange flesh”, that is the daughters of Adam. Jude gives us an understanding of fallen angels and their interaction with humanity and of those who resist such knowledge are called, “brute beasts”. Interesting….
What does it mean that they “kept not their first estate”? The word rendered “habitation” (oikētērion) occurs nowhere else in the New Testament. It means they kept not their spiritual bodies but took upon themselves flesh!
What purpose would there be for such an intermingling? They the Watchers (name given to these fallen angels) were captivated by the love of women. This said in Genesis, and the Book of Enoch, although it has been suggested that it was also an attempt to pollute the gene pool by introducing something foreign, and well it may be. This would have been disastrous since Christ would then not have been able to been born of humankind. You might notice that Noah was a just man, perfect in his generations. We would now say “perfect in his gene pool”. This word “perfect” is the same Hebrew word used to denote the perfectness of a sacrificial lamb for slaughter. Noah was not affected by the defiled “gene pool” of humankind by the fallen angels.
When God flooded the earth, what happened to these offending angels?
“For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;” (2Pe 2:4)
“And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.” (Jud 1:6-7)
Both of these verses give account of the sin of the angels, which departed from their own nature to go after unnatural desires. Because of this, they are confined in chains in Tartarus. Tartarus is the deepest abyss of Hades, and is the same as the underworld, or abode of the dead. This incarceration in chains until judgment day gives us further insight into who these angels are. If the sin mentioned here was the original fall of the angels, then all the evil angels would be in chains, not just some. This would mean that all the angels would be bound, and would not be active today. Obviously, reading the Book of Revelation this is not correct so the only other explanation is a separate event which prompted God to lock them up.
According to Enoch, the two hundred fallen angels who had intermarried with the daughters of men in the days of Jarad were chained under hell in darkness. The desert which is in Dudael (Judean Desert) was opened, and the offenders were thrust down into Tartarus and covered with sharp stones and chains of darkness to await the Day of Judgment.
This incursion began before the Great Flood, during the days of Jared, when some two hundred fallen angels or Watchers followed Samyaza and elected him their leader. Under Samyaza they swore an oath to materialize into this realm and to perform the deed of cohabiting with the daughters of men. They forsook their own realm in direct opposition to the command of the Lord.
Samyaza said to them, “I fear that you may not fulfill this venture, and I alone shall suffer for so terrible a crime.” They answered and said to him, “We all pledge and bind ourselves by fears that we will not change our mind and hearts, but we will fulfill this venture.” The two hundred swore together, and all bound themselves by the fears. The whole number, with their leaders, descended upon Mount Hermon in the days of Jared. All of the Watchers who materialized into this realm took wives, cohabiting with them and teaching them all manner of wickedness, sorcery, and witchcraft.
Wickedness continued to increase, and fornication by the fallen angels rampaged throughout the Earth.
“Then came the flood upon the earth, namely, owing to the fornication wherein the Watchers against the law of their ordinances went a whoring after the daughters of men, and took themselves wives of all which they chose: and they made the beginning of uncleanness. And they begat sons, the nephilim, and they were all unlike, and they devoured one another: and the Giants slew one man another “(Book of Jubilees).
Origin of Demons:
6 And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them,
2 That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.
3 And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.
4 There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.
8. And now, the giants, who are produced from the spirits and flesh, shall be called evil spirits upon the earth, and on the earth shall be their dwelling. 9. Evil spirits have proceeded from their bodies; because they are born from men, ⌈⌈and⌉⌉ from the holy Watchers is their beginning and primal origin; ⌈they shall be evil spirits on earth, and⌉ evil spirits shall they be called. [10. As for the spirits of heaven, in heaven shall be their dwelling, but as for the spirits of the earth which were born upon the earth, on the earth shall be their dwelling.] 11. And the spirits of the giants afflict, oppress, destroy, attack, do battle, and work destruction on the earth, and cause trouble: they take no food, ⌈but nevertheless hunger⌉ and thirst, and cause offences. And these spirits shall rise up against the children of men and against the women, because they have proceeded ⌈from them⌉.
