Paul and Silas in Prison
The Pythian Spirit
Question? Why were Paul and Silas thrown into prison: Just for casting out an evil spirit and the fortune-tellers lost money?
Answer: Nothing in the Bible is "pure history": it all points beyond itself to spiritual evils to which people of our age need to be alerted to. It is probably deeper than just a "pastor letting an old widow get away." By confronting the Greek views of deity, they were able to validate their message and teach and baptize.
Remember that Apollo was called the WASHER: he purified by vile sex and music. The Psallo or PLUCK word speaks to the "twanging bowstring to send a singing arrow into a literal heart." He was the father of musical harmony which means "moving together" and he was the father of homosexual love, thieves and liars. We will look at how God TRUMPED the charismatic musical WASHERS beginning with Nimrod and his team who could purify morals by external means.
This is just a partial review of the chapter.
Acts 16:16 And it came to pass, as we went to prayer,
a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us,
which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying:
This Spirit of diviniton points to Delphi where the contest between Apollo and the Pythoness or Serpent took place. It was the "worship center" or "Seeker Center" for both Apollo and Dionysus. At the same time, all of the oracles had secret ways to find out information as creative as modern Tel-evangelists: this is not to discount that she may have been given true insight to help carry out the teaching task.
G4436 Puthon poo'-thone From Puthō (the name of the region where Delphi, the seat of the famous oracle, was located); a Python, that is, (by analogy with the supposed diviner there) inspiration (soothsaying): divination.
You will remember that Apollo is the Abaddon or Apollyon of the Book of Revelation. His musical worship team were the MUSES or musicians in Revelation 18:22 whom John called sorcerers. He once turned himself into an "angel of light" in the form of an innocent dolphin, pirated a ship of priests or ministers and used threats, music and a knife promising "you can kill all of the lambs you want" to jubilate them into HIS ministry at Delphi. Many of the women at Corinth would have been conditioned by charismatic prophesying.
Puthiaz˘ , to be inspired by Apollo, prophesy, St.Byz. s.v. Puth˘.
Puth˘ Pytho, older name of that part of Phocis at the foot of Parnassus, in which lay the city of Delphi,
Theiaz˘ , (theios A) to be inspired, frenzied, hoposoi autous theiasantes epŕlpisan as many as made them hope by divinations, Th.8.1; th. kai theophoreitai is divinely inspired, Ph.1.479; hoposoi teletais etheiazon obtained inspiration through ritual, Philostr.Her.5.3.
This is the laded burden silenced by Jesus--creating spiritual anxiety through religious rituals and the SELF-pleasure of Romans 15 which means to "create mental excitement" to lift them up with excitement and the meaning of HERESY is to "lift them up to cut their throats" while they were made DUMB BEFORE the slaughter priests by the loud music.
Theiaz˘ 2. prophesy,
II. worship as divine, Id.59.27; Puthagoran kai Plat˘na
ROMANS 14 SO THEY COULD HOLD SCHOOL OF THE BIBLE IN ROMANS 15.
"...this sect crowned the image of Jesus along with those of Pythagoras, Plato and Aristotle. Further, there were impostors of all varieties: magicians, soothsayers, jugglers, deceivers and hypocrites, 'who appeared using mighty words with a host of unintelligible formulae and taking up with scandalous ceremonies in order to rob men of their money." (Int. Std. Bible Ency., Gnosticism, p. 1246).
"Aristotle tells us that it is the task of the initiate to suffer and to let himself be brought to a certain frame of mind.
He is not to seek to acquire knowledge and increased understanding.
The significance of ecstasy in the mysteries strikingly characterized by this statement. (Johanes Quasten, p 36-37)
Aoidos ([aeid˘]) singer, MINSTREL, bard, polla pseudontai go˘n, chrŕsm˘n aoidos, E.HF110, Heracl. 403; pratos a., of the cock, Theoc.18.56.
And when Jesus came into the rulers house, and saw the minstrels and the people making a noise, Matt 9:23 Auletes (g834) ow-lay-tace'; from 832; a flute- player: - minstrel, piper.
Rev. 17:3 So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.
Rev. 17:4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:
Rev. 17:5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
THUS hath the Lord God shewed unto me: and behold a basket of summer fruit. Amos 8:1
And he said, Amos, what seest thou? And I said, A basket of summer fruit. Then said the Lord unto me, The end is come upon my people of Israel; I will not again pass by them any more. Amos 8:2
Keluwb (h3619) kel-oob'; from the same as 3611; a bird-trap (as furnished with a clap-stick or treadle to spring it); hence a basket (as resembling a wicker cage): - basket, cage.
