And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them? And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. Exodus 3:7
Certain parts of the pop entertainment world, under influence of the occult and the Illuminati, have embraced and promoted the New Age, Luciferian idea that man can “become God.” The notion of humans acquiring divinity is reflected in the lyrics, imagery and symbols used in pop culture, including the repeated use of “I AM”, the name God uses in the Bible. The deception that man can now become God, which started in the Garden of Eden, has gone mainstream as many belief systems, New Age groups and religions promote the idea that a human can attain godhood or has hidden divinity within them that just needs to be released. And the proclamation of “I AM” is just another subtle means of communicating this idea to the public.
Exodus Chapter 3 introduces us to the name God gave for Himself when Moses asked. In the Bible and in ancient Jewish culture, a name was much more than an identification tool. It was a statement of who one was. Of the nature and character of a person. In the case of The Lord, the name “I AM” (in Hebrew it is Yahweh or Jehovah) signifies the unique qualities of God as existing outside of time, with no beginning or end. As one Bible commentary sums it up:
“And God said – Two names God would now be known by. A name that speaks what he is in himself, I am that I am – This explains his name Jehovah, and signifies, 1st, That he is self – existent; he has his being of himself, and has no dependence upon any other. And being self – existent he cannot but be self – sufficient, and therefore all – sufficient, and the inexhaustible fountain of being and bliss. Secondly, That he is eternal and unchangeable, always the same, yesterday to – day, and for ever: he will be what he will be, and what he is. Thirdly. That he is faithful and true to all his promises, unchangeable in his word as well as in his nature, and not a man that he should lie. Let Israel know this, I am hath sent me unto you. A name that speaks what he is to his people.” (Source)
The Septuagint, the oldest version of the Old Testament, translated from Paleo-Hebrew (the language used to write the Torah in ancient times), has the verse as “I AM he who exists.” God is self-existent. He does not rely on any other being for His existence. He was not created and is the Creator of all things that are living. So the name “I AM” represents the singular quality of self-existence that only The Lord possesses. Qualities that as finite beings limited by time and death, it is even hard for humans to fathom or understand.
Respect for God’s Name
“O LORD, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens.” — Psalm 8:1
“Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. ” – Psalm 103:1
The Bible instructs us to revere and praise the Holy Name of God. God’s name represents His Being. When King Solomon was tasked with building the first temple to The Lord, where the Ark of the Covenant would reside and God would make His presence revealed in the Holy of Holies, he prayed in front of the nation of Israel to commemorate the occasion. And in his prayer the King said:
And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, which spake with his mouth unto David my father, and hath with his hand fulfilled it, saying, Since the day that I brought forth my people Israel out of Egypt, I chose no city out of all the tribes of Israel to build an house, that my name might be therein; but I chose David to be over my people Israel. And it was in the heart of David my father to build an house for the name of the LORD God of Israel. 18And the LORD said unto David my father, Whereas it was in thine heart to build an house unto my name, thou didst well that it was in thine heart. Nevertheless thou shalt not build the house; but thy son that shall come forth out of thy loins, he shall build the house unto my name. And the LORD hath performed his word that he spake, and I am risen up in the room of David my father, and sit on the throne of Israel, as the LORD promised, and have built an house for the name of the LORD God of Israel. (1 Kings 8)
So the name of God holds very special significance in the Bible. The Third Commandment says: Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. (Exodus 20:7). Using the Lord’s name in a reckless, casual or disrespectful manner, is a sin.
From the moment he is first mentioned in the Bible, Satan was seeking to undermine God’s plans for humanity by offering humans the ability to “be as gods.” In the Garden of Eden, the Devil tempted Eve to eat the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil, even though God had forbid her from eating it “lest she die.” Satan twisted God’s words and said “And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.” The idea of a secret way to “be God” has been one of Satan’s main deceptions from the beginning of humanity. And today it is no different as many people have been seduced into believing they can be God or god-like and can thus fully control their destiny and obtain whatever they desire in the world (this is known as the Law of Attraction – a basic principle of witchcraft and Wicca).
Rhonda Byrne’s The Secret, one of the best selling books of all time, takes this New Age deception to the extreme. The book, heavily promoted by Oprah Winfrey, was No. 1 on the New York Times best-seller list for 13 straight weeks, has more than 19 million copies in print and is premised on the idea that humans completely control the universe and can have god-like power to acquire wealth, fame, love and success when properly channeled. Byrne writes:
“You are God in a physical body. You are Spirit in the flesh. You are Eternal Life expressing itself as You. You are a cosmic being. You are all power. You are all power. You are magnificence. You are all intelligence . You are the creator.” The Secret, p.164.
