Bible Facts about Satan and Spiritualism
- Supplement to Lesson 6
There are evil angels who try to
destroy our peace and happiness, tempt us to sin, and keep us out
of heaven. We must be aware of their devices, and strong in the
Lord to resist them.
How did sin begin? Is there a devil,
and what is he like? How can we resist his advances? What is his
most dangerous method?
THE TRUTH ABOUT SATAN
Who was the first sinner?
1 John 3:8--"He
that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from
soul that sinneth, it shall die."
Here we have the name of the original
sinner. In Revelation, he is referred to as "the great
dragon that old serpent. called the Devil, and Satan' (Revelation
12:9). Isaiah refers to him as Lucifer, son of the morning."
(Isaiah 14:12). The time of his sin is "in the
beginning." This was sometime near the Creation, as recorded
in the first chapter of Genesis.
Lucifer was created. The prophet, Ezekiel.
presenting Satan under the symbol of the king of Tyrus.
represents God as speaking to him of "the day that thou was
created." (Ezekiel 28:13). Christ is the Creator, for God
"created all things by Jesus Christ." (Ephesians 3:9).
"For by Him [Christ] were all things created, that are in
heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether
they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all
things were created by Him, and for Him." (Colossians 1:16).
Thus Christ created the good angel, who
later made a devil out of himself.
Where was Lucifer created?
beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven."
Undoubtedly, Lucifer was created in heaven.
wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down
in the midst of the stones of fire."
What special gifts did Lucifer
sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty."
Lucifer was the wisest of the angels. In
addition, he was "perfect in beauty." Apparently.
Lucifer was also given an unusually beautiful voice. "The
workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee
in the day that thou wast created." (Ezekiel 28:13).
"Tabret" means strings or chords. Apparently. Lucifer's
vocal chords were remarkable.
What position did Lucifer occupy in
art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee
In the earthly tabernacle, the two covering
cherubim were by the ark of the covenant, which symbolized the
throne of God. Therefore, in heaven. Lucifer once stood by God's
How did sin begin?
wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created,
till iniquity was found in thee."
Sin is without reason or excuse. To excuse
it is to defend it. Lucifer chose to sin, and his act will
ultimately lead to the destruction of many. God can not be
charged with the origin of sin.
How did Satan begin his rebellion
Here were the five steps down:
heart was lifted up because of thy beauty. Thou hast
corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness."
thou hast said in thine heart,.. I will exalt my throne above
the stars of God: .. I will be like the most High."
Through pride, selfishness, and
Jealousy, Lucifer corrupted himself into a devil. Lucifer,
the light bearer, became Satan, the adversary. He began to
question the government and character of God. Satan had to
resort to lying to do this. Like many today, he said God's
law could not be obeyed. Because of pride, he became filled
was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the
truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a
lie, he speaketh of his own; for he is a liar, and the father
A third of the angels were fascinated
with his talk and united with Satan. Then he and his angels
made war in heaven. They were determined to kill and conquer
their way to rulership.
was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the
dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels."
great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the
Devil; and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was
cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with
Proverbs 16:18--"Pride goeth
before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall."
2 Peter 2:4--"God spared not
the angels that sinned."
What is Satan doing now on earth,
before he and his followers are finally destroyed?
The devil is determined to tempt. harass,
and destroy. He wants to take as many souls as possible down to
ruin with him.
when the dragon [Satan] saw that he was cast unto the earth, he
persecuted the woman [the true church]."
Satan especially wants to destroy those who
love God and try to obey Him.
the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with
the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and
have the testimony of Jesus Christ."
What is the future of Satan, the
art thou fallen from heaven, 0 Lucifer, son of the morning! How
art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the
Satan, who ruined so many, will himself
eventually be destroyed.
hast sinned; therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the
mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, 0 covering cherub, from
the midst of the stones of fire."
When Satan is finally destroyed, his
followers will perish with him.
2 Thessalonians 2:10-12--"Because
they received not the love of the truth, that they might be
saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion,
that they should believe a lie: that they all might be damned who
believed not the truth, but had pleasure in
Who alone is able to destroy the
then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also
Himself likewise took part of the same; that through death He
might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the
Jesus Christ, who died to redeem those, who
would come to Him in repentance and putting away of their sins,
will be the one who will destroy Satan.
How will Satan and his followers
finally be destroyed?
shall He [Christ] say also unto them on the left hand,
Depart from Me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for
the devil and his angels."
At the end of time, Christ will destroy
Satan and his followers.
the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts,
that it shall leave them neither root nor branch."
Satan is the root: his followers the
branches. That hellfire will consume them, and they will be gone
How can we resist Satan's devices?
1 Peter 5:8-9--"Be
sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a
roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour; whom
resist stedfast in the faith."
When Satan tried to tempt Him, what
was Christ's weapon?
"It is written." (Matthew
4:4-10). We should study the Bible, obey it, and we will find it
a powerful defense against the enemy. In the strength of Christ,
we should obey the commands and claim the promises.
