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Witchcraft In The Church And God's Antidote

"0 foolish [Christians], who hath bewitched you?"

 Peter Winzeler

Foreword from an African

The real judgment of God begins in the house of God, those who are called by His name, the church. It is this organism that transforms cities, regions and nations. It is no wonder that God would require such a high standard from this body because that does not only set the precedent but it gives it authority to stand in the face of the adversary and confront him with the truth of God's word that set people, cities and nations free. As the G1d saying goes, 'you can not give what you do not have'. Jesus said "remove the log in your eye before you can point a finger at your neighbor's speck_". It is interesting to note that Jesus speaks of your log (so huge) compared to your neighbor's speck (so small). Before we look out there, we need to look inside here, where we are. We need to put our house in order before we could put someone else's in order.


That is why I believe Peter Winzeler's book on Witchcraft in the church very timely and I would like to recommend it to every believer, especially to the leaders in the church. The church leader should be first because t where the anointing flows from to the whole body. We have no authority to deal with the witchcraft out there in the world when so much of it has crept into our very backyard, weakening us from within. The fact that the works of the flesh are rampant among us as believers, underlines the very fact that there is a bewitching that is taking place in the body of Christ. And also when you see foolishness dominating the activities of the church, then you know it has to do with the bewitching that has taken place. When you see folk seeking titles, recognition and a manipulative approach to ministry, you know this is a serious bad position that the church should never be. if prophetic people have become like soothsayers, fortune tellers and palm readers, then you know we are off tangent.


This book is timely and speaks to you directly with an aim of beginning a cleansing process in both your life as an individual and the body of Christ as a whole. It is a very good spiritual barometer for everyone who is serious about being radical for God. It plays the role of a mirror for any serious believer who really wants to die to self and become alive in God. What harm does it do to you to come back to God once more as you read this mater .al and beg for God's mercy in total humility? It will only make your heart more broken, more humble and more contrite. And this is a kind of heart that God would not refuse.


I advise you not to enter into the error of criticizing, because of what you have heard about the book or what you think you are reading, as this will only make your mind biased against it and therefore the person of our brother. Oh, I agree that it has been written from a sort hardliner and uncompromising approach. And maybe we long needed that kind of a book to begin to straighten us up and get us on the right path so that we are empowered to propel forward with more strength and purity than before. I do think that Peter has dealt with each one of the topics with enough depth to reveal the heart of the Father


To Peter I say God bless you very much for your obedience. This work helps us to move a step further in gaining authority to begin cleansing our nations from the powers of witchcraft that have so much accounted for the sicknesses and the dilapidating status quo that most of them are experiencing. Thank you Peter and God bless you all readers.


Chris Daza, Malawi / Africa.

Kingdom Ministries.

Principal and founder of "El Dabar" School of Prophets, Switzerland /Europe.







Forewords To The



Peter Winzeler experienced Jesus Christ in his life as the Deliverer announced in the Bible. In successive stages this former drug addict was gradually set free by the Name of Jesus, the Messiah. This is the Name that reigns above all names. "Salvation is found in no-one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved." (Acts 4:12) The Name which can save us all from demonic bondage, from generations of soothsaying, witchcraft and sexual perversions, and free us from century-old curses and false doctrines.


In my former capacity in charge of the therapy centre "Best Hope", a fully committed body of believers, I was able to witness in person this miracle of complete restoration. Peter Winzeler gave his testimony in a number of missions. Later he taught in Switzerland, in the Philippines, in prisons in Russia and Moldavia, ministered to the blacks in Uganda and southern Sudan, as well as the whites in bondage in our own country. Again and again he encountered Christians who were struggling to maintain their faith in Christ through the strength of their own souls, and who were thus falling, completely unaware of the danger, into the trap of pious witchcraft. He himself also experienced times when he was misused by Christians on account of his prophetic gifts. He learnt to resist where others were being manipulated or controlled by means of an unholy spirit.


According to St. Paul (Gal. 3:1 this pious witchcraft, which develops rapidly into demonic power, has its origin in our fleshly nature, when we centre our attention not on the cross of Christ, in obedience to the Cross, but on our own rebellious desires and ideas. Christians become focused on their gifts and not on the Word. Peter Winzeler realized that this religious magic proceeds from a false, one-sided image of God. In the faith-life of these Christians, prophecy is more important than discipleship. They follow their own "Christian" God. This God reveals himself to them as only a gracious and loving "Daddy" and bears no resemblance to the Holy One of Israel, the just Judge and loving Father.


God wants his followers to be informed, people who understand the signs of the end-times, in which many false prophets will be active. However, among all the false prophets there are some genuine ones. Peter Winzeler's little book "God's Antidote for Witchcraft in the Church" is therefore, just like his first book, 'Prophetic Ministry in the Church of the 21st Century", a vital tool for survival in these end-times we are going through, to enable believers to learn to distinguish between the false image of God with its false fundamental doctrine on the one hand, and the true image of God in the Old and New Testaments with Hebraic fundamental understanding on the other. It is not primarily a matter of signs and wonders but of the God of the Bible, of whom the prophet John says:

`I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End ... Outside are the dogs, those who practise magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practises falsehood. I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star. The Spirit and the bride say, "Come!" And let him who hears say, "Come!" Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life." (Rev. 22: 13, 15-17)

May all who read this book themselves receive the knowledge of Jesus through the spirit of truth and prophecy, and hence be led into the whole truth of His Word (John 16:13; Rev. 19: 10).


Hanspeter Vogt, Principal of "Hope for the Nations" - Jesus the Bridegroom longs for the day when He will be united with His beloved Bride. The Word of God describes very precisely the qualities that characterize this Bride: she must be flawless, holy and pure. Jesus himself says:

"Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshippers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshippers must worship in spirit and in truth." (John 4: 23-24). It is pure grace if we ever achieve this standard! However, in these times God is doing everything to help His Church to reach this point. This is why, out of love, He is shaking up "all things" in Christendom, so that the unshaken will be revealed and stand firm. The message of this book seems to me to be a call from God: allow yourself to be delivered from everything that is preventing you from coming into the presence of God, from recognizing Him and from living in true obedience! Leave the pigsties and come back to the Father's house!


It is my prayer that you, the reader, will face this challenge, will allow your life as a Christian to be examined as well as your criteria for discerning what is spiritual or unspiritual, so that God can bless you. I am profoundly convinced that He, the Sovereign God of Israel, Lord and Creator of all things, will use this book among other things to direct His Body into the right paths. For this I am deeply grateful to Him.

 Peter Bosch, Pastor of "Immanual-Gemeinde" Schaffhausen




I have to admit that it wasn't easy for me to write this book. On the contrary, at times it was extremely difficult just to write a few lines and to put my thoughts clearly into words. Apart from obvious attacks from the enemy, I was constantly questioning myself, examining my motives and asking others to examine them with me. Why write this book? Is it really legitimate to say "the Holy Spirit commanded me to"? Probably my critics will say the same.


I have had the urge to write another book for a long time. At first, I always thought it would have to be a deeper study of a specific area of the prophetic ministry. Various people close to me were also encouraging me to put something else down on paper. Then, contrary to all my expectations, it suddenly all became very concrete and I was particularly astonished when the words "Witchcraft in the Church" established themselves more and more firmly in my mind and would not let me go.


So I felt I was being drawn into a journey of exploration in the Bible, and to write something on the subject of witchcraft. However, the title of this book is "Witchcraft in the Church - God's Antidote" because I believe that it is God's intention to reveal witchcraft in the church, to fight it and to stamp it out. And that is the purpose of this book.


Still, I must also confess that the longer I wrestled with this subject the more questions arose in me. The whole topic is extremely complex and not easy to see clearly. I had to delve deeply and intensely once again into the question of God's being, only to find God turning all my preconceived ideas about Him and what He was like totally upside down. I realized that I myself need a much deeper perception of God and to experience a closeness with Him and His presence if I am really to come to know Him. Writing this has made me really hungry for a closer walk with God in my life. I would like to stress that I have by no means all the answers on this subject. God has the answers and we have to keep on seeking Him and constantly experiencing Him in order to find the answers. And it is vital to note that there is no room in our intellect for these answers. On the contrary, our rational mind will oppose these answers and refuse to grasp them. But God Himself, in His power and sovereignty, can never be grasped intellectually or with our rational minds. I pray therefore, "... that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way." (Eph. 1: 17-23)


Please read the Bible quotations! I have deliberately quoted frequently and at length from the Bible because I believe it is important that God's Word should be at the centre and be read.  Peter Winzeler, November 2001


Part I

Holy Spirit, as it is described in the Bible (Acts 1, 8)? We yearn for healing and freedom, and even preach about it, but it occurs all too seldom! What is the reason? Can it be that we Christians are living, paralysed, under a spiritual blanket? Can it be that we are the victims of a deception or illusion? Can it be that we have been bewitched?


Just because this happened to the Galatians in Biblical times, does that mean it couldn't happen to us in our modern era, too? The Greek word used in the original text here in Galatians (ebaskanen) comes from the root "baskaino" and means "to bewitch" or "to cast a spell on". The devil wants to lead the whole world astray (Rev. 20, 8) and this does not exclude Christians by any means. Jesus prophesied it and yet we Christians are often blind to the fact:


"At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people... For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect-- if that were possible. See, I have told you ahead of time." (Matt. 24: 10-11, 24­25)

A Spiritual Supermarket

The church is not a spiritual supermarket where we can satisfy the desires of our flesh and souls. On the one hand, the focus is often on "good vibes". On the other hand, therefore, people want to see manifestations, signs and wonders. Especially in charismatic circles people tend to accept everything unusual and apparently supernatural at face value. However, the Bible tells us something quite different:


"Do not put out the Spirit's fire; do not treat prophecies with contempt. Test everything. Hold on to the good." (1 Thess. 5: 19-22)


Testing is not the same as quenching the spirit or dulling the Holy Spirit. Yet we often don't know how to test something in a healthy manner, or have no time to do so. Just as if we were in a spiritual supermarket, we consume everything that somehow looks spiritual or could make us feel good. All the same, the church is the dwelling place of God because the church is the body of believers, who in turn are a temple of the Holy Spirit. It should all go as He determines it and not as we would like it to go! We must stop, once and for all, playing at churches and chapels. We cannot go on living in such a superficial relationship with Jesus. We cannot replace the Holy Spirit by programmes aimed at humans! Have we still not yet noticed that His presence has almost completely disappeared from our churches and congregations? Haven't we yet noticed how cold our hearts are growing? It is only because God still grants us His grace that we


ever experience the Holy Spirit in action in our services and evangelisations. Are we really seeking the depth of God? Are we cleansing ourselves from sin by repenting and turning away from our own ways? Do we seek reconciliation with God and our brothers and sisters through the blood of Jesus? Do we refuse compromise and false solidarity with the world? Do we sanctify ourselves by His truth, by prayer and through His Word? Personally I believe - and I know that this is a daring statement - that there is more witchcraft in the church today than there is prophetic revelation.

What Does God Want Of Us Today?


God is preparing the Bride for His Son. The body of Christ must be cleansed and sanctified. Spiritually generated unity will ensure that the Bride is adorned more and more. God wants a Bride without blemish or wrinkles, a holy Bride for Jesus. This is why God is calling Christians to repent. We should all worship Him. He wants to free us from witchcraft and the power system of Babylon. He wants to purge spiritual arrogance, snobbishness and pride from our lives. We are to turn aside from the worship of institutions, religious systems, names, churches, ministries, gifts and individuals! He wants to lead us back to His presence, to His "Shechinah", the divine glory and indwelling of the presence of God in people (Rev. 21, 3). But those who don't turn away from their pious sorcery and Christian idol worship will have no share in the glory of God here on earth, nor in the Tree of Life in the New Jerusalem (Rev. 21, 8; 22, 18-19).

Revival or Judgment?


This little book is a very serious appeal to the Church of Jesus. An appeal to repent, to turn aside and to seek holiness, before God imposes it on us on the Day of Judgment. "If church leaders would only stop playing church and become what God has called them to be, a genuine revival would break out in our churches!"2


Yes, I believe in revival. However, I do not believe that we will see it unless we repent and undergo a real change of heart. Revival has its price, just as genuine obedience has its price, Today, God is looking for people who chase after Him wholeheartedly and are not just after a share in a wishy-washy Christian grace, anointing, and blessing from God.


"For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him." (2 Chr 16: 9)


I sense there is a one-sidedness today, especially among the prophetic voices in the western church, where there is primarily talk of revival and grace and very little about judgment and God's justice. Do we really know the only true and sovereign God?


"The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their cry; ... The LORD is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." (Ps. 34: 16.19)

The Problem of the Church

"Men are God's method. The church is looking for better methods; God is looking for better men... what the church needs today is not more or better machinery, not new organizations or more and novel methods, but men whom the Holy Spirit can use - men of prayer, men mighty in prayer. The Holy Spirit does not come on machinery, but on men. He does not anoint plans, but men - men of prayer!'3


But in our present-day "Christian" era - or rather, "post-Christian" western world - the church has a massive problem: it has no more power! It is no longer the church built on the Rock of Jesus and planted on the Hebraic root of the Messiah (Rev. 22: 16). "Although wherever Christianity penetrated, it forced occultism into the background, many Christians still remained true to their old ideas and kept up old practices. (. ..) In so-called 'Christian' Europe sorcerers and astrologers were highly regarded during the Mediaeval period. The Enlightenment pushed occultism further into the background. But it was precisely the over-valuation of human reason that often stimulated man's neglected emotional and mystical yearnings. A


Could it be that we have fallen for one of the devil's oldest lies, namely that humans are like God, or at least can produce divine results? The devil was not only a liar, destroyer and murderer from the beginning; he was also a sorcerer, as we shall see.



Something Is Wrong With Us, But What?


"You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified. I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by observing the law, or by believing what you heard? Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort?" Galatians 3: 1.3


The secret has been out for a long time: the Church in the western world is sick. Terribly sick. While Harry Potter, Pokemon and all the other offspring of Hell are making fortunes in this highly developed occult society of ours, seducing our children in spite of their "Christian upbringing", we Christians are busy "playing church".


"In the 21st century we are living in an age of vagabond religiosity, of soft occultism, of technologisation that even invades artificial worlds and, simultaneously, the renaissance of magic in its most varied forms. You can find countless addresses and websites on topics such as magic, sorcery, witches, witchcraft on the Internet, just as you can in bookstores, "I


We think we can escape from the spirit of this world and protect ourselves at the same time by cutting ourselves off from everyday life, almost like a sect. While the Devil is slaking our children's spiritual thirst and providing them with supernatural experiences in the demonic realms, we have not the slightest inkling that anything could be wrong with us! We are far too busy distancing ourselves from the false doctrines of our so-called brothers and sisters in neighboring churches and seeking our own wellbeing in ministry and church service, to have any energy left over for us to resist the devil! The saddest part is that we are still absolutely convinced that everything is fine just as it is. And yet we are seriously sick.


We Christians are sick because we seriously lack God's presence and nearness. The membership of individual churches is stagnating or even declining. The members themselves are often impotent, living in sin and bondage, and simply unable to get free, whereas church leaders are busy, above all, in expanding their ministries, empire-building, and frantically hanging on to their position and power. We may well talk of the power of God and preach sermons about it, but where is it, this mighty power of the Holy Spirit, as it is described in the Bible (Acts 1, 8)? We yearn for healing and freedom, and even preach about it, but it occurs all too seldom! What is the reason? Can it be that we Christians are living paralyzed, under a spiritual blanket? Can it be that we are the victims of a deception or illusion? Can it be that we have been bewitched?


Just because this happened to the Galatians in Biblical times, does that mean it couldn't happen to us in our modern era, too? The Greek word used in the original text here in Galatians (ebaskanen) comes from the root "baskaino" and means "to bewitch" or "to cast a spell on". The devil wants to lead the whole world astray (Rev. 20, 8) and this does not exclude Christians by any means. Jesus prophesied it and yet we Christians are often blind to the fact:


"At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people... For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect-- if that were possible. See, I have told you ahead of time." (Matt. 24: 10-11, 24­25)


A Spiritual Supermarket

The church is not a spiritual supermarket where we can satisfy the desires of our flesh and souls. On the one hand, the focus is often on "good vibes". On the other hand, therefore, people want to see manifestations, signs and wonders. Especially in charismatic circles people tend to accept everything unusual and apparently supernatural at face value. However, the Bible tells us something quite different:


"Do not put out the Spirit's fire; do not treat prophecies with contempt. Test everything. Hold on to the good." (1 Thess. 5: 19-22)


Testing is not the same as quenching the spirit or dulling the Holy Spirit. Yet we often don't know how to test something in a healthy manner, or have no time to do so. Just as if we were in a spiritual supermarket, we consume everything that somehow looks spiritual or could make us feel good. All the same, the church is the dwelling place of God because the church is the body of believers, who in turn are a temple of the Holy Spirit. It should all go as He determines it and not as we would like it to go! We must stop, once and for all, playing at churches and chapels. We cannot go on living in such a superficial relationship with Jesus. We cannot replace the Holy Spirit by programs aimed at humans! Have we still not yet noticed that His presence has almost completely disappeared from our churches and congregations? Haven't we yet noticed how cold our hearts are growing? It is only because God still grants us His grace that we ever experience the Holy Spirit in action in our services and evangelizations. Are we really seeking the depth of God? Are we cleansing ourselves from sin by repenting and turning away from our own ways? Do we seek reconciliation with God and our brothers and sisters through the blood of Jesus? Do we refuse compromise and false solidarity with the world? Do we sanctify ourselves by His truth, by prayer and through His Word? Personally I believe - and I know that this is a daring statement - that there is more witchcraft in the church today than there is prophetic revelation.


What Does God Want Of Us Today?


God is preparing the Bride for His Son. The body of Christ must be cleansed and sanctified. Spiritually generated unity will ensure that the Bride is adorned more and more. God wants a Bride without blemish or wrinkles, a holy Bride for Jesus. This is why God is calling Christians to repent. We should all worship Him. He wants to free us from witchcraft and the power system of Babylon. He wants to purge spiritual arrogance, snobbishness and pride from our lives. We are to turn aside from the worship of institutions, religious systems, names, churches, ministries, gifts and individuals! He wants to lead us back to His presence, to His "Shechinah", the divine glory and indwelling of the presence of God in people (Rev. 21, 3). But those who don't turn away from their pious sorcery and Christian idol worship will have no share in the glory of God here on earth, nor in the Tree of Life in the New Jerusalem (Rev. 21, 8; 22, 18-19).

Revival or Judgment?


This little book is a very serious appeal to the Church of Jesus. An appeal to repent, to turn aside and to seek holiness, before God imposes it on us on the Day of Judgment. "If church leaders would only stop playing church and become what God has called them to be, a genuine revival would break out in our churches!"2


Yes, I believe in revival. However, I do not believe that we will see it unless we repent and undergo a real change of heart. Revival has its price, just as genuine obedience has its price, Today, God is looking for people who chase after Him wholeheartedly and are not just after a share in a wishy-washy Christian grace, anointing, and blessing from God.


"For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him." (2 Chr 16: 9)


I sense there is a one-sidedness today, especially among the prophetic voices in the western church, where there is primarily talk of revival and grace and very little about judgment and God's justice. Do we really know  the only true and sovereign God?


"The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their cry; ... The LORD is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit." (Ps. 34: 16.19)

The Problem of the Church

"Men are God's method. The church is looking for better methods; God is looking for better men... what the church needs today is not more or better machinery, not new organizations or more and novel methods, but men whom the Holy Spirit can use - men of prayer, men mighty in prayer. The Holy Spirit does not come on machinery, but on men. He does not anoint plans, but men - men of prayer!'3


But in our present-day "Christian" era - or rather, "post-Christian" western world - the church has a massive problem: it has no more power! It is no longer the church built on the Rock of Jesus and planted on the Hebraic root of the Messiah (Rev. 22: 16). "Although wherever Christianity penetrated, it forced occultism into the background, many Christians still remained true to their old ideas and kept up old practices. (. ..) In so-called 'Christian' Europe sorcerers and astrologers were highly regarded during the Mediaeval period. The Enlightenment pushed occultism further into the background. But it was precisely the over-valuation of human reason that often stimulated man's neglected emotional and mystical yearnings. A


Could it be that we have fallen for one of the devil's oldest lies, namely that humans are like God, or at least can produce divine results? The devil was not only a liar, destroyer and murderer from the beginning, he was also a sorcerer, as we shall see.


                                                     What is Witchcraft?

'Do not practice divination or sorcery. “Leviticus 19: 2 6”


I realize that some will be shaking their heads by now when they hear phrases like "witchcraft in the church", "pious sorcery" and "Christian idol worship". I can also hear people saying, "Oh yes, that happens among them, but not among us! And certainly not to me!" Watch out! Because if this is how you are thinking, you are already caught in the sticky cobweb of sorcery. For sorcery always operates against the unity of the Spirit and against fellowship with God. It boosts the ego and pushes pride, especially among religious-minded people. In order to track down the secret of "witchcraft in the church" - and above all, to recognize and to combat it - we need to define what we mean by "witchcraft".

Brief Definition of Witchcraft

Witchcraft is a work of the flesh (Gal. 5: 19-21) which opens the door to a demonic power that bewitches people (Gal. 3: 1) with the result that they assume and exercise a counterfeit spiritual authority and position which has not been given to them by God, in order to manipulate, dominate and control other people, and to do so consciously or unconsciously, in place of the working and anointing of the Holy Spirit.


First of all there is witchcraft or sorcery, which we all recognize immediately and with which we definitely do not want to be involved. This includes the whole of occultism, the whole range of esoteric practices in all its forms of magic rituals:


"When you enter the land the LORD your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there. Let no-one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD, and because of these detestable practices the LORD your God will drive out those nations before you. You must be blameless before the LORD your God. The nations you will dispossess listen to those who practice sorcery or divination. But as for you, the LORD Your God has not permitted you to do so." (Deut. 18: 9-14).


So much is plain to us: we want nothing to do with this blatant witchcraft and we don't even want to get anywhere near such people (although in my counseling ministry I constantly come across Christians who are involved in occult practices such as horoscopes, pendulums, spiritual healers, natural healers etc. and who are thus under the influence of witches and sorcerers),

Spiritual Power and Counterfeit Spiritual

There is, however, yet another form of witchcraft. This witchcraft has nothing to do with blatant rituals or occult practices. In brief: witchcraft is counterfeit spiritual authority. It makes use of an unholy spirit to dominate, manipulate and control others. It is a spiritual power which a person assumes, consciously or unconsciously, and uses to his or her own advantage. Among primitive pagan peoples who believe in animism, it is called "life force".


I prefer to use and understand the expression "witchcraft" as an umbrella term for any kind of spiritual power that does not have its source in Jesus and does not operate through the Holy Spirit. This life force is not a spirit or any individual spiritual being. It is essentially more like a substance or an energy. The best comparison is with anointing or power, except that this anointing and power do not come from the Holy Spirit. The spirits who operate with this power or force are unholy ones, who influence anyone who opens the door to them. (This, unfortunately, happens very quickly and without our being aware of it.) This happens if we don't accept our place, allocated by God, in the general scheme of things, in our family and congregation, if we are discontented, rebellious, or even resigned. Witchcraft also takes effect where we try to do things for God out of our own strength or if we attempt to purchase the love of God or the gifts of the Holy Spirit by our religious achievements. It happens wherever we recommend or ordain ourselves for a ministry, and push our way into a spiritual office or position of leadership. This power of witchcraft begins by confusing the Biblical image of God, then distorting it and finally replacing it by a false image of God. It will affect us by changing our personality and finally making us a different person.


When this happens we have already reached a stage where we need outside help, because we are then already in a state of confusion or double-mindedness in which we are unable to distinguish the Holy Spirit from magic. This force prevails wherever the Holy Spirit is not operating exclusively. This "life force" is to be found wherever the Spirit of God is not moving. It fills the whole atmosphere, since the prince of this world still has influence and the prophecies of Isaiah and Habakkuk have not yet been fulfilled:


"They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the

sea. "(Isaiah 11: 9)


"For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea." (Hab: 2, 14).


Therefore, until the time comes, we must do everything in our power to make sure that we live our lives in a way that allows us to really know Jesus and His Holy Spirit and to have a deep, living relationship with him. There are difficult times ahead. But those who know God will also know the "secret place", His "Shechinah" (God's dwelling-place among mankind) and they will have the antidote for witchcraft.

Distinguishing between Sorcery, Divination
and Witchcraft


The Bible does not distinguish between sorcery (magic) and witchcraft. Various terms are used in the Greek of the New Testament depending on the kind of witchcraft. In the Old Testament there is a detailed list of the occult practices that are an abomination to God (Deut.18:9-18).


The main distinction in this book is that sorcery is concerned with controlling, manipulating and dominating, in other words, influencing and commanding other people, spirits or even God himself. Depending on the form it takes, it usually consists chiefly in indirect contact with demons, magic words, actions and rituals, formulas and curses. Sorcery is within everyone's grasp and anyone can perform it.


Divination and fortune-telling is a special form of sorcery or magic aiming at making contact with the unseen world. It deals with knowledge and insights gained from the unseen world and which are normally inaccessible to humans. This knowledge is obtained using horoscopes, clairvoyance, table tapping and glass moving, Ouija boards, cards, pendulums and other methods of questioning the unseen world. There are two types of fortune-telling: out-and-out phony’s operating with tricks, and people who have so-called mediumistic faculties. Frequently these people have a genuine gift from God, but because of their godless way of life it is being misused by the devil. Anyone who has been involved in the realm of divination or the occult and is converted to Jesus must first of all experience release and deliverance from these powers before the Holy Spirit can heal, cleanse and renew the divine gift of prophecy. It is a mistake for people who have come from an esoteric or occult background, and have repented and been converted, to be allowed to work straight away in a prophetic ministry. However, the Bible does not distinguish between fakes and mediums, since in the New Testament the same term can be used for deception and sorcery. Sorcery always cheats us, wanting to deceive and seduce us.


Witchcraft on the other hand is a higher, more subtle level of sorcery. It includes secret knowledge available only to initiates and operates through fetishes, amulets and other objects, as well as by directly invoking demonic forces through the witches and wizards themselves. This category also includes shamans, medicine men, witch-doctors, spirit-healers, magicians etc. There is frequently direct contact with demons. Most witches and wizards have made a pact with the devil and dedicated themselves to his service. They are usually possessed. They act as experts in their particular area. However, it is not easy to draw the line between sorcery and witchcraft. All the same, it must be said that in addition to people who are fully aware of being witches there are also some who are witches without being consciously aware of the fact. Especially in Pentecostal and charismatic churches, the possibility of there being Pentecostal or charismatic witches exists!5 Both conscious and unconscious witchcraft is an abomination to God and is condemned, for sorcery and witchcraft are always mixed up with spiritual prostitution, which is idolatry. Conscious or deliberate witchcraft deserves the death penalty:


"Do not allow a sorceress to live." (Exod. 22: 18; cf. Acts 13, 6-11; Rev. 21, 8)


"You are to be holy to me because I, the LORD, am holy, and I have set you apart from the nations to be my own. A man or woman who is a medium or spiritist among you must be put to death. You are to stone them; their blood will be on their own heads." (Lev. 20: 26.27)


Although it normally develops rapidly into demonic power, sorcery and witchcraft have their sources in our fleshly nature. The attempt to manipulate others by applying emotional pressure is an elementary form of sorcery, even if motivated by a desire to serve the Lord.

Our Fleshly Nature - A Neutral Place?

Many Christians live in the belief - or rather, under the delusion - that the unseen world is divided into three parts. They think of the tripartite image of man: spirit - soul - body; or they argue from the Holy Trinity: Father - Son - Holy Spirit; and hence they believe that the "flesh" is a neutral area of the unseen world. This belief is usually not immediately obvious. It derives from a humanistic way of thinking colored by Greek philosophy, which in turn is a fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.


"Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? My brothers, can a fig-tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear

figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water... Such "wisdom" does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil. For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you Find disorder and every evil." (James 3: 10-12; 15-16)


James makes it very clear here that there is only light or dark, and no "twilight zone". What is translated here as "earthly, unspiritual, of the devil" could also be translated as "fleshly, sensual and demonic". It is a gross error to believe that the flesh is a neutral place! This is impossible, as there is only the visible world and the invisible world.


"For by him all things were created: things in heaven and -on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him." (Col. 1: 16)


The Bible shows us that the world we cannot see is in fact the real world. For what is visible is temporal, transient; but what is invisible is eternal (2 Cor. 4,18). Our flesh (in Greek: sarx) is by no means neutral, it has fallen away from God and therefore is predestined to permit sin to enter and with sin, demonic influences. The flesh is often the door the devil uses to slip into our lives and to separate us from God. We Christians are also "flesh". The Greek word "sarx" refers to the corporeal envelope, the body, of a creature. But it also means human nature, our earthly aspect. This earthly side has been opposing God from the moment man fell from grace. It is the basis of sin and rebellion against God.


"The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God." (Gal. 5: 19-21)


Therefore, whoever walks in the flesh and behaves as if he were acting in the spirit has not only committed a "fleshly" error but has also opened a door for the demonic powers of sorcery, magic and witchcraft.


Now that we have defined witchcraft we shall go on in the next chapter to find out where it comes from and where the origin and source of witchcraft is in the church.




                           The Source: Separation from the Root


"These are the men who divide you, [people] who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit." Jude 1: 19


Actually, the source of witchcraft and why it has gained entry among mankind is very simple and easy to find. Man was taken in by Satan's lies, disobeyed God, and thus cast himself out of Paradise by breaking his relationship with God. The moment that this' happened a vacuum was created in the human soul which man, now being separated from God, tried to fill with a substitute, a similar substance to the presence of God. Over the course of the centuries this separation has been repeated over and over again in different ways so that the powers of witchcraft have gained entry more and more into Christianity. This has remained so until this day, although most Christians don't realize whose spirit they really are. In the following paragraphs I will show how these separations occurred and what the consequences were.

The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil

Probably the greatest mistake man ever made was that fateful bite into a forbidden fruit! We don't even know what kind of fruit it was and what it tasted like. That is, however, irrelevant because it was not the fruit that caused man to fall but his rebellion and disobedience before he took that bite. So what was this Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil doing in the Garden of Eden in the first place? And while we're on the subject, how come Satan, in the form of the serpent, had the right to be there anyway? Really, God must have known it was all going to go wrong! If you use this argument, you are blaming God for your own failure. These are precisely the arguments that humanists use. "Yes, but if God is love, why does he let all these disasters and so much injustice happen on the earth?" It is not God, but man himself who has distanced himself from God by his disobedience and rebellion, and who therefore must bear the consequences. God said:


"Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground." (Genesis 1: 26)

and not "Come on, let's make some puppets who will be governed by us and the powers of darkness!" Right from the very beginning God gave man authority and responsibility. Together with life came the authority to rule and the responsibility to make decisions. The whole story has a lot more to it than appears at first sight. It is much more profound than we think, indeed so profound that I believe we still have to bear the consequences of these events in Paradise in spite of our redemption through the blood of Jesus.


God made man and planted a garden for him. Don't think God only planted a couple of trees, the Tree of Life and the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. On the contrary:


"And the LORD God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground-­trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil." (Genesis 2: 9)


So don't think that Adam was standing there with just two trees in front of him, and the devil putting pressure on him to make up his mind. God had created a whole garden full of trees, and the Tree of Life was in the middle. What a prophetic picture of Jesus, who is life itself. This was the most valuable tree in the whole garden, and man was allowed to eat its fruit! For God had said:


"You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die." (Genesis 2: 16-17)


Thus, the Tree of Life was at that time in no way taboo! Man was even supposed to enjoy eating its fruit, that was what God had commanded. The only restriction imposed on man was not to eat from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. The devil used tactics that could only have been foiled by absolute obedience to God's word.


1.             The devil approached the woman (Gen. 3: 1). When God gave Adam the command, the woman had not yet been created (Gen. 2: 17. 22). Thus God put the onus on Adam. The devil made his attempt through the back door. We see quite clearly that Eve had been informed by Adam, for when the devil tempted her on her own and in secret, she knew perfectly well what God had said and also what the consequences of disobeying this command would be (Gen. 3: 2­3). However, she had probably only had her instructions from Adam and not direct from God.

2.             The devil took God's words, which probably only Adam had heard direct, and twisted them.

3.             Satan enticed Eve by offering her a secret, and aroused greed (the desire to have what she saw) and pride.


The devil knew that if he could get man to fall into the same sin that he had fallen into, he would have power over mankind and would capture his territory. This is why he didn't ask the direct question: "Did God say you must not eat from the Tree of Knowledge?" but instead turned it around and generalized the words of God:


"Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, "Did God really say, 'You must not eat from any tree in the garden'?" (Genesis 3, 1)


God had actually said the very opposite: that they could and should eat from all of the trees in the garden, with one small exception! Only at the second attempt, when the woman had joined in conversation with the serpent, did he question what God had said:


"You will not surely die," the serpent said to the woman. "For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." (Genesis 3: 4-5)


Never get into a conversation with the serpent. Jesus told us Himself that we should be as shrewd as serpents (Mat. 10: 16) but as guileless as doves. We should never think we are clever enough to outwit the devil. Others believed this before us, and were led astray (Rev. 2: 24). God has never told man to chat with the serpent. Man was to name all the creatures and to rule over them (Gen. 1: 26; 2: 19). The moment we get involved in discussions with the devil he will bewitch us and bedazzle us or fascinate us by something else that will draw us away from God. An experienced man of God once said, at a deliverance ministry I was attending: "Don't get discussing with devils, just drive them out!"6 How right he was. At any rate, Eve got herself involved in a discussion with the devil about what God had said. That is something we should never do. The devil is very clever and knows the word of God so well that he even dared to have a theological discussion with Jesus Himself. The devil tempted Jesus by using arguments taken from the Word of God (Mat. 4: 3-11)! Jesus didn't argue with him. He simply countered with the Word of God, but correctly quoted. Eve, however, was dazzled - or bewitched, bothered and bewildered - even before she had eaten the fruit, in the moment that


.. the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized that they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves." (Genesis 3, 7)

The story shows that if we start chatting with the devil we are immediately exposed to the power of witchcraft. We can also see that witchcraft can be around us and influencing us before we have sinned. Eve ate of the fruit and Adam was not man enough to guide his wife in the right way. Instead of rebuking her and getting her to repent, he accepted the fruit from her and ate it too. An interesting point is that during the whole time Adam never once intervened although he was nearby (Gen. 3, 6)! There is absolutely no reason to blame the woman. Adam was there all along and watched the whole thing without lifting a finger. Probably he, too, was dazzled and unable to resist.





The Result and the Consequences


It had happened. Both had now eaten of the forbidden fruit. The whole of mankind had now fallen, not just a part. And indeed, their eyes were opened, but not in the way the serpent had promised them. Even if Satan promises you something that looks really tempting and good, never forget: he will always use the truth as well as lies to fool and bewitch you. As a result of their disobedience, Adam and Eve had gained more knowledge but they were transferred from the spiritual plane to the carnal plane. This knowledge was of the soul, which is fleshly, and not a gift of discernment by the Holy Spirit. The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil is like the Tree of the Soul, whereas the Tree of Life represents the spirit. This was a fundamental shift, a total bewitchment of mankind. When they realized that they were naked, they hid from God, although they ought to have known that you can't hide from God. But they had lost this spiritual insight. Instead of the bond between the human spirit and the spirit of God, a bond of the soul with the powers of darkness had come into existence (Gen. 3: 7­11).


The consequence of this terrible story was, and still is for many people, that they had to move out of the Garden of Eden, the constant presence of God, and were separated from God. Not until all of this had happened did God have to take drastic measures. Now he had to protect the Tree of Life from men, forbid man to eat its fruit and drive him out. He even set mighty angels at the entrance to the garden to make quite certain that man, in his sin, would not have eternal life on earth (Gen. 3: 22-24). The consequence was not "only" that man was banned from God's presence, which was spiritual death, but from then on man would also have to die a natural death because he was no longer allowed to eat of the Tree of Life and dwell in the company of the Eternal. Pain and sweat, more consequences for the body and soul, were among the results of incorrect human behavior.

Animism - Belief in Spirits


Animism or simply a belief in the spirit world is at the root of all religion. From the very start darkness lay above the original waters (Gen 1: 2), in other words: the spirit world existed even before the earth was created. Into this darkness, into this spirit world, God gives His light, His Messiah, who divides the light from the darkness (Gen. 1: 3-4). This all occurs before the foundations of the earth are laid (cf. John 1: 1 et seq.; Col. 1: 15-18; 1 Peter 1: 18-19). God made sure that His light was accessible to man at all times. Thus Paradise provided a place in which man could have intimate fellowship with God and where the Tree of Life (Jesus is life) stood in the middle (Gen. 2: 9). With whom did Adam walk in the garden in the cool of the evening? With God the Father, the Son or the Holy Spirit? (Gen. 3: 8).


In Hebrew, it says here "Yahweh Elohim" meaning "God the Lord". It could be translated as the "only existing God" and in Hebrew, interestingly, it is in the plural form. So there are at least two, but two who form a perfect unity. Also in Hebrew the word "ruach" is used, translated here as "cool of the evening". However, "ruach" is the Hebrew term used for the Spirit of God! God, in his fullness, was very near and in close fellowship with man, but with the Fall, and the exclusion of man from Paradise and from close proximity to God, this intimate organic-spiritual fellowship broke down. Since then, man has been seeking ways to get back to God or even to become God Himself. Since the Fall man had lost his authority to Satan (Gen. 1: 26; 3, 13-19), the Prince of this world (Luke 4: 5-7; John l4, 30) and since that time animism, the darkness of the spirit world, has been the breeding ground and starting point for every religion. Forms of animism are found in all religions, in Christianity, in Judaism+, in Islam, in Hinduism and in Buddhism. Especially where words are used to work magic, as an incantation to invoke spirits, worship ancestors or saints, or to strive for vital force, forms of animism can be seen. For instance, Christians can also invoke the name of Jesus Christ as a magic word in a deliverance ministry, or use the body and blood of Jesus in a magic ritual. Even exaggerated striving for anointing and calling repeatedly on the Holy Spirit is equivalent to conjuring up spirits. Where does it say in the Bible that we should call on the Holy Spirit in this way? Naturally, I also talk to the Holy Spirit, as I have a relationship with Him. In a relationship, we talk to one another, otherwise it is not a relationship (John 14: 26; 15, 26).


However, only in the Book of the prophet Ezekiel is there a place where a person speaks to the Spirit of God and then it is only at the command of God Himself (Ezek. 37: 9). The apostles asked God for the Holy Spirit and obeyed the Word of God, so God anointed them with the Holy Spirit (Acts 4: 29-31). Jesus Himself said that we should ask Him and the Father for the Holy Spirit (Luke 11: 9-13). Should we not pay more attention to the testimony of the Bible in such matters? Here again, the Hebrew helps us. God the Father has a personal name: Yahweh or Jehovah. God the Son also has a personal name: Jesus (actually: Yeshua). The Spirit of God, however, has no personal name, "only" a description of His Being and purpose: spirit, wind, comforter, supporter, advocate, teacher. This is something we should consider in our prayers and times of worship.


Animism thus provides not only the source of witchcraft in the church, but it is the most existential form of witchcraft. Whoever becomes involved in witchcraft, therefore, whether deliberately or unconsciously, is tapping into the spirit world of animism.


Anti-Semitism and Replacement Theology


Anti-Semitism is a fundamental form of sorcery and at the same time one of the main gateways for admitting witchcraft into the church. Anti Semitism is one of the strongest of the powers of darkness that exist. Especially in the church in Europe and in the western world, Christian Anti Semitism is widespread and has poisoned believers to a great extent by replacement theology. We have found that witchcraft tries to replace what is authentic, genuine and chosen by God, by putting a fake in its place. Witchcraft refuses to comply with the will of God (Jer. 23: 18-22; Acts 13: 8).


This is exactly what anti-Semitism does. It refuses to comply with the eternal will of God. God was pleased, in His wisdom and sovereignty, to choose Abraham and to conclude an eternal covenant with him.


"I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you." (Gen. 12: 2-3)


From Abraham, a great nation was to arise and all the people of the earth would be blessed. Abraham came from the line of Shem (Gen 11: 10-26) and the nation that was to arise from him was Israel. The promise made to Abraham passed via Isaac to Jacob and from Jacob came a nation: the people of Israel (Gen. 32: 29). God chose Israel for all eternity and through Israel, all the nations were to recognize that He, the Holy One of Israel, alone is God (Deut. 14: 2; 1 Kings 8: 43). From Israel came forth the Messiah, the Root or Branch (Isaiah 11: 2) and salvation would come from the Jews (John 4: 22).


The first church was Jewish, the entire Bible is Jewish and Jesus was a Jew! One of the devil's greatest lies is replacement theology which claims that the Christian community or church has now taken Israel's place and that therefore all the promises apply only to the church. The Jews and Israel are rejected. The so-called "murderers of God" are affected only by the judgment and wrath of God. This false doctrine has been the basis for all the persecution of the Jews throughout the history of the church and it was also the basis for Hitler's holocaust. It is sorcery of the highest order, a total twisting of the word of God by ecclesiastical theology, which even today still causes Christians to reject and inflict pain on the Jews. Yet the Bible says something completely different. We Gentile believers have been grafted by grace into the Israel of God (Gal. 6: 16), the true olive tree (Rom. 9: 11). By God's choosing Israel, we become co-heirs of the promise, fellow ­citizens of the saints and therefore members of God's household (Eph. 2: 19). The church of God and Bride of Jesus is made up of believing Jews and Gentiles (Eph. 2: 10-18). We belong together, but we have by no means replaced Israel! On the other hand, we must not glorify Israel falsely and drift off into a kind of religious magic as "Israel fans". Neither is it necessary for us Gentile believers to become Jews in the flesh, but only in our hearts.


Jewish believers can be a great help to us in learning to understand the Word of God better, and leading a life before God according to the scriptures. We need them and they need us. However, we must not forget that Israel is the firstborn son among the sons (Exodus 4: 22; Jer. 31: 9) and also that the gospel belongs to the Jews first (Romans 1: 16). Once we have let anti-Semitic doctrine or theology into our church, the door is then wide open for false doctrines and the effects of witchcraft to operate on us. The first church was Jewish and able to distinguish witchcraft from the Spirit of God (Acts 8: 8-24; 13: 6-13; 16: 16-18). It fought against witchcraft in the church. Yet ever since the church turned away more and more from the Jewish brothers and sisters and their religious beliefs during the first centuries AD, especially since the council of Nicaea in 325 AD when the church officially renounced everything Jewish and even went so far as to condemn them, witchcraft has had free access to the church. Without exception, all the church fathers were infected by it in one form or another. All churches, whether catholic, protestant, Lutheran, Anglican, or free churches, were built on this theological foundation. Here again, there has been a division, a separation from the root. The church has not only separated itself from Israel but also from the stump and branch of David (Isaiah _ 11: 2; 53: 2; Rev. 22: 16).


Anti-Semitism, which is attempting to foil God's will, aims to destroy God's choosing of Israel so that the church cannot achieve its objective, either. I would like to make two last comments here in this connection:


1. If God's promises to Israel are no longer valid, who then tells us that the promises will be fulfilled for the church and for me personally, e.g. my salvation?


2. Anyone who is politically too far to the right, who loves Israel but hates the Arabs and Palestinians, might also be a victim of Anti ­Semitism, since the Arabs are also descended from Abraham and therefore Semites, with a promise from God as a people. (Gen 17: 29; Isaiah 19: 20-25; Zechariah 9: 6-8)!


Our attitude should not tend politically to the right nor be Christian-racist and thus anti-Semitic, but we should have a full and complete Biblical picture of God's plan for salvation and his choice of Israel, the church and His Bride, and we should close the door to witchcraft in the church by turning away from our false church theology and repenting of our false Christian actions. As long as Israel behaved faithfully and obediently to the Word of God and lived in the will of God, the genuine prophetic word that Balaam uttered about Israel wais true:


"There is no sorcery against Jacob, no divination against Israel. It will now be said of Jacob and of Israel, 'See what God has done!"' (Num. 23: 23)


This promise would also apply to the church and to the Gentiles if they had not renounced Israel and violated God's Word by their Christian anti­ Semitism!

Discerning the Word of God:

Old Testament and New Testament


What happened over centuries of church history is today the fundament of belief for many Christians. The value and significance of the Old Testament is considered to be different from the New Testament and therefore of less value. This is anti-Semitism hiding behind a Christian front. Jesus' view of the Old Testament was very different from that of many Christians today:


"I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven." (Matt. 5: 18-20)


Now it is of course legitimate to say that Jesus is here talking prophetically about the gospels and the New Testament. But the only scriptures that Jesus had were the Torah, the Prophets and the Books of Psalms, in other words the Old Testament. Jesus also foretells consequences here for those who abuse the Word of God in this way: they will end up as the least in the Kingdom of God. However, Jesus goes even further. He tells us that if we leave out the Old Testament and disobey God's commandments, then our righteousness will be no better than that of the religious intellectual or nominal Christians, and we will not go to Heaven. The whole of the Word of God from Genesis to Revelation must be anchored in our hearts, permeate our lives and determine our behavior. If the Word of God is alive and growing inside us through the Holy Spirit, the Word of God will also demonstrate its power in our life and not just intellectual wisdom. St Paul asks us:


"What shall we say, then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! Indeed I would


not have known what sin was except through the law. For I would not have known what coveting really was if the law had not said, "Do not covet." But sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, produced in me every kind of covetous desire. For apart from law, sin is dead. Once I was alive apart from law; but when the commandment came, sin sprang to life and I died. I found that the very commandment that was intended to bring life actually brought death. For sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, deceived me, and through the commandment put me to death. So then, the law is holy, and the commandment is holy, righteous and good." (Romans 7: 7-12)


Through the Old Testament, the Torah, or the Law, as it is frequently incorrectly translated, the Holy Spirit opens our eyes and convicts us of sin! From my own observation I see that in churches where little attention is paid to the Old Testament, the sins of the congregation are tolerated and the discipline which should be enforced by the congregation - a precept fully in keeping with the New Testament - is non-existent. If we take the Word of God in the Old Testament to mean something different from what it means in the New Testament we are placing ourselves above God and His will, are profaning the Word and are therefore blind. This has far-reaching consequences in the body of Christ. It is one of the results of the separation between man and God, which has also brought forth suffering, and division in the body of Christ.

