Written by Ed Cardwell

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, 

And before you were born I consecrated you.”  (NAS Jeremiah 1:5)

 

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“For behold, when the sound of your greeting reached my ears, 

the baby leaped in my womb for joy.”    (NAS Luke 1:44)

 

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For Thou didst form my inward parts; 

Thou didst weave me in my mother’s womb.  

I will give thanks to Thee, 

for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;

Wonderful are Thy works, 

 And my soul knows it very well.  

My frame was not hidden from Thee, 

When I was made in secret, 

And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth.  

Thine eyes have seen my unformed substance; 

And in Thy book they were all written, 

The days that were ordained for me, 

When as yet there was not one of them.  (NAS Psalm 139:13)

 

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Does God have a relationship with the child in the womb?   How could we ever doubt it?  From the time of conception God’s marvelous artistry on a new and precious life begins, a life formed in the image of God.  After making the first man in His own image, the crowning glory of His creation, God pronounced His work as ‘very good.”1   How has man treated that which God has so wondrously formed?

 

How could a generation of educated and enlightened people whose civil founding was based upon the Word of the Living God possibly affirm, justify, and even applaud the wholesale destruction of such a wonderful creation?

 

The reasons for giving preference to destroying a new life according to CDC statistics are many and varied –   almost none of which are in the interests of that little human life growing in the mother’s womb.  No, at the root of almost all these acts of murder lie the interests of those who have been fortunate enough not to have this savage procedure performed upon themselves.2   The reasons, therefore, are those related to self-interest, which is, in effect, a form of idolatry.

 

Jerry Newcombe, an on-air host/senior producer for D. James Kennedy Ministries, relates this story:

 

“Recently a crisis pregnancy center was visited by a church-going girl who was disappointed to find out she was pregnant. The center tried to help the girl, who was set to have twins—offering free medical care and services for her and her babies’ needs—so that she would choose life for her babies. But the problem was her due date. Rather than miss a cruise for which she had booked tickets, she chose to abort.”3

 

Andrew White, M.D., in his article ‘Abortion and Ancient Practice of Child Sacrifice’ adds:  

 

“Some values which are put forward to justify abortion are clearly idolatrous, e.g., the mother’s right to choose, which is placed at the top of the pyramid of values by those who call themselves ‘pro-choice’.  Other idolatrous values are more subtle, e.g., empathy for a mother’s suffering in the midst of the crisis arising from an unwanted pregnancy or concern for the quality of life of a defective fetus.  Both of these later values are good in themselves but become idolatrous when they abrogate the Creator’s wise judgment in creating human life.  It is not as though God fails to realize in creating some human beings they may become a source of conflict in an unplanned conception or that a handicapped person will indeed face difficulties.” 4 

 

The use of the words ‘idolatry’ and ‘idolatrous’ in the context of abortion is significant.  The language strongly suggests a connection with the practice of child sacrifice in the ancient world.   It is the intent of this article to explore that connection.

 

          *          *          DOCTRINE OF DEMONS          *          *

 

The devaluing of human life, reducing its worth to less than that of a blade of grass, has given rise to the worst acts of barbarity since the ancients sacrificed their children to Moloch 2500 years ago.5 This monstrous procedure has emerged triumphant in our culture today due largely to the Archenemy’s deceit and seduction via what the apostle Paul called the ‘doctrines of demons’.6

 

And how could such doctrines gain acceptance?  A short synopsis of recent history:

 

  1. A man has refused the simple and plain truth of the word of God – perhaps because he is offended by what he sees in the mirror of  that Word as to his nature and wicked tendencies;
  2. Beset with absolving himself as a sinner, he is given to thoughts hostile to divine revelation; thoughts no doubt planted by the great Deceiver himself;
  3. He actively seeks to establish a theory of man’s existence apart from God;
  4. He devises a theory, a very imperfect theory, contrary to Biblical revelation;
  5. He is hailed by his like-minded colleagues as a brilliant scientist;
  6. The media, more than willing allies of falsehood, capture his words and promote them as avant-garde science;
  7. Institutions under the guise of freedom of thought begin to entertain his ideas as real science;
  8. The enemies of truth eventually succeed in establishing his theories as fact in the textbooks;
  9. The liberal theologians hail him and propagate his lies from the pulpit;
  10. In spite of his theories having been disproved, liberals, atheists, and agnostics continue to adopt his theory on a worldwide scale; even Christians begin to entertain the lies;
  11. Because of tenacious pressure from proponents, his theory eventually becomes the fundamental criterion for all science everywhere; the general public accepts the word of the ‘scientists’;
  12. Having adopted his theory universally, the devotees of this deception silence all opposition with prejudice and dissidents are summarily persecuted.