As a cage is full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit: therefore they are become great, and waxen rich. Je.5:27
Keleb (h3611) keh'leb; from an unused root mean. to yelp, or else to attack; a dog; hence (by euphemism) a male prostitute: - dog.
For dogs have compassed me: the assembly [multitude, swarm] of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet. Ps.22:16
Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter. Is.56:11
And I will appoint over them four kinds, saith the Lord: the sword to slay, and the dogs to tear, and the fowls of the heaven, and the beasts of the earth, to devour and destroy. Je.15:3
Therefore I would have you bring no shame upon me, now when your youthful loveliness attracts men's gaze. The tender ripeness of summer fruit is in no way easy to protect; beasts despoil it--and men, why not?--  and brutes that fly and those that walk the earth. Love's goddess spreads news abroad of fruit bursting ripe. . . . So all men, as they pass,  mastered by desire, shoot an alluring arrow of the eye at the delicate beauty of virgins. See to it, therefore, that we do not suffer that in fear for which we have endured great toil and ploughed the great waters with our ship; and that we bring no shame to ourselves and exultation to our enemies. Housing of two kinds is at our disposition,  the one Pelasgus offers, the other, the city, and to occupy free of cost. These terms are easy. Only pay heed to these behests of your father, and count your chastity more precious than your life.
May the Olympian gods grant us good fortune in all the rest!  But, concerning the bloom of my virginity, father, be of good cheer, for, unless some evil has been devised of Heaven, I will not swerve from the former pathway of my thoughts.
Rev. 18:14 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.
G3703 opōra op-o'-rah Apparently from the base of G3796 and G5610 ; properly even tide of the (summer) season (dog days), that is, (by implication) ripe fruit: fruit.
Op˘r-a II. as a word of reproach, to denote shamelessness or audacity in women, rashness, recklessness in men,
2. at Athens a nickname of the Cynics,
III. the Trag. apply the term to the ministers of the gods; the eagle is Dios ptŕnos ku˘n Aesch.; the griffins Zŕnos akrageis kunes id=Aesch.; the Bacchantes Lussŕs k. Eur., etc.
III. metaph., life's summer, the time of youthful ripeness, Pi.I.2.5 ; tereinan mater' oinanthas op˘ran (v. oinanthŕ) Id.N.5.6 ; ripe virginity, A.Supp.998, 1015 ; o. Kupridos Chaerem.12
Ku˘n (wolf)Kupris Cypris, a name of Aphrodite, from the island of Cyprus,
Bakchias vine A. of or belonging to Bacchus and his rites rhuthmos X.Smp.9.3 , etc.: hence, frenzied, rapt,
Nomos , ho, ( [nem˘] ) can mean "the Law of God" without respect to MOSES.
A. that which is in habitual practice, use or possession, not in Hom. (cf. J.Ap.2.15), though read by Zenod. in Od.1.3.
I. usage, custom, [Mousai] melpontai pant˘n te nomous kai ŕthea kedna Hes.Th.66n. archaios aristos
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; Re.18:22
Rev. 18:23 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. 18:24 And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.
Auleo (g832) ow-leh'-o; from 836; to play the flute: - pipe.
And even things without life giving sound, whether pipe or harp, except they give a distinction in the sounds, how shall it be known what is piped or harped? 1Co.14:7
Theiaz˘ ,2. fem., songstress, polu´dris a. Id.15.97; of the nightingale, Hes.Op.208; of the Sphinx, S.OT36, E.Ph.1507 (lyr.); aoidos Mousa Id.Rh.386 (lyr.).
Mousa 1 [*ma˘]
I. the Muse, in pl. the Muses, goddesses of song, music, poetry, dancing, the drama, and all fine arts, Hom.: the names of the nine were Clio, Euterpe, Thalia, Melpomene, Terpsichore, Erato, Polymnia or Polyhymnia, Urania, and Calliope, Hes.,
II. mousa, as appellat., music, song, Pind., Trag.:--also eloquence, Eur.:--in pl. arts, accomplishments, Ar., Plat. [They were all known to be filthy adulterers]
Mel˘id-ia , hŕ, singing, chanting, E.Rh.923, etc.
II. chant, choral song, mel˘idias poiŕtŕs, lullaby, generally, music,
1Cor. 14:23 If therefore the whole church be come together into one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those that are unlearned, or unbelievers, will they not say that ye are mad?
