YAHWEH-NISSI: Derek Prince message number 6009 dealing with witchcraft. This is a transcript from the original video and in Witchcraft (3) item IV is covered. Read Part 1 here and Part 2 is found here.
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
Old Testament Examples Of Occult Power
Moses vs. the Pharaoh’s magicians
All right now we’re going back to the Old Testament for some other examples and God has shown me that every time he’s going to do something tremendous for his people the last opposition of Satan to what God is going to do comes through occult supernatural satanic power, that Satan’s last attempt to frustrate the purposes of God. Go back, and we won’t turn there tonight because I don’t have time to read it but, to Exodus chapter seven and eight and you find that when Moses was sent back by God to deliver Israel out of the bondage of Egypt he was given certain miraculous signs that he was to perform and one of those signs was that he was to cast his rod on the ground and when it was cast on the ground it would become a snake so at a certain point God told Moses go in before Pharaoh and do your sign as evidence that I’ve commissioned you and this is my seal of authority. So Moses went in before Pharaoh now this is remarkable when you think about it took his rod and threw it down on the ground it became a snake, and you know what Pharaoh did? He said send for my magicians and he said to the magicians: Now this is what Moses can do, what can you do? And they said we can do the same and they
threw their rods on the ground and they became snakes but there’s one happy detail Moses’s snake ate up the snakes of the Egyptians. I often think about that when I’m in a spiritual conflict confronted by the force of the enemy well let’s throw our rods down but God’s rod will eat up the snakes of the enemy. However notice the point that the magician’s could do the supernatural, by the power of Satan, they could do what Moses did.
Well then God said to Moses do the next sign. Take the water out of the river and turn it into blood and Aaron I think it was stretched out his rod over the rivers and waters and ponds of Egypt they all became blood. What did Pharaoh do? He sent for the magicians he said this is what Moses and Aaron could do what can you do? They said we can do the same. They did the third sign. God told Moses now I said call for the frogs, call them up out of the rivers and ponds of Egypt, and the frogs came up out of all the rivers and ponds and filled the houses of fairness servants so that they just couldn’t go to bed for frogs. They couldn’t use their cooking utensils for frog they were just frogs everywhere. But Pharaoh was not unduly impressed he may have been inconvenience but he wasn’t afraid. He sent for his magicians and said this is what Moses did what can you do? They said we can do the same and they call the frogs up out of the river you should read that carefully it’s in Exodus chapter 10, Satan’s practitioners can do the supernatural by the power of Satan and in many cases they can mimic what the supernatural power of God does. Then God said to Moses stretch out your rod over Egypt and the dust will become lice on man and beast Moses did it. Pharaoh sent for the Egyptian magicians and they tried to do the same and couldn’t do it. So Moses had gone beyond the ability of the magician and then the magician said to Pharaoh this is the finger of God this is something we can’t do. But notice that was the last attempt to frustrate the deliverance of Israel out of Egypt. Satan resorted to occult supernatural power and my conviction is every time God is going to deliver his people the last opposition will be in the occult supernatural realm the battle will not be fought on the natural plane.
Balak, Kings of Moab and Balaam the magician
All right we come to a point about 40 years later when Israel were just about to go into the Promised Land and Balak the king of Moab feared them and wanted to hinder them but could not defeat them in battle. So what did Balak do? He called for a magician, Balaam, who was a well known, he was probably I would say, let’s say the edgar cayce of his day. And came out. Well first of all he didn’t come he was in touch with the true God this is an amazing story time doesn’t permit us to go into detail but Balaam said to God: shall I go? God said no, because these people aren’t cursed they’re blessed they’re my people so Balaam sent a message back to Balak and said I can’t come. Well then Balak said will increase the honorarium. I will give you twice as much if you come. Balaam said I’ll tell you I can’t come, but he was pretty interested in the money. So he prayed to God a second time, which he had no right to do. And God said, you can find this in the 22nd chapter of Numbers, God said if they come and call you again go with them. They didn’t come and call him again but he still went with them and then there’s the famous scene of the angel standing in the way and God opening the ass his mouth and showing Balaam that he was rebellious and disobedient but he arrived and Balak said curse me the people and Balaam said I’m warning you in advance Balak I can’t say one word more than God gives me so when Balak asked him to curse them he opened his mouth and blessed them and every time he opened his mouth he blessed the more than the time before so the purposes of Balak against Israel were frustrated. But notice that he resorted to the supernatural, the last weapon of Satan is in the occult realm.