THE DEADLY POWER OF SPIRITUALISM
What is that great power of evil
which we wrestle against?
we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against
principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the
darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness [margin:
"wicked spirits"] in high places [margin:
"heavenly places" ].
What is Satan himself called?
"The god of this world." (2
Corinthians 4:4). "The prince of this world." (John
14:30). "The prince of the power of the air."
How numerous are Satan's angels?
He asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name
is Legion; for we are many.
A Roman legion. at that time, consisted of
about 5,000 men.
What agency does Satan especially
use to entrap and destroy souls?
not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards,
to be de filed by them; I am the Lord your God."
"Spiritualism: A belief that
departed spirits hold communion with mortals by means of physical
phenomena, as by rapping. or during abnormal mental states, as in
trances, or the like, commonly manifested through a medium;
spiritism." (Webster's Dictionary).
"Spiritism: The theory that
mediumistic phenomena are caused by spirits of the dead."
God warns us to have nothing to do
I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift
witness against the sorcerers."
The "channeling" of our own time
is essentially the same as modern spiritualism, which is nothing
more than ancient necromancy--pretended communication with the
dead, but actually contact with, and guidance by, devils.
"Therefore hearken not ye to. . your enchanters, nor to your
sorcerers, . . for they prophesy a lie unto you, to remove you
far from your land."
"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,
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 be fore thee. Thou shalt be perfect with
the Lord thy God."
We are to have nothing to do with that
which is an abomination to the Lord.
The devils give a little truth, mixed with
a lot of lies, to catch someone's attention, so they can then
capture and ruin him.
witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife,
sedation, heresies. . : I have also told you in time past, that
they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of
What is the basic lie, upon which
spiritualism is based?
God told Adam and Eve that, if they sinned
and disobeyed Him, they would surely die.
shalt surely die."
But Satan lied. He told Eve that, if she
sinned, she would live forever.
shall not surely die."
Spiritualism is based on Satan's lie, that
the dead are still alive, conscious, and able to return and speak
What is the true state of the dead?
the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any
breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day
his thoughts perish." Job 14:20-21--"Thou changest his
countenance, and sendest him away. His sons come to honour, and
he knoweth it not; and they are brought low, but he perceiveth it
not of them."
Never again do the dead return to earth to
take part in our lives.
their love, and the hatred, and their envy, is now perished;
neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that
is done under the sun."
When mediums pretend to bring us
spirits impersonating our departed loved ones, what should we
they are the spirits of devils, working miracles."
How can we test the spirits, to
know what they really are?
1 John 4:1--"Beloved,
believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of
We are told to test the spirits, but
against what standard are we to test them?
The test we are to apply is the Word of God
and His law--the Ten Commandments. If they speak not according to
this Word, we are not to hear them. Spirit mediums are
licentious, and their spirits speak lies. We are to have nothing
to do with them.
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? [instead of] for the living to the
"To the law and to the testimony; if
they speak not according to this Word, it is because there is no
light in them."
The mediums and psychics will want you to
forsake the God of heaven, and His holy Bible--and go after other
gods. This will be a sign to you.
there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and
giveth thee a sign or a wonder, and the sign or the wonder come
to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying. Let us go after
other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them;
thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that
dreamer of dreams: for the Lord your God proveth you, to know
whether ye love the Lord your God with all your heart and with
all your soul. Ye shall walk after the Lord your God, and fear
Him, and keep His commandments, and obey His voice."
What warning is given us that this
terrible deception will especially exist in the last days?
1 Timothy 4:1--"Now
the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some
shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and
doctrines of devils."
We, who live in the last days, must be
especially on guard. It is imperative that we study God's Word
daily, pray, and plead for His guidance and protection.
How will Satan deceive men in these
2 Corinthians 11:14--"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 as the ministers of righteousness.
Satan will work great wonders through his
special agents. Yet those men will deny basic Bible truths about
the plan of redemption and the importance of obedience to Gods
if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there;
believe it not. For there shall arise false christs, and false
prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that,
if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect."
Satan will also, in the sight of men, bring
down fire from the skies.
he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from
heaven on the earth in the sight of men, and deceiveth them that
dwell on the earth by means of those miracles which he had power
to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the
earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the
wound by a sword, and did live."
Beware, beware! Satan's devices captivate
those willing to consider them. If any man comes to you with a
message, purportedly from God, but which is not in the law or the
testimony--flee from him.
2 Thessalonians 2:9-10--"Whose
coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and
lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in
them that perish."
While many will be deceived by
these wonders, the faithful will trust in God, obey His inspired
Writings, and look for Christ's return.
it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited
for Him, and He will save us. This is the Lord; we have waited
for Him, and we will be glad and rejoice in His salvation."
Modern spiritualism is disguised under many
names: parapsychology, channeling, occult sciences, clairvoyance,
spiritism, witchcraft, wizardry, spiritual healing, hypnosis,
magnetic healing, Silva mind control, yoga, mind dynamics,
biofeedback training, psychic phenomena, etc.
