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Numbers 19:1-2 “1 AND THE Lord said to Moses and Aaron, 2 This is the ritual of the law which the Lord has commanded: Tell the Israelites to bring you a red heifer without spot, in which is no blemish, upon which a yoke has never come.” Hebrews 9:13-14 “13 For if [the mere] sprinkling of unholy and defiled persons with blood of goats and bulls and with the ashes of a burnt heifer is sufficient for the purification of the body, 14 How much more surely shall the blood of Christ, Who by virtue of [His] eternal Spirit [His own preexistent divine personality] has offered Himself as an unblemished sacrifice to God, purify our consciences from dead works and lifeless observances to serve the [ever] living God?”
On Mount Carmel, Elijah said … “How long will you halt between two opinions? If the Lord be God, follow Him.
But if Baal, then follow him.” One altar was built for the god of Baal, and one for the God of Israel. Each altar had its own bull upon it.
1 Kings 18:38 “Then the fire of the Lord fell and consumed the burnt sacrifice and the wood and the stones and the dust, and also licked up the water that was in the trench.” God’s fire consumed the bull which was the symbol of their god to prove who the real God was!
The spirit and power of Elijah must rise up to call down God’s fire in our temples (body, soul and spirit) to burn the altars of harlotry and to destroy the fertility cults.
God Judges This Type Of Occult Worship Judges 2: 13-16 “13 And they forsook the Lord and served Baal [the god worshiped by the Canaanites] and the Ashtaroth [female deities such as Ashtoreth and Asherah]. 14 So the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel, and He gave them into the power of plunderers who robbed them;
and He sold them into the hands of their enemies round about, so that they could no longer stand before their foes. 15 Whenever they went out, the hand of the Lord was against them for evil as the Lord had said, and as the Lord had sworn to them; and they were bitterly distressed. 16 But the Lord raised up judges, who delivered them out of the hands of those who robbed them.”
Baal worship caused them to be:
o Powerless over their enemies o Greatly distressed o destroyed
Action By The Body Of Christ We need to be reminded again, all fascination and worship of stars, angels, ancestors, etc. is divination.
2 Kings 17:16-17, 20-22 “16 And they forsook all the commandments of the Lord their God and made for themselves molten images, even two calves, and made an Asherah and worshiped all the [starry] hosts of the heavens and served Baal. 17 They caused their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire and used divination and enchantments and sold themselves to do evil in the sight of the Lord, provoking Him to anger. 20 The Lord rejected all the descendants of Israel and afflicted them and delivered them into the hands of spoilers, until He had cast them out of His sight. 21 For He tore Israel from the house of David; and they made Jeroboam son of Nebat king. And Jeroboam drew and drove Israel away from following the Lord and made them sin a great sin. 22 For the Israelites walked in all the sins Jeroboam committed; they departed not from them” We must repent and cancel worship of the stars and hosts of heaven in our family line or else it will destroy us – body, soul and spirit.
Constellations have been an important part of human society and folklore since the time humans lived in caves. The fascinating figures that we see in the night sky are so large and so beautiful that the ancients have felt a very strong urge to attach importance to them.
People have done this throughout the ages by creating interesting stories and legends in an attempt to explain where these large "pictures" in the sky came from. These stories, also known as mythology, “behind” the constellations can be as interesting as studying the constellations themselves.
There are currently eighty-eight figures in the sky that have been generally recognized as being "official" constellations by whoever it is that designates such things.
Constellation worship is much more than just idolatry of the stars. It is to join us to the Prince of Darkness.
A constellation is a grouping of stars and following the hierarchy set out by Paul in Ephesians 6, the occult worship has resulted in the creation of a demonic principality behind each of the constellations.
Freemasonry or New Age or any work of the Leviathan religious spirit is linked to the demon angels of the stars that take their power from the stars of Orion, Acturus (Great Bear) and Little Bear of Acturus.
People that do not worship the God of Israel are agents on earth for the principality of darkness in the h e a v enlies represented by the demonic forces behind each constellation that has been worshipped..
[Please see “The Believer’s Warfare in the Heavenlies” available from our office which explains how the occultists and sorcerers use the alignments of the planets: the sun, moon, and stars to draw their power from and how they influence the activities of man on earth.]
In the light of what the Bible says about this matter, it is shocking to see the extent of people's involvement in ancestral worship. Most national groups – White, Coloured, Indian, and Black – are involved in some form of ancestral worship. The involvement differs from group to group.
A few examples are listed below … Flags outside the houses of Indian people will identify a home where fruit for their hungry dead people will be placed outside on a daily basis.
Some White people will take flowers for the dead people to the cemetery where they will talk to the dead.
Due to mixed marriages, Coloured people get involved in the Xhosa custom of circumcision and the slaughtering of goats to feed the dead people.
Black people get regular dreams of an ancestor appearing to them telling them it is time to bring the regular offering, namely, the slaughtering of an animal.
Even churches and church ministers are guilty of this heresy …
The Roman Catholic Church has fundamental ancestral worship because of the role of mother Mary and the Saints - ordinary people who passed away.
The Zionist Churches have never made a choice between ancestral worship and Jesus as mediator. Ancestral worship is viewed as part of their culture and religion is separated from their culture. They will deny that they worship the ancestors, because they have Christianized the ancestor worship. Bad things receive good names.
The ancestors are called “angels” or the “holy ghosts”. The mediums or sangoma's are called prophets, and fortune telling is called prophecy. The involvement is very deep.
