I found it nearly impossible to put down.. I would get mad when I was just so sleepy. That I simply could no longer hold my eyes open. The extreme detail with which the author describes various places I can't remember right off the name used in the book not hell or Hades but it may be the Netherlands??
I think there are to be a total of 7 books all together.. Jan 25, Kat Robinson rated it did not like it Shelves: reading-challenge , wtf-is-this-shit. Absolute rubbish. I mean it. If you are not ridiculously blinded by your religion's views and have no brain you might be able to enjoy this book. Maybe, if you're utterly, and completely, idiotically dimwitted and deficit.
And that's an insult to dimwitted people. I picked up this book because I am an obsessive supernatural fan and hey look! Stories about archangels. Season nine is a long way away, may find myself some other way to get my daily dose of angel. My first impression of the novel is tha Absolute rubbish. My first impression of the novel is that the writing is hilariously bad. I swear Or the honestly ridiculous and endless descriptions of jeweled everything. Every description seemed to be filled with endless lists of various jewels.
Bad writing I can forgive.
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Not everyone who has an imagination is gifted with the ability to convey it with words. Totally understandable. And I understand how difficult it can be when you have a good plot in your head, and you dream up these amazing worlds, but words fail you. I was very disappointed at first there was no mention of everybody's favourite angel Castiel or Cassiel. But then the novel delved from ridiculous into horrendous and I was glad my baby escaped But there are some things I cannot forgive.
Page of my copy, when the good angels are reporting what Lucifer or Satan has done to the human race. But then it's made out like God set rules against these things being known to humans. She likens scientific discovery to teaching humans how to kill each other. I'm not trying to make statements about religion and what is correct and all that.
But to say that this human construct, this complicated, wonderful thing we do were we give things names, we explore and look at this universe around us, and try to make some sense of something we barely understand, is a sin? That is offensive to me firstly as a human being and secondly a scientist. I do it because I want to understand. And there are some religious people who don't want to understand the world they live in.
They are happy just believing that a god made everything and gave them these rules and that's their life. And I am no worse, for being curious, and wanting to understand and learn about things. I'm not a Christian, but I do know many who see their science as an exploration of the world they believe they were given by God. And I think, according to a lot of Christian belief, that if our amazing world is a gift, I highly doubt a loving, benevolent creator would refuse us the right to seek to explain it in ways we understand!
To suggest otherwise is completely stupid. I do know there are religious people who blame science for the loss of faith in their institutions. But honestly science is not the cause of the problem. I didn't leave church because science led me astray, I left church and do not go to church because it is not in line with my personal beliefs! Maybe one day, I might! And if that is the case, I will not renounce science for blind faith, I will continue to love science and study and seek out knowledge.
I feel that to demonize something that is so beautiful displays a profound lack of understanding of what science is. To say that evolution is an ungodly science I can to some extent understand, but astronomy? All of these things impact your life Wendy Alec. If they are gifts not from your God but from your Satan, than I expect you live in the wild, live some sort of caveman, completely removed from all the wonderful scientific discoveries and fields that make your nice, easy, 21st century life a breeze, an enable you to write inane novels full of mindless dribble.
In fact, Supernatural does a far better job of portraying Lucifer's fall and struggle, and his complex relationship with Michael and Gabriel. View all 6 comments. Jan 13, Luke D rated it did not like it. Not sure what I thought about this I was given it by a friend to read, and it was interesting. It does a good job at conveying the astonishing grace of Christ in coming to earth for sinful man, but at not much else A few would be: 1. The angels call God "Father" - wrong, according to Hebrews Christos Jesus Christ offers the fallen angels repen Not sure what I thought about this Christos Jesus Christ offers the fallen angels repentance, and they return with Him to heaven God seems very absent in heaven, leaving his minions to do all the scientific prototyping and coding for man.
It's man-centred, not God-centred. Partly continuous with point 3. God is sometimes portrayed as a dissatisfied, emotionally unstable character, who refuses to be comforted by His wise elders. God is bound by "eternal law". His minions have got to find a way of stopping Satan's various schemes which rely on eternal law before it's too late, as eternal law cannot be broken. The book seems to have made eternal law into God I think it can be dangerous to try and hypothesise what happened before the fall. A little bit of lie mixed in with a lot of truth is far more dangerous than an obvious bucket-load of lies.
