2 Kings 9: 30-9: 36. How many her today believe in the existence of, witches, war-locks and sorcerers? If you noticed, my hand was up first. Now were not talking about halloween and spook-s and goblins. Witches with bumps on their noses, flying brooms or black cats or anything the like. I'm talking about, Spell Casters and Po-shun Makers and Predictors, Psychics, Mediums, Numerology, Astrology-st, Horoscope Writers, Satan Worshipers, Observers of Times, Diviners believe it or not the world is full of such people, that Believe in what their doing.
I took a quick glance on the internet and found that there were;
2,197,261 sites containing witches.
110,157 sites containing war-locks.
2,006,921 sites containing witchcraft.
1,119,088 sites containing Satan Worshipers,
And the list goes on and on. The question today is, Does God acknowledge the existence of such people in the Bible? The answer is yes, over and over again. Where you ask? Lets read a little scripture.
Ex. 22:18 Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.
Deu.18: 10-12 There shall not be found any you one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that weeth divination, or an observer of times, or an anchanter, or a witch.Or a Charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.
For all that do these things are an abomination to the LORD: and because of these abominations the Lord thy God doth drive them out from before thee.
Jer. 27: 9 Before hearken not ye to your prophecies, nor to your diviner-s, nor to your dreamers, nor to your enchanter-s, nor to your sorcerers, which speak unto you, saying, Ye shall not serve the king of Babylon. .
Isa. 8:19 And when they say say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? For the living to the dead?
[Other references. Isa_19: 3; Lev_20: 6; Deu_18: 11; 1Sa_28: 8; 1Ch_10: 13; 2: 3, 7: Jer. 29: 8, Isa 44:25, 1Sa 6: 2, Deu .. 18:14, 2nd Kings 10:18 through 30, 1st Kings 18: 1 Through 40]
The most notable of them all was Jezebel.
2Ki. 9: 30-36, And when Jehu was come to Jezreel, Jezebel heard of it; And she painted her face, and tired her head, and looked out at a window.
And as Jehu entered in the gate, she said, Had Zimri peace, who slew his master?
And he lifted up his face to the window, and said, Who is on my side? Who? And there looked out to him two or three eunuchs.
And he said, Throw her down. So they thread her down: and some of her blood was sprinkled on the wall, and on the horses: and he trode her under foot.
And when he was come in, he did eat and drink, and said, Go, see now this cursed woman, and bury her: for she is a king's daughter.
And they went to bury her: but they found no more of her than the skull, and the feet, and the palms of her hands.Wherefore they came again, and told him. And he said, This is the word of the LORD, which is spake by his servant Elijah the Tishbite, saying, In the portion of Jezreel shall dogs eat the flesh of Jezebel.
2Ki. 9:37 And the carcass of Jezebel shall be as dung upon the face of the field in the portion of Jezreel; So that they will not say, This is Jezebel. The most exciting verse in scripture concerns witches is here.
Exo. 22:18 Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.
Lev 19:14 Thou shalt not curse the deaf, nor put a stumblingblock before the blind, but shalt fear thy God: I am the LORD.Cursed for speaking to the dead.
1Sa 28: 7-20; Then said Saul to his servants, Seek me a woman that hath a familiar spirit, that I may go to her, and inquire of her. And his servants said to him, Behold, there is a woman that hath a familiar spirit at Endor.And Saul disguised himself, and put on other raiment, and he went, and two men with him, and they came to the woman by night : And he said, I pray thee, divine unto me by the familiar spirit, and brings me him up, which I shall name unto thee.
And the woman said unto him, Behold, thou knowest what Saul hath done, how he hath cut off those that have familiar spirits, and the wizards, out of the land: wherefore then layest thou a snare for my life, to cause me to Die?
And Saul sware to her by the LORD, saying, As the LORD liveth, there shall no punishment come to thee for this thing.
Then said the woman, Whom shall I bring up to thee? And he said, Bring me up Samuel.
And when the woman saw Samuel, she married with a loud voice: and the woman spake to Saul, saying, Why hast thou deceived me? For thou art Saul.
And the king said unto her, Be not afraid: for what sawest thou? And the woman said Unt Saul, I saw gods ascending out of the earth.
And he said unto her, What form is he of? And she said, An old man cometh up; And he is covered with a mantle. And Saul received that it was Samuel, and he stooped with his face to the ground, and bowed himself.
And Samuel said to Saul, Why hast thou disquieted me, to bring me up? And Saul answered, I am sore distracted; For the Philistines make war against me, and God is departed from me, and answereth me no more, either by prophecies, nor by dreams: therefore I have called thee, that thou mayest make known unto me what I shall do.
Then said Samuel, Wherefore then dost thou ask of me, seeing the LORD is departed from thee, and is become thine enemy?
And the LORD hath done to him, as he spake by me: for the LORD hath rent the kingdom out of thine hand, and given it to thy neighbor, even to David:
Because thou obeyed not the voice of the LORD, nor executedst his fierce wrath upon Amalek, therefore hath the LORD done this thing unto thee this day.
Moreover the LORD will also deliver Israel with the into the hand of the Philistines: and to morrow shalt thou and thy sons be with me: the LORD also shall deliver the host of Israel into the hand of the Philistines.
Then Saul fell straightway all along on the earth, and was sore afraid, because of the words of Samuel: and there was no strength in him; For he had ateen no bread all the day, nor all the night. Can we speak to the dead? Yes. Will we be cursed By God for doing so? Yes. Witches, war-locks and sorcerers, a present danger to all of us, not just the Christian but also to the lost. Bring their sorcery to our children, teaching them un-Godly things that should be buried with them. Deceivers and snake charmers that inhabit the world, there are many in India that today are worshiping snakes, because of the witches influence over them.
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