First God of Heaven

The light above descended fast toward us; like a ship of fire it came nearer and nearer, till we saw it was far wider than the place of Hored and all my angel hosts.

And when the great light had descended to the plateau of Hored, there came forth out of the light one million archangels, from the arc of Wan in the Hosts of A‘ji, in the orbit of Tow‘sang in etherea, and they bore regalia120 and crowns from the Orian chief of Harmuts. Foremost of the archangels was Etisyai, and her brother Ya‘tiahaga, commissioners from the etherean heaven.

When they came near me, Etisyai gave the sign of E-O-IH‘s name, greeting, halting, and saying: All hail! In E-O-IH‘s name, and in the love of Harmuts, Orian Chief, we come to greet you, first God of the lower heaven, belonging to the corporeal earth!

I said: All hail, O emissaries of Harmuts, Chief of Orian worlds! Come, O Etisyai, and your brother and all this host! Come, honor my throne, in Great E-O-IH‘s name!

The archangels then came forward, saluting, and Etisyai said: In Your name, O E-O-IH, I found121 here a throne!

And she caused the form and substance of it to rise, and she ascended onto it, and Ya‘tiahaga with her. And the other archangels formed a crescent in front of the throne, all of them bearing crowns or diadems, but they stood upright. And now the angels of the host of God took their places, so that they could witness the testimony of E-O-IH‘s commission, but the lights from the columns of fire, brilliant in all colors, shades and tints, baffled many of them from seeing plainly.

When all things were ready, Etisyai, standing erect and brilliant like a star, raised her right hand, saying: E-O-IH! ALL-WISE AND POWERFUL! IN YOUR NAME, THIS YOUR SON, GOD, I CROWN! FROM THE ORIAN CHIEF, HARMUTS, RAISED TO THE RANK OF GOD, AND BY YOU, O E-O-IH, ORDAINED! FROM THIS TIME FORWARD TO BE KNOWN FOREVER IN THE EMANCIPATED HEAVENS AS YOUR SON! PEACE! WISDOM! LOVE! POWER!

And now with her left hand she raised the crown high, so that all could see and bear witness, and upon giving the sign again of E-O-IH‘s name above the crown, a flame of light shot forth brilliantly from it. And then she placed the crown on God‘s head, saying:

ARISE, O MY SON, SON OF E-O-IH! Instantly there arose from the millions of souls one universal shout: All hail, O Son of E-O-IH! And God rose up, having the crown on his head, and the people cheered him lustily, for he was well beloved.

Etisyai said: Bring forward your five chief Lords so I may crown them also. God then caused the five chief Lords, whom he had previously selected, to sit at the foot of the throne.

Again Etisyai raised her right hand, saying: O E-O-IH! ALMIGHTY! FROM WHOM ALL GLORIES EMANATE! IN YOUR NAME, THESE YOUR SONS, I CROWN, LORDS OF THE EARTH, AND OF THE WATERS OF THE EARTH! FROM THE ORIAN CHIEF HARMUTS! BY MY COMMISSION I RAISE THEM TO THE RANK OF LORDS FOR KINGDOMS OF HEAVEN! PEACE! WISDOM! LOVE! POWER!

Then Etisyai took the crowns, which were handed to her by the other archangels, and placed them on the heads of the Lords, saying:

ARISE, O MY LORDS, AND BE LORDS OF E-O-IH FOR HIS GLORY! AND BE THE LORDS OF GOD, HAVING DOMINION OVER THE EARTH AND THE WATERS OF THE EARTH, IN LOVE, WISDOM, AND POWER, AMEN!

The Lords rose up, having on their heads the crown of Lords, and again the multitude saluted with great cheering. When the applause ceased, Etisyai said:

My God and my Lords, give now the sign of E-O-IH‘s name, so that His glory may be fulfilled. (For this was the oath of office.)122

And God and the Lords saluted E-O-IH before the hosts of heaven. And they stood apart a little distance, and Etisyai said:

Behold the All Light, E-O-IH, encompasses me. My voice shall be His voice. By the glory of Faith in Him, I am One with the Father.

And a fleece of golden hue descended from above and encompassed Etisyai, and she was like a central star with rays of light emanating. She was entranced by E-O-IH. Through her the Creator spoke, saying:

My Son, now God, I brought you forth out of corpor, quickened into life everlasting. By faith I inspired you to do whatever you have done. Faith I gave to you, as the tree on which ALL PERFECTION is the fruit. By that faith within man, which nurtures the I AM within himself to perfection, he becomes My Son,123 doing by virtue of My presence. According to your wisdom and love I have given you strength; and by your strength, raised you up.

