“That’s when I went to the crossroads and made a big deal.” – Bob Dylan (No Direction Home, Martin Scorsese, 2005)
“I made a bargain with … the Chief Commander … [of] this earth, and the world we can’t see.” – Bob Dylan (60 Minutes, 2009)
As of October 13, 2016, Bob Dylan can add one more trophy to his impressive worldly accolades: Nobel Laureate. Dylan was just awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature and hailed for having “created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.”
Dylan has been dubbed the world’s “greatest living poet,” the “inventor of folk rock” and “the most important figure in pop-culture history.” Rolling Stone magazine called Dylan’s song, Like a Rolling Stone, the “number one song of all time.”
Bob Dylan sang in his song, Gotta Serve Somebody, “Well, it may be the Devil or it may be the Lord, but you’re gonna have to serve somebody.” It doesn’t take long, when examining the spiritual decisions Dylan made to become rich and famous, to discern on the basis of his own confession, he is not serving the Lord, but the Devil!
Dylan leaves little to the imagination as to who he is serving when asked by Ed Bradley of 60 Minutes, why he is still out there performing after all these years (five decades now). Dylan gives a chilling answer regarding a bargain he made with an invisible spiritual entity that he feels he must keep:
Dylan: Well, it goes back to that destiny thing. You know, I made a bargain with it, you know, long time ago. I’m holding up my end.
Bradley: What was your bargain?
Dylan: Get where I am now.
Bradley: Should I ask who you made the bargain with?
Dylan: With the Chief . . . you know, the chief commander.
Bradley: On this earth?
Dylan: This earth, and the world we can’t see.
Dylan is acutely aware that there is a spiritual world of wicked spirits that Satan leads. The apostle Paul warned:
“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:11-12)
This idea of consciously surrendering one’s eternal soul to Satan in exchange for fame and fortune has been rife in pop music since its inception. In our eye popping video expose “They Sold Their Souls for Rock and Roll” we document the occult history of pop music and reveal admissions by top artists from John Lennon, Jim Morrison and Jimi Hendrix to Prince, Madonna and Michael Jackson regarding issues ranging from channeling songs, Spiritism, Satanism, selling one’s soul and demonic possession. In our upcoming and highly anticipated video update (now in production), we expose the same occult phenomena and messaging among today’s top artists from Katy Perry, Kanye West, Jay Z, Kesha, Rihanna and Drake to Ariana Grande, Salena Gomez and Beyonce (and many more).
While Bob Dylan’s admission on 60 Minutes to having made a bargain with the unseen entity that rules the wicked world is more common than most people know, Jesus resisted a far greater temptation from the evil one. Satan offered Jesus worldly power over the nations of the world in exchange for Jesus’ worship, but Jesus rebuked Satan and declared:
“Be gone, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God and Him only shall you serve.’” (Matthew 4:1-11).
Three times Jesus referred to Satan as the ruler of the fallen world system (John 12:31; 14:30; 16:11) and the apostle Paul referred to him as the “god of this world” (2 Cor. 4:3-4) “who works through the children of disobedience” to guide “the course of this world.” (Ephesians 2:1-2)
Dylan at the Crossroads
In the early 1960’s Dylan, aspiring to become the next big rock star like Elvis Presley, was devoid of any formal musical training; Dylan couldn’t sing, wasn’t writing songs and was a subpar guitar player. However, like the legendary bluesman, Robert Johnson, who sang “Me and the Devil … walkin’ side by side,” and who claimed he sold his soul to the Devil at the crossroads, Dylan also claimed that he went to the crossroads and came back a different man. Dylan stated:
“That’s when I went to the crossroads and made a big deal. You know, like shewww, you know. One, one night, and then, uh, went back to Minneapolis, and it was like, ‘Hey, uh, where’s this guy been? You know, He been to the crossroads.’” (Richard Grossinger, The Bardo of Waking Life, Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books, 2008)
While Dylan was not speaking literally about going to where Highway 49 intersects with Highway 61 in Clarksdale, Mississippi, where Robert Johnson reportedly surrendered to Satan for musical prowess. He was speaking of his own spiritually transformative crossroads experience, which yielded the same diabolical effect.
While Dylan has paid homage to Robert Johnson by playing Eric Clapton’s cover of Johnson’s “Crossroads” live, and even titled an album Highway 61 Revisited, Dylan’s Crossroads experience took place when he briefly left Minneapolis for Greenwich Village.
