Occult Music Festival “Tomorrowland” Invades the Holy Land
If the name makes you think of Disneyland, you’re right. “Tomorrowland” is a theme section at Disneyland. The original Walt Disney, a great fan of futuristic ideas, said that the Disneyland version was designed “to give you an opportunity to participate in adventures that are a living blueprint of our future.”
The global music festival called “Tomorrowland” (apparently sharing the name with no objections from Disney) has the same goal… sort of. What is being offered, however, is neither a musical experience nor a technological one. The festival is openly spiritual, weaving “stories” and “fairy tales” in between the musical performances to communicate a hybrid of Luciferian, Wiccan and Hindu religion.
This year the “Tomorrowland” festival comes to Israel for the first time as the new 11,000-seat Payis Arena Stadium in the Holy City of Jerusalem hosts this pagan missionary outreach extravaganza, choosing instead to see it as “the world’s biggest music festival”.
Is “Tomorrowland” just another music festival? Here’s a little background.
This festival began in 2005 in Belgium, and its growth has been impressive. Starting in 2008, it settled on a weekend in late July, and the numbers topped 50,000. By 2012, the headcount was an incredible 185,000 participants. In 2013, a companion festival was established in the USA (Georgia), named “Tomorrow World”. The following year, “Tomorrowland” opened a second base in Brazil. Then in 2015 came the idea of “mirror” festivals, live-linked from different locations via giant video screens. The “Mirror to Tomorrowland” festivals enabled youth to “unite” through the mirror and “be part of the Madness” in six countries: Mexico, India, Japan, Colombia, Germany and South Africa. On July 23 (the second day of the 3-day Belgian festival), Israel becomes mirror number 7 to join the madness. The Jerusalem event is scheduled to run on July 23, 2016 from 8:00pm until 4:00am.
Why a linked “mirror”, and not just a simultaneous festival? Apparently there is no compromising on the goal of “building bridges” between Belgium, which directs the spiritual content; and the satellite cities, which manage the local music talent, stage sets and fans. Read on to discover why this link is so vital.
Each year revolves around a theme, and these provide the first clue that despite its billing as a global music festival, “Tomorrowland” is not really about music. The concepts of “life” and “happiness”, the “power” and “mysteries” of the invisible world, are explored in captivating, high-budget theme clips released well ahead of each festival. Often music is not even mentioned in these introductions. The second clue is that every single intro clip – as well as the festival kickoff ceremonies beamed from Belgium – includes the reverent opening of an animated book called “the book of wisdom”, from which all the festival’s “stories” are drawn. On its cover is the logo of “Tomorrowland”, an ambiguous design except for the “third eye“, the traditional occult sign of spiritual enlightenment. The eye is crowned, symbolizing a claim of lordship over this spiritual power source.
“The book of wisdom” was mentioned in the video promo clip for 2013 Georgia festival, stating, “The book of wisdom will be opened in our second home.” In the 2012 video, these explanations and visuals leave no doubt as to the pagan roots of this “wisdom”. The custodians of these writings (portrayed in the clip as bizarre horned characters engaged in various occult activities) are described as a “magnificent civilization” composed of “fairy-tale keepers”, and they receive honorable mention during the festivals.
The video promo clips also follow the accepted method of gradually introducing the occult New Age philosophy called the Ageless Wisdom, to achieve the “transformation” of the masses and prepare them to unite under the “world teacher”. “Tomorrowland” themes in later years carefully extended the foundation laid in 2012.
In “The Arising of Life” (Tomorrowland 2013 Trailer), hints are dropped about an unidentified man who is “hidden from civilization” somewhere, and who is unlocking ancient secrets for mankind. This clip invites you to “connect with the beings who roam in the heart of this magical land… Just because you haven’t seen something doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.”
“The Key to Happiness” (Tomorrowland 2014 Trailer) “reveals a secret behind a magical key…” which acquaints festival-goers with another occult symbol of the mythical pathway to enlightenment: a mythical ancient machine waiting to be reactivated. Here again, we are told that this machine was built for mankind in the past by a mysterious hidden man, who entrusted the key to “guardians”.
