Calf worship at Mount Mount Sinai

Kenneth Sublett,, Hohenwald, Tennessee
Penalty for the Golden Calf worship at Mount Mount Sinai - Musical Idolatry: Loss of Grace by singing, dancing and playing musical instruments.

As punishment, God turned the people over to "worship the starry host" and set the Levites in front of the Tabernacle to keep the people--now called strangers--out of God's symbolic presence. The rising up to play was the feast with and for the dead and the musical worship was proof that they had deserted God.

The older generation was wasted in the wilderness and the youth led Israel into Canaan but without God's DIRECT accompaniment. God said that if He didn't remove Himself from a direct contact He would destroy them.

However, Canaan had ceased to be a land of milk and honey and is now recognized universally as the grave yard of most of the nation. They would immediately take their Egyptian paganism, merge it with Canaanite Baalism and "fire" God as their King.

God then turned them over directly to the worship which you see in modern charismatic body worship. After the division of the kingdom, Amos 5 shows the nature of the worship of Chiun or Remphan while the Jews worshiped Molech in Jerusalem.

Isaiah 30 shows how the sign of MUSICAL WORSHIP is just a MARK of God pouring out His wrath like the musical warfare against Jesus.

Therefore, adopting the CANAANITE pattern naturally follows the Shellyite pattern of seeing the Exodus as a pattern for Christian worship and community."

As music belonged to the feminine, when David adopted it for the future temple it was a sign of an effeminate MUSICAL MINISTRY to do service which meant the HARD BONDAGE God turned them over to as a result of the musical idolatry.

The golden calf and worship in Egypt Number One
The golden calf and worship in Egypt Number Two
The golden calf at Mount Sinai
The interpretation of the golden calf throughout the Bible
Interpreted in the Kabbalah
God is MARKING and MOCKING you:

Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; Proverbs 1:24

But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: Proverbs 1:25
I also will
laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; Proverbs 1:26

Laugh: Sachaq (h7832) saw-khak'; a prim. root; and can mean: to laugh (in pleasure or detraction); by impl. to play: - deride, have in derision, laugh, make merry, mock (-er), play, rejoice, (laugh to) scorn, be in (make) sport.

Of the rising up to play at Mount Sinai as Mocking God:

"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).

Mock is: Leag (h3932) law-ag'; a prim. root; to deride; by impl. (as if imitating a foreigner) to speak unintelligibly: - have in derision, laugh (to scorn), mock (on), stammering.

In the EXODUS from Egypt God gave the BOOK of the COVENANT OF GRACE. Israel mocked God in MUSICAL PLAY. As a result, God gave the BOOK OF THE LAW.

The enemies of God's word are explained by Hagar, Mount Sinai, Jerusalem, Egypt and Sodom. Musical worship destroyed the BOOK OF THE COVENANT and gave Israel THE BOOK OF THE LAW to govern a people having rejected a covenant of grace.

For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children. Galatians 4:25

And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. Revelation 11:8

An early church scholar wrote:

Let us then ever obey the voice of the divine word. For the to-day signifies eternity. And day is the symbol of light; and the light of men is the Word, by whom we behold God.

Rightly, then, to those that have believed and obey, grace will superabound; while with those that have been unbelieving, and err in heart, and have not known the Lord's ways, which John commanded to make straight and to prepare, God is incensed, and those He threatens.

And, indeed, the old Hebrew wanderers in the desert received typically the end of the threatening;

for they are said not to have entered into the rest, because of unbelief,
till, having
followed the successor of Moses, they learned by experience, though late, that they could not be saved otherwise than by believing on Jesus.

But the Lord, in His love to man, invites all men to the knowledge of the truth, and for this end sends the Paraclete . What, then, is this knowledge? Godliness; and "godliness," according to Paul, "is profitable for all things, having the promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come. {1 Tim. iv. 8.} Arnobius, Against Heresies.

Summary of the model

1. God's first impulse was to leave Israel in Egypt to self-destruct because they ignored Him for over four hundred years. However, He rescued them out of pure grace to protect His own Name because He had made a promise. (Deuteronomy 9:5; 7:8)

2. He did not command sacrifices as a "price" in order to bring Israel from bondage, through the "death and baptism" in the Red Sea, and to "recreate" them when safe from Pharaoh. Rather, He restated the Covenant made with Abraham. It was called The Book of the Covenant.

And he took the book of the covenant, and read in the audience of the people: and they said, All that the Lord hath said will we do, and be obedient. Exodus 24:7

3. In the Constitutions of the Holy Apostles, Sec. XX, Ante-Nicene Fathers, the writer agrees that God spoke the Ten Commandments and the Book of the Covenant before Aaron made the calf which represented musical, Egyptian Apis worship. (Hathor was the female counterpart of Apis the bull) Paul would reveal that "Law, rituals, city, city walls and temple were slavery" (Galatians 4:25). Instruments meant warfare with the "brethren." Click to see the Family Tree

4. The laws of the Covenant were righteous but conditional: "If you make an altar this is the way it should be made." God did not want or need someone to sacrifice under threat. This agreed with the sacrifices under the Abrahamic covenant: sacrifices were not commanded and there was no penalty if Abraham did not make them. The command to sacrifice his son was God's way of showing that Abraham had nothing of value to offer (not even his son) but his obedient faith. Therefore, it is said of that place: "God provides." This was the Covenant of Grace or Promise according to Paul to the Galatians

5. While Moses was back upon the mountain, Israel rejected their vows, "mocked" God and turned back to their old Egyptian Apis the calf. Aaron, as prophetic of most Israelite priests, said that the calf saved them. This involved pagan revelry or play with music. Amos shows that Israel totally repeated this event at Samaria. This was Egyptian Calf Worship.

6. When the people worshipped the egyptian calf, Apis, at Mount Sinai, God "bound them with bonds which could not be loosed, with a mortifying burden and a hard collar."

7. Moses broke the first tablets and wrote a different set along with The Book of the Law which had 613 micvah. Ezekiel said they "were not good."

The older generation had been dropped off before the youth took over and led them into Canaan. However, the laws which they take with them are the laws of a totally secular "worship and communigy."

Wherefore I gave them also statutes that were not good, and judgments whereby they should not live; Ezekiel 20:25

Moses Breaking the Tablets of the Law by Gustave Dore

8. God refused to go with Israel into Canaan in a personal way but sent His angel or presence to guide them. This presence was "the Spirit of Christ" in the image of Pillar, Rock, Water and Manna. The message was that God was not a national God and He could not be put in a box.

The Law and temple at Jerusalem were signs of slavery typified by Hagar. It is fitting that God under none of the names under which He was iidentified appeared to Hagar in the wilderness. Rather, God sent His angel because Ishmael was not a covenant person.

Of Jerusalem:

Hear the word of the Lord, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah. Isaiah 1:10

And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. Rev11:8

9. God said that Israel would self-destruct and He would carry out His delayed sentence of captivity and death.

10. Before the Law, He promised to drive out the enemy. After they sinned He virtually deserted them spiritually. He even defined the nature of the king they would select. After Saul, they would have to live like the nations and this included murdering the enemy which God could have driven out with taunts or panic songs or wasps.

11. After the Egyptian Calf worship, God no longer said, "If thou makest," but, "make an altar, and sacrifice perpetually; for thou art forgetful and ungrateful." This was not a pattern for modern worship but to prove to Israel that they needed the grace of God's covenant. This is called The Book of the Law "added because of transgression." Therefore, Deuteronomy is called "the second law."

