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Revealing Witchcraft – the Occult – Martial Arts – Yoga – Seers and Mysticism – ASTROLOGY – Fortune Telling

“For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD he hath also rejected thee……” (1Sam:15:23)

1. The Present Situation

What should I do today? What is best to think about? Will this be a day of love for my life – – or of some disaster? Is this the time to make long – range plans? Would it be better to invest some money or go on a spending spree? Should I go out tonight or stay in?

For the answers to these questions millions of people; including teenagers are looking to the daily horoscopes. These horoscopes now run in 1220 of the 1750 dailies in the United States and are considered authoritative.

From the beginning of time people have desired to receive special or esoteric information from beyond or to look into the future. They have sought after supernatural visions and the help of prophets mystics Seers and magicians they have studied the stars and the moon and they have used drugs from which they hoped to gaze into tomorrow. It is estimated that at least 10000 people in the United States make their living as professional stargazers. Another 175000 work at it part – time.

“It is estimated that 10 million Americans are addicted to occultism of some kind. Canadians are going in for what is probably the biggest revival of astrology since the fall of Babylon” (MacLean’s Magazine). Those visiting Grand Central Station in New York may acquire an astrological forecast from a sophisticated computer that has been installed there. Astrology magazines sell one million copies a year. Department stores sell clothing and jewelery styled to each of the zodiac signs. TV programs popularize witchcraft and astrology.

Life Magazine said”Never before in history has a single society taken such a wide range of religious and near – religious systems at once.” A college professor predicts”astrology will be taught in the schools and colleges and will be considered a profession on par with medicine and law.”

Interest in the supernatural is no new thing. In Old Testament times the Egyptians had their Seers/mystics or magicians the Babylonians their astrologers and the Assyrians their visionary dream manuals. Today we have a corresponding situation – – fortune – tellers and mystic Seers are on the increase charm bracelets are growing in popularity, women’s magazines carry “Your Fate in the Stars” and hypnotism is being accepted by the general public as a medical practice.

People uphold the occult by telling us that it works. Of course it works. The Devil is able to perform miracles as well as God. There are evil spirits in the world as well as good spirits. Let us remember that the Seers and mystic magicians of Moses’ day duplicated several of the miracles wrought by Moses in the name of God. Pharaoh’s magicians (Exodus chapters 7 and 8) did not receive their power from God but from the Devil. This is clearly seen in the fact that they could go only so far in the performing of miracles.

The growing trend towards occultism is not limited to North America. Life Magazine reported the following: “Coveys of witches are meeting all over Britain. In France jaded lovers resort to love philtres. Peasants cast the evil eye in Italy. Politicians of newly emerging African nations consult their witch doctors before making decisions. Even on Wall Street there are speculators who will not invest a penny before studying their horoscopes. A previous Prime Minister of Canada consulted the spirits before making important decisions.”

As we look over the whole situation we should not really be surprised at what is happening. It is the logical result of a generation which has displaced God by human reasoning. The majority of people today have no time for God. The cry of our generation is that “God is dead”or “God is irrelevant”or “God is for a past generation”. Yet because man is created by God man cannot help but fumble for meaning beyond his present environment. He now turns to the occult for help.

Not many years ago God was recognized as the Creator and Upholder of the Universe. It was believed also that in Him there was a moral principle. The idea of good was related to God and the idea of evil was related to the Devil. With that foundation people knew what was meant when someone said”Be a good girl” or “Lying is wrong.”

But with the teaching of evolution in the schools and colleges with the growth of humanism and with the development of almost total apostasy on the part of the established churches the whole idea of responsibility to God is rejected. Man now has his own code of morality. Standards have become relative. Good and evil are no longer absolute but relative to various situations (situation ethics). Man has become his own authority apart from the Word of God.

All of this has led to unrest, dissatisfaction and protest. Young people as well as others are now seeking to penetrate the boundaries of experience in supernatural realms apart from God. Through Seers, mysticism, drugs, magic, hypnosis, witchcraft, astrology, fortune – telling, spiritism, metaphysics, martial arts and other forms of occultism more and more people are seeking visions or some supernatural experience which will take them out of the realm of reality. Anything is more desirable than having to think. Of the vast multitudes it can truthfully be said “There is no fear of God before their eyes” (Romans 3:18).

The Bible makes it clear that behind all the powers of darkness is Satanthe god of this worldthe Devil. His kingdom is arrayed against all the forces of God “For we wrestle not against flesh and bloodbut against principalitiesagainst powersagainst the rulers of the darkness of this world against spiritual wickedness in high places” (Ephesians 6:12).

Yes people try to explain away the Devil making themselves believe that he is some old fogy personage of the past with a pitchfork and horns. But the fact of the matter is that all of this occultism springs from the Devil. Occultism is one front one zone of conflict in our spiritual warfare.