Elijah vs. the 850 prophets of Baal
We go to first Kings chapter 18, the grave conflict between Elijah and the prophets of Baal. There were 400 prophets in one group, false prophets, and 450 in another group. 850 prophets evil prophets, satanically empowered prophets, and Elijah said, now come on, we’ll see which god will answer by fire said you take a bullet will take I’ll take a bullet and you’re many you stopped now what impresses me about that story is that they really believed they could get fire down out of heaven otherwise they wouldn’t have accepted the challenge and it says they leaped on the altar they cut themselves with lancets till the blood gushed out they behaved exactly like the dervishes of the Middle East and the Orient seeking to get supernatural satanic power to kindle that sacrifice on the altar but it didn’t work and you know why it didn’t work my opinion because of the presence of Elijah his power restrained the supernatural power of Satan now in Revelation 13:13 it says at the end of this age the false prophet will be able to call fire down from heaven and what many other miracles the ability to work miracles is not necessary a manisfestation that a man is a representative of the true God so then Elijah called down the fire and it fell and the people fell upon their faces said the Lord he is the god.
Old and New Testament: Satan opposes God’s key plans with occult power
So all through Old Testament and New Testament we see that at every critical point in God’s dealings with his people the ultimate in Satan’s opposition is in the realm of the occult and the supernatural and he has to be defeated in that realm.
Two cities of witchcraft: Nineveh and Babylon
Now let me give you two cities which are pictures in the Old Testament of the power of witchcraft the one is Nineveh the other is Babylon only briefly read these scriptures Nahum the Prophet Nahum is the Prophet that describes God’s judgment on Nineveh and in Nahum chapter three and verse four speaking to Nineveh in the word of the Lord Nahum says; because of the multitude of the whoredoms of the well-favored harlot the mistress of witchcraft that Sells nations through her holdings and families through her witchcraft. Now that’s what witchcraft does it sells nations and Families into the hand of Satan and Nineveh was a center of witchcraft, it was a center of the deliberate cultivation of satanic power. Now turn to Babylon in Isaiah 47 and again we just read quickly a few verses Isaiah 47 verse 1 and a couple of other verses: “come down and sit in the dust O Virgin daughter of Babylon” this is spoken to Babylon it’s God’s predicted judgment on Babylon, verse 9, “these two things shall come upon thee in a moment in one day the loss of children and widowhood they shall come upon the in their perfection for the multitude of thy sorceries and for the great abundance of thine enchantments” Babylon also was a city totally given over to the cultivation of Satan’s supernatural power and in verses 12 and 13 of the same chapter God again challenges Babylon He says; “stand now with thine enchantments, and with the multitude of thy sorceries, wherein thou hast laboured from thy youth; if so that thou if so be thou shalt be able to profit if so be thou may’st prevail.” enchantments and sorceries and then the next verse says thou art we read; ‘in the multitude of thy counsels let now the astrologers the stargazers the monthly prognosticators stand there and save thee from these things that shall come upon thee.” That is essentially astrology and horoscopes monthly prognosticators our horoscope readers in modern English.
Babylon was a center of all that now it is significant that in the new testament Babylon is the name given to the final abominable religious group that become the harlot at the end of the book of Revelation the false church and I want to point out this to you in reading from Revelation chapter 18 the ultimate enemy of the true church it’s always the false church that greatest the most cruel persecutors of true religion are the representatives of false religion it has been that way from the beginning of human history to the
end of human history it does not change the first scene the first picture of human religion are the two sacrifices of Abel and Cain Abel representing faith in God the need for a redemptive sacrifice shed blood the supernatural testimony of God’s power Cain representing human religion of good works without shed blood or substitutionary sacrifice simply offering the fruit of an earth that was already cursed of God and the night result listen friends Abel’s religion produced a martyr Cain’s religion produced a murderer and that’s been so ever since all through human history the great persecutors of the saints of God are the representatives of false religion now looking at that look in Revelation 18 which is the picture of God’s judgment upon this evil endtime religious system called Babylon and see what God says Revelation 18 verse 2; “and he cried mightily with a strong voice saying Babylon the Great is fallen is fallen and has become a habitation of demons and a prison of every unclean spirit” That’s the prince version, just a little brought up for them. Babylon became the center of all demons and unclean spirits. Now look what it says about Babylon at the end of that chapter, the last two verses, verses 23 and 24; “the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee and the voice of the bridegroom and the the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee for thy merchants were the great men of the earth for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived” Babylon, at the end time, is the center of satanic deception, for all nations. And now look at the next verse; “and in her, Babylon, was found the blood of prophets and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth, all murder originates in false religion. You better give heed to this, because it hasn’t finished, the last great conflict is just at hand. You want to know the real enemy of the true church? It isn’t the Communists, it’s the false church, and the true church, true to Jesus Christ, is going to be more and more filled with the Spirit of God. Conversely the false church, disloyal to Jesus Christ, is going to be more and more filled with psychic and occult power, and the conflict and the contrast will be open for all to see. God intends to demonstrate it.