October 8, 2019 & March 8, 2020
The musicians, singers, lyricists, and composers are given the task and the ability by God to produce sounds in the form of music. There are instances when even the writer or musician does not know what he has spoken as it transcends into a pastoral tongue that waits to be interpreted by the pastoral endowment. May the singers and musicians soar and prosper. May they break barriers that have prevented them on the earth and in the skies. May we give thanks to God for His ordained whom He has chosen to express His messages and to minister by note and song.
This post is meant for musicians, singers, lyricists, composers, producers, managers, or anyone involved directly or indirectly with music. It is also meant for those who have it in their hearts to sing a new song. The post will also open the door to understanding instruments and the sounds they make to praise the LORD. Father, may our ears hear and may we produce sound according to Your will and Your design. May Your Spirit be Free.
There is One God
The quality and quantity of music is vast and it has the ability to move through the atmosphere. It has this ability because it is spiritual in nature. Man cannot dismiss where its origin comes from, the One and only Living God. There is One God. Creativity and the ability to flow in that creativity to produce sound is boundless and is as varied as the voice, the snowflake, the thumbprint. Our God, the Creator, has the corner on creativity and the means to give us His music, which we in turn give to Him and others the music that comes from our own voice. When we think that we are producing music in and by ourselves, we deny the source. Yes, many produce and create and then give themselves or each other the credit, but these are temporal producers. And no matter how prolific their machine may be, neither they nor their sound have a place in the Kingdom of God. May we remember always that our source is from the One and Only Living God. Natural talent is from God, and the ability to flow in our talent and skills is also from God by the work of the Holy Spirit. There is One God. May we keep our eyes on Him from whom all things come.
10 Wherefore David blessed the LORD before all the congregation: and David said, Blessed be Thou, LORD God of Israel our Father, for ever and ever. 11 Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is Thine; Thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and Thou art exalted as Head above all. 12 Both riches and honour come of Thee, and Thou reignest over all; and in Thine hand is power and might; and in Thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all. 13 Now therefore, our God, we thank Thee, and praise Thy glorious name. 14 But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able to offer so willingly after this sort? for all things come of Thee, and of Thine own [hand] have we given Thee. (I Chronicles 29:10-14)
The intertwining of the Holy Spirit’s movement, work, and power in music cannot be understated. Music has the ability to fly and spread nets across the atmosphere. It is a bird that carries in its beak threads, which strengthen into cords and cables as the bird takes flight; and can then be strewn across the sky to its destination. And within its threads and fabric carry the power and the substance of the Holy Spirit’s mission. It is a woman who throws out a blanket to lay across the ground for others to eventually rest upon or enjoy a picnic. The woman, the folded blanket, the movement of the blanket extending from her hands and the energy of her arms and desire of its direction of unfolding, being shaken out, then flowing, then expanding out to four corners, then falling down to the ground while taking dominion of the sky that it extended to that eventually rests to the ground — this is music. It is the vessel (person or persons) of operation, the blanket of purpose that carries within it the spiritual substance, and the energy of the arms that propels the blanket of substance to the four corners of the earth. There is a point where the blanket leaves behind its visibility to travel into the invisible as it spreads itself to the four corners. The distance of traveling can go far or it can be close. It can travel as a testifier of well-being in the whistle of a working man. It can thunder into the chest by an orchestra or rock band. It can be the hum in a stadium of two arms with an audience of one as a mother closes the end of a tired day. Music is truly a great and precious gift of the LORD.
May we thank God for what He has given to us in verse and sound. May we start at the beginning. With God. At the point when the musician and songwriter were conceived in His thoughts. At the point when He ordained and desired to impart the skills and the desire in us to create and produce music. There is One God.
The fight for the atmosphere
It is the musicians who announce, assemble, and go out to the battle first (Numbers 10:2, Numbers 10:9-10, Joshua 6:4, 6:9, 6:13, II Kings 3:15, II Chronicles 20:21-22, Amos 3:6, listing a few examples). And it is the musicians and singers who gather those in unity after undertakings are accomplished and when victories have been won (Exodus 15:1, 15:21, II Chronicles 5:12-13, Ezra 3:10-11, The Revelation 15:3, to list just a few examples). They are the boots on the ground of the army that enter the enemies’ territories and they are the cool towels offered to the wounded on the field. They are the sequesters of intimate relationships of two. They are healers of brokenness. They are builders of courage. They are lullabies. They communicate and express the soul of God and man. They communicate the spirit of God and man. They teach. They explain and define emotions. They are prophets. And it is because of the power of music that messengers of Satan have always desired to control it or kill the musicians, destroy them, and steal from them.
10 All they shall speak and say unto thee, Art thou also become weak as we? art thou become like unto us? 11 Thy pomp is brought down to the grave, and the noise of thy viols [psalteries]: the worm is spread under thee, and the worms cover thee. 12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning [dawn howl]! 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: 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be [make myself] like the most High. (Isaiah 14:11-14)
The above passage is often talked about as Lucifer and his relationship to and with music because the name Lucifer, masculine noun “heylel” meaning light-bearer, comes from the verb “halal” which is often translated as “praise”. “Halal” is connected with clarity, brightness of both sound and color. It is also the word translated as being mad or foolish, quite the opposite of clarity of mind, as seen in I Samuel 21:13 when David “changed his behavior before them, and feigned himself mad [halal] in their hands, and scrabbled on the doors of the gate, and let his spittle fall down upon his beard.” Psalm 102:8, Ecclesiastes 2:2, Ecclesiastes 7:7, Isaiah 44:25, Jeremiah 25:16, Jeremiah 50:38, Jeremiah 51:7 also translate “halal” as “mad”, while Job 12:17 and Psalm 75:4 translate “halal” as “fools”. A succinct spiritual and also literal meaning of the name and word “Lucifer” can be described as a temple subsister through praise; or its opposite, a temple destructor through boasting, which includes prideful praise of oneself or others. When incorrect praise is given to others it is flattery that worketh ruin or destruction. It is a temple, person, destroyer.
28 A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth worketh ruin. (Proverbs 26:28)
14 He that blesseth his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, it shall be counted a curse to him. (Proverbs 27:14)
When looking at the Isaiah 14 passage given above, it contains a list of five distinct attitudes with actions that are identified in how the spirit of Lucifer and that spirit in man worships and sings praises to or for themselves in their power and what they will do with that power. Yes, Lucifer is howling the “I wills”, but the passage is what man also thinks and states in his heart when influenced and embracing evil in the mindset and determination of Lucifer. It is important to understand that angels do not have the ability to reproduce (Matthew 22:30, Mark 12:25). They can influence and indwell under spiritually legal restrictions, as described in faux line drawing in the “What is a line?” post. Spirits can also distribute power and authority to man if it is within their legal ability and station to do so as we recall when Jesus Christ was offered the “kingdoms of the world” (Matthew 4:8-9, Luke 4:5-6) discussed in the “Utah” post under Pray that you are not led into temptation and A high mountain. Man, which is made in the image of God can create, produce, and reproduce by the Holy Spirit’s labours and God’s gifts. So when we read and think about the Isaiah 14 passage, or any other demonic influence in man, it is Lucifer declaring what he can do and will do with power that was given to him. There is no reproducing. Recall that Satan transported Jesus (Matthew 4:5, 8) and then tried to persuade Jesus to turn the stones into bread (Matthew 4:3-4) and to also demand other angelic beings to kick in and do their designated duty unnecessarily and in vain (Matthew 4:6-7). In other words, Satan wanted Jesus to use His power for temporal purposes that were and are not in line with God’s will. Angels also have the power to dispense and distribute. Satan did not say that he transformed the rocks into bread, now eat. The influence upon man from the enemy is to utilize what is given to us by God from eternal purposes into the temporal, which is when we fall from the operation of grace working in us to operate in the likeness and fullness of Jesus Christ. The power of music can raise up or tear down as Isaiah 14:12 describes the spirit of Lucifer “which did weaken the nations.” It can bring healing or destruction. It can boast of oneself or boast in the LORD eternally.
Recall that “Lucifer” is the masculine noun “heylel” that means light-bearer, which comes from the verb “halal” translated most often as “praise”. And also recall that “halal” is connected with clarity, brightness of both sound and color. The isolating or combining of frequencies of both color and sound can be utilized and manipulated to “weaken the nations” (Isaiah 14:12). Spiritual activity is full of color, and to present oneself in brightness of light to man is declaring the authority over visible color, just as white noise (The Revelation 14:2) contains the frequencies of audible sound. In other words, those who work in the spirit of Lucifer work in the manipulation of sound and color to weaken the nations. Paul is speaking:
12 But what I do, that I will do, that I may cut off occasion from them which desire occasion; that wherein they glory, they may be found even as we. 13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. 14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works. (II Corinthians 11:12-15)
Each gift and each ministry of the LORD is diverse, like the fingers of our hand. And man usually begins to develop one ministry at a time with some progressing faster than others depending on our own bent. God’s design for man is to operate in His many spiritual gifts and in all of the faces (ministries) by the Holy Spirit (Ezekiel 1:10, Ephesians 4:11). In other words, He wants us to be able to use all of the fingers separately and also use them together in varying combinations of two’s, three’s, four’s, and five’s. As a quick review: the Lion face is the apostolic ministry, the Eagle face is the prophetic, the Ox face is the evangelistic, and the Man face is the pastor/teacher ministry. The significance of the I Corinthians 11 passage above is that for Satan to present himself as an angel of light and for his army to present themselves as ministers of righteousness is to declare and boast before the spirit realm that they utilize all of the humanly visible light frequencies. In other words, color can be put on to deceive just like music can be used to bolster oneself up in deceit. “Imagine” by John Lennon is an example of the use of music for evil in the destruction of mankind and to weaken the nations by using the spirit realm to deny the spirit realm and God. It does so with and in profound beauty.
We will go through the categories briefly that are listed in Isaiah 14:13-14 with an example of each of the “I will’s” that Lucifer said and that man embraces. They are the five ministries (Ephesians 4:8-14) utilizing music and praise when they are declared as our own in the spirit of Lucifer and not God’s. They are saying “I will do these things with what I am now and what I have now” to control the atmosphere and the prophetic rain, lift myself up to rule, go wherever I want to, and for the destruction of vessels (man). Instead of being used for the perfecting of the saints, they are used to stalemate them; instead of facilitating the working of the ministries, they are used to incapacitate the ministries; and instead of edifying the body of Christ; they pull the body down into destruction and degradation.
11 And He gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: 14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; (Ephesians 4:11-14)
We can hear the pride and boasting of self-praise in Isaiah 14 in prophetic spiritual music as it describes the praise attitude that comes from a heart and mouth that bolsters up oneself in wickedness and evil actions. A way to title the passage, given again below, would be to call it the “Psalm of Lucifer”. Let us see if we can hear the chants and praise forms that come from each declaration of “I will’s” from the uncircumcised and unclean heart.
