While sitting in a room of Christians discussing the purpose of Jesus Christ while He was on the Earth, one gentleman had a question concerning the meaning of Christ coming in human form. I could have blurted out an answer floating around in my head that summed it all up in one sentence. Jesus was the lens focused on the Father, which was to point everybody to the obedience of Him who is in Heaven and He came to establish non-Jewish believers as partakers of the legitimacy of the New Covenant. But in explaining my correctly formulated answer, I would run the risk of not learning from the refreshing views of the other guests in the room. Of course, there is more to Christ’s visit to humanity than my short version; but I am amazed at the priestly function of Christ, and it has been one of the most fantastic studies I have done on the Jewish Messiah.
First, let’s look at this from a natural perspective. Recently, the Lord gave us a tender lesson of what it means to be a follower of Christ when a White man got up and gave a Black teenager his chair, who was sitting on the floor. Then the man sat on the floor where the teenager had previously occupied. For me, to give one’s comfortable sitting position away, to take a lower seat demonstrated an essential concept of the Messiah’s purpose on Earth.
According to the education and belief of Messianic Jews, Yeshua (Jesus Christ of Nazareth) is higher than the Old Covenant and is the physical embodiment of the New Covenant.
Why is that important in this conversation? Please allow me to paraphrase a powerful statement from the famous Whitney Houston. Whitney said, “there is nothing wrong with chasing success, the danger is when we start pursuing fame.” Mrs. Houston spoke those words during the downward stages of her life.
(Amplified Bible – AMP) 6 But as it is, Christ has acquired a [priestly] ministry which is more excellent [than the old Levitical priestly ministry], for He is the Mediator (Arbiter) of a better covenant [uniting God and man], which has been enacted and rests on better promises. (Hebrews 8:6)
Then how do we see Jesus, who is more significant than the Old Covenant, yet He washes the feet of fallen man? This incredible Christ is the mediator of the New Covenant and the priest who intercedes for our redemption and justification – making us Holy like our Heavenly Father.
(NLT Study Bible Text,) 14 For by that one offering he forever made perfect those who are being made holy. Hebrews 10:14
(NLT Study Bible Text,) 11 So now Jesus and the ones he makes holy have the same Father. That is why Jesus is not ashamed to call them his brothers and sisters. Hebrews 2:11
The legitimacy of sons and daughters of the Holy Father:
The psychology of legitimacy is challenging for our finite minds to understand, especially when an individual becomes the legitimate owner of a gift of great value, but he or she doesn’t take care of it or worse, throw it away. Unfortunately, this attitude in some modern-day Christians, who take the sacrifice of Christ for granted, tend to be always talking about themselves but rarely discussing the ultimate price Jesus paid to legitimize us as family members. We come into the family forgetting to thank Christ for the adoption payment and redemption process. He left all Heavenly Glory and became one of us, yet not like us.
(NLT Study Bible Text) 9 You know the generous grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Though he was rich, yet for your sakes, he became poor, so that by his poverty he could make you rich. 2 Corinthians 8:9
(New Living Translation (NLT) Study Bible Notes) 8:9: The model for generous giving is the Lord himself, who was rich in the Father’s presence (John 17:5, 24) yet became poor by accepting a human existence and death on the cross (see Phil 2:6-11). By that self-giving sacrifice, he could make people rich with the blessings of salvation. (2 Corinthians 8:9)
Definition of legitimate
The benefit of becoming legitimized. (Merriam and Webster Dictionary)
A: lawfully begotten; specifically: born in wedlock
b: having full filial rights and obligations by birth a legitimate child
2 a: being exactly as purposed: neither spurious nor false a legitimate grievance a legitimate practitioner
3 a: accordant with law or with established legal forms and requirements a legitimate government
b: ruling by or based on the strict principle of hereditary right a legitimate king
The book of Hebrews is said to be the Bible to Hebrew believers of the First Century community of the faithful; this is why there is much emphasis made on the priesthood and mediator who doesn’t need to make blood offerings. As a mediator, the Lord will put Holy Scriptures into our hearts and minds. Likewise, because Adonai (our Heavenly Father) never put on human flesh and blood, Jesus intercedes not only for us but for HIM to show the FATHER our human weaknesses.
Brief Summary: The central theme of the book of Hebrews can be
found in its opening verses. Jesus Christ is clearly recognized as higher than anything that the Old Covenant had produced. Jesus is the great high priest, the eternal mediator between God and man who never stops mediating. He is the perfect fulfillment of all prophecies and types and shadows pointing to the Hebrew Messiah within the Old Covenant. The book of Hebrews unveils Christ as the One who is more significant than each of the types and shadows that were pointing to Him in the Old Covenant. Moses was the great lawgiver, but Christ was the perfect fulfillment of the law. http://www.bible-history.com/new-testament/bookofhebrews.html
Furthermore, the book of Hebrews is a General Epistle (Apostolic Letter). It was written mainly for the Hebrew believers. The author is anonymous, although either Paul or Barnabas was traditionally accepted as the author. It was written approximately 67 A.D.
Hebrews Summary – Bible Hub
The Egnlish word for “Adoption” means selected, chosen, affiliated, and ratified
Legitimacy is commonly defined in political science and sociology as the belief that a rule, institution, or leader has the right to govern. It is a judgment by an individual about the rightfulness of a hierarchy between rule or ruler and its subject and about the subordinate’s obligations toward the rule or ruler. When shared by many individuals, legitimacy produces distinctive collective effects in society, including making the collective social order more efficient, more consensual, and perhaps more just. Tom Tyler says that if authorities “are not viewed as legitimate, social regulation is more difficult and costly” (Tyler 2001, 416). This accounts for the interest
rulers show in legitimating their rule.
Author: Ian Hurd
As the Church world is praying about the best way to provide security for their congregations, the reality that the warfare between the Kingdom of Light and the Kingdom of Darkness has settled in the house of Adonai (our Heavenly Father). This does not mean that the devil’s kingdom is the winner. What this means is that every message could become the last words a congregation hears.
The Church needs pearls of wisdom surrounding the entire church property. In the natural, while we are locking church doors, we may need to unlock the doors in case of a chemical attack or a fire incident. The main point here is that in the spiritual realm there is a declaration of war against Adonai the God of Israel. Therefore, we should also be ready to unlock the hearts of men and women who have shut the doors of those “God-sensitive” areas in their souls. How do we respond? We should let our praises exhort the One and only Lord and His Son Yeshua, the Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth. And, let our worship be ascribed to Jesus and not to man or any other man-made object.
Let’s pray for Sutherland, Texas
So you might be asking, why are children targeted in a place of worship as well as good, decent people? Even more, why are these gruesome attacks aimed at the Sanctuary or the LORD’s Holy place? One answer is the Devil wants to break the heart of God and cause as much shock and awe as he can in the human psyche. The take- away is that the cowardly acts of violence toward children and innocent unarmed people in the church at Sutherland Springs, Texas is devastating but more disturbing is that this behavior appears to be the beginning of a norm. That is why we should pray for the peace in the hearts of relatives and all who were touched by this tragedy.
Jewish history describes similar attacks within Israel’s Holy place by God’s enemy nations.
(AMP SB Notes)
Luke 21:20 complete destruction. This passage compared the desecration of the temple to what occurred in 167 BC, when Antiochus Epiphanes erected an altar to Zeus in the temple.
(AMP SB Notes) 15:3 – 4 I will appoint four kinds of destroyers over them. The judgment of Judah is described. The imagery of dogs, birds, and beasts devouring human flesh vividly illustrates not only death but desecration. The basis for this desecration is the defilement of Jerusalem that took place during the reign of Manasseh, when idolatry reigned in the temple courts and children were sacrificed to Molech (7:31). Jeremiah 15:3
As the scrimmage between the kingdom of Light and the kingdom of darkness moves into the final quarter, the obvious winner is the all-star team of Light. However, as this scrimmage moves into the final quarter, it has been observed, by some that the leader of the opposing team has been secretly sending his players over to infiltrate the team of Light with a player from the team of darkness.
A similar desecration of the temple site occurred during the destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70. Luke 21:20
This is an analogy of how Lucifer fights with the God of Israel. He places his people within God’s people, to water down the divine instructions to eternal life. Some are forgetting that the Earth is in a final investigation mode and everything that is contaminated by the Kingdom of darkness or that is infected by the darkness is censured. If it is found to have the nature of darkness or spiritually polluted; the world as we know it may be destroyed from within.
Spiritual pollution is the reason that the message of sanctification and separation is taught throughout the Bible. When one is being entertained by the devil, he convincingly whispers to our spirits that he is not so bad. After all, nobody is perfect. Satan knows that the person who has a truly converted heart will resist the devil and seek after the well-disciplined teachings of Christ. Mature Christians hate what God hates and strive for the things that God counts as righteous.
(ESV) 25 The carved images of their gods you shall burn with fire. You shall not covet the silver or the gold that is on them or take it for yourselves, lest you be ensnared by it, for it is an abomination to the Lord your God. 26 And you shall not bring an abominable thing into your house and become devoted to destruction like it. You shall utterly detest and abhor it, for it is devoted to destruction. Deuteronomy 7:25-26
Anton LaVey, the founder of the Church of Satan
Message to Christians from the Charisma Christian Magazine Oct 2017.
Howard Stanton Levey (April 11, 1930 – October 29, 1997) better known by his pseudonym Anton Szandor LaVey, was an American-born Jewish self-promotion artist and intellectual crank known primarily for his advocacy of individualism. He authored a book called the “Satanic Bible” and founded an organization which he named the “Church of Satan”.
Anton LaVey, the founder of the Church of Satan, said: “I am glad that Christian parents let their children worship the devil at least one night out of the year. Welcome to Halloween.”
We are quick on our feet to rush and honor the devil in so many ways. We see no harm in Halloween because we think it is fun. We paint our faces, we wear our innocent costumes, we dress up our doorways—even churches dress up their entryways for Halloween with pumpkins. These actions are like giving the devil license, saying, “Here’s my church. You can have it.”
We think that just because we are not performing any demonic rituals or human sacrifices that we are on safe ground, but did you know that as soon as you dress up, whether you color yourself or put on a costume, the enemy applauds you? Because by doing so, you have turned over your legal rights, and you have dedicated yourself and your kids to celebrate the devil’s holiday. You have just made a pact with the enemy, and you are already sacrificing your children spiritually by dressing them up and changing their identity.
Why did the Galatians struggle to leave their occult practices?
(AMP SB Notes) 3:1 O you foolish and thoughtless and superficial Galatians. This phrase does not indicate lack of intelligence, but lack of wisdom. Paul wonders whether something like an evil spell had prevented the Galatians from recalling the gospel of the crucified Christ. Galatians 3:1
Its hard to travel in one direction when one’s heart is in a different place. The same seemed true for the Galatians because after they experienced the powerful ministry of the Messiah and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, how could they have returned to Idol worship? Or should we question the fact that demon spirits do not easily release their houses? The reason is that there may be a soul tie with the behavior of your past. You may be thinking, “But, Jesus broke the power of that soul tie.” That’s true, but our Lord also said that these spirits return to check on your spiritual condition, with a better strategy of reentering and with a greater tandem of spirits.
We are discussing soul ties because the Bible clearly tells us in Galatians 3:1 that it was as if the people were under a spell.
1 O YOU poor and silly and thoughtless and unreflecting and senseless Galatians! Who has fascinated or bewitched or cast a spell over you, unto whom—right before your very eyes—Jesus Christ (the Messiah) was openly and graphically set forth and portrayed as crucified? 2 Let me ask you this one question: Did you receive the [Holy] Spirit as the result of obeying the Law and doing its works, or was it by hearing [the message of the Gospel] and believing [it]? [Was it from observing a law of rituals or from a message of faith?] 3 Are you so foolish and so senseless and so silly? Having begun [your new life spiritually] with the [Holy] Spirit, are you now reaching perfection [by dependence] on the flesh? Galatians 3:1-3
In the Galatian’s spiritual development, something stopped their growth in Adonai Lord of all. When the enemy revisits will he find those individuals still involved with the sins of their formal life?
(AMPC) 9 Now, however, that you have come to be acquainted with and understand and know [the true] God, or rather to be understood and known by God, how can you turn back again to the weak and beggarly and worthless elementary things [of all religions before Christ came], whose slaves you once more want to become? 10 You observe [particular] days and months and seasons and years! 11 I am alarmed [about you], lest I have labored among and over you to no purpose and in vain. Galatians 4:9-11
(AMPC) 6 Then I saw another angel flying in midair, with an eternal Gospel (good news) to tell to the inhabitants of the earth, to every race and tribe and language and people. 7 And he cried with a mighty voice, Revere God and give Him glory (honor and praise in worship), for the hour of His judgment has arrived. Fall down before Him; pay Him homage and adoration and worship Him Who created heaven and earth, the sea and the springs (fountains) of water. 8 Then another angel, a second, followed, declaring, Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great! She who made all nations drink of the [maddening] wine of her passionate unchastity [idolatry]. 9 Then another angel, a third, followed them, saying with a mighty voice, Whoever pays homage to the beast and his statue and permits the [beast’s] stamp (mark, inscription) to be put on his forehead or on his hand, Revelation 14:6-9
Halloween is over according to the Western Calendar, but we can still learn about the holiday just by researching its origin online and in the
Bible. According to the book of Isaiah, the cult where people would go to the graveyard to conjure up spirits was a significant part of the rituals of honoring the dead. Jesus, our Lord and Savior, and the Son of God had to engage these same spiritual forces as did the prophet Moses.
Many unfortunate people have experienced close-up encounters with the darker side of these pagan feasts to idol gods and came under the control of demon spirits similar to the man in whom Jesus delivered in the graveyard. If this poor gentleman was tampering with the occult, like many others, he may have found out that he could no longer control those malevolent spirits and needed help to break free from spiritual bondage. Many people who once tampered with witchcraft, but now have found faith in Christ share incredible testimonies about God’s deliverance from demonic influences. All of the Gospels taught how Jesus exercised absolute authority over unclean spirits. Even the book of Acts and the epistles speak to the Believing Body of Christ about the absolute power that the Name of Yeshua (Jesus Christ of Nazareth) has over unclean spirits, and Believers are supposed to carry on this ministry of compassion.
Jesus didn’t say we should go around looking for spiritual warfare. Nevertheless, there are times when deliverance is necessary, even for some believers.
Whereas many in the Church today want to be better children of the Kingdom, it is inevitable that carnal-minded Christians may engage in the activity that contradicts their spiritual growth.
It’s feasible to assume ancient worshipers of Israel didn’t understand the contagious characteristics of pagan practices where their disobedience to the Lord left them open to unimaginative spirit contamination.
The question may arise, just how bad is the offense of magic, witchcraft, sorcery, divination, or enchantments? Well, the 9th Chapter of the book of Revelations reveals the place of imprisonment where these occult spirits reside. After being released from that realm of darkness, then these demons will show their real nature.
(NLT Study Bible Text,)
1 Then the fifth angel blew his trumpet, and I saw a star that had fallen to earth from the sky, and he was given the key to the shaft of the bottomless pit. 2 When he opened it, smoke poured out as
though from a huge furnace, and the sunlight and air turned dark from the smoke.
3 Then locusts came from the smoke and descended on the earth, and they were given the power to sting like scorpions.
And many who are alive at this time will still trust in their spirit guides navigate them through this invasion from Hell.
(NLT Study Bible Text,)
20 But the people who did not die in these plagues still refused to repent of their evil deeds and turn to God.
They continued to worship demons and idols made of gold, silver, bronze, stone, and wood—idols that can neither see nor hear nor walk! 21 And they did not repent of their murders or their witchcraft or their sexual immorality or their thefts.
Inquisitive people need to understand that malevolent spirits are in a place of torment and they may offer spiritual enlightenment for a season, but they are locked away until the day of Judgement.
The only relief for them is to escape by human intervention. So, demons are more than a little eager to attach themselves to any person who is fascinated with hermetic incantations. Hermes is the God of the essential elements of the earth, wind, fire, and water.
The Hermetics website offers teachings on Hermetic philosopher lectures and supplies such as pentagrams, tarot cards, hexagrams, sexual sorcery, and sacred geometry.
How did the Messiah deal with this Cult?
The culture of worshiping the dead was a significant part of the Egyptian belief system. The ancient Egyptians believed in the reconstitution of mummies living in the afterlife and using the personal belongings buried along with them. Ba’al worship had a strong foothold in Egypt since the construction of Aaron’s golden calf was made at the request of the people.
Honoring The Dead
The ancients thought that worshiping the Lord of the Dead would settle a deal for a cushiony position with the pagan gods in the afterlife.
Conjuring the dead or presenting one’s self as a medium is dangerous and forbidden in Scripture. Fallen Angels are in torment, exiled to a realm of torture. As disembodied spirits, these demons seeks a human Medium or an individual who is in a rebellious state with God to escape from that spiritual reformatory.
When a spirit encounters a host (an unredeemed human body), it assumes ownership. The only way an evil spirit exits its host is through a person’s sincere repentance and with prayer in the Almighty Name of Yeshua (Jesus Christ of Nazareth).
(Amplified Bible – AMP)
Adonai said to a Rebellious People.
1 “I let Myself be sought by those who did not ask for Me;
I let Myself be found by those who did not seek Me.
I said, ‘Here am I, here am I,’
To the nation [Israel] which did not call on My Name. 2 “I have spread out My hands all the day long to a rebellious and stubborn people, Who walk in the way that is not good, [following] after their own thoughts and intentions, 3 The people who continually provoke Me to My face, Sacrificing [to idols] in gardens and making offerings with incense on bricks [instead of at the designated altar]; 4 Who sit among the graves [trying to conjure up evil spirits] and spend the night in the secret places [where spirits are thought to dwell]; Isaiah 64:12 – 65:4
In other words, the people believed that their worship of the occult would yield favors for them in the afterlife.
