Summary: This appellation is used in scripture to designate Shaemdiel, the former
Chief Archon of Elohim who, after committing various acts of prideful disregard and
violent rebellion against God, was evicted from the kingdom of Heaven and made to
dwell in the realms of the First Cosmos on the world of the First Power where the
Demiurgos had established their dominion. Shaemdiel was elated to discover evolutionary
modern humans on the world of the First Power, and set about establishing his own
dispensations based on his Law of Immediate Recompense (E:11:6-27; 6:4:3-40). Thus
began a heated conflict between Shaemdiel and Jehovah-Yahweh, who both sought dominion
over early humankind. Shaemdiel and his lineage interacted with primitive man for
perhaps several thousands of years prior to the advent of Adam and Eve and the first
dispensation (c. 12,775 BCE). The arrival of the Adaam interrupted Shaemdiel’s plans
for the human race, as the Enoshahim (evolutionary humans) began to prefer the gentle
wisdom of Adam and Eve over the often condescending judgments of Shaemdiel (6:8:3-9).
Hoping Adam and Eve would abandon their cause, Shaemdiel shifted his focus from influencing
the Enoshahim, to that of fighting against the Adaam and the dispensations of God.
Thus did Shaemdiel withdraw from the affairs of men whereby he might plot against
Adam and Eve, to make their life a drudgery filled with hurt and constant disappointment;
being himself intent in frustrating the designs of God causing that Heaven itself
should call surcease and return themselves from whence they came;
Leaving to Shaemdiel this world of the First Power, to make him lord and master in
directing and guiding the very Enoshahim whereby he might continue in working dispensations
of his own design; having himself, through cunning contraventions, expelled the very
6th Endowment 8:8-9
Shaemdiel made considerable efforts to hinder the Adaam in establishing the dispensations
of God. Scriptural examples of his antagonistic influence during the first two dispensations
include: the murder of Abel, the rise of Cain and the Sumerian Empire, and the violent
reign of Yasher-Baal (see Beginnings). The Fallen One also played a direct role in
the temptation of Abraham and Sarah, resulting in the birth of Ishmael by Abraham’s
handmaiden, Hagar (B:27:33-54). Throughout his endeavors on the world of the First
Power, Shaemdiel is typically referred to in scripture as Lucifer or the Fallen One.
• The 2nd Endowment portrays an event in which Shaemdiel and his sons and daughters
are rescued from the custody of the Demiurge, and redeemed from their ‘Fallen’ state
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. [...]
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 1:22-23, 29-30
For even the Fallen did know that the world whereon they dwelt was unmade by God;
having themselves laid claim upon it whereby they might prove the worthiness of Shaemdiel
Believing as they might that in the working of their dispensations might they reclaim
the glory which now seemed lost, to reside as victors within the Heavens, having
put to shame the very Elohim which once had cast them out.
6th Endowment 7:61-62
29. Now when Lucifer saw the things which Adam and Eve did for the benefit of man,
he became most jealous and filled with envy;
30. For the children of Enosh had he claimed for himself whereby he might prove the
better way; yet when he saw that Adam and Eve would take to their bosom the seed
of God to instruct them, he was swallowed up in bitterness against them.
31. Now, in time, Adam and Eve likewise produced after their likeness, children of
light and beauty and these, also, began to mingle among the children of Enosh to
32. And gathering about him the angels of his following, Lucifer spoke unto them,
saying: “Hear, my children, and be not fearful, neither be you doubtful of my designs
because of this coming forth of Adam and Eve.
33. For in this world beyond beginnings is Heaven made to dwell far beyond, and the
glory of all Elohim has the endless Deep made separate and apart through the closing
of countless veils of dark obscurity.
34. Upon what power, therefore, shall Adam and Eve make supplication if it so be
that I should go forth to trouble and vex them sorely?
35. For I shall set hard my hand against the whole of their design, to sow enmity
between the house of Adam and the children of Enosh.
36. For against the seed of Adam shall I set forth a cunning deceit whereby I might
tempt them unto misery and sin;
37. And seeing that evil shall be multiplied against them, then shall they surely
relent and flee again unto the heavenly place; and the children of Enosh shall I
take again unto myself whereby I might prove the rightness of my way.”
38. So spoke Lucifer who knew not the powers of The One; neither could he rightly
perceive the designs of God.
39. And going forth he did tempt the seed of Adam to sin and death, and there was
multiplied a great many sorrows upon the earth.
40. Yet would the seed of Adam not relent nor flee away, but pressed ever onward
in the world of the First Power; seeking by some subtle means to establish in the
heart of First Man the seeds of endless life.
And turning away, Lucifer went again to the earth, and throughout all the dispensations
of time he wandered among the children of men, seeking to find some means whereby
he might justify himself.
And evil increased among the children of men, and notwithstanding they were made
as one house before God, they did war continually one against the other.
Thus, many were made subject to the passions of the evil one, for they were made
to rebel against God because of a multiplicity of sorrows which Lucifer caused to
fall upon the children of men.