The Bible in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Part I: The Star & His Daughter
We’re FINALLY moving on to The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (aren’t you happy) and entering the final three books of the Narnian Chronicles. I’m VERY excited to chat about this particular topic with you, so enjoy!
And now a door opened in the hillside, and light appeared in the doorway, and a figure came out, and the door shut behind it. The figure carried a light, and this light was really all that they could see distinctly. It came slowly nearer and nearer till at last it stood right at the table opposite to them. Now they could see that it was a tall girl, dressed in a single long garment of clear blue which left her arms bare. She was bareheaded and her yellow hair hung down her back. And when they looked at her they thought they had never before known what beauty meant....
“Look,” said the girl, turning round and pointing at the door in the hillside. They could see it more easily now, for while they had been talking the stars had grown fainter and great gaps of white light were appearing in the greyness of the eastern sky.
Slowly the door opened again and out there came a figure as tall and straight as the girl’s but not so slender. It carried no light but light seemed to come from it. As it came nearer, Lucy saw that it was like an old man. His silver beard came down to his bare feet in front and his silver hair hung down to his heels behind and his robe appeared to be made from the fleece of silver sheept. He looked so mild and grave that once more all the travellers rose to their feet and stood in silence.
But the old man came on without speaking to the travellers and stood on the other side of the table opposite to his daughter. Then both of them held up their arms before them and turned to face the east. In that position they began to sing. I wish I could write down the song, but no one who was present could remember it. Lucy said afterwards that it was high, almost shrill, but very beautiful -- “A cold kind of song, and early morning kind of song.” And as they sang, the grey clouds lifted from the eastern sky and the white patches grew bigger and bigger till it was all white, and the sea began to shine like silver. And long afterwards (but those two sang all the time) the east began to turn red and at least, unclouded, the sun came up out of the sea and its long level ray shot down the length of the table on the gold and silver and on the Stone Knife….
“Have you any knowledge of the seas and lands further east than this?” [asked Caspian.]
“I saw them long ago,” said the Old Man, “but it was from a great height. I cannot tell you such things as sailors need to know.”
“Do you mean you were flying in the air?” Eustace blurted out.
“I was a long way above the air, my son,” replied the Old Man. “I am Ramandu. But I see that you stare at one another and have not heard this name. And no wonder, for the days when I was a star had ceased long before any of you knew this world, and all the constellations have changed.”
“Golly,” said Edmund under his breath. “He’s a retired star.”
“Aren’t you a star any longer?” asked Lucy.
“I am a star at rest, my daughter,” answered Ramandu. “When I set for the last time, decrepit and old beyond all that you can reckon, I was carried to this island. I am not so old now as I was then. Every morning a bird brings me a fire-berry from the valleys of the sun, and each fire-berry takes away a little of my age. And when I have become as young as the child that was born yesterday, then I shall take my rising again (for we are at earth’s eastern rim) and once more tread the great dance.”
“In our world,” said Eustace, “a star is a huge ball of flaming fas.”
“Even in your world, my son, that is not what a star is but only what it is made of. And in this world you have already met a star: for I think you have been with Coriakin.”
“Is he a retired star, too?” said Lucy.
“Well, not quite the same,” said Ramandu. “If was not quite as a rest that he was set to govern the Duffers. You might call it a punishment. He might have shone for thousands of years more in the southern winter sky if all had gone well.”
“What did he do, Sir?” asked Caspian.
“My son,” said Ramandu, “it is not for you, a son of Adam, to know what faults a star can commit…” (The Voyage of the Dawn Treader)
This was one of the posts in my God in Narnia series that I was most excited to write. Why?? Because you hardly hear anyone talk about it. Stars are angels. Angels are stars. Okay, okay, so I doubt that when we look up into the sky that the constellations we’re viewing are actual angels, yet throughout Scripture, angels are constantly cast in the light (literally) of stars and similar astronomical beings. Here are some examples.
And of the angels He says: "Who makes His angels spirits and His ministers a flame of fire." (Hebrews 1:7 quoting Psalm 104:4)
From the heavens the stars fought, from their courses they fought against Sisera. (Judges 5:20 AMP)
Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding….To what were its foundations fastened? Or who laid its cornerstone, when the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy? (Job 38:4, 6, 7)
And [Jesus] said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.” (Luke 10:18 emphasis mine)
For you have said in your heart: “I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God…I will be like the Most High.” (Isaiah 14:13-14)
And I saw a star fallen from heaven to the earth. To him was given the key to the bottomless pit. (Revelation 9:1)
Behold, a great, fiery red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads. His tail drew a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. (Revelation 12:3-4)
Yes, the Bible is peppered with examples of these flaming ministers. And while the angels do not always appear or are referred to in this form, I’d certainly say it’s one of, if not the most popular, of their forms. Perhaps even their natural form when standing before the Throne of God in Heaven. But let’s take a closer look at the chief Fallen Angel, Lucifer, to better understand this “enlightened” nature of angels.
