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The Mythology of Fallen Angels

Do you believe in pure evil? Every day, we learn of all the wrongs being conducted in the world. Each day brings with it a new revelation of just how cruel man can be. Children kill one another at school. Mothers drown their children in the bath. Buildings containing thousands of people are destroyed, and now an invisible weapon is being used to murder. It is almost unthinkable to believe that man is capable of such horrible acts, yet they do happen.

Perhaps man isn?t capable of committing such acts?at least not unaided.

Many people believe that God is inspiring the faithful to goodness, that he encourages them to help their neighbors, to take care of their families and to respect their fellow man. Rewards for such activities vary with religion, but many believe that a guardian angel watches over the righteous and will aid them in their time of need. This does not mean that an angel will prevent you from dying in a car accident. Having a guardian angel?s aid does not mean that you will not be hurt, nor does it mean that you cannot die. Why, then, would a person need a guardian angel? You need a guardian angel because not all angels are good.

According to a number of sources, many of which date to roughly the same time as the writing of the books of the Bible, the fallen angels are an order of angels that are devoted to sin. These fallen angels are insidiously evil creatures that spend their immortal existences corrupting man and inspiring indulgence. As the antitheses of guardian angels, they work to tear down the faithful and promote the wicked. They are markedly different from demons and evil spirits, who are chaotic creatures. Demons and evil spirits are the wild animals of the profane. They exist as selfish individuals, motivated only by their whims and desires. Unlike erratic fiends, fallen angels are methodical and patient, which makes them much more terrifying.

Finding information about fallen angels has never been very difficult. Since ancient times, there have been stories told about the beings that populate Heaven. Finding specific information, however, proves to be exceedingly difficult. Names change and many tales are forgotten. What?s more, during the middle ages, aggressive Christian philosophy portrayed all the fallen angels as the base demons mentioned above. What we know of the fallen angels comes from a variety of sources, including the Bible and The Book of Enoch.

There are very few passages in the Bible that mention fallen angels. The only passage in the Old Testament is in Genesis 6.1-4, which describes the sin for which the angels were cast out of heaven. ?...that the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives, whomsoever they chose.? The Book of Enoch clarifies exactly how this event took place. In the New Testament, Revelation 12, we find the most explicit mention of fallen angels: ?And his [the dragon?s or Satan?s] tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven [angels] and did cast them to Earth...and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world; he was cast out into the Earth and his angels were cast out with him.? These are the only two clear mentions of fallen angels in the Bible.

Today there are no original copies of The Book of Enoch, however it has been determined that the originals were composed in Palestine, in Hebrew or Aramaic. Enoch lived for three hundred and sixty five years then, according to the book of Genesis: ?Enoch walked with God and was not, for God took him.? It was this curious statement that caused a slew of Enoch oral myths to be born. Enoch was the seventh generation from Adam and was believed to have received tutoring from divine sources. Many of the visions he saw are what are contained in The Book of Enoch. According to the book, the story of how the angels fell is as follows:

The angels, the children of Heaven, saw the beautiful daughters of man, and coveted them (all angels are men, so one can only imagine how attractive the flesh of a woman would appear to them). Semyaza led two hundred angels out of Heaven and descended onto Mount Hermon. Each of these angels then took a wife as they saw fit. Beginning with Azazel, the angels taught their wives all manner of forbidden things, including charms, enchantments, root cutting and knowledge of plants (drug cultivation). In time they began to have children by these wives, and these children grew to be mighty giants. Men of great renown, these men would inflict great ruin upon mankind. They consumed all in their path, in time feeding on human flesh and eventually each other. The outcry of the suffering of man reached the archangels in Heaven, who interceded with God. God replied to the appeal, and sent his warrior angels to bind and capture the fallen angels. Meanwhile, a warning of the impending flood was sent to Noah, who would build the famous arc to preserve mankind. The warrior angels sent did indeed bind and capture the fallen angels, and the flood did blanket the Earth.

The angels faced judgment, and were sentenced to a life of torture in Heaven. In this version of the myth, angels derive rapturous pleasure from singing the praises of God. One of their punishments was to spend eternity chained in a room where they can hear others singing nearby, but never be able to do so themselves. Additionally, they were occasionally burned by fire yet unable to scream, for their voices were eternal whispers.

Not all of the angels remained after judgment; they fell to Earth to escape torture. It is said that once an angel commits a sin, he will forever more be condemned to a life filled with it. For a creature of spirit, there is no half-way. That is the role of man. Once an angel sins he has become warped. No longer interested in his previous cares, he desires only the spread of sin, for evil is his heart. There is no way of knowing how many of the two hundred escaped to Earth, but it is certain that the twenty chiefs among them escaped the grasp of Raphael and Michael.

