Divination is the
attempt to foretell the future or discover occult knowledge by interpreting
omens, or by using paranormal or supernatural powers. The practice was widely
known in the ancient
Here are some other forms of Divination that would be of interest. There is aeluromancy: the divination of dropping wheat cakes into water and interpreting the results. Aeromancy: the divination by examining the effect of air on certain things. Alectoromancy or Alectryomancy: divination by the rooster: grains of wheat would be placed on letters and the rooster “spells” the message by selecting grains. Alphitomancy: the divination of dropping barley cakes into water and interpreting the results. Anthropomancy: divination by examination of the organs of newly sacrificed humans. Astragalomancy or Astragyromancy: using knucklebones marked with letters of the alphabet. Axinomancy: divination by the hatchet: interpreting the quiver when whacked into a table. Belomancy: divination nation by arrows. Bronchiomancy: divination by the examination of the lungs of sacrificed White Llamas. Capnomancy: the divination of smoke from alters or from sacrificial incense. Cartomancy: the divination by the use of cards such as the tarot. Cantoptromancy: using mirrors, lenses, shiny stones, or crystal balls. Cephalomancy: divination of a donkey’s head. Chiromancy; the reading of the palm (palmistry) and many other forms of Divination not mentioned here, but are found in, “The Skeptic’s Dictionary.”
Hebrew noun: Qecem- divination, witchcraft, fortune-tellers, sorcerers.
Hebrew verb: Qacam- to practice divination or witchcraft.
Deut. 18:9-14 “When thou art come into the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee, 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 time, or an enchanter, or a witch, or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord: and because of these abominations the Lord thy God doth drive them out from before thee.”
It is clear from
this reference that from the very beginning God warned us to avoid such
practices. These are the avenues of demonic powers to deceive men into seeking
hidden knowledge apart from God. We have a natural curiosity for the unknown
and the hidden. This is why there are so many so-called secret societies
promising its adherences the knowledge of hidden. It is our natural curiosity
along with our pride that is the driving force behind why there are so many
people involved with the cults, and secret societies. Our President is among
the ranks of those who are members of a secret society. He is a member of the
Skull and Bones, and claims to be a “Christian” at the same time. I have heard
of Pastors who are devout members of the Masonic lodge. To be involved with the
secret societies or to practice divination is not a neutral position. Those who
are involved with these things are in direct opposition to God, and that’s a
serious position to be in. False prophets were condemned in
I. Beware of “Thus saith the Lord…”
If we know of
any history concerning the nation of
succeed by using false prophets who appeared as true prophets of Jehovah. They
looked like true prophets; they seem to be anointed and were so passionate
about their messages. They even had the right lingo, “Thus saith the Lord” so it would seem that they were speaking for
the true God of Abraham. But these were prophets out of their own hearts and
not of Jehovah. In Ezekiel 13:2-3 we read, “Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of
Israel that prophesy, and say thou unto them that prophesy out of their own hearts, Hear ye the word
of the Lord: Thus saith the Lord God; Woe unto the foolish prophets, that follow their
own spirit, and have seen nothing.” Then in the sixth and seventh verses it says, “They have seen vanity and lying
divination, saying, The Lord saith: and the Lord hath not sent them: and they
have made others to hope that they would confirm the word. Have ye not seen a vain
vision, and have ye not spoken a lying divination, whereas ye say, The Lord saith it:
albeit I have not spoken? Satan successfully used these pseudo-prophets to seduce the
people of God away from the truth. They were cleverly cloaked as true prophets
using the same language as any true prophet would while all the time deceiving
the people. Jeremiah also tells us of the deceptive nature of these false
prophets when he write in chapter fourteen of his book; “Then the Lord said
unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither
spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a
thing of naught, and the deceit of their heart.”
The false prophets never had any trouble
with a following. They always had the majority of the people supporting their
evil efforts because they always told the people what they wanted to hear.
Their messages were always light and pleasant to the ears, and their messages
never convicted the people of sin and of God’s judgment. Instead their messages
appealed to the sinful nature and fleshly appetites. This is why the Lord
through the prophet Ezekiel said to
Today in the 21st. century nothing has changed; we have our pulpits filled with soothsayers and hype-masters that have no other message but what is gratifying to man. The prophet Micah speaks of such when he writes, “If a man walking in the spirit and falsehood do lie, saying, I will prophesy unto thee of wine and of strong drink; he shall even be the prophet of this people.” Micah 2:11. Nothing has really changed but only has gotten worse, and will get worse as we are inundated with more pseudo-prophets and soothsayers. There is a seductive spirit of divination sweeping across the church-world seeking to control the lives, and the destinies of God’s people. The apostle Paul warned of the kind of spirit in the church that we as believers are to beware of. In the book of II Corinthians eleven verses 13-15, we read, “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ, and no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed into the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.” Let us return back to the book of Ezekiel and see what else we need to know as believers that will keep us safe from being brought under the control of divination. In chapter thirteen of the book of Ezekiel verse seven, we have essentially what is meant when a person is practicing divination in the name of the Lord. In verse two it says of these false prophets that they “prophesy out of their own hearts. . .” in verse three the Lord says of these that they are “. . . foolish prophets, that follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing!” and in verse seven the Lord says, “Have ye not seen a vain vision, and have ye not spoken a lying divination, whereas ye say, The Lord saith it: albeit I have not spoken.” To speak presumptuously in the name of the Lord when he has not spoken is the same as divination according to these verses of scripture.
almighty knows how many in the church-world who claim to be speaking by the
Spirit, or by the oracles of God, who are in reality practicing divination.
