Seeking Help from Egypt

A palm reader and his clients

Some months back, I made a poll on this blog’s Facebook page with the question, “Who is more likely to turn to Satan worship, is it a person who has never heard of God or a person who is angry at God?”

Most responders chose the latter option, which I heartily agree with – not only because I’ve seen it time and again, but also due to the fact that there’s a core of rebellion that typifies all forms of Satan worship.

Once you reject God, you open yourself to the only alternative to God, which is Satan. His face may be disguised to you, but he’s no less real.

The occult is technically the defiance of God’s supremacy, and the screenshots from a lady’s Facebook post later in this article highlight this.

Most hardened occultists were formerly believers who are angry at God over something that didn’t happen when and how they expected it in life.

Those who recruit for the devil specifically target these hurting souls to enlist them on their side. The raging anger and unredressed hate within them are necessary ingredients needed in the kingdom of darkness.

In a certain post, I discussed the various forms divination and how the devil uses them to deceive and trap many souls – including Christians who have lost their spiritual bearing but are desperate for an insight into the spirit realm.

Every human being desires natural knowledge, but it is at the point where natural knowledge fails to satisfy this innate craving that mankind begins to seek supernatural knowledge. And there are only two sources of supernatural knowledge: God and Satan.

I have received emails from several Christians asking me if it’s okay to once in a while seek out their horoscopes, or visit a palm reader, or an Ifa priest or consult a visionary in order to know the source of a certain problem in their lives or families.

Many of these Christians are aware of how the Bible expressly forbids such interactions with the realms of darkness, but for some odd reason, they surmise that they are special exceptions to God’s rules, or that He will protect them, even if they cross the spiritual edge to seek help from Egypt.

The narration in Omotoyosi’s post below illustrates how such visits usually leads many people down the road of demon worship and deception, with grave consequences, I must add.

(Warning: there are some profanities in her post).

Omotoyosi was apparently raised in a nominal Christian home. On her blog, Diary of a Confused Girl, she made a post, The Illusion of Happiness, in which she wrote:

In the year 2014, I thought being closer to God would make me feel better, but it never did. Actually that turned out to be a big disaster. Reading the bible only took me to another whole new phase (A story for another day)! By 2015, I was reading every religious book I could lay my hands on. I even tried the Quran. After that phase of craziness, I came to the conclusion that I was not going to find happiness in God.

She obviously had a form of religion but didn’t experience the power in it.

It’s not certain whether she merely followed through the religious motions of a denomination and convinced herself and everyone around her that she was a Christian or she was actually a genuine Believer in Christ who apostatized from the faith. But from her statement above, I will go with the former. She continued:

A few months later, I packed my bags and decided to move back to England. For a short while after that move, I had the Illusion of happiness. I thought I had found my ‘happy place’ (is that even a real thing?…lol). That turned out to be a greater disaster as I moved back to Nigeria 5 months later with nothing in my heart but hate for God and all he stood for. I cut off all my religious friends and made up my mind to have nothing to do with any of them.

So, here it’s clear that she never experienced the presence of God where there is “fullness of joy” (Psa. 16:11). Her happiness was based on material things, friendship and carnal gratification.

And like most people raised in the tidal wave of secular societies, after some time, they get fed up of the emptiness of the world’s fake happiness and moral rotgut and begin to seek something supernatural to fill the holes in their souls. They start looking for a philosophy or system for a moral anchor or spiritual revelation.

This is what propels many individuals who are disenchanted with wealth and success to see a psychic, visit a seance or join an occult group. They want to connect to something higher than themselves – something omnious that secularism or atheism has failed to give them.

But the demonic forces lurking behind these shady figures are ever ready with their nets to trap anyone who patronizes them.

The messages often given to such seekers hinge on a rejection of the Bible, a denial of the reality of sin and death, a rejection of Jesus Christ as the only way of salvation and a denouncement of Christianity with an allowance for a nostalgic return to ancient paganism and worship of spirits (“ancestors,” spirit guides, pagan deities, fallen angels, devas or aliens).

