(Zechariah 5:7-11) “Then the angel who was speaking to me came forward and said to me, “Look up and see what is appearing.” I asked, “What is it?” He replied, “It is a basket.” And he added, “This is the iniquity of the people throughout the land.” Then the cover of lead was raised, and there in the basket sat a woman! He said, “This is wickedness,” and he pushed her back into the basket and pushed its lead cover down on it. Then I looked up—and there before me were two women, with the wind in their wings! They had wings like those of a stork, and they lifted up the basket between heaven and earth. “Where are they taking the basket?” I asked the angel who was speaking to me. He replied, “To the country of Babylonia to build a house for it. When the house is ready, the basket will be set there in its place.”
In the Bible wicked women are used metaphorically for spiritual seduction such as Jezebel who was a witch and practitioner of the occult who sexually and spiritually seduced Ahab the leader of God’s people and was the ‘portal’ through which satanic infiltration caused the majority of israelites to worship Baal, a demonic spirit-being disguised as an idol. Ancient Babylon had their mystery religions and practices which were occult in nature. These mesmerizing mystery religions and occult religious practices of Ancient Babylon have been passed on down through the ages into every nation on the face of the earth and today appear in every major religion and cult and within wider Christendom.
The Tower of Babel Nimrod built was a Ziggurat. These great structures in the ancient world were viewed as a place when heaven and earth were connected. It was a place where sacrifices were offered to bring the ‘gods’ down to men. Through these ‘portals’ fallen satanic spirit beings dwelling in the atmosphere above the circle of the earth gained access into the affairs of man. In the text of Zechariah chapter five the two women “lifted up the basket between heaven and earth.” It represented a false religious system which was plaguing God’s people. The woman in the basket represent the ‘portal’ that connected the Satanic unseen spiritual realm with this world. This woman in the basket symbolised spiritual seduction.
Today we see an occult invasion of this planet especially through the medium of the Media. We have movies, computer games and virtual reality encounters with images that are really lifelike. The imagination is involved and being constantly programmed. In the day of Noah before the flood we are told that “the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” (Genesis 6:5) In other words the imagination was involved and it was satiated with all kinds of wickedness and depravity.
When we see the rapid development of virtual reality technology we can see every fantasy that man can imagine being programmed into this technology and billions of young people around the world are now availing themselves of this imagery designed to feed the sinful desires and inclinations of the hearts of men and turn them away from God. This technology today is the main ‘portal’ through which the rebellious spirit beings in the atmosphere are infiltrating the world of man. These ’images’ genertaed in cyber space are so lifelike that it is almost hard to differentiate them from real human beings. These ‘cyber personalities’ have all kinds of supernatural powers and abilities and their cyber world is filled with violence, bloodshed, pornography, sodomy, lust, greed, murder, materialism and hate and every other wicked practice imaginable.
In science fiction, horror and fantasy movies we see all kinds of evil looking gigantic creatures that torment and kill men as well as each other. Where do the images of these creatures come from? In the Bible we see creatures dwelling in the unseen spiritual realm, some are aligned with God in heaven and others aligned with Satan. These satanic “images” come out of the spirit world and their form and shape is imposed on the imaginations of those who create them for the cyber world and the movies.
Satan is the prince of the power of the air we are told in the Bible and the word used for; “air” in the Greek text describes the atmosphere above the surface of the earth and the sphere where the television and internet waves travel. It is the domain of Satan and his fallen spirit beings that follow him. (Ephesians 2:2) On earth Satan has his demon spirits which come up out from under the earth to afflict and possess men. In the Bible ‘locusts’ represent demon spirits. (Revelation 9: 1-3)
While we see the occult world at work in the world through the ‘portals’ of books, magazines, television, movies, over the internet and computer games depicting all kinds of spells and magic and witchcraft, it is also at work within Christendom. ‘Babylon’ has infiltrated the wider Christian Church. There is a church in California that is into glory clouds, falling feathers, floating gold dust, grave soaking and the reading of tarot destiny cards and many of its members into ‘manifestations’ of differing kinds.
Now the media itself is a very effective tool in evangelism but in the hands of people influenced by the occult it is a very dangerous and spiritually seductive power that is leading multitudes of young Christians into pseudo-spiritual experiences of one sort or another. There are many videos of this sort of thing happening within many churches today that those engaged in them are claiming that it is the work of the Holy Spirit.
Many Churches have been spiritually ‘hijacked’ by Satan through the medium of music today. Many mega church meetings are more like rock concerts and Christian musicians are treated like rock stars as they sell their DVD’s and CD’s. It is interesting that when Lucifer was in the Garden of Eden before he fell he was endowed with the ability to produce music and it was part of his being. He was a superb musician before he fell into sin and rebellion. In the KJV we read concerning Lucifer (before he became Satan) “the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.” (Isaiah 28:13b) “Tabrets and pipes” are musical instruments.
Satan still has this supernatural power to mesmerise with music but it has been twisted and distorted the same way his supernatural wisdom has been twisted and distorted. He can appear as an angel of light and his followers have that capacity as well. (2 Corinthians 11:13-15) Music is a spiritual power that can control and manipulate the emotions, fire up the imagination, enslave the will and excite the sinful fleshly passions as we see in the Disco scene and at Rock concerts.
Music has always been a part of the occult and especially in religious worship down through the centuries since the beginning of man. Music itself in the hands of Spirit-filled Bible believing Christians has proven to be a great source of faith-building and supernatural inspiration for Bible-believers down through the history of the Church. However, when music comes under the influence of the occult it is a very subtle, seductive and controlling medium. Through this medium Satan and his spirit-beings can entice young gullible, undiscerning Christians and even their leaders to engage in singing and dancing and ‘happy clapping’ down ‘the yellow brick road’ of mezmerising spiritual deception but at the end of that road find someone far more sinister and deadly than the Wizard of Oz!
‘Babylon’ has captured the hearts and minds of multitudes of young Christians today within many if not most of the mega-churches and while there is nothing wrong with modern music in church it can be the ‘portal’ for an invasion of the occult if it is done in the power of the flesh and not by the power of the Spirit of God. In the Bible we are told “to flee Babylon, escape with your lives! Do not be destroyed in her punishment.” (Jeremiah 51:6) As the apostle John writes in the Book of revelation; “Then I heard another voice from heaven say: “Come out of her, My people, so that you will not share in her sins or contract any of her plagues. For her sins are piled up to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities.” (Revelation 18:4-5) More than at any other time in history the spiritual gift of discerning of spirits is desperately needed in the Church today.
In the last days the battle arena of spiritual conflict will not primarily be in the area of Christian doctrine, although it will be a factor, but in the area of spiritual power both in the world and even more so within Christendom. As believers in the Lord Jesus are we prepared for it?