Great Cloud of Witnesses: God's Holy Ghosts? Part 3
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Authored By  :
Bill Kochman

Published On :
December 28, 1998

Last Updated :
January 3, 2009


Warning To Those Who Are Delivered, Revelation's Three Frogs
The Beast's Blasphemous Tongue, The Apostles' Blunders, Stay
On Guard, Ghostwriters For Jesus, By The Spirit, Heavenly
Possession, Physical Effects Of The Spirit, Bought With A
Price, Spiritual Lovemaking, Herod And Herodias, Ahab And
Jezebel, John And Elijah, Jesus And Moses, Necromancy, Sceva




In the twelfth chapter of the Gospel of Matthew, the Lord
gave His followers a very stern warning regarding those who
had been delivered from evil spirits, and healed of those
sicknesses associated with them. In the Gospel of John, He
applied this warning to a man who He had healed, after the
man had been sick for thirty-eight years. In like manner, in
his second Epistle, the Apostle Peter reminded the brethren
of the pitiful state of those Disciples who, after having
once dedicated themselves to the Lord's service, fell back
into the spiritual and physical pollutions of the world:

"When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh
through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. 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. 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)

"Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto
him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse
thing come unto thee." (John 5:14)

"For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they
allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much
wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live
in error. While they promise them liberty, they themselves
are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is
overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage. For if after
they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the
knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are
again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is
worse with them than the beginning. For it had been better
for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than,
after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment
delivered unto them. But it is happened unto them according
to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit
again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the
mire." (2 Peter 2:18-22)

There are many more Biblical examples of demonic possession
which I can cite, but let us move up to one which is yet to
happen in the near future, as it will be the worst, and the
most deceptive of all. We find it in the sixteenth chapter
of the Book of Revelation:

"And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great
river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that
the way of the kings of the east might be prepared. 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 16:12-14)

Here we again see the satanic forces speaking through the
mouths of the Dragon, the Beast and the False Prophet, in
order to bring the antichrist armies of the world to the
Battle of Armageddon. As I point out in other articles such
as the series 'John Lennon's Imagine And Secular Humanism',
as well as in 'Speak The Pure Language Of Truth', just as
the Lord's true Prophets and children yield to His Spirit
and speak the Truth, the Beast will speak with the poisonous
and deceptive tongue of the serpent; Satan himself; and he
will blaspheme against the God of Heaven. Consider these
verses:

"And he shall speak great words against the most High, and
shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to
change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand
until a time and times and the dividing of time."
(Daniel 7:25)

"And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall
exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and
shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods, and
shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that
that is determined shall be done." (Daniel 11:36)

"And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things
and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue
forty and two months. And he opened his mouth in blasphemy
against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and
them that dwell in heaven." (Revelation 13:5-6)

Let us return now to the warning issued by John regarding
testing the spirits. Don't forget that John's Epistle was
addressed to the Lord's own children, as was the Apostle
Paul's. They both wanted to let their followers know, that
they must be extremely careful regarding to whom they yield
themselves; because not all spirits, and not all voices, are
of God; and even the Lord's own children can be tricked if
they are not careful. Even we can allow ourselves to be
influenced and used by the wrong spirits if we do not stay
close to the Lord, close to His Word, and submitted to His
Will. If you doubt that this is so, consider these two
examples found in the Gospels:

"And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said,
Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from
heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did? But he turned,
and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of
spirit ye are of." (Luke 9:54-55)

"From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto his
disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer
many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and
be killed, and be raised again the third day. Then Peter
took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from
thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee. But he turned, and
said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an
offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be
of God, but those that be of men." (Matthew 16:21-23)

If the Lord's very own Disciples had such problems, who are
we to think that we cannot be tricked by a false angel of
light into saying, or even doing, the wrong thing? If they
yielded their tongues to ungodly spirits, and even to Satan
himself in Peter's case, how much more should we be on the
alert, and guard ourselves continually against such attacks?
This is why the Apostle Paul tells us to bring every thought
into captivity to the obedience of Christ; because, as we
have already seen, they are spiritual things; they either
come from God, or else they come from Satan. Consider the
following verses:

"And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an
angel of light." (2 Corinthians 11:14)

"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as
a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:"
(1 Peter 5:8)

"Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that
exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing
into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;"
(2 Corinthians 10:5)

We can thank the Lord that, aside from a few slips from the
Disciples during their training period, the holy men of the
past yielded their minds, hearts, bodies and tongues to the
Lord's Spirit. They literally became spiritual mediums for
God's Holy Spirit and Ministering Spirits. If you are able
to receive it, they were ghostwriters; that is, they were
Holy Ghost writers for the Lord; and it is due to this fact,
that today we have the Divine Record known as the Bible.
Consider the following inspiring verses which testify of the
powerful intervention by God's Holy Spirit and Ministering
Spirits:

"For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man:
but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy
Ghost." (2 Peter 1:21)

"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is
profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for
instruction in righteousness:" (2 Timothy 3:16)

"...My heart is inditing a good matter: I speak of the
things which I have made touching the king: my tongue is the
pen of a ready writer." (Psalms 45:1b)

"As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost
said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I
have called them." (Acts 13:2)

"Afterwards the spirit took me up, and brought me in a
vision by the Spirit of God into Chaldea, to them of the
captivity. So the vision that I had seen went up from me."
(Ezekiel 11:24)

"But truly I am full of power by the spirit of the LORD, and
of judgment, and of might, to declare unto Jacob his
transgression, and to Israel his sin." (Micah 3:8)

"And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the
parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the
custom of the law," (Luke 2:27)

"And there stood up one of them named Agabus, and signified
by the Spirit that there should be great dearth throughout
all the world: which came to pass in the days of Claudius
Caesar." (Acts 11:28)

"Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of
men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and
prophets by the Spirit;" (Ephesians 3:5)

"And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and
he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the
Spirit which he hath given us." (1 John 3:24)

It should be clear to you then, that we all live in a very
spiritual world; and that we are all influenced by spiritual
forces. The idea of an evil angel on our left shoulder, and
a good Angel on our right, is not such a far-fetched idea
after all, is it? To whom we yield ourselves, and how much
we yield ourselves, is all a matter of personal choice. I
would also like to point out that just as we readily accept
the idea of demonic oppression and possession, possession by
God's Holy Spirit is also a reality. While the term itself
might be offensive to some of you, please stop to consider
the following. Exactly what is demonic possession? As we
have now seen, it is being overpowered and filled by an evil
spirit, which then controls one's being. So let me ask you;
if one is filled with, and controlled by God's Holy Spirit,
is this not also a form of spiritual possession? Consider
these verses:

"For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall
drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled
with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother's womb."
(Luke 1:15)

"And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the
salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and
Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost:" (Luke 1:41)

"And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost,
and prophesied, saying," (Luke 1:67)

"And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to
speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them
utterance." (Acts 2:4)

"Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye
rulers of the people, and elders of Israel," (Acts 4:8)

"And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they
were assembled together; and they were all filled with the
Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness."
(Acts 4:31)

"And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and
putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even
Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest,
hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be
filled with the Holy Ghost." (Acts 9:17)

"Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy
Ghost, set his eyes on him," (Acts 13:9)

"And the disciples were filled with joy, and with the Holy
Ghost." (Acts 13:52)

From the previous verses, aside from the fact that we can
plainly see that we are indeed filled with, or possessed by,
God's Holy Spirit, another thing we can see is that, just as
demonic spirits are able to control physical matter, such as
in the case of the poor victims who convulsed in epileptic
or spasmodic fits, or who acquired the strength, by their
demons, to break their fetters, or who threw their victims
into the fire so that they were burned, or who controlled
the tongues of their victims, God's Holy Spirit not only
takes control of those who yield themselves to Him, but He
also has an effect on other physical matter as well. Notice
that the house where the Disciples were staying was actually
shaken; and this was not the first time that such physical
manifestions occurred. In the following example, there was
the sound of a mighty rushing wind, and cloven tongues of
fire were physically visible to the observers:

"And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all
with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a
sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled
all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared
unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon
each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost,
and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave
them utterance." (Acts 2:1-4)

