Ride the Lightning – Reap Destruction

by | Nov 18, 2015

Joseph Herrin (11-18-2015)

Eagles of Death Metal – Bataclan Concert Poster (Modified)

Proverbs 6:27-28
Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned? Or can a man walk on hot coals, and his feet not be scorched?

Actions have consequences. Newton’s Third Law of Physics states “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.” Throughout the visible creation there is an inviolable law that actions have consequences. Start a fire and it will consume whatever combustible material it is put in contact with. Touch the fire and you will be burned. These are things sensible people understand. Those who are wise will conduct themselves appropriately to avoid injury.

It is also true that actions have consequences in the spiritual realm. Yahweh has said:

Galatians 6:7-8
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh shall from the flesh reap destruction, but the one who sows to the Spirit shall from the Spirit reap aionian life.

Hebrews 2:2-3
For if the word spoken through angels proved unalterable, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense, how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation?

II Peter 2:12-13
But these, like unreasoning animals, born as creatures of instinct to be captured and killed, reviling where they have no knowledge, will in the destruction of [the fallen angels] also be destroyed, suffering wrong as the wages of doing wrong.

In the kingdom of God there are also inviolable laws. Evil actions result in evil consequences. Righteous actions end in honor and blessing. Yahweh will not hold the transgressors guiltless. The wages of sin is death.

I apologize for the image at the top of this post. Even with some editing, I do not display it lightly. It is shared to reveal truth, for this was the image that appeared on the poster advertising the Eagles of Death Metal (EODM) concert recently held in Paris. Nearly 100 people lost their lives, and hundreds more were injured in the slaughter. It is no exaggeration to state that all of those gathered at the Eagles of Death Metal concert had come to participate in the worship of Satan and the mocking of God and all that is righteous. They could have done no worse had they attended a Satanic church to carry out a black mass and to mock the Son of God. If there were any truth in the media, the headlines might have read:

Devil Worshipers Killed While Committing Abominations

Since this is a story the media will not share with you, I will set forth the facts for you here. The band that was playing at the Bataclan Theater when the slaughter took place is known as the Eagles of Death Metal. The lead singer, and one of the two original founding members of this group, is Jesse
Hughes. Hughes is known by the pseudonyms J. Devil, or simply “The Devil.”

Jesse “The Devil” Hughes

One of the trademark symbols adopted by Hughes is the image of the lightning bolt. His songs frequently include the phrase “ride the lightning” in their lyrics. If you look again at the image at the top of this post, you will see the image of a lightning bolt prominently featured in the band’s logo.

The phrase “ride the lightning” is a street expression used as a reference to dying by execution in the electric chair. This expression has other meanings, however. It is also used to denote an attitude of careless resignation to the consequences of one’s actions. It is similar to the expression “Go with the flow,” yet with a more arrogant and rebellious connotation. It is such an attitude that is being promoted by the group Eagles of Death Metal.

Got The Power
by Eagles of Death Metal

Yes I ride the lightning yes I’m on the go
And when I go down slow I need more power now
It keeps me damn lucky yes I just won’t stop
I’m lit to pop oh yes I got the power now

I got a secret that I wanna tell
I’m feeling power from the pit of hell yeah
I got something to say I think I’m gonna say it
The power’s flowing and it just won’t stop
I touch a woman make the flesh burn hot
Want love to spread I think I’m gonna spread it
The secret’s easy now lend me your ear
Don’t ever hesitate there’s not a thing to fear

Oh yes I ride the lightning yes I’m on the go…

You take the power but it don’t come free
The devil charges such a hefty fee yeah
You gotta pay the piper when he comes collecting
Please don’t hurry but you can’t take long
Just give yourself up to the rock’n’roll song yeah
It’s gonna keep you strong and keep you always winning
The devil really wants to see you swim
Just take the deal and then you jump right in

Oh yes I ride the lightning yes I’m on the go…

What the lyrics of this song are conveying is that there are consequences to giving oneself up to the Satanic power of lust, but you should do it anyways. The song states that you can take the power Satan gives you to commit whatever wicked and unrighteous acts you desire, but the devil charges a hefty fee for everything he gives to those who look to him for the fulfillment of their carnal desires. Nevertheless, the lyrics encourage the listener to give themselves up to Satan and unrighteous acts, irregardless of any consequences. This attitude of indifference to the consequences of one’s actions is summed up in the repeated words “ride the lightning.”

The lightning obviously is a reference to Satan, for the Bible declares the following.

