YAHWEH-NISSI: Derek Prince message number 6009 dealing with witchcraft. This is a transcript from the original video and in Witchcraft (2) item III is covered. Witchcraft (1).
II. Witchcraft In The U.S. Today (1971)
III. Brief Picture Of Witchcraft In Scriptures
IV. Old Testament Examples Of Occult Power
V. The Epitome Of Witchcraft: Jezebel
Brief Picture Of Witchcraft In Scriptures
Philip in Samaria and Simon the sorcerer
All right, now having said that much ,I’m going to the scripture, and I’m going to give you a brief picture of witchcraft in the scriptures. We begin in the New Testament, Acts chapter 8, beginning at verse 5 and reading through verse 11: “then Philip went down to the city of Samaria and preached Christ unto them and the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did, for unclean spirits crying with loud voice came out of many that were possessed with them, and many taken with palsy, and they were lame, were healed.” I mean to speak about that tomorrow morning, let me mention this, this is just a little comment, I feel free to be slightly discursive this evening, though I’ve got an outline ahead of me. Don Basham and I and another preacher, who is a friend of mine, a Pentecostal preacher, were in a series of meetings in a certain place which was outside the United States, a British domain and one evening Don conducted the deliverance service such as you have seen here the last few nights. The next day the other preacher the Pentecostal got very indignant and stood up complained about this and said were in the New Testament do you ever read about a service like that? So Don Basham, he’s a very quiet and gentle person, stood up and he said what about Acts eight seven for unclean spirits crying with loud voice came out of many that were possessed with them and many that were taken with palsy and they that were lame were healed. Let me point out to you that in the last few days, that has been exactly fulfilled here I mean I just say that as a matter of objective fact. Well this dear Pentecostal preacher was not satisfied with it he was still upset.
At the back of the room, in both meetings, was an Anglican rector, a rector in the Anglican Church, and he came up to me afterwards in a very friendly way and he spoke about this Pentecostal preacher who had objected, and he says you know isn’t it amazing it happens right in front of his eyes and still he can’t see. And I really marvelled that the Anglican rector could see it, and a very long standing Pentecostal preacher couldn’t see, and that caused me to think about something else. The assumption was in the mind of that preacher, that the kind of service that we’re familiar with, is the scriptural norm, and you know you can describe that kind of service if you’ve been in Pentecost or the Baptist Church under those churches. All right, it’s two hymns, the announcement, a special, a word of testimony, a message and don’t be too long-winded, because our favorite TV show was on at 9:30, and the benediction.
I was in a Southern Baptist Church where the Holy Spirit is fallen on a Sunday morning meeting and he said, brother Prince don’t worry about the time, our Sunday morning services are no longer a countdown to the benediction. But that basically is true, isn’t it, that is the accepted, recognized pattern. All right, the hymn, the special…. You know what, I thought to myself, in the light of this, I thought to myself, we’re in the New Testament – do you ever find any service remotely like that? And my answer is nowhere. No I’m not saying it’s wrong, but what I am saying is it’s ridiculous to act as if that was the sacred cow that must not be touched, which is exactly what it is, it’s a sacred cow, that’s all it is. Now I have no objection to having services like that, but let’s not claim that these are the only authorized normal pattern for Christian services, because we don’t find them in the New Testament.
All right, now we’re going back to Philip, verse 8: “there was great joy in that city but there was a certain man called Simon who before time in the same city used sorcery and bewitched the people of Samaria giving out that himself was some great one. There’s one
sure mark of a servant of Satan, he’ll take the glory for himself, he’ll claim to be himself a great person of power, but he had bewitched the whole city, he had the whole city under his control. One man by the power of witchcraft, he was what we would call in Africa a witch doctor, and they were all under bondage, until Philip came and preached Christ, and liberated the people with a Ministry of deliverance, and do you know why there was such a tremendous manifestation of evil spirits in Samaria? Because of the power of witchcraft that dominated the city, and anywhere witchcraft is in power, when deliverance comes there will be a tremendous manifest conflict because it’s the two kingdoms brought into the open, the kingdom of God and the kingdom of Satan, and let me say again I’ll probably say it several times I’ve traveled widely I’ve lived eight years in Africa I was born in India but brought up in Europe I’ve traveled in New Zealand and Australia and many other countries but I do not know of any country today in the world where there is more witchcraft and deliberate cultivation of satanic power than the United States there’s far less of it in Africa today than there is in America, that’s why the deliverance ministry is so greatly needed, and that’s why there is such a conflict when the deliverance ministry is brought into play, it’s exactly as it was in Samaria.
