Doctrines of Demons: The Sound of Seduction (Part 7)
Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines [taught by] demons... (1 Tim 4:1 NKJ)
I have, throughout this series, been exposing the plan to "release the Glory" on earth. Whatever this glory really is (and I suspect it is a major demonic deception) it needs a vehicle by which to manifest itself. It is becoming clear that the vehicle is MUSIC.
THE SOUND OF MUSIC
As you may know by now, the revivalists and others involved in these teachings twist scriptures to suit their own beliefs. Two scriptures used to support the new teachings about music and praise are these:
Firstly we have the 144,000 firtsfruits - which the sonship and revivalist disciples often take to mean the glorified Manchild, the ruling elite of the earth - who are given a special "new song" which no other group can learn. This, reinterpreted, means that the glorified overcomers will be given a special power in praise and worship, and in new forms of music, to overcome the Antichrist and to affect the minds of those to whom they minister.
Secondly, we see a verse about praise that is much used in the revival. Whatever it originally meant, it is now being taught that the manifestation of the Glory comes about through extended times of praise and worship.
The verse is Psalm 22 can be interpreted as praise being a Throne for God, upon which he sits, just as the Glory dwelt between the cherubim on the Mercy Seat. Thus, the revivalists now claim that they are "building a Throne for God in the Church" by their long periods of singing, and when they manage to manifest a glory-cloud of some kind (a spiritual apparition) as a result, they claim that they have caused God to come down and "dwell" or "inhabit" their praises.
By an extension of the same interpretation, when it comes to the belief that God is coming down permanently (not just a "visitation", but a HABITATION as they say) the way to achieve this is to put even more time and effort into the music ministry and spend even longer in praise and worship.
Music Alters Your Mood
Most, if not all, revival meetings begin and are sustained by long periods of music, singing, rhythmic jumping and swaying, clapping, and other rhythmic devices that set the tone for the entire meeting and soften up the listeners for what is going to be taught (or, more likely, what is going to happen during the "time of ministry".) These practices are well known in the world of the cults, and of course are near identical to what happens at rock concerts and discos where, helped by drugs, people enter into an altered state of consciousness. Their brainwaves physically change, as I will show below.
Mood music is played behind almost all the major ministers when they are on stage. In fact, ministers such as Rodney Howard Browne and Benny Hinn become agitated and angry if they do not get the "right" music on cue. It is a major part of their act.
This would be bad enough on its own, but would not be enough to deceive Christians if it were not for the intense spiritual power present in much current music being performed and used at revival meetings.
Demons use Music
I believe that much of the new music, while pretending to be in praise to God, is in fact a vehicle for demonic power that alters the minds of those participating. It is difficult to prove such an accusation and I know, therefore, I will be criticised for saying so. However, that is my belief and I think many discerning Christians experience the same check in their spirits when they listen to current "Christian" music.
Music is a mysterious force for good or evil, and its particular spiritual capabilities have been mentioned many times by writers dealing with the subject. It's not my intention to carry out here a long discussion about music, its source, power, nature, properties and uses. To some extent I have already dealt with the subject before in other articles, such as "They Want Your Mind", and "The Sound of Music" (see box below).
Lucifer has a vested interest in music
All humans and many animals have been created with a musical instrument in their bodies (vocal cords) but Lucifer was created, according to the scriptures, with timbrels and pipes. (Ezek 28:13-15) When he is consigned to the pit, his music is also brought down (Isa 14:11). Lucifer is apparently intimately concerned with the spiritual power of music.
This tells us that music is connected in some mysterious way to the spiritual realm. We know that there is music and singing in Heaven, and we know that praise can bring the presence of the Holy Spirit (2Ki 3:14-15) and even drive out evil spirits, as when David played to soothe Saul (1 Sam 16:14-16 /1 Sam 16:23).
Since the fall of Lucifer from his original created perfection, his music has also fallen and become a power for evil. All cults, pagans, and false religions make use of music to influence their victims and invoke the presence of their gods. The difference is not so much in the technique as the INTENTION, or spirit behind the worship.
Is today's music really music?
