2 Peter 3 Marks of the End Time MockersBecause the Grace Centered Magazine proposes to speak for the Church of Christ but endorses only those who are ANTI-church of Christ and its non-instrumental 2,000 year old practices, and casts out those who disagree, can we assume that Grace Centered Magazine Forum endorses what it posts? If so,
4.30.11 John T. Willis 2. "Sing" is vocal; "make melody" is instrumental. Psalms 33:2-3; 144:9; 149:1, 3 make this crystal clear. Amos 5:23 further verifies this reality. People forget that God turned Israel over to worship the starry host because of musical idolatry at Mount Sinai. The Levites were under the KING and the COMMANDERS of the army: they made war and not worship. We will examine these passages in context.
Grace Centered is endorsing Judgment Day, May 21
The Grace-Centered Magazine reference reads:
"About 5,000 years later God wrote in His Holy Bible in 2 Peter Chapter 3 about this worldwide destruction by water in the days of Noah. In the same chapter He also warned that the time would come when Holy God would destroy the whole world by fire. Our entire universe would be forever destroyed. In between these two declarations of worldwide destruction that would come because of sin God made a very important statement. God declared in 2 Peter 3:8:LET'S ASSUME THAT 2 PETER 3 INTENDS TO SET A DATE FOR THE END OF THE WORLD, LET'S TAKE LIBERTY AND UNDERSTAND THE SIGNS OR MARKS OF THE TERMINAL DATE.
But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
In 2 Peter 3:8, which is quoted above, Holy God reminds us that one day is as 1,000 years. Therefore, with the correct understanding that the seven days referred to in Genesis 7:4 can be understood as 7,000 years, we learn that when God told Noah there were seven days to escape worldwide destruction, He was also telling the world there would be exactly 7,000 years (one day is as 1,000 years) to escape the wrath of God that would come when He destroys the world on Judgment Day. Because Holy Infinite God is all-knowing, He knows the end from the beginning. He knew how sinful the world would become.
Seven thousand years after 4990 B.C. (the year of the Flood) is the year 2011 A.D. (our calendar)
In 2 Peter 1 He plans to leave a "memory" of his eye-- and ear-- witness of the risen Lord. He defines the prophecies and the prophecies made more perfect as the sole teaching resource fof disciples of Christ. He denies that any human has the right to private interpretate of further expound the Word. That would deny that Jesus Christ supplied all that pertains to life and godliness. Grace is NOT permissive:
Grace Centered Magazine rejects the principle of CENI which gives God the right to define what He wants people to do. The MARK OF THE END TIME in chapter one MARKS those who do not teach the Word of Christ in the prophecies made more perfect.
2 Peter 1:2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto youPeter is following the example of Jesus who branded the Scribes and Pharisees as hypocrited and in the Ezekiel 33 example Christ named self-speak preachers, singers and instrument players. When you see and HEAR the SOUNDS of wind, string and percussion instruments according to Isaiah 30 it is God driving His enemies into "hell."
through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,
2 Peter 1:3 According as his divine power
hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness,
through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
Titus 2:11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,2 Peter 1:16 For we have not followed cunningly [sophizo] devised fables,
Titus 2:12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts,
we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
Titus 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
Titus 2:14 Who gave himself for us,
that he might redeem us from all iniquity,
and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
soph-izō , II. Med. sophizomai , with aor. Med. and pf. Pass. (v. infr.), practise an art to be scientific, speculate, “kharienta kai sopha Id.Av.1401; 4. 'counter' by a device, “sophizetai tēn bian tou mēkhanēmatos”sophos , ē, on, A.skilled in any handicraft or art, clever, Margites Fr.2; but in this sense mostly of poets and musicians, Pi.O.1.9, P.1.42, 3.113; en kithara s.Aristoph. Birds 1401 The Parricide departs, and the dithyrambic poet Cinesias arrives.
Cinesias Singing. “On my light pinions I soar off to Olympus; in its capricious flight my Muse flutters along the thousand paths of poetry in turn ...”Fables are myths from MUO [to shut the mouth: music forces the lambs to be silent before the slaughter]
Muthos 2. fiction (Opposite. logos, historic truth) Hes. WD 194 “epos kai muthos” Od.11.561; opp. “ergon, muthōn te rhētēr' emenai prēktēra te ergōn” Il.9.443, cf. 19.242Sophis-tęs ,A. master of one's craft, adept, expert, of diviners, Hdt.2.49; of poets, “meletan sophistais prosbalon” Pi.I.5(4).28, cf. Cratin.2; of musicians, “sophistēs . . parapaiōn khelun” A.Fr.314, cf. Eup.447, Pl.Com. 140; sophistē Thrēki (sc. Thamyris) E.Rh.924, cf. Ath.14.632c: with modal words added, “hoi s. tōn hierōn melōn” (religious melody: God does not speak to the wise or sophists)Pind. 0. 1 From there glorious song enfolds the wisdom of poets, so that they loudly sing  the son of Cronus, when they arrive at the rich and blessed hearth of Hieron, who wields the scepter of law in Sicily of many flocks, reaping every excellence at its peak, and is glorified  by the choicest music, which we men often play around his hospitable table. Come, take the Dorian lyre down from its peg, if the splendor of Pisa and of Pherenicus placed your mind under the influence of sweetest thoughts,
Yes, there are many marvels, and yet I suppose the speech of mortals beyond the true account can be deceptive,
stories adorned with embroidered lies;
 and Grace, who fashions all gentle things for men,
confers esteem and often contrives to make believable the unbelievable.
But the days to come are the wisest witnesses.
Embroidered lies Poikilos
2. of Art, p. humnos a song of changeful strain or full of diverse art, Pi.O.6.87; “poikilon kitharizōn” Id.N.4.14; “dedaidalmenoi pseudesi poikilois muthoi” Id.O.1.29; of style, “lexis poiētikōtera kai p.” Isoc.15.47 (Comp.); “skhēmatismoi” D.H.Is.3.