Now you’ll notice about Simon, that when he saw the superior power of God demonstrated by Philip, he said, this is the right thing I’ll follow this, and he believed and got baptized. Then Peter and John came down, the rest of the chapter records, and prayed for those believers, they received the Holy Spirit. When Simon saw that through the laying on of the Apostles hands these believers received the Holy Spirit he offered the Apostles money and said I’ll give you money if you give me this power. Now I have to observe that if Simon had been in some modern churches he wouldn’t have offered them ten cents for what he saw, but there was something there that was worth money, he thought, of course he was wrong. It could not be purchased for money and notice what Peter says to him verse 20 “Peter said unto him thy money perish with thee, because thou has thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money, thou has neither part nor lot in this matter: but thy heart is not right in the sight of God.” Even though he had believed and been baptized, his heart was not right in the sight of God. “repent therefore of this thy wickedness and pray God if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee for I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness and in the bond of iniquity.” Very strong language.
Now the next thing is typical. “Then answered Simon and said, pray ye to the Lord for me, that none of these things which you have spoken come upon me” To me that’s typical of the person deeply involved in the occult, especially ministering it, it is very very hard for them ever to make a real total break, they still want to go the old crooked way, and they do not understand, the true meaning of repentance. So instead of Simon repenting, he said, you pray for me. And I can’t tell you how many times people have come to me and said brother Prince pray for me, that I may be delivered, my answer is you repent. Now I don’t mean that people that have been practitioners of the occult cannot be delivered, they can, and I know many who have but I mean you’ve got to make a 100 percent total renunciation of everything that was involved.
Paul and Barnabas vs. Elymas the sorcerer
We go on to acts 13 verses 6 through 11, I must read quickly this is Paul and Barnabas on their first missionary journey, “and when they had gone through the island (that’s of Cyprus) unto Paphos, they found there a certain sorcerer (the same word that’s used of Simon in Acts chapter 8) a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Barjesus: which was with the deputy or proconsul of the country, Sergius Paulus, a prudent man;” and that’s another thing about the practices of the occult, they like to get close to political power and authority, and exercise influence through that.
Now Sergius Paulus, the proconsul, the second half of verse seven, called for Barnabas and Saul and desired to hear the word of God. But Elymas, that’s his other name, the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretion), withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith. Notice, the occult will always seek to hinder and prevent the preaching of the truth and will always seek to keep those who are under its control, from hearing the truth, this is a universal fact. Many people come to me and they say brother Prince I find I can’t read my Bible I try to but every time I sit down something seems to come and though I may actually read the words there’s no understanding. Almost invariably the background of that is involvement in the occult.
Don Basham has in his book, Deliver Us from Evil, a story of a friend of ours, the wife of a physician, who’s known to both of us both of us, administered deliverance to at one time, in another she received progressive deliverance but though she was a Baptist sunday-school teacher, her own acknowledgment was that she could not read the Bible and enjoy it for years and years and years. And then and one day Don Basham was preaching in a service, in a hotel, and in the middle of the service, something like a neon light went on in this woman’s mind, flashing, and all it said was Ouija board, Ouija board, Ouija board, Ouija board. And she could not contain it she got up rushed out of the service went to the ladies restroom and brought up something. She was delivered from this involvement with the Ouija board; which she had been introduced to by her father, when a little girl, and her testimony is in his book. From then on she could love our husband, love her children, and rejoice in the knowledge of the reality of salvation, and loved reading the Bible, the barrier had been removed. The occult will always be a barrier to enjoying the things of God.
Then another common experience is that people who are in a meeting where God is being worshipped in spirit and in truth they’re reaching out in worship and somehow just when they seem near to touching God, some barrier seems to come down between them, I’ve had many people tell me that and I have almost always found that they’ve been to a fortune teller – almost invariably. I remember a man of Catholic background who had come into the charismatic movement, he’s a friend of mine today, quite well educated, intelligent man, and I was with him in some meetings and I said are you baptized in the Holy Spirit? And he said yes but, and when people say yes but, you
know what that but is don’t you, a trunkless elephant, yes but I don’t speak in tongues. I said wouldn’t you like to, he said yes, but he said somehow I just can’t do it, I said did you ever go to a fortune-teller? he said yes, when I was a boy of 15, but it was just a joke, I didn’t mean anything bad. But I said, you did go, he said yes. I said have you ever announced it? He said not openly. I said if I lead you in a statement of renunciation publicly now, will you follow me? He said yes. I led him to confess that as a sin and renounce it, and release himself from it, put my hands on him and he spoke fluently and effortlessly in an unknown tongue. The barrier had been removed. Here is the unseen barriers that are binding and hindering the people of God, their ministries, their prayer life, their Bible study, their homes, everything, dark, unseen barriers, that have to be removed.