And the Lord shall separate him unto evil out of all the tribes of Israel, according to all the curses of the covenant that are written in this book of the law: Deuteronomy 29:21 (Deuteronomy means "second law.")

12. When Israel totally refused to live in relationship with God and mankind, He said repeatedly that "I hate your sacrifices." God never got hungry and therefore did not need or want sacrifices&emdash;they were to avoid His wrath and not to feed or entertain Him. They were to punish and discipline. When Israel did not repent under the burden of the Law God hated that which He did not need.

"The sacrifices of the ungodly are abomination to the Lord, for they offer them unlawfully." Proverbs 21:27 LXX

The Septuagint shows that it was not just a "bad mental attitude." Rather, the ungodly choose "unlawful" methods for worship because they were dissatisfied with God's plan.

When the congregation of Israel assembled for instruction, musical praise with instruments was forbidden by the Law of Moses (Numbers 10:7). God gave this law as the result of their rising up to play at Mount Sinai as they worshipped the golden calf with singing, dancing naked and playing musical instruments. Speaking of the hymn after crossing the Red Sea, Smith's Bible Dictionary says that:

"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).

This is the rising up to play with gender confusion, singing, dancing, clapping, playing instruments and eating the ancient Egyptian Marzeah or Agape which was a feast with and for the dead. That is, the eating of the feasts rather than remembering the Passover and the Lord's Death was a MARK that they had been cut loose from God. Therefore, Stephen says that "He turned them over to worship the heavenly STARS." Musical performers are called STARS because they revolved like the planets and produced the "ladder" to ascend up to the gods.

"In the New Testament there is nowhere any emphasis laid on the musical form of the hymns; and in particular none on instrumental accompaniment whereas this is significantly paganism." (Delling, Gerhard, Worship in the New Testament, trans. Percy Scott Phil. Westminster press, 1962, p. 86).

The Pattern According to Ezekiel
When Israel went into Egypt, God promised to bring them out:

And it came to pass at the end of the four hundred and thirty years, even the selfsame day it came to pass, that all the hosts of the Lord went out from the land of Egypt Exodus12:41

First: Ezekiel records the story of Israel's failure under The Covenant:

AND it came to pass in the seventh year, in the fifth month, the tenth day of the month, that certain of the elders of Israel came to enquire of the Lord, and sat before me. Ezekiel 20:1

Then came the word of the Lord unto me, saying, Ezekiel 20: 2

Son of man, speak unto the elders of Israel, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Are ye come to enquire of me? As I live, saith the Lord God, I will not be enquired of by you. Ezekiel 20: 3

Wilt thou judge them, son of man, wilt thou judge them? cause them to know the abominations of their fathers: Ezekiel 20: 4

And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; In the day when I chose Israel, and lifted up mine hand unto the seed of the house of Jacob, and made myself known unto them in the land of Egypt, when I lifted up mine hand unto them, saying, I am the Lord your God; Ezekiel 20: 5

In the day that I lifted up mine hand unto them, to bring them forth of the land of Egypt into a land that I had espied for them, flowing with milk and honey, which is the glory of all lands: Ezekiel 20: 6

Second: Israel's Worship While in Egypt:

While in Egypt, the Hebrews practiced a religion involving literal and spiritual adultery. The engaged in Egyptian calf worship. They did not offer volunteer sacrifices to God but to the Apis bull representing Osiris and other nature gods. As Aaron was willing to make the Israelites a golden calf so that they could worship the True God in the way they worshiped the gods of Egypt, Miriam led the women out exactly the way she probably did in Egypt. The entire tribe was unworthy of rescue and God would have been justified in allowing every man, woman and child to remain in idolatrous slavery. However, He picked certain people to prove that He could do what the imaginary gods claimed to do. Of the Egyptian worship:

"In the New Kingdom women singers were found in large numbers in all the temples. Women and girls from the different ranks of society were proud to enter the service of the gods as singers and musicians.

The understanding of this service was singular:
these singers constituted the
'harem of the gods'." (Quasten, Johannes, Music and Worship in Pagan and Christian Antiquity, p. 77)

In the pagan temples, to say musician or singer was to say "concubine" - both male and female. They were often called Holy Whores because they thought that exciting the human senses to gain a "feeling" was worship. Solomon was not exempt and fulfilled the prophecy of God that the kings would lead Israel them into worship like the nations but they would not get by with it. Solomon bragged:

I gathered me also silver and gold, and the peculiar treasure of kings and of the provinces: I gat me men singers and women singers, and the delights of the sons of men, as musical instruments, and that of all sorts. Ecclesiastes 2:8

Or as Solomon bred both men and animals:

Next I bought slaves, both men and women, and others were born within my household. I also bred great herds and flocks, more than any of the kings before me.

I collected silver and gold as taxes from many kings and provinces. In the cultural arts,
I organized
men's and women's choirs and orchestras. And then there were my many beautiful concubines. Ecclesties 2:7LIV

These "musicians" or "concubines" are defined by the Hebrew word:

Shiddah (h7705) shid-dah'; from 7703; a wife (as mistress of the house): - * all sorts, musical instrument.

Shadad (h7703) shaw-dad'; a prim. root; prop. to be burly, i. e. (fig.) powerful (pass. impregnable); by impl. to ravage: - dead, destroy (- er), oppress, robber, spoil (-er), * utterly, (lay) waste.

The most important leader of the musical guilds "appointed by the king and the military commanders" was Asaph. All of the musical guild references are related to the Canaanite guilds who worked for the civil authorities and not the religious wing which, under the kings, was usurped by the national government:

Asaph (h622) aw-saf'; a prim. root; to gather for any purpose; hence to receive, take away, i. e. remove (destroy, leave behind, put up, restore, etc.): - assemble, bring, consume, destroy, fetch, gather (in, together, up again), generally, get (him), lose, put all together, receive, recover [another from leprosy], (be) rereward, * surely, take (away, into, up), * utterly, withdraw.

Please be aware: All of the musical terms involving instruments in both Hebrew and Greek carry the idea of taking your inheritance, excelling over, oppressing or grinding you to bits. The fact that it feels so spiritual and attracts the masses is absolute proof of this fact.

Solomon elevated pleasure-seeking and even evil-seeking to an art. However, after he tried all of these things and failed, he wrote:

Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher; all is vanity. Ecclesties 12:8
........... Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter:
........... Fear God, and keep his commandments:
........... for this is the whole duty of man. Ecclesties 12:13

Amos notes that Israel did not worship Yahweh for the 430 years in Egypt. Instead, they practiced the Egyptian forms of musical, charismatic worship:

"they could not fail to become acquainted with forms of religious worship hitherto utterly unknown to them. Now, for the first time, could they witness the gorgeous and mysterous ceremonies that attended the worship of Ra, the 'Sun-God,' or of Isis and osiris.

Click to see Rubel Shelly baptizing the S.U.N. god to vizualize the S.O.N. God. And then look at Shamash or S.U.N. worship where Max Lucado holds out hope for the redemption of Lucifer, the mostly-female musician God put in the Garden of Eden to test Adam and Eve. The serpent was not a snake but a Chaldean soothsayer who came equipped with pipes and tambourines (symols of feminism)

See the Hymn to Shamash who was worshiped as they went into Canaan as Molech in Jerusalem and Remphan or Chiun or Molech in Israel as condemned by Amos 6.

