CONTINUATION — Witchcraft… ON THIS PAGE:
· Rituals, talismans, ceremonies, and occult symbols accompany curses
· Haunting and familiar spirits
· Christians who curse others, and sincere believers who cannot really be cursed
· So-called innocent curses in nursery rhymes
· Dealing with sickness and its spiritual causes through anointing with oil and confession of trespasses
· Evil spirits and the human spirits of living people
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Rituals, talismans, ceremonies, and occult symbols accompany curses
Rituals always manifest the presence of demons and/or of Satan himself. The intensity of demonic power and presence therefore always suit the level of satanic worship, and the intention of a specific sacrifice. Rituals that accompany sacrifices usually include the use of ‘magical’ charms or talismans, herbs, etc. Rituals are usually done according to prescribed sacrifices and incantations, or demonic prayers, which consist of reciting and/or chanting specific phrases that call up and send forth demons. For instance, Wiccans use the ‘holy’ smoke of a burning smudge, (a bundle of ‘magical’ herbs) to ‘protect’ an ‘energy field’ - a particular area or territory around a person, object, home, etc. Most witchdoctors use ‘blessed’ (or actually cursed) seashells, tortoise shells, bones, etc. and trance meditation to predict the future, but also to cast curses and spells. Some pagan tribes use their beer drinking ceremonies to communicate with ancestor spirits, (which are demons not the spirits of dead people,) and in rites of passage or initiation ceremonies.
‘Love’ spells and potions, sex spells, revenge spells etc., are usually accompanied by ‘good luck’ or ‘actually, bad luck’ charms such as magic talismans, or amulets. Without rejecting all gifts, we must nevertheless be wary of ‘gifts,’ which might be given with bad intentions. I speak from experience. Cursed or ‘spell-bound’ objects can be anything: jewelry (crosses especially,) bath salts, clothes, ‘innocent’ little fairies, cartoon characters such as Mickey Mouse, dragons, (dragons always symbolize Satan,) teddy bears, ‘good’ wishes painted on a quirky character, etc.
‘Good luck’ charms are often attached to a chain and worn around the neck or wrist to ‘protect’ the bearer – while the bearer actually curses him or herself by placing cursed objects on the body. The American Indian ‘dream catcher,’ (a large ring adorned with beautiful feathers,) has infiltrated Western culture as a ‘good luck’ charm to be hung above a baby’s crib, in a window or doorway to allegedly ‘hold the destiny of the person’s future.’ This is a strong curse on the life of that person, as only God must “hold our times in His hand,” and only God Himself can truly bless us.
Curses and spells can also accompany obviously malicious objects and things like clipped nails, hair, etc. which are hidden in the victim’s home, or buried in the garden, acting as an ‘entry point’ for demons to find and harass the victim. Witches also use spells to ‘cage’ the ‘souls’ of lovers, spouses, children, friends, etc. in ‘spirit houses,’ which are usually in the form of a miniature doll’s house. Voodooists especially, are intent on torturing their enemies through demons. One way they accomplish this is to bind figures in wax, clay, and other materials to burn, pierce with needles, or to tear and twist the limbs of the figure to inflict the same demonic pain on the victim. It is not the voodoo doll that hurts the victims, but a demon, which the shaman has sent forth to torture the person in this way.
God also forbade us to “bring an accursed thing into our homes.” It became ‘trendy’ to gather African, Egyptian, Eastern, and other artifacts such as tribal masks, totem poles, weapons of war, ancestor faces, mythological figures carved in stone or wood, Buddha, Hindu and Mary statuettes and other religious carvings, moldings, and paintings, such as the ‘saint’ statues and paintings of the Roman Catholic Church, etc. Know that actually, the Roman Catholic Church worships ‘mother’ Mary and their other ‘saints’ as mediators and thus as gods. God does not permit us to keep ‘foreign gods,’ which are demons, and other ‘accursed things’ in our homes.
