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Spiritualism: The Great Deception

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Lucifer rebelled against Yahuwah, he was followed by a host of the angels of heaven. The record declares that both he and his angels were cast out of heaven. They are now confined to this earth. For “Yahuwah spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment” 2 Peter 2:4. These fallen angels are still in league with Satan, and their chief work consists in an effort to deceive the human family and turn men away from Yahuwah.
Known as “spirits of devils,” these evil angels have, throughout the ages, carried on their deceptive and nefarious work. According to the writings of the ancient prophets, however, this work will be greatly intensified as the world draws near to its latter days. The Apostle Paul warns: “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils” 1Timothy 4:1.
The devil and his angels can work miracles. They can appear to men in a materialized form. They can influence human beings, and can practice deception upon them. So powerful, in fact, will the deceptions of Satan become in the last days that Yahuwah’s people are earnestly warned lest they too, be overcome by them.
Bible prophecies have been and are now being fulfilled before our eyes. During the past century a new form of religion has swept over the various countries of the world like a prairie fire. It is known as spiritualism. At first it was placed under the ban of all the Christian churches. Its séances were secret and mysterious, and Christians feared and shunned them. But today the exponents of spiritualism are found everywhere, even in the Christian churches; and the cult numbers its adherents by the millions! In view of this, it surely is most fitting that we inquire, What is spiritualism? Is it true or false? Is it of Yahuwah or Satan?


1. What is Spiritualism defined to be?

A belief in the frequent communication of intelligence from the world of spirits, by means of physical phenomena, commonly manifested through a person of special susceptibility, called a medium. Webster Dictionary.

2. Did this doctrine exist in ancient times?

Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am Yahuwah your Eloah. Leviticus 19:31.

3. How does Yahuwah regard sorcerers?

And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness against the sorcerers. Malachi 3:5.

4. What does He call the sorcerers?

Therefore hearken not ye to... your enchanters, nor to your sorcerers. . for they prophesy a lie unto you to remove you far from your land. Jeremiah 27:9, 10.

Answer: Liars.

5. What was the ancient law concerning witches, and those who had familiar spirits?

A man also or woman that hath a familiar spirit, or that is a wizard, shall surely be put to death. Leviticus. 20:27.

There shall not be found among you any …that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, Or a charmer [hypnotist], or a consulter with familiar spirits [spirit medium], or a wizard, or a necromancer [one who claims to talk to the dead]. For all that do these things are an abomination unto Yahuwah. Deuteronomy 18:10-12. (See also Exodus 22:18).

Answer: Yahuwah told His people not to have anything to do with any of these people who claim to have supernatural powers and work magic. Yahuwah doesn’t change, He no more approves of this sort of thing today, than He did then. Why, because He wants to keep something good from us? No, it is because He knows it is all a pack of lies that Satan will use to enslave and destroy us, He wants us to have the good, all the good and not the cruel evil.

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6. With what is witchcraft classed by Paul?

Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies... I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of Yahuwah. Galatians 5:20, 21.

7. What should one do if asked to inquire of a familiar spirit?

And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their Eloah? Isaiah 8:19.

Answer: Yahuwah is saying here that when people tell you to seek wizards and witches, claiming to talk to the dead, that you are to refuse and instead seek Yahuwah. Why should the living seek help from the dead anyway when the Bible tells us, The dead know not anything?

Test Every Spirit

8. Is it possible to test every spirit?

Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of Yahuwah. 1 John 4:1.

9. By what are we to try them?

To the law and to the testimony; if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them. Isaiah 8:20.

Answer: By the Ten Commandments and the rest of the scriptures.

10. Should we have any confidence in signs or wonders presented by those who would try to lead us away from Yahuwah?

And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other elohim, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them; thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams; for Yahuwah your Eloah proveth you, to know whether ye love Yahuwah your Eloah with all your heart and with all your soul. Deuteronomy 13:2, 3.

11. What course should one pursue under these circumstances?

Ye shall walk after Yahuwah your Eloah, and fear Him, and keep His commandments, and obey His voice, and ye shall serve Him, and cleave unto Him. Deuteronomy 13:4.

12. We are directed to the law and to the testimony, by which to try these spirits that assert to be voices from the dead. After one dies, how much does he know of what is going on among men?

Thou changest his countenance, and sendest him away. His sons come to honor, and he knoweth it not; and they are brought low, but he perceiveth it not of them. Job 14:20, 21.

The Dead Know Not Anything

13. Does the dead know anything, or have any memory?

For the living know that they shall die; but the dead know not anything, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten. Ecclesiastes 9:5.

14. What does the wise man add, that forever rule out the idea that the dead come back to earth to communicate with the living?

Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion forever in anything that is done under the sun. Ecclesiastes 9:6.

15. Then when miracles are performed by spirits assuming to be those of our dead friends, to what may we attribute them?

For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of Yahuwah Almighty. Revelation 16:14.

16. What will be characteristic of last day apostasies from the faith?

Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils. 1 Timothy 4:1.

In League With Satan

17. How will Satan deceive the people?

And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 2 Corinthians 11:14.

NOTE: In the future, Satan’s superstitions will assume new forms. Errors will be presented in a pleasing and flattering manner. False theories, clothed with garments of light, will be presented to Yahuwah’s people. Thus Satan will try to deceive, if possible, the very elect.

18. What role will his agents assume before the end?

Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness. 2 Corinthians 11:15.

19. Are miracles always evidence of the power of Yahuwah?

And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast” Revelation 13:13–14.

Answer: No.

20. Will Satan try to counterfeit the coming of Yahushua, by signs and wonders?

Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is the Anointed, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Matthew 24:23, 24.

Answer: Yes.

21. After these signs and wonders are shown, what is immediately to take place?

The Master shall consume with the spirit of His mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of His coming; even him whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish. 2 Thessalonians. 2:8-10.

Answer: The second coming of Yahushua.

NOTE: The Saviour has warned His people against deception upon this point, and has clearly foretold the manner of His second coming. 'There shall arise false christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. . . . Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, He is in the desert; go not forth; behold, He is in the secret chambers; believe it not. For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.' Matthew 24:24-27, 31; 25:31; Revelation 1:7; 1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17. This coming there is no possibility of counterfeiting. It will be universally known--witnessed by the whole world.

22. What will those say then, who have maintained their love for the truth?

And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our Eloah, we have waited for Him, and He will save us: this is Yahuwah; we have waited for Him, we will be glad and rejoice in His salvation. Isaiah 25:9.

To be forewarned is to be forearmed; will you now make Yahuwah’s word the standard of your life?