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First Reference: Beginnings 2:1
Now in the beginning was Lucifer cast from Heaven, and he swore in his great anger to bring havoc upon the children of men, that violence and deceit might rage in the hearts of many, that he might have claim upon the souls of all who would obey him; that with these he might ascend again unto his Father and take with violence the kingdom of Heaven.
See: Fallen (the), Fallen One, Immediate Recompense, Shaemdiel, Son of the Morning Light
Summary: The name “Lucifer” was given to the fallen Arch-Angel, Shaemdiel, by the Demiurge prince, Jehovah-Yahweh (E:10:24-35). Shaemdiel is one of the most notorious figures in the Song of God. The narrative portraying his journey is both rich and multi-faceted, serving as a central theme and powerful archetype throughout scripture. More information about Lucifer can be found in the entry: Shaemdiel (see also: Fallen One, Fallen).
Shaemdiel is the Beloved husband of Rutheniel. Together, they served as the Chief Archons of the celestial Council of Elohim under the purview of their Heavenly Parents (and co-Ahmans of Elohim) Noeiel and Galendriel. Shaemdiel’s younger brother Michael was appointed in Shaemdiel’s place as Chief Archon after Shaemdiel initiated a violent rebellion in the realms of Elohim (E:9:43). Shaemdiel and a third of his lineage were eventually evicted from Heaven and consigned to give service to the Chief Demiurge, Yaldabaoth, who had previously established his dominion in the cosmos of the First Creation (E:6:1-35; 1:7:1-44). Upon his arrival in the realms of the Demiurge, Shaemdiel was given the name “Lucifer” by Yaldabaoth’s first son (emanation), Jehovah-Yahweh (E:10:24-35).
Shaemdiel was made to serve under the jurisdiction of Jehovah-Yahweh, but the relationship quickly developed into a bitter rivalry for dominion over this world, the world of the First Power. Delighted to discover the existence of humans evolving on the earth, Shaemdiel viewed his circumstances as a serendipitous chance to prove the value of his Law of Immediate Recompense before God (E:11:1-27; 6:7:61-62). However, Jehovah-Yahweh had already established his dominion throughout the earth and would not relinquish his control easily (1:2:13-16). This led to continued conflict between Shaemdiel and Jehovah, as both sought dominion over humankind and the earth.
Despite Jehovah’s claim upon humankind, Shaemdiel sought to establish the knowledge of good and evil among the children of men, being intent on initiating his own dispensations based upon the Law of Immediate Recompense. The Fallen angels were met with fierce resistance from Jehovah-Yahweh, who, fearing the loss of control over humankind, threatened death to those who partook of the knowledge of good and evil (E:7:38-46; E:11:28-29). Nevertheless, Shaemdiel and the Fallen successfully introduced several innovations among the tribes of evolutionary modern humans, fully intent on establishing the foundations of civilization and influencing the rise of humankind through Immediate Recompense (E:11—12; 6:4:3-30).
As the ages passed, a schism began to form between the evolutionary humans who gave heed to the direction and influence of the Fallen, referred to as the “Enoshahim”, and those who remained under the fearful oppression of the Demiurge, referred to as the “screelings” (6:4:28; 6:5:37-39). As Shaemdiel prepared to launch dispensations of his own, Jehovah moved to destroy both the Fallen and the Enoshahim entirely. The conflict between Shaemdiel and Jehovah escalated to the point of furious battle (6:3:2; E:13:1-10), but Yaldabaoth grew weary of the conflict and established a troubled truce between the two competing forces (6:5:44-55; 6:6:12-14).
With the new treaty in place, Shaemdiel returned to the world of the First Power to begin his first dispensation. Yet the aspirations of Shaemdiel and the Fallen were disrupted once again, as it was discovered that Michael and Sher-el had descended as Adam and Eve, to initiate the first dispensation of God upon the earth (c. 12.775 BCE) (B:1:5; B:6:1; AZC — Adamic Council). With the advent of Adam and Eve, Jehovah-Yahweh moved to destroy the Enoshahim with the intent of frustrating the plans of Heaven, but Shaemdiel succeeded in persuading the Demiurge against genocide, claiming it was not the Enoshahim but the Adaam who were the rightful recipients of wrath and judgment (1:2:17-26; 1:8:20-42).
