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A Wiccan’s View of the Occult

A few weeks ago a friend was reading a website on Occult Holidays and Sabbats.  Curiously, she asked me what I thought about the article and how much of it was fact and how much was not.  Since I am not in the occult, I couldn’t answer her question apart from what I have researched over the years in searching for truth – not only Biblical Truth, but also the truth about other religious practices in the world.  So, I turned to a friend who is a Wiccan.  She willingly shared what she knew and offered to answer any more questions that I may have had.  Her response to the article:

“Satanism is kind of its own entity and I cannot  answer those questions [in the article] for you. In the Craft (Wicca/Witchcraft) there is no Satan in our belief system. We have a lord of the Underworld, but nothing as dark and vile as the Christian Satan. We have “dark gods”, but they are not dark in the same context.  In the Craft we do not sacrifice humans or animals. We may sacrifice herbs and flowers, but never humans or animals. I have also never heard of the Illuminati sacrificing people.   

In the Craft, we worship a multitude of Gods and Goddesses at one time. We remember certain Pantheons based on who “called” to us.  I pray to a total of 11 Gods and Goddesses NIGHTLY.   They are Gods older than the bible.

While we do celebrate a ‘wheel of the year’ and the next Sabbat is Yule which does indeed fall on Dec. 21,  I cannot help you with the Satan side of things because we, as witches,  have to deal with the rule of three which basically says what you put out into the universe (be it love or hate, good intentions or evil) will come back to you threefold in your lifetime and possibly carry over into a multitude of lifetimes (we believe in reincarnation). The symbols mentioned do have deep connections in the Craft especially the star, but again it was around before the bible. The star represents the Five elements of Life (Earth, Air, Fire, Water and Spirit).

Santa has many tales and legends. The most popular being that he was formerly a bishop of the Catholic church. The colors Green and Red are pretty important: Green represents Earth and Red represents heart and love. Elves are extremely popular in legends.  In some, they are naughty little folk who like to mess with you and your things and in others they represent help and happiness like if and elf visits you, it’s a good thing!  The Number 13 represents – a number.  Sorry to disappoint you.  But in the Craft, it literally is just a number. Same with 666. They are just numbers that inspire fear in some and novelty in others.  Maybe to true Satanists, it does represent something greater, but to me they are just numbers. I wish I could answer your above question, but I hope I did explain a little more [regarding the Craft].  If you ever have questions, please ask! I do not mind sharing what I have learned and continue to learn.”

My comments regarding her response.

First.  Satan is a deceiver, the master deceiver and has a plethora of followers through false religious systems worldwide.  Some claim to follow the Creator of the Universe and are nothing more than wolves in sheep’s clothing; others are clear they do not have anything to do with the Creator and worship other gods and the creation.   The first commandment is that we are not to follow other gods, but only have YHVH Elohim as our first and only God.

Matthew 12:30 “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.”  Yeshua makes it pretty clear that we are either for God, YHVH, or we are not.

Joshua 24:15 “If it seems bad to you to serve YHVH, then choose today whom you are going to serve! Will it be the gods your ancestors served beyond the River? or the gods of the Emori, in whose land you are living? As for me and my household, we will serve YHVH!”  Joshua says that we all have a choice – to serve the God of Israel, YHVH, or other gods.

Second.  My friend mentions that there are gods and goddesses that are older than the Bible.  These are nothing more, nothing less than those fallen angels who desire to be worshipped.  For people who have studied pre-bible history, they are aware there are other mystical stories not found within the context of the Bible.  One example would be Lilith, Adam’s first wife.  Though we are not given any information about this created being in Scripture, we are given the history of what happened in the heavenly realm before Satan was kicked out with 1/3 of the angelic beings and therefore, pre-Bible history may be quite accurate, but not include details necessary for our walk of faith.

She speaks of the ‘god of the underworld’ which comes from Greek thought and is known as Hades. When the Hebrew Scriptures were translated into Greek, the word Hades was replaced with Sh’ol, meaning ‘underworld’, but more specifically translated into the words ‘grave’, ‘pit’, or ‘hell.’   It is not in reference to an actual burial site, but a place that ‘swallows the dead’ and ‘always hungers for more.’