 

Thus human life is now officially defined as the result of ‘a succession of chance mutations over billions of years.’   One college textbook quotes:  “We are brothers of the boulders, cousins of the clouds.”7

 

Human life, as well as all that exists, is taught to be without design and purpose and the Creator is relegated to the crypt of ancient mythology.  So Humanism, the doctrine that Man is the measure of all things, reigns supreme in the classroom from kindergarten through college – and beyond.  Inoculated against the Word of God, all subsequent generations are given no hope for eternity and are convinced that the only thing that remains is for one to serve one’s own interests, (i.e., live for self for the here and now).

 

Does anyone seriously believe that a nihilistic society with such a wretched and desperate philosophy that has so debased human life can long endure?  History proves otherwise!  

CARTHAGE is just one example: “The city-state of ancient Carthage was a Phoenician colony located in what is now Tunisia. It operated from around 800BC until 146BC, when it was destroyed by the Romans.

Carthaginian parents ritually sacrificed young children as an offering to the gods and laid them to rest in special infant burial grounds called tophets.  Babies of just a few weeks old were sacrificed.

Dedications from the children’s parents to the gods are inscribed on slabs of stone above their cremated remains, ending with the explanation that the god or gods concerned had ‘heard my voice and blessed me’.”8

“The burial site at Carthage in Tunisia, as well as others in the region, was discovered in the 20th century. It, along with the others, contained funerary urns stuffed with the cremated ashes and bone fragments of young children. Over 20,000 urns buried under stelae (stone slabs with inscriptions) were found at the tophet in Carthage, which is one of the largest cemeteries from the Phoenician period.  

These findings and subsequent research, which included referencing accounts in ancient texts, propelled the theory that infants were sacrificed and cremated as part of a ritual to give thanks for favors from deities, mainly the goddess Tanit and the god Baal.9

“Long after Abraham’s time, under Canaanite influence such sacrifices became more numerous.  For once they had settled in Palestine, the Israelites were caught up in the web of their neighbours’ ritual killing on a scale unknown to them before and mainly involving children.  In the Old Testament the place where such victims were consumed was called a Tophet, so named because a great din was made with drums (tophim) to prevent the father hearing the cries of his child as it was burnt.

“When faced with defeat in Syracuse in 310 B.C., the sons of five hundred nobles were cast into the fiery pit, or Tophet, from a scaffold shaped in the likeness of the god.  At Carthage the local Tophet has been uncovered by archeologists; it stretches in a narrow belt, several hundred yards in length, along the shores of the harbor and dates from the foundation of the city.  The two earliest inscriptions in the Carthage Tophet record sacrifices to Baal that are identical to those of the Canaanites.

“…the records of the eighth and seventh centuries B.C. demonstrate beyond all doubt that the Israelites of the period made burnt offerings of their sons in the Tophet fires lighted in the Valley of Gehinnon outside Jerusalem.  Usually the infants were ‘passed over’ or ‘passed through’ the fire, in honour of Moloch (Moloch or Melech simply means ‘king’ and is just another name for Baal).10 

In summary, the killing of an unwanted child is the natural progression of a self-indulgent people who have long since abandoned the truth of God’s word and are found floundering in a culture of death aided and abetted by the influence of the demonic.

 

In documenting Satan’s most recent achievements in the murder of the innocent worldwide, Lifesite News reported in their Jan 2nd, 2019 article entitled Over 41 million abortions estimated in 2018, making ‘choice’ world’s leading cause of death’: 

 

“Abortions dwarfed every other cause of death worldwide at more than 41 million in 2018, according to the statistics tracking service Worldometer, [recognized as “outstanding reference website” by the American Library Association]. 11

“There were more deaths from abortion in 2018 than all deaths from cancer, malaria, HIV/AIDS, smoking, alcohol, and traffic accidents combined.

“The staggering number of deaths from abortion, in fact, has led certain observers to call abortion ‘the social justice cause of our time,’ since judging from the sheer magnitude of the problem other human rights issues pale in comparison.”12

 

 [Note:  One of the distinguishing marks of the ‘last days’ is the fiery eruption of the neurotic cult of ‘self’(See:  2 Timothy 3:1-5 for a list of 21 character traits of those coming ‘perilous/difficult’ days.)]

