Just Another Day In Paradise?: A Poem

August 2, 2017 at 6:44 pm (Geopolitics and International Relations, International Intrigue, News, Poetry, Religion, The Supernatural, Vampire novel) (, , , , , , , , )

Just Another Day In Paradise? : A Poem

The ArchDuke Franz Ferdinand stirred restlessly
at his picnic spot in the Elysian Fields
also called Elysium
this Paradise
These Fortunate Isles
The Isles of the Blessed

The Anglican Book of Common Prayer
talked about the Church Triumphant in Heaven, expectant in Paradise and militant here on Earth.

Franz Ferdinand being Catholic had not heard about this prayer
but it was correct
Paradise was not the same as Heaven
For Paradise was the abode of the Blessed
And even the Blessed- those of virtue are still sinful
There was only One Perfect Man-Christ
So when one died, one was not given a magical elixir that suddenly made one totally untainted by sin
There were some who died that died in such a manner as to wholly unite themselves with Christ on the Cross
And thus when they died, they were immediately translated to Heaven as Saints
For Heaven was the abode of God the Father- those who could gaze on the Father’s face
and only those totally without sin- those who were perfect could be in the presence of God the Father- otherwise they’d be consumed by divine fire
Even a virtuous heroic man like Moses could not see God face to face and live

Eventually each soul in Paradise would reach that point where they were able to unite with Christ on the Cross
and be covered totally in His Blood
and thus move from Paradise to Heaven- the abode of God the Father

Christ is in Paradise
As he said to the Good Thief on the Cross, Verily I say unto you that on this day you shall be with me in Paradise
Paul wrote that he would go to be with Christ
He was not so presumptive of pride that he said he would immediately go to be with God the Father

Paradise and Heaven- if only the Church had clearly explained there was a difference between the two
Franz Ferdinand reflected.
For many souls in Paradise, this process of freeing one of the after effects of sin could be a painful process
One very purgative in nature
Hence had arisen the doctrine of Purgatory
Of course at one point in the medieval Church, some taught you could buy your way out of Purgatory
which was false
Christ’s Blood was the one and only payment
It was just that at the point of death for most souls, one was still not fully united with Christ on the Cross
And so what one might call in modern bureaucratic terms “a debriefing period” after a mission or an assignment -Paradise was the waiting room to Heaven
For some a very pleasant and paradisiacal period
For others still overloaded with sin at the moment of death, a very purgative period giving rise to the idea of Purgatory
And for those overburdened with sin but who had rejected Christ- their waiting room was outside Tartarus
A place of torment where one could see Paradise- the abode of the Blessed- what the Jews of Christ’s Day called the Land of Abraham’s Bosom- but one could not cross the river that separated them
As the rich man in Christ’s Parable who had ignored the poor man Lazarus’ suffering had found out after his death

And so Franz Ferdinand sat at his spot in the Elysian Fields- waiting the day he could enter Heaven
Still he had other views of the Underworld ruled by Hades
That strange being and entity
whose portals and gateways
would not prevail against Christ’s Church, Christ had said

It was Milton who gave the world the idea that Lucifer as Satan had said, “Better to reign in Hell than to serve in Heaven”
But the truth was that Lucifer was too busy going across the world creating chaos and havoc as it were
to bother with overseeing Hell
Let the entity Hades
do that job
Lucifer as Satan was called the Ancient Serpent, the Dragon, the Devil

Of course Lucifer was not the only Satan
the name Satan meaning “adversary”
Samael the angel of Death was also a great Satan
originally like an Attorney-General or Prime Minister in God’s celestial court
a prosecuting attorney as it were
Always anxious to accuse humans
He certainly did quite the job on Job as recounted in the Book of Job

The Greek Orthodox Church teaches that with the exception of the Fallen Angels (those who had fallen with Lucifer in the original angelic rebellion), angels had until Christ’s 1st Coming to decide their ultimate loyalty and thus their ultimate nature
Just as humans have until the moment of their mortal death or Christ’s 2nd Coming to decide their ultimate loyalty and their ultimate nature
And so it was that the Watchers of Genesis Chapter 6 (whose exploits were more fully recorded in the Book of Enoch) were originally good angels (not having been part of Lucifer’s original rebellion) but of course they fell after having sexual relations with human women

And of course Samael the angelic prosecuting attorney of the Book of Job likewise finally fell before Christ’s 1st Coming because he allowed his adversarial, prosecutorial and accusatory nature against humans to get the better of him and lead to hatred
Such was the folly of this prosecuting angel who was the Angel of Death

In Revelation 20:10, “the Devil (aka Lucifer, aka the Dragon, aka the Serpent- the leader of the original angelic rebellion against God) who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur”
Four verses later in Revelation 20:14, “Death (Samael the Angel of Death and another major Satan or adversary of man) and Hades (The being/entity who ruled the Underworld) were thrown into the Lake of Fire”.

Such was the final judgement on these three beings- the Devil (Lucifer, the Serpent, the Dragon, also a Satan), Death (Samael the Angel of Death and former angelic prosecuting attorney for God also a Satan) and Hades (the ruler of the Underworld).

And this entity Hades seemed to have several strange beings somehow related to him.
And one of those beings related to Hades stood on the other side of the river grinning at Franz Ferdinand
This being was Ares noted by the Ancient Greeks as their god of war
The same being Franz Ferdinand
had seen shortly after his assassination at Sarajevo in 1914
The being who had brought World War I to the world
(And later World War II)

Ares was putting on armour of a different sort today
Not the armour he used for a civil war or a war between 2 countries or a small group of countries
but the armour he used for the most major of all conflicts-
a world war

-A poem and vampire novel chapter
written by Christopher
Monday July 31st
2017.

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4 Comments

  1. doesitevenmatter3 said,

    Profound and powerful, Christopher.
    (((HUGS)))

  2. Nicholas C. Rossis said,

    Wow, that was amazing!

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