This is the opening to a new comic I am working on, focused on the affairs of the Kingdom of Heaven as represented in the Book of Enoch.
In the beginning God divided the light from the darkness and Men were left to choose sides. This truth is held to be universally known but men fail to see that the sons and daughters of his holiest God are not exempt from this moralistic dilemma. This story, although not concerning mankind’s nature, has found itself fundamentally linked to its origins and that is why these words must find a home in your soul.
In the beginning Heaven was good. It is difficult to grasp the very beginning as those memories seem to blind me with their radiance. The mind can deceive you after some time of living in a harsh world. The streets of heaven stretched on for miles and white towers of living stone met at a central point in which our one holiest god lighted the city from above. His light was soft and cast no shadow and looking upon the face of the lord was as simple as a handshake. What plans he had set for creation of the world below was undecided, but moving towards something that can only be described as unbelievable in reflection of society as it exists today.
Then came Lucifer. One of God’s chosen sons Lucifer had an incredible gift when it came to creation and understanding. By all counts he was a sharp individual well known as one of God’s finest forms, perhaps a reflection of God himself. I do remember the first time I looked upon his face of gold, only overshadowed by the memory of his chaotic downfall.
Pride is the first sin and in Lucifer’s experience it is conceived from madness. A false belief in yourself, your abilities, or your influence is linked to a warped perception of reality and perverted into pride. Lucifer went mad and that is how he cut things. Whatever his reflection on it after the fact Lucifer believed him and his followers could take the place of God, and formed a rebellion in early Heaven. He began slowly and secretly, but eventually their numbers were too great and their intentions too violent. The vision of a first angel slain disturbs me to this day; red blood across the pristine white of an untouched city. Every human can recall their first encounter with the idea of mortality; but you cannot imagine the conception of death in a world without.
More deaths followed. Angels chose sides between the rising influence of Lucifer and the Holy Father himself. Heaven became a battleground, and reality trembled at the conflict that consumed our kingdom.
It was a time when the sword was held higher then the cross. Angelic brothers fought one another and all forms of savage weaponry were developed in a short period of time. Each new tool of destruction was more brutal then the last. The fighting lasted longer then a human lifetime and for long stretches of time Heaven was in complete darkness. It was a time of confusion, anger, and hopelessness that I will never forget in all my years.
In the end Lucifer’s pride and ambition betrayed him, as he was outdone by the combined power of God’s army. I reached out in the dark and found strength in my brothers and strength in our faith of the Lord’s plan. Lucifer’s arrogance and selfish views twisted his faith and eventually perverted his strategies as well.
With his army defeated and the revolt subdued, the Lord cast his judgment by sentencing Lucifer and his followers to be stripped of their holy worth and cast into the lake of fire. Michael, Gabriel, Uriel, and myself were crowned the Lord’s four pillars of faith that helped to stablize Heaven’s power. We are the Arch Angels.
Following the rebellion Heaven was rebuilt in a manner befitting a fortress. Watch towers were erected along the wall’s rim so that newly appointed “Watcher” angels could observe the Garden of Eden, the affairs of Hell, and the sphere of earth. They would act as the Lord’s eyes.
This is how things were placed, but I find myself hesitant to say it was good for long. Pride is an infernal disease and its poison is not easily purged. Lucifer, boiling upon the lake of fire in depths of the earth, would not rest so easily.