Tag: demons

The Secret Connection Between Angels and Vampires

 

Upon reading the Apocrypha of the Bible and the early books of the canonical Bible, you quickly start to pick up on a story about angels not often mentioned in other texts. The Watchers were the two hundred angelic beings, part of an order of archangels that were charged with guarding the earth. In some myths, the Watchers were the ones who guided and assisted our spiritual (and perhaps, literal) evolution.  In others, they were rebellious and arrogant to a fault, eventually leading them to follow Lucifer in a desertion of epic proportions.

In most stories, the Watchers number two hundred, with twenty being the leaders responsible for the rest. Some early manuscripts of the second book of Enoch put their number at 2 million. The location of this fallen host is said to be the fifth heaven, according to Enoch 2, along with Satan.

The Watchers taught humanity much hidden knowledge that was to be revealed to us in a gradual manner and not given all at once as it was. The demons taught our race everything from signs to phases of the moon to cosmetics and warfare. One of the higher-ranking Watchers, Kokabiel, was said to have over 300,000 spirits at his command and taught humans astrology, which was forbidden as one of the secrets of heaven.

In the book of Genesis, they are referred to as Sons of God, supernatural beings that lusted after the daughters of men. The angels left their posts and took the women as they pleased, thus angering God. The story goes that the rebellious angels, led by Samael or in some texts, Azazel (a common reference, though the devil goes by many names), were thrown to the earth and chained in the valleys of the earth until judgement.

In Chapter 18 of the second book of Enoch, the children of these unions, the Nephilim, or the Grigori as it is translated there, have human likeness but are brutal giants that ravage humanity. God soon passes his judgement on the offspring of these unions and sends the deluge to cleanse the earth from them once and for all. This is the beginning of giant lore.

It is unclear how long the savage children of the Watchers were allowed the fulfilment of their bloodlust, only that they are said to have been destroyed in the flood. However, giants are mentioned again in the Bible later in the book of Numbers when Moses sends two spies to scope out Canaan, saying that they were as grasshoppers to the people that were living there.

The crossing of archangels and humans apparently bred a race of bloodthirsty giants that loved nothing more than terrorizing and feeding upon humans. Giant vampires. Yikes.

In the Book of Giants, God sends Enoch to warn the Nephilim of his impending judgement for not only their rebellion, but for defiling everything they could get their hands on including each other, eating one another’s flesh and drinking the blood. Rather than turn from their debauchery, many of the Nephilim chose to continue on in defiance of God’s orders and the rest is history.

There are some who interpret the name “Sons of God” and the phrase “heroes of old” in the book of Genesis in reference to the Watchers to allude to aliens or extraterrestrials. While Ezekiel’s vision in the book of the same name in the Bible does describe some strange machinations like chariots of fire with eyes and wheels with eyes, most biblical scholars concur that these visions were of an order of angels charged with proclaiming the holiness of God, the Thrones. These angels appear as wheels and are an entirely different order of angels than the Watchers.

Although, I think if demons exist, they would be entirely capable of deceiving us into believing just about anything.

Lilith: What You Don’t Know About the First Feminist

Her house sinks down to death,

And her course leads to the shades.

All who go to her cannot return

And find again the paths of life.

— Proverbs 2:18–19

The origins of the female demon we have come to know as Lilith come from Sumeria and Babylon. A dark goddess or demoness, Lilith is oft portrayed as sexually promiscuous, unwilling to submit to men, and an eater of babes. While much is written about this empress of the dark, she is still quite an enigma even after her beginnings over some 4,000 years ago in a Sumerian poem entitled Gilgamesh, Enkidu, and the Netherworld. Pretty impressive, I daresay.

Though many religious texts mention female demons or a mother of demons, Lilith has prevailed and reigned as the standard by which all other succubi are compared. The original succubus, Lilith is said to fly by night, roaming the earth in search of male victims to terrorize and sexually vampirize. With the rise of Christianity, this lore expanded to include her role as Adam’s first wife.

In the Christian lore, Lilith is seen as rebellious and prideful, unwilling to be subservient to Adam. She runs off with an archangel named Samael, who is fabled to be the leader of the 200 Watchers that rebelled against God in the beginning. Samael later became associated with Satan. When Lilith refused to return to the Garden of Eden, she was cast off with the fallen angels and became the first female demon.