 

          *          *          DANGER:  ENEMY TERRITORY          *          *

 

The ancient Israelites were shepherded into the Promised Land under the divine protection of the Almighty.  His covenant provided for unlimited blessings for the nation according as they adhered to His statutes and ordinances.   Many dangers, however, lurked about as Satan’s demons jealously watched the invasion of their domain.

 

Regarding the heathen that surrounded them, God gave His people special warning:

 

“…when the LORD your God shall deliver them before you, and you shall defeat them, then you shall utterly destroy them. You shall make no covenant with them and show no favor to them.  Furthermore, you shall not intermarry with them; you shall not give your daughters to their sons, nor shall you take their daughters for your sons.  For they will turn your sons away from following Me to serve other gods.”  NAS Deuteronomy 7:2-4

 

“When the LORD your God cuts off before you the nations which you are going in to dispossess, and you dispossess them and dwell in their land, beware that you are not ensnared to follow them, after they are destroyed before you, and that you do not inquire after their gods, saying, ‘How do these nations serve their gods, that I also may do likewise?’

 

“You shall not behave thus toward the LORD your God, for every abominable act which the LORD hates they have done for their gods; for they even burn their sons and daughters in the fire to their gods. NAS Deuteronomy 12:29-31

 

In time every law that God had given the people of Israel they had broken.  Even though the laws were established for their benefit, to make them a healthy and prosperous nation above all other nations of the earth, they, nonetheless, chose to heed the siren songs of Satan and worship at the feet of the Baals.  But the Devil is a hard taskmaster and they were to suffer horribly for their wholesale apostasy.

 

Every warning that God gave them they ignored.  His love, His patience, and His mercy they spurned.  His compassionate appeals to return they defied.

 

The enticements of the heathen people surrounding them were all too captivating to resist.   Their fleshly desires, their lust, their pride, their envy, even their curiosity drew them away to imitate the nations of the ungodly.   As soon as they yielded to the enemy and turned from Yahweh, the God of their fathers, they became idolaters, as it is ever so (Romans 1:21ff).

 

Israel was further warned about any association or involvement with any kind of witchcraft, sorcery, etc. To cite a few examples: 

 

NAS Deuteronomy 18:10-11 “There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, one who uses divination, one who practices witchcraft, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who casts a spell, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For whoever does these things is detestable to the LORD; and because of these detestable things the LORD your God will drive them out before you.

 

NAS Leviticus 19:31 ‘Do not turn to mediums or spiritists; do not seek them out to be defiled by them. I am the LORD your God.

 

NAS Leviticus 20:6 ‘As for the person who turns to mediums and to spiritists, to play the harlot after them, I will also set My face against that person and will cut him off from among his people.

 

NAS Leviticus 20:27 ‘Now a man or a woman who is a medium or a spiritist shall surely be put to death. They shall be stoned with stones, their bloodguiltiness is upon them.’”

 

NAS Isaiah 8:19 And when they say to you, “Consult the mediums and the spiritists who whisper and mutter,” should not a people consult their God? Should they consult the dead on behalf of the living?

 

The nations surrounding Israel in ancient times were swarming with false gods, demons, and occult activity of every variety.  The Israelites struggled with the same human social afflictions that we see today.  As they became acquainted with the neighboring towns, trading began, then communication and friendships were established, business partnerships ensued.  Then came the intermarriages and the assimilation of worship style, and soon the religious purity of God’s people was surrendered.  

 

They craved the excitement and thrill of what sin had to offer.  What they could see over the fence of their existence appeared ‘good for food, a delight to the eyes, and desirable to make one wise.’13  They tired of the ‘manna’, as it were, the goodness of God.14  They did not want to wait for the Lord to deliver on His promises.  They trusted the heathen gods to give them what Yahweh would not.

 

The Israelites yielded to the influence of their heathen neighbors and at the same time turned away from worshipping the true God, and in so doing they forfeited their blessings of divine protection and the demons swooped in to fill the spiritual void.  Israel’s once pure culture began to sink into the mire of wickedness and the nation began to devolve into the promised ‘madness, blindness, and despair of soul’.15  This process of spiritual decay spiraled downward exponentially as Israel erected idols to the Baals and eventually began offering their children as sacrifices to appease the demons behind the idols.

 

Over time the people decided that they knew better than the Almighty, and that they themselves were blessed through their own efforts; they imagined that they were immune to harm, that they could withstand, even overcome the hidden dangers.  

