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THE SECOND COMING AND ROCK AND ROLL Ė Page Three

Okay, I listened to the third song. I donít understand how THAT song relates to the Second Coming of Christ.

 

Read the selected lyrics and meanings below.

 

And also, Christians do not believe that the First Person of the Trinity, God the Father, will become a human being in the end times. According to the Bible, Jesus is the only human being of the trinity. The other two are spirits, according to the Bible.

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Thatís right; according to the Bible. But how long ago was the Bible written? Who is to say that 2,000 plus years after the New Testament was written that the first person would became a human being also?

 

There is nothing in Scripture that indicates that the first person of the trinity will also become a human being like Jesus.

 

Really?

 

Read Second Thessalonians 2:4. Who is this man? He could be none other than God the Father in the flesh. And indeed, that is exactly who this man is, God the Father in human form. Second Thessalonians 2:4 is referring to God the Father as a human being.


Lyrics to previous song Meanings
My momma thinks I'm crazy, my dad says I'm insane My family has called me names Mark 3:21
 They took me to a doctor, they dragged me to a preacher   I have been to psychologists, psychiatrists and ministers 
They don't understand They don't understand me
That's the way the story goes This is my life's story
Listen up! Listen and understand
Father just don't get it This meaning will be revealed later
What this little girl knows I know things
Blame it on the love of Rock and Roll Blame it on my love of Rock and Roll

 

What does Rock and Roll have to do with the Second Coming of Christ?

Rock and Roll began with slavery, a very unnatural phenomenon that uprooted tens of thousands of Africans from their native lands and cultures and forced them to be transplanted to a world they knew nothing about. Families were split apart, tribes were thrown together, rebels were chained, beaten, whipped, cursed, maimed, imprisoned and humiliated, and witnessed the terror, horror, anguish, violence and slaughter of the slave system. Many were forced to wear bells on their arms, legs or necks. Some slaves were muzzled, and others were branded like cattle, with initials for owner identification. Many slaves were stripped of their clothing, faced against a tree or wall, tied down or made to hang from a beam, their legs roped together with a rail or board between them, and then severely beaten. The beatings stripped slaves of their personal pride and integrity while invoking terrifying images of their masters' power. Many slaves, both young and old, did not escape physical punishment or verbal (and sexual) abuse, even for the smallest of offenses. If they were disrespectful to authority figures or did not complete their tasks, severe floggings and public humiliation was imposed upon them. They were physically tortured and beaten to the point of exhaustion and unconsciousness. Blood gushed from their wounds and they were left with welts and permanent scars.

The slaves were punished for insubordination, not working hard enough, attempting escape, enticing other slaves to rebel, and countless other infractions, as simple as dropping something. They were forced to perform hard labor for which they were not rewarded. Slave owners ignored the tragedies that crippled the slaves' physical and emotional well-being. The slaves were in human bondage and held captive against their will. Their owners had no ethical or moral aversion to the brutality they bestowed upon them. Their only escape was into their world of music. It is only fair to mention that not all slaves led wretched and unhappy lives filled with the utmost cruelty. There were also some slaves that were loved and were trusted members of a masters' family. But one fact did remain. They were all treated as objects with no rights and certainly no justice whatsoever.

From Africa, the slaves brought a strong oral musical tradition of storytelling, recreation and work. They had rich musical capacities that flowed through their veins. They brought with them to America their musical heritage that consisted of a series of rhythmic and vocal traditions. They did not forget nor forgo their music when they arrived in America. In fact, they depended on their music for mere survival.

Those first Africans who arrived on American soil were thrown into a culture so very different from their native land. Two different cultures were mixed when the Africans and the Americans intermingled, communicated and lived with each other. The slaves suffered immensely under their owner's control but learned how music could ease their pain. They found relief from their agony through their music. Music provided spiritual and emotional freedom from the drudgery of repetitive labor, long working hours, and senseless and merciless abuse. The African slaves combined the rhythm of their work with the rhythm of their music to get them through the struggles of their daily lives. Songs served as a rhythmic accompaniment to labor. Singing set a rhythm for work that had repetitive actions. Inspiring music was central to their lives because they were so downtrodden. Music fed their inner souls. Their music kept them going and saved them from self-destruction.

White America had no choice but to listen to the music and the rhythm of their new neighbors, the Africans. The beats and rhythms of their songs had roots in Africa where music was infused in every aspect of life. Americans enjoyed listening to the Black African music and soon began to imitate and adapt their music with their own. The enslaved African work songs gradually evolved and formed the backbone of virtually every American musical form created in the 20th century including Rock and Roll. When the American and African musical cultures merged, it created what we now know as Rock and Roll. Rock and Roll began with the foundation of African music and owes most of its origins to the musical traditions of the African population. Rock and Roll originated from the mixture of African spirituals and musical traditions, and American folk songs, ballads, psalms, and sacred and religious songs. Clearly, without the presence of Africans in America Rock and Roll would never have evolved. Rock and Roll was born from an unplanned union between Black and White music.

 

Black and White
Three Dog Night - 1972

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