Providing assurances to Yaldabaoth and Jehovah-Yahweh, Lucifer shifted his attention toward discouraging the Adaam, hoping to trouble them to such an extent that they would grow weary, abandon their cause on earth and return to Heaven (1:2:23-24; 6:6:41-44; E:13:31-40; 6:8:1-10). Lucifer’s first act of war and vengeance against Michael and Sher-el was expressed through the life of Cain, who murdered his younger brother Abel and taught the children of men the arts of usury and violence for material gain (B:2:1-38). Scripture reveals that the incarnated spirit of Cain was not only one of the Fallen, he was Shaemdiel’s eldest son (6:8:19-20). Cain represented the first occurrence of a Fallen spirit incarnating with a pre-mortal agenda to fight against God and the dispensations of Heaven.
As the Elohim continued to work their dispensations, Shaemdiel and the Fallen persisted in their efforts to frustrate the designs of Heaven and afflict the children of God through violence, fear, sorrow and corruption (B:21:1-57). The extent to which Lucifer and the Fallen continued to extend efforts to maintain their own dispensations based upon Immediate Recompense is unknown (B:27:33-79).
Lucifer and the Fallen represented one of several adversarial forces in opposition to the aims of the Elohim on the world of the First Power (6:3:12). Scripture provides many examples of Lucifer’s involvement, influence and corruption throughout the history of humankind. While the Elohim worked to establish the knowledge of God upon the earth, both Lucifer and Jehovah-Yahweh sought to corrupt and hijack these efforts, often twisting the gnosis through sly and subtle ways in order to confuse or entice the souls of men away from God (1:2:26; 1:12:1-9). As indicated by scripture, enticing men to acts of violence and murder was not beyond Lucifer’s realm of influence (B:2:25-38; B:11:1-10; Y:2:14; 1:3:18-48; W:14:59-61).
The Redemption of Shaemdiel and the Fallen 2nd Endowment 12 Beginnings 24:55-64
Scripture portrays an event in which Azrael Ahgendai rescues Shaemdiel and his lineage from the dominion of Jehovah-Yahweh, and unites them with their Beloved wife and mother, Rutheniel (2:12:1-61). While a timeframe is not provided for this event, the author (Wood, aka Azrael) claimed that Shaemdiel and his host have indeed been returned to the Celestial Kingdom, and are working out the details of their full redemption. This would imply that the Fallen are no longer actively fighting against the dispensations of God. Wood taught that while the designs of the Fallen are still playing out on this world, their adversarial efforts have ceased.
Shaemdiel’s Law of Immediate Recompense and His Eviction from Heaven
Having been influenced by the Chief Demiurge, Yaldabaoth (E:1:24-47), Shaemdiel began to rally support among inhabitants of the Paradise moons of Elohim for implementing an alternate method of achieving glory (Enlightenment 2–-4). This alternate method was based upon what is referred to as the Law of Immediate Recompense, and stood in direct conflict with God’s established approach of allowing spirit children freedom to make their own choices regarding good and evil.
The Law of Immediate Recompense was a means of human progression espoused by Shaemdiel whereby individuals do not have the freedom to make their own choices regarding what is good and evil, but instead, are coerced to act in accordance with established rules through immediate rewards and punishments. The Law manifests as a form of moral tyranny, enforcing strict obedience to its tenets through compulsion and fear. While Immediate Recompense may create the appearance of holiness, its implementation breeds hate and ignorance, creating an “illusion of goodness born of fear” (6:6:42).
Shaemdiel became intent on removing free choice from the development process (see: Hodos Alea) and forcing right behavior through compulsion. He came to believe that innocence was preferable to hard-earned wisdom. He also came to view the Agency offered by God as a hindrance to his own achievement of power and glory (E:3:8-52; W:15:1-54; 6:6:42).
When the Elohim disallowed Shaemdiel to prove the rightness of his way and change the Hodos Alea, he initiated a violent rebellion which culminated in a stand-off on the plains of Kuristan. The crisis came to an abrupt end with the arrival of Ahman, the Azraella, and a mighty host of Gods and Goddesses. Shaemdiel and one third of his lineage were declared “Fallen” and consigned to dwell in the realm of the Demiurge to be “greatly proved” until Shaemdiel establish goodness in his soul (E:9:1-75; 6:2:50-66; W:2:36-40; W:15:1-54).