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: 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be [make myself] like the most High. (Isaiah 14:13-14)
1) “I will ascend into heaven” is what the defiled teacher ministry says, which is the Girgashite spirit. Good teachers keep their spiritual feet on the ground in order to teach God’s Word, which is how Jesus taught while He was in the flesh on earth. Parents, not angelic beings, teach their children the commandments of God (Deuteronomy 11:19). Teaching takes time and energy. In other words, even though a person may have a strong prophetic call or may see and reach much in the spirit realm, eventually they need to develop the ability to share and break bread, cook meat, and debone fish with and for another. Jesus did not offer space trips to teach about Himself or about God the Father. He walked and taught on the ground and broke bread with us because we are living and breathing on the earth, which is the working theater of our life (Isaiah 45:12). Our personal relationship with God is nurtured when we are with Him, in His Word and in prayer as we live. It is nurtured in His spiritual garden. God is not willing to give up time with us in order to experience and learn more of Him. An example of those who take up and play this psaltery would be those who invite others and teach others to “come fly with me into the heavens” with their most favored and wise spirit guide. Ascending into heaven is the goal of this praising spirit whether it is before death for some or after death for others. God is acknowledged, but is the backdrop while other more interesting and pending stuff is studied and worked in. These are Theme parks oriented livers described in the “What is truth?” post. These are people who refuse to develop and operate as Jesus Christ on earth and use “halal” to transcend into spiritual things on a handful of bandwidths, dismissing that Jesus ascended but first He descended (Ephesians 4:8-10) in order for us to operate in the five ministries on earth.
2) “I will exalt my throne above the stars of God” is what the defiled apostolic ministry says, which is the Jebusite spirit. We are to judge spirits and men by the spirit with the judgements and justice according to God’s throne and His laws (Exodus 22:9, I Corinthians 2:9-16, I John 4:1). We judge the spirits in order to purge evil, not to set up a throne above others. In other words, we judge to cast evil down to the earth from the spiritual realm and to purge evil from our hearts, not to have dominion over spirits to rule over them for our own use. This spirit enjoys picking up the harp to remind others that they have a high degree of skill and the ability at their fingertips to maneuver and enforce their throne above others. These are the censors and controllers of the world and also in the church. They always have their black robes on in the spirit realm and carry their thrones with them while playing their complex “halal” harps to keep people in line. They are the gate keepers and controllers of spiritual things on earth rather than being holy watchmen set upon the walls that “shall never hold their peace day nor night” (Isaiah 62:6).
3) “I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north” is what the defiled pastoral ministry says, which is the Canaanite spirit. This spirit is a squatter spirit that declares it can be where it wants to be and invade holy places without spiritual legal authority or currency. These are the many pipe organs and vocals who believe that the collective resonance can bring the glory and righteousness of God into man’s presence, or raise man to His presence, by the spread of agreeing, saying, and believing the same elevated spiritual truths. The irony is that this is what the evil spirit does to discount, diminish, and subdue man’s development of individual calls and nurturing individual fellowship with God. Working collectively to bring something about with mental awareness and group consciousness while hitting specific vibrational frequencies and patterns is really just a variation of Babel. These also get lost in their Theme parks that thrive on congregating with others who have the same goal. They assemble on earth to emerge in the spirit realm, rather than gathering already in the spirit (Hebrews 10:25) as mentioned in Line establishing in the “What is a line?” post.
The north side is where the sacrifices are killed, offered, and acknowledged by the LORD (Leviticus 1:11, 4:24, 6:25, 7:2, 14:13 are just a few references). So this evil spirit decides to go to the holy mount to sit without sacrifice in hand or heart, and without fear. The place is solemn and hallowed for those who are willing to be pruned and purged from sin, for those who offer mental and emotional offerings unto the LORD, and for those who embark to “know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of Christ’s suffering” (Philippians 3:10). This spirit goes to the holy mount to sit among the assembly in order to glean from the power and glory that exudes in this place.
1 Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of His holiness. 2 Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King. 3 God is known in her palaces for a refuge. 4 For, lo, the kings were assembled, they passed by together. 5 They saw it, and so they marvelled; they were troubled, and hasted away. 6 Fear took hold upon them there, and pain, as of a woman in travail. (Psalm 48:1-6)
4) “I will ascend above the heights of the clouds” is what the defiled prophetic ministry says, which is the Hittite spirit. To ascend above the heights of the clouds is to control the moisture, rain of the Holy Spirit. It is harder to control the rain once it is raining, so this spirit ascends above the clouds to confiscate the moisture before it rains. This spirit uses both loud cymbals and resounding cymbals (Psalm 150:5) to give messages of false narratives and untruths. It is the spirit that communicates by “halal” loud cymbals to dictate the flow of the prophetic and the “halal” resounding cymbals to stir deception within a person by shoving aside and squelching the substance of the Holy Spirit. Both kinds of cymbals work to get on top of God’s message to control, intercept, or subdue the prophetic either externally or internally. Those with this spirit hate the Holy Spirit’s free flow that gives new seeds and moisture to man that are to then grow and develop on the earth. Because music springs from the Holy Spirit, this spirit is most interested in distortion of truth. It seeks to control and prevent the prophetic messages of music to then control the flow of emotions and to influence. Physical and spiritual clouds are given to us by God for prophetic covering, both good and ominous as when God covers the land with a cloud to judge it (Ezekiel 38:16). They also give direction and guidance. God’s voice (Exodus 19:9, Matthew 17:5, Luke 9:35) and Jesus Christ (Acts 1:9) are heard or seen in or with clouds. They are also testimonies of God’s promises and His martyrs (Hebrews 12:1). In addition, clouds are spiritual forecasters (Luke 12:54) that can conceal activity, yet let us know that activity is going on (Exodus 24:16). To ascend above the clouds means to prevent or control the witness of what a cloud is and does.
33 Who went in the way before you, to search you out a place to pitch your tents in, in fire by night, to shew you by what way ye should go, and in a cloud by day. (Deuteronomy 1:33)
5) “I will make myself like the most High” is what the defiled evangelistic ministry says, which is the Amorite spirit. God tells us that “Ye are gods; and all of you are sons of the Most High” Psalm 82:6, also found in John 10:34-38. However, this is accomplished by the hand and will of God, not in and of ourselves as is confronted by the LORD in Isaiah 41 & Isaiah 45. These are the drum “halal” beaters who dominate by power and bring in the dancers to respond to their cadence to serve and march unto their beat. It is the spirit of pride that takes and controls others by force. They provide beasts, those who operate lower than animals by denying their own spirit, a place to lie down.
15 This is the rejoicing city that dwelt carelessly, that said in her heart, I am, and there is none beside me: how is she become a desolation, a place for beasts to lie down in! every one that passeth by her shall hiss, and wag his hand. (Zephaniah 2:15)
Let us now see and understand the song of Lucifer with its five stanzas, and hear the hymn of his war guide that is sung and implemented by men to weaken (prostrate) the nations:
I by you will
Teach as though there is no God whom you are accountable to — indoctrinate,
then enforce by legalistic means without having value for mankind,
then penetrate in numbers with likeminded souls,
then control narrative with deception,
then make myself God.
Chorus: Teach, enforce, penetrate by numbers, control speech, put self in power.
The below passage, found in Mark 14 and also in Matthew 26, took place during the last supper. It does not say that they got together after communion to go into the vibrational frequency that affords the best harmonic passage for tapping into the spirit realm. We do not hear about the need for specific tonal mantras or group resonance of consciousness to bring synergy among ourselves and to mankind to heighten our spiritual awareness and open our mind to be led from the material earth into the transcendental. How could Jesus have been so uneducated in higher thought processes compared to what is delved into nowadays? He and the disciples sang a hymn. How archaic. What’s that? Tapping into the spiritual realm with musical assistance, drugs, and “friendly” spirits isn’t a new thing among men? When? Oh, way back then. Oh, then that must mean it is really important since it can be documented from ancient days and also among great societies of the past. Ohmm. Sure, I’ll take a hit. At what Hertz is the ideal? Jesus sure spent a lot of time teaching but missed the target didn’t He? What was He thinking to leave all that important information out that Lucifer is so in tune with to help us experience the spirit realm and its power. It must be hidden so that only the most sincere and highest thinkers can absorb. Yeah, forget about the Holy Spirit. He is too limited for the things I want to explore and learn about. Ohmmmm. I want to ride on the magic carpet to the spirit realm. You know, get up to those higher forms. What’s that? A prayer when we are going about our day goes straight into the ears of God? Well, I know that…but that just isn’t what I want to experience, just plain communication with God. After all, I’m sure God doesn’t mind us knockin’ around where nice spirits take us, right? Hey man, it’s just learning about how things really are that man needs to get to! OHMMMM!!! Ohm. Ohm. Yep, I was told that all I have to do to have communion with the spirit realm is to be open to it and have faith and humbly commit myself every day with a pure heart and there you go. Something about desiring it from the heart seems to really work, especially with an extra smart spirit guide. Oh, I remember now that God does give us the desires of our heart, so that must mean it is all good on His end. Yeah, I can and I will ascend into the heights, with a very humble heart that is. I will mingle in the spirit realm however I want. I will be exposed to all kinds of wisdom and knowledge by angels. I will surpass the things of earth. I will be smarter than Jesus and His Word. I will . . .
23 And He took the cup, and when He had given thanks, He gave it to them: and they all drank of it. 24 And He said unto them, This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many. 25 Verily I say unto you, I will drink no more of the fruit of the vine, until that day that I drink it new in the kingdom of God. 26 And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives. 27 And Jesus saith unto them, All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered. (Mark 14:23-27)
12 Saying, I will declare Thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto Thee. 13 And again, I will put my trust in Him. And again, Behold I and the children which God hath given me. 14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also Himself likewise took part of the same; that through death He might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; 15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. 16 For verily He took not on him the nature of angels; but He took on him the seed of Abraham. (Hebrews 2:12-16)
25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. 26 And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one's bands were loosed. (Acts 16:25-26)
The fight to control music is tangible. We see the aggressive censorship of musicians and songwriters to take over and dominate the atmosphere. Singers and songwriters are groomed by politicians and pastoral liturgy to send their messages ahead of them to endorse and make the way for their reign to be ushered in. It is when a “halal” anthem is given to honour servicemen that is the chosen moment to manifest disdain to topple over a moment once used for recognition and thankfulness for those willing to shed blood. The enemy knows the power of communication by music. The desire of the spirit of Lucifer to fully distort the five ministries involving praise and worship is purposed to weaken the nations (Isaiah 14:12) and tear down the temples (people) of God who are willing to work in the Holy Spirit and not in the spirit of Lucifer. The crux revolves around the fight to control the atmosphere. Music can be used to control the flow of emotions of the hearers, it can teach, set a mood, and it can attempt to control the presence and flow of the Holy Spirit; this results in the attempt to manipulate culture by keeping music tied and caged to the ground or by preventing it from descending from the sky to rain down moisture to water new prophetic seeds.
The musician’s anointing
Just because a person is a Christian, it is not a given that they are working in God’s army (Philippians 3:18-19). It is the musicians who have a bent towards God with strong anointings whom Satan desires the most. Prior to our birth while we are in the womb a person is known as a singer or a musician in the spirit realm. So it is important for those who are talented and skilled to acknowledge their worth spiritually before even thinking about being “discovered”, because you are already discovered and identified in the spirit realm.