 

They have lied about the LORD And said, ‘[It is]Not He; Misfortune will not come on us; And we will not see sword or famine.” (Jer 5:12)

 

They rationalized their actions, and like Eve of the primeval story, they were seduced to believe that God was just a bully and wanted to obstruct their pursuit of total freedom and greater fulfillment.

 

Foreign gods were adopted in place of Yahweh and pagan shrines were set up throughout the land.   Idol worship and sorcery became common practice in spite of God’s prohibition and repeated warnings.  The sacrificing of their own children signified the nadir of their once renowned and unrivaled civilization.  They had become worse than the heathen around them.

 

The Psalmist condenses the account of their national decline:

 

“They did not destroy16 the peoples, As the LORD commanded them, But they mingled with the nations, And learned their practices, And served their idols, Which became a snare to them.  They even sacrificed their sons and their daughters to the demons, And shed innocent blood, The blood of their sons and their daughters, Whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan; And the land was polluted with the blood.  Thus they became unclean in their practices, And played the harlot in their deeds.” NAS Psalm 106:34-37-39

 

          *          *          THE DIVINE INDICTMENT          *          *

 

A holy God cannot abide such wickedness in those who are called by His name.  So after generations of spurned appeals to repent, 

 

“They continually mocked the messengers of God, despised His words and scoffed at His prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against His people, until there was no remedy.”  NAS 2 Chronicles 36:16

 

God withdrew His hand of protection as He pronounced the appropriate sentence upon His chosen people who had done so wickedly.  The prophet Jeremiah delivered the charges:

 

“Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel,

 

“Behold I am about to bring a calamity upon this place, at which the ears of everyone that hears of it will tingle.

 

“Because

 

they have forsaken Me 

and have made this an alien place

and have burned sacrifices in it to other gods that neither they nor their forefathers nor the kings of Judah had ever known, and 

 

“because

 

they have filled this place with the blood of the innocent  

and have built the high places of Baal to burn their sons in the fire as burnt offerings to Baal, a thing which I never commanded or spoke of, nor did it ever enter My mind.” NAS Jeremiah 19:3-5

 

Harsh judgment was now the only cure for that wicked generation, and the hammer of chastisement was soon to fall.

 

The inviolable relationship between ‘cause and effect’ is seen here and throughout the Holy Scriptures.  Judgment is coming for two reasons:  1.  Apostasy; which led to:  2.  Murder of the innocents.

 

Apostasy

 The Word of the Lord has been rejected (Jer 8:9)

They have left the worship of the Living God (Jer 2:13)

They have turned to heathen idols and served them in their land (Jer 5:19);

They set their detestable things in the house of the Lord to defile it (Jer 7:30);

Lies and not truth prevail in the land (Jer 9:3)

Prophets prophesy falsely; priests rule on their own authority (Jer 5:31)

Truth has perished and has been cut off from their mouth (Jer 7:28)

Everyone practices deceit and is greedy for gain (Jer 6:13; 8:10; 9:5)

Murder of the Innocents(Jer 7:31; 19:5; 32:35)

In the case of the murder of the innocents the land became polluted [defiled, unclean, unholy].  The Creator had designed a magnificent universe with its physical, spiritual and moral laws perfectly intact.  The act of defying any of these laws brings about severe consequences, some of which are immediate.  But the act of child sacrifice to demon gods was a thing most detestable in the Lord’s eyes (Ezekiel 16:36; Proverbs 6:16f).

 

And those with understanding would take special note of the following principle of Divine justice:

 

“So you shall not pollute the land in which you are; for blood pollutes the land and no expiation can be made for the land for the blood that is shed on it, except by the blood of him who shed it.   NAS Numbers 35:33

 

“And you shall not defile the land in which you live, in the midst of which I dwell; for I the LORD am dwelling in the midst of the sons of Israel.”   NAS Numbers 35:34

 

          *          *          THE DEVIL IN THE DETAILS          *          *

 

How is it that we find ourselves in a very similar condition as when Israel threw off the divine yoke and went after false gods?  How is it that lies and not truth have become the dominant code of cultural exchange in the American society?  Simply put – How did we get here?  

 

When Muhammad Ali (not the famous pugilist) came to the United States from Nigeria in 1973 he remarked how astonished he was that Americans were not acquainted with the daily frustrations of dealing with the demonic realm.  In his native world it was a constant battle:  the demons were intent on causing harm and  usually wanted some form of worship, often including a sacrifice.   If the demonic hoards (there were many) were not satisfied, one could expect a host of evils and calamities to befall a wayward denizen:  a ