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Exile of Lucifer


  Chronicles of the Host Exile of Lucifer D. B RIAN S HAFE r

  � Copyright 2002 � Doug Shafer

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  Dedication

  There are so many people who have been a part of this work

  in terms of encouragement and prayer and friendship. My eternal

  thanks to Pastor Ken Squires, for encouraging me in my dream;

  Pastor Ray Noah, for helping me launch this dream; Tom Wester-

  field, for being the first to believe in it all; Jonny Martinez, Benney

  Perez, John Rossnagle, Roy Burtt, Bryan Barnes, Jon Meister, Jacob

  Kobernik, Rob Belles and Jim Dallman, Nik Baumgart, and so many

  others, for all their time, prayers and friendship; Don Milam and

  Elizabeth Allen at Destiny Image for making it happen; Jeff Milam

  and Don Nori Jr. at Destiny Image for their hard work and great

  e-mails; all my friends and family and pastoral staff brothers and

  sisters at Marysville First and Valley Christian Center for their

  warmth and loving support.

  And to Lori, Kiersten, and Breelin, for putting up with endless

  evenings at the computer: I love you very much.

  Finally, to the Lord Jesus Christ, through whom all of us have

  a hope and a future. To God be the Glory!

  "Some Thoughts About the Book from the Author"

  Chronicles of the Host is a novel about the events in Heaven begin-

  ning before Lucifer's rebellion and following through to the disobedi-

  ence of Adam and Eve in Eden. My intention in writing this book is not

  to reveal what truly happened in Heaven (because nobody knows

  except those who actually witnessed the events); rather, it is to take the

  truth given to us in the Bible and build a story around it.

  My hope in writing Chronicles is to create a compelling and

  thought-provoking look at what happens when creature rises up

  against Creator in the supreme folly of pride. Such rebellion is at the

  core of all disobedience--it flies in the face of true power, which is root-

  ed in God's established authority--and seeks to be empowered through

  cunning and sheer self-will. This was the problem then, and it is the

  same conflict being waged today.

  In creating angel characters who oftentimes seem very human-

  like, I was attempting to demonstrate that they, like us, are moral crea-

  tures with the same freedom to choose that we have. Such freedom can

  be abused by men or angels. Many angels chose to rebel and will ulti-

  mately pay a terrible price.

  Likewise, a scan backwards in the history of humans clearly

  exposes the bloody choices that we have often made. Do angels do and

  say the things depicted in this book? Is Heaven anything like it is

  described in this book? I hope that as you read, you will see that the

  point is not in the description, but in the principle.

  Finally, in dealing with the Lord, I purposely hold any interaction

  between Him and the other characters until the end of the book. At

  whatever point the Lord is introduced, the story must shift dramatical-

  ly. In other words, to introduce Him too early would be like calling the

  game in the fourth inning. But, I believe you will see God speaking

  loudly in His seeming silence throughout the book.

  What is He saying? He is speaking of His long-suffering and

  graceful nature; of His hope that repentance might come--that his crea-

  tures will somehow return to Him. Often one misinterprets God's lack

  of intervention for disinterest or inability to intervene on His part. He

  deals with us in a manner similar to how He deals with angels: hoping

  that we will get it right, but finally and forcefully stepping in when we

  delay or ignore His subtle voice.

  That said, I hope you will enjoy this book as much as I have enjoyed

  writing it. I hope it will be a blessing to you and will make you think dif-

  ferently about your approach to the Most High God--just as writing the

  book has done for me. If you would like to contact me about the book;

  or if you are interested in my speaking--at your church or even at a

  seminar--please email me at: [email protected] God Bless!

  Contents

  "Gracious and Eternal Sovereign.". . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

  Chapter 1 "Truly the Lord had marked him for great things.". . . . 9

  Chapter 2 "Let's make an archangel, shall we?". . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23

  Chapter 3 "Would a perfect God allow His creatures

  to turn on Him?". . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

  Chapter 4 "Weren't you listening? It's the Creation!" . . . . . . . . . . . 43

  Chapter 5 "What are they searching for that

  they must go to Lucifer to find?" . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61

  Chapter 6 "All I need is a show of strength--

  something impressive!" . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 77

  Chapter 7 "We know that you are an angel

  who can be trusted." . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 95

  Chapter 8 "I can tell that the news is overwhelming." . . . . . . . . . . 109

  Chapter 9 "One day it will be the Son

  casting the shadow, not us!" . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 123