The rest of the series is tempting. It looks like an exciting adventure. What more could I want?! Sep 02, Sarah rated it it was ok. I'm giving this two stars, but only because I feel loyal to it and want it to be better than it is. That and my mom really wanted me to like it and I wanted to like it because she did, so it's really one star for the book and one star for my mom. Awarded one Mom Star.
Alec's The Fall of Lucifer attempts to dramatize just that-- the fall of Lucifer. She begins with an introduction of the three highest archangels: Lucifer, Michael, and Gabriel. She tries to show them as brothers who are affectionat I'm giving this two stars, but only because I feel loyal to it and want it to be better than it is. She tries to show them as brothers who are affectionate and competitive.
She tries to show their love for and fealty to Yehovah and Christos. Everything is highly ordered and several chapters in she begins introducing other angels, and things that aren't angels, but also aren't people. But she simply shotguns the information-- here's a bunch of names, all of them end in -el as you'd guess they would and here are a few titles. And that's really how the whole book works. There are twenty paragraphs of description and everything is purple, both literally and figuratively. Then Alec tells you what everyone is thinking, feeling and doing.
This goes on for quite a while, so that when Lucifer finally rejects Yehovah and is banished from Heaven, I actually had to reread. I just cannot get over the idea that I had to go "Wait. And it doesn't end there. There's the fall and the Garden. Lucifer tempts Eve. The not-angels, not-people use science to develop the Ark so that Yehovah can reboot the world. There was a section on the tower of Babel and Nebuchadnezzar, but I don't think anything happened except, you know, the mention thereof on Alec's High Points of the Old Testament.
The book ends with the birth of Jesus, only after a great deal of debate about the legal ramifications thereof. And a number of asides about the Three Wise Men, who get their own points of view for a chapter. There is such potential here. And I suppose this is a trend in indie Christian fiction, but it's the first of a series. There are at least four books, and I think I've read there are supposed to be twelve.
I can't imagine how she's going to carry any kind of narrative for that long, just telling, telling, telling and listing, listing, listing. All the angels, all the gems, all the flowers, all the names. But I can't stand it. A book needs to have its own self-contained story regardless of whether or not it's part of a series. It's infuriating. Bless you, Wendy Alec, for trying.
And for entertaining my mom. Here's your mom star. This bothered me the whole book. Why Hebrew for everybody else but suddenly Greek for Jesus? View 2 comments. Wendy Alec took on a formidable task in writing this book. It reads like epic fantasy. Lucifer, Michael and Gabriel could easily be Welsh princes or Elvish lords. But they are archangels. Alec takes seriously the biblical narrative so she isnt free to write what really happened as Mary Stewart, Rosemary Sutcliff and others have done with the Arthurian saga and tales of early Britain. Alecs vivid characters certainly give the reader a lot to think about.
Lucifers motivation is jealousy over the c Wendy Alec took on a formidable task in writing this book. Lucifers motivation is jealousy over the creation of man. Were we angels not enough? If this were epic fantasy that would certainly be compelling motive that would garner sympathy for the rebellious protagonist at odds with his ruling Father. But in the Bible Lucifers sin was pride and wanting to put himself in Gods place. He certainly grows into that in Alecs account, but his sin begins with perfectly understandable emotions.
But then perhaps that is a lesson for usunchecked, our legitimate emotions can take us where we never intended to go. I liked the way Alec integrates modern science. She has the angels working on prototypes of DNA and animals. They test models for the ark to determine a structure that will withstand the pressures of the Deluge.
They have personalities and complicated relationships.
Like Darth Vader, Lucifer is downright evil by the end although with that spark that could lead to redemption. But the beginning of his fall feels more like mental illness than sin to me. Along with his twin Ugin , they are possibly the oldest beings alive. He was said to be old before Dominaria was even born. He sired whole races, populated entire planes, and then hunted them to extinction for his amusement.