God did not forbid us to make normal statues and paintings for our pleasure. Cursed things are not ordinary sculptures and paintings, but objects made for, and used in both occult and Christian rituals. Thus, not all carvings, pictures, etc. are cursed; yet even ordinary ones should be dedicated to God in prayer, while seeking His face to reveal whether the object could have been cursed for a specific purpose, (such as attaching a demon to it to send to an enemy,) or for use in ritual occultism. God commanded in Ex. 20:1-6, “You shall not make for yourself a carved image… [as a god or any other revered thing to] bow down to and to serve them…” He also commanded in Deut. 7:25-26, “You shall burn the carved images of their gods with fire; [not innocent carved images,] you shall not covet the silver or gold that is on them, [or the so-called ‘blessing’ and ‘protection’ attached to them,] nor take it for yourselves, lest you are ensnared by it… Nor shall you bring an abomination into your louse lest you be doomed to destruction like it. You shall utterly detest it and utterly abhor it, for it is an accursed thing.”
The five pointed pentagram, (star of Mohammed, masonic star of Baphomet, etc.,) the Satanist hexagram, or the six-pointed Jewish ‘Star of David,’ (David never had a ‘star,’) and the 666, are common Satanic symbols. In the occult, all these stars are used in spells and curses. It is also known that, “when the masonic male triangle penetrates the female triangle it produces the six pointed star, the crest of Solomon, or the hexagram.”
Curses are often accompanied by inscriptions and occult symbols to make the curse of greater effect. For instance, an occult symbol on a wall is a curse that has a demon attached to it – usually a ‘watcher,’ who reports to a witch in the area. Witches always reveal their presence through occult signs and hand signals, too varied to discuss in this study. So, the thunderbolt sign, often used in cartoons, books, and covers, (like the one Harry Potter wears on his forehead,) represents the Greek God Zeus, used in New Age symbolism as the ‘higher god-man state of cosmic consciousness,’ and Lucifer falling from heaven to wreak havoc on earth.
Witches and secret masonic orders proudly place their symbols on objects, writings, etc. to mark their territory, presence, or work. Thus, when dealing with Christian work such as Bible translations, masonic orders often use the ‘three-in-one’ triquetra symbol or trinity knot, which is a Celtic symbol of the god Odin, to identify their work. The triquetra is depicted in the occult and in Celtic/Nordic Christianity as a “tripartite symbol [of three different gods] composed of three interlocked fish, (in paganism it can be three interlocked legs or anything else,) marking the intersection of three circles,” which, so they say, represents the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Most unacceptably, a stylized triquetra symbol, (three interlocking ‘chains,’) also adorns the cover of the New King James Version of the Bible and the Spirit Filled Bible!
[Acknowledgement to the people who did these images]
ABOVE FROM LEFT: Triquetra Fish, the Masonic Trinity Knot on Bibles, the Celtic Knot of Odin, and pagan Trinity Knots.
Haunting and Familiar Spirits
It is common for new occupants of a house to encounter ghosts and haunting, and even for regular occupants to suddenly experience ‘strange phenomena.’ First, we must make certain there are no physical causes for things such as furniture creaking randomly, popping sounds, footsteps etc., and not read supernatural manifestations into a change in the whether, or a mouse chewing on something in the corner. Still, malicious spirits can even send things flying through the air, open doors, trigger sensors based on movement, etc. Such nasty ones are known as ‘poltergeists,’ but mostly, they are all familiar spirits. Familiar spirits were attached to the previous occupants of the house and ‘left behind’ when the people died or moved away. Poltergeists can also be left behind through séances, (calling up the so-called ‘dead,’) other satanic rituals, and violent crimes that have been committed there. Familiar spirits inhabit areas that were dedicated to them through unrepentant sin. These spirits are then said to ‘haunt’ the place.
In dealing with these problems, we must seek God’s face even in fasting to determine the cause of the problem. We must then closely follow the leading of the Holy Spirit. Stay away from shamans and so-called ‘deliverers,’ who sprinkle wine, blow on the Shofar to call more spirits to them and their ‘clients,’ while hiding behind Roman Catholic crosses. God is the God of heaven and earth. Every knee shall bow before Him, and every tongue will confess that He is Lord. He has given His Holy-Spirit authority to all His personally born again believers to stand against the evil one and overcome his wiles, (Rev. 12:11.) Thus, He commanded in Lev. 19:31, “Give no regard to mediums and familiar spirits; [cast them out in Jesus Name;] do not seek after [or submit to] them, to be defiled by them: I Am the Lord your God.” Yet, if the place was dedicated to Satan through active satanic rituals, rape, and murder, it would be best to move away.
