Snippets of the Prodigal Band Trilogy Biblical Reference Series, Episode Seven: God, Not Satan and Not the Elites, Is In Control (and He Even Controls Satan)

The Biblical Reference Snippet Series within The Prodigal Band Trilogy continues with this possibly final post in the series (unless I can come with another one). I am including this because several parts of the three-books-in-one trilogy claim that God is in control, not any person who thinks he or she is in control of local or world events—the so-called ‘world controlling’ elites definitely think they are in control because of their money or power—and not the one who wants to be ‘like the Most High’ (Isaiah 14), Satan/Lucifer, either.

If Satan was in control, would Earth even exist with life on it? Because Satan loves death and destruction. If those Satan thinks he controls, the elites who think they control everything, were actually in control, then why has it taken them so long—thousands of years—to get control? Because Satan deceives them into believing they are in control, because Satan, the ‘Adversary,’ is the ultimate deceiver.

Biblical references show this from the point of view of God the Almighty (the Old Testament Book of Job Chapters One and Two), and His Son, Christ (Matthew Chapter Four).

In Job Chapter One, starting with verse 6, Satan ‘presented himself before’ God, and they converse, with Satan ‘ordering’ God to ‘put forth thine hand’ and ‘touch all that he (Job) hath, and he will curse thee (God) to thy face” (Job 1:11). But God tells Satan, ‘Behold, all that he hath is in thy (Satan’s) power; only upon himself (Job) put no forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the Lord’ (Job 1:12). Sounds to me like God controlling Satan to me, as in the rest of the chapter Satan does all sorts of damage to Job’s resources and even children, but does not hurt Job, who in anguish still refuses to curse God, saying (to paraphrase verse 21), the Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away. And then comes Chapter Two, where, again, Satan wants to destroy Job and have Job curse God, but God refuses to allow it:

{2:3} And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered

my servant Job, that [there is] none like him in the earth, a

perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and

escheweth evil? and still he holdeth fast his integrity,

although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him

without cause. {2:4} And Satan answered the LORD, and

said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for

his life. {2:5} But put forth thine hand now, and touch his

bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face. {2:6}

And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, he [is] in thine

hand; but save his life.

So Satan brings upon Job ‘boils’ on his skin from head to toe, which Job deals with by scraping the boils among ashes. Job’s wife then enters the picture:

{2:9} Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain

thine integrity? curse God, and die. {2:10} But he said unto

her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh.

What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall

we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.

So what is the point? One, Job, in great pain, still refused to ‘curse God and die’ though Satan ‘knew’ that Job would do such a thing (and did Satan use Job’s wife to try to convince Job to do so?). Two, did Satan take Job’s life after God told Satan not to take his life (when God told Satan to spare his life)? No, because God told Satan not to take his life. Further, why did Satan show up with the ‘sons of God’ (that is, the angels) in the first place? Likely, to ‘prove’ to God that he, Satan, was just as powerful as God and also to tempt God. But God was not tempted by Satan; he used Satan to make a point about Job, that Job would not give in to Satan’s desires. So, did Satan control God or did God control Satan? Did Satan kill Job? No, because God told Satan not to kill Job.

And speaking of controlling Satan, Christ, the Son of God and God made flesh, had a similar encounter with Satan in Matthew Chapter 4, right after John the Baptist baptizes Christ and then Christ gets into the ‘wilderness.’

{4:1} Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the

wilderness to be tempted of the devil. {4:2} And when he

had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an

hungred. {4:3} And when the tempter came to him, he said,

If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be

made bread. {4:4} But he answered and said, It is written,

Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that

proceedeth out of the mouth of God. {4:5} Then the devil

taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a

pinnacle of the temple, {4:6} And saith unto him, If thou be

the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall

give his angels charge concerning thee: and in [their] hands

they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot

against a stone. {4:7} Jesus said unto him, It is written

again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. {4:8} Again,

the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain,

and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the

glory of them; {4:9} And saith unto him, All these things

will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.

{4:10} Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan:

for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and

him only shalt thou serve. {4:11} Then the devil leaveth

him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.

So, when Christ told Satan, to ‘get thee hence,’ Satan left Him. So, did Satan control Christ or did Christ control Satan? Then, in Matthew 16, Christ is telling His apostles that He is going to go to Jerusalem and be killed, and rise again on the third day (16:21). Then Peter begs Him not to do that (16:22). Then Christ tells Peter:

{16:23} But he

turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou

art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that

be of God, but those that be of men.

