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The Moral Gravitation (Or, The Descent of Music)
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The Moral Gravitation (Or, The Descent of Music)
Old Paths Baptist Mission © 2015 Richard St.James
In the 21st century we have arrived at the bottom step. We want, at any price, to be lied to by false teachers. We have installed scholars in high places to fabricate over 200 false translations of the Bible to soothe our consciences.
What was the motive? The motive was to get rid of the true Bible … the true words of GOD in the English language. Because we got tired of hearing of the words of the Lord, the Lord has sent to us a “lying spirit”.
However, it is assumed that the reader of this message believes that God has written a BOOK!
This BOOK is the Authorized Version of 1611, or any of its editions (1613, 1644, 1676, 1680, 1701, or 1767), and is God's pure word, preserved for us who are alive today on this earth.
1. The Lying Spirit
2. Born of the Spirit
3. The Song of the Spirit
4. The Entrance of Satan
5. The Uncertain Sound
6. The Voices of Signification
7. Heaven’s Musical Structure
8. The Pit’s Musical Structure
9. The Moral Descent
10. The Top Step
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.”
We are guilty ... as charged! We do not want God ... in our thoughts. We say, “Just leave me alone with my wine, and my music; I am very happy [without God]”
Amos 6:3-6: “Ye that put far away the evil day, and cause the seat of violence to come near; That lie upon beds of ivory, and stretch themselves upon their couches, and eat the lambs out of the flock, and the calves out of the midst of the stall; That chant to the sound of the viol, and invent to themselves instruments of musick, like David; That drink wine in bowls, and anoint themselves with the chief ointments: but they are not grieved for the affliction of Joseph.”
On our beds of ease, we are piped by the pied piper while we chant, accompanied by the instruments of music that we ourselves have invented. Further, the opiate of the pied piper [the drinking of wine] allows the pied piper to take us to the pit.
As they would say, the chickens are coming home to roost for us. Everything will break loose when pay day comes. We have moved from order to disorder in a downward slide. It is now time to pay the piper for our sin. Knowing this, mankind is trying to hold back “the evil day” from coming to this earth by imposing on the nations … a one-world-government utopia [without God].
It is as the prophet said concerning Israel in the book of Hosea.
“The days of visitation are come, the days of recompence are come; Israel shall know it: the prophet is a fool, the spiritual man is mad, for the multitude of thine iniquity, and the great hatred. The watchman of Ephraim was with my God: but the prophet is a snare of a fowler in all his ways, and hatred in the house of his God. They have deeply corrupted themselves, as in the days of Gibeah: therefore he will remember their iniquity, he will visit their sins." [Hosea 9:7-9]
In the midst of this “visitation” for their sins, there will come a day when the “dead” shall rise and “sing” a new song.
Look with me in this prophecy, which is located in the book of Isaiah, chapter twenty-six: “Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead. Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast. For, behold, the Lord cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.” [Isaiah 26:19-21]
Indeed, the chickens are coming home to roost! The pay day is near! We are in total disorder! It is time to pay the piper for our sins. We, the inhabitants of this earth, are going to be punished for our “iniquity”.
It soon will be time for all the inhabitants of the earth to bow down and worship a king like unto Nebuchadnezzar. It will occur at the time they hear the music. “That at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king hath set up:” [Daniel 3:5].
Who is like unto Nebuchadnezzar? The answer is in Revelation, chapter thirteen: “Who is like unto the beast?” [Revelation 13:4]
Listen to the music!
1. The Lying Spirit
He privily lurks in the background … in the concourse of this world. He is a “lying spirit” sent to lie to all the men of this world. More than this, the “lying spirit” revels in some secret work from within a most acrimonious “mist”. This is the acrid “mist of darkness”, which thing forms a cloak that covers this whole earth.
What is more, it is from within this “mist of darkness” that this “lying spirit” secretly keeps the souls of men. More than this, this “lying spirit” is a pied piper having all diversity of colors, with spots. The pied piper pipes with alluring music, and sings siren songs to all the people of this world [indeed, to all mankind].
Who is he?
He is a “spirit”. And this “spirit” is on a MISSION!
