|Terry Watkins||Dial-the-Truth Ministries|
One of the hottest celebrities today is the vulgar, violent and demonic Ozzy Osbourne. MTV recently launched the profanity-soaked The Osbournes family show. The Osbournes is simply filmed during Oz and family’s normal (if you could possibly call it that) daily life. No acting. . . No pretense. . . Just simply being their abnormal self. It’s just "family time with The Osbournes". I stomached one nauseating viewing of The Osbournes (and believe me – that was one too many!). I counted 51 occurrences of the "F-word" in a little over 15 minutes (episode "Dinner with Ozzy"). Profanity and perversion is spewed by all the Oz kin – Oz, wife, teenage daughter and son. Of course, MTV "bleeps" the worse profanity out, but the actual words are easily understood. In between the onslaught of f-words, and depravity, a drug-cooked-burnt-out Ozzy staggers, mumbles, shakes and screams in a state of spaced-out, confusion. Much of the subject matter and perverse acts can not and will not be repeated in this article – but believe me – it’s sicko, sicko and sicko. . . And sicko. . .
MTV’s vulgar and vile The Osbournes is the most successful show in MTV history! It received the highest ratings of any other entertainment program on any other cable station this season. Over 8 million viewers tune in to The Osbournes. MTV’s contract to extend The Osbournes profanity-program another two years was the most expensive in MTV’s history! Over $20 million!
". . . men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. . ."
Knowing MTV’s usual subject matter and tweenie audience the huge success of the disgusting The Osbournes is no real shocker. The more vile. . . The more vulgar. . . The more offensive. . . The more teenagers. . . will watch MTV.
And let’s not forget the mountain of books such as The Osbournes Unf***ingauthorized, episode guides, and scores of others. There’s talking and bobbing head dolls of The Osbournes, complete with the "bleeped out" F-word. And of course there’s the deluge of The Osbournes posters, keychains, trading cards, caps, t-shirts, calendars, magazines, coin-banks, snow globes and who knows what else.
The fact that mainstream America has lavishly welcomed Ozzy and The Osbournes with accolades, awards and open arms is a frightening testimony to the perverted spiritual and moral condition of America.
For instance, Ozzy recently was awarded the coveted star on the renowned Hollywood Hall of Fame. As someone pointed out, the Oz’s star was ironically in front of the Ripley's Believe it Or Not! Museum. Satanist and fellow pervert-rocker, Marilyn Manson introduced Ozzy at the bizarre Hollywood Walk of Fame Ceremony. Manson said, "This star right here proves that it's quite obvious that Ozzy has managed to succeed while remaining insane and strangely happy, despite his various crimes against God and nature." We'll look at his "crimes against God" later, along with his "insanity" and "strangely happy" condition.
The expletive-drenched The Osbournes was awarded an Emmy award for the year's outstanding nonfiction reality program.
Oh. . . Guess who was the star at the 2002 White House Correspondents Dinner? The self-proclaimed, Prince of Darkness, himself. Oz was the surprise guest of Fox's Greta Van Susteren. Despite the sea of celebrities, congressman, and even President Bush’s presence – clearly, the main attraction was the Oz. President Bush amazingly gave the "Bush Seal of Approval" to Oz and his music. President Bush said in his speech at the gala event, "The thing about Ozzy is, he's made a lot of big hit recordings 'Party With the Animals.' 'Sabbath Bloody Sabbath.' 'Facing Hell.' 'Black Skies' and 'Bloodbath in Paradise.'" And then President Bush added, "Ozzy, Mom loves your stuff."
Basking in their new found, mainstream acceptance and adoration, Oz and family have appeared on such notables as Jay Leno’s The Tonight Show and a special one hour "Meet the Osbournes" 20/20 with Barbara Walters.
Remember Dan Quayle? The former vice-president, who went ballistic because TV’s Murphy Brown had a baby out of wedlock. When asked his opinion of The Osbournes, Quayle replied The Osbournes were "good entertainment" and "good family values". Dan did you somehow miss the episode where Oz puts condoms in his teenagers drawers so they can have "safe sex"? Or when Oz gives his teenagers (Kelly 18 and Jack 15) some "fatherly advice" as they’re going out for the night, "If you have sex use a condom". Or the zillion occurrences of the F-word. . . Plus the other quad-trillion vulgarities and perverse conversations. Good entertainment. . . Good family values. . . God help us. . .
"Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil;. . ."FOR THE REST OF THE STORY. . .
While the media is romancing Ozzy with prestigious awards and accolades there’s another side of the Oz that they’ve somehow skipped. It is the evil and dark testimony of a man who truly "sold his soul for rock ‘n roll" down a wicked dark path of drugs, debauchery, the occult and demon-possession.
As Paul Harvey would say, "Now, for the rest of the story".IN THE BEGINNING. . .
OZZY AND BLACK SABBATH
Ozzy’s claim to fame was the lead singer of the heavy metal group Black Sabbath. Singing songs filled with doom, evil, the occult, Satan and destruction, Black Sabbath’s music has been appropriately referred to as "Satan Rock".
Sabbath’s music is described as ". . .demonic riffing . . . ." (Guitar World, July 2001, p. 62), possessing a ". . . demonic nature. . ." (Guitar Legends, No. 37, p. 32) and ". . . a fascination with evil and the devil. . ." (Circus, May 31, 1984, p. 59)
Making sure no one could possibly misinterpret their pro-Devil and anti-Christ message, Sabbath’s first album portrayed a demonic witch on the cover and in the inside – the cross of Jesus Christ – upside-down. The universal symbol of Satanism and anti-Christianity.
Sabbath’s song N.I.B. (Nativity In Black), from their first album, is one of the most openly satanic songs ever recorded. It is a love-song from Lucifer. In the song, Ozzy sings in the first person as a loving, gift-giving Lucifer. . . And Ozzy, a.k.a Lucifer, openly invites the listener to "take Lucifer’s hand".
"Some people say MY LOVE cannot be trueTheir namesake song Black Sabbath, in which Ozzy sings of a smiling Satan appearing as a black shape with eyes of fire, was taken from an actual, demonic visitation of Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler.
"Having borrowed a 16th century tome [book] of black magic from [Ozzy] Osbourne one afternoon, Butler awoke that night to find a black shape staring balefully at him from the foot of his bed. After a few frightening moments, the figure slowly vanished into thin air. . . I told Ozzy about it. It stuck in his mind, and when we started playing ‘Black Sabbath,’ he just came out with those lyrics. . . It had to come out, and it eventually did in that song – and then there was only one possible name for the band, really!’"
What is this that stands before me?
Circus magazine candidly writes of Satan’s message in the song Black Sabbath:
"Ozzy portrays a man beyond redemption who’s confronted by a ‘black shape with eyes of fire’ – Satan."
The dark history of Black Sabbath is filled with very real, demonic, supernatural visitations and experiences.
"While rehearsing new material, the band formerly known as Earth experienced a supernatural experience. Geezer and Tony were playing new riffs for Ozzy and Bill when, much to everyone’s surprise, they both strummed the same notes at the same tempo – although neither had ever before heard the other one play the piece! Convinced that this was an omen, Geezer christened the song and the group Black Sabbath,. . ."Bill Ward, drummer for Sabbath, admits there was a supernatural presence that inspired Sabbath. It was so real that Ward confesses, it was as if there was actually a "fifth member" in the group.
"I believe that Black Sabbath was a phenomenon. On that basis, when I look back now at the band, I have felt that there was a fifth member, if you like. . . So I've always considered that there was some way where we were able to channel energy, and that energy was able to be, from another source, if you like, like a higher power or something, that was actually doing the work. I've often thought of us just being actually just the earthly beings that played the music because it was uncanny. Some of this music came out extremely uncanny."
Sabbath’s album "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" displays on the cover demons possessing a man while a skull with Satan’s "mark of the beast" 666 beams across the top. One of their album’s was truthful titled, "We Sold Our Soul for Rock and Roll".
The most frightening and enlightening statement concerning Black Sabbath’s real beliefs was made by drummer Bill Ward in Circus magazine:
"We’re into God," defended Iommi, an avid reader on books on astral projection. ‘But sometimes I feel Satan is God.’ Ward countered."
Much, much more could be said about Black Sabbath and Satan’s influence.
OZZY’S DEPARTURE FROM SABBATH
In 1978, due to his heavy drug and alcohol addiction, Ozzy Osbourne was fired as the lead singer of Black Sabbath. After several years of drinking and suicidal depression, Sharon (Ozzy’s current wife and manager) restored Ozzy’s music career. Since that time, Ozzy has sold over 70 million records.