Hosea 4:6 “6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because you [the priestly nation] have rejected knowledge, I will also reject you that you shall be no priest to Me; seeing you have forgotten the law of your God, I will also forget your children.” Many people worship their ancestors on Saturdays … and worship God on Sundays. Can we condone a partnership between God on the one side, and ancestral spirits and mediums on the other side?
Leviticus 19:31 “31 Turn not to those [mediums] who have familiar spirits or to wizards; do not seek them out to be defiled by them. I am the Lord your God.” In other words, people who contact the dead personally, or by means of mediums, become enemies of God.
Deuteronomy 18:10-13 “10 There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or daughter pass through the fire, or who uses divination, or is a soothsayer, or an augur, or a sorcerer, 11 Or a charmer, or a medium, or a wizard, or a necromancer. 12 For all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord, and it is because of these abominable practices that the Lord your God is driving them out before you. 13 You shall be blameless [and absolutely true] to the Lord your God.”
Joshua 24:15-16 “15 And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
16 The people answered, Far be it from us to forsake the Lord to serve other gods;” Matthew 6:24 “24 No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will stand by and be devoted to the one and despise and be against the other. You cannot serve God and mammon (deceitful riches, money, possessions, or whatever is trusted in).” 1 Timothy 2:5 “5 For there [is only] one God, and [only] one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus,” Does each nation have its own traditional way to approach God?
Are there many ways to God, or just one way? JESUS said: "I am the way...." Many who call themselves Christians walk on two roads: during the week they honour their traditional beliefs and on Sundays they worship in the Christian way.
1 Kings 18:21 “21 Elijah came near to all the people and said, How long will you halt and limp between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow Him! But if Baal, then follow him. And the people did not answer him a word.” Today, many are physically and emotionally sick because of their contact with the dead people and from seeking help from the spirits and mediums (sangomas, nyangas, etc) who are in reality people possessed by demons posing as their dead relatives.
These people make incisions on the face, neck, elbows, etc to immunize them against bad luck, evil spirits and sicknesses. Many people have serious physical and spiritual problems because of the demons that were invited and given authority over the person treated by these so-called healers. The marks on their bodies are a chap or a stamp, a public identification to evil spirits that the person being treated abides by the rules of darkness.
This is why God warns us in His Word … Leviticus 19:28 “28 You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead nor print or tattoo any marks upon you; I am the Lord.” The only public sign of faith for a Christian is baptism in water.
It is a matter of trust.
Whom do we trust? God … or the ancestral spirits?
Jeremiah 17:5 “5 Thus says the Lord: Cursed [with great evil] is the strong man who trusts in and relies on frail man, making weak [human] flesh his arm, and whose mind and heart turn aside from the Lord.” A great many black and white people have no clear perception concerning the dead people and where the dead are.
If the spirits called up by spirit mediums are not the dead, where are our dead?
God certainly knows where your ancestors are!
Luke 16:20-26 “20 And at his gate there was [carelessly] dropped down and left a certain utterly destitute man named Lazarus, [reduced to begging alms and] covered with [ulcerated] sores. 21 He [eagerly] desired to be satisfied with what fell from the rich man’s table; moreover, the dogs even came and licked his sores. 22 And it occurred that the man [reduced to] begging died and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. 23 And in Hades (the realm of the dead), being in torment, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham far away, and Lazarus in his bosom. 24 And he cried out and said, Father Abraham, have pity and mercy on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am in anguish in this flame. 25 But Abraham said, Child, remember that you in your lifetime fully received [what is due you in] comforts and delights, and Lazarus in like manner the discomforts and distresses; but now he is comforted here and you are in anguish. 26 And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who want to pass from this [place] to you may not be able, and no one may pass from there to us.” No wonder those who dream of the dead are always so sick. We often counsel people and pray for their deliverance. The devil turns himself into an angel of light to deceive people.
2 Corinthians 11:14 “14 And it is no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light;” 2 Samuel 12:23 “23 But now he is dead; why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he will not return to me.” Anyone who engages in this practice of contacting the dead is God's enemy.
At times the black people have so-called 'parties'. White pastors are sometimes invited to the spiritual feasts, because they don't understand the culture of the black brothers and their churches. They don't understand that a great deal of ancestral worship is disguised under a religious veneer.
They don't understand that culture that is in conflict with God's Gospel message is WRONG! Some pastors give their consent when members of the church go along with these wrong doings by praying and blessing the work of the ancestors.
Mark 7:13 “13 Thus you are nullifying and making void and of no effect [the authority of] the Word of God through your tradition, which you [in turn] hand on. And many things of this kind you are doing.” What Does God Say About These Spiritual Feasts And Sacriﬁces?
Exodus 22:20 “20 He who sacrifices to any god but the Lord only shall be utterly destroyed.”
Psalm 106:28-29 “28 They joined themselves also to the [idol] Baal of Peor and ate sacrifices [offered] to the lifeless [gods].
29 Thus they provoked the Lord to anger with their practices, and a plague broke out among them.” We dream of our ancestors who ask for food. We need to understand that the dead don't get hungry. The dead cannot eat our meat or drink our beer. We cannot bring them back or take them up to heaven. They cannot help us in any way.
Isaiah 26:14 “14 They [the former tyrant masters] are dead, they shall not live and reappear; they are powerless ghosts, they shall not rise and come back.