Confusion in Church and Congregation


"The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons." (1 Tim: 4.1)


It is true that general confusion reigns in the church and among the congregation. There are so many denominations which claim to have the pure doctrine and there are so many different doctrines about, that believers and even church leaders no longer know what's what in their beliefs! Many believers I have met have absolutely no idea of the direction they are to follow, are confused and bewildered as to what God wants for their lives. A sorry plight - spiritual apathy and total paralysis. Again, I personally believe that this is a consequence of the church becoming separated from the Hebrew roots and the arrogance which profanes God's Word. Half of the foundation on which the church stands is missing, and this foundation is therefore a false and very dangerous one. Extreme right and left attitudes are becoming visible and are very rarely corrected by the leaders with God's clarity, wisdom and authority.


The church is in a dilemma and - to a great extent - it hasn't even noticed. What Isaiah described is, unfortunately, now an everyday fact in many churches: lived in the will of God, the genuine prophetic word that Balaam uttered about Israel wais true:


"There is no sorcery against Jacob, no divination against Israel. It will now be said of Jacob and of Israel, 'See what God has done!"' (Num. 23: 23)


This promise would also apply to the church and to the Gentiles if they had not renounced Israel and violated God's Word by their Christian anti­ Semitism!

Discerning the Word of God:

Old Testament and New Testament


What happened over centuries of church history is today the fundament of belief for many Christians. The value and significance of the Old Testament is considered to be different from the New Testament and therefore of less value. This is anti-Semitism hiding behind a Christian front. Jesus' view of the Old Testament was very different from that of many Christians today:


"I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven." (Matt. 5: 18-20)


Now it is of course legitimate to say that Jesus is here talking prophetically about the gospels and the New Testament. But the only scriptures that Jesus had were the Torah, the Prophets and the Books of Psalms, in other words the Old Testament. Jesus also foretells consequences here for those who abuse the Word of God in this way: they will end up as the least in the Kingdom of God. However, Jesus goes even further. He tells us that if we leave out the Old Testament and disobey God's commandments, then our righteousness will be no better than that of the religious intellectual or nominal Christians, and we will not go to Heaven. The whole of the Word of God from Genesis to Revelation must be anchored in our hearts, permeate our lives and determine our behavior. If the Word of God is alive and growing inside us through the Holy Spirit, the Word of God will also demonstrate its power in our life and not just intellectual wisdom. St Paul asks us:


"What shall we say, then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! Indeed I would


"When you come to appear before me, who has asked this of you, this trampling of my courts? Stop bringing meaningless offerings! Your incense is detestable to me. New Moons, Sabbaths and convocations-­I cannot bear your evil assemblies. Your New Moon festivals and your appointed feasts, my soul hates. They have become a burden to me; I am weary of bearing them. When you spread out your hands in prayer, I will hide my eyes from you; even if you offer many prayers, I will not listen. Your hands are full of blood; wash and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of my sight! Stop doing wrong, learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow... See how the faithful city has become a harlot! She once was full of justice; righteousness used to dwell in her-- but now murderers! Your silver has become dross, your choice wine is diluted with water. Your rulers are rebels, companions of thieves; they all love bribes and chase after gifts. They do not defend the cause of the fatherless; the widow's case does not come before them." (Isaiah 1: 12-17, 21-23)

A Distorted Image of God

Because of our one-sided foundation based largely only on grace and not on God's justice, we automatically have a one-sided, distorted image of God. We want love, acceptance, forgiveness, consolation, healing and grace, and that is precisely what our image of God looks like. We would rather have nothing to do with the strict, just, holy God of the Old Testament. "After all, God is no longer like that nowadays. At that time, when He was Jehovah, yes, but today He is our Father, who loves His children." Yes, but it is only part of the truth.


The New Testament explains it to us: "for our 'God is a consuming fire'." (Heb. 12: 29)


"Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shall be cut off." (Romans 11: 22)


The Holy Spirit even killed believers in the New Testament, Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5: 1 - 11). How would we react if this kind of divine holiness and just righteousness were to reign in our churches? If we knew we could die if we played around carelessly with the Holy Spirit? Can we even imagine such a thing happening in this day and age?


A distorted or false image finally results in a dangerous form of dualism which declares that the God of the Old Testament and the Jews is different from the God of the New Testament and the Christians! The apostle John took a strong line in combating this false doctrine which is also to be found in gnosticism, a dualistic philosophy. Even the gnostic Marcion around 150 AD banned everything Jewish from the Bible. We also find this kind of tendency in Luther, who described the letters of Jude and James as "straw epistles"7. Let us not forget: whoever profanes the Word of God will become blind, one-sided and extremist.

Over-emphasis on God's grace and

If half the foundation is missing on which a belief is built, the fruit of this belief will be an unbalanced or double-minded personality. In a few circles there is a tendency towards extreme legality. But in many parts of the body of Christ there is an over-emphasis on God's grace, goodness and love. Grace is of tremendous importance, for it is by grace alone that we are saved. This is something I have experienced myself.


But God wants us to lead a life of justice and righteousness and not to exploit His grace shamelessly for our own spiritual satisfaction. If only the grace of God is stressed and not His justice and righteousness, our Christianity is unbalanced and there is a vacuum in our lives that needs to be filled somehow. And it is precisely at this point that we are split and have neither protection nor authority to stand up successfully against the attacks of the enemy and the temptations of the world. Whoever has a split or double image of God will also be double-minded in his personality. We may well proclaim that we are free and healed but this is a spiritual and natural reality in very few cases. In the same way, there is a lot of talk about revival, which is not wrong, but nobody wants to hear about God's judgment. I have personally been forbidden by a dear brother to prophesy God's judgment. The problem is that we have a distorted image of God and therefore a wrong understanding of justice and judgment. All the same, at all costs we must stop consoling ourselves with religious lies!


Up to now we have been dealing with the origin and source of witchcraft in the church, and hence also the ways it gains entry and some of its consequences. In the next section we will look at the different forms taken by witchcraft in the church.



Witchcraft In The



God gave His people His Ten Commandments. As a basic principle it can be said that witchcraft or sorcery is always a violation of the first three Commandments:


"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. fist Commandment] You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand [generations] of those who love me and keep my commandments. [2nd Commandment] You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name. [3rd Commandment]" Exod 20:2-7


It is not just a matter of obvious "other gods" and idols. Anything can become a god before Jesus. Anything or anyone who tries to take Jesus' place in our lives or even to occupy an equal place with Him is an idol. In this passage of the Bible we also see the connection between serving idols - which is witchcraft - and the sins of the fathers being visited on the children for generations to come. Also, the importance of God's name is expressed here. Very often the name of God is misused for purposes of sorcery, even among Christians (although they may be doing so unwittingly). These three commandments are of decisive significance if we are to be able to understand the connection with witchcraft in the church. They should be wholly familiar to us, indeed, engraved on our hearts!


Witchcraft in the church has many faces. There are three main "princes" which can manifest themselves in churches through the power of witchcraft and which can paralyze or even kill a church. These "princes" are:

bullet the spirit of religiosity / the religious spirit
bullet the spirit of humanism / the humanist spirit
bullet  the spirit of Jezebel / the Jezebel spirit



Who Is Nehushtan?

"He (Hezekiah] did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, just as his father David had done. He removed the high places, smashed the sacred stones and cut down the Asherah poles. He broke into pieces the bronze snake Moses had made, for up to that time the Israelites had been burning incense to it. (It was called Nehushtan.) Hezekiah trusted in the LORD, the God of Israel." II Ki 18: 3-5



In Hebrew, there is play here on the words nechash - nechoshat, two similar­ sounding words meaning snake and bronze. On the one hand, God had given this bronze snake and it was simply a snake made of bronze. But on the other hand, the people had given this dead material a name, Nehushtan. The name for the material had become a personal name and behind a name there is always a personality. The link between a person's name and that person's character is always significant in Hebrew. In Numbers 21: 4-9 we read of how the people rose up and rebelled against God and Moses (God's chosen leader). We are told that they grew impatient and they started to speak against God and Moses. So God sent venomous snakes among them, and all who were bitten died.

How a Revival Turned into Idolatry


When the people then humbled themselves and Moses prayed for them, God gave them a sign that pointed prophetically towards the Messiah and to which Jesus Himself referred during His time on earth (John 3: 14). This sign was a snake made of copper or bronze and lifted up high. All those who looked at this bronze snake were saved by it. Why a snake? In many folk religions, the snake is symbolic of a particular god and is connected with witchcraft. It has something mystical and magical about it, and is greatly revered in animistic religions. So why a snake? If we look further back into the history of the people of Israel, we find Moses and Aaron standing before Pharaoh and the snake of God (Aaron's staff) devouring the snakes of the magicians (Chittumaeans; modern-day Khartoum in the Sudan). In this way God demonstrated His power over the Egyptian gods (Exodus 7: 9-12). Let us go even further back to the Garden of Eden. There it was the snake who said:


"For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." (Gen. 3: 5)


This single statement that caught man out also destroyed the original state of Paradise in the relationship between man and God. Remember, God the Father walked with Adam in the Garden! However, through this event, the Fall of Man, God put enmity between the snake and man (Gen. 3: 15).


Now let's go back to Nehushtan and to our own era. Through all of these events, God wanted to demonstrate His omnipotence. He is the One who has power over the snake, the great Leviathan (Isaiah 27: 1; Rev. 12: 9-15). On Golgotha Jesus ground His heel on the snake's head as it is written in Genesis. All the same, as long as the devil is still wandering around the earth he is looking out for anyone he can devour and trying to deceive us. Satan's deceptions and counterfeits are really very similar to the genuine original gifts from God. Do we not have such Nehushtans in our churches today? Have we not also made idols out of what began as blessings and revivals, by cultivating and conserving the work of the Holy Spirit? Have we not replaced the work of the Holy Spirit by religious forms?


I will even go so far as to ask: Who now rules in the churches? Who has the power and control in our so-called Christian churches? Is it the Holy Spirit of God or a religious spirit of sorcery that we are no longer able to distinguish from the Holy Spirit? Is Jesus the Head of the Church or are we governed and managed by a traditional-religious system? These are questions we have to face. We believe that we can distinguish good from evil (Genesis 3: 5) but genuine discernment of spirits comes only from the Holy Spirit. The people of Israel regarded the snake as something holy because it had been given to them by God. However, they were not looking for the Holy One, but only for a religious satisfaction that would allow them to persist in their sins. Hezekiah, who must have had a real flash of inspiration from the Holy Spirit, put an end to it by recognizing that behind the snake worship there was a demonic power which was separating the people from God.


"Search me, 0 God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting." Ps 139:23-24

The Power System of Babel

"Go down, sit in the dust, Virgin Daughter of Babylon; sit on the ground without a throne, Daughter of the Babylonians. No more will you be called tender or delicate. Take millstones and grind flour; take off your veil. Lift up your skirts, bare your legs, and wade through the streams. Your nakedness will be exposed and your shame uncovered. I will take vengeance; I will spare no-one. Our Redeemer-- the LORD Almighty is his name-- is the Holy One of Israel. Sit in silence, go into darkness, Daughter of the Babylonians; no more will you be called queen of kingdoms. I was angry with my people and desecrated my inheritance; I gave them into your hand, and you showed them no mercy. Even on the aged you laid a very heavy yoke. You said, 'I will continue for ever-- the eternal queen!' But you did not consider these things or reflect on what might happen. Now then, listen, you wanton creature, lounging in your security and saying to yourself, 'I am, and there is none besides me. I will never be a widow or suffer the loss of children.' Both of these will overtake you in a moment, on a single day: loss of children and widowhood. They will come upon you in full measure, in spite of your many sorceries and all your potent spells. You have trusted in your wickedness and have said, 'No-one sees me.' Your wisdom and knowledge mislead you when you say to yourself, 'I am, and there is none besides me.' Disaster will come upon you, and you will not know how to conjure it away. A calamity will fall upon you that you cannot ward off with a ransom; a catastrophe you cannot foresee will suddenly come upon you. Keep on, then, with your magic spells and with your many sorceries, which you have labored at since childhood. Perhaps you will succeed, perhaps you will cause terror." Isaiah 47:1-12


We must let God search us and show us if we have fallen victim to a superficial religious form of Christianity, a power system of witchcraft, and if we are praying more to a religious spirit, which we are invoking and to which we are exposing ourselves by the powers of magic and idolatry in our church. "Lord, please take the blindfold away from our eyes and grant us the grace, like Hezekiah, to uncover the deceptions of the enemy and the idols in our church."


Many congregations and churches are ruled today by committees who exert power and control over the members, instead of by elders who were placed in their position and authorised by God. A system can never replace the Holy Spirit. When people step into the position that should be occupied by the Holy Spirit, for whatever reason, whether deliberately or not, then they have fallen victim to pious or charismatic sorcery. At that point we are no longer connected to the root of the Tree of Life, but to the root of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, and it is the fruit of this tree that we will bear. This also causes a shift in the source of revelation, and prophetic ministry in the church is replaced by various forms of witchcraft.


A new divine order is needed in the church, in the leadership, in the entire apostolic and prophetic ministry. God does not permit Himself to be mocked and He does not give His honor to any idol or human person. What we sow is what we will reap (Isaiah 42: 8; Gal. 6:7)!





                      The Religious Spirit


Once, during a time of prayer, God gave me a vision of what the religious spirit looks like. I would like to describe this vision here: "I saw a great throne. On it sat a giant, toad like creature that looked human. It was a hybrid, half human and half reptile. All over the throne were masses of a sticky slimy substance that was being exuded by this creature. It looked as if the body were excreting this slime through the skin and other orifices. On its head this religious spirit wore a huge bright golden crown. He was constantly making noises and horrible sounds, blaspheming God, swearing and using obscenities. At the same time he was making obscene gestures and exuding even more slime.


When he reached the climax of his disgusting behavior he vomited a viscous yellow mass. As soon as he had recovered he started all over again. The steps and floor all around his throne were covered in this slime and yellow vomit. Amazingly, people were standing in this mess around the throne, in an attitude of adoration, worshipping this religious spirit. They held out their arms to this monster and bowed their heads before him. When this happened, the spirit unrolled his long tongue from his mouth and touched the people standing before his throne. At that moment, the people were filled with a feeling of contentment, but the minute his tongue rolled back they felt a heaviness. And now I saw that their eyes were gummed up by the slime. These people believed they were in the presence of God and before His throne. They believed the slime was the anointing and the oil of the Holy Spirit, and the touch of his tongue was the comforting words of the Father to them. They were the victims of a false image of God and had been trapped in the worship of a religious spirit.


Then I saw the spirit, his crown and his throne getting bigger and bigger, as the worship and devotion of the people made the power and influence of the spirit swell and grow."


"Religiosity is an impure spirit; it is a spirit that makes fun of the things of God. It is a spirit that is spreading in many churches in order to mock the genuine movement of God. It is a spirit that binds people in empty forms. "s

When Ministries and Gifts are the Central

Besides Jesus crucified, the Galatians had other doctrines and forces to help them gain their salvation. This probably included the Law but there was also the worship of elementary powers and their forces (Gal. 4: 9) as well as special secret spiritual knowledge (Gal. 1: 6-9). Today's esoteric and occult circles still appeal to the secret arts and the power of angels.


How do things look in our churches? Is attention not frequently focused on people with special gifts or a particular call from God in their life? Is it not true that, when the anointing and the healing are more important than the Anointed and the Healer, we are missing by a hair's breadth the cross on which the Son of God was crucified? We must not be ministry- or manifestation-oriented, but must become more and more like Jesus, otherwise we are going astray. If we are determined to want to see powerful effects or spectacular performances by servants and ministers of God, then Christ is no longer the centre of our attention. In this case we are worshipping the powers and gifts, and in the end the people who exercise them! Yet precisely because so many Christians today are disoriented and empty, they compensate for their lack by turning to spiritual things instead of seeking the Lord who is also the Holy Spirit. Often, men and women are unable to deal wisely with these things if their gifts are being exalted by such people.


The Body of Christ is currently confronted with an enormous striving for the offices of the five-fold ministry (Eph. 4: 11) as well as the search for people with pronounced gifts of prophesy and healing. I sometimes use the terms "exaltation of ministry" and "greed for gifts". The five-fold ministry is intended to equip the saints for their work in the ministry and to lead them into maturity of faith and not to make the members of the body dependent on them and their ministry! It is often forgotten that all the glory for the tremendous gifts and offices belongs to Jesus alone, and that He is the one who has given us these gifts (Eph. 4: 8-10). It is possible to start off well and then to drift further and further away, until we come to a bad end:


"Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort?" Gal 3:3


By the way: St. Paul was writing to a whole region, to the churches in Galatia, (Gal. 1: 2) not just to one congregation or to individual Christians. It was a whole district that was bewitched. The pagan background of the Galatians was Celtic. The Celts, who were pagans and magicians of the highest order (comparable with the Chaldeans in the Bible), had settled this area before it became a Roman province and later was evangelized by Paul and Peter on their missionary journeys. Don't we Swiss and other Europeans share this same pagan or Celtic background? Could this Biblical message not also be read as: "You foolish Europeans, who has bewitched you?"


We must not forget that Satan, as the Bible tells us, also has the power to work miracles and signs that lead people astray:

"The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie." (II Th 2: 9-11)


The Bible speaks clearly here of the power of seduction, which God sends to those who do not accept the love of truth and follow the spirit of falsehood (1 John 4: 6) or a lying spirit (1 Kings 22: 21-23).



The Man Who Wanted

To Be God

"A man's pride brings him low, but a man of lowly spirit gains honour. The accomplice of a thief is his own enemy; he is put under oath and dare not testify. Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the LORD is kept safe." Prov 29:23-25


When we travel along the gift- and ministry-oriented track we already have one foot in religious sorcery. If we refuse to listen to the warnings of the Holy Spirit inside us and let people put us on a pedestal, we will be occupying the place of God and introducing idolatry. Let's recall again what the serpent said to man in the Garden:


"The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil." Gen 3:22


From now on, man wanted to decide for himself what was right for him. He wanted to rule not only over Creation but also over himself. He himself was now the final authority, because he now knew what was good and what was evil. The fruit of this humanism is easily and very quickly recognized in Cain's deed in the next chapter of the Bible (Gen. 4). This basic need to be the centre of attention has its roots in disobedience and in rebellion against God's Word. Once again, through the separation of the original relationship between God and man, man fell beneath a false spiritual authority, under the power of witchcraft.



Humanism is clearly defined by a sentence from Greek philosophy: Man is the centre and the measure of all things! Or: "Humanism is the denial of any power or moral virtue set above man (or creation); the rejection and refusal of religion in favor of the belief that mankind (creation) will continue to develop under its own steam. "10


Pride in our work done for the Lord, of our gifts and ministries, will open the door to the spirit of humanism. God knows that in the heart of man, on its own, there is no good but only evil (Gen. 6: 5). This is why He emphasizes the need to humble ourselves:


"God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble." (James 4:6) "Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall." (Prow 16:18)


Humanism will always lead us to pride and egotism. Also, it means that we will seek the Lord for our own sake and not for His! In the end, God becomes an automatic dispenser of satisfaction, or is there only to serve man. "Lord, please give me this and that, anoint me, heal me, comfort me ..." etc. The further we advance along this path, taking God's glory away from Him and bending the Holy Spirit to our will, believing we can manipulate God or invoke Him, the more we are being deceived by pious sorcery and so seduced by it that we in our turn lead others astray!


Charismatic or Christian-Pious Sorcery


When we talk about witchcraft then we usually think right away of false prophets (1 Kings 18: 25-30), witches and sorcerers (Acts 13: 6-8), fortune­tellers and necromancers (1 Sam. 28: 7; Acts 16: 16). By doing so we construct a gap between them and us in order to express that we have absolutely nothing to do with witchcraft. This is a deception of the enemy.


The problem with so-called "charismatic sorcery" among Christians arises from our desire, conscious or unconscious, sometimes to take the place of the Holy Spirit. Once again, we are drawn back to the source: Man wants to be like God. It is our fallen nature that makes us like this. It is the original sin of rebellion that drives man to it, consciously or unconsciously. If we do not pray and prophesy in tune with the will of God but behave as if it were God's Holy Spirit who is driving us and speaking, then we are opening the door for this kind of witchcraft. The Holy Spirit is a person. Witchcraft, however, is any kind of spiritual power that does not flow from the source of the Holy Spirit. That means that if we are "in the flesh" but act as if we were "in the Spirit", taking the place of the Holy Spirit, the source of the power and revelation is no longer the Holy Spirit and we are victims of deception. In place of the Holy Spirit there is a so-called familiar spirit to whom we have opened the door by our behavior.

This "familiar spirit" is a generation spirit, or dead spirit, and a prince from one's own family which pretends to be the Holy Spirit. It is so difficult to recognize because it knows my thinking, feelings and wishes so well. Having been active in my family over many generations it is like a part of my life, of my origins, of my past. Precisely because it comes from my family it knows me really well and knows how to deceive me. Unless I have dealt with the problems of the sins of the fathers and generational curses in counseling sessions, unless I have experienced forgiveness and deliverance and continue the battle for my family in prayer, these demonic forces have no difficulty in gaining access to me.


A man in the apostolic-prophetic ministry once said: "Rats live where the filth is and where it is unclean. It is exactly the same where demons are concerned. They are not interested in whether you are a believer or not. They live where it is dark, dirty and unclean. "11


If we are living in sin or if our lives are overshadowed by guilt, we are under the influence of Satan. Therefore prayer can become an incantation and prophecy can become fortune-telling. In this way we become controlling and manipulative even in our prayers. This can lead to physical manifestations in the person for whom we pray, such as migraine, allergies and weaknesses, disorientation, depression and apathy.









The Moral Lesson Of The Waters Of

I would like to use a Biblical example to demonstrate how quickly sorcery can slip in. It is the attitude of our heart which decides whether there is room for sorcery or whether the Holy Spirit really reigns. Besides Jesus, Moses is for me one of the greatest role models in the Bible. It is said of Moses that no-one was more humble than he.


"Now Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth. " Num 12:3


What a testimony! Even at the end of his life, Moses was still filled with extraordinary divine power.


"Moses was a hundred and twenty years old when he died, yet his eyes were not weak nor his strength gone." Deut 34:7


Right to the end this mighty man of God was filled with the spirit of wisdom. Yet even Moses became a victim of this power of witchcraft on one occasion in his life. This situation had far-reaching consequences for him. This was probably the most serious error Moses ever made in his whole life. For one moment this man, who lived in the glory of God and spoke face to face with God as with a friend, lost his fear of God. This moment was the chink through which sorcery crept into his life and cost him the great Promise for his life. We are not out to judge or condemn Moses here. But I want to use this example to show how close sorcery is, even to us!


The people of Israel wandered through the desert and had nothing to drink. There was no water there and so they grumbled to Moses and murmured against the Lord. Moses begged God to help them and He answered:


"Walk on ahead of the people. Take with you some of the elders of Israel and take in your hand the staff with which you struck the Nile, and go. I will stand there before you by the rock at Horeb. Strike the rock, and water will come out of it for the people to drink." So Moses did this in the sight of the elders of Israel. “Exodus 17:5-6


Moses did exactly as the Lord had commanded him. The people were given water to drink and the glory was given to God. They called the place Massa (temptation) and Meribah (contention).