And continuing down the "evil path" initiated in Black Sabbath Ozzy, told Hit Parader magazine ". . . let everybody know that I’m just as evil and just as crazy as ever". (Hit Parader, 1981 Yearbook, p. 28)
And Ozzy wasn’t kidding. Ozzy is famous for his "evil and crazy" behavior.
During Ozzy’s concerts fans would bring live animals to the concerts such as cats, chickens, frogs, snakes, et al to throw on the stage. Some would be slaughtered in a rock induced demonic state. During Ozzy’s "Bark At The Moon Tour " a live bat was tossed on the stage. Ozzy grabbed the bat and bit the head off. For this perverse act, Ozzy required 2 weeks of rabies shots. Such acts resulted in many of Ozzy’s concerts being protested by animal activists and animal human societies.
As Sharon was resurrecting Ozzy’s career, she set up a meeting between Ozzy and CBS Records executives. To start the meeting Sharon planned for Ozzy to quietly release three white Doves. Ozzy did release two of the Doves – the third helpless dove – he bit the head off.
In 1982 while performing in San Antonio, Texas, Ozzy slipped on his wife’s green evening dress and high heels. He then walked over to the Alamo, and rudely urinated on the treasured Alamo wall. He was quickly arrested and forbidden to perform in San Antonio for the next ten years.
During Ozzy’s "Dairy of a Madman" ["Madman" no truer words were even spoken] concerts Ozzy would toss raw cow livers and pig intestines into the audience. Part of Ozzy’s "Dairy of a Madman" tour required the promoter to provide at least 25 pounds of raw cow livers and pig intestines for his demonic "raw meat" baptism.
Rolling Stone magazine describes some of Ozzy’s perverted acts:
". . . he has shot up a henhouse full of chickens and killed a whole gang of cats and snorted a line of ants like they were a line of cocaine and bitten the head off a bat, and catapulted meat (stomach and intestines, mostly) into his audience."
Ozzy tells Guitar Legends "he went crazy" and sadistically slaughtered 17 cats.
"I was taking drugs so much I was a wreck, The final straw came when I shot all our cats. We had about 17, and I went crazy and shot them all. My wife found me under the piano in a white suit, a shotgun in one hand and a knife in the other."
Possessing many of the tell-tale signs suggesting the Biblical marks of demon possession, Ozzy readily acknowledges the likelihood of Satan’s influence.
Many of Ozzy’s songs tell the story of a man possessed by something very evil – and he knows it!
I can hear'em, I can hear'emGOT BLOOD?
One of the most Satanic and demonic practices is the drinking of blood. The Word of God strongly condemns and warns against the drinking of blood.
Leviticus 17:11-14The drinking of blood is part of the Satanic Black Mass. It is a very, very serious and demonic act. The drinking of blood is almost certainly an open invitation to Satanic and demonic possession.
BLOOD (occult; Satanism). The vitalizing or life-giving agent used in the sacrament of the BLACK MASS. Blood is believed to proved power and life and therefore plays a central part in ritualistic sacrifices. . . [In Satanism, during the black mass] The drinking of blood during a rite is . . . to partake of the 'life energy' that blood provides.
Dr. Kurt Koch, without question the world’s greatest authority on demonism and the occult, writes the drinking of blood is practiced by those who have "sold themselves to the devil. . ."
"Vampirism is practiced by Satanist and those who have sold themselves to the devil with their blood. . . sucking their blood or drinking it as part of a ritual, or in the celebration of the black mass."
Former Satan worshipper, Sean Sellers, in 1985, at the young age of 16, brutally murdered three people, including his own mother to "please Satan". Sean describes in his book, Web of Darkness, how Satan took over his life as he ". . . began to drink blood."
"I had begun to drink blood. I actually craved it. I took blood from my friends and myself, storing it in vials I had taken from a clinic."
One of the most frightening and alarming things, I've ever read, is an interview with Ozzy Osbourne in Oui magazine (March 1982). In the interview, Ozzy proudly describes a "habit" of "rather frequently" drinking blood:
Ozzy: ". . . I spent three years in a slaughterhouse, killing cows and pigs and all sorts of things. It got pretty bizarre – I was figuring out all these different ways to kill these animals. Have you ever drank blood?"
