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Who are the Familiar Spirits?

In Familiar Spirits on April 13, 2012 at 8:00 am

The familiar spirits are the Fallen Angels.  Facts from the Holy Scriptures:

1. The Scriptures inform us that Satan, who was once an obedient servant of the God of heaven, long since raised the standard of revolt against Him. John 8 : 44; 1 John 3:8; Eze. 28.

2. That a large body of the angels joined in this revolt. 2 Pet. 2 :4; Jude 6; Rev. 12 : 7-9.

3. That these wicked spirits are not now in torment, but they await the day of judgment, when with wicked men they shall be sent into everlasting fire. Jude 6; Malt. 25 : 41; Rev20; Matt. 8 : 29; James 2 : 19.

4. That this vast body of fallen angels have been engaged during the whole history of our race in the most mighty efforts to involve mankind in ruin. I Pet. 5:8, 9; Job 2:2; Luke 22 : 31; Rom. 8:38, 39;Eph. 6:12.

5. That hypocrisy, deception, and fraud have been the chief of the ways in which they have ruined mankind. 2 Cor. 11: 14, 15; Gen. 3; John 8: 44; Rev. 12 :9; 20:3, 8.

6. The Old Testament plainly teaches that the work of the familiar spirits is false, deceitful, and ruinous. The New Testament shows who they are that deceive, seduce, and ruin mankind. It is the fallen angels, with Satan at their head.

These scriptures are sufficient to show that dealing with familiar spirits, otherwise called sorcery, or witchcraft, is a sin of fearful magnitude in the sight of God. Nor can it be said that this is an Old Testament sin, of which the New Testament knows nothing. For Paul, Luke, and John, or rather the Spirit of God speaking through them, classes this with the vilest of sins; and excludes those who are guilty of it from any part in the kingdom.  The ‘familiar spirits’ are so called because they associate with men.   Their character is entirely unlike that of the angels of God, in that they form intimate union with wicked men, and unite with them in the works which God forbids.  There is nothing in their manifestations that inspires awe, veneration, or reverence.  But when the angels have visited men, so awe-inspiring has been their appearance that even God’s most favored servants have fallen upon their faces with terror, or stood trembling in their presence.

Webster says, “A familiar spirit is a demon, or evil spirit, supposed to attend at call.”

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