Fables are myths from MUO [to shut the mouth: music forces the lambs to be silent before the slaughter]
Hdt. 2.49 Now then, it seems to me that Melampus son of Amytheon was not ignorant of but was familiar with this sacrifice. For Melampus was the one who taught the Greeks the name of Dionysus and the way of sacrificing to him and the phallic procession; he did not exactly unveil the subject taking all its details into consideration, for the teachers who came after him made a fuller revelation; but it was from him that the Greeks learned to bear the phallus along in honor of Dionysus, and they got their present practice from his teaching.  I say, then, that Melampus acquired the prophetic art, being a discerning man, and that, besides many other things which he learned from Egypt, he also taught the Greeks things concerning Dionysus, altering few of them; for I will not say that what is done in Egypt in connection with the god and what is done among the Greeks originated independently: for they would then be of an Hellenic character and not recently introduced.  Nor again will I say that the Egyptians took either this or any other custom from the Greeks. But I believe that Melampus learned the worship of Dionysus chiefly from Cadmus of Tyre and those who came with Cadmus from Phoenicia to the land now called Boeotia.Pind. I. 5 But my heart  cannot taste songs without telling of the race of Aeacus. I have come with the Graces for the sons of Lampon to this well-governed city. If Aegina turns her steps to the clear road of god-given deeds, then do not grudge  to mix for her in song a boast that is fitting recompense for toils. In heroic times, too, fine warriors gained fame, and they are celebrated with lyres and flutes in full-voiced harmonies for time beyond reckoning. Heroes who are honored by the grace of Zeus provide a theme for skilled poets:II. from late v B.C., a Sophist, i.e. one who gave lessons in grammar, rhetoric, politics, mathematics, for money,
goēs A. sorcerer, wizard, Phoronis 2, Hdt.2.33,4.105, Pl.R. 380d, Phld.Ir.p.29 W.; “g. epōdos Ludias apo khthonos” E.Ba.234, cf. Hipp.1038; prob. f.l. for boēsi Hdt.7.191.
2. juggler, cheat, “deinos g. kai pharmakeus kai sophistēs” Pl.Smp.203d; “magos kai g.” Aeschin.3.137:
GOD ABANDONED ISRAEL TO THE KING, KINGDOM, TEMPLE, SACRIFICIAL SYSTEM AND MUSICAL MAGIC
Jewish Virtual Library: DIONYSUS, CULT OF, the cult of the Greek god of wine and fertility. The non-Jews of Alexandria and Rome alleged that the cult of Dionysus was widespread among Jews. Plutarch tarch gives a Bacchanalian interpretation to the Feast of Tabernacles:"After the festival called 'the fast' [the Day of Atonement], during the vintage, the Jews place tables laden with different fruits in booths of thickets woven from vines and ivy. Their first festival is called by them Sukkah (σκηνή). A few days later, the Jews celebrate another festival, which one may simply call a Bacchanalian festival. For this is a festival on which the Jews carry fig branches and sticks adorned with ivy and carry them into the Temple. One does not know" – adds Plutarch – "what they do in the Temple. It seems reasonable to suppose that they practice rites in honor of Bacchus. For they blow small horns as the people of Argos do during the festival of Dionysus, and call upon their god. Others, who are called Levites, walk in front, either in allusion to Lysios (λύσιος) – perhaps 'the god who attenuatescurses' – or because they call out 'Euius,' i.e., Bacchus."
See Ezekiel 8 and the worship of Tammuz in the temple.
QUESTION VI. What God is Worshipped by the Jews.In Revelation 17 the Babylon Mother of Harlots uses lusted after fruits as preachers, singers and intrument players: John calls them sorcerers and says that they will be cast alive into the Lake of Fire.
When all the company requested and earnestly begged it of him; first of all (says he), the time and manner of the greatest and most holy solemnity of the Jews is exactly agreeable to the holy rites of Bacchus; for that which they call the Fast they celebrate in the midst of the vintage, furnishing their tables with all sorts of fruits while they sit under tabernacles made of vines and ivy; and the day which immediately goes before this they call the day of Tabernacles. Within a few days after they celebrate another feast, not darkly but openly, dedicated to Bacchus, for they have a feast amongst them called Kradephoria, from carrying palm-trees, and Thyrsophoria, when they enter into the temple carrying thyrsi. What they do within I know not; but it is very probable that they perform the rites of Bacchus. First they have little trumpets, such as the Grecians used to have at their Bacchanalia to call upon their gods withal.Others go before them playing upon harps, which they call Levites,
` whether so named from Lusius or Evius,— either word agrees with Bacchus.
And I suppose that their Sabbaths have some relation to Bacchus; for even now many call the Bacchi by the name of Sabbi, and they make use of that word at the celebration of Bacchus’s orgies.
And this may be discovered out of Demosthenes and Menander. Nor would it be out of place, were any one to say that the name Sabbath was given to this feast from the agitation and excitement which the priests of Bacchus display. The Jews themselves witness no less;
for when they keep the Sabbath, they invite one another to drink till they are drunk;
or if they chance to be hindered by some more weighty business,
it is the fashion at least to taste the wine.
In 2 Peter 2 Peter MARKS those who corrupt the Word by the use of the performing arts to make the lambs dumb before the slaughter.
2 Peter 2:10 But chiefly them that
walk after the FLESH in the lust of uncleanness,
and despise government. Presumptuous are they,
selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities. [i.e. Lie TO God and ABOUT God]
2 Peter 2:11 Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might,
bring not railing accusation against them before the Lord.
2 Peter 2:12 But these, as natural [instinctive] brute [Anti-Logical] brute beasts, [Zoon, Zao, Zoe]
made to be taken and destroyed,
speak evil of the things that they understand not; [through lack of knowledge]
and shall utterly perish in their own corruption;
Natural: G5446 phusikos foo-see-kos' From G5449 [natural descent] ; “physical”, that is, (by implication) instinctive:--natural. Compare G5591They are ANTI MIND: G3539 noieō noy-eh'-o From G3563 ; to exercise the mind (observe), that is, (figuratively) to comprehend, heed: consider, perceive, think, understand.
III. later, belonging to occult laws of nature, magical, ph. pharmaka spells or amulets, Alex. Trall.1.15; “phusikois khrēsthai” Gp.2.18.8; ph. therapeia ib.2.42.3; ph. daktulioi Sch.Ar.Pl.884. Adv. “-kōs” Gp.9.1.5.
