Personal vs. Biblical Convictions: Music
Music was placed by God in Lucifer before he fell
Thou hast been in Eden
(This was obviously an Eden existing before the one that Adam & Eve were in. It shouldn’t be that difficult to consider the fact that the fall of Lucifer had already taken place before the creation of Adam and Eve. It’s as though we can see him sitting, pondering, stroking his goat like beard, while wondering, how will I introduce myself into this pristine environment He (God) has created for them?
While we don’t have time to properly expound on this concept in this teaching, it should be noted that there is evidence in the scriptures that speaks of the concept of the earth before the fall of Satan. Here, we see one aspect of that evidence in the sense that he (Lucifer, while he was in his original state of perfection was in an Eden. Furthermore, the words in Genesis 1:2 And the earth was without form (tohu) and void… describe chaos and emptiness. In the Hebrew these words are tohu bohu, and Isaiah 45:18 says, …thus saith the Lord who created the heavens…who formed the earth… He created it not in vain (tohu). The point to all this is that the scriptures declare in Genesis 1:1 that God created the heavens and the earth. Furthermore, Isaiah says that God created the heavens and the earth to be inhabited…not in vain, but Genesis 1:2 tells us that the earth was without form and void, so if God didn’t create it that way, then it became that way, and the way it happened was through the fall of Lucifer. So while it’s difficult to absolutely prove all the details surrounding this concept, it makes perfect sense. There was an Eden before Lucifer’s fall, and before the earth became without form and void, and before the Spirit hovered and the word spoke in Genesis 1:1, and before Adam and Eve fell. At this time many scholars believe that Lucifer was in same way the anointed cherub who directed worship from earth to the throne of God. Who was worshiping on earth? Some speculate angels. Why were they there? We don’t know. In my personal opinion, I have wondered whether or not Lucifer knew beforehand that God was going to create man. I’ve wondered whether there was a possibility that the angels were on this original earth, in this original Eden, preparing a place for humanity, not creating, but preparing. And this beautiful angel, full of pride, determined in his heart that God’s plan wasn’t good, and that this creation should be ruled by him and the angels helping him not by some inferior race of mortals that were somehow created in the image and likeness of God. That’s complete speculation on my part, but what is not speculation is the fact that earth was created and seems to have afterwards become tohu bohu—why should we even care? Why, because we’re in a war. God has placed us here for a purpose, and He is allowing us an opportunity to be part of something bigger than this little bit of a physical world that we’re part of now.
“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 (workmanship of thy tabrets from the root of a drum) and of thy pipes (some type of pipe/ flute instrument) was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created (music was in him). Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth.
(Exodus 25:20-22; Hebrews 9:24 the cherubim were always associated with the presence of God. It seems that with Lucifer as the anointed cherubim that covereth, had a special place associated with the presence of God);
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. Thou wast perfect in thy ways.
(Once again, this had to be an Eden before the Genesis account because the scripture speaks of the fact that this was the time when he was a perfectly created anointed Cherubim)
From the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.
Thy pomp is brought down to the grave, and the noise of thy viols.
(viols- some type of a stringed instrument)
the worm is spread under thee, and the worms cover thee.
How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning!
how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven,
I will exalt my throne above the stars of God:
I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
Music entered the world through Cain's fallen lineage, a lineage that lived apart from God and produced the fruit of Satan.
And Cain went out from the presence of the Lord, and dwelt in the land of Nod.
Nod-- ("restless wandering"), any movement away from the presence of God is only restless wandering.
On the east of Eden. And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare Enoch:and he builded a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch.
(dedicated is the meaning of Enoch. If we look closely Nod is in a direction "away from the presence of the Lord;" in this place, Cain's offspring are dedicated, not to God, but they’re dedicated to the building of their city and life as they restlessly wander outside of God's presence)
And unto Enoch was born Irad: and Irad begat Mehujael:and Mehujael begat Methusael:and Methusael begat Lamech. And Lamech took unto him two wives…
(first to rebel against the way God ordained the family. Genesis 2:18, 23 And the Lord God said, it is not good that man be alone… Adam said, this is bone of my bone and flesh of my flesh… Therefore, shall a man leave his father and his mother, and cleave unto his wife: they shall be one flesh. It should be noted once again that they're rebelling and building without God or concern for His word or structure.)
The name of the one (Lamech’s wives) was Adah, and the name of the other Zillah. And Adah bare Jabal: he was the father of such as dwell in tents, and of such as have cattle. And his brother's name was Jubal:he was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ (probable a pan pipe—a breathing instrument. If anyone is honest with themselves, they would have to admit that music is very spiritual; it evokes emotion, and can quiet the soul of a man).