Spirits that begin to manifest themselves in already inhabited houses and other places may have ‘footholds’ due to unrepentant sin the house, in which case they will refuse to leave until the sin is dealt with. They work through people that commit adultery, pornography, violence, occult games, lies and deceit, or any other sin that suddenly started, were never confessed to God and the victims, or continues in the household. Here too, we must consult God and wait for His answer. It is always good to confess all personal sin, repent, and guard against the playing of heavy metal and other satanic music, pornography, adultery, and other sin.
It is important to ‘claim’ ownership to the property as our God-given right by ownership or rental lease, etc., and forbid all habitation of evil, dirty, and malicious human spirits as well — that’s human spirits of people who are still alive, such as witches and those given to hatred and immorality, (1Ths. 5:23.) Our homes must be wholly dedicated to God and protected under the blood Covenant of Christ. Once we deal with the cause, the problem can be resolved by prayer, Holy-Spirit led action against the guilty, and ‘binding’ the spirits, demanding that they leave and never return.
Such manifestations can also be demonic attacks from people. Demons choose to work through witches or those caught in hatred and jealousy. They also irritate, scare and harass workers in God’s Kingdom, who preach the truth of His Word and thus have an impact on the kingdom of darkness. In all such cases, we must never lose sight of the powerful blood-atonement of Jesus in our place, the power of repentance and forgiveness, the ministry of the Omnipotent Holy Spirit and His mighty, holy angels, and the all-powerful ‘Sword’ or Word of Jesus our Lord. For those who stand against all evil in Christ, God promised in Deut. 28:7, “...They will advance on you on one road and on seven roads they shall flee…” Isa. 37:33, “He shall not come into this [house,] nor shoot an arrow there. Nor come before it with shield, nor build a siege mound against it. By the way that he came, by the same shall he return, and he shall not come into this [house,] says the Lord, for I will defend this [or house] to save it.”
Christians who curse others and Sincere Believers, who cannot really be cursed
To use God’s Word uncontextually to control and manipulate believers is a learned pattern of abuse in Christianity. Besides hatred, which is spiritual and emotional murder, Christians can, and do curse others, like the Roman Catholic papacy and other Christian leaders such as Benny Hinn, who declare those ‘anathema’ (or cursed) who do not submit to their dogmas, hierarchy, and so-called ‘anointing.’ Nearly all churchgoing Christians are cursed on a weekly basis when their pastor pronounces, as a “direct Word from God,” the curse of Mal. 3:8-10 over them because they do not bring enough money “into the storehouse.” By this, these Christian witches mean to release the entire state of cursedness of the Old Testament law over them, as described in Deuteronomy 28. However, Jesus became a curse to buy the entire state of blessedness for all those who are born again in Him, (Gal. 3:10-14; 2:21; 4:3-7.) Sincere, Moral-Law abiding believers cannot be cursed “without cause,” because Jesus had blessed all His disciples through His complete atonement in their place, (Mt. 25:34.) The attempt to bring true believers under a curse of the Old Testament law, is an invalid curse without cause – unless they choose to believe the lie and bring themselves under the curse, (Gal. 2:21.)
Those who are blessed by God, cannot be cursed by anyone, as described in Numbers 22:12, “God said to Balaam, ‘You shall not curse them, for they are blessed.’” Paul declared, “The gifts and calling of God are irrevocable,” (Rom. 11:29.) And Prov. 26:2 states, “Like a flying sparrow, so a curse without cause shall not alight.”
The real curse, which is not ‘without a cause,’ is immoral, not ritual or ceremonial sin. We can heap up serious problems for ourselves by disobeying God’s Moral commandments and the leading of the Holy Spirit, and by not discerning and doing God’s will for a specific situation. Satan is always on the lookout for ‘gaps’ in our spiritual armor. Without our armor intact, (which is our Godly character and works of truth, righteousness, hope, faith, love, and sincere Moral obedience to God, Eph. 6:10-18,) demonic onslaughts will affect, and even overcome us. That’s why sincere believers must always be vigilant to break all curses with a cause through obedience to the Word of God, (Rom. 6:23.)