I believe when Ozzy drank that forbidden blood, he certainly did ". . . get quite a weird feeling." And I believe I know that feeling was. . .
One of Ozzy's sickening posters and t-shirts (among many) shows Ozzy mocking the popular "got milk?" advertisement. But with Ozzy, instead of "got milk?" it says "got blood?"
Ozzy and wife Sharon recently (2002) renewed their contract for the MTV's "freaked-out", The Osbournes. Despite the protests of the MTV executives, Ozzy adamantly required the contract to be signed in blood. Ozzy also required MTV to provide psychotherapy for his pets for life.
One of Ozzy’s albums is chillingly titled Speak of the Devil. The cover shows a demon-possessed Ozzy complete with fangs and supposedly raw, bloody meat dripping from his mouth.
Guitar Legends describes the cover of Ozzy’s album The Blizzard of Oz, as ". . .depicting a red-caped, demon-possessed Ozzy welding a crucifix, . . ."
"Always loved it. Loved thinking about Satan and devils and frightening myself to death."In Circus magazine, Ozzy says, he had "a thing about Satan" from a child, and the "Devil is within us. . ." Ozzy knows a lot about that. . .
"I've always had this thing about Satan from the time I was small. But I suddenly realized that the Devil isn't this &*$%#^ thing with red eyes and fangs and all that crap. The Devil is within us all the time. "
Sharon, Ozzy’s wife openly tells Barbara Walters on 20/20 of Ozzy’s "demon" and "little people that live in Ozzy’s head"
[Sharon]: "He's just got this demon inside of him. He just can't get rid of these little people that live in his head."
Ozzy tells Rolling Stone, of his evil appetite for violence and killing.
"I’m one of these guys, I wake up in the morning and got a &*%$# problem: I’m looking for something to kill or blow up or some &*%$# thing. . ."
Ozzy admits to Hit Parader magazine years ago of the possibility of "murdering someone".
"It got to the point where I really hated myself. . . I saw that if I didn’t do something about it, I was probably going to end up killing myself – or worse, I’d wind up murdering someone else. . . "
And on September 2, 1989, Ozzy’s prophetic warning of killing someone nearly came true. On that day Ozzy and his demons nearly murdered his own wife. Here’s how Sharon describes the terrifying moment to Barbara Walters on 20/20:
"I was downstairs reading. He came down with just his underpants on. And he's like, 'We've come to a decision.' And I'm like, 'We've'? And he said 'You have to die'. And then he just dived on me and got me down on the and was just strangling me. But he was gone. There was blinkers on his eyes. He had gone. It wasn't Ozzy."
Ozzy was soon arrested for attempted murder. According to Rolling Stone magazine, "Ozzy’s drug counselors told her [Sharon] to get out of the marriage…(Rolling Stone, July 6-10, 2000, p. 148) And Dan Quayle says The Osbournes is a "loving home".
Notice how Ozzy refers to "We’ve come to a decision". It wasn’t just Ozzy Osbourne that tried to kill his wife. He had help. Sharon was right – "it wasn’t Ozzy".
"I really wish I knew why I’ve done some of the things I’ve done over the years. Sometimes I think that I’m possessed by some outside spirit. A few years ago, I was convinced of that – I thought I truly was possessed by the devil. I remember sitting through the Exorcist a dozen times, saying to myself, ‘Yeah, I can relate to that.’"
Ozzy later said he didn’t even remember what happened that fearful day in September 1989:
"Do you remember the night in 1989 when you threatened to kill your wife?
Ozzy’s wife Sharon tells People Magazine, being married to Ozzy ". . . is like living with several different people. One day he can be loving and romantic, but the next day he'll turn into this Jekyll and Hyde monster. I never know what I'm going to wake up with" (People Magazine, July, 10, 1989, p. 94)According to the Word of God, one of the characteristics of demon-possession is hanging around tombs or graveyeards: The Bible in Mark 5, describes a man possessed with an unclean spirit. The Bible says he was ". . . dwelling among the tombs. . ."
Mark 5:1-5To no surprise, Ozzy also told Creem magazine, he "loved graveyeards":
"I was always sittin' in graveyards. Loved the tranquility. There's an eerie silence in there, and there was always a sweet smell. Unearthly." (Creem Metal, October 1984, p. 39)Ozzy says, he's got "many, many demons that affect me on many, many levels":
"I was born in fear and I've got many, many demons that affect me on many, many levels. . ."
