I pray your week is off to a wonderful start in the LORD, regardless of how hard those around you try to make you feel about it! Things here are going very well as I continue to thank God for my shield of faith to quench the fiery darts of the wicked! Yes, a couple came from those who hold fast to their idol, but that's OK, because Paul tells us that the truth never got him any medal of honor in this world!
Am I therefore become your enemy,
because I tell you the truth?
I think it's true to say that music is probably one of the most powerful influences on the earth today. We have grown up so much with it that we usually do not even take notice of it anymore as we shop, ride the elevator, drive along in the car, watch TV , work on the job, and just about anything we do today.
I remember hearing that rock music had sub liminal messages in it as the Beatles and other musicians made their way into the United States. Many here laughed at the thought as they fell into drug use and other forms of rebellion against God. I myself often wondered if it were true that these hidden messages were really inside of the songs I was listening to, but I continued to doubt it and just assumed it was jealous Americans that were too old to understand what life was all about.
Twenty years later, as I was reading the words to the songs I was listening to, I was shocked at what I was seeing. If the words ever were sub liminal, they were not hidden in any kind of way anymore! other than the fact that you just can't understand the words to a song as you listen sometimes without reading the words to it.
One of the reasons for Paul's first letter to the Thessalonians was due to the fact that the Thessalonians were sinking into the pagan culture of the people around them. As hard as it can be sometimes not to listen and do what everyone around us is doing, as Christians we must continue to hold fast to the things that are good and refuse to smile to the beat that those around us are enjoying so much!
Can you help but wonder if there was a sub liminal message in the leading satanist of the 1900s, Aleister Crowley, being on the Beatles, Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band album?
(You will have to scroll half way down the page to see the album image).
After all, the cover did have about 60 people on the front who they claimed to be their hero's!
Or how about the song "Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin that was written in the basement of this hero that is on the Beatles album cover, after the guitarist of Led Zeppelin purchased his house in Scotland?
Or how about "Hotel California" that is about a hotel, in San Francisco, on California Street", that became the church of satan on June 6, 1966? (6/6/66). (This is probably one of the most listened to songs in the world!)
One other good one that quickly comes to mind is a favorite of many Christians today by the Rolling Stones called "Sympathy for the Devil" better known as "Pleased to meet you, Hope you guessed my name". You really should click that link and see if you can guess his name after carefully reading the lyrics!
When I made my first trip to Cochabamba, Bolivia about 5 years ago I was surprised to see the TV screen in the airport as I waited for my luggage to come off of the plane. It was rock music videos of groups from the USA that were from more than 20 years ago. The videos were in English and no one there could understand what they were saying but the people were watching the screen with amazement at the long hair, ear rings, and fancy cars in those videos. I was thinking how powerful is it that they could be drawn in with such attention to something that they can not even understand what is being said!
Although there is some debate over the subject, I have heard it preached that satan was a worship leader in music before he was cast out of heaven. With what I had seen since being a Christian, I immediately thought "he still is!", when I heard it said that he was.
Ezekiel 28:12-17 King James Version (KJV)
12 Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord God; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty.
13 Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.
14 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.
15 Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.
16 By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.
17 Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.
At the end of this letter I will enclose a list of the verses in the bible where tabrets (Probably tamberine) and pipes were used referring to musical instruments. Regardless of the fact whether or not satan was into the music business before he was cast out of heaven, there is no doubt he found his way into it here on earth! When we follow the line of Cain starting at Genesis 4:16 after he was cast away from the LORD for killing his brother Abel, we see that his descendants gave birth to musical instruments in Genesis 4:21.
I am aware that music can be just as powerful for the good as some people use it for bad so please don't wear out my shied of faith over this one!
And his brother's name was Jubal: he was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ.
The main point I am trying to make here is that the music you listen to is either of God or from the enemy and there really is NO in between! I have included a you tube link here with some awesome truths revealed about the spirit behind some of today's music makers and I pray you enjoy the free and lengthy series! It starts with part one of an eighteen part series and if you get started you will find it very hard to stop after part 1!
Well, as always I look forward to your questions or comments! I will also include here a list of the verses where you can find tabret and pipes in your bible.
Some commentators say the tabrets and pipes are "the sockets and grooves used as the settings for the precious stones", but most every other place these words are used in the Bible they are referring to musical instruments.
1 Samuel 10:5
1 Samuel 18:6
1 Samuel 10:5
1 Kings 1:40
1 Corinthians 14:7
The exception with the pipes would be two verses in Zechariah which talk about the lamp stand.
Have a blessed day!
And be SURE to tell someone on the job about JESUS!
Have you read "The Ten Miinute Tribulation/The Final 7 Years"?