12-Known for Music

Revelation 18:22,

“And the voice of harpers, and minstrels, and flute players, and trumpeters shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsmen, of whatever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of the millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee;

I remember growing up in the late 50´s and 60´s to the sounds of rock and roll. Elvis Presley had millions of teenagers spellbound with his music and gyrations. Twenty years later, this style had become a worldwide fascination. Even the softer music of America is popular around the globe.

One has to wonder why the Lord would have John write about the music of Babylon. The fact that it is part of the Revelation is significant, for no scripture is of little importance. It all has meaning. Is it possible that the Lord has a warning to His people within this verse? If so, what would it be? It is very likely that the music of Babylon will be a device of Satan to deceive and destroy the souls of men. Music and words present a message which has a spiritual power behind it. Jesus said that words spoken have a spiritual being behind them.

Satan is seducing and mesmerizing multitudes through impure music and lyrics. One only has to watch a “rock concert” to see who is the power behind the scenes. Any music that exalts fear, lust, pride, and worship of the performer is not of God. Many Christian musical groups are conforming to the style and standards of today´s rock groups. They say their motive is to attract the unsaved, to give them the impression that Christians aren´t square or different, and then tell them about Jesus. Think very carefully on this question. Would you become a prostitute to try to win a prostitute to Jesus? Many would say, “that´s not the same thing.” Rest assured, for it is the same conforming, compromising spirit behind both examples, only one is a little more obvious than the other.