"I have this little demon that keeps making me drink. . ."
Ozzy proudly informs Rolling Stone magazine, he’s the ". . . Prince of darkness. . ."
"I’m the Prince of Darkness, not *&%$#! Neil Young!"
Here is a man; who is the self-professed "Prince of Darkness"; who readily spews forth some of the most filthy and vulgar words on the planet; who tried to murder his wife; who readily admits to possible possession by Satan himself – and he’s heralded and romanced by Hollywood, the media, politicians and even the President of the United States! We’ve come a long way baby! Unfortunately – it’s a straight path to hell!
The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.Psalm 9:17
Sharon Osbourne (Ozzy's wife and manager) several years ago created a rock concert in tribute to Ozzy called Ozzfest. Ozzfest, held annually, brings in the top heavy metal bands and is probably the world's largest heavy metal rock concert. An advertisement for the Ozzfest music says it all, "Now Hell has a Soundtrack"
There is also a mockery of the Lord Jesus Christ that runs through Ozzy and his music.
During the Sabbath years, to show his hatred for Christianity, Ozzy would rip up the Gideon Bibles in the hotels where they stayed. At one point Ozzy’s "Bible-ripping" fits got so bad that Tony Iommi, Sabbath’s guitarist, punched Ozzy in the nose to keep him from ripping up the Bibles.Ozzy proudly boasts of burning the Gideon Bibles found in the hotel rooms:
"I mean all this Bible burning, we used to do that in &*#$#@ '71! Just to have something to do! We'd get drunk and &*#$#@ burn the Gideon's Bible in the hotel room!"
The Bible says when the Lord Jesus Christ was brought before Pilate the soldiers put a crown of thorns on His head. They then began mocking and beating Him. Oh friend, He did all that for you! Showing his hatred for the Lord Jesus Christ, Ozzy is pictured wearing a "crown of thorns".
One of Black Sabbath’s songs (during Ozzy’s years) is "Who are You?" – a vicious attack toward the Lord Jesus Christ
. . . You think all the peopleOzzy's recently released (2001) album Down to Earth displays one of the most blasphemous attacks of the Lord Jesus Christ ever! The cover shows an x-ray type picture of Ozzy mocking the Lord Jesus Christ on the precious cross of Calvary! It's beyond blasphemy!
On the song "Dreamer" on Down to Earth, Ozzy sings, ". . . Your higher power may be God or Jesus Christ it doesn't really matter much to me. . ."
Another song on the Down to Earth album is titled "Facing Hell", as Ozzy truthfully sings, "I'm facing hell".
You made a promise of protection to a future after life
One of Ozzy’s songs is about Satanist and Antichrist, Aliester Crowley. Crowley's mission in life was to destroy Jesus Christ and Christianity, while glorifying sexual perversion, drugs, magick and Satan.
Aliester Crowley spews his hatred of Jesus Christ in his book, The World's Tragedy:
"I do not wish to argue that the doctrines of Jesus, they and they alone, have degraded the world to it's present condition. I take it that Christianity is not only the cause but the symptom of slavery."
In the introduction of The World's Tragedy, Israel Regardie writes:
"This long, almost epic poem is one of the most bitter and vicious diatribes against Christianity that I have ever read".
Aleister Crowley was born in 1875, a self-professed drug addict, sex pervert, anti-Christ and Satan’s "chief of staff". In April, 1904, a dark, shadowy presence [like Black Sabbath’s experiences], later identified as Crowley’s Holy Guardian Angel Aiwaz, began dictating to Crowley Liber Al vel Legis or The Book of the Law. This Book of the Law became the foundation for Satanists around the globe.
Crowley’s devotion and worship to Satan is well documented:
Crowley writes in his autohagiography, The Confessions of Aleister Crowley:
"I simply went over to Satan’s side; and to this hour I cannot tell why. But I found myself passionately eager to serve my new master. . . I was not content to believe in a personal devil and serve him, in the ordinary sense of the word. I wanted to get hold of him personally and become his chief of staff."
Crowley christened himself, The Beast 666, and literally believed he was the anti-Christ, the Beast 666.
"I have never lost sight of the fact that I was in some sense or other The Beast 666."
