The Song Of The Spirit
Over 10 years ago, I heard an incredible story concerning the "lost
music of the Bible" that has recently become very significant to our
ministry. Many of our readers know I was at one time a Christian
musician, songwriter, and record producer. Indeed, over the years I
founded a Christian music record label, ran two music booking
agencies, and produced contemporary Christian music projects - including an album of my own compositions and the debut project of a
pop Christian artist known as Carman.
that period, I heard a rumor about some very interesting research
going on in Europe by a female musicologist that believed she had
discovered certain ancient melodies that were associated with the Old
Testament. This woman's name was Suzanne Haik-Vantoura. In
that I was intensely interested in Christian music at that time, I
wrote to her in France, but was never able to make a connection with
her. Eventually I forgot all about the subject as I moved on to other
year, a reader was kind enough to point me towards another musician
that had picked up where Haik-Vantoura's work left off. His name is Roger
James, and I believe his work will eventually have a profound
impact on the body of Christ.
(and subsequently Roger James) studied the work of the Masoretes
- vthat mysterious sect of ancient Hebrew scholars that brought us
the Hebrew Old Testament, known as the Masoretic text - the
text that is widely used today. The Masoretes were the scholars
whose written output included the codification of the vowel points and
the cantillation marks (a kind of punctuation) in the original Hebrew
of the Tanakh (the Old Testament). These "punctuation"
marks are known as te'amim, and historically, it has been
believed that the Masoretes placed these marks in the text by drawing
from the oral tradition for the proper cadence and pronunciation of
the reading of the Torah.
scholars have long known that there were distinct melodies associated
with the reading of "the law and the prophets" in the temple, but
it has been long believed that these songs were lost many centuries
ago. That is apparently not the case.
Haik-Vantoura, Roger James,
and other researchers now believe that these te'amim marks
are actually a form of ancient music notation that presently
exists "within the very pages of the Hebrew Masoretic text" (Music
Spirit & The Keys To Prophecy, Roger James). Haik-Vantoura
achieved an astonishing breakthrough by deciphering certain key
patterns that show a consistency in adapting these marks into musical
put it another way, we now see that there are entire musical
compositions actually embedded in the original Hebrew text of the
astounding information is revolutionary in scope and may prove
to be one of the most important discoveries of our time. Predictably,
after the first word of this information was released, the scholarly
skeptics emerged en masse - however, the internal evidence is
striking. For instance, if this music notation were simply a random
series of notes that "coincidentally" appeared with each of the
words, then the odds of the music itself actually sounding melodic
would be quite remote.
the contrary, the music 'sounds' as if it were actually written to
coincide with the statements in the text! Where there is a building of
tension in the words, the music does the same. Where there is a
conclusion or a release of that tension in the phrasing of the
scriptures, the music does likewise. In short, this music appears to
have been written to go with the words of the Holy Bible - and it is
actually embedded in the Hebrew text itself.
mind-boggling conclusion that some have reached is that the composer
of the music is the Holy Spirit Himself and the music notation was
inspired in the same fashion as the words themselves. And there is
James has arrayed a convincing
argument that the commonly used modern musical scale of 7 notes that
achieves an octave on the 8th note has powerful
implications in the realm of the prophetic. The number 8 is usually
thought to be "the number of new beginnings" (8 people in the ark,
Christ rose on the first day of the new week - the 8th of
the prior week, etc).
a very mystical fashion, when Jesus Christ returns after
the 70th week of Daniel (a seven), He will raise us to the
next "octave" of existence. It is self evident that the scriptures
are literally filled with sevens (7 creation days, crucifixion week, 7
seals, 7 trumpets, 7 angels, etc).
as this incredible information is beginning to come forth, others are
making discoveries concerning frequency vibrations and their
beneficial (or deleterious) effects on the physical dimension in which
we live. All matter vibrates at various frequencies on the molecular
level, and researchers have concluded that cellular structures are
directly affected by frequency vibrations and resonance. Music
notes are simply audible vibrations that are tuned to specific frequencies.
early breakthrough work by a scientist named Royal Rife is in
this realm. To this day, you can get the plans for building what is
called a "Rife Generator" in most health food stores. Other
University level researchers have already proven certain
music (notably Classical) is beneficial and harmonious to living
things. At least one study demonstrated that the playing of classical
music helped plants to grow more abundantly.
are attempting to use computer driven tone generators in an effort to
facilitate what has been called "healing codes." In this regard,
it is important to recognize that the spiritual perspective of those
that are involved in this nascent field of inquiry greatly colors the
conclusions they reach. Some are overtly occultic, while others have a
worldview based on scientific principles without the requisite faith
in Jesus Christ that generates spiritual discernment.
Bible prophesies that the things which are hidden will be unsealed
in the last days. In fact, we see that during the tribulational
events, the servants of God will "sing the song of Moses, the
servant of God, and the song of the lamb...." (Revelation
15:3). In another passage in that same epic, we see,
they sung a new song, saying, Thou art
worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou was
slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred,
and tongue, and people, and nation; And hast made us unto our God
kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth." (Revelation
already know that the ancient Israelites sang the words of the
law and the prophets for the people during the tabernacle (and later
the temple) ceremonies. Indeed, to this day, Jewish leaders sing for
the congregation ancient melodies that are believed to go back
centuries. We also see that during the Exodus in which
the children of Israel were divinely protected as the
tribulational plagues fell on the Pharaoh (read Antichrist) and
the Egyptians, the Lord's provisional shield was based upon
adherence to His words. The Lord subsequently brought his people out
of the evil system of Egypt under the leadership of His two
witnesses Moses and Aaron. At the time of this Exodus,
they sang "the song of Moses."
Moses, the Lord said "If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice
of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his
sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep
all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee,
which I have brought upon the Egyptians; for I am the Lord that healeth
thee." (Exodus 15:26).
a chapter that speaks extensively about the Exodus, Paul
tells us that "all these things happened unto them for ensamples,
and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the
world are come." (I Corinthians 10:11).
the Great Tribulation, the book of Revelation portrays the
Remnant Church as those that have "gotten the victory over the
beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of
his name...." (Revelation 15:2) The Word of God goes on to tell us
these Christian Saints "sing the song of Moses, the servant of God...."
we believe that the tribulation is just about to begin, it would seem
that the song of Moses will need to be re-discovered. Roger
James, in his provocative new book, Music Spirit And the
Keys To Prophecy: Restoring The Sacred Art
categorically states that this song is already available to us
in the actual Hebrew text of the Bible.
deciphering a number of the Old Testament melodies from the
scriptures, Mr. James has produced and recorded a tape of portions of
the musical compositions found in the book of Genesis. The book and tape recording
are now available through
this exciting new field of research unfolds, we will continue to keep
interested parties informed as to what we have learned.
August 6, 2002 -- James Lloyd
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