Al Maxey: The Four Cups of Wine and Music
Al Maxey: Jesus drank wine (false) and this proves that Instrumental Music may be used in worship (false). Al is on a legalistic scavenger hunt trying to find SOMETHING (Anything) which will say: People violated the Law, God didn't condemn them, therefore it is ok if we break the law by ADDING instrumental music when there is NO use of music in the entire Bible for congregational worship. Moreover, it is condemned as telling God: we will not listen to YOUR words.
Those imposing musical instruments build their faith on the Levites defined by the Scribes: Jesus defined them as hypocrites and Christ in the Ezekiel 33 example named speakers, singers and instrument players.
The first two reasons assert that under the Old Testament, God did not just allow instrumental music, He commanded and blessed it. Rick offered the following passages for these contentions: 2 Chronicles 5:13-14; 7:6; 29:25-26; Psalm 33:1- 3; 92:1-3; 150:1-6.
Never mind that the godly tribes were quarantined. No singer or player went INTO or NEAR a holy thing or place on the penalty of death. Some of these patterns are separated from the last by up to 300 years.
CHRIST IN THE PROPHETS WARNED ABOUT THE LYING PEN OF THE SCRIBES.
Stand in the gate of the Lords house [courts], and proclaim there this word,
and say, Hear the word of the Lord, all ye of Judah,
that enter in at these gates to worship the Lord. Jeremiah 7:2
Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel,
Amend your ways and your doings,
and I will cause you to dwell in this place. Jeremiah 7:3
Trust ye not in lying words, saying,
The temple of the Lord, The temple of the Lord,
The temple of the Lord, are these. Jeremiah 7:4
Jer. 8:8 How do ye say, We are wise, and the law of the LORD is WITH US?
LO, CERTAINLY IN VAIN MADE HE IT;
THE PEN OF THE SCRIBES IS in vain.
For I spake NOT unto your fathers, nor commanded them
in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt,
concerning burnt offerings or sacrifices: Jeremiah 7:22
Cyril of Alexandria, Commentary on John,
That the Pharisees puffed up unto strange boasting,
were wont to pretend that the Divine Word was with them and in them,
and therefore foolishly affirmed that they had advanced to marvellous wisdom,
the Spirit Itself will testify,
since Christ says by the Prophet Jeremiah unto them,
How do ye say, WE are wise, and the word of the Lord is with us?
For nought to the scribes became their lying pen;
the wise men were ashamed, were dismayed and taken;
what wisdom is in them? because they rejected the word of the Lord.
For how are they not taken rejecting the Living and Hypostatic Word of God,
receiving not the faith to Him-ward,
but dishonouring the Impress of God the Father,
and refusing to behold His most true Form (so to say)
through His God-befitting Authority and Power?
THE PROPHECIES BY CHRIST WERE FULFILLED BY JESUS CHRIST: JESUS AND PETER MAKES THE APOSTLES AND PROPHETS THE ONLY TRUTH.
John 6:44 No man can come to me,
except the Father which hath sent me draw him:
and I will raise him up at the last day.
John 6:45 It is WRITTEN IN THE PROPHETS
And they shall be all taught of God.
Every man therefore that hath heard,
and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.
2Pet. 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:
IT WAS THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST WHO SPOKE THROUGH THE PROPHETS AND NOT LYING SCRIBES whom He called hypocrites by naming speakers, singers and instrument players in Ezekiel 33.
1Pet. 1:10 Of which salvation the PROPHETS have inquired and searched diligently,
who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:
1Pet. 1:11 Searching what, or what manner of time
the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify,
when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ,
and the glory that should follow.
God did NOT speak through the lying pen of the Scribes who recorded the Monarchy which God had NOT commanded.
Heb. 1:1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners
spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
Heb. 1:2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us BY HIS SON
whom he hath appointed heir of all things,
by whom also he made the worlds;
Heb. 1:3 Who being the brightness of his glory,
and the express image of his person,
and upholding all things by the WORD of his power,
when he had by himself purged our sins,
sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high
THOSE WHO DELIBERATELY SOW DISCORD BY QUOTING THE LYING PEN OF THE SCRIBES (hypocrites: speakers, singers, instrument players) are defined by the Spirit:
Jer. 23:16 Thus saith the LORD of hosts,
Hearken not unto the words of the prophets that prophesy unto you:
they make you vain: they speak a vision of their own heart,
and not out of the mouth of the LORD.
Jer 23:17 They say still unto them that despise me,
The Lord hath said, Ye shall have peace;
and they say unto every one that walketh
after the imagination of his own heart,
No evil shall come upon you.
Despise tthe Word of God of God and using your own words is:
Blasphēm-eō , pf. A. “beblasphēmēka” D.18.10:—speak profanely of sacred things, “eis theous” Pl.R.381e; offer rash prayers,
1. Because Christ as Spirit spoke ONLY through the prophets.
2. Those who use use the pattern of the Lying Pen of the Scribes, in fact despise and ignore the SPIRIT message.
3. Christ in Jeremiah defines that as blasphemy
Hebrew: H5006 nâ’ats naw-ats' A primitive root; to scorn; abhor, (give occasion to) blaspheme, contemn, despise, flourish, X great, provoke.
Despise tthe Word of God of God and using your own words is:
Blasphēm-eō , pf.A. “beblasphēmēka” D.18.10:—speak profanely of sacred things, “eis theous” Pl.R.381e; offer rash prayers, Id.Alc.2.149c; b. kata tinosutter imprecations against, Aeschin.1.180.2. speak ill or to the prejudice of one, slander, “peri tēs emēs diatribēs” Isoc.15.2, cf. D.l.c., ib.82; “b. kata tinos” Isoc.12.65, cf. Arist.Fr.44; “hosa eis hēmas eblasphēmēsan” D.51.3; “b. tina” Babr.71.6, Ev.Luc.23.39, etc.: abs., Phld.Lib.p.8 O.:—Pass., to have evil spoken of one, “beblasphēmēmenous” Id.Vit.p.12 J., cf. 1 Ep.Cor.10.30.3. speak impiously or irreverently of God, blaspheme, “eis ton Kurion” LXX Da.3.29(96); “eis to pneuma to hagion” Ev.Marc.3.29; eis ta theia Vett. Val.58.12; “tous theous” Id.67.20: abs., LXX 2 Ma.10.34, al., Ev.Matt.9.3.
When Solomon's "music grove" was turned into topheth because the tabret and other musical instruments were played there as the children were burned in the red-hot arms of Molech, God's violence would make the temples again look like gardens:
And he hath violently taken away his tabernacle, as if it were of a garden; he hath destroyed his places of the assembly: the Lord hath caused the solemn feasts and sabbaths to be forgotten in Zion, and hath despised in the indignation of his anger the king and the priest. Lam 2:6
The Lord hath cast off his altar (candlestick), he hath abhorred his sanctuary, he hath given up into the hand of the enemy the walls of her palaces; they have made a noise in the house of the Lord, as in the day of a solemn feast. Lam 2:7
This noise was the same frivolity:
Qowl (h6963) kole; o a voice or sound: - / aloud, bleating, crackling, cry (/ out), fame, lightness, lowing, noise, / hold peace, [pro-] claim, proclamation, / sing, sound, / spark, thunder (-ing), voice, / yell
And, lo, thou art unto them as a very lovely (sexual) song of one that hath a pleasant voice, and can play well on an instrument: for they hear thy words, but they do them not. Eze.33:32
Even, worse, is that in several cases music and instruments are associated with seeing Ezekiel, God and Jesus as possible sexual partners. This has been a quick response to a newsletter and I find errors often.
> Because the discussion of the Babylonian Passover is a ploy to AUTHORIZE the use of instrumental music we will get right to the point. If you want to look at how Jesus DID NOT endorse the FOUR CUPS OF INTOXICANTS you can Click and jump over the music.
> We will intersperse additional MUSICAL connections between Judas and the BABYLONIAN / GREEK attack upon God by POLLUTING Him with instrumental music.
> We also have some NASTY pictures to illustrate the exit of JUDAS prior to the institution of the Lord's Supper.
Al Maxey: There is an interpretive precept circulating among certain elements within Christendom (and largely among conservative brethren of the American Restoration Movement) that suggests biblical silence is to be regarded as prohibitive in nature.
This is a somewhat radical, and at times fanatical, hermeneutical persuasion that if God said nothing about some doctrine or practice (neither pro nor con) then that doctrine or practice is ipso facto forever excluded, and to go against this so-called "Law of Silence" is to SIN against God and risk one's very salvation
But, Jesus said that the professional but false teachers COULD NOT see or hear the Word. Al cannot HEAR anything about MUSIC and true theologians see it from the garden of Eden to Revelation 18.
Sure, Al, Since God is God and We are Not God then God has always defined HOW we approach Him. If Jesus told us how to find Him in Jerusalem I cannot contemplate a BELIEVER who would seek another route! Eh?
However SILENT Al thinks God is, he has no authority to make up for God's failure to see that MUSIC which is universally recognized to be of Satan has some redeeming value to those like Al who has been trained to accept music.
This "music" in the Restoration Movement was imposed totally based on the LAW OF SILENCE to create musical SECTARIANISM. This was in the face of over 18 centuries of churches which called themselves the church of Christ, rejected music as spirit- destroying and BELIEVED that the Bible SHOUTS against music as a work of the flesh being brought into His presence in the throne room of grace.
However, here is who is replacing LORD JESUS CHRIST as the One and Only Mediator:
"I love worship! I love to praise God in song -- to take part in something that He ordained and that man has been participating in since creation. My goals are simple -- to give God all the praise, honor and glory that He deserves, and
to lead people to His throne
so that they can honor Him with heartfelt praise and adoration." Chuch Jones
Al and crew are just flat wrong and GRACELESS to:
FALSELY ACCUSE non instrumentalist with inventing the Law of Silence
Making this UNSCRIPTURAL and un historical
And making those who teach it mean and destructive.