Crowley practiced and preached human sacrifice to Satan. In his book, Magick in Theory and Practice, Crowley, gives the following frightening instructions under the chapter "Of the Bloody Sacrifice and Matters Cognate":
"For the highest spiritual working one must according choose that victim which contains the greatest and purest force [ed. such as a child]. A male child of perfect innocence and high intelligence is the most satisfactory and suitable victim. . .
Ozzy has a song of dedication to Aliester Crowley titled "Mr. Crowley". In the song, Ozzy, asks Crowley to ride "my white horse".
. . . You fooled all the people with magic
While Ozzy, has tried to downplay any influence of Crowley, Ozzy told Circus magazine, "One of the songs is about this guy named Aleister Crowley. That man was the phenomenon of his time…"
Spin magazine also reports that Ozzy is the proud owner of a signed first edition of Aliester Crowley's 1001 Notable Nativities. The text actually includes Crowley's notes in the margins. (Spin, April 2002, p. 97)
According to the book From Rock to Rock Ozzy tells Creem magazine, "It was all hype when I started, but I really learned to believe in the devil. I dedicated The Blizzard of Oz to Aleister Crowley". (From Rock to Rock, Eric Barger, p.133)Ozzy tells Circus magazine, he wanted to build a black cathedral [used in Satanic rituals] in the back of his house but his wife stopped him:
"I mean one time I wanted to get a &%$@%#& black cathedral built in back of my house. She [his wife] freaked and wouldn't allow it."
Fast following the demonic footsteps of Aliester Crowley, Ozzy told Circus magazine he feels like he was once a servant of Crowley's or the devil's:
"Circus: It is said that Crowley sold his soul to the devil. Do you believe that?
Is this the testimony of a man the President of the United States should be honoring? Is this a man whose "family values" should be commended by Dan Qualye? Is this a man that should be the darling of the media?And don't think for one second that Ozzy's message is not getting through. Young people follow Ozzy's every step. He is the hero and god to millions of impressionable young people. Ozzy openly says young people greet him with, "Satan Rules"! They clearly know, understand and follow the message of Ozzy!
". . . the kids are coming up and saying, 'Hey Ozzy, Satan Rules'"As for Ozzy's view of God, heaven and hell, or the afterlife:
"I don't believe in God as a physical thing sat somewhere on a cloud in heaven. I reckon heaven and hell are what we make of life right here on earth. I don't believe in the afterlife, I think when you die you're just simply like a piece of %$#@ that needs flushing away",
THE REAL OZZY. . .
Despite the amazing fame and fortune Ozzy has acquired – Ozzy Osbourne is not a happy man. In fact, Ozzy is a tormented man with continual temptations of suicide.
Watching Ozzy on The Osbournes cable show is a pitiful site. It is the testimony of a person that has destroyed his mind and soul with drugs serving the "Prince of Darkness". Ozzy mumbles, talks incoherently, screams vulgarity and filth, shakes and literally looks like a man that has "sold his soul".
Rolling Stone magazine describes Ozzy’s pathetic behavior:
"What typically come out first are not words but noises – crabbed, unintelligible creakings, half-utterances and mashed syllables, saliva-specked mutterings. These eventually subside, however, and he is free to soliloquize on, say the antidepressant Zoloff, of which he takes 200 milligrams every day."
According to Rolling Stone Ozzy’s days are spent "fighting off the demons. . .":
"These days most of Ozzy’s energies are spent fighting off the demons of addiction. . . Without fail, he sees a therapist once a day, twice if he can swing it, and attends AA meetings every afternoon."
Ozzy admittedly had been plagued with mental illness.
"Ozzy, who the year before  had spent a week in an English mental hospital. . ."
Ozzy has been tempted by suicide for many years. According to Ozzy, at the young age of fourteen he had already attempted suicide several times.
"Ozzy – who has said there was ‘a lot of insanity’ in his family, and that he’d attempted suicide several times by the age of fourteen."
Ozzy "used to think about suicide ‘on a daily basis . . . but I ain’t got the guts to do it, to be honest with you." (Rolling Stone, July 6-10, 2000, p. 148)
Despite his incredible fame and fortune, Ozzy Osburne is not a happy man. Despite the millions of young people that love and virtually worship Ozzy, there is no real purpose, nor peace in the dark soul of Ozzy Osbourne.
I’m not particularly a happy person."