Music can be defined as an arrangement of notes into a melodious and/or harmonious structure having a defined construction and phrasing which is pleasing to the ear. A lot of rock and popular music today however, has no structure, is discordant, has no melody line and consists from start to finish of one repeated phrase. Thus it is really not music but a chant. (Jesus warned about "vain repetitions" in worship).
The beat has taken over. And it is the beat that excites and stirs the human nature. Rhythm in itself stirs us, making the flesh keep time, and perhaps raising the heartbeat, causing arousal. I am sure that a certain beat can also alter the brain's natural patterns.
Some rhythm and beat is innocuous, even in Christian music. Nonetheless it is interesting to note that truly spiritual music, while being harmonic and melodic, rarely has a beat. If it does, the beat is not so insistent and pounding as to alter the normal state of the flesh and mind.
However, even when the beat is eradicated, we are left with another and more insidious form of music, a hypnotic trance-inducing sound (usually called new-age music) that packs a powerful spiritual punch while appearing to be merely bland and soothing. Both beat music and new-age music are designed (if truth be told) to open the human mind to demonic suggestions. So, as I remarked earlier, it is not so much the form and technique of music, but the spiritual intention behind it that we have to discern. This is not an easy task.
The Beatles as Forerunners
For a number of years, a "new song" has been expected by the sonship followers. In order to change people's minds and hearts on a worldwide scale, some kind of vehicle is needed to propel them into the anointing. Music is perfect for this task. It penetrates into every corner of life, is easily duplicated and transported, reaches where missionaries cannot normally go, it crosses language barriers, is universally acceptable, and does not have an overt message that would cause people to reject it.
In 1990, in an article that has become famous (or infamous?), James Ryle (then Senior Pastor of the Boulder, Colorado, Vineyard) wrote of a series of dreams he'd had about the new music. The article was called "The Sons of Thunder - A Prophetic Dream".
There he stated that a new sound "new in quality" would be produced that would alter man's mind and heart, give instant revelation, and cause him to worship God almost automatically. He states in his article that "even the rebellious" will be forced to worship God when they hear this new music.
He likened it to the music revolution of the Beatles, indeed, he went so far as to say that God had anointed the Beatles with their gift and given them the mission to change the world, but they somehow disobeyed. This powerful music and the gifting to use it was therefore, according to Ryle, withdrawn by God until the proper time to release it once again in the Church.
James Ryle, after much criticism of his theory that the Beatles were anointed by God, backed off his prophecy and claimed that he did not say such things.
However, in 1994 he appeared again in the magazine "Charisma" in an article entitled "The New Sound of Music" in which he repeated his predictions and said "no one can doubt that the Beatles were greatly gifted by God" - a statement that most thinking people will find ridiculous, knowing the activities of the four members of that group! If the Beatles were responsible for introducing anything into the world it was the use of psychedelic drugs, the worship of false gods such as Buddha, and the promotion of promiscuity.
He once again said that "when those whom the Lord has anointed step forth...their songs will deposit the redeeming power of the Lord Jesus into the lives of those who hear the new sound of music". Clearly he had not repented of his former claims.
Far from rejecting this nonsense, revivalists accept and promote it, expecting that a man or ministry will soon arise to produce the "new sound".
In September 1992, Rick Joyner spoke of this music as having the power to defeat God's enemies and to pull down enemy strongholds. He predicted that "musical warriors" would come forth to "bombard the enemy's strongholds". He also predicted that "the power of this heavenly music will radically impact and enlighten Christians' everyday lives as it imparts a true spirit of worship and adoration for the Lord. This music will also draw multitudes of unbelievers to the faith". (Morning Star Newsletter:"Battlefields of the Nineties")
In his newsletter in 1994, Rick Joyner stated that music "is a spiritual force, like the force in Star Wars movies". He saw its use for creating revival and changing society. He said that in the latter-day God would give a music from Heaven "with a powerful anointing that will come from the heart of the Lord to grip the innermost being of his people...this music will grip men's hearts like no music that has ever been played before".
Since that time, speculation has been rife concerning who would produce this powerful new sound.
The New Sound Revealed?
Recently, I was astounded to come across (almost by accident) the names of two men who supposedly possess the new sound. One man is Jason Burns who I assume is related to Bill Burns of Faith Tabernacle. The other is a rock star called Carlos Santana who is the secular equivalent of Jason Burns. Whether there is any truth in these claims we will have to wait and see.
The second report was e-mailed to me almost out of the blue (God is so good!) and contained this information:
I have just received this Update to the above e-mail [November 8th 1999]
Forced to worship
Many others are following the same path. The "Sons of Thunder Anointing for music" is spoken of as a proven fact and an accepted part of the revival. One explanatory message on a prophetic bulletin board spoke of it being irresistible.
I have drawn attention to that word MANNA for a particular reason. Please bear the word in mind.
A music that forces people to fall down and "scream Jesus" is obviously a potent tool in the hands of the revival. Can this be of the Lord?
Can we conceive of a Lord who comes to earth as a humble, gentle man who permits his own people to reject and kill him, who then FORCES men and women to fall at his feet as if he is some kind of power-crazed dictator?
Can we conceive of a Lord who appointed many means of preaching the gospel including the apostles, teachers and evangelists, and who caused a whole book to be written and gifted to the world containing irrefutable facts and doctrines about the path of salvation, only to fall back on using wordless music in the latter days to compel people to accept him?
The concept of men and women falling down in worship at the sound of music has more to do with idol worship than Godly worship. It is reminiscent of the situation that the Jews faced in Babylon:
Remarkably, one minister has prophesied, as from God, that people will fall down and worship in exactly this way.
It seems to me that this demonstrates perfectly the confusion between the true God and the false God of the revival. I will boldly state that God Almighty, Father of the Lord Jesus Christ, would never stoop to such means to force people to worship him. However, the devil craves worship wherever and however he can obtain it and since doctrine is entirely irrelevant to Lucifer, he is willing to accept adoration with no strings attached.
Only those who are moved by an emotional experience, or overcome by a spiritual force, would fall down involuntarily and worship an unknown entity. We would like to believe that such a thing could never and will never happen in reality. Unfortunately, the way things are going I'm not so sure.
Producing the Glory
It is quite clear from revival literature that intensive praise and worship is being used to produce manifestations, and ultimately the Glory.
Some kind of visible and tangible Presence is expected to descend on the worshippers - and to permanently inhabit them - as a result of prolonged periods of singing and worshipping. Already they report seeing angels or a visible cloud in the room as a result of praise sessions. This is just the beginning.
For example, in Praise Assembly, Comanche, OK, it was reported that following involvement and meetings with the Brownsville teams, this church experienced "18 months of revival" culminating in the Glory Cloud being seen in the building during times of praise and worship, and "angels have also been seen" [Revival report, Nov 17th 1996 "Heaven Fell in Comanche, OK"]
But are the songs truly spiritual? One revival report told of the ecstasy and "dancing anointing" achieved when the song "Lord of the Dance" was played, yet this song written by Sydney Carter (who was a liberal social activist, not an evangelical Christian) is actually all about the Hindu deity SHIVA who uses dance as a spiritual expression of his creative power and his divine enlightenment! Whose glory is being manifested while worship is being offered to a Hindu god?
At that same meeting, the "Fresh Fire 97 Conference" Oklahoma City, in December 1997 produced "ear-splitting, toe-tapping trumpet-blowing, drum-pounding, hand-clapping worship" and then moved into a worship designed to outdo the praise to the goddess Artemis in the book of Acts.
When the worshippers of Diana, or Artemis, chanted "Great is Diana of the Ephesians" for two hours in praise of their goddess, were they setting an example for believers to follow?
The pagans were chanting in defiance of the true gospel, and in order to shout down anyone who would tell them the truth! It was in fact a blatant display of disobedience and rebellion against God! (See Acts 19:21-34 - the wrong scripture reference is given above and I doubt the writer bothered to check it in his Bible!)
Did God not warn us to pray (and praise) consciously and sensibly, without using idle repetition or chanting as the heathens do? ( Matt 6:7) Chanting "God is great" for three hours is not something that pleases God, but it deadens the mind and brings demonic manifestations.
The wrong kind of praise
Does God use pagan methods, or secular songs in worship? I do not believe so. Yet the revivalists use them to get results.
Back in 1996, the highest level of anointing at one conference was reached when the Beatle's song "I want to hold your hand" was sung! Rick Joyner's notes from this meeting are very interesting. (The entire report should be read, and it can be seen in the second part of my article "The Sound of Music" as mentioned above.)
I have to doubt, therefore, what is called "praise and worship to God". A lot of worship is fleshy, much music is sensual and unworthy of a Christian meeting and many lyrics are unscriptural, man-exalting, or simply revival propaganda.
If, in a calm unrushed atmosphere without any pressure, Christians were asked to read out loud some of their song lyrics as a testimony before God, surely they would blush with shame or be checked by the unscriptural words they were saying? Yet in the heated atmosphere of a meeting they will sing almost anything.
The New Age use of Music
I have already mentioned new-age music, hypnotic trance-inducing music that is sold for stress-relief or as an aid to meditation. The power of this music lies in its ability to change the brain patterns to produce a trance-like state in which the mind becomes more passive, and more attuned to the "spiritual" (read, demonic) world.
But alongside this there is a more serious attempt to produce sounds that alter man's mind. First, let us take a look at a plan to achieve a "Minute of harmony at the Millennium". I first reported on this in my newsletter "Mainstream" in the Summer of 1996. There I said:
Other cranky schemes are coming forth. Some have claimed to find "healing codes" written in the pages of scripture that "appear to relate to the Christian bride, and the '144,000' predicted in the Book of Revelation to be gathered by God during the great tribulation to sing a special song heralding the Messianic age." Here is a news report of it:
If you go to the website mentioned in this news report you will find much more information, including quotes from Christians both for and against the concept of healing codes in the Bible. It is disturbing that men and women calling themselves Christian could be deceived for one moment by this garbage, yet because it tallies exactly with current beliefs within the revival it may become acceptable despite its origins.
One quote from the Healing Codes web site caught my eye. It is this:
Passing over the fact that it was SIN that cut off man from God, not the confusion of tongues, and that the Tower of Babel was built by rebels against God, not believers, I have to say that the prospect of using codes or sounds to re-unite mankind can only be the plan of the devil.
Notice also the spiritual links with the "bride of Christ" and the 144,000, whom we know from sonship teachings represents the Manchild! Can this be a coincidence?
The Occult use of music
Still further out into Strangeville, we encounter alchemical and occultic schemes for using sounds to alter brainwaves - yet these are suspiciously like the Christian ideas on a "new sound" to change society and to alter man's thinking! Can it be that they have the same inspiration?
One web site [www.danwinter.com] links GOLD with MUSIC and has an article impressively titled "The Implosion Phenomenon: Psychological Import of Harmonic Music, Phi Scalar Technology and MonoAtomic Gold". Further down the page it specifies the Gold in alchemical terminology as the nature of LOVE - something I feel the revivalists would find interesting - and then links the MonoAtomic Gold and Harmonics with MANNA (remember that I asked you earlier on to remember the use of the word by a revivalist to describe the "new sound" in worship meetings?) [See "Gold/Manna/Ormes & The Hazards of Implosion at www.danwinter.com/implosionhazards/implosion.html]
There is much on this and similar websites about the use of sound, and most of it couched in terms that sound like a foreign language to us (and is not really worth the effort in reading) but I will give one interesting quote:
I followed one suggested link to www.seriouscomposer.com to find the "Auditory Integration" web site. Once again, here was an attempt to use music and sound to change man's brain and perceptions. Tones and new scales were being promoted, amongst other things, for the education of children and adults with learning difficulties. As you see below, sound is being used to alter brainwaves and to induce altered states of consciousness:
Somehow, I believe, these concepts coming from the Church, the New Age and the Occult will collide and merge, and a new music will emerge that is both popular and very powerful, having just the right sound and spiritual inspiration to reach every soul and control every mind - all those who are willing to submit, that is! Christians must beware of this emerging trend towards a "new sound".
But we should not just wait idly by while the music develops - there is much to be wary of right now:
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