Let’s get down a few facts about the devil. Satan isn’t actually isn’t name; it’s a job description--a fallen job description.
Satan’s Name is “Lucifer” which means “Day Star.” Lucifer’s pre-Fall identity was the “Son of the Morning.” If you were Bishop George Bloomer, you would say this:
Lucifer was "Day Star," the Son of the Morning. If he's the "Son" of the Morning, Who's "Morning"? God. And what's his Brother's name? “Bright and Morning Star.”
(Now let me clarify, I truly don’t believe that Bishop Bloomer is saying that Lucifer was the Son of God in the same way Jesus is; there are three types of “sons of God”: 1) Jesus, 2) angels, and 3) Christians. Lucifer, would have of course, fallen into the second category.)
Now this great Morning (God) that we worship, what does the Word say about Him?
For our God is a consuming fire. (Hebrews 12:29)
There is no way the sons of God could stand before Him and do His bidding without taking on an aspect of His image. We, the earthly sons of God, are made in His image as are the angels, they are just made in a different image of God’s--an image aflame.
A Story Fit for a Horror Movie
I recently spoke with a dear friend of mine and she told me a story about a friend of hers. She went to visit his house and check on him; he wasn’t doing well. She suspected that he was possessed and on this trip, that suspicion was confirmed. (I won’t trouble you with the diabolical dialogue that took place, but I will tell you what he said to her as he put her out of his house.)
He forced her out of the house and onto the front lawn. It was night and the sky was full of stars. He said something to the effect of,
"Look up!" She looked. "What do you see?"
“Stars…” she said, not sure where “he” was going with this...
“You see those stars? We used to be up there! And one day, we’re going to rise again!”
That’s when you say, “Satan, the Lord rebuke you!!” Sling some oil at the person if you have any, plead the blood of Jesus over yourself, and get up outta there!!
I get chills just thinking about the interchange. But those were words straight from the pit of Hell. The mighty who have fallen were once glimmering stars in the Heavens, but now their abode is Hell, and their playground (unless blood-bought Christians forbid it) is the earth. And yet, Satan is the Prince of the Power of the Air. So he and his yet have the ability to transform themselves into “angels of light."
For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transforms themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works. (II Corinthians 11:13-15)
That’s what the Word says!
The term “angel of light” is literal as well as metaphorical. We’ve already shown what the Scripture says, literally speaking. And if you check the news and history, we’re hearing about “signs in the heavens” more and more. How do you explain the “god” Allah violently appearing to Muhammad and forcing him to recite and eventually, calling him to be the prophet of the false religion terrorizing the Middle-East and great world to this day? How do you explain the Angel Moroni appearing to Joseph Smith and launching the blasphemous, heretical Mormon religion(s)? How do you explain these apparitions that have appeared to Catholic little children and old ladies throughout Central and Southern America, fostering belief in the Virgin Mary, turning those areas into unholy shrines? And how about the various recounted and unrecounted beings that appear to those who are now believers in aliens and UFOs? It’s all a demonic charade, preparing the peoples for 1) demonic deception and ultimately, 2) the One World Order. (Yes, I just said that, No, I’m not a conspiracist.)
Don’t you know? They’ve already got the lies ready to explain the rapture. We Christians will be “eliminated” so the rest of the world can, together, achieve a higher consciousness. Don’t you know the Vatican is already in talks of 1) extending salvation to extraterrestrials and even possibly 2) being taught about “salvation” from them? Google it! It’s all there! This is the fruit of these fallen angels of light. And it ties in perfectly with their metaphorical meanings.
The CRAY-CRAY situation I’ve been dealing with as of late involves one or more angels of light. A young gay man my friend and I had been ministering to is (still to my knowledge) being deceived by an angel of light.