A singer or musician who entered into even the earthly throne room would be executed: even if he was cleaning out the garbage.
However, all of church history including the Catholic theological position repudiated the use of MECHANICAL instruments in the worship. As late as 1911 instruments could not be played in the mass for the pope. This is why the CASTRATED A Cappella style was invented specificially for the Sistine chapel.
HEARING THE MEANING OF ROMANS ONE NOW BEING REPEATED.
Knowing a few facts will help resist the CHANGE AGENTS who are ADVERSARIES of those who have remained on the holy mountain in the presence of the Living Word until this which sounds like the end times. Paul spoke of Mount Sinai where Israel lost the Covenant of Grace because of the musical idolatry. Why?
"The triumphal hymn of Moses had unquestionably a religious character about it; but the employment of music in religious services, though idolatrous, is more distinctly marked in the festivities which attended the erection of the golden calf." (Smith's Bible Dictionary, Music, p. 589).
"And the people celebrated this feast with burnt-offerings and thank-offerings, with eating and drinking, i.e. with sacrificial meals and sports, or with loud rejoicing, shouting, antiphonal songs, and dances, in the same manner in which the Egyptians celebrated their feast of Apis (Herod. 2, 60, and 3, 27)." (Keil and Delitzsch, Vol. II, p. 222).
According to Paul in Romans.
Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Rom 1:21
Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. Rom 1:25
For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: Rom 1: 26
And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. Rom 1: 27
And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; Rom 1: 28
Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, Rom 1: 29
Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, Rom 1: 30
This happened at Mount Sinai where RISING UP TO PLAY was the musical idolatry of the Egyptian TRINITY represented by Apis the BULL calf.
Ancient Interpretation such as The Book of Enoch
However, the ONLY clear story of this is in THE BOOK OF ENOCH, Book of Jubilees and repeated in later books such as that of Adam and Eve.
Writers clearlfy understood the JUBAL sibblings illustrating how SATAN taught the YOUTH how to seduce the HOLY PEOPLE:
"In their ascent of the holy mountain, they twanged harps, blew trumpets, beat drums, sang, danced, clapped hands; then, having addressed the five hundred and twenty anchorites in cheerful voices,
each caught hold of her victim and seduced him. These Sethites, after once succumbing to the Cainite women's blandishments,
became more unclean than dogs, and utterly forgot God's laws.
Genun the Canaanite, son of Lamech the Blind, living in the Land of the Slime Pits, (Taphel or Tabret)Genun would assemble companies of musicians, who inflamed one another with music until their lust burned bright like fire,
was ruled by Azael from his earliest youth,
and invented all sorts of musical instruments.
When he played these, Azael entered into them too,
so that they gave forth seductive tunes entrancing the hearts of all listeners.
and they lay together promiscuously. He also brewed beer, gathered great crowds in taverns, gave them to drink,
and taught them to forge iron swords and spear-points, with which to do murder at random when they were drunk.
Genun is the composite of Jubal, Jabal, Tubal-Cain and Naaman the enchantress:
And his brothers name was Jubal: he was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ. Ge.4:21
Taphas (h8610) taw-fas'; a prim. root; to manipulate, i. e. seize; chiefly to capture, wield; spec. to overlay; fig. to use unwarrantably: - catch, handle, (lay, take) hold (on, over), stop, * surely, surprise, take.Topheth (h8611) to'-feth; from the base of 8608; a smiting, i. e. (fig.) contempt: - tabret.
Taphaph (h8608) taw-faf'; a prim. root; to drum, i. e. play (as) on the tambourine: - taber, play with timbrels.
Uwgab (h5748) oo-gawb'; or uggab oog-gawb'; from 5689 in the orig. sense of breathing; a reed-instrument of music: - organ
Agab (h5689) aw-gab'; a prim. root; to breathe after, i. e. to love (sensually): - dote, lover
The serpent or NACHASH is related to "ringing bell metal" and to musical enchanting. He WHOLLY SEDUCED Eve and Adam went willingly: this was always recognized as SODOMY. The Kabiri were Genii as in Genun:
The Kabiri were also Assyrian gods. In Hebrew the name means "the mighty ones," Gibborim.
Gibowr (h1368) ghib-bore'; or (short.) gibbor ghib-bore'; intens. from the same as 1397; powerful; by impl. warrior, tyrant: - champion, chief, * excel, giant, man, mighty (man, one), strong (man), valiant man
However, as "Connected with the worship of Vulcan, the KABIRI were sometimes portrayed as dwarfs with a hammer, short aprons, and a radiated head, like a halo or a visible kirlean aura of electromagnetic particles. As vulcans with hammers, the KABIRI are thus dated from the earliest days of metallurgy and fire, placing them at the dawn of the Bronze Age, c. 4500 B.C."
We will see that the JUDAS BAG points directly to the box to hold the TONGUES or reeds of wind instruments. The induced Dionysus dance would have resulted in SODOMY but Jesus didn't bow to Baal.
The notes of Theosophy which did not begin as a religion notes that:
"Candidates for initiation into the KABIRI were crowned with a garland of olive and wore a purple band round their loins. The dancing was then begun.
In fact, homosexuality was part of the ritual, what the historians in their scholarly dungeons called their "most immoral tendencies." The purpose was to evoke a passage beyond earth to a higher life. That is, "to lead the worshipers into the presence of the gods."
That is, in their mystical dances, continued leaping into the air achieves a shamanic state of trance, a transfer of consciousness analogous to the transformation of themagician into a bird whereby the apprentice masters his powers to join a gay brotherhood
"who, by nature, are superior to other men." 14
"Smiths and shamans are from the same nest," also declares a Yakut proverb from early North America, cited by the mythologist Mircea Eliade. 15
According to Herodotus, they surfaced some 2,000 years after that as an effeminate priesthood in what is now southern Russia and present-day Ukraine. They were called the ENAREE, "endowed by the goddess Venus with the gift of prophecy." Source
Remember the NEW WINESKINS religion? The symbolism is magical. And remember the GRACE-LESS hostile attack upon anyone who would not SING AND DANCE the Dionysus dance while they PIPED?
Armageddon is a POLEMIC war of WORDS and NOT a WAR OF THE WORLD. And Satan and his musical children are losing!
According to Strabo and many others GENUN as a GENII was also a Kabir or Cabiri
[10.3.19] Further, one might also find, in addition to these facts concerning these genii and their various names, that they were called,
- not only ministers of gods,
- but also gods themselves.
For instance, Hesiod says that five daughters were born to Hecaterus and the daughter of Phoroneus, from whom sprang the mountain-ranging nymphs (like har-meggido little hills striving to be mountains), goddesses, and the breed of Satyrs,
- creatures worthless and unfit for work,
- and also the Curetes, sportive gods, dancers.
And the author of Phoronis speaks of the
- Curetes as "flute-players" and "Phrygians"; and
- others as "earth-born" and "wearing brazen shields."
Some call the Corybantes, and not the Curetes, "Phrygians," but the Curetes "Cretes," and say that the Cretes were the first people to don brazen armour in Euboea, and that on this account they were also called "Chalcidians"; (chalc, brazen) still others say that the Corybantes, who came from Bactriana (some say from among the Colchians. Also a note: "they occupied Bactriana, and acquired possession of the best land in Armenia"),
were given as armed ministers to Rhea by the Titans.
What awake person cannot see the connection between secular music now CONFISCATED as Contemporary Christian Music (the ultimate oxymoron) and the plague of sexual perversion?
HEARING THE MYSTERIES HIDDEN IN ALL MUSICAL TERMS AND NAMES OF INSTRUMENTS.
Lucifer who was in the garden of Eden came equipped with WIND, STRING and PERCUSSION instruments.
The ORGAN (Pipes) which Jubal HANDLED was WITHOUT AUTHORITY.
In the Babylonian tablets it was INANNA who got Ea the patron god of music drunk and stole the power of the eldership, going through the GATES OF HELL, playing musical instruments and PERVERTED SEXUALITY.
In the Book of Enoch and similar documents God will come with ten thousands of His Saints to judge those who fell for Satan's TRICK of introducing mixed-sex choirs, instrumental music, drinking wine and sexual perversion.
The ORGAN was considered VILE and the players in danger.
"Its (pipe = 'to love passionately') was apparently a secular instrument and is never listed in the temple orchestra; only in Ps. 150:4 it is mentioned in a religious (but not ritual) function. Its ethos was not blameless at all, ase we see from Genesis Rabbah 50: 'The angels said to Lot: 'There are players of the pipe (organ) in the country, hence it ought to be destroyed.'" Its rabbinical identification with the aboda, the flute of the notorious Syrian bayaderes, emphasizes the erotic element which already the Hebrew name suggests." (Interpreters Dictionary of the Bible, p. 460, Abingdon).
- The same hebrew word is used for Play the Flute, Pollute and Prostitute.
- The harp or NEBEL comes from the meaning of NABAL a vile person.
- The TAMBOURINE or Tabret is quite identical to TOPHETH once king Solomon's music grove, where babies were burned to MOLECH to the beat of all kinds of musical instruments.
- The SINGING words are intimately related to the prostitute women or minstrels.
- PLAYING was associated with the Sodomites.
Literate scholars troubled about the UNIVERSAL connection between all MUSICAL TERMS and the NAMES OF ISTRUMENTS had to come up with a solution: they decided that "God saw how successful Satan was with music and DECIDED to adopt it for HIMSELF."
The end time Holy Whore identifed at the time of John as Kirke or Circe who seduced people with music and enchanting songs. The CHURCH adopted her name to SILENCE the Word of God in the ASSEMBLY or SYNAGOGUE. She will again be destroyed along with her MUSIC and MUSICIANS.
Based on the meaning of PSALM or SING Paul defined the FIRST INSTRUMENT OF CHOICE as the human voice and heart. Nor was this MUSICAL: it was reading or chanting the Biblical psalms and not SINGING as defined by Al Maxey's baby boomer (infantile drummer) culture.