You will find him in the liturgy area as the STAR

"Now, for the first time, they might behold the incense burnt three times every day, and the solemn sacrifice offered once a month to the sacred
black calf Mnevis at On (Heliopolis), or to his rival the bull Apis at Memphis. Now they saw, as they could scarcely have seen elswhere,

the adoration of the creature rather than the Creator carried to its furthest point, and divine honours paid not only to the mighty Pharaoh, the Child, the representative of the Sun-God, but to almost everything in the heaven above, and earth beneith, and the waters under the earth." (MaClear, p. 79).

Of the Singers and Clappers

"Isis: Gender-variant priestesses, often self-emasculated, danced and performed magic rites with the other women devotées. Such a dance can be viewed on a marble relief at Ariccia, near Rome on the Appian Way.

Ecstatic dancing, lifting of skirts, shaking of buttocks, tossing of heads and raising of arms reveal the enthusiasm of the dancers. It also reveals that some are clearly male-born. Such as these were called cinaedi.

cinaedus , i, m., = kinaidos. I. He who practises unnatural lust, a sodomite, catamite,


I'll . . . you twain and . . .
Pathic Aurelius! Fúrius, libertines!
Who durst determine from my versicles
Which seem o'er softy, that I'm scant of shame.
For pious poet it behoves be chaste
Himself; no chastity his verses need;
Nay, gain they finally more salt of wit
When over softy and of scanty shame,
Apt for exciting somewhat prurient,
[10] In boys, I say not, but in bearded men
Who fail of movements in their hardened loins.
Ye who so many thousand kisses sung
Have read, deny male masculant I be?
You twain I'll . . . and . . irrumabo.

Pi. I.2.3 Pindar, OdesIsthmian Odes     Paideios or paideios

In memory of the victories of Xenocrates of Acragas, Chariot Race, ?470 B. C.[str. 1]

The men of old, Thrasybulus, who mounted the chariot of the Muses with their golden headbands, joining the glorious lyre, lightly shot forth their honey-voiced songs for young men, if one was handsome and had [5] the sweetest ripeness that brings to mind Aphrodite on her lovely throne.

[ant. 1]

For in those days the Muse was not yet a lover of gain, nor did she work for hire. And sweet gentle-voiced odes did not go for sale, with silvered faces, from honey-voiced Terpsichore. But as things are now, she bids us heed [10] the saying of the Argive man, which comes closest to actual truth:

[epode 1]

"Money, money makes the man," he said, when he lost his wealth and his friends at the same time. But enough, for you are wise. I sing the Isthmian victory with horses, not unrecognized, which Poseidon granted to Xenocrates, [15] and sent him a garland of Dorian wild celery for his hair, to have himself crowned, 

"Common to most Egyptian worship: "A burnt offering was then presented, accompanied by singing and music; and finally the goddess was ceremoniously clothed, adorned, and adored. The second service took place in the afternoon, which consisted chiefly of prayer and meditations before the images and symbols of the gods and which closed with music and antiphonal singing. A third service, quite brief... left Isis unclothed in her quiet temple... The two great autumn and spring festivals featured the death and resurrection of Osiris... and it was expressed with all the symbolism, mystery,

music, singing, ritual, and pagentry... it was calculated to stimulate the deepest religious emotions, and fan the flames of ecstatic joy." (Fairservice, Walter A., Jr, The Ancient Kingdoms of the Nile, p. 171-172, Mentor

Third: God Removed Israel so the Egyptians would not see Him polluted or degraded as they were being destroyed.

When the Hebrews practiced the forms of Egyptian worship, this told the Egyptians that their God was not superior but was just as evil and vile:

Then said I unto them, Cast ye away every man the abominations of his eyes, and defile not yourselves with the idols of Egypt: I am the Lord your God. Ezekiel 20: 7

But they rebelled against me, and would not hearken unto me: they did not every man cast away the abominations of their eyes, neither did they forsake the idols of Egypt:
........... then I said, I will pour out my fury upon them,
........... to accomplish my anger against them
........... in the midst of the land of Egypt. Ezekiel 20: 8

But I wrought for my names sake, that it should not be polluted before the heathen, among whom they were, in whose sight I made myself known unto them, in bringing them forth out of the land of Egypt. Ezekiel 20: 9
........... Wherefore I caused them to go forth out of the land of Egypt,
........... and brought them into the wilderness. Ezekiel 20:10

Pollute is from a Hebrew word which has not SPIRITUAL translation:

Chalal (h2490) khaw-lal'; a prim. root [comp. 2470]; prop. to bore, i. e. (by impl.) to wound, to dissolve; fig. to profane (a person, place or thing), to break (one's word), to begin (as if by an "opening wedge"); denom. (from 2485) to play (the flute): - begin (* men began), defile, * break, defile, * eat (as common things), * first, * gather the grape thereof, * take inheritance, pipe, player on instruments, pollute, (cast as) profane (self), prostitute, slay (slain), sorrow, stain, wound

Apis and all of his "brother and sister" bulls and cows of Bashan represented the power of Satan over God. In Egypt he was Osiris. When people worshiped him they polluted God. Of Lucifer, Ezekiel connects music, merchandise and pollution as the mark of the beast:

Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. Ezekiel 28:13

By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane (polluted) out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. Ezekiel 28:16

And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee as my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they shew much love (amorous love songs), but their heart goeth after their covetousness. Ezekiel 33:31

And, lo, thou art unto them as a very lovely 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. Ezekiel 33:32

And in the end time harlot church:

And the fruits that thy soul lusted after are departed from thee, and all things which were dainty and goodly are departed from thee, and thou shalt find them no more at all. Rev 18:14

The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing, Rev 18:15
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

And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived. Rev 18:23

Fourth: God gave them The Book of the Covenant to provide Life:

And I gave them my statutes, and shewed them my judgments, which if a man do, he shall even live in them. Ezekiel 20: 11

God has always had one covenant of salvation with those who would listen to His Words. This was stated most forcefully in the Old Testament to Abraham. The "gospel" was that people would live under a Covenant and not the Law of Moses. Paul connected the New Covenant to Abraham:

And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ,

the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect. Galatians 3:17

This Covenant was restated at Mount Sinai as The Book of the Covenant which antedated the Law of Moses. This was a law to be written on the heart. It would make it unnecesary for God to have to write the law on stone.

Sacrifice was conditional. A covenant of the heart relationship said: "If you sacrifice you must do it this way." However, after rejecting the covenant by worshiping as they had in Egypt, the Law said: "You must sacrifice."

It should be noted that these life-giving Covenant laws made no provision for mind-altering worship rituals like the ones in Egypt.

Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people; for all the earth is mine: Exodus 19:5

And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel. Exodus 19:6

And all the people answered together, and said, All that the Lord hath spoken we will do. And Moses returned the words of the people unto the Lord. Exodus 19:8

Fifth, God did not command animal sacrifices. The priests made offerings for the nation but individual sacrifices were voluntary:

Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Put your burnt offerings unto your sacrifices, and eat flesh. Jeremiah 7:21

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

But this thing commanded I them, saying, Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people: and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you. Jeremiah 7: 23

But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked in the counsels and in the imagination of their evil heart, and went backward, and not forward. Jeremiah 7: 24

Since the day that your fathers came forth out of the land of Egypt unto this day, I have even sent unto you all my servants the prophets, daily rising up early and sending them: Jeremiah 7: 25

Yet they hearkened not unto me, nor inclined their ear, but hardened their neck: they did worse than their fathers. Jeremiah 7: 26

Therefore thou shalt speak all these words unto them; but they will not hearken to thee: thou shalt also call unto them; but they will not answer thee. Jeremiah 7: 27

But thou shalt say unto them, This is a nation that obeyeth not the voice of the Lord their God, nor receiveth correction: truth is perished, and is cut off from their mouth. Jeremiah 7: 28

Fifth: God gave them Sabbaths as a Sign But they Polluted the Sabbaths:

Moreover also I gave them my sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am the Lord that sanctify them. Ezekiel 20: 12

But the house of Israel rebelled against me in the wilderness: they walked not in my statutes, and they despised my judgments, which if a man do, he shall even live in them; and my sabbaths they greatly polluted: then I said, I would pour out my fury upon them in the wilderness, to consume them. Ezekiel 20: 13

"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).

Chapter XIV.-The Lord Hath Given Us the Testament Which Moses Received and Broke.

Yes [it is even so]; but let us inquire if the Lord has really given that testament which He swore to the fathers that He would give to the people.
He did give it; but they were
not worthy to receive it, on account of their sins.

For the prophet declares, "And Moses was fasting forty days and forty nights on Mount Sinai, that he might receive the testament of the Lord for the people (Ex. xxiv. 18.) And he received from the Lord (Ex. xxxi. 18.) two tables, written in the spirit by the finger of the hand of the Lord. And Moses having received them, carried them down to give to the people. And the Lord said to Moses, "Moses, Moses, go down quickly; for thy people hath sinned, whom thou didst bring out of the land of Egypt.

When the Jewish nation totally failed, the writers of the Kaballah looked back and understood that rather than being the predestinated nation they had become the model of secular life.

Polluting God can be of many forms. However, in the wilderness it was a return to Apis worship. It was the same worship they performed in Egypt which polluted Him. We know that in Egypt, the singing, dancing and playing musical instruments as at Mount Sinai drove them into charismatic ecstasy where they stripped off their clothes. This is shown in two ways:

Mind-Control Music is Pollution
Chalal (h2490) khaw-lal'; a prim. root ... fig. to profane (a person, place or thing), to break (one's word), to begin (as if by an "opening wedge"); denom. (from 2485) to play (the flute):.. defile, ... eat (as common things), ... gather the grape thereof,.., take inheritance, pipe, player on instruments, pollute, (cast as) profane (self), prostitute, slay (slain), sorrow, stain, wound.

Music was important to "bring the worshipers into the presence of god" which was accomplished when the people fell into charismatic singing, speaking in tongues, and even taking off their clothes (like David).

Moses saw that the people were running wild and that Aaron had let them get out of control and so become a laughingstock to their enemies. Exodus 32:25NIV

"Praise" with musical instruments was the word from which "Lucifer" is derived. This praise which is so appealing to modern musical worship teams was:

Halal (h1984) haw-lal'; a prim. root; to be clear (orig. of sound, but usually of color); to shine; hence to make a show, to boast; and thus to be (clamorously) foolish; to rave; causat. to celebrate; also to stultify: - (make) boast (self), celebrate, commend, (deal, make), fool (- ish, -ly), glory, give [light], be (make, feign self) mad (against), give in marriage, [sing, be worthy of] praise, rage, renowned, shine.

Heylel (h1966) hay-lale'; from 1984 (in the sense of brightness); the morning-star: - lucifer.

"Playing on musical instruments is prohibited on Sabbaths and holy days, and even to engage a non-Jew to play for Jews on Sabbath is considered a 'shebut' or disturbance of the Sabbath rest." Second, "music, except at marriage ceremonies, is generally prohibited, in token of mourning for the destruction of Jerusalem." (Jewish Encyclopedia, Vol. IX, p. 432, quoted by Kurfees, Instrumental Music).

"It is still banned by rigid adherents to old ways; but in ordinary conservative congregations it is unhesitatingly employed at weddings and other services on week days" (Isadore Singer, Jewish Encyclopedia, p. 134).

As late as A.D. 1815 in a liberal synagogue, it would have been polluting for a Jew to play musical instruments on the Sabbath as worship. Therefore, they hired a Gentile musician - a legal way to get around the clearly-understood Law.

Israel Treated God and Moses Like Pagan Characters of their Play
"Under your eyes I have been initiated into all the mysteries; you, my pious partner in life, honour in me the priestess of the Goddess of Mount Dindymus and of Attis, while you ordained me with the bull's blood..." epitaph of a Priestess, Aconia Fabia Paulina

"Passion plays and music commemorate the story of Attis, the youthful Divine Shepherd, as a babe abandoned in the reeds by the River Gallos. This day also marks the Roman festival of Anna Perenna."

Drama and Music to lead "the worshipers into the presence of God have always been the mark of pagan legalism and lostness. These dramas were Satan's way to mimic and minimize the true drama of God's work in the world. Drama and music work because we know that it is play: we know that it isn't real.

Rising up to Play was Pollution
Ritual play or drama was a way to induce "prophesying" which was "speaking in tongues" and pretending to predict the future. Paul told the Corinthians that they were doing this out of their own mind or spirit and were just speaking into the air.

The "great mother" of many ancient religions, Cybele, Rhea. She involved "instruments, both lyric and virile. The threatening female aspects of her cult included the castration of Attis and her subject males with "frantick rites."

Isis, the major deity of Egyptian mythology.
"The religious ecstasy induced by music expressed itself either in an outburst of emotions, thus giving rise to religious catharsis,

or in a transfer to the state of prophecy. In this way music became an important factor in divination. In the mysteries of Magna Mater
........... this relationship between music and divination is particularly clear.

Through the din of tambourines, cymbals and flutes the ecstatic worshiper of the goddess prophesied the future to those present. From time immemorial music had been especially valued in the service of prophecy. " (Quasten, Johannes, Music and Worship in Pagan and Christian Antiquity, p. 39)

This is why Paul warned both the Corinthians and Romans against musical worship:

Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. 1 Corinthians 10:7

Is it just accidental that another 10:7 demands:

But when the congregation is to be gathered together, ye shall blow, but ye shall not sound an alarm. Numbers 10:7

Alarm is:

Ruwa (h7321) roo-ah'; a prim. root; to mar (espec. by breaking); fig. to split the ears (with sound), i. e. shout (for alarm or joy): - blow an alarm, cry (alarm, aloud, out), destroy, make a joyful noise, smart, shout (for joy), sound an alarm, triumph.

When Israel lost faith in God and Moses, they created their own little bull calf representing Apis or Hathor (female). By the use of music they fell into charismatic prophesying to get Apis to "rise up" to lead them back into Egypt and into idolatry:

"In Egypt an ox is honored in place of the god. He is called Apis and lives in isolation. If he ever goes among the people he stalks along while the lictors make way for him and throngs of boys accompany him,

singing songs in his honor. He appears to understand what is happening and seems to wish to be adored. The throngs of boys

suddenly become inspired and prophesy the future." (Pliny the Elder, Natural History)

Most of the gods and goddesses were called down or brought into the presence of the worshipers so they could feel the god's presence. Not only was music used to bring the worshipers into the presence of god, the more presence they felt the more they worshiped with music..

