A fresh word from Rob
Let’s face it. We are living in an evolving culture and a postmodern world in which the subject of witchcraft is no longer considered ‘taboo’ or even taken seriously. Unfortunately, it is the same in many circles of believers as well. The type of activity described as witchcraft that I do hear about in the church, however, is something more to the effect of religion and legalism that has been driven into the minds of believers for thousands of years via manipulation. In this sense, I completely understand this view and the horrible manipulation and control that man made ordinances and the teaching of performance-based works for salvation has caused to the body of Christ throughout the years. In this article, I will not be tackling the subject of religion and legalism as a form of witchcraft, but I will be tackling the reality of the practice of witchcraft, magic, paganism and other satanic works of darkness. Before we begin, let me set something straight: In no way do I want to glorify witchcraft or encourage fear mongering with this mini-teaching. In fact, to the contrary. My heart is to see the sons and daughters of the King rise up in destiny and authority, putting the works of darkness in their rightful place! That being said, let us begin.
The origin of witchcraft
For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and arrogance like the evil of idolatry. 1 Sam 15:23
In the book of 1 Samuel, King Saul had made a grave mistake. He had listened to man and given in to their commands rather than God, and now Israel would be stripped from him. He had rebelled against the word of the Lord, and now he has been harshly rebuked by the Prophet Samuel. In the context of the above scripture, Samuel tells King Saul that God desires obedience over sacrifice, and then goes on to liken Saul’s sin to that of witchery. This alone would have been a terrifying comparison and offense in the mind of Saul and the entire nation of Israel. Thirteen chapters after the above scripture, Samuel is dead and Saul is now seeking a word from the dead Prophet who helped guide him years before. Samuel’s warning and rebuke come to pass when Saul consults a medium at Endor who agrees to conjure up a spirit for him if her life is not threatened from doing so (all mediums and spiritists were banned from the land).
Then the woman asked, "Whom shall I bring up for you?" "Bring up Samuel," he said. When the woman saw Samuel, she cried out at the top of her voice and said to Saul, "Why have you deceived me? You are Saul!” 1 Sam 28:11-12
The medium, only knowing the familiar spirits that she worked with, was terrified when she saw Samuel’s spirit rise up from the earth and prophesy Saul and his sons' deaths. Although this account does not depict the origin of witchcraft, I simply wanted to lay a foundation for the original sin of witchcraft: Rebellion.
"The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!’ And he said to them, 'I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.’” Luke 10:17-18
Although we are unsure of the details, we know that an intense rebellion went down in the eternal heavenlies. It was here that the enemy grew proud and hard-hearted. It was here that he convinced others to follow him in his quest for power, and it was here that he lost the abode he was created for. Naturally, he needed a habitation. He most likely knew of God’s plan to create children to be His habitation, so the enemy now had a new target. Humanity.
But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Genesis 3:4-5
The first manipulation did not even make it past the first humans - Adam and Eve. The serpent (Hebrew-Nachash: Crafty tempter, brassy one) appeared to them, beautiful and confident, and offered them another way. His goal was to plant a seed of distrust and unbelief in their hearts toward God by revealing to them that there was knowledge that God had beyond what He had given them. If they would just eat of the forbidden fruit, he says, then they would be like God. The issue, my friends, is that Adam and Eve were fully complete in their union with God, and were lacking nothing! The moment they believed a lie, was the moment sin took root in their hearts and skewed their view of themselves and their kind in their owns minds (see Colossians 1:21-23).
This satanic manipulation was the birthing ground of the occult into humanity. The word ‘Occult’ means “hidden, dark.” I believe that this moment in time was the springboard for demons to teach humanity evil practices of the spirit of rebellion, as well as the gateway into the legalistic, fear-mongering and controlling religion (religion: binding ritualistic worship) that we see today.
I know, this may have happened thousands of years ago, but that does not give us an excuse to write it off. Just 2,000 years ago, Jesus and His disciples were seeing demons subject to His name, and I have probably seen enough authentic exorcisms to spark you to want do have an overnight prayer vigil. It is very irresponsible of us as the body of Christ to dim the light on this subject, much less deny it’s reality altogether. Many newer believers this day in age are choosing to believe that because of the finished work of Christ on the cross, demons and sin no longer exist in the world. If we are talking in the context of “seeing no man in accordance to the flesh” (2 Cor 5:16), I understand what one my be trying to say, however it cannot be applied this way. True freedom that stems from the cross and the resurrection does not cause sin and evil to become non-existent - but it means these realities no longer control your life. One day, every ounce of sin and evil will be gone, and we are seeing the progression toward that day in that all things are being reconciled to Christ.
Teaching men the secrets of the heavens
The following portion of this article may be a stretch for you, however I challenge you to hear me out and seek the Holy Spirit for clarity on these subjects. I do not consider the Book of Enoch fully authoritative and inspired scripture, however it was quoted in our Bible (Jude 14) and I believe it may help us unlock some of the mysteries regarding the practices of witchcraft and divination.