All right, Elymas stood between the preachers of the gospel, and the man in position of a political authority who needed to hear. And then all glory to God, this is a beautiful passage, verse 9, then Saul who also is called Paul, filled with the Holy Ghost, notice the faithfulness of the Holy Spirit at this moment of conflict, the Holy Spirit refilled Paul, so that he could deal with the situation, and he said to this sorcerer, magician, practitioner of the occult, false prophet – listen to the language that the Word of God uses; “Oh full of all subtlety and all mischief thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness” That is strong language, and it is true of every person in that category they are full of subtlety and mischief, they are the children of the devil, and the enemies of all righteous. Now I wouldn’t want to be in that category. After that Paul told this man, he said; now the hand of the Lord is upon you a darkness and a mist shall come upon you and you shall be blind for a season and the man walked out a post presence looking for somebody to lead him by the hand and it says the deputy the council believed being astonished at the teaching and I would have believed to find sin then believe me and I tell you we need more teaching like that.
Paul and Silas in Philippi
All right, Acts 16, this is 16 through 18, in Philippi, Paul and Silas have been there, they’ve contacted the ladies prayer group in the city, they’re going every day to the prayer group, and then Satan gets on their tail, Darla’s got a beautiful message on this I wish I could give it to you but it takes too long, and it came to pass as we went to prayer, (Luke was included in this) a certain damsel a slave girl possessed with a spirit of divination, now that’s not a good translation, what the Greek says is this; having a spirit, a python, that’s the word used in Greek. In fact the word Python comes from Greek. Now the Python is the snake that does not kill its victims by biting and poisoning, but by coiling itself around their body and crushing them to death. This slave girl had a spirit a Python, says in English, divination, fortune-telling demon, she brought her master’s much gain when people lost things they went to her she told them where to find them and I tell you it’s his work. Satan has supernatural knowledge, and he makes it available, things that a fortune-teller will tell you, do sometimes come true.
Let me tell you this story while I’m about it, I’m trying to get through and God willing, I’ll be through by midnight, but this is an example you see when you go to a fortune-teller. You may not know, but you are going to a servant of Satan for help which you should seek only from God and in doing that you are really making Satan your God, in the person of the fortune-teller, and if you go and hear what the fortune-teller says and believe it, you are really submitting to Satan’s decree for your life. And that’s when Satan gets power over you.
Now I was in the service in Chicago and a woman came forward and asked me to pray for her for deliverance and I looked at her and said no I won’t pray for you because I believe you’re a medium and I won’t pray for you. So she went away in about six weeks later she came back and said I’ve repented pray for me. Well I was far from convinced that she had repented, but I thought I can’t refuse on that basis, I began to pray for her and as I prayed several spirits apparently left her. And I was getting somewhat tired so I just leaned against the altar, the woman standing by me, and while I was leaning there, she looked at me and she said; I see you in a car and it’s wrecked against the tree. And praise God I was on the alert that was Satan’s decree for me I said you divining spirit I reject that, I do not receive it, I don’t intend to be in any car, that’s wrecked against any tree, in the name of Jesus. But had I said; oh I’m going to be in a car that’s going to be wrecked against a tree, I would have submitted to Satan’s decree for my life.
I know of another case of a woman who’s a dentist’s wife she came for deliverance in meetings that I was in also in Chicago and she’s one of these people who would look at me say am I completely free? And I always say it’s not my business to tell you. Am I completely free? Well I said you could be but then on the other hand I’m not sure that you are. And she came to me the third time when I said if you want me to be frank I’ll stick my neck out, I don’t believe you are free. She said why not I said all I can sense is that somewhere you crossed the line into forbidden territory you got involved with a representative of Satan she was rather indignant. So the couple that brought her who were friends of ours, she was going away, complaining brother Prince didn’t help me. So they said well why don’t you pray to God and ask God to show you if what he said might have been true so next morning alone in an apartment she got down on her knees and said God if that was true and if there was a time when I crossed into forbidden territory show it and immediately she remembered that before she was converted as a nominal Church member in a Methodist Church the most spiritual I would have to say quote spiritual lady in the church came to her once and said let me read your palm, let me tell your fortune and she submitted to this lady, and the lady said you’re going to give birth to a baby and it’s going to be born dead. then and she believed it and she gave birth to a baby and it was born dead and it had the umbilical cord wrapped twice around its throat which choked it. The doctor who delivered the baby said I have never seen another case like this in all my experience and praying there in that room all is came back to her and she realized that she’d crossed forbidden territory by going to that woman in the Methodist Church and letting her tell her fortune and that woman had decreed Satan’s decree over her life and she had submitted to the decree and permitted Satan to do it, she then renounced and rejected that spirit of divination, released herself from it, all by herself in the apartment, and she said; I had a most violent physical reaction all by myself, but I was delivered.