Bruit: G249 alogos [Anti-Logical] al'-og-os From G1 (as a negative particle) and G3056 ; irrational:--brute, unreasonable. alogos , on,
The word LOGOS as in speaking in the church is the OPPOSITE to music and poetry.
Beasts: G2226 zōon dzo'-on Neuter of a derivative of G2198 [Zao, Zoe] ; a live thing, that is, an animal:--beast: ZOE also means to "make a living by religious means." BEASTS are identified as the Massed Multitudes MARKS that Jesus isn't there..
contemptuously, hopōs hē khōra tou toioutou zōou kathara gignētai may be free from this kind of animal (i.e. beggars), Pl.Lg. 936c; z. ponēron, of women, Secund
graus , gen. gra_os, hę: Ion. gręus , gręos, voc. gręu: poet. also gręüs , voc. gręü: barbarous voc. grao in Ar.Th.1222: nom. pl. graes Ar.Fr.350 , Timocl.25: acc. graus E.Andr.612 , etc.:--old woman, Hom., esp. in Od., 1.191, al., A.Eu.38, etc.; g. palaię Od. 19.346 : prov., graôn huthlos old wives' fables, Pl.Tht.176b: with Subst., g. gunę E.Tr.490 , Ar. Th.345, D.19.283: Com., ho graus of an old man, Ar.Th.1214 cod. R.Speak Evil: G987 blasphēmeō From G989 ; to vilify; specifically to speak impiously:--(speak) blaspheme (-er, -mously, -my), defame, rail on, revile, speak evil.
Understand Not: G50 agnoeō ag-no-eh'-o, not to know (through lack of information or intelligence); by implication to ignore (through disinclination):(be) ignorant (-ly), not know, not understand, unknown.
Corruption: G5356 phthora fthor-ah' From G5351 ; decay, that is, ruin (spontaneous or inflicted, literally or figuratively):--plague take thee! away with thee, corruption, destroy, perish. deprave
Phtheiro b. with a Prep., luroidou, phtheiresthai pros tous plousious, of hangers-on and flatterers,
Luroidou “akouō se lurōdou gunaikos eran kai eis ekeinēs phtheiromenon pasan tēn ephēmeron agran katatithesthai
A.one who sings to the lyre, harmonia meaning: In music, stringing, of bows and lyres,
musical scale, generally music: rhythm, acting, dancing.
hudr-aulęs one who plays the water organ
Corruption Hebrew: H2490 châlal khaw-lal' figuratively to profane..
denominatively (from H2485) to play (the flute), take inheritance, pipe, player on instruments, pollute,
(cast as) profane [of Lucifer](self), prostitute
- Peter reminds of the universal fact: the Spirit of Christ speaks spiritual truth through the prophets and apostles.
- Christ does not COMMAND instrumental praise for THIS congregation through the Civil-Military-Clergy
- Therefore the LAST DAYS has seen a lurching forth of vipers from Sodom fulfilling prophecies.
- Those who ENABLE or DEFEND such people are co-conspirators.
- Those OF TRUTH know that it is happening.
- Only a handful of original conspirators have been able to MOCK the Word and drag their own congregation into the bushes.
- A larger group has done the LEGALISTIC END RUN with the heresy called Musical Worship Teams CLAIMING the role of Mediator.
- This has all been enabled by turning School of the Bible into a Worship Assembly where the commanded RESOURCE is MOCKED and the style of presentation has the same witchery power as instruments.
There really is no difference because both are spawned by people who are conscious or unconscious AGENTS of Satan.
Jesus MARKED Judas with the SOP which has the same root meaning as PSALLO which has been the wedge. The joke is that all of the proof texts IDENTIFY older males turned wolves and pluck the harp string to seduce the "youth clergy" in ancient paganism.
2 Peter 3:1 This is now, beloved, the second letter that I have written to you; and in both of them
I stir up your sincere mind by reminding you;
All of the end time musical discorders have the MARK of using the curse of the sacrificial system as the pattern. The Monarchy was recorded by what the prophets call the Lying Pen of the Scribes. Christ, on the other hand speaks to those with the MARK of the spirit only through the Prophecies by Christ and the prophecies made more perfect by Jesus Christ Whom God made to be both Lord and Christ to fulfill these prophecies in a human form.
2 Peter 3:2 That ye may
be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets,
and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour:
That is the CURRICULUM for DISCIPLES who attend the School of the Word and not pagan ceremonial legalism
2 Peter 3:3 ¶ Knowing this first,
that there shall come in the last days scoffers,
walking after their own lusts,
Jude 14 And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying,
Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,
Jude 15 To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them
of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed,
and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.
Jude 16 These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts;
and their mouth speaketh great swelling words,
having men’s persons in admiration [lying wonders] because of advantage.
Jude 17 But, beloved, remember ye the words
which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;
Jude 18 How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time,
who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.
G1703 empaiktēs emp-aheek-tace' From G1702 ; a derider, that is, (by implication) a false teacher:—mocker, scoffer.Jude 19 These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.
THE MUSICAL GROUP FORM A SECTARIAN DIVISION.
G592 apodiorizō ap-od-ee-or-id'-zo From G575 and a compound of G1223 and G3724 ; to disjoin (by a boundary, figuratively a party):—separate.This is the same mocking or PLAY which requested that God REMOVE His Grace and abandon them to worship the starry host: the HAVING FALLEN angels.
illūsor (inl- ), ōris, m. id.,
Empaig-ma , atos, to, A. jest, mocking, delusion, LXX Is.66.4; magikęs empaigmata technęs
-Prospaizô , 2. abs., sport, jest, 3. laugh at, make fun or sport of, sing to the gods, sing in their praise or honour, 2. banter, tous rhętoras
-Pl.Epin.980b Plato Epinomis, or Nocturnal Council: Athenian
[980b] and honoring the gods, with high tribute of his hymns and affluence throughout the period of his own life.
Well spoken, indeed, good sir. Yes, may you have this consummation of your laws, after making fine sport in praising the gods and having passed a purer life, to find thereby the best and fairest end!
Then how, Cleinias, do we state it? Do we honor the gods, think you, to the utmost with our hymns, praying that we may be moved to speak the fairest and best things about them? Do you state it so, or how?