Isaiah 5:14 Therefore Sh’ol has enlarged itself and opened its limitless jaws — and down go their nobles and masses, along with their noise and revels.”

Proverbs 30:15-16 Three things are never satisfied; four never say, “Enough!” — Sh’ol and a barren womb; the earth, never satisfied with water;  and fire, which never says, “Enough!”

Yeshua speaks about Hades or Sh’ol  several times in the gospels.  Most specifically he holds the keys to ‘death and Hades’ and therefore he is above all other gods and goddesses in the ‘underworld.’  At the end of time, at the final judgment, death and Hades will be thrown into the eternal lake of fire.

Matthew 11:23 “And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted to the heavens? No, you will go down to Hades. For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Sodom, it would have remained to this day.”

Matthew 16:18 “And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.”

Revelation 1:18 “I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.” 

Revelation 6:8 “I looked, and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth.”

Revelation 20:13 “The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what they had done.” 

Revelation 20:14 “Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death.” 

Third.  Please note the references to the Christ Mass: the red and green colors, the Yule [Yuletide] of December 21 being a Wiccan Sabbat (aka winter solstice), and the five-pointed star (pentagon/pentagram) that is commonly put on top of a tree that is cut down and brought into the home and decorated with silver and gold (Jeremiah 10:1-4). The pentagram is the five-pointed Satanic symbol used in Satanism and occult practices.  As for the number 666, it has become associated with the Mark of the Beast in Revelation, but it may have a very different interpretation than an actual number which is why it is meaningless to this woman and is used to deceive those looking for a tattoo or something else.

Finally, fear is considered a spirit in Scripture and when it comes to the ‘underworld’ and it’s darkness, we should not have the spirit of fear when confronted with it, but expose it.     We should always embrace the Truth of God’s Word and the Light it brings to our paths even shedding light onto the dark paths that others choose to follow as light.  Satan has always worn a mask and will continue to masquerade as an angel of light until he has the whole world worshipping him.    We have been called out of his darkness into the glorious light of Messiah who is the light,  and that should always be our focus whenever we are challenged with ‘darkness’ and ‘other gods’.

“But you are a chosen people, the King’s cohanim, a holy nation, a people for God to possess! Why? In order for you to declare the praises of the One who called you out ofdarkness into his wonderful light” (2 Peter 2:9).

©2015 Tentstake Ministries

A Chat about Voodoo

Recently I had lunch with a woman who shared with me that she makes and uses voodoo dolls.  She explained that she believed because people have inherent powerful energy within their minds, they can transfer this energy to others through objects such as dolls.  I listened politely to her tell me how one time she attacked her husband by poking a doll in the knees.  For weeks he had knee pain and couldn’t walk.  She had not intended for it to be so debilitating and was somewhat shocked with the intense consequences, but did not regret what she had done.

When she was finished, I explained that she was not using mental energy, but demonic spirits.  She listened as I described the origination of these disembodied spirits as being the remnants of the Nephillim from the time of Noah’s flood.  I further explained that these spirits have power and want to control people.  I revealed to her that we can have victory over these demonic spirits only through Yeshua, the Living God.  I told her  that I had written a book about spiritual warfare, something she had never heard of. Though she didn’t renounce her practices and I’m pretty sure she won’t, she admitted she had never thought about demonic spirits being involved in her practices.  Even the demons believe and shudder!  This woman is not a follower of Yeshua, but she is no different from those who call themselves believers, yet do not understand the power of the demonic realm and how it has infiltrated our most cherished doctrines and traditions.

©2012 Tentstake Ministries

Satan in the Reason for this Season

The Reason for the Season

The Reason for the Season

“There must not be found among you anyone who makes his son or daughter pass through fire, a diviner, soothsayer, an enchanter, a sorcerer,  a spell-caster, a consulter of ghosts or spirits, or a necromancer.  For whoever does these things is detestable to Adonai, and because of these abominations Adonai your God is driving them out ahead of you.  You must be wholehearted with Adonai your God. For these nations, which you are about to dispossess, listen to soothsayers and diviners; but you, Adonai your God does not allow you to do this” (Deuteronomy 18:10-14).

As I have been reading some articles on Halloween and its history, I am confused as to why there are so many articles written by and for Christians encouraging their participation in this holiday.  It really doesn’t matter to me what each person decides to do, however, I believe that God, Yahweh does care.