All right here’s this girl with a spirit of divination a fortune-telling demon followed Paul and Silas and cried saying; these men are the servants of the Most High God who show unto us the way of salvation. Notice two things number one every word she said was true, number two she was the first person who followed Paul and Silas to recognize the preachers of the gospel, and yet she was saying it by the influence of an evil. So people say so naively, well what she told me was true it must be of GOD. Friend I want to tell you this satan mixes truth and lies, if he only told lies no one would ever believe it, so he tells you enough of the truth to get you believing him and then he injects his lie. So for many days Paul and Silas were tormented by this girl following them now some people believe she was a believer, some say she wasn’t, I don’t think you can prove it either way. Then the Holy Spirit showed Paul what to do he turned, he did not speak to the girl, he spoke to the spirit of divination in the girl and in the name of Jesus Christ he commanded that spirit to come out. And it says he came out of her the same hour, and she lost the ability to tell fortune and her owners got mad because they couldn’t make any more money out of her. They had Paul and Silas beaten and thrown in jail. And then Don Basham’s message goes like this; sitting there in the jail round about midnight Silas said to Paul there you are Paul if you hadn’t got into the deliverance ministry everything would have been alright, mind you there’s a lot of truth in that.
See, it’s fantastic when you think of the reaction, because one slave girl lost the ability to tell fortunes the whole city was turned into an uproar. Friend there was more in that than was natural. Behind that slave girl was the whole kingdom of darkness and Paul challenged it, and the whole kingdom of darkness reacted against it. Very deep truth in that.
Paul and people of Ephesus
Acts 19 verses 11 following. God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul. We talked about special miracles this morning, thank God for even ordinary miracles, but praise the Lord, the special miracles. And I really believe we saw one or two special miracles here this morning. That lady that had the power of God even going through her teeth, I would call that a special miracle myself, so that from Paul’s body were taken undto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them. Notice spirits and physical disease are very closely connected and in many cases healing could only be accomplished through deliverance from the spirits of disease that caused the condition. Well then certain of the Vagabond Jews exorcists, exorcists are people who go around claiming to be able to get rid of evil spirits, they’re a well-known breed in many parts of the world the Jews have practiced exorcism for more than 2,000 years, the Muslims practice exorcism, one of the ways the Moslems used to get evil spirits out of a person is to put hot irons on the area of the body affected by the evil spirit and I’ve seen people that body burn all over by the Exorcist plying this hot iron to get rid of the demon, but I don’t think in most cases it works. But that just shows you all pagan nations know that evil spirits are real, the only thing they don’t know, is how to deal with them and that comes through the gospel.
Well anyhow these Exorcist Jews took upon themselves, to call over those who had evil spirits, the name of the Lord Jesus, saying we adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preaches. And there were seven sons of one Skeva, a Jew, and chief the priests which did so. The evil spirit in the man answered and said Jesus I know, and Paul I know, but who are ye? Now in the English the word no is the same but in Greek it’s different he said Jesus I acknowledge and Paul I know about, but who are you 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. You need to understand a person who has an evil spirit often has totally supernatural strength so that one man could beat up and drive out seven men I remember a woman that we dealt with. My wife will vividly remember her, who had amongst other things, the spirit of Antichrist and in a certain Pentecostal assembly, when I was not present, but she told me this herself, she went forward to the altar, you know the kind of wooden bench they have at the front for prayer, and they began to pray for her deliverance. And she said the pastor was sitting on one end of the bench and his wife was sitting at the other end of the bench and she said when this spirit manifested itself and lifted that bench with both of them sitting on it, and she was a weak diabetic woman. What the Bible says is up to them, it’s real all right, this was known, verse 17, to all the Jews and Greeks also dwelling at Ephesus and fear fell on them all the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified.