The ideal recruits for working in Satan’s army are those who have known or have been exposed to Jesus in their youth and then fall away from Him, have a lukewarm relationship with Him, or those who keep one toe in man's church and uphold it directly or indirectly. These have a greater and more usable anointing because they have received and expanded anointings from the Holy Spirit and have gone through enough grace cycles while they were young to set them apart from the non-believer. And the more a person is exposed to God’s grace and has willingly operated in it, the more that person has to give of the different characteristics and operations of God’s grace. They are also ideal because they have not fully committed themselves or their gifts into the Kingdom of God. They are spiritually legally ripe for the picking. Every person (vessel) has their own particular and unique shape, which allows for unique sound and it is this anointing that is sought after. The hunt for the unique, the scanning for the “it factor” in sound and deliverance of that sound is a constant in both the spiritual and physical realm. The anointing is what is desired, not the person whom the anointing comes from. Sure, “what is your name and where do you come from?” is asked, but that is to cordially get the ball rolling because “Hey, I want to work with you, and by the way, let’s change that name to…” Man, more often than not, does not desire the person (Jesus), but they definitely want the gifts and Holy Spirit’s anointings that are given to man through the work of Jesus Christ (Psalm 68:18-19, Ephesians 4:8-12).
Another factor that comes in when discussing the anointing and purposes of music is that God always provides witnesses of Himself to man on earth. These are witnesses in addition to creation that already declares His wisdom. Musicians and songwriters speak of things that many times they do not know the fullness or the depth of what they are saying (Job 42:1-3). They are moved, and they are able to express how and what they are moved by in a way that does not require them to have full understanding. They produce what is in them to produce. It is the same way gifted athletes run appearingly without effort or how some people swim with an ease that seems to be unencumbered by the water. This does not omit the need for training or labouring, but when they begin their careers it is within them to perform in the area that they are gifted by God to do so. The earth has been without moisture and meat of God’s teaching from the pulpits, but He has always spoken of Himself through the musicians and songwriters. We also see this in movies and literature. The Rocky movies, for example, are heavily anointed with Biblical truths that witness of God and His Ways reaching far beyond the get saved and then wait pushers. Temporal wealth and emotional highs are exposed. Rocky won, but he was led to win and win again, yet for different purposes and with different methods, however being the same human being. God is not mocked and He will expose His truth to man on earth. And so it is by the musicians and entertainers that the ministries (Ephesians 4:11) have been working on earth, completely removed and outside of the protestant, catholic, and Jewish structures. When musicians and song writers heed to the Holy Spirit’s flow in them, they produce in pastoral tongues where they likely only know a small amount of what they are saying and producing. However, they do decipher the feel and are able to produce it in sound and phrase. This is what it means when Jesus said “out of the mouth of babes thou hast perfected praise (a saying or proverb)”:
2 Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger. (Psalm 8:2)
25 At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. (Matthew 11:25)
16 And said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise [a saying, proverb]? (Matthew 21:16)
How many times have each of us been moved to say or do something that later we look back on and know that it was not from any raw material of our own? The musician and song writer are built to receive and then translate what they received into something we hear that only their vessel could produce. They are special and they are desired by Satan, but they are also desired by us who desperately need their anointings to penetrate and to cultivate our souls and to strengthen our spirits. They give us oil to ease our own labours.
The creative grace cycle
3 Sing unto Him a new song; play skillfully with a loud noise. (Psalm 33:3)
The “new song” spoken of in Psalm 33:3 is what every musician wants to produce. It may be deliberate or it may not even be thought of, but when musicians set out to create something, God puts in their hearts the desire and hope of creating “a new song.” And the vocalists desire to sing a new song that showcases and fits their voice. This is good and from the Lord. Managers and producers keep their ears open for a new sound, new vessel, to develop and make available to be heard. And this is also good.
The manifestation of a new song is an operation of God’s grace through Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit. The understanding of God’s grace is described in the What is grace? post and will help to give insight to this post and how it applies to music, which will briefly be expanded on here. God’s grace is operating in all of life and works at a very fundamental level in our bodies in how we function and grow from conception to death. Grace at its most basic operation, which is actually quite complicated, is going on all around us. It is because of God’s grace that life operates and functions on earth. The words below are spoken by Elihu, who prepared Job’s heart and mind before being confronted by God. He was not one of the unhelpful three friends.
4 The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life.
Grace also operates in our soul and in our spirit, yet our free will participates in it. And it is through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the operation of the Holy Spirit that we are able to expand and grow from faith to faith, receive more grace, abound more and more, increase in love more and more, go from glory to glory, shineth more and more, and to go from strength to strength. It is because of the grace of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit’s labours in us that man is able to produce temporal and eternal fruit.
Music is an operation of the Holy Spirit and God’s grace (Romans 12:6-8). We know this because it is something that we tend to only notice when it is gone or quenched. Following is the grace cycle of creating a new song: 1) A person is given a seed of inspiration that is conceived in us by the Holy Spirit. The person by faith receives it. 2) The seed is nurtured and developed in the thoughts and emotions of the musician or songwriter. 3) The new developing song starts to differentiate into a beginning, middle, and conclusion. The holes are filled and nuances are placed in as the song takes form, teaching what it needs to be completed by the Holy Spirit. 4) When the song is getting close to completion or is complete, the artist begins to anticipate it as being finished and “hearable” by another that will acknowledge that it is a new song. 5) The new song is manifested and identified with a title. The artist is given the Laodicea glory for the song by God. 6) The artist must manage the song and things that come from the song diligently. 7) The new song produces temporal and/or eternal fruit for the hearers. — This is the format for all things created by man because God is the author and Creator. It is by His grace and the work of the Holy Spirit that something new can be made.
Now that we understand that a new song is an operation of the grace cycle, we can see what occurs when a group or person has a one hit wonder. This is also what happens for those who believe that being saved is the goal and then wait for their death in the temporal instead of living in the eternal through Jesus Christ now. The new song is inspired by the Holy Spirit because the person or group has the gifts given to them to incubate and produce a new song, a new sound. There is an anointing on them and it is conceived in them. They operate in 1), 2), 3), 4) and then the song is manifested, which is 5). They have the Laodicean glory of the birth of the new song. They then receive the glory unto themselves, do not diligently rule what was given to them, and the fruit of the song bears only anemic temporal fruit. The artist is unable to receive seeds of another kind of fruit because they have not developed when they had the first fruit, anointing, given to them. We can try to experience the same anointing of being born again, but we cannot actually do it because we are already born. We see this phenomenon expressed in a song about a person receiving an anointing for one day walking in Memphis as he declares to be a Christian for one night, which produced one anointed song.
Musicians impart out of their abundance that was initially imparted to them by God. We can feel and discern when we are partaking of them. It is the impartation of going from glory to glory. They give us their songs, but they also can give of their anointings. A person can only do this if they themselves are rich in that anointing, and this is one reason why artists, writers, and producers get together to share and create new combinations of sound that they could not do on their own. The artists who give of their anointing(s) have gone through the grace cycle in sacrifice in order to give to us after they received for themselves and birthed the prophetic seed that was given to them. These individuals have their own lamp full of prophetic oil because they went through the prophetic work. They already and continue to minister. One heavily anointed musician that imparted to others was Johnny Cash, as just one example that comes to mind. Those musicians, songwriters, and producers who acknowledge in their spirit that what they are producing comes from God are blessed because they are not denying the Holy Spirit. They will continue to receive Holy Spirit inspirations that lead to Laodicean glory births, growth, and expansion depending on their relationship with God and their ordained call. Sometimes a person does produce just one song because they have a call to produce new sounds in a different form or manner of expression unto the Lord. And some learn to play an instrument in their youth or later in life that brings depth of understanding about music, develops appreciation for teachers, and develops the discipline of practicing to achieve. The student is expressing a new song because the sound coming from them is unique even though they may be playing what another person has written. These things become a reservoir of nutrients within us to draw from when it comes time for us to develop a new seed of a different kind of fruit in our spiritual womb.
Musicians and producers who are working in Satan’s army become great stealers, recyclers, and copy and pasters. They become the wise men, sorcerers, magicians (Exodus 7:10-8:19) who can mimic the same kind of creations with the residue of their own anointings or from others who have forfeited their anointings over to them in exchange for temporal success. They become able to produce serpents from their rods, turn water into blood, and to create frogs. They can eke out one more season for the network. These are songs that cannot ever exceed or create on their own because they are seeking the temporal glory that their own anointings can give to them, which were initially given to them by God. When the Lord is removed, there is no ability to progress to 6) where all is submitted to His apostolic rulership in order to have the ability to mature and become strengthened into a strong tree and be a good steward of what was produced by the Holy Spirit in us from our wombs, our children, our songs (I Timothy 3:4-5). And 7) is also unable to occur, which is when others are eating the eternal wealth of the fruit of the mature new song. In addition, the person is unable to produce a new kind of seed from the Holy Spirit. So a one hit wonder is when a person or group went through Laodicean glory once but then stopped. At the point of giving birth a person can decide to offer the new song to God into the Kingdom of God where He can develop us as the new songs’ steward, keep it for ourselves where its wealth will be exchanged from eternal glory to temporal glory, or give it over to Satan directly or passively. When it is given to Satan the person will be accommodated for it, if they are heavily endowed with many gifts. They will excel to great heights as they produce music to weaken the nations and defile men. They will be given many seeds of deceit to produce snakes from their rods used to beat off God’s judgements of righteousness and common sense, they will transform Holy Spirit waters into blood by using labourings from the sacrifices of others as they abort more and more spiritual calls, and they will bring in spiritual frogs used to invade and transform men’s lives into life that is lower than the animals, a life that denies the Holy Spirit’s operations in the spirit of man. They are able to produce half-time shows that are fit for any strip club and produce songs about sexuality as though it needs to be discovered through them. They will demand revenge against the oppression of God’s laws. And they will stand up at church week after week singing spiritually flaccid, impotent, and lascivious songs.
The new song that Scripture is talking about is breathing and living in the new covenant (Deuteronomy 31:22, Psalm 40:3; 96:1; 98:1; 144:9; 149:1, Isaiah 42:10, The Revelation 5:9; 14:3 to list a few places that talk about creating or singing a new song). That is why “a new song” is so valued and why Satan wants to muffle and control music. In other words, a person who is operating in their gift will dispense God’s grace into their hearers — God’s powerful grace for man to expand and to grow in the fullness of the Lord Jesus Christ. These songs and sounds are not within the protestant, catholic, or synagogue doors. The gutted out “praise” songs are mockers of the new covenant, and they are the changers of Holy Spirit’s water into aborted fetuses’ blood. Those who lead and participate in the rituals are masturbators who teach others to waste their seeds onto the ground. Jesus tells us to turn our eyes and faces away from them as their nakedness and activity is seen in the spirit realm. And the warmness that comes from “those old hymns” is the Canaanite attraction of community. They are used by the now corrupted church to lull us into comfort, feeling good that we went to church, and then come home in a more rested and peaceful state. We feel closer to spiritual things and get filled enough to reassure ourselves of our own salvation, hearing about those missionaries in other countries, praying for one another’s immediate cares and concerns, and just doing and saying things that good old-covenant Christians do. It is to keep the old covenant lifestyle alive and at ease, talking about the spirit but denying the life of the Spirit (II Timothy 3:5). It is life in the wilderness and it uses music to keep us entertained, partially stimulated, and comforted to not think about needing or desiring anything beyond the wilderness and physical death. Music is used to put a “graceful” appearance on the pastoral wilderness wanderers' living death and stagnation.
