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THE SECOND COMING AND ROCK AND ROLL Page Six

Okay, so now I know that Rock and Roll originated from Black African Music and that the slave songs contained codes and secret messages, and that Rock songs also contain codes and hidden messages. But you still have not told me what Rock and Roll has to do with the Second Coming.

 

When I was fourteen years old, and a freshman in a Catholic high school, I had a teacher who brought a record player (turn table) into our social ethics (religion) class quite frequently and he would play Rock Songs in class. I thought that was very unique. And since I loved Rock and Roll I was very attentive. No other teacher had ever played Rock Songs in class before to teach a lesson. He would play the song, then give his interpretation of the song. He taught whatever lesson he was teaching by use of the Rock Songs. He did this many times with different Rock Songs. One song that I remember very well that he played in class was the song, Eve of Destruction, by Barry McGuire. The song was written in 1965. He played the song to our class in 1967. He explained the Second Coming of Christ to us by using the lyrics in this song. Below I have given a brief synopsis of how the song could be interpreted as being about the Second Coming of Christ, via 1967.


EVE OF DESTRUCTION written in 1965

Lyrics Meanings
The Eastern world, it is exploding  Israel attacked Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Iraq in a six-day war 

 that began on June 6, 1967 and ended on June 11, 1967. It

 was called the Six Day War. The Mid- East was exploding.

Violence blaring, bullets loading  There was violence and exchange of gunfire.
You're old enough to kill but not for votin'  Eligible military age was 18 years old (can join at age 17

 with parents signature) Voting age was 21 in 1967.

You don't believe in war, but what's that gun you're totin'?  They don't believe in war, but they fought anyway.
And even the Jordan River has bodies floatin'  There were dead that floated in the Jordan River

during this conflict.

      But you tell me over and over and over again, my friend,

Ah, you don't believe we're on the eve of destruction.

 We are close to the Second Coming of Christ

 because of the turmoil in the Middle East

Don't you understand what I'm tryin to say?  I'm trying to tell you something
Can't you fell the fears I'm feeling today?  I feel the Second Coming is very near
If the button is pushed there's no runnin' away  The Mid-East has the capacity to destroy with the

 push of a button. No one can escape the wrath 

There'll be no one to save with the world in a grave  Millions will be sent to their graves
Take a look around ya boy, it's bound to scare ya boy  Take a look around ya boy, it will scare you

      But you tell me over and over and over again, my friend,

Ah, you don't believe we're on the eve of destruction.

 We are close to the Second Coming of Christ

 because of the turmoil in the Middle East

          Yeah, my bloods so mad feels like coagulatin'          

 The condition of the world upsets me

I'm sittin' here just contemplatin'

 I think about the condition of the world

I can't twist the truth, it knows no regulation

 Truth cannot be regulated

Handfull of senators don't pass legislation

 Not everyone agrees with the United States

 of America's Government stand on Israel   

And marches alone can't bring integration

 Violence is not the answer

When human respect is disintegratin'

 We need to respect our differences

This whole crazy world is just too frustratin'

 We live in a frustrated world

      But you tell me over and over and over again, my friend,

Ah, you don't believe we're on the eve of destruction.

 We are close to the Second Coming of Christ

  because of the turmoil in the Middle East

Think of all the hate there is in Red China

China is a communistic country ( in 1967)

Then take a look around to Selma, Alabama

   Violence by marches in the U.S. is no

 different than violence in Communistic China   

You may leave here for four days in space

Jesus left earth and went into space (heaven)

But when you return it's the same old place

When Jesus returns to the earth, He will change things

The poundin' of the drums, the pride and disgrace

Funeral march for those who died defending Israel

You can bury your dead, but don't leave a trace

Bury the dead soldiers, but don't forget about them

Hate your next-door neighbor, but don't forget to say grace

Don't be hypocritical, Jesus is coming soon

      And you tell me over and over and over again, my friend,

You don't believe we're on the eve of destruction.

We are close to the Second Coming of Christ

because of the turmoil in the Middle East



This song was not written about the Second Coming of Christ. But you have seen how I interpreted it as being about the Second Coming of Christ. In fact, through this song I learned about the Second Coming of Christ. Our teacher went on to explain that The Second Coming of Christ will occur in The Middle East. He stated that the turmoil in the Middle East will eventually lead yet to another war that will put us on the brink of destruction. I believed he believed that would happen very soon. He stated that there will be a future war in the Middle East that will usher in the Second Coming of Christ, that while this war is in progress, Jesus will suddenly appear in the sky with many angels. He will appear in the clouds and everyone will see Him.

Matthew 24:30; Thessalonians 4:16; Revelation 1:7


Our teacher, Father Geidman, a Roman Catholic Priest, had used a Rock and Roll song to identify conflict in the Middle East and then elaborated on that strife to show its significance to the Second Coming of Christ. He had taught us about the Second Coming of Christ by using the lyrics and message in a Rock and Roll song. I learned about the Second Coming of Christ from a Rock and Roll song when I was fourteen years old from a Roman Catholic Priest. Cool!


Eve of Destruction
Barry Mcguire - 1965

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