In the final moments preceding the eviction, many of Shaemdiel’s daughters came to join with their husbands, to be included among those cast out of Heaven. While Shaemdiel was encouraged by this apparent act of solidarity, none of the daughters were actually considered Fallen by God. Their inclusion among the Fallen was part of a plan devised by Mahaleenah and Rutheniel that would allow for a secret means of communication between Heaven and Shaemdiel’s daughters. This secret connection (via the Tael) was intended to assist in the redemption of their husbands and pass information to Heaven regarding the workings of the Demiurge (6:2:22-49).
Once declared as Fallen, Shaemdiel “and many others” were expelled from their physical tabernacles, to remain in a state of disembodied spirit (E:9:72-73; 6:8:7). Of celestial citizenship, only ministering angels and Arch-Angels possess physical tabernacles (W:14:20-22). The rank and file of those who were declared Fallen is not revealed in scripture. It is presumed that the host consisted of a mixture of celestial citizens, including ministering angels, Perfected Souls (Lords), and Arch-Angels like Shaemdiel (i.e. Gods) (6:4:23). It may be surmised that some of Shaemdiel’s sons possessed considerable glory and had the ability to incarnate into mortal life. For example, the spirit of Adam and Eve’s first son Cain held a position of seniority among the Fallen, being the eldest son of Shaemdiel (6:8:20). The spirit of Cain’s son Yasher-Baal was likely one of Shaemdiel’s sons counted among the Fallen (B:11:1-10; B:27:33-34).
Shaemdiel is Named ‘Lucifer’
Yaldabaoth was elated to receive Shaemdiel and his host, believing that in the fall of Shaemdiel he had succeeded in shaking the foundations of Heaven during his inaugural attack against the kingdoms of Light (E:10:1-11).
8. “For I am Chief Demiurgos who, with subtle and sly deceit, did cause the very heavens to shake with violent fury, whereby I might seize captive these angels of the greater Light.
9. But look and marvel, behold, and see what beauty, what ceaseless wonder the angels do possess; for though they be fallen and in the darkness strongly bound, still do they shine forth through the dimness;
10. And in the blackness of my power, through the halls of endless night do they glimmer like yonder stars, bespeaking still that other glory which only I do but faintly see.
11. How these fallen treasures in the depths do shine, that I might hold them in my power, to bring still to some greater doom the kingdoms of the greater Light.”
Yaldabaoth assigned Shaemdiel to serve the Demiurge prince, Jehovah-Yahweh, who sought to strengthen his dominion on the world of the First Power. When Jehovah-Yahweh first saw Shaemdiel and his host, he was filled with contempt towards the fallen angels and expressed confusion as to why his father was rejoicing in the presence of “demons before whose brightness the very darkness scatters” (E:10:24-27).
Receiving charge of the fallen Arch-Angel and his host, Jehovah-Yahweh gave to Shaemdiel the name “Lucifer”:
33. The second time Jehovah-Yahweh spoke, saying: “By what name are you called?” He answered: “I am called Shaemdiel, Lord of Kolob, Prince of Salem, Chief Archon of Merigoth.”
34. When the Demiurge heard these things he gave a dreadful hiss, and he spoke, saying: “I am god and beside me there is no other. From this day forth I shall call you Lucifer.
35. Keep, therefore, these minions to yourself alone and see that they trouble me not; for it is decreed that you shall serve me faithfully, even as these vile creatures must give service unto you.”
Trading Service for Service 1st Endowment 4:30-41 Enlightenment 10:1-40
Having been expelled from the Celestial Kingdom, Shaemdiel was charged to give service to the Demiurge in the realms of their domain, the cosmos of the First Creation. Blinded by pride and disdain, it was Shaemdiel’s intent to return to Heaven and force his way into a position of power. Upon meeting Yaldabaoth, Shaemdiel agreed to give service to the Demiurge on the condition that Yaldabaoth assist him in his future aim to “take by force the kingdoms of the greater Light” (E:10:19).
While Yaldabaoth agreed to trade services and assist Shaemdiel in his vengeful return to glory, the Chief Demiurge secretly plotted to use Shaemdiel to not only offset the destructive tendencies of Jehovah-Yahweh, but to eventually gain access to the Celestial realm and destroy it (E:10:18-23). Yaldabaoth placed Shaemdiel and the Fallen in service to Jehovah-Yahweh, to assist the Demiurge prince in establishing dominion on the world of the First Power (E:10:24-40).
