My oldest son asked me about the word censorship after seeing the word on the cover of a magazine.
I thought for a moment about the word.
What comes to mind when your hear this word?
I suppose the answer to that question would depend on how and where the word is used.
The Censorship Gate
I like to think of censorship as a gate to content.
Content is the message. Content is the set of values which help define a philosophy.
Censorship is the gate to that content. It is the permission to that content. It is the filter to the content.
If you were to be able to access any given content, whether it be song lyrics, movies, books, videos, or art, censorship would either say yes to all, or selectively block certain parts. In this way, censorship becomes judge.
If censorship judges, and it does, then the gate of censorship has to have a key. Someone has to program the gate to either open or close. Someone is opening and closing the gate of censorship.
Should Scripture be Censored?
The culture of the Judaeo/Christian values works hard at censoring adult themed content of both visual images, literature, and music.
Is it okay for a six year old to see graphic images, visual content, violence, hatred, and hear vulgarity, slang, degrading, provocative and explicit lyrics?
Should children be protected from the greed generated content of those who want to control, manipulate, corrupt, profane and enslave humanity?
Should the wicked spirits using people who think they are above the law and know better than the King of the Universe be allowed to openly propagate their hateful agenda to strategically destroy [by constant aggressive machine-like pressure and battering] the ancient values of holiness an purity?
Values have clearly become a battle zone between US and THEM.
But the great question needs answering....which side are you on? May I suggest you are now on the THEM side.
May I submit a thought? According the cultural standards of today's mainstream values, you are now on the THEM side if you hold to the ancient traditions and biblical standards of righteousness.
If you are working mental aerobics to filter and censor Biblical ideas in order to avoid certain scriptural truths that would questionably cause offense to others, then I suggest you are compromising Heavens agenda.
If you are compromising heavens agenda it is because you are afraid of man. You are not trusting in the Lord. When you trust in man for your resources and praise, you enslave yourself to the man...you have walked into the trap set by man to keep you from the freedom you need to fulfill all that The Lord has called you to do.
Draw the Battle Lines
If you and I have willingly made any of these compromises against the Kingdom of Heaven by sheepishly censoring the full and complete Word of The Lord in order for selfish ambition and gain, then its time to stop and draw the battle line.
Let the lines be drawn. The battle Lines. Draw them. Take a stand. No more.
Do all that is within you to follow in obedience the commands and dictates of scriptures. Don't back down from the strong clear holy language of scripture.
Sing the songs. Sing the word....all of it. Put poetic justice in its rightful place by fully declaring the message of the scriptures. Out Loud. In song. Without apology.
Sing the songs. All of them. Release the message of the Kingdom that has been burning in your heart. Let's release the message of the kingdom that has been burning in our hearts.
Sing the songs. Sing the scriptures. Let passion and strong fervency fuel Gods message to the nations through your voice and musical giftings.
Let the battle lines be drawn and take your stand. Fight the good fight of faith with your words....words seasoned and anointed from the scriptures. Proclaim and declare the mighty power of the Lord as he has cast down the great harlot and whore of Babylon. He has over come the great dragon.
The great dragon has no glory. no future. The great dragon is expelled and banished. The great dragon is not all powerful and has to answer to the authority of the Lord.
You are that authority, if you are to be found in Christ Jesus. All authority has been given to the triumphant Christ. As a result of our being adopted and in-grafted as believers, we have been given the mandate to exercise this this great authority with all of heavens backing.
We partake in Gods divine nature and by the words of our testimony and by the shed blood of the Lamb of God we overcome. We enforce the victory of our lord though acts of love.
We love the people and we curse the Antichrist spirit operating in the world today. The spirit that has come to strategically destroy Gods people by cleverly hypnotizing them with slow pendulum swings progressive cultural acceptances.
These progressive swings are the identifying elements of the ancient nations of the world who set their heart towards the small gods of creation, the idols and things made by the hands of man, and the placing affection on the creation over the creator. The same attractions that pulled the nation of Israel away from their devotion to The Lord, Adonai.
Even today, this resurrecting nation is still searching. Still searching for the messiah, which The Lord has placed right in front of their eyes.
In general it appears western culture has been successfully lured away from the first love of the Lord. A deeper look into scriptures would help confirm. Look for yourself.
As a result of the last 40 years, we now have to reintroduce the words of the Kingdom. We have to teach the language and vocabulary of the Kingdom. We would do well to look into the scriptures over the internet. There are many voices but only one will have the final say.