THE TRUTH IS. . .
This article is about more than Ozzy Osbourne.
It’s about all of us. . .
Ozzy Osbourne is the testimony of a man who found that elusive dream that most are searching and striving for. Ozzy got it. Ozzy acquired the fame. Young people; the media; even the President of the United States honor Ozzy. Ozzy acquired the fortune. Ozzy has sold over 70 million records and lives a life of luxury with servants waiting on his every wish.
Yes, Ozzy has got it. . .
But that did not satisfy Ozzy Osbourne. The incredible "fame and fortune" did not give Oz any real peace or joy. Ozzy Osbourne is an empty man.
Yes, Ozzy has got it. . .
And yet, Ozzy has lost it. . .In a recent song (2001) Ozzy pitifully sings in "Running Out of Time":
Been around this world so many times,
According to Ozzy, peace, joy, happiness and real purpose are not there.Ozzy sadly says, if he could change anything, it would be to have serenity and peace he's been longing for since he was a kid:
"If I could change anything about myself, I'd give myself serenity I've been looking for since I was a kid."
What about you?
Friend, fame and fortune can not satisfy that hunger in your soul. All the riches of the world can not fill the hole in your soul.
The Word of God says in 1 Timothy 5:6 that person, like Ozzy and some of you, that lives for pleasure is "dead" while they live. What a perfect description of Ozzy and so many others ". . .dead while they liveth. . ."
But she that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth.
The lives of the rich and the famous, the ones that have found the "pot of gold" are some of the most miserable, unhappy and tormented people in the world.
On and on, the story is the same. . . Only the names change.
There is only one that satisfy and fill that hole in your soul . . .
ONLY ONE. . .
If there ever was anyone that could testify to the satisfaction that fame and fortune could bring it was Elvis Presley.
Elvis Presley had it all. . .
Fame. . .
But despite all Elvis had he lacked any real happiness or joy.
David Stanley, Elvis’s step-brother, in Life Magazine, June 1990, describes the tragic last days in the life of Elvis Presley:
"Elvis’s day was night. By four a.m. he had been lucid for perhaps eight hours. Now it was time for him to tune out. . . he would turn to the aide on duty and say: ‘Gimme my first attack.’After gathering what most people only dream of, Elvis lived a horrible drug induced stupor and in the end could only say, "I’d rather be unconscious than miserable."
Despite the incredible fame and fortune Elvis accumulated he was one miserable soul. . .
Lo, this is the man that made not God his strength; but trusted in the abundance of his riches, and strengthened himself in his wickedness.
The "abundance of riches" can never satisfy.
There is only one that can satisfy that huge hole in your soul . . .
ONLY ONE. . .
Only the Lord Jesus Christ can fill that hole in your soul!
Only the Lord Jesus Christ can satisfy that emptiness in your soul!
People, for thousands of years, have tried to fill that huge empty hole with drugs, fame, power, wealth, purpose, alcohol, sex, you name it – but only Jesus can fill that hole.
Even the deluded, psychiatrist and occultist, Carl Jung recognized this emptiness:
"About a third of my cases are suffering from no clinically definable neurosis but from the senselessness and emptiness of their lives".
Dr. Rollo May, a well-known, New York psychiatrist, wrote:
"It may seem surprising when I say on the basis of my own clinical experience that the chief problem of the middle decade of the 20th century is emptiness. . ."
Rock music author, Danny Sugerman, acknowledged and documented this emptiness:
"We run from one event to another, driven from devotion to devotion, to one object to another and again on to another, because the meaning of each quickly vanishes and the creative eros is transformed into indifference or aversion. Everything is tried and nothing satisfies. . .
Sugerman went on to narrow down the reason for this emptiness:
"From the time we can speak, we are bombarded with the message that we alone are not enough: take this; buy this; have this; fell better, stronger, safer, sexier, more desirable, more secure, more powerful, and none of it works because we’re looking in the wrong place. . .
"A rampant spiritual malnourishment" – exactly right!
And that "rampant spiritual malnourishment" can only be satisfied with the Lord Jesus Christ.
Only Jesus can satisfy that emptiness. . .
No amount of wealth. . .
Absolutely nothing but Jesus Christ can fill that empty hole in your soul.
1 Timothy 5:6 gives the "result" of this "pleasure seeking" generation:
But she that liveth in pleasure is DEAD while she liveth. 1 Timothy 5:6
Pleasure alone will not satisfy. . .