In the cult of Isis religious plays or musical drama were important. The sacrificial drama is produced with a flutist and the rattling of the sistra while raising their right hand. In Egypt the calf or ox worship was merged with the cult of Isis where the sistrum was the most important instrument. It, like the tabret of Miriam was to establish the beat with noise.

"The tambourine or timbrel, a hoop of bells over which a white skin was stretched, came from Egypt. Miriam used this instrument to accompany the singing and dancing on the shores of the Red Sea." (Quasten, Johannes, Music and Worship in Pagan and Christian Antiquity, p. 65)

"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, Music, p. 589).

The sistrum used by the Israelites was:
"the same as the Egyptian kemkem that was imployed in the cult of Isis. The solemnity celebrated on the occasion of the transferring of the Ark to sion, as well as the dances of the daughters of Israel at the annual feast of the Lord at Shiloh, were similar in their musical embellishment to Egyptian customs in the liturgy and at the parades. As Herodotus reports, women sang the praises of Osiris while likenesses of the gods were born about and during the festival of Diana at Bubastis, choirs of men and women sang and danced to the beating of drums and the playing of flutes." (Quasten, Johannes, Music and Worship in Pagan and Christian Antiquity, p. 65)

Cybele and her Tympanum

Invocation to Cybele
Let the sky revolve thrice on its never-resting axis!
Let Titan thrice yoke and thrice unyoke his steeds!
Straightaway the Berecynthian pipe will blow a blast on its bent horn,
and the festival of the Idaean Mother will have come!

Gallae will march and thump their hollow drums,

and cymbals clashed on cymbals will give forth their tinkling notes!
Seated on the necks of Her attendants,
the Goddess Herself will be borne with howls
Through the streets in the city's midst...

Paul explained speaking in tongues in Corinth

THOUGH I speak with the tongues of men and of angels,
and have not charity,
I am become as sounding brass,
or a tinkling cymbal. 1 Corinthians13:1

Hymnos Attei

Of Attis I will sing, of Rhea's Son.
Not sounding His praises with rolling drums,
nor on the reed,
nor with the road,
of Ida's Curetes ...
But as the Muse of Phoebus [Abaddon] on the lyre.
I will blend the strains,
Euhoi! He is Bacchus!
Euhan! He is Pan!
He is the Shepherd of the White Constellation!
Paul Warned Against Bacchus Worship
And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess ( unsavedness);
but be filled with the Spirit (the Word); Ephesians 5:18
Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,
singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord Ephesians 5:19
Both Amos and Stephen (Acts 7) indicate that Israel lost their place with God because they carried along their gods and failed to worship Yahweh. While they spread the word far and wide that they were gathering to worship the One True God, their worship ritual made it clear that "He" was one or another form of ancient "god" or "goddess" represented by the golden calf (bull or ox):

"They sat down to eat and drink and rose up to play. They practiced rites in which they made themselves naked, perhaps similar to those which were carried out by naked Babylonian priests." (Woodrow, Ralph, Babylon Mystery Religion, Ancient and Modern, p. 158).

"Not to be overlooked here is the accompaniment of music and dancing
which, with the character of the ensuing phenomena, makes the diagnosis (of idolatry) certain." (Schaff-Herzog, Ecstasy, p. 71).

"The prophets would urge the Israelites to remain true to the covenant, but the majority would continue to worship Baal, Ashera and Anat in the traditional way. Indeed,

the Bible tells us that while Moses was up on Mount Sinai,
the rest of the people turned back to the
older pagan religion of Canaan.
They made a
golden bull, the traditional effigy of El, and performed the ancient rites before it." (Armstrong, Karen, A History of God, p. 23)

The Jewish clergy piped trying to make Jesus sing and dance as proof of His effeminate qualifications to be their expected Dionysus or Bacchus, the new wineskin god. They hoped that John wore soft clothing which was that of a catamite or male homosexual. Because God and His prophet would not sing and dance, the clergy murdered them both.

The dance of death to get the head of John was the only other use of the dance they tried to get Jesus and John to perform while they played the music.

Then, they mocked them to death.

Asherah: "She is the Queen of Heaven, in other languages and ages identified as Ashtoreth, Athirat, Astarte, and Ishtar. Yahweh, the Hebrew God elevated to become the sole deity , was Her consort.

Her "male" priestesses were known as kelabim, the faithful "dogs" of the Goddess, who practiced divinatory arts, danced in processions, and served as hierodules, qedeshim, in the company of other priestesses.

Elements of the goddess worship were largely erased in a cultural purge c. 630 BCE by King Yosiah, at the behest of Yahweh's priests, who required supremacy.

Sixth: They Would Pollute God's Name In Canaan

But I wrought for my names sake, that it should not be polluted before the heathen, in whose sight I brought them out. Ezekiel 20: 14

Yet also I lifted up my hand unto them in the wilderness, that I would not bring them into the land which I had given them, flowing with milk and honey, which is the glory of all lands; Ezekiel 20: 15

Because they despised my judgments, and walked not in my statutes, but polluted my sabbaths: for their heart went after their idols (a long log, i.e., an Asherah pole). Ezekiel 20: 16

But thou shalt say unto them, This is a nation that obeyeth not the voice of the Lord their God, nor receiveth correction: truth is perished, and is cut off from their mouth. Jeremiah 7: 28

Cut off thine hair, O Jerusalem, and cast it away, and take up a lamentation on high places; for the Lord hath rejected and forsaken the generation of his wrath. Jeremiah 7: 29

For the children of Judah have done evil in my sight, saith the Lord: they have set their abominations in the house which is called by my name, to pollute it. Jeremiah 7: 30

Chalal (h2490) khaw-lal'; a prim. root ... fig. to profane (a person, place or thing), to break (one's word), to begin (as if by an "opening wedge"); denom. (from 2485) to play (the flute):.. defile, ... eat (as common things), ... gather the grape thereof,.., take inheritance, pipe, player on instruments, pollute, (cast as) profane (self), prostitute, slay (slain), sorrow, stain, wound.

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

The musical idolatry at Mount Sinai turned the nation over to worship the starry host. Here, they are represented by an image of Molech.

The meaning of MOVING THE YOUTH TO CANAAN meant that they would sacrifice their own children in the red hot arms of Molech while the clergy played loud music and made a loud rejoicing sound to (1) keep the evil sounds from the ears of the priest and (2) to make the sounds become an oracle from Molech or Satan.

In its modern incantation, the loud noises are claimed to "lead the worshipers into the presence of the gods."

The tambourine or tabred of Lucifer as the harp-playing prostitute in Tyre is has the same meaning of Topheth which had been Solomon's music grove and came to stand for hell itself. For instance, the king/queen of Babylon as Lucifer would go into Sheol with his harps and musicians.

"This valley was early selected as the seat of the worship of Moloch, where his rites were celebrated by erecting a huge brazen image with a hollow trunk and arms, which was heated, and within which, or on the arms of which, children were placed as a sacrifice to the horrid idol. To drown their cries, drums were beaten, which were called Tophim." (Barnes, Isaiah 33, p. 463).