Within the plethora of Samhain articles, greeting cards and wiccan/pagan blogs, there are also as many articles written by Christians for Christians.   One article I perused said that because Halloween isn’t mentioned in the Bible (?), we are free to take part, but always use caution and wisdom when celebrating.  I guess the above Scripture isn’t in ‘their’ Bibles?

Similarly, I have read articles over the years written by Christians for Christians that say because the Sabbath isn’t reiterated in the New Testament, it isn’t for Christians.   These two concepts together bring me to the following questions:  When celebrations rooted in evil are not in Scripture, we are free to celebrate with wisdom?  When celebrations are rooted in God’s Word, we are ‘free from them?’

Isaiah clearly prophesies about such confusion of good and evil and darkness and light:

“Woe to those who call evil good  and good evil,  who put darkness for light and light for darkness who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter” (Isaiah 5:20).

Halloween is not in the Bible for a reason.  Samhain is a celebration of evil and darkness and death by the servants of the evil one.   The Bible holds the keys to righteousness, light and life and is held out by those who are servants of the Holy One of Israel, the Most High God, the one who brought us out of darkness and into the light – Yeshua.

“For you used to be darkness; but now, united with the Lord, you are light. Live like children of light, for the fruit of the light is in every kind of goodness, rightness and truth –  try to determine what will please the Lord. Have nothing to do with the deeds produced by darkness, but instead expose them,  for it is shameful even to speak of the things these people do in secret” (Ephesians 5:7-12).

©2012 Tentstake Ministries

Halloween – All Hallow’s Eve

Autumn brings cooler weather, multi-colored leaves and the harvest of corn, gourds and pumpkins.  In the midst of the pumpkins and puffy clouds, excitement begins to arise from the oncoming celebration of Halloween.   Every year that excitement is intertwined with the fear and anxiety of child abductions, poisoned candy, and destruction of public property.  Every year this celebration of darkness continues to grow in grandeur  with more and more super Halloween venues, stores and haunted houses, while people  nationwide shake their heads and wonder what is happening to our world.

The celebration of All Hallows Eve is not in the Bible because the Word of God is explicit about activities done in darkness.  Halloween celebrations take place mostly at night and center on spiritually dark things.     Decorations glorify death and fear:  spiders, witches, skeletons and black cats.     Children dress up in costumes that honor death and horror: ghosts, witches, devils, skeletons, vampires and zombies.   Of course, there are other  costumes to soften or mask the dark side: Cinderella, Little Bo Peep, Spiderman, Jack Sparrow and whatever is popular with Disney and the media.    Teenagers, bored with masquerading,  show their real character as mobsters by destroying public and private property.

“In the beginning, God said, ‘Let there be light’ and there was light”

(Genesis 1:1-2).

Before light, there was darkness and empty space.  When God spoke,  light came into this world and the Light of the World was God and was with God. 

“In the beginning was the Word,  and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  …In him was life, and that life was the light of men.  The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it….  “This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil” (John 1:15, 3:19).

“When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, ‘I AM the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life…. “While I am in the world, I AM the light of the world…. “I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness” (John 8:12, 9:5, 12:46).

Jesus calls himself the Light of the world and there is no darkness in him.  He came into the world to destroy the works of darkness and the spiritual powers and principalities associated with it.  Because  people love darkness more than light, they do not understand the light nor do they come near the light.

Unfortunately, the world has contaminated the minds and hearts of many believers accordingly.   Rather than being transformed by the renewing of their minds, they play with the fruitless deeds of  darkness rather than expose it for what it is.   We should be praising God for calling us out of darkness into His glorious light  not paying tribute to the darkness (1 Peter 2:9, 2 Corinthians 6:17-7:1). 

“And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross” (Colossians 2:15).

For several decades  Christ’s victory over death has been diluted with an infatuation of death that Christians have blurred the line between their gift of eternal life and a celebration of death.   They have traded their precious redemption through the blood of the Son of God for a celebration that brings no profit to their present life or future heavenly rewards (Romans 6:4, Colossians 2:8-12). 

“Be alert and of sober mind.  Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.  Resist him, standing firm in the faith because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings (having to separate themselves?)”