It will only leave you empty and – more dead than alive.
Dead . . . Depressed . . . Discouraged . . . Destitute. . .
You can fill your life with all the pleasures, wealth, fame, and fortune this world could possibly offer and you will not be satisfied!Not in Fame
Voltaire the famous infidel, wrote in despair:
Not in Pleasure
Lord Byron lived a life of pleasure and grandeur, he wrote:Not in Wealth
Millionaire, Jay Gould, as he was dying cried:Not in Position and Fame
Lord Beaconsfield wrote:Not in Power
Alexander the Great conquered the known world of his day, and still wasn't satisfied.
As Proverbs 27:20 truthfully says:
". . . the eyes of man are NEVER SATISFIED."
The only one that can satisfy and bring real joy in your life is the Lord Jesus Christ!
The famous evangelist Billy Sunday during many of his revival meetings years ago, would offer a gold piece to anyone who could take his hand, look him straight in the eye and honestly tell Brother Sunday, they were happy and totally satisfied without the Lord Jesus Christ. In the many years Brother Sunday made his offer, only one man came forward to take the gold piece. As he took Brother Sunday’s hand, Billy asked him, "Do you mean to tell me you’re totally satisfied without Jesus Christ?". At that, the man, shook his head and replied, "Why, no one can honestly take that gold piece under those conditions".
You could honestly be more able to jump over the moon, or drink the Pacific Ocean than to be totally satisfied without the Lord Jesus Christ.
You can try to convince yourself that you are totally satisfied without Jesus – but in your heart you know it’s a lie.
I know, I tried it for 20 long years, but I knew something was missing. Something was missing and nothing but nothing could fill that hole.
And I knew it . . .
But on July 30, 1975, I received the Lord Jesus Christ as my personal Saviour – and I can testify as the songwriter wrote:
Hallelujah! I have found Him
And for over 25 years, I can say without the least hesitation, or reservation – He has satisfied that missing element in my life. More than I could ever dream! I’ve never regretted receiving Jesus Christ even a second. I’ve never, ever, thought of having to look elsewhere for something better.
Jesus Christ satisfies!
Jesus Christ said in John 10:10:
". . . I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly."
Oh, what a joy! A peace that passeth all understanding!
"And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."
As I write this, I’m searching my vocabulary and my heart for the words to convey the joy and satisfaction I’ve got in Jesus Christ – but friend, I don’t have the words to describe what He did in my life!
Oh, how I wish I did! Oh, how I wish more than anything I did! Oh, how I wish I could stand on top of the world and say, "Earth, this is what you’re looking for. This is what is missing. Jesus Christ is the way, the truth and the life… (John 14:6)
Jesus Christ gave me a joy, a peace, and real life! More than any drug, alcohol, any experience, any wealth, any fortune or fame could possibly satisfy.
Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
I can say with the apostle Peter – Jesus Christ gave me a "joy unspeakable":
Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
In John 14:27, the Lord Jesus makes a wonderful statement:
"Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. …" Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
That peace you’ve so longed for – that no amount of money – no amount of pleasure – no amount of love – could provide – is found only in the Lord Jesus!I know what you're thinking, (the same thing I was thinking) "Aw' c'mon. All this can't be true. It just too good to be true".
Well. It's true. IT'S ABSOLUTELY TRUE!
If you don’t believe it – try Jesus out. . .
The Lord makes this "try me" challenge in Psalm 34:8:
"O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him"
Would you like to have that "peace that passeth understanding"?
Would you like to know "joy unspeakable"?
It is found only in the Lord Jesus Christ.
If you've never received Jesus Christ as your Savior, please bow your head this minute and ask the Lord Jesus Christ to save you and give YOU that "joy unspeakable".
Pray this prayer, and mean it with all your heart.
Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner, and unless you save me I am lost forever. I thank you for dying for me at Calvary. I come to you now, Lord the best way I know how, and ask you to save me. I now receive you as my Savior. In Jesus Christ Name, Amen.
If you just now prayed that prayer and meant it with all your heart according to God's Words YOU ARE SAVED!
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
"For whosoever" that includes YOU!
And God can not LIE!
"In hope of eternal life, which God, THAT CANNOT LIE, promised before the world began;" Titus 1:2