Satan is presented in the Bible as a creature of great wisdom and beauty in his original state (Ezekiel 28:12-15). He occupied a place of considerable importance at the Throne of God as “the anointed cherub that covereth“(vs. 14). He may well have been the leader among the holy angels.

In Isaiah 14:12-14 we have the account of Satan’s rebellion against God. Notice the “I’s” and “I wills” of Satan’s pride and his total resistance to God’s authority. Other angels joined him for the Bible speaks of the “angels that sinned” (2 Peter 2:4). The Bible also speaks of “the angels which kept not their first estate”(Jude 6).

This explains the entrance of sin suffering and death into a universe which had been “good” when it came from the Father’s hand.

Today the Devil has tremendous power. He is described in 1 John 2:13 as “the wicked one.” He is behind all the wickedness and deception that is in the world and has power over this world system. The reason why Christians are warned in 1 John 2:1516 about the fashion of the world and the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the pride of life is because the Devil is creating the world’s spirit.

In Ephesians 6:12 Satan and his angels are called “the rulers of the darkness of this world” or “the world – rulers of this darkness.” The world – rulers are principalities and powers under the direction of the Devil. They rule this world by ruling the things which rule the world. Satan directs all these mighty forces.

In Ephesians 2:2 Satan is called “the prince of the power of the air.” The very atmosphere of this world ministers to his cause and is under his rule. Not only that but every unsaved person is walking “according to the course of this world according to the prince of the power of the air” (the Devil)”the spirit that now worketh in”(or energizes)”the children of disobedience” (Eph. 2:2). The Devil is energizing the life of every unsaved person. They are under his power. They respond to his controls. They belong to his Kingdom.

In 1 John 5:19 we are told that the “whole world lieth in wickedness” (in the wicked one or evil one). This world is in the power of the Devil and is held in subjection by him.

Little wonder the world has such a cruel hatred towards the Lord Jesus Christ. It is a constant battle between Christ and the Devil between Heaven and earth and between Heaven and Hell. That is why Satan works overtime to deceive the multitudes in this great spiritual warfare today. One of his main methods is the production of counterfeit signs wonders and false visions as displayed in the rise and popularity of many occult practices. These we shall study in future messages and shall see them more directly in relation to the Word of God.

2. Mysticism/Spiritism and Occultism

Do you know that God commands that a Seer or mystic/spiritistic medium should not be permitted to live? Hear what God says in Exodus 22:18″Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live“.

Do you know that to have dealings with Seers or mysticism/spiritism is to become defiled and so to be unfit to appear before God for worship? Hear what God says in Leviticus 19:31 “Regard not them that have familiar spirits neither seek after wizards to be defiled by them: I am the Lord your God.

Do you know that God cuts off from among His people those who follow mysticism/spiritism? Hear what God says in Leviticus 20:6″And the soul that turneth after such as have familiar spirits … I will even set my face against that soul and will cut him off from among his people.”

Do you know that capital punishment by stoning was God’s punishment on the Seers mystics or spirit mediums? Hear what God says in Leviticus 20:27 “A man also or woman that hath a familiar spiritor that is a wizardshall surely be put to death: they shall stone them with stones: their blood shall be upon them.”

Do you know that witchcraft fortune – telling crystal gazing vision seeking and other forms of occultism are allied to mysticism/spiritism and are equally condemned by God? Hear what God says in Deuteronomy 18:10-11 “There shall not be found among you anyone that … useth divination … or an enchanteror a witch.

Do you know that in the last days many shall turn away from the faithand away from the Bible unto seducing spirits and doctrines of demons? Hear what God says in 1 Timothy 4:1 “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly that in the latter times some shall depart” (apostatize) “from the faith giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils speaking lies in hypocrisy.” These spirits are called seducing spirits for they seek to gain the victim’s confidence and then to undermine his faith in the Word of God.

Do you know that God definitely forbids the seeking after familiar spirits? Hear what God says in Isaiah 8:19-20″And when they shall say unto you Seek unto them that have familiar spirits and unto wizards that peep and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead? To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word it is because there is no light in them.”

God makes it clear in this latter passage that the living should not seek unto those Seers who peep and mutter and claim to have visions or communicate with the dead. Sad to say many examples could be given to show that through the deceptive efforts of seducing spirits preachers and other prominent leaders of the nation are being hoodwinked into believing that they are receiving visions and special messages from the dead.

The Reader’s Digest few months ago carried an article by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale entitled There Is No Death. This is a re – echo of Satan’s lie “Ye shall not surely die” (Genesis 3:4). Let me read a part of that article interposing a few comments:

For many years I have been recording a series of incidents which bear out the conviction that life not death is the basic principle of the universe.” (This is not what the Bible teaches. Life according to the Bibleis made possible only through the merit of the blood of Christ. Life is the gift of God through Jesus Christ our Lord – Romans 5:12 – 21; Romans 6:23).