While this is the greatest of the tales that discusses the fall of angels, there are others. Angels are immortal, so unless another angel has captured or defeated them, they should still be here today. Even worse are the statements of Revelation, which say that eventually one third of all the angels will fall. According to some Bible analysis, more did in fact fall. Following the flood, more giants were found in the land, which suggests that another group of angels descended to Earth and took wives. The giant David faced, Goliath, is said to be one of these children. Tradition says that this group of angels was smaller and less malevolent than the first, and that their punishment was less severe.

The following is a brief description of some of the most infamous of the fallen angels. Don?t worry, there are many more than are listed here.

Lucifer, which means ?light giver,? is the most famous of fallen angels. The brightest of all the angels, Lucifer was thought to be God?s favorite. According to some traditions, the reason that Lucifer fell is as follows: When Adam was made, he brought him to Heaven before all the angels, and he told them all to bow, for he was made in the image of God and was therefore holy. While the angels? primary job was service to God, their greatest sin was disobedience. Lucifer refused to bow down to Adam because he felt like that was idol worship, and he so loved God that he refused to worship and idol of him. For that Lucifer fell to Earth and became Satan, which means ?the adversary.? When an angel falls, he becomes his own antithesis. His profound love turned to profound hate, and so Lucifer coveted the throne of God.

Semyaza, also known as Azza, is the leader of the fallen angels. He was the one that organized the descent to Mount Hermon, because he desired a daughter of man. It is said the maiden Ishtahar tempted him to descend to Earth and reveal all manner of forbidden sorceries to her. He did, and she became an extremely powerful sorceress. They continue their marriage to this day, tempting mortals with flesh and powers.

Azazel, whose name means ?God strengthens,? was not the leader of the two hundred fallen angels, but he was the one that committed the most wrong. When Azazel fell, he fell hard, devoting himself completely to the spread of misery and anguish. He was singled out during the trial for the magnitude of his evils and an even greater torture was supposed to await him. Azazel fled to Earth, defeating the archangel Michael on the way down. His sins include teaching men to fashion swords and shields and teaching the arts of warfare. To women, he taught the arts of beautifying the eyelids, as well as the reddening of the cheeks. He taught them the means through which to use their bodies to seduce men, and how to torment them in a similar fashion. Like Lucifer, Azazel initially refused to bow to Adam, though unlike Lucifer he eventually concedes. It is believed that Azazel works today, helping women to torment men and aiding men to kill one another on the battlefield.

Sariel was an archangel, one of the most holy of God?s children. When he fell he taught his wife and her sisters the secrets of fortune telling. Legend claims that he revealed the secrets of the Tarot cards. He was also a wielder of thunder and is said to torture those who believe they have dominion over nature. Sariel often tampers with machines and is thought of as a ?ghost in the machine.?

It is said that Ramiel, another archangel, was allowed to escape Heaven so that God might use him to tempt mortals. Ramiel relishes in the torment caused by moral anguish and guilt. He works to create intensely difficult moral dilemma and often involves himself in domestic violence.

Daniel, whose name means ?God is my judge,? is a masterful manipulator. Known to work through lawyers and the legal bindings of the law, he strives to abuse flaws in the system. His triumphs are the sacrifices of the innocent following mistrials.

Kasdaye is the founder of blood magic performed during the middle ages. Closely associated with demons and demonic rites, he encourages mortals to involve themselves in bargains with demons. Kasdaye is said to have introduced abortion to man. Some legends hold that he even sells the stillborn flesh of aborted fetuses to demons, who use them for their own devices.

Kokabel, whose name means ?the star of God,? holds dominion over the stars and constellations. He taught his wives astrology as well as knowledge of the powers of the moon. With time, Kokabel grows more powerful. He is a warlord who maintains an army of 365,000 evil spirits that are waiting to serve him.

Mighty are the doers of evil, and great is the evil of the fallen angels. Beings of spirit, these immortal creatures walk among mankind, condemned to remain outside Heaven until the final days when they will join Satan in the final battle against God?s armies. If good exists, so too must evil, for without evil, good would have no definition. Where does man stand? Unlike the angels, man was not born with a divine purpose. Man, unlike the angels, will not be forced to always make diametric choices. The pawns look toward the skies and wonder just who is moving the pieces.

(Please note the information presented in this article is for entertainment purposes only. Nothing in this article is expressive of its author?s accepted religious dogma or belief.)


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