Luke 10:18-19
“I was watching Satan fall from heaven like lightning.”

What is being promoted is Satan’s own defiance of God. He chose to rebel against his Creator even at the cost of being cast out of heaven. Satan was heedless of the consequences of his actions. He chose to ride the lightning, being blinded by his pride and ambition. He would now urge mankind to embrace the same attitude of rebellion against Yahweh and His Son. The devil urges all humanity to give themselves completely over to unbridled passions and evil desires, giving no heed to the consequences.

Jesse “The Devil” Hughes has fully embraced this Satanic spirit of moral depravity. He has given himself over to sexual immorality without restraint, to drugs and alcohol. He is a depraved and debauched individual who glories in his wicked excesses.

Jesse “J. Devil” Hughes

An accompanying characteristic of this Bohemian attitude promoted by the Eagles of Death Metal is the mocking of all that is holy and righteous. To embrace the devil is to openly spurn and mock Yahweh and His Son. Jesse Hughes constantly flashes the hand symbol denoting identification with Satan. It is observed on the EODM album covers. Note the woman’s hand on her pants in the image on the Zipper Down album cover. The same symbol is flashed again on the group’s previous album release which was titled Death by Sexy.

The message being conveyed is “I don’t care what the consequences are of my actions. I am going to give myself fully, without any restraint, to the pursuit of hedonistic pleasures. I will live like the devil even if the consequences are to be judged by a holy God and cast into hell.”

Recently, Jesse Hughes was an actor in a movie titled Gutterdammerung. This is a variant of the German word Gotterdammerung which is defined in the following manner.

German Mythology. The destruction of the gods and of all things in a final battle with evil powers. The title is a translation into German of the Old Norse phrase Ragnarök, which in Norse mythology refers to a prophesied war among various beings and gods that ultimately results in the burning, immersion in water, and renewal of the world. 

The word Gutterdammerung refers to the destruction of the gods by evil powers. To apply this to reality, it is the false hope of Satan and those evil powers allied with him, that they will be able to destroy Yahweh. The anticipated war which is fast approaching will include the destruction of the world, and its rebirth in a new form. The parallels to the New World Order are evident. Satan desires to destroy the present world system in order to raise up a New World Order in which he is the recognized god of this world.

That Jesse “The Devil” Hughes would participate in this film production reveals the depth to which he has sold himself to do the will of Satan.

Jesse Hughes Poster for Gutterdammerung

There were a number of Rock musicians who participated in this Satanic movie. Among them was Iggy Pop, whose poster clearly reveals the diabolical nature of this film.

Iggy Pop in Gutterdammerung

In the image above, Iggy Pop is intended to look like a fallen angel, complete with horns protruding from the front of his head. So here is one Rock star dressed to look like the devil, and another one who calls himself “The Devil.” To say that these men are “Satan worshipers” and “disciples of Satan” should hardly be disputed. How then should the 1,500 people who purchased tickets and attended the Eagles of Death Metal concert in Paris be characterized? Were they not men and women who have also embraced the worship of Satan?

About one hour into the performance, gunmen entered the theater and began slaughtering those gathered. Just moments before the shooting began, the following photograph was taken.

Notice how many of the concert attendees have their hands raised in the sign of the devil. It was reported in the news that at the very moment the shooting began, the band was performing the song titled “Kiss the Devil.”


Following are the lyrics to this song.

Kiss The Devil

Who’ll love the devil?
Who’ll sing his song?
Who will love the devil and his song?
I’ll love the devil!
I’ll sing his song!
I will love the devil and his song!
Who’ll love the devil?
Who’ll kiss his tongue?
Who will kiss the devil on his tongue?
I’ll love the devil!
I’ll kiss his tongue
I will kiss the devil on his tongue!

This is the song the band was performing, and the crowd was singing along with, when the gunmen began their slaughter. The common phrase used to describe tongue kissing is “French Kiss.” Paris has long been known for its sexual liberation (aka sexual immorality). However, to kiss the devil on his tongue brings the debauchery to new depths of depravity. More than merely being an expression of love for Satan, kissing the devil is used to express contempt toward God and His Christ. It is to say to Yahweh, “We have chosen to align ourselves with Your adversary. We will love him and show contempt toward You.”

