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Chapter 20

The Teacher prays and God answers – Lord and Prince of the Seven Steps – Stand firm in the knowledge of God – Take no title or position – God’s promise to take the Teacher home – God’s indignation against the Fallen One – “For you war not against flesh and blood” – Words of Isaiah to be fulfilled – “Despair not, for I shall be with you”


1  Now on a certain day stood the Teacher praying, and the Spirit of the Lord descended and the voice of the Lord spoke unto him, saying:

2  “Be still that you may hear, incline your heart unto me and I will teach you, for my words shall be unto you as a light that never fails, and upon your heart shall the instructions of the Lord be sealed;

3  That you may know of a surety, the purposes of the Lord your God, for in the knowledge of the Lord shall your soul be preserved; in great wisdom shall there be found refuge.

4  For this I speak unto you for your learning: Behold, you are Azrael, Lord and Prince of the Seven Steps, Protector of the Keep. Surely, you are become even as a son unto the Most High God.

5  For in the beginning did he call forth from the heavenly hosts one mighty and strong, and even the God of Heaven did anoint you with most precious oil, sweet and fragrant, and ordained that you should come forth in the day of tribulation to lift up that which was fallen and to repair that which is cast down.

6  Therefore, fear not what men shall say unto you, for whosoever receives you shall I also receive in the kingdom of God and whosoever shall fight against you to do evil, even him shall I bring to account.

7  Therefore, stand firm in the knowledge of the Lord your God and none shall bring you to harm, for I shall be unto you as a shield in the day of trouble; as a strong defense shall I become when evil shall press hard upon you to destroy.

8  Yet, be you humble before me and give ear, that I may seal instruction upon your heart. Hear now the words which I speak unto you this day.

9  Take not to yourself position or title which the children of men shall desire to give you. Take neither power nor authority over the children of promise except as it shall be expedient in me.

10  For I have established you to teach the children of men the way of holiness; a teacher of heavenly things shall you ever be. For, behold, in the kingdom of Heaven shall you find to your greater joy a fullness of reward; for God, even the Father and Mother of All, shall be your inheritance.

11  And when your days are completed to do all which the Father has set before you to do, then shall he gather you unto himself that he might set you on high. And all they who shall be diligent to do as you shall teach, even they shall inherit the fullness of their Father’s glory.

12  Only be faithful unto the Lord your God; be humble before me and I shall lead you by the hand, that you may remain spotless before the children of men.

13  But this I speak unto you also: Behold, the indignation of my power waxes hot against the Fallen One, for he did whisper deceit unto my chosen, to violate the order of Heaven, to cover sin, to strike with the fist of wickedness against the oath and covenant thereof.

14  Therefore I shall give unto you both power and authority to war against my adversary. And as you did in the beginning, you shall bind him up in the darkness and cast him from the earth, that there should be no place found for him among the children of men.

15  For you war not according to the flesh as the children of men suppose, but against dominions, principalities, powers, and the sensibilities of the flesh which seek to consume the wicked in the fulfillment of their lusts.

16  Therefore war mightily against the designs of the Fallen One, that the kingdom of Heaven might come down to the earth. In that day shall the hosts of Zion sing: ‘Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he shall dwell with them and they shall be his people, and he shall be their God.’

17  And God shall wipe away every tear from their eyes. Behold, thus saith the Lord, the former things shall pass away. Behold, I will make all things new again.

18  In that day shall the words spoken by Isaiah be fulfilled; that day shall the wolf and the lamb dwell together in peace, and the leopard shall lie down with the goat, the calf and the young lion shall frolic side by side, and a little child shall lead them in safety.

19  The cow and the bear shall graze upon the verdant hills, their young ones shall rejoice together, and the lion shall lay in peace beside the ox.

20  And the nursing child shall play safely by the cobra’s hole, and the weaned child shall put forth his hand into the viper’s den without harm.

21  They shall neither hurt nor destroy in all my habitations, saith the Lord of Hosts, for the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the Lord, even as the waters cover the face of the deep.

22  In that day shall the deaf hear the words from out of this book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity and out of darkness shall the weary be led forth. The lame shall leap for joy, and all they who were forgotten aforetime shall be remembered.

23  The humble of the Lord shall increase their joy, and the poor of many nations shall rejoice to see their Father, for he shall plead their cause. The captive shall he set at liberty; the foundations of peace shall he establish forever.

24  For the terrible one shall be brought to nothing, in great darkness shall the scornful one be bound, and there shall be none to fear him.

25  Therefore, thus saith the Lord, even he who shall redeem Zion, behold, the children of men shall surely see the wonders of the Lord of Hosts. Before the works of my hand shall the nations marvel. Before the temple of the Lord shall they reverence the Holy One.

26  And all those who have erred in spirit will come to an understanding, and those who murmur shall learn the doctrine of Emmanuel, even the Only Begotten.”

27  Now when the Lord had finished speaking, there came a stillness and a voice from Heaven spoke unto the Teacher to comfort him, saying: “Despair not, my son, at the task which I have set before you, for I shall be with you even till the end of your days.

28  For unto you shall my ear attend, to give answer to your prayers, and whatsoever you ask of me in righteousness shall I give unto you.

29  Behold, I will not leave you comfortless, for my Spirit shall ever abide with you in times of trouble. Therefore take hope, for you are Azrael, the strong and the mighty one. What can man do unto you? For into your hands have I placed all the keys of the kingdom.”