If you seek supernatural knowledge outside the God of the Bible, you are actually acknowledging other gods as your lords and submitting yourself to their bondage.

When you follow their instructions, perform their prescribed rituals and believe their revelations or predictions about your life, you place them at the steering wheel of your life.

“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. You shall have no other gods before Me.” (Exodus 20:2-3)

“For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords”), yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live.” (1 Cor. 8:5-6).

Technically, there are demon spirits that latch on to people who patronize these shamans, spiritists, seers and psychics whose assignment is to reinforce the supernatural terms of the rituals to the inquirer, or trouble the inquirer until he/she succumbs to the conditions given by the psychic.

In 2016, I read of a medical doctor in Haiti who sought a Voodoo practitioner for power and he was told to recite his request before the image of the “saint” at the entrance of the shrine. The priest told him that whatever step he should take would be communicated to him by this “saint” in his dream.

That night, he had a dream where this “saint”, looking handsome and sunny, instructed him on what to perform to receive occult power and he obeyed.

From that day on, he observed that any patient he attended at work would take a turn for the worse and inspite of all medical help, would end up dying.

When he noticed this disturbing pattern, he began to seek for help elsewhere. Turned out, one of the demon guides of the Voodoo priest had been spiritually attached to him and was destroying his career.

Again, you may wonder how these people can supposedly read minds as it occurred in the above “witch story.” This is an ability given to them by the spirit of divination or their familiar spirits.

The spirit that is introducing certain thoughts into the heart of the unregenerate is usually the one that will tell the psychic what the individual is thinking. This usually becomes difficult for the psychic when it comes to a Christian.

I’ve once met a white garment seer who while discussing, asked me to look deep into his eyes, but I refused, because I understand how hypnotism and telepathy work.

He tried to supernaturally “read” my life right there, but he couldn’t. All the things he said about me were off the mark. This was a man who boasted of hearing “animals” speak to him.

Eventually, he said in obvious defeat, “Just make sure you pray and read your Bible every morning.” What Christian doesn’t already know this is important? He later suggested that I have a “strong spirit.” Of course, because greater is He that is in me than the familiar spirits using him.

God had a reason for this clear warning:

“Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help, who rely on horses, who trust in the multitude of their chariots and in the great strength of their horsemen, but do not look to the Holy One of Israel, or seek help from the LORD.” (Isaiah 31:1).

Just one visit to the agents of the devil for any help or insight can alter your life in ways beyond your imagination. Seek the Lord diligently and He will lead you in the way you should go (Jer. 33:3).

What lies beneath Divination?

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“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 … For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord.” (Deut.18:10-12)

In an earlier post, I discussed what passing children through fire means. Here, I will be discussing divination.

The Webster Dictionary defines divination as an art that seeks to foresee or foretell future events or discover hidden knowledge. This occult practice has been popularized and made more appealing in our time. Diviners are now called psychics.

Countless adverts feature psychics claiming to have powers to uncover people’s hidden lives and predict their futures – for a price, of course. And don’t tell me they are not getting a huge patronage.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, about 70% of Hollywood moguls, executives, producers, directors and celebrities who are facing waxing and waning popularity and career insecurities, consult psychics and mediums for advice.

Here in Africa, consulting fetish priests to find a missing object, expose the culprit behind a crime, find a life partner, know a child’s future or discover the enemy behind a specific problem, is still prevalent, even among some professing Christians.

The line of reasoning often employed to justify such practices is that “they are part of our cultural heritage.”

Divination is like a hydra-headed monster. It takes many forms. There is augury – predicting the future by studying omens, portents or forces of nature like wind, storms or fire. Some predict the future from lines in the hand (palmistry).

There is also divination by observing the entrails of animals (haruspication), while some study the movement of arrows (belomancy). Another is numerology – the use of numbers to make a prediction.

Divination is also practiced with the use of divining rod, crystal balls and pendulums. Others observe the planetary bodies, pattern of tea leaves and behaviour of creatures (howling of dogs, flight of birds).

Some psychics see and hear directly from the spirit realm; some cast lots or observe water (water witching) to obtain their information.

