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The War of Heaven

A 16th-century illustration of the battle by Pieter Bruegel.
Date ~4000 BCE
Location Heaven
Result Loyalist angels victory
Rebel angels Loyalist angels
Lucifer Michael the Archangel
133,306,668 (disputed) 266,613,336(disputed)
uncertain uncertain

A facet of Christian mythology, the War in Heaven was a defining moment in the universe, when the cherub angel Lucifer led a third of the Angels in an open revolution against God and his loyal angels. Image File history File links Information_icon. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1024x748, 210 KB) With this painting Bruegel plunges into the then old-fashioned tradition of Hieronymus Boschs world. ... Bruegels The Painter and The Connoisseur drawn c. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Lucifer, as depicted in Collin de Plancys Dictionnaire Infernal (1863). ... Guido Renis archangel Michael (in the Capuchin church of Sta. ... Christian mythology is the body of traditional narratives, that would be viewed as sacred stories by Christians, which would often serve to explain or symbolize Christianity and Christian cultures. ... A cherub (Hebrew כרוב; plural cherubim, כרובים) is an angelic creature mentioned several times in the Tanakh, or Old Testament, and in the Book of Revelation. ... Lucifer, as depicted in Collin de Plancys Dictionnaire Infernal (1863). ... The Annunciation - the Angel Gabriel announces to Mary that she will bear Jesus (El Greco, 1575) An angel is an ethereal being found in many religions, whose duties are to assist and serve God. ... This article discusses the term God in the context of monotheism and henotheism. ...


Background to the War

The most common catalyst considered to have driven Lucifer towards his unsuccessful coup was the Creation of Man, whereupon God ordered all his angels to bow down to Mankind. Lucifer considered this an insult, and rallied discontent amongst other angels who felt the act was degrading since they were God's first creation themselves. Various creation stories have a first man, the first human being. ... Genuflection is an act of reverence consisting of falling onto (usually) one knee. ... Look up Mankind in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...

The War

In 1273, Pope John XXI, then Bishop of Tusculum, estimated that the total number of angels who sided with Lucifer's revolt numbered 133,306,668, which would suggest that they were fighting against a force of just over 266 million angels who remained loyal to God. This number was later affirmed by 15th-century scholar Alphonso de Spina.[1] Pope John XXI (1215 – May 20, 1277), born Pedro Julião, a Portuguese also called Pedro Hispano (Latin, Petrus Hispanus), was Pope from 1276 until his death. ... Tusculum, an ancient city of Latium, situated in a commanding position on the north edge of the outer crater ring of the Alban volcano, 18 km (11 miles) north-east of the modern Frascati. ... Alphonso de Spina (unknown date of birth – in or about 1491) was a Spanish Franciscan Catholic Bishop, preacher and writer. ...

In the end, Lucifer and all the angels under his command, were thrown to Earth as punishment for their insurrection.[2] Several millennia afterwards, Jesus Christ reported that he had been present and seen Lucifer being thrown down "like lightning" to the surface of Earth.[3] Adjectives: Terrestrial, Terran, Telluric, Tellurian, Earthly Atmosphere Surface pressure: 101. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ...

Religious interpretations and variations

Lucifer being thrown down from Heaven
Lucifer being thrown down from Heaven

The Muslim tradition draws on Quran 7:12, in which it claims that Lucifer's pride was seen in his insistence that he was better than Mankind, being forged from fire, rather than clay. Sufi tradition, however, explains that Lucifer espoused a great love of God - and that he had sworn to never bow to anyone except God. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (979x1210, 267 KB) Illustration for John Milton’s “Paradise Lost“ by Gustave Doré, 1866. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (979x1210, 267 KB) Illustration for John Milton’s “Paradise Lost“ by Gustave Doré, 1866. ... Sufism (Arabic تصوف taṣawwuf) is a system of esoteric philosophy commonly associated with Islam. ...

According to the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Lucifer formented the revolution after volunteering to take Jesus' place as God's emissary to humanity, stating that he believed that all mortals should be guaranteed entry into Heaven and that their ability to choose should be stripped. He also demanded that all glory for saving humanity should be given him, while Jesus desired the glory only for God the Father.[4][5] The Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the largest attraction in the citys Temple Square. ...

In the Hindu scriptures, Nahusa is mentioned as having been the God of Earth, who envied the Supreme Lord's position in Heaven, and tried to lead a war against him. After his fall from grace, he was sent back to Earth in the form of a serpent, akin to Satan's first post-war appearance in the Garden of Eden. This article discusses the adherents of Hinduism. ... Serpent is a word of Latin origin (serpens, serpentis) which is ultimately derived from the Sanskrit term serp, that is normally substituted for snake in a specifically mythic or religious context, in order to distinguish such creatures from the field of biology. ... The Fall of Man by Lucas Cranach, a 16th century German depiction of Eden The Garden of Eden (from Hebrew Gan Ēden, גַּן עֵדֶן) (Arabic jannato aden جنة عدن) is described in the Book of Genesis as being the place where the first man, Adam, and the first woman, Eve, lived after they were...

See also

  • Grigori, another company of angels who chose to fall from God's grace at approximately the time of Noah.
  • DC Comics character Phantom Stranger's backstory suggests that he was an angel who refused to take sides during the war, and thus was condemned and barred from entering either Heaven or Hell.

The Grigori are a group of fallen angels told of in Biblical apocrypha who mated with mortal women, giving rise to a race of hybrids known as the Nephilim, who are described as giants in Genesis 6:4. ... It has been suggested that Evil Angels be merged into this article or section. ... Noahs Ark, Französischer Meister (The French Master), Magyar Szépművészeti Múzeum, Budapest. ... DC Comics is one of the largest American companies in comic book and related media publishing. ... The Phantom Stranger is a fictional character of unspecified paranormal origins who battles mysterious and occult forces in various titles published by DC Comics, sometimes under their Vertigo imprint. ...

External links


  1. ^ http://www.steliart.com/angelology_fallen_heavens_war.html
  2. ^ Revelation 12:9
  3. ^ Luke 10:18.
  4. ^ http://scriptures.lds.org/en/bd/w/2
  5. ^ Moses 4:1

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Consequently, the Grigori began to reveal to man some of the secrets of Heaven, such as the movement of the heavenly bodies (astrology), the art of making weapons (armory), and also the enhancement of the face and body with perfumes and make-up (vanity).
The idea that all of heaven must bow before Christ, formed in part from the lesser nature of humanity, supposedly motivated the pride of Lucifer (cf.
War erupted in heaven and ended with a legion of pure angels casting out the sinners.
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