HEARING THE LOUD DRUM THE GRACELESS CANNOT HEAR.
God prophesied that in contending for the faith in the time of Jesus:
I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him. Deut 18:18But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name,
And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him. Deut 18:19
which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods,
even that prophet shall die. Deut 18:20
Isaiah Eight Slogan
And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits (Old, empty wineskins), and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter (these people used musical devices and said that the gods lived inside of them): should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead? Isaiah 8:19
To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word,
it is because there is no light in them. Isaiah 8:20
Peeping and muttering was speaking in tongues using AN OLD WINESKIN as a musical device to amplify and scramble their speech which they SOLD.
The Peter Slogan
And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount. 2 Peter 1:18And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. 2 Peter 1:19
Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. 2 Peter 1:20
For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. 2 Peter 1:21
As Jesus fired the "doctors of the Law" for taking away the key to knowledge, Peter warned preachers or "mediators" for all times that they have no right to change the inspired Words of the Spirit of Christ (1 Pet 1:11) without endangering their own souls and the souls of the church for which Christ died. Private interpretation is really contemporary preaching which does not have understanding the text as its object:
Epilusis (g1955)ep-il'-oo-sis; from 1956; explanation, i.e. application: - interpretation.
Epiluo (g1956) ep-ee-loo'-o; from 1909 and 3089; to solve further, i.e. (fig.) to explain, decide: - determine, expound.
That means that no book writer, preacher or presumed prophet can add one bit to the free Word (Isaiah 55:1f) which alters its intent. How then is the Word to be used? Well remember the context:
And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. 2 Peter 1:19
That is to prevent Al Maxey from FURTHER EXPOUNDING to ASSIST the Spirit and for a wage!
Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. 2 Peter 1:20
That is to keep Al Maxey from claiming to be superior to the Holy Spirit
For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. 2 Peter 1:21
And that is to MARK people who violate this LAW OF GOD as false PROFITS!
BUT there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. 2 Peter 2:1
So, we have commands, examples and inferences from God and we have anyone who would assign it to just the interpretation of waring apostles is in trouble.
There are many other Biblical examples. In addition, here are some of the church Fathers and denominational leaders who subscribed to the doctrine long before Alexander Campbell. So, Al Maxey is going to have to INCLUDE the Spirit of Christ and most church history as threatening salvation!
- Clement of Alexandria AD 150
- Tertullian of Cathge AD 200?
- Cyprian of Carthage AD 200
- Gregory of Nyssa c. 375
- Augustine of Hippo c. 400
- Thomas Aquinas c. 1250
- John Calvin c 1543
- Westminster Confession of Faith
- John Knox c 1550
- John Locke c. 1675
- Thomas Campbell
- Alexander Hislop c 1858
- Catholic Encyclopedia on music c. 1911
HEARING FROM DEAF EARS AND BLIND EYES
Al Maxey: For example, there is no direct reference in the New Testament documents to instruments of music aiding or accompanying singing in a corporate worship setting. Therefore, according to this so-called "Law of Silence," the use of instruments is a potentially soul-damning abomination in the sight of God.Matt. 11:15 He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
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;Shouldn't that make any preacher check to see if his ears have been raptured? Music insists on dancing: even Psalms 150.
we have  mourned unto you, and ye have not  lamented.
Al didn't TAKE the course which taught that the synagogue (Qahal) existed as the "church" in the Wilderness translated as Ekklesia. Nor, did he grasp that the TRIUMPH music and rejoicing was not to be used in the synagogue which was for instructing the pople. He missed the whole Mount Sinai experience and the fact that the LAW which he sees as authority for music was ADDED BECAUSE OF TRANSGRESSION. That transgression being to RISE UP TO PLAY which was musical idolatry.
John Calvin will confirm our thesis that the synagogue was the "church in the wilderness" and that TRIUMPHING OVER which was noisy music and rejoicing was OUTLAWED.
This is confirmed by the fact that the "people's congregation" never worshiped with singing and music.
Al missed that Psalm 41 prophesied that Judas would try to TRIUMPH over Jesus and that the Dead Sea Scrolls clearly defines this is MUSICAL MOCKING. After all, Al, the Levitical sounders were organized under the KING and the COMMANDERS OF THE ARMY. They created the signal and panic music to melt the heart of the enemy. And, didn't Jesus cast out THE MUSICAL WORSHIP TEAM more or less violently to make it certain that the MAGICAL TEAMS did not create LIFE. Al, what about the Babylon Whore in Revelation 18?
HEARING THAT YOU CANNOT SPEAK AND SING AT THE SAME TIME!
If Al was correct it is because there is NOTHING said about SINGING in the music sense in the entire Bible connected to spiritual worship. Rather, READING 101AAA has Paul say:
Romans 15: "Glorify God with ONE VOICE" using "that which is written."
The divisive background in Romans 14 was between Orphic and Dionysiac worship both of which used music which destroyed the teaching and GLORIFIED the always- effeminate performers. There is nothing about external singing or music in Pauls solution in Romans 15.
Ephesians 5: "Speak to one another" and "sing and make melody IN THE HEART."
Colossians 3: "Teach and Admonish" one another with THE INSPIRED TEXT.
they were to FILL up with the Spirit which is the Words of Christ. Then they were to SPEAK or PREACH, TEACH and ADMONISH. These are all SPEAKING ROLES.
It is utterly IMPOSSIBLE to SPEAK and SING at the same time unless you have a forked tongue. Scholars at the time understood that singing was a purely SECULAR practice and EXTERNAL MELODY did not speak of MUSIC. Rather, MELODY speaks to the panic music of warriors or the mind- altering practices of male and female prostitute performers.
How do I know that they did not SING audibly while SPEAKING to TEACH OR PREACH? The Britannica notes:
"The production of musical tones by means of the human voice. It is the oldest form of music making. ... What distinguishes singing from speaking is the manner in which the breath is expended to vibrate the vocal cords.
Modern Western styles of singing largely derive from the Italian bel canto , which had its origin in a style associated with the polyphonic music of the 16th century. Britannica, Sing
Now Hannah, she spake in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard: therefore Eli thought she had been drunken. 1 Sam 1:13
It is utterly IMPOSSIBLE to SPEAK and SING at the same time. In fact the word SPEAK is the OPPOSITE of poetry or music.
And you CANNOT meditate in your HEART and play an instrument at the same time. Why is that too hard to grasp.
HEARING DAVID'S PATTERN OF SINGING AND MAKING MELODY IN THE HEART.
The Psalmist knew the concept of teaching the Word to others but letting the singing and melody be in the heart and directed to God. I want you to remember that David was one of the KINGS "giving in God's anger and taken away in his anger." They were SECULAR rulers and not MUSICAL WORSHIP MINISTERS.
Paul defined ONLY the inspired Biblical text. The DIRECT COMMAND was to TEACH or PREACH and ADMONISH one another: the command was NOT to SING your own silly erotic praise songs which REPUDIATES God by repudiating the PURPOSE of the Psalms and how the ASSEMBLY (synagogue) MUST teach so that others can SING to God or MAKE MELODY IN THE HEARTS as the worship component.
If you don't do that it MATTERS NOT whether you sing secular praise songs with or without instruments.
- > My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness;
- and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips: Psalm 63:5
- > When I remember thee upon my bed,
- and meditate on thee in the night watches. Psalm 63:6
- > I call to remembrance my song in the night:
- I commune with mine own heart:
- and my spirit made diligent search. Psa 77:6
- > I will meditate (murmur to myself) also of all thy work,
- and talk (to myself h7878) of thy doings. Ps.77:12
- > Princes also did sit and speak against me:
- but thy servant did meditate in thy statutes. Ps.119:23
- > Make me to understand the way of thy precepts:
- so shall I talk (to myself h7878) of thy wondrous works. Ps.119:27
- > My hands also will I lift up unto thy commandments, which I have loved;
- and I will meditate in thy statutes. Ps.119:48
- > I remember the days of old;
- I meditate on all thy works;
- I muse on the work of thy hands. Ps.143:5
- Muse is:
Siyach (h7878) see'-akh; a prim. root; to ponder, i. e. (by impl.) converse (with oneself, and hence aloud) or (trans.) utter: - commune, complain, declare, meditate, muse, pray, speak, talk (with).
For those with eyes, look at how the Psalms were used and how Paul ISSUED A DIRECT COMMANDMENT to teach and admonish one another with the POETIC MATERIAL so that even the "plowman can sing and make melody to God.""In the songs of Zion, both old and young, men and women, bore a part;
their psalmody was the joint act of the whole assembly in unison."
Chrysostom says: "It was the ancient custom, as it is still the custom with us, for all to come together and unitedly join in singing. The young and old, rich and poor, male and female bond and free all join in the song."
Jerome says: "Go where you will, the plowman at his plow sings his joyful hallelujahs, the busy mower regales himself with his psalms, and the vinedresser is singing one of the psalms of David."
HEARING AS LEARNING AND NEVER AS MAKING MUSIC.
You, Al and all of the NEW STYLE WORSHIPERS, are STEALING the role of TEACHING one another. God's Word was that God's Words be put in the hearts and spirits of the people to be used in their private WORSHIP. This worship is individual and day and night rather than your APPOINTMENT TO MEET GOD to let the MUSICIANS pollute the minds of the youth and as Jesus warned about doctors of the law: TAKE AWAY THE KEY TO KNOWLEDGE.
And FOR A PRICE, ALWAYS FOR A PRICE!
Now, see how the PATTERNISM from David to Paul had a DIRECT COMMAND and SILENCE is heard only by those whose eyes have been blinded and ears plugged:
Sing praises to the LORD (singular), enthroned in Zion;
........... proclaim among the nations what he has done. Psalm 9:11
Al Maxey who loves legalists "to death" says: "Thank you Lord for the pay but please have me excused!
in his holy name:
that seek the Lord. Psalm 105:3
Jesus defined the PLACE of worship as the human spirit as it "gives heed" to the Words of Christ -- the Spirit of Truth. This is the Most Holy Place where we go--one at a time--into the presence of God in prayer and GIVING HEED to Him through His Word:
in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. John 4:23
God is a Spirit (NOT A HOUSE): and they that worship him must worship him
in spirit and in truth. John 4:24
The PLACE is the human spirit.