Then in Luke 22:3—

{22:1} Now the feast of unleavened bread drew nigh,

which is called the Passover. {22:2} And the chief priests

and scribes sought how they might kill him [Christ]; for they feared

the people.

{22:3} Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot,

being of the number of the twelve [apostles]. {22:4} And he went his

way, and communed with the chief priests and captains,

how he might betray him [Christ] unto them. {22:5} And they were

glad, and covenanted to give him money [thirty pieces of silver]. {22:6} And he

promised, and sought opportunity to betray him [Christ] unto them

in the absence of the multitude.

That is, Satan’s spirit can actually enter people. Since Judas Iscariot was the one apostle who betrayed Christ for ‘thirty pieces of silver,’ it makes sense that Satan’s entrance into Judas would aid this cause, which, as Christ had told Peter and the rest in Matthew 16, was going to happen anyway. So, did Satan enter Judas because Judas wanted Satan to enter Judas, or because Satan was doing God’s will so that Judas would betray Christ, so that Christ would become the ultimate sacrificial lamb? (Remember, we’re talking Passover time here.)

In the first of three snippets, all from The Prodigal Band, after this band Sound Unltd were given certain ‘missions of God’ by His angels, a former roadie named Bobby was given his own mission by the good-spirit-being-now-human, Morwenna, to give a song he wrote about accepting Christ to this mega-star band, even though Bobby knows they have not accepted Christ and had doubts they ever would ‘become Christian.’ Of course, every member of the band had even more serious doubts! They had carried out the evil agenda Corion through his elitist lackeys had assigned to them, had joined evil religious cults and had lived ‘wasted’ lives as ‘prodigal sons.’ While they accepted the various ‘missions of God,’ they stil thought they could do the missions without doing the ‘missions’ on themselves. At the end of Chapter Nine, they visit songwriter Bobby to ‘get the song.’ He lives in the mountains of northern California, and it is in July, 2001. From Chapter Nine of The Prodigal Band:

“Okay, but,” Bobby leaned forward to face Jack squarely, “will you feel comfortable doing a song proclaiming the Word of Jesus Christ as the Way and His blood on the cross as atonement for our sins and that He is our Savior, when you yourselves don’t believe it?”

Keith had enough. “Hey, we all believe in God.”

But Bobby wouldn’t fall for it. “Oh, heck, even Satan believes in God.”

Mullock was about to leap out of his chair in fury.

“Look, Keith, I’m not trying to piss anyone off. I didn’t say that to mock you. But it’s a fact. Most people on this planet believe in some kind of god. Believing in God is not so very difficult or profound, and yes, Satan believed in God even though he tried to subvert God and be God. Did you know Satan was a son of God? All the angels are, and did you know that Satan often paid visits to God?”

“Really,” the bassist said quizzically.

“Yeah. Read the Book of Job. Amazing story….”

Later, in Chapter Twelve, while meeting with band manager Joe in his living room before a so-called Directorate meeting that turned out to be anything but, guitarist-producer Mick revealed to the rest of the band why he decided to accept Christ as Savior even though he had been steeped in the occult, ‘the rabbit hole’ as he called it.

“So, where does the rabbit hole lead? Back to Satan, right, or I should say, Corion. Now, who does Satan oppose? God, right? And who did Satan try to tempt to help him rule Earth if only He would bow down to worship him? Jesus Christ, right? But Christ said no way, man, and then angels helped him out of the cave or pinnacle or whatever, and at the same time, Christ tells Satan to ‘get behind him’.”

“Are you serious? Christ can control Satan?” Tom said.

“Well,” Mick answered, “isn’t that what Bobby said? He said, ‘even Satan believes in God’.” To which the bassist, whom Bobby told that to, nodded. “So therefore, ipso facto, Christ as well as God can control Satan. But it is also true that—now I know for a fact it’s in the Bible but I don’t know where—an Epistle of Paul, I think—but it says that God allows the evil spirits to rule on the Earth when God allows it, but only if God allows it. Which means that all this evil on Earth is happening because God allows it to, for some purpose of His. Well, I’m not sure what His purpose is other than to eventually defeat evil.”

The verse referenced was Ephesians 6:12—‘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.’

Looked at all of them squarely. “So I asked myself, ‘if this is the case, what side would I want to be on? The winning side—Christ—or the losing side—Satan?’