In the Scriptures below, we can see how Adonai felt about pagans who cut a deal with the Devil because they believed in eternal life without death. (NLT) 15 You boast, “We have struck a bargain to cheat death and have made a deal to dodge the grave. The coming destruction can never touch us, for we have built a strong refuge made of lies and deception.” 16 Therefore, this is what the Sovereign Lord says: “Look! I am placing a foundation stone in Jerusalem, a firm and tested stone. It is a precious cornerstone that is safe to build on. Whoever believes need never be shaken. 17 I will test you with the measuring line of justice and the plumb line of righteousness. Since your refuge is made of lies, a hailstorm will knock it down. Since it is made of deception, a flood will sweep it away. 18 I will cancel the bargain you made to cheat death, and I will overturn your deal to dodge the grave. When the terrible enemy sweeps through, you will be trampled into the ground. 19 Again and again that flood will come, Isaiah 28:15-19
New Testament (Amplified Bible – AMP)
The Gerasene Demoniac 1 They came to the other side of the sea, to the region of the Gerasenes. 2 When Jesus got out of the boat, immediately a man from the tombs with an unclean spirit met Him, 3 and the man lived in the tombs, and no one could bind him anymore, not even with chains. 4 For he had often been bound with shackles [for the feet] and with chains, and he tore apart the chains and broke the shackles into pieces, and no one was strong enough to subdue and tame him. 5 Night and day he was constantly screaming and shrieking among the tombs and on the mountains, and cutting himself with [sharp] stones. 6 Seeing Jesus from a distance, he ran up and bowed down before Him [in homage]; 7 and screaming with a loud voice, he said, “What business do we have in common with each other, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I implore you by God [swear to me], do not torment me!” 8 For Jesus had been saying to him, “Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!” 9 He was asking him, “What is your name?” And he replied, “My name is Legion; for we are many.” 10 And he began begging Him repeatedly not to send them out of the region.
I find it quite impressive that the spirit demonstrated knowledge of its geographic physical surroundings. Also, this agonizing evil entity was aware of the complex compartments of misery.
And he began begging Him repeatedly not to send them out of the region. This grouping of spirits had an interest in the area where they inhabited. Perhaps, the human behavior in that province was conducive to the makeup of this spirit grouping.
The most important takeaway here is demonic spirits need particular human behavior that is contrary to God’s Word, at which time they may take over a person’s will, just like someone finding a lost dog without a collar.
The Bible says more about paganism than the subject of witchcraft, probably because there are several ways an individual might cross the path of an occultic incident accidentally, such as with the feast of Samhain. For example, when many churches changed the name of the “autumn solstice festival,” by supplanting its original name or Christianizing it to make it acceptable, the pagan kingdom expanded and scattered to new territories because of a lack of knowledge.
supplanting (present participle)
supersede and replace:
“another discovery could supplant the original finding”
synonyms: replace · supersede · displace · take over from · substitute for · override · oust · usurp · overthrow · remove · topple · unseat · depose · dethrone · succeed · come after · fill someone’s shoes/boots
Samhain is a Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest season and the beginning of winter or the “darker half” of the year. Traditionally, it is celebrated from 31 October to 1 November, as the Celtic day began and ended at sunset. This is about halfway between the autumn equinox and the winter solstice. It is one of the four Gaelic seasonal festivals, along with Imbolc, Bealtaine, and Lughnasadh. Historically, it was widely observed throughout Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man. Similar festivals are held at the same time of year in other Celtic lands; for example the Brythonic Calan Gaeaf, Kalan Gwav, and Kalan Goañv.
History of the Pagan Samhain Sabbat – ThoughtCo
Samhain is celebrated October 31, the same night as Halloween. However, this Sabbat has roots that go back a long time.
The History of Halloween or Samhain, Day of the Dead
The fantasy and folklore of All Hallows Night, even an event like Halloween or Samhain has inventors working on its behalf.
From Samhain To All Saints’ Day: The Spooky History Of …
Just like a person’s unknowingly use of witchcraft, some people might come across a pagan artifact and out of ignorance bring it into their homes, such as a Quija Board.
I have personally been asked to pray in homes where spiritual contamination existed because occult materials were in their houses.
25 You shall burn the carved and sculpted images of their gods in the fire. You shall not covet the silver or gold that is on them, nor take it for yourselves, so that you will not be ensnared by it [in a deadly trap], for it is an abomination (repulsive) to the Lord your God. 26 You shall not bring an abomination (idol) into your house, and like it come under the ban (doomed to destruction); you shall utterly detest and you shall utterly hate it, for it is something banned. Deuteronomy 7:25-26
(Easton’s Bible Dictionary)
The “witch of En-dor” (1 Sam. 28) was a necromancer, i.e., one who feigned to hold converse with the dead. The damsel with “a spirit of divination” (Acts 16:16) was possessed by an evil spirit, or, as the words are literally rendered, “having a spirit, a Pithon.” The reference is to the heathen god Apollo, who was regarded as the god of prophecy.