Dr. Peale continues: “From them (these incidents not the Bible)I have gained the unshakable belief” (in Satan’s lie) “that there is no death that the here and hereafter are one. When I reached this conclusion” (contrary to God’s Word) “I found it to be the most satisfying and convincing philosophy in my entire life.” (Upon reading that statement I thought of Colossians 2:8 “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit after the tradition of men after the rudiments of the world and not after Christ.”)

Then Dr. Peale goes on to say: “The following are the experiences which have convinced me that human spirits on both sides of death live in unbroken fellowship.” (According to him there is no need then of the resurrection day and if there is no resurrection then they which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished (Ref. 1 Corinthians 15:16-18).

Now notice carefully some incidents he quotes and upon which he builds his faith: “A member of my church Mrs. Bryson Kalt tells of an aunt whose husband and three children were burned to death when their house was destroyed by fire. The aunt was badly burned and lived for three years. When finally she lay dying a radiance suddenly came over her face. ‘It is all so beautiful’she said. ‘They are coming to meet me. Fluff up my pillows and let me go to sleep’.”

Then comes another incident upon which he builds his faith: “Friends of mine Mr. and Mrs. William Sage lived in New Jersey and I was often in their home. Will Sage died first. A few years later when Mrs. Sage was on her death – bed the most surprised look passed over her face. It lighted up in a wonderful smile as she said’Whyit is Will’. There is no doubt but what she had seen Will.”

Our reply to all this is found in Isaiah 8:20 “To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this wordit is because there is no light in them.” I also read in Isaiah 8:19 “And when they shall say … Seek … familiar spirits … and wizards … should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead?

Destroy all Pagan Idols and occult Mysticism/Spiritism and witchcraft materials!!! – Cleanse yourself!!

The Apostles had to deal constantly with Demonic forces. They instructed those that were involved in and harassed by demonic spirits to destroy all Pagan Idols and all witchcraft materials [such as tarot cards, idols, Ouija boards etc]

Acts:19:19: “Any many that believed came and confessed and shewed their deeds. Many of them also which used curious arts [witchcraft-pagan idol worship] brought their books [pagan materials etc.] together and burned them before all men:...”

There is also sorcery which is divining by lots. We have such a case in Acts 19:18-19 where those under the influence of Satan and his Demons were saved and as we noted they brought their books and materials of Idol Worship Witchcraft Sorcery and Divination and burned them. Sorcerers are classed in the Bible as having their part in the lake of fire (Revelation 22: 15).

What about witchcraft which is submission to evil spirits of one kind or another? Paul speaks of witchcraft as the works of the flesh (Galatians 5:20). It is the same as Devil worship.

Do you not know that the Bible teaches clearly that those who have to do with mysticism/spiritism in any form have no place in Heaven but have their place in the lake of fire? Let me read to you Revelation 21:8″But the fearful and unbelieving and the abominable and murderers and whoremongers AND SORCERERS and idolaters and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” The Lake of Fire is the final Hell to which sorcerers are consigned.

It is interesting to notice that in America mysticism/spiritism like so many of the false cults started with women. The story goes as follows: In 1847 a certain John Fox moved into a house in Hydeville New York. Soon after entering his two youngest girls began to hear rappings in different rooms which at first were attributed to rates in the walls. But when the bedclothes were pulled off the beds without hands and chairs and tables began dancing around the rooms one of the little girls hit upon the idea that it was supernatural. A few years after this organizations sprang up throughout the United States.

But as we have already seen spiritism is not a new religion. The prophets of the Old Testament had to warn God’s people against the practices which are so common in the rituals of mysticism/spiritism today.

Well what about the perplexing incident of the Seer the spiritualistic medium consulted by Saul at Endor? (Read 1 Samuel 28:3-25). Let us remember that when Saul King of Israel was zealous for God he cleared all Seers and mediums out of the land”And Saul had put away those that had familiar spirits and the wizards out of the land” (1 Sam. 28:3).

Saul consulted a Seera mystic or spiritistic medium only after his sins had broken his fellowship with God “And when Saul inquired of the Lordthe Lord answered him not” (1 Sam. 28:6).

I believe a careful study of this passage points out that it was God who interrupted the seance and caused not an impersonating spirit but Samuel in person to appear. The prophet did not appear in response to her call but it was God who sovereignly permitted Samuel to return. Samuel who had anointed Saul as king now pronounced the last terrible rejection on him. “So Saul died … for asking counsel of one that had a familiar spirit” (1 Chronicles 10:13).

