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Occult deception works because people insist on communicating with the dead. This is a practice that is forbidden by God and impossible to do because the dead cannot communicate.

Occult or hidden practices work with forbidden supernatural influences. The Bible forbids a person from asking for supernatural assistance from anyone other than God. This is because Satan will use it as an opportunity for deception.
When Saul inquired of the Lord, the Lord did not answer him, either by dreams, or by Urim or by prophets. Then Saul said to his servants, "Seek for me a woman that is a medium, that I may go to her and inquire of her". And his servants said to him "Look, there is a woman who is a medium at Endor". (1 Samuel 28: 6-7)
Adam and Eve sinned by falling into the same trap through which Saul became a victim. And it all began when they disobeyed God and used another source of authority. Then Satan proceeded to lie.

Occult practices use one of these principles. They now invade our homes through television shows, "reality shows", cartoons, popular books, school yard rituals, news paper horoscopes and the internet. Most of this activity is aimed at our children. Have you noticed how many reality shows involve idol worship, seeking an idol or immersion in the occult for fun?

  1. Science. This could either be genuine science used deceptively or false practices claiming to have a scientific basis.
  2. Seducing Evil Spirits. The devil and his angels directly deceive or use willing human beings. Communication is done through speaking to the dead or to personal spirit guides who claim to be ancient intelligencies. This communication with the spirits is now called channeling. In earlier times it was called possession or familiar spirits. The belief in disembodied spirits leaves many open to deception.

The Bible Speaks
One practice many of these methods have in common is their willingness to communicate with the dead or other non-human spirits and intelligent beings. The bible gives clear instructions about testing and verifying these encounters.

  1. Guided By The Word Of God. Test the spirits by the written word.
    Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world." (1 John 4: 1)
    When they say to you, "Consult the mediums and the spiritists who whisper and mutter", should not a people consult their God? Should they consult the dead on behalf of the living? To the law and to the testimony, If they do not speak according to this word, it is because they have no light. (Isaiah 8: 19-20)

    Test even supernatural beings! Even they must not contradict the bible.
    But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. (Galatians 1: 8)
  2. Forbidden Activities. Many people find the will of God by consulting experts or objects instead of God. So God condemns the following practices.
  3. Deception By Satan. All his deceptions work by convincing us to ignore the Bible, or to rely on ourselves. The most deceptive men who perform this task are the leaders and preachers who have abdicated their responsibility. They have become performers, entertainers, spiritual side show freaks, prosperity pushers, enablers, feel good fellows, dim bulbs shimmering in bling-bling but devoid of light from God. They are merchants of vanity.
    False Prophets. For such men are false prophets, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. (2 Corinthians 11: 13-14)

    False Doctrine. Some are not only shepherds who have abandoned their duties, but they are puppets hired by the congregation to preach the will of the people. Hired guns! Performers in a magic show we call church.
    For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. (2 Timothy 4: 3-4)

    False Christs. There are churches who desire to do the will of God, but they are deceived by a false sense of submission. They submit their duty to study the scriptures for themselves. They submit their duty to challenge their leaders under some false assumption that God will supernaturally keep wolves out of the flock. They are as lazy as the previous group about their own responsibilities. The difference is that they do not acknowledge it.
    And Jesus answered and said to them "see to it that no one misleads you" ...
    Then if anyone says to you, "Look, here is the Christ", or "There he is", do not believe them. For false Christs and false prophets will arise and show great signs and wonders, so as to deceive, if possible, even the elect. See, I have told you beforehand. So if they say to you, "Look he is in the wilderness", do not go out, or "Look, he is in the inner room", do not believe them.
    (Matthew 24: 4, 23-26)

    Deceptive Power. Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. (2 Thessalonians 2: 9-10)