Only once does music become a theme (“The Secret Kingdom of Melodia”, 2015). The short intro teases the viewer by asking where all music comes from. A longer clip presents music as merely a gateway into the spirit dimension, using innocent children as models, but doesn’t answer the question. You get that later at the Belgium festival, which introduces “the king of Melodia”… an image embedded in what looks like a Christian cathedral, framed by organ pipes. In fact, the audio reveals church-like organ music playing… not exactly the favorite genre for party-loving youth, but some things are more important than pleasing fans. Over this background music, the narrator explains that “The king of Melodia holds all music in his heart. His only desire is to unite the world in a single melody, and giving joy to all who come to his kingdom.”
Readers who know their Bibles will remember that as “the covering cherub” in God’s holy mountain, one particular archangel was endowed with musical ability, described as inlaid “tambourines and pipes” (Ezek.28:13, Hebrew). His Hebrew name, “Heilel ben Shahar” (Isa.14:12, “brightstar, son of the dawn”) indicates his ability to illuminate the darkness. So when the Belgian “mirror” tells us that the music produced by the king of Melodia has “immense power, filling the world with illuminating sounds,” we can know exactly which “kingdom” is sponsoring “Tomorrowland”.
Can it get any worse? Sadly yes. This year’s theme is “The Elixir of Life” (Tomorrowland 2016 Introduction Trailer) in which a beautiful Wiccan maiden roams through an equally beautiful forest, consulting a book and gathering ingredients for a spell. The witch tells us that “it is from the past that our secret elixir originates,” and that the necessary ingredients are “in a place where only the chosen ones can enter.” Her cryptic statement, “We are all connected to her; it is her voice that guides me,” is left unexplained, but Gaia worshipers will understand. She needs one last ingredient to establish “my road to eternal bliss”, and to find it she has to walk blindfolded – a common requirement for an occult initiate.
There’s no mention whatsoever of music in the Tomorrowland 2016 Introduction Trailer. And we’re supposed to believe that this is the “the world’s biggest music festival”?
Nevertheless, the Israeli Ministry of Tourism has welcomed this blatantly occult festival to carry out its activities in Jerusalem, the city in which God has chosen for His name to abide (2 Chron. 6:6). So what does the Israeli media say about “Tomorrowland”?
Sadly Israel’s secular media has suffered from a similar willful blindness. The Jerusalem Post obediently described “Tomorrowland” as “one of the biggest electronic music festivals in the world“. The Tourist Israel site also went along with the “electronic music” story, but also embedded the Tomorrowland 2016 promo clip that proclaims that “something miraculous is about to happen,” if participants will just “look into the mirror and unite” with the power coming through the Belgian live-feed.
And Ynet naively accepted the fairy tale that this pagan festival has come to Jerusalem out of kindness to save Israelis their travel expenses: “On Tour, the primary marketer of the festival in Belgium, says that popular Israeli demand led to the decision to host the special event in Israel. Huge numbers of Israelis travel to the ‘Tomorrowland’ festival every year.”
Do you believe that? Bringing the “Tomorrowland” occult festival to Jerusalem is to save money for Israeli travelers? As one of the “Tomorrowland” promo clips so smugly remarks that with occultists “nothing is what it seems.”
But we don’t need “Tomorrowland” to tell us that we live in a spiritual world.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. – Eph.6:12
What can we do, those of us who love the God of Israel and His people? “All authority in heaven and on earth” (Matthew 28:18) belongs to Yeshua, no matter what the Tomorrowland’s “book of wisdom” might claim! We ask the Body of Messiah worldwide to stand with us in prayer, as we intercede for our nation of Israel and our people.
Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm… With all prayer and petition, pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints. – Eph. 6:13, 18
[Post-Event Commentary]: Tommorowland’s Pagan Proselytizing of Israeli Youth and the People of Pinchas
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IDF Medics Still Treating Wounding Syrians Coming into Israel
Love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord. – Leviticus 19:18b
Since Israel and Syria were established in the earlier part of the 20th century; both countries have been in a state of war with no diplomatic relationship. They have fought three major wars, made armistice arrangements; and attempted peace efforts without success. Syria has never recognised the establishment of Israel as a state and therefore doesn’t accept holders of Israeli passports past its borders. Israel does not typically allow its citizens to go into what it considers an enemy state. The hostile neighbor participates in the Arab League Boycott, and apart from limited apple trade and water agreements that benefit the Druze citizens of Israel, there are virtually no economic or cultural ties between the two countries. Regardless of the close proximity to the fighting and the occasional stray projectiles from Syrian fighting, the IDF has not got involved in that war.
Nevertheless, at an Israel Defense Forces base on the Syria-Israel border, at Israel’s expense; a field hospital was especially set up for treating Syrians during the worst years of their civil war which erupted in 2011. Some of the patients were civilian non-combatants and even had injuries or ailments unrelated to the fighting; often showing up carrying their medical records.
What may come as a surprise to many is that two years after the field hospital closed; there are still citizens of Syria who are currently patients at hospitals in northern Israel. The Rebecca Sieff Hospital in Safed, the Western Galilee Hospital in Nahariya, Poriya Hospital in Tiberias and the Rambam Medical Center in Haifa have treated multiple hundreds of Syrian patients; most of whom are casualties of the ongoing conflict against the Assad Regime.
The IDF Medical Corps administer first aid to the injured Syrians at the border, saving lives more often than not, before sending them in an ambulance to one of the above-mentioned hospitals. With the continued fighting between Assad and the rebels, there is a steady flow of Syrian nationals flooding into Israel and they are being treated by Israelis.
Sergeant Rotem Einav and 2nd Lieutenant Leshem Shirgaouker are two of the female medics who treat these patients at the border. Sergeant Einav is a paramedic who has been stationed on the Golan Heights for close to half a year in the IDF Medical Corps. She describes some of the wounded and describes the thrill of saving the over 100 Syrians she has treated. She shared with Ynet:
I wasn’t trained to treat Israelis, Jews, or Syrians. I was trained to treat people. If I see someone who needs help, someone who is in distress, my moral obligation is to help them. I don’t even think about it. I see these people who are injured when they go back to Syria. It gives me the opportunity to see how they’ve changed medically. We see that they also understand, that they know – and they also appreciate it. It’s really heart-warming.
2nd Lieutenant Leshem Shirgaouker used to be a medic in the air force before transferring to the IDF Medical Corps. As well as being a medic, she also plays a vital administrative role in receiving the patients, classifying them according to their injuries, deciding where to send them and collecting medical information to forward to the hospitals where the Syrians get their treatment. She says:
The humanitarian work that the IDF is doing and the treatment they are giving to wounded Syrians fills me with satisfaction and pride. This is the greatest place to find yourself as a medical professional. You’re here saving lives. It doesn’t matter if they’re Jewish, Arab, or an enemy. They’re here and they’re injured, and I will do everything I can for them. That’s the message I give to my soldiers. When I help send them back to Syria and see that their condition has improved, there’s no greater feeling.
Even though this work that Israel does is not reported on widely, it has received some attention in foreign press and even Al Jazeera had something to say about it; acknowledging that Syrians are grateful for the help they have received from Israel.
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IDF fired Patriot missiles at drone from Syria
The IDF launched two missiles at a drone from Syria that infiltrated Israel’s airspace on Sunday, July 17, 2016, the drone likely belonging to Assad’s Regime or Hezbollah.
The missiles were launched from Israel’s Patriot air defense system at the drone. According to the IDF, the launch missed the drone, the UAV returning to Syria. The IDF Spokespersons Unit stated following the incident “Two Patriot air defense missiles were fired toward a drone which infiltrated Israeli airspace in the central Golan Heights. The drone returned to Syria. The IDF will not tolerate a breach of the State of Israel’s sovereignty.”