He told me that a woman appeared to him in a dream. (She’s a demon.) She told him she was from God. (She was not.) She told him things about himself that “no one else would know.” (Use of familiar spirits/demons.) She told him that he needed to come see me--NOT the church I was trying to send him to for deliverance and discipleship--for help. (Trying to make me his “light-skint Holy Ghost.”) She told him he needed to kiss me to “seal the exorcism.” (Do I even need to comment on this??) She told him we would travel the world together. (Okay really devil, go sit down somewhere and shut up.) And then because the devil likes to hit below the belt, the spirit told him, “Desiree is Jezebelic like the Queen of Heaven.” (SAY WHAT?!?!?!?! And NOW you know why I’ve been so thoroughly researching the Queen of Heaven.) He said he wants to worship me. And marry me. (Only a devil could make a poor, gay man think he wants to marry a Holy Ghost-filled woman who has no romantic interest in him WHATSOEVER and actually buy her a $50,000 engagement ring!! Which thankfully I haven’t and will not ever see.)
This young man got saved, but he did not get delivered from any of the spirits residing in his life. Therefore, he had several open doors to the devil and specifically, spirits of deception that tried to use him to harass me. (Because harassing I guess is the logical next step for witches who realise, by the grace of God, that they cannot kill/harm me.) So now, this young man who is an infant in Christ and frankly, possessed--by several spirits--is now also being controlled by the Spirit of Jezebel (witchcraft, manipulation), he’s dabbling in the Spirit of Jezebel, and is blinded by the “god of this world,” from seeing that He needs Jesus--and not a woman--to set him free. And now he’s guilty of idol worship--I’m his idol! Unfortunately for him, I had to block him on everything so he would stop contacting me because, as aforementioned, my God is a consuming fire! And He destroys idols!! I don’t know about you, but I have no intention of being struck down by God Almighty because an angel of light has deceived this poor young man. #PrayingFromaDistance
One of the main products of angels of light in our time is Hyper-Grace or the “nice Gospel.” You know what it is, seeker-friendly messages that emphasize the love and grace of God (which are ABSOLUTELY valid and wonderful) without emphasizing the holiness and righteousness of God. They love the New Testament, shun the Old. They don’t teach on or believe in sin and if you bring it up, then you’re being legalistic. They don’t preach the Cross or the Blood because the Cross and the Blood offend willful sinners. In short, “once saved, always saved.” “I can live however the bleep I want because Jesus loves me.” This poor young man has also been seduced into this doctrine of devils. At least he has an excuse because he’s a baby in Christ and had no semblance of a Christian upbringing. But you who know the Word are absolutely without excuse.
This is one of my favourite passages; I always quote it.
I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed. For do I now persuade men , or God? Or do I seek to please me? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ. (Galatians 1:6-10)
Now why would the Apostle Paul warn the Celts (Galatians a.k.a. “Gauls”) against angels preaching false gospels? Because he knew they would! He knew they had! He knew they were! And the Apostle John added to this and gave a test for how to examine these “angels of light.”
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world. You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error. (I John 4:1-6)
In the time of Enoch and Noah, the angels were corrupted when they came down among men and decided to spit on the laws of God, taught men great corruption, had sex with human women, and begat giants, monsters, and those generally viewed as “demi-gods” in ancient mythology. And don’t tell me you don’t believe it because they’re even in the Bible. Og of Bashan. The inhabitants of Jericho. That Sons of Anak a.k.a. “Anakim.” Goliath and his four giant-brothers. Paul and John would have had these well-filed in their Jewish memories under Roman occupations.
And John tells us later in Revelation that an angel will fly around the world and proclaim the Gospel during the Tribulation. (And as much as I’d like to see that, I prefer to watch from above in Heaven!)
Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth--to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people--saying with a loud voice, "Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgement has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water." (Revelation 14:6, 7)
Why should it be any different now? More time passed between Noah and John than has passed between John and us.
God’s angels are eternal angel of light. I personally believe angels to be shapeshifters, at least some of them. How else could they appear as mere human strangers (Hebrews 13:2)? Yet even if they do not make us afraid and pass out for days (poor Daniel!), they are still the unfallen sons of Light (God). The transformations Satan and his fallen delegation make are temporary, momentary; for the express purpose of deception. After all, is he not the Father of Lies? It is the Holy Ghost Who will show us who our angelic visitors are from: the Father of Lights or the Father of Lies.
Dear me. I haven’t really talked about the Narnian tale at all. *eeek!* But I will end this post by praising good ole “Jack” for his prophetic inclinations of seeing the truth that most do not. Divinely brilliant! (Literally!)