“I feel the symbolism behind Judas and the metaphor is actually beckoning for you to lean forward, and say, ‘Okay, what is this she’s really trying to say, what is this really about,’ and I think it liberates the word [Judas] in a lot of ways. It takes the negative into the positive.” — Lady Gaga
With much hype, controversy and media anticipation Lady Gaga’s video for the song “Judas” finally debuted to millions of views ( it can be viewed here). The mega pop star sought to shock the world with her song “Judas” an ode to the disciple who betrayed Jesus Christ and for thirty pieces of silver agreed to help have Jesus arrested and unlawfully executed. In the video Lady Gaga plays Mary Magdalene, a disciple of Jesus Christ in the Bible. However in the video, Mary Magdalene is in a romantic relationship with Jesus and is caught in a love triangle between Jesus and Judas and ultimately chooses Judas. Both the relationship between Mary Magdalene and Jesus, along with the elevation of Judas are hallmarks of Gnosticism, a mystical spin-off of Christianity that takes all of the Biblical concepts and turns them upside down.
In Gnosticism Lucifer or Satan is actually a liberator who was sent from the unknowable, remote, God to bring “light” and wake up humanity who is trapped in the prison of the material world. Thus in contrast to the Bible, the serpent’s offer to Eve in the Garden of Eden, which helped bring sin and death into the world, was really the offer of the secret knowledge or Gnosis. This Gnosis allows man to raise his consciousness and become god. Additionally, in the Gnostic texts, Judas, the villain of the Bible, was a hero who worked together with Jesus. All of these ideas go completely against the basic truths of the Christian faith and the video’s imagery puts them on display.
Gaga’s Love for Judas
The video for Judas opens up with a biker gang driving on a highway. From the biker jackets we quickly note that this is supposed to be a depiction of “Jesus and the Twelve Disciples.” Gaga is riding with “Jesus” but soon, Judas shoots ahead of the pack and captures her attention. It is clear from the shot that Gaga is captivated by Judas who gives her a glance as he pulls off. So the video confirms the lyrics and the Gnostic understanding: the choosing of giving one’s love to Judas over Jesus. At the same time the symbols of Jesus as a part of a biker gang distort His true image as God and creator of the universe and makes Him much more like a regular human.
When he comes to me, I am ready
I’ll wash his feet with my hair if he needs
Forgive him when his tongue lies through his brain
Even after three times, he betrays me
The opening verses of the song also set the Gnostic tone. The lyrics take moments from the Gospels experienced by Jesus Christ (the washing of His feet which was done to worship Him, being denied three times by the Apostle Peter) and credits them to Judas. This is what Gaga called “turning the negative into the positive”, which is precisely what the Gnostic Gospels try to do by twisting the Biblical account. In the Gnostic Gospel of Judas, the traitorous Judas is portrayed as a hero who was actually given special knowledge from Jesus that no other disciple received. And the supposed “betrayal” was nothing more than a pre-set plan between Jesus and Judas to appear Jesus was going to be killed. The book then goes on to deny the resurrection of Christ. This is a preaching of a different Jesus altogether than the Jesus of the Bible. The Biblical authors were so concerned about this dangerous spiritual heresy that the Bible says if anyone preaches a changed Gospel, or speaks of a different Jesus or different Holy Spirit, “let them be accursed.”
I’m just a Holy fool, oh baby he’s so cruel
But I’m still in love with Judas, baby
The Gospel of Judas account also says that Jesus told Judas that the creation of story of Genesis was not true and that Jesus laughed at His disciples as they prayed. It would indeed be foolish to believe in these heresies. The Gnostic Gospels were written 200-300 years after the New Testament and were never considered a part of the Bible.