"The Hebrew words are nearly identical; and Tophet was probably the kings 'music grove' or garden, denoting originally nothing evil or hateful. Afterwards it was defiled by idols, and polluted by the sacrifices of Baal and the fires of Molech. Then it became the place of abomination, the very gate or pit of hell." (Smith, p. 960)

"Once the music-grove, where Solomon's singers, with voice and instrument, regaled the king, the court and the city; then the temple of Baal, the high place of Moloch, resounding with the cries of burning infants; then (in symbol) the place where is the wailing and gnashing of teeth." (p. 3313-14, four-volume Smith).

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

And the carcases of this people shall be meat for the fowls of the heaven, and for the beasts of the earth; and none shall fray them away. Jeremiah 7: 33

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

The decorative column or church steeple has always been proudly hailed as a symbol of both male and female sexuality. The deity worshiped by the Hebrews in Egypt, repeated at Mount Sinai, at the Philistine "High Places" and in the temple in Jerusalem was symbolized by the bull or "golden calf." These symbols or "affect images" or "secret code words" have always been used as real power elements of "change agents" for hell. They exercise a real but mystical power of the "pastor" over his "flock". The Magma Mater has many names but "she" rules in reality or through the "effeminate" principle of men, overpowered by their "right brain" shutting down their rational or spiritual nature.

Cybele (pron. Cu-BELL-ay), closely identified with Rhea, Asherah, Cyprian Aphrodite, Demeter, Artemis, and the Minoan Lady, was Mother of the Gods, the Magna Mater. Immortal, eldest of the elder gods, Cybele came forth from the great black rock of Mount Agdus in Phrygia, it having arrived onto an empty earth from the heavens. Along with the great rock of Cybele came many other smaller stones and from these stones the Magna Mater formed Zeus and many of the other gods.

See the connection between Aphrodite and the Greek Agape or love feast which involved sexuality between "members" and the offering of the product to the the Lord and then eating it as the love feast.

"Gallae, male priestesses, were found in every Goddess religion. Castrating themselves, wearing women's clothes, and living as women these priestesses, sisters to those we call transsexual in modern times, were considered to be living proof that

the soul or spirit transcends the flesh. Gallae, spreading across the ancient world, were nowhere more prominent than in the religion of Cybele and Attis."

"Image of the Vatican Phrygianum from a bronze sesterce Matri Deum Salutari: "to the Mother of the Gods, Healer and Protector"

Right: "The Queen of Heaven, Mother of All the Gods, Creatrix of the Universe, was worshipped and celebrated for tens of thousands of years as the primary deity. Sex (and music) was a joy and a celebration in antiquity and people loved life, taking great enjoyment from nature and from sexuality."

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Then and there at Mount Sinai, God sentenced them to captivity and almost total destruction. However, He would delay the death sentence:

Therefore now go, lead the people unto the place of which I have spoken unto thee: behold, mine Angel shall go before thee:
........... nevertheless in the day when I visit I will visit their sin upon them. Exodus 32:34

After the plague caused by the worship of the bull calf ceased, God declared that He would not go with Israel into Canaan because He might destroy them. He would send His angels or presence but not His Person as they viewed Him (Exodus 33:3f)

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

And the carcases of this people shall be meat for the fowls of the heaven, and for the beasts of the earth; and none shall fray them away. Jeremiah 7: 33

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

Seventh: God spared them but The Book of the Law was to protect His own name

Because of this sin, God gave them the Book of the Law which had 613 laws and, according to the prophets, was not good. The ten words are never repeated in the same form and the laws were to preserve Israel in a purely physical sense as they went into Canan:

Nevertheless mine eye spared them from destroying them, neither did I make an end of them in the wilderness. Ezekiel 20: 17

But I said unto their children in the wilderness, Walk ye not in the statutes of your fathers, neither observe their judgments, nor defile yourselves with their idols: Eze 20:18

<>I am the Lord your God; walk in my statutes, and keep my judgments, and do them; Eze 20:19
hallow my sabbaths; and they shall be a sign between me and you, that ye may know that I am the Lord your God. Eze 20:20

Notwithstanding the children rebelled against me: they walked not in my statutes, neither kept my judgments to do them, which if a man do, he shall even live in them; they polluted my sabbaths: then I said, I would pour out my fury upon them, to accomplish my anger against them in the wilderness. Eze 20: 21

Nevertheless I withdrew mine hand, and wrought for my names sake, that it should not be polluted in the sight of the heathen, in whose sight I brought them forth. Eze 20: 22

I lifted up mine hand unto them also in the wilderness, that I would scatter them among the heathen, and disperse them through the countries; Eze 20: 23

Because they had not executed my judgments, but had despised my statutes, and had polluted my sabbaths, and their eyes were after their fathers idols. Ezekiel 20: 24

Wherefore I gave them also statutes that were not good, and judgments whereby they should not live; Ezekiel 20: 25

Paul defined the nature of the Law:

But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully; 1 Timothy 1: 8

Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, 1 Timothy 1: 9

For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine; 1 Timothy 1: 10

According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust. 1 Timothy 1: 11

Israel finally went beyond redemption when they fired God and demanded a king like the nations so that they could worship like the nations. Rather than the law and the kingdom which existed only under Saul, David and Solomon be the proof-text for modern worship, it was the outworking of those who were lawless, disobedient, ungodly, profame, murders, and for defilers of themselves. God identified their worship, including music in many passages, as spiritual adultery.

This "paradigm" is repeated three times in the Old and New Covenants.

This agrees with many scholars who note that:

"The book of Psalms contain new doctrine after the Law of Moses. And after the writing of Moses, it is the second book of doctrine...

(David) first gave to the Hebrews a new style of psalmody,
by which he
abrogates the ordinances established by Moses
with respect to sacrifices, and

introduces the new hymn and a new style of jubilant praise in the worship of God;

and throughout his whole ministry he teaches very many othe things that went beyond the law of Moses." (Fragment of Commentary by Hippolytus, bishop of Rome, Ante-Nicene, V, p. 170)

"And concerning the prince it is written, He shall not multiply wives to himself (Deut. xvii, 17); but David had not read the sealed book of the Law which was in the ark (of the Covenant), for it was not opened in Israel from the death of Eleazar and Joshua, and the elders who worshipped Ashtoreth.

It was hidden and (was not) revealed until the coming of Zadok.
And the deeds of David rose up, except for the murder of Uriah,
and God left them to him." (Vermes, The Damascus Rule (CD), Exhortation V, p. 86)

Therefore, the record of the law period is for our learning but not for our pattern. In Romans four, Paul explained that living by the faith of Abraham and not by the law was what made people acceptable to God. In Genesis 26:5, this "faith" meant keeping God's commandments out of love rather than fear. Many Psalms are a poetic history of the various periods and are objective truth. However, true Israelite history is not always suitable for legalistic liturgy.

Eighth: At the moment of their sin, Israel was sentenced to captivity and destruction because they would not repent and turn back to the Covenant of grace. The new law with all of its rules was given by God to preserve physical life as Israel moved into and under the influence of Canaanite Baalism where there was no spiritual life.

History show that the primary purpose of the law was to prevent the clergy from mortally wounding the common people who found God out on the farms and pastures.

These pagan-like shepherds would "eat the lambs for lunch" and trample all of the fresh water (of the Word) so that the sheep could not even drink it. God said: "You offer the sacrifice to me but you eat the meat." We might say: "You offer the music to me but you enjoy it for yourselves."