In the first few chapters of the Book of Enoch, a picture is painted of angels who left their original abode (Jude 1, 2 Peter 2), introduced themselves to mankind and began to teach all kinds of evils.
"And Azâzêl taught men to make swords, and knives, and shields, and breastplates, and made known to them the metals of the earth and the art of working them, and bracelets, and ornaments, and the use of antimony, and the beautifying of the eyelids, and all kinds of costly stones, and all colouring tinctures. And there arose much godlessness, and they committed fornication, and they were led astray, and became corrupt in all their ways. Semjâzâ taught enchantments, and root-cuttings, Armârôs the resolving of enchantments, Barâqîjâl (taught) astrology, Kôkabêl the constellations, Ezêqêêl the knowledge of the clouds, Araqiêl the signs of the earth, Shamsiêl the signs of the sun, and Sariêl the course of the moon. And as men perished, they cried, and their cry went up to heaven. And then Michael, Uriel, Raphael, and Gabriel looked down from heaven and saw much blood being shed upon the earth, and all lawlessness being wrought upon the earth. And they said one to another: 'The earth made without inhabitant cries the voice of their crying up to the gates of heaven. And now to you, the holy ones of heaven, the souls of men make their suit, saying, "Bring our cause before the Most High.”. And they said to the Lord of the ages: 'Lord of lords, God of gods, King of kings, and God of the ages, the throne of Thy glory (standeth) unto all the generations of the ages, and Thy name holy and glorious and blessed unto all the ages! Thou hast made all things, and power over all things hast Thou: and all things are naked and open in Thy sight, and Thou seest all things, and nothing can hide itself from Thee. Thou seest what Azâzêl hath done, who hath taught all unrighteousness on earth and revealed the eternal secrets which were (preserved) in heaven, which men were striving to learn.” Enoch 9:1-10:6
Here we can clearly see that the purpose of witchcraft is to teach men “eternal secrets preserved in heaven.” Interestingly enough, from the dawn of mankind humanity has had a drawing and desire to know eternal secrets, however being separated in their own minds by wicked works they turned aside to fables and false/demon gods to find the way - just look at the story of the golden calf.
Many folks read the story of the tower of Babel, and understand that some men came together to build a tower that would reach to heaven. Literally. The Babel endeavor was headed up by Nimrod, a mighty hunter, leader and a great-grandson on Noah. Through multiple hours of study, I have concluded that I believe that the tower of Babel was in fact a product of demon-worship and an attempt at studying astrology further. For this reason I believe that the Lord and His angels came to confuse the languages. The Lord did this not only for this reason, but for the redemptive purpose that it would serve thousands of years later when He would send His Holy Spirit to bring tongues of fire from heaven so that there would no longer be a language barrier in the earth that all men might hear the good news of His Son Jesus in their own language! That is honestly mind-boggling. To take it even deeper, the Book of Enoch describes “tongues of fire” reserved in heaven - thousands of years before the book of Acts took place!
There are plenty of biblical accounts of witchcraft manifesting and of it’s adherents being powerfully delivered from it. Acts 19:19 is probably one of my favorite as I have seen this happen before my eyes in various countries:
Many sorcerers also gathered their books and brought and burned them before everyone and they calculated their price, and it came up to fifty thousand silver pieces.
From what I can see, today witchcraft is more tolerated by and large by every nation - and church - on earth more than ever before in history. I have been in a plethora of situations where I was faced with an angry satanist, a spellbound witch or a furious witchdoctor. Many people have called me for years to come and cast evil spirits out of their home. The Kingdom of darkness has a way of manifesting itself in such an intimidating way, that one can easily forget the authority that they carry in Christ. There are thousands of forms of witchcraft practiced in the United States alone, and many adherents were hurt by church in their earlier years, causing them to turn to the dark side. For whatever reason, as I did, people turn to darkness for answers, power, retribution, or whatever else their heart may be crying out for. It was just a few years ago now that me and my wife were missionaries in Alaska working mainly in the native villages, and we were in a public place getting some food together. We had experienced some heavy witchcraft related attacks in our 3 years there, mainly coming from people who knew who we were and why we were there and did not like it. As I ate, I looked down on my lap and noticed a perfectly cut piece of black cloth sitting on my left leg. I had never before seen it in my life, and neither had my wife. I knew instantly that it was a spell, and I looked around in disbelief. I quickly resorted to what the Lord had taught me to do many times before - laugh. As I chuckled, I walked up to the restaurant manager, stared her right in the eyes and asked “who’s the witch that works here?” I was ready to prophesy over a witch! She glared back at me, smirked, and walked away as if she knew something sinister. I asked around more but no one would tell me anything. We just decided to cover the place in prayer and leave full of joy knowing that nothing could by any means harm us. Not all of my encounters with darkness, however, have been that simple. The countries of Bolivia and New Zealand probably packed the greatest punch when it came to demonic manifestation, however the Lord was faithful to teach us how to deal with each situation accordingly.
