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Monday, October 29 2012

What Is Sorcery?

The 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, some of which apply as much to pseudo-sciences (e.g. astrology, alchemy) as other heathen religions.

An Alchemist

  • the Hebrew word, pronounced kaw-shawf, which means to whisper, or to enchant (to "cast a spell over someone or something; to put a hex on someone or something")

  • the Hebrew word, pronounced kawsh-shawf, which means a magician

  • the Hebrew word, pronounced kheh-shef, which means magic

  • the Hebrew word, pronounced awn-nawn, which means to cover, or to cloud over, as in to behave in a hidden manner i.e. occult, from which the word cult originated (see also Is Your Church A Cult?)

  • the Greek word, pronounced far-mak-yoos, which means to drug; the present-day respectable words pharmacy and pharmacist originated from that Greek word, which originally referred to people who used drugs or narcotics to poison or control people i.e. by the Biblical definition, illicit drug use was and is a form of sorcery

  • the Greek word, pronounced mag-i-ah, which means sorcery; the English word "magic" originated from that Greek word (the word was also used for scientists, before humans could tell the difference - see the Fact Finder question below).

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)

"57:3 But draw near hither, ye sons of the sorceress, the seed of the adulterer and the whore." (Isaiah 57:3 KJV)

The LORD (who was and is Jesus Christ; see Who Is The LORD?) 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)

"The fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone"

At the time of the Exodus (see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Exodus), the Pharaoh's sorcerers tried and failed to oppose Moses and Aaron.

A Witch Doctor

"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.

3:8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. 3:9 But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was." (2 Timothy 3:1-9 KJV)

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 Who Lights Your Walk?).

"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)

"3:5 And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers, and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hireling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the LORD of hosts." (Malachi 3:5 KJV)

Ironically, when the people of Israel were exiled to Assyria and Babylon (see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Lost Ten Tribes and Israel In History and Prophecy: Back To Babylon) 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."

Saul Consulting A Witch

"2:1 And in the second year of the reign of Nebuchadnezzar, Nebuchadnezzar dreamed dreams [see The Prophet Daniel: Nebuchadnezzar's Image], 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.

2:4 Then spake the Chaldeans to the king in Syriack, O king, live for ever: tell thy servants the dream, and we will show the interpretation.

2:5 The king answered and said to the Chaldeans, The thing is gone from me: if ye will not make known unto me the dream, with the interpretation thereof, ye shall be cut in pieces, and your houses shall be made a dunghill. 2:6 But if ye show the dream, and the interpretation thereof, ye shall receive of me gifts and rewards and great honour: therefore show me the dream, and the interpretation thereof.

2:7 They answered again and said, Let the king tell his servants the dream, and we will show the interpretation of it.

2:8 The king answered and said, I know of certainty that ye would gain the time, because ye see the thing is gone from me. 2:9 But if ye will not make known unto me the dream, there is but one decree for you: for ye have prepared lying and corrupt words to speak before me, till the time be changed: therefore tell me the dream, and I shall know that ye can show me the interpretation thereof.

2:10 The Chaldeans answered before the king, and said, There is not a man upon the earth that can show the king's matter: therefore there is no king, lord, nor ruler, that asked such things at any magician, or astrologer, or Chaldean." (Daniel 2:1-10 KJV)

The book of Revelation speaks of how the unrepentant, sorcery-infested world will remain so until Christ's return (see What Happens After The Messiah Returns?).

"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.

21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone [see The Lake Of Fire Into An Ocean Of Fire - When?]: which is the second death." (Revelation 21:6-8 KJV)

Fact Finder: The "Magi" that were called to come and worship the newborn Messiah were not sorcerers, or "magicians." Who and what were they? Why were they called "Magi"?
See Why Did The Magi Come?


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This Day In History, October 29

539 BC: Cyrus the Great conquered Babylon. Cyrus thereafter permitted the people of Judah to return home after their prophesied 70-years exile in Babylon (see The Prophet Daniel: The Hand Writing On The Wall and Iran's Greatest Leader Was Pro-Zionist).

312: Constantine the Great entered Rome after his battle victory at the Milvian Bridge (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).

1618: Sir Walter Raleigh was executed at age 66 for alleged treason against King James I (of the King James Bible fame). Raleigh was a writer, statesman and explorer. He is noted for introducing potatoes and tobacco to England.

1709: The First Barrier Treaty; Britain agreed to support the restoration to the United Provinces of the fortresses that it had been granted by the Treaty of Rijswijk.

1727: A severe earthquake struck northeastern North America.

1762: The Battle of Freiburg. The Austrians were defeated by the Prussians under Prince Henry. It was the only Prussian victory without Frederick II in command.

1889: The British South Africa Company, headed by Cecil Rhodes, was granted a charter by the British government. The charter gave extensive powers over the area which later became Rhodesia.

1911: Hungarian-born U.S. newspaperman Joseph Pulitzer died at age 64. The Pulitzer Prizes are named after him.

1922: Italian King Victor Emmanuel II called on Benito Mussolini to form a government.

1923: After the fall of the Ottoman Empire (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate), Turkey became a republic under its first President, Kemal Ataturk.

1927: Russian archaeologist Peter Koz1off discovered the tomb of Genghis Khan in the Gobi Desert.

1929: Wall Street "Black Tuesday" marked the final collapse of the U.S. stock market and the beginning of the Great Depression.

1945: The first ballpoint pen went on sale, 57 years after it was patented.

1956: Israel invaded the Sinai in response to belligerent actions by Egyptian President Gamal Nasser, including refusing access of Israeli ships to the Suez Canal and Gulf of Aqaba, and forming a unified military command with Jordan and Syria. In the brief war that followed, Israeli, British and French troops landed in the Canal Zone. By the end of the conflict, Israel had conquered the whole of the Sinai Peninsula and Gaza. It was the second major Israeli-Arab war since the founding of the modern state of Israel, as made possible by the British presence there after the end of the First World War (see The Balfour Declaration). Known as the Sinai War, it was code-named Operation Kadesh by the Israelis (whoever named the operation "Kadesh" was apparently unmindful of the historical reality that Kadesh was the place in the Sinai wilderness where the Israelites refused to obey the LORD and enter the promised land when they first had the opportunity to do so, and so were left to wander and die in the wilderness (see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Sinai Journey).

1957: Prime Minister David Ben Gurion and a number of government members were injured when a hand grenade was thrown into Israel's Parliament, the Knesset.

1967: Expo 67, Montreal's World Fair, ended after over 50 million visitors.

1972: A "Black September" terrorist group hijacked a Lufthansa airliner as it flew over Turkey. They demanded the release of 3 of their members who were being held for the murders of Israeli athletes at the Olympics.

1999: A cyclone devastated Orissa, India.

2004: The Arabic news network Al Jazeera broadcast a video of Osama bin Laden in which, for the first time, he admitted direct responsibility for the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington.





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