History
Satan A Snake. It all started in the Garden of Eden when Satan used a snake as his medium.
Satan United States. Modern spiritualism began with the Fox sisters in Hydesdale New York on March 1, 1848. They communicated with the spirits by rapping on a table. On March 31, they conducted a seance in which the alleged spirit of a murdered man, who called himself William Duesler claimed to be in the basement. After a body was found in the basement it ignited the practice of seances in America.
The sisters later admitted that they were faking the rappings. However, it is apparent that once they started dealing with the devil, they did begin to receive hidden knowledge.
Satan Britain. In 1860, a Bulmer-Lytton book entitled "The Coming Race" helped to make spiritualism fashionable in Britain.
Satan Scientific Research. In 1882 the Society for Psychical Research was organized to study the phenomenon. By the 1930's they were studying consciousness after death.
Satan The 1960's. The new age movement gained ground among the immoral, drug filled youth. As they threw away the restraints of the old religion, they embraced the messages of gods who appeared to approve of their behavior.
It even infected the church as an Episcopal bishop named James Pike started talking to his dead son.
By the 1980's with the book and miniseries "Out on a Limb" by Shirley Maclaine, channeling and the new age became main stream. By the mid 1990's Dionne Warwick and her "psychic friends" led a new business of psychics readings on sale for the common man.
Satan Politicians and American Presidents. Many politicians and entertainers have been influenced by occult communications. The major players in the world wars were all influenced by demons.

Prophecy
Religious Control. The occult will infiltrate the church.
But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons. (1 Timothy 4: 1)

Global Deception. The last world powers will use occult miracles to influence the world.
And he does great wonders, so that he makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, And deceives those who live on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast ... (Revelation 13: 13-14)

Political Control. The Occult will influence the last world leaders.
And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty. (Revelation 16: 13-14)

Satan in Person: A Global Delusion. At the right moment Satan will appear in person pretending to be God. God allows this because He has given us enough evidence to make the right decision. However, we will believe a foolish lie because we consistently rejected the truth.
For this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false, in order that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth, but took pleasure in wickedness. (2 Thessalonians 2: 11-12 )
The world is already prepared to accept this delusion.

The event that will fission human history is the coming of Mary to give the great warning. It will be preceded by a sign in the sun. These beliefs can be found in the messages of approved visions. But Martin's expectations may also include information from visionaries that are still not approved. The messages of the four children of Garabandal (1961), Veronica Leuken (1978) and the six youth of Medjugorje (1981) are not officially approved but they appear to teach the following sequence of events.
Apostasy The Great Warning The Great
Miracle
Rapture The Great Chastisement Second
Coming
1000 Years
of Peace
Signs of the End Sun implodes 3 Days of
Clouds
CometComet Wormwood Famine, Plague War Armageddon
(World War III)
Nuclear explosion 3 Days of Darkness CometBall of Redemption
Mary comes. King of Mercy Time of Trouble Christ (judge)
The Global Delusion The Seven Last Plagues (Probably the fourth to the seventh) Christ

The events center around three phases. They are explained in more detail here.

Both Reverend Moon and the Pope are working hard to prepare the world for their grand messianic crowning. Unfortunately for Moon, he will not win.
Just as Satan appeared to influence the great leaders of the world war, the bible predicts that he will be a very influential power behind the last world powers. This is the United States and the Papacy. The Catholic church is already heavily influenced by demons pretending to be Mary and this pope is determined to carry out all of its instructions. He is even waiting for a point in time when "Mary" will appear to the whole world to warn us to obey her and the pope. Of course these commands will violate existing instructions from God. Therefore, most of the churches are hell bent on achieving ecumenical unity through disobedience. The Pentecostal movement is willing to listen to prophets and spirits and dreams without testing them by the word of God.

Modern Deceptions And Lures
It is important that members of the church learn about deceptive practices because Satan and leaders of the church are using them to simulate miracles. It is also essential to know that miracles are not the final arbiter of truth. Genuine miracles only point to powers greater than our human abilities. These powers can be good or evil. If they are evil, they will eventually try to turn you away from the written word of God. This is the only true test.