Gaga as Mary Magdalene
“Symbolism is the language of the Mysteries; in fact it is the language not only of mysticism and philosophy but of all Nature, for every law and power active in universal procedure is manifested to the limited sense perceptions of man through the medium of symbol. Every form existing in the diversified sphere of being is symbolic of the divine activity by which it is produced. By symbols men have ever sought to communicate to each other those thoughts which transcend the imitations of language. Rejecting man-conceived dialects as inadequate and unworthy to perpetuate divine ideas, the Mysteries thus chose symbolism as a far more ingenious and ideal method of preserving their transcendental knowledge. In a single figure a symbol may both reveal and conceal, for to the wise the subject of the symbol is obvious, while to the ignorant the figure remains inscrutable. Hence, he who seeks to unveil the secret doctrine of antiquity must search for that doctrine not upon the open pages of books which might fall into the hands of the unworthy but in the place where it was originally concealed.” –Manly P. Hall, The Secret Teachings of All Ages p. 38
“I try to write from a really honest place when I write pop music and carry the song into a more deep and more symbolic visual…” — Lady Gaga
Now before the video was even released Gaga’s video director made it clear that in the video Gaga is playing Mary Magdalene. The notion that Mary Magdalene was not just a disciple, but the wife and mother of the children of Jesus was heavily promoted by Dan Brown’s DaVinci Code (it’s mentioned five times in the book) based primarily on a book that cites the Gnostic Gospel of Philip. This novel is very important example as the DaVinci Code went on to be one of the greatest selling fiction book of all time with over 80 million copies sold. This book (not to mention its subsequent movie and copycat novels by other authors), took the indoctrination of society into what Manly P. Hall calls “The Mysteries” into warp speed. The symbols, conveyed through the depiction of characters and scenes, are more valuable than words in the way they can affect the subconscious. At the same time, these Gnostic ideas seek to damage the credibility of the Holy Bible.
There are many problems with the claim that Jesus was married. For one, the Bible never states this, nor hints at any type of special relationship between Jesus and Mary Magdalene. She was one of many women who traveled in the group of people who followed Jesus Christ and the Disciples. Additionally, no secular historical source that we have today claims that Jesus was married. And certainly there was no love triangle that involved Judas. But that does not stop the video from providing a visual of it:
I couldn’t love a man so purely
Even darkness forgave his crooked way
In this effort to redeem the name of Judas, the song suggests forgiveness of Judas or the “bad ex-boyfriend for his treachery.” But even as a metaphor, it is not accurate to compare an ex-boyfriend’s mistreatment to Judas betraying the Messiah. But the video repeatedly seeks to reinforce the “normalcy” of Jesus. This is taken to another level in one of the big scenes in the video.
The imagery of “Jesus”, Judas and Mary Magdalene in a tub is offensive and blasphemous in its own right. Jesus Christ is the foundation of Christianity. The entire faith rests upon His life, death, resurrection and testimony. To distort or alter His character in any way that is different from what the Bible states is to attack Christianity at its core. And this video represents one of the worst portrayals of Jesus ever produced. But because of the star power and media support Gaga receives, her blasphemy is written off as “creative art” or “freedom.” (However, one only need to remember the widespread criticism and condemnation of Florida Pastor Terry Jones in using his “freedom” to burn a Koran or the immediate censoring of a cartoon image of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad on South Park by Cartoon Network once they learned that Muslims were offended by it. Christianity gets no such respect. )
Enter The Lady in Red
As Gaga starts her dance number she is in a red outfit. This is another powerful Gnostic symbol. In Gnostic/Illuminati-themed movies the character of the Lady in Red seems to always make an appearance. “The Lady in Red” serves as a temptress or prostitute, who lures the hero into evil. It is also another title for Mary Magdalene. In the ‘Guide to Meditation’ published by the Gnostic Magdalene Church, describes a ritual to provide union with the goddess Mary Magdalene as : “This is a basic self-initiation and meditation with St. Mary of Magdal, Our Lady in Red.” p. 34
In addition to being the consort of Jesus Christ, the Lady in Red has two other roles:
- To seduce those who are good into a new way of thinking that is against the established God and order of the world.
- To provide a pathway for her followers to obtain godhood and “liberation.”
Gaga is achieving both by her repeated use of symbols and lyrics that are indoctrinating her fans into the occult and mystery religion. Today the Lady in Red is successfully getting millions of people in their homes, dance clubs and cars all over the world to sing of their love for Judas, one of the most evil people in Christianity. Pop Culture in general has lowered the bar for morality at a rapid rate, whether it is its celebration of criminal behavior, violence and sexual immorality. This is part of a great spiritual infiltration.