In his duel with Teferi , Bolas proved skilled enough in blue magic to completely nullify the time magic Teferi had created. Nicol Bolas had access to Black , Blue , and Red mana, and was a master of all three, having many lifetimes worth of experience and knowledge. When Nicol Bolas planeswalked, he disappeared in a golden light. Like the other Elder Dragons, Nicol Bolas was the spawn of The Ur-Dragon , born from an egg-stone shed from the Ur-Dragon's wings, which fell from the sky like a meteor. Born simply as Nicol, he emerged from his egg-stone twinned together with his brother Ugin.
Whereas every other Elder Dragon egg spawned only one dragon, Nicol and Ugin woke together, named themselves together, and touched the soil of Dominaria at the same instant. When they witnessed their newly-hatched sister Merrevia Sal being killed by humans and their hounds , Nicol expressed outrage, but Ugin convinced him to not aid her - to preserve their own lives, to seek more knowledge, and to find their siblings. Inspired by the sun - who he described as bright and fearless - and by his success in killing one of the hounds, Bolas acquired the notion that the multiverse is a place of "hunters and the hunted".
When Chromium pointed out that the twins shared their names, one for each, Nicol took the second name Bolas to feel equal to his larger siblings. Here Nicol learned about the nature of humans, and how easy they could be manipulated to further his own goals. Having learned enough, he took Ugin to seek revenge for their sister's murder.
After this he tried to use his brother for his own ends, and Ugin realized that Bolas had never truly cared for him at all. This mental shock caused Ugin's planeswalker's spark to ignite. Thousands of years before the Brothers' War or even the Thran Empire , the Elder Dragons were engaged in a conflict that lasted for thousands of years, the Elder Dragon War.
At the crescendo of the war, Bolas ruled half of Dominaria. Only the unexpected intervention of Ugin prevented the ultimate defeat of Sabboth. The war ended there and then, because in rage and envy of Ugin's newly-revealed planeswalker status, Bolas' planeswalkers' spark ignited and he planeswalked away. Many, many times and adventures later, the two planeswalking brothers confronted each other on the Meditation Plane.
In the end, by diverse paths, they returned to the Meditation Realm where Bolas killed Ugin. Monstrous waves rose from Ugin's fall in the water. The waves ran on and on, washing far beyond the bounds of the Meditation Realm into the web of connection that links the planes and the Blind Eternities. Bolas was flung through ten or twenty or a hundred planes before he fell hard back into Dominaria, onto the island chain of Madara. Some years later, Bolas fought a demonic leviathan planeswalker on the still-young plane of Dominaria.
The fight lasted a month, reduced Madara to a third of its original size, and created the first temporal rift. In the end, the dragon relied upon his touch to defeat his foe. After the battle Bolas feasted on the remains of the leviathan over the course of a year, absorbing its power in the process. When he finished, naught was left besides what eventually became known as the Talon Gates and an assortment of blubber.
Bolas regards the Talon Gates as his finest trophy and visits them and Madara as often as he can to relish that victory. Bolas' maliciousness and power came to the notice of the planeswalker Azor , who devised a plan with the reborn Ugin to permanently imprison him. Azor would summon Bolas into the plane and trap him there, and Ugin would remove him from existence entirely. To their grief, Bolas discovered the plan thanks to Azor leaving hints of himself on the planes that he had ordered. In an effort to thwart their plan, Bolas traveled to Tarkir.
He found a willing pawn in Yasova Dragonclaw , Khan of the Temur clan, who sought to end the reign of Tarkir's oppressive dragons.
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Her conviction and commitment to the destruction of Tarkir's dragons coincided with the ambitions of the Elder Dragon Planeswalker himself. To this end, Bolas gave Yasova a vision of a peaceful and idyllic Tarkir littered with the bones of dragons. In Yasova's vision, a great dragon with scales of burnished gold and a golden orb floating between his horns promised her that if she would lead him to the lair of Ugin, the Spirit Dragon, he would slay him, and the dragons of Tarkir would be no more. Guided by Yasova, he intercepted Ugin and prepared the ritual to call him there.
After a close battle, Bolas was finally able to defeat the Spirit Dragon when he and Yasova turned Ugin's own lesser dragons against him. However, the planeswalker Sarkhan Vol traveled back in time from years in the future and saved Ugin by encasing him in a hedron cocoon immediately after the battle ended, preserving the Spirit Dragon in a state of suspended animation. Suspicious as always, Bolas returned eighteen years later when he discovered that Yasova and her twin granddaughters Naiva and Baishya were visiting the site of his victory.