We see [in a similitude] this scene, which is in Heaven, and is recorded for us to visualize: “And there came forth a spirit, and stood before the Lord, and said, I will persuade him. And the Lord said unto him, Wherewith? And he said, I will go forth, and I will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And he said, Thou shalt persuade him, and prevail also: go forth, and do so. Now therefore, behold, the Lord hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these thy prophets, and the Lord hath spoken evil concerning thee.” [1 Kings 22:21-23]
In similitude, the “lying spirit” has gone into all the earth to pipe to us his music of the underworld. See this thing while it is happening. We are morally gravitating in a downward vortex to his very “pit”. This “pit” is the home of the “lying spirit”. Also, this “pit” is where this “lying spirit” comes from.
Furthermore, this “lying spirit” will be imprisoned … forever … “to the sides of the pit”. It is prophesied: “Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit. They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms; That made the world as a wilderness, and destroyed the cities thereof; that opened not the house of his prisoners?” [Isaiah 14:15-17]
This “lying spirit” has put all, who are living in the world, into big time trouble … in a most troublous day. We all do grope. We all are so blind. We all do stumble, and are as dead men. It is as the prophet says it is: “We grope for the wall like the blind, and we grope as if we had no eyes: we stumble at noon day as in the night; we are in desolate places as dead men.” [Isaiah 59:10]
This thing is now upon us … “a mist of darkness”. As it happened to Elymas, the sorcerer, it has happened to us. “And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a season. And immediately there fell on him a mist and a darkness; and he went about seeking some to lead him by the hand.” [Acts 13:11]
Call it what it is. This “mist of darkness” is the very realm of Satan. Fact: The men of this world are blinded in a “mist of darkness”. Read, and believe, that which is revealed in the BOOK … in Second Corinthians, chapter four, verse four: “In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” [2 Corinthians 4:4]
Conclusion: The men of this world are blinded by Satan, who is a “lying spirit,” and keeps in bondage the men of this world … in a “mist of darkness”.
Next, there are certain men of whom worse things are said. “These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever.” [2 Peter 2:17]
The “lying spirit,” who lives in the “mist of darkness,” holds by a siren call of the pipe of his music, men who are “void of understanding”. See in the book of Proverbs this thing: “And beheld among the simple ones, I discerned among the youths, a young man void of understanding,” [Proverbs 7:7].
Premise: If a man is “void of understanding,” then he is empty of understanding. Someone, who is empty, is not filled.
2. Born of the Spirit
This is where we come to a peculiar thing. This is the New Testament believer in Jesus Christ, who is a person “born of the Spirit”. [John 3:8] “The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.”
Therefore, a Christian is a bizarre creature; “so is every one that is born of the Spirit.” [2 Corinthians 2:17]
Observation: The world cannot figure this one out!
More than this, everyone who is “born of the Spirit” is under a new commandment. In the Epistle to the Ephesians, we find this new commandment is given to everyone “born of the Spirit” [a Christian]: “And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;” [Ephesians 5:18]. Whosoever is “born of the Spirit” needs to “be filled with the Spirit” [and to stay filled].
Now, the first mention of anyone in the Bible having been “filled with the Spirit” is Bezaleel. We see this in the book of Exodus, chapter thirty-one, verses two and three: “See, I have called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah: And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship,” [Exodus 31:2-3].
Now note: This is the highest state for any man, woman, or child in the world … to “be filled with the Spirit”!
To “be filled with the Spirit,” the Christian will have what results of being “filled with the Spirit”, which thing is found in the very next verse [verse nineteen]: “Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;” [Ephesians 5:19].
It is here that we are made to realize, that the “psalms”, “hymns”, and “spiritual songs” are meant to come from within the heart of a man outward, and upward, to God Himself, and that, the very presence of these “psalms”, “hymns”, and “spiritual songs,” in the heart of a believer forms the very proof of a believer being “filled with the Spirit.”
Therefore, we can say the following:
· Music is a language wherein we all have our being.
· Music is everywhere, and all the time, both the solution and the problem, for all mankind.
Summation: Being filled with heaven’s music [“psalms”, “hymns”, and “spiritual songs”] is integral to being a Spirit-filled Christian. See for yourself how this is amplified by the Spirit of God, through the Apostle Paul, in the book of Colossians, chapter three, verse sixteen: “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.” [Colossians 3:16]
Do you see the word “hymns” here? What is a hymn?
HYMN: This word primarily expresses a spiritual song in tune with God.
“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.” [Colossians3:1] [Note: There are other spiritual songs not in tune with God, but in tune to another person; more on this later.]
3. The Song of the Spirit
Psalm 47:5: “God is gone up with a shout, the Lord with the sound of a trumpet.”