The Bible on the other hand provides the true identity of this “Lady”: “.. and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. 4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: 5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.” Mystery Babylon in the Bible is the harlot prostitute signifying a system that pulls society into sinful corruption to prepare it for the arrival of the Antichrist.
Gaga’s Lyrics celebrate the role of the Lady in Red:
In the most Biblical sense,
I am beyond repentance
Fame hooker, prostitute wench, vomits her mind
Other depictions of this Lady are seen in ‘The Matrix’, one of the greatest Gnostic-themed film ever made.
In the film “The Devil’s Advocate”, Keanu Reeves (there he goes again) plays a lawyer who is unwittingly offered a job to work for a man who is actually Satan. Connie Nielsen in this film plays the Lady in Red who was sent by Satan to seduce Reeves into to working for the Devil by committing adultery with her.The Lady in Red – Working for Satan.”
The Lady in Red goes by many names but one of the most common is’ Sophia’. And this goddess figure can also be pictured with red hair. In the DaVinci Code the main female character, who eventually finds out that she is supposedly a descendant of Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene, and thus “divine”, is named Sophia.
And just in case there was still any doubt of the connection between the Lady in Red symbol and Mystery Babylon, the Ordo Templi Orientis, an esoteric society brought to prominence by the infamous Satanist Aleister Crowley, has its official website titled “scarletwoman.org”
The Woman in red or Mystery Babylon symbolizes spiritual adultery that leads away from the good and towards the the Mysteries: practices of spirit channeling, meditation and other esoteric And this woman in the bible sits atop the Beast of Revelation which is symbolic of the preparation for the Antichrist. Today countless videos, movies and pop culture entertainment is bombarding society with images of these “Mysteries.” As one of the foremost Gnostics of the 20th Century, and founder of the New Age movement, Alice Bailey stated: “There is no question, therefore, that the work to be done in familiarising the general public with the nature of the Mysteries is of paramount importance at this time.” (The Externalisation of the Hierarchy). So whether it’s churches practicing meditation or yoga, children getting into the occult and witchcraft or people singing their love for Judas, the indoctrination is at work.
The Bible’s Warning
The practice of meditation and channeling/communicating with the dead is strictly prohibited in the Bible. 10 There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch. 11 Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. 12 For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD..” (Deuteronomy 18)
God, in His Mercy and Wisdom, knew that these practices can actually work but they are invoking evil spirits and demons. Just as Eve had no idea she was having a conversation with Satan, so to are many deceived into thinking they are speaking to someone from their past, a dead celebrity or even a Biblical figure, whe participating in occult practices such as these.
In fact, the Bible in the book of Colossians, was already rebuking and debunking the early Gnostics. Paul gave a stern warning to the church of Collosae, who was being infiltrated by early Gnostic thought, that put more focus on the human mind and its power and ability for salvation, than God:
“..to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; 3 In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. 4 And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words… 8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. 9For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. 10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:.” Paul is clarifying that Jesus Christ is God and we access God, through Him, not through ourselves. The wisdom and knowledge of the world was all found in Jesus Christ, despite the attempts of the Judas video to change that idea.
The final scenes of the video take place in the “Electro Chapel.” The entrance has a sun symbol underneath it. This is an example of the subtle work of spiritual infiltration. Sun worship is an important theme in the occult mysteries. It symbolizes Lucifer (Satan) bringing the “divine light” to humanity that allows us to attain godhood. This symbol should never be on a church or in the pagan-infused art that depicts Jesus with the sun behind him.
In the Biblical Gospels there was no ‘hidden knowledge’: Jesus instructed His teaching to be shared with every person in every nation on Earth. Christianity is not a secret society or order in any way. And entrance into the family of God cannot be earned (it’s a free gift from The Lord God), which means there is no special hierarchy. Notions that the material world is the only thing holding us back from being “gods” are nothing but “philosophy and vain deceit.”
Who is Judas?
I wanna love you,
But something’s pulling me away from you
Jesus is my virtue,
Judas is the demon I cling to
I cling to
Gaga’s characterization of Judas as a demon is very telling. While most people know who Judas is from the Bible, there are two lesser-known facts that he shares in common with the Antichrist.