The spirit of Python is the source of witchcraft and divination. Divination, the art of obtaining secret knowledge, especially of the future, is a pagan counterpart of prophecy. Python spirit is a diviner, false prophet, a giver of false prophecy.
Spirit of Python – The Lord my Banner
(Complete Word Study Bible) 43 — When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. 44 Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. 45 Then goeth he, and 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. Matthew 12:43-45
(Complete Word Study Bible)
Corinth was an essential cosmopolitan city located in the Roman province of Achaia (the southern part of modern-day Greece) on a large isthmus about fifty miles west of Athens. It was situated along a major trade route and had a thriving economy. For this reason, large numbers of sailors and merchants from every nation flocked to the city of Corinth. During the first century, it was one of the largest cities in the Roman Empire and by the end of the second century it had become one of richest cities in the world.
Corinth was a strategic center of influence for the gospel since those travelers who heard the gospel there could carry it to all parts of the world. The city of Corinth, however, was one of the wickedest cities in ancient times. Immorality, unscrupulous business dealings, and pagan practices abounded. Of the scores of heathen religions that were practiced in the city, the most well-known were the worship of Aphrodite, the goddess of love and beauty. The temple of Aphrodite stood on the most prominent point in the city, a hill called Acrocorinth, and housed one thousand “temple prostitutes.”
Paul was able to establish a church in Corinth during his eighteen-month residence there (about a.d. 52-53)
The oldest books of the Bible tell stories of unseen rulers and adversaries going to war over the Earth, which is the material world. Documents have been found that predate Christianity, Judaism, and Abrahamic religion, with the Torah as its foundational text.
For example, at the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, books that were a bit too deep were removed from the original books of the Bible but were found to be a part of the Dead Sea Scrolls treasure. These books talked about fallen angels that created a race of giants because of their relations with human wives.
These fallen angels taught humans various ways to help the befallen creatures to enter the material world. Humans learned that feasts honoring forbidden beings gave a way of passage for these spirit creatures.
They fell in love with psychic powers, and the ability to perform magical feats. Many Egyptians didn’t want a God of restrictions; they just wanted the powers from the beyond.
In return, the fallen angels knew that all they had to do was to get the Egyptians to believe with their hearts, that the god “Hermes” was lord of the Principality which ruled over Egypt, and if they believed in him then they could become like the gods. Never the least, the fallen Angels didn’t tell them that there is one all powerful GOD who is LORD over lords, who was the GOD of Moses, Adonai.
Galatians 4:9 The spirit world of essential elements
4747. στοιχεῖον stoicheíon; gen. stoicheíou, neut. noun, a diminutive stoíchos (n.f.), row. Always in the pl., tá stoicheía, the basic parts, rudiments, elements, or components of something. Among the ancient Greek philosophers, it designated the four basic and essential elements of which the universe consisted, namely, earth, water, air, and fire.
(Amplified Bible – AMP) 28 And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God or consider Him worth knowing [as their Creator], God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do things which are improper and repulsive, 29 until they were filled (permeated, saturated) with every kind of unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice and mean-spiritedness. They are gossips [spreading rumors], 30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors [of new forms] of evil, disobedient and disrespectful to parents, 31 without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful [without pity]. 32 Although they know God’s righteous decree and His judgment, that those who do such things deserve death, yet they not only do them, but they even [enthusiastically] approve and tolerate others who practice them. Romans 1:28-32
As Adonai sends HIS Son into the world, God was reaching out to make a divine covenant of protection, prosperity, and Salvation, the fallen Angels offered god-like abilities without restrictions.
(Amplified Bible – AMP) 24 Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their own hearts to [sexual] impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them [abandoning them to the degrading power of sin], 25 because [by choice] they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.
26 For this reason God gave them over to degrading and vile passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural [a function contrary to nature], 27 and in the same way also the men turned away from the natural function of the woman and were consumed with their desire toward one another, men with men committing shameful acts and in return receiving in their own bodies the inevitable and appropriate penalty for their wrongdoing. Romans 1:24-27
The feast honoring the dead:
Necromancy is the occult practice of communication with the dead.
Hallow E’en in Ireland,
All Hallows Eve, or the night before the ‘All Hallows’,
also called ‘All Hallowmas’, or.
‘All Saints’, or.
‘All Souls’ Day.
Hallowe’en in Scotland.
Interesting, Both the God of Israel and the spirits of darkness are at war for living conditions among humanity.
The Book of Enoch is an ancient Jewish religious work, ascribed by tradition to Enoch, the great-grandfather of Noah, although modern scholars estimate the older sections to date from about 300 BC, and the latest part probably to the first century BC.
