Who is Satan?
Satan is referred to as Lucifer, which means 'light bearer'. He was the most important cherub (angel of high position), and he was holy and perfect. Lucifer was conscious of how beautiful and how unbelievably intelligent he was but he gradually began to desire to glorify himself. And in stead of persuading the other angels to love God above all, he became proud and persuaded them to serve and honour him. When God condemned Lucifer because of his sin his name changed to Satan, which means 'adversary' or 'opponent'. Satan took the leadership over a revolution amongst the angels in heaven, and a third part of all the angels followed him. The Bible tells of an important battle in the heavenly realm : "And there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. The great dragon was hurled down- that ancient serpent called the devil or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him…
Therefore rejoice, you havens and you who dwell in them! But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short." (Revelation 12:7-9, 12)
The angels, who were carried away by Satan's rebellion, are called demons, evil spirits, unclean spirits or fallen angels. This means that when God decided Satan could no longer stay in heaven, he didn't destroy Satan then and there. Because God only wants to be worshipped out of love, He wanted the faithfulness of His angels to be based upon the conviction of His justice and His mercy. If Satan was immediately destroyed, they would have served God out of fear rather than out of love.
Satan's dominion and the results that it had for humanity and for angels, would show clearly what the consequences are of rejecting God's authority. How did Satan succeed in causing mankind to fall? Satan, the devil, had attentively watched God create the first human couple, holy and perfectly happy. Satan was jealous and knew that soon the earth would be filled with righteous human beings who worshipped God. Satan masterly waited for the right moment to meet up with Eve and to fire his temptation tactic at her. The rebellious angel (Satan) clothed himself as one of God's creatures, a snake (Genesis 3:1), to approach Eve. We imagine a snake as being a slithery creature that crawls on the ground on it's stomach, but that's not what the snake looked like at that time!! The snake approached Eve and tempted her to eat of the forbidden tree. After the woman was tempted, Adam also willingly sinned by eating of the fruit. After this sin God cursed both humanity and the face of the earth. He also cursed the snake and it was made to crawl in the dust. Ever since, God has given Satan dominion over mankind. Satan now temporarily rules over sinful mankind, with all the catastrophic results. Humanity hasn't succeeded in bringing about world peace without God's help, on the contrary! Just look at the increase in evil in this world. But when God sees fit, He will remove Satan from this chaotic world, so He can establish His righteousness and Kingship everywhere.
Occultism: a dangerous ignorance
Today's media landscape is overruled by occult films, literature, games etc. The occult is in essence all the supernatural that doesn't come from God but from the devil. Moreover, the word 'occult' means 'hidden, secret'. If people would realize what lies behind this kind of superstition and sorcery, they would shy away from it in fear. You see, there is great ignorance about these things. People trifle with demonic powers that, disguised as human help, are set on enslaving individuals, families, communities and whole generations. How many people could be restored to happiness and health if only they could see that their need is the result of their frivolous ignorance.
Perhaps you once visited a fortune teller to have your future foretold. Perhaps you joined in at Ouija sessions and enquiring of spirits etc….. Many think they're doing themselves and others a favour, but thy don't realize that these activities are making them slaves to demonic powers. Satan himself, together with his evil spirits, is behind all this.
On the other hand, God's Word, the Bible, is very clear about the workings of demonic powers and the power of sin (see Luke 8:26-39; 9:37-43; John 8:44; Acts 16:16-18).
In the Old Testament every form of occultism was strictly forbidden. The people weren't allowed to exercise fortune telling or any kind of sorcery. They were forbidden to turn to the spirits of the dead or to fortunetelling spirits. "Let no one be found among you who makes his son or daughter pass through the fire, who practices divination (=fortunetelling), interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or a spiritist or who consults the (spirits of the) dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord…." (Deuteronomy 18:10-11).
These heathen practices (like that of the Egyptians) would defile Israel. They are considered an abomination, idolatry that deserved death. The prophets who were faithful to the Word of the Lord fought against the occult. False prophets are inspired by lying spirits. Satan himself can perform miracles! Satan lures people by offering them supernatural knowledge and powers. That's what the occult is all about. The New Testament thinks along the same lines. Idolaters and sorcerers belong to those who won't enter into the kingdom of God. Superstition is a faith attitude that is separate from God and is in fact equal to unbelief! It is a worldview in which people want to go through life 'without God' and start to put their faith in all kinds of different things. Without honest faith in God you are irrevocably handed over to the powers of darkness, who manifest themselves in many different ways.
