This is pretty lengthy, but I think it is worth reading.
I want to talk about Psychics, Mediums, Fortune Tellers, Horoscopes, etc.
Most people are deceived into thinking they are working for God in doing these things. I heard one woman who was a psychic say she thought it was God's will for her life. Wrong!!!!
You see, when these people do these things they are being controlled by an evil spirit. Oh they may think they are doing good things, but they are not.
God calls these things an abomination.
Psychic: Pertaining to super- or extrasensory mental functioning such as clairvoyance, telepathy.
Clairvoyance: 1. Power of seeing objects or actions beyond the natural range of vision. 2. Quick intuitive knowledge of things.
Telepathy: Communication of one mind with another by some means beyond what is ordinary or normal.
We knew a man who was interested in these types of things but mostly telekinesis; moving things with your mind. He found out when he got into it the only people who could actually do them were people who were in the occult, witchcraft, etc. Things would move alright, but it was by the help of a demonic spirit. He had an awful time getting out of that cult. He had to have demons cast out of him. These things are nothing to play around with.
These people can't read your mind. They make you believe they can because some demonic spirit is whispering in their ear everything they know about you. If you have ever said it they know about it.
God is not pleased with these things. He wants us to turn to Him for counsel & guidance.
Familiar Spirits: Strong's # 178: 2. necromancer 1. necromancer, one who evokes (calls up) the dead 2. ghost, spirit of a dead one 3. practice of necromancy 3. one that has a familiar spirit.
Scriptures: Deuteronomy 18:11(# 7592 & 172)- 2 Chronicles 33:6 (# 178)
Dictionary: Familiar spirit: A supernatural spirit or demon supposed to attend on or serve a person.
Medium has basically the same meaning as Familiar spirits.
Medium: A person serving or conceived as serving, as an instrument for the manifestation of another personality or of some alleged supernatural agency.
Samuel was dead, and Saul had put away those that had familiar spirits, and the wizards, out of the land. (1Sa 28:3) And when Saul inquired of the LORD, the LORD answered him not, neither by dreams, nor by Urim, nor by prophets. (1Sa 28:6) So Saul went to the woman with a familiar spirit at Endor (v. 8) He disguised himself & told her to bring up Samuel.
1 Samuel 28:12 And when the woman saw Samuel, she cried with a loud voice: and the woman spake to Saul, saying, Why hast thou deceived me? for thou art Saul.
This woman did call up Samuel. Saul couldn't see him just her. But Samuel spoke to Saul. He didn't like what he said. He told him the Lord had departed from him because of disobedience. He also told him tomorrow he & his sons would be with him. You can read the account in I Samuel 28:15-20.
1 Chronicles 10:13 So Saul died for his transgression which he committed against the LORD, even against the word of the LORD, which he kept not, and also for asking counsel of one that had a familiar spirit, to inquire of it;
1ch 10:14 And inquired not of the LORD: therefore he slew him, and turned the kingdom unto David the son of Jesse.
The Bible says not to turn to these people for guidance. The Holy Spirit will lead & guide us into all Truth. He is the One we need to turn to for guidance.
Leviticus 19:31 Regard not (Don't turn to) them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the LORD your God.
Leviticus 20:6 And the soul that turneth after such as have familiar spirits, and after wizards, to go a whoring after them, I will even set my face against that soul, and will cut him off from among his people.
People were put to death in the Old Testament for having a familiar spirit, being a wizard or witch. (Le 20:27) (Ex 22:18)
But thank God we have a new Covenant and it's God's will that none perish. There is forgiveness if these people turn from their ways and accept Jesus as Lord and Savior.
Deuteronomy 18:10 There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch,
De 18:11 Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.
De 18:12 For all that do these things are an abomination (disgusting thing) unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.
The Lord is disgusted with these things. He is displeased when we turn to these things instead of turning
Isaiah 8:19 And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? for the living to the dead?
Some of the kings in the Old Testament sacrificed their children to false gods, observed times, used enchantments, dealt with familiar spirits & wizards & witchcraft. Every time they did, Israel went into captivity to their enemies & they were cursed, because they didn't obey the Word of God.