Dylan left Minneapolis a struggling and uninspiring musician and returned a man possessed, manifesting musical gifts and lyricism that were previously far beyond his own musical ability. In Martin Scorsese’s film No Direction Home, John Bucklen, Dylan’s schoolboy friend, talks about Dylan’s return to St. Paul, Minneapolis after his first trip to New York in 1961:
“He was playing at some party or something, and it was like a whole different guy. You hear those stories about the blues men who go out to the crossroads and sell their soul to the devil and come back all of a sudden able to do stuff – Robert Johnson, Tommy Johnson, that whole mythology. It was one of those kind of deals, almost. When he left Minneapolis he was just average. There were five, six other guys doing the same thing. When he came back, he was doing Woody and he was doing Van Ronk and he was fingerpicking, he was playing cross harp, and this is a matter of a couple of months. I mean, this is not like he was gone a year or anything.” (No Direction Home, Martin Scorsese, 2005)
In the same film, fellow musician Liam Clancy shares his eyewitness account of Dylan’s remarkable transformation from the musically ordinary Robert Zimmerman to Bob Dylan:
“In old Irish mythology, they talk about shape changers. Dylan changed voices. He changed images. It wasn’t really necessary for him to be a definitive person. He was a receiver. He was possessed…” (Ibid.)
Dylan not only went through a radical makeover of his person and image and suddenly excelled on various instruments, but he apparently picked up a demon that used his body as a vessel to help usher in the counter cultural revolution of the 1960’s. A revolution that introduced millions of young people to occultism, blasphemy, eastern mysticism, sexual perversion, moral decline and ilicit drug use.
It is clear from a number of interviews with Dylan through the years that he himself doesn’t understand some of his own lyrics, and that a spiritual entity he gives credit to has helped him along the way. In an interview conducted by Karen Hughes, she asked Dylan if he wrote “like a medium,” and he told her that his compositions were not coming “from him,” but “it’s just coming through him,” and that “a melody just happens to appear,” and “the words come in and out.” He went on to tell Hughes that sometimes “I’ve written songs in five minutes complete…” (Source)
In the same 60 Minutes interview where Dylan admitted he felt bound to fulfill the youthful bargain he made with an invisible entity, Dylan explained that he can no longer write songs like his early ones, and that they were beyond his own writing ability, and were given to him through a “penetrating magic”:
“They were all, those early songs they were almost magically written, ‘Darkness at the break of noon, Shadows even the silver spoon, The handmade blade, the child’s balloon, Eclipses both the sun and moon, To understand you know too soon, There is no sense in trying’ well, try to sit down and write something like that. There’s a magic to that and its not Siegfried & Roy kind of magic, you know, it’s a different kind of penetrating magic.” (Source)
Dylan changed his name from Zimmerman to Dylan, owing to the influence of Dylan Thomas. In Bob Dylan’s memoir, he admits that he had been influenced by Dylan Thomas. Dylan Thomas claimed that his greatest influence was Victor Neuburg, a master occultist who himself was one of Satanist Aleister Crowley’s most prominent disciples. Neuberg was the first to bring Dylan Thomas to prominence and published his first works.
Crowley, born into privilege, was a self proclaimed Antichrist who signed his name on letters “the beast 666” and was appropriately dubbed “the wickedest man in the world” in the early 19th century. Crowley, a Satanist organizer, often used “magick” as an excuse to exercise his homosexual and sadistic tendencies and performed homosexual “sex magick” on Neuberg, which included whipping him with a bundle of nettles and drawing blood with 32 lashes using a switch. These magical workings were said to have eventually opened up Neuberg more and more to the demonic realm that both he and Crowley served.
Crowley claimed that he was being used by Satan (who he also identified as “Aiwass”) to usher in the age of Antichrist, which he called the Age of Horus, symbolized by the hawk headed Egyptian god Horus. Crowley stated that this new satanic age would replace Christianity and wrote in his Book of the Law, via automatic writing, “With my Hawk’s head I peck at the eyes of Jesus as he hangs upon the cross.”
Bob Dylan’s official logo (shown above earlier in this article) features the eye of Horus at the bottom. This symbol was used by Crowley as one of the emblems for the coming new aeon of Antichrist/Horus. Incidentally, both Dylan and Crowley made the front cover of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album (click image at left for larger view).