So-called ‘Innocent’ Curses in Nursery Rhymes
Most nursery rhymes and fairy tales have secret meanings and teach little children to commit idolatry and witchcraft, and to recite spells. For instance, ‘ring-a-ring-a-roses’ was about the Medieval plague in Europe, and ‘a pocket full of posies’ was a smudge, or a little bag filled with magic herbs that was supposed to ward off spirits of death. The way in which children hold hands and dance in a ring while chanting this rhyme, comes directly from the practice of calling up demons and casting spells in witchcraft.
‘Goosy, goosy gander, where shallt thou wonder - upstairs and downstairs, and in my lady’s chamber. There lived an old man, who didn’t say his prayers. He took goosy… and flung him down the stairs…’ This nursery rhyme refers to adultery, prostitution and murder. Jack and Jill, some people believe, tells of two children losing their virginity when they ‘went up the hill…’ ‘Old Mother Goose… would fly through the air on a very fine gander…’ speaks of a witch flying on a ‘gander,’ which is just another reference to a broomstick, or in reality, the common occult practice of Astro travel, and sex with demons, as the broomstick signifies the male phallus. Nowadays, witchcraft practices are accessible to children of all ages through television, movies, and the internet, and through demonic video games and books. Many children jokingly look up rituals and spells to harm, or get rid of an enemy, or simply to vex someone they dislike.
DEALING WITH SICKNESS AND ITS SPIRITUAL CAUSES
Anointing with oil and confession of trespasses in healing
Those who follow false church doctrines rather than the contextual truth of the Bible either distort, or reject the Scriptural anointing with ordinary oil in healing. Mostly, these Scripture-distorting, Reformed and other Christians falsely allege, this New Testament practice, (just as the supernatural gifts or signs of the Holy Spirit: Mark 16:16-18,) “pertained only to the miraculous apostolic age, which ceased when the first apostles died.”
Where is it written or even suggested in Scripture that any, or even some of the New Testament commandments, promises, or Holy Spirit gifts have ‘ceased?’ The context of Mark 6:13 and Jam. 5:13-20 commands believers, who are sick, to “call for the [God-called, servant elderly.] Let them pray over them, [and if there are no true elderly to contact, one may do the following in the leading of the Holy Spirit:] anoint them with oil in the Name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, [not the oil in itself as if this oil has ‘magical’ powers,] and the Lord will raise them up.”
The context of the word ‘healings’ suggests a multilevel healing – spiritual, emotional, physical, and circumstantial healings. So, James 5:16 also commands, “Confess your trespasses [which you have committed against each other] to one another and pray for one another, that [your relationships, sorrows, and even physical infirmaries] may be healed…”
It is an indisputable fact that hatred, conflict, lies, slander, adultery, etc., originate from the spirit world. Left untreated by our disobedience to God’s Moral Law of Love, secret as well as unashamed sin will cause demonic harassment, sick bodies, minds, and relationships. We must do everything in our power to resolve conflict as fast and as far as possible among ourselves to attain God’s healings in our lives, (Rom. 12:18; Mt. 5:23-24.) Our obedience to God’s Moral Law and the “gifts of healings [plural] to work miracles,” which the Holy Spirit entrusted to the body of Christ, manifest miraculous healings from God’s spiritual realm, (1 Cor. 12:9.)
Oil, in Biblical context, has no supernatural abilities in itself. It is just ordinary oil – olive oil, cooking oil… As seen in the discussion on “the water god,” there is no such thing as ‘holy water,’ ‘holy wine,’ or ‘holy oil.’ James does not specify what type of oil we should use for anointing. Furthermore, all sincerely born again believers already have the anointing of the Holy Spirit, which is the continual presence of the indwelling Spirit. 1 Jn. 2:27; 20, “The anointing which you have [already] received from Him abides in you… You [already] have an anointing from the Holy One…”
The anointing of the Spirit pertains to the omnipotent power and holiness of God. So, the anointing with ordinary oil to heal the sick symbolizes the miraculous work and power of the Holy Spirit. It signifies our spiritual consecration – our separation from sin in Jesus. It also symbolizes the ‘sealing’ of the Holy Spirit, which indicates His possession of born again believers through the complete atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ, (2 Cor. 1:21-22; Eph. 1:13; Eph 1:7.)