Isaiah 47:8 Therefore hear now this, thou that art given to pleasures, that dwellest carelessly, that sayest in thine heart, I am, and none else beside me; I shall not sit as a widow, neither shall I know the loss of children:
Isa 47:9 But these two things shall come to thee in a moment in one day, the loss of children, and widowhood: they shall come upon thee in their perfection for the multitude of thy sorceries, and for the great abundance of thine enchantments.
Isa 47:10 For thou hast trusted in thy wickedness: thou hast said, None seeth me. Thy wisdom and thy knowledge, it hath perverted thee; and thou hast said in thine heart, I am, and none else beside me.
Isa 47:11 Therefore shall evil come upon thee; thou shalt not know from whence it riseth: and mischief shall fall upon thee; thou shalt not be able to put it off: and desolation shall come upon thee suddenly, which thou shalt not know.
Isa 47:12 Stand now with thine enchantments, and with the multitude of thy sorceries, wherein thou hast laboured from thy youth; if so be thou shalt be able to profit, if so be thou mayest prevail.
Isa 47:13 Thou art wearied in the multitude of thy counsels. Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, the monthly prognosticators, stand up, and save thee from these things that shall come upon thee.
Isa 47:14 Behold, they shall be as stubble; the fire shall burn them; they shall not deliver themselves from the power of the flame: there shall not be a coal to warm at, nor fire to sit before it.
Isa 47:15 Thus shall they be unto thee with whom thou hast laboured, even thy merchants, from thy youth: they shall wander every one to his quarter; none shall save thee.
Deuteronomy 18:14 For these nations, which thou shalt possess, hearkened unto observers of times, and unto diviners: but as for thee, the LORD thy God hath not suffered thee so to do.
Here are some meanings from the Strong's Concordance & the Dictionary and the Scriptures where these words are found.
Hebrew: Observer of Times: Strong's # 6049: 2. (Poel) to practise soothsaying, conjure a. to observe times, practice soothsaying or spiritism or magic or augury or witchcraft b. soothsayer, enchanter, sorceress, diviner, fortuneteller, barbarian.
Scriptures:Deuteronomy 18:10 - 2 Chronicles 33:6 - 2 Kings 21:6
Hebrew: Witch: Strong's # 3784: 1. (Piel) to practice witchcraft or sorcery, use witchcraft a. sorcerer, sorceress (participle).
Hebrew: Witchcraft: Strong's # 1523: 1. divination, witchcraft a. of the nations, Balaam b. of false prophets.
Hebrew: Witchcrafts: Strong's # 3785: sorcery, witchcraft.
Dictionary: Witch: A person, now esp. a woman who professes or is supposed to practice magic, esp. black magic or the black art: a sorceress.
Dictionary: Witchcraft: The art or practices of a witch; sorcery; magic.
Greek: Witchcraft: Strong's # 5331: 1. the use or the administering of drugs 2. poisoning 3. sorcery, magical arts, often found in connection with idolatry and fostered by it 4. metaph. the deceptions and seductions of idolatry.
Scriptures: Exodus 22:18 (# 3784) - Deuteronomy 18:10 (# 3784) - ISamuel 15:23 (# 7081) - 2 Kings 9:22 (# 3785) - 2 Chronicles 33:6 ( # 3784) - Micah 5:12 (# 3785) -Nahum 3:4 (# 3785)
Galatians 5:20 (# 5331)
Hebrew: Sorcerer: Strong's # 3784: Same as witch. Hebrew: Sorceries: Strong's # 3785: sorcery, witchcraft
Greek: Sorcerer: Strong's # 3097: the name given by the Babylonians (Chaldeans), Medes, Persians, and others, to the wise men, teachers, priests, physicians, astrologers, seers, interpreters of dreams, augers, soothsayers, sorcerers etc. A false prophet and sorcerer.
Dictionary: Sorcerer: One supposed to exercise supernatural powers through evil spirits; a magician, an enchanter.
Dictionary: Sorcery: The art, practices, spells of a sorcerer magic, esp. black magic in which supernatural powers are excercised through the aid of evil spirits; witchery.