Two books later (Number 20) and probably towards the end of Israel's wandering in the desert, we find them once again in the same situation. The people are encamped in the desert again, with nothing to drink. And once again the children of Israel are complaining to Moses. So Moses and Aaron go to the Tent of the Meeting and seek God. We are told that the glory of the Lord appeared to them:


"The LORD said to Moses, "Take the staff, and you and your brother Aaron gather the assembly together. Speak to that rock before their eyes and it will pour out its water. You will bring water out of the rock for the community so that they and their livestock can drink." (Num 20:7-8)


This time Moses was not to strike the rock but to speak to it with the authority of God. God did not want to operate in the same way as before. He wanted to have the glory for this miracle. A wise spiritual father, talking about leadership, once said to me: "If something has worked once in your leadership and you think you now know how it functions, never do it again!" 12


Thus, Moses took the staff and gathered all the people before the rock. But instead of speaking to the rock he began to scold the people. Moses was angry that the people had not trusted God. At that moment his heart was not turned towards God. And instead of standing before the people in the fear of God, and speaking to the rock with the authority of God, he turned to the people and his heart was filled with anger. Attention was now concentrated on Moses and not on what the Lord wanted to do. They were not looking at the rock (symbol of Christ) but at Moses, His servant. In this situation Moses was the centre of attention and not the Lord. Then came the disaster:


"Then Moses raised his arm and struck the rock twice with his staff. Water gushed out, and the community and their livestock drank." (Num 20:11)


Moses did not speak to the rock as he had been commanded to do by the Lord, but he struck it, not just once but twice. Through the chink of Moses' anger, the enemy crept in. God had not said that He was angry with Israel, but Moses was of a different opinion to God. How often do we think that we are of the same opinion as God and we are not at all. God's thoughts and ways are not our thoughts and ways (Isaiah 55: 8-9). Thus Moses fell into disobedience and rebellion, and rebellion is sin, just like the sin of witchcraft:


"For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry." (1 Sam 15:23) (KJV)


Now, where was the witchcraft actually in this example?


Witchcraft was in the fact that Moses trusted more in the staff of the Lord than in the Lord of the staff! Do you see this fine nuance? Because the attitude of Moses' heart was wrong, the power of witchcraft was able to slip in and speak in place of God. It is so easy, through our behaviour, to pass by the Cross of Golgotha or to shift the "centre of the cross". Moses had seen the staff turn into a snake several times (Exodus 4: 2-3) and had seen this snake swallow Pharaoh's snakes (Exodus 7: 10-12). He himself struck the waters of the Nile which turned into blood (Exodus 7: 20). The staff played a significant part in many of the plagues. It was the tool of God's authority, the sign that He is the shepherd. The staff was also instrumental in dividing the Red Sea (Exodus 14: 16). Above all, however, Moses had learnt through experience that it had worked once before when he struck the rock with the staff and water gushed out so that the people could drink (Exodus 17: 5). Shortly before the situation described, where Moses was disobedient to the word of God, he had seen the staff bloom (Numbers 17: 17-25). This confirmed the God-given leadership and authority of Moses and Aaron before the entire nation. So Moses knew, and had plenty of experience of it, that God worked miracles through the staff.


And this is where the witchcraft lies. Moses trusted in the power contained in the staff as well as in the authority of his own person as the servant of God, so that he himself dictated how the miracle was to happen. It was as if this staff was now a magic wand which he could use to make anything happen because God was in the staff! This is how an animist would read and interpret this story.


Moses and Aaron both had to bear the consequences of this rebellion (or this sorcery) and they paid a high price for it!

"But the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, "Because you did not trust in me enough to honour me as holy in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this community into the land I give them." These were the waters of Meribah, where the Israelites quarreled with the LORD and where he showed himself holy among them." Num 20:12-13


Incidentally, Moses was God's friend. Through his deep bond with God he had a profound Messianic view. I am convinced that it was clear to Moses that the rock represented the prophetic symbol for the Messiah, the Christ, from whom living waters would flow. In a symbolic sense, in his rebellion he struck God's Messiah in the face. This is a symbol we can transfer to ourselves when we, as God's servants, try to put ourselves in the limelight and steal His glory.


"For I do not want you to be ignorant of the fact, brothers, that our forefathers were all under the cloud and that they all passed through the sea. They were all baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea. They all ate the same spiritual food and drank the same spiritual drink; for they drank from the spiritual rock that accompanied them, and that rock was Christ." (1 Cor 10:1-4)


Have we understood the moral lesson of the waters of Meribah? Do we see just how close sorcery and witchcraft can be to the working of the Holy Spirit? How quickly we can miss the cross of Jesus by a hair's breadth, if we put ourselves in the limelight as servants of the Lord instead of Him who is the Lord of His servants? That is charismatic or pious sorcery. It works eagerly for itself, i.e. for the person in whom it has found room, and thus takes the glory away from God. It is deceptively similar to the working of the Holy Spirit, but it takes place in rebellion, in disobedience to Him. What it has in common is the appearance of being the work of God. Moses learnt his lesson. He never did such a thing again.


Of course God had His hand over them and gave His people water to drink - after all, Moses was His friend. Yet we can see, from the severity of the punishment for his disobedience, that anyone who lives in close confidence with God and behaves disrespectfully to Him draws God's condemnation into himself far more quickly. If anyone goes on like that and this kind of situation is repeated over and over again, the Holy Spirit will gradually withdraw and His place will be taken by a spirit of witchcraft. It is absolutely essential for us to test our hearts and make sure why we are doing something and whether it really is for the Lord or for ourselves as servants of the Lord.

The Cross Of The Lord Or The Crucified

This story repeats itself in our time in the lives of many Christians without their even noticing. We take an object that God actually did once anoint and we put it in the place of the Anointed One. The cross as a symbol is a particular example of this. Many Christians see the symbol of the cross as an actual force against evil. Yet the power is not in the cross itself, but in Him who was crucified.


Have you ever seen a vampire film? Before I came to believe in Christ I watched occult and demonic films over and over. Especially as a schoolboy and in my teenage years, I was fascinated by vampire films. In these films the symbol of the cross - whether it's a wooden cross, a metal one or simply a piece of jewelry - is used as a magic talisman. In these films, even just crossing your fingers has power against evil. Those people claiming this power of the cross, however, were by no means believers. They trusted in an object and in the innate power of that object. That is magic. White magic if you like. But magic remains magic, and has its origin in the greatest sorcerer of all time: the devil. If you have watched horror or fantasy films, it would be a good idea to release yourself from them in the name of Jesus. It is possible that you have not yet been delivered from the spirits that they conjured up!


This pattern continues today in many religious people, including Christians. Think of Catholics with their crucifixes and statues of saints, Evangelicals with their holy traditions or Charismatics with various objects (oil, mantles, instruments etc.). I am not claiming that God never works through symbols or objects. The Bible testifies to this very clearly through the mantle of Elijah (2 Kings 2: 13-14), the shadow of Peter and the handkerchiefs of Paul (Acts 5: 15; 19: 12). Even in the case of Jesus himself, there is an instance of this, in the healing of the woman with an issue of blood, when she touched the hem of His garment (Luke 8: 44).


In all these circumstances the belief of the people concerned was fixed very clearly on God. Those people who used the object were characterized by living a life in God's presence. We have to understand that as soon as our belief is fixed more on an object or a gift than on the giver, our belief turns into magic.


"You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified. I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by observing the law, or by believing what you heard? Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort?" (Gal 3:1-3)


We must at all costs prevent this kind of charismatic sorcery and combat it wherever we find it. And we must stand up in constant prayer warfare against the "familiar spirit" in particular.

The Gift of Discerning Spirits

The ability to discern spirits is therefore a very important tool that God has given to His body. This gift can be used effectively against witchcraft because it uncovers witchcraft and sorcery. On the other hand, even this extremely mighty and effective gift of the Holy Spirit can be abused through applying it wrongly.


The discernment of spirits is an ability to recognize and distinguish between different spirits, whether they are good or evil, as well as callings and anointings. This ability can also recognize the leading of the Holy Spirit, i.e. where He is moving, and follow Him. It can also reveal the motivation in a person's heart. This discernment can be received by hearing


or sight, but it also works on other senses such as feeling, tasting, smelling and bodily manifestations.


A ministering prophet must have this gift! It is also a useful tool for judging prophecies and prophets. Very clear examples of this gift are: Jesus with Peter (Matt. 16: 23); Peter with Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5: 1-11); Peter and the sorcerer Simon (Acts 8: 18); Paul and the fortune-teller (Acts 16: 16-24); Ahija of Silo and the wife of Jeroboam (1 Kings 14: 2-6) and Elisha and Gehazi (2 Kings 5; 20-27). Today we, as believers, urgently need this gift both personally and for our congregation. If this gift is absent and does not manifest itself in anyone, it is possible for a whole congregation to go astray.


Prophecy Versus Sorcery In The Church

The devil is not a creator. Nevertheless, with the power given him by God he can imitate the genuine article. He always tries to deceive us, to dazzle us with his false light and to seduce us in this way. Exactly the same thing applies to the gifts of the Holy Spirit. The devil has invented or conjured up an imitation or counterfeit for each one of the gifts of God. The power that is manifested in these "gifts", however, is a demonic force that doesn't stop when it meets a believer unless this believer is strongly rooted in a relationship with Jesus and the Word of God.


"Why is it so important to Satan to replace the genuine article by a counterfeit? First of all, it is clear to him that there are many religious people about who would never consciously worship evil. And so he presents them with an attractive counterfeit to distract religious people from the truth. All those who feel drawn to these kinds of counterfeits continue to believe that they are serving God. They are even firmly convinced that the real worshippers of God are the ones who are being led astray."' 3


1. Shamanism, philosophy

2. Psychoanalysis, clairvoyance, Positive

      thinking philosophy

3. Natural healing, spirit healing

4. Magic and witchcraft

5. Fortune-telling

6. Spiritism, clairvoyance, parapsychology

7. Demonic speaking in tongues through a medium, or 



8. Mediumistic ability to interpret oracles

Text Box: 1. Shamanism, philosophy 
2. Psychoanalysis, clairvoyance, Positive 
      thinking philosophy
3. Natural healing, spirit healing 
4. Magic and witchcraft 
5. Fortune-telling
6. Spiritism, clairvoyance, parapsychology 
7. Demonic speaking in tongues through a medium, or  
8. Mediumistic ability to interpret oracles

1. The word of wisdom

2. The word of knowledge


3. The gift of faith Grace-given healing

4. Miracles

5. Prophecy

6. Discernment of spirits

7. Speaking in tongues



8. Interpretation of tongues

Text Box: 1. The word of wisdom
2. The word of knowledge 
3. The gift of faith Grace-given healing
4. Miracles
5. Prophecy
6. Discernment of spirits 
7. Speaking in tongues
8. Interpretation of tongues
If we are fixated on signs and wonders we will very easily fall prey to these deceptions. The following list (based on 1 Cor. 12: 8-10) is intended to help you recognize Satan's imitations:








This list is far from exhaustive and not intended as a standard. It is offered only as a support in discerning spirits.

Checking the Source


"Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world." I John 4:1


The distinctions between the gifts of the Spirit are not always clear, but we should always, whatever the circumstances, test the spirits. The gifts of the Holy Spirit always aim, above all, to:


1. Glorify God the Father and Jesus Christ

2. Demonstrate the greatness, sovereignty and being of God

3. Work towards the salvation of the person concerned.


The gifts are there to trigger an initial spiritual ignition, to strengthen the faith of the person concerned and to edify him/her. The gifts are incomplete, a patchwork, but love is eternal! In the exercise of all these gifts, love is the absolutely decisive factor (1 Cor 13).


Gifts without love lead to destruction - gifts with love lead to restoration (Mal 4: 5). The Holy Spirit is the love of God (Romans 5: 5). This is why the Holy Spirit acts in love and in an orderly way (1 Cor. 14; 32-33. 40). The essential thing is constantly to remain in "the counsel of the Lord" in order to be able to make the necessary distinctions. (Jer.23: 18.22; cf. Psalm 33: 11, Prov. 19: 21)

                                             Christian Literature and the Word of God


"Guard what has been entrusted to your care. Turn away from godless chatter and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge." (1 Tim 6:20)


In these days, most Christians read religious literature more than they read the Bible itself. There is a real flood of Christian literature but not everything has its origin in the Spirit of God. Some books are inspired by a spirit of criticism or are strongly humanistic or even influenced by sorcery. The problem, first and foremost, is not the literature itself, although I sometimes feel uncomfortable when I pick up books in a Christian bookshop (with a charismatic-evangelical tendency) and I feel nauseated without even knowing what's inside them. This is another way in which the discerning of spirits can manifest itself. I have tested this several times by putting the book away and then picking it up again. When I then looked at the contents I usually found the sources of inspiration mentioned above mixed up with Christian thinking.


As I said before, the main problem is not the content of the literature but the fact that this flood of literature prevents the believer from reading the Bible. This in turn leads to a situation where people no longer know what the Bible actually says. Then you hear answers like: "I think it says that in the Bible (but I'm not sure and don't really know)" or "I used to know where it says that (but I don't any more)" and finally "The Bible doesn't give any precise information about that, it isn't clear on that point."


This automatically results in our assuming that what we read in these books is identical with what the Bible says. And that, again, means that we are not leading people to the will of God but to the doctrines spread by our favorite authors. In addition, when people come for help in counseling sessions and we point them to passages from the Bible that give help in their lives or demand obedience from us humans, they reply, "Oh but I read in this book ..." and "But this or that author says ..." We must bring people once again to spend the greater part of the reading time available to them in reading the Bible. If we do not know the Word of God we are easy meat for the devil and his demons. Now we say: "But the Holy Spirit will inspire me when I need it." Yes, that is true, if we are filled with the Word of God and carry it in our heart:


"But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you." John 14:26


Only if we spend enough time in the Word of God will we ever come to know God better, know what we have to do, and the Holy Spirit will have more room in our lives.

Christian Specialization


Another area where we believers are in danger of losing our way and landing in sorcery is the cultivation of Christian specialists. There are indeed specialists in the Kingdom of God and they are certainly necessary. But if we develop a culture in which we always go to a specialist for each problem, we will be spiritually immature and dependent on people. If we only seek the "highlight" from a prophet or at a conference, we will have completely missed our target (Ezek. 14). The prophet becomes an oracle, a mouthpiece where we can ask God questions but do not learn to listen to the voice of the Shepherd, to know His voice and to obey Him (John 10: 27)



Jezebel And The

Queen of Heaven

"When Joram saw Jehu he asked, "Have you come in peace, Jehu?" "How can there be peace," Jehu replied, "as long as all the idolatry and witchcraft of your mother Jezebel abound?" II Kings  9:22

The Jezebel spirit is one of most powerful enemies of the prophets in the Bible. This spirit blends impurity and unholiness in itself. It is a combination of witchcraft and prostitution.


This spirit always opposes the prophets of God and tries to kill them (I Kings 19: 1-15). The Jezebel of the Bible not only opposed the prophets and killed them, but she also defiled the whole land of Israel by introducing the cult of Baal. This cult consisted of worshipping different gods and goddesses, including Astarte or Ashtoreth (I Kings 11:5; or Asherah, Deuteronomy 16: 21), the goddess of fertility of the Sidonians. We come across her again and again in the Bible. She is identical with the "Queen of Heaven" in Jeremiah:


"The children gather wood, the fathers light the fire, and the women knead the dough and make cakes of bread for the Queen of Heaven. They pour out drink offerings to other gods to provoke me to anger." (Jer 7:18; cf Hosea 3:1) or with the Artemis of the Ephesians14 (also known as Diana):


"... doesn't all the world know that the city of Ephesus is the guardian of the temple of the great Artemis and of her image, which fell from heaven?" (Acts 19:35)


The Jezebel spirit serves the Queen of Heaven. The working of this spirit will always lead to the worship of the Queen of Heaven and hence to a false and wrongly interpreted sexuality. This is clearly shown in the fertility rites of the followers of Baal and in those of the Greeks. Whenever Jezebel is in power she assumes sole authority and, being opposed to the order of creation established by God, she also twists human sexuality and brings it under her rule. Is it not the case that in many fellowships nowadays homosexuality, pornography and promiscuity are not only tolerated but even considered as being in the will of God?


Jezebel seized a power which had not been given to her. The only reason she could do this was because Ahab did not obey God's commandments and did not assert his own God-given authority:


Ahab son of Omri did more evil in the eyes of the LORD than any of those before him. He not only considered it trivial to commit the sins of Jeroboam son of Nebat, but he also married Jezebel daughter of Ethbaal king of the Sidonians, and began to serve Baal and worship him. (I Kings 16:30-31)


This is why Jezebel was able to seize control of the land and to separate the entire nation of Israel from God. The name Jezebel means literally "without fellowship"! This is precisely the pattern we still find today in Christian churches. If a church lacks the leadership structure of God, the Jezebel spirit has free rein. One of the greatest "successes" of this spirit is the belief that only women can have this spirit.


The Jezebel spirit is normally found where leadership in the church, family or marriage is weak. We stand in a spiritual battle which is very real. When the Bible tells us that, in the end times before the second coming of Jesus, God will send the prophet Elijah whose prime purpose is to achieve reconciliation (Mal. 4:5,6) then the Jezebel spirit opposes the church. This spirit attempts above all, within the church, to lead the prophets astray into promiscuity and witchcraft:



"Nevertheless, I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality and the eating of food sacrificed to idols." (Rev 2:20)


If it succeeds in this, the people of God are confused and lose their sense of direction. This is also shown in the example of John the Baptist (Matt. 11: 2-5; Mark 6: 14-29). John had a very clear prophetic vision of who Jesus was:


"The next day John saw Jesus coming towards him and said, "Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!"... When he saw Jesus passing by he said "Look, the Lamb of God!" John 1:29


Note that John had this vision before anyone at all knew that Jesus would die as the Lamb of God. Yet when John came into contact with the Jezebel spirit through Herod, Herodias and Salome, he lost his prophetic gift (Matt. 11: 2-3):


"When John heard in prison what Christ was doing, he sent his disciples to ask him, "Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?"


Isn't this story familiar? After Elijah had just slain 450 prophets of Baal and blood was flowing in rivers, and Elijah had been confirmed by God Himself as the man of God, a declaration by Jezebel was enough to make him afraid and to fall into a deep depression to the point where he wanted to die (1 Kings 19: 1-4). If God had not seriously intervened Elijah would probably not have been able to fulfil his purpose as God wanted him to. And so we see how this spirit bewitches the prophets and ultimately wants to kill them. Prophets who are bewitched lose their God-given prophetic authority, their prophetic vision and the gift of discernment. If God Himself does not intervene, this is the end of these prophets.


The spirit of Elijah, that is the Holy Spirit and His end-time prophetic community, will rise against the spirit of Jezebel, the powers of witchcraft and prostitution, and will eventually overcome them. Whose side are we on?

Rebellion and The Spirit Of Death

As we have seen from the example of Ahab, rebellion against God and His word is the door we open to the Jezebel spirit. We can also see this from the example of King Saul:


"For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and arrogance like the evil of idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the LORD, he has rejected you as king." (1 Sam 15:23)


Whoever rebels against God will lose his authority and anointing from God! This verse also expresses the fact that there is an intimate connection between rebellion and witchcraft. Our relationship to God is disturbed and destroyed by rebellion and witchcraft. This is equivalent to spiritual death. Rebellion will always lead to death. Adam and Eve rebelled against God's commandment and ate from the Tree of Knowledge of good and evil. From that moment they had to die. God not only limited their life span, He also expelled them from His most intimate fellowship, out of the Garden of Eden. To be shut out from fellowship with God means spiritual death. Remember the name Jezebel means "without fellowship". Once we are outside this fellowship with God an unclean spirit will try to find entry. Without the fellowship of God we are without protection. The example of King Saul shows that when the Holy Spirit has withdrawn, another spirit takes His place:

Now the Spirit of the LORD had departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the LORD tormented him. (1 Sam 16:14)


Although Saul tried hard, he could no longer hear God speaking to him. This finally resulted in a man called to be a leader by God going to a necromancer: "He enquired of the LORD, but the LORD did not answer him by  dreams or Urim or prophets. Saul then said to his attendants, "Find me a woman who is a medium, so that I may go and enquire of her." 1 Sam 28:6-7


The most amazing thing in this story, however, is that the prophet Samuel actually appeared for this spiritualist and prophesied the death of Saul! This particularly impressive example in the Bible shows us three important things:


1. God can transcend all things and even use a spiritualist as His mouthpiece. He has sovereign control over everything supernatural.


2. In addition to charlatans and cheats there are oracles, fortune­tellers and spiritualists who have a real gift from God, but this is misused.


3. A mixture of godly and godless works is possible! Although the Holy Spirit does not link Himself to an unclean spirit, there are instances in the Bible where a sort of combination results. The borderline is difficult to perceive here. That is why the gift of discerning the spirits is of such vital importance.


This whole story shows us one thing above all, however: that rebellion is the beginning and death is the end. Is Saul in Heaven or in Hell? Rebellion is a serious matter which attracts the spirit of death and which, in the end term, means eternal separation from God. Jezebel wants to lead the people of God astray and kill them. This is why she works together with the spirit of death. To emphasize the seriousness of this matter I would like to describe a dream I once had.


They had as king over them the angel of the Abyss, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon, and in Greek, Apollyon. (Rev 9:11)

The Dream about Abaddon

It was an afternoon at home, when I was taking a nap. I was really only half asleep, not really sleeping. Perhaps, for that reason, the word "vision" might be better than "dream" (actually, God speaks to me more through visions when I'm half asleep than he does in dreams when I'm properly asleep!). I don't know how long it was. I perceived it as a short experience that lasted only a few seconds, but at the same time very profound:


"I saw myself walking along a rocky path. It was a sort of cave path where the light was very dim. The way was very narrow and led in only one direction. At the end of the path it was dark but I could see a glimmer of light, as if from a flickering fire. As I went along the path it grew colder and colder until it was quite icy. Suddenly the path opened up and I was standing on an enormous rocky plateau surrounded by a cave in the rocks. Now I could also see where the flickering light was coming from. In front of the rocky plateau there was a deep ravine that plunged into ground. The light came from this ravine, a kind of abyss. Now that I was so close I could see tongues of flame coming out of the abyss. Two dark figures stood on either side of it. They were dressed in black, carrying weapons and a large key.


Amazingly, all of this didn't bother me unduly. I didn't speak directly to these figures but in my thoughts I wondered where I was and who they were. As if they could read my thoughts one of them hiding his face, replied: "We are the guardians of this place. We watch over the dead so that no-one can come in here who does not belong here, and no-one who belongs here can go out. " At that moment I realized that standing before me were two angels of death, two demonic beings, yet even this didn't bother me very much. In spite of the fire it was icy cold, and I could see my breath as a vapor.


But then something terrifying happened. All of a sudden everything went pitch black in the cave and all my human feelings were seized by a demonic terror. I no longer could feel the cold and I couldn't see anything, but I had a panic-stricken feeling of being watched. I felt defenseless, helpless and naked. I expected the disaster that was menacing me to strike me dead any second. The whole atmosphere was suddenly filled with death. I felt as if I was breathing in death when I tried to gasp for air.