The Secret also instructs its readers that the main way to achieve this god-like status is to use the words: “I Am”:
“When you say “I am”, the words that follow are summoning creation with a mighty force, because you are declaring it to be fact. You are stating it with certainty…Knowing this, wouldn’t it be a good idea to begin to use the two most powerful words, I AM, to your advantage? How about, “I AM receiving every good thing. I AM happy. I AM abundant. I AM healthy. I AM love. I AM always on time. I AM eternal youth…” [please note the use of caps is the author's].
The Secret teaches that you are God. And use of godly power is achieved by using the phrase “I AM” and writes it in capital letters just as the Bible does in writing God’s name. Time and time again, the occultism or Illuminati beliefs will take their origin from the Bible and twist just as Satan did in the Garden of Eden. The first Commandment God gave was “I am the LORD thy God, ….Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” (Exodus 20:2-3). And that “other god” does not have to be a god of another religion. It can be yourself. Thinking of yourself as God is an extreme form of rebellion and is at the heart of sin in society today. And for the every day, non-celebrity it is no different. While you may not think “I am a god!”, making decisions that you know are against God’s law, deciding you know better, or just saying “God not exist”, is setting yourself up on the throne as God of your life. And the current culture of self-idolatry, self-promotion and “doing whatever you like” makes it easy to slip into this rebellion.
To no surprise, doing whatever you feel is the foundation of Satanism and Illuminati Luciferian beliefs. The Satanic Bible states: “The Satanist realizes that man, and the action and reaction of the universe is responsible for everything.” “Man, the animal is the godhead to the Satanist.” “Every man is a god if he chooses to recognize himself as one…. treat yourself like the king (god) that you are…” (pp.89,96). Infamous Satanist, 33rd Degree Freemason and occultist Aleister Crowley wrote: “The true God is man. In man are all things hidden” (Magick in Theory and Practice, p. 285). So whether or not one is aware of it, by siding with their own thoughts and rules over God, a person unwittingly slips into Satan’s false religion of Self-Worship.
Enter Pop Culture
Today’s celebrity culture has become modern-day idol worship. The media has bombarded society with the faces and fame of celebrities to the point that they have become the gods and goddesses for many people today who buy their products, plaster their rooms with photos and images of celebrities or wear clothes bearing the image of their “idols.” And celebrities have ran with the idea mixed in with their own false theology to be so bold as to use God’s name for themselves. The use of the name “I AM” has exploded in recent years. G. Craige Lewis is the head of EX Ministries, and creator of the very successful “Truth Behind Hip Hop” series, has done extensive sermons on the influence of satanism and the occult in hip hop. Lewis summed up much of the spiritual foundation in the genre:
“Hip Hop is wicked because it is a subculture influenced by false religious beliefs from the Universal Zulu Nation, Nation of Islam, 5 Percent Nation of Gods and Earths, Rastafarianism, and other religions, and believes that the Black man is god and denies the supremacy of Jesus Christ as the only way to eternal life.” (source)
So whether it’s the Secret, the Law of Attraction of the Zulu Nation, the world provides many spiritual paths for pop stars to believe they can become gods or goddesses. And using the name of God from the Bible is just a way of making that “affirmation.” Here are just a few examples.
Nas who has repeatedly attacked Christianity in his lyrics wanted the original cover for his first album, “Illmatic” to picture him attacking Jesus on the cross (he was not permitted to). A lyric from one of his early songs states: “When I was 12, I went to hell for snuffing Jesus”. And here is Nas on a cross himself, mocking the crucifixion of Jesus in the video for the song “Hate Me Now”.
Below is Jay-Z, on a cover for a mixtape that quotes a line from his song “The Takeover”:
The takeover, the break’s over n—,
The God MC, me, Jay-Hova
Jay-Z, who in many articles has been allegedly linked to the Illuminati and Freemasonry, repeatedly refers to himself as “Jay-Hova”, an obvious reference to the name of God from the Bible. In a song called “D’Evils” Jay-Z raps:
“I never prayed to God, I prayed to Gotti,
That’s right it’s wicked, that life I live it,
Ain’t askin for forgiveness for my sins..”