Dylan would also show his affinity for the occult by depicting the occult tarot card of the Empress on the back of his album Desire.
While it appears that Dylan made at least a feeble attempt to escape the hellhounds on his trail by making a short stint where he claimed to have become a Christian, even writing songs reflecting this claim, he would later tell Kurt Loder of Rolling Stone magazine “I’ve never said I’m born again.” In response to Loder’s question as to whether he belonged to a church, Dylan stated, “Not really. Uh, the Church of the Poison Mind.” (Rolling Stone Magazine, “Bob Dylan, Recovering Christian,” Kurt Loder, June 21, 1984)
Jesus warned that there is no profit in serving the devil and declared:
“For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Mark 8:36-37)
Jesus also warned of the horrific punishment that will befall those who allow Satan to use them:
“If anyone causes one of these little ones–those who believe in me–to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.” (Matthew 18:6)
Let us turn from “artists” who are used as mediums by dark powers to influence us and increase human rebellion against God. There are many serious passages of Scripture that warn against allowing ourselves to be influenced by mediums:
“Do not turn to mediums or necromancers; do not seek them out, and so make yourselves unclean by them: I am the LORD your God.” (Leviticus 19:31)
“If a person turns to mediums and necromancers, whoring after them, I will set my face against that person and will cut him off from among his people.” (Leviticus 20:6)
“A man or a woman who is a medium or a necromancer shall surely be put to death. They shall be stoned with stones; their blood shall be upon them.” (Leviticus 20:27)
“When you come into the land that the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominable practices of those nations. There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering, anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead, for whoever does these things is an abomination to the LORD. And because of these abominations the LORD your God is driving them out before you.” (Deuteronomy 18:9-12)
“And when they say to you, ‘Inquire of the mediums and the necromancers who chirp and mutter,’ should not a people inquire of their God? Should they inquire of the dead on behalf of the living?” (Isaiah 8:19)
Please take time to pray for the genuine repentance and salvation of Bob Dylan and all the others who Satan is using to deceive the world (Revelation 12:11), and pray for the hundreds of millions of people they are leading astray, so “they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.” (2 Timothy 2:26)
May the Lord empower us to serve Him alone, through the gospel of Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins and rose from the dead, conquering Satan and death:
“Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, He himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death He might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery.” (Hebrews 2:14-15)
“For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.” (1 John 3:8b)
“Little children, keep yourselves from idols.” (1 John 5:21)
Let us also remember that in the end Satan will be cast into the lake of fire forever and ever with the wicked:
“And the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.” (Revelation 20:11)
Let us also rejoice in the fact that when the Lord Jesus Christ returns, He will judge the world and rule the nations (Revelation 11:15-19). As King of kings and Lord of lord’s, every knee will bow to Him, and every tongue confess that He is Lord, whether on the earth, in heaven or in hell (Philippians 2:5-11)!
I’m a Christian since 1980 and a music enthusiast since my earliest memories. I’ve obviously known about Dylan and his importance and influence on the culture in general and pop/rock music specifically for most of my life, but only after watching “No Direction Home” last week (and subsequently, MANY other interviews and documentaries/commentaries/critiques about Dylan), it really “hit” me as to the depth and power of his person and songs.
I did indeed catch the reference to the “crossroads” in No Direction Home and also the statement in the 60 minutes interview–which intrigued me. Dylan fans all say the same things about him: how could anyone that young write all those “perfect” songs that seem like wisdom far beyond his years? Well, his “bargain” would explain all of that, wouldn’t it? His lyrics are steeped from the beginning with Biblical imagery, and we know about the passage in Ezekiel that speaks of Lucifer’s “tambrels” (tambourines) that were built into him. Is that who Mr. Tambourine Man is? “I promise to go wandering…” A vow/commitment to hold up his end of the deal? Eerie and intriguing.
For someone who “made the 60’s and 70’s” and strongly influenced the very top artists in rock ‘n’ roll, he would have to have been influenced/guided by something bigger than himself.
I believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ speaks of forgiveness to lost souls. “Saul to Paul”, so to speak. God Almighty is the ultimate
judge, and only He knows what truth lives in the heart of every one of us. So, get ther behind me Satan. I pray for you to judge not…you are not God.
Thank you for the work that you do. God bless you!