“1From the days of the slaughter and destruction and death of the giants, from the souls of whose flesh the spirits, having gone forth, shall destroy without incurring judgement –thus shall they destroy until the day of the consummation, the great judgement in which the age shall be 2consummated, over the Watchers and the godless, yea, shall be wholly consummated. ……”
Demons, unlike fallen angels, have no innate physical presence after death. They are wandering spirits only, but seek physicality through possession. The consensus among Hebrews and Christians until the time of Augustine (the late third/early fourth centuries) was that demons are the spirits of the dead Nephilim, who now roam the earth.
“And when the angels of God saw the daughters of men that they were beautiful, they took unto themselves wives of all of them whom they chose.” Those beings, whom other philosophers call demons, Moses usually calls angels; and they are souls hovering in the air.”
~Philo, On the Giants
“In my opinion, however, it is certain wicked demons, and, so to speak, of the race of Titans or Giants, who have been guilty of impiety towards the true God, and towards the angels in heaven, and who have fallen from it, and who haunt the denser parts of bodies, ad frequent unclean place upon earth, and who, possessing some power of distinguishing future events, because they are without bodies of earthly material, engage in an employment of this kind, and desiring to lead the human race away from the true God.”
~Origen, Against Celsus 4.92
“God…committed the care of men and of all things under heaven to angels whom He appointed over them. But the angels transgressed this appointment, and were captivated by love of women, and begot children who are those that are called demons; and besides they afterwards subdued the human race to themselves, partly by magical writings, and partly by fears and the punishments they occasioned, and partly by teaching them to offer sacrifices, and incense, and libations, of which things they stood in need after they were enslaved by lustful passions; and among men they sowed murders, wars, adulteries, intemperate deeds, and all wickedness. “
~Justin Martyr, 2 Apology 5
“2 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.
3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.
4 For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;
5 And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;
6 And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly;”
~2 Peter 2:2-6
“6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.
7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.”
Long Road’s End
- What fires burn within my heart and force me to contend
- With the perils that await me at this tragic journey’s end?
- I have walked the roads that lead to Hell, I have challenged all but Fate.
- I have fought and bled and carried on just to reach this final gate.
- And now the task before me looms, this dire deed undone;
- I shall make my stand against the Three until the battle’s won.
- What fear or wound would ever still this last defiant cry,
- As I stand against the Shadow ‘neath the endless burning sky?
So spoke the Wanderer, mindful of hardships and of cruel slaughters:
Each dawn, I rise alone, mired in ancient sorrows. Wretched and deprived of my native land, I have had my mind bound with fetter. For many years, I lay hidden in the concealment of the earth, buried deep in stone. From there, I went, abject and winter-grieving, over the surface of the waves. I sought the prison of my noble kinsman. Sorrow is a cruel companion to one who can afford few friends, and the path of exile attends this mournful spirit.
And so this world, every day, is crumbling and falling. The rulers lie dead, deprived of revelry, bands of warriors lie fallen proud by the wall. War destroyed some, carried them away; a sorrowful man hid one deep within a grave. Thus the creator of men laid waste this dwelling-place, until the old works of giants stood vacant, without the noise of their inhabitants.
So said the Wanderer, set apart in secret meditations.
The kingdom of the earth is full of miseries, and the decree of the fates shall change the course of the heavens.
King James I - Demonology
Humanity yearns so desperately
to equal God’s great creativity.
In some creations, how we shine:
music, dance, storyweaving, wine.
The thunderstorms of madness
rain upon us, flooding sadness,
sweep us into anguish, grief,
into despair without relief.
We’re drawn to high castles,
where old hunchbacked vessals
glare wall-eyed as lightning
flares without brightning.
Laboratories in the high towers,
where the doctor wields power,
creating new life in a dark hour,
in the belfry of the high tower
~The Book of Counted Sorrows