MUSIC!

MUSIC!
Why do we state that?
Are we aware that our biggest rival was THE worship LEADER in Heaven?!

We hear so many tunes, songs, rhythms, melodies…. The initial Chief of the Heavenly choir was Lucifer! This brings so much to boot. SO MUCH!

We will start from the lightest… Ever heard the smooth pitter patter of rain? The wind in the trees?
These are natural sounds…beautiful, calming.

We have all heard symphonies! Brought goose bumps out?
Almost all of us have a favorite song! Words or rhythm…

Makes you think! Where is this going….

Ok! As Christians what is YOUR favorite song? Why?

Many would say WORDS, others rhythm, some a combination of both!

Ok! Now drums roll…The Head of the Heavenly choral was Lucifer!
Music? It is his thing!

Where did I find this? In a place we go when directed… For the most part, we are on a ‘diet’, only ‘eat’ when directed or moved!
Have we seen true physically fit ‘specimens’? Watched the Olympics? Word sports? Even the NBA, NHL? Specimens! Right?
If we were to pull your shirt off (women with a sports bra under the shirt); spiritually – how ‘stacked’ would you be
I ask this seriously! How ‘in shape’ are you? Can you spiritually run the 100m dash?
The 400m, a Marathon?
Are you training? Have you been training?

I ask this in this ‘share’ because it is key! What ‘turns you on’? Food, Reading, Work, Music?
Now we get down to the nitty gritty.

Music!
Ever got chills listening to a peice?
Alright, alright…I will stop asking.

There WAS music before the Earth was created! You have NEVER heard trills like this EVER The Creator of ALL is being worshipped… EVERY note is to bring God glory!
Ever auditioned for a part in a choir? Only the best are selected! The BEST.

IF (hopefully not) you were not selected…questions rise… What could I have done different? I thought I was good enough? The list goes on…
The choir Master/Mistress/Director? What did they want? Can they even do what I can do?
You?! Who are you?

At the very least, they KNOW how to conduct, listen, compose and of course conduct.

Hold on! Lucifer was Created in perfection and beauty! This got to His Spirit (in Heaven; no gender…that man was created first…his beauty or manner is ‘considered’ the Heavenly manner. But we within are Created in God’s image! Not without in any way shape and/or form!
This we have touched on in previous ‘shares’.

Have a raised your ‘willies’ yet?

The Bible makes it clear that Satan was the most beautiful and powerful being ever created. He was the supreme archangel, surpassing heavyweights like Gabriel and Michael. No red suits, pitchforks or horns for this guy—he was, and probably still is, drop dead gorgeous. He also may have been the first worship leader. The possible biblical connection between Satan and worship leaders issues some strong warnings we must heed today.
The idea that Satan was a master musician comes from Ezekiel 28:13. The New King James Version of the Bible (NKJV), speaking of Satan, says, “The workmanship of your timbrels and pipes was prepared for you on the day you were created.”
Again, when the Archangel Michael contended with Satan, he did not rebuke him
Jude 1:9 but rather he said “The Lord rebuke you.”
He knows his place. When The Lord asks him to perform, what God says WILL take place.

“He seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil, or Satan, and bound him for a thousand years.”
Revelations 20:2

There is constantly occurance in the spiritual realm! When Daniel was praying his answer was sent instantaneously but the angel who was sent with the answer was ‘detained’ and Archangel Michael was summoned to set him on his way

What does the Bible say about the Archangel Michael? Michael commands God’s army against Satan’s forces in the Book of Revelation found in the New Testament. It is during the war in heaven Archangel Michael conquers Satan. After the battle, Satan is cast to earth with the fallen angels, where he, “that ancient serpent called the devil,” continue their efforts to “lead the whole world astray”. In the book of Jude, Michael is referred to as “the archangel Michael.” 

“In Cyrus’ third year as king of Persia, a message was revealed to Daniel (who had been renamed Belteshazzar). The message was true. It was about a great war. Daniel understood the message because he was given insight during the vision.
During those days I, Daniel, mourned for three whole weeks.  I didn’t eat any good-tasting food. No meat or wine entered my mouth. I didn’t wash myself until the entire three weeks were over.
On the twenty-fourth day of the first month, I was by the great Tigris River. When I looked up, I saw a man dressed in linen, and he had a belt made of gold from Uphaz around his waist.  His body was like beryl. His face looked like lightning. His eyes were like flaming torches. His arms and legs looked like polished bronze. When he spoke, his voice sounded like the roar of a crowd.  I, Daniel, was the only one who saw the vision. The men with me didn’t see the vision. Yet, they started to tremble violently, and they quickly hid themselves. So I was left alone to see this grand vision. I had no strength left in me. My face turned deathly pale, and I was helpless.  I heard the man speak, and as I listened to his words, I fainted facedown on the ground.
 Then a hand touched me and made my hands and knees shake.  The man said to me, “Daniel, you are highly respected. Pay attention to my words. Stand up, because I’ve been sent to you.” When he said this to me, I stood up, trembling.  He told me, “Don’t be afraid, Daniel. God has heard everything that you said ever since the first day you decided to humble yourself in front of your God so that you could learn to understand things. I have come in response to your prayer.  The commander of the Persian kingdom opposed me for 21 days. But then Michael, one of the chief commanders, came to help me because I was left alone with the kings of Persia.  I have come to explain to you what will happen to your people in the last days, because the vision is about times still to come.”
 When he said this to me, I bowed down with my face touching the ground and was silent.  Then someone who looked like a human touched my lips. I opened my mouth and began to talk. I said to the person standing in front of me, “Sir, because of this vision, pain has overwhelmed me, and I’m helpless.  How can I talk to you, sir? I have no strength left, and the wind has been knocked out of me.”
Again, the person who looked like a human touched me, and I became stronger.  He said, “Don’t be afraid. You are highly respected. Everything is alright! Be strong! Be strong!”
As he talked to me, I became stronger. I said, “Sir, tell me what you came to say. You have strengthened me.”
He asked, “Do you know why I have come to you? Now I will return to fight the commander of Persia. When I go, the commander of Greece will come.  However, I will tell you what is inscribed in the true writings. No one will support me when I fight these commanders except your commander, Michael.”
Daniel 10:1-21