At that moment I realized that a spiritual being was filling the room. It wasn't like the demon figures, the guardians, I had seen before. It was a spirit without a body, and yet it had form. It was a cloud, some kind of invisible substance in which two eyes slowly materialized. I was scared to death when I looked into these eyes. I had never seen such eyes before. I had never met such a penetrating, destructive and hate-filled expression. As I looked into these eyes I felt murder, death, hatred, and anger coming at me. I started to understand that I was facing one of the most demonic and death-bringing beings. At that moment the scales fell from my eyes: Abaddon! This had to be Abaddon, the Prince of the realm of death, the angel of the abyss. This was the most horrible place I had ever been and which I would hope no-one would ever have to be in. It was naked horror. I felt far away from God and separated from Him. That was the most dreadful feeling I have ever experienced. At that moment I awoke."


When I woke up I didn't know what had happened to me, I had the feeling I had only been in that place a few seconds and yet it seemed to affect my whole life. I asked God what was the purpose of this. Why had He shown me this place, and above all, why had He shown me Abaddon, for this name had become engraved deep in my spirit. God's answer comprises more or less the following points:


1. God wants us to know that this terrible place, Hell, really exists and that we should warn people that that is where they will go without Jesus. He wants us Christians to know what it means to be separated eternally from God.


2. He wanted to teach me something about the unseen world, namely that there are different demonic spiritual beings. There are different forms, powers and a hierarchy: "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." (Eph 6:12). There are differences and this is something we must be aware of, especially in spiritual warfare.


3. God didn't want to teach me something about Himself but about His Being. It is written: "God is Spirit" (John 4:24), just as Abaddon was able to fill only that room, the Spirit of God is able to fill the entire universe. The Holy Spirit is a spiritual being and does not have a shape as we humans do. This taught me to understand God's Being and His power better. (Although this is only possible to a very limited extent, as our intelligence can never grasp God.)


I was pretty astounded later on when I read in a Christian book on Harry Potter about the "dementors" who guard the place called "Askaban". The description of these beings and that place is identical with my vision!

Prophets and the Spirit of Impurity


Prophets are called to lead a holy and righteous life before God and mankind. They, too, are of course saved by grace, but God uses a different standard to measure them in terms of holiness and lifestyle. True prophets live out their lives in the presence of God and spend a lot of time in the "tabernacle of congregation" or "tent of meeting" (Exodus 33, 7-9).

In this tabernacle there is a pure and holy atmosphere, which should be reflected in the life of the prophets. The life of a prophet should reflect God's Being. This is why the devil keeps trying to smear the prophets by an unclean or impure spirit. He often does this by looking for a human weakness which he then bombards with desire. For desire, we could also say craving or wanting something very much. Since prophets are also "seers" (1 Sam. 9:9) they are particularly vulnerable visually and therefore to sexual temptation or lust (1 John 2:16). I even risk the statement at this point that visually prompted lust is not only a point of entry for sin but that it contains in itself a spiritual power. It holds us fascinated (or enchanted, bewitched!) by something (Genesis 3:6).


If we allow this lust or desire to satisfy our personal appetites we are already opening the door to the spirit of impurity. Many prophets who appear in public are smeared and have ceased to keep making themselves holy for God. They minister using a God-given gift but they are under the influence of an unclean spirit. Zechariah knew this and prophesied:


"On that day a fountain will be opened to the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and impurity. On that day, I will banish the names of the idols from the land, and they will be remembered no more, " declares the LORD Almighty. "I will remove both the prophets and the spirit of impurity from the land." (Zech 13:1-2)


Zechariah saw this connection between the prophets and the spirit of impurity very clearly. Today there is so much impurity mixed in with the gift of prophesy. The prophets themselves are dazzled and have lost the gift of discerning the spirits. Many today claim to be prophets or to have the gift of prophesy. However, I feel that we are living in a time that has already been described in the Bible:


"The boy Samuel ministered before the LORD under Eli. In those days the word of the LORD was rare; there were not many visions." (1 Sam 3:1)


This is exactly how I perceive our present age. We are experiencing a flood of prophecies and visions, but "revelations and visions from the Lord" are truly rare. Whole books are being written today about so-called revelations and visions. Apocalyptic literature is much sought after again. But most of these books miss the point, as they often incite believers to read more books of this kind than the Bible itself. Clear, pioneering or warning prophecies are scarce. Prophecies deal more with love, grace and God's favour towards His children and an imminent revival. Yet on the day when the true river of God starts to flow from Jerusalem and we really see the Spirit of God visit the earth, this is what will happen:


"On that day every prophet will be ashamed of his prophetic vision. He will not put on a prophet's garment of hair in order to deceive. He will say, 'I am not a prophet. I am a farmer; the land has been my livelihood since my youth."' (Zech 13:4-5) the same as the prophet Micah ben Moresheth:


"This is what the LORD says: "As for the prophets who lead my people astray, if one feeds them, they proclaim 'peace'; if he does not, they prepare to wage war against him. Therefore night will come over you, without visions, and darkness, without divination. The sun will set for the prophets, and the day will go dark for them. The seers will be ashamed and the diviners disgraced. They will all cover their faces because there is no answer from God." (Micah 3:5-7)


As I myself teach about the prophetic ministry and lead workshops on the subject, I have investigated this subject intensively since I came to be a believer, and have gained insights into the Christian-prophetic scene. I often come across people who have been hurt and abused by prophetic sayings or who are very afraid of prophecy. In the workshops I then experience how God meets these people and heals them, freeing them of their fear. Often I have been ashamed of things I have seen or heard that had been done under the guise of prophecy. I am ashamed of how prophecy is, for the most part, being dealt with in an immature and wrong way. At the same time, I want to mention here that prophecy exists. Yes, and prophets really exist: genuine, mature prophets, people of integrity, for whom the most important thing is not their gift, office or ministry but to be and to live like Jesus. You can recognize this kind of prophet by the following characteristics as described by Micah:


"But as for me, I am filled with power, with the Spirit of the LORD, and with justice and might, to declare to Jacob his transgression, to Israel his sin." (Micah 3:8)


I have often met "prophets" who were bewitched and trapped in sexual sin. They simply went on prophesying and acting like a prophet in office (and even emphasized this often enough themselves). However, they were living an impure life and even living in adultery. In such situations, I feel myself full of cramps, even to the point of feeling physically sick. This is a reaction brought on by the gift of discernment of the spirits. In such a case I try to talk to the leaders. However, a prophet living in sin is not necessarily a false prophet! Unfortunately, spiritual leaders often live in the mistaken belief that they are on the right path because although they are able to live in sin, their gift continues to "function". God does not remove a gift right away if we fall into sin. It is only if we fail to listen to His correction and make people dependent on us and our gift, thus leading them into idolatry, that we become false prophets. (Deuteronomy 13:1-6)


Listen again to the prophet Micah, who once more shows us this distinction between genuine and false prophets:


"Her leaders judge for a bribe, her priests teach for a price, and her prophets tell fortunes for money. Yet they lean upon the LORD and say, "Is not the LORD among us? No disaster will come upon us." (Micah 3:11)

.. we ask you, brothers, not to become easily unsettled or alarmed by some prophecy, report or letter supposed to have come from us,


                        False Prophets

“Saying that the day of the Lord has already come." 2 Thes. 2:1-2)


False prophets are not always easy to recognize immediately. But in the end they will always lead us away from God and from worshipping Him (Dent. 13:2-6, 18:9-22; Jer. 23:9-40; Ezek. 13:1-23; Matt. 7:15-23;    l John 4:1-6; Rev. 19:20). Jesus warns us very strictly that many false prophets and anointed ones (Christ) will come doing great miracles and if possible leading the chosen ones astray (Matt. 24:11-24).


This is a reality which we absolutely have to face. Worst of all are people who truly have received a gift of prophecy from God but who fail to display any prophetic character. These prophets will use their gift to sow discord and strife, bringing confusion and division. Other characteristics and traits of a false prophet are: egoism, independent action, living an impure life, self-glorification, self justification, rebellion, being driven by their own desires and fear of men, greed and avarice, profit-seeking, adulterous behavior, pride, pomposity, stubbornness, hypocrisy, mendacity, fear etc. A lot of other characteristics could be listed here, but the important thing is not to measure the gift by its effect, by signs and wonders, but by the character and righteousness in the life of the prophet. An important instrument in the church for recognizing false prophets should be a "testing committee for prophecies" (1 Cor. 14:29; I Thes. 5:19-21). The principle should be: Where there is no committee available for testing and judging prophecy, it is better not to practice prophecy. "Over the years I have realized that prophecy is an incredibly powerful and strong tool. It is like a car with lots of horsepower, and before you drive off you should check that the brakes, the steering and all the other safety devices are in good working order. If they aren't, and you haven't checked them, it would be better to leave this car in the garage."' 5

Abuse of Prophecy


It must be quite clear to us that a distinction has to be made between mistaken, unfulfilled and false prophecy. Not everyone who makes a mistake is a false prophet. The transition or bridge that can be erected leading from mistaken to false prophesy is the abuse of prophesy. If we do not use our prophetic gifts in the service of God, the body of Jesus, for the church or the individual, but instead seek advantages for ourselves and try to compensate for what is lacking in our soul or nature, we are practicing witchcraft (Acts 8:9-25). If our motivation for the ministry shifts its course, a spirit of lying replaces the spirit of truth (II Chr. 18:6-27; John 15:26). The spirit of truth is the spirit of prophecy, which in turn is the Holy Spirit (John 16:13.15; Rev. 19:10). Opposed to this is the spirit of lying and fortune­telling, in other words witchcraft (II Kings 9:22; Hos. 4:12; 5:4; Mi. 3:5-8; Acts 13:6-12; Rev. 2:20). How can such abuse come about?

Self-Glorification and Manipulation


"There is no greater abuse than that of a leader anointed in his ministry, who does not humbly acknowledge the weakness of his flesh. Self justification, spiritual abuse and the false exercise of spiritual power can be the consequences of this problem."' 6


I have listed below 10 points which, when disregarded, can lead to abuse, self-glorification and manipulation. If you fail to put these into practice over a long period of time and if their neglect is not corrected, you will gradually turn into a false prophet.


The Ten Anti-Abuse Commandments:

1. Never let yourself be tempted to prophesy from egotistic motives (fortune-telling).

2. Never prophesy out of greed or acquisitiveness - this is what false prophets and magicians do!

3. Don't compensate your own psychological needs by prophesying - this creates dependency.

4. Don't prophesy with an unclean heart (sin; impurity).

5. Don't prophesy with a hard heart (anger; resentment; bitterness; hatred).

6. Don't manipulate people you don't like by prophesy (commands; control).

7. Don't let yourself be manipulated and moved to give someone "a word from the Lord" through hypocrisy.

8. As a prophet, you must be integrated into the church hierarchy and be subject to the leaders of the church, otherwise you will tend to get into a controlling position and no-one will correct you.

9. If you do not live a life in accordance with spiritual precepts and unless you want to make progress in holiness, do not prophesy.

10. A wounded prophet compensates and manipulates, a healthy prophet brings wisdom and healing.

"Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones. The tongue of the wise brings healing." (Prov 3:7-8; 12:18)

Caution Is Needed!

Be careful about prophesying dates! Don't try to foretell whether an expected baby is going to a boy or a girl when you are in the early stages of your ministry. Be careful about partnerships and marriages. Statements such as "This is going to be your husband / your wife" can be confusing or even destructive. The amount of truth or fulfillment quotient is 50% and thus corresponds to the amount of truth in a fortune-teller's forecast. This kind of prophecy is a type that points the way and should only be exercised publicly by mature prophets who have been confirmed in their ministry in the body of Jesus. Incidentally, there are such prophecies in the Bible with clear indications of time and the names of those concerned, but they are very rare. The real prophets of the Bible seldom made such statements.


Beware: it is strictly forbidden to include any insider knowledge or personal prejudices in a prophetic statement. This would be obvious manipulation, i.e. witchcraft.

Three Waves of Impurity

Around the year 2000 God spoke to me and told me that different waves of impurity would break over the body of Christ. At the time, I was not aware of the urgency and the necessity to publish this impression. However, as God spoke to me repeatedly I realized that it was now time to write down and publish these impressions. As this chapter is about the spirit of impurity, I would like to include these prophecies here.


1. In my quiet time while I was reading the story of Joseph and how he resisted Potiphar's wife, the Holy Spirit spoke to me very seriously and insistently: "How would you react? Would you resist, even if it all happened in secret and you knew that nobody would ever find out about it?" This question from God filled me with horror as I became aware of my weakness as a man. I was led into a time of repentance and fear of the Lord, in which God continued to speak to me and give me a very serious warning: "Look, a wave of adultery will break over my body, the body of Christ. There will be a strong wave of impurity over the priests of my church. The leaders will be particularly affected. Take heed and be watchful. This wave will seize the whole of my body and will flood some areas. Be steadfast and abide in me, that is the only way to stay safe. Only with me are you protected. Walk in fear of the Lord and you will be saved."

2. In February of 2002 during prayer I suddenly saw Switzerland in a vision, shown like a map. All at once I saw spidery frogs appear out of nowhere. First just a few then more and more of them. They came out of the ground and out of the forests. They spread over the whole country until the whole land was covered in frogs and not a speck of land was left visible. It was a scary, nauseating picture. They spread their sticky green slime over everything. I heard the Holy Spirit say: "There is a wave of impurity over the land. Unclean spirits of prostitution and pornography cover the whole country. They don't even stop at the churches and leaders. Sanctify yourselves and cleanse yourselves of all impurity, because I want to come over the land. I want to sweep away this spirit of impurity but you must keep yourselves clean. Especially the young generation of leaders in this country. The enemy is trying to separate you from me by this uncleanness. Sanctify yourselves and cleanse yourselves for my sake!"

3. Recently I read a book called `Buying And Selling The Souls Of Our Children - A Closer Look At Pokémon"'7. This book inspired me and once again God spoke to me: "This is only the beginning. There is another, even bigger wave of impurity approaching. This is a wave bringing sorcery and witchcraft, a wave of unholiness that is coming. This wave will infiltrate the church through the children of believers and paralyze the church, put it into a spiritual sleep, as if leading to religiosity and idolatry. The children are the enemy's target of attack. He wants to misuse them through role-playing and witchcraft and to make them insensitive to my Holy Spirit. Pray for protection for your children, and pray for the discernment of spirits because without it you will be led astray. Be alert and pray for your children, and that the parents and church leaders will live in my wisdom and in fear of me."


These prophecies are intended to alarm but they are warnings from the Holy Spirit which we should take seriously and to which we should pay real attention. One of the services of the Holy Spirit is to warn us of disaster, and to show and teach us how He protects us. Therefore:


"He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. " (Rev 2:7)


`Jesus' warning not to let ourselves be led astray in chaotic times should challenge us to pray all the more intensively for false replacement theology to be exposed and true prophecy to be revealed. "18

Or, as Jeremiah put it:


"The visions of your prophets were false and worthless; they did not expose your sin to ward off your captivity. The oracles they gave you were false and misleading." (Lam 2:14)


Now we have gone extensively into the forms of witchcraft that we have in the church and how they can manifest themselves. In the 3rd part of this book I will now look into God's antidote and His answer to witchcraft in the church, as well as how we can protect ourselves and escape from it.



Part III

God's Antidote


God's antidote for witchcraft in the church consists mainly in living in His presence and being totally dependant on Him. Our life must belong fully and completely to God and we must pay the price of obedience every day. That means taking up our cross and following Him (Mark 8:34). The basic response and defense against witchcraft, that is against false spiritual authority, consists of living in genuine spiritual authority. But the question is, how do we get into this genuine spiritual authority? How can we get into God's presence and how do we keep His glory on us in our everyday lives?


A Great World-Wide


"He called down famine on the land and destroyed all their supplies of food"

(Ps 105:16)


The first antidote or remedy that God used to lead us back us into His presence, and which still exists today, is a world-wide spiritual famine. This hunger drives us to ask questions, to query certain things in our Christian lives, and thus to start seeking God more intensively.

                                         Dying of Starvation


"During this time some prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. One of them, named Agabus, stood up and through the Spirit predicted that a severe famine would spread over the entire Roman world. (This happened during the reign of Claudius.) (Acts 11:27-28)


Four years ago (February 1998) the Holy Spirit drew my attention to certain scriptures and gave me a prophetic word about them. These scriptures, or rather, what they had to say, can also be interpreted in a spiritual sense in relation to our present era. God led me to the verses quoted above and the prophecy of Agabus. Now that I am writing this book I am myself standing at a place where this prophetic statement, which I made before witnesses at the time when the spirit of the Lord came upon me, has now come true in my life and in large parts of our country: "This famine is significant for our present time. A great spiritual famine will come upon the country. People will be hungry and thirsty. Unbelievers and believers alike will seek for spiritual nourishment. Unfortunately, they will find food and drink in only a few places. For the spiritual famine has also struck the churches. Only a few churches will have enough to eat and drink themselves and will be capable of feeding other people. These churches will have the power of the Word and will feed the hungry with the Word. They will be a source of the Holy Spirit, a spring from which they will give people the water of life to drink. Pray that you yourselves will be among these few churches and that many more such churches will come into existence. The famine has already begun in parts of the country!"


After that the Spirit of God led me to another scripture to confirm this prophecy and to testify in this way that this famine is His work.


"The days are coming," declares the Sovereign LORD, "when I will send a famine through the land - not a famine of food or a thirst for water, but a famine of hearing the words of the LORD. Men will stagger from sea to sea and wander from north to east, searching for the word of the LORD, but they will not find it. In that day the lovely young women and strong young men will faint because of thirst." (Amos 8:11-13)

This is really the truth: many people, including many Christians, are seeking nourishment. They are hungry and thirsty for real life, for a genuine, profound experience of God. Therefore, because most Christians have no answer to this and God cannot be experienced in many churches, because there is no power to be felt there, thousands of people are seeking in esoteric and occult realms. The Christians cannot deny their partial guilt with regard to the occult invasion in our country. "Many are profoundly disappointed by Christianity. Backed by modern theology, the powers of the Kingdom of God, the charismata (gifts of grace) of the Holy Spirit are neglected, denied or suppressed and have therefore largely disappeared. People who have undergone religious teaching in churches feel they are missing something, and they are seeking it elsewhere: prophecies from fortune-tellers, certainty about life after death from spiritualists, power from magic, healing from magnetizers. "19 In our society the esoteric and the occult have become a substitute for religion.


Yet it is God Himself who allows this famine and wants us to die of starvation. He is the One who wants the death of everything in us that craves the world and its desires (1 John 2:15-17). Everything that we use to fill our spiritual and psychological vacuum, which does not come directly from the presence of God, must wither and perish.


"You adulterous people, don't you know that friendship with the world is hatred towards God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God." (James 4:4)


As long as we leave room somehow for our worldly, fleshly desires and allow the world to feed our hunger, we will be unable to get really close to God and to recognise what He really is like! This is why we have to "die of starvation" to the world and this is also why God permits this spiritual famine, not only for people who have nothing to do with Jesus but also for Christians. We should actually thank God for allowing this hunger. Otherwise, we would continue with our religious activity and our smug, egocentric, Christian self-satisfaction.

Back To the Roots

If we ask ourselves the questions revealed by our search for God, and if we are not afraid of the answers God gives us, He will first lead us to repentance. He wants to lead us back to the roots, for without roots a tree cannot bear fruit. We, as Christians and the Church, have cut ourselves off from the roots of our faith and have disconnected ourselves from the source of God's living sap. The root is the Messiah Himself, but the root can only reach the water and pass on life to the branches and twigs through the trunk. We are not the trunk! The trunk is formed by the fathers of our faith: Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The natural branches are the Jews, who for centuries lived constantly in expectation of the Messiah. We, however, are the branches of the wild olive which have been grafted into the good olive tree by grace (Romans 11:17).


We must let ourselves be guided by God back into profound, spirit ­instigated repentance for the guilt of the Church - and hence of us Christians - towards Israel and the chosen people of God, the Jews. We must free ourselves of Christian anti-Semitism and find unity with our Messianic ­Jewish brothers and sisters. Our love towards Israel and the Jews must be renewed and should be free of all hypocrisy and fanaticism. A dear American sister who is serving faithfully in intercession in Israel once said that when God has revealed Himself to you, at the same time He will also show you His heart and His love for Israel. God's plan with Israel and the believers from the gentile nations is a secret, a mystery, that we can only explore and discover in God's presence (Rom. 11:25-32; Eph. 3: 3-11). We have set ourselves up long enough against the natural branches of the good olive tree of God. Isn't it now time to start re-thinking and to act according to the Word of God (Rom. 11:17-24)?


We have seen that by cutting itself off from the roots, the Church has opened the door wide to witchcraft. This door can only be closed by repentance and turning away from our wrong paths in our attitudes towards Israel, and by renewing our walk with God. To be grafted into God's vine also means to be planted in God's vineyard. We must take the place assigned to us by God and assent to Israel doing the same. Let us remember: witchcraft will find room wherever we occupy places that God has not assigned to us. The Church has been doing this for almost 2000 years. But God's vineyard is Israel.


"The vineyard of the LORD Almighty is the house of Israel, and the men of Judah are the garden of his delight. And he looked for justice, but saw bloodshed; for righteousness, but heard cries of distress." (Isa 5:7; compare Amos 9:14-15)


If we are not connected to the root we will not stand a chance! However, if we are connected to the root and have submitted to God's decisive choice, a great promise lies over our lives: that we should go forth and bear fruit, and that our fruit will remain, even when the drought comes (Psalm 1:3; Jer. 17:8; John 15:16-17). The vineyard of God is like the garden of the Lord. This is where we find His presence and can feed properly.

The Tree Of Life and the Vine of God


We must not go on feeding from the wrong tree - the tree of knowledge of good and evil, whose fruit pretends to be what it isn't. We don't need a copy of the original, or a poor imitation. We need God's original, the perfect picture of the Creator, and to choose to have Him in our life so that we can be the image of God here on earth in the place assigned to us. The tree of knowledge of good and evil (the tree of the soul) was an original in one sense, but in another sense it was a poor copy of the tree of life (the tree of the spirit).


Our soul is receptive to sin, so our soulish nature will always try to replace or imitate the spiritual. Our search for God must not be primarily through our emotions. Much of what takes place today in worship times and conferences is purely emotional and is, unfortunately, often presented as the work of the Spirit. The counterfeit copy of the original will only bring a brief emotional satisfaction. However, the original is of value for all eternity. We need to meet Jesus in the spirit and in truth (John 4:23-24). The highest form of worship is obedience. Feelings are important, but they come from the soul and are therefore secondary in our search for God. The tree of life stood in the middle, in the very centre of the Garden of Eden (Gen. 2:9). In exactly the same way, Jesus must be in the absolute centre of our lives. There must not be the slightest deviation, or else we will not be able to stand up before God (Gal. 3:1). Jesus is not only the tree of life, He is life itself and from Him flows living water (John. 4:14; 7:38). He is also the vine of God that stands in the garden of the vinedresser (John 15:1). We have to eat once again from the fruit of the tree of life and from the grapes of the vine of God. However, these are only to be found in the garden of God, which has been closed to man since the Fall. We need the key to this garden. And the key is the Jewish Messiah our Redeemer, the son of Abraham and of David, indeed the very son of God Himself!


`Jesus said to him, `I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but through Me. (John 14:6)


It is not simply a matter of knowing Jesus, of knowing about Him or just acknowledging Him. No, if we want to unlock the Garden of Eden, if we want to have the same intimate spiritual relationship with God the Father that Jesus had on earth, and that man had before the Fall, then we must also live as Jesus did and be as Jesus was on earth.

