isis unveiled, vol 2: chapter iv (gnostic ophites)

“Paul’s warning his converts against the worshipping of angels, shows how well he appreciated, even so early as his period, the dangers of borrowing from a metaphysical doctrine the philosophy of which could be rightly interpreted but by its well-learned adherents, the Magi and the Jewish Tanaim. “Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up, by his fleshly mind”, is a sentence laid right at the door of Peter and his champions.

In the Talmud, Michael is Prince of Water, who has seven inferior spirits subordinate to him. He is the patron, the guardian angel of the Jews, as Daniel informs us, (verse 21), and the Greek Ophites, who identified him with their Ophiomorphos, the personified creation and the envy and malice of Ilda-Baoth, the Demiurgus, (Creator of the material world), and undertook to prove that he was also Samuel, the Hebrew prince of the evil spirits, or Persian devs, were naturally regarded by the Jews as blasphemers. But did Jesus ever sanction this belief in angels except in so far as hinting that they were the messengers and subordinates of God? And here the origin of the later splits between Christian beliefs is directly traceable to these two early contradictory views.

Paul, believing in all such occult powers in the world “unseen”, but ever “present”, says” “Ye walked according to the Aeon of this world, according to the Archon, (Ilda-Baoth, the Demiurge), that has the domination of the air”, and “We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against the dominations, the powers; the lords of darkness, the mischievousness of spirits in the upper regions.” This sentence, “Ye were dead in sin and error”, for “ye walked according to the Archon”, or Ilda-Baoth, the God and creator of matter of the Ophites, shows unequivocally that: 1st, Paul, notwithstanding some dissensions with the more important doctrines of the Gnostics, shared more or less their cosmogonical views on the emanations; and 2nd , that he was fully aware that this Demiurge, whose Jewish name was Jehovah, was not the God preached by Jesus.

And now, if we compare the doctrine of Paul with the religious views of Peter and Jude, we find that, not only did they worship Michael, the Archangel, but they also reverenced SATAN, because the latter was also, before his fall, an angel! This they do quite openly and abuse the Gnostics for speaking “evil” of him. No one can deny the following – Peter, when denouncing those who are not afraid to speak evil of “dignities”, adds immediately, “Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusations against them, (the dignities), before the Lord”, ii., 11).

Who are the dignities? Jude, in his general epistle, makes the word as clear as day. The dignities are the DEVILS!! Complaining of the disrespect shown by the Gnostics to the powers and dominions, Jude argues in the very words of Peter: “And yet, Michael, the Archangel, when contending with the devil, he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee”, (i., 9). Is this plain enough? If not, then we have the kabala to prove who were the dignities.”

H. P. Blavatsky

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