The Fallen

  One day the angels came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came with them. The LORD said to Satan, "Where have you come from?" Satan answered the LORD, "From roaming through the earth and going back and forth in it." Then the LORD said to Satan, "Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil." "Does Job fear God for nothing?" Satan replied. "Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. But stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face." The LORD said to Satan, "Very well, then, everything he has is in your hands, but on the man himself do not lay a finger." Then Satan went out from the presence of the LORD. - Job 1:6-12

  Here, I must stop to explain something to you, or else my tale loses some of its cohesiveness. For the most part, we are all familiar with the Biblical tale of the Fallen, or rather the two tales of the Fallen, which are really the same tale, but we, as time fettered beings, understand it as two events and not one.

  As you undoubtedly know from Sunday school class, Lucifer, or Belzebub, or Satan, the Angel of Morning Light, at some point challenged the Creator for control of the omniverse, presumably because he was “evil” and the Creator “good”, and those two natures simply cannot co-exist. Moreover, to the further vexation of Satan, the Creator had made these “man” things which Lucifer did not like or care for, as they were a threat to his people, the Angels or the Heavenly Host. The Creator grew “angry” at Lucifer’s challenge and hurled him and his followers from Heaven and into the fires of Hell, from whence Lucifer and his minions wage their war against the Creator and his beloved ‘man”.

  Then, there are the “seraphim”, who also were former members of the "Heavenly Host” who subsequently joined Satan in the earthly realm, sometime around the time of Noah, and according to legend, this second set of defections again "angered" the Creator and triggered the Great Flood.

  Now, neither of these stories is even remotely accurate, except for the fact that a group of angels are, in fact, "now" (time is a crude concept vis-a-vis beings who are not confined to it) separate from the Heavenly Host and the Creator, but the remainder of the story is utter fabrication.

  First and foremost, you must understand that there was neither a "rebellion" nor any actual "confrontation" between the Fallen and the Creator, for no being can challenge the Creator, it simply is not possible. Nor was there any direct action taken by the Creator, or else the Fallen would not be. In simplest terms, the Fallen, who also possess a form of free will -- although distinct from ours in a manner that is not clear -- expressed a "jealousy" at the Creator's granting of free will to certain finite beings (humanity among them), and upon the expressing of any emotion or thought, other than continual praise for the Creator, or such other emotions as the Creator commands, the Fallen apparently "lost" their intimacy with the Creator. Or more aptly, the Fallen suddenly "found" themselves outside of the Creator’s presence. Whereas, other angels, like Raphael, Gabriel and others, remain in the Holy Host, constantly praising the Creator and occasionally leaving the Host, presumably at the behest of the Creator, to perform certain tasks.

  I know it sounds odd, but more important than the fact that a Fallen is an angel who no longer resides in the Creator's presence, is that a Fallen was in the direct presence of the Creator, and not only was it where He is, it also was the focus of His attention. And I cannot express the import of the myriad implications of this aspect of the Fallen. While it is their greatest gift, it is also the gravest of curses, for once one has been in the presence of the Creator, no other form or state of existence compares or even matters, and to be permanently outside of His presence, at least for the indefinite future, is nothing short of a living hell. And it is a Fallen’s response to this individual hell that determines the nature of its actions and its being.

  Some Fallen, like our Satan, became defiant, bitter, angry, and obsessed with proving to the Creator that no creature in all creation can love and worship Him like an angel can, and most importantly, that no being in creation "deserves" His face more than the angels do. Others simply go feral, lashing out and hurting all around them, hoping to share with others some fraction of the constant pain and agony that is their existence apart from the Creator. A few Fallen, unable to cope with their loss, go mad and wander the omniverse searching for a way to “end”. Others wandered off into the far corners of the omniverse and had a sort of epiphany, wherein they resume their continuous praise of the Creator, in hopes that He will hear, and invite them back into His presence. And still others, not only began to sing praises again, but go a step further and attempt to guide other sentient beings in the omniverse to the Creator, in hopes that He will see their attempts to garner more praise for Him and accept them back into His Heavenly Host.

  Indeed, the point of quoting the opening of the Book of Job, which is by the way, one of the few books of divine revelation, no that is the wrong word, "divinely inspired book" is better, that has not been too horribly distorted by humanity, is to illustrate three facts. First, that all of creation worships and praises the Creator, incessantly seeking His face, even those who have been "cast down" or who have "challenged" Him. Two, the Fallen are not friends and man, and neither are their brethren in the Heavenly Host. And lastly, well, you are not yet ready for the implication of the ending of the Book of Job.

  The Fallen, poor creatures, I fear that their expulsion from the Heavenly Host may be permanent, and that their fate is almost worse than that assigned to us finite beings, but that too, is a discussion better had at a later date. Returning to the point of this particular sidebar, the nature of a Fallen, always remember that a Fallen carrys about them the “residual” of being in the presence of the Creator, and that “residual” is the source of their wonderful, or dreaded, powers. Be forewarned, if you even encounter a deranged, angry or violent Fallen, run. Run like you have never run before, as only the greatest of beings, finite or infinite, can ever hope to survive such an encounter.

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