Ninth:  Robert Jamieson comments:

Numbers 3:5-10. Bring the tribe of Levi near--The Hebrew word "bring near" is a sacrificial term, denoting the presentation of an offering to God; and the use of the word, therefore, in connection with the Levites,

signifies that they were devoted as an offering to the sanctuary, no longer to be employed in any common offices. They were subordinate to the priests, who alone enjoyed the privilege of entering the holy place;

but they were employed in discharging many of the humbler duties which belonged to the sanctuary, as well as in various offices of great utility and importance to the religion and morals of the people. Commentary by ROBERT JAMIESON

Numbers 18: 2-7. thy brethren also of the tribe of Levi--The departments of the sacred office, to be filled respectively by the priests and Levites, are here assigned to each.

To the priests was committed the charge of the sanctuary and the altar,
while the Levites were to take care of everything else about the tabernacle.

The Levites were to attend the priests as servants--

bestowed on them as "gifts" to aid in the service of the tabernacle--
while the high and dignified office of the priesthood
was a "service of gift."

"A stranger," that is, one, neither a priest nor a Levite, who should intrude into any departments of the sacred office, should incur the penalty of death. ROBERT JAMIESON

An in all temple-states, the common people were not involved in the temple worship rituals:

"Each of the important deities had, in one or more of the Babylonian cities, a large temple in which he or she was worshiped. Temple services were generally conducted in open courts containing fountains for ablution and altars for sacrifices.
Only the high priest and other privileged members of the clergy and court were permitted to enter the cella, or inner part of the temple,which held the special statue of the deity. The needs of the deity were provided for in accordance with impressive ceremonies carried out by a vast institutionalized clergy that included priests, musicians, magicians, soothsayers, dream interpreters, astrologers, and hierodules (temple slaves or prostitutes). Sacrifices of food, drink, or incense were offered daily. Numerous festivals were held, the most important of which was the celebration of the new year at the spring equinox. [Encarta Encyclopedia]

Edersheim in Bible History wrote: "Levites were really only the representatives of all Israel, having been substituted instead of their firstborn. (Numbers 3:11-13) On this account, also, the Levites were not specially "hallowed," as the priests had been, * but only "cleansed" for their ministry, and after that presented to the Lord.

* We read in Exodus 29:1, in reference to Aaron and his sons, "Hallow them to minister unto Me in the priest's office", literally, "consecrate them to priest unto Me" (we use the word "priest" as a verb). In the case of the Levites there was neither consecration nor priesting, but cleansing unto ministry or service.

Of course, the Aaronic priesthood pointed to and has ceased in Christ, our one great High-Priest.

That means that the Levites have also ceased.

"The first part of this symbolical service consisted in sprinkling on them "water of sin" (rendered in our Authorized Version "water of purifying"),

alike to confess the defilement of sin and to point to its removal.
After that they were to
shave off all their hair and to wash their clothes.

The Levites were now "unsinned" (8:21), * so far as their persons were concerned. Then followed their dedication to the work.
* This is the literal rendering of the Hebrew term, which is the same as that used by David in Psalm 51:9.

"For this purpose the Levites were led "before the Tabernacle" (8:9), that is, probably into the outer court, bringing with them two young bullocks - the one for a burnt, the other for a sin-offering, and each with its meat-offering.

"The people, through their representatives - the princes - now laid their hands upon them, as it were to constitute them their substitutes and representatives. Then Aaron took them "before Jehovah" (ver. 10), that is, into the Holy Place, and "waved them for a wave-offering of the children of Israel" * - probably by leading them to the altar and back again - after which, the

"Levites would lay their hands upon the sacrifices which were now offered by Aaron, who so "made an atonement for them" (ver. 21). The significance of all these symbols will be sufficiently apparent. "And after that, the Levites went in to do service in the Tabernacle of the congregation" (ver. 22).

Tenth: The laws were to try to regulate the lives of Israel to keep His name from being blasphemed in Canaan.

This failed because they became worse than the Canaanites.

In time, the like the nations worship instituted by David was tolerated inside the temple and the walls which kept the Gentiles or nations from seeing what was going on. Not even the "congregation" of Israel could really see and hear the panic and horror of the blood lust of animal sacrifices which God did not give and did not need. The walls of Jerusalem was like a quarantine to keep the "worse than pagan" Jews from being seen. When the people tried to move the worship outside of that local spot there was a need for periodic reform to get the people isolated as prescribed in the Law of Moses.

Let's Run through that process again to see that as in all "like the nations" temple ritual, the people did not participate. Under the Law of Moses the people -- as in all "like the nations" temples -- were excluded because of their musical idolatry at Mount Sinai.

Edersheim points out that the "stationary men" represented the 'congregation" but that the people were shut out of the sacrificial offering:

First: As the last great gate slowly moved on its hinges, the priests, on a signal given, blew three blasts on their silver trumpets,

summoning the Levites
and the
'representatives' of the people (the 'stationary men') to their duties, and announcing to the city that the morning sacrifice was about to be offered.

Second: As the president gave the word of command, which marked that 'the time of incense had come,' '

the whole multitude of the people without' withdrew from the inner court, and fell down before the Lord, spreading their hands * in silent prayer.

Third, The temple Music was blown and songs sung. This excluded all people not of the tribe of Levi. It also excluded all women.

Fourth: This closed the morning service. [Note: only representatives of the people were present. The common Jews did not participate in this temple service]

It was immediately followed by the sacrifices and offerings which private Israelites might have to bring, and which would occasionally continue till near the time for the evening service

Conclusion: the sacrificial worship was for the secular Temple-State and not for the congregation of Israel.

Never lose sight of the fact that Israel under the Monarchy was by God's concession: the elders fired Him in order to have a king like the nations so that they could worship like the nations. God warned them that the kings would destroy the nation. Therefore, nothing under the civil temple under the Monarch is God's approved example but His permission to a people on their way to destruction:

"It is important to bear in mind that all music of the temple, regardless of the period, was nothing but an accessory to its sacrificial ritual.

Without sacrifice the music loses its raison d'etre. What was the inherent connection between the sacrifice and its accompaning music? This is still an unsolved puzzle. It is possible to compare a banquet for honored guests whereby quantities of burned meant, incense, and music were offered, to a sacred meal for a still anthropomorphically conceived deity,

whose prestige demanded sacrifice, incense, praise, as well as musical entertainment.

Whatever the original function of sacrificial music, it was forbidden immediately after the destruction of the temple in A.D. 70. Nor do we have all the details of the temple's musical practice.... There is ample reason to believe that the Levites refused to divulge their 'trade secrets' and took them to their graves." (International Dictionary of the Bible, p. 459, Abingdon).

Eleventh: In time, a Prophet like unto Moses would come with the Spirit of Wisdom and Knowledge. Worship would be in spirit (mind) and according to truth.

Fulfilment in the New Covenant: The animals were burned outside the "worship center."

Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate. Hebrews 13:12
..........Let us go forth therefore unto him
without the camp, bearing his reproach. Hebrews 13:13
                For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come. Hebrews 13:14

If Jesus is not going to be worshiped in cities and "houses" then we had better ask where He said that the only place God even LOOKS for worship will be in a spiritual kingdom;

Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. John 4:21

Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship; for salvation is of the Jews. John 4:22
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. John 4:23

God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. John 4:24

In Gerezim and in Jerusalem were PLACES. Therefore, in spirit is the new PLACE where we worship God. Throughout the letters both prayer and worship are said to be IN SPIRIT. John was "in the spirit on the Lord's Day." That is, he was thinking about God by thinking about His Word.