God's Spirit is indeed extremely powerful; and I am not just
referring to the Gifts of the Spirit with which we are all
familiar. By the Power of God's Spirit, Jesus walked on the
water; He healed people of many diseases which had physical
symptoms; He calmed the rough sea; He placed a coin in the
mouth of the fish so they could pay their taxes; He withered
a barren fig tree; He walked through walls; and He may have
even moved an entire boat through time and space so that it
was suddenly at shore. Let us also not forget such wonderful
events as moving back the sun on two occasions, holding back
the rain for three and a half years, or the great earthquake
in the Book of Acts which liberated Paul and Silas; and the
prophecies of the Endtime tell us that we should expect many
more such events; if they are all to be understood literally:

"Behold, I will bring again the shadow of the degrees, which
is gone down in the sun dial of Ahaz, ten degrees backward.
So the sun returned ten degrees, by which degrees it was
gone down." (Isaiah 38:8)

"And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the
people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not
this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still
in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a
whole day." (Joshua 10:13)

"And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of
Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the LORD God of Israel liveth,
before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these
years, but according to my word...And it came to pass after
many days, that the word of the LORD came to Elijah in the
third year, saying, Go, shew thyself unto Ahab; and I will
send rain upon the earth...And Elijah said unto Ahab, Get
thee up, eat and drink; for there is a sound of abundance of
rain." (1 Kings 18:17:1, 18:1, 41)

"But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in
the days of Elias, when the heaven was shut up three years
and six months, when great famine was throughout all the
land;" (Luke 4:25)

"Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he
prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not
on the earth by the space of three years and six months. And
he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth
brought forth her fruit." (James 5:17-18)

"And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises
unto God: and the prisoners heard them. And suddenly there
was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the
prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were
opened, and every one's bands were loosed."
(Acts 16:25-26)

On a more personal level, the reason God has the right to
possess us with His Holy Spirit, and control our lives, is
because in actuality, we are His property. The Scriptures
clearly tell us that we are bought with a price, that our
bodies are the temple of the Holy Ghost, and that God can do
with each one of us as He pleases. Carefully consider the
following verses, and you will see that this is so:

"What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy
Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not
your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify
God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's."
(1 Corinthians 6:19-20)

"Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God?
Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast
thou made me thus?" (Romans 9:20)

"...for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath
said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be
their God, and they shall be my people."
(2 Corinthians 6:16b)

"Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men."
(1 Corinthians 7:23)

"Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but
to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many."
(Matthew 20:28)

"For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men,
the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to
be testified in due time." (1 Timothy 2:5-6)

As I explain in other articles, just as a wife is expected
to yield herself to her husband, our Bridegroom expects us,
His Bride, to yield ourselves to Him, and to be ravished by
His Spirit. Perhaps that is a bit direct for some of you,
but that is basically what the Scriptures tell us. We must
allow ourselves to be possessed by the Lord, so that we can
produce spiritual children for the Kingdom of God; that is,
new souls who are born again by His Spirit working through
us. This can only happen if we yield our bodies, through
sacrificial service, and our tongues, through witnessing to
others, by speaking the Words of Truth which bring Life.

This brings us to one of the final points of this series.
Why did Malachi's prophecy specifically say 'I will send you
Elijah the prophet'; and why did the Lord also say 'this is
Elias, which was for to come'? I suggested in part one that
there might be some kind of a hidden process involved here;
and I have spent the greater part of this series explaining
to you exactly what I believe that process to be. As I also
stated in the first part of this series, it is all a matter
of personal perspective. Do we look at things in the flesh;
or do we look at them the way God sees them, in the Spirit?
I find it quite interesting that apart from the first three
Gospels, the only other place in the entire Bible where the
names Moses and Elijah even come close to each other in the
text, is in the very prophecy from the Book of Malachi which
we have been discussing. Allow me to share it with you:

"Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded
unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and
judgments. Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before
the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: And he
shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the
heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and
smite the earth with a curse." (Malachi 4:4-6)

Exactly what was the main purpose of John the Baptist's
ministry? It was to bring the people to a humble state of
repentance, in preparation for the coming of the Messiah.
Exactly how did John do this? The answer is found in the
previous verses; by bringing to their rembrance the Law of
Moses. We are all familiar with the final incident which
eventually resulted in John losing his head. It was his
stiff and vocal opposition to the fact that King Herod had
married his brother Philip's wife, Herodias; which was an
act of adultery according to the Mosaic Law. It was because
of this expose, that Herodias wanted John's head, and for no
other reason:

