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  • Hello folks. This is Pastor Mike Hoggard

  • coming to you from Studio 2012 with another Watchman Video Broadcast.

  • Well, I used to really love to read these things. Comic books,

  • I had quite a collection of them when I was a young man.

  • Ah, this was actually part of my collection, "Son of Satan".

  • I went to church and read things like this.

  • I remember there was an ad,

  • oh let's see here. The X-ray spectacles, I always wanted a pair of those.

  • Ah, the, ah, I wanted to have the Charles

  • Atlas body. But there was one particular ad in

  • comic books that I had, a full page ad, it was called

  • the "Magic Power of Witchcraft".

  • And for, I don't remember how much it was, maybe a dollar, you could

  • send in and get this book. The advertisement read,

  • "So simple, a child could do it.", and I am going, that is me!

  • I can do witchcraft. I can make magic spells and make things

  • happen and things like that. Two problems.

  • Two problems into this at a young age. Now remember, I am going to church

  • when I want to order this book. Ah, two problems. Number one,

  • I never really had a dollar. They were kind of hard to come by.

  • Ah, and number two, I never could think of a way

  • to order the thing and have it mailed to my house

  • without my mom finding out about it.

  • She had gotten saved and got us kids

  • in church and we were going to this church, actually, a good

  • fundamental, Bible-preaching church and

  • I knew that Mom would not, if she saw that, there

  • was no way in the world she was going to let me have that book because

  • I grew up, that witchcraft and the church

  • doesn't mix. They are not supposed to go together. You are not supposed

  • to practice witchcraft or be a witch or have

  • a spirit of witchcraft in your Bible-believing church.

  • That is the way I used to think. I still think that way,

  • now. So I quit reading Son of Satan comic books

  • and watching a lot of movies and things like that. I quit doing

  • that, ah, I haven't read, and picked up "The Lord of the Rings"

  • since I was in high school. A lot of things that I have walked away from and said

  • you know, they are not really, I can't really reconcile this

  • with the scriptures and I can't, I can't as a pastor

  • condone witchcraft or witchcraft

  • style practices or ideas or beliefs or pinciples.

  • I cannot incorporate that into the scriptures.

  • Ah, and so it amazes me, it shocks me,

  • as I am putting this together, it just is amazing

  • me, how much witchcraft and I mean like

  • the real witchcraft, not just kid stuff out of a magazine,

  • I mean the real witchcraft. You say, I don't believe in that. That is like TV shows and kid shows and stuff like that.

  • Well, you should, you should believe in it

  • because the Bible expressly forbids

  • witchcraft and it evens mentions it in Paul's letters.

  • Let me show you Galatians, chapter 3, verse 1. "O foolish Galatians,

  • who hath bewitched you,

  • that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ

  • hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?"

  • Paul used this phrase, "bewitched you" like somebody

  • in that congregation had cast a spell,

  • had a witchcraft influence over those people in that church.

  • If you don't know really what the whole book of Galatians is all about,

  • the Book of Galatians was about people in the church teaching

  • other people in the church that you are really not

  • totally saved by just grace, alone.

  • You have to perform things. You have to do things. You have to have rituals

  • done on you, like circumcision and you have to keep the law

  • in order to really, really, really be saved. I mean, you might say, yeah Jesus

  • come out of my heart. That might be okay down here

  • but if you really want to get to the upper levels with God,

  • then you have to perform rituals and have things done

  • and you have to do things in order to really be saved. And Paul said

  • that is witchcraft and these people have

  • bewitched you and now you are mingling witchcraft

  • into your church services, "O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you,

  • that you should not obey the truth". You see Paul is saying that it

  • starts contradiction. I will just use my little comic book here.

  • I always like to contrast things. Here is the truth of the Word of God.

  • The King James Bible. Here is witchcraft

  • and Paul said you believe this (indicating comic book),

  • instead of believing this (indicating King James Bible) and they don't belong together.

  • Witchcraft does not belong in the church and

  • so for years, I have had a fascination, and I will be honest with you,

  • partly due to a desire to want to practice witchcraft,

  • or wizardry or sorcery of some kind or

  • when I saw the kids playing Dungeons and Dragons, I'm going, I'd like to play Dungeons and Dragons.

