Revelation in Sight and Sound

>>I have had a life-long love affair with the book of Revelation. And I am always thrilled when I find an artistic expression of the book, whether it be in some visual art form or in music One of the most creative expressions of Revelation I have ever run across is one by Larry McCoy. He has actually put the entire book to music Stay tuned for an interview with Larry and for samples of his incredible music >>[music] >>Lamb and Lion Ministries presents Christ in Prophecy, a program that focuses on the fundamentals of Bible prophecy, showing how current events in the news relate to Biblical predictions of end time events and the soon return of Jesus. Now, here’s your host, Dr. David Reagan >>Greetings in the name of Jesus our Blessed Hope, and welcome to Christ in Prophecy. My special guest this week is Larry McCoy from Gallatin, Tennessee. >>That makes me a Galatian by the way, Dave. >>From what? >>Makes me a Galatian. >>Oh, that’s right, I had never thought about that. You know I’ve been to Gallatin several times, Larry. >>Yes you have, actually that time– >>Held some meetings there back in the early ’80s. Well Larry, you have accomplished a phenomenal feat by putting the entire book of Revelation to music. And I’ve seen a great number of artistic expressions of that book throughout my lifetime, but they’ve all be in visual art form, never in music. So tell us, how in the world did all this come about? >>Well, Dave, it was quite by accident I have to admit that up front. My Dad was in a hospital in Georgia and he loved the old song “Sweet Lorraine” now it’s a secular song, and I just found joy, I’m as happy as a baby boy, and he loved that song. And so I’d visit him in the hospital and they’d roll a piano out in this hallway and they brought all these patients in wheelchairs and everything and my Dad says “Play Sweet Lorraine!'” And I’d play “Sweet Lorraine,” I just found joy. And then he’d say, “Well play ‘He Touched Me.'” I’d play “He Touched Me.” I’d do a couple others and he’d say, “Play Sweet Lorraine!'” And I said, “Well, Dad, I just played that.” He said, “Play it again.” So I’d play it again. And you know, I said, “Man, I wish I could just put Christian words to that.” He didn’t like the words as much as he liked the chord changes, it was pretty chord changes So I went home and Dave, this is exactly the way it happened. My Bible, King James, Finis J. Dake Bible, you know was sitting on the piano. And big thing back in those days was writing Scripture songs. So I said “Well, I’m just going to put “Sweet Lorraine” chord changes to the 5th chapter of the book of Revelation.” So I started off, I saw a book in the right hand of God, it was sealed seven times. I saw an angel in a loud voice saying, “Who is worthy?” And it fit just, it just fit! >>It flowed. >>Then at the end of it, I put a scripture song, “Thou art worthy” that’s four, but “Worthy is the Lamb of God to praise” you know. And so that’s how it started. I said “Well that’s a pretty good idea. Why don’t I do all the books that way?” >>So you started with chapter 5. >>I started with chapter 5 and “Sweet Lorraine.” You know? >>But that’s a good chapter to start with because that’s a chapter of glorious worship >>That is. It sure is. >>Okay >>Absolutely. >>So did you go back and do it in order, or did you skip around or what? >>But I had been listening to your theology, your preaching, a lot, Dave. And I realized that there’s a good possibility the Church wouldn’t be here after chapter 4 at that time. >>Oh, ok >>And so after that I looked to see, and so I said, “Well, I’ll just write 1 through 5 And then I’ll write, of course, the Marriage Supper of the Lamb in 19, and finish it up with 22.” Well when I got to 22 Dave, it was like the writer’s block, mental block I couldn’t get it. You know? And this still, small voice said, “Write the Tribulation.” I didn’t want to write the Tribulation. I’m not going to be here. >>That’s pretty heavy stuff. >>Yeah it’s pretty heavy stuff and so I said “I don’t want to write that,” but anyway. >>But you’ve got a wonderful, some fellow with a wonderful bass voice. >>Don Hoff. >>That just sound like the voice of God. >>”I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, I heard thunder and a beat.” You’ve gotta have a big bass voice to sing that stuff. And I did, he was about 6’ 5” and he had red hair and he stuck out like this. I’m not sure he didn’t resemble God sometimes, you know. But anyway. I started on that and wrote the Tribulation down through 18. And then 22 just came to me. I mean, you know, it was like God gave me the, if I hadn’t, if I’d written 22 Dave we wouldn’t be sitting here talking today about anything in the middle. But you know, divine coincidence