He noticed the hedrons on the grave, but failed to perceive their significance. This made him flee Tarkir. At some point, Bolas somehow became metaphysically tied to the Madaran temporal rift that he had inadvertently visited thousands of years earlier. As a result, he became unable to physically manifest on Dominaria without anchoring himself to local mana lines, lest his presence overwhelm the plane and crack its foundation.
On Madara , three lines of blue, black, and red mana intersected at a single point that was ideal for Bolas's purposes. Bolas slew the then Empress of Madara and erected his Imperial Shrine on the focal point. From there, he reigned for years as God-Emperor of Madara. Unfortunately, Bolas created his own worst enemy in the form of his Imperial Champion, Tetsuo Umezawa.
After several trials, Tetsuo renounced his title and declared his intention to slay Bolas, killing the dragon's regent. In a fit of rage, Bolas abandoned his body to follow Tetsuo's spirit into the Meditation Plane , unaware that it was a trap. This would ultimately prove to be a fatal mistake: Using the Meteor Hammer spell, Tetsuo destroyed Bolas's Imperial Shrine while Bolas's physical body was inside, severing the elder dragon's anchor to Dominaria completely. Without a physical form, Bolas' spirit-form was unable to escape back to Dominaria or any other plane, and without his connection to the abundant Dominarian mana that he used to fuel his spells, he was left without most of his magic.
His physical superiority was rendered irrelevant by the nature of the Meditation Plane, which was a realm of thought and spirit; furthermore, Bolas was largely unaware of its workings, while Umezawa had experience manipulating the fabric of the plane's reality. Stripped of his advantages as a planeswalker, a sorcerer, and a dragon, and forced to battle in a realm where his opponent had a significant edge, Bolas was defeated and apparently killed by Umezawa.
However, as a result of his connection to the temporal rift, a ghostly remnant of his life force still lingered by the Madaran coast, trapped between the material world and the Meditation Realm. Bolas' essence remained present in his land, which became overrun by the nekoru descendants of Wasitora and their followers. As the temporal rifts expanded, he became able to manifest in Madara again, albeit as an immaterial shade. In this form, he presented himself under the alias of Sensei Ryu.
When he sensed that the planeswalker Teferi was lost in a rift and had become separated from his companions he arranged for them to arrive on the Madaran beach near the Talon Gates. Using Venser 's latent planeswalker spark , he was able to finally escape his prison and be fully reborn into the physical world, regaining his body by pulling a copy of it through the rift from an earlier point in time. After Teferi located his companions, he challenged the dragon to a duel in an effort to stay Bolas's "gratitude. While Bolas was taunting Teferi's allies with the defeated planeswalker's head in his claw, the dying Teferi shared his knowledge of the collapsing planes with him and he was made aware of the severity of the rift problem.
Bolas decided to let Teferi live, allowing the dismembered mage to heal himself. He left soon after swearing a vow to take terrible vengeance on anyone related to the Umezawa line, and anyone who had ever aided or come into contact with it, then presumably left for Kamigawa. Bolas later returned to Madara, where he was ambushed by the planeswalker Leshrac , who formally challenged him to a duel; the latter was defeated after an epic battle and was imprisoned in the mask of the Myojin of Night's Reach. Bolas implied that he had stripped most of Night's Reach's dark power but she had managed to escape.
He also observed that leaders needed to be wise for if they are foolish they will also be worthless to themselves and the people. Solomon shared his learning that one must invest in diverse enterprises as one cannot be certain that any single investment will prosper, he further shared that one should start work early on a good weather day and continue throughout as one could not know what tomorrow might bring.
The most-common thought is that it referred to Solomon but the phraseology that follows implies more than one person is intended as the source of the wisdom writings. The Teacher sought to find delightful words, and to write accurately truthful sayings. The words of the sages are like prods, and the collected sayings are like firmly fixed nails; they are given by one shepherd. For God will evaluate every deed, including every secret thing, whether good or evil.