- -Empaizô A. “-xomai” LXXHb.1.10: pf. empepaikha ib.Nu.22.29:— mock at, mock, “tini” Hdt.4.134; “tina” PCair.Preis.3.10 (iv A.D.): abs., S.Ant.799:—Pass., “psukhē hupo . . sōmatōn kai pragmatōn empaizomenē” .
- Jdg 19:24 Behold, here is my daughter a maiden, and his concubine; them I will bring out now, and humble ye them, and do with them what seemeth good unto you: but unto this man do not so vile a thing.
- The viol or nebel is named after VILE which can be an empty bag or a harp.
- Jdg 19:25 But the men would not hearken to him: so the man took his concubine, and brought her forth unto them; and they knew her, and abused her all the night until the morning: and when the day began to spring, they let her go
- illudo to play at or with any thing, to sport with, amuse one's self with, 2. To sport or fool away a thing, i. e. to destroy or waste in sport; in mal. part., to violate, abuse
- 2. euphem. in mal. part., LXXJd. 19.25.3. Pass., to be deluded, Ev.Matt.2.16, AP10.56.2 (Pall.), Vett.Val.16.14; to be defrauded, of the revenues, Cod.Just.1.34.2.
- II. sport in or on, hôs nebros chloerais e. leimakos hędonais E.Ba. 866 (lyr.); tois choroisin e. to sport in the dance, Ar.Th.975;
The prophets by Christ prove that God did not command a king, kingdom, temple or sacrificial system. These were IMPOSED as a curse to carry out the captivity and death sentence imposed because of the musical idolatry of a trinity at Mount Sinai.
Isa 66:3 He that killeth an ox is as if he slew a man;
..........he that sacrificeth a lamb, as if he cut off a dog’s neck;
..........he that offereth an oblation, as if he offered swine’s blood;
..........he that burneth incense, as if he blessed an idol.
..........Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations.
Isa 66:4 I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them;
..........because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear:
..........but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not.
The delusion which God sends on people is a form out outlawed "praise" which is like "whistling in a cemetary" and is exciting because it is destructive:
H8586 ta‛ălűl tah-al-ool' From H5953 ; caprice (as a fit coming on), that is, vexation; concretely a tyrant:—babe, delusion.
- And I will give children (including females) to be their princes, and babes (tyrants) shall rule over them. Is.3:4
- H5953 ‛âlal aw-lal' A primitive root; to effect thoroughly; specifically to glean (also figuratively); by implication (in a bad sense) to overdo, that is, maltreat, be saucy to, pain, impose (also literally):---abuse, affect, X child, defile, do, glean, mock, practise, throughly, work (wonderfully).
'Alal (h5953) aw-lal'; a prim. root; to effect thoroughly; spec. to glean, (also fig.); by impl. (in a bad sense) to overdo, i. e. maltreat, be saucy to, pain, impose (also lit.): - abuse, affect, child, defile, do, glean, mock, practise, throughly, work (wonderfully).
Thus saith the Lord of hosts, They shall throughly glean the remnant of Israel as a vine: turn back thine hand as a grapegatherer into the baskets. Jeremiah 6:9
Bacar (h1219) baw-tsar'; a prim. root; to clip off; spec. (as denom. from 1210) to gather grapes; also to be isolated (i. e. inaccessible by height or fortification): - cut off, (de-) fenced, fortify, grape gatherer, mighty things, restrain, strong, wall (up), withhold.
When David ignored the Word and could not find God and feared for his life, he fell into charismatic prophesying defined by the word halal. An almost-identical word carries the same message of a delusion sent from God for rejecting His word:
Chalal (h2490) khaw-lal'; a prim. root [comp. 2470]; prop. to bore, i. e. (by impl.) to wound, to dissolve; fig. to profane (a person, place or thing), to break (one's word), to begin (as if by an "opening wedge"); denom. (from 2485) to play (the flute): - begin (* men began), defile, * break, defile, * eat (as common things), * first, * gather the grape thereof, * take inheritance, pipe, player on instruments, pollute, (cast as) profane (self), prostitute, slay (slain), sorrow, stain, wound.
- E.Ba. 866 Euripides, Bacchae .... Our Annotated and linked Text
- Chorus Shall I move my white foot in the night-long dance, aroused to a frenzy,  throwing my head to the dewy air, like a fawn sporting in the green pleasures of the meadow, when it has escaped a fearful chase beyond the watchers  over the well-woven nets, and the hunter hastens his dogs [Catamites] on their course with his call, while she, with great exertion and a storm-swift running, rushes along the plain by the river, rejoicing  in the solitude apart from men and in the thickets of the shady-foliaged woods.
- What is wisdom? Or what greater honor do the gods give to mortals than to hold one's hand  in strength over the head of enemies? What is good is always dear.
- Empaiktęs , ou, ho,A. mocker, deceiver, LXXIs.3.4, 2 Ep.Pet.3.3, Ep.Jud. 18.
- Ar.Th.975 Aristophanes, Thesmophoriazusae
- Chorus  but since we want something fresh, we are going through the rhythmic steps of the round dance for the first time.
- Chorus Start off  while you sing to the god of the lyre and to the chaste goddess armed with the bow. Hail! thou god who flingest thy darts so far, grant us the victory! The homage of our song is also due to Here, the goddess of marriage,  who interests herself in every chorus and guards the approach to the nuptial couch.
Chorus I also pray Hermes, the god of the shepherds, and Pan and the beloved Graces to bestow a benevolent smile  upon our songs. Let us lead off anew, let us double our zeal during our solemn days, and especially let us observe a close fast
Blasphemy is speaking out of your own head which despises the Spirit of Christ.
- Rev. 17:3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.
If you look at the phrase the BEAST as Rhea (Eve, Zoe) is the person who introduces a NEW STYLE OF MUSICAL WORSHIP which is devoted to pleasure
- BEAST: Thęrion Satyric drama, III. as a term of reproach, beast, creature, hę mousikę aei ti kainon thęrion tiktei
B. aei always
C. kainos , esp. of new dramas, the representation of the new tragedies, (Aphrodisias dedicated to Aphrodite (ZOE); comedy, sexual love, pleasure, a woman's form of oath, Aster or Venus or ZOE.