allowed me to go back and write the Scripture. >>Well, I don’t believe in divine coincidence when you’re working in the will of God >>Well, I used that- >>I believe it’s God’s guiding >>Amen. >>He wanted you to do the whole thing, and he forced you to do the whole thing, before he was going to let you do 22. Right? >>Amen. That’s exactly the way it is. >>And then 22 is just to me, the greatest one of all. >>Yeah, even so come Lord Jesus, the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you all amen. >>So how long did it take you to do all this? >>Well, it took me about two years. And all this time I was playing piano with Johnny Cash. >>Well, hey, we want to talk about that in just a moment. But before we get to your personal background, and what happened to you before you did all this. I want to give our viewers a feel for what you have accomplished so I want to ask you just to start off with chapter one, would you sing that for us? >>I will do that, happily >>Okay, so here is Larry McCoy, singing chapter 1 of the book of Revelation >>In the year 96 AD, on the Island of Patmos, the beloved Apostle John was praying on the Lord’s Day >>[music] >>What a blessing that song was! I tell you, I just love that first chapter, the way you put that to music. And when I heard that the very first time, it whetted my appetite and I could hardly wait to hear the rest of the music of that album. >>You know Dave, you were one of the men that gave me my first break in doing the Revelation >>Is that right? >>You sure were. You mentioned earlier that you had come to Gallatin >>Yes. >>Well, some lady gave you my recording. >>That’s right. >> And you heard it and called me. And I did your very first prophecy conference in Plano, Texas. >>That’s right, conference. And I talked about that on the radio and we sold copies of that over the radio >>And it really launched me,

you know. And I appreciate it Dave. I’m glad you even know my name. >>Oh, come on. >>It’s the truth. >>Well, speaking of names, now you just dropped a big one right before we had you sing that chapter, and that was Johnny Cash. Tell us about your relationship with him. >>Well, I played piano with him in the 70’s. And John actually means a great deal to me, he and June. I had the best playing job in the world And I’ll tell you a funny story about how I got that job. I was playing there in town you know. And I got this audition phone call said, “Come and audition for Johnny Cash.” And so, this is true Dave, I wouldn’t tell you. And I went over there and I sit down at this piano and he came in. “Well, hello there, Larry.” He said, “Can you play “I Walk the Line?” And I said, “No, I’ve never heard that song before.” I said, “But if you’ll hum it, I can play it I’ve got a really good ear.” >>And he’s talking about his number one song. >>I know! And that’s what he said. He says, “Let me get this right. You want to play piano for me and you’ve never heard my hit song?” Today it’s funny. Then it wasn’t so funny. >>You were squirming out there! >>I was squirming. And I said, “Well, you see.” And he sung it. And it changes “I keep my eyes–” And it changes keys three or four times. And I got all that. But then he said. He says, “Larry.” He says, “Do you know how to play “Peace in the Valley?” And I said, “Absolutely.” I’ve played peace. He said he didn’t need a piano player on “I Walk the Line.” It had been a hit for twenty years. But he needed a piano player on “Peace in the Valley” and he was starting to do those type songs. >>Oh yes, some religious songs. >>I tell you what I’ve had some great experiences with that one >>So he hired you even though you didn’t know his hit song? >>Yeah, and I learned it real quick! >>Larry, were you always a Christian? Were you born in a Christian family? >>I was raised in a Christian family. But, Dave I don’t want to give too much credit to my life away from the Lord. But I tell you what, June Carter and Johnny Cash were instrumental in allowing me to see that I didn’t have to be a preacher’s kid in order to live a life dedicated to the service of the Lord. And be the manifest presence of God in this earth And John started holding Bible studies. It was the Oakridge Boys, Larry Gatlin, Carl Perkins, you know, June and we would hold these Bible studies. And noticeably I saw Carl Perkins throw his cigarettes away. Now we didn’t say, “Okay everybody quit smoking!” You know? >>You just let the Holy Spirit convict >>The Holy Spirit. Come as you are to the Lord. And then the Ruach HaKodesh, the Holy Ghost, begins to mold you, and calls your conscious. It’s a renewing of your mind >>That’s right. >>By the washing of the Word. >>That’s right. >>You know and so that’s how it began. You know? And then I began to write the Revelation when it was here And the first time I ever recorded it, I told John. I said– am I running over time? >>No keep going. >>I told John I said, “I’ve put the book of Revelation to music John.” And he says, “Well, I know a guy that put Timothy to the book.” In other words, “It’s not a big deal to me man.” You know? Wait a minute aren’t you supposed to pat me on the back and tell him how good of a boy I am? Anyway, I took it to play for him. And so I started on one, one we just heard. And I played it and when I finished Dave, I looked around and John had his hands up in the air like this. And I said, “I know I’ve got him now.” So I hit 3, the one you’re going to hear in a few minutes and played that. And he said, “Do you know 21? That’s my mother’s favorite.” I did 21 I did 22. You know? And I was expecting him– you know he stuck out his hand at the end of that and I was expecting him to shake my hand. You know I was back in the flesh again He grabbed my hand and held it like this and he said, “Lord.” Like I’m plugged into a wire And he says, “Help me get this work out to the world. If I’m not the source, close this door, and open another door.” And boy, it was an amazing prayer. And when he finished that prayer he said, “Have you got this on tape?” I said, “No.” He called Pete Drake Studio right then, and says, “I’m bringing a man down there, and we’re going to do this.” And so I went down there and he went with me. The man cut the tape machine on, and except for when he changed the reels, I did it straight through all 22. There was a place in 4 when I went nu-nu-nu-nu. You’ll hear it in a few minutes, and it’s a long run down the piano, I sort of goofed it up. If I had said, “Hold it, we’ll back it up and do it again.” I didn’t even do that. It’s on the original recordings, it’s still the same way. But I tell you, it

