Summary: Created by the Supreme Father of Heaven, the Keep serves as an impenetrable
stronghold of protection for all the citizens of Heaven. This “impregnable refuge”
was fashioned in response to the rise of the Chief Demiurge, Yaldabaoth, and his
inaugural attack against Heaven (5:15:67). It wasn’t until Yaldabaoth had escaped
from the Abyss and launched his first attack against the Olaha Shinehah, that the
Keep was deemed necessary (5:15:58-69).
A single reference in the 4th Endowment gives the impression that a prototype version
of the Keep was constructed during the early design stages of the Telestial Kingdom
of Heaven (4:4:31). Since its creation, the Keep has remained strongly correlated
with what is also referred to as “Paradise” (W:25:13).
Fashioning the Keep
During Yaldabaoth’s initial attack against Heaven, the Gods and Goddesses despaired
for they had never before witnessed such dreadful powers, neither did they have the
ability to defend the Heavens against the mysterious evil that had sprung upon them
(5:15:1-53). It was then that Areta and The One, the Supreme Mother and Father of
Heaven, descended and temporarily interrupted Yaldabaoth’s siege by miraculously
stopping eternal time (5:15:55). With Yaldabaoth frozen in time, The One related
how the Demiurge had come to power, and that it was necessary to create a refuge
to protect the innocent against the Lord of Chaos (5:15:58-69).
Thus is it needful that I should fashion a Keep which will make safe the children
that we love, from the greatest to the least; even all the children of Heaven, from
the Celestial Kingdom to the Telestial Kingdom shall we place within the Keep to
be for them a refuge; for the innocent must we protect from that dark and evil scourge
which even now stands upon our very doorstep.
5th Endowment 15:64
After the Keep was created, Areta appointed the First and Sovereign Queen of the
Pensieye, Loriel of Avion, to guard the gates of the great refuge during the First
War (5:15:71). In addition, the Cherubim of the Shulieye were appointed by The One
to guard and protect the children of God, in accordance with a covenant made long
ago between God and the Shulieye (5:15:72). According to scripture, the only key
that can open the doors of the Keep is that of a Father’s or Mother’s love for their
The Gates of the Keep
There are several references to the ‘gates to the Keep’, however, the location of
the gates — and whether or not there are multiple gates — is not clearly established.
Perhaps each Celestial realm has access to the Keep through their own set of gates.
Scripture relates an event in which Mahaleenah leads a delegation of the Elohim to
the "the regions of Endahu Segoiya, beyond the Mullakai" whereupon the Azraella Ahgendai
was summoned from the Keep (1:8:54-56; 6:8:32-33). This event, along with other supporting
references (5:12:39) indicate there are separate entrances to the Keep of the Ahgendai.
Protector of the Keep
According to scripture, Azraella Ahgendai is responsible for overseeing the security
and integrity of the Keep. There are several references to the Azraella’s as "Protector
of the Keep" (W:20:4; E:2:46; 2:12:14; 5:8:19), and single references designating
the refuge as the "Keep of Azrael" (E:9:4), and the "Keep of the Ahgendai" (5:12:39).
Having been influenced by the cunning words of Yaldabaoth, and blinded by his own
pride, Shaemdiel (former Chief Archon of Elohim) forced his way into the Keep and
removed his lineage against the will of Elohim. This brazen act of rebellion led
to a stand-off, resulting in Shaemdiel and his lineage being cast from the realms
of God to the cosmos of the First Creation (Enlightenment 9; Wisdom 15; 1:4:15-23;
Therefore, seeing that the spirit children of God are made in the image of God, yet
were they without the likeness of his glory.
So was it expedient to send them forth into the Keep whereby they might come to a
knowledge of Heaven’s glory, that in their bosom might spring forth a desire to become
in the likeness of both Father and Mother.
Now there was prepared near unto the kingdom of God, an earth of exceeding great
beauty, and unto this Paradise are the spirit children of God made to dwell; that
they might be brought to a remembrance of the good when they should be sent forth
to dwell in the furnace of mortality.
So were the spirits of all God’s children made to dwell in the Keep, and they did
come to a knowledge of the glory to be found in the kingdom of their Father and Mother,
both Emmanuel and Sophiel, even God.
For there is made to dwell in the Paradise of the Keep, a host of ministering angels,
and they do teach unto the spirits of all men, a multitude of knowledge concerning
the kingdom of God, that in the days of their probation when they are sent forth
to dwell in the furnace of mortality, they might possess unto themselves a fount
of great wisdom.
Now above the world of Jeruel did there shine forth in the night airs above, a moon
of most exquisite comeliness, even the Eden world of Paradise which moved throughout
the regions of the Keep.
By such sweet and tender passions were the children of God brought forth; and God
called unto the presiding cherub of all the Pensieye and did give them charge, saying:
“Take these, my little ones, unto the world of Paradise and there place them among
the Goieye; for these, our precious children, are without knowing and filled with
Thus is it expedient that we should teach them well, to build in them, through small
degrees, a sense of who they are; showing here and teaching there, each upon the
other, until at last they know full well the things most fully needed.
So take our babes into that Keep where the angels sweetly sing, and there most gently
watch with care till we should come and teach them. Let the children be at ease upon
that moon so fair, and in that day when they have need, even we shall come with full
regard in answer to their prayer.”
4th Endowment 4:29-31
“[...] It is only after you have thoroughly familiarized yourself with the full scope
of God’s work and glory concerning Heaven and earth, and only when love is perfected
between you and your Beloved that you are ready for the next office within your specific
House. The sign of this graduation begins with the giving of a gift from your Heavenly
Parents; for they will create for you and your Beloved, a beautiful world of Paradise
which they will set in orbit around the world of Jeruel. This world will become the
home and nursery of your spirit children, and is placed in one of the dimensions
of the Keep.
[...] as you and your Beloved achieve orgasm together, there erupts out of the stream
around you a vast explosion of spirit embryos, both male and female. These embryos
are gathered by the Cherubim and placed within the Keep. There they will be nurtured
until they achieve a state of self-awareness. [...]”
Azrael’s Commentary: House of El Shalon/El Shaloah — Perfected Soul