Eye of the Oracle prequel to Dragons in Our Midst
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It pains me to have to write this. I was very disappointed in what I thought was going to be a very good series for us to read. I know some will think we are out of our minds and just too picky but we can’t be picky when it concerns something we feel is against God’s Word.
I know that we have posted about reading the Dragons in Our Midst series. We loved the first two books. Colleen started the series then read them to the boys out loud. It was during that time I became interested in the series. Hooked you might say. We were excited to pick up book three Circles of Seven along with the prequel which is also the first book in the Oracle series.
Eye of the Oracle was the first book in the series I read. I got to about the third chapter and had a funny feeling that there was something wrong. I couldn’t quite put my finger on it and decided to wait and read some of it to Randy to see if he could help me. I only read the first chapter out loud and he got the same nagging feeling. A couple of the names in the book rang a bell so we decided to look them up. Yes, we researched the names in the book.
While we were looking into this, I asked Colleen if she was going to bring book three on the way to piano to read. This was when she informed me that she had to quit reading book three, four chapters away from the end of the book. She put it down. She has explained why she felt she had to do this in her blog BirdWhisper.
My husband didn’t want me to finish reading the prequel. He said that after what we read I needed to put it away and was going to have to blog what I felt since I had all ready blogged about how much we liked the books. Even after reading what I had read I felt I needed to go back and reread the first few chapters. I ended up reading the whole book. Mr. Davis is an exceptional author. His ability to weave this story around the characters he chose is quite amazing. Especially considering the characters he chose. I know to many this will seem miniscule. To us, this is big. We have forsaken anything that has to do with this type of story. Fifty years ago you wouldn’t have found the shows on television that glorify witchcraft like you do today. Disney has several programs that make witchcraft look fun and enticing. It’s dangerous. Even if it’s used in a Christian fantasy fiction story.
The book opens with Lilith and Naamah being chased by the dragon Shachar. They were trying to sneak into the Garden of Eden to steal the fruit of the tree of life. Shachar is the dragon that protects the Garden. There is also a cherubim inside the garden guarding the Tree of Life with a sword that emits a beam of light protecting the tree. Lilith is married to Samyaza who is a fallen angel. She is able to steal some of her husbands power and by using this power becomes a wraith of sorts. Samyaza has gone back to the garden to steal his sword from the cherubim. Archangel Michael comes down and rescues the cherubim and the Tree of Life is taken back up into heaven. Michael tells Samyaza that the swords power will no longer work for him. That only someone of pure of heart can wield the power in the sword which is called the chereb. Later to become Excalibur.
All of this is taking place as the sky is darkening and the flood is about to begin. Noah is waiting for the two dragons, Makaido and Thigocia to come to the ark. They have been chosen to go into the ark as the last of the dragons. Lilith creates a plan to get Naamah onto the ark by conferring with Lucifer. Naamah enters the ark as the wife of Ham. Lilith and the Watchers (Fallen Angels) along with the Nephilim (giants born from the union of the sons of god and the daughters of man) are trying to get the oracle which is protecting the ark. A battle ensues between the dragons guarding the ark and the others just as the flood is taking place…..the heavens are pouring rain and the water from the deep is pouring out. Eventually a great whirlpool is created that kills (supposedly) all the evil that has come into the world. The whirlpool pulls the Nephilim, Watchers and one of the dragons into Tartarus.
Lilith’s body dies in the flood. Her body dies. She has all ready prepared herself for this to happen back at the beginning of the book while she and Naamah are hiding from Shachar by taking a potion and some kind of magic spell. When her body dies she is able to become a raven. This is how SHE gets onto the ark. In the form of a raven. She eventually needs Naamah’s help and talks her into throwing herself off the ark while they are looking for land. Naamah throws herself into the water and drowns after having taken a potion and being promised eternal beauty and the ability to lure men with her songs. She then becomes a raven in order to help Lilith with her plan to bring Noah down so to speak.( This is only the first couple of chapters and it is a 600 page book. This book is for teens and young adults.)
When you get further into the book you start reading about the circles or realms. There are seven circles. Lilith is now calling herself Morgan (Morgan le Fey, King Authur’s half sister).There is so much more to this book. I couldn’t give you enough of a synopsis to do justice to the story.
As we were reading, we recognized a couple of the names. Lilith. Lilith has a long history in pagan religion beginning with the early Mesopotamians. She is also the first wife of Adam. you must understand that Judaism teaches that there were two Adams. She is represented in many places and all of them evil. In the Church of Satan she is represented in her Kabbalistic Zohar role as the wife of Samael (Satan). Everywhere she appears she is linked with evil. That fits with her character in the book. He does present the story that good always triumphs over evil. I don’t mean to imply that only evil wins.
Naamah.Naamah is also mentioned with Lilith in many of the pagan histories. She uses her songs to plant fear and doubt. Naamah is also reputed to be one of the wives of Satan and a succubus.
Samyaza along with the Watchers are both fallen angels. Samyaza aka Samael is also known as Lucifer or Satan.
The underlying story here runs along the line of the Apocryphal books of Judaism and the Zohar or Kabbalah. (This is not Madonna’s version of Kabbalah.) The more names and places that we looked up, the more mysticism and occult we found.
There is the potential to confuse these stories with what is actually written in the bible especially pertaining to the flood and the time after dealing with King Nimrod and the Tower of Babel. My youngest son looked perplexed and said he didn’t recall any of that with the story of Noah. Therein lies the problem. To one who is not proficient in there biblical stories this could easily become mixed in with what is written in scripture. Some are more susceptible than others to stories of demons and such and can feel the pull into distorting this from fact and fiction.
We face enough of a spiritual battle(Eph 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.) that we don’t need to open our minds and that of our children up to more than what we are all ready inundated with. In Deuteronomy 18:9-13 we see what God wrote to His people…..
(9 ) When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations.
(10) There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch,
(11) Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.
(12) For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.
(13) Thou shalt be perfect with the LORD thy God.
Man’s own evil/sin fallen nature provides us with enough fertile ground to come up with stories that we should be able to write them with out including the magic and demons and such.
We won’t be reading the rest of the books. We cannot read the rest of the books.
Remember that EVERY time Satan attacks, he uses a subtle twisting of what God had said, and we should NEVER do anything that could confuse us or cause doubt that would allow him to get a foothold.
Our families face a spiritual battle everyday. We all do…..God warns us to protect our eyes from what we see and what we hear and what we do…..it isn’t an open warfare it is practiced with subtlety. It doesn’t take much to get a foot hold in the door before we are sitting back and asking ourselves what happened.
I know that I will face ridicule over this…..but I have to do what I feel is right. In case you are wondering….no….we don’t read the Harry Potter books either.
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