Paul defined the PLACE of GIVING HEED to the Word in the assembly or synagogue.
Paul DID NOT define this as WORSHIP although you ARE NOT WORSHIPING if you are not GIVING HEED to Christ by giving heed to His Words composed as The Spirit of Christ.
This is the fulfillment of the Holy Place in the temple into which NO singer or musician would dare to go. You CANNOT worship with your body or the works of human hands except to fall down on your face in front of Jesus who attends our assemblies.
HEARING The Romans Pattern:
For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning (didaskalia teaching), that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. Rom 15:4
Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow. 1 Pe 1:11
- That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify (worship) God,
- even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Rom 15:6
- Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another
- according to Christ Jesus: Rom 15:5
HEARING The Ephesian Pattern:
- And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Eph 5:18
- It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak (preach) unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. John 6:63
- Speaking (g1321 didasko Preach) in
- psalms and hymns and spiritual songs
- and (kai)
- making melody
- in your heart (PLACE)
- to the Lord; Eph 5:19
HEARING The ABSOLUTE requirement of Jesus compared to the TEACHING (not singing) passages in Ephesians.
Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship; for salvation is of the Jews. John 4:22 For ye were sometimes darkness, but Wherefore be ye not unwise, And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; and in truth (g225): for the Father seeketh such to worship him. John 4:23b now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: Eph 5:8
but be filled
But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit John 4:23a (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) Eph 5:9 what the will of the Lord is. Eph 5:17
with the Spirit; Eph 5:18Jesus used the common meaning of PHYSICAL WORSHIP:
Proskuneo (g4352) pros-koo-neh'-o; from 4314 and a prob. der. of 2965 (mean. to kiss, like a dog licking his master's hand); to fawn or crouch to, i.e. (lit. or fig.) prostrate oneself in homage (do reverence to, adore): - worship.
However, in a SPIRITUAL RELIGION, Jesus said "this is how you do it now and in the future": you worship in your SPIRIT or mind as you give heed to the TRUTH. A student of Greek would have understood this:
Cratylus By Plato comparing the SHOOTING of Apollo (Abaddon, Apollyon) and "thumos (passion) is called from the rushing (thuseos) and boiling of the soul" notes the superiority of what Jesus said was WORSHIP IN SPIRIT. Remember that Paul said that we must SACRIFICE or "thusia" or bodies in order to worship RATIONALLY or SPIRITUALLY:
HERMOGENES. Well, then, let me ask about the greatest and noblest, such as aletheia (truth) and pseudos (falsehood) and on (being), not forgetting to enquire why the word onoma (name), which is the theme of our discussion, has this name of onoma.
SOCRATES. You know the word maiesthai (to seek)?
HERMOGENES. Yes;- meaning the same as zetein (to enquire).
Zeteo (g2212)dzay-teh'-o; of uncert. affin.; to seek (lit. or fig.); spec. (by Heb.) to worship (God)... desire, endeavour, enquire (for), require, (* will) seek (after, for, means). Comp. 4441.
But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. Jn.4:23
IF ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Col.3:1
SOCRATES. The word onoma (name) seems to be a compressed sentence, signifying on ou zetema (being for which there is a search);
But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Heb 11:6
Ekzeteo (g1567) ek-zay-teh'-o; from 1537 and 2212; to search out, i.e. (fig.) investigate, crave, demand, (by Hebr.) worship: - en- (re-) quire, seek after (carefully, diligently).
That the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called, saith the Lord, who doeth all these things. Ac.15:17
as is still more obvious in onomaston (notable),
which states in so many words that real existence is that for which there is a seeking (on ou masma);
aletheia is also an agglomeration of theia ale (divine wandering),
implying the divine motion of existence;Aletheia (g225) al-ay'-thi-a; from 227; truth: - true, * truly, truth, verity.
Aletheuo (g226) al-ayth-yoo'-o; from 227; to be true (in doctrine and profession): - speak (tell) the truth.
Therefore, worship IN SPIRIT is worship in the human MIND. Worship in TRUTH is SEEKING, THIRSTING, WANDERING in search of the TRUTH which God has planted in His Word.
HEARING The Colossian Pattern:
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom;
- teaching (g1321 didasko Preach)
- and (kai)
- in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,
- one another
- in your hearts
- to the Lord. Col 3:16The DIRECT COMMAND IS THERE and THERE IS NO SILENCE except to those whom God has sent strong delusions:
> Make me to understand the way of thy precepts:
so shall I talk (to myself h7878) of thy wondrous works. Ps.119:27
Why is "singing AND making melody IN YOUR HEART and directed to God rather than to the WORSHIPFUL audience so difficult to grasp.
If WE wanted our assembly to TEACH the Biblical text ONE TO ANOTHER so that we can sing and meditate on it all day long HOW WOULD WE SAY IT?
Now to dispense with the "doctor of the law's" false accusation against those who will not DANCE while Al pipes.When Israel committed musical idolatry at Mount Sinai, the rejected the Covenant and God gave them the Law "because of transgression." In defining the two silver trumpets, God restricted them to signalling or blowing the alarm over their enemies. John Calvin notes that:
But when the congregation is to be gathered together, ye shall blow, but ye shall not sound an alarm. Numbers 10:7
"For this office, to which they were appointed, was no servile one, as that they should blow the trumpets at the command of others; but rather did God thus set them over public affairs,
that the people might not tumultuously call their assemblies in the blindness and precipitation of passion, but rather that modesty, gravity, and moderation should be observed in them.
"We know how often in earthly affairs God is not regarded, but counsels are confidently discussed without reference to His word.
He testified, therefore, by this employment of the priests,
that all assemblies, except those in which He should preside, were accursed.
"Profane nations also had their ceremonies, such as auguries, supplications, soothsayings, victims,
because natural reason dictated that nothing could be engaged in successfully without Divine assistance;
but God would have His people bound to Him in another way, so that, when called by the sound of the sacred trumpets as by a voice from heaven,
they should assemble to holy and pious deliberations. The circumstance of the place also has the same object.
The door of the Tabernacle was to them, as if they placed themselves in the sight of God.
We will speak of the word dewm, mogned (synagogue) elsewhere. Although it signifies an appointed time, or place, and also an assembly of the people, I prefer translating it convention, because God there in a solemn manner,
as if before His sacred tribunal, called the people to witness, or, according to appointment, proceeded to make a covenant with them.
John Calvin also understood "Dispensational Distinctions" as well as the place of music in the Law period under the monarchy of kings rather than of God.
"There is then no other argument needed to condemn superstitions, than that they are not commanded by God: for when men allow themselves to worship God according to their own fancies, and attend not to His commands, they pervert true religion." Calvin's Commentaries, 9:414.
"Hebrews 9:1. "Then verily the first", &c. After having spoken generally of the abrogation of the old covenant, he now refers specially to the ceremonies.
His object is to show that
there was nothing practiced then to which Christ's coming has not put an end.
He says first, that under the old covenant there was a specific form of divine worship, and that it was peculiarly adapted to that time. It will hereafter appear by the comparison what kind of things were those rituals prescribed under the Law.
"Were any one to ask why the Apostle speaks with so little respect and even with contempt of Sacraments divinely instituted, and extenuates their efficacy?
This he does, because he separates them from Christ; and we know that when viewed in themselves they are but beggarly elements, as Paul calls them. (Gal. 4: 9.)
Because the music in connection with animal sacrifices under the Law were part of a training or disciplinary system, John Calvin understands the difference between the Old Law and the New Covenant
Then Calvin notes what the Catholics confess: that it was not really a borrowing from the sacrificial system but from the world of entertainment from all pagans:
"From this it appears that the Papists, as I shall have occasion to show elsewhere, in employing instrumental music
cannot be said so much to imitate the practice of God's ancient people as to ape it in a senseless and absurd manner,
exhibiting a silly delight in that worship of the Old Testament which was figurative and terminated with the gospel." (Psalm 92:1)
Adam Clark notes that the NACHASH or serpent was not a snake. We hav noted that the name means that he was a Chaldean Musical Enchanter. Clark notes that the word also means an APE:
And in such an inquiry the Arabic may be expected to afford some help, from its great similarity to the Hebrew. A root in this language, very nearly similar to that in the text, seems to cast considerable light on the subject.
Chanas or khanasa signifies he departed, drew off, lay hid, seduced, slunk away; from this root come akhnas, khanasa, and khanoos, which all signify an ape, or satyrus, or any creature of the simia or ape genus.
It is very remarkable also that from the same root comes khanas, the DEVIL, which appellative he bears from that meaning of khanasa, he drew off, seduced, &c.,because he draws men off from righteousness,
seduces them from their obedience to God, &c., &c. See Golius, sub voce. Is it not strange that the devil and the ape should have the same name, derived from the same root, and that root so very similar to the word in the text?The Restoration Movement Pattern:
Thomas Campbell: "The author and ultimate object of our holy religion, is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, by his Spirit, speaking in Christ and his holy apostles.
"The principle of this holy religion within us, is faith, a correspondent faith; that is, a belief, or inwrought persuasion by, and according to, the word of truth,in all points corresponding to the revelation which God has made of himself through Jesus Christ by the Spirit.
Hence, being rooted and grounded in the truth of this revelation, by faith in the divine testimony,
we contemplate and worship God inwardly;
that is, adore and reverence him in our souls,
according to the characters and attributes under which he has revealed himself to us.
When an INSTRUMENT is included in the Bible or the Classics it is ALWAYS named. There is no word for SINGING in addition to PLAYING without a modifer.