Again,
” For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
Ephesians 6:12 King James Version (KJV)

How are we susceptible? They battle ‘tooth and nail’ utilizing ALL our senses!

It’s no secret that competency is always relative. Everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses, and that’s how God meant it to be. Yet somehow the enemy still uses our incompetency to attack our identity and security, and sometimes his schemes work.
2 Corinthians 12:9 tells us, “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
Weakness was never meant to be the enemy’s weapon to cause sin and confusion, but to be God’s tool to build faith and reliance on Him.

Here are four ways that the enemy will try to use your weakness against you and how to counter by standing on God’s original design.
Fear Over Faith
Where there is limitation, Satan will often try to lure us into fear when facing uncertainty. Many times when the early disciples would allow fear to take the better of them, Jesus would correct them lovingly by pointing out their “little faith.”

Weaknesses in the light of God’s love will cause us to trust and rely fully in God, not doubt Him. 1 John 4:18 declares to us, “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.”
Failure Over Freedom
Weakness will very often lead to a mistake or even a failure. In my personal life, I have always seen my inabilities to cause mishaps at work or even in my family. But in the midst of failure, I am assured that God can and will turn situations around.

But sometimes, we are tricked into thinking that God cannot conquer our failures. This causes us to live in bondage instead of freedom. Proverbs 4:16 tells us, “For the righteous falls seven times and rises again, but the wicked stumble in times of calamity.”
Regret Over Redemption
One of the enemy’s favourite toys is our regret. He plays with it and wants us to do the same. But God has one desire for our regrets: He wants them laid at the foot of the cross because Christ paid the price for your redemption from any past mistake or failing.
You are already redeemed by the blood of Christ from any sin or weakness. God’s power is made evident in our inabilities. We can now walk free and sanctified not by our own strengths, but by God’s infinite strength.
Works Over Will
When we fail and it’s clear that there’s no conceivable way to make things right on our own, God intervenes. But sometimes the devil whispers into our ears that God is too far away or too busy to help us out.
But God promises in Deuteronomy 31:6, “Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”
Our courage and confidence lies on God’s pleasing and perfect will, not our good works. We can trust God even in the midst of our weakness because He is working for our good.

We focus once again on a very powerful implement – ‘Senses’ – all of us have: Touch or feel or sight or sound or movement or taste. ALL in roads roads! Are you shored up?

We state again:

Satan and Worship Leaders: Was Satan Heaven’s Finest Musician?

The Bible makes it clear that Satan was the most beautiful and powerful being ever created. He was the supreme archangel, surpassing heavyweights like Gabriel and Michael. No red suits, pitchforks or horns for this guy—he was, and probably still is, drop dead gorgeous. He also may have been the first worship leader. The possible biblical connection between Satan and worship leaders issues some strong warnings we must heed today.
The idea that Satan was a master musician comes from Ezekiel 28:13. The New King James Version of the Bible (NKJV), speaking of Satan, says, “The workmanship of your timbrels and pipes was prepared for you on the day you were created.”
Modern music history seems to support the idea that Satan has profound musical ability. It’s not hard to imagine a supernatural being helping artists create beats and melodies we humans find irresistible. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that artists who promote things contrary to the Bible often enjoy a meteoric, even supernatural rise.
All that seems to make sense, but what proof, if any, do we have that Satan is musically gifted or if he was a worship leader in Heaven before his fall?
Let’s go to the Bible and find out.