Brothers and sisters, actions have consequences. One truth is self-evident. Every person killed and injured at the Bataclan Theater on Friday the 13th of this month was engaged in unrighteous, profane, and blasphemous behavior at the moment of their calamity. The great folly of their actions is observed when one comes to the knowledge of the truth of spiritual matters. God so loved the world that He sent His only begotten Son to die for mankind that they might be forgiven for their sins and receive everlasting life. Satan, by contrast, comes only to kill, steal, and destroy.

At the moment these men and women were singing about kissing and loving the devil, Yahweh allowed them to have what they wanted. He removed His hand of restraint and allowed Satan to enter the building, bringing death and destruction with him. Having taken the fire of Satan to their bosom, they were burned by it.

Did the citizens of Paris learn their lesson? Did they repent of their embrace of Satan, and their rejection of God? The answer was revealed the day after the shooting when a man rolled a piano up to the front of the Bataclan Theater where a crowd was gathered, and he began to play John Lennon’s song Imagine.


John Lennon, a former member of The Beatles, was also a Satanist, as were all of the members of The Beatles.

Paul McCartney Flashing 666 Symbol, John Lennon the Sign of Satan

Following is an excerpt from the song Imagine written by John Lennon.

Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today…

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace…

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

Live for the day. Forget that there is a heaven or a hell. Do away with all religion. This was the dream John Lennon wanted all people to embrace. Did Satan reward Lennon for his service and loyalty as his disciple? It might be said that for the twenty years prior to his murder in 1980 that John Lennon was very well rewarded. He was given the ability to satiate all of his desires. He had fame, wealth, drugs, alcohol, and all the sex he wanted. Yet “on December 9, 1980, around 11 P.M., he stepped out of a limousine in front of his apartment and a man on the street asked him:“Mr. Lennon?” He answered: “Yes.” The man, Mark David Chapman, fell to his knees, held his gun with both hands, aimed and shot five bullets at him. In the records of the police investigation, it was reported that the killer had heard an interior voice of the Devil telling him to end Lennon’s life. The voice said: “Kill Lennon, he is mine and I want him.
[Source: http://www.traditioninaction.org/Cultural/D019cpLennon_Plinio.htm]

There are a great many today who are choosing to “ride the lightning,” but as much as they try, they cannot escape the consequences of their actions. In the EODM song Whorehoppin, Jesse Hughes sings the following words:

Ride lightning fast for fuel
Cross the desert at the speed of sound!
I’ve got the night and I’ve got my gun
I can’t lose cos I’m the Devil’s favorite son…

The devil has no favorite sons. He has only contempt and hatred for mankind. He will give men and women what they want for a season, but the price is exceedingly high. There is a payday that cannot be avoided. There is no refuge to be found in Satan. If man would give his love and obedience to anyone, let it be to Yahweh and His Son.

Psalms 2:11-12
Serve Yahweh with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the son, lest he be angry, and you perish in the way, for his wrath will soon be kindled. Blessed are all those who take refuge in him.

Perhaps you would not attend a concert by an openly Satanic group such as EODM. Can you say, however, that you are walking in righteousness and humility before your Creator? Are you secretly viewing pornography on the Internet, or giving your mind to fantasizing about sexual immorality? Are you listening to music that glorifies worldliness and sensuality? Are you manifesting pride in your life, or behaving rebelliously toward Yahweh’s direct or delegated authority in this world? Are you carelessly choosing to act in unrighteous ways, paying no heed to the consequences, acting as if you will never be held accountable?

Dire things are coming to this world. It is getting increasingly darker. The recent events in Paris will be repeated in nations and cities all across the world. If you do not want to pay the piper, then you must not dance with the devil.

Zephaniah 2:3
Seek Yahweh, all you humble of the land, who have kept his ordinances. Seek righteousness. Seek humility. Perhaps you will be hidden in the day of Yahweh’s anger.

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  1. mark.st

    This verse came to mind when I heard the name of the death metal group:

    For wheresoever the carcass is, there will the eagles be gathered together.
    Mat 24:28

    I just saw on the news just now a video showing one of the gunmen in Paris attempting to shoot a woman outside a restaurant at point blank range. The gun jammed and the gunman moved on. Surely the hand of God jammed that gun.

  2. SilaH

    EODM – Edom. Surely no coincidence.

  3. Joseph Herrin

    Hello Lisa,

    You will have to explain the link between the initials for this group and the name Edom. Other than the fact that they share the same letters (so do "mode," "dome," etc.) you have not provided any connection.


  4. Unknown

    is it like edom is taken from another word – demon

    GOD good
    devil (lowercase) evil


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