1 Samuel 16:23 And it came to pass, when the evil spirit from God was upon Saul, that David took an harp, and played with his hand:so Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him.
(This is where music entered the world, through the fallen line of Cain, in the midst of these descendants who are building their own lives away from the presence of the Lord)
And Zillah, she also bare Tubalcain, an instructor of every artificer in brass and iron...
(They began also to produce metals for weaponry and agricultural purposes, attempting to find their own comfort from the effects of the fall.)
This is a scriptural example of how humanity is doing their own thing excluding God in the midst of their feasts and lives, using music and wine to comfort themselves.
Isaiah 5:12 And the harp, and the viol, the tabret, and pipe,
and wine, are in their feasts:
but they regard not the work of the Lord,
neither consider the operation of his hands.
Genesis : and the sister of Tubalcain was Naamah. And Lamech said unto his wives,
Adah and Zillah, Hear my voice;
ye wives of Lamech, hearken unto my speech:
For I have slain a man to my wounding,
And a young man to my hurt.
If Cain shall be avenged sevenfold,
Truly Lamech seventy and sevenfold.
And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth:For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew. And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos:
then began men to call upon the name of the Lord.
(Finally, God's creation willing to serve Him, and allow Him to be a part of their lives).
The main point I wanted to make was music was heavenly, created by God, and placed in Lucifer. Upon Lucifer's fall, there became a fallen element to music, because music was part of his being.
They take the timbrel and harp,
and rejoice at the sound of the organ.
(Job is the oldest book in the Bible that was written. In other words Genesis contains history of earlier times than Job, but Genesis was oral tradition written/ compiled later by Moses; whereas, Job was written by Job before Moses compiled the Penteteuch (Greek for the first 5 books of the Bible). We see an example in the oldest, written book of the Bible that there was an element to society that didn't want to have anything to do with God, but they were very connected to their music).
They spend their days in wealth,
and in a moment go down to the grave.
Therefore they say unto God, Depart from us;
for we desire not the knowledge of thy ways.
What is the Almighty, that we should serve him?
and what profit should we have, if we pray unto him?
Lo, their good is not in their hand:
the counsel of the wicked is far from me.
Google search: musician admitting to channeling spirits to produce music.
Article: Exposing the Works of Satan in Popular Music
Examples of musicians and their own admission to channeling demon spirits to produce music:
8 grammy award winner, Tori Amos, said "I think music comes through dimensions, it`s arrogant to think you can create music on your own, there`s a co-creation going on. I don`t know with whom, but there is this well that we all tap into". She once said "I wanted to marry Lucifer I don't consider Lucifer an evil force .I feel his presence with his music. I feel like he comes and sits on my piano". She even made a song dedicated to Lucifer....
Lady Gaga apparently gets her music from demons. She said herself that she has the spirit of her dead aunt living inside her (which is really a demon) and that the spirit of Alexander McQueen wrote a song for her called Judas...
John Lennon is believed to have "sold" his soul or made a deal with the devil, in fact he said it himself. There is even a book about it called The Lennon Prophecy. The Beatles channeled evil spirits as those in his inner circle revealed. John Lennon once said "When the real music comes to me it has nothing to do with me ‘cause I'm just a channel. It's given to me and I transcribe it like a channel." He once referred to himself as a hollow temple in which the spirits would inhabit him then leave to be inhabited by another. When asked why The Beatles were so successful he said himself "I sold my soul to the devil" (Ray Coleman, Lennon, McGraw-Hill)
The main reason I pointed this out is because I have repeatedly heard Christian musicians talk about how they have to listen to worldly musicians in order to improve their skills in their music play because they have better "stuff."
They're getting their "stuff" from another source or another spirit. Christian musicians need to wake up and ask the Holy Spirit to help them produce better lyrics and arrangements of musical notes; they definitely don't need to receive "improvement" from another source.
As I began to study some basic theory about music from the video ministry of EX Ministries (Pastor G. Craige Lewis), but also through some articles written by secular music theory professors, I learned a little about the way that music is layered.
We must remember that Satan has an extremely powerful influence over music, and he will stop at nothing in his attempt to destroy God's church and God's people; furthermore, I can assure you that the liar has and will continue attempting to destroy God's music.