Upon first encountering it, people sense
that a superhuman power is present, and, fascinated, they dabble
with it--until they are controlled by a will stronger than their
own. You do not want anything to do with it! Read this:
A young man had lost both his mother
and sister by death, and he was encouraged by a friend to
visit a spirit medium. She told him his "departed
ones" wanted to communicate with him. Soon he was
regularly having visits with apparitions, purporting to be
his mother and his sister. This continued on for several
Then he left for Australia, where he
was converted to Christianity. Accepting the clear warnings
of the Bible about spiritualism, he rejected it out right.
But he could not disentangle himself
from the spirits. He asked for the help of a Christian
friend, "I cannot get away from those spirits," he
told him. "They wake me up three or four times in the
So, to provide him with prayerful
support, his friend moved in with him and, each night in
separate beds they slept in the same room.
Soon the strange beings entered the
room, as usual, in the middle of the night. First, they would
shake his bed, then they would start talking to him. They
were usually semitransparent in appearance. One, he said,
looked and sounded exactly like his mother. She would tell
him of her affection for him. He would say, 'I don't believe
you," and turn his face the other way. The voice of his
sister would come before him, saying that he was hurting his
Then he would get up, switch on a
light, and start reading in the Bible. After a few minutes of
silence, the book would be snatched from his hands and thrown
across the room, with the words, "You'll read, will
These were not beloved relatives, but
Then he would go outside and take long
walks, and discuss the situation with his friend. Eventually,
the spirits stopped coming.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the famous Sherlock
Homes mystery writer, and one of the world's leading
spiritualists: "The organized spiritualist does not accept
the atonement of Christ or the existence of sin."
(Wanderings of a Spiritualist, p. 25). He predicted that
spiritualism, when it has taken over the world, "will sweep
the world and make it a better place in which to live. When it
rules over all the world, it will banish the blood of
Christ!" (Cosmopolitan, January 1918,p. 69).
A young engineering company salesman
boarded a ship at Sydney, Australia. He was to spend two weeks in
New Zealand on business. But, on the ship, he met Doyle, who was
on a worldwide lecture trip, to stir up interest in spiritism.
The young man told his cabin mate, a
preacher, that he was going to talk to Doyle the next day.
Although warned that, if he did, he would be caught, the young
man laughed and resolutely said he would never become a
But, on his return from the interview the
next day, the young man seemed like a changed person. The lies of
Doyle and his spirits had won over the young man.
"Doyle told me," he said,
"all about several ancestors I know nothing about. He said,
because they were powerful mediums, I will be too--if I will join
him. And this I am going to do!"
He remained with Arthur Conon Doyle
throughout the five-day trip. Arriving in New Zealand, he
telegrammed both a resignation to his company, and a good-bye to
It is well-known that both Kaiser Wilhelm
II, Hitler, and Mussolini conducted the two world wars, through
the continual guidance of spirit mediums. It was the advice of
devils which resulted in the terribly murderous decisions which
God will protect from the devils, if you
will yield your life to Him, trust and obey the Bible. But if you
go seeking for the devils, you will be caught and captured.
A young Fijian woman living in Winembuka,
about sixty miles from Suva, whose grandfather had been a devil
priest, decided she would try to contact the power with whom he
communed. This was to be just a bit of fun, or so she thought.
Unknown to her parents, she went to the
edge of the village and tried to summon the spirits. Soon the
villagers realized the woman was regularly doing it. Her parents,
which were Christian, tried to dissuade her, but she would not
listen to them. She said the being she spoke with appeared in the
form of a great green snake . But it spoke as a person would.
But, eventually, the meetings be came so
gruesome that she realized she would be destroyed if she
continued. She was face to face with a terrible power.
One day, she totally turned her back on
it--and refused to go out and talk to the snake. A few days
later, she fell to the ground, possessed by demons. In
desperation, her family sent for their minister. By the time he
and two other ministers had arrived, the girl had been laying on
the ground for three days without eating or drinking.
When they tried to speak to her, she would
scream at them, as though she were a wild animal. The men prayed
earnestly. Then they ordered the evil spirits to come out of her.
Immediately, she turned toward them and
glared like a cornered animal. Then she dropped to the floor and,
stretching out full length, with staring eyes and frothing mouth
she crawled across the room toward them slithering like a snake.
Then she stopped, and went limp.
They bathed her face with water, and she
sat up. "Where am I, and why are you here?" she asked.
Then they told her what had happened. Turning to her parents, she
asked forgiveness for her defiance of their counsel. Then, all
together, they thanked God for casting out the evil spirits.
Never, never have anything to do with any
form of spiritualism!
We will conclude with this incident: During
World War II, a mother received word that her son was missing in
action. Although warned by Christian friends not to do so, she
went to spirit mediums where, each week, she spoke with her boy.
Soon she gave up Christianity and threw away her Bible.
Then one day, her boy came home! He had not
died after all! The lying spirits had only appeared to present
him to her in the seances.
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