The final snippet also features Mick, who is visiting Ace, a satanic-leaning singer for a death metal band named Discord, ostensibly to retrieve some recordings he made in his studio at Holyhope castle before he sold the estate to this singer. But his real mission was in fact to try to convince Ace to give up his devil worship and satanic society Hellyon beliefs and accept Christ. They are meeting to discuss a witchy party Ace gave at the estate on Hallowe’en, 2002, featuring another band, the Crood, whose singer Riley was one of the prodigal band’s bassist Keith’s cousins. The time frame is November, 2002. The satanic character Corion is mentioned as inhabiting Hellyon leader and tech CEO Mark Besst, who plotted the prodigal band’s jet burn and sacrifice of the band in July 2001, beginning with singer Erik, using a sword to impale him on a sacrificial altar, referenced in a previous post.

After Mick got the recordings he was searching for, he and Ace sat together on top of Mick’s old Crag-Dwellers altars, sharing a blunt.

“That party you had, eh, sounded like a bash for the ages.”

“And I would have invited you, Mick—”

“But now that I’m married, eh? That’s okay, Ace, if you didn’t. I get it. And it’s interesting what you got Riley to do.”

Riley, the Crood’s singer, was one of Keith’s cousins. “Like, are you trying to get him into the Hellyons or what?”

So what do you care, Mick, if I am?

“Look, Mick, all I told Riley was that if he really wanted the Crood to make it huge like DisCord is—like you guys are—that it would help if he and the rest of the Crood joined the Hellyons. I mean, Mick, this isn’t the 90s anymore. The 90s—you guys, mainly—got the rave up going again and the raunchy antics and the cussing at gigs and all that. So that now, it’s if you don’t do those rave up antics and hard and heavy metal and cussing and stuff, you won’t make it! You guys set the tone, and DisCord ran with it, and now the Crood is likely gonna ramp it up a bit.”

“So what you tell Riley? Get naked on stage or what?”

Toke, then handed it to Mick. “I even told him they could be good boys on stage, if that was what they wanted to do and the fans wanted it. Don’t go saying I told them to get naked!”

Passed the blunt back and forth.

“So it sounds to me like you saying that if they don’t join the Hellyons, they ain’t making it big. That if they ain’t naughty on stage and cuss in songs, they ain’t making it big. Which you know damned well is bullshit.”

“No it’s not, Mick. That’s what Mark—” Shit! I wasn’t gonna mention that!

“Mark Besst? Of the World Community Artists Foundation? You do know he poisoned Neville Banner, eh?”

Sheepish.

“So Mark Besst, a bloody murderer, is telling you to tell the Crood that if they don’t join the Hellyons, they ain’t making it? So when did that piece of shit get to decide who makes it in show biz?”

“That’s what he told me, okay?” Agitated.

“And you agree with that?” Got off the altar and bounded to Ace, wanting to confront him. “I didn’t see you guys joining the Hellyons until after you guys already made it! And none of us ever told you guys to join the Hellyons.”

“It’s different now.”

“Bullshit! It’s always what that ‘Do what you want’ guy said right? A hallmark of the Hellyons, satanic churches, whatever. Well, bloody shit, if one can do what they ‘want’ then they can also not do what they want not, right? So that if you can do what you want, then you can also not do what you don’t want!” And then Mick remembered a saying Jack had told him many years before. “Just how wet behind the ears are you?”

Ace jumped off the altar at Mick’s feet. “That is what Mark Besst told me, okay? He told me that from now on, if a rock band in Britain wanted to make it big, they had to join the Hellyons.”

But then he backed off a bit, feeling a truth coming on.

“Well—not really. The band should get to decide, right? We, DisCord, wanted to join it. And I hope the Crood does, but I don’t think they should be forced to do it.” Looked at Mick sincerely, honestly. “But they might not make it big if they don’t.”

“Did you tell Riley that?”

“I told him that if they joined the Hellyons they’d make it big, especially if they joined the Slake and then the Inner Sanctum.”

Well, DisCord as far as I know are all in the Slake. “But did you tell Riley that if they didn’t join the Hellyons they would not make it big?”

“No. I just told him they needed to join the Hellyons.”

“So you never told him what would happen if they didn’t join the Hellyons.”

“Yeh.” Crestfallen. “I should have.”

“Exactly.” Slapped Ace on his shoulder. “But that’s okay, because I already warned them about joining the Hellyons, meaning do not join the Hellyons.”

“But they might.”

“That’s up to them, eh? But really, Ace, you should have told them what you told me, that if they didn’t join the Hellyons they wouldn’t make it big.”

Fell against an altar, slumped over in shame. “I should have.”

“But you didn’t.” Mick sat next to him on the altar. “Because you don’t believe it either, eh? Because it isn’t true. Mark Besst does not control the planet like he thinks he does. If he did, Erik would be dead.”