"For Herod himself had sent forth and laid hold upon John,
and bound him in prison for Herodias' sake, his brother
Philip's wife: for he had married her. For John had said
unto Herod, It is not lawful for thee to have thy brother's
wife. Therefore Herodias had a quarrel against him, and
would have killed him; but she could not: For Herod feared
John, knowing that he was a just man and an holy, and
observed him; and when he heard him, he did many things, and
heard him gladly. And when a convenient day was come, that
Herod on his birthday made a supper to his lords, high
captains, and chief estates of Galilee; And when the
daughter of the said Herodias came in, and danced, and
pleased Herod and them that sat with him, the king said unto
the damsel, Ask of me whatsoever thou wilt, and I will give
it thee. And he sware unto her, Whatsoever thou shalt ask of
me, I will give it thee, unto the half of my kingdom. And
she went forth, and said unto her mother, What shall I ask?
And she said, The head of John the Baptist. And she came in
straightway with haste unto the king, and asked, saying, I
will that thou give me by and by in a charger the head of
John the Baptist. And the king was exceeding sorry; yet for
his oath's sake, and for their sakes which sat with him, he
would not reject her. And immediately the king sent an
executioner, and commanded his head to be brought: and he
went and beheaded him in the prison, And brought his head in
a charger, and gave it to the damsel: and the damsel gave it
to her mother. And when his disciples heard of it, they came
and took up his corpse, and laid it in a tomb."
(Mark 6:17-29)

It is interesting to note that the Prophet Elijah also ran
afoul of the governing authorities of his day; that is, evil
King Ahab and his wicked queen-wife Jezebel. Just as wicked
Herodias led her husband-king astray, and was responsible
for the murder of John the Baptist, Jezebel also influenced
King Ahab to worship Baal and to commit other wickedness. In
addition to that, we are told that she practiced witchcraft,
that she murdered the Lord's Prophets, that she had a man
murdered in order that her husband could obtain the man's
vineyard, and then she swore that she would also kill the
Prophet Elijah. In the end, she was thrown from a window by
her own servants, and was eaten up by dogs as per Elijah's
prophecy:

"And it came to pass, as if it had been a light thing for
him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, that
he took to wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal king of the
Zidonians, and went and served Baal, and worshipped him."
(1 Kings 16:31)

"But there was none like unto Ahab, which did sell himself
to work wickedness in the sight of the LORD, whom Jezebel
his wife stirred up." (1 Kings 21:25)

"For it was so, when Jezebel cut off the prophets of the
LORD, that Obadiah took an hundred prophets, and hid them by
fifty in a cave, and fed them with bread and water.) ...Was
it not told my lord what I did when Jezebel slew the
prophets of the LORD, how I hid an hundred men of the LORD'S
prophets by fifty in a cave, and fed them with bread and
water?" (1 Kings 18:4, 13)

"Then Jezebel sent a messenger unto Elijah, saying, So let
the gods do to me, and more also, if I make not thy life as
the life of one of them by to morrow about this time."
(1 Kings 19:2)

"Then they sent to Jezebel, saying, Naboth is stoned, and is
dead. And it came to pass, when Jezebel heard that Naboth
was stoned, and was dead, that Jezebel said to Ahab, Arise,
take possession of the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite,
which he refused to give thee for money: for Naboth is not
alive, but dead." (1 Kings 21:14-15)

"And it came to pass, when Joram saw Jehu, that he said, Is
it peace, Jehu? And he answered, What peace, so long as the
whoredoms of thy mother Jezebel and her witchcrafts are so
many?" (2 Kings 9:22)

"And of Jezebel also spake the LORD, saying, The dogs shall
eat Jezebel by the wall of Jezreel." (1 Kings 21:23)

"And the dogs shall eat Jezebel in the portion of Jezreel,
and there shall be none to bury her. And he opened the door,
and fled." (2 Kings 9:10)

"And as Jehu entered in at 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 threw 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 he
spake by his servant Elijah the Tishbite, saying, In the
portion of Jezreel shall dogs eat the flesh of Jezebel: And
the carcase of Jezebel shall be as dung upon the face of the
field in the portion of Jezreel; so that they shall not say,
This is Jezebel." (2 Kings 9:31-37)