The Book of Giants Introduction and Commentary stated that it is fair to say that the patriarch Enoch was as well known to the ancients as he is obscure to modern Bible readers. Besides giving his age (365 years), the book of Genesis says of him only that he “walked with God,” and afterward “he was not because God had taken him” (Gen.
Here is a statement from the Wiccan Religion that proves our point about the use of The Shamanism or the craft of the Soul. This article also proves the antiquity of thier religion.
“Thanks to archaeological discoveries, we now have the basis to believe that the origins of our belief system can be traced even further back to the Paleolithic peoples who worshipped a Hunter God and a Fertility Goddess. With the discovery of these cave paintings, estimated to be around 30,000 years old, depicting a man with the head of a stag, and a pregnant woman standing in a circle with eleven other people, it can reasonably be assumed that Witchcraft is one of the oldest belief systems known in the world today. These archetypes are clearly recognized by Wiccan as our view of the Goddess and God aspect of the supreme creative force and predate Christianity by roughly 28,000 years making it a mere toddler in the spectrum of time as we know it.
Witchcraft in ancient history was known as “The Craft of the Wise” because most who followed the path were in tune with the forces of nature, had a knowledge of Herbs and medicines, gave council and were valuable parts of the village and community as Shamanic healers and leaders.”
In the same way that Christ enters the heart of a believer when we agree with God’s word, fallen Angels are just as aware of that same truth. The heart is the door to both, the kingdom of Adonai God or the kingdom of Lucifer.
The Apostle Paul speaks to the Galatians about the dangers returning to their occult practices with using the Greek word, “στοιχεῖον stoicheíon,” that Believers should never agree with the Occult. When Paul used the term “worthless elemental principles,” in Galatians 4″9, he is referring to how Witches Craft (Wicca) and Sorcery is the religion of the Earth, Wind, Water, and Fire.
στοιχεῖον stoicheíon; gen. stoicheíou, neut. noun, a diminutive stoíchos (n.f.), row. Always in the pl., tá stoicheía, the basic parts, rudiments, elements, or components of something. Among the ancient Greek philosophers, it designated the four basic and essential elements of which the universe consisted, namely, earth, water, air, and fire.
(Amplified Bible – AMP) 6 And because you [really] are [His] sons, God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying out, “Abba! Father!” 7 Therefore you are no longer a slave (bond-servant), but a son; and if a son, then also an heir through [the gracious act of] God [through Christ]. 8 But at that time, when you did not know [the true] God and were unacquainted with Him, you [Gentiles] were slaves to those [pagan] things which by [their very] nature were not and could not be gods at all. 9 Now, however, since you have come to know [the true] God [through personal experience], or rather to be known by God, how is it that you are turning back again to the weak and worthless elemental principles [of religions and philosophies], to which you want to be enslaved all over again? 10 [For example,] you observe [particular] days and months and seasons and years. 11 I fear for you, that perhaps I have labored [to the point of exhaustion] over you in vain.
The Shaman is the ‘Doctor of the Soul’ for the individual as well as for the community.
The problem with “archetypes” craft of the Soul or the Craft of the Wise is it involves supernatural assistance from the Mystic realm where spirit beings are at work. Below is an example of what appears to be an innocent young slave girl who was operating in the spirit of fortune-telling to the Apostle Paul. However, Paul knew this little girl was under the control of demons, who gave her the knowledge that was true, but its source was dangerous. Paul knew that just by receiving and cherishing the message of that spirit or entertaining it would give it place in one’s life.
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A slave-girl who had a spirit of divination [that is, a demonic spirit claiming to foretell the future and discover hidden knowledge], and she brought her owners a good profit by fortune-telling.
17 She followed after Paul and us and kept screaming and shouting, “These men are servants of the Most High God! They are proclaiming to you the way of salvation!” 18 She continued doing this for several days. Then Paul, being greatly annoyed and worn out, turned and said to the spirit [inside her], “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ [as His representative] to come out of her!” And it came out at that very moment. Acts 16:16-18
Book material on Meta Psychic or the Philosophy of Alchemy: a medieval chemical science and speculative philosophy aiming to achieve the transmutation of the base metals into gold. The discovery of a universal cure for a disease and the discovery of a means of indefinitely prolonging life are gateways of demonic depression.
The God of Israel got His people away from Egypt because of the introduction of gods such as “Hermes” who was the guide to the underworld and the key to immortality. Many Egyptians believed the sorcerers, alchemists, and magicians got this power from the demon “Hermes.”
The only way Adonai could deliver His people from the influence of Baal worship was the preachers; prophets who had to convert them from the pagan gods to the loving and caring God of Abraham.