For a moment let's consider some of the elements of what ungodly music looks like, so we can be prepared to shun its influence and cling to God's will. One main reason that I feel it’s necessary to mention much of this is because:
(1) the church is filled with people who fill themselves daily with secular music, and I think it’s necessary to educate God’s people on the dangers associated with that practice—the music industry isn’t friendly;
(2) there are many in the church that think you can take any sound, put a couple Christian lyrics to it, and presto, you have Christian music. It doesn’t work that way, and while we don’t have time to cover it here, I would like to point out that Pastor G. Craige Lewis has done some excellent work on the roots of the hip-hop industry, making the point that hip-hop is a culture not a music; furthermore, it’s a culture that can’t be redeemed.
This is where I often lose people. What the naysayers want to do is make a comment like, "Well, the FBI doesn't do it that way; instead, they study the real money, so they will know the fake when they see it.
First, anyone who knows me, knows I do my best to study the truth.
Second, I'm not in the FBI; you may be, but I'm not. I'm in the Army of God, and my God told me that I have an adversary who roams like a lion and wants to destroy my eternal soul.
Third, even the physical soldier understands the concept of becoming familiar with the tactics of his enemy, so that he won't blindly walk into his snares.
OCCULT DRIVEN MUSIC
The professor I read behind made the point that rhythm or beat driven music is more conducive to chanting rather than singing. This concept opens up a completely different problem associated with occultic ties, which we will attempt to tackle. The problem I speak of is that both drum beats and chanting are used by the occult, whether they be tribal, or western minded practitioners, in their summoning of demon spirits. This writer is not saying that drums in and of themselves are demonic. As we move forward, we will see that music theory teaches the layering of music in certain ways. Melodically driven music is conducive to lyrical accompaniment. In other words, singing coincides with the melody of music. Rhythm driven music, on the other hand, has always been associated with conjuring spirits. One last thing I would like to say about this is that I’ve had multiple conversations with people about music, specifically hip-hop, and more specifically about the lyrics; their response on multiple occasions has been, “I don’t listen to the words; I’m into the beat.”
(Article) Feeling the beat: Symposium explores the therapeutic effects of rhythmic musichttp://news.stanford.edu/news/2006/may31/brainwave-053106.html
Beats, chants, meditations, and channeling demon spirits
Google search: the drumbeat and the Shaman.
For Tibetan Buddhists, the typical representative of...the shamanist tradition is the pawo or nyen-jomo medium....
The pawo begins chanting, accompanying himself with a little drum or bell. He dances, first slowly, then faster and faster, and, finally, trembles convulsively. A being of another world, god, demon or spirit of a dead person, has taken possession of him. In a kind of frenzy he utters broken sentences, which are supposed to convey that which the invisible being wishes to communicate....(1931:36-37)
"In 1901, US ethnologist Waldemar Bogoras traveled to Siberia to visit a shaman of the Tchouktchi tribe. In a darkened room, he observed a spirit-conjuring ritual. The shaman beat a drum more and more rapidly, putting himself in a trance state. Startled, Bogoras heard strange voices filling the room. The voices seemed to come from all corners and spoke English and Russian...
Google search: do drum beats affect alpha beta or theta waves in meditation
noun HINDUISM TIBETAN BUDDHISM
a mystic syllable, considered the most sacred mantra. It appears at the beginning and end of most Sanskrit recitations, prayers, and texts.
Some of the experiences practitioners reported with the meditation OM sound track:
“This OM beat is the BEST binaural beat I've ever listened to. I tried several paid beats but none of which has a powerful effect like this one. Especially, it magically helped ease my migraine headache to an amazing extent, almost disappear. Can you believe it? I gave it to a friend while he had a headache and he reports that night he had good sleep. Thank you. Remember: sometimes the best thing out there is not marked with highest price :-) Try it !” N. H. M.
"This is amazing! Your meditation track is the most effective I’ve ever experienced! It even tops Monroe’s Hemi-Sync process. The second half of the track induces a very deep state – where dimensions intersect. Rarely I experience such a state of awareness myself. I wish it was more than mere 30 min long. 60 or even 90 min, I think, would be the best. What a great Lucid Dreaming tool!" R.