1) Judas was actually possessed by Satan. When Jesus was asked by His disciples who would betray Him something unprecedented happened: “….Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me. … 25 He then lying on Jesus’ breast saith unto him, Lord, who is it? 26 Jesus answered, He it is, to whom I shall give a sop, when I have dipped it. And when he had dipped the sop, he gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon. 27 And after the sop Satan entered into him. Then said Jesus unto him, That thou doest, do quickly”. (John 13).
While there are many people in the Bible who are possessed by demonic spirits, Judas is the only person in the entire Scripture who is possessed by Satan himself. The only other figure who is even said to have Satanic empowerment is the Antichrist.
2) Judas is called “the son of perdition” — When Jesus knew the time of His crucifixion was approaching He prayed for His disciples in one of the most beautiful passages in the Scriptures in John 17. During that prayer, Jesus tells God that He has watched over all of the Disciples who were put in His charge, but makes an exception: 12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled. (John 17).
Jesus prays in this passage letting God know that He has successfully watched over all of the Disciples, except for the traitor Judas and calls him “the son of perdition.” This again is significant because that is a title again only given to one other person in the Bible: the Antichrist. The Bible clearly prophesies that the Antichrist will come into power and rule the Earth for 3 and 1/2 years, empowered by Satan before Jesus Christ returns and destroys him. But this False Messianic Antichrist is not going to come to power by force or by being a tyrant. He is going to present himself as someone benevolent, peaceful and unifying. Someone who is like Jesus. And a quick way to make this possible is to constantly distort and damage the image of the real Messiah Jesus Christ. The more this is done, the more acceptable an imposter Messiah will be.
So for Lady Gaga to be revering Judas, even in the name of art, at a minimum is blasphemous and is also giving “symbolic” reference to the most evil and sinful of beings, who is empowered by Satan himself. So the “clinging” to this “demon” is setting another anti-Christian tone. And this would not be the first video in which this has happened.
While many videos of Gaga have been filled with occult imagery, the video for Alejandro provided a clear anti-Christian image:
Wearing a mock nun’s suit made of latex with FOUR upside-down crosses on them. Not to mention that she is flashing the infamous Luciferian “all seeing eye” pose. Once again it is pretty blatant what the symbolic message is here. Even for an artist who says she is not trying to send a religious message. (Imagine if she was really trying?)
The Judas video has set a new standard for blasphemy and distorting the Bible and the image of Jesus Christ. It is a part of growing current of entertainment that promotes Biblical heresies to society all in the name of entertainment. But the effects much more lingering after the song ends. The Bible predicted that this type of attack on the faith would occur: 2 Corinthians 11:1 Would to God ye could bear with me a little in my folly: and indeed bear with me. 2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. 3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. 4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.
The Apostle Paul wrote this passage with fear because he knew that Satan would: 1) use ANY means to beguile and fool people into following him (which would include music, movies, etc.) 2) Belief systems would emerge that would change who Jesus is and what the Gospel of the Bible says and that 3) it would be subtle. And we have seen in society today, that same subtle force moving the standards for morality lower and lower. And as we mentioned above the move against Christianity is in full swing. Mocking, insulting or blasphemous depictions are fair game. Whether you are Christian or not, we should be respectful of the religions and faith of other people. This is a Christian site but we roundly criticized Terry Jones at the point he was even considering burning a Koran (even though it’s his right). Similarly, others should not so strongly mock the Christian faith by blasphemous portrayals of our Savior and God, Jesus Christ. On a deeper level, all people should be wary of the movement taking place in pop culture. The faiths of ancient times are re-emerging and many of these elevate the one figure who is “beyond repentance”: Lucifer. Do not be deceived, symbols and images are more influential and powerful than we know.
True Christianity needs no symbol. It is founded upon Jesus Christ, who is still alive in Heaven. He is not just a highly trained mystic. He is God, The Savior and provides the way for us to go to Heaven. Despite what is said, the Bible has never changed on that point. And He offers free salvation and eternal life to all people, including Lady Gaga. No matter how much someone insults, mocks or changes the image of Jesus, He will still love them and freely offer forgiveness. Let’s pray that is the case here.