Behold, this day I have given you a kingdom in atmospherea, and made you God before all the kingdoms of heaven. This place shall be your place and Mine also. Here you shall dispense wisdom and laws, and appoint officers in My name and by virtue of My power.

And your kingdom shall be like two kingdoms: One here with the hosts of heaven, and one on the earth, over these your Lords. For you are the judgment seat and creator of order over the whole earth, and in the heaven belonging to the earth.

Stretch forth your hand, My Son, and clothe yourself in the golden fleece.

God made the sign, and then raised his hands upward, saying: E-O-IH! E-O-IH! By Your command I call upon You to array me in Your golden fleece! Behold I am Your Son.

And the archangels tossed up the raiment and regalia they had brought from their etherean arc in a‘ji, and, by the faith that was in God, the substance flew to him and encompassed him in raiment of the upper heaven.

Then E-O-IH spoke to the Lords, saying: As God has built a kingdom in Hored, and reigns over this heaven, and over you and your helpmates, so shall you build kingdoms on the earth, and you shall rule over mortals in My name, teaching them about Me and My everlasting kingdoms in the firmament above. In testimony of My voice, receive this raiment of silver and gold from My archangels.

The archangels then draped the Lords in shining raiment. And Etisyai came down from the throne, still entranced, saying:

Though My Daughter Etisyai will rise up in the flame of fire, yet I, E-O-IH, will abide with you, O God, and with you, My Lords, now and forever! And then Etisyai took God‘s hand and led him to the center of the throne, saying: Sit on this throne for it is your Father‘s kingdom in the lower heaven of the earth!124

When God sat down, the entrancement departed from Etisyai, and the Light of E-O-IH went and settled upon God and the Lords. But Etisyai sat down at the foot of the throne, and immediately all the archangels sat down also.

God said: Behold, she who is greatest makes herself least of all. Arise, O Daughter of E-O-IH, and enjoy my kingdom, for it is E-O-IH‘s also. And God came down from the judgment seat and took Etisyai‘s hand and she rose up, at which point God proclaimed the freedom of the hour. Thus was established the first throne of God in these heavens. And now all of the hosts mingled together, angels and archangels, joyfully.

When the hour ended, God again ascended the throne, and the marshals raised the signals of order, and the archangels went and stood in a crescent in front of the throne. Etisyai sat at the feet of God, and the splendor of her glory, unadorned, except with white and yellow drapery, shone through all the talents E-O-IH had given her—the perfection of purity, wisdom, and love; the like of which only Gods had looked upon!

God said: In Your name, O E-O-IH, I now found the session of Your kingdom in the lower heaven. As long as man and woman shall bring forth heirs to You, this kingdom shall not cease to glorify You. Let the Lords approach the throne.

The es‘enaurs now sang, and the marshals and escorts conducted the Lords before the throne. When they were in order, the music ceased, and God said:

There are five great divisions of the earth, and I have ordained you the five Lords of them in E-O-IH‘s name. I have placed you according to the number of inhabitants on the earth‘s divisions, and your relative rank before heaven. When you have seated yourselves in your respective kingdoms, you shall each have twelve messengers, whose duties shall be between you and me. Therefore choose your messengers this hour, so that, before the resurrection of the archangels, they may be confirmed and their registry125 carried to heaven above.

The Lords chose their messengers, and they were confirmed in the name of E-O-IH, and the swift messengers, who ply with the upper heavens,126 made a record of their names and places. After which God said to them:

You have been chosen according to your talents; according to your excellence you will be promoted to wider fields of labor. May the wisdom, love and power of E-O-IH be with you all, amen!

And now Etisyai signaled that her time of departure had arrived.

God came down from the judgment seat, and standing one moment in sorrow, reached out and took Etisyai‘s hand, saying:

Arise, O Daughter of E-O-IH, and go your way!

Etisyai rose up, pointing upward, saying: My house is in the arc of Wan. E-O-IH dwells with you and me! My swift messengers shall come to you at times. My love will be with you and your Lords, and the harvest of your resurrection. In E-O-IH‘s name, farewell!

Etisyai then walked to the ship of fire; but before she entered, she turned and took one more look at the hosts of Hored, and then, stripping from the frames, luminous drapery, cast it playfully over the es‘enaurs, and quickly disappeared in the light.

The es‘enaurs chanted, and the hosts of archangels joined in with them, and in that same moment of time the ship began to rise, and it was as thousands of columns of fire surrounding one majestic column, and the whole circle rising in spiral form, turning and rising, rising and turning. And when it was a little way up it seemed like an ascending sun; and then higher and higher, like a distant star, and then it passed beyond the vision of the angels of Hored.