“Huh?” Ace twitched around facing Mick. “What the hell you mean by that? Mark tried to kill Erik?”

“Yeh. Mark and Torquay and them, the Hellyons, like last July, bagged us up at Joe’s hotel, needled a potion into all six of us, tied us up and brought us into Torquay’s dungeon, and they were gonna sacrifice all of us.”

“What!?” Ace shouted in terror as he fumbled himself off the altar and backed away from Mick, scared now.

“Yeh, Ace. Your buddy Mark Besst nearly killed my band mate with a sword, and missed, from like three or four inches away.” Mick then approached Ace as he continued to back away. “And you want to know why he missed from three inches away?”

All Ace could do was mutter, “Um—um—um—”

“He missed, Ace, because God—not Satan, not Corion, not Mark Besst—is in control! You do know that God controls Satan, eh? You do know that when Jesus Christ was on a mountain, Christ told Satan to worship God, and only God, and to get behind Him as well. Meaning, get right with God. And, Ace, your buddy Mark and your so-called god, Satan, ain’t God, okay? It was God that kept Erik from being impaled.”

Then got right in Ace’s face as the DisCord singer slammed against the wall.

“It was God that took us outta the jet before the bomb went off. It was God that got us all outta the dungeon before we were sacrificed to Satan. It was God that kept us all safe when all that shit was going on. And you want to know why we all accepted Christ as Savior?”

All Ace could do was hyperventilate in shock.

Still in Ace’s face, but softer speech now. “That’s the thing with God and Christ, Ace. With Them, you have a choice. When God saved us right before the bomb went off, and the bomb was under Bry’s seat, eh, He gave us a choice, to accept Christ and the mission we on, or not. We had a choice, and we accepted Christ. Erik was the first of us. And then the rest of us did. So after we made a choice, we got put back on the jet—”

No way would Mick just make all this up! Ace listened in wonder.

“—and survived the jet burn. Then we found out from Joe that there was no Directorate meeting, but a Hellyon meeting instead. That Directorate meeting letter we all got was a ruse. They wanted us over here to sacrifice us if we didn’t take the Oath to Satan as Corion. Oh, and Mark is inhabited by Corion, like Cole Blessing was, like Swami Negran was. But they would have sacrificed us at some point anyway! And that’s the truth, Ace. Even if you take the Oath if you join the Inner Sanctum, they might still sacrifice you anyway. Why? Because Satan is the ultimate deceiver. But if God commands Satan to not kill someone he wants to kill, then he won’t. Because God is in control. That was why Mark could not kill Erik….”

Mick finishes convincing Ace that with God and Christ, you have a choice, but with Satan, you do not have a choice, as Satan is the ultimate deceiver. Mick finishes with this line: “Now get that through your head, Ace.”

Ace and his band decide later to follow Mick’s advice. Will you?

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The Prodigal Band Trilogy © 2019 by Deborah Lagarde, Battle of the Band © 1996 by Deborah Lagarde, The Prophesied Band © 1998 by Deborah Lagarde and The Prodigal Band © 2018 by Deborah Lagarde. Permission needed to copy any materials off this page.

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Author: deborahlagarde

Born on Long Island, NY, in 1952, now live in the mountains of far west Texas. Began writing fiction stories at about 8 years old with pen and loose leaf paper, and created the characters in my Prodigal Band Trilogy as a teenager. From the 70s to the 90s I created the scenario which I believe was inspired. While bringing up and home schooling my two children I continued to work on the novels and published "Battle of the Band" in 1996 and "The Prophesied Band" in 1998. Took off the next several years to complete home schooling and also working as an office manager for the local POA. In 2016, I retired, then resumed The Prodigal Band, a FREE PDF book that tells the whole story to its glorious end. Hint: I'm a true believer in Christ and I'm on a mission from God, writing to future believers, not preaching to the choir. God gave me a talent and, like the band in my books, I am using that talent for His glory, not mine (and, like me, the band is on its own journey, only fictional.) I also wrote for my college newspaper and headed up production, was a columnist in a local newspaper in the early 2000s, and wrote for and edited "Log of the Trail," the news letter for the Texas Mountain Trail Writers, and wrote for and edited it's yearly catalog of writings, "Chaos West of the Pecos." OmegaBooks is my self-publishing sole proprietorship company founded in 1995. Other jobs included teaching secondary math, health aide, office worker, assembly line work, and free-lance writing and bookkeeping,much of it while home schooling.

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