Depending On Jesus


"Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing." (John 15:4-5)


The vine-shoot is not only connected to the vine, or is of the same kind of plant as the vine. It grows from the vine. The transition between the two is not clear-cut, they are merged and the sap flows from the root of the vine with all its life-force into the shoot, where the grapes grow from it. To remain in Him does not mean to have just a little bit of God's love and His Word in us. To remain in Him means to be fused with Jesus. No longer two separate parts, Jesus and I, but one piece: the new man! If we are in Him and He is in us, together we form a complete, perfect unit. This is the only way of bearing fruit and to be perfect here on earth, as Jesus commanded us:


"Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect." (Matt 5:48)


Sometimes we use our weakness to make excuses for our mistakes or we spout pious sayings to hide our failure. But all of that is of no avail. We can't talk ourselves out of it. Jesus said we should be perfect! That is probably a life-long process, but it is no reason for resisting holiness and not striving for perfection!


Driven By the Spirit of God

I used to be a drug addict, dependent on heroin, cocaine and "feeling good". I have experienced what it means to be driven. On the one hand I did everything that could possibly give me "good feelings", and on the other hand I did things I did not want to do at all. Some of the things I did went so strongly against my inner instincts and made me feel so bad that it made me vomit. I was driven, compelled, addicted, and dependent. Yet how does my life look today? Today I want to do whatever it takes to be dependent on Jesus and to be led by the Holy Spirit:


"because those who are led by the Spirit are sons of God." (Rom. 8:14)


I want to do nothing unless I am commanded and authorized to do it by the Holy Spirit! I want to be led, to be driven, by His power, not just guided a little bit and I mean that exactly as I have described it. To be driven means that I do everything He tells me to, regardless of whether I believe it to be good or not. Today there's a lot more at stake than simply experiencing the leadership and the guidance of the Holy Spirit, or His speaking. Now it's a question of being dependent on Him and under His control! I have often been accused of being a "Jesus-Junkie". Psychologists in particular tell me that Jesus is my substitute drug and I have simply transferred my addictive tendency.


It's true: I can't live without Jesus, just as I couldn't live without drugs before. It's true: I am dependent on Jesus, otherwise I'd be dead. But there is a vital difference between a life with Jesus and a life addicted to drugs. The difference is in spiritual freedom and mental illness. Drugs compel me, Jesus lets me choose even if I am strongly driven by His Spirit.

Controlled by the Spirit

If our lives were really controlled by the Spirit of God, as we so often claim, we would see a lot more fruit growing through our lives! The Holy Spirit has to be able to exercise control over me. He should not only have my permission to do so: if I am really a Christian, then He has the right to do so. Total control by God means total trust in God. This dimension of dependency on God is incredibly liberating! However, it doesn't mean that I can evade the spiritual leadership and authority that God has set over me or that I no longer assume responsibility for myself, my family or the church. What I mean is the belief in a sovereign God Who has the right to do whatever He wants with me without me having the right to ask why. If I really and truly trust Him, I know that He is doing what is right without having to understand it. If the Holy Spirit is controlling me, the declaration I made at my baptism is confirmed:


`I no longer live for myself, but I dedicate myself totally to God and I place God's interests above my own. "

For this to be possible the Holy Spirit must examine us and bring us into deeper dimensions of faith and knowledge of His Being:


"but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God." (1 Cor 2:10)


To experience God's control also means to be fully taken care of by God!

Digging New Wells

In this time of hunger and thirst, in this time where we find ourselves in the desert searching for God, we have to find water. God leads us into the desert because that is where we are dependant on Him alone. Only in the desert do we have to rely totally on God providing for us. He wants to lead us to springs of water that never run dry. He wants to reveal Himself to us in the desert.


"See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland. " (Isa 43:19)


We have to let God dig new wells in our lives. It is His will for us to find fresh, supernatural water in the desert.


"I will make rivers flow on barren heights, and springs within the valleys. I will turn the desert into pools of water, and the parched ground into springs." (Isa 41:18)


With this water God not only wants to provide for us but He also wants to give us a new, deeper revelation of Himself. Jesus is the living water and whoever drinks from Him will have streams of living water flowing from his body:


"Whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life." (John 4:14)


We can't live on old, stagnant water. We can't draw from yesterday's manifestations of the power of the Spirit and feed on our past experiences with God. We must allow God to open up new springs in our spirit. In concrete terms that means: He has to dig deeper in our lives. When you dig, different layers appear, layers of earth, clay, rock. These have to be carted away so that you can break through to the water. This digging takes a lot of hard work and can be painful. Only if we bow down and let God break us will we be able to dig down into the depths of the knowledge of God and break through to the source of the living water. Half an hour of spirit-filled worship music is not enough to achieve this!


"As waters break out, the LORD has broken out against my enemies before me." So that place was called Baal Perazim (Possessor of breaches) ." (2 Sam 5:20)


He, the Possessor of Breaches, will do this if we expose ourselves to this process of digging and breaking on the part of God. This does not necessarily happen publicly, but in secret. In secret the mysterious wells of God's living water will be revealed to us. We can only pass on to others what we experience in secret, in our profound fellowship with God. Everything else is 'religious'. We must slam the emergency brake on and stop before the train is derailed. This, however, demands a conscious decision:


"This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says: "In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it. You said, 'No, we will flee on horses.' Therefore you will flee! You said, 'We will ride off on swift horses.' Therefore your pursuers will be swift! A thousand will flee at the threat of one; at the threat of Five you will all flee away, till you are left like a flagstaff on a mountaintop, like a banner on a hill." Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!" Isa 30:15-18


God Waits For Us


God waits for us and He wants us to find Him. Do you want to seek Him with all your heart, in secret? Without any fuss and show? With all your strength and with all your soul? When God digs wells, He finds water (Jer 29:11-14; Luke 11:9-13)! In this process you will sometimes feel confused, disoriented and very vulnerable. You will often weep and be easily upset, not really knowing what is happening to you. At the same time, you will be very irritable and sometimes feel as if your nerves are at breaking point. Your "flesh" and the hidden weaknesses of your character, your wrong reactions, will be brought to light without you wanting them to or being able to control it happening. You don't understand yourself any longer and want to crawl away and hide, or have the earth swallow you up.


When that happens, don't be dismayed: God is digging new wells in you! This will take some time and it is far from pleasant, but the Holy Spirit will always give you courage and reassure you that you are on the right path. He will constantly refresh you with a few drops of His living water so that you don't give up, and will show you that where these few drops come from, there is a spring from which a mighty river flows. This river flows from God's temple, His Jerusalem, His glorious presence:


"On that day a fountain will be opened to the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and impurity." (Zech 13:1; compare Ezek 47:1-9)


"The man brought me back to the entrance of the temple, and I saw water coming out from under the threshold of the temple towards the east (for the temple faced east). The water was coming down from under the south side of the temple, south of the altar. He then brought me out through the north gate and led me round the outside to the outer gate facing east, and the water was flowing from the south side. As the man went eastward with a measuring line in his hand, he measured off a thousand cubits and then led me through water that was ankle-deep. He measured off another thousand cubits and led me through water that was knee-deep. He measured off another thousand and led me through water that was up to the waist. He measured off another thousand, but now it was a river that I could not cross, because the water had risen and was deep enough to swim in-- a river that no-one could cross. He asked me, "Son of man, do you see this?" Then he led me back to the bank of the river. When I arrived there, I saw a great number of trees on each side of the river. He said to me, "This water flows towards the eastern region and goes down into the Arabah, where it enters the Sea. When it empties into the Sea, the water there becomes fresh. Swarms of living creatures will live wherever the river flows. There will be large numbers offish, because this water flows there and makes the salt water fresh; so where the river flows everything will live." (Ezek 47:1-9)


"Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb." Rev 22:1


Once we have set out on the narrow path to look for God, our life will have begun to change. You are standing at the start of a journey which does not only lead to a trickle of fresh water but to the mighty river. When you have learnt to swim in this river and to follow its currents you will be provided for directly from the throne of God. Through this river you will find your way to the source of power and it will carry you to the "in-dwelling of God in man", to His "Shechinah".



God's Manifest


"But the LORD is in His holy temple; let all the earth be silent before Him. " (Hab 2:20)


A New Focus

If we want to enter God's presence and, especially, if we want to stay in His presence, there is one thing we must realize most profoundly: It is all about HIM! It must never, ever, be primarily about me, when I come into His presence. As soon as I focus on myself, I am making myself into an obstacle that prevents me from entering His presence. It isn't that God can't approach me, but that I, "my flesh", am in my own way, preventing me from experiencing God deep down, and from meeting Him in a way that will change my life.

Dead Flesh Attracts The Presence Of God!

Yes, you read that correctly. Dead flesh attracts God. Witchcraft is a work of the flesh and can only find space in the flesh (Gal 3:3; 5:19). Therefore any defense based in the flesh is absolutely ineffective. Wherever our flesh dies, it draws God's presence like a magnet and God's protection from witchcraft is formed (Psalm 61:5)


"Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature." (Rom 13:14)


What we may find nauseating is a pleasant fragrance to God: the rotting of our dead flesh. The decomposition of our self-righteous, proud ego will bring us closer to God than ever before! We ourselves can only be transformed into the fragrance and glory of God if we attract Him. However, this is not possible as long as our ego is still wanting to breathe. And believe me - your flesh is probably the most difficult thing to kill. If your flesh is determining your identity, who you are, it is impossible to become free of it. But if the Spirit is in control of your soul and your body you can find your way to a new identity. The Holy Spirit will communicate with your spirit and out of this fellowship, body and soul are defined.


"Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak." (Mark 14:38)


"So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want." (Gal 5:16-17)


Let's not get it wrong! It isn't that I want to harm my body or my soul, to injure or cripple myself. Physical self-chastisement has nothing to do with chastity or sanctity. On the contrary. We should take care of our bodies and look after them because the body is the container, the dwelling-place of the spirit:


"Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own." (1 Cor 6:19)


Here again, we need new awareness and a new focus, the focus of God for our body, our soul and our spirit. If we attach ourselves to the Lord, we will become a spirit with Him, and out of this spiritual unity our soul and our body will be nourished and cared for (1 Cor 6:17). However, all of this must no longer take place for my own sake! If I am the temple of God


"I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." (Gal 2:20)


A life in brokenness is the requirement for a life in the spirit. We cannot lead a life in the spirit with our heads held high in pride, or expect to have spiritually intimate fellowship with God in the flesh!

Suffering And Death Lead To Intimacy And

There is no way of getting close to God, to coming into His presence, that avoids the Cross. Only by death, by dying with Jesus, is it possible to gain access to God's dwelling place and to his Shechinah, the glory of God. We must not forget that God has no fellowship with sin, nothing at all in common with it, and this prevents us from recognizing God. However, if we lead a life of repentance and are prepared to suffer, if we constantly allow ourselves to be cleansed from sin, and fight through the spirit against our sinful nature, then we will already have come closer to the presence and glory of God.


"For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry." (Col 3:3-5)

Whoever wants to see God's glory and live in it must prove worthy! True intimacy with God -not only emotionally but also spiritual intimacy and unity - is not acquired cheaply. God also has feelings and he is probably inconsolable at the way we treat them. Intimacy with God has its price: our life!


"and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me." (Matt 10:38)


How do we prove that we are worthy? By being prepared, every day, at every hour and every minute, to take up our cross and to surrender our life, every area of our existence, completely to Him. "Not as I will, but as You will" and "Jesus, what do You permit me to do, and what would You do in this situation?" should be our motto for living, so that we live a life in His honour. If we have this attitude we are under the dominion and authority of God and are protected from witchcraft. It is the attitude of our heart that matters, not the method of coming into God's presence.

Changing Water into Wine


We can decide whether we want to remain standing by the water, content with that, or whether we will go one step further and taste the wine of the Lord! Water is life, wine is glory! If we are called we cannot, in our being Christians, simply enjoy life a little and play around a little with the anointing of the Holy Spirit.


The question is whether we are going keep to ourselves what we have personally received from God - or what we at least think we have received - or if we are prepared to place it all at His disposal? The water of life is a free gift, costing nothing (Rev 22:17) but you don't get the wine quite so easily! Every believer should be a temple of the Holy Spirit and become a source of living water (John 7:37-39). But not every believer reflects God's face in his life and is like wine for others. Who would take the water if he could choose between water and wine? We are allowed to enjoy the water, which is so refreshing and a vital necessity, and therefore does us good. We are also permitted to rejoice at our salvation and the forgiveness of our sins. However, more is at stake:


"And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. " (2 Cor 3:18)


We should look at His glory, seek His face, so that we can be transformed into His image. The water must be turned into wine so that Jesus' glory can be revealed (John 2:1-12). But this will not happen if Jesus is "only" your Saviour and not the Lord of your life: if he is allowed "only" to serve and not to reign as King; if he is "only" your guest, even your guest of honour, but not the Bridegroom! If we choose only God's grace but not His righteousness, our water will not turn to wine, and we will not gain, access to the glory of God and dwell in His glory!


The Key To The Treasure Of Life


Today, if we not only survive spiritually but also see God's presence working manifestly in our lives, and if we want to dwell in that presence, then we have to penetrate to a deeper level of faith and awareness of the mystery of•. God. We need .a new revelation from God of His, sovereign being, which for us humans is. a hidden mystery. In the Old; Testament, God spoke of this mystery or secret, a treasure,, through the prophet Isaiah:


"I will give you the treasures. of darkness, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the. LORD, the God of Israel, who summons you by name." (Isa 45:3)


Who calls us? It is the God of Israel! It is the Holy One of .Israel who calls us by name and whose mystery or secret is the Messiah. I do not „believe that either the Jews or we Christians really recognise the. depth of the mystery of the Messiah of God, or have exhausted this, secret. We have to dig down to a new radical understanding of our faith, and hence also to a new knowledge of the identity and being of God.


We have to


"have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge." (Col 2:2-3)


If we want to know who we are we first have to find out who God is! We are created in His image (literally: like Him). If we are His image, we should not boast about it but should be looking for the original. On the one hand Jesus (or Yeshua, as His name really was in Hebrew) is the secret of God Himself. On the other hand He also holds the key to this secret: .


"These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no-one can shut, and what he shuts no-one can open." (Rev 3:7) ,


Whom Are You Seeking?

Witchcraft always tries, with all its might, to give us a false, distorted image of God. It wants to hypnotize us and suggest a 'fantastic Jesus figure to us. A fundamental question that has' to be asked if we want to come into the glory of God is: Who are we looking for? Who are we expecting to meet if we go to a meeting or a church service? If you go to a restaurant or a cafe, you usually get what you order. What is on our menu for the church service or our quiet time? What is the next act on the programme? Jesus the prophet, because you want a prophetic word to stimulate your faith? Or Jesus the miracle healer, because you need a miracle for your soul or your body? Or are you even looking for Jesus the magician because you want to see a spectacular trick to entertain you or give you good feelings? Do you see how strongly we focus on ourselves, and how foggy our picture of Jesus is? We need correction through God's Word by a revelation from Him Himself. We should pray


"that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you [us] the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you [we] may know him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way." (Eph 1:17-23)


Is Christ the Head of the church, or just a guest and honorary member? We have to see Christ as He really is: Redeemer and Judge; Servant and Master; Slave and King; Merciful and Just; Shepherd and Disciplinarian; Water and Fire; Approachable and Hidden; Pure and Holy; Loving and True; Faithful and Sovereign. There are many more attributes that could be listed here. But what matters is that our image of God must not be one-sided or distorted, but whole and perfect. This way the power of witchcraft can be stopped from dazzling us and getting into us, shaping our personality to a false ideal by projecting a false image of Jesus. Are we looking for the Greek pagan Jesus or the Hebrew Jewish Jesus? Do you think that doesn't matter? Think again! In Greek thought, the focus is on man, man is the centre from which everything proceeds. In Hebrew thought, God is always the focus and centre of life.

If we are looking for God's glory, we must not disregard this point. Witchcraft always wants to lead us to a false Jesus. Let's not forget that many false Messiahs will come. Remember, too, that Simon the Sorcerer was also called "the divine power known as the Great Power" (Acts 8:9-11). Or consider Elymas the Jewish sorcerer and false prophet, also known as "Bar Jesus" (son of Jesus, Acts 13:6-8). It is significant that sorcery always tries to imitate the original in order to mislead people. We have to recognise Jesus as He really is so that we can be protected from witchcraft and sorcery. This is more urgent today than it was yesterday, and tomorrow it will be more urgent than it is today. Do we know the God of the Bible, the Holy One of Israel, and do we belong to Him?


"[they are] the people of Israel. Theirs is the adoption as sons; theirs the divine glory, the covenants, the receiving of the law, the temple worship and the promises. Theirs are the patriarchs, and from them is traced the human ancestry of Christ, who is God over all, for ever praised! Amen. (Rom 9:4-5) That is the inheritance that He has given entirely to the Jews, His people. Through the Messiah, who came from this nation, we are co-heirs and participate in the promise!

Shechinah - The Glory of God

"Shechinah" is the Hebrew term for "the divine glory of the presence of God among mankind, the glory of the LORD, or the dwelling/tabernacle of God among men"20. However this expression is more than a description. It comes close to being a name, a name that is in unity with and closely connected with the person of God. This Hebrew "Shechinah" is almost synonymous with the name of God, and therefore out of reverence it is not actually used before God. Thus in the Hebrew Old Testament a different term is used for the glory of God: "kawod". This means "glorious, splendid, abundance, honour" and comes from the same etymological root as the Hebrew word "kawed" meaning "weight, mass, heaviness". There is a connection here. When God's glory appears, when the splendor and abundance of His presence, God Himself, are shown, this can be felt as a heavy weight that burdens us, so that we can no longer stand upright and can do nothing:


"When the priests withdrew from the Holy Place, the cloud filled the temple of the LORD. And the priests could not perform their service because of the cloud, for the glory of the LORD filled his temple." (I Kings 8:10-11)


"This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. When I saw it, I fell face down, and I heard the voice of one speaking." (Ezek 1:28)

"When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead." (Rev 1:17)


We need this manifest presence of God, the "Shechinah" of the Lord, so that we no longer try to serve by our own strength and are not held back by the works of the flesh. The "Shechinah" of God is the one place that is absolutely safe from witchcraft.


"Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God." (Rev 21:3)


Isn't this exactly what we all want so much? To live in God's dwelling, to stay in the tabernacle of congregation or tent of meeting? To enter the absolute peace and quiet before the Lord?


Come on, then, let's go! God is more than generous. Indeed, if we seek Him sincerely and with the right focus, if we are really serious about it, and we want to see the real, genuine Jesus (not the one foisted onto us or shaped by our own wishes and imagination) - then He will let us find Him. God wants us to find our way back into His glory. It is He who longs to have us close to Him. In this context I had a vision with a prophetic word in May 1999.

The Return of The Church To The Glory Of


There was a caravan of many people and beasts of burden wending their way through the desert, coming from an area of caves, from foreign parts. They were tired and some were injured. There were men, women and children, a great crowd. But in front of them there was a bright light, a pillar of light - the glory of God going ahead of the caravan and leading the way. Then I heard the following words:


Do you see how I am leading My people home from exile? Just as I led My people Judah and the remnant of Israel back from Babylon and brought them home, I'm still doing it today. I call My people out of the nations back into their land. And I do exactly the same with the believers from the gentile nations. Christians have been living in exile for a long time. They have built churches without My presence and become alien to Me. By separating the Church from My people Israel they have also broken with Me, and drawn a curse upon themselves that is still in effect today. Because of the guilt of their obstinacy and `their own strength, because they boast about themselves, I left them in exile where they have been tormented by a religious spirit. But now that their pride is broken more and more, I am calling My people back out of exile! World-wide I am calling the believers out of the nations back into My presence and I am restoring what was broken. I want to build up again from the ruins and cultivate the land once again. They shall live in My presence and glory, and rejoice in Me. They shall worship Me and experience My strength. In this way I will call them out of the power of Babylon and deliver them from the influence of the spirit of Babel. I am breaking the yoke of exile over them, and making them into My body. If they will pay attention to My call, repent and obey My voice they will come into My glorious presence and have life and healing in abundance. My children have had to do without lily glory for too long. Because of the power of their sins and guilt they have suffered under the power of the enemy. Now I will have mercy and call My people back, for I love them. I will forgive their guilt and cleanse them from all impurity, religiosity, from their witchcraft and sorcery, from the idolatry of Babel. If they will listen to My call, if I draw them with My love, if they then answer and repent, I will break the power of Babylon, the religious spirit of Babel, and they will be My people and I will be their God. I. want to do this now and I will do this now!


At the time I wrote about this, I knew: God is calling us Christians to repent. We should worship Him alone. He wants to free us from the religious system of control, from the spirit of Babel and the power of Babylon. He wants to eliminate the spiritual arrogance, the haughty nature and pride from our lives. We should turn away from the worship of institutions, religious systems, of names, ministries, gifts and individuals! He wants to lead us back into His presence, into His SHECHINAH (the divine glory of the presence of God among men). He wants to build up His body and restore His church. Since 1967 God has been restoring the true church and His bride by reviving the Messianic movement that had been separated. from the church for almost 2000 years. Wherever that happens, the Shechinah of God is visible. We must worship Him, and Him alone! This prophecy will be fulfilled in our time if we obey God's word:


"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you," declares the LORD, "and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you," declares the LORD, "and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile." (Jer 29:11-14) "So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!" (Luke 11:9-13

Touching the Hem of His Garment

We have no alternative but to set out seriously on the way to find the place of His presence. However, before we can enter into to His glory, we will touch the hem of His garment. The hem played a significant part on the inner tent of the Tabernacle and the outer garment worn by the High Priest (Exodus 26-39). The hem of the garment, or the train of the robe, is like a defense that hides the nakedness of the wearer, the inmost and most intimate place. God keeps us hidden under the train of His robe. This is a defense for us so that we do not have to die at once, as we would if we were to see God directly. Remember what God replied to Moses:


"Then Moses said, "Now show me your glory." And the LORD said, "I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the LORD, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. But," he said, "you cannot see my face, for no-one may see me and live. " Then the LORD said, "There is a place near me where you may stand on a rock. When my glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft in the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by. Then I will remove my hand and you will see my back; but my face must not be seen." (Exod 33:18-23)



We need to understand this. God surrounds Himself with a garment to protect us. He hides Himself from us because we would not be able to stand the splendor of His presence. Isaiah, too, saw the Lord on His throne in His royal robes:


"In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of his robe filled the temple." (Isa 6:1)


Elijah also covered his face when he came out to the mouth of the cave to talk to God (1 Kings 19:13). The train of the robe of God is like the veil of the Temple that separated the Holy of Holies from the holy place. Only one single person was permitted to pass behind this curtain on one particular day of the year only (Lev 16:29-34; Heb 8:7). Only the High priest was allowed, on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, to enter this Holy of Holies where the Ark of the Covenant with the Cherubim was kept, where God's presence dwelt. "Shechinah" also means " the settling of God's Presence".


Through Jesus, Who is our High Priest, it is now possible for any of us to enter this Holy of Holies.


"When Christ came as high priest of the good things that are already here, he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not man-made, that is to say, not a part of this creation. He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, having obtained eternal redemption. ... For Christ did not enter a man-made sanctuary that was only a copy of the true one; he entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God's presence." (Heb 9:11-12, 24)


But Jesus paid a high price for the veil of the Temple being torn in two and the revealing the train of God's robe.


