· Rituals, talismans, ceremonies, and occult symbols accompany curses
· Haunting and familiar spirits
· Christians who curse others, and sincere believers who cannot be cursed
· So-called innocent curses in nursery rhymes
· DEALING WITH SICKNESS AND ITS SPIRITUAL CAUSES THROUGH ANOINTING WITH OIL, CONFESSION OF SIN, AND PRAYER
· Evil spirits and the human spirits of living people
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Rituals, potions, talismans, ceremonies, and occult symbols accompany curses
As pagan and church rituals establish sacrifice to Satan, (Jesus never asked for any such thing,) they always manifest the presence of demons and/or the devil himself, (1 Cor. 10:21; Jn. 13:34.) Therefore, the intention of a specific sacrifice always suit the intensity of demonic power. E.g., either in paganism or Christianity, religious ceremonies that accompany candles and talismans, (‘lucky charm’ objects such as crosses with ‘magic powers’ or demons attached to them,) will not be as “strong and effective” as those complemented by uncontrolled yelling, demonic drumming, (ordinary drumming excluded,) and any form of blood or human-soul sacrifice such as false doctrine. (This is evident in the similarities between Catholicism and Voodooism, with the top prophets of the Pentecostal/Charismatic Movement following suit.)
Religious 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 and other pagan witches 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, etcetera. Most witchdoctors use blood sacrifice and ‘blessed’ (or actually cursed) seashells, tortoise shells, bones, etcetera, and trance meditation to predict the future, but also to cast curses and spells. Some cultures use their beer and other drinking ceremonies to communicate with ancestor spirits, (which are demons not the spirits of dead people,) and in rites of passage or tribal initiation ceremonies, (Eccl. 9:5-6.)
‘Love,’ sex, war, and revenge potions, (powders, liquid mixtures; usually containing blood, etcetera,) are accompanied by ‘good luck’ or actually, bad luck charms, [objects or figurines with demons attached to achieve control,) and amulets, (small objects or jewelery that supposedly protect against evil and danger.) Without rejecting all the gifts of people, we must nevertheless be wary of ‘gifts,’ which might be given with bad intentions. Cursed or ‘spell-bound’ objects can be anything: jewelry (crosses especially,) bath salts, clothes, ‘innocent’ little fairies, cartoon characters such as Mickey Mouse, dragons, (which always symbolize Satan,) teddy bears, ‘good’ wishes painted on a quirky character, and so forth.
‘Good luck’ charms are often attached to a chain or rope and worn around the neck or wrist to ‘protect’ the bearer – while that person curses him or herself by placing demonic objects on the body. The American Indian ‘dream catcher,’ (a large ring adorned with dangling 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 future.’ This is a strong demonic hold on the lives of people, as only God “holds our times in His hand,” and only God Himself can truly bless us.
Curses, spells, etcetera also accompany obviously malicious objects and things like pouches of clipped nails, hair, body parts, etcetera, which are hung on trees, hidden in homes, or buried in gardens; acting as ‘entry points’ for demons to find and harass people. Witches also use spells to ‘cage’ the ‘souls’ of lovers, spouses, children, or friends 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 victim, but a demon, which the shaman has sent forth to torture the person in that way.
¨ 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 statues and other religious carvings, moldings, and paintings, such as the ‘saint’ and ‘Jesus’ statues and paintings of the Roman Catholic Church. Know that 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’ and other ‘accursed things’ in our homes as demons always accompany them, and we must live holy before the Lord.
However, 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 witchcraft, occult, and Christian rituals. Thus, not all carvings, pictures, etcetera, are demonic; yet even for ordinary ones we should seek God’s face in prayer 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 as a gift,) or for use in sinful places such as brothels. If it were not made for, and specifically used as a religious object, we may cleanse it by dedication to God, thanksgiving, and prayer — with the Holy Spirit’s direction. God commanded in Deuteronomy 7:25-26, “You shall burn the carved images of their gods with fire; [not ordinary 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 a [real] abomination into your house lest you be doomed to destruction like it. You shall utterly detest it and utterly abhor [all truly occultic things,] for it is an accursed thing.”
Originating in ancient Babylon and taken directly from the occult, the pentagram or five-pointed star was used in ancient Church Christianity (not among the true members of the body of Christ,) as the so-called “five wounds of Christ.” It always was an occult possession. The pentagram represent the Jewish ‘star of David, (David never had a star,) star of the masonic god Baphomet, star of Mohammed, etcetera. It is also known that, “when the masonic male triangle (the sun god) penetrates the female triangle (mother earth) it produces the six pointed star, the crest of Solomon, or the hexagram.” Both these stars are used by Satanists of all sorts to identify their insignia, presence, spells, and curses. They are often accompanied by inscriptions and other occult symbols to make the curse more specific and effective. For instance, any of the occult symbols 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 here.
The thunderbolt sign, used in cartoons, books, and as tattoos, represents the Greek God Zeus. It is 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, etcetera, to mark their territory, presence, and work. 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 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 represent the trinity of 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 Life 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 signs.