D. Tikto mostly of the mother
E. of Rhea one of the zoogonic or vivific principles
Empaiktęs , ou, ho, A.mocker, deceiver, LXXIs.3.4, 2 Ep.Pet.3.3,
Isa. 3:4 And I will give children to be their princes, and babes shall rule over them.
Is. 3:5 And the people shall be oppressed, every one by another,
and every one by his neighbour:
the child shall behave himself proudly against the ancient,
and the base against the honourable.
Isa. 3:8 For Jerusalem is ruined, and Judah is fallen:
because their tongue and their doings are against the LORD,
to provoke the eyes of his glory.
Is. 3:9 The shew of their countenance doth witness against them;
and they declare their sin as Sodom, they hide it not. Woe unto their soul!
for they have rewarded evil unto themselves.
Is. 3:10 Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him:
for they shall eat the fruit of their doings.
Is. 3:11 Woe unto the wicked! it shall be ill with him:
for the reward of his hands shall be given him.
Isa 3:12 As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths.5953. ALAL, aw-lal´to effect thoroughly; specifically, to glean (also figuratively); by implication (in a bad sense) to overdo, i.e. maltreat, be saucy to, pain, impose (also literal): abuse, affect, x child, defile, do, glean, mock, practise, thoroughly, work (wonderfully).
5954 THRUSTING youself, 5955 Grape Gleaning.
chALAL wound, profane, play flute, take inheritance, gather the grapes, playe on an instruments, pollute PROSTITUTE.
Nagas (h5065) naw-gas'; a prim. root; to drive (an animal, a workman, a debtor, an army); by impl. to tax, harass, tyrannize: - distress, driver, exact (-or), oppress (-or), * raiser of taxes, taskmaster.
Nagash (h5066) naw-gash'; a prim. root; to be or come (causat. bring) near (for any purpose); euphem. to lie with a woman; as an enemy,
Nagan (h5059) naw-gan'; a prim. root; prop. to thrum, i. e. beat a tune with the fingers; espec. to play on a stringed instrument; hence (gen.) to make music: - player on instruments, sing to the stringed instruments, melody, ministrel, play (-er, -ing..
4. spell, Magic:
Isaiah III. For, behold, the Lord, Yahweh of Hosts, takes away from Jerusalem and from Judah supply and support, The whole supply of bread, And the whole supply of water;  The mighty man, The man of war, The judge, The prophet, The diviner, The elder,  The captain of fifty, The honorable man, The counselor, The skilled craftsman, And the clever enchanter.  I will give boys to be their princes, And children shall rule over them
Isaiah 3.III. ecce enim Dominator Deus exercituum auferet ab Hierusalem et ab Iuda validum et fortem omne robur panis et omne robur aquae  fortem et virum bellatorem iudicem et prophetam et ariolum et senem  principem super quinquaginta et honorabilem vultu et consiliarium sapientem de architectis et prudentem eloquii mystici  et dabo pueros principes eorum et effeminati dominabuntur eis
Propheta and prŏphētes , ae, m., = prophętęs, I. a foreteller, soothsayer, prophet
Hariolus I. a soothsayer, prophet, prophetess Chresmodotes one who gives oracles, p;ophet, soothsayerEloquium poets, and their imitators among prose writers, for eloquentia, eloquence, Hor. A. P. 217, uses with Ignis.
Horace poetry. Let the chorus sustain the part and manly character of an actor: nor let them sing any thing between the acts which is not conducive to, and fitly coherent with, the main design. Let them both patronize the good, and give them friendly advice, and regulate the passionate, and love to appeaseswell [with rage]:
thou who Tumeo I.to swell, be swollen or tumid, to be puffed out or inflated, A.To swell, be swollen with passionate excitement, to be excited, violent, ready to burst forth: B.To be puffed up with pride or vanity, to swell, C. Of speech, to be inflated, turgid, pompous, bombastic, Muses Insana, The flute (not as now, begirt with brass and emulous of the trumpet, but) slender and of simple form, with few stops, was of service to accompany and assist the chorus, and with its tone was sufficient to fill the rows that were not as yet too crowded, where an audience, easily numbered, as being small and sober, chaste and modest, met together. But when the victorious Romans began to extend their territories, and an ampler wall encompassed the city, and their genius was indulged on festivals by drinking wine in the day-time without censure; a greater freedom arose both to the numbers [of poetry], and the measure [of music].
For what taste could an unlettered clown and one just dismissed from labors have, when in company with the polite; the base, with the man of honor?
Thus the musician added new movements and a luxuriance to the ancient art, and strutting backwardnew notes were added to the severity of the lyre, and precipitate eloquence produced an unusual language [in the theater]: and the sentiments [of the chorus, then] expert in teaching useful things and prescient of futurity, differ hardly from the oracular Delphi.
and forward, drew a length of train over the stage; thus likewise Delphis , Delphis, a priestess of the Delphic Apollo, Mysticus, mustikos Vannus mystica Iacchi, fan borne about in the Bacchic festival, Verg. G. 1, 166
See this See Strabo and the Musical Vile pervert connection
9) Strabo Geography 10.3.13 Corybantes (Phrygian castrate priests of Cybele) in their caverns invented this hide-stretched circlet, (tambourine) and blent its Bacchic revelry with the high-pitched, sweet-sounding breath of Phrygian flutes, and in Rhea's [Eve, Zoe] hands placed its resounding noise, to accompany the shouts of the Bacchae, (ev-ah!) Mother and from Mother Rhea frenzied Satyrs obtained it and joined it to the choral dances of the Trieterides, (Triennial Festivals) in whom Dionysus takes delight. Bacchae And in the Palamedes the Chorus says,
Thysa, daughter of Dionysus, who on Ida rejoices with his dear mother
in the Iacchic revels of tambourines.
"This Eve, on account of her having been in the beginning deceived by the serpent, and become the author of sin,
the wicked demon, who also is called Satan,
who then spoke to her through the serpent,
and who works even to this day
in those men that are possessed by him
invokes as Eve." (Theophilus, p. 105)Boys: Effemino II.Trop., to make womanish, effeminate, to enervate, A.Womanish, effeminate,
Chrysostom's Commentary on Galatians: Galatians 5:1.-"With freedom did Christ set us free; stand fast therefore.115 ."
