GIFT OF GOD/TOOL OF THE DEVIL
Guardians of Paradise
Lucifer is a fallen angel who was the head of the ministry of music in Heaven when he was in heaven. It has been said of him he was the most beautiful of ALL angels and he was the director of the flow of music (Praise and Worship).
Well, obviously he no longer is but there are several scriptural references throughout The Bible which denote his previous authority over music when he was in heaven. One such example: Isaiah 14:11 – “Thy pomp is brought down to the grave, the noise of thy viols: the worm is spread under thee, and the worms cover thee.”
This verse is speaking of his fall from heaven, and how all of the glory he had, and the gifts he retained. The noise of thy viols indicates the stringed instruments he had charge over. But actually throughout The Bible in passages in the books of Ezekiel, Job, Isaiah, even Psalm speaking of his past life…revealing he was the minister of music. Of course this is no longer the case. But, he does influence the world…so much so that it has become addictive…music that is.
Lucifer is referred to as a morning star.
Example: Job 38:7 When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy.
Lucifer was literally – a walking talking musical instrument.
Ezekiel 28 (KJV)
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.
In the Hebrew, the word for “settings” is toph which means timbrel, which is a musical instrument. Likewise, the Hebrew word for “sockets” is neqeb and means “pipes, grove, hole.”
Isaiah 14 (KJV)
11 Thy pomp is brought down to the grave, and the noise of thy viols: the worm is spread under thee, and the worms cover thee.
12 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!
13 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:
17 That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?
The Seraphim (singular “Seraph”), mentioned in Isaiah 6:1-7 , serve as the caretakers of GOD’s throne and continuously singing his praises: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts. All the earth is filled with His Glory.” It is said that they surround the throne of GOD, singing the music of the spheres and regulating the movement of the heavens as it emanates from GOD. In art, Seraphim are often red (because of their names ‘burning ones’) and are shown holding a flaming sword with the words ‘holy, holy, holy’ on the blade.
It is also said that such a bright light emanates from them that nothing, not even other divine beings, can look upon them. It is said that there are four of them surrounding GOD’s throne, where they burn eternally from love and zeal for GOD.
The Seraphim have six wings; two covering their face, two covering their feet, and two that they fly with.
The Cherubim (singular “Cherub”) are beyond the throne of GOD; they are the guardians of light and of the stars. It is believed that, although they are removed from man’s plane of reality, the divine light that they filter down from Heaven still touches the lives of living things.
They have four faces/four wings: one of a man, ox, lion, and eagle. The ox-face is considered the “true face”, as later on in Ezekiel 10, the ox’s face is called a cherub’s face. They have eight conjoined wings covered with eyes, and they have ox’s feet.
Cherubim are considered the elect beings for the purpose of protection. Cherubim guarded the Garden of Eden and the throne of GOD.
They are always categorized in the First Sphere, it seems. Some believe them to be an order or class of angels; others hold them to be a class of heavenly beings higher than angels.
The Cherubim are mentioned in Genesis 3:24 ; Ezekiel 10:17-20 ; and 1 Kings 6:23-28.
Some are confused as to the class of angel which Lucifer/Satan is. I’m not going to debate this. But I will say he may have been above both of these…we don’t really know for sure. The Latin name Lucifer is used for this creature, but this is a flawed translation and has confused many.
The Hebrew stresses him as “the shining one,” his original state before the fall. He was first among the angels in heaven; he was a light bearer, a morning star and is now fallen from his position he was appointed to. He then became known as Satan, the adversary to GOD.
Unlike other Seraphim who had six wings, Lucifer was featured to have twelve wings. If this is the case, then wouldn’t he be in a class in and of himself?
(He flies through the air like a bird (Targ. to Job xxviii. 7), and, while the ḥayyot and ofannim have only six wings, he has twelve, and commands a whole army of demons (Pirḳe R. El. xiii.). )
Lucifer/Satan was a magnificent being with a unique ministry. His role was different from the other angelic hosts. Lucifer was referred to as the ‘covering angel.’
He was a step above the other angels, not only in appearance but also in intellect. Lucifer’s wisdom far exceeded that of other angelic beings. He understood the ways of GOD, and this is WHY he is able to duplicate and put his own twist on everything of GOD.
Since Lucifer/Satan seemed to have been greater than the other beings, he is thought to be the chief of music. Lucifer was given the gift of music. The master of deception became so enamored with himself that his pride became his downfall. And now, music is an important part of his agenda today.
The slow chant often has a hypnotic effect, and a lullaby has more than once quieted a serious heart flutter.
The chant is heard in the Roman Catholic church but few know that a chant it is common in yoga, and is used to connect the human soul to evil spirits. Chants or mantras spoken or sung for the purpose of opening the mind to undefined spiritual influences are dangerous. It can place a person in a trance, and this is dangerous. I’m reminded of the fact that satanists use these techniques to summon demons. Inherently it’s supposedly not evil but basically it can be used for evil purposes.
Trance is a genre of electronic dance music that developed in the 1990s in Germany. It is characterized by a tempo of between 110 and 150 beats per minute, repeating melodic phrases, and a musical form that builds up and down throughout a track. The whole point of trance music is to put you into “A state of Trance.”