The Bible makes it clear that we cannot follow mysticism/spiritism and follow Christ. One of the reasons why God rejected Israel was their trafficking in spiritism: “Therefore thou has forsaken thy people the house of Jacob because … they are soothsayers (Seers) like the Philistines”(Isaiah 2:6). The same living God will still reject those who give heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils (1 Tim. 4:1).

3. Fortune – Tellers Seers and Witchcraft

Most of our large cities have an open and a tolerant culture. During various periods of the year there are large gatherings of people with their drugs open sex and dreams of peace. But there are also Seers Gurus Astrologers Mystic Switches Soothsayers And fortune – tellers.

The Lord Jesus made it clear that when man turns from God and refuses to allow the vacuum in his heart to be filled with God and the things of God he opens his heart to the demons of the unseen spiritual universe. Matthew 12:44-45 “Then he” (the unclean spirit) “saith, ‘I will return into my house from whence I came out and when he is come he findeth it empty, swept and garnished. Then goeth heand taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.”

This is exactly what is happening today throughout the nation. The rising tide of occultism and fortune – telling signals the entrance of demoniac forces. One can travel to California and other places and visit the church of Satan whose creed emphasizes self – indulgence pursuit of pleasure sexual promiscuity and getting ahead at the expense of others. Classes are taught on such subjects as Ghosts and Hauntings Ritual Magic Fortune – Telling and Character Analysis Primitive Magic The Black Mass Witchcraft Metaphysics Martial Arts and Demonology.

The Spiritualists’ National Union a league of 500 spiritist churches adheres to seven principles:

(1) The fatherhood of God.
(2) The brotherhood of man.
(3) The communion of saints and the ministry of angels.
(4) Human survival of physical death.
(5) Personal responsibility to answer for one’s own deeds.
(6) Compensation or retribution for good or evil deeds.
(7) Eternal progress of every soul.

What such groups fail to discuss is man’s alienation from God because of sin the unique sacrifice for sin provided by God through His own Son the Lord Jesus Christ the nature of God’s grace available to all who trust Jesus Christ as Lord. John warns us in 1 John 4:1-3″Beloved Believe not every spirit but try” (test) “the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist whereof ye have heard that it should come and even now already is it in the world.”

It is important to keep in mind that the Devil has power. He can deliver false visions work miracle heal the sick impersonate and deceive. But Paul says in 2 Cor. 2:11″We are not ignorant of his devices.”

There is a very interesting account of a Seera fortune – teller in Acts 16:16-24. Here we are told “…a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met uswhich brought her masters much gain by soothsaying” (verse 16). This woman had an evil spirit in her. She was demon – possessed. This demon within her helped her in telling fortunes. She was a slave girl and her masters received gain from her fortune – telling.

The Bible makes it clear that fortune – telling divining soothsaying predicting the future by signs palmistry tea – leaf reading communication with evil spirits or receiving visions and communications with the dead are all of Satan. They are wicked and ruinous practices.

In Deuteronomy 18:9-14 the Lord gave solemn warning to the Israelites that they must not practice the sins of the heathen people whose land they were to possess: “When thou are come into the land which the Lord thy God giveth theethou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fireor that useth divinationor an observer of times or an enchanted… or a consulter with familiar spirits or a wizard or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord: and because of these abominations the Lord thy God doth drive them out from before thee….” The Bible could not plainer. These sins are an abomination to God.

God here condemns those “that useth divination” or fortune – telling. This means fortune – telling by reading the palm is a sin fortune – telling by reading tea leaves is a sin.

Surely it ought to be clear to any thinking person that those who pretend to foretell the future are wicked frauds. For example if a Seer or fortune – teller could truly tell the future why would he or she need to open a dingy little office and collect money from the gullible poor to make a living? If a fortune – teller could foretell the price of a stock he could be rich over night. There are bankers and investors who would pay enormous sums of money for such wise information.

There is no doubt about it that at times fortune – tellers and Seers are able to reveal things which they could not have known through any ordinary human channels. The answer to this is that such people are literally in touch with demons. And these demons sometimes may reveal just enough to ensnare people and lead them deeper into sin.

No one has ever found the secret of happiness or the way to permanent success and prosperity from a fortune – teller. Satan will often work to reveal some things in order to get people away from the Bible. But Satan will never do anything to bring happiness to a person for his goal is to lead souls into Hell.

The girl in Acts 16 who brought her masters much gain by her soothsaying was literally possessed of a devil or demon. She was able to reveal certain things to deceive the people further into wicked practices. But she never helped anyone to do right or to be permanently happy.

I want you to notice that when this girl was saved she quit her fortune – telling. She knew even while she was demon – possessed that Paul and Silas were preachers of the only true God and of the Saviour of sinners. Demons know that Jesus is the Son of God the Saviour of the world. This girl followed Paul and Silas and said “These men are the servants of the most high God which shew unto us the way of salvation” (Acts 16:17). This went on for days. Finally Paul was grieved and turning to the girl he spoke to the unclean spirit saying “I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her” (verse 18). Thank Godthe demon came out the same hour. She was delivered and saved.