Taken from the website of an occultist- "You should first recall what I said in the introduction: “Lucid Dreaming is an incredibly useful skill, in that it enables one to work on the astral plane even before one has mastered the art of Astral projection.”…. "This brought me to a deep place on the very first listen (actually at one point it brought me to the edge or border of something...)" D. "I have to tell you that my arms kept shaking as if the energy vibrations were off scale and my heart seems to be quite active. Also the first two minutes of sounds send several waves of energy down my body opening/tuning the nervous system." H. (Multidimensional man website: OM meditation). Music Theory: melody- harmony- rhythm
The book of Ephesians tells believers to make a melody in their hearts; in the occult realm, the layering of music is transposed from this order where the rhythm becomes the dominating or driving force. According to one professor, the point was made that the melody is typically the driving force of a song. The melody's purpose is ultimately going to be conducive to lyrical accompaniment. In other words, the layering takes place in this way the melody is the way: the notes are arranged in a certain order, which results in musical arrangement where lyrics or words can coincide properly with the musical notes; ultimately producing a pleasant mix of music and lyrics. To the best that I can understand, harmony is produced when other voices or instruments played in a "chordal" structure accompany the melodic arrangement of notes and lyrics. Lastly, rhythm or percussion is added in order to accentuate the overall sound of the music. The music of the church is supposed to be melodic in nature. In other words, the driving element moving the song forward is supposed to be the melody because music conducive to lyrical singing is melodic in nature. And the whole purpose of music in the church is to worship God by praising Him through singing His word back to Him, causing Him to inhabit the praises of his people (Psalm 22:3). In this Psalm, the word says that God inhabits the praises of His people Israel. The word praises there has the idea of a hymn; for Israel, a hymn was a Psalm, which is a song inspired by God in the heart of His people to be remembered and sung by His people. Most importantly, the Psalms are the word of God, and if we want the churches music to have power to break chains it needs to sing the word of God. Ephesians 5:19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;... The word melody here is psallo; when studied contextually this word describes strumming with vocal accompaniment. Once again the melody is music conducive to lyrical arrangement, and church music should be the word of God arranged melodically. Old Testament Form of Worship
Praise the Lord with harp:
sing unto him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings.
Awake up, my glory; awake, psaltery and harp:
I myself will awake early.
I will also praise thee with the psaltery,
even thy truth, O my God:unto thee will I sing
with the harp, O thou Holy One of Israel.
Let them praise his name in the dance:
let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp.
Praise him with the sound of the trumpet:
praise him with the psaltery and harp.
Psaltery appears to be some type of guitar or violin or lyre
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
Hebrews 2:12 Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee.
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
Hark! the herald angels sing
Glory to the new-born King!
Peace on earth and mercy mild,
God and sinners reconciled!
Joyful, all ye nations, rise,
Join the triumph of the skies;
With the angelic host proclaim
Christ is born in Bethlehem!
Hark! the herald angels sing
Glory to the new-born King!
Christ, by highest heaven adored;
Christ, the everlasting Lord;
Late in time behold him come,
Offspring of the Virgin's womb.
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see;
Hail the incarnate Deity,
Pleased as man with man to dwell;
Jesus, our Emmanuel!
Mild he lays his glory by,
Born that man no more may die,
Born to raise the sons of earth,
Born to give them second birth.
Risen with healing in his wings,
Light and life to all he brings,
Hail, the Son of Righteousness!
Hail, the heaven-born Prince of Peace!
Hail the Heaven-born Prince of Peace
Hail the Son of Righteousness
Light and life to all He brings
Risen with healing in His wings
Mild He lay His glory by
Born that man no more may die
Come Desire of Nations come,
Fix in us thy humble home.
Rise, the woman's conquering Seed,
Bruise in us the serpent's head.
Adam's likeness now efface—to wipe outStamp thine image in its place
Rock of Ages
Rock of Ages, cleft (Exodus 33:22) for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee;
Let the water and the blood,
From Thy wounded side which flowed,
Be of sin the double cure;
Save from wrath and make me pure.
Not the labor of my hands
Can fulfill Thy law’s demands;
Could my zeal no respite know,
Could my tears forever flow,
All for sin could not atone;
Thou must save, and Thou alone.
Nothing in my hand I bring,
Simply to the cross I cling;
Naked, come to Thee for dress;
Helpless look to Thee for grace;
Foul, I to the fountain fly;
Wash me, Savior, or I die.
While I draw this fleeting breath,
When mine eyes shall close in death,
[originally When my eye-strings break in death]
When I soar to worlds unknown,
See Thee on Thy judgment throne,
Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee.
"O the Blood" -Gateway Worship 2014
O the blood
Price of life's demand
Placed on Him
The Hope of every man
O the blood of Jesus washes me
O the blood of Jesus shed for me
What a sacrifice that saved my life
Yes, the blood, it is my victory
Slain so I can live
See the Lamb
The great I Am
Who takes away my sin
O the blood of the Lamb
O the blood of the Lamb
O the blood of the Lamb
The precious blood of the Lamb
What a sacrifice
That saved my life
Yes, the blood, it is my victory
O what love
No greater love
Grace, how can it be
That in my sin
Yes, even then
He shed His blood for me