The death that comes to all proves that the things of this earth are not to be considered nearly as important as the things of the Lord God. Diversification of investments has become a modern practice but Solomon recommended it long ago. When leaders unwisely choose the unwise as advisers it goes badly for everyone.
God will judge your motives and actions. When have you experienced, or observed, an unwise leader surround himself with fools? Today I will humbly seek-out the one whom the Holy Spirit designates and ask them to share what the Lord God has gifted them to share. I will confess and repent of my flesh-driven drift from righteousness, seek and accept forgiveness from the Lord God, and adjust my walk in the direction of righteousness and away from the things of the flesh.
She visited Solomon and discussed with him everything that was on her mind. Your wisdom and wealth surpass what was reported to me. The quantity of spices the queen of Sheba gave King Solomon has never been matched. No one has seen so much of this fine timber to this very day. Then she left and returned to her homeland with her attendants. The king placed them in the Palace of the Lebanon Forest.
The throne had two armrests with a statue of a lion standing on each side. There was nothing like it in any other kingdom. Once every three years the fleet came into port with cargoes of gold, silver, ivory, apes, and peacocks. He had 1, chariots and 12, horses. He kept them in assigned cities and in Jerusalem. They also sold chariots and horses to all the kings of the Hittites and to the kings of Syria. If you do, they will surely shift your allegiance to their gods. Pharaoh, king of Egypt, supplied him with a house and food and even assigned him some land.
When David tried to kill them, they went to Damascus, where they settled down and gained control of the city. He loathed Israel and ruled over Syria. He was an Ephraimite from Zeredah whose mother was a widow named Zeruah. Ahijah was wearing a brand new robe, and he grabbed the robe and tore it into twelve pieces. I will allow him to be ruler for the rest of his life for the sake of my chosen servant David who kept my commandments and rules.
Then I will be with you and establish for you a lasting dynasty, as I did for David; I will give you Israel. He stayed in Egypt until Solomon died. His son Rehoboam replaced him as king. She arrived in Jerusalem with a great display of pomp, bringing with her camels carrying spices, a very large quantity of gold, and precious gems.
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Your wisdom surpasses what was reported to me. No one had seen anything like them in the land of Judah prior to that. All the Arabian kings and the governors of the land also brought gold and silver to Solomon. Lord, the blessings of Israel through Solomon were amazing, a testament to Your fulfillment of Your promise. May I remind people of this time in Biblical history whenever doubt is raised as to Your faithfulness. You have made it clear since the Garden of Eden that rebellion is forbidden, and the consequences are severe. May I have accountability and prayer-partners to help me to avoid drifting into even the smallest area of rebellion.
The queen of Sheba had heard stories about Israel under the leadership of king Solomon and how the Lord God had blessed him with extraordinary wisdom, and the nation with wealth, so she traveled to see for herself. She shared massive gifts of spices from her home country as well as gold and jewels. King Hiram of Tyre apparently arrived during her visit bring exotic wood and more gold, the wood was added to the interior of the Temple and palace and some used to make stringed instruments for the musicians. The gold was added to the treasury.
Solomon had so much gold that he covered everything with it, even his throne, and meanwhile he spread silver around to the people, along with great quantities of cedar. Traders used silver to acquire horses and chariots and ships brought home more treasures. As an old man he sought to please these foreign women by building places for them to worship their false gods and then by worshiping them himself. God informed Solomon that due to his rebellion He would remove all but one tribe from his son, and that only to preserve Jerusalem, and that the peace the kingdom had enjoyed would be lost immediately.
Also, Rezon son of Eliada, who had run away to Damascus and eventually took control of Syria began raids on Israel. After a forty year reign King Solomon died and his son Rehoboam took the throne. Should Solomon have worried that such a extravagant display of wealth might encourage invasion or rebellion from jealous men? When have you observed someone with a unique gift or great wealth become a celebrity, with that attention and those resources becoming an unhealthy influence on them after a while?
When have you observed someone who seemed to have it all make such foolish choices that they lost most or all of it? Today I will praise the Lord God for His good gifts and seek a practical way to share them. I will gratefully accept the chastising and instruction of the Holy Spirit so that now matter how small I may extinguish the seed of rebellion in my life. I will ask a fellow believer to be my accountability and to pray in-agreement as I walk through the process of repentance and restoration to a personal revival.