10 Cursed be he that doeth the work of the LORD deceitfully [negligently, lax], and cursed be he that keepeth back his sword from blood. 11 Moab hath been at ease from his youth, and he hath settled on his lees, and hath not been emptied from vessel to vessel, neither hath he gone into captivity: therefore his taste remained in him, and his scent is not changed. 12 Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will send unto him wanderers, that shall cause him to wander, and shall empty his vessels, and break their bottles. (Jeremiah 48:10-12)
Seeking a door — manage me
The first action we should take when we are aware that God has given us a gift, particular skill, or some kind of anointing, even if we do not have a full definition in our understanding as to what we have, is commit it to God and into the Kingdom of God (Matthew 6:19-21). In doing this we not only are spiritually declaring that it was given by God in the first place, but it also seals its future to produce eternal rather than or in addition to temporal fruit. This is the first step of apostolic diligent ruling. We are giving it up to pick it up. You are still identified with the gift; it just has the correct real estate address on it now. It is not a part of us anymore; we become a part of working in it. This is not meant as some sort of logistics drill that God plays on us. He just wants us to determine how we will steward what He gives to us. He already knows of course, but it is ours to live out. Do we treat what we think is ours or a part of us the same as when we think it is God’s or belongs to God? These things get ironed out and exposed. Do I trust God to really know how to make things happen for me? What does make things happen for me mean? He knows I need to make a living. How does that play into it?
The moment who and what we are is committed into God, the responsibility shifts from our own understanding into His (Romans 12:1-2). This is huge. We have a perspective shift because we, as an individual, become active participants of His plan; it no longer becomes what to do with what He gives to us. Recall that He does not distance Himself from us unless we desire it. And we are more important to Him than the things He gives to us. We then become like Jesus, where we are linked and desire His relationship more than anything else, more than His gifts that He gives. We are able to relax in this and then think differently, ask differently, and grow differently. And when this happens, we start to see things through His eyes more clearly. At this point the conversation ends with others because what goes on from here on out is unique to you and Him. And it becomes your lot of real estate that you are responsible for unto Him, not responsible for having it, but for making it beautiful and prosperous the way He thinks, not the way any other person thinks. Sometimes the manifestation is long in coming on earth. But if it is manifested in the spirit realm first in His care, it will be manifested later on earth in the form that He chooses. And it is our opportunity to present ourselves faithful. This is how we develop and train to become priests (The Revelation 1:6, 5:10) in His kingdom.
When we work in the kingdom of God, with God as our manager, this does not mean that all is like a fairy tale or Hallmark special. We will get exposed to weeds and thorns that we did not realize we brought in or others try to throw in. We may be convinced that only a certain type of fertilizer works to help things grow, when it may actually stunt growth. We may have more unlearning and more learning to get things going and to actually produce. This is because God desires for us to grow in Him just as much as producing good fruit. They go together. We may not have plowed a field before and need to take out the hard clods (Isaiah 28:23-29, I Corinthians 9:10). But in the midst of this work a joy starts to kick in. Are we happy all the time? no. But we know what it feels like to have the Lord working beside us. We know that He is investing in us and what we are doing. It is no longer looking for something on earth that we prayed for and hope, hope, hope that He heard us and will put it all together for us. It becomes that we are with Him as we see what He is doing in our lives. He allows us to actually participate in the answering of the prayer. We planted something and watch it grow with Him standing by our side and say, wow, it is really growing. Yes, I think it does need a bit more watering. Where’s that verse? Right. And there is joy in labouring, and it is a memory for us and we want more. He then shifts the prayers to lead us into a better direction. We are thankful. He waves us to come in at the end of the day, and then we rest. He is with us, and we are with Him. And this is the start in how “we live, and move, and have our being” in Him (Acts 17:28).
We can experience the same joy when we work with other people. And God has great pleasure when we work with others in doing the same work that He does in us because He is also a part of these kinds of get togethers. Collaborations that create a new thing are what God has purposed for man to do. Not all times do we labour with others, and not all times do we work with the same people. There is no set combination. We are individuals with Him always no matter if in a group or alone; He is working in each part. The goal is for us to be able to lend a hand in someone else’s field while we are tending our own fruit and fields in Philadelphian beckoning love. It looks like a storm is coming. Do you need a hand over there? Yes, I think I might. Okay, I’ll be right over (John 21:15-17).
17 And Saul said unto his servants [`ebed, slaves, servants], Provide me now a man that can play well, and bring him to me. 18 Then answered one of the servants [na`ar], and said, Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, that is cunning in playing, and a mighty valiant man, and a man of war, and prudent in matters [speech], and a comely person, and the LORD is with him. (I Samuel 16:17-18)
Many times God will bring people into our life or we are led to seek them out ourselves who can recognize a “fit”. These people are managers or producers and are given great responsibility by God. Their gift is seeing and expanding another’s gifts or talents, or maybe even their own. They are skilled at doing this. They are able to identify a product and bring it to a consumer. It works out best when we are developed in the Lord as David was before we are brought to mind or called to the attention by one of these people (servants). In I Samuel 16:18 above, the servant reported that David was 1) cunning in playing: knew how to play the apostolic harp well (I Samuel 16:16, and discussed later in the harp section), 2) a mighty valiant man: possessing prophetic fearlessness and wealth, 3) a man of war: operated in evangelistic warfare, 4) prudent in speech: was able to speak with understanding, and 5) a comely person: was clothed by pastoral grace. In other words, David was manifesting the five ministries (Ephesians 4:11) in his life and God was with Him. He was balanced in the Lord and these qualities were seen by the servant, who then communicated what he had seen at the right time and to the right person.
There is a built in protection clause when we sign up with God first because those that we may end up working with or for not only become accountable to us, but they become spiritually accountable to God. The specific word used for “servants” in I Samuel 16:18 above is “na`ar”, which means young man, servant, or retainer and comes from the verb “na`ar”, spelled the same way, which means to shake, shake off, shake out, or to yell. These people can shake us out from the pack, package us, and connect us to the correct consumer. These people are good, and are particularly good when God is with them also. The servant pointed out all that was necessary for Saul to make the decision to bring him in.
One of the benefits of being developed enough in the Lord before coming into another’s mind is that it brings about discernment if we really need them or not. Maybe we do, maybe we do not. Maybe there is a timing factor that is to be considered. If God is your Manager already, He will be there to guide the direction to collaborate with or without another manager besides Him. In addition, we will be protected from being too young and green to be plucked up and eaten for gain now (Isaiah 28:4) when others perceive a great beauty and value in what is given to us.
Alcohol, drugs, and more
Musicians that create songs rely on flowing in the prophetic labours of the Holy Spirit. Sometimes the conception to manifestation is quick and relatively smooth, but other times it requires much effort in dry times. Sometimes a baby is easily conceived when we least expect it, and sometimes we can feel ourselves to be barren. A flow must occur in producing. When we start to become aware of a gift or gifts that we possess, God allows the flow to gush around us and through us. He allows us to be immersed in the Holy Spirit’s anointings with the same anointing that He put within us. We produce with ease because the Holy Spirit is flowing around us with God doing the majority of the work (I Thessalonians 5:24). But we feel like we are doing it because He is teaching us and training us to use the gifts that He gave to us. The flow that comes in the beginning is to have us experience and know the contrast of what it feels like when we are flowing and not flowing. There is a memory that gets put into us of what it feels like to conceive and then to give birth. The spiritual hormones change and activity is happening. We are creating.
The prophetic flow can come as a nonstop blanket of rain, as a consistent rainfall for a period of time, in periodic sprinkles, or must be squeezed from a desert cactus in the hot sun. And the ability to control the flow rate is soon discovered not to be a part of us, but is from the determination and time-table of God. When we try to control the flow to make it come, make it stop, make it slow down, make it … whatever, we are actually quenching the Holy Spirit and trying to force the Holy Spirit to operate the way we want, the way we believe is best suited for us and our gift. But these variations of flow are put in place by God to keep the artist growing and developing in Him. God does not separate Himself or deny our growth in Him just because we are producing something in our womb. We are to mature and develop along with it. Sometimes artists find a routine and schedule for their best hours of production, and this reflects going into apostolic diligent ruling of and for the gifts they have. And these are those who will likely birth different fruits in the future.
For those with prophetic flows, it can feel like being overwhelmed by a barrage of stimulation. It can go from being filled beyond saturation to an eventual stop. It is physically, emotionally, and mentally more comfortable when it stops, yet at the same time we still want to keep flowing because the need to produce is also strong within us. The use of alcohol, drugs, food, and so forth to help deal with the fluctuations of flow are go-to defaults for adjusting to living with creating prophetically and then giving it out prophetically in performance or in another form. It is a labouring that is weighted spiritually, yet is poured out by human flesh. And that is why it needs to have the other ministries like the apostolic and particularly the teaching ministry to help harness the prophetic flow without subduing it. When we go to the substances to ease us or to regain the flow, it will only work for a season. And often, Satan will provide additional flow of his own kind to substantiate to us that we are still productive and flowing while under the influence. And this is when someone may excel abundantly and then stop, because they have done a currency exchange from their eternal wealth into the temporal when they forfeited over themselves and their gifts.
26 A righteous man falling down before the wicked is as a troubled fountain, and a corrupt spring. (Proverbs 25:26)
28 He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls. (Proverbs 25:28)
The two verses above are what happens and what we look like in the spirit realm when we do not have our prophetic flow functioning in the right way. When we are a troubled fountain, we likely feel it in ourselves; and at its worst can be like an abused dog that urinates out of either fear or joy when their master comes along. If you are in this camp, God is aware of it and will help. The first thing to do is to have our own soul covered and submitted to our spirit. This will immediately put things in the correct order where the power pressure of the flow is predominantly handled by our spirit rather than our soul. The soul can still be heard, yet not be vulnerable to an attack. In addition, the spirit in us also needs to be strengthened and ruled as seen in Proverbs 25:28 above, and that is done when we are exercised by God to work in more evangelistic strength. When we are trying to do work with an incorrect machine or undeveloped machine, that is when we go for the drugs or try to ease ourselves. Satan will provide alternatives to get things more comfortable for us emotionally and physically or give magician type stimulations to us if we are going through a dry spell, but the price is that he will then be able to create through us to weaken not only ourselves but others.
God is not willing to put the gifts that He gives to us above us. And it is not a mistake what the Lord chooses to give to us in His wisdom and desires. When we turn away from what the enemy of our own soul, spirit, and body offers to us, we become viable for God to teach us how to operate in Him. He is able to work with us and in us. If there is a desert time, He has brought us there for a reason. He requires that we are intact physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually because He does not deny any part of Himself and does not want us to deny any part of ourselves also. There is a barrier that we will break when things are operating in line. And we then are able to go where He leads us because we are free enough in Him to do so. There are times when God wants to take us into the deep ocean waters to show us something or to be aware of something without putting it into a bottle just yet. Sometimes we need to spend time with Him and learn more of Him so that we are able to develop a new sound. Sometimes we need to catch up and sometimes we are to go very fast. We cannot thrive when another substance or spirit has blocked us from Him. The Holy Spirit is then quenched and we do not experience His abundance or His prophetic prospering any longer. If God is able to bring us unto Himself through Jesus Christ, and if God is the Creator and giver of life, He can easily help and guide us to operate in the things of the Holy Spirit that He has given to us.