Notice carefully that once this girl was saved she told no more fortunes and had no more visions. When she trusted wholly in Christ she was delivered from her demon possession. She quit the wicked business of deceiving others.

If you are saved and belong to God’s family then you ought to forever renounce all horoscopes all mystic visions or spiritistic seances all palmistry all fortune – telling and all other occult practices.

Why should a believer go to such false cults and deceitful people to learn the future? God has told us all we need to know in His own inspired Word. A Christian does not have to know the future in detail. We do not know all that the future holds but we do know who holds the future. We live a day at a time knowing “that all things work together for good to them that love Godto them who are the called according to His purpose” (Rom. 8:28).

It will probably seem strange to you to read in Acts 16 that when Paul and Silas helped this poor demon – possessed Seer a fortune – teller by commanding the evil spirit to leave her that they had to suffer for the victorious result of their faith.

It is the same today. When people defame preachers and talk about them being racketeers and money – snatchers you can be sure that behind this talk is somebody else. Bible preachers hate the booze traffic even as God does but the people who hold the booze interests and booze governments will slander them and work overtime to put them out of business for daring to preach against it.

But let us not be alarmed or surprised. But Jesus said “If the world hate youhe know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the worldbut I have chosen you out of the worldtherefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto youThe servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me they will also persecute you: if they have kept my saying they will keep yours also” (John 15:18-20).

We will have opposition and persecution for preaching and printing these messages. We have had threats on our lives already. But let us be willing to stand for what is rightto do what is rightand to share what is right with others. let us not feel sorry for ourselves but “stand upstand up for Jesus”.

“Blessed are yewhen men shall hate youand when they shall separate you from their companyand shall reproach youand cast out your name as evilfor the Son of man’s sake. Rejoice ye in that dayand leap for you: forbeholdyour reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets” (Luke 6:22-23).

4. Astrology Astronomy Occultism Time Calendars and Astrological Charts

When the Bible speaks of “an observer of times” (Deut. 18:10) and condemns the practice of calculating time or creating calendars and charts based on astrological (SunMoonPlanets and Stars) observancesit is referring to astrology and astronomy. It originated with the formation of a group of astrologers and astronomers in ancient Babylon that used the “Tower of Babel” as an observatory. Our currentman made system of telling time and making calendars and astrological charts originated in “Mystery Babylon”. Not necessarily a bad thing from a “man made” or worldly point of view as we would be lost without a clock or a calendarbut we must remember that God has His own system of telling time (2 Peter 3:8) and His own calendar of events and observances. which is not of our making.

Many people read the daily horoscopes. A horoscope is a diagram or chart of the twelve zodiac divisions of the heavens showing the relative positions of planets by which astrologers profess to foretell the events by a person’s life. The writers of these horoscopes pretend to advise people about what day is a good day for businessor what kind of a person they should marry. Other people buy charts which also pretend to give advice based on the reading of the stars.

The fake astrologer says”The stars incline but do not compel.” That isthe stars have a tendency to control the lives of people in a certain way if they were born on a certain day and under certain conditions. But when things do not turn out according to their predictionsthe astrologers always have an alibi”The stars only incline but do not compel one to have a good fortune.”

One who spends money for the advice of an astrologeror sends money for a horoscopeor buys astrology magazines and bookssimply proves the old saying”A fool and his money are soon parted.” No one ever learns the secret of happiness or the secret of success through astrology. But those who follow such ways grieve God and act contrary to the Word of God. These people may enslave themselves in sin and lose their souls by following things that lead away from the Lord Jesus Christ and Bible salvation.

Yet peopleyoung and oldare looking to the daily horoscopes for guidance in their lives. They are convinced that the movements of the stars have a definite influence upon human affairs and behaviour. Maybe you believe this.

I.D.E. Thomasan authorand speaker with the British Broadcasting Corporationsuggests several reasons for the interest today in these old beliefs:

Firstwe live in an age of anxiety and fear. People turn to stargazing hoping to find something to calm them down.

Secondorganized but dead religion has failed to provide answers to many of the perplexing questions of our day. People turn to astrology as their own “invented” religion.

Thirdspace exploration has turned the thoughts of people often to Aliens or Space Beings (actually the Physical manifestations of Demons – fallen angels- that live in the spirit world space) and the mysteries of the universe.

Fourththe computerized and highly technical society in which people live has “depersonalized” them. In astrology they seek to recapture personal identity and meaning in life.

Finall, ythe resurgence of astrology is due to mens’ unsatisfied curiosity.

