Get Off Of My Cloud

Music HighwayOne morning a few months ago, it being very early for an appointment, I decided to go to a Dunkin’ Donuts nearby for a coffee and a sesame seed bagel (toasted with butter). And as I was looking through a book I brought along, it became difficult for me to read. The background music in the shop was rock and roll.

Now, when I read or write, I normally require quiet, so any amount of noise, a TV or radio on will be a huge distraction. That is how I am wired.

Don’t get me wrong. I love music – most styles and genres. But in order to be focused, I need silence. Anyway, I kept trying to read and write along with my cup of coffee until a familiar rock song in the background caught my attention. I now had my ears fully tuned on it. The Rolling Stones were singing, Get Off Of My Cloud which was one of their earlier hits in the mid 1960’s (1965 to be exact). All of a sudden my thoughts were on the lyrics: “Hey! You!  Get off of my cloud!  Hey! You! Get off of my cloud!”

Why did lead singer, Mick Jagger, of this rock group want someone off his cloud? What got him so riled up that caused him to sing this? I later did some research and learned that Mick Jagger was reacting to the constant interruptions and high expectations that followed the huge success of his previous hit song, Satisfaction.

Paradise_Lost_

Satan being cast down from heaven.

As I continued listening to the song, a thought ignited and grew. This thought kept churning in my mind. It got crazier and crazier. Wait minute! I grabbed my pen and started scribbling:  “Why was Satan thrown out of heaven?”

Satan’s removal from heaven was a giant expulsion!  According to Luke 10:18, Jesus Christ made a remarkable statement:

And He said to them,”I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.” 

This was no free fall occurring here! Remember, Satan is a spirit being having no mass. There was no force of gravity at work causing him to fall. Satan was forcibly thrown out.

Why? What events caused him to be ejected from the paradise of heaven? What was Satan doing up there that apparently caused a commotion? Was he there for so long a time he caused the good angels to become upset? Did many of them get so fed up with him that God finally told Satan and his demons, “Get off of my cloud!”?

Satan On Earth
The being that is known as Satan which in Hebrew means, Adversary, describes opposition and resistance against God.

And … soon after being expurgated from heaven …..

Kabaam!!! We see Satan appearing where we would least expect him – in the garden of Eden, a perfect environment newly constructed by God. God had allowed him to take the form of a serpent! (Genesis 3:1).

Adam, beforehand, had given names to all kinds of cute (and some not so cute) animals that had just been created. And one of them was a snake that apparently Satan took advantage of. God allowed it! What was God thinking?!

Satan nowadays continues to appear where we would least expect him. Today! In religious organizations and in Christian homes – 2 Corinthians 11:3!! Everywhere!

“The Shining One”
Satan is able to transform himself as an angel of light – 2 Corinthians 11:14
He is a master of deception.
He is a murderer and a liar. His motive is murder, his method is to lie. – John 8:44
He slanders the character of God.
He constantly accuses us Christians before God as sinning hypocrites (Revelation 12:9-10).
He would rather get us to believe a lie rather than believe a truth (Matthew 24:23-24).

Clouds - coverTherefore, Here Are Some Thoughts & Questions
Lucifer was the original name of this created being; a cherub created by God ages ago. But, subsequently, as Satan, much of the problems that the earth experiences came about directly due to his perverted influence – the spirit and power in the air (Ephesians 2:1-2).

Yes, Adam and Eve were responsible for bringing death to all of mankind because of their disobedience, but Satan was the original instigator.

* Why was he sent down to earth? Why did God not send him to hell in the first place?

* What was he (Satan) doing in the garden of Eden?

* Could Lucifer’s rebellion and transformation been prevented?

* And where were the demons (fallen angels who followed Lucifer’s rebellion) when Satan was thrown out of heaven? Were they thrown out along with him? I believe they were (Revelation 12:9)! They are now all on earth! What was God thinking!

* Wait a minute! Is this account in Revelation 12:9 a different removal of Satan from heaven than the one Jesus spoke of in Luke 10:18 (mentioned earlier)? Why do I ask? Several times, the order of events presented in the book of Revelation are out of sequence. This Bible book of Revelation must often be read cautiously.

I can continue asking more questions. But, Satan or no Satan, no one, on the other hand, can fully fathom or understand how God thinks in all this! All that has happened in history was all in God’s mind ahead of time! What is now happening in world events God already knew! What will happen yet ahead God already knows.

And, And and And, no one can come close to fully understanding, at this time, the mystery of WHO God is – His very essence and nature. Yes, I know, that is a whole different topic altogether about the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, but, we Christians one day will see Him as He is – and also this evil being, Satan and his minions, or demons. One day we will. When? Beginning at the moment we rise up to see the returning Jesus Christ and meet Him in the clouds.

Get Off of My Cloud

Single (vinyl, 45 rpm)

Get Off Of My Cloud (1965)
lyrics – Mick Jagger, Keith Richards
music – Mick Jagger, Keith Richards
sung by – The Rolling Stones
genre – Rock & Roll, Blues
side B – I’m Free (uSA); The Singer Not the Song (UK)
album – December’s Children (And Everybody’s)

 

I live on an apartment
On the ninety-ninth floor of my block
And I sit at home lookin’ out the window
Imaginin’ the world has stopped

Then in flies a guy
Who’s all dressed up just like the Union Jack
And says, I’ve won five pounds
If I have his kind of detergent pack

December's Children

Album

I said, “Hey! You! Get off of my cloud!
Hey! You! Get off of my cloud!
Hey! You! Get off of my cloud!
Don’t hang around boy two’s a crowd.
On my cloud baby.”

The telephone is ringin’
I say, “Hi, it’s me, who is it there on the line?”
A voice says, “Hi, hello, how are you?
Well, I guess I’m doin’ fine”

It’s three a.m., there’s too much noise
Don’t you people ever wanna go to bed?
‘Cause you feel so good
Do you have to drive me out of my head?

Decca

7-inch, single, 45 RPM, USA labael (source 45cat.com)

I said, “Hey! You! Get off of my cloud!
Hey! You! Get off of my cloud!
Hey! You! Get off of my cloud!
Don’t hang around boy two’s a crowd.
On my cloud baby.”

I was sick and tired, fed up with this
And decided to take a drive downtown
It was so very quiet and peaceful
There was nobody, not a soul around

I laid myself out
I was so tired and I started to dream
In the mornin’ the parkin’ tickets were just like a flag
Stuck on my window screen

London

7-inch, single, 45 RPM, UK label (source 45cat.com)

I said, “Hey! You! Get off of my cloud!
Hey! You! Get off of my cloud!
Hey! You! Get off of my cloud!
Don’t hang around boy two’s a crowd.
On my cloud baby.”

I said, “Hey! You! Get off of my cloud!
Hey! You! Get off of my cloud!
Hey! You! Get off of my cloud!
Don’t hang around boy two’s a crowd.
On my cloud baby.”

 

This entry was posted in Angels, Music, Satan and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

Comments are closed.