In light of everything we have now discussed regarding the
Holy Spirit, Ministering Spirits, and the lives of Elijah
and John the Baptist, is it possible that the Lord meant
exactly what He said when He had the Prophet Malachi write
'I will send you Elijah the prophet'? In other words, is it
possible that the Lord didn't send Elijah to be born again
in the flesh, but rather to assist John the Baptist as a
Ministering Spirit? Is it even possible that, just as the
prophecies of God's Prophets were and are a result of being
directly influenced, and even controlled by the Holy Spirit,
or one of the Lord's 'Holy Spirits', or Ministering Spirits,
that Elijah may have even spoken through the mouth of John
the Baptist? Perhaps this is indeed strong meat for some of
you, but allow me to again remind you of something which the
Apostle Paul wrote, and place it along side of certain
things spoken by our Lord:

"And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits,
and his ministers a flame of fire...Are they not all
ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who
shall be heirs of salvation?" (Hebrews 1:7, 14)

"If thy whole body therefore be full of light, having no
part dark, the whole shall be full of light, as when the
bright shining of a candle doth give thee light."
(Luke 11:36)

"Ye sent unto John, and he bare witness unto the truth...He
was a burning and a shining light: and ye were willing for a
season to rejoice in his light." (John 5:33, 35)

Was John 'a burning and a shining light' because behind the
scenes in the Spirit World, he was being assisted by none
other than Elijah the Prophet, who was indeed 'a flame of
fire' in his own day? It seems to me that it is more than a
matter of coincidence that we see Moses and Elijah mentioned
together in the Book of Malachi, and they appear together on
the top of the Mount of Transfiguration. It almost seems as
if the Lord wanted to give Peter, James and John a sneak
peek into what was really going on in the Spirit World. In
like manner, if Elijah was assisting John the Baptist in
some way, might it be possible that Moses was also assisting
Jesus as a Ministering Spirit? Let us not forget that Moses
did say the following; and Jesus did spend a lot of time
quoting from the Mosaic Law, and teaching it in the way that
it was really meant to be understood:

"The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the
midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye
shall hearken;" (Deuteronomy 18:15)

I will leave it up to you to determine exactly how much you
are personally willing to believe. Before concluding this
series, I think it is important that I issue a warning to
you. While we have spoken a lot about the Spirit World, the
Holy Ghost, Ministering Spirits, Departed Souls, and the
workings of the Spirit, this series should not be construed
as being an invitation to dabble in areas where one should
not go; particularly if it happens to be in Satan's Realm of
Darkness. The Bible very clearly warns us against doing such
things, as we see by the following verses:

"Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek
after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your
God." (Leviticus 19:31)

"And the soul that turneth after such as have familiar
spirits, and after wizards, to go a whoring after them, I
will even set my face against that soul, and will cut him
off from among his people." (Leviticus 20:6)

"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, Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits,
or a wizard, or a necromancer." (Deuteronomy 18:10-11)

"And he made his son pass through the fire, and observed
times, and used enchantments, and dealt with familiar
spirits and wizards: he wrought much wickedness in the sight
of the LORD, to provoke him to anger." (2 Kings 21:6)

"Moreover the workers with familiar spirits, and the
wizards, and the images, and the idols, and all the
abominations that were spied in the land of Judah and in
Jerusalem, did Josiah put away, that he might perform the
words of the law which were written in the book that Hilkiah
the priest found in the house of the LORD."
(2 Kings 23:24)

"And when they shall 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?" (Isaiah 8:19)

"And the spirit of Egypt shall fail in the midst thereof;
and I will destroy the counsel thereof: and they shall seek
to the idols, and to the charmers, and to them that have
familiar spirits, and to the wizards." (Isaiah 19:3)

Even as Christians, unless we are mature in the Spirit, and
have protected ourselves with the armour of the Spirit, and
have claimed the Lord's Divine Protection, and really know
what we are doing, we should not seek to exorcise demons out
of anyone. Before you are so foolish as to try such a thing,
you might want to consider the following incident:

"Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon
them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of
the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul
preacheth. And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew,
and chief of the priests, which did so. And the evil spirit
answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who
are ye? And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on
them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that
they fled out of that house naked and wounded."
(Acts 19:13-16)

With that warning, I am going to bring another series to a
close. I trust that it has been educational, as well as a
great inspiration in your life.


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