was electric. It was absolutely electric. >>Well that’s what I call an anointing brother, an anointing. >>Well, hallelujah >>Thank you for sharing that story with us. >>Yeah. >>What I’d like for you to do now is to sing one of the letters to the churches. The one that is my favorite is the one to the Church at Laodicea. Would you sing that one? >>I would definitely sing that one >>OK, folks, here is Larry McCoy singing the letter to the Church at Laodicea >>[music] >>Well, once again Larry I want to thank you for a great blessing. I tell you that just blessed my socks off, as we say here in Texas. >>Thanks >>Well listen, in the Old Testament, the book of worship is Psalms. In the New Testament the book of worship is Revelation, a lot of people don’t realize that. But in chapter 4 it really starts breaking out in worship as John is taken up to heaven. So how about singing that chapter? >>Amen. I’d love to Dave. >>Okay, so here’s Larry McCoy singing chapter 4 of the book of Revelation >>[music]

>>Now what I’d like to do right now is to jump from the beginning of the book to the end of the book >>Amen. >>And have you start with chapter 19; the chapter about the return of Jesus Christ in glory and majesty To come back to this earth and reign over this earth. That the earth may be filled with truth, and you know, peace righteousness and justice as the waters cover the sea >>Amen. >>So would you be willing to sing chapter 19 for us? >>Absolutely. Hallelujah >>Okay brother. Then folks, here is Larry McCoy singing chapter 19, about the return of Jesus Christ on that majestic white horse >>Well, folks, that’s our program

for this week. I hope it has been a blessing to you, and I hope, the Lord willing, you will be back with us again next week Until then, this is Dave Reagan speaking for Lamb & Lion Ministries, saying, “Look up, be watchful, for our Redemption is drawing near.” >>[music] >>If you are interested in acquiring some of the Revelation music of Larry McCoy we have an album called, “Revelation in Sight and Sound” that can be yours for a gift of $20 or more, including the cost of shipping. The album contains both a DVD and a CD. The DVD consists of a 50 minute video interview with Larry, and a 35 minute presentation of 10 of his Revelation songs illustrated with PowerPoint slides. The running time of the video program including comments by Dr. Reagan is 1 hour and 27 minutes. The album also contains a CD with all 27 songs that take you through the book of Revelation chapter by chapter. To order a copy of the album call the number you see on the screen Monday thru Friday, between 8 AM and 5 PM Central Time, or you can place your order thru our website at the address you see on the screen. Every word of these songs comes right out of the King James Version of the book of Revelation. They are songs that have stood that test of time. And they are songs that you will find to be spiritually enriching. Again the “Revelation in Sight and Sound” album can be yours for a gift of $20 or more including the cost of shipping. In addition to 1 and ½ hour video it contains a CD with all 27 of Larry’s Revelation songs. Just call the number you see on the screen or place your order thru our website address shown on the screen >>[music] >>Thank you for joining us on today’s Christ in Prophecy, a presentation of Lamb and Lion Ministries, a non-denominational ministry dedicated to teaching the fundamentals of biblical prophecy and proclaiming the soon return of Jesus