Paul COMMANDED the first instrument of CHOICE in the Greek Psalm or English Song:
The human voice!
Furthermore, the MUSIC word is the Biblical MARK which tells God: "We will not listen to your Word." Why is it that those USING the Law of Silence cannot find a single example of God approving MUSIC or attributing anything but EVIL to its use. Just cannot be done. Therefore, Lost ANTIS are stumbling through the Bible and jumping over the PUNCH LINE to claim that BREAKING THE LAW has God's approval.
However, there is much more against MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS.
First, music had its first appearance in heaven. Lucifer was cast out and appeared in the garden of Eden with his string, wind and percussion instruments.
She/he is typified by the queen/king of Tyre called the "harp- playing prostitute.
She/he is typified as the queen/king of Babylon whose harps and harpists went into SHEOL with him to rot on a bed of maggots.
She/he is the end-time Babylon Harlot church and
And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee; Rev 18:22
Second, music was MUSICAL IDOLATRY at Mount Sinai where Israel 'ROSE UP TO PLAY." As a result, God gave the Law and "turned them over to worship the starry hosts" (Acts 7)"The triumphal hymn of Moses had unquestionably a religious character about it; but the
employment of music in religious services, though idolatrous,
is more distinctly marked in the festivities which attended the erection of the golden calf." (Smith's Bible Dictionary, Music, p. 589).
Third, the temple sounders were part of the temple under the kings whom God selected to lead the nation into captivity.
Fourth, ALL of the musical examples say to God: "We will not listen to your Words."
Fifth, secular men cannot grasp that MUSIC was NEVER used in the worship of a Spirit God. The Levites in the courts WERE NOT MUSICIANS. They made a loud, crashing sound while they were slaughtering and burning thousands of ANIMALS.
These animals were TYPES of Christ of whom it was prophesied that Judas and clergy would try to TRIUMPH OVER Messiah. This means musically where MUSIC had validity as the instruments of the MUSICAL LEVITES now unemployed.
However, the Levites could never get into the Holy Place which was a carnal type of the church of Christ; not even to CLEAN OUT THE GARBAGE.
Here is a model of the TEMPLE and if Al can get instruments into the type of the CHURCH, even in the vilest pagan temples, then he brings the Abomination of Desolation into God's Holy Presence.
Sixth, the Abomination of Desolation in the Intertestament Period involved the worship of Zeus and Dionysus IN THE HOLY PLACE in the temple. Click to see Second Maccabees where we have added some definitions of the worship of DIONYSUS as perverted and musical.
A picture of what the Jews were doing as "worship."
You should read Isaiah 30 in the LXX to see how God uses music and instruments to defeat people and drive them into a place like a burning hell. Isaiah pictures dramatically the burning of children in the red hot arms of Molech to who Israel had been TURNED OVER at mount Sinai because of musical idolatry.
MOLECH, to whom God turned Israel over to and worshiped in TOPHETH a symbol of hell which had once been Solomon's MUSIC GROVE was not approved.
And they have built the high places of Tophet, which is in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire;
which I commanded them not, neither came it into my heart. Jeremiah 7:31
They have built also the high places of Baal, to burn their sons with fire for burnt offerings unto Baal, which I commanded not, nor spake it, neither came it into my mind: Jeremiah 19:5
Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that it shall no more be called Tophet, nor the valley of the son of Hinnom, but the valley of slaughter: for they shall bury in Tophet, till there be no place. Jeremiah 7:32
Then will I cause to cease from the cities of Judah, and from the streets of Jerusalem, the voice of mirth, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride: for the land shall be desolate. Jeremiah 7:34
God didn't stop them because they were on their way to captivity and death because of the MUSICAL IDOLATRY at Mount Sinai and because they REPUDIATED God as King in favor of a HUMAN KING "Like the nations" so that they could worship like the nations.
The prophecy of how they would treat Jesus:
Why institute a RADICALLY NEW, weekly Lord's Supper ON THE NIGHT HE WAS BETRAYED? How was Jesus betrayed? We have noted that the 4 CUP theme was to get drunk so they could defeat Haman. The Jews saw Jesus as BEELZEBUB or Beliar and MUSICAL "stood in the gap" to destroy Him with PANIC MUSIC.
Psalm 41 prophesied that Judas would ultimately FAIL to triumph over Jesus. Triumph means to "blow wind instruments and 'make a joyful noise before the Lord.'" This was the Jewish and all Pagan's WARRIOR'S CHANT. We quoted John Calvin above who condemned the CELEBRATION of pagan worship WHILE God was speaking to them in Synagogue.
They "stood in th gap playing instruments" trying to turn His heart to wax or to make him turn and run.
This picture is consistent with Psalm 41 and with the translation of the Dead Sea Scrolls which defines the MUSIC as warrior's music to SET AN AMBUSH. I am told that in the original you can see the VULVA which accounts for the fact that one Hebrew word is translated "play the flute, pollute and prostitute." All of the ancients claim that the goal of Dionysus worship was sodomy: Jesus didn't bow to Baal.
The circle dance they tried to PIPE to get Jesus to sing (lament) and dance. The Dionysus or Bacchus worship was part of the Abomination of Desolation during the intertestament period.
After a final Circle Dance, the chorus exits single-file as they entered.
During the performances wine is poured for the audience and sweetmeats are passed among them (either for free or for a price). During the Comedies, the chorus throws nuts and raisens to entertain the spectators.
Though the performances are sacred and consecrated to the God, the audience makes their opinions known,
........ either applauding or hissing and hooting.
The plays are also a focus for political and social debate; the plays (especially the Comedies)
........ are laced with allusions to contemporary issues
........ and will be a stimulus for discussion following the festival.
Seventh, the Jews believed that Messiah would be Dionysus. Therefore, they tested Jesus by PIPING hoping that He would sing and dance the perverted ritual with them. Click to see how they looked. Here is a preview.
HERE ARE THE BULLS AND DOGS MOCKING JESUS. The Judas Bag is attached to the flute case on the left
Older scholars understanding the original language see the NACHASH or serpent who was ZOE called "the beast and the female instructing principle" as a MUSICAL ENCHANTER. Furthermore, they define the SIN of eating as SODOMY. The DIONYSUS singing and dancing would have them INITIATING Jesus into Sodomy.
The UNIVERSAL picture of "musical worship" in the Ancient Near East, The Bible, the Classical writers, church Fathers and contemporary culture is that MUSICIANS especially in worship were SEXUALLY and EMOTIONALLY abnormal.
Why, then does Al Maxey need a DIRECT COMMAND to say: "Thou shalt not jump off a tall building." Al and his MUSICIANS are the ONLY ones who use the LAW OF SILENCE which HE says threatenes His salvation.
Al Maxey: Another innovation was the addition of drink to this Passover feast as part of the religious ritual. Four cups of wine had been added by the rabbis to the Passover celebration. These were not just for the purpose of "washing down the food," a mere "incidental," as a few have feebly sought to suggest, but these cups of wine were specially and purposefully added for their spiritual significance to the feast itself. The Jews themselves admit that these cups of wine were "a Rabbinic tradition," with a specific religious purpose, and thus were not originally part of the divine directive, nor were they merely "incidental to the Passover itself." "By New Testament times the Passover observance had features ADDED to those already SPECIFIED in the Old Testament .... At various intervals four cups of wine, a symbol of joy, were consumed" (International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, volume 3, page 677).
First, you have to grasp that Passover was a FAMILY devotion: no one "sang Twila Paris and twanged the harp as an UNAUTHORIZED act of worship."
Second, even from the beginning the Passover of ROASTED LAMB (never changed even for Jesus) was connected to the FEAST OF UNLEAVENED bread. AFTER the Passover Jesus instituted the Lord's Supper with the unfermented juice.
You can not spiritually discern the meaning of the SPIRIT LIKE A DOVE unless you have a minimal grasp of the connection between the BABYLON HARLOT and the dove as HER symbol. In all paganism which was usually goddess worship the MOTHER of the Goddess rested on her DAUGHTER like a dove. By using the dove symbolism Jesus Christ is declared to be the Son of a Father. This repudiates matriarchal (musical) worship and declares that God is MASCULINE in nature.
In the same way, the institution of the Lord's Supper repudiates the false PASSOVER developed in Babylon as Esther tried to mitigate the evils. The result of the FOUR CUPS is that
God turned the TRAITOR Haman over to be HANGED in place of Mordecai.
They were called FESTIVALS OF WINE and not the Jewish Passover.
Jesus used the FIFTH CUP to fulfill expectations to prove that John had become the forerunner and that He would institute the "New Testament in His blood" and not the blood of animals.
Jesus turned the TRAITOR Judas over to Satan and to be hanged.
The INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC mystery is dispensed with along with the drunken Passover.
As to the Babylonian- induced Passover the wine was not spiritual: they added four cups of intoxicants to GET DRUNK.
IF Jesus approved this the He commanded us to GET DRUNK.
"a man is bound to get so drunk with wine at Purim as not to know the difference between, 'Cursed is Naaman and Blessed is Mordecai.'" (Talmud, Megillah 2:7)
Next, the word EAT means to consume:
And he took butter, and milk, and the calf which he had dressed, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree, and they did eat. Ge.18:8
Therefore, when they ATE they CONSUMED and therefore DRANK. However, the Passover consisted of eating flesh and drinking was an approved precedent probably beginning with Adam and Eve.