How did astrology get started? The first astrologers were probably the priests of the ancient Chaldeans in Babyloniaa mystic star – worshipping society as far back as 3200 B.C. They looked upon the planets as gods. They observed that the planets revolved about the fixed starsand decided that so much movement was powerful – – powerful enough to affect human affairs.

These Chaldeans also noted that some constellations – – groups of stars – – resembled the general shapes of certain animalspersonsand objects. They marked off a portion of the sky that contained twelve of these constellations. This is known as the “zodiac”.

Included in the zodiac were Aries the RamTaurus the BullGemini the TwinsCancer the CrabLeo the LionVirgo the VirginLibra the ScalesScorpio the ScorpionSagittarius the ArcherCapricorn the GoatAquarius the Water Bearerand Pisces the Fishes.

The zodiac portions are known as the “houses of heaven”. Each house is supposed to be ruled by one of the 12 zodiac signswhich in turn are said to affect a person’s character and attitudes. Two signs are supposed to apply equally to everyone – – the sign under which he is borndetermined by his birthand the sign rising on the eastern horizon at the moment of his birth.

One writer has said that “Astrology is a game played with symbols called stars and planets on a board called the zodiac. It is as far removed from the realities of the universe as a game of Monopoly is from the transactions of the Chase Manhattan Bank.”

It does not take one long to find out how confusing astrology really is. About five million Americans are said to plan their lives by consulting the daily horoscopes in the newspapers. But if they read more than one newspaper they are likely to get conflicting advice.

A comparison of horoscopes for one day written by the world’s foremost astrologers revealed only one similarity existed for any one sign. Virgo were told by one astrologer to entertain at home in the eveningwhile another advised them to attend the theatre. Libra were instructed that they could order their day as they wished. But a second astrologer informed them that their personal plans might suffer a setback.

Horoscope predictions are often so vague that they could mean anything or everything. A newspaper in Europe ran the same forecasts each week for six weeks before anyone noticed!

Many things astrologers predict do not come true. They warned that during April1969a large section of California would be hit by an earthquake and fall into the Pacific. On October 201968Jeane Dixon wrote”I still stand by my New Year’s prediction and see no marriage for Jackie in the near future.” On the next day Mrs. Kennedy was married.

What does God say about astrology? This ought to be of more interest to you than what any astrologer has to say. The Bible condemns astrology and other forms of the occult.

God says clearly in Deut. 18:10-12 “There shall not be ound among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fireor that useth divinationor any observer of timesor an enchanteror a witchOr a charmeror a consulter with familiar spiritsor a wizardor a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord.” God further decreed death to those who violated these laws (Lev. 20:6).

We also read in the Bible that God mocked the Chaldeans in Isaiah 47:13 “Let now the astrologersthe stargazersthe monthly prognosticatorsstand upand save thee from these things that will come upon thee.

One real sign that these stargazers are false prophets is that they do not always tell the truth. Deuteronomy 18:21-22 “And if thou say in thine heartHow shall we know the word which the Lord hath not spoken? When a prophet speaketh in the name of the Lordif the thing follow notnor come to pass that is the thing which the Lord HATH NOT SPOKENbut the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.”

Jeremiah warned the people of God that they were not to believe that omens for evil could be read in the heavens “Thus saith the LordLearn not the way of the heathen” (nations) “and be not dismayed at the signs of heavenfor the heathen” (nations)”are dismayed at them” (Jeremiah 10:2).

Our future is not in the stars but in the God who made the stars. Are you hoping in horoscopes? Do you believe in Aliens or Space Beings that will come to earth to save us? Do you put your trust in supernatural VisionsSeers and Psychics? Are you looking for Extra-Biblical Visions and Messages from the deadbeyond the grave? You do not have to. Put your hope in God. As Christians we do not need to worry about the future. Everything we need to know about our future and destiny can be found in God’s Holy WordThe Bible. We can leave it with our God. We have full confidence that our sins are forgiven through the precious blood of Christ. We have confidence that in the hour of our death God will be with us.

We shall go to be with Christ which is far better. “Absent from the body…present with the Lord” (2 Cor. 5:8).

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Fantasy Games and Literature Cause Psychological and Spiritual Damage.

Is a world of darkness a suitable venue for your young persons learning?

IT USED TO BE THAT YOUNG PEOPLE rarely thought about the supernatural. In today’s Western worldhoweverthey are swamped by it on a regular-even daily-basis.

Pre-adolescentsteenagers and young adults watch cartoonsvideotapes and prime time TV shows which contain powerful paranormal and black magic themes. Many listen to raucous music emphasizing occult subject matter. They play video games (such as Diablo IIa Dungeons and Dragons-like computer gamewhere players battle a demon to save the world) in which elements of magic and witchcraft are an integral part of the action. They play Fantasy games such as WarhammerMagicYu-Gi-Oh!Dungeons and Dragons and many others. They read fantasy comic booksfantasy novels and other fantasy literature that is using Occult Symbolism and Themes To Prepare Children For The Coming of Antichrist!

