the Son of God descended to Earth and into the womb of the Virgin
Mary, at the command of the Father, dark Angels tumbled past,
from out of time, caught in the Perpetual Stream descending from
Heaven to Hell.
among the dark Angels tumbling toward the Bottomless Pit was
Lucifer, the Lord of Light, cast down from Heaven for instigating
war. Lucifer's once golden breastplate, golden raiment, and golden
sandals were silver now. His six seraphic wings were reduced
to two and were singed grey.
down with the Son were his four seraphic sisters. Their mission
was to protect him, and to accompany him throughout his corporeal
Lucifer passed his twin sister Hephzibah, first now among the
Seraphim, and the beloved of the Son of God, the Son of Perdition
projected an icy sliver of dissent into her mind.
God the Father said, "You must, my Son, go down, to teach
them, to renew their faith, and to forgive them for their sins.
It is my will that you do this, as it is your word that they
are worth the sacrifice. Know that their fate depends upon you,
as your fate depends upon them.
must, my Son, go down,
to walk among men as one of them,
and to teach them to mend their ways,
for they are destroying one another
and forsaking that which once was Eden.
hereby divest you of all power.
I do this so you may understand what
to be human.
do this so you will know pain and suffering,
for man endures these things and more,
yet we expect so much of him.
send with you a Messenger and her sisters,
she who was created for you long ago
to be your companion, lover, and protector.
In her I vest the power to destroy
if need be, in order to protect you.
of her and she shall perform miracles
in my name.
of her and she shall quiet your heart,
during the passage of time, as men
Ask of her and she shall wipe away
and comfort you.
are my heart and my love.
You are the eternal flame.
You are the lion and the lamb.
You are the sacrifice of sacrifices.
Your destiny is what it is.
send Hephzibah and her sisters with you," said the Father,
"to protect you while you walk on Earth. I send them with
you to keep evil at bay, while you complete your task. Use your
sisters wisely, or not at all."
you, Father," said the Son. "I am your servant."
task which I have set for you," said the Father, "
has already ripped my heart in two, as it did during the War
of Heaven where you were concerned. It is the greatest sacrifice
I will ever ask of you. Ordering you from your place, at my right
hand, is the greatest sacrifice I shall ever demand of myself.
The clockwork of the multiverse will cease its motion until you
cry for you, Father," said the Son, "for I already
sense your shattered heart."
his deific right hand on the head of the Son, to bless him, God
said, "Go now, my Son, and my blessing be upon you. Spread
your word of love to these violent men of the desert, these talking
apes, these creatures with so much potential, who harbor so much
anger. Help them, as best you can, and prepare to die for them,
for it is your destiny."
do this for them," said the Son, "for I believe them
worth redeeming. I do this for you, because I have read it in
is what it is, as I am that I am," said the Father.
looked down from his eternal throne and gazed upon Hephzibah
of the Seraphim.
"Hephzibah," said God, "take
your wings from before your face and look at me, for I am the
Lord thy God."
Seraph complied and looked upward upon God's fiery countenance.
Father," she said.
and your sisters must go down with my Son," said God. "You
must go down to catch him when he falls. You are his eternal
companion, and his beloved. It is your destiny to love him, and
to be punished, by me, for loving him. Go now. Tell your sisters
hearing, Hephzibah's fiery disposition took on the human form
of a strong, female warrior adorned in white tunic, with golden
breastplate and golden sandals. In her right hand she held a
golden sword. Upon her head, she wore a golden, four-faced helmet
that was terrible to behold. Holiest of holies, she bore the
Seal of God branded into the palm of her right hand.
four, seraphic sisters surrounded the Son of God, on all sides,
as he dropped from Heaven to Earth. He descended at the command
of the Father. He descended at his own request. He descended
to fulfill a destiny written long ago in God's Great Book.
the world yet not of the world, the Aboriginals walked the Great
Desert in a state of grace. They drifted within the ebb and the
flow of the Dream Time. They were fully conscious. As such, they
knew reality was not real at all. They could see through the
veil to the other side, to the ethereal world. They could see
the center of the island continent, at the base of the red monolith
called Uluru, in the old language, the people congregated. They
walked the Song Lines that crisscrossed their world, and converged
at the base of the sacred monument. They came from all directions,
driven by the instinct to congregate, and to share their dreams.
the day, they renewed acquaintances, friendships, and kinships.
They embraced one another. They cried. They laughed. They spoke
of their travels across the Great Desert. They rejoiced at the
births. They mourned the deaths. They ate bunya nuts, quandong
peaches, and kakadu plums. In the cooking fires, they roasted
goanna, kangaroo, and witchetty grubs, as big as fingers. They
divided the tucker among them.
darkness fell, the most advanced and holy humans on Earth sat
at the base of Uluru, around the large, ceremonial campfire.