(1 Peter 5:7-9).

Scripture never indicates that Jesus honored any holiday with pagan foundations.  Because he obeyed the commands of his Father,  he didn’t go out in the spiritual darkness of October 31 to shine or be a light. He didn’t hand out gospel tracts nor did he tell his disciples to do so.  His life of obedience to his Father was his testimony; ours must be too.

“And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.  It is not surprising, then, if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness.  Their end will be what their actions deserve”

(2 Corinthians 11:13-15).

As the Son of God, Jesus did not imitate evil nor should we.  He didn’t pretend or  masquerade to be something that he wasn’t.  That is Satan’s method of operation and should not be ours. 

“Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead.  Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD; because of these same detestable practices the LORD your God will drive out those nations before you.  You must be blameless before the LORD your God” (Deuteronomy 10:10-14).

Many who claim to follow Christ have become lukewarm, mixing the holy and the profane no longer having the the maturity to discern good from evil.  They cannot see that witchcraft with all of its gnarly fingers has grasped children and young adults in their homes, schools and towns.  They are blind to demons and evil spirits presented in television programs and movies.  Just consider that zombies are walking dead people who are given homage by those who claim to have eternal life.

“Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good.  Anyone who does what is good is from God.  Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God” (3 John 1:11).

A recent popular mantra in Christendom has been “What Would Jesus Do?”  This is the exact question to be asked regarding any unBiblical holiday, but especially about Halloween.  What WOULD Jesus Do?  Would he try to redeem something rooted in the abominable ways of the nations back to his Father or would he call it for what it is and not participate in pagan ways?  The institutional church has been more than willing to teach that everything Jewish is ‘evil’ or wrong, but legitimate evil practices at Halloween are not.  Churches create ‘alternatives’ keeping their disobedience disguised allowing them to keep one foot in the world and one foot … in the world.   

“The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God” (2 Corinthians 4:4).

The god of this world has blinded the minds of unbelievers and will continue to do so until Christ’s return.  The god of this world is also being allowed to deceive believers who want to do what is ‘right in their own eyes‘ and live unaccountable lives.  A great deception happens to believers when they claim to have the Light, but still embrace the darkness in ways that they see as fun or harmless.

“Do not be yoked together with unbelievers.  For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common?  Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?” (2 Corinthians 6:14).

For those who truly have asked Jesus to be their Savior, it’s imperative to allow Him to be Lord as well.  Though it may be a challenge and even difficult to step out and stay out of the darkness,  each of us have a responsibility to ourself, our children and our testimony to the world around us about Jesus’ salvation and redemption from eternal death and spiritual darkness.  We each have a responsibility and an accountability to God. 

“You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God” (James 4:4).

If you call on the Light of the World for your salvation and have repented from a sin-filled life, then you have to choose between being a friend of God or a friend of the world.  When you choose to be God’s friend, you will receive  spiritual eyes and be set free from human traditions rooted in darkness and the demonic spiritual forces of this world.  Both are  incorporated into the celebration Halloween.

“See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.  For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. He is head over every power and authority” (Colossians 2: 8-10).

There will  always be those who mock at the idea of not taking part in Halloween festivities.  For doubters, research All Hallows Eve and Samhain using an encyclopedia or browse the internet.   Talk to a law enforcement official in your local town and find out about witchcraft activities during Halloween.   Read the newspaper and note all the crime and death that takes place during Halloween.  Near Denver, Colorado, a shed was found with the bones of many human remains along with articles of witchcraft following Halloween. This is the information age.  If you want information, it’s readily available.

No longer will you shake your head in wonderment at the growing evil in the world, but you will know the truth and you will be set free to understand whose holiday this really is.  You will begin to  walk in the wisdom of God’s Word and will not only know what Jesus did, but more importantly you will know what Jesus did NOT do.  He did not celebrate any pagan holidays inclusive of Halloween; he suffered death on a cross, and then rose from the dead, victorious over death and spiritual powers and authorities in high places. 

That’s what Jesus did.  What will you do?

For a children’s booklet explaining Halloween, “Take off your mask, Celebrate Life!”

©2009 Tentstake Ministries, chapter from Journey with Jeremiah on amazon.com