The anointing with oil must always be accompanied by sincere prayer. After sorting out our problems among one another as far as possible, we must ask God to break all demonic opposition and oppression, as well as singular and merged attacks from evil spirits. We should also ask God to send His holy angels to cast away all evil human spirit bodies that have come to harm us, and never allow them to return. We should also petition God to cleanse, heal and protect us spiritually, emotionally, bodily, and in every other area of our lives by destroying all the evil plans and weapons formed against us while we are either awake or asleep. Then, under the protection of Jesus’ blood covenant, we must bind and cast out all demons from our presence and vicinity by commanding them out loud, in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, to leave and never to return, (Mark 16:17-18.)
Lastly, we should pray God’s peace, truth, light, life, and protection over us and everyone involved, as well as over all our surroundings. We should also petition God’s continual protection while growing in Christ by continually studying and obeying His Word in the leading of the Holy Spirit. We might be in for a fight, but we must stand firm behind our shield of faith in the Name of Jesus. The Lord Jesus Himself is our Commander-in-Chief; the Most High “Commander of the armies of the Lord,” (Jos. 5:14; Heb. 2:10.) He is always near, and ready to defend and save His children.
EVIL SPIRITS AND THE HUMAN SPIRITS OF LIVING PEOPLE
Always Test the Spirits!
God commanded in 1 Jn. 4:1, “Do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are of God...” This verse refers to the deceptive spirits behind all false teaching, but also to encounters with spiritual activity. God’s servant Paul also instructed in 1 Ths. 5:21-22, “Test all things; hold fast what is good [but] abstain from every form of evil.” An example of obedience to God to ‘test the spirits’ is recorded in Jos. 5:13-14, “Joshua… looked, and a Man stood opposite him with His sword drawn in His hand. And Joshua [fearlessly] went to Him and asked, ‘Are You for us, or for our adversaries?’ So He said, ‘No, [I am not for your adversaries,] but as Commander of the army of the Lord I have now come...’ And Joshua fell on his face and worshiped Him…” Joshua would never have worshiped an angel. This was the Lord Jesus Christ Himself, yet He was not offended by Joshua’s boldness to enquire Who He really Is, for Joshua merely obeyed His Moral commandment to “test the spirits to see whether they are of God,” (Rev. 22:8-9; 1 Jn. 4:1-4.)
God created humans as tri-part beings
God created each human being with a soul, (a mind, will, intellect – or a brain,) as well as with a supernatural human spirit body to worship Him while living in a temporal, physical body, (1 Ths. 5:23; 1 Cor. 15:35-54.) When humanity “died” at the fall, the human spirit was separated from God, Who is Spirit, (Jn. 4:21-24; Gen. 2:17.)
Incarcerated in a fallen spiritual state without the true God, humanity remained spiritual beings nonetheless. Hence, humans always yearn for spiritual encounters with the supernatural. That’s why, since the fall in Eden, witches and witchcraft have been a ‘natural’ part of human culture, (Rom. 3:9-25.) Their fascination with the supernatural is seated in real encounters with demons, which they view as either friendly or angry ‘angels’ or human ‘ancestor’ spirits – while, (according to Scripture,) all these manifestations are evil spirits, mostly masquerading as the ‘good’ or ‘angry’ spirits of the deceased.
Concerning the spirits of ancestors and other humans that supposedly counsel the living, God plainly said, “The living knows that they will die, but the dead knows nothing... Nevermore will they have a share in anything done under the sun,” (Eccl. 9:5-6; Deut. 18:10-12.) If ghosts or spirits are haunting us or our homes, it is folly to believe that they are angels or the human spirits of dead people, and that they can be benign in any way.
The human spirits of deceased people either reside in heaven, or remain imprisoned in hell, (Luke 16:19-31.) Thus, only the human spirits of living people, some evil spirits, some of God’s holy angels, and the Holy Spirit of God Himself remain on earth. God and His holy angels will never ‘haunt’ us. Moreover, the Word of God declares plainly that the holy angels of God “are all ministering spirits sent forth to minister to those who [are already saved, or those will be saved, to] inherit salvation,” (Heb. 1:14.)
It is clear that, from the spirit world, only demonic spirits and the evil human spirits of living people can harm us, (1 Ths. 5:23.)