  Chapter 10 "I fear you are making a grave mistake

  placing yourself in Lucifer's hands." . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135

  Chapter 11 "If there is a rebel spirit in Heaven

  it flows from the Throne, not toward it." . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151

  Chapter 12 "This nonsense has gone far enough, Lucifer!" . . . . . . . 165

  Chapter 13 "Was it really from this position

  all of Heaven was to quake?" . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189

  Chapter 14 "We rise or fall as one." . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 209

  Chapter 15 "The Most High knows well

  what He is doing in this." . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 225

  Chapter 16 "You must never eat of this tree.". . .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 237

  Chapter 17 "I don't intend to start a war in Heaven--

  I intend to finish one." . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 251

  Chapter 18 "The battle will be played out

  in the minds of humans." . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 273

  Chapter 19 "In a few moments, Archangel, it will be you

  and your angels clearing out of Eden!" . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 287

  Chapter 20 "All that God holds in contempt

  we shall encourage in mankind." . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 297

  List of angelic characters, in order of appearance:

  Policas --librarian in Hall of Record

  Lucifer

  Serus --servant to Lucifer

  Michael

  Gabriel

  Rugio --a warring angel, the Captain of the Fiery Host, who aids

  Lucifer

  Pellecus --a wisdom angel, former teacher at the Academy, who aids

  Lucifer

  Octrion --a worship angel, who feeds information to Lucifer, albeit

  unknowingly

  Vel --a warring angel, Commander of the Legion of Son, who aids

  Lucifer

  Nathan --a warring angel, Captain of Legion of the Lord's Holiness,

  who aids Lucifer

  Prian --a warring angel, Chief Angel of the Watch, who aids Lucifer

  Sangius --a worship angel, Minister of the Holy Flame, whom Lucifer

  tries to get on his side but does not succeed

  Fineo --a worship angel, Minister of the Incense, who aids Lucifer

  Drachon --a worship angel, Keeper of the Door, who aids Lucifer

  Sar --a worship angel, Singer of Praise, who aids Lucifer

  Tinius --a wisdom angel, Recorder of the Holy Annals, who aids

  Lucifer

  Lenaes --a wisdom angel, an Angel of Light, who aids Lucifer

  Belor --a wisdom angel, an Angel of Light, who aids Lucifer

  Crispin --angel of wisdom, a teacher of the Academy

  Lucallus --a teacher at the Academy

  Berenius --a student, angel of worship, who turns to Lucifer

  Kara --a wisdom angel, one of the 24 elders

  Grel --a teacher

  Costas --a friend of Octrion

  Pratia --one of the 24 elders

  Belron --one of the 24 elders

  Rega --assistant to the Chief Elder

  Sep --angel

  Deter --angel

  Greka --angel

  Lamon --one of the 24 elders

  Sharma --one of the 24 elders

  Dracus --one of the 24 elders

  Dabran --one of the 24 elders

  Plinius --an elder

  Razon --angel

  Kreelor --temple steward

  Corin --a teacher at the Academy

  Zoa --the four creatures that each have four faces and eyes all over

  their bodies; they are constantly standing before the throne

  "Gracious and Eternal Sovereign,"

  I beg You to take into consideration the following

  account of those events which have taken place from before the

  dark times until the fullness of the Son, which You, in Your

  infinite wisdom, commanded be recorded as a perpetual testa-

  ment and chronicle of the Host. It is an honor to serve Your

  Holy Self in this capacity, and having been chosen for the task,

  I determined that nothing should be left to speculation--that

  all of Heaven should know of Your grace and justice.

  I have spared no effort in my research, which has taken

  me to the four corners of creation, in an attempt to uncover the

  minutest detail. I have spoken at length with all of the actual

  participants, as well as reported those things to which I was a

  witness.

  As a scribe, whose work involves gathering of facts, I

  would have enjoyed the opportunity to speak with some of the

  former subjects who now await their destiny at the end of the

  age, but as their whereabouts are difficult to ascertain at a

  given time; and since they are reluctant to speak to me for fear

  of retribution; and because they are by nature liars, I have had

  to content myself with the testimony of those who knew them

  before the rebellion and who witnessed their gradual plunge

  into the abyss.

  To all who have aided me in this endeavor I am eternally

  grateful. I also wish to express my deepest gratitude to Polias,

  the librarian in the Hall of Record who helped detail the early

  times of the Kingdom. And so it is with deepest regard for

  Your Most Holy Person that I now dedicate these Chronicles

  of the Host and surrender them to Your keeping. May they for-

  ever proclaim, as all creation will one day proclaim, that You

  alone are worthy; that all power in Heaven and on earth rests

  with You.

  An angel restored

  9

  Chapter 1

  "Truly the Lord had marked

  him for great things."

  Lucifer peered over his balcony, brooding about the recent

  developments in Heaven. He looked at the angels walking about the

  city beneath him. Their forms shone different-colored auras, reflect-

  ing the holiness within, the mark of their Creator. His eyes fell

  directly below and he saw his own image on the golden street. He

  studied the form staring back at him from the mirror-like pathway.

  It was little wonder that Lucifer's name came to mean "light

  bearer," the Star of the Morning, as he was without question one of

  the most glorious creatures in Heaven. Lucifer's hair was his

  crown, pouring over the back of his white cloak in a golden cas-

  cade. His eyes were steely blue-gray, and could be both hard and

  soft at the same time, a reflection of the keen intellect and self-

  assurance he possessed. Lucifer cut quite a majestic figure, and his

  majesty was never more apparent than when he was enrobed with

  his special garments for most holy occasions.

  He turned and walked along the balcony, nodding now and

  then to an occasional angel who caught his eye passing on the street

  below. Looking over the balcony once more, he continued to ponder

  his image. It was only fitting that the Lord's chief angel of worship,

  10 CHRONICLES of the Host: Exile of Lucifer

  he who created and led the praises of the Most High, should reflect

  so beautiful an image. Lucifer could not help but compare himself

  to the other angels who milled about below him. Truly the Lord

  had marked him for great things. And yet...

  He turned his eyes toward the Great Mountain of the North,

  where the presence of the Living God reigned in eternal brilliance.

  All the paths of Heaven led to this glorious place and one could not

  go anywhere in the Kingdom without casting a shadow because of

  the radiance emanating forth. At times the light streamed down the

  mountain, cascading like a glowing river, spilling into the streets of

  the City itself as the angels basked in the glory of a Creator whose

  presence was so pervading. Lucifer could only look for a moment,

  a glance really, before he shielded his eyes from the spectacle. He

  turned away.

  "My lord," came a voice from inside the house.

  No response.

  "My lord," repeated the voice. Lucifer turned to see his chief

  servant, Serus.

  "Yes, Serus, what is it?" he asked.


  "Michael is here to see you," replied Serus, who was a little

  uncomfortable at the announcement.

  "Michael? Well now, that is something," said Lucifer as he

  made his way into the beautiful mansion. Michael had not come to

  call for some time. Lucifer glanced at his reflection in a small mirror.

  "It wouldn't do to keep the archangel waiting," he said, satis-

  fied with his appearance. "I will receive him immediately."

  "Yes, my lord," said Serus.

  Lucifer followed Serus through his vast house, which was

  richly endowed with beautifully crafted ornaments of gold, jewels

  and crystal. His taste for things of exquisite beauty was well known

  in the Kingdom. Colorful tapestries adorning the walls hailed the

  Lord in various motifs as "Glorious," "Victorious," "Righteous,"

  "Holy," etc. Ornate mirrors of various shapes and sizes hung on the

  walls and the light from the North poured into the house, creating

  an ever-present illuminance.

  "Truly the Lord had marked him for great things." 11

  The odor of flowers hung heavily in the house and beautiful

  flowers were also represented in various art forms. Serus made

  sure to fill the many vases with pungent blooms, and the extensive

  gardens in the rear teemed with delicate blossoms. Lilacs were a

  particular passion with Lucifer. He entered the audience chamber

  where Michael stood waiting.

  "Brother Michael," Lucifer said as he glided into the room and

  grasped Michael's hands. "What a pleasant surprise!" They

  embraced each other. "Or is it Lord Michael, now?" He smiled.

  "Just Michael, my dear brother," Michael said with good

  humor. "There is only one true Lord in Heaven."

  "And a splendid arrangement at that," Lucifer agreed, look-

  ing at the powerful angel who had entered his house.

  The archangel Michael commanded respect from the entire

  Host of Heaven. While Lucifer was a creature of unmatched beau-

  ty, Michael was a warrior of virtue, with tremendous strength.

 
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