23 November, 2018

5. Heaven and God's Throne Room

5. Heaven and God's Throne Room

"You alone are the LORD. You have made the heavens (universe), the heaven of heavens (God's abode) with all their host (angels), the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to all of them. And the heavenly host (angels) bows down before You." 
—Nehemiah 9:6

Some people interpret the word "heaven" in Genesis 1:1, "In the beginning, God created the heavens..."  to mean on day one of Creation week, God created his abode and all the angels. But the Hebrew word for heavens, Shamayim, (the name I use in CoT for God's abode) can be:

1) God's abode 
2) the universe / outer space 
3) the sky / earth's atmosphere

And as we will see next week, the angels (and presumably their place of abode) were created before the foundations of the earth were laid, therefore they are outside time and space. But in this post, we will first get a glance of the setting where God and his angelic warriors dwell.

There aren't many descriptions of heaven in the Bible, so please bear with me as I use examples from CoT of what I was able to piece together from scant, and sometimes obscure, Biblical references. (If you're a fan of CoT and familiar with the biblical descriptions, but notice the absence of a few particulars in the series, rest assured, it is not an oversight on my part, but something that comes to play as the story progresses.)

All of the following from CoT have scriptural references:

God's throne
The jeweled veil behind the throne
The stones of fire (which Lucifer crosses to accept the sword that can slay immortals)
The palace (or wherever God keeps his throne) sits on top of a mountain
The four creatures that guard the entrance to the throne room
The Glass Sea (in CoT, this is where the angels witness Creation, and Michael often visits to watch over mankind)
The Holy Spirit's lampstand (in CoT, I call him the Shekinah)
The olive trees
The oil pitcher and bowl
God's chariot (featured in Unbreakable Vow and Anathema)

While not located in heaven, these also have scriptural reference:
the black key to the gates of death
the door of the abyss

So Very little in the way of CoT's world building is fictional. And even those things that are "fictional" are based on scriptural concepts, such as:

the weapon involved in the killing of the lamb who was slain
the gold key which Lucifer holds so dear
Lucifer's collar
Michael's onyx trionicle (that controls the collar)
and every supernatural creature in Shamayim (yes, all of them)...but that's for next week's post entitled: The Angel Armies.

I would give the scriptural references to all these things, but then you would get spoilers. So if you really want to know, you're gonna have to search the scriptures for yourself. 😜

But I'll be nice and give you one example: These are the verses used to describe King Elyon (particularly during the revolt scene):

...on the likeness of the throne was a likeness with the appearance of a man high above it. Also from the appearance of His waist and upward I saw, as it were, the color of amber with the appearance of fire all around within it; and from the appearance of His waist and downward I saw, 
as it were, the appearance of fire with brightness all around... 
 This was the appearance of the likeness
of the glory of the Lord."
 —Ezekiel 1:26-28 

Swordcraft Tip: Highlight Nehemiah 9:6 in the color designated for spiritual warfare. Write the reference (Nehemiah. 9:6) in the margin by Genesis 1:1.

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