  • God kept me out of a lot of that stuff because

  • he knew what was in me and I don't

  • want that...I don't want that to take part of my life and so I

  • have studied witchcraft over the years, studied sorcery, studied magic

  • studied how it works, how it is designed, what it is based on

  • and so I have a foundation of knowledge. I don't need to go and

  • read 4,000 books on witchcraft in order to really understand

  • it. I get it. I know what it is and now

  • that I know what the truth is, I know from the scriptures,

  • what the source of witchcraft is, what spirit is behind it.

  • I am actually, I am actually going to get into this. I am going to read

  • to you, something you will find easily on the internet,

  • the 13 principles of witchcraft. Now I found out that actually army chaplains have

  • this in their manual. So it is like, this is something that they agreed on,

  • that this is how the....it is interesting to me, that in Wicca,

  • that is what the name of it is called. Wicca, the word "wicca",

  • the word "wicca" and the word "wizard", they all,

  • they are based upon the same word which is "wist" or "wise".

  • The word "wizard" or "wicca" is derived from this

  • word wisdom, which means that these people have, supposedly, they have

  • a secret knowledge and their eyes have been enlightened to this

  • secret power that is in the universe. And we will get into that.

  • But I am actually going to look at a little bit later on, some of the 13 principles

  • that wiccans all agree to, yeah, that is us, that is

  • kind of how we are and what we do. It is interesting that

  • Wiccans, really, when they went to formulate these 13 principles they

  • kind of had a problem with that because Wiccans

  • by their, I am talking about the real wiccans, the real witches,

  • its not the kids dressed up in Halloween, kind of witches,

  • They really have a problem with

  • ah, their religion or principles of their religion, being written down,

  • anywhere. In fact, one of the...it is like the unwritten rule of witchcraft

  • is, we don't follow rules.

  • We don't follow written guidelines. We don't follow

  • things that are written on pages that say this is what we are. We

  • like to be free and that is interesting because this is

  • really what we are seeing in a lot of churches, today. People don't want to follow

  • what has been written down and Christianity has turned more into the

  • esoteric, which means a secret thing,

  • rather than following the written word of God. They

  • seem to be following their emotions and feelings and power

  • and things like that, that don't come from nor originate

  • from the written Word of God. And anytime you don't have....

  • this is what Paul warned against, he said, you foolish Galatians, you followed

  • something that is not written down, witchcraft

  • and you have rejected what is written down. You have rejected the truth.

  • So we are going to look at some of the principles that they grudgingly agree

  • to and we are going to see just how much witchcraft

  • is in the church. I mentioned earlier that now that I know the scriptures,

  • I know what spirit this is. Remember the

  • thirteen principles. In the Book of Revelation, chapter 17,

  • there is a spirit, all throughout, you see her

  • all throughout the scriptures, she is called by various names

  • in the Bible and I will tell you one of those names she is called by in a minute, but in the Book of Revelation,

  • it says, here is the mystery. I love the fact that God's

  • Word always reveals mysteries. If there is a

  • mystery somewhere, it is going to tell you what it is.

  • Witchcraft is like a mystery religion because they don't write all their formulas, they don't write

  • everything down, but I want to know what that mystery is so I can

  • read it from the scriptures. John says, I am going to give you the mystery

  • here, the woman, that is sitting, riding on top of the scarlet colored

  • beast. Her name is MYSTERY,

  • MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS

  • AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. Now if you count in your King James Bible,

  • you look at that verse, it just stands out because it is in all capital letters,

  • you'll find 13 words there. That number 13

  • means something. The number 13 in the scriptures, it is not always

  • a bad number, when you have 12, I don't have 12 fingers,

  • when you have 12 disciples, and you have Jesus with them, that is 13.

  • When you have the 12 tribes, camped around the Tabernacle,

  • and God's presence is there, in the form of the cloud,

  • that is 13, that is what you have, the number 13.

  • Think of the charity chapter in the Bible, 1 Corinthians, chapter 13.

  • The phrase, "love of God",

  • occurs 13 times in the Bible, so I kind of think that the number 13

  • on God's side represents the pure love of God and you know

  • how the Bible defines (I love this) "love"?

  • Giving. For God so loved the world that he gave.

  • Pure love just gives without expecting anything

  • in return. That is pure love. Harlot love,

  • you see, she is the opposite of that.

  • Harlots don't give love for free.

  • They expect something back

  • and so think of a salvation now, that is based upon God's pure love,

  • that is offered to you free, with nothing in return.

  • That is the pure gospel and the pure love of God and the pure

  • salvation of God. The Harlot has slipped in our churchs.

  • Turn that around a little bit

  • and so now the pure love of God has been turned into a Harlot love

  • and she teaches a gospel that says, yes God will love you and yes God will do

  • things for you, but you have to do something for him and that is why

  • Paul called it bewitching them. That is why he called it witchcraft.

  • There is a woman in the Bible who epitomizes the spirit of

  • MYSTERY BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS. She epitomizes

  • the spirit of witchcraft. Her name is Jezebel.

  • Now this is interesting because I like to break down words and it is

  • interesting that the name Baal or Bel,

  • is in her name. That is like her God and where she came from.

  • In 2 Kings, chapter 9, verse 22, here is an interesting

  • description of what spirit Jezebel

  • represents. "And it came to pass, when Joram saw Jehu

  • that he said, is it peace, Jehu? And he answered, What peace,

  • so long as" (number one) "the whoredoms

  • of thy mother Jezebel and her witchcrafts

  • are so many?" And so the Bible is telling you

  • here that Jezebel or you know, MYSTERY BABALON, she

  • embodies two ideas or two identities and a lot of time you will see them

  • mixed together. Number one, she represents whoredom, harlotry,

  • fornication, adultery, all things of sort of sexual

  • uncleanness, all rolled into one. That is

  • MYSTERY BABYLON, that is Jezebel and number two, she is the practitioner of

  • witchcraft. In fact, she epitomizes and embodies

  • witchcraft and it is something interesting, something that God reveals

  • to us in the scriptures, concerning what Jezebel really

  • is all about. So number one, we know that she is going to use harlotry. We know that she is

  • going to use witchcraft. Let's see how she gets it

  • done and let's see what it is that she is doing. We go to 1 Kings, chapter 21,

  • there is a story. I am not going to recount the whole story, you read it. But it is

  • essentially this. A man by the name of Naboth had a vineyard.

  • Think of a vineyard. Think of Jesus said I am the vine,

  • you are the branches. Well that would be the vineyard. That would be

  • Christ in his church, his people, okay. So the

  • vineyard is an inheritance, by the way. You see this land that Naboth had.

  • He didn't buy it. He didn't get it off Ebay. He didn't go to a government auction,

  • a foreclosure. He inherited it from his father, who inherited

  • it from his father, who got it from his father, and from his father, who eventually

  • they...it goes all the way back to the time when Joshua and the Israelites

  • went into the Promised Land and God says, here is your land. I am going to give it to you.

  • Don't sell it. Don't give it away. Pass it down

  • to your offspring. And so Naboth was one of

  • those who received this inheritance, this

  • wonderful gift, Naboth received. And Ahab wanted it.

  • It was a vineyard, right next to the palace of Ahab and Ahab is looking at that.

  • See, it is covetousness. He is looking at that, saying, boy, I want that piece of land.

  • It looks nice. I am going to do this...I am going to put some landscaping there. I am going to make it real nice.

  • And he wants it, so he asked Naboth, he said how about

  • trading me. I have some real nice land

  • over yonder, I will let you have, if you let me have this vineyard. Or, or...

  • I will give you some money for it. Think of harlots,

  • what do they get out of it. BUt anyway, I'll give you some money for it.

  • And Naboth said, Ahab, you know the law. I can't sell

  • my vineyard. One of these days I am going to have a son and I am going to pass that down to him

  • and it is going to be his. So I am going to work it and I am going to live off of it.

  • And I am going to give it to my son so he will have the same thing that I had.

  • Maybe he will make it better. Naboth pouted and he cried.

  • Oh, I can't have that! Jezebel comes in.

  • By the way, I want you to listen to this now. Jezebel hates, she hates the law.

  • She hates what God said. She despises it.

  • So Jezebel comes in and wants to know what is wrong with Ahab. Ahab says, He won't give me

  • the vineyard. Look at what Jezebel said.

  • 1 Kings, chapter 21, verse 7,

  • 1 Kings, chapter 21, verse 7, "And Jezebel his wife said unto him, Dost thou now govern the kingdom of Israel? arise, and eat bread,

  • and let thine heart be merry: I

  • will give thee the vineyard of Naboth

  • the Jezreelite." I want you to...let's put on our conspiracy

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