Those who continue to follow their own spirits and not the Holy Spirit when
they proclaim, “Thus saith the Lord” or something similar as,”
Lord show me. . .”, “the Lord spoke to me etc.
will soon cross over into a spirit of divination. This is the judgment of God
for those who refuse to take heed not to follow their own spirits, or some
strong impulse, or impression of the mind that may seem to be from the Lord,
but may in fact be something of their own spirit. “And if the prophet be deceived when he hath
spoken a thing, I the Lord have deceived that prophet, and I will stretch out
my hand upon him, and will destroy him from the midst of my people
Another factor that comes into play as we study the subject of divination are those who say, “I have dreamed, I have dreamed” The Lord can speak to us in a dream, but we need to seek the leading of the Lord to see if the dream is from him, or not. We should never assume that just because a dream is palatable to our liking that it must be from the Lord. It would seem that any dream or so-called vision that is grandiose with a wonderful and glorious future is accepted without question. This is especially true when it comes to dreams, and visions about the ministry. It seems that to many, ministry is conducive to money, power, and fame. This is one of the reasons I grieve for many of my Pentecostal and Charismatic brethren: many in our ranks are being lead more by feelings, deep impressions of the mind, and some times strong impulses of emotion that are not always from the Lord. The Lord God speaks to the prophet Jeremiah concerning this in the twenty-third chapter we he says, “I have heard what the prophets said, that prophesy lies in my name, saying, I have dreamed, I have dreamed.” (vs.25) As I have stated earlier; the Lord can speak to us by dreams, but we must not be lead by dreams, we must be lead by the written word of God. In verses 26-29 of this same chapter the Lord continues, “How long shall this be in the heart of the prophets that prophesy lies? Yea, they are prophets of the deceit of their own heart; which think to cause my people to forget my name by their dreams which they tell every man to his neighbor, as their fathers have forgotten my name for Baal. The prophet that hath a dream, let him tell a dream; and he that hath my word, let him speak my word faithfully. What is the chaff to the wheat? Saith the Lord. I not my word like as a fire? Saith the Lord; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?” A man that says, “The bible says. . ” is far better than the man that says, “I have dreamed, I have dreamed” .The man that says, “The bible says. . .” can judge the man that can only say, “I have dreamed, I have dreamed” Why? The bible is the inerrant, infallible, unchangeable, inspired word of Almighty God. The Spirit and the word agree, not the Spirit and our dreams agree, or the Spirit and our visions agree, but rather the Spirit and the word of God agree. (I John 5:7) This teaches us that the word of God is to take precedence over any dream, vision, prophesy, or “word from the Lord” that we may experience. We are to judge by the word of God and the inward witness of the Holy Spirit by the word to see if a thing be from the Lord, or not. We should never base our judgment of a dream or a vision on feelings, or astaticism but solely on the word of God. The Lord says in verse 31, “Behold, I am against the prophets, saith the Lord, that steal my words every one from his neighbor.” God says that his word is as a fire and therefore it is the word of God that is to try in the fire all doctrine; all dreams; all visions, and all prophesies. When prophets or anyone of us for that matter replace the word of God with a false dream, or some so-called vision; we are stealing the word of God from the people. This is the spirit of divination that seeks to control God’s holy people instead of being lead by the Holy Spirit from the word of God.
II. Warning signs
There are warning signs that we should look for when it comes to the spirit of divination. Any power or influence that seeks to control our lives and our future should be judged by the word of God to see if it is the precious Holy Spirit seeking to lead, or an unholy spirit seeking to deceive, control and ultimately destroy. As a foundation scripture, I would like to quote the epistle of James 3:17-18, “But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.” In conjunction to this, I would also remind you that Jesus said, “Beware of false prophets which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” With the coming of the Lord drawing nigh, I believe this warning is more pertinent now than ever.
1. A controlling spirit
I believe that
this is one of the greatest signs to look for when it come to the spirit of
divination. Do you know that it is possible to control people with, “Thus saith the
Lord”? There are many who are being
controlled by those who may call themselves prophets, or even apostles who may
have spoken unto them in the name of the Lord. Many of these individuals are
being controlled by a spirit of divination and are seeking to control the lives
of others. Even the apostles of the New Testament (upon whose foundation the
true church is built) did not seek to control the lives of the people. In II
Corinthians 1:23-24 Paul said to the Corinthians, “Moreover I call God for a record upon my
soul, that to spare you I came not as yet unto
2. Guilt and Condemnation
I believe that this is also a characteristic of a spirit of
divination. Not only an attempt to control you, but to make one feel guilty and
condemned if they question, instead of blindly follow what is spoken to you in
the name of the Lord. First, I would like to say that God does use individuals
to speak into our lives at times. The Pastor of the local assembly if he is
lead by the Spirit of God will speak into our lives every Sunday. But there are
those times when God can send someone to you with a true word of exhortation.