The new wine skin religion of Jubilee 99 has no foundation in Scripture. Rather, it is based upon the tradition of the elders which Jesus condemned. Yeast in bread, which came from wine, was absolutely prohibited when the Passover was observed:
"For seven days no yeast is to be found in your houses. And whoever eats anything with yeast in it must be cut off from the community of Israel, whether he is an alien or native-born. Exo 12:19
Eat (consume) nothing made with yeast. Wherever you live, you must eat unleavened bread." Exo 12:20
"Do not offer the blood of a sacrifice to me along with anything containing yeast. "The fat of my festival offerings must not be kept until morning. Exo 23:18
Wine was NOT used in the celebration of the Passover until Hellenistic times. Then, among the spiritually minded, it must be "boiled" wine or fresh from the vat. The faithful Jews understood this because--
"It may be possible that the use of wine replaced an earlier custom of offering blood; however this may be, wine was often treated as if it were blood,
While there would usually be some product of fermentation in any older juice, Jesus POURED IT out for others. Since the image of Jesus being crucified to pour out His blood has Him THIRSTING, what did they do? they gave him vinegar or ACID. He RECEIVED it because they shoved it to his mouth but it is not said that he DRANK it. At the touch He said "it is finished" and just GAVE UP THE GHOST.
Change Agents Add New Wine Skins At Passover. It is a fact that WINE was not mentioned in connection with the Passover.
"There is no mention of wine in connection with Passover in the Pentateuch; but the Mishna strictly enjoins that there should not be less than 4 cups.
Two of these are mentioned in Lk. 22:17,20. 'The cup of blessing' I Cor 10:16 is probably the latter of these." (Smith's Dictionary of the Bible).
However, later Jews corrupted the Passover to make it into a literal wineskins Passover. For instance, there was "the tradition of the clergy" and there was the teaching by Jesus. They always differed radically.
The story of Esther leads to a FEAST to the Defeat of Jehovah. The Jews participated as much as they could.
"To add insult to injury, Achashverosh invited the Jews to the feast as well. He told them: "Torah is proven false, so give up your hope and join us." Unfortunately, many Jews succumbed to this challenge of faith and attended the party
6 The third day of Esther's fast was the 15th of Nissan -- the night of the Passover Seder (Rashi 5:1). Because of the dire situation,the regular Seder could be forfeited.
Still, Esther kept as much as she could and served matzah at the banquets.
Additionally, the banquets are called "mishteh ha-yayin" -- a wine feast (5:6, 7:2, 7:7) -- alluding to the four cups of wine drunk at the seder
The Bible Calls them BANQUETS OF WINE. The king drank the wine, flew into a rage, and went looking for HAMAN. Haman just fell on the queen's bed. So the king had Haman hanged on the gallows made for Mordecai. Al, don't you get the JUDAS connection?
Because God had abandoned the Israelites to pagan idolatry, we know that they continued in Bacchus or Dionysus worship. Plutarch, who connects SEXUAL PERVERSION to all of the PSALLO proof texts wrote:
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 [Greek omitted] which the priests of Bacchus display.Enthousi-astikos A. inspired, phusis by music, Arist.Pol.1340a11; hê e. sophia divination, Plu.Sol.12 ; e. ekstasis Iamb. Myst.3.8 ; to e. excitement, Pl.Phdr. 263d : Sup. -ôtatos Sch.Iamb.Protr.p.129 P. Adv. -kôs, diatithenai tina Plu.2.433c : Comp. -ôteron Marin.Procl.6 .
II. Act., inspiring, exciting, of certain kinds of music, Arist.Pol.1341b34; nosêmata manika kai e. Id.Pr.954a36 : Comp. -ôtera, akousmata Pl.Ep. 314a .
Outlawed for the Synagogue in Romans 15
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.Some perhaps may surmise that these are mere conjectures. But there are other arguments which will clearly evince the truth of what I assert. The first may be drawn from their High-priest, who on holidays enters their temple with his mitre on, arrayed in a skin of a hind embroidered with gold, wearing buskins, and a coat hanging down to his ankles;besides, he has a great many little bells depending from his garment which make a noise as he walks. So in the nocturnal ceremonies of Bacchus (as the fashion is amongst us), they make use of music, and call the god's nurses [Greek omitted]. High up on the wall of their temple [Ezekiel 8] is a representation of the thyrsus and timbrels, which surely suits no other god than Bacchus.
Moreover, they are forbidden the use of honey in their sacrifices, because they suppose that a mixture of honey corrupts and deads the wine. And honey was used for a libation in former days and with it the ancients were wont to make themselves drunk, before the vine was known.
And at this day barbarous people who want wine drink metheglin, allaying the sweetness of the honey by bitter roots, much of the taste of our wine.
Again, the tradition of some of the Rabbis followed the deception played on Haman by:
"a man is bound to get so drunk with wine at Purim as not to know the difference between, 'Cursed is Naaman and Blessed is Mordecai.'" (Talmud, Megillah 2:7)
The result of this drunken deception, this was celebrated as a SECOND PASSOVER.
Can anyone believe that Jesus IMITATED this pattern in instituting the Lord's Supper. Doesn't His careful use of THE FRUIT OF THE VINE prove that He REPUDIATED the drunken customs of the JEWS?
But Jesus said that they were self-promoters, did more harm than good and "took away the key to knowledge."
Passover and wine was connected by Jews who knew that their kingdom had already been lost as they broke down the walls:
"Modern Jews do not waste it. However, it is a symbol of the bitter slavery in Egypt. The wine is used much like a cooking wine where the alcohol content is highly diluted:
Maror: Bitter Herbs
"A blessing is recited over a bitter vegetable (usually raw horseradish; sometimes romaine lettuce), and it is eaten. This symbolizes the bitterness of slavery. The maror is eaten with charoses, a mixture of apples, nuts, cinnamon and
which symbolizes the mortar used by the Jews in building during their slavery.
Even for the Jewish Passover the wine is for flavor and not intoxication. And in the Jewish Passover the wine symbolizes the mortar of slavery -- not the fresh, fruit of the vine which is squeezed out for the king and sons of the King. Of the Israelites in Egypt:
They made their lives bitter with hard labor in brick and mortar and with all kinds of work in the fields; in all their hard labor the Egyptians used them ruthlessly. Exodus 1:14
Sober Jews Rejected the Wineskins Rituals
The Incarnate God of the universe knows as much as the local highway patrolman who will put you in jail for being as drunk as some are as the result of charismatic preaching and loud, mind-altering vocal or instrumental music.
"The law forbade seor--yeast, ferment, whatever could excite fermentation--and
khahmatz (chametz), whatever had undergone fermentation, or been subject to the action of seor." (Patton 85).
"The great mass of the Jews have ever understood this prohibition as extending to fermented wine, or strong drink, as well as to bread. The word is essentially the same which designates the fermentation of bread and that of liquors." (Patton)
When served with the MATZAH: Passover lasted all week. However, when serving the UNLEAVENED BREAD one view is that:
"Chametz is symbolic of sin. Chametz (leaven) rises teaching us pride, arrogance, and self-will. Matzah (unleaven) is flat teaching us humility, selflessness and love. As we work to remove all traces of Chametz from our homes, we are aware of the deeper meaning of Chametz and endeavor to remove the spiritual Chametz from within ourselves.
"You may not serve lamb, roast beef, roasted meat, or pork because of its resemblance to the Passover sacrifice. You may not serve rice or any food that swells up as it cooks (the swelling is symbolic of sin). Try also to avoid cheese and meat in the same dinner. Stuffing is made from raised bread, but you may make Matzah stuffing if you choose. Several recipes are included in this guide.
If you serve wine, be sure that it is kosher wine. Wine that is not kosher contains yeast. Yeast is symbolic of leaven or sin. Therefore, kosher or non-alcoholic wine should be served. Grapejuice is also acceptable. Passover Guide.
Does Al believe that Jesus called for and consumed FOUR CUPS OF WINE to assuredly GET DRUNK when THE LAW FORBAD fermentation?
Jesus changed both the PURPOSE and the WINE of the Passover into remembering Him and using THE FRUIT OF THE VINE.
Therefore, JESUS did not OBSERVE the unlawful and harmful drinking of wine and cut off any further comparison with the JEWISH PASSOVER.
Jesus changed this: He defined THE FRUIT OF THE VINE which is not wine. Wine is the FRUIT OF THE VAT. Boiled rasins became "wine" but it was still unfermented.
Furthermore, the SUPPER observed at the time of Passover was changed: "This do in memory of me" and not in memory of the Passover in Egypt.
The FRUIT OF THE VINE was available any time of the year even though they could preserve fresh grape juice:
"Now the preference for raisin-wine is not completely unreasonable. After all, commercially produced kosher wines were a rarity at this time, especially in America, so that the only way to procure a ritually satisfactory beverage would be to make it at home.
Though alcoholic wine cannot be easily manufactured by amateurs,
raisin-wine can be prepared through a simple process of boiling the raisins in a pot."
Al Maxey: The problem, however, is that the case of the four cups of wine completely destroys their premise.
Jesus, who was sinless, embraced and utilized the four cups of wine which were added by men to the Lord God's Passover feast.
Jesus thus demonstrated that innovation and addition are not necessarily wrong, if that to which they are added is not negated or replaced or diminished by the addition or accompaniment. In other words, the four cups of wine in no way negated, replaced or diminished what God HAD prescribed and ordained in the Passover.
BUNK! Remember what Jesus said:
For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do. Mark 7:8
And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition. Mark 7:9
When Jesus did something it was usually to repudiate the TRADITIONS :
> But this cup of wine is not drunk; instead, it is placed at the center of the table where the children keep watch over the gently quivering liquid, hoping to detect a sign of its sampling by Elijah the Prophet, in whose honor it was poured.
The first four elements of the redemption are something that we are to "drink" - to acivtely pursue and realize ourselves.
It is within our power to overcome all that limits and enslaves us, both physically and spiritually, both without and within; to develop our potential for freedom, and to exercise this freedom as the freedom to fulfill our mission as G-d's people as communicated to us at Sinai.
But the final and culminating level of redemption - its "I will bring you" element, which shall be fully realized only in the era of Mashiach - is something that transcends our human efforts.
This is not a cup we can drink on our own. We can only bring ourselves to the threshold of this Divinely perfect world, through our active realization of the first four "expressions of redemption."
The drinking of the fifth cup awaits Elijah, herald of the final and ultimate redemption.
