One of the most sensational ideas of the Gnostics is that Jehovah, the Father God of Judeo-Christian religion, was an Archon, an inferior or imposter deity not to be confused with the true Gods, called Aeons, who inhabit the cosmic center (galactic core). Jehovah is said to be blind and mad, a demented alien who nevertheless has some god-like powers. Although he does not create the world we inhabit, he believes that he does. “Opening his eyes, the chief Archon saw a vast quantity of matter without limit, and he became arrogant, saying, “It is I who am God, and there is no other power apart from me.’ ” (The Reality of the Archons, NHC II, 4, 94.20). Of course, this is exactly what Yahweh-Jehovah says in the Old Testament. Over and over again, the Mystery teachings preserved in the NHC presents a view of Judeo-Christian religion that turns it completely inside out.
Fortunately, the Nag Hammadi cache, meager as it is, contains quite a lot of clear information on the Archon God and his insidious tactics. In the Second Treatise of the Great Seth, an unnamed Gnostic Master says, “The Archons devised a plan about me to release their error and their absurdity.”