Ver. 12."I would that they which unsettle you would even cut themselves off." And he says well "that unsettle you."
"A man that is heretical after the first and second admonition refuse." (Tit. iii: 10) If they will,let them not only be circumcised, but mutilated.Where then are those who dare to mutilate themselves; seeing that they draw down the Apostolic curse, and accuse the workmanship of God, and take part with the Manichees? ... But if you will not allow this,why do you not mutilate the tongue for blasphemy, the hands for rapine, the feet for their evil courses, in short, the whole body?For the ear enchanted by the sound of a flute hath often enervated the soul;
and the perception of a sweet perfume by the nostrils hath bewitched the mind, and made it frantic for pleasure .
Histrio, stage-player, actor, mimus, boaster, used with
Scaena, 1. Of a place like a scene of a theatre, school of rhetoric, display of eloquence.
B. In mal. part., that submits to unnatural lust: pathicus, Cinaedos: a sodomite, catamite, one who dances publicly
Matt. 11:8 But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? behold, they that wear soft [Catamites] clothing are in kings’ houses.
Matt. 11:16 But whereunto shall I liken this generation? It is like unto children sitting in the markets, and calling unto their fellows,
Matt. 11:17 And saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned unto you, and ye have not lamented.
LEADER OF THE CHORUS
 Let us now devote ourselves to the sports which the women are accustomed to celebrate here, when time has again brought round the mighty Mysteries of the great goddesses, the sacred days which Pauson himself honours by fasting and would wish feast to succeed feast, that he might keep them all holy. Spring forward with a light step, whirling in mazy circles; let your hands interlace, let the eager and rapid dancers sway to the music and glance on every side as they move. -5. play amorously, prosallęlous X.Smp.9.2 ; metatinosLXX Ge.26.8 ; of mares, Arist.HA572a30.
Orgia sacrifices to Aphrodite
Kukleo whirl round and round, encompass
-  Chorus Let the chorus sing likewise and praise the Olympian gods in their pious transport. It's wrong to suppose that, because I am a woman and in this temple, I am going to speak ill of men;  but since we want something fresh, we are going through the rhythmic steps of the round dance for the first time.
- Chorus Start off  while you sing to the god of the lyre and to the chaste goddess armed with the bow. Hail! thou god who flingest thy darts so far, grant us the victory! [ The homage of our song is also due to Here, the goddess of marriage,  who interests herself in every chorus and guards the approach to the nuptial couch.
Melpo celebrate with songand dance, Phoibos bright one, Apollo
- Nikao 2.prevail, be superior 3. of opinions, etc., boulękakęnikęsen the evil counsel prevailed, according to the prevailing opinion, vote of the majority, 2. generally, overpower, esp. of passions,
Apollyon, Wolf God.
Chorus I also pray Hermes, the god of the shepherds, and Pan and the beloved Graces to bestow a benevolent smile  upon our songs. Let us lead off anew, let us double our zeal during our solemn days, and especially let us observe a close fastAristophanes, Frogs
Pan Homer to Pan:  Muse, tell me about Pan, the dear son of Hermes, with his goat's feet and two horns --a lover of merry noise. Through wooded glades he wanders with dancing nymphs who foot it on some sheer cliff's edge,  calling upon Pan, the shepherd-god, long-haired, unkempt. He has every snowy crest and the mountain peaks and rocky crests for his domain; hither and thither he goes through the close thickets, now lured by soft streams,  and now he presses on amongst towering crags and climbs up to the highest peak that overlooks the flocks. Often he courses through the glistening high mountains, and often on the shouldered hills he speeds along slaying wild beasts, this keen-eyed god. Only at evening,  as he returns from the chase, he sounds his note, playing sweet and low on his pipes of reed: not even she could excel him in melody --that bird who in flower-laden spring pouring forth her lament utters honey-voiced song amid the leaves. At that hour the clear-voiced nymphs are with him and  move with nimble feet, singing by some spring of dark water
The name Pan is here derived from pantes” Cp. Hesiod, Works and Days 80-82, Hymn to Aphrodite (v) 198, for the significance of personal names. Ther theros A.beast of prey
Rightly so, you busybody.
the Muses of the fine lyre love us
And so does horn-crested Pan, playing his reed pipe.
And the harpist Apollo delights in us as well,
On account of the reed, which as a bridge for his lyre
I nourish in the water of the pond.
Brekekekex koax koax.
- Empaigma , atos, to, jest, mocking, delusion, LXX Is.66.4; magikęs empaigmata technęs [cunning, craftsman]
2 Peter 3:4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep,
all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
2 Peter 3:5 For this they willingly are ignorant of,
that by the word of God the heavens were of old,
and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:
The Word of God is His SON: When God breathes (spirit) the Son articulates the Mind of God. God the One Father in heaven made Jesus of Nazareth TO BE both Lord and Christ. Neither Son nor Spirit forms thoughts: they repeat what they hear from the father. If you believe that your thoughts are another person speaking to you then you are willingly ignorant that the One God SPOKE all things into existence. His Word or Logos means SPEAK. It is the opposite of poetry or music. The Son of God was not a song because evil "set their lies to melodies to deceive the ignorant.
2 Peter 3:6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:
2 Peter 3:7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store,
reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
HOW TO KNOW WHEN LYING WONDERS HITS YOUR CHURCH.
2 Thess 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
Judas was the Son of Perdition: the prophecy was that he would TRY to triumph over Jesus and fail. It was left to the Levitical Warrior Musicians to treat Jesus like Beliar or Beelzebul (the Dung god) to musically mock him to the cross.
The Judas Bag was for carrying the mouthpieces of wind instruments. This was always attached to the flute case of vile homosexual, new wineskin musical performers.
Glôsso-komeion , to, ( [komeô] ) case to keep the reeds or tongues of musical instruments, Lysipp.5: generally, casket,: more freq. in form glôsso-komon , to, case, casket; compartment in a water-organ,
John 17:12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.