Satan and Worship Leaders: Was Satan Heaven’s Finest Musician?
By
 Tim Lucas

The Bible makes it clear that Satan was the most beautiful and powerful being ever created. He was the supreme archangel, surpassing heavyweights like Gabriel and Michael. No red suits, pitchforks or horns for this guy—he was, and probably still is, drop dead gorgeous. He also may have been the first worship leader. The possible biblical connection between Satan and worship leaders issues some strong warnings we must heed today.
The idea that Satan was a master musician comes from Ezekiel 28:13. The New King James Version of the Bible (NKJV), speaking of Satan, says, “The workmanship of your timbrels and pipes was prepared for you on the day you were created.”
Modern music history seems to support the idea that Satan has profound musical ability. It’s not hard to imagine a supernatural being helping artists create beats and melodies we humans find irresistible. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that artists who promote things contrary to the Bible often enjoy a meteoric, even supernatural rise.
All that seems to make sense, but what proof, if any, do we have that Satan is musically gifted or if he was a worship leader in Heaven before his fall?
Let’s go to the Bible and find out.
BIBLICAL CLUES ABOUT SATAN’S MUSICAL ABILITY
Some clues about Satan’s role arise if you examine the word “workmanship” in Ezekiel 28. Elsewhere in the Bible the word is translated “work,” as in labor, job, skill or even profession. Genesis 2:2 uses the same Hebrew word: “And on the seventh day God ended his work.” (KJV) Proverbs 18:9 says, “He who is slothful in his work is a brother to him who is a great destroyer.” (NKJV) These and many other OT examples hint that Ezekiel is talking about not just God’s handiwork in creating Satan, but Satan’s official role.
This is where things get a little tougher to determine. The words in Ezekiel 28:13 “timbrels and pipes” are translated “settings and mountings” in the NIV and “settings and engravings” in the RSV. These translations and most others seem to let the air out of the Satan-as-worship-leader theory.
But because I take all translations with a grain of salt, I want to see if I could dig up any clues from the original language.
The word rendered “timbrels” and “tabrets”—toph in Hebrew—most certainly refers to a musical instrument. The word appears in Exodus 15:20: “Then Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took the timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances.” (NKJV)
There’s no ambiguity to this term. I can’t imagine Miriam dancing to the lovely sound of “settings.” Even the NIV, which translates toph as “settings” in Ezekiel, translates it “timbrels” in Exodus. Now you can see why I don’t take any translation as Gospel—so to speak.
The next word rendered “pipes” by the KJV and NKJV is a bit tougher nut to crack. First of all, this verse in Ezekiel is the only place in the entire Bible that translators bother to come up with an English word for it. The Hebrew word—neqeb—appears elsewhere only in Joshua, but translators simply sound out in English—“Nekeb”—because it’s the name of a location. So we can’t even use other contexts within Bible itself to determine the true meaning.
Strong’s concordance defines the Hebrew word as a jeweler’s term—a setting, socket or hole for a gem. This interpretation falls in line with the first part of Ezekiel 28:13 that talks about the myriad of precious stones with which Satan is adorned.
There are three apparent justifications for the KJV and NKJV translation “pipes”: 1) the term directly preceding is certainly a musical term, and 2) the word can mean “cavern”  or something hollow (think wind instrument), or 3) it could come from a root word meaning “to bore through,” a pipe being a likely candidate.
In short, there are two valid arguments for and against the idea that Satan was a music leader in Heaven. I’ll present the two points of view and you can choose which one you believe.
THE ARGUMENT FOR SATAN AS WORSHIP LEADER
The verse in Ezekiel names a musical instrument, “timbrels,” a musical term used throughout the Old Testament. Immediately following the word, is another word that is quite possibly another musical term.
The Ezekiel account could likely mean, “Satan, you have been prepared for an occupation using praise tambourines and pipes.”
THE ARGUMENT AGAINST SATAN AS WORSHIP LEADER
The verse contains one musical term buried within a gem-related context. The preceding portion of Ezekiel 28:13 says “every precious stone was your covering.” (NKJV) Most translations render a word that generally means “tambourines” as “settings” in this instance because it seems to flow with the theme.
Ezekiel is probably using the image of tambourines to describe the extravagance of Satan’s beauty: He is so laden with jewels that he is like tambourine fixed not with cheap metal pieces but with jewels.
SATAN AS WORSHIP LEADER—DOES IT MATTER?
Whether or not Satan was in charge of music before he fell from glory is probably of little consequence. The real takeaway is why he fell—pride.
The reason I tend to think of Satan as a former worship leader is the powerful connection between music and pride. I can’t imagine any other skill that would make a created being so full of himself as to think he could overthrow God himself.
While at a lesser scale, worship leaders are susceptible to similar mistakes. Each week our voices are amplified and we sing cool songs and get thanks and “nice-jobs” from congregants. Especially talented worship leaders leave the church altogether to follow careers in the mainstream market. According to VH1, Usher, Katy Perry, John Legend, Carrie Underwood and many others started in church.
Not saying that these artists are the devil—indeed many keep their standards and make a positive impression on the mainstream market. The point is, there is a lot of personal glory to be had for excellent musicians. That fact could be just the lasting legacy of the first musician in the universe—Satan himself.

The key point is to MIND what we listen to and as Christians keep your eyes on the prize – HOME. I can get silly here – HOME RUN! Yay GLORY HALLELUJAH!!!

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