When order was proclaimed, the All Light began to gather about the throne, covering over God and the Lords. E-O-IH, through God, said:

Hear Me, for I reside also with these My Lords of the hosts of heaven.

The Lords said: What shall we do? And E-O-IH answered: Summon all the angels to pass before the throne of God, one by one, so that I may judge them. For all those who dwelt on any of My corporeal worlds of the fifth of the second rate127 shall reside in the kingdom of Hored, and their labor shall be with es‘yans only; but all of the full of the first rate shall reside in the kingdoms of My Lords, and their labor shall be with corporeans.

The marshals then arranged the angels and they passed in front of the throne, and so great was God‘s wisdom that, in looking on the angels as they passed, he perceived the rates of every man and woman. And those destined for labor in atmospherea only, he caused to turn one way, and those for the earth, as ministering spirits with mortals, to turn the other way; and when they had all passed, they were correctly divided according to E-O-IH‘s commandment.

God said: Hear me, O Lords! Take your laborers and proceed to your respective places on the divisions of the earth and the waters of the earth. And you shall be Lords with me, your God, for the glory of E-O-IH. Whatever you do on the earth I will ratify in heaven; whomever you deliver from the earth I will receive in heaven. As you shape and build up mortal man, delivering his spirit into my kingdom, so will I receive and award him.

So that your kingdoms may accord with me and mine, I give you sufficient messengers, and they shall pass daily between us: According to their proficiency and power to pass from place to place, so have I chosen them.

Let a record be kept within your own kingdoms, and these records shall be your own, to be carried upward with you in the next resurrection.

And separate from your own record, you shall also keep a record jointly with me, pertaining to your kingdom‘s relations with mine.

When mortals die and are born in spirit, you shall receive them and enter them in your records as es‘yans, signifying newborn in heaven. And for these es‘yans, you shall provide temporary dwellings where they shall reside, some for a few days, and some for the space of one year or more. Through the messengers you shall inform me of their numbers and conditions, and I will send ships to bring them to my kingdom.

You shall appoint asaphs, whose office it shall be to receive es‘yans from the ashars.

While a mortal is alive on the earth, the ashars shall stay with him, guarding him in the name of the Lord, and in my name. But when he dies the ashar shall deliver the es‘yan to the asaph, saying: In E-O-IH‘s name, receive this newborn spirit. He was my protégé; for the good or evil in him, charge it to me. || And the ashar shall deliver up a record of the mortal life of the es‘yan, and the record shall be kept within your own kingdoms.

And the asaph shall take the es‘yan, saying: In E-O-IH‘s name, I receive this newborn spirit. He shall be my protégé according to the commandments of the Lord my God. || He shall then take the es‘yan to the place prepared for it, where it will have nurses and attendants according to its requirements.

When ships come to your kingdoms, the asaphs shall deliver all the es‘yans they have received, and my officer shall receive them, and bring them to my place in heaven.

When God had ended the instructions to the Lords, the Lords answered, saying: We will be your Lords, O God, doing your commandments, for the glory of E-O-IH, our Father.

God said: To each of you I have given a great division of the earth, and each division shall be named after you, each in its place.

This, then, was the rank assigned: Whaga (Pan); Jud (Asia); Thouri (America); Vohu (Africa); and Dis (Europe). And the lands were called after the names of the Lords and entered as such in the books of heaven in Hored, by command of God in the name of E-O-IH.128

And the record of the Great Serpent showed the firmament of Tem‘yi in the third circuit of c‘v‘wark‘um and dan‘ha twenty-four.129

When all was finished the Lords came and sat down at the foot of the throne, and the es‘enaurs chanted a hymn of praise to E-O-IH, and the entire multitude joined in the singing.

When the hymn ended, God rose up, standing amid a sea of light, and raising up both hands, said: O E-O-IH! Almighty and everlasting! Help Your servants in founding this Your Kingdom for Your glory! Peace, Wisdom and Power!

Then making the sign of E-O-IH‘s name with his right hand, he came down to the foot of the throne, and taking the hand of Whaga, Lord of Whaga, he said: Arise, my son, and go your way, and E-O-IH will bless you.

Whaga rose up and stood aside, and then in like manner God raised the other four Lords and they stood aside also.

The marshals filed past the throne, saluting, and after them the Lords, saluting also; and then came the asaphs, and lastly the ashars; and the procession was under way, passing between the pillars of fire, with which God‘s laborers had encircled and ornamented Hored.

This was the beginning of the first kingdom in the lower heaven, and the first of the reign of the Lords on earth.