John 17:13 And now COME I TO THEE; and these things I SPEAK in the world, that they might have my joy FULFILLED in themselves.John 17:14 I have given them THY WORD; and the world hath HATETH them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
2Thessalonians 2:9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan
with all power and signs and lying wonders,
2Th. 2:10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish;
because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
2Th. 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
-Teratourg-eô, A. WORK wonders, pseudōs tiSch.Pi.I.7(6).13.
-Pindar Isthmian 7 Odes:  In which of the local glories of the past, divinely blessed Thebe, did you most delight your spirit? Was it when you raised to eminence the one seated beside Demeter of the clashing bronze cymbals, flowing-haired  Dionysus? Or when you received, as a snow-shower of gold in the middle of the night, the greatest of the gods then begin the victory [Nike: TRIUMPH OVER] procession with a sweet-singing hymn for Strepsiades; for he is the victor in the pancratium at the Isthmus, both awesome in his strength and handsome to look at; and he treats excellence as no worse a possession than beauty.  He is made radiant by the violet-haired Muses, and he has given a share in his flowering garland to his uncle and namesake
-The-ama , Ion. theęma , atos, to, ( [theaomai] )
A. sight, spectacle, Semon.7.67, A.Pr.306, E.Supp.783, Ar.Av.1716, etc.; ei tis orchoit' eu, theam' ęn Pl.Com.130 ; Opposite mathęma, Th.2.39; freq. of a sight which gives pleasure, theamata kai akroamata hędista parecheis X.Smp.2.2 , cf. 7.5; orchęseis kai theamata Phld.Mus.p.26 K.; emplęsthęte tou kalou th. Pl. R.440a; but also th. dustheaton A.Pr.69 , cf. S.Aj.992; hepta th. the seven wonders of the world, Str.14.2.5, Plu.2.983e: sg., of a marvellously engraved ring, Gal.UP17.1.
X.Smp.2.2 Xenophon, Symposium II.  They now played for the assemblage, the flute-girl on the flute, the boy on the cither; and it was agreed that both furnished capital amusement. Thereupon Socrates remarked: “On my word, Callias, you are giving us a perfect dinner; for not only have you set before us a feast that is above criticism, but you are also offering us very delightful sights and sounds.”
Xen. Sym. 7.5 However, these questions also fail to promote the same object that wine does; but if the young people were to have a flute accompaniment and dance figures depicting the Graces, the Horae, and the Nymphs, I believe that they would be far less wearied themselves and that the charms of the banquet would be greatly enhanced.”
“Upon my word, Socrates,” replied the Syracusan, “you are quite right; and I will bring in a spectacle that will delight you.”When the tables had been removed and the guests had poured a libation and sung a hymn, there entered a man from Syracuse, to give them an evening's merriment. He had with him a fine flute-girl, a dancing-girl--one of those skilled in acrobatic tricks,--and a very handsome boy, who was expert at playing the cither and at dancing; the Syracusan made money by exhibiting their performances as a spectacle.
Aristoph. Birds 1716 Tis a glorious spectacle to see the clouds of incense wafting in light whirlwinds before the breath of the zephyr! But here he is himself. Divine Muse! let thy sacred lips begin with songs of happy omen.
2 Peter 3:8 ¶ But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing,
that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years,
and a thousand years as one day.
2 Peter 3:9 ¶ The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness;
but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
2 Peter 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night;
in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise,
and the elements shall melt with fervent heat,
the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
rhoibdos , ho,A. any rushing noise or motion, pterōn rh. whirring of wings, S.Ant.1004; [anemou rh. kai rhumē rushing of the wind, Ar. Nu.407. (Cogn. with rhoizos.)
WHEN YOU HEAR THESE SOUNDS-LIKE HARPS ETC IT IS A SIGN OF JUDGMENT:
Revelation 14:2 And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps:Aristoph. Cl. 407 Soc.
FOR THOSE STILL LIVING:
Revelation 14:6 ¶And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,
Revelation 14:7 Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.
Consider, therefore, how you have trumpeted from a little belly so small; and how is it not probable that this air, being boundless, should thunder so loudly?
For this reason, therefore, the two names also Trump and Thunder, are similar to each other. But teach me this, whence comes the thunderbolt blazing with fire, and burns us to ashes when it smites us, and singes those who survive. For indeed Jupiter evidently hurls this at the perjured.
2 Peter 3:11 ¶ Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved,
what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,
Ana-strophē , hē,A. turning upside down, upsetting, overthrow, E.Fr. 301 (pl.); moiran eis a. didōsi, = anastrephei, Id.Andr.1007; disorder, confusion, Posidipp.26.22.
Eur. Andr. 1007 His demand to Lord Apollo (Abaddon, Apollyon) for satisfaction for his father's death shall prove costly to him. His change of heart shall do him no good but the god will punish him.
 Both by Apollo's will and because of my slanders against him he will die a painful death,
and he shall know the enmity of the god.
For the god overturns the fortunes of his enemies
and does not allow them to be proud.
In Isaiah 30 Christ reveals that God will drive His enemies into "hell" with the sights and sounds of wind, string and percussion instruments. These types of instruments were brought into the Garden of Eden by Lucifer personified by the king of Tyre as the singing and harp playing prostitute.
2 Peter 3:12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God,
wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved,
and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?
2 Peter 3:13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise,
look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.
2 Peter 3:14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things,
be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.
2 Peter 3:15 And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation;
even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;
2 Peter 3:16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things;
in which are some things hard to be understood,
which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest,
as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.
2 Peter 3:17 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before,
beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.
Many churches define their institution as a COMMUNE: it has a central leadership who defines what and when something will be inculcated by forcing everying to confess the same truth or untruth. The discipling concept demands a hired staff to make sure that everyone confesses their sins and speak the same things. It is unlikely that such a commune or institute could exist if everyone "permitted" Jesus Christ to speak as the elders teach that which has been taught.pla^n-aō , 6. in forensic Rhet., khrōmata peplanēmena, metathesis pep., of alternative pleas, Hermog. Stat.3.7. to be misled, “hupo phōnēs koinotētos” Phld.Sign.7; tais homōnumiais ib.36.
2. lead from the subject, in talking, D.19.335.
2. wander in speaking, “p. en tō logō” Hdt.2.115; digress, “p. apo tou logou” Pl.Plt.263a.