Yu-Gi-Oh!: A Japanese Occult Card Game Using Occult Symbolism and Themes To Prepare Children For The Coming of Antichrist!

They also read about Harry Potter.

Harry Potterthe main character of Joanna K. Rowling’s series of fictional booksis a teenage orphan who is deeply unhappy about living with his strict uncle and auntuntil he discovers he has magical powers and joins a school of wizardry.

Harry’s phenomenal popularity has taken children and teens by storm. Many bookstores have difficulty keeping their shelves stocked with the books.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stonethe first book in the serieshas been on the New York Times ‘best-seller’ list for over a year and a half. For many of those monthsthe book was listed among the top three best sellers.

The latest opusHarry Potter and the Goblet of Firesold 372000 copies in its first weekend (July 8) and orders are pouring in for the next volumethough it has not been written yet. U.S. publisher Scholastic predicted a sky-high number of sales and released a record-shattering first printing of 3.8 million copies of the 752-page tome. Another million copies were published and released in the UKmore than half a million were distributed in Canada and Australia.

The Potter books have been translated into some 40 languagespublished in Braille and disseminated into approximately 100 countries. More than 35 million copies have sold internationallythus far netting author Rowling an astounding personal income of $128 million.

The Philadelphia Inquirer says that Miss Rowling is on track to become the first writer in history to pocket $1 billion in her lifetime. The figure is based on the $526 million she’s projected to earn by 2005 from the Harry Potter industry and the three more books she intends to write. In additionRowling will get at least $12.5 million from the first Potter movieplus licensing deals from toymakers Mattel and Hasbro worth at least $50 million over several years.

It’s no secret that each book in the Potter series grows progressively darker and more complexeven Harry’s fans will admit that the fourth book is more somber and violent than the previous three. The newest bookwhich has been nicknamed “Harry Potter iv” opens with the murder of a 76-year-old man. The suspense and horror only intensify from there.

Neverthelessmany parents and teachers are thrilled to see kids taking the time to read. Some adults have themselves become enthralled with Harry’s adventures and have blazed through all four books in the series.

John Buckeridgeeditor of Youthworks magazinesays that the Potter seriesalong with the recent boom in other sinister books and TV shows”encourage an interest in magic as harmless fun. Howeverfor some young people it could fuel a fascination that leads to dangerous dabbling with occult powers. So what starts out as spooks and spells can lead to psychological and spiritual damage.”

Commenting on Potter ivMr. Buckeridge says: “On one level it’s just a good read. But on another level it’s softening the path for paganism to become part of mainstream society.”

According to a report in the September edition of Youthworksmany teenage boys are rejecting Christianity and the church for witchcraft. Moreoverthere is an even greater response from young women seeking female “empowerment.” Droves of girls are showing an unprecedented interest in witchcraftwith dozens every month wanting to join covens to learn about becoming Seers and casting spells in order to pass school examsfind boyfriends and become wealthy.

One organizationthe Pagan Federation (a UK-based group which represents druidsshamanswitches and high priestesses) acknowledges that scores of curious youngsters are now contacting its main officewith upwards of 100 telephone calls per month. The Federation has just appointed its first youth officer in response to the growing number of queries from teens.

Many kids-and their parents view the Harry Potter rage as harmless fun. in the November 1999 edition of the Trumpethoweverwe showed how these books ought to be considered dangerous. The supernatural world holds a strong fascination for many young minds. Impressionable Young Minds are naturally drawn to it. It intrigues themand they want to know more.

Knowing something about wizardry or witchcraft gives some impressionable young minds a feeling of power and an increased sense of worth. They feel special because they know something “secret” and “mysterious” that others do not know.

Once they become involvedmany are drawn deeper into itwhether it is the study of occult literature or participation in magic rituals or seances. For some impressionable young mindsit can become an obsession.

For impressionable mindsthis fantasy world of magic and mystery increasingly can assume a sense of reality. The impressionable mind’s fantasy world can some-times displace the real world to such an extent that the two become virtually indistinguishable.

Yetmany parents believe their impressionable young minds can “handle” fantasy. Some call other worldly novels and occult interests a “healthy outlet” for their impressionable young mindsdespite the fact that in some cases these involvement’s promotepsychological and mental disturbancesas well as violent tendencies in the real world!

Mental health officials are shocked at the tremendous increase in mental health problems that are affecting our generation of young people today. It is little wonderconsidering the effects of the occult on the young people today.

By nowyou have probably seen the stories of the impact of the occult on teenagers and young adults. These tragic events are not tabloid sensationalismbut sober news reported by reputable wire servicessuch as APReuters and UPI.