Early Rabbinic teachings often presented Lilith as the source of many sexual sins and the curses of womanhood which are squatting to relieve oneself “like a beast”, having long hair, and “serving as a bolster for one’s husband.” It goes on to state that nocturnal emissions are how demons are born (because you succumbed to Lilith in the night).

(I must tell you that I find myself siding with Lilith, so far.)

One of these early stories goes on to say that the reason she was guilty of disobedience was because she refused to have sex with Adam because she did not want to be beneath him (literally or figuratively). Ah, now we get down to it.

The Alphabet of Ben-Sira is considered to be the earliest manuscript which portrays Lilith as Adam’s first wife. In it, it is said that she fought with Adam because she demanded to be equal to him. Eventually, God replaced her with Eve. Unfortunately, Eve did not live up to Adam’s expectations either and is ridiculed as being “swell-headed and prone to jealousy”.

In other passages, though, Adam is criticized as being weak and ineffective in his dealings with Lilith and it even goes so far as to imply that even God would not deal with her and sent his angels to negotiate a deal.

For all the teachings, of both mystical and holy texts, it seems that Lilith was a strong-willed woman who knew what she wanted, and it wasn’t Adam. She refused to remain in the Garden of Eden and left willingly so that she would not have to live as a subordinate to man.

Go Lilith.

Your Worst Nightmares About Lucifer Are True

Satan and Lucifer are one in the same though he is known by many other names, such as Abaddon and Apolyon, the Destroyer or the Angel of the Abyss, Moloch, Mephistopholes, and the Antichrist among others. In Islam, a comparable character is referred to as Shaytan. In Judaism, he is thought of as a metaphor for difficulty or opposition. The name Lucifer means light bringer or star of the morning. In Christian theology, Lucifer was the brightest among the angels. As we see in this verse from the King James Bible:

Isaiah 14:12-14 King James Version (KJV)

12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!

13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:

14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the Most High.

According to this verse, Lucifer’s rebellion started in his heart with the desire to not only disobey God, but also to overthrow him. Lucifer took a full third of the angels with him in his fall from grace and now they comprise the army of demons that is continually at war with everything that is good in this world. (This verse also has a literal meaning in referencing a King of Babylon that sought to be worshiped as God.)

And the war rages on. Lucifer has not given up in his quest to unseat God.

Lucifer is the antithesis of all that is good, but he is never obvious. Considering that the angels are beautiful, and his name means light or star, he is never the hideous demonic creature we see in film. Satan is more intelligent than we can imagine and sets traps for unwitting victims to fall into ruin.

The mythology says the devil tempts us to do wrong because he wants to punish us. Sadistic much? In religious lore, as an angel his job was to test the faith of the believers, accuse and prosecute them, and then punish them if they were found to be guilty. Medieval interpretations deemed him capable of starting wars, causing famine, spreading disease and causing natural disasters.

In the book of Job, Satan came before God to ask permission to test Job’s faith. He then sets about torturing poor Job by killing all his children, robbing him of his wealth, striking him with a near fatal disease, and then sending his friends to mock him.

In Peter 5:8, he is said to be roaming the earth like a lion looking for someone to devour.

In Revelation, he is described as a red dragon, a beast. Though we see his ultimate destination is the lake of fire, we are also told that he wants nothing more than to see you burn alongside him in eternal fire.

In the book Dante’s Inferno, Satan is trapped in the ninth circle of hell in a frozen lake. He is described as having three faces which continually weep blood froth, each one chewing on traitors while flaying their backs with his claws. He is widely agreed upon as the serpent which tempted Eve to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thus being the instigator of humanity’s fall into wickedness.

What’s truly scary about the devil? He does none of these things. We do these things. We persecute, judge, and accuse one another for any minute difference we may find in one another. Rather than help each other, we watch as war rages, famine wipes out millions, and diseases that are easily cured run rampant through much of the world. We cast each other aside as nothing. Perhaps Lucifer is simply the representation of our darker selves and just what we are capable of when we convince ourselves we are justified in what we do.

That’s the stuff of nightmares.