1 Praise [halal] ye the LORD. Praise [halal] God in His sanctuary: praise [halal] Him in the firmament of His power. 2 Praise [halal] Him for His mighty acts: praise [halal] Him according to His excellent greatness. 3 Praise [halal] Him with the sound of the trumpet: praise [halal] Him with the psaltery and harp. 4 Praise [halal] Him with the timbrel and dance: praise [halal] Him with stringed instruments [strings] and organs. 5 Praise [halal] Him upon the loud cymbals: praise [halal] Him upon the
high sounding resounding cymbals. 6 Let every thing that hath breath praise [halal] the LORD. Praise [halal] ye the LORD.
Recall from earlier in this article that “halal” is most often translated as “praise” and is connected with clarity, brightness of both sound and color. The above instruments and dance can be mapped to each of the candlesticks, churches, which the Holy Spirit operates in and brings life to by His Spirit as described in The Revelation 1:17–3:22; 4:5. They are as follows: trumpets (Laodiceans), psaltery (Sardis), harp (Ephesians), timbrel and dance (Pergamos), stringed instruments (Philadelphia), organs (Thyatira), loud cymbals (Smyrneans), and resounding cymbals (Smyrneans). The mapping of the instruments is valuable to give depth to our understanding when we come across them in Scripture. Each of the instruments and dance will be discussed briefly. May God’s understanding of the instruments be given to us and may many play their instruments with great skill and with much pleasure without constraint or restriction. In the name above all names, Jesus Christ the Lord.
“Praise (halal) Him with the sound of the trumpet” starts the list of instruments in Psalm 150:3a with a key for us to see and understand by stating “the sound” of the trumpet. The sound of the trumpet can be made by man in the spirit and not just in the physical. It is the sound of the Laodiceans. It is the announcement and manifestation of a new thing that has been birthed, which was conceived by the Holy Spirit in us. It declares that something new has happened. The word for trumpet is the masculine noun “showphar”, which refers to a horn or a ram’s horn and is found more times in Scripture than any of the other instruments except for the vocal instrument of singing. “Showphar” (trumpet) comes from the verb “shaphar”, seen only once in Scripture in Psalm 16:6 translated as “goodly”, and means “to be bright” and also to “scratch out” by polishing. Recall from the Grace cycle that when the Holy Spirit ignites the candle of Laodiceans it is the expanding from glory to glory. Notice that the following verse is connected with lines (boundaries) that are being established, and a heritage that is granted. Trumpets announce going from glory to glory that is granted justly by the grace of God. Recall from the “What is grace?” post that Laodicea means “justice for the people” and it is the Holy Spirit’s work in us that allows the boundary change to go from glory to glory.
6 The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage. (Psalm 16:6)
5 All these were the sons of Heman [faithful] the king's seer in the words of God, to lift up the horn. And God gave to Heman fourteen sons and three daughters. (I Chronicles 25:5)
The “voice of the trumpet” precedes and announces the presence of God and the LORD (Exodus 19:16-19, Exodus 20:18, I Thessalonians 4:16), announced the jubilee (Leviticus 25:9), was blown on solemn days, beginning of the months, over burnt offerings and over the sacrifices of peace offerings (Numbers 10:10, Psalm 81:3), preceded the transporting of the ark (Joshua 6:8, II Samuel 6:15, I Chronicles 15:28), blown during war (Joshua 6:4-20), they gather the people (Judges 3:27; 6:34, Matthew 24:31, I Corinthians 15:52, I Thessalonians 4:16), used to warn of the enemy approaching and give the alarm to prepare for battle (Judges 7:8,18-22, Nehemiah 4:18-20, Jeremiah 4:19, I Corinthians 14:8), gave announcements and direction to the people (I Samuel 13:3, II Samuel 2:28, II Samuel 18:16, Isaiah 18:3, Jeremiah 4:5), announced kings (I Kings 1:34, II Kings 9:13), used to alert people of their transgression and their sins (Isaiah 58:1, Hosea 8:1, Joel 2:15), and used to warn and release God’s judgements (Amos 2:2, Amos 3:6, Zephaniah 1:16, Zechariah 9:14, The Revelation 8 & 9). The voice of the LORD is as the sound of a trumpet (The Revelation 1:9-18). The trumpet announces a new thing that justly reveals His glory, whether it is by war, judgements, or His presence. It alerts us to a change of going from glory to glory, which is imparted in justice.
10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, 11 Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea. (The Revelation 1:10-11)
16 And it came to pass on the third day in the morning, that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of the trumpet exceeding loud; so that all the people that was in the camp trembled. (Exodus 19:16)
We are accountable for blowing our trumpet, speaking with the voice and in the name of our King.
2 Son of man, speak to the children of thy people, and say unto them, When I bring the sword upon a land, if the people of the land take a man of their coasts, and set him for their watchman: 3 If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people; 4 Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head. 5 He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood shall be upon him. But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul. 6 But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman's hand. (Ezekiel 33:2-6)
19 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. (Jeremiah 4:19)
16 Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the
old [everlasting] paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein. 17 Also I set watchmen over you, saying, Hearken to the sound of the trumpet. But they said, We will not hearken. (Jeremiah 6:16-17)
“Horn” in Scripture is also referring to being exalted or lowered in Laodicean (glory) position (Psalm 89:24; 112:9; 132:17, Daniel 8:8, Zechariah 1:21, Luke 1:69 are a few examples). If an unsubmitted soul sounds a trumpet it is to seek the glory of men rather than growing in the LORD from glory to glory.
2 Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. (Matthew 6:2)
“Praise [halal] Him with the psaltery and harp” Psalm 150:3b. The psaltery is the masculine noun “nebel” and also means skin bag. The first two times “nebel” is given in Scripture it is translated as a “bottle” that holds wine in I Samuel 1:24 and I Samuel 10:3; and then later used the same way in I Samuel 25:18, II Samuel 16:1, Jeremiah 13:12. It is also translated as vessels that can be emptied like water jars from the heavens (Job 38:37), to hold glory (Isaiah 22:24), or can be broken in pieces and shaped as earthly vessels (Isiah 30:14, Jeremiah 48:12, Lamentations 4:2). However, “nebel” is most often translated as psaltery, meaning the musical instrument (I Samuel 10:5, II Samuel 6:5, I Kings 10:12, I Chronicles 13:8; 15:16,20,28; 16:5; 25:1,6; II Chronicles 5:12; 9:11; 20:28; 29:25, Nehemiah 12:27, Psalm 33:2; 57:8; 71:22; 81:2; 92:3; 108:2; 144:9, and Isaiah 5:12). It is significant to note that when “psaltery”, the instrument, is given in a positive way, which is the majority of times, it is presented with at least one other kind of instrument, among a group of instruments, or with other instruments and singers. In other words, it works with other instruments. The psaltery is the sound of Sardis, the Holy Spirit’s operation of teaching. The teacher is to be full of much wine or water to pour into another. A teacher gives new information, which is also why we see those whom were appointed (I Chronicles 15:16) to be skillful with the psaltery on Alamoth (I Chronicles 15:20, Psalm 46 introduction). “Alamoth” is a plural feminine noun that means young women of marriageable age; its singular form “`almah”, which means virgin or young woman, is used in Genesis 24:43 below.
20 And Zechariah, and Aziel, and Shemiramoth, and Jehiel, and Unni, and Eliab, and Maaseiah, and Benaiah, with psalteries on Alamoth; (I Chronicles 15:20)
43 Behold, I stand by the well of water; and it shall come to pass, that when the virgin [`almah] cometh forth to draw water, and I say to her, Give me, I pray thee, a little water of thy pitcher to drink; (Genesis 24:43)
A teacher, hopefully knowing and living the material already, gives new (virgin) material to us. The information is presented to us ready to be wed to and in us. Teaching requires a teacher and at least one student, which is why we do not see the psaltery listed by itself to sound by itself. The Holy Spirit is our psaltery (teacher) when we read Jesus Christ, His Word, and become His student of one.
The “nebel” psaltery is also translated as “viol” and appears this way when talking about using the psaltery for evil that displeases the LORD (Isaiah 5:12) and when “viols” or a “viol” is sounding alone without other kinds of instruments. Viols make turbulent noise or chant to scatter words and boast (Isiah 14:11, Amos 5:23, Amos 6:5). Isaiah 14:11 occurs just before the “I wills” quoted above in The fight for the atmosphere. Notice that the spirit of Lucifer’s viols make “noise”, feminine noun “hemyah” from the verb “hamah”, which means to roar, murmur, growl, to be boisterous or turbulent. Amos 5:23 also talks about “the noise of thy songs” with “noise” translated from “hamown”, coming from the same verb “hamah”. Amos 6:5 describes chanting to the sound of the viol [nebel].
9 Hell [sheol] from beneath is moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming: it stirreth up the dead for thee, even all the chief ones of the earth; it hath raised up from their thrones all the kings of the nations. 10 All they shall speak and say unto thee, Art thou also become weak as we? art thou become like unto us? 11 Thy pomp is brought down to the grave, and the noise of thy viols [nebel, psalteries]: 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! (Isaiah 14:9-12)
2 Pass ye unto Calneh, and see; and from thence go ye to Hamath the great: then go down to Gath of the Philistines: be they better than these kingdoms? or their border greater than your border? 3 Ye that put far away the evil day, and cause the seat of violence to come near; 4 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; 5 That chant to the sound of the viol [nebel, psaltery], and invent to themselves instruments of music, like David; 6 That drink wine in bowls, and anoint themselves with the chief ointments: but they are not grieved for the affliction of Joseph. (Amos 6:2-6)
“Praise [halal] Him with the psaltery and harp” Psalm 150:3b. The word translated as harp is the masculine noun “kinnowr”. It is found by itself or with various other instruments, and also with singing. The harp “kinnowr” is first seen in Scripture connected with a son of Lamech and Adah named Jubal (Genesis 4:19-21), who is described as “the father of all such as handle the harp and organ” (Genesis 4:21). Jubal means stream or river and comes from the verb “yabal”, which means to bring or to lead forth. The harp is the sound of the apostle (Ephesians) who is a father able to rule diligently a new Laodicea thing and is connected with being established as a root or shoot “kannah”. Jubal is described as the father of all such as “handle” the harp and organ. The word used for handle is “taphas” and means to take hold on, to seize, to grasp in order to use skillfully.
21 And his brother's name was Jubal: he was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ. (Genesis 4:21)
The harp “kinnowr” was played for gatherings of celebration of departure (Genesis 31:27), rejoicing after the enemy is defeated (II Chronicles 20:28), played in the company of prophets (I Samuel 10:5), used to prophesy and to open dark sayings (I Chronicles 25:3, Psalm 49:4), played before the LORD in praise (II Samuel 6:5, Psalm 33:2; 43:4; 71:22; 98:5; 147:7; 149:3), at the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem (Nehemiah 12:27), played while bringing the ark to Jerusalem (I Chronicles 13:8, I Chronicles 15:28), connected with the expression of joy (I Chronicles 15:16, Isaiah 24:8), turned to mourning (Job 30:31, Isaiah 16:10-11), and played “that thou mayest be remembered” (Isaiah 23:15-18). The harp is also used to excel on “Sheminith” that comes from the verb “natsach”, which means to be made brighter or to lead in music (I Chronicles 15:21, Psalm 6 introduction, Psalm 12 introduction). Recall that the apostolic labouring in God’s grace is when we shine more and more.
