Chapter 3: In the Company of Angels

The Sabbath Approaches

In the Secret Place, the Trinity began a conference.
The Son was ecstatic as He began to dialogue with the Father and the Spirit.
" The Sabbath will be here soon. We shall have repose and rejuvenation."
" Yes We shall. We will sanction Our creation to, once more,  bestow its love upon Us." The Spirit, as well, partook in the Son's exuberance.
The Father appeared somewhat detached from this conversation, however.
" Father, what is ailing You?" The Son was concerned.
" I can never be distressed," said the Father," for I am the quintessence of Joy. My plans are many, and My meditations run deep. Yes, I concur that the Sabbath shall be for Our Good Pleasure."
" You have spent a great deal of time upon the  plane where the Great Void lies," mentioned the Son," What creations are You planning to bring forth from its depths?"
" There are many that I am still brooding over, but none shall be uttered until all is made evident. However, I have created a new cherub, and he shall be known as Lucifer, the light-bringer." answered the Father.
" A light bearer he shall be indeed," added the Spirit.
" He shall be one of the two supreme cherubs that cover Our Glory, and he shall wait on Us well." The Father seemed confident, as always.
" And when shall he be ordained?" questioned the Spirit.
" He shall be made ready first," The Father  ," but it will be very soon."


               In the Company of Angels

As Lucifer first stepped out from the tabernacle, a mixture of excitement and perplexity took him to the time that was behind him; the time spent with his Creator. The vague and distant echoes of  "You are My chosen, Lucifer" and " You are the most beautiful of all My creations" energized each movement forward from the glowing and serene temple.
However, something was wrong. " It feels like my memory is so incomplete. I cannot remember much of the time spent with the Creator." And the way He looked at me…" thought Lucifer" It was strange. Ah, how am I supposed to know what is normal, anyway?". He lost his chuckle,  suddenly realizing that there was now nothing but turbulence below his feet, and a frantic necessity to do something about it.
It pulled him down  towards the ominous Void below. The dense force of his wings awed him, as they suddenly came to life and lifted him in a graceful, yet powerful action, and as a seraphim with his first new toy, he began to soar with increasing velocity, to the sights above and below him. His eyes, entranced upon the fruit-colored swirl of a sky inspired him to glide across it like that of a painter's brush to a canvas, with the G-force glow illuminating every maneuver. He loved being an angel, and the exhilaration he was feeling. He loved the feeling of freedom.. Then he almost ran into Michael.  
   
 Michael was a  large Seraph in comparison to Lucifer. As well, he was thick and of muscular build. His stature, itself, was condescending, and his body language was uncomfortably intense. Michael's eyes were intrusive in their stare, as they seemed to violate every inch of the new angel's form. Of course his way of sneering with that "holier than thou" glare wasn't making the introduction any more desirable. What was most irritating, however, was his sudden change of demeanor, as Michael seemed to 'change faces' before Lucifer's very eyes.
" Welcome to Heaven's outer realms, brother. You are new, here." he said with a painted smile. "You know, you should know better than to discomfort your fellow angels with your excess liberality. Flying around here like that, well, it could hurt the feelings of the other angels."
" Should I know better?" Lucifer replied. " If I am exposing a weakness in my brethren, you would think they would thank me for it."
  Cutting into Lucifer's last words, Michael retorted proudly,"It sounds like the only weaknesses, here, are the ones in your character. Who are you anyway?"
"I'm the new angel Lucifer".   
" Of course you are," chuckled Michael. "That would explain your ignorance, although it fails to deliver an explanation for your attitude.  I am the chief archangel here, responsible  for administering justice for the celestial government,as well I am the angelic host disciplinarian, and it would be best that you would not question my rebuke. We have a way of doing things around here that you will need to adhere to, and we accept nothing less than excellence from our angelic hosts."
   " Are you an example of this excellence?," Lucifer questioned rhetorically. "Well then, would you like to show me around?"
Michael shook his head. "I do have better things to do around here. Well, come along then." 




  Following Michael grieved Lucifer, as this part of the journey seemed more like of a statement of Michael's authority, in contrast to an informative tour. Michael flew slowly just enough to slow down Lucifer, it seemed, and such manipulation made Lucifer all the more  aware of his emotions. However, like everything, all it did was just put another grin on his face.
 
They moved closer and closer to what appeared to be a massive floating island, with a building that appeared to have at least 1000 floors, and walls that were totally transparent. They were made of glass. At its tower core was a tunnel that reached all the way to the top. The building was bustling with activity, as a plethora of angels, cherubim and seraphim alike, were engaged in what appeared to be studies of some sort.
" What is this place?" asked Lucifer. " This is the Great Hall of the Law, and your new home for how ever long it takes to transform that attitude of yours." Michael replied to Lucifer.    you will learn the Law of the Celestial Government, and what that means for you as an angel. Here, you will be shown who it is you are, and the purpose you have been made for..." Hmmm. What Lucifer was made for..."
The burning question Lucifer had, upon his conception, was this very one. It perplexed him, because it seemed like a secret hidden from the map of his understanding; one clouded in confusion and pain. Maybe it was the feeling already enforced by Michael's reaction to Lucifer's persona, or the solid picture of the puzzling look that God gave Lucifer in the Secret Place. He didn't know. However,he knew that it was a question that ignited his being with a burning, and with wanting passion."If I find my purpose and reason for being, that will be enough," he reasoned.



They landed upon the  bleached white cobblestone pathway, and walked through the great entrance before them. Oddly enough, it was as if all sound halted from the point that they entered, but yet the lobby was congested with many angelic forms.  Most noticeable, however, was the holographic image of these words, in seraphic script; it was legible from any view of the tower. It read...

THE LORD IS ONE; YOU SHALL HAVE NO OTHER GODS BEFORE ME
YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD  GOD, WITH ALL OF YOUR HEART, ALL OF YOUR MIND, ALL OF YOUR SOUL, AND ALL OF YOUR STRENGTH
YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR, AS YOU LOVE YOURSELF.
YOU SHALL REMEMBER THE SABBATH, TO KEEP IT HOLY

Lucifer gathered, from the pious attention of the masses around him, that these four proclamations were the backbone of  universal teaching.
"This is what you will research. This is all that you will need to understand" exclaimed Michael proudly." This you will study until it is all that rules your mind, Lucifer. It is the Law of the Celestial Government." Lucifer was puzzled. "How will I find my purpose and reason for being in this teaching?" he asked. Michael chuckled at Lucifer, saying" Your only reason for being, and your only purpose for existing is to reflect these four statements upon creation."
Lucifer knew that this was not satisfactory.




  

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