Joseph Campbell and Wineskins Affect Images
The "affect images" in Corinth were the women prophesiers, the booming gong of the familiar spirit like the witch of Endor and the clanging cymbal which brings up the "ears reddening with shame" from the Hebrew definition. It includes the burning bodies of Molech worship with the booms and clangs to drown out the voice of the Mother of the Child becoming indwelled in us so that we can fulfill the Atonement for Him before He can usher in the great, final Jubilee on Independence Day to let all of the slaves of the old pattern makers go free.
Joseph Campbell, in Myths to Live By, p. 104 and elsewhere notes that "affect images" have great, mystical power and words (the letter of the law) just mess them up:
"They have been left to speak for themselves--as rites, as works of art--through the eyes to the listening heart. And that, I would say, is what we, in our own religious, had best be doing too... And if they do not speak to you, that is because you are not ready for them,
and words will only serve to make you think that you have understood, thus cutting you off altogether."
Certain people come equipped for that also. Even ancient speakers could shut down the government, the factory and field and even the pagan temples while people were magically flocked like moths to a candle. The speaker didn't have to know much but he had to be sold as someone who could turn you on.
Joseph Campbell notes that "affect images" have mystical power. Therefore, we might ask whether "new wineskins" may not be a deliberate code word to upset the equilibrium of churches of Christ so that the "new law" might be established. The word "wine" is a code word, according to God, even for those who "get drunk without wine." It is also a code word for His wrath which will be poured out at the wine vats of religious ritual. This was most often done with loud music with a beat and semi-hysterical preaching while "baptizing the audience with spit."
Priests used to do that, especially in Aztec-land: "The Water as symbol of the Word was not good enough. The power of God had to be enabled by clergy spit.
Most of us have not been taught to "read" and understand even if we have our Phds (That's is what Gallup says). Israel was like that. They always wanted something in addition to the Word. They accused of connecting wine, music and deliberate ignorance of the Word. They would hunger and thirst for truth (Amos 8) and would go from "sea to sea" (LA to the city set on seven hills) but would never find the water of the Word.
Wine and the mystical have always been connected. Just flash the magical "affect image" code word and people will flock to get a sip while their own flock carries on the work and asks: "Are all of these people underemployed? Perhaps we don't really need them after all."
The new wineskin (a wide-spread figurative symbol) may not ask people to get drunk with wine but drunk without wine. The result will be a "fermenting, exhilarating" worship service. Men and women will "play the unplayable music" together and "dance with God" in mixed triads.
However, the historical "wine, women and song" was the theme of Israel's new wineskin religion stolen from the Canaanites which was stolen from Babylon. And it is pointedly condemned. The wine of God's wrath in the book of Revelation is the yayin of the Old Testament:
Yayin (g3196) yah'-yin; from an unused root mean. to effervesce; wine (as fermented); by impl. intoxication: - banqueting, wine, wine [- bibber].
Wine and music was a universal affect image that Israel was tooting their little yobels (Meaning Jubilee) while they should have been sounding the trumpets ordained by God for warning and which was forbidden for rejoicing in "praise the Lord" pagan-like rituals:
Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink; that continue until night, till wine inflame them Is.5:11
And the harp, and the viol, the tabret, and pipe, and wine, are in their feasts (religious festivals Am 5:21; 8:10) : but they regard not the work of the Lord, neither consider the operation of his hands. Is.5:12
We noted that Joseph Campbell says that the affect images have magical power not related to rational, explainable words. By "flashing" the secret code words of the new change agents, otherwise rational men and women spend obscene amounts of time and money "running out into the deserts" of the wine festivals thinking that "Christ is out there." I just had another revelation: "The kingdom of God is not in Nashville, it is within you." I know, it sounds familiar.
Because Jesus warned against going to the hot spot of His promised return, we suggest that there is an irrational power which takes hold of innocent but diverted men and women, preachers, elders, and highly educated people. They may not really know why they go to Washington to validate their leader and make a statement when they don't understand the agenda. Just flash the affect image and the joiners believe that there is some magic when the festival of "burning down the old and restoring the new" is reenacted like Babylon and Jerusalem's New Year's Festival or a Fourth of July festival.
Has the Truth not "gone into all the world" from Nashville? Is it not in California? Do we need, like in Russia, to send cheap New Wine Testaments?
Sending Across the Sea for Someone to Explain the Bible
Moses and Paul (Romans 10) warned against "sending across the sea" for someone to come teach the truth when you have it right there in California. When Israel fell back into the wine, food, music worship of Apis (and others) at Mount Sinai, Moses warned against the "sending for an expert to come and teach the Word" in defiance of God Who had just spoken and written it. This is blasphemy of God. Paul warned against idolatry in Corinth and used the wilderness play (singing, dancing, food, musical instruments, performing women, sex) to warn the Romans.
Corinth and other churches still knew how to resurrect the dead gods and force them to come smell the incense, drink the wine and play the flute of lapis lazuli. Therefore, while you may have heard something similar, my computer just went away for a second and came up with the revelation (from somewhere in HyperBible Cyber Space):
For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them. Ro 10:5
But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into Nashville? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:) Ro 10:6
Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.) Ro 10:7
But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; Ro 10:8
After reading the books, listening to the sermons and Bible classes I am sure that many of you have not read that passage and received the revelation that this described as an early wine, women and song festival at the foot of Mount Sinai and repeated in the early churches.
When the endorphin - induced high from the excitement and contact is over you will return from the high place to the lowly Nazareth, Texas. The high will wear off and you will just feel awful. You find that you can use the new magical method to get the attendance figures up a bit but these aren't usually the "paying kind." You will not baptize any more people and you will go into withdrawal. Well, the priestess of Ishtar's effort was to resurrect Tammuz (received his second incarnation into Christ later by paganistic Christians) with musical complaints (Eze 8) so he could play the flute and have a party with you. Ishtar, who received her second incarnation in musical worship teams, would say: Well, better luck next year, same time, same place.
Israel's official wine, sex and music was connected with idolatry--yes, right in the temple--and the goal was to fall into an exhilarating ecstasy which made you feel like the gods had entered your literal body and you knew them personally--still a deep longing by the sexually abnormal according to Parkes in God's and Men.
Wait! Just had another insight not possible when the music sounds. It seems that the priests and prophets of Oklahoma are out of their places as Watchmen because the new wineskin affect image calls from afar. Remember that the wine does not have to be literal to be a magical affect image. This image can even get a spirit "poured on you":
"But they also have erred through wine, and through strong drink are out of the way; the priest and the prophet have erred through strong drink, they are swallowed up of wine, they are out of the way through strong drink; they err in vision, they stumble in judgment. Is.28:7
Stay yourselves, and wonder; cry ye out, and cry: they are drunken, but not with wine; they stagger (wander to and fro), but not with strong drink. Is 29:9
For the Lord hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep, and hath closed your eyes: the prophets and your rulers, the seers hath he covered. Is 29:10
Isaiah, Jesus and Paul said that God will close your eyes when you do not love the Word of God as truth for truth's sake without any secret ambition to make it into schemes which just harass the paying congregation which have neither the time or money to leave their assigned station on the watchtowers.
There can be little doubt that Joseph Campbell was never a believer because he saw that churches lusted for the affect images of pagan rituals perhaps without knowing why. He would look at modern movements such as Jubilee 98 and see a lot of good used perhaps to spread the ancient wineskin dogma which he recognized as pre Christian and destructive. Borrowing old wineskins images comes as no surprise to him as he wishes that the churches would not lose their candlestick and be turned into lecture and entertainment halls of second-rate philosophy.
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