21 And Mattithiah, and Elipheleh, and Mikneiah, and Obededom, and Jeiel, and Azaziah, with harps on the Sheminith to excel. (I Chronicles 15:21)
It is to the music of the evangelistic timbrels (drums) and the apostolic harps that the LORD delivers His blows (Isaiah 30:32). And it was the sound of the apostolic harp that David played to cause the evil spirit to depart from Saul (I Samuel 16:14-23). David was initially brought to Saul because he could play the harp with great skill, however he was quickly promoted to armourbearer (I Samuel 16:21).
31 The voice of the LORD will shatter Assyria; with His rod He will strike them down. 32 Every stroke the LORD lays on them with His punishing club will be to the music of timbrels and harps, as He fights them in battle with the blows of His arm. (Isaiah 30:31-32 NIV translation)
18 Then answered one of the servants, and said, Behold, I have seen a son of Jesse the Bethlehemite, that is cunning in playing, and a mighty valiant man, and a man of war, and prudent in matters [speech], and a comely person, and the LORD is with him. (I Samuel 16:18)
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. (I Samuel 16:23)
The apostolic harp and teacher psaltery are mentioned together in I Kings 10:12 as being made for the singers from the “almug” tree, which was also used as the support pillars for the house of the Lord. They are also found sounding together to teach truth and to apostolically rule (Psalm 71:22 below) and are commanded to “awake” (Psalm 57:8, Psalm 108:2). They are again listed together in I Chronicles 16:5 where one of those appointed to minister before the ark with the psaltery and harp was named Jeiel that means “God sweeps away”, “'el” (God) and “ya`ah” (sweeps away) found in Isaiah 28:17. We are to play the teaching psaltery truth and the apostolic harp judgements to sweep away the refuge, shelter for lies.
22 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. (Psalm 71:22)
17 Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet [level]: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place. (Isaiah 28:17)
timbrel and dance
“Praise [halal] Him with the timbrel and dance” Psalm 105:4a. The timbrel and dance are the sound and movement of evangelistic might (Pergamos). The masculine noun “toph” is translated as timbrel, tabret, tambourine, or drum. The sound of the timbrel is made during good celebrations of departures (Genesis 31:27), to celebrate victory from the enemy (Exodus 15:20), played before the LORD when moving the ark (II Samuel 6:5, I Chronicles 13:8), played by prophets (Exodus 15:20, I Samuel 10:5), to greet men with joy coming home from war (Judges 11:34, II Samuel 18:6), to make a joyful noise and praise God (Psalm 81:2; 149:3; 150:4), were played without regard of the work or operation of the Lord (Isaiah 5:12), and to adorn a restored Israel (Jeremiah 31:4). The sound of the evangelistic drum (toph) and apostolic harp are used by God when He fights the Assyrian in battle (Isaiah 30:31-32 given above in harp section).
The masculine noun “machowl” is translated as dance and comes from the verb “chuwl”, which means to twist, turn, turn around and also means to writhe in pain or to wait for. “Machowl” is first seen when God has turned mourning into dancing after seeking mercy and help from Him (Psalm 30:10-11), dance will be restored when Israel is rebuilt and mourning will be turned to joy (Jeremiah 31:4,13). It is done to praise God and His name (Psalm 150:4, Psalm 149:3) and dance can also turn into mourning at the recognition of one’s own sin (Lamentations 5:15-16). The Greek masculine noun “choros”, which means “a dance, dancing”, is given in Scripture to describe music and dancing of celebration (Luke 15:25).
There are three other words used in Scripture for “dancing” or “dance” besides the masculine noun “machowl”. One is the verb “chuwl”, which “machowl” comes from and is given twice in Scripture as “dance” in Judges 21:21 and “danced” in Judges 21:23 below. Recall that “chuwl” means to twist, turn around and also to writhe in pain or to wait for.
20 Therefore they commanded the children of Benjamin, saying, Go and lie in wait in the vineyards; 21 And see, and, behold, if the daughters of Shiloh come out to dance in dances, then come ye out of the vineyards, and catch you every man his wife of the daughters of Shiloh, and go to the land of Benjamin. 22 And it shall be, when their fathers or their brethren come unto us to complain, that we will say unto them, Be favourable unto them for our sakes: because we reserved not to each man his wife in the war: for ye did not give unto them at this time, that ye should be guilty. 23 And the children of Benjamin did so, and took them wives, according to their number, of them that danced, whom they caught: and they went and returned unto their inheritance, and repaired the cities, and dwelt in them. (Judges 21:20-23)
Another word for dance found in Scripture is the verb “karar”, which is given twice in Scripture when David “danced” before the LORD while bringing the ark “into the city of David” (II Samuel 6:14,16). The kind of “karar” dancing that David did refers to moving in a circle or leaping out of strength that springs from rejoicing internally. It is what we do when we “jump for joy” or dance in exhilaration and elation. Hurray! Halleluiah! It’s happening! To dance “machowl”, the word we are currently studying, waits for the beat and moves in response to it. Both are dancing, but one is moved by a joyous heart, the other moves to, waits for, the rhythm of music or the beat of the timbrel.
And then lastly, the feminine noun “mĕchowlah” is also translated as dance or dancing and it comes from the same verb “chuwl” that “machowl” comes from. “Mĕchowlah” is found in the above passage, verse 21, translated as “dances” and describes dancing in both positive (Exodus 15:20, Judges 11:34, I Samuel 18:6; 21:11; 29:5) and negative ways (Exodus 32:19, Song of Songs 6:13). The Greek verb “orcheomai” to dance is also found in Matthew 11:16-19 & Luke 7:31-35 and in negative terms in Matthew 14:6 & Mark 6:22. The significance of the different words used for dancing is that there is a spirit dance (masculine noun “machowl”) and a soul dance (feminine noun “mĕchowlah”) with both words coming from the same verb “chuwl”, which is the action “to dance”. The spirit dance, which is what we are studying, and all of the instruments listed in Palm 150 are talking about sound and movement that come from and by the spirit. They communicate by the spirit of the Spirit and in the Spirit. And as seen in the listed examples above in Scripture, to dance in the soul can be something that is positive or negative. Artists are endowed with different kinds of anointings and will most often produce in the form (vessel shape) that they are purposed to perform in. In other words, musicians who operate more in the expression of the spirit usually keep operating in the expression of the spirit, and those who are skilled in operating in the expression of the soul usually continue to operate in expressing the soul. However, when an artist allows himself to be poured out and then filled again (Jeremiah 48:11) their repertoire can expand. They can also allow a reshaping of their vessel, which then produces a different manifestation and sound. One example would be when a ballad emerges from a hard rock band. This can also be perceived and heard by other examples. Marvin Gaye was a creator who could express the soul well. He was a coverer, not an exposer, which allows us to see and understand the difference between using music in its natural intent rather than using it to tear down and defile man to weaken the nations. When music and dance depict the soul accurately, it offers great blessings and substance to us: Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up” produced by Art Stewart, recorded December 1976 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ayyy-03ITDg. And when music and dance depict the spirit accurately, it offers great blessings and substance to us: Heart’s “These Dreams” written by Martin Page and Bernie Taupin, released January 1986. Notice the dance of Ann Wilson and Ben Smith on percussion and drums https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DLeH2FWFTE. There is also music that can express both the spirit and the soul. And again, when music depicts the spirit and soul accurately, it offers great blessings and substance to us: The O'Neill Brothers’ cover of “Taps” from their 2006 “Celebrate America” album. The bugle call of “Taps” from the 1800’s sheds its anointing still on anyone who plays or hears it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nma1R5woJVI. The spirit calls the soul to come in and take rest.
As mentioned earlier, both the timbrel and dance are the sound and movement of the evangelist (Pergamos). They both work in rhythms and beats; however, the timbrel (drum) can phase lock where dancing reacts to a pulse, it rebounds. What this means is that the timbrel feels the beat and is able to produce the sound simultaneously. They keep the time and produce the time at the same moment. As a side note, those with a strong evangelistic endowment are gifted with being able to do things, arrive, communicate, and be there at just the right time. They are phase locked to God more than any other ministry. Dance rebounds to music and flows as a reaction to rhythm. If the Holy Spirit has been quenched within us or in our surroundings, it is difficult to let our bodies dance because dance reflects victory and participation in His Spirit. We do not dance before we hear; we dance as a result of hearing and knowing. It follows and reacts to pulses or a rhythm and then moves naturally with it. Recall that both the masculine noun “toph” timbrel, drum and the masculine noun “machowl” dance come from the same verb “chuwl”, which means to twist, turn, turn around and also means to writhe in pain or to wait. Both wait on the Spirit of God, although dance is just a bit slower in its expression. To tell the difference between a waiting drum and a drum that does not operate unto the Lord we can use our fingers or our foot as the instrument. When we tap our foot to show we are annoyed or drum our fingers on the counter, that is the misuse of the evangelical drum. However, when we are tapping a conscious rhythm with our foot or finger we can actually feel and hear the different voice drumming from our body. May we beat our timbrels (drums) to the heartbeat of our Father, and may we dance with the flow of His blood.
3 Let them praise His name in the dance [machowl]: let them sing praises unto Him with the timbrel [toph] and harp. (Psalm 149:3)
3 The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee. 4 Again I will build thee, and thou shalt be built, O virgin of Israel: thou shalt again be adorned with thy tabrets [timbrels, toph] and shalt go forth in the dances [machowl] of them that make merry. 5 Thou shalt yet plant vines upon the mountains of Samaria: the planters shall plant, and shall eat them as common things. 6 For there shall be a day, that the watchmen upon the mount Ephraim shall cry, Arise ye, and let us go up to Zion unto the LORD our God. (Jeremiah 31:3-6)
Praise [halal] Him with strings and organs (Psalm 150:4b). The word translated as strings or stringed instruments is the masculine noun “mên” that means part, portion, a part of a thing, or slender threads. It is from an unused root word that means to allocate or allot. “Mên” is found only 2 times in Scripture: translated as “strings” in Psalm 150:4, the verse we are studying, and as “whereby” or “music of the strings” in Psalm 45:8. Psalm 45:8 is given below in both the KJV and NIV. The verse is describing adoration for the King.