  1. Charms. There is no place in the bible that advocates the use of special objects to either find out the will of God, obtain knowledge from God or to ward off evil. There is only one exception. When Israel was a theocracy, two stones called the Urim and the Thummim were used by the high priest to get information. God spoke through Jesus, the law, the written word, dreams, prophets and the urim. We are not in a theocracy. Dowsing, tea leaves, animal entrails and all these devices are not the methods of God. Prayer is the only divinely approved method of consulting God.
  2. Potions. The bible does not advocate the use of special formulas, magic words, candles, liquids, chemicals or oils to find the will of God or to perform miracles or ward of evil. Even when a prophet or king or a sick person was anointed with oil it was a symbol of the work of God. We must never confuse the symbol with the source of the real power, because His power can work without the symbol. The moment you believe that you cannot be successful without them or the moment that you start attributing supernatural power to these items is the moment you have committed idolatry. Grow up!

    Direct Contact. But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth. For such people the Father seeks to be His worshippers. (John 4: 23)
  3. Holy Ground. The only holy ground that the devil has to respect is a living, breathing person who can make a conscious decision. So you cannot consecrate a location and expect that it will be impossible for Satan to penetrate it if the people who go there submit to Satan. The power to combat evil ultimately rests only in your connection to God. You do not need other objects to use this power.
    Therefore, submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you ... (James 4: 7-8)
    Magic
    Unfortunately, our language is inadequate and we do not make a distinction between the science involved in magic and the misuse of these techniques to deliberately practice deception in the name of God. Many assume that magic automatically means satanic involvement.

    In addition, the practice of magic as an entertainment is often saddled with the occult even if there is no satanic involvement. Because of this association, magic is seen as the innocent back door that is luring us to more hardcore demonic activity.
    What do we do?
    Do we give up the beautiful rainbow symbol because it has been hijacked by the homosexual community? No!
    Do we give up marital sex because the world has polluted it. No! These are all given to us by God. So is true science. Therefore, we take them in context and use them appropriately. Or we avoid it if the distinction is too difficult to unravel.
  4. Rituals. The only rituals we need are prayer and faith. Anything else invites an opportunity for deception and an atmosphere of fear and dependence on the magical qualities of an inanimate object. Our faith and assurance should depend on God and what Jesus has already done not on a created object.
  5. Science. Most real magicians deceive others by using scientific principles. Since the audience knows that some sort of secret process is being used, I find it difficult to call it deception when everyone understands that they are being fooled because of their lack of knowledge for the purpose of entertainment. However, when a person practices these behaviors and then pretends that it is a miracle from God, then it is condemned deceptive behavior. The science of illusion is not the problem, we would be wise to learn from them so that we can minimize our chances of being deceived. God did not condemn illusion, he used it very effectively in warfare. God condemned deception and communication and collaborating with demons.
  6. Technology. Some people deceive with primitive or sophisticated technology. In a darkened room many of these props work better. Avoid any situations in which a dark room is required. All of them are deceptive.
  7. Skilled Crooks. Some people are simply trying to trick and deceive you with magical illusions. These people learn special skills such as reading backwards, upside down or through mirrors. Some are skilled contortionists or are "double jointed".
  8. Natural Phenomenon. I have a lamp at home that has several images of the virgin Mary. The crazy thing is that I noticed it one day when I was studying the Marian occult explosion.
    As I examined the lamp, I realized that over the years the heat stress on the material made it form concentric circles and ovals that caused it to look like some images of Mary in a flowing gown.
    So I looked at other images at spontaneous shrines of Mary in glass windows and noticed the same phenomenon at work. Maybe Satan alone is at work and maybe he is using natural phenomenon to his advantage. But when we find ourselves worshipping a dirty stain on a road or a building, reason should tell us that something is really stupid about our behavior. Faith and reason are not good and evil twins. The God of faith would not encourage this type of worship.
  9. Self Help. Many modern exercise techniques, visualization, hypnosis and mental exercises are just occult techniques disguised as scientific practices. While they may have some physical or mental benefit, they are slowly compromising your spiritual health.
  10. Mental Diversion. Satan controls the mind by beginning with the very young children. Neglect of a knowledge of God, which is substituted for a need for constant gratification and entertainment through constant television and a mountain of toys, breeds a generation of children who graduate to sex, drugs and alcohol. Substance abuse and the constant need for gratification have created an epidemic of brains that respond to nothing mental, physical or spiritual except the lust for what has destroyed them.
  11. Spiritual Diversion. Satan has also controlled the church because of our own pursuit of "blessings from God". We use this excuse to camouflage our greed. We follow self help gurus disguised as men of God. These are men who have no interest in teaching you all of the truth about the Bible, only the parts that make you feel good. Because you sit in a church once or twice a week you feel superior to the drug addict. You are no different. You are willing to disobey God in order to feel good mentally, physically and spiritually. The drug addict has settled for a brief mental state of euphoria because that is all that he can get. You want it all, without feeling responsible for knowing all the will of God.
    » False Prophets. They keep saying to those who despise Me, The Lord has said, "You will have peace". As for everyone who walks in the stubbornness of his own heart, they say, "Calamity will not come upon you". (Jeremiah 23: 17)
    They have healed the brokenness of My people superficially, saying "peace, peace", but there is no peace. (Jeremiah 6: 14)
  12. Satan. While any of the above techniques can be based on pure science and technology, the magician or sorcerer can be in direct contact with Satan. Then they can become the source of unbelievable hidden knowledge and scientific abilities that seem to upset natural laws.
  13. The Marketing Of Satan. There are many cultural and social avenues through which the message is sent.