Let's decide who's side we are on. As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. Lets do the works of God with love with out bowing to demonic and deceptive agendas. Let's shout it loud from the mountain. Let's stop hiding the light in our pockets. Bring it out for all to see. Use the words of Scriptures.
It may seem difficult, because it is, but lets make a conscience, determined and intentional effort to bring back the words of scriptures. Lets call things as they are. Let;s call those things that are as though they are. Lets exercise our God given right and authority to rule over the earth.
This takes time. Time in worship. Time in prayer. Time fasting. Time reading and studying.
Professors and teachers are steering the multitudes of this next generation into a place of exclusion. The Bible and its language is being excluded as archaic, non-truth, a work of mans imagination and no different than any other work of literature inspired by the creative imaginations of man, which are most often a direct result of some type of spirit influence, fear, pride, selfish ambition, confusion, lust, perversion, and antichrist.
If these works are inspired in such a way, then why not the Bible inspired by the Holy Spirit? Why not?
The Jews believe the Scriptures to be a tree of life to all who find and grasp them. Those who cling to these are happy. The ways of the the scriptures are pleasantness and all its paths are shalom...complete and full peace in every possible way.
Lets sing our life song to the lord using the most powerful and lasting lyrics of the Holy scriptures. Uncensored.
"Then I continued to watch because of the boastful words the horn was speaking." -Daniel 7:11
"As I watched, this horn was waging war against the holy people and defeating them..." -Daniel 7:21
This word phrase for 'the horn' or 'this horn' is the same Hebrew word used by King Nebuchadnezzar to decree a national policy of idolatry by using instrumental music as the call to worship.
The word translated 'horn' is 'qeren'. The outline of its biblical usage is as a musical instrument, a symbolic representation (as within a dream or vision), and/or that of an animal.
In various versions this Hebrew word 'qeren' is also translated as cornet, trumpet (or trumpets), and ram's horn. Although there are other Hebrew words and phrases translated as horn, it seems this particular variation of the word horn is only used in the book of Daniel.
A Demonic Ensemble...
The horn included in Nebuchadnezzar's ensemble was the first of several musical instruments listed. Is there a reason?
In the Bible, the word horn is used as a metaphor for power, strength, and honor.
A metaphor is a word or phrase used to help explain a different word or idea.
By placing the horn first in his list of musical instruments, King Nebuchadnezzar was making a bold and arrogant statement. It appears this Babylonian King was exalting himself above all others. He was using the horn to do so.
He was exalting himself by making public policy. He was using the fine arts to do so. He was using music to do so. He was directly influenced by the great serpent and dragon of Revelation. He was inspired and lead astray. He was deceived into thinking of himself more highly that he should have. Pride was found in his heart and for those of you who know some scripture will know what happens before the epic and public falls and collapses of men and women and all the works of their hands.
The angel of light who had fallen from his first estate, banished from his place of glory....the one who now searches for those he can deceive and destroy knows how to lead a rebellion. This great enemy of The Lord has declared war against God's Kingdom, and throne.
The CEO of darkness is working today as he has been through the history of the planet and the race humans. This father of lies uses the goods and truths of The Lord for himself. He does not give credit to whom credit is due. He is delusional. He is relentlessness and he is desperate. He is not nice. He is mean, He is a backstabber because he will smile and appear nice to the point of winning the confidence and truth of his prospects.
This archenemy of The Lord uses strategies and schemes from beyond what is seen. He is able to inspire humanity into revelation and technologies in such a way that humanity feels entitled, compelled and proud to boast in the their credits of achievements.
Lucifer the Conductor...
Lucifer is a conductor. He conducts a demonic and rebellious ensemble. This ensemble is militant to lead the nations into idolatry. In the book of Daniel, we read that King Nebuchadnezzar used interrogation, fear and force to make his subjects bow in idol worship.
How different are things today? Are the pressures to succumb to political spirits which oppose the standard of truth and righteousness becoming stronger in our nations?
Lucifer is also a composer. He understand music and the elemental powers of music. His composition of idolatry is ongoing. This composition of idolatry has been performed from the beginning and will continue until the end. From beginning to end.
You are a part of the story. You are a part of the Divine Saga. What is your part?
Pray with me: Father of lights and all that is good. Show me Your ways. I will walk in your love and understanding. You are my strong tower. You have given me ears to hear what Your spirit is saying about music. May my heart be positioned and directed towards you in all I say and do. Make my life your song. Make me an instrument in your symphony Lord.
