Yet, will the wrong kinds of music have a negative impact upon your soul?
This entry occurred during a time when I was separating myself from more and more of my past loves of the world. Heavy metal and rock music was a big one, and something that had a significant part in my life for many years.
And it was this lucid-state encounter which gave further affirmation regarding its dark spiritual side.
September 25, 2015 (around 12 am)
I recall being in my current house, within the hallway area right between the kitchen and living room. I was in the process of doing considerable house cleaning (taking out trash and washing down the floors, I believe).
At some point in this, a CD player turned on in the kitchen that began playing a song by a band named Godsmack, called "Bad religion" (I was introduced to this band through friends, when I was around 15).
This version of the song that played in my dream, though, was much more unsettling. The instruments sounded washed out, and were overwhelmed by this...loud, unsettling, monotone-ish strumming (tough to describe...). The vocalist was also very different here, as the vocals were similar to someone deeply roaring/growling out the lyrics instead of singing them.
After a short while of this song playing (I recall there were one or two others in the house with me. Not entirely sure if they were demon or angel spirits), I said out loud something like "This song just isn't appropriate...", and went over to the small blue CD player (something we used to own, actually) and opened the tray, taking the CD out.
The cover of the CD was completely white, save for something that looked like a flame of fire designed around the middle.
With the CD now in my left hand, I proceeded to bend it in half and squeeze, attempting to shatter it in two. I recall this being quite tough to do, and was rather surprised at the difficulty. I believe that I at least managed to bend it enough to permanently damage it.
Afterwards, I took the damaged CD into the utility room by the kitchen, where there was a bag of trash collected in the center of the room (nothing else seemed to be present); which was toppled over and spilling out a bit onto the floor. I threw the CD in the trash bag and proceeded to pick up the rest of the spilled contents back into it.
From here, this part of the dream ended...
- Godsmack's "Bad Religion" playing in the kitchen
As I mentioned above, I became introduced to this band at around 1999, when I was over at a best friend's house one day after school. I was introduced to heavy rock/metal music from our mutual group of friends just a year earlier, and enjoyed hearing this band's sound when I began listening to various tracks on the CD.
This song, however, at the very beginning has about a 15-second clip of a sermon by, I believe, Kenneth Copeland, where he was affirming Scriptures such as Isaiah 54:17, "...our righteousness is of Him, saith the Lord". And immediately after, the song would begin with a heavy intro guitar riff, followed by Sully Erna's vocals emphatically yelling "Get BACK!", as the song would break into a catchy. heavy rhythm of guitars, bass, and drums.
(Lord, please draw every member of this band to Your Son, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Jesus Christ; that He may raise them up at the last day and prepare an everlasting place for all of them in Heaven)
- Very unsettling version of the song
I believe this clearly represented the evil spiritual influence from which the song is inspired by.
Ezekiel 28:13 testifies that Satan, before rebellion was found in him (Isaiah 14:12), was a type of high-worship leader in Heaven; with musical instruments, evidently, even embedded into his very body. Therefore, while a heavy rock band named Godsmack may be a more obvious work that is not of God -- there are many, many, other forms and genres of music which are just as much inspired by the wicked one.
- CD being unnaturally tough to bend and break into two
I believe that this symbolizes how much "resistance" this power of rock music was giving me. We wrestle not against flesh and blood (Ephesians 6:12). My strained efforts to just bend the CD represented part of the challenging fight in repenting and turning away from this area of my flesh -- which I once loved.
- Bag of trash collected in center of utility room
Still seeking God on the spiritual significance of a house's (person's) "utility room" ...perhaps this represents the mind? That is, the source where electricity (thoughts, etc.) is controlled, via the breaker box; along with the water pipes (water of life?) for the washer and dryer, etc.
- Admonishment to study the Scriptures
II Timothy 2:15-16
...(15)Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (16)But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness...
II Corinthians 13:1
...This the third time I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established...
...(10)And the brethren immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming thither went into the synagogue of the Jews. (11)These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. (12)Therefore many of them believed; also of honourable women which were Greeks, and of men, not a few...
- One's body (soul/spirit) described as a "house"
...(43)When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. (44)Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. (45)Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation...
...(24)When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will return unto my house whence I came out. (25)And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished. (26)Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first...
- Spiritual housecleaning
...(22)And the LORD thy God will put out those nations before thee by little and little: thou mayest not consume them at once, lest the beasts of the field increase upon thee. (23)But the LORD thy God shall deliver them unto thee, and shall destroy them with a mighty destruction, until they be destroyed. (24)And he shall deliver their kings into thine hand, and thou shalt destroy their name from under heaven: there shall no man be able to stand before thee, until thou have destroyed them.
(25)The graven images of their gods shall ye burn with fire: thou shalt not desire the silver or gold that is on them, nor take it unto thee, lest thou be snared therein: for it is an abomination to the LORD thy God. (26)Neither shalt thou bring an abomination into thine house, lest thou be a cursed thing like it: but thou shalt utterly detest it, and thou shalt utterly abhor it; for it is a cursed thing...
II Kings 23:4-6
...(4)And the king commanded Hilkiah the high priest, and the priests of the second order, and the keepers of the door, to bring forth out of the temple of the LORD all the vessels that were made for Baal, and for the grove, and for all the host of heaven: and he burned them without Jerusalem in the fields of Kidron, and carried the ashes of them unto Bethel. (5)And he put down the idolatrous priests, whom the kings of Judah had ordained to burn incense in the high places in the cities of Judah, and in the places round about Jerusalem; them also that burned incense unto Baal, to the sun, and to the moon, and to the planets, and to all the host of heaven.
(6)And he brought out the grove from the house of the LORD, without Jerusalem, unto the brook Kidron, and burned it at the brook Kidron, and stamped it small to powder, and cast the powder thereof upon the graves of the children of the people...
I Corinthians 6:18-20
...(18)Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. (19)What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
(20)For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's...
- Satan's fall, and nature regarding music
...(12)How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
(13)For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: (14)I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
(15)Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit...
...(11)Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, (12)Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. (13)Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.
(14)Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. (15)Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee.
(16)By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. (17)Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee. (18)Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.
(19)All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more...
- Realities of spiritual warfare
...(10)Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. (11)Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. (12)For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
(13)Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. (14)Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; (15)And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; (16)Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. (17)And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: (18)Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; (19)And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, (20)For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak...
II Corinthians 10:3-6
...(3)For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (4)(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) (5)Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; (6)And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled...
- What to focus one's mind upon
...(8)Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. (9)Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you...