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Friday, October 28 2011
The English word "sorcery" originated from a Latin word, sortiarius, which meant one who sorts, as in casts lots with the assistance of evil spirits. The King James Version uses "sorcery," "sorcerer," or "sorceress" to translate a number of Hebrew and Greek words.
Sorcery was and is an evil committed by both men and women.
"13:8 But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith." (Acts 13:8 KJV)
The LORD (who was and is Jesus Christ; see The First Christian Church) warned His people to have no sorcery, "for all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD."
"18:10 There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, 18:11 Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. 18:12 For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee." (Deuteronomy 18:10-12 KJV)
"For ye have prepared lying and corrupt words"
At the time of the Exodus, sorcerers tried and failed to oppose Moses and Aaron.
"7:11 Then Pharaoh also called the wise men and the sorcerers: now the magicians of Egypt, they also did in like manner with their enchantments. 7:12 For they cast down every man his rod, and they became serpents: but Aaron's rod swallowed up their rods." (Exodus 7:11-12 KJV)
The sorcerers of that Pharaoh were spoken of as examples of the evil spirit of all kinds of sin and depravity, including that committed by self-righteous hypocrites "having a form of godliness" - that will reach its peak in the "end time" just before the Return of Jesus Christ (see Is Your Religion Your Religion?; also What And Where Is Babylon Today?).
"3:1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 3:2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3:3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 3:4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 3:5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 3:6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, 3:7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
Despite their warnings, ancient Israel followed sorcerers and false prophets - which according to the Biblical definition, are merely variants of the same deceptive spirit of evil (see also Who's Hiding On Your Wall?).
"27:9 Therefore hearken not ye to your prophets, nor to your diviners, nor to your dreamers, nor to your enchanters, nor to your sorcerers, which speak unto you, saying, Ye shall not serve the king of Babylon: 27:10 For they prophesy a lie unto you, to remove you far from your land; and that I should drive you out, and ye should perish." (Jeremiah 27:9-10 KJV)
Ironically, when the people of Israel were exiled to Babylon (The Northern Kingdom of "Israel" by the Assyrians, The Southern Kingdom of "Judah" by the Chaldeans/Babylonians) for their following sorcerers and false prophets, the Babylonian sorcerers there admitted that they were frauds. They said "there is not a man upon the earth that can show the king's matter," to which the Babylonian king himself condemned them, "for ye have prepared lying and corrupt words."
"2:1 And in the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar, Nebuchadnezzar dreamed dreams [see also Nebuchadnezzar's Lesson], wherewith his spirit was troubled, and his sleep brake from him. 2:2 Then the king commanded to call the magicians, and the astrologers, and the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans, for to show the king his dreams. So they came and stood before the king. 2:3 And the king said unto them, I have dreamed a dream, and my spirit was troubled to know the dream.
The book of Revelation speaks of how the unrepentant sorcery-infested world will remain so until Christ's return (see The Feast Of Trumpets Prophecy, The Day Of Atonement: It's All About Christianity, Feast Of Tabernacles: Joy To The World and The Eighth Day: What Does It Mean?).
"9:20 And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk: 9:21 Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts." (Revelation 9:20-21 KJV)
But even then, some will choose sorcery, in its many forms, over salvation.
"21:6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. 21:7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
Fact Finder: The "Magi" that were called to come and worship the newborn Messiah were not "magicians." Who and what were they? Why were they called "Magi"?
This Day In History, October 28
312: Over the previous 24 hours, the Battle of Mulvian (or Milvian) Bridge over the Tiber River near Rome, Constantine the Great defeated the forces of Maxentius to become the sole ruler of the western Roman empire. Prior to the battle, Constantine claimed to have seen a vision of a cross (Christ was not crucified on a Latin cross - see Crossing The T) in the sky with the words "In Hoc Signo Vinces" ("In this sign conquer"). After the victory he nominally converted to Christianity, and was largely involved in the Romans' change from God's true and only Sabbath to the old Babylonian pagan "sun day" (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy; listen also to our Sermon Constantine's Papacy).
900: King Alfred the Great of England died.
969: After a prolonged siege, Byzantine forces ended 300 years of Arab rule in Antioch.
1216: King Henry III of England was crowned.
1492: Christopher Columbus claimed Cuba for Spain. Contrary to propaganda myths, Columbus, an Italian, who was working for the king and queen of Spain, claimed land in the "new world" as colonies of the "old world" - Columbus had no intention of those lands ever being anything more than colonies of Spain. Nor was Columbus the first to discover the continent of North America; the Vikings of Scandinavia left behind physical proof of their being there centuries before Columbus.
1628: After being besieged for months the Huguenots at La Rochelle capitulated to troops of the French crown under Cardinal Michelieu.
1746: The Peruvian cities of Lima and Callao were destroyed by an earthquake, at least 18,000 killed.
1870: In the Franco-Prussian War, Strasbourg surrendered to Prussian forces.
1891: An earthquake struck the Niphon Islands in Japan, killed 10,000 people and left 300,000 homeless.
1918: The Czechoslovak state came into being when the Prague national committee took over land upon the dissolution of Austria-Hungary.
1922: Fascist "Blackshirts" began a march on Rome which led 2 days later to a formation of an Italian government under Benito Mussolini.
1948: The modern-day national flag of Israel was adopted.
1958: Cardinal Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli, patriarch of Venice, was elected as Pope John XXIII.
1971: By a vote of 356-244 the British House of Commons voted to join the European Economic Community, the forerunner of the end-time European Union (see Ein Volk! Ein Reich! Ein Euro!).
1985: Sandinista rebel Daniel Ortega became President of Nicaragua.
2007: Cristina Fernández de Kirchner became the first woman to be elected President of Argentina.