A spiritual song involves “a shout”. A spiritual song also has signification. Therefore, this shout has signification.
· There is a meaning to the shout.
· There is a message in the shout.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” [John 1:1]
Now, a spiritual song sounds out with the voice the “words”, and the “words”, which are accompanied with the music, are intimately connected, and together are meant to convey a message to God [and to others - to man]. God [Jesus Christ] is “the Word”, and “the Word”, with the music belong together.
Now, along with the sound of “a shout”, there is “the sound of a trumpet”. With this, we see God has a “voice” [Genesis 3:8], which “voice” forms a sound as a wind instrument. [Pause for a moment here. We need to notice something.] The “trumpet” is also a wind instrument used by God to sound alarms throughout the Bible, and which appears sixty times in the Authorized Version of the Bible of 1611 [A.V. 1611]. [Trumpet = 60 times]
· Hear with the ear of faith the sound of the “trumpet”:
· Hear the “trumpet”, the alarm of God, which is “the alarm of war”! “Thy way and thy doings have procured these things unto thee; this is thy wickedness, because it is bitter, because it reacheth unto thine heart. My bowels, my bowels! I am pained at my very heart; my heart maketh a noise in me; I cannot hold my peace, because thou hast heard, O my soul, the sound of the trumpet, the alarm of war. Destruction upon destruction is cried; for the whole land is spoiled: suddenly are my tents spoiled, and my curtains in a moment. How long shall I see the standard, and hear the sound of the trumpet?” [Jeremiah 4:18-21]
· Hear the “trumpet”, the directive of God! “There shall not an hand touch it, but he shall surely be stoned, or shot through; whether it be beast or man, it shall not live: when the trumpet soundeth long, they shall come up to the mount.” [Exodus 19:13]
· Hear the “trumpet”, the calling of God! “And if they blow but with one trumpet, then the princes, which are heads of the thousands of Israel, shall gather themselves unto thee.” [Numbers 10:4]
Further, it is shown that the prophets of God did “lift up” their voices “like a trumpet” to show the people their sin. Read this in the book of Isaiah this: “Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.” [Isaiah 58:1]
The “trumpet” is God’s chosen wind instrument to signify to man the timing of some of the most important events of God. Such it is with the soon coming “translation” of the body of Christ [the Church], which thing is prophesied in the book of First Corinthians, chapter fifteen: “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” [1 Corinthians 15:52]
To see how God communicates to man with a “trumpet” we need to go to the book of Revelation, chapter one. It is the Apostle John, who heard a voice “as of a trumpet”: “I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,” [Revelation 1:10].
Now, God has shown a particular love for the trumpet! We can see this in Revelation chapter four, verse one: “After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.” [Revelation 4:1]
We see this again in the book of Revelation, chapter eight, that God communicates to angels and to men [the inhabitants of the earth] with the “other voices of the trumpet” [of the three angels]. “And I beheld, and heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabiters of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound!” [Revelation 8:13]
Now, for something else, God Himself is shown to have a “glorious voice” and loves all musical instruments, such as the “tabrets and harps” [the percussion instruments and the string instruments].
“And the Lord shall cause his glorious voice to be heard, and shall shew the lighting down of his arm, with the indignation of his anger, and with the flame of a devouring fire, with scattering, and tempest, and hailstones. For through the voice of the Lord shall the Assyrian be beaten down, which smote with a rod. And in every place where the grounded staff shall pass, which the Lord shall lay upon him, it shall be with tabrets and harps: and in battles of shaking will he fight with it. For Tophet is ordained of old; yea, for the king it is prepared; he hath made it deep and large: the pile thereof is fire and much wood; the breath of the Lord, like a stream of brimstone, doth kindle it.” [Isaiah 30:30-33]
By the foregoing, we can see that God and all mankind, along with all the musical instruments, have voices with signification [the percussion instruments, the string instruments, and the wind instruments] for the purpose of expected communication … in directing messages … one to another. The flow of the messages is … expected … within a natural order.
Conversely, unexpected conflicts in the message flow, bring interruption [or corruption] to the communication. The subsequent loss of communication brings disorder, and the disorder brings decay. And if decay continues unabated, then death will naturally follow.
The downward gravitation is as follows:
· Dissention [or rebellion] creates conflicts.
· The conflicts will produce an uncertain sound.
The uncertain sound is from placing the stress on the "unexpected".
The "unexpected" is also known as syncopation.
The syncopation comes from another source ... a person.