6. in forensic Rhetoric., khrōmata peplanēmena, metathesis pep., of alternative pleas, Hermog. Stat.3.7. to be misled, “hupo phōnēs koinotētos” Phld.Sign.7; tais homōnumiais ib.36.
If you speak using one mind and one mouth that which is written for our learning we grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord.
If we all speak in common the songs and sermons of another person then the loud preaching and music and FORCE you to conform to the "group mind." That is evil.
A. Phōn-eō , (phōnē) 4. of a musical instrument, sound, E.Or.146 (lyr.); of sounds, hēdu phōnein sound sweetly, Plu.2.1021b; but brontē ph. it has a voice, is significant, X.Ap.12.
phōn-ē , hē,
4. of sounds made by inanimate objects, mostly Poet., “kerkidos ph.” S.Fr.595; “suriggōn” E.Tr.127 (lyr.); “aulōn” Mnesim.4.56 (anap.); rare in early Prose, “organōn phōnai” Pl.R.397a; freq. in LXX, “hē ph. tēs salpiggos” LXX Ex.20.18; ph. brontēs ib. Ps.103(104).7; “hē ph. autou hōs ph. hudatōn pollōn” Apoc.1.15.
B. koinotētos A. sharing in common, community, common language,
3. generality, vagueness, “tōn homologiōn” D.H.2.39, etc.; ambiguity, “onomatos” Epicur.Nat.14.10, cf.Demetr.Lac.Herc.1014.48, Diog.Oen.27.
II. in Politics, IV. concrete, the general body of a boulē,
IV. concrete, the general body of a boulē,
Plat. Theaet. 208d Socrates
Understand why I say this. It is because, as we were just saying, if you get hold of the distinguishing characteristic by which a given thing differs from the rest, you will, as some say, get hold of the definition or explanation of it;
but so long as you cling to some common quality,
your explanation will pertain to all those objects
to which the common quality belongs.
Plato, Sophist 239e Well, if you like, let us say no more of you and me; but until we find someone who can accomplish this, let us confess that the sophist has in most rascally fashion hidden himself in a place we cannot explore.
Panourg-os (properisp.), on,God gave the gifted leaders in Ephesians 4 to specificially prevent these deceivers so that the church, ekklesia or School of the Word could be held.A. ready to do anything, wicked, knavish,
II. in a less positively bad sense, cunning, clever, smart, “p. kai deinos” D. 1.3, cf. Pl.Tht.177a, Arist.EN1144a28; “p. te kai sophos” Pl.R.409c; “kompsos kai p.” Plu. 2.28a: Sup., Plb.5.75.2. Adv. “-gōs, p. kai hupokritikōs legein ta epē” Ath.9.407a.
Sophos , ē, on, A. skilled in any handicraft or art, clever, harmatēlatas s. Pi.P.5.115, cf. N.7.17; “kubernētēs” A.Supp.770; “mantis” Id.Th.382; “oiōnothetas” S.OT484 (lyr.); of a sculptor, E.Fr.372; even of hedgers and ditchers, Margites Fr.2; but in this sense mostly of poets and musicians, Pi.O.1.9, P.1.42, 3.113; en kithara s. E.IT1238
etc.; also en oiōnois, kithara, E. IT662, 1238 (lyr.);
Fool also called JESTER, a comic entertainer whose madness or imbecility, real or pretended, made him a source of amusement and gave him license to abuse and poke fun at even the most exalted of his patrons. Professional fools flourished from the days of the Egyptian pharaohs until well into the 18th century, finding a place in societies as diverse as that of the Aztecs of Mexico and the courts of medieval Europe.
Often deformed, dwarfed, or crippled, fools may have been kept for luck as well as for amusement, in the belief that deformity can avert the evil eye and that abusive raillery can transfer ill luck from the abused to the abuser. Fool figures played a part in the religious rituals of India and pre-Christian Europe, and, in some societies, such as that of Ireland in the 7th century BC, they were regarded as being inspired with poetic and prophetic powers.
The raillery of the fool and his frequent ritual association with a mock king suggest that he may have originated as a sacrificial scapegoat substituted for a royal victim.
A resemblance between the sacrificial garments of ancient ritual and the costume of a household jester in the Middle Ages--coxcomb, eared hood, bells, and bauble, with a motley coat--has been noted.
In most early societies, moreover, men evolved techniques for deliberaly inducing the abnormal forms of consciousness in which they supposed themselves to achieve union with divine power, sometimes by the use of drugs and other physiological stimuli, sometimes by hypnotic dances and music. The wild utterances to which they gave vent on such occasions were regarded as the words of a god and were interpreted as divine commands or predictions of future events." (Parkes, p. 32-33).
"Many peoples attributed any violent or unusual emotion to one of the gods as a matter of course; the individual was then no longer held responsiblie for his actions, though the gods were sometimes mischievous or even malevolent and the result might be catastrophic." (Parkes, p. 33).
"The flash of insight that enabled an individual to achieve an original act of creation, whether in art or in technology, was always mysterious, and for early mankind it could be due only to the intervention of a god. Long after the advent of civilization, in fact, poets continued to believe that they wrote from divine dictation; inventors attributed their discoveries to divine aid." (Parkes, p. 34).
"in Primitave religion any violent or abnormal emotional state was attributed to the gods and regarded as mystical. Both in the Bible and in Homer there are examples of misleading and catastrophic inspiritation. When Jehovah wished King Ahab to be killed in battle, he put a 'lying spirit' in the mouths of his prophets in order that they might encourage the king to go to war (I Kings, xxii, 22)." (Parkes, p. 33)
"What primative men... wanted from the gods was health and strength, riches and long life, and they hoped to attain these things chiefly by ritual and sacrifice rather than by good conduct. The methods of early religion always remained largely magical, and its motivations thoroughly materialistic." (Parkes, p. 36).
"Agriculture may at first have been a feminine occupation. It is a plausible theory that the women of a tribe first realized that seeds thrown away near their encampment were producing sprouts and deduced the possiblity of deliberately planting them. Early agriculture was associated everywhere with an emphasis on the femine principle in nature and among the gods on the analogy between human sexuality and the fertility of the earth." (Parkes, p. 40-41)
2 Peter 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.