An occult material, such as spell books of any kind within the home can attract spirits associated with the spells.
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30 Therefore God overlooked and disregarded the former ages of ignorance; but now He commands all people everywhere to repent [that is, to change their old way of thinking, to regret their past sins, and to seek God’s purpose for their lives], 31 because He has set a day when He will judge the inhabited world in righteousness by a Man whom He has appointed and destined for that task, and He has provided credible proof to everyone by raising Him from the dead.” 32 Now when they heard [the term] resurrection from the dead, some mocked and sneered; but others said, “We will hear from you again about this matter.” 33 So Paul left them. 34 But some men joined him and believed; among them were Dionysius, [a judge] of the Council of Areopagus, and a woman named Damaris, and others with them.
Paul at Corinth
Miracles at Ephesus 11 God was doing extraordinary and unusual miracles by the hands of Paul, 12 so that even handkerchiefs or face-towels or aprons that had touched his skin were brought to the sick, and their diseases left them and the evil spirits came out [of them]. 13 Then some of the traveling Jewish exorcists also attempted to call the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, “I implore you and solemnly command you by the Jesus whom Paul preaches!” 14 Seven sons of one [named] Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this. 15 But the evil spirit retorted, “I know and recognize and acknowledge Jesus, and I know about Paul, but as for you, who are you?”16 Then the man, in whom was the evil spirit, leaped on them and subdued all of them and overpowered them, so that they ran out of that house [in terror, stripped] naked and wounded. 17 This became known to all who lived in Ephesus, both Jews and Greeks. And fear fell upon them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified and exalted. 18 Many of those who had become believers were coming, confessing and disclosing their [former sinful] practices. 19 And many of those who had practiced magical arts collected their books and [throwing book after book on the pile] began burning them in front of everyone. They calculated their value and found it to be 50,000 pieces of silver. 20 So the word of the Lord [concerning eternal salvation through faith in Christ] was growing greatly and prevailing.
Acts 17:22 – 19:20
The story of Gideon and his three hundred soldiers:
… Then the Lord told Gideon that before setting his people free from the Midianites,
he must first set them free from the service of Baal and Asherah, the two …
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842. Asherah — a Phoenician goddess, also an image of the same
… 841, 842. Asherah. 843 . a Phoenician goddess, also an image of the same.
Transliteration: Asherah Phonetic Spelling: (ash-ay-raw’) Short Definition: Asherim …
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Commentary on Revelation — E.W. Bullinger
In the Epistle to Thyatira we have a reference to another and more intensified form of idolatry as developed and established in the days of Ahab, king of Israel; another who, like Balaam, “made Israel sin” (1 Kings xvi.30).
Ahab was the first king who officially introduced and organized the most abominable form of heathen idolatry that the human mind ever conceived (1 Kings xvi.33). See Revised Version, where the special significance of this abomination is conveyed and contained in the word “Asherah.”
To particularise on this form of idolatry would be only to defile the mind. The Lord Himself in this Epistle (Rev. ii.20-24) gives a clue to it. We may, perhaps, add that what was introduced into Israel by Balaam (see Rev. ii.14) became elevated into a national religious system under Ahab and Jezebel, as it had long been recognized among the heathen nations around.
What that religious system of licentious idolatry was is well known; but something may be gathered from a recently-discovered Papyrus,  containing about a sixth of the Ascension of Isaiah, which had before been known only in an Ethiopic Translation (except a mutilated Lectionary in Paris). The origin of this Papyrus is very ancient, and its historical facts may be taken as correct, separated from its vaticinations. It says, speaking of the condition of things in the days of Israel’s Kings – “And Manasseh turned aside his heart to serve Beliar [i.e., Belial]; for the angel of lawlessness who ruleth this world is Beliar, whose name is Malambuchus. And he delighted in Jerusalem because of Manasseh, and made him strong in Jerusalem. And sorcery and magic increased, and divination and auguration and fornication and the persecution of the righteous at the hands of Manasseh… And when Isaiah the son of Amoz, saw the lawlessness which was being committed in Jerusalem, and the worship of Satan, and his triumph, he withdrew from Jerusalem, and settled in Bethlehem of Judea.”
The Papyrus goes on to speak of Zedekiah, the son of Chenaanah, as being “the teacher of the four hundred prophets of Baal;” and tells how Isaiah “called Jerusalem Sodom, and the rulers of Judah and Israel he named people of Gomorrah.” This was of course in reference to the special sins of Sodom and Gomorrah. See Isa. i., &c.http://biblehub.com/library/bullinger/commentary_on_revelation/thyatira.htm