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To my dearest and most secret readers,

Somebody has spilled the beans and you won’t believe who is reading Fighting with Angels.  Both the heavens and the underworld are taking interest in this account of their personal affairs.  If you’ve had the chance to read the novel, share it with someone who you think will enjoy it.  Spread the word and I’ll keep working on the sequel…

© Jonathan Lehnerz and Fighting with Angels Blog, 2014. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of both written and illustrated material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Jonathan Lehnerz and to the novel Fighting with Angels with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

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Chains of bondage

To my dearest and most secret readers,

     How long has it been since I’ve written to you last?  It seems like a lifetime ago.  For time does not pass quickly when you are wrestling with the chains of bondage.  And that is exactly where I have been, tied up in my own web of faults and feelings that have trapped me and taken me away from what I should have been doing.  Life comes full of distractions.  Some of them come from the deceiver.  It is a reality that Satan attacks that which brings God’s children closer to Him.  Sadly much of it comes from our own flawed natures as well.

     Throughout life we have many opportunities to turn away from God.  Some sins are small and it is easy to redirect ourselves back.  But small sins can lead to bigger ones and the scars of such actions are much more difficult to overcome.  God will always forgive us for our trespasses in a most perfect way.  He has no need for the memory of what has been wiped clean.  But all too often the damage we do to ourselves or the people we may have hurt along the way is not as easily released or repaired.  There are things that we hold on to, sometimes so deep down and hidden that we are not even consciously aware.  These are the chains that I speak of.

     I personally have spent much of my life running away from myself or hiding from the chains that hold me from becoming more of what God has planned for me.  Admittedly, I still have no idea what that might be, but a window has been opened in my heart and the fog that filled the room has been lifted.  I can see the chains again.  I guess that is a step in the right direction.  Perhaps it won’t be so very long before I write to you again…

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Petra



To my dearest and most secret readers,

     Hello again and thank you for your patience. I have been working on some very important things for Dr. Crawford as of late and I haven’t had time to write to you in a while. So as a reward for all your waiting, I want to talk with you about Petra, one of my favorite angels.

     While angels are typically beautiful creatures, this young woman is on a level of her own. Of course, I speak of Petra as a female for that is how she appears, but in reality angels are spiritual beings and are not really defined by their sex as we humans are. How they appear to us has more to do with our own personification of them, allowing us to relate to them better. Petra is Miranda Crawford’s guardian angel. The two of them share a strong bond with each other. Miranda has always been the most comfortable around our spiritual comrades and she considers Petra the closest thing she has to a girlfriend.

     Stereotypically we tend to assume that men are physically stronger than woman. This is not the case with Petra. There are not many angels that can go toe to toe with this warrior and demons grow uneasy at the very mention of her name. All angels wield a weapon, usually a sword, made up of their own spiritual energy. Petra carries two swords. The first is a long Katana sword and the second is a medium-sized Wakizashi blade. Both of the weapons are reminiscent of the ancient Samurai culture. While the Samurai can claim ancestry way back to the ninth century, angels have been around since before God created the earth, leading me to wonder who borrowed the weapon’s technology from whom. Although she does not speak of it, I get the sense that there is some connection between that culture and herself.

     Petra is a loyal soldier, having complete confidence in Justice, her commander. She is quite simple and single-minded in her thinking. It is a quality that can make her seem almost child-like at times, but her devotion to God and to her mission is never in question. After all, the name ‘Petra’ is derived from the word ‘rock’ and that is exactly what she is. I will write to you again soon…

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Fallen Angels

To my dearest and most secret readers,

     In the hierarchy of demons, fallen angels are at the top of the food chain.  Once angels themselves, they were shown God’s plan for the human race and given the opportunity to choose if they would follow.  Unlike ourselves, who are constantly asked to make our choices to follow or fall astray, angels were given this one chance to decide for all time.  Those who refused were cast out of heaven in the first great spiritual war.

     The leader of this revolt was Lucifer himself and he was thrown into hell along with all of his followers.  These fallen angels are the generals of the underworld.  They fight to steal as many human souls away from God as they can because they are jealous of his love for them.

     Fallen Angels are not as gangly and decrepit as many of the lower demons that they lord over, but their appearance has been twisted from its original form.  Their beautiful and powerful wings have become more bat-like as their feathers have been mutated into membrane.  Although their bodies remain more humanoid, their skin has taken on the scaliness of snakes and their nails have become claws.  Even their feet have been transformed into those of a beast.  While their deformities vary, they can no longer be mistaken as holy in any way.

     As I have said before, they are the lords of all the other demons below them and they are cruel leaders at that.  I would venture to say that the lives of those they command are barely more tolerable than those of the souls they ensnare.  They are by far the most formidable of their demonic kind and much of their strength lies in treachery, but their greatest weakness falls in their selfishness and lack of team work.  I will write to you again soon…

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Begrudged but Faithful Servant

To my dearest and most faithful readers,

     Hello again or welcome if you are a new reader.  If you are familiar with Fighting with Angels then you already know all about Lars.  He is easily one of the most talented and powerful of God’s angels.  He is also one of the most stubborn and begrudged of his kind.  To understand this you must first understand the choice that was laid before all angels.

     Before God created man He disclosed his plan for them to all of the angels of heaven.  Lucifer, who was the most fair of all the angels, refused to accept that Jesus was to be born of a human woman and become man himself.  He rejected God’s plan and became the first Fallen Angel.   From there he began to recruit as many angels to his cause as he could.

     Thus entered Lars into the picture.  Lars came the closest of all the angels in heaven to leaving the Kingdom of God, but still remain.  Rather than join so many of his brethren, he chose to trust in God’s plan and stay on the side of love, but it was a love of God, not man, that swayed his decision.

     Among the many differences between men and the angels that protect them is their choice.  While humans are in a constant state of flux on their walk with God, angels made their choice one time for all time and are bound by it.  Lars made his choice and has trudged forward ever since, quietly holding his disdain in check for the ‘assignments’ he has been charged to protect.  At least he used to be quiet.  Most of the time man cannot see angels, unless they appear to them, and Lars has always preferred to keep it that way.  But when a group of scientists discovered a way into the spiritual world all of that changed, including the angel’s silence about his feelings.

     Lars is completely loyal to the choice that he made and I am comforted by the knowledge that he is on our side, but from what I’ve been told, he isn’t exactly the life of the party when he is in the company of what he considers to be ‘lesser beings’.  I will write to you again soon…

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Demons are real…

 

To my dearest and most secret readers,

     I’m going to start this letter with an apology right off the bat.  This is not a pleasant subject, but it is crucially important for you to understand that demons are real.  If this is the first time you have stumbled across one of my writings then I would suggest that you go back a few letters for a better understanding of why I am sharing this information with you.

     As I started to explain when I last wrote,  angels and demons can not control or force our actions, but they can have an influence on us in our lives.  With angels there is basically nothing to fear as our best interests are a top priority for them, but demons are opportunists.  They are clever and they are crafty and they strike at us when we are weakest.  It is amazing how a little bit of prompting can turn an uneasy feeling into a frenzied panic or anger into hatred.  Like their master they have learned to twist and distort the truth into a nest of lies.  But they are artful in their deception as well.  Rarely will their treachery be so blatant that it is completely obvious to us.  Rather they whisper to us with subtle temptation.  They bate us into following our less than perfect nature on a path away from God’s love and his plan for us.  If a demon is doing its job really well, we find ourselves too wrapped up in a web of petty distractions to notice what is going on.

     Please take note that I’m not talking about ‘possession’.  That happens far less than Hollywood would lead us to believe and a person really has to open some doors and invite that kind of thing in willingly.  Besides, the enemy can inflict far more damaging wounds using subtlety anyway.  Of course it doesn’t help that our society has a healthy obsession with the demonic.  The entertainment business makes billions of dollars exploiting the supernatural, under false pretenses, and that is precisely how the unholy are able to fly in under the radar and convince people that they don’t really exist.

     Another problem with demons is that there are so many different species to contend with.  There are the ‘Products of Sin’ such as Greed Beasts or Hate Goblins and even worse than these are the Fallen Angels.  The latter are the angels that said ‘no’ to God’s plan in a time when time was just beginning to exist.  Justice went into details about that choice in a private conversation with Joseph inside the Cube.  Some of you may remember that particular discussion from Fighting with Angels.

     I will elaborate on all of those species soon enough, but todays letter pays special attention to the Probis Reconous Demonis (that’s Latin for ‘royal pain in the butt demon’).  They are pictured above and of course I am joking about the name.  Actually there isn’t a specific name for the category of evil they fall under, but you can choose from any variation of ghoul, goblin, or gremlin if you like.  If I could, I would share with you their exact origins, but I can’t for the life of me get any kind of explanation on the subject. The only thing I can tell you for sure is that they are something other than Fallen Angels and slaves to them at that.  These guys are the worker bees of the hive and they are everywhere.

     As ugly as they are, they are no match for an angel in a one on one situation, but what they lack in individual merit they more than make up for in sheer numbers.  Some of them have wings while others are flightless.  If they are winged, they protrude from their backs like an angel’s do or they are connected directly to their underarms, but they are all bat-like in nature.  The creatures themselves are hunched over and gangly.  Whether they have pig snouts or beaks or any other sort of distorted faces, they are all sniveling and spiteful and they would just as soon stab the demon to their left in the back if  it wasn’t for fear that the one on the right would do the same to them.  As a side note, some demons do have horns, but you should get that cute little picture of the devil with a pitchfork out of your head because that’s just silly.

     I hope I have not made too light of these terrifying monsters in your mind.  While I no longer fear them because of our Lord’s promises to us, I do have a healthy respect for how dangerous they can be.  They are not to be trifled with.  The best advise I can give you is that demons hide in dark places so avoid them if you can.  No, I’m not talking about the crawl space underneath your stairs.  I am talking about the wicked and unholy places of our world and possibly in those obscure parts of us that we hide even from ourselves.  Those places provide sanctuary for demons and are their very playgrounds.  Pray for protection and you will receive it.  And stay alert, the dark places in our lives need to be identified if we are going to be freed from them.  I will write to you again soon…

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What is an angel?

 

To my dearest and most secret readers,

     I hope that this letter finds you well.  I feel that it is important for me to lay down a few guidelines about what we are talking about; namely the people and creatures that we are dealing with.  The first of which is the creature that has been given the name of angel.  What is an angel?  When Joseph was asked that very question at the beginning of his adventure he described them as “literary devices designed to help inspire a certain feeling of spirituality” (of course he has laughed at that explanation numerous times after discovering first hand the true nature of their existence).  If you are not familiar with Joseph you should really take the time to research my first writings in Fighting with Angels

     It is important to note that tradition hands down to us Nine Choirs of Angels.  They in themselves have a hierarchy of their own along with distinct duties which I may elaborate on later, but for now our chief concern is with the Guardian Angel.  Every one of us has a Guardian Angel assigned to us for the course of our life time.  Their role consists of guidance in both our thoughts and in our actions as well as protecting us from evil.

     How involved our angels are in our lives is ultimately up to us.  The level and depth of our relationship with God directly determines the level of interaction we have with our Guardians (whether we know about them or not) as they are intimately intertwined in that relationship.  They can not force our actions in any way but they can be of help to us if we pray for it.

     Angels have the ability to influence our dreams.  Although they primarily exist in the spiritual realm, they can also alter their own forms and have been known to appear to humans in several ways.  There have been times, although rare, that they have appeared in their full glory.  Generally that seems to be humanoid in nature with large and powerful wings that extend from their backs.  It is uncertain if that is their true form or if our own perception comes into play.  More often than that, they appear to us as humans themselves and offer aid that is not completely understood to us at the time.  They may also take on other forms that are even less obvious to us, but in no way less helpful. 

     Their ability to change appearance is due to their composition.  Angels are made entirely out of spiritual energy.  While that energy can be altered and made to feel tangible to us, it can not be scientifically explained, at least not by anyone who’s talking about it.  Dr. Crawford and his scientists are adamantly opposed to discussions on the topic (‘for our own good’ they usually add).

     At any rate, angels are formidable creatures.  I can say that even before any mention of their weapons.  And what are they protecting us from?  It chills me to discuss the matter, but for now I will only assure you that ‘demons’ can not control our actions either.  I will write to you again soon…

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