Scriptures: Exodus 7:11 & 22:18 (# 3784) - Deuteronomy 18:10 (# 3784) - I Samuel 15:23 (# 7081) - 2 Kings 9:22 (# 3785) - 2 Chronicles 33:6 ( # 3784) - Isaiah 47:9 &12 (# 3785) - Jeremiah 27:9 (# 3786 - means sorcerer) - Daniel 2:2 (# 3784) - Micah 5:12 (# 3785) - Nahum 3:4 (# 3785) - Malachi 3:5 (# 3784)
Greek: Sorcerer: Strong's # 3097: a false prophet and sorcerer.
Scriptures: Acts 13:6 & 8 (# 3097) - Revelation 21:8 (#5332 - sorcerer)
Hebrew: Wizard: Strong's # 3049: 1. a knower, one who has a familiar spirit a. a familiar spirit, soothsayer, necromancer (meton).
Dictionary: Wizard: One who professes to practice magic; a magician; or sorcerer. A conjurer or juggler. Scriptures: Leviticus 19:31 - Leviticus 20:6, 27 - Deuteronomy 18:11 - 1 Samuel 28:3,9 - 2 Kings 21:6 - 2 Kings 23:24 - 2 Chronicles 33:6 - Isaiah 8:19 - Isaiah 19:3-4
Hebrew: Magician: Strong's #2748: 1. diviner, magician, astrologer a. engraver, writer (only in derivative sense of one possessed of occult knowledge). Strong's # 2749: magician-astrologer.
Dictionary: Magician: One skilled in magic arts. Conjurer. Sorcerer. Necromancer.
Scriptures: Genesis 41:8, 24 (# 2748) - Exodus 7:11-12 (# 2748) - Exodus 8:7, 18-19 (# 2748) - Exodus 9:11 (# 2748) - Daniel 1:20 (# 2748) - Daniel 2:2 (# 2748) - Daniel 2:10 & 27 (#2749 magician-astrologer) - Daniel 4:7, 9 (#2749 magician-astrologer) - Daniel 5:11 (#2749 magician-astrologer)
Hebrew: Divination: Strong's # 7081: 1. divination, witchcraft a. of the nations, Balaam b. of false prophets Also # 4738
Dictionary: Divination: The discovering of what is obscure or the foretelling of future events by supernatural means. Augury. Prophecy.
Dictionary: Augury: To prognosticate. Soothsaying.
Scriptures: Numbers 22:7 (# 7081) - Numbers 23:23 (# 7081) - Deuteronomy 18:10 (# 7081) - 2 Kings 17:17 (# 7081) - Jeremiah 14:14 (# 7081) - Ezekiel 12:24 (# 4738) - Ezekiel 13:6 (# 7081) &7 (# 4738) & 23 (# 7081) - Ezekiel 21:21-23 (# 7081)- Acts 16:16
Hebrew: Diviners: Strong's # 7080: 1. (Qal) to practice divination, divine a. of diviners of the nations, Balaam b. of false prophets of Israel c. prohibited
Dictionary: Diviner:One who divines; a soothsayer; a prophet; a conjecturer.
Scriptures: Deuteronomy 18:14 - I Samuel 6:2 - Isaiah 44:25 Jeremiah 27:9 - Jeremiah 29:8 - Micah 3:7 - Zechariah 10:2 - Acts 16:16
Hebrew: Enchantment: Strong's # 5173: Divination
Hebrew: Enchanter: # 5172: 1. to practice divination, divine, observe signs, learn by experience, diligently observe, practice fortunetelling, take as an omen a. (Piel) 1. to practice divination 2. to observe the signs or omens.
Hebrew: Enchantment:Strong's # 2267: a magician, charmer, spell.
Hebrew: Enchanters: Strong's # 6049: 1. (Piel) to make appear, produce, bring (clouds) 2. (Poel) to practise soothsaying, conjure a. to observe times, practice soothsaying or spiritism or magic or augury or witchcraft b. soothsayer, enchanter, sorceress, diviner, fortuneteller, barbarian.
Dictionary: Enchant: To subject to magical influence; cast a spell over; bewitch. To impart a magic quality or effect to. Enchanter: One who enchants; magician. Enchantment: Act or art of enchanting. Magic, sorcery, fascination, witchery. Spell, charm. Enchantress: A sorceress.