8 All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia, out of the ivory palaces, whereby [mên] they have made thee glad. (Psalm 45:8 KJV)
8 All your robes are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia; from palaces adorned with ivory the music of the strings makes you glad. (Psalm 45:8 NIV)
The verb “nagan”, which simply means play or strike strings translated one time as “stringed instruments” (Isaiah 38:20) or “instrument” (Psalm 68:25, Ezekiel 33:32), most often refers to playing any instrument with strings including the harp and timbrel. The feminine noun “nĕgiynah”, seen as Neginoth in the introduction of Psalm 4, 6, 54, 55, 61, 67, 76 and in other various verses (Job 30:9, Psalm 69:12; 77:6, Isaiah 38:20, Lamentations 3:14; 5:14, Habakkuk 3:19) also means song or music produced by stringed instruments. And another word for stringed instruments in Scripture is the masculine noun “`asowr” that means instrument of ten strings (Psalm 33:2, Psalm 92:3, Psalm 144:9). So the strings “mên” of Psalm 150:4 is referring to something more specific and unique as it is not referring to the verb of playing stringed instruments, the sound of the soul playing stringed instruments, or the spirit sound of the ten stringed instrument. “Mên” is a specific spirit sound of strings and is the sound of Philadelphia’s exhortation with exhortation. It is the echoing answer to God’s voice with our spirit when He individually calls us by our name, and we in turn call back to Him, knowing who He is and by His name. As described in the “What is grace?” post, this is not a beckon that occurs only once when we are saved by grace (Ephesians 2:5,8); it is a beckoning that we are to go through many times and how we increase in God’s love more and more. Some translations for the only two verses where the word “mên” is found are translated as having a repeat of two “mên, mên” together. The word “mên” is connected with three other verses describing a smaller group out of a larger group (Judges 5:14, Isaiah 46:3) and a path that the rebellious try to dissuade others from staying on because it confronts them with the Holy One (Isaiah 30:11). These verses are describing the strait gate and narrow path believers (Matthew 7:13-14, Luke 13:24), also referred to as the remnant. Although the remnant is a part of the musical instrument Israel (the Church), not all of Israel are “mên” remnant strings.
Edward MacDowell’s Op. 51, No. 1 “To a Wild Rose” (1896) was written to be played on an instrument of strings, the piano, as it addresses a wild rose. Played by cubus-ads.dk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2V3HV3RBw6s. Notice that this sound goes straight to the ear, and then it floods down to the heart and then to the mind. We call back to it from our heart knowing in our mind what we are doing. Philadelphia is the communion with the LORD that occurs before one goes into labour pains to deliver a nurtured and taught prophetic seed or when going to Sheol to sacrifice for others. It is the beckoning of green horse sacrifice so that others may prosper unto the Lord (I Corinthians 10:24, Philippians 3:10). This is our portion; another cannot do it for us. It is the communication, sound of “mên” strings with God where love is given and exchanged to a wild rose who knows that it will soon be crushed to express its priceless scent into the heavens and into the nostrils of God (Matthew 26:7; 26:42, Mark 14:3-8, Luke 7:37).
To praise [halal] Him with “mên” strings is to return His agapē love (I John 4:7-9) that He gives to us. We echo back to Him love, and our voice will be able to sound “mên” strings love to others. It is the sound that Psalm 150:4 exhorts us to praise God with, that comes from our spirit that is able to be played for Him when we have entered into the strait gate and agapē loved others. In order to sound “mên” strings it requires practice, anointing, preparation, and the appointing of the Lord (Matthew 22:14).
“Praise Him with strings and organs” Psalm 150:4b. The word for organs is the masculine noun “`uwgab” found 4 times in Scripture, which means pipes, fistula, or composed of many pipes, and comes from the Hebrew verb “`agab” which means doted in the context to breathe or to blow after in affection or lust. The Greek masculine noun “aulos”, found once (I Corinthians 14:7), is referring to the same instrument and is also connected with breathing or to blowing and translated as pipe (KJV) or flute in most other translations. But pipe, also a masculine noun, “chaliyl” (Hebrew) is a different word than “`uwgab” organ that we are studying in Psalm 150:4b because it comes from the verb “chalal” meaning to begin, profane, pollute, wounded, or break because it is pierced — as a pipe is perforated. The “chaliyl” pipe, or flute in some translations, is found when rejoicing with great joy (I Kings 1:40), with other instruments in the company of prophets (I Samuel 10:5), connected with gladness of heart (Isaiah 30:29) or lamenting of the heart (Jeremiah 48:36). Psalm 5’s introduction for/upon “Nehiloth”, translated as flute or pipe, is from the same “chaliyl” and is filled with much heartfelt communication from David to the LORD.
Unlike the strings in Psalm 150:4b where strings are a part of the larger group of stringed instruments, “`uwgab” organs refer to the whole of instruments that one blows including the pipe or flute. In other words, the pipe or flute is a subset of “`uwgab” organs. “`Uwgab” organ is first seen in Scripture in Genesis 4:21 where Jubal, a son of Lamech, was “the father of all such that handle” the harp and the organ. Recall from the harp section above that Jubal means stream or river and comes from the verb “yabal”, which means to bring or to lead forth. The word used for “handle” below is “taphas” and means to take hold on, to seize, to grasp in order to use skillfully. So the father of all such that handle the apostolic harp and pastoral organ are found together quite early in Genesis as God ordained them to be.
21 And his brother's name was Jubal: he was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ. (Genesis 4:21)
The organs “`uwgab” is the sound of pastoral ministering (Thyatira). In addition to Genesis 4:21 above, “`uwgab” is found as giving the sound that the wicked rejoice to (Job 21:12), can be turned from its sound into the voice of them who weep (Job 30:31), and then to praise God (Psalm 150:4b that we are currently studying). As mentioned earlier, the masculine noun “`uwgab” comes from the verb “`agab” which means doted in the context to breathe or to blow after in affection or lust. “`Agab” is found 7 times in Scripture and all are presented in negative terms as “doting” by those committing whoredoms (Ezekiel 23:5,7,9,12,16,20) and is also translated as “lovers” in Jeremiah 4:30 below. The Ezekiel accounts of “`agab” doting (all in chapter 23) are referring to God’s people, inside the formal traditional church structures and outside of it, playing the harlot for temporal pleasures; and we are also reminded that the pastoral ministry is the most susceptible to the spirit of Jezebel (The Revelation 2:20-23). Notice below that the daughter of Zion is going through childbirth agony while the cities of Judah and Jerusalem put on ornaments and eye make-up to “make thyself fair.” These are talking about the temporal material and emotional blessing seekers.
30 And when thou art spoiled, what wilt thou do? Though thou clothest thyself with crimson, though thou deckest thee with ornaments of gold, though thou rentest thy face [eyes] with painting, in vain shalt thou make thyself fair; thy lovers will despise thee, they will seek thy life. 31 For I have heard a voice as of a woman in travail, and the anguish as of her that bringeth forth her first child, the voice of the daughter of Zion, that bewaileth herself, that spreadeth her hands, saying, Woe is me now! for my soul is wearied because of murderers. (Jeremiah 4:30-31)
The pastoral ministry is not a temporal ministry, it has eternal manifestations. For without it prophetic seeds cannot grow in the womb. Recall that the pastoral ministry ministers unto a new prophetic seed in the dark as it is nurtured and taught until it is ready to be manifested in the light (God’s grace cycle). But the pastoral organs do not stop there; they then become doters of the other ministries in order for them to grow from army to army (evangelist), faith to faith (prophetic), and shine more and more (apostolic). The key to understanding how to praise Him with organs is found by contrasting the doting seen in the Jeremiah 4:30-31 passage above. 1) thou clothest thyself in crimson: Pastor organs are to clothe with white linens of righteousness, not in crimson. It is the garments of God’s warriors that become red with blood stains in doing the Lord’s evangelistic work (Isaiah 63:1-6, The Revelation 19:13). 2) though thou deckest thee with ornaments of gold: Pastor organs are to nurture gold prophetic seeds unto the Lord to develop and grow into their own individual call, not to deckest themselves with another’s prophetic gold to use for their temporal self-ornamentation. Pastor “`uwgab” organs recognize that wealth given to another by God is not theirs to wear or own. 3) though thou rentest [to tear or make wide] thy eyes with painting: Pastor organs are to open apostolic spiritual eyes so that they can judge with clarity, not with optical illusions. Pastors are to serve butter and honey so one “can know to refuse evil, and choose the good” (Isaiah 7:15) and they can see if something is in or around our eyes that can obstruct our view. Pastor organs are the fine tuners or prescription glasses of the apostolic to see in focus. — When we clothe ourselves to conquer men, use and display the wealth of another’s prophetic seeds, or paint to distort perception (eyesight) of another we are unprofitable Canaanite pastors who transform into Jebusite apostolic murderers of the eternal calls of God’s people (verse 31 above). Recall in Genesis 4:21 quoted above that Jubal was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ when the instruments were crafted. God intended and ordained the apostolic harp to strum and pluck diligent judgements and for the pastoral organs to equip warriors, nurture prophetic seeds, and correct apostolic eyes.
To dote on a person is where we put our affections, and where we like to nurture or minister. It is who and where we put our spiritual energy to breathe into. So what God is speaking of by praising Him with pastor “`uwgab” organs, would be to set our affections, dote, breathe into the pastor organs. This is a rare sound that is not often heard, but has started to emerge (Jeremiah 23:1-4). When we adorn evangelists for conquering, nurture prophetic calls, and correct apostles unto Him we are adorning Him and praising Him with pastor “`uwgab” organs. The sound of spirit pastor organs pleases God.
loud cymbals and resounding cymbals
“Praise [halal] Him upon the loud cymbals: praise [halal] Him upon the resounding cymbals” Psalm 150:5. Both cymbals are the same masculine noun “tsĕlatsal”, which means whirring, a tingling, clinking, or the sound of wings. “Tsĕlatsal” comes from the verb “tsalal” that means to tingle or quiver and also is connected to being submerged or to sink. The “tsĕlatsal” cymbals are not played in a company of prophets as the psaltery, timbrel, pipe (not organs) and harp are (I Samuel 10:5). And they are not referring to the cymbals from the dual feminine noun “mĕtseleth”, which is translated also as “cymbals” but found only in its dual form, meaning a pair of cymbals. The dual cymbals “mĕtseleth” are played before God when moving the ark and appointed to minister before the ark (I Chronicles 13:8; 15:16,19,28; 16:5,42), made of brass (I Chronicles 15:19), used for service of the house of God (I Chronicles 25:1,6, II Chronicles 5:12,13; 29:25), played when the foundation of the temple was laid (Ezra 3:10), and at the dedication of the wall (Nehemiah 12:27). They are not the same kind of cymbals we are studying in Psalm 150. So once again, the cymbals in Psalm 150:5 are the spirit voice that requires further explanation.
The “tsĕlatsal” cymbals are the sound of the Holy Spirit’s voice of prophecy (Smyrneans). Unlike the cymbals that are in the company of prophets as mentioned earlier, the cymbals we are studying in Psalm 150:5 have a different purpose and sound. The first time “tsĕlatsal” is given in Scripture it is translated as “locust” in Deuteronomy 28:42 that states, “All thy trees and fruit of the land shall the locust possess,” referring to those who “wilt not hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all His commandments and His statutes” (Deuteronomy 28:15). The word locust in Deuteronomy 28:42 is not the same word used for the locusts that were one of the plagues in Egypt (Exodus 10:4-15) or seen in other places including Deuteronomy 28:38 that talks about locusts consuming the field even though much seed was put into it, which is just 4 verses before the prophetic locust “tsĕlatsal” in Deuteronomy 28:42 that possess trees and fruit. So right at the beginning we see that when God’s sound of His prophetic cymbals is not hearkened to, the same voice will possess one’s spiritual fruitfulness and trees. Trees refer to spiritual strength and steadfastness. This is a built in truth about the prophetic ministry in general. There is no position of neutrality that can be maintained with regard to prophecy. One cannot say “I neither accept nor reject” what the LORD is saying as though they are forcing a draw to create distance between themselves and the sound their spirit had heard. These are those who do not receive a prophets reward (Matthew 10:40-42). When a prophetic word or seed comes into a person’s life, they cannot unhear the “tsĕlatsal” cymbal because it is their time for walking into God’s prosperity after being established by believing in the LORD (II Chronicles 20:20). If God’s prophecies are refused, spiritual fruitfulness and spiritual strength are consumed by the same words. This is why the “tsĕlatsal” cymbals are found as the possessor (locust) of trees and fruit (Deuteronomy 28:42), as fish spears (Job 41:7), and also as shadowing with wings (Isaiah 18:1). The other 2 places “tsĕlatsal” cymbals are found in Scripture are when they were played with other instruments before the LORD (II Samuel 6:5) and to praise Him in Psalm 150:5, the verse we are studying and used for both the loud “cymbals” and resounding “cymbals”. To put this in an example, when our spirit hears “believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31) we cannot unhear this spiritual prophetic truth. If we reject these words, the power of the words, the “tsĕlatsal” locust, will possess and eat our spiritual trees and fruit. In other words, we are accountable for what we heard.