The Music of Gold
King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon.
It would appear from the text that King Nebuchadnezzar ruled a kingdom of influence, power, and progress.
This king used music as a tool to call his kingdom to worship.
He had a 90 foot high image made from gold. He set is up for all to see. He first invited all the kingdoms leaders and important people to a ribbon cutting ceremony and party. Once all the successful and influential people had arrived to see the image together, King Nebuchadnezzar made sure to let them all know in a LOUD voice the following mandate and command:
“Nations and peoples of every language, this is what you are commanded to do: As soon as you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipe and all kinds of music, you must fall down and worship the image of gold that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up. Whoever does not fall down and worship will immediately be thrown into a blazing furnace.”
King Nebuchadnezzar demanded a cultural response to his agenda of false worship. False worship is the worship is idolatry. False worship is replacing The Creator God with the creation.
This command for worship had no exceptions. If some decided they did not want to worship this image, they would need to be prepared to face death.
King Nebuchadnezzar said, "Worship this image when I tell you to or die!"
The command for outright idol worship was a cultural stab and attempt to end true worship. The Politicians and Scholars propagated...
At this time some astrologers came forward and denounced the Jews. They said to King Nebuchadnezzar, “May the king live forever! Your Majesty has issued a decree that everyone who hears the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipe and all kinds of music must fall down and worship the image of gold, and that whoever does not fall down and worship will be thrown into a blazing furnace. But there are some Jews whom you have set over the affairs of the province of Babylon—Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego—who pay no attention to you, Your Majesty. They neither serve your gods nor worship the image of gold you have set up.”
This ultimatum used fear and control. This reminds me of a dream I had of President Donald Trump. I recommend checking it out.
It seems like King Nebuchadnezzar knew something about the power of music. Did he know its important role in devotion, reflection, and worship? Did he know the expression of the soul with which music communicates? Did he know music existed before the Earth? Did he know songs surround the Most High God? Did he know how music controls atmosphere?
King Nebuchadnezzar used the creativity of fine arts to draw attention away from the one true living God. This particular policy of King Nebuchadnezzar had a much more sinister agenda.
Could this musically influenced mandate have been fueled by and directly inspired by the devil himself?
It may sound a bit humorous... but Peter, the great apostle and follower of Christ, writes in one of his letters that the devil prowls. The devil prowls.
Peter plainly calls the devil an adversary AND enemy and warns his audience to be on guard….to watch out…..to stay alert.
Peter writes that the devil, like a lion, is actively looking for something (or in this case someone) to rip open and eat. He searches.
Now, although I believe the devil will eat anyone, I also believe he is looking (or searching) for someone important.
The devil is looking for a very specific group of people. He is looking for God’s elect. The devil is looking to tear apart people who have been chosen by God. Those chosen by God are the ones God the Father has set apart by his Holy Spirit. Peter even writes these elected ones of God have been been chosen according to God’s foreknowledge. Wow.
It sounds to me like this means before they were born, God already elected them. Peter writes in his letter that God The Father set them apart before they were born. He set them apart by His Spirit for obedience.
What is one of the devils weapons?
Peter helps us today understand a very subtle tactic used by the devil to devour, tear apart and destroy.
If you hold on to your cares, concerns, worries and anxieties you will be devoured. The scriptures give us great insight into the eternal strategies of what I would like to call, The Divine Saga.
Peter urges the believers...both Jew and non-Jew (Gentile) to STAY ALERT. Peter warns his brothers and sisters who are living among the idolatrous and pagan culture to WATCH OUT. He says pay attention!!!
Peter writes in his letter, “Hey, i know things are a bit tough right now...it may seem like everything's falling apart and the promise is far off, but hold on. You are definitely not alone. There are plenty of others going through the same types of sufferings….the same emotions….the same feelings…..the same doubts and hardships. There are so many others with the same questions. DON’T BE DEVOURED. DO NOT LET THE DEVIL EAT YOU FOR LUNCH. Cast ALL your cares on Him because he cares for you.
Pray this prayer with me, “Lord God, Maker of Heaven and Earth, Thank you for your living word. It is life to my bones and breath to my spirit. I make a choice now to lay any burden or weight I have been carrying down. Right now all anxiety of mine is handed over to you. I know you care for me, and I trust you to take every burden from me now. You have called me with all the saints into your eternal glory. Thank you Lord for the gift of your Son Jesus Christ. May all power and glory be yours forever.”