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Playing with the Queen of Hearts

January 14, 2016

A song was playing in my head as I woke up this morning: Queen of Hearts, by Juice Newton. It’s a song from the ‘80s and such an odd thing to pop into my mind that I felt it had to be more than a random coincidence, but rather something that God was trying to show me. The lyrics for the chorus are this:

Playing with the queen of hearts
Knowing it ain’t really smart
Joker ain’t the only fool
Who’ll do anything for you

Laying out another lie
Thinking ‘bout a life of crime
That’s what I’ll have to do
To keep me away from you

I asked God to show me what He wanted me to glean from the song and the word “Babylon” kept coming to mind. I know the references to Babylon in Scripture as the mother of all prostitutes and as a city of pride and idolatry, so decided to press in further. I did a Google search for “Babylon queen of hearts.” The first result to come up was about a comic character called the Blood Red Queen of Hearts. The description reads:

The queen of hearts is a demonic entity that possesses and moves from person to person through a playing card. She serves under the god Chaos and wishes to be his queen. Her name was once Jezebel. She resided in ancient Babylon, where she served as the high priestess for the notorious Cult of Chaos. She charmed men and women alike with her enticing beauty, a trait she would use to lure them into her cult and then later sacrifice them to the Mad-god Chaos.

The description goes on to say that she wanted immortality and continues to serve Chaos, even though he would not make her his queen, by providing human hearts in sacrifice. Scripture tells us that the heart is deceitful above all things (Jeremiah 17:9), and we also know that the devil is the father of chaos. As I was reading the description of the comic character, the following passage came to mind:

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world – the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life – is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever. (1 John 2:15-17)

I believe the song was a warning for myself and others not to be deceived by a Jezebel spirit, even in the church, or lured by worldly things, but rather to keep our eyes fixed firmly on Christ and seek only to do the Father’s will. Many will be tempted and deceived in these last days, and many will fall away from the faith (1 Timothy 4:1, Matthew 24:10), but for those who remain steadfast, there is a great reward in heaven.

During a study I did this past spring, I learned that the Hebrew letters that spell the word shalom (Shin, Lamed, Vav, Mem sofit) together mean, “To break/destroy the authority that binds us to chaos.” Yeshua is sar shalom, the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6), and we must stand on God’s Word, holding fast to His perfect peace through prayer and supplication as we face the trials to come.

Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. (Ephesians 6:13)

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