Occultism in many forms
lucky and unlucky signs:
a lot of people believe that there are objects and signs that are lucky or unlucky, e.g. lucky coins, candles, pictures, rings or pendants, horse shoes, mascots, black cats, lucky or unlucky numbers etc.
astrology is based upon a deceptive illusion. Following an illusion is bad as it is, but the demonic motives of these illusions are to remove man's faith in God (if there wás faith to start with) and to gradually point that faith to Satan. The effects of astrological predictions are often disastrous.
occult powers have a supernatural influence through magic spells, by calling up spirits, by ceremonies and orgies. White magic is usually clothed in piety (e.g. to –so called- protect and heal people), but it has the same source as black magic, that has directly to do with sorcery and with the devil. Jealousy and greed are often motives, even though people usually use "research and science" as their motives. One of the basic forms of occultism is magic. Magic wants to involve supernatural powers to get superhuman results. In white magic it's about protection and healing, black magic wants to destroy and kill.
Magicians appear in the world under different names, but their methods haven't changed. In black magic the magicians send demons to people and houses. Often people have experienced that inexplicable illnesses or phantoms only stop when these demons are commanded to leave in the name of Jesus Christ.
searching through the past or predicting the future with the help of fortune tellers. This happens by reading the lines (folds) in the hands, consulting horoscopes (monthly predictions), throwing coins, explaining dreams etc.
used to determine illnesses and medicines. It is done above pictures, articles of clothing and maps to determine whether certain people are still alive or where they are. One uses a divining rod and radiation meter.
occult healing methods:
like Reiki and magnetizing: one tries to heal people. If healing takes place, the patient runs the risk of an occult burden instead of the illness.
calling up the dead. What seems like contact with the dead, is in reality contact with demons!!
is basically the first step to the redemption of oneself or one's mind. Because of the deceptive mixture of pure practical gymnastics and dangerous doctrine, many aren't aware of the dangers.
There are many more kinds of occultism, but the list would be too long .
“…They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.” (2 Thessalonians 2:10b-12)
“…just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them –bringing swift destruction on themselves.”
(2 Peter 2:1-2)
All think they have found the true doctrine, but God's Word, the Bible, is rejected. And whoever does not consult the Word of the living God in his trouble, but consults such false doctrines as mentioned above, links up with Satan. Yet no one wonders at these horrible sins.
Perhaps they think: “It doesn't matter who helps me.”
But know that Satan will make you pay dearly for his ‘help'.
The results can be: unbelief in God, restlessness, hopelessness, low self-esteem, suicidal thoughts, sexual immorality, pornography, rape, rage, crime, fear, nightmares, changes in personality, relational problems, ugly thoughts, swearing, blasphemy, aversion to God's Word, no longing to pray, phantoms, voices, …
A whole legion of sick people suffers under these effects. A doctor often can't explain these illnesses because they're not organic, but the result of sorcery and superstition. God earnestly warns us for this.
“Do not turn to mediums or seek out spiritists, for you will be defiled by them. I am the Lord your God… I will set my face against the person who turns to mediums and spiritists… and I will cut him off from his people.” (Leviticus 19:31-20:6)
So God will turn His face from the one who tampers with the powers of darkness. God won't be pleased with him any more. He'll become his judge!
“It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” (Hebrews 10:31)
So let nobody think: “Oh, that's all so exaggerated… it's only innocent little tricks. If it doesn't do any good, it certainly won't do any harm.”
These are the lies of Satan!! He always wants to misleads you.
Is there any liberation for people who have tampered with these things?
Yes, there is a way to complete liberation. When Jesus liberates you, you are truly free.
“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” (John 8:36)
Jesus Christ is almighty and is above the devil. If you are tormented by the powers of darkness and if God has opened your eyes to see the results of sorcery and superstition that you or others have tampered with, then take courage! You can and must be freed from guilt and the power of sin and it's terrible results.
“But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:7-9)
Jesus died on the cross for your sins and wants to give you eternal life. God is love and He loves you, but He is also just and has to punish those who are disobedient.
“But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practise magic arts, the idolaters and all liars –their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulphur. This is the second death.” (Revelation 21:8)
Destroy: all books, magazines, letters, calendars, amulets, dream catchers etc… that connect you to these sins. Check thoroughly what have in your house: certain things are sometimes difficult to recognize because they are often ‘innocently' disguised.