The use of Tarot cards is a very common practice. This is a deck of cards designed 500 years ago in northern Italy.

Each card has an occult symbolic picture on it which when picked at random by a client, is decoded by the expert to supposedly predict a future event.

Another form of divination is oracle consultation. In the Yoruba traditional religion for example, the Ifa oracle is often sought for this.

When a client consults an Ifa priest, a round, wooden tray (opon Ifa) carved with figures representing a divination deity named Orunmila, is used as a table. The priest sprinkles a powder (Iyepe Ifa) on the tray and draws series of vertical lines in the powder with a deer horn (irofa), and interprets the future according to the patterns of the vertical lines (odu).

Divination is not a new art. Archaeologists have unearthed some tablets from ancient Babylon that purports to interpret all the peculiarities observed in the heavens and on earth, as well as the incidental and accidental occurrences of everyday life.

The Bible makes a reference to Nebuchadnezzar divining with arrows and looking into the liver (Ez. 21:21-22). The Bible in fact, calls Babylon the mother of divination (Isa. 3:1-3). Haman also consulted diviners in his plot against the Jews (Esther 3:7-9).

The Lure of Divination

Why does divination attract many people? First, the desire for knowledge is one of the strongest cravings of the human nature.

Man has been able to satisfy this craving from natural sources and natural means to an extent. But when man is not fully satisfied by natural knowledge, he turns to seeking supernatural knowledge and that is where he begins to flirt with divination and other areas of the occult.

There are only two sources of supernatural knowledge – God and Satan. Every form of supernatural knowledge that doesn’t proceed from God, definitely proceeds from Satan. Knowledge from God is legitimate but knowledge sought from Satan is illegitimate.

Second, divination attracts those who have lost their sense of direction and purpose in life. The questions common to man are: Why am I here? Why did this happen to me and where am I going?

When a person has not found satisfying answers to these questions – even in the church – he will dabble in whatever he can and seek answers through divination.

Everyone needs a sense of direction, and many, unfortunately, are seeking it in the wrong places, not knowing where the road leads. This is called spiritual darkness and the only antidote to that is finding answers in God’s Word which is “a light unto [our] path” (Ps. 119:105).

Third, divination traps those who have no relationship with God. This goes beyond a head knowledge of the Bible or having a degree in theology.

A relationship with God means having a history with God, experiencing Him and having a secured confidence in how He works in your life.

When a person has a sound relationship with God, He leads him in the way he should go. And God who is “the Father of lights in whom there is no variableness nor shadow of turning” does not mislead (Jas. 1:17).

Unfortunately, many Christians don’t cultivate a close relationship with God, so when a calamity hits them, they start looking for “quick” alternative insights into the spirit realm.

The Bible condemns divination (Lev. 19:26, 31, Jer. 23:32, Is. 3:1-3, 8:19). When a person seeks supernatural knowledge from any other source other than God, he is in fact, acknowledging Satan as a god besides the true God and is breaking the first of the 10 commandments. This is why the sin of divination is like treason; rejecting God’s rule.

What Lies Beneath it?

Contrary to what some people say, divination is not “a gift.” Psychics are either charlatans or demonized folks.

Come to think of it, if these psychics really know the future, why don’t they play some lottery instead? After all, they would know all the right numbers and win every time.

Why are they sitting in a place and asking for your money to tell you your future? Many of them actually “fish” for information from their clients to make their predictions.

In the Bible, when Nebuchadnezzar had a dream from God and called the psychics of his day, they tried to “fish” for some information from him to interpret his dream. They couldn’t do it without a little bit of data, so they quickly sealed the possibility:

“There is not a man on earth who can tell the king’s matter” (Dan 2:10). But God revealed it all to Daniel.

Some divination methods are also dubious. In numerology, for example, it’s said that the number of one’s name and date of birth can be used to predict the future. The problem is this, different cultures use different calendars.

Take the date June 5, 2014 in the Gregorian calendar as an example. In the Chinese calendar, it’s JiSi 8, 4712. In the Hebrew calendar it’s Sivan 5, 5772. In the Muslim calendar it’s Sha’ban 7, 1435.