"And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom." (Matt 27:50-51)


Therefore, in order to enter God's dwelling place and to touch his "Shechinah" we must first touch Jesus so that we can be cleansed from all impurity by His blood. There is a very telling incident in Matthew 9:20-22. The woman with an issue of blood who had tried everything to be healed, but to no avail. On the contrary, it only got worse. Yet when she touched the hem of Jesus' garment (the train of God's robe) this is what happened:


"Just then a woman who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak. She said to herself, "If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed." Jesus turned and saw her. "Take heart, daughter," he said, "your faith has healed you." And the woman was healed from that moment."

We read this strange story in a different place in the New Testament:

"And wherever he went-- into villages, towns or countryside-- they placed the sick in the market-places. They begged him to let them touch even the

edge of his cloak, and all who touched him were healed." (Mark 6:56)


Of course it was not His cloak that healed people. But it was the fact that people had faith, sought Jesus and, most of all, that it was Jesus wearing this cloak that made the difference. Thus there are at least these three things that are necessary for us to penetrate into the Lord's presence: faith, rising up or seeking God, and touching Jesus. It is like the way from the anteroom to the Holy of Holies. In the anteroom our faith is awakened. Then we set out to seek God in His sanctuary. And in the Holy of Holies we can touch Him. All the same, to touch Jesus we need to be where He is and to go where He goes! If we only touch the hem of His garment, then we have already moved into a deeper dimension of His presence and God will reveal Himself more and more. The closer we are to Him, the further we are from witchcraft and its seductive power.


It Takes Your Breath Away!


I have experienced God coming close to me several times. Mostly it happened at a moment when I was least expecting it. We can't take God by surprise, but he surprises us again and again. Once I was in a meeting where a young woman was just performing a prophetic dance with a large flag. There were a few hundred Europeans and around a thousand Africans at this conference. I was about 30 to 40 meters away from the stage. But the moment that young English woman came and swung her flag to and fro over the heads of the Africans, the presence of God came into the room with tremendous force and power. It was a colossal experience. I had already experienced several times how the adrenaline shoots up when God's presence is manifested. But this was much stronger. I had the impression of standing before God's glory, Jesus Himself. There was such purity and holiness there, that I immediately became aware of my own sinful, impure being. It. was a terrible moment in which my inmost being was revealed by God's presence. It seemed He was coming closer and closer. I fell to the ground: It was as if the holiness of God had drawn away all the oxygen around me. I gasped for air and had trouble breathing. Other people around me were affected in thesame way. Inwardly I said: "Lord, don't come any closer; or I'll die!" At that moment I was -overcome by a gentle wave of grace. A real feeling of happiness invaded me and I realized what the grace of God meant in my life. Then everything started running: eyes, nose, and mouth! After a while I sat there on the dirty floor as if stunned. But I didn't care! I enjoyed the presence of the Father and let Him caress and embrace me.


When God really comes, it takes your breath away. Then you fall down and can't stand with your head held high. And indeed, at that time I was already in the Ministry full-time. I wasn't aware of any sin in my life and, from my point of view, I was living a life pleasing to God. But when the glory of God came, my character, my pride and my impurity were all revealed! You can't hide anything from God. It's better to put off your sin beforehand than to wait until you are consciously approaching God's presence and glory. It was both one of the most terrible and one of the most beautiful moments of my life so far.

A Meeting with a Thornbush

A meeting.. with a thornbush isn't always pleasant. In spite of wearing gloves, whenever I trim the thornbush hedge in our garden I always have to pull thorns out of my hands or from under my fingernails afterwards. This has always been more painful than pleasant. The thorns are there to remind us of our "flesh" and to prick us. When we meet up with God's thornbush our inmost flesh is exposed, and the thorns go in deep.


For Moses it was a wondrous and awesome meeting he had with God at the burning bush (Exodus 3:2, 4, 17). He wasn't allowed to approach too closely because the glory of God was so strong. He had to cover his face and remove his shoes. A symbol of how naked and blind we are when we stand before God in all humility, leaving the plane of the soul. For a man in the desert to have nothing on his feet is tantamount to a death sentence. His feet would become sore and he wouldn't be able to walk away. Or he might be bitten by a snake or stung by a scorpion. God wants us to give up all security if we want to come close to Him. In this meeting, Moses' weaknesses were brought to light. But it is precisely in these weaknesses that God was able to use Moses so mightily, so that the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob was able to reveal Himself through this man. It is amazing how long God spent talking to Moses!


If we admit our weaknesses God will always let His grace take effect on us. He gives us the time we need. The bush was not consumed by the flames of the fire, but God's presence will consume our pride and our impurity.


God Gives Grace to the Humble


It has always been so and will always be so: God doesn't live with those who know everything and can do everything, who don't need His help and who consider themselves "good". He shows himself to the needy, the weak and those looking for help. Above all, He shows himself to the humble, to those who don't think much of themselves, but instead put all their trust in God and have surrendered their hearts entirely to God. Do we talk about God's work, or about our own works and the great services we have done for God? Yes, there's a difference! Many years ago a leader whom I considered to be very humble told me: "Humility doesn't recognise itself." What wisdom! The Word of God says: "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble." Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. " (James 4:6­10)


"For this is what the high and lofty One says-- he who lives for ever, whose name is holy: "I live in a high and holy place, but also with him who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite." (Isa 57:15 cf. Psalm 34:18)


A life in brokenness, worship and repentance will lead you closer to God and will bring forth the power of God. Our ego, human pride and Christian arrogance must be broken to allow God to dwell in us in His glory. If you love Jesus with all your heart and keep His commandments He will reveal Himself to you and come to you with the Father and They will live in you (John 14:21-23).


Friend and Servant of God


We need to have a new understanding of God's friendship. Our life should be more balanced, not so one-sided. If we are over-familiar with God, too "matey", we may suffer the fate of Uzzah, who thought he could just touch God's glory:


"When they came to the threshing-floor of Nacon, Uzzah reached out and took hold of the ark of God, because the oxen stumbled. The LORD's anger burned against Uzzah because of his irreverent act; therefore God struck him down and he died there beside the ark of God. Then David was angry because the LORD's wrath had broken out against Uzzah, and to this day that place is called Perez Uzzah." (2 Sam 6:6-8)


That's why "being the friend and servant of God" should be kept more or less in balance. Jesus said He called us His friends and no longer His servants (John 15:15). Friendship with God comes first, because He has created us to be company for Himself. However, Jesus equates this friendship with love that is so strong that friends will give their lives for one another (John 15:13) and tells us that we are His friends if we do as He says (John 15:14). This in turn makes us servants again, in the sense of one who serves the living God (Daniel 6:21; Heb 9:14). Whoever is a friend of God lives in the "Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD -- and he will delight in the fear of the LORD." (Isa 11:2-3) for "The LORD confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them." (Ps 25:13-14)

The Tent of Meeting

Friends and servants of God don't go to the tent of meeting just once a day or maybe 3 times a week. No, indeed, they live in it and spend most of their time - and the most important part of their time - in the tent of meeting. We can learn a lot from the example of Moses and Joshua:


"Now Moses used to take a tent and pitch it outside the camp some distance away, calling it the "tent of meeting". Anyone enquiring of the LORD would go to the tent of meeting outside the camp." (Exod 33:7)


Moses erected the tent outside the camp. This represents the fact that the Lord is holy and set apart. If you want to meet the Lord face to face you must free yourself of all worldly influence and go out of the camp, that is, away from everything that represents human and material security. Only if we trust Him with all our heart and set ourselves apart for him away from the world (not from people, though!) are we able to step into the tent of meeting and speak with God face to face:


"The LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks with his friend. Then Moses would return to the camp, but his young assistant Joshua son of Nun did not leave the tent." (Exod 33:11)


This incident shows us that even after the Fall, it is possible to be so close to God. Other examples such as Enoch, Noah and Abraham testify to this. But Moses had a recipe for success that enabled him to approach the Lord and really meet Him: "Now Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth." (Num 12:3) Humility is not only the key to the tent of meeting, but also one of the main aspects of complete protection against the power of sorcery and witchcraft! Humility means knowing who you are yourself and who God is. It means having a healthy awareness of your own weaknesses and the strengths of the Lord.


"Men and women in the Kingdom of God who posses no healthy revelation of the weakness of their flesh are a danger if God anoints them for a particular leadership position or ministry. With their spiritual arrogance they can cause a lot of destruction in the Kingdom of God.'21


As we have already said: We cannot approach God with our heads held high. Moses understood that. Joshua understood it, too. He was a young man and he was Moses' assistant. Really, he should have gone with Moses when he returned to the camp to tell the people what was the will of God. But Joshua had realized that he himself wanted to stay in God's will and that there was no better place for him in all the world than this tent of meeting where God Himself lived and revealed Himself. Not even standing at the side of the mighty leader and prophet who was an image of the Messiah, a christophany, and learning from him. Not even that was important enough to get him to leave the tent. He did not move from inside the tent! That was the most important thing for him, even as a young man. This time was of prime importance for Joshua's taking up his calling later on. He was to replace Moses. He, together with Caleb, was to be one of the two spies who had a different spirit (Num 14:24). Like Moses, he received the same spirit of wisdom (Deut 34:9). And what is more, he was to see the Lord Himself:


"Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua went up to him and asked, "Are you for us or for our enemies?" "Neither," he replied, "but as commander of the army of the LORD I have now come." Then Joshua fell face down to the ground in reverence, and asked him, "What message does my Lord have for his servant?" The commander of the LORD's army replied, "Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy." And Joshua did so." (Josh 5:13-15)


This encounter enabled Joshua to take the Promised Land and to share it out among Israel. "And Joshua did so" - quite simply. When we have such an encounter with the living God, all our arguing and discussion disappear immediately. We are silent before the Lord and do as He says.


The whole effect of this meeting and everything that was a blessing for the children of Israel at that time and led to the fulfillment of the promise, had its beginning in the fact that Joshua as a young man did not move out of the tent. If we want to stay free of the influence of witchcraft today, and to avoid coming under its power, we must not only know the tent and where it is, but we must become accustomed to staying inside it and not moving out again.


The objective is to become a tent of meeting ourselves, to make our lives a tent of meeting where people can meet Jesus through us. God wants to pitch this tent in the life of each one of us. Not just for the length of a church service or a Christian camp week. He wants to drive the tent pegs deep into our personality and our character.


Knowing God's Countenance And Standing
In His Council

Once the Father and Jesus have had the opportunity to make their home in us, really and permanently (John 14: 23), we will learn to make our home in Him. We will really get to know Him and our lives will be changed. We will not just come close to Him and seek Him at given times, but we will be with Him and live out of His presence. To be preserved permanently from witchcraft it is, however, extremely important that we "stand before the Lord" (1 Kings 17:1; 18:15) without ceasing and that our life is oriented on Him and determined by Him. If we want to avoid being misled and falling victim to sorcery and witchcraft, we must stand in the council of the Lord. It is necessary to take time to join in the council assembly and to study His word, instead of prophesying at the push of a button out of the blue. Jeremiah asked the prophets of Israel:


"But which of them has stood in the council of the LORD to see or to hear his word? Who has listened and heard his word?" (Jer 23:18)


This isn't about any little vision or imaginary idea, not about fantasizing or delusions of our own minds (Jer 23:26; Eze 13: 2-3; 17). Nor is it about a "bit of prophesy" in pictures or words. Standing in the council of the Lord means hearing His voice! It means having seen Him and heard His word! But many prophets today leave out this important point and become independent of the council of the Lord. This allows room for false prophecies, or visions from your own spirit and your own thoughts:


"But if they had stood in my council, they would have proclaimed my words to my people and would have turned them from their evil ways and from their evil deeds." (Jer 23:22; cp. Lam 2:14)


These will produce prophets "who will follow their own ungodly desires. These are the men who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit." (Jud 1:18-19)


Being A Mirror Of God


The aim of our life is to be in the presence and company of God here on earth. In this way we will become a mirror reflecting God's image and people will recognise God in us.

"Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame." (Ps 34:5)


At the moment, the lives of most Christians do not yet look like this, but it is the will of God that we should not just have a nodding acquaintance with Him but that we should be completely familiar with Him and known to Him, so that we see Him face to face:


"Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known." (1 Cor 13:12)


God's prophets in the Old Testament reflected God's Being in their lives and their messages. The didn't have just one message, not just words, they themselves were the message expressed in their lives. They were not prophets because of their message, but because of their relationship with God. They were not important in themselves but through their function as messengers for God. They had this balance between friendship and servitude, between intimacy and awe. If we want to stand up against witchcraft we need this balance and this closeness to God that the Old Testament prophets had. The most important thing in our service for God is not our gifts, but the inward, invisible spirituality. It is of vital importance, particularly for the prophetic ministry, that everything that is manifested in the way of prophetic attributes should be rooted in the qualities of a stable character. It must be plain: the objective of all prophetic speech and action is to present the character of God and thereby to reveal His holiness and love. This is why people involved in the prophetic ministry have a particular responsibility to be a reflection of God. Integrity is crucial. What we say and what we preach to others must be evident in our lives. Our words must correspond to our deeds. This will help us to avoid becoming religious and falling under the power of witchcraft and the religious spirit. Have we seen God and do we reflect Him?


"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God" (Matt 5:7-8)



The Entire Word of God


"I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book. And if anyone takes words away from this book of prophecy, God will take away from him his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book." (Rev 22:18-19)

I am firmly convinced that these words, which are at the end of the Bible and were given by Jesus Himself, do not apply only to the Book of Revelation but to the entire Word of God, the whole Bible from Genesis to Revelation. The Bible is actually the broadest and most fundamental channel of God's revelation. It contains and explains all channels of revelation: the life of Jesus Christ, dreams, visions, prophecy! The Bible, however, is not only the record of these revelations from God: it is in itself prophetic. That is why the Bible is both the record of God's special revelation and at the same time part of this revelation. It is inspired by God through His Holy Spirit and absolutely without error. It contains the highest level of prophecy.


"And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet's own interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit." (2 Pet 1:19-21)


More than a third of all the statements in the Bible are prophecy. Thus, the "Book of Prophecy" refers to the entire Bible. It is interesting that the Bible ends with a curse, although a blessing then follows. In those biblical times, this was usual in literature. In letters, a curse at the end emphasized the importance of the content. The decisive statement here is, once again: whoever misrepresents the Word of God is accursed. And take note that this is the word of Jesus Christ Himself, Who bore every curse for us on the cross (Gal. 3:13). Therefore, to avoid falling under a curse and becoming the victim of false prophecy and witchcraft, we must pay attention to the entire word of God.


Old Testament and New Testament

There are Christians today who claim to be "New Testament Believers" and therefore they need only the New Testament. Others again delve into the Old Testament and take little or no notice of the New Testament. Both standpoints are wrong. Is this not "taking away words from the book of prophecy"? The fact is that we only have partial knowledge of God if we only know and take seriously part of the Bible, even if it is a major part of the Word of God. One-sidedness almost always leads you astray. It is also a fact that we cannot understand the one without the other. I firmly believe that God Himself has arranged things this way. I have often heard that the Old Testament can only be understood in the light of the New. Others might prefer to say that the New Testament and the ministry of the Messiah can only be interpreted and understood correctly on the basis of the Old Testament.


"Jesus is the highest and the perfect revelation of God (Heb 1:1-3) and through Him we understand the Old Testament. It is by recognizing the Son of God and the connection with the Old Testament that the other scriptures of the New Testament can be explained. "22


We need the Word of God in its entirety, the whole Bible, in order to obtain a complete picture of God and His will for our lives.

Polarization Of God's Word

Polarization is dangerous, at least with regard to the Kingdom of God, the Word of God and our faith in God. Polarization means ""opposedness or doubleness of aspect or tendency" The verb “polarize” means "to subject to polarization; to give polarity to; to develop new qualities or meanings in; to split into opposing camps. »23


It is dangerous to play off these supposed opposite tendencies in ourselves or in God's Word and being against one another. Then we begin to play off God's grace against His righteousness. We emphasize only the love of God and play down His severity, discipline and jealousy. Ultimately we become sectarian and pick out only what suits us. We tinker with the Word and make up our own image of God, not knowing the sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel any more.


The Old Testament is played off against the New Testament and vice versa. Yet essentially they belong together. They must not be torn apart! We cannot split God's being up into its component parts. It is vitally urgent that we should stop polarizing our faith life. This can only produce pain, sorrow and division. Polarization means splitting something up which in its composition and essence belongs together. This polarization has caused a lot of dissension and confusion among Christians and churches. Such polarization opens the door to false teaching and to witchcraft in the church. Do we really want to keep witchcraft out of our lives?


Then we must stop polarizing God and His Word. Our faith must be founded on the entire Word. It is like a consecrated marriage: "What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. "(Mark 10:8-9, KJV)


As a child, I learned from my own experience what it means when parents divorce. This causes a rift in the soul and personality of the child. The character of the child is permanently marked by this wound. As a young Christian, out of drugs for just three years, I experienced what it means and what horrible effects result when a spiritual community is split. In our particular case it was for some a matter of life and death. Thank God that He has healed me of these wounds and injuries to my spirit and soul. All the same, we must bear in mind: dissension originates from a false, distorted image of God which can be the result of polarization. Remember: in a false image of God and through the split in the personality which ensues, witchcraft has virtually free access to the soul! We must stop identifying the Old Testament with a God of severity and justice, and the New Testament with a God of love and grace. If you polarize in this way, you risk falling into the heresy of dualistic Gnosticism.


Eat The Word!

"It is written: 'Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God."' (Matt 4:4)

To avoid this trap we should base our lives totally on the entire Word of God, that is on both the Old and the New Testaments. Not on our power, but on the Word of God. Not on our experience (not even on our spiritual experience), but on the Word of God. Not on our feelings, but on the Word. Not on our upbringing or traditions, but entirely on the Word. Not on dogmas or doctrines, but on the Word of God.


Are you hungry? Then you have to eat. That is perfectly normal. But if we want to understand God better and experience His presence intimately. It is absolutely vital to feed constantly on the Word of God. We must eat His Word! Once again we have to realize that there is no space for neutrality! If I don't fill myself up with God's Word I will automatically be filled with other things. The void in me, this hunger for God, is something He has given me, but I am the one who decides and determines what I am going to fill this void with. Some of the people in the Bible understood this principle. They ate God's Word: "When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart's delight, for I bear your name, 0 LORD God Almighty." (Jer 15:16)


"And he said to me, "Son of man, eat what is before you, eat this scroll; then go and speak to the house of Israel." So I opened my mouth, and he gave me the scroll to eat. Then he said to me, "Son of man, eat this scroll I am giving you and fill your stomach with it." So I ate it, and it tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth. He then said to me: "Son of man, go now to the house of Israel and speak my words to them." (Ezek 3:1-4)


"I took the little scroll from the angel's hand and ate it. It tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth, but when I had eaten it, my stomach turned sour. Then I was told, "You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, languages and kings." (Rev 10:10-11)


If these men of the Bible, including Jesus Himself, lived out this principle, should we not do the same? Only if you have studied the Word of God intensively and taken it in, digested it, will you be successful in the long run in your service to the Lord and in the struggle against the dark powers of witchcraft.


"Now the Bereans ... received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true." (Acts 17:11; cf Jos 1:8; Psalm 1:1-3)


I hope and pray that you will feel a new love and an even greater hunger for the Word of God at this moment. May the Father of Glory Himself reveal His entire Word, from Genesis to Revelation, to you through His Holy Spirit and show you the unity and connectedness of the Old and New Testaments. May He show you His Shechinah, His manifest presence, so clearly and powerfully that you will never want to leave His tabernacle again. Amen.


The Holy Remnant -

The Bride of the King


"Blow the trumpet in Zion, declare a holy fast, call a sacred assembly. Gather the people, consecrate the assembly; bring together the elders, gather the children, those nursing at the breast. Let the bridegroom leave his room and the bride her chamber."

(Joel 2:15-16)


Up to now we have said that God's remedy for witchcraft in your life and for the church consists in God giving you a hunger for Him. We have also seen that we can be protected from witchcraft and overcome it by living a life in the presence of God. Now we are going to look at another extremely important point in the question of finding God's remedy for witchcraft in the church: this is the importance of belonging to "the holy remnant" or "bride" of Jesus, as the Bible also terms it. What does this belonging look like? Who belongs to this remnant? Who is the bride? And why is that important in connection with witchcraft?


These are questions that we are going to deal with in this last chapter of this book, and of course to try and answer.

God's Fellowship and Discipleship Training


Satan, and with him the spirits of witchcraft and sorcery, is always trying to tear us away from God and His operation in our lives. Satan wants us to take short cuts to prevent our character from developing and progressing. This is why God has established discipleship training with the objective of making our "flesh" die so that we can live in the "spirit", gaining integrity of character and eventually becoming the image of God's Son. This discipleship training takes place in fellowship with God. Remember, Jezebel means "without fellowship". Thus fellowship with God, committed cohabitation in a spiritual fellowship, is another remedy against witchcraft in the church. If the life we live is too secluded, too solitary, we are much more susceptible to the effects of witchcraft. If we withdraw from our Christian brothers and sisters we also withdraw from God's "grinding" process in our lives as we "rub against" one another. God doesn't want us just to be Christians. He wants us to be disciples and follow Him.

From A Precious Stone to A Diamond

"As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another." (Prov 27:17)


We are "sharpened" and "filed" by fellowship, which changes us. Precious stones are formed by enormously high pressure. Yet even a precious stone has to be specially processed and ground until it becomes a brilliant diamond of great value! A precious stone is raw material and is not displayed in the jeweller's window. A genuine, many-carat diamond, however, is given pride of place. It's the same in our lives. If we are just worthy, believing Christians nobody will take any notice of us. If, on the other hand, we are disciples of Jesus filled with power from above, we will fill a display case in God's jewellery store and people will come to look at how we live.


God is an artist, a sculptor. We are the raw material. The chisel is the Holy Spirit, but the hammer God uses is fellowship. Father God is sculpting a beautiful bride for His Son Jesus, the Bridegroom. But if we are not wearing our wedding clothes we will be thrown out (Matt 22:11-13). Are we listening to what Jesus said?


"For many are called, but few are chosen." (Matt 22:14, KJV)



Baptized With The Holy Spirit And With

I personally believe that the key to the secret of distinguishing between "called" (or "invited" in the New International Version) and "chosen" is whether we surrender fully to God and expose ourselves to sanctification by God in our lives. We are all called to do so, but only a relatively small number obey. Thus there are only a few chosen ones who will be part of His Bride.


The prophecy by John the Baptist about Jesus explains this more:


"John answered them all, "I baptize you with water. But one more powerful than I will come, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand to clear his threshing-floor and to gather the wheat into his barn, but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire." (Luke 3:16-17)


Although repentance is the first - and unavoidable - step towards acceding to fellowship with God, it is not enough to make you a disciple of Jesus. A disciple is filled with the Holy Spirit. We also see that John said Jesus would baptize us not only with the "Holy Spirit" but also with "FIRE". The baptism


of fire is symbolic of the ongoing cleansing, holiness and refining by the holiness of God. Hence, it is not enough to be baptized just once and filled with the Holy Spirit and then to languish as a nominal Christian. If you leave out the baptism of fire you will not be in the wedding party. The next verse proves this. He is going to clear His threshing-floor. This threshing-floor and barn are nothing else but fellowship, the community of God, His future bride! The fire that will purify and consume is unpleasant circumstances, pain, suffering, persecution and destruction brought about by God or permitted by Him, so that we can live like Him and be worthy of Him. For some people this will lead to martyrdom. Therefore:


"I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so that you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so that you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so that you can see." (Rev 3: 18)


Only the one who overcomes will be dressed in these white clothes and go in to the wedding of the Lamb.