Lucifer in the World of the First Power (Earth)
Enlightenment 11–-13 1:4:30-41 6:3:49-50 6th Endowment 4—6
Lucifer was elated to discover native humans evolving on the world of the First Power (Earth). This provided him the opportunity to test his method of soul creation by first introducing the knowledge of good and evil, and then establishing dispensations of his own. Shaemdiel saw his new environment as a serendipitous chance to prove the value of his Law of Immediate Recompense before God (E:11:1-27; 6:7:61-62). However, Jehovah-Yahweh had already established his dominion throughout the earth and would not relinquish his control. This led to continued conflict between Shaemdiel and Jehovah-Yahweh, for both sought dominion over humankind and the earth.
Shaemdiel and his host began a planetary-scale initiative to find receptive individuals among the clans of man and empower them with knowledge (6:4:26-27). Scripture does not identify a timeframe for the arrival of Shaemdiel on the earth. However, according to scripture, it was Shaemdiel and the Fallen who uplifted primitive humans through the introduction of various innovations, including: the mastery of fire, the use of animal skins for clothing, the use of the atlatl, the sling, the boomerang, and the art of catching fish (6:4:25-30). Through the influence of Lucifer and the Fallen, the cradles civilization were established on this earth.
Those who were receptive to the communications of the spirits were given the name “Enosh”. The people of Enosh (deemed the “Enoshahim”) were uplifted and directed by Shaemdiel and the Fallen to the extent of forming tribal laws, languages, customs, and beliefs (6:4:35-36). Those who would not “give heed for fear of Jehovah-Yahweh...became known as the ‘screelings’, being themselves wild and ignorant and filled with brutish thoughts” (6:4:28).
With the arrival of Adam and Eve (c. 12,775 BCE), Lucifer and the Fallen changed the focus of their efforts, hoping to discourage the Adaam away from the world of the First Power. This was accomplished primarily in two ways: 1) incarnating certain of the Fallen to fight directly against the designs of God (1:8:36-38); and 2) enticing the children of men towards evil and violence by increasing sorrow in their lives (B:23:56-58). Scripture provides various examples of Lucifer’s adversarial efforts against the dispensations of God:
• Shaemdiel’s oldest son successfully incarnates as Cain, Adam and Eve’s firstborn son 6:8:19-23
• Lucifer confers with Cain, who eventually kills his younger brother Abel B:2:1-39 1:3:19-20 1:8:43-51
• Lucifer confers with Yasher-Baal, the son of Cain; empowers him with dark and hidden things B:11:1-39
• Lucifer speaks with his brother Michael. Michael makes efforts toward reconciliation B:21:3-57
• Lucifer contends against Noah on Mount Ararat B:23:29-58
• The Son of the Morning tempts Sarah; destroys Sodom & Gomorrah despite Abraham’s dissuasion B:27:33-79
• Lucifer’s influence sets the stage for the death of Yeshua W:14:59-61
• The fifth dispensation of Ariel is corrupted 1:2:25-27, 31 See: Ariel Disclosure
• W:2:36, 40; W:14:61 — Perhaps the designation “Lucifer” is used in early passages (e.g. Beginnings and Wisdom) for the convenience of the reader, as the name “Shaemdiel” is not introduced until Wisdom 15.
• While Shaemdiel fought against the dispensations of God, he helped prevent Jehovah-Yahweh from committing genocidal acts against humankind. This subtle influence was anticipated and relied upon by The One (E:5:35-61; 1:2:19-26).
• Since Shaemdiel’s “Fallen” daughters were still connected to the Tael, Heaven was able to monitor (to some extent) the doings of both Shaemdiel and the Demiurge (6:2:35-36). The Fallen, especially the daughters, served as spies for the Elohim (1:4:40).
• Some passages allude to the possibility that Shaemdiel could gain control over newly engendered souls tainted by wickedness (B:22:11-14). It is also debated whether or not souls can fall into temporary or permanent possession of the Demiurge.
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61. Thus shall he apportion to the righteous every good thing that it is the Father’s will to give unto the obedient.
62. And he shall recompense Lucifer according to his deeds, for he shall lay forth the foundation whereby even the Fallen One might be redeemed according to the mercies of God.
63. So shall all things be accomplished in their dispensations, according to the wisdom which is in God.
64. And there shall be peace among all the nations of the earth, for Lucifer shall be made to rest beside the throne of his Father and my Father.”