And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Luke 17:20

Neither shall they say, Lo here or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you. Luke 17:21

This is why Jesus said that worship is "in spirit and in truth." When people get too involved in trying to bring Christ into their presence, they cannot hear the trumpet sound which others shall hears.

By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to his name. Hebrews 13:15

Twelth: Paul will tell the Galatians that the New Covenant is that which God offered Abraham. When Israel refused to walk by the Covenant of Grace, He gave them the Law to protect the weak, to protect His own honor among the nations. The law was "added because of transgression" and had nothing to do with salvation. Those who were in fellowship with God kept His commandments out of faith:

And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; Genesis 26:4

Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws. Genesis 26:5

Basil asked: Whence is it that we are Christians? Through our faith, would be the universal answer.

And in what way are we saved? Plainly because we were regenerate through the grace given in our baptism.

No one every forced their way "into the presence of God" with music and no one is ever said to have been improved by the use of music.

This paradigm of lostness is repeated many times in Scripture.

The worship of the Hebrews in Egypt began in Babylon at the foot of the Tower of Babel the "mountain" of their god. This religion, in the form of Canaanite Baalism, plagued and then virtually destroyed the Hebrew race. It is a religion trying to resurrect itself in the Seeker model. You may want to look at two important works on the subject.  Speaking of the descendants of Ham, Josephus notes:

The children of these [four] were these: Sabas, who founded the Sabeans; Evilas, who founded the Evileans, who are called Getuli; Sabathes founded the Sabathens, they are now called by the Greeks Astaborans; Sabactas settled the Sabactens; and Ragmus the Ragmeans; and he had two sons,
It was their religion in Egypt which the Israelites knew for 430 years and brought with them back into Canaan and practiced at Mount Sinai.

[[Vol. 2, Page]] 45 THE HEBREW KADESHIM. the Eleusinian. Thus "Bacchus was directly called upon," he says.

The Sabazian worship was Sabbatic; the names Evius, or Hevius, and Luaios are identical with Hivite and Levite.  The French name Louis is the Hebrew Levi; Iacchus again is Iao or Jehovah; and Baal or Adon, like Bacchus, was a phallic god.

"Who shall ascend into the hill (the high place) of the Lord?" asks the holy king David,
"who shall stand in the place of his
Kadushu"? (Psalms xxiv. 3).

Kadesh may mean in one sense to devote, hallow, sanctify, and even to initiate or to set apart;
but it also means the
ministers of lascivious rites (the Venus-worship) and
the true interpretation of the word Kadesh is bluntly rendered in Deuteronomy xxiii. 17; Hosea iv. 14;
and Genesis xxxviii., from verses 15 to 22. The "holy" Kadeshuth of the Bible were
identical as to the duties of their office with the Nautch-girls of the later Hindu pagodas.

Deut 23:17 There shall be no whore of the daughters of Israel, nor a sodomite of the sons of Israel.
Deut 23:18
Thou shalt not bring the hire of a whore, or the price of a dog,
        into the house of the Lord thy God for any vow:
        for even both these are abomination unto the Lord thy God.

Hos 4:14
I will not punish your daughters when they commit whoredom,
        nor your spouses when they commit adultery: for themselves are separated with whores,
        and they sacrifice with harlots: therefore the people that doth not understand shall fall.

The Hebrew Kadeshim or galli lived "by the house of the Lord, where the women wove hangings for the grove," or bust of Venus-Astarte, says verse the seventh in the twenty-third chapter of 2 Kings.

The dance performed by David round the ark was the "circle-dance" said to have been prescribed by the Amazons for the Mysteries. Such was the dance of the daughters of Shiloh (Judges xxi. 21, 23 et passim), and the leaping of the prophets of Baal (I Kings xviii. 26). It was simply a characteristic of the Sabean worship, for it denoted the motion of the planets round the sun.

That the dance was a Bacchic frenzy is apparent. Sistra were used on the occasion, and the taunt of Michael and the king's reply are very expressive. "The king of Israel uncovered himself before his maid-servants as one of the vain (or debauched) fellows shamelessly uncovereth himself." And he retorts: "I will play (act wantonly) before and I will be yet more vile than this, and I will be base in my own sight."

Linos 1
I. Linos, a mythical minstrel, son of Apollo and Urania (Calliope), teacher of Orpheus, Theocr., etc.

* II. as appellat., the song or lay of Linos, sung by a
boy to the cithara while the vintagers are at work,
Linon hupo kalon aeiden sang the lovely lay of Linos in
accompaniment, Il.:--cf. ailinos which is a mournful song.

Galliambus , i, m. [3. Gallus, II. A.] , a song of the priests of Cybele, Diom. p. 513 P.; Mart. 2, 86, 5; Quint. 9, 4, 6G

Cybele, Attis and Related Cults : Essays in Memory of M.J. Vermaseren (Religions in the Graeco-Roman World, Vol 131). E.N. Lane (Editor) / Hardcover / Published 1996. book at and help us earn about 5 cents an hour.

Book Description

"This volume brings together articles on the cult of the mother-goddess Cybele and her consort Attis, from the emergence of the religion in Anatolia through its expansion into Greece and Italy to the latest times of the Roman Empire and its farthest extent west, the Iberian Peninsula. It combines the work of established scholars with that of young researchers in the field, and represents a truly international perspective. The reader will find treatment inter alia of Cybele's emasculated priests, thethe dissemination of Cybele-cult through the harbour city, Miletus; the cult of Cybele in Ephesus; the rock-cut sanctuary of Cybele at Akrai in Sicily; the competition between the Cybele-cult and Christianity; and the role of Attis in Neo-Platonic philosophy." (Platonic love is a man's love for a young boy!!).

Charismatic performers have always been sexually-bent. Nothing else allows them to be worshiped by both men and women and defended to the death.

A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump. Galatians 5:9 (From old wineskins)

I am confident in the Lord that you will take no other view. The one who is throwing you into confusion will pay the penalty, whoever he may be. Galatians 5:10

As for those agitators, I wish they would go the whole way and emasculate themselves! Galatians.5:12
For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only
use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. Galatians 5:13

Conclusion: as the "exodus" has been the pattern for "Christian worship and community" by the youth stealing the church houses of widows, it is logical that the older generation is cast out into the wilderness to die. The next logical step is for such pagan churches to follow the PARADIGM OF MOVING THE CHILDREN INTO CANAAN which is returning to their old Baal worship which began in Babylon, continued in Egypt, destroyed the nation in the Wilderness, would be followed in the temple-state, would be practiced by the priesthood when Jesus came and which will be the end-time Babylonian Harlot worship with music, commerce and false Baal worship.

Psalm 81 is another parallel account of this failure. It also explains that the command for instruments was for the trumpets at festivals and not those added by David.

Soteriology and Mystic Aspects in the Cult of Cybele and Attis (Education and Society in the Middle Ages and Renaissance), by G. Sfameni Gasparro, Sfameni This book is available at There is little useable stuff on Cybele on the Web.

The worship of the Egyptian calf may come in many forms. However, when Israel falls back as a result of musical worship replacing the Word of God, God warns them that they will return to Egypt.

Kenneth Sublett

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