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, etcetera, and not read supernatural manifestations into a change in the whether, or a mouse chewing on something in a corner. Still, malicious spirits can even send things flying through the air, open doors, trigger sensors based on movement, and so forth. Such nasty spirits are known as ‘poltergeists,’ but mostly, they are all familiar spirits. Familiar spirits live in and with devious people or were attached to the previous occupants of the house and ‘left behind’ when they 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 also inhabit areas that were dedicated to them through unrepentant sin. Those spirits are then said to ‘haunt’ the place.
In dealing with such problems, we must seek God’s face 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 cursed Roman Catholic crosses and ‘holy’ water.
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 full Holy-Spirit authority to all His personally born again believers to withstand evil and overcome their wiles, (Rev. 12:11.) Thus, He commanded in Leviticus 19:31, “Give no regard to mediums and familiar spirits; do not seek after them to be defiled by them, I Am the Lord your God.” Matthew Henrys Commentary, “Be not in fear of any evil from them nor in the hope of any good or change from them. Regard not their threatening, promises, or predictions; seek them not to discover advice, for if you do, you are defiled by it.” So, “cast out those [human and demon] scoffers” in Jesus Name, “and contention will leave, and strife and reproach will cease,” (Prov. 22:10.) Yet, if the place was dedicated to Satan through active satanic rituals, rape, and murder, it would be best to move away if the Holy Spirit so wills.
Spirits that begin to manifest themselves in already inhabited houses and other places may have ‘footholds’ due to the unrepentant sin of the occupants of the house, in which case they will refuse to leave until either the sin or the occupants are dealt with. They work through people that commit adultery, pornography, violence, occult games, lies and deceit, and any other sin that come a long way or suddenly started, but were never confessed to God and their victims, and thus continue in the household, (Jam. 5:16.) Here too, we must consult God and wait for His answer. It is good to confess all personal sin, repent, and guard against heavy metal and other satanic music, pornography, adultery, and drug abuse.
It is important to ‘claim’ ownership of the property as our God-given right, (even by rental lease,) and then to forbid all habitation and presence of evil and dirty spirits, 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, (1 Ths. 5:23.) Our homes must be wholly dedicated to God and protected under the blood of Christ. Once we deal with the cause, the problem can be resolved by prayer, Holy-Spirit led action against the guilty, and ‘stopping’ 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 Jesus Christ, God promised in Deut. 28:7, “...They will advance on you on one road and on seven roads they shall flee…” Isaiah 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 [here,] says the Lord God Almighty, 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 scare, control, and manipulate believers is a learned pattern of abuse in Christianity. Besides hatred, which is spiritual and emotional murder, (1 Jn. 3:15,) 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, false authority, and so-called ‘anointing.’ Churchgoing Christians are cursed on a weekly basis when their pastor pronounces, as a “direct Word from God,” the curse of Malachi 3:8-10 over them because they do not bring enough money “into the storehouse.” By this, those Christian witches mean to release the entire state of cursedness of the Old Testament law over them, as described in Deuteronomy Chapter 28. However, Jesus became a curse to buy the entire state of blessedness for all those who are truly born again in Him, (Gal. 3:10-14; 2:21; 4:3-7.) Sincere, Moral-Law abiding believers cannot be cursed “without a cause,” because Jesus fully blessed all His disciples through His complete atonement in their place, (Mt. 25:34.) The attempt to bring true believers under the 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.)
But those who were 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.’” So, 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 unrepentantly 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 integrity and works of truth, righteousness, hope, faith, love, and sincere Moral-Law 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 avoid 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 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 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, vivid 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, confession of trespasses against each other to each other, and prayer 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, those 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 James 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 it 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 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, etcetera, originate from the spirit world. Left untreated by our disobedience to God’s Moral Law, (Mt. 18:15-20,) secret and unashamed sin will cause demonic harm and harassment, and sick bodies, minds, and relationships to worsen. 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 John 2:27; 20 declares, “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 and other evil. It also symbolizes the ‘sealing’ of the Holy Spirit, which indicates His possession of born again believers through the complete atonement of Jesus Christ, (2 Cor. 1:21-22; Eph. 1:13; Eph 1:7.)
The anointing with oil must always be accompanied by sincere confession of sin and prayer. After sorting out our problems among one another as far as possible, we may 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. Then, under the protection of Jesus’ blood covenant, we must cast out all demons from our presence and vicinity by commanding them out loud, in the Name of 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;” the “heavenly hosts,” (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 John 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 instructed in 1 Thessalonians 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 Joshua 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 ‘naturally’ 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
To understand Scripture that pertains to God’s dealings with humanity, as well as happenings in die spirit world, it is necessary to keep in mind that 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 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 these manifestations are evil spirits, mostly masquerading as the spirits of the deceased.
Concerning the ‘spirits of dead 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 people and their 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, evil spirits, God’s holy angels, and the Ever-present Holy Spirit or God Himself, remain on earth. God and His holy angels will never ‘haunt’ us. What’s more, the Word of God declares 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.)