A Showdown Of Power
The Power Of Satan
We cannot depend on displays of power as proof of right or wrong. Satan has power of which we are not aware.

Ancient And Modern Examples Of Satanic Power, Special Weapons And Tactics
Many psychics and people in the occult are frauds, but some are genuinely connected to the evil powers. The following examples from the Bible and from reports in seances and from psychics who dabble in the occult give an example of the power of angels. They share one feature in common. The spirits are liars whose main goal is to first convince you to ignore the scriptures. Once you ignore that standard then you are subject to the deception of creatures whose technology, knowledge and abilities are far superior to what we have or think is possible. The lesson is never to make miracles your standard for judging truth.

The Latter Rain: The Power Of The Holy Spirit
It will come about after this that I will pour out my Spirit on all mankind; And your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Even on the male and female servants I will pour out my Spirit in those days. (Joel 2: 28-29 )
Joel 2 predicts that the church will once again receive the miraculous gifts. There will be no preference for race, nationality, economic status, age or gender.
We should pray and plan for this event as if it will happen in our life time.
Satan has started a preemptive strike by sending false visions and miracles. For years I was expecting this development. As it unfolds, I am shocked to see how openly fake and misleading this first wave appears to be. I am even more disturbed that the people could be so easily duped by this cheap version of the demonic powers which are coming.

Lessons Learned. We can learn from the deceptive practices of all the current false prophets and fake healers who have exploded on the scene. None of them can verify their healings or want any close scrutiny of their miracles or finances.
Therefore, we should know how deception is done so that we do the opposite when we operate with miraculous gifts.
Latter Rain

It Is Raining! The latter rain has begun. Some delusions of Satan are here. I am updating this lesson to remind the church of its responsibilities. I realize that people run away from this power because we have no experience with it. But that is not a biblical response. I am warning you, if you do not know how to evaluate this phenomenon or are unwilling to learn, then Satan will send a delusion designed to fit your ignorance.

So eternal vigilance is required. The moment a trusted prophet or miracle worker steps away from the Gospel, then it is the moment they become untrustworthy. Humans can fall. The word of God does not.

Summary
Since the final battle will involve such an extraordinary amount of deception, it would be prudent of the church to educate itself in some of the techniques of deception. However, as part of this learning, they should be wise enough to understand that they can still be tricked by superior science and technology and direct intervention by Satan. Ultimately, all claims about the source of the supernatural must be subject to the word of God, not the assumption that the miraculous is proof of the divine. Even then, because we see the enemy is now playing with slick use of the language and double meanings in words or redefinition of words and with bold lies, we must recognize that truth might not be obtained in a single test. We must always be vigilant.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6: 12)

Study to show yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.   2 Timothy 2: 15 Time: 100 minutes
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This file first created: July 25, 2004. Updated : August 21, 2005. October 1, 2005. March 2006.
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