The following events have been reported in recent years:

* An 18-year-old fatally bludgeons his grandfather with a roofing hammer. The boy’s father later said that his son regularly played the video game Resident Evilin which characters wielding hatchets behead rampaging zombies. The boy’s “imagination became reality” his father said.

* Two boys stroll through their Colorado high schoolfiring semi-automatic rifles and detonating pipe bombshooting and laughing as they go. After killing several classmatesthey each shoot themselves. It is discovered thatprior to their deathsboth were obsessed with black metal musicfantasy gamesmovies and video games that were teeming with gruesomeviolent content.

* A teenage girl commits suicideleaving behind a diary containing elaborate drawings of satanic scenes.

* A young man chops off his left hand and stabs himself in the chest as a part of an occult ritual to “purify his body.”

* A 14-year-old boy preoccupied with books on the occult claims to have had a vision of Satanafter which he kills his mother.

Similar cases can be cited from virtually every corner of the developed Western world.

PsychologistsPsychiatristsmental health workers and law enforcement officials are alarmed-and rightly SO. The occult is emphatically NOT just a “harmless bit of fun”! It is downright DANGEROUS!

For concerned parentsthe key is early prevention. Parents have a heavy responsibility to direct their child’s interests to wholesome and profitable channels

Parents ought to realize that impressionable young minds do not yet have the wisdom and experience to guide their own lives or to make fully informed choices. This is surely illustrated by Proverbs 22:15: “Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child.”(The word foolishness actually means evil in the Hebrew language.)

Realize too that sometimes impressionable young minds are drawn to occult pursuits because parental involvement and attention are missing in their lives. They become involved in the occult to fill a void or to gain attention. Another proverb states that “a child left to himself bringeth his mother [or father] to shame” (Prov. 29:15).

Case studies reveal that serious involvement with the occult often begins with apparently normal impressionable young mindsabsorbed with the seemingly innocent-such as fantasy board games (i.e.: Warhammer) fantasy card games (i.e.: Magic) fantasy bookscomics or video and computer games and the list grows from there. The grip tightensoften quickly.

Parents must be on guard-protective of the precious minds of the impressionable young adolescentsteens and young adults. They must give serious thought to directing their impressionable young mind’s interests into beneficial pursuits-such as regular hobbiessports and musical training.

The occult and supernatural must not be dismissed as mere superstition or as “just another genre of literature.” There isin facta real world of evil spirits! Moreovertheir manifestations can be extremely hazardous.

One source that addresses this topic in detail is the Holy Bible. It is the most complete reference book available on the subject.

The Bible reveals the excise of perverse spirit beings DEMONS-who seek to seduce and ultimately destroy humanity. Satan the devilwhom the Bible labels as the “prince of demons” leads these spirits (Mark 3:22RSV).

In today’s modern societySatan has become a myth. Many laugh at him as a cartoon figure of a reddancing monster with wings like a bathornsa longpointed tail and a pitchfork.

Howeverthe real Satan and his demonic cohorts are very real and violently at work!

Satan often works in a very subtle fashion. He is shrewdcunning and sly. He is expert at making evil look good. He represents his teachings as wisdom and light. He is even identified as an “angel of light” in it Corinthians 11:14. This is how he has deceived the whole world! (Rev. 12:9).

The Bible labels the popular occult and supernatural pursuits of our modern age as “works of darkness.” In additionit cautions us in Ephesians 5:11 to “have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness……” We need to understand this important warning-and teach it to the impressionable young minds of our teens and young adults.

Why? Becauseas the prophet Micah explainstoday we have too much “witchcraft” and too many “soothsayers (Seers)” in our lands who refuse to obey the commandments and ways of the living God! (Micah. 5:12).

God will rightfully punish and destroy US-UNLESS WE REPENT-just before and leading up to the sudden destruction to come “upon the heathen”(v.15)which will take place at the very end of this age and at the Second Coming of Jesus Christ as King of kings!

Those who refuse to obey their Maker by abandoning abominable acts such as sorcery and the worship of pagan deities will not enter the Kingdom of God (Rev. 21:8). Thereforeeach of us would do well to heed the words of James 4:7where we are commanded to “submit to God” and “RESIST the devil.” Understanding what’s really going on behind the scenes in the spirit world is the first step towards combating deception.

Yesthere are strong spiritual forces out therethey are very real and they are not to be toyed with! You need to know more.

As parentswe must realize that the impressionable young minds of our teens and young adults are precious gifts from God. Each of us must laborabove allto watch over the character development of their impressionable young mindsknowing that nothing comes more naturally to impressionable young minds than violencefantasyadventure and magic.

We all have a moral obligation to monitor our impressionable young mind’s pursuits-including the books they readthe games they playthe video’s they watch-and to guide them away from things evil and dangerousand educate them toward that which is purewholesome and good.