This means what a numerologist in China would read for you will be different from what will be read in Israel and Kuwait.

Languages also have different name spellings. For example, the letters in the name John has a value of 2 while the same name in Spanish, Juan, has a value of 1. How can numerology predict your future?

Furthermore, demons are behind divination. The Bible speaks of a demonized girl in Philippi who made money for her owners by predicting the future (Acts 16:16).

The passage says: “And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us…”

The Greek words translated as “spirit of divination” are pneuma Puthonos literally means “spirit of Python.” This lady was actually called a “Pythoness.”

According to Webster’s New World Dictionary (1966, p. 1187), a Pythoness was a priestess of Apollo at Delphi, though it’s broadly used to refer to any woman soothsayer or prophetess.

Historically, the oracle of Delphi, Greece, was the most celebrated citadel of prophecy in the pagan world where kings and rulers sought counsel.

A large python image was kept at this oracle temple which according to Greek myths was said to guide the temple. Through the image, the pythoness would invoke the python spirit to possess her and speak the oracles.

When Paul cast the demon out of the girl, she totally lost her ability to tell the future. Note: the information she gave was true (“these men are the servants of the most high God”), but it came from a demon.

Psychics can actually give accurate predictions, but they are still from demons. Demons have knowledge of what happens on earth or what has happened in the lives of everyone.

I watched a crime investigation case in which a woman was missing and a psychic was consulted. She described the location where the dead body of the victim was and the police traced her descriptions and found it exactly there.

Demons have access to other demons and what they plan to do through the lives of specific people so they can tell a person before it happens.

In Satan’s kingdom, they operate a spiritual database and information retrieval system better than the ones on earth. There they have records of all those who have ever sought their help or had any transaction with the kingdom of Satan.

They also have in their archives, atrocities and incidents along generational lines. So a demon can “check up the records” concerning a client and then feed the information to a psychic.

Demons also attempt to manipulate the future through their supernatural powers. For example, if a psychic predicts that a woman will  experience a marriage break up, demons will proceed to manipulate and destroy her marriage.

She will conclude that the psychic was right and become hooked on seeking messages from demons.

In his book, They Shall Expel Demons, Derek Prince narrated his experience when he was ministering deliverance to a woman who had been an occult medium.

He paused during the ministration to seek the face of the Lord and the woman said, “I see you in a car and it’s wrecked against a tree!” Immediately, he rebuked that demon and nullified that prophecy and it never happened.

This is how psychics work. Once they make evil pronouncements disguised as predictions, certain demons are released to make them fulfilled.

In 2010, during the world cup, many people turned to an octopus psychic they named Paul, which accurately predicted the teams that won. Unfortunately, the octopus didn’t foresee its own death.

Some weeks before princess Diana of Wales’ death, she was said to have consulted her personal psychic, but he couldn’t foresee her impending death. The truth is, only God knows the future (Dan. 2:28).

There is no human or angelic created being that has the power of omniscience to know all things possible or all things future.

Some people also use the python spirit to give false prophecies in the church. There are 3 major ways you can differentiate:

1. Divination is used to generate wealth and fame. When you are being asked to pay some money for a “prophecy,” rest assured that it’s not coming from God.

This was what the Moabites sought from prophet Balaam with gifts (Num. 22:7). Most diviners claim to have seen tragic world events after it happens in order to gain fame.

2. Diviners use the client’s hidden secrets, negative experiences or past sins to build their own credibility or enslave a person using fear. They make the person depend on rituals or the diviner rather than on Christ (Acts 8:9-10).

3. Divination follows a fixed set of routine and it is often operated whenever or wherever the diviner wants.

I consider it unbiblical for people to queue up before a prophet, to give each of them “words from the Lord.” That is charismatic fortune telling.

The Lord may indeed speak to some of them, but what the people are likely to get are words from the soul (or selfish desire) of the prophet or from a demon of divination.

God sovereignly reveals things in His own time and for His purpose (Jer. 23:32). Every specific act of divination one has dabbled in needs to be confessed to God and renounced.