G3132 manteuomai mant-yoo'-om-ahee From a derivative of G3105 (meaning a prophet, as supposed to rave through inspiration); to divine, that is, utter spells (under pretence of foretelling):--by soothsaying.
G3105 mainomai mah'ee-nom-ahee Middle voice from a primary word μάω maō (to long for; through the idea of insensate craving); to rave as a “maniac”:--be beside self (mad).
The precise aim of orgies in the mysteries was to induce such a heightening of consciousness in a man that he would be receptive to the god who came to be united with him.
Such a person was then an enthusiast. Music was the most important element used to induce this condition. .. Aristotle explains that among the modes the Phrygian has the same power as the flute among instruments, for both are orgiastic and both heighten consciousness. This peculiar capability, which brought on religious ecstasy. (Johanes Quasten, p 36-37)
Acts 16:17 The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation.
If a musical worship minister began singing the Psalms in the speaking form the MEN would fire him because HE is what they trust in for gain.
Acts 16:18 And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.
Acts 16:19 And when her masters saw that the hope of their gains was gone, they caught Paul and Silas,
and drew them into the market place unto the rulers,
LORDY, THEY WOULD STILL CAST YOU IN PRISON OR WORSE IF THEY COULD GET BY WITH IT. There is no more hissing rage than to question a MUSES.
For every WARLOCK we are told there are 10,000 witches so in pagan religions the warlock had to look and sound like a witch to be used. That is why all religions are fabricated by marginalized men and women their only supporters (who drag along the males).
Nor, do those who are in an endless loop about what saves want to know that Peter said SAVE YOURSELVES from this CROOKED GENERATION. Or the RACE OF VIPERS whom John REFUSED to baptize. Maybe people fight AGAINST that which they know they are not ameneable to.
Pindar, Nemean Odes 7.  And I expect that the story of Odysseus came to exceed his experiences, through the sweet songs of Homer,.Ex-Church of Christ Reviews
 since there is a certain solemnity in his lies and winged artfulness, and poetic skill deceives, seducing us with stories, and the heart of the mass of men is blind.
For if For if  they had been able to see the truth, then mighty Aias, in anger over the arms, would never have planted in his chest the smooth sword--Aias, who was the most powerful in battle, except for Achilles, and whom the breath of the unswerving Zephyr conveyed in swift ships, to bring back the wife of golden-haired Menelaus  from the city of Ilus. But the wave of Hades breaks over all alike; it falls on the man who does not expect it, and on the one who does. There is honor for those whose fame a god causes to grow luxuriant when they are dead. Neoptolemus came to help,3 to the great navel of the broad-bosomed earth. And he lies beneath the Pythian soil,
[Par-ag˘ meaning to: Lead aside, divert, by slight changes, introduce on the stage, thriambos, a hymn to Bacchus--Triumpus. They tried that on Jesus by piping.]
1Cor. 2:7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery,
even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:
1Cor. 2:8 Which none of the princes of this world knew:
for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
If any Achaean man is nearby who lives above the Ionian sea, he will not find fault with me. I trust in my being their representative. And among my fellow townsmen, the glance of my eye is bright; I have not overshot the mark, and I have thrust all violence away from my path. May the rest of my days approach benevolently. Anyone who knows the truth will declare whether I follow a path that is out of tune, singing a twisted song.
The Crooked Generation are MARKED by the twisted songs they sing.
Sogenes, of the Euxenid clan, I swear that I did not overstep the line when I hurled, like a bronze-cheeked javelin, my swift tongue--a throw that disqualifies a man's strong neck from the sweat of the wrestling-match, before his limbs fall under the burning sun. If there was toil, greater delight follows.
Let me go on. If I rose too high and shouted loudly, I am not too rude to pay my debt of gratitude to the victor. It is easy to weave garlands. Strike up the song! The Muse welds together gold and white ivory with coral, the lily she has stolen from beneath the ocean's dew. But in remembrance of Zeus and in honor of Nemea, whirl a far-famed strain of song, softly. On this spot it is fitting to sing with a gentle voice of the king of gods. For they say that he planted the seed of Aeacus, received by the mother, to be a city-ruler in my illustrious fatherland, and to be a kindly friend and brother to you, Heracles [father of the soft or homosexual worship]
.4.27.08 What is a Sectarian or Heretic?
.The Ekklesia: A school of the Bible where we SPEAK that which is written
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