There is a secret hidden war being waged all across the world at this very moment for your body, mind and soul. It is what has been called the eternal battle between light and dark. The war of the Sons of Light, Against the Sons of Darkness.
“And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night.” The presence of light makes the day; the absence thereof makes the night. Thus, it is in the history of souls. There are “the sons of light” and “the sons of darkness.”
This is a most marked division of souls by God that created The War of the Sons of Light, Against the Sons of Darkness is also known as “War Rule“, “Rule of War” and the “War Scroll.” It is an ancient Gnostic manual for military organization and strategy that was discovered among the Dead Sea Scrolls. This War Scroll was found among the scrolls along the Jordan River in the Qumran Cave first published by Eleazar Sukenik in 1955.
It is one of the most important documents of the Gnostic Essene sect of Jews that established a community at Qumrān in the Judaean desert during the first half of the 2nd Century BC. The Essenes thought themselves to be the holy elect of Israel, the Sons of Light, who would at the end of time, engage in a catastrophic war with the enemies of Israel, the Sons of Darkness.
They did not call themselves Essenes, but were a priesthood known in the Old and New Testaments as the Kohanim Levites of the Tribe of Levi. They were a specific race of people who originally hail from the island of Crete, and Dia (Kos). In Egypt, Philo described these priests as the Egyptian Therapeutae before the Christian era. The meaning of Therapeutae is the “physicians or healers,” and this is where we get the modern English work therapeutic. Pliny gave their number as around 4,000. This priesthood sect of the Kohanim Levites who were later called the Essenes, were an ancient priesthood of Gnostics and professional healers.
Those good souls whom the light of Life has shone they have received the light of the spiritual knowledge of the glory of the Divine or God by proof of their good works would belong to the first class, “the sons of light, and the sons of the day.” The sons of light can be said to live the full and true life of the soul.
Men become sons of light when they experience the transforming influence of divine truth and are purified and controlled by it, that is to say, truly enlightened. They are the “The Keepers of the Covenant.” “And David made him houses in the city of David, and prepared a place for the ark of God, and pitched for it a tent. 2. Then David said, None ought to carry the ark of God, but the Levites; for them hath the Lord chosen to carry the ark of God, and to minister unto him for ever.”
On the other hand, all the souls who live but selfish lives who have not received the light of the spiritual knowledge of the glory of the Divine or God live in darkness, and who have not yet received into their hearts, the Sun of righteousness, are still wrapped in the shades of spiritual night, are “the sons of darkness,” “the sons of the night.” The sons of darkness are the sons of death. They are ignorant of the divine or God, and live without spiritual life or light— they are cast into “the outer darkness.” These souls are “The Breakers of the Covenant”.
In ‘The Secret Doctrine: Anthropogenesis’ by Helena Petrovna Blavatsky, she describes this rivalry as the “Sons of Night” or Darkness, and the “Sons of the Sun,” or Light.” Blavatsky writes: “The Lemurians, as also the early Atlanteans, were divided into two distinct classes—the “Sons of Night” or Darkness, and the “Sons of the Sun,” or Light. The old books tell us of terrible battles between the two, when the former, leaving their land of Darkness, from whence the Sun departed for long months, descended from their inhospitable regions and “tried to wrench the lord of light” ‘from their better favoured brothers of the equatorial regions.”
The War of the Sons of Light, Against the Sons of Darkness, describe how the world stage was set long ago in an apocalyptic prophecy of a war between the Sons of Light and the Sons of Darkness. The two warring factions are described as going to battle with one another for the rulership of the world. The global war that consists of the Sons of Light from the Tribes of Israel consisting of the sons of Levi, the sons of Judah, and the sons of Benjamin.
In the first part of the scrolls, the Sons of Light would do battle against the sons who violated the covenant and were exiled of the desert, the Sons of Darkness whose army was of Belial. The Sons of Light would wage war against this kingdoms of darkness consisting of Edom, Moab, and the Sons of Darkness known as Ammon, the Amalekites, and Philistia and their allies the Kittim of Asshur. ”
The second part of the war (the War of Divisions) is described as the Sons of Light, now the united twelve tribes of Israel, conquering the “nations of vanity.” In the end, all of Darkness is to be destroyed and Light will live in peace for all eternity. The text goes on to detail inscriptions for trumpets and banners for the war and liturgies for the priests during the conflict.
“Then the Sons of Righteousness shall shine to all ends of the world continuing to shine forth until end of the appointed seasons of darkness. Then at the time appointed by God, His great excellence shall shine for all the times of eternity; for peace and blessing, glory and joy, and long life for all Sons of Light” – (The War of the Sons of Light Against the Sons of Darkness War Scroll)
The Sons of Light have been known by many names over the course of history. They are the Servants of Horus, Sons of Ra, and in ancient Egypt the kings were called “Sons of the Sun,” and in Persia as well. One of the titles of the Emperor of China is Te’en-tsze, the Son of Heaven; and the imperial family, are called Te’en-hwang to signify their celestial descent. (See “Morrison’s Dictionary.’ ’)
It is the eternal battle of light and darkness. Good vs. Evil, Zeus vs. Typhon, Hercules vs. Medusa, Horus vs. Typhon, The Lord vs the devil, Jesus vs. Satan; An ancient war that was fought when man first became embodied with a soul, a conscious and the freedom to choose; A battle that each one of us also fights within, and without.
In the end, the War of the Sons of Light, Against the Sons of Darkness will come to one final showdown that will take the world by apocalyptic surprise. The War Rule states we are all spiritual militants who choose our roles in this real war that has been played for thousands of years here on earth. All that can be said in these last days are to choose your battles wisely, and prepare your soul for what is to come.
Moe is the founder of GnosticWarrior.com. A website dedicated to both the ancient and modern teachings of Gnosticism.