One of the worst things you can do is deny the existence of darkness.
Equally, one of the worse things you can do is fear it.
It was not easy to stop and patiently wait for the Lord to tell us what to do when me and my wife were walking back from the beach late one night in New Zealand and each saw the same creature walking toward us. The creature was tall and slanky with powdery white skin, and seemed to have elbows and knees that did not line up with each other as it walked. As it moved closer, we noticed that it did not have a face, only cracks and swirls where a face should have been. It then stopped about 10 feet in front of us, positioned itself as if it were going to hang itself with a noose, and then hung up into thin air by it’s neck. There was a range of suicides in that small town in New Zealand that same week, and now we understood why the Lord was allowing us to see this creature. For nights leading up to this encounter, I had woken up not able to say the name Jesus, being attacked by multiple dark creatures and my wife had to wake me up and pray me out of it. Other missionaries who we were working with would frequently tell us stories of horrible dreams they had the night before of children being murdered and so on and so forth. It finally came to a head, and we were able to pray and rebuke the spirit of suicide and death off of that small town. One night back in 2007 me and my wife were in Chicago, Illinois, when we were awoken by a black cat in our room at our host house. After we could not find it, we kept waking up feeling as if snakes and spiders were crawling up our legs in the bed. As we began to pray, I asked the Lord what we were to do. I was amused when I heard the Lord respond "laugh at it.” When it started up again, we began to laugh at it and went back to sleep. I was amazed when I then drempt of a witch turning around and fleeing through the wall of our room! The next morning I asked if our hosts had a black cat, and I was not surprised when they told us that they didn’t. We had been working in the bars and the clubs in Chicago, and lots of things were stirred up in the atmosphere. They did not like what we were doing, but when you are on assignment from heaven, joy gets the last word! Your Holy Ghost laugh has more authority than fearful prayers.
Many of you reading this article right now have recognized that you have been under a specific witchcraft assignment attack, but have not known how to deal with it so therefore you resort to the natural reaction: fear.
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 2 Tim 1:7
I can remember back in 2004 I was preaching in the streets of Uruguay, South America. I watched as a woman slowly made her way through the crowd and over to me and the pastor. "I need you to come and clean the evil spirits out of my house" she said to us. We agreed and we were on our way! As we were approaching the house, the woman told us that she was a witch and that she was ready for a life change. She then told us that her husband hated God and Christians, and that he would be home any moment. She let us know that if he caught us in their house, he would kill us. "Well then we better get started!" I said nervously. She began to show us around her house and show us all of the things she would use in her spells and incantations. I figured it would be best to follow the book of acts model, and I asked her if she was ready to know Jesus right then. She responded that she was, and then I proceeded to say "we need to burn all of it!” She agreed, and before we knew it we had a great bonfire going on her backyard. She gladly received Jesus, renounced all of the witchcraft - and that was when her husband came home. He glared at us menacingly, face beet red and fists clenched. As he tried to attack me, he couldn’t. An invisible force literally held him back, and he fled to his bedroom and slammed the door. That is the power of our God friends; His Son Jesus is the true Mystic Secret of heaven!
This message was kept secret for centuries and generations past, but now it has been revealed to God's people.
To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory! Col 1:26-27
The spirit of rebellion and the spirit of witchcraft seek to reveal to men the mystic secrets of the heavens in the drawing guise of the dark arts. Many people go to many lengths to receive power, ability, riches and whatever else they may be seeking after. The most shocking thing for an occultist to hear is the scandalous news of the Gospel! I remember last year, after sharing the Gospel with a witch in, hearing her say "Rob I was raised in church before I went into witchcraft, and I never knew that God felt this way about me!” I had simply told her who she was in Christ, and that I did not see her as a witch but a human created in the image of God with her origin and destiny in Jesus Christ. Within moments she was receiving Jesus as Lord and smashing vials of blood that she used in her spells!
When confronting witchcraft:
1. Be Bold. [Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you to deliver you, declares the LORD. Joshua 1:8]
2. Remember where you are seated. [For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. Eph 2:6]
3. Know your authority. [I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. Luke 10:19]
4. Ask the Holy Spirit for strategy, then act on it. [But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. John 16:13]
5. Remember that it is not your job (or in your best interest) to find a demon behind every bush. Let the Lord expose the darkness, and lead you in how to bring the light. [For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Eph 6:12]
6. Witchcraft can be very territorial, however keep in mind that the enemy preys and plays on the mind to amplify things beyond what they really are. [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 Cor 10:5]
Deliverance is everyone’s portion because of the blood of Jesus!
Christ in you is the antidote to the counterfeit mystic secret of the heavens in the world.
You’ve got this.
Pray for the witches, love the satanists. After all, they’re only lost because they belong somewhere.