Every person is obligated to drink four cups of wine, or grape juice, which is also considered as wine, at the Seder at the appropriate points [see above]. If he drank all four cups at once, he has not fulfilled the obligation. The Talmud notes that this obligation is incumbent upon men, women, and even children, for all were redeemed from Egypt.
The Torah then tells us that the entire nation did as the were commanded. The blood of circumcision became mingled with the blood of the sacrifice and it is the merit of these two mitzvot that we commemorate by drinking red wine. Passover Net
> "There is an opinion in the Talmud which states that five cups of wine, not four, are to be drunk at the Seder. In practice we follow the majority opinion and drink only four cups. In deference to the minority opinion,
however, we pour the Fifth Cup of wine even though no one drinks from it.
This Fifth Cup of wine bears the name of Elijah because it is he who will eventually resolve this question, as well as many others. Cup of Elijah
Since there was only ONE cup this must have been the FIFTH which speaks of Elijah or John the Baptist:
"We all know of the four cups of wine, but the Rambam and others mentioned a fifth cup. What is the source for this practice? How should it be observed? These are some of the questions which the Rebbe raises - and resolves - in the distinct way in which he treats subjects in Nigleh, the revealed realm of Torah law.
In the context of his explanations, the Rebbe also focuses on the cup of Eliyahu, a practice instituted as an expression of our faith in Eliyahu's arrival as herald of the Redemption.
"May we witness his coming soon," and the ultimate peak of the Era of the Redemption, when "those who repose in the dust will arise and sing."
One may pour a fifth cup and recite the Great Hallel over it, i.e., from "Praise G-d, for He is good,"  until "By the waters of Babylon."
"Directly before mentioning the fifth cup, the Rambam states:
"He should not taste anything the entire night except water." After stating that a person should not drink anything but water after drinking t he fourth cup, the Rambam would not say that one may drink a fifth cup.
What then is the Rambam saying? That we may pour out a fifth cup, recite the Great Hallel over it, and then pour it back without drinking from it.
Defining the Rambam's Conception
"In his gloss to the Mishneh Torah, Rabbeinu Manoach states: "From this, one can infer that it is forbidden to drink wine after drinking the four cups. For if one would surmise that it is permitted, why must one recite the Great Hallel over [the fifth cup]?
"Instead, implied is that one should not drink [another cup].
But if one desires to drink one must recite over that cup songs of praise related to the exodus of Egypt, as one recites over the fourth cup. Otherwise, it is forbidden for one to drink."
Of course, Jesus was instituting the Lord's Supper which commemorates the redemption from SIN RATHER than redemption from Egypt. Jesus HAS BECOME our PASSOVER, therefore we do not drink the PASSOVER four cups (not Biblical) nor do we drink WINE for the Lord's Supper.
"Since the majority opinion forbids drinking more than four cups, that opinion is followed, and one drinks only four cups. On the other hand, in deference to Rabbi Tarfon's opinion, a fifth cup is poured out, the Great Hallel is recited over it, but as stated above, it is not drunken in compliance with the view that drinking it is prohibited.
Elijah had come and announced Messiah who was preparing to die for their sins. Therefore, it is logical that they FINALLY DRANK the fifth cup--
And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives. Matt 26:30
Jesus missed a grand opportunity not to have called Judas back to play MUSIC:
Humneo (g5214) hoom-neh'-o; from 5215; to hymn, i.e. sing a religious ode; by impl. to celebrate (God) in song: - sing an hymn (praise unto).
Guess what Psalm they sang for the FIFTH CUP:
BY the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion. Psalm 137:1
We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof. Psalm 137:2
For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song; and they that wasted us required of us mirth, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion. Psalm 137:3
Before the institution of the LORD'S SUPPER, Judas was identified with the SOP.
Isn't it just wild that the Judas Bag used by the thief was not a PURSE. Rather, throughout the Classics the bag was:
Glosokomon (g1101) gloce-sok'-om-on; from 1100 (speaking in tongues) and the base of 2889; prop. a case to keep mouthpieces of wind-instruments in, i.e. (by extens.) a casket or (spec.) purse: - bag.
It is made up of two words:1. Glossa (from Strong's g1100) means "speaking in tongues" especially an unacquired one.
2. Kosmos (g2889) means the "orderly arrangement" or the "adorning" world. this is derived from (g2864 or Komizo which means "to carry off."
Kosmos (g2889) kos'-mos; prob. from the base of 2865; orderly arrangement, i.e. decoration; by impl. the world (in a wide or narrow sense, includ. its inhab., lit. or fig. [mor.]): - adorning, world.
Komizo (g2865) kom-id'-zo; from a prim. komeo, (to tend, i.e. take care of); prop. to provide for, i.e. (by impl.) to carry off...
The SOP also has a strange connection;
Psomion (g5596) pso-mee'-on; dim. from a der. of the base of 5597; a crumb or morsel (as if rubbed off), i.e. a mouthful: - sop
Psocho (g5597) pso'-kho; prol. from the same base as 5567; to triturate, i.e. (by anal.) to rub out (kernels from husks with the fingers or hand): - rub.
Psallo (g5567) psal'-lo; prob. strengthened from psao, (to rub or touch the surface; comp. 5597); to twitch or twang, i.e. to play on a stringed instrument (celebrate the divine worship with music and accompanying odes): - make melody, sing (psalms)
If you use the HARP better watch out!
The three early harps found in the burial chambers at Ur were bow-shaped instruments with 12 to 15 strings; nearly identical instruments were played in Egypt at roughly the same time.
Iconographic evidence suggests that in both Egypt and Mesopotamia the harp, often played by women, was used in secular, erotic entertainments, although it had sacred uses as well. Britannica
The Twitching, Twanging or Plucking does not use the unique MUSIC word. Rather, Apollo (Abaddon, Apollyon) was the father of "musical harmony, the murderous twanging bow and arrow, thieves and liars." At Delphi he USED three MUSES from which the word MUSICIANS in Revelation 18 is derived.
- > Then the angry Hiawatha
- Raised his mighty bow of ash-tree,
- Seized his arrows, jasper-headed,
- Shot them fast among the serpents;
- Every twanging of the bow-string
- Was a war-cry and a death-cry,
- Every whizzing of an arrow
- Was a death-song of Kenabeek.
> "Thamyris is sitting near Pelias. He has lost the sight of his eyes;
his attitude is one of utter dejection; his hair and beard are long; at his feet lies thrown a lyre with its horns and strings broken. [10.30.9] Above him is Marsyas, sitting on a rock,The Phrygians in Celaenae hold that the river passing through the city was once this great flute-player,
and by his side is Olympus, with the appearance of a boy in the bloom of youth learning to play the flute.
and they also hold that the Song of the Mother, an air for the flute, was composed by Marsyas. They say too that they repelled the army of the Gauls by the aid of Marsyas,
who defended them against the barbarians by the water from the river and by the music of his flute.
> "In a musical contest between Pan and Apollo, Pan's flute was judged by Tmolus to be inferior to Apollo's lyre. Everyone agreed with the result of this contest except King Midas, who called it unjust. It is for this reason that Midas acquired, through Apollo's will, the ears of an ass, which he tried in vain to conceal under a turban."
"Marsyas, a Phrygian satyr, was so proud of his skill with the flute that he presumed to challenge Apollo, god of music and master of the lyre. The myth appears to be a record of the supersession of the flute by the lyre in Greek favour.
"There is likewise a palace of the Great King in Celaenae, strongly fortified and situated at the foot of the Acropolis over the sources of the Marsyas river; the Marsyas also flows through the city, and empties into the Maeander, and its width is twenty-five feet.
It was here, according to the story, that Apollo flayed Marsyas, after having defeated him in a contest of musical skill; he hung up his skin in the cave from which the sources issue, and it is for this reason that the river is called Marsyas. Xenophon Anabasis [1.2.8]
> Clement: All honour to that king of the Scythians, whoever Anacharsis was, who shot with an arrow one of his subjects who imitated among the Scythians the mystery of the Mother of the gods, as practised by the inhabitants of Cyzicus,
beating a drum and sounding a cymbal
strung from his neck like a priest of Cybele,
........ condemning him as having become effeminate
........ among the Greeks,
........ and a teacher of the disease of effeminacy
........ to the rest of the Cythians.
In the image below, Apollo and his harp battles Marsyas and his flute: Marsyas loses and Apollo flays him alive. Did Satan cause Judas to kill himself because he failed? It has been so said. Apollo (Abaddon, Apollyon will come again and turn loose the MUSES who were turned into Locusts or Grasshopers). Remember that in the old stories Satan taught the youth as Genun (Jubal, Jabal, Tubal-Cain, Naamah) how to HANDLE (without authority) the ORGAN (a vulgar expression of homosexual love which the Jews hoped God and Ezekiel would supply in Ezekiel 33).
This Jubal or Genun story is confirmed by Paul in Romans One! The HARP OF GOD is defined as producing the fruit of the lips, but Satan's approach through Judas and modern music is PATTERNED by the flute where Halal is translated as "play the flute, pollute or prostitute." Or "to prune your vine" to "take your inheritance."
This might be reaching but I don't think so: Jesus gave Satan- filled Judas Sicarri (musical assassin of Psalm 41: a dagger man) the SECRET SIGNAL that he had been OUTED. And Jesus dismissed Satan who used music even in the garden of Eden BEFORE He instituted the Lord's Supper probably with the fifth cup after which they sang about hanging up harps on willows.
A companion picture to the above shows that:
Promedon was a Greek who was fond of listening to all kinds of music, especially to the singing of Orpheus. [10.30.8] In this part of the painting is Schedius, who led the Phocians to Troy, and after him is Pelias, sitting on a chair, with grey hair and grey beard, and looking at Orpheus.
........ Schedius holds a dagger and is crowned with grass.
Next, this supper was on the eve of the Babylon- influenced Jewish Passover
Jesus was THREE DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS in the tomb. That means that the "preparation of the Sabbath" was not Saturday but the DAY BEFORE the Passover which is a REST.