For her value is far more than rubies. Lord, You cause us to learn from the past and you tell us of things that are important to our present and our future, and all the while You remind us of Jesus. May I take heed of Your Word and center my life upon it! You lead a mother to counsel her son with wisdom that applies to all sons, and which elevates the status and value of women who belong to You to the level of value You desire for them.
May I see women through Your eyes and respect them as You have instructed. There is much scholarly debate as to the authorship of the Thirtieth Proverb. There is no reference to Agur, or his father Jakeh, elsewhere in the Word of God. Some have speculated that the name Agur was an assumed name used by Solomon for some reason, others that it was indeed another person, just as some of the Psalms were not of David.
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The Book was included in the Biblical canon at the prompting of Holy Spirit — so it matters not who was the human scribe. Do not add to his words, lest he reprove you, and prove you to be a liar. There is a generation who are pure in their own eyes and yet are not washed from their filthiness. There is a generation whose eyes are so lofty, and whose eyelids are lifted up disdainfully. There is a generation whose teeth are like swords and whose molars are like knives to devour the poor from the earth and the needy from among the human race.
Under three things the earth trembles, and under four things it cannot bear up: under a servant who becomes king, under a fool who is stuffed with food, under an unloved woman who is married, and under a female servant who dispossesses her mistress There are four things on earth that are small, but they are exceedingly wise: ants are creatures with little strength, but they prepare their food in the summer; rock badgers are creatures with little power, but they make their homes in the crags; locusts have no king, but they all go forward by ranks; a lizard you can catch with the hand, but it gets into the palaces of the king There are three things that are magnificent in their step, four things that move about magnificently: a lion, mightiest of the beasts, who does not retreat from anything; a strutting rooster, a male goat, and a king with his army around him.
For as the churning of milk produces butter and as punching the nose produces blood, so stirring up anger produces strife. There is considerable scholarly debate as to the authorship of this Proverb. Some insist that it is the name of a non-Jewish king of a non-Jewish nation whose writing was believed to have been prompted by the Lord God. And some insist that it is a latter king, and again, Lemuel would be a forgotten synonym for their Biblically-recorded name. An additional perspective, as one reads the text, is that the context of the man in relationship with his lifestyle choices and his wife is therefore initially that of a king-in-waiting, and then the context of the king with a wife.
The lingering question is, therefore, to what degree may the instructions of the text be extrapolated to non-royalty? It is not for kings, O Lemuel, it is not for kings to drink wine, or for rulers to crave strong drink, lest they drink and forget what is decreed, and remove from all the poor their legal rights. Open your mouth, judge in righteousness, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.
The heart of her husband has confidence in her, and he has no lack of gain. She brings him good and not evil all the days of her life. She makes for herself coverlets; her clothing is fine linen and purple. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and loving instruction is on her tongue. She watches over the ways of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Give her credit for what she has accomplished, and let her works praise her in the city gates. Whether written by Solomon, at the behest of the Lord God, or by another these Proverbs bring great wisdom. It would be a considerable stretch to make of Proverbs 31 a pure riddle, within which one must find alternative meanings for every detail, but some have done so. It seems more probable that the descriptions are intended to be more generic, describing the practical living-out of wisdom in the life of the man the son and later the husband , and of the wife.
How could anyone observe these examples in Creation, despite the ravages of the Fall, and not see the Hand of the Lord God? If one accepts the high-value and huge-freedom granted to the woman, with the praise of the judges at the city gates, how is it that religious leaders later chose to make of women something much less? When have you closely-observed the activities of ants and marveled at Creation? When have you experienced or observed the wisdom of the Lord God poured-out through a mother? Today I will take the time to pause and study Creation all-around me. I will then give praise to the Lord God for His mighty works.
I will share Proverbs 31 with the one whom the Holy Spirit has directed. My purpose will be to focus them on the working-out of wisdom that may occur in their lives and the positive fruit of that wisdom. Careful attention has been given to cite that source where it has been quoted directly or closely paraphrased. Feedback is encouraged where credit has not been sufficiently assigned.
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