Now listen; and many that believe came and confessed and show that he’s noticed they were believers they were Christians, not unbelievers, many of them also which used curious arts, that’s magic, and the whole realm of the occult, brought their books together and burned them before all men, and they counted the price of them and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver, fifty thousand dollars worth of books publicly burned, because those people had suddenly seen a real demonstration of the conflict between the power of God and the power of Satan, and no longer were they going to fool around and keep these Christ dishonouring occult books in their home and I tell you the Church of Jesus Christ needs a literal home cleaning, there are thousands of Christians who need to go through their libraries, their basements, and other places, and get out and burn masses of Christ dishonouring satanically inspired material. The Bible says in Deuteronomy, I think it’s the seventh chapter, God warned Israel if you take an accursed thing into your house you become accursed like the thing. Again I have many examples, time does not permit me to go into them, but I’m pointing out is these people were believers, but they had one foot in both camps, one in the Lord’s camp, one in the devil’s camp. They thought they could get away with a little intermixture of the occult until they saw the real power of Satan demonstrated, then they said away with it.
A woman came to me for help some time back from New England which is the center of witchcraft. I had the most pathetic letters from her. My wife will probably remember, she said every time I take a letter to the mail to mail it to you, the devil tries to kill me on the way to the mailbox and she said I don’t know that I’ll get back home alive. She said I am a doctor of theosophy and I had spent years in studying the occult and I need help, are you willing to help me? So I said meet me in a certain camp I was going to and I’ll do my best and my wife and I spent several hours ministering to she got a measure of deliverance but at the end I said to her God will not finish this deliverance, until you get rid of all your books. He’ll keep you on the hook in his faithfulness and mercy till you’ve got rid of the books. She said my books costs are worth about eight or nine thousand dollars. I said what’s your soul worth? But as far as I know that woman never got rid of those book and she’ll probably end a lost soul because of $8,000 worth of occult literature. All these things in the Bible are true and up to date.
Galatians believe a false gospel
I must keep going. Galatians 1:6 through 9, Paul is really upset with the Galatian Christians he says I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel and we don’t need to read the next two verses but the problem with the Galatians was a false gospel had been brought to them after they had become Christians, being saved and baptized, in the Holy Spirit. A false gospel had been brought to them and they began to accept it, and Paul is tremendously disturbed about their condition, and he writes these words turn then in Galatians three one he says: O foolish Galatians who hath bewitched, you notice through receiving a false gospel they had come under the power of witchcraft, they were spirit baptized believers, the very next verse says that they had received the Holy Spirit, but because they had turned away from the truth of the gospel and embrace a false gospel, a deceptive teaching, they had become bewitched, they had come under the power of witchcraft, and the evidence is found in Galatians chapter 4 verses 9 and 10; “but now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements where until ye desire again to be in bondage.” The modern translations say elemental spirits they’ve gone back to the worship of elemental spirits. “ye observe days and months and times and years.”There’s the outward mark of it horoscopes and astrology.”
How many charismatics are in that category today? Millions.
False teachers who deceive and seduce
Going on to second Timothy chapter 3 verses 6 and following; “for this sort of a which creep into houses and lead captives silly women laden with sins led away with divers lusts ever learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth there are some teachers who get into homes and prey on silly women.” Now Paul then goes back to the history of Israel and the deliverance of Israel from Egypt and reminds the Christians of the conflict that Moses had before Israel could be delivered from Egypt with the magician’s of Egypt whose names were Jannes and Jambres that’s why they’re named them. All right now as Jannes and Jambres, the Egyptian magicians, withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth. Men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. So just as magicians resisted Moses when God’s people were to be delivered from Egypt, so in this age, practitioners of the occult, will resist the messengers of the gospel. But I love the next verse oh you should underline that verse; “but they shall proceed no further for their folly shall be made manifest unto all men as was the folly of the Egyptian magicians.
Now friends we’re coming to the place of an open conflict between the forces of Satan and the forces of Christ and it’s going to be fought out in the supernatural realm but praise God the Bible declares that the folly of Satan’s administrators and ministers, will be
openly manifested and I believe it will happen in the next 10 years I believe there will be a showdown between occult power and the power of the Holy Spirit in the true Church of Jesus Christ and thank God I’m on the winning side.
Seducers (magicians) will get worse
Now the same chapter verse 13 but evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse deceiving and being deceived this is a picture of the approach of the close of the age where the King James says seduces, the Greek says magicians, it’s the same word that’s used in acts 8 acts 13 and elsewhere, so as we come near the end of the age, there will be more and more of evil men and the practitioners of the occult deceiving, but themselves being deceived, that’s exactly the way it is. And I suppose there’s no place in the world where it is more manifest today than Southern California. These words are being exactly fulfilled in Southern California today, evil men and magician’s, practitioners of the occult, are getting worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. You could really put a line against that and say happening now. I really believe that is so.