Horoscopes And Other Occult Practices
"Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, and the monthly prognosticators stand up and save you from what shall come upon you. Behold, they shall be as stubble..." Isaiah 47:13-14 What are astrologers? What are stargazers? This is the practice of seeking to guide one's life by the stars. This is astrology, this is the whole subject of horoscopes. The practice goes back millennia and is soundly forbidden by the Word of Almighty God. Is it an insignificant thing to dabble in it? Not only is it significant, it is deadly. The Word of Almighty God pronounces a curse upon all who dabble in the occult, regardless whether or not it is deemed "insignificant." I've seen the effects of this kind of curse, and I cannot stress strongly enough how serious this subject is. Lives have been destroyed by the results of opening doors like this into one's life. New Age practices are deadly.
Occult practices are deadly. And they are forbidden. Because they are deadly. King Saul of Israel was in a hard place and desperately needed advice, so he disguised himself and went to a medium. For this sin, he died the very next day. "So Saul died for his unfaithfulness which he had committed against the Lord, because he did not keep the Word of the Lord, and also because he consulted a medium for guidance." 1 Chronicles 10:13 Why does God hate this particular sin so much? It's because it is spiritual adultery. Adultery is going to another, to a forbidden one, to obtain what one wants. Many go to fortune tellers seeking answers, or seeking direction, or seeking advice. But these sources are forbidden by the Word of God. There are only two sources of the supernatural, God, and Satan. When one seeks answers or guidance or information from one who practices the occult "arts," they are tapping in to the supernatural world of Satan. It's the deadly sin of spiritual adultery. God doesn't mince words in speaking of this. He states clearly that he is a jealous God. He created us for himself, and when someone seeks anything supernatural from an occult source, that person is slapping God their Creator in the face and in doing so, is committing spiritual adultery. "For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love me and keep my commandments." Exodus 20:4-6 When one dabbles in any kind of fortune telling or other occult practice, the judgment on this particular sin brings disaster on his descendants down to the fourth generation. And this is very observable. The most common judgments are mental illness, tragedy, and premature death. Many times it will be the children who are affected. Satan isn't kind. But as terrible as this principle is, there IS mercy IF a person repents. Note the Scripture above from Exodus. Although the iniquity might go down to the 4th generation, the Lord continues,"...but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love me and keep my commandments." Jesus said, "If you love me, keep my commandments." John 14:15 To commit spiritual adultery is to not keep his commandments. Scripture says that those who do these things are those who hate God. That is HIS definition. You can't say you love God if you are dabbling in the forbidden areas of occultism. Take a deep look into your family history and discern whether this kind of sin brought judgment upon the family. If so, you can receive mercy by confessing the sins committed and by soundly renouncing those sins, taking a stand in opposition to them. Rid your home of every single thing that has anything to do with the occult. Jewelry, statues, books on occult topics, Ouija Boards, tarot cards, horoscope items, “new age” items - ask the Holy Spirit to point out to you anything that must go, and then destroy whatever he points out to you. Do not give any of it away, do not pass the curse onto anyone else. You must destroy all occult and “new age” objects. “Also, many of those who had practiced magic brought their books together and burned them in the sight of all. And they counted up the value of them, and it totaled fifty thousand pieces of silver.” Acts 19:19 They must be destroyed regardless of the value of those things. Thus you can spare not only yourself, but your children for several generations down.