The special SABBATH involved with the Passover came after the crucifixion:
The Jewish leaders didn't want the victims hanging there the next day, which was the Sabbath (and a very special Sabbath at that, for it was the Passover), so they asked Pilate to order the legs of the men broken to hasten death; then their bodies could be taken down. John 19:31LIV
John the Baptist as ELIJAH had fulfilled the meaning of the FIFTH CUP, Jesus blessed the FIFTH CUP which could contain no wine and still be drunk.
THE CUP is one. And a cup is a DRINKING CUP and not a wineskin or other large container.
And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this,
........ and divide it among yourselves: Luke 22:17
Diamerizo (g1266( dee-am-er-id'-zo; from 1223 and 3307; to partition thoroughly (lit. in distribution, fig. in dissension): - cloven, divide, part.
He didn't say DRINK at this time. Therefore, rather than TWO CUPS of the fruit of the vine it is probable that there was only ONE cup representing Him being poured out to live in his disciples.
Al, that leaves NONE for Jesus to drink!
* For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come. Luke 22:18
- He took His cup
- Had it divided 11 ways
- Said I will not drink!
Did you get that: One cup divided 11 ways?
"The first reason to reject normal wine is that each participant, even if he was poor and could not afford it, was to take four cups of wine which is 3 pints--enought to get one quite intoxicated if the wine is fermented."
Everyone: man, woman and child was forced to drink this wine. If it made one violently ill then they could dilute with grape juice. Therefore, to be faithful to the figure of prince and king Jesus COULD NOT drink intoxicants.
Furthermore, he had not reason to affirm a Jewish Passover which had been INTOXICATED in Babylon.
One Cup equals .75 pint. Divided 11 ways equals .068 pints!
And Jesus DIDN'T drink any wine: that would make Him less spiritual than John the Baptist, He would lose his standing as a King and Prince.
Don't lie along with the Pharisees who called Jesus a WINE DRINKER because He DRANK. Even one who drank dilluted wine was a WINEBIBBER and a TIPPLER in the Greek world.
In Matthew: He didn't say "this is the Passover."
And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body. Mt.26:26And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; Mt 26:27
For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. Matt 26:28
The CUP given to the Apostles by Jesus was was a Testament in His blood which was SHED for the apostles and others:
Ekcheo (g1632) ek-kheh'-o; or (by var.) ekchuno +tx ek-khoo'-no; from 1537 and cheo, (to pour); to pour forth; fig. to bestow: - gush (pour) out, run greedily (out), shed (abroad, forth), spill
Remember what we said before:
> "Do not offer the blood of a sacrifice to me along with anything containing yeast. "The fat of my festival offerings must not be kept until morning. Exo 23:18
> "It may be possible that the use of wine replaced an earlier custom of offering blood; however this may be, wine was often treated as if it were blood,
- Now, Al, here is the LAW OF SILENCE. When WINE considered as BLOOD was poured out: the DRINK OFFERING was not drunk!
- Jesus told the 11 to DRINK IT.
- Therefore, the FRUIT OF THE VINE is NOT Wine.
- The SPECIAL PASSOVER was conducted with the FRUIT OF THE VINE which traditionally could be WATER.
Al, this SOUNDS like Jesus took ONE of the cups (HIS cup) to be used for the PASSOVER and filled with the FRUIT OF THE VINE and DIVIDED it among 11 Apostles
* But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Fathers kingdom. Matt 26:29
This "fruit of the vine" was, according to traditions we have quoted above, was the FIFTH cup which Jesus would not drink. The POURED IT OUT for the Apostles to CONFIRM that the promise was fulfilled to them. He would drink the FIFTH CUP with us AFTER the kingdom was established on the day of Pentecost.
The purpose of the Lord's Supper instituted before Passover was to FULFILL THE TYPE.
The Old Passover has been Replaced as Jesus insisted:
Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? 1 Cor 5:6
Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: 1 Cor 5:7
Therefore let us keep the feast,
not with old leaven,
neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness;
........ but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. 1 Cor 5:8
The leaven absolutely forbidden in a TRUE PASSOVER is:
Zume (g2219) dzoo'-may; prob. from 2204; ferment (as if boiling up): - leaven.
Thefore, Al Maxey is promoting the drunken brawl of the Babylonian festival which was a FEAST TO THE DEFEAT OF JEHOVAH. By insisting on the FRUIT OF THE VINE Jesus outlawed the LEAVEN of the Jews.
Paul understood that this evet was not the PASSOVER but the institution of the Lord's Supper. He confirms that this event involved ONE CUP which we know was divided 11 ways.
Paul WAS NOT THERE. Therefore, the Lord Who identified Himself as "Jesus of Nazareth" in a holy (pure) Spirit form "guided Paul into all truth."
For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus, the same night in which he was betrayed, took bread: 1 Cor 11:23
And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat; this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. 1 Cor 11:24
It would have violated the principle that leaven was a symbol of EVIL for the bread to have contained or been in contact with any product of yeast.
After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying,
This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. 1 Cor 11:25
Remember that the ancient "commentaries" understood that the FIFTH cup in the expectation of John's announcement as a herald of REDEMPTION:
"In the context of his explanations, the Rebbe also focuses on the cup of Eliyahu, a practice instituted as an expression of our faith in Eliyahu's arrival as herald of the Redemption.
"May we witness his coming soon," and the ultimate peak of the Era of the Redemption, when "those who repose in the dust will arise and sing."
Only the FIFTH CUP would symbolize the REDEMPTION and Jesus defines it as the NEW TESTAMENT which brought the redemption John announced. That cup was the BLOOD OF THE GRAPE or FRUIT OF THE VINE.
For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lords death till he come. 1 Cor 11:26
Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. 1 Cor 11:27
The Jews accused Jesus of drinking wine and he called them liars in a cute way.
By knowing that GETTING DRUNK was the Rabbis only AUTHORITY, Jesus would APPROVE of intoxication if He drank FOUR CUPS OF WINE.
Al Cannot prove that Jesus EVER consumed wine. Oh, yes, the liars called Jesus a WINE BIBBER (not a drunk) because Jesus DRANK.
Jesus therefore DELIBERATELY defined THE FRUIT OF THE VINE which is still recognized as so important that only "wine" from boiled raisins is used.
He CHANGED the purpose and REPUDIATED intoxicants.
Paul, acknowledged the ONE CUP which was divided among the apostles. Therefore, what Christ the Spirit revealed to Paul was he FIFTH CUP.
Al Maxey: I believe this interpretive device known as the "Law of Silence" is fallacious. It should be discarded as a hermeneutical tool. Those who seek to use it do so inconsistently at best. At worst, it has been employed to divide brethren into warring factions over their many differing personal preferences and perceptions.
Assumptions, deductions and inferences (few of which are truly "necessary") have been much too frequently elevated to LAW, all in the name of "silence" .... and the One Body of Christ has been dismembered by the factious fuming and fussing which inevitably follows.
This is unconscionable, and is an abomination. It is time for this "law" to be cast aside, and for rational minds to prevail as we approach the task of biblical interpretation and application.
We need to inject some MUSICAL commentary because Jesus not only DID NOT obverve the JEWISH or rather BABYLONIAN Passover, he also repudiated the MUSIC which was the SIGNAL to bow down in Babylonian worship.
DIVISION and MUSICAL SECTARIANISM was created by the LAW OF SILENCE: "God didn't say, 'thou shalt not play'." Therefore, we are going to play KNOWING BEFOREHAND and with a high hand sowed discord by FORCING instruments into churches which had remained faithful for 1800 years.
Non-instrumentalist CONTINUE TO DO what the faithful church of Christ always did. There WAS NO CHANGE. Therefore, those who ADD are the MUSICAL SECTARIANS.
Therefore, Al Maxey should repent for his CONTINUING DIVISIVE STANCE based on not having a clue to the Biblical UNIVERSAL CONDEMNATION of music. Click for our Chronological Index beginning in the garden of Eden and ending with the end-time BABYLON WHORE WORSHIP.
See also the TABLE of the UNIVERSAL association of musical worship to SATAN.
The Lord's Supper was likely PRIOR to the regular PASSOVER.
Al, He took 1 piece of bread about the size of a small pizza without the topping.
He DIVIDED it 11 ways.
After what "might" be the Passover which contained no wine, He took the CUP, divided it and INSTITUTED the Lord's Supper which is NOT the Passover.
Just a ONE CUPPER, Al. I think that the ONE cup of 3/4 a pint was poured out into the 11 cups of the Apostles but I cannot prove it! They, too, would have to drink the CUP OF SUFFERING later on.
It was PRIOR to the institution of the Lord's Supper that Jesus gave Judas the SIGN which drove him to hang himself. The Judas Bag was for carrying the REEDS or TONGUES of wind instruments to be used according to Psalm 41 to try to defeat Jesus.
Therefore, Al is wrong, Jesus DID NOT APPROVE of either the PASSOVER MEAT or the Babylonian WINE.
The FIFTH CUP was traditionally WATER but Jesus used THE FRUIT OF THE VINE.
After the Fifth Cup they were to sing PSALM 137 which speaks of HANGING UP OUR HARPS.
Click to see the whole sorry story of the first ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION in the Jerusalem temple where sacrifices and music went into the Holy Places and the NATURAL effort of the Jewish priesthood (almost always perverted) which Al and His "musical" gang want to IMPOSE on others who WILL NOT SING AND DANCE WHILE THEY PIPE: NEVER. The MARK is universally UGLY and consistent with modern music derived largely out of VOODOO and the Dionysus, bending over drunken dance.
The Synagogue: There was NO PRAISE SERVICE IN THE SYNAGOGUE.
The Synagogue: Al Maxey claims that it WAS NOT AUTHORIZED. THIS GIVES US THE RIGHT TO ADD UNAUTHORIZED MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS.
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