Both the IDF and Ministry of Defense are investigating the incident, multiple reports claiming Hezbollah as responsible for sending the drone.
Reports claim the drone was deployed to gather intelligence on IDF military drills currently underway in northern Israel.
This article originally appeared on Behold Israel, July 18, 2016, and reposted with permission.
Amir is the founder of Behold Israel and lives in northern Israel. He has been invited to churches, prophecy seminars and conferences around the world, to teach on current events in Israel in light of Bible prophecy. Since 2004, Amir has been consultant to various law enforcement agencies and seminars on homeland-security issues.
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Gay Pride Parade Canceled in Beer Sheva; Protest Demonstration After Announcement
The proud LGBT community in Beer Sheva had planned a parade on the main thoroughfare of the city on Thursday, which was canceled after the community organizers refused a compromise route, suggested by police over security concerns, in a court ruling. Last night, between 1500-2000 persons demonstrated at the Municipality Plaza in Beer Sheva. It is very interesting that the Hebrew word for “proud” is the same word used by the LGBT for “gay” — גאה — and is pronounced ge’eh. (Ezek 16:48-50)
“The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, until I make thy foes thy footstool. Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Yeshua, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Messiah.
Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, as many as the Lord our God shall call. And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, ‘Save yourselves from this untoward generation.’ Then they that gladly received his word were baptized…” (Acts 2:34b – 41a)
This article originally appeared on Streams in the Negev, July 15, 2016, and reposted with permission.
Howard Bass is the congregation pastor/leader of Nachalat Yeshua (Yeshua's Inheritance) in Beer Sheva, Israel.
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Alert Security Forces Prevent Terror Attack in Jerusalem
Israeli security forces prevented a potentially lethal bomb attack in Jerusalem Sunday, July 17, 2016.
As commuters headed to work around 9 a.m., a young man with a shoulder bag caught the attention of security guards at a light rail stop near the intersection of King George Street and Jaffa Road.
When they approached him and asked to see the contents of his bag, he readily admitted he was armed. Security forces found three pipe bombs wired together, a detonator, cell phone and knives in his bag.
Police cordoned off the area and evacuated store workers and pedestrians as they searched for possible accomplices. Sappers were summoned to neutralize the bombs.
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat later thanked the guards for averting what could have been a massive attack.
“This morning, thanks to the vigilance of the Jerusalem Municipality guards of the light rail, a major attack was prevented,” the mayor said in a statement. “Our message to the public is to continue your routine, remain vigilant and never give in to terrorism.”
Barkat has consistently admonished Jerusalemites that the way to defeat terror is not to allow it to defeat you.
On a Sunday in February 2015, Barkat was on his way to the office when he spotted an Arab youth attempting to stab an ultra-Orthodox man. Without hesitating, the mayor and his bodyguard exited the car and together disarmed the terrorist.
Barkat later told reporters how the incident unfolded.
“Without thinking, my bodyguard took out his weapon and when he aimed at the terrorist, the terrorist dropped his knife and we immediately tackled him to the ground to make sure that he could not continue with the terror attack,” Barkat said at the time.
After subduing the attacker, they administered first aid to the injured man until police and an ambulance arrived.
Barkat, who served as a commander in the IDF, was wounded in the Second Lebanon War in the summer of 2006. He later launched a successful career in hi-tech before being elected mayor of Jerusalem in 2009.
This article originally appeared on CBN News, July 18, 2016, and reposted with permission.
Tzippe Barrow is the CBN News Internet Producer - Jerusalem. She and her husband made aliyah (immigrated to Israel) nearly two decades ago. Barrow hopes that providing a biblical perspective of today’s events in Israel will help people in the nations to better understand the centrality of this state and the Jewish people to God’s unfolding plan of redemption for all mankind.