However, the word spoken to you will not be some strange thing to you; it will
be familiar to you and will confirm what God has already said to you
personally. For example, when Saul who later became Paul was converted, he was
told by the Lord Jesus himself that he would send him to the gentles. In the
book of Acts we read, “. . . Go thy way:
for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the gentiles, and kings, and the children of
I have even heard of cases where people were told by so-called “prophets” that, “you should marry so and so” This is ridiculous and it should also be obvious that God will tell you who you are to marry if you are to marry at all. Often times the people who are told such foolishness don’t even know each other. Only God knows how many marriages ended in divorce over such frivolity.
One of the reasons that so many people are deceived today is no one wants to ask questions. We must be at liberty to question the things we hear. Jesus said that we should be careful how we hear, and when it comes to prophesy, visions, dreams, this most certainly applies. Anyone who says they have a “word from the Lord” or, “I have dreamed, I have dreamed” should have no problem with being questioned if they are speaking by the Spirit of the Lord. In fact they will encourage those to whom they minister to be Berean Christians and search the scriptures and pray to see if those things are so. No real minister of the gospel want the people to blindly follow him, but to become discerning and thinking Christians. Nothing would make a godly preacher happier than to know that his flock are people of the word and their not going to believe something just because he says it, they are going to go the scriptures for themselves, and not allow their lives to be directed only by what the preacher says, but according to what God says to them out of his holy and precious word.
The problem with some of these so-called “prophets” is that they dislike being questioned when they have uttered a thing. This should send up red flags immediately, because obviously there is something wrong with this attitude. There are those who would “prophesy” a thing and almost demand total and immediate submission to what they say is, “Thus saith the Lord” Some of them get very upset when they are questioned about their “word from the Lord.” There is not a minister of any kind or preacher that is above questioning. Only the Lord should be trusted 100% for it is impossible for God to lie, or to be mistaken. Some of these people will try to make you think that you are in disobedience to God if you do not readily and immediately accept what they say is from the Lord. This spirit is a spirit of divination, a Jezebel spirit seeking to control the lives of God’s people. Some have gone as far as convincing some that they would be cursed if they did not submit to the “word from the Lord” over their lives. Never be afraid to question a word from the Lord or some prophesy or dream or vision. This is what the Lord himself expects from responsible Christians who really want to follow him. “The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going. (Proverbs 14:15). Remember ask questions, probe the scriptures, and pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit. If the so-called “word of the Lord” or dream; or vision are not from the Lord, reject it, it might be a matter of life or death.
4. “Rabbi, Rabbi” self-exaltation, and the infatuation with titles.
In Philippians 2:3-4 Paul writing to that wonderful Church said, “Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.” According to Paul here in Philippians, he instructs the believers not to do anything out of a spirit of contention, and not to do things out of selfish ambition. In the succeeding verses (5-11) Paul gives us the perfect example that we are to follow, the Lord Jesus Christ. The apostle speaks of the humility of the Master, who humbled himself to the point of death, even the death of the cross. This is the example we should follow and not the pride, and arrogance we see today in many Churches. Unfortunately, for those who are under the spell of a spirit of divination, they love the recognition of a title. It is nothing wrong with acknowledging a call on someone to a particular office of ministry, but the person themselves should never encourage, and especially demand that others call them by their supposed title (e.g. Prophet, Apostle, Evangelist, etc.) This is spiritual pride and self-exaltation. The Lord Jesus said of the Pharisees in Matthew 23:6-7, “And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, and greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi.” Jesus is saying here that they (the Pharisees) love to draw attention to themselves, and love to be outstanding among men. They of the Pharisees also love to be greeted with bows of reverence and respect in public places so that others may see that they are some great one. The Pharisees also loved to be recognized by titles of honor and distinction. It is the same today with many of those who have a controlling spirit of divination; they desire to be in admiration in the eyes of the people to control them. They love to draw attention to themselves at Sunday worship when the focus should be the Lord Jesus Christ.
In some cases as a result of selfish ambition, these who are under a spirit of divination can never commit to one body of believers for too long. They cannot be just “one of God’s little sheep” they desire the preeminence. Because of this self-exaltation, they will “hop” from Church to Church seeking a platform of ministry and recognition, and wherever they find some poor preacher that will let them come in, and do whatsoever their heart’s desire, there will they abide. Another sign of the spirit of divination is when the precious individual who is under this kind of spirit places themselves above in position to others in the Church. I am reminded of a song I heard long ago that goes like this: “It will always be Jesus, it will always be Jesus. Let no man exalt himself in the presence of my King.” And to that I say, Amen. Maranatha.
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