Scriptures: Exodus 7:11, 22 - Exodus 8:7, 18 - Leviticus 19:26 (# 5172) - Numbers 23:23 (#5173) - Numbers 24:1 (#5173) - Deuteronomy 18:10 (#5172) - 2 Kings 17:17 (#5172) - 2 Kings 21:6 (# 5172) - 2 Chronicles 33:6 (#5172) - Isaiah 47:9 & 12 (#2267) - Jeremiah 27:9 (#6049)
Hebrew: Astrologers: Strong's # 1895: 1. Qal) to divide a. be an astrologer (with obj - heavens)
Hebrew: Astrologers: Strong's # 825: 1. necromancer, conjurer, 2. (TWOT) astrologer, enchanter, exorcist Hebrew: Astrologer: Strong's # 826: conjurer, enchanter, (CLBL) necromancer
Dictionary: Astrology: A study or science which assumes, and professes to interpret, the influence of the heavenly bodies on human affairs.
Astrologers--literally, those who form combinations of the heavens; who watch conjunctions and oppositions of the stars. "Casters of the configurations of the sky" [HORSLEY]. GESENIUS explains it: the dividers of the heavens. In casting a nativity they observed four signs:--the horoscope, or sign which arose at the time one was born; the mid-heaven; the sign opposite the horoscope towards the west; and the hypogee.
Scriptures: Isaiah 47:13 (# 1895) - Daniel 1:20 (# 825) -Daniel 2:2 (# 825) - Daniel 2:10 & 27 (# 826) - Daniel 4:7 (# 826) - Daniel 5:7, 11, 15 (# 826)
Hebrew: Charmer: Strong's # 2266: to tie magic charms.
Hebrew: Charmer: Strong's # 2267: a magician, charmer, spell
Hebrew: Charmer: Strong's # 328: enchanter, necromancer (substantive).
Dictionary: Charm:Something worn for its supposed magical effect; an amulet. Any action supposed to have magical power. The chanting or recitation of a magic verse or formula. To endow or protect by supernatural powers.
Scriptures: Deuteronomy 18:11 (# 2266) - Isaiah 19:3 (# 328)
Hebrew: Soothsayers: Strong's # 6049: Same as Enchanter. 1. (Piel) to make appear, produce, bring (clouds) 2. (Poel) to practise soothsaying, conjure a. to observe times, practice soothsaying or spiritism or magic or augury or witchcraft b. soothsayer, enchanter, sorceress, diviner, fortuneteller, barbarian, Meonenim (participle)
Hebrew: Soothsayers: Strong's # 826: conjurer, enchanter, (CLBL) necromancer.
Dictionary: Fortune Teller: One who professes to tell people what will happen in the future.
Greek: Soothsaying: Strong's # 3132: 1. to act as a seer a. deliver an oracle, prophesy, divine.
Scriptures: Isaiah 2:6 (# 6049) - Daniel 2:27 - Daniel 5:7 (# 826) - Micah 5:12 (#6049) - Acts 16:16 (#3132)
Hebrew: Necromancer: Strong's #1875: 1. to resort to, seek, seek with care, enquire, require of heathen gods, necromancers e. heathen deities 1. to seek (with a demand), demand, require 2. to investigate, enquire 3. to ask for, require, demand 4. to practice, study, follow, seek with application 5. to seek with care, care for.
Dictionary: Necromancer: Magic in general; enchantment; conjuration. Necromancy: The pretended art of divination through communication with the dead; the black art.
Scriptures: Deuteronomy 18:10 (#1875)
Hebrew: Monthly Prognosticators: Strong's # 3045 & 2320: to perceive and see, find out and discern the new moon the lunar month.
Dictionary: Prognosticate: To forcast or predict (something future) from present indications or signs; to prophesy. To make a forecast; to prophesy. Prognostication: Forcasting or predicting.
Horoscopes would fit into this category.
Monthly prognosticators--those who at each new moon profess to tell thereby what is about to happen. Join, not as English Version, "save . . . from those things," &c.; but, "They that at new moons make known from (by means of) them the things that shall come upon thee" [MAURER].
Scriptures: Isaiah 47:13