"Yet you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes. They will walk with me, dressed in white, for they are worthy. He who overcomes will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out his name from the book of life, but will acknowledge his name before my Father and his angels." (Rev 3:4-5)


Take note: here again it says "a few people". Belonging to these "few" is not the reward of our being able to present a good performance. It simply means accepting the sanctification and discipline of God, which enables us to overcome. We are all standing on a foundation of grace. Jesus said that if time were not shortened, even the chosen would fall to temptation (Matt 24:22-24). Whether called or chosen, it is all grace.

The Ten Virgins

In Matthew chapter 25 we find another example that shows us that it is not enough to be filled just once with the Holy Spirit in order to belong to the wedding party. Being filled with the Holy Spirit is a gift of grace from God. However, the parable does not say "once filled = forever filled" (cf Acts 2:2 and 4:29-3 1). That is a major error because the Holy Spirit is not static but dynamic in His being. Another equally important error is prevalent in certain denominations: that someone who has been converted or born again cannot be subject to demonic powers or curses. These Christians would probably have believed that the girl with the spirit of fortune-telling in Philippi was a converted and believing Christian (Acts 16:16-18).

Now to the ten virgins. Have you ever wondered why five were admitted by the bridegroom and five were locked out? This parable, as with all the parables in Matthew 24 and 25, is first and foremost about being prepared and does not have a symbolic significance. We should be prepared at every moment for the bridegroom, Jesus, to fetch His bride, the church; to the wedding feast (I believe this will be the rapture of the church). Yet it is precisely this important point of being prepared that brings us back to an interpretation of the parable. How can we get ready and be prepared?


By the way, this is about bridesmaids. At a wedding they prepare the way for the bride to go to her bridegroom, who is waiting for her. Could it be that this parable speaks specially to the leaders who are preparing the way for the church? But that is only by the way. All ten virgins had oil. The oil is evidently a symbol of being filled with the Holy Spirit. To start with, they were all filled with the Holy Spirit. They were all believers, because they were all waiting for the bridegroom. The point is that five of them didn't have enough oil. That means they were not sufficiently filled with the Holy Spirit who sanctifies, so there was no oil left for the fire of God to burn in their lives and prepare them for this day. In particular, replacement theology prevents us from being filled completely with the Holy Spirit. These virgins begged:


"Later the others also came. 'Sir! Sir!' they said. 'Open the door for us!' But he replied, 'I tell you the truth, I don't know you.' Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour." (Matt 25:11-13) Inevitably, this reminds us of Matt 7:21-23: "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?' Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'


Here once again we see that in the name of Jesus we can prophesy, drive out demons and do many miracles without having a relationship with Him personally. That is pure witchcraft! That is why prophetically gifted people in particular should live in this committed fellowship with God.


Do we really know Jesus? Do we belong to His bride? Are we in fellowship with God, involved in His discipleship training, and therefore safe from witchcraft?

                God's Secret - The New Self


Belonging to the bride of Jesus has nothing to do with any denomination or any spiritual trend or movement among Christians. What matters here is not an outward issue. Belonging to the bride of Jesus depends on being a new person. It is only by a new creation, an act of creation by God inside us, that the new birth can take place and the new-born self can develop. This is the circumcision of the heart (Jer 4_4).


"Surely you heard of him and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness." (Eph 4:21-24)

Becoming Children Of God

Through the Holy Spirit a new "man" is conceived in us, as Mary conceived Jesus. This "new man"' has a "Christ-nature". This "new man" is created in the image and being of God, in true righteousness and holiness. Something fundamentally different happens in our lives when this "new birth" takes place.


"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!" (2 Cor 5:17)


This Christ-nature in me and in the Bride forms the new person and a new human race. Not only has a correction taken place but a change of direction in our lives. We don't just become a little bit more pious or religious. No, there is a complete renewal starting with the rebirth: "he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit." (Titus 3:5)


The rebirth and the renewal of our being set in motion at that time by the Holy Spirit is a sovereign act of God that occurs by grace and mercy. When this happens in a person it is a miracle every time. The moment it happens there is an immediate change of command. This doesn't happen at the moment of conversion, which isn't comparable with the rebirth. Rebirth can happen in a moment, but a change in a person's being is always a process:


"Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God-" (John 1:12) It says here "to become" children of God. Thus this is a process, As we have already seen: "because those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. " (Rom 8:14)


It takes more than  “just" being born again to be led by the Spirit of God. A new born baby is a human being but this baby must first become a toddler and finally an adult. A caterpillar is destined to become a butterfly. But it has to go through the process of metamorphosis as a chrysalis in order to emerge as a butterfly. A baby cannot feed and protect itself. A spiritual baby still needs help if it is not to fall into the trap of witchcraft.

Rebirth and Holiness

When we are born again we have attained to the status of being saved, but that is no guarantee that it will always be so. This is why God has created a special instrument to change us from babies to mature believers: holiness!


"Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; without holiness no-one will see the Lord." (Heb 12:14)


A girl is not yet a bride. She must first grow up. When she is physically mature and ready for marriage, she must be prepared and dressed for her wedding. Sanctification or holiness is God's method of preparing His bride or the metamorphosis into the image of His Son. Although we have been born again we are still not yet the image of the Son of God. But God wants to shape us into that image: just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless." (Eph 5:25-27)


This holy and spotless church is the bride of the Lamb of God, without stain or wrinkle. This is the purpose of the sanctification or cleansing, without which there would be no bride and without which no-one would see the bridegroom! The more we follow the path of holiness the more we will be prevented from treading the path of witchcraft. The Bridegroom has fixed His eyes on the bride and the Father protects the bride for the Bridegroom while she is being prepared and "dressed" by the Spirit.

The Israel of God

Now we have found that there are believers who have been born again, who have entered into fellowship with God and begun His discipleship training. These who are "called" out of the world form the church. The word "church" in biblical Greek was "ekklesia". It means "called out". When those who are called out meet together they form the church which is sanctified, made holy and becomes the bride, which is once again "the Israel of God":


"Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is a new creation. Peace and mercy to all who follow this rule, even to the Israel of God." (Gal 6:15-16)


What counts is a new creation, trust in Jesus and the acceptance of the Holy Spirit. Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision matters if you belong to the Israel of God. However, to avoid all misunderstanding, this verse from Galatians 6:15-16 about the Israel of God needs expert explanation by David H. Stern:


"This verse, which contains the only use in the New Testament of the phrase "Israel of God" has been wrongly interpreted as evidence for the doctrine of Replacement Theology, claiming that the Church is the 'New Israel' and has replaced the Jews, the 'Old Israel', as the chosen people of God. Yet neither this nor any other passage in the New Testament speaks for this false and distinctly anti-Semitic interpretation. Equally, in my opinion, nowhere in the New Testament is the opposite taught: that the turn in events only refers to the Jews and that 'Israel' cannot be used to refer also to the gentiles - as has been suggested, perhaps as a counter-reaction to the first interpretation. In order to find out exactly what is being expressed here we need to investigate the Jewish background to the verse. Let's take the phrase "all who follow this rule". From the context Saul (Paul) is thinking of all those who live in Galatia, Messianic Jews and Messianic Gentiles who obey this "rule", that they are a "new creation" (verse 15) and their trusting faith in God and Yeshua (Jesus) manifests itself freely in love through the Spirit. They alone form the people of God in Galatia, the Messianic fellowship of God. "24


This makes quite clear who are the Israel of God. Further, according to David Stern, we must also bear in mind that this blessing in verse 16 is a central element in the divine service of the synagogue, and even originates in the liturgy of the Temple. The prayer refers to the church which is part of "the whole of Israel". Thus the church is asking God to extend the blessing of His peace beyond itself to embrace the whole of Israel. Hence Israel, chosen naturally by God, is included in the blessing. The church is not itself "the whole of Israel" but is included in the term "the whole of Israel".

Jews and Gentiles - The Cross In The


"Rut now I will not deal with the remnant of this people as I did in the past," declares the LORD Almighty. "The seed will grow well, the vine will yield its fruit, the ground will produce its crops, and the heavens will drop their dew. I will give all these things as an inheritance to the remnant of this people." (Zech 8:11-12)


God first chose His people Israel, the Jews. But then He also called believers out of other nations to be grafted into the good olive tree (Romans 11:17­24).

"I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. "(John 10:16)


From these two parts, and the holy remnant of Israel, the Christian or Messianic Jews, God has created a new man:


"For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by abolishing in his flesh the law with its commandments and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace, and in this one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility." (Eph 2:14-16)


This doesn't mean that we believers from gentile nations must now become Jews, nor does it mean the converse, that Jews who believe in Jesus should become Christians. Jesus created a new man out of the two by breaking down the barrier and the hostility between them. Only through the Cross of Golgotha - which is the place of reconciliation - can we be one together. The cross is the link, the foundation of grace and our protection. The epistle continues:


"For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit. Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow ­citizens with God's people and members of God's household." (Eph 2:18-19)


Thus we Gentiles also belong to the Israel of God, because through Christ we have citizenship in Israel (Eph. 2:12-13). By the circumcision of the heart the Holy Spirit also gives us His view of Jerusalem as His bride. Therefore each and every form of anti-Semitism belongs to the barrier. But this Israel of God, the church of God or bride of Jesus, will become more and more clear as the end times progress. It will be a body of believing Jews and Gentiles and have the Lord as its head. This body will have the cross at the centre and will form a protective space against the powers of darkness.

Unity in the Body

This unity of Messianic Jews and gentile believers will be a testimony for the whole world. This unity will reflect the glory of God, which will dazzle the enemy. We each need one another, and everyone must take the place assigned to him or her. The Messianic Jews can help us to reach the roots of our belief and a better understanding of God's word and being. If we are not connected to the root we have no power or authority over the power of the enemy. However, if we find this unity the devil and all his demons will have to tremble. Then the church, the Israel of God, will arise and complete God's plan. Then He, Jesus, will be the head of the church. One of the mightiest weapons against witchcraft and hence a magnet for God's presence is unity among leaders. If you belong to the bride of Jesus you cannot afford to ignore our Jewish brothers and sisters at this time. We need them desperately. God may still use them in a very special way:


"This is what the LORD Almighty says: "In those days ten men from all languages and nations will take firm hold of one Jew by the hem of his robe and say, 'Let us go with you, because we have heard that God is with you."' (tech 8:23)


The Wedding in Heaven

The bride will be cleansed and made holy ready for the wedding, which will take place in heaven after the rapture (Rev. 19:6-9). The bride will be saved from the tribulation for the holy remnant of God will return with the King (1 Thess3:13) to reign with Him for a thousand years (Rev. 20:6).


"Be ... like men waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him." (Luke 12:36)


Jesus' return happens after the wedding of the Lamb. This is why the bride has to be raptured in order to partake of the wedding banquet.


"After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord for ever. Therefore encourage each other with these words." (1Thes 4:17-18)


The bride will meet the Lord in the air. On the other hand, at His second coming, Jesus will place His feet on the Mount of Olives again and the earth will be split (Zech 14:4; Matt 24:29-31).

You can only be sure of being under the complete dominion and authority of the King and thus under His protection if you are a new man (or woman) allowing yourself to be shaped into the bride and grafted into the Israel of God. When the holy remnant closes its ranks in unity it will be unattainable and immune to Satan and his witchcraft. This remnant will have the authority to tear down principalities.


Another Mystery - The New Jerusalem

"One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and said to me, "Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb." And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God. It shone with the glory of God, and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel" (Rev 21:9-11)

God Has Chosen Jerusalem


Jerusalem is one of God's mysteries. Scarcely any other city has been destroyed so many times and rebuilt again and again. We see that even if the Temple of God is no longer standing today, Jerusalem nevertheless has a magnetic power of spiritual attraction like no other place in the world. All the great religions of the world claim and even fight for their right to this city. We have to understand that God once chose Jerusalem as His dwelling place, the place of His Shechinah (Ps 46:5; 48:2,9). This choice has never been revoked or repealed. Of course it says:


"The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands." (Acts 17:24)


All the same, the choice of Jerusalem as the city of God and place of the throne of God remains. Jesus will set up His reign in Jerusalem when He returns (Jer 3:17; Matt 25:31). We must not wrongly devote all our attention to Jerusalem nor idolize it, but it should at least be on our hearts to pray for the wellbeing and safety of Jerusalem and to take practical action on its behalf.

The Heart Of God Beats For The Daughter
Of Zion


The Bible also refers to Jerusalem as a daughter, as the daughter of Zion:


"Sing, 0 Daughter of Zion; shout aloud, 0 Israel! Be glad and rejoice with all your heart, 0 Daughter of Jerusalem! The LORD has taken away your punishment, he has turned back your enemy. The LORD, the King of Israel, is with you; never again will you fear any harm. On that day they will say to Jerusalem, "Do not fear, 0 Zion; do not let your hands hang limp. The LORD Your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet. you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing." (Zeph 3:14-17)


Who then is the King of Israel? If this Jerusalem is so important to God and His heart is beating for Zion, should it not also be important to us, as children of God? Jerusalem is not only a tourist spot that Christians should visit for religious reasons. Jerusalem is branded onto the heart of God. If the Messiah is the head of the church and the Bridegroom, Jerusalem is the heart of the body. If we belong to this bride of Jesus, we also belong to Jerusalem. Jerusalem is and always will be a mystery of God. But to understand our role as the bride in the end times we need to go more deeply into the mystery of God's choosing Jerusalem. There is not only one bride composed of a group of people. The new Jerusalem is also called "the bride of the Lamb" (Rev 21:9).

Citizenship of the New Jerusalem

Today's earthly Jerusalem is actually intended as a representative, a forerunner of the new Jerusalem. If we don't understand the significance of today's Jerusalem, which is the focus of world events, we will be unable to even imagine what significance the new Jerusalem has for us believers. The new Jerusalem is the goal of our pilgrimage. This is where heaven and earth blend. This is where we will finally and definitively pass from the realm of time into the realm of infinity. This is where, once again, a state of paradise will reign:

"Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away." He who was seated on the throne said, "I am making everything new!" Then he said, "Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true." (Rev 21:1-5)

In the new Jerusalem we will have the relationship with God that we so yearn for here on earth. God will dwell among us, His glory will be visible. There will be no need any more for a temple or church building as a place for meeting God. There will not even be any need for sunlight:


"The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God (Amplified version: splendor and radiance; JNT: Shechinah] gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp." (Rev 21:23)


It is important for us to have citizenship of the new Jerusalem already. Who will be the citizens of the new Jerusalem?


"He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son." (Rev 21:7)


What will we overcome? "But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the

sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters [Amplified Version: those who give supreme devotion to anyone or anything other than God] and all liars-- their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulphur. This is the second death." (Rev 21:8)


And who will not enter the New Jerusalem?


"Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life. " (Rev 21:27)


These shameful deeds listed here can also be committed by "Christians". In our particular case: whoever, although a Christian, submits to sorcery and thus piously practices magic arts, will not be able to enter the new Jerusalem! However, anyone who is concerned with godly matters, whose heart is filled with the concerns of God, who by the Holy Spirit searches the deep things of God (I Cor. 2:10-11) and thus lets God into the secrets of his/her own heart, will not leave any room in his/her life for witchcraft. Citizenship of the new Jerusalem, being part of the Bride, is like a seal on your life. On this seal is written: "Property of God, Bride of the Lamb! Enemy, do not touch!"

Sequence Of Events In The Last Days

For a better overview of what will happen concerning the Bride I would like to insert here a short sequence of events in the last days. My partial knowledge and my study of the Bible lead me to the following order:


1. The rapture of the Bride or Church (believing Jews and gentiles)

2. The great tribulation on the earth

3. The wedding of the Lamb in heaven (with the Bride)

4. The return of Jesus to Jerusalem with all the saints (with the Bride)

5. The salvation of the nation of Israel and judgment of the nations

6. The Messianic Kingdom (Millennium or thousand years) here on earth; the first resurrection.

7. Deliverance and final destruction of death and the devil; the second resurrection

8. The New Jerusalem, the Bride of the Lamb, comes down from heaven (new heaven and new earth)


As I said before, my knowledge is partial, imperfect and possibly even mistaken. This rudimentary sequence, however, helps me personally to have a better understanding of the process I am living through. But these things remain God's secrets until the time they are fulfilled.


Jerusalem, God's Prophetic Clock For The
End Times


For us Christians today, it is important to pay attention to what is happening in Jerusalem. Jerusalem is God's prophetic clock. God's word determines world events and we will see the fulfillment of events through Jerusalem:


"The law will go out from Zion, the word of the LORD from Jerusalem."(Isa 2:3)


This is to be understood both literally and prophetically. The Jews have given us the word of God and it went out from Jerusalem. Now, however, we see God's prophetic word being fulfilled through Jerusalem. What happens in Jerusalem always has a prophetic significance for the church among the gentiles. That is why it is important and right to keep our eyes turned towards Jerusalem in order to understand the times we live in. We must not let ourselves be led by the media but by God's word. For the media are being misused in order to give us a distorted picture and, yet again, to mislead us (another form of witchcraft. As long as Jerusalem is a hotbed of religious strife and not completely submitted to God, the church will continue to be a hotbed of demonic activity exercising its mischievous power. God's dominion will become visible in our lives and in our churches when we are rooted in our hearts in Jerusalem. Conditions in the city of Jerusalem (the city of the Lord) reflect the spiritual state of the church among the gentiles. This is why we should intercede in payer for Jerusalem (Ezek. 22:30) and pray for the peace of Jerusalem:


"Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: "May those who love you be secure. May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels." For the sake of my brothers and friends, I will say, "Peace be within you." For the sake of the house of the LORD our God, I will seek your prosperity." (Ps 122:6-9)


When the gentile nations come to love and bless Jerusalem, the Bride will adorn herself and the church will no longer have any room for witchcraft, but will be more and more freed and cleansed of sorcery.




`Be warned, my son, of anything in addition to them. Of making many books there is no end, and much study wearies the body. Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole [duty] of man. (Eccl 12:12-13)


Instead of repeating or summarizing the main content of this book, I would like to tell you in my own words about a vision that a good friend of mine had, a mentor and man of God. He had this vision concerning a country in Eastern Europe. Once again, it expresses the two main points I have been making in this book: Witchcraft and God's Antidote. This vision illustrates yet again what it is all about.


"Suddenly I was taken by the Spirit of God into a spiritual scene. In the spirit, I was carried high up into the sky so that I had a bird's eye view, looking down on the country. Then I saw three demons fighting over the country. The first one was a spirit of Islam. Most of the country was Muslim. The demon fed on the prayers of the Muslims and that gave him strength. The second demon was a spirit of witchcraft. He acted through the Orthodox Church, nourished by the rituals of believers and all the religious things that don't focus on Christ. The more they relied on witchcraft instead of on Christ, through their religious activities, prayers, formulas and candles, the stronger the demon became. This was witchcraft in the church. The third demon ruled materialism and the economy. He fed on the people's greed and grew stronger the more their greed increased.


Then I saw something like a tent being erected over this scene, hardly noticeable at first. But this tent was built up and I saw people going into the tent and coming out again completely renewed and strengthened. This tent represented the presence of God. People went in seeking the presence of God, the living God. The presence of God fed and nourished the people. They grew strong through the presence of God, through the glory and holiness of the living God, who placed His dwelling-place in our midst. And as they understood that He made them strong, they went in and out, in and out.


The people of God must learn to feed on the presence of God. That was the central message of this scene. Everything else will fail to give us strength. It will not help us to prevail in battle unless we have learnt to find our nourishment in God's presence.


More and more people came into this tent, more and more grew spiritually stronger because they were feeding on the presence of God. The tent expanded, the crowd grew bigger. And then I saw a woman dressed like a queen who had been on the outside up to now, so that I hadn't noticed her. And suddenly she burst into the centre of things, as she came down the road. She walked like a queen and had these three demons following her like pageboys. Suddenly they were just like little boys, where before they had seemed so strong and powerful. But in comparison to the power she had, they looked just like little boys. She took the three of them behind her and said: "Now we are going to fight. We are fighting together against the Christians and the Jews." That included a message for Israel, the children of God, the Jews, living in this country. The word was: There are a few who have been called to stay here and exalt the name of the Lord, but the majority will be called out to return home to Erez Israel. And that was a clear, urgent demand at the time I heard it, so I spoke it out loud.


This queen was a very great demonic power and she said: "Now we are going to fight against the Jews and the Christians." And I saw that only those who had been nourished by the presence of God were able to resist her. And she could do nothing against this power, because they had become spiritually strong through being in God's presence. But the others were unable to stand up against her power and they had to flee, some of them denying their faith.


What was interesting in this connection, though, was that these demons had evidently observed more and more people going into this tent of meeting (or tabernacle of congregation), this place of God's presence, and seen that they were learning to draw sustenance from it. They realized: here's danger! I am profoundly convinced that when we, as humans, have learnt to draw nourishment from God's presence, we are a real danger to the powers of darkness. And they know that better than we do!


This is why these powers do all they can to blind us, to prevent us from realizing what strength we can find by coming in the name of the Lord, acting and ministering from the presence of God. To know what is meant by "Greater is He who is in us than he who is in the world". As long as we do not believe this, we are not a threat. However, if we do believe this and live accordingly, then we are a danger to the powers of darkness. The presence of God must be the most precious thing in our life. We must constantly go into His presence and come out strengthened by Him!" This vision is not complete and the man of God had more explanations of what it means, as well as a second similar vision, which are not given here. But the vision I have described makes it very plain: There is witchcraft in the church and God's remedy is for us to be constantly in His presence.



1 K.R. Berger: Harry Potter Sorcerer's apprentice of the 21st century, p. 19

2 K. Sanders: Documentation "Dynamic Leadership" 2001

3 E.M. Bounds quoted by K. Sanders

4 Dr WC van Dam: Okkultismus en christelijk geloof (Occultism and Christian Belief), p. 13

5 See cassette by D. Prince, "Witchcraft - Public Enemy No 1" 6 Ray Jennings, USA

7 Cp. Pfr. P. Uhlmann: Kirchengeschichte; Fruhchristentum and Reformation

8 Sergio Scataglini: The Fire of His Holiness, p.152

9 M.C. Tenney: New Testament Survey p. 289

10 D. Prince: Humanism, The Trap of Deception, p. 7

11 Tony Fitzgerald from Australia (as well as Charles Kraft)

12 Karel Sanders, South Africa

13 J. Deere: The Beginner's Guide to the Gift of Prophecy

14 What about the worship of the Virgin Mary, so-called Mother of God?

The mother of Nimrod and others was also worshipped as a divine being.

15 Derek Prince: The Church, vol. 1, p. 100

16 M. Bickle: "Passion for Jesus" p. 34

17 by J.P. Jackson

18 Pastor Ed Smelser, ICEJ, in Wort aus Jerusalem p. 23

19 Dr WC van Dam; Okkultismus en Christelijk Geloof (Occultism and Christian Faith), p. 15

20 cf. D. Stern: The Jewish NT, glossary, p. 490

21 M. Bickle: Passion for Jesus, p. 34

22 M. Winkler: Gemeindeaufbau - Grundlagen, p. 24

23 Chambers Dictionary

24 David H. Stern: Commentary on the Jewish NT, vol 3. p, 380