The root word for “tsĕlatsal” (cymbals) is the verb “tsalal” that means to tingle and is used when talking about both ears tingling “tsalal” and lips that quivered “tsalal” as a response to hearing something extremely intense that the ears hear of what God will do or bring about (I Samuel 3:11, II Kings 21:12, Jeremiah 19:3, Habakkuk 3:16).
10 And the LORD spake by his servants the prophets, saying, 11 Because Manasseh king of Judah hath done these abominations, and hath done wickedly above all that the Amorites did, which were before him, and hath made Judah also to sin with his idols: 12 Therefore thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Behold, I am bringing such evil upon Jerusalem and Judah, that whosoever heareth of it, both his ears shall tingle. (II Kings 21:10-12)
“Tsalal” is also a primitive root word that means to tumble down or sink. It is only seen one time in Scripture (Exodus 15:10) in the song that was sung unto the LORD by Moses and the children of Israel and is describing what happened to the enemy. Here is part of the song below with “tsalal” translated as sank.
8 And with the blast of thy nostrils the waters were gathered together, the floods stood upright as an heap, and the depths were congealed in the heart of the sea. 9 The enemy said, I will pursue, I will overtake, I will divide the spoil; my lust shall be satisfied upon them; I will draw my sword, my hand shall destroy them. 10 Thou didst blow with thy wind, the sea covered them: they sank as lead in the mighty waters. 11 Who is like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders? (Exodus 15:8-11)
Both kinds of “tsĕlatsal” cymbals in Psalm 150:5 declare the gravity of God’s actions and His prophetic Word. He sounds with “tsĕlatsal” cymbals that something will happen that will tingle our ears because of its weighted significance and because it is from God or talking about God. When “tsĕlatsal” cymbals are heard and played we grow from faith to faith.
The first kind of cymbals listed in Psalm 150:5 are called “loud” cymbals. To praise [halal] God with loud cymbals means that it is spiritually audible. The word translated as “loud” is the masculine noun “shema`” that means report or a hearing. It means that something was actually heard, like a report. It is a sound that is taken in by the ear.
5 I have heard of thee by the hearing [shema`] of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee. (Job 42:5)
44 As soon as they hear [shema`] of me, they shall obey me: the strangers shall submit themselves unto me. (Psalm 18:44)
2 O LORD, I have heard thy speech [shema`], and was afraid: O LORD, revive thy work in the midst of the years, in the midst of the years make known; in wrath remember mercy. (Habakkuk 3:2)
We are warned to not carry or raise a false (empty) “shema`”.
1 Thou shalt not raise a false report [shema`]: put not thine hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous witness. (Exodus 23:1)
The sound of loud cymbals (shema` tsĕlatsal) is the sound of reporting God’s prophetic word to be audible. It declares reports or tidings about what He has done, is doing, and will do. God holds us accountable for these sounds because they are recorded in our spirit. And this is why the prophets are killed to prevent them from speaking.
The second type of cymbals to praise God in Psalm 150:5 are the “tĕruw`ah” resounding cymbals. “Tĕruw`ah” is a feminine noun to describe this particular kind of masculine noun “tsĕlatsal” cymbal, which is a key in helping us to understand what they are. “Tĕruw`ah” is translated by the KJV as “high sounding”, but it really is a loud shout, alarm, or loud rejoicing and is often found when referring to the “alarm” or “sound” of a trumpet (Leviticus 23:24, Numbers 10:5-6, Psalm 47:5, Amos 2:2, Zephaniah 1:16, to give a few examples), the sound of many people shouting (Joshua 6:5,20; I Samuel 4:5, to name a few), and in other examples of blowing alarms, shouting, or expressing joy. The significance is that it can only be sounded by the spirit in response to hearing the first “shema`” cymbals the way the “machowl” dance follows the “toph” timbrel rhythm. The prophetic “tĕruw`ah” cymbals have power in them because their sound can only be made after hearing and believing His report. Put another way, God’s loud “shema`” cymbals are reported and recorded in our spirits that put power, God’s prosperity (II Chronicles 20:20) into us; that power is then released by our spirits by sounding the resounding “tĕruw`ah” cymbals. We see this exemplified when the wall of Jericho fell down in Joshua 6:1-20. The people heard, believed, and obeyed God’s instructions that put His power into them that was then discharged in their great resounding shout [“tĕruw`ah”].
20 So the people shouted when the priests blew with the trumpets: and it came to pass, when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout [“tĕruw`ah”], that the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city. (Joshua 6:20)
15 Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound [tĕruw`ah]: they shall walk, O LORD, in the light of thy countenance. (Psalm 89:15)
3 Sing unto Him a new song; play skillfully with a loud noise [tĕruw`ah]. (Psalm 33:3)
Both types of spirit cymbals given in Psalm 150:5 are one sided, unlike the earlier mentioned soul feminine noun “mĕtseleth” that are also translated as “cymbals” that are a pair that clash, or also crash, each other to make their sound. The cymbals that Psalm 150 speaks of are struck from the outside and then their sound radiates within them and then from them, like the ripples of water that disperse after calm water is disturbed by a large stone. No one can deny when they hear in their spirit Jesus Christ coming into their midst. Jesus obeyed the prophetic shema` cymbal of the Father, and Jesus then became the prophetic tĕruw`ah cymbal on earth.
6 And when the Philistines heard the noise of the shout [tĕruw`ah], they said, What meaneth the noise of this great shout [tĕruw`ah] in the camp of the Hebrews? And they understood that the ark of the LORD was come into the camp. (I Samuel 4:6)
As stated earlier, the blowing of the trumpet is often connected with the blowing resounding “tĕruw`ah” noise that describes the sound coming from the second type of cymbal listed in Psalm 150:5. This brings us back to the beginning of the list of instruments in Psalm 150:3. The “tĕruw`ah” resounding shout of the trumpets to alarm, to gather, and to give direction (Numbers 10:5,6) are blown at the time the King leads us to sound them. This also reminds us that it is by God’s prophetic seeds, given by the Holy Spirit and then nurtured and taught within us, that will lead, ripple with birth pangs to Laodicean manifestation in the sound of trumpets at the time the seed is openly birthed and is viable outside of the prophetic womb. We are admonished to praise the LORD upon prophetic loud cymbals and prophetic resounding cymbals.
The nature of God’s sounds and colors
We have just opened the door to the study of instruments. The study of the sounds that we are to produce from the spirit by the Holy Spirit through Jesus Christ. The voice of the Spirit in instruments and dance are as follows: trumpets are the voice of Laodicea imparting of God’s glory; psaltery of the teacher’s filling to abound; harp of apostolic ruling; drum and dance of evangelistic fruitfulness, might, and joy; strings of Philadelphia echoing love; organs of true pastoral ministering; loud cymbals of His prophetic Word and resounding cymbals of prophetic action. These are the Spirit sounds that we are exhorted to praise [halal] the LORD with. Below are the verses before and after the list of instruments to show the depth of where these sounds go and what they do.
1 Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in His sanctuary: praise Him in the firmament of His power. 2 Praise Him for His mighty acts: praise Him according to His excellent greatness. 3 Praise Him with the sound of... 6 Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD. (Psalm 150:1-3a,6)
How perfect and good that this is the passage that closes the book of Psalms. And as all things with God, He is more, He is purer, and He is better than what we can possibly imagine. We have just begun. There are now the combinations of sounds that can be heard when instruments are found together in Scripture and in life. These are the various combinations of how the Holy Spirit labours when one, some, or all of the candlesticks are lit in any combination that the Lord chooses. We are now given insight into other verses when we see different combinations of instruments being played and understand what operation of the Holy Spirit is being utilized, manifested, or needed. They are the solo, they are the trio, the quartet, the orchestra, the rock band, the opera, chamber music, the hoedown, jazz, the blues, rap, a mother’s hum. And sometimes they are the accents to life like the office background music, the soundtracks, the special effects, and what we listen to on the way home. They are specific colors that can be blended to make other colors. They are the expression of the prophet, blended with a touch of the evangelist, with an extra helping of Philadelphian love. Or maybe the timbrel beat of walking against the sidewalk before a scheduled meeting or the rev of a dirt bike making it up a hill. Life in Him that comes from our moving and breathing is heard by Him. And then a flat, then a sharp, backbeat, ⅞ time, a waltz, variations of tempo, variation of intensity. Then we have a pluck, the bow, close to the body, touching the body, the synthesizer, the need for a stick or percussion brush, moisture on the reed, a slide, a vibrato, a pause. And then the singer is added to the mix, which requires an article of their own, as their instrument is made of flesh. All describe the different labours of the Holy Spirit working together or apart in us to produce Melchizedek priestly sounds that reflect our labours unto the Lord. We can serve Him and others in so many ways that are pleasing to Him. Praise [halal] ye the LORD, let everything that hath breath praise [halal] Him (Psalm 150:6).
May we see now that God is the great craftsman of sound. His vastness of variety gives us the uniqueness of each voice. Sounds and color reflect Him because He is the giver of sound, the giver of light, the Creator of the voice, the Creator of all frequencies and intensities. There is One God. We do not do as Lucifer, who takes a little here, denies a lot there, to mix together sounds designed to weaken the nations and are destructive to our soul, weaken our spirit, and used to defile the flesh. God’s music is designed to not only praise Him, but it also expands, strengthens, and develops His wealth in us in all areas of His grace. When those in Satan’s army use music apart from its natural use, they turn away from or deny the Holy Spirit, which is why Satan’s song, given above in the “I wills”, has no Philadelphia echo of God’s love or manifestation of God’s Laodicean glory.
The breastplate of judgement that the priests wore had 12 different kinds of gems and stones, and was made with gold and different fabric colorings (Exodus 25:7; 28:15-30). Let us desire to wear the full breastplate in its full variety of colors and textures of His judgements, righteousness (Ephesians 6:14), faith and love (I Thessalonians 5:8). May we have no desire to take out stones that leave empty settings, evangelistic timbrels “toph”, which leave a void and hollowness instead of a place for the Holy Spirit’s breath to breathe into so that each stone can emit His light and their song through (Ezekiel 28:11-19). And let us not seek to take out a single magical stone, or color, or frequency to use its power to become wise, to become famous, to make ourselves like God, when He has already made us gods to wear and sound all of His colors within us and to manifest them: “Ye are gods; and all of you are sons of the Most High” Psalm 82:6, also found in John 10:34-38.