And here is a shirt made by Jay-Z’s Rocawear clothing line after his return from a brief retirement:
Beyonce, the wife of Jay-Z, has also used the name of God for herself:
And here is another photo with the satanic Baphomet image (we explain Beyonce’s use of the Baphomet symbol in our article “Nikki Minaj, Beyonce and the Cult of Demon Possession”) on display:
The back cover of the album jacket for soul group Earth, Wind and Fire’s “I AM” album.
And here is the front of the album cover:
Mary J. Blige
Rapper The Game
Kool G Rap
And here is a clip of Oprah Winfrey, one of the greatest promoters of New Age Spirituality and the notion that , discussing the book “A New Earth” with New Age author Eckhart Tolle, which promotes a borderless global society, dismissing notions of Heaven or Hell and other New Age concepts. In 2008, Oprah taught an online webinar with Tolle based on this book that over 35 million people participated in. Once again the conversation comes back to a person taking on the “I AM”, the name of God:
The Real ‘I AM’
Jesus Christ did not hesitate to confirm that He is the “I AM.” During His earthly ministry as He preached and performed numerous miracles, Jesus was repeatedly challenged by the religious leadership in Israel as to what was the source of His power and authority. The Pharisees refused to see Jesus as sent of God, even though He preached Old Testament scripture to them over and over again and performed miracles that the Bible said the Messiah would perform. In on exchange, after Jesus told His followers: “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed” meaning that by believing in Him as the Savior would lead to freedom from sin and wrath and into eternal life through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross. The Pharisees challenged this statement about being “set free” because they felt as descendants of Abraham, and part of the blood lineage of the 12 tribes of Israel they were in right standing with God. Jesus was trying to inform them that it took faith in Him to receive eternal life and responded:
Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death. Then said the Jews unto him, Now we know that thou hast a [demon inside of you]. Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and thou sayest, If a man keep my saying, he shall never taste of death. Art thou greater than our father Abraham, which is dead? and the prophets are dead: whom makest thou thyself? Jesus answered, If I honour myself, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God: Yet ye have not known him; but I know him: and if I should say, I know him not, I shall be a liar like unto you: but I know him, and keep his saying. Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad. Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham? Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you Before Abraham was, I am. (John 8:51-58)
Jesus’ statement was affirming that He is the “I AM.” He, the Son of God, and God The Father were one. His statement was immediately understood to be a claim to divinity, as can be told by the next verse where the Pharisees gathered rocks to stone him for His statements. In John Chapter 10, Jesus was preaching and once again the Pharisees tried to stone Him:
31Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him. 32Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me? 33The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God. (John 10:31-33)
“I Am” is a title in the Bible that clearly means one is God. Jesus rightfully proclaimed to the people “I Am” because as the Son of God, He and God are truly one in the same. Jesus is the real “I Am”, not any pop star or “idol” of entertainment today. And though they may try and claim “godhood” it just a deception as there is only one God who exists in three person (Father, Son and Holy Spirit). And in Jesus’ victory on the cross, now His Name has been elevated above all others. The Bible says of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross where He took the punishment for the sins of humanity:
And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 1And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:8-11)
The use of the title “I AM” in music today is just another part a of disturbing, evil spiritual trend infiltrating entertainment and pop culture and being subtly given to society. Thanks to celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, Jay-Z, L’il Wayne and other Illuminati entertainers the move away from Godly values and embrace of sin and the occult is accelerating even faster. The blasphemous use of God’s name, the delusion of thinking humans can become gods and the descent into sin is the same trap that Satan has been setting for humanity since the Garden of Eden. This is why it is more important than ever to know the truth which is the Word of God found in the Bible. As the world moves closer to the end times, music and entertainment has taken on a more spiritual nature and faith in Jesus Christ, the true “I AM” will give spiritual discernment to not fall for the Devil’s devices but also provide eternal life. So are you going make yourself God or listen to the Word of the True God and Creator of the Universe?
God loves all people and His will is that we live forever in fellowship with Him, which is why He sent Jesus Christ. Jesus is the true Savior and Son of God and instead of taking His name, we should be pointing people to the Gospel so they can worship and exalt it. As the Bible states, at some point every person who has ever lived will bow when they hear the name of Jesus. The only difference is whether you will do it willingly in life or in fear and guilt after being judged in death. Do not be deceived.