The people who walked softly upon the world and who subsisted
upon its bounty, watched embers fly into the night sky. In their
minds, they transformed the embers. They created spiral galaxies
with billions of stars. They created accretion disks, and planets.
They created life. It was their purpose. What they imagined came
into being, by the grace of God the Mother of all Creation.
by the flying embers, they drifted and joined minds. Traveling
yet motionless, they saw the Great Beyond. They saw it open.
From it, they saw five mysterious creatures descend. They knew
them to be spirits sent to help their brothers and sisters on
the other side of the world. The spirits were destined to help
oldest people on Earth, their minds melded, saw the coming of
the Son of God. They saw him surrounded by Seraphim, and they
knew all was as it was meant to be. They saw the manifestation
of the Son of God in a baby named Jesus, a strange sounding name,
in their tongue. They saw the event occur in Bethlehem, a strange
sounding place. They saw Jesus born in a manger, a strange sounding
structure unknown to them. In their minds, the Aboriginals saw
events, as they unfolded, on the other side of a world that they
knew to be round, and to be orbiting a star, at a time when so-called
civilization thought the world to be flat, and to be the center
of the universe.
deific visitation had been predicted, among their people, for
fifty thousand years. They welcomed the coming because it brought
them one step closer to the predicted End Time, when they would
leave the Dream Time and transcend.
ablaze with the reflection of the ceremonial fire on his corneas,
and the spiritual fire burning deep within him, the elder and
leader of the tribe began to sing. He emitted a deep, guttural
hum with overtones. He was joined by the others who sat around
the fire. Joined in mind and in voice, their deep, throbbing
chorus rose into the night air.
words they sang were distorted and stretched out. They were not
meant for the ears of man. They were meant for the ears of God.
They were meant to be heard by the Son of God, by Hephzibah,
and by her sisters, so far away. It was a song of recognition.
It was a song of joy. The deep, guttural song that the elder
sang was the manifestation of a thought transmitted and heard
instantly by the deities who occupied a manger on the other side
of the world.
know you are there," sang the elder, as tears of joy and
of sorrow fell from his eyes, for he could see what was to come.
a Zoroastrian priest and astrologer, dressed in breeches, shirt,
cape, and Phrygian cap, stood on the desert sand, at night, far
from the oil lamps of Bethlehem, and stared at the stars. There
were more stars in the sky than he could count in a lifetime.
If he had known that the twinkling stars he saw were actually
galaxies, with billions of stars each, he never would have looked
at the night sky again. It would have been far too much to comprehend.
As it was, the dim veil draped vertically down the sky to the
horizon represented the stars of the Milky Way galaxy, his galaxy.
But they looked like smoke to him, and puzzled him greatly.
Adoration of the Magi
by Giotto di Bondone 1267-1337
billion years before Larvandad looked up, a giant, red sun orbited
a white, dwarf star, one of the oldest stars in the universe.
The dwarf sucked gases from its larger but weaker companion for
a thousand years. It simmered. A deflagration flame, powered
by carbon fusion, was born. Oxygen fusion initiated, and the
white dwarf became so hot it unbinded. It exploded with a luminous
intensity five billion times brighter than an average sun. The
explosion was brighter than an entire galaxy.
to the flash of deific thought that created the universe, in
an instant, the bright illumination of the cataclysmic event
rippled outward into the cosmos sluggishly, at the speed of light.
The high energy photons expanded outward in straight lines, except
where they were bent by the gravitational lensing of galaxies
and the close proximity of stars. And after a seeming eternity,
some of the white light from the ancient, stellar explosion found
its way to Earth. The arrival of the light, seen as a cruciform
star, coincided with the birth of Jesus, as was written in God's
when Larvandad, Gushnasaph, and Hormisdas stared into the night
sky, some thirteen billion years after the fact, the ancient
explosion of the white dwarf appeared to be something new in
the heavens. So, they called it Nova, from the Greek. For two
months, Nova outshone the other celestial objects in the night
sky including the Moon and Venus.
the Magi, Nova was more than a new star. It was a sign. It was
a sign from God. It was a sign marking the birth of the long
prophesied Messiah. The cruciform star drew the Magi from the
East, from Persia, and guided them on their journey from Babylon
a manger, beneath the cruciform Star of Bethlehem, in the visible
presence of Joseph, Mary, and the three Magi, and in the invisible
presence of four Seraphim, the spirit that was the Son of God
transmigrated into the wrinkled body of a newborn baby named
Gushnasaph and Hormisdas placed three gifts at the feet of Jesus.
They gave gold, to see Jesus through his days while he walked
among men. They gave frankincense to burn when the Son of God
prayed to his Father in Heaven. They gave myrrh to embalm him
with once his task was complete, and he was crucified, so that
his torn flesh would not decay.
who was a gift from God was delivered unto the human race to
do what he could to forgive them, to save them, and to teach
them, in a short span of years.
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