The modern Greek word ‘pan’ translates to “everything” or “all” but the truest form of translation is the Greek word “pa” which translates “Guardian of the flocks.” Pan’s first role was that of the shepherd, the guardian between the civilization and wild, to that of the natural and supernatural.
Doesn’t that fit the scenario of Satan? He mimics Jesus Christ in everything he does and this is a perfect example. Jesus Christ is our Shepherd! Not Satan, that’s for sure.
One of the instruments that Pan used was his syrinx, or pan flute. The music of the syrinx was known to make people dance and lower their inhibitions. The sound filled people with the lustful nature of Pan, and as a result, they often lost control.
Some believe gifts are meant for the good of the receiver…but this simply is not true. Gifts are from GOD….and meant to be utilized for GOD! HE specifically gives us gifts as a test. Are you using yours?
Even the angels are given gifts!
Music is a divine gift. One gift which The Bible is clear about. The angels just didn’t say their praise, they sang it! They sing continuously. They do not rest, day nor night….singing, “Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord GOD Almighty, who was, and is and is to come.”
Not many people know this but Psalms is a book which is ALL SONGS! Awesome, right?
Music is powerful! Few deny the enormous power that music can exert.
The gift of music accompanies the very highest of gifts…FAITH!
Thus the name given to worship: the divine service.
Music in the world serves the pleasure of man, but in the church music serves the purpose of GOD.
At one time, the church was meant as two or more coming together in THE NAME of Jesus Christ. Now? It’s the people themselves who are the church. And though the world is allowed to freely use music, the church is not.
Music is accompanied by skill, discernment, a Godly spirit, attention to the theme, a careful vigilance over a power that could harm souls, and the highest purpose which is the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Our hearts are evil and full of deceit and desperately wicked, and would surely lead us to hell if we didn’t have GOD.
You see, music without discipline is wrong.
Everything Satan does is in small increments. This allows his purpose to remain hidden until its obvious. And the fact that music is ultimately meant for worshiping GOD, when its mixed with carnality…it becomes evil.
What few realize is that the spirits behind Rock and Roll, include: the spirit of rebellion, immorality and perversion, spirit of death, and has been woven into the church under the guise of religious.
The world’s tendency to do as it wishes with music must never be envied by the church. Capricious music is even seen in the churches of the world.
A PERFECT example of this? Hillsong ‘Church’ Music…
John 12 (KJV)
43 For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.
“UNITED first revealed the black and white striped cover art for EMPIRES 95,000 feet from space, presenting the artwork literally from the stratosphere on their website and social media channels.”
As Bruce Herwig reveals in his blog,
As I studied Hillsong as an organization, they seem to be organized around Six “C”s
1. Churches (Hill Song Church plus International plants)
2. Concerts (Tours)
3. CDs (Extensive discography Amazon.com)
4. Conferences (Hillsong Church Conference, Women’s Color Conference)
5. College (Hillsong Leadership College)
6. Cinema (Hillsong Movie)
From a marketing and communication perspective, this is genius! Each one is designed to feed the other. Hear the song in church? Buy the album. Like the album? Come to a Concert. Like the Concert? Come to a Conference. Like the Conference? Attend our college, join our church, etc.
Prosperity Gospel is a common denominator!
The super-abundant money makers! Many of the so-called preachers today are more centered around their CD’s,….their books,…their ways of prospering from the framework of GOD!
Shifting the gears of gold. The well-oiled spokes of the wheel of wealth. Well ordered works of Satan.
So it is obvious that Lucifer, at the very least, contained something akin to musical instruments – the tambourine, the flute, and the harp all within the confines of his own body. Since Lucifer is a created being, he was originally created with instruments to provide beautiful music for none other than the glorification of GOD. Lucifer, being the most authoritative and superior angel that he was, at best, was also probably the angel of music.
The point of this study is to see, purely from a theological view, if in fact Satan has a connection with and a direct influence on music, which has become undoubtedly clear that he does.
Most music that I believe is heavily influenced by Satan. The lyrics to most of these songs are not worth repeating. Some of which glorify violence, sex, drunkenness, drugs, etc. Today’s ungodly music, worms it’s way into our homes, our cars, and ultimately influencing our hearts and minds.
There have even been scientific studies proving the fact that music influences our psyche and the outcome of our behavior is contingent upon the type of music we choose to listen to.
Not all music, secular or not, is inherently evil. Just as Satan has an influence on music, GOD has HIS influence on music as well, even more so. In fact, it has been historically proven fact that Jesus Christ has been the subject of more songs, music, stories, poetry, prose, screenplays, literature, art, etc. than any other subject in the history of mankind.
As with anything in life, it is up to our own discretion and spiritual discernment to decide what is and is not appropriate for our listening pleasure. It is also up to us as parents to set standards and to monitor what our children/teens are listening to. What goes in the body is what comes out through the way in which we live our lives.
What comes out of a man is what makes him `unclean.’ For from within, out of men’s hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery.
So ask yourself, “Do I know what kind of music I’m listening to?”
Better yet, “Do I know what kind of music my kids are listening to?”