Last year I started watching Arrow and Supernatural (God Bless Netflix) and became highly motivated to write not one, not two but three crossover fan fictions blending the two worlds. You can read them here if you wish. Anyway, in the third one "Why Me?" I introduced the archangel Ramiel into the story. Lighting struck, thunder rattled my house and several years of writers block on the idea of retelling the Fall of Man from the Garden of Eden was shattered. I shall forever be in debt to those shows for that.
What Testament is is the story from Remiel, one of the original creators. Over the years I had dabbled into reading some of the Old Testament and Enochian versions along with angel research and discovered that the term archangel is not really used all that much, only once in the Canonical Hebrew Bible and twice in the New Testament. The ideas of ranks of angels has always been somewhat nebulous, however some angels are mentioned more than others. At one point there were eight top angels and I used versions of their names and added one more to make nine. No that's not a Lord of the Rings reference (I just realized that similarity, hmmm). In Testament what I have done is make the nine archangels manifestations of the divine cosmic energy and their job was to go about the place and create things, keep planets from colliding etc. etc. Only one of them, Elohim (which is Hebrew for God) has the ability to actually grant life. The others design and build plants, animals and everything else and he is the one that actually brings them alive. Over the eons he has started to question where he and his brothers came from, who they really are and has decided that there must be a creation that recognizes he and his brothers for what they are. He wants one of this millions of beings that he has breathed life into to respect and honor him. So he decides to create something that is not truly part of the universal design, humans. He approaches all his brothers to help him but other than Lucifer, who loves a challenge and is a genius at design, unlike Elohim, will help him. So Lucifer and Elohim create Lillith, the first human. Lucifer begins to understand that what Elohim wants is worshippers and not a truly balanced creation so he gifts Lillith with some of his divine spark to keep her will free from Elohim's influence. When Elohim discovers Lucifer's gift the family of angels begins to split apart, especially once Lucifer becomes much more attached to Lillith than he should.
I am loving writing awkward family moments between angels!
Here's the prologue: I hope it intrigues you.
"Testament of an Archangel
Kat Loveland - Author
Why is it the beginning is always the hardest? I have spent many years debating the best way to start telling this story and none of the openings ever seemed adequate. Perhaps I will start with the cliché opening because it is the most efficient. Nothing you know is true, your Bibles, your records, your testaments, all a bit whitewashed and shifted to conform to a divine marketing plan. Sorry, but it's true. Who am I to speak such blasphemy? I am Remiel, one of the eight, not four, but eight Archangels. I, along with my brothers Raguel, Saraqael and Lucifer, were part of the divine restructuring plan that occurred over the years. We made certain choices that made God, or Elohim as we called him, upset so he decided to remove our names from the books. Well, Lucifer he removed from the world, but I am getting ahead of myself.
Why am I speaking now, a millennia after all these events occurred? The world is becoming ever more secular so will anyone really care about this tome I write. Since there is no true way, unless you met me, to verify that I am who I say I am it seems a bit foolhardy of me to publish something claiming thousands of years of beliefs are wrong.
Ironically, you have to take it on faith that what I am saying is true. I am fully aware that I am asking you to take me on faith while telling you that what you have been taking on faith is wrong, hence the complications I have had starting this testament. Perhaps it is the prevalence of things I see on TV and in books scratching closer and closer to the truth that encouraged me to do this. It seems to me that perhaps humans are ready to listen, the Crusades and Inquisitions are long over, Rome has lost much of its political power. The fortunes of kings and countries no longer rise and fall with the Pope's decree.
I have watched and waited for a time like this, an apex perhaps where people have become open minded enough to hear my story. Religion is becoming more about being spiritual and introspective and not being used as a way to control, dominate and cause fear. You see, it was never supposed to be about God vs Lucifer, we never meant for whole doctrinal systems to be created about or around us. We were just doing a job really, creating worlds and galaxies. A family of beings created from the energy of the universe to organize it, provide structure and bring things to life. Then we had a family argument that no one wanted to give way on and the next thing you know Lucifer was getting exiled, Elohim insisted on creating things that worshiped him and only him and, forgive the pun, all hell broke loose. I guess I just feel that humans deserve to know the truth, after all the lies and confusion they should at least understand what it has all been about. It won't make people any happier I fear. Perhaps it will help humanity move a little closer to being understanding of each other by removing another reason to say one side is better than the other.
I remember when we first came to this planet. We had been busy on other worlds, beta testing ideas on how to create life, the best way to go about it and what conditions would be needed. We didn't manifest knowing how to build a human from dirt, there was a bit of a learning curve involved. Elohim was the only one of us that could actually bring things to life. He always had an arrogant streak about that. The rest of us worked out the design flaws on something, we'd bring it to him, he'd give it life and we would see how it did or did not work. The original plan for any planet including this one that we went to was to create life in several forms; let it evolve on it's own for a while, come back around some time later, tinker with it if need be, see what had evolved and then move on. So to settle the evolution vs intelligent design vs creation debate once and for all, all of you are correct. The Deists were on the right track with the Laws of Nature and a Divine Intelligence. I often wondered how their writing got so misinterpreted later.
We created the rules of nature and life but there was never any intent to create a belief system around us or laws of social behavior. There was never a “divine plan” other than to get things created, make sure planets didn't collide too often with each other and keep things in harmony. We came to this planet, saw that it had a lot of the basics needed for an immense diversity of life to be put here so it became one of our favorite testing grounds for new ideas.
We decided to really see just how far assisted evolution could go. We started with all those single celled things and dropped by at regular intervals to see how things were going. We'd add new things to the mix and watch and learn. It sort of became a fun vacation place for us as the things that evolved here were truly unique. Not all of our designs were perfect and evolution did take some weird turns, we are fully responsible for some things though. The platypus and the T-rex, neither one makes any sense really. Who, in their right mind would create a huge reptilian predator with massive legs and jaws and incredibly useless arms? Archangels who had been experimenting with fermentation that's who. Poor thing had an incredibly hard time eating what it killed. The platypus was sort of a joke. We didn't think he would actually go for it, that's neither here nor there though.
After a while creating plants and animals became a bit tedious for some of us, especially Lucifer and Elohim. They wanted to create a being that could build and create things like we did. If I remember correctly, Elohim was thinking it would be nice to have someone else to watch over the place after we moved on, a caretaker of a sort. He also thought it would be interesting to see what something that wasn't invested with the universal energy could create. I pointed out that many of the animals that existed already were building and creating things but he felt that they were inferior in design. He wanted something that he could speak to directly and charge them with different tasks. Myself and a few others didn't like this idea as it seemed to run counter with creating harmony in the universe. It felt as if this new creation would be able to overpower everything else at some point in it's evolution and destroy what we had created to be in balance. He and Lucifer felt that they could somehow program this new creation to not be destructive and started on the project. The rest of us went about our other tasks and just checked in on them from time to time.
The original designs for what ultimately became humans were seriously flawed. It took them a long time to figure out how to make opposable thumbs work, the whole bipedal movement concept is much more complicated than you may think. Some of the early prototypes they let develop and that's where primates came from. They had to see how they moved and manipulated things to figure out how to improve upon the design. Finally they hit upon a design that worked. Elohim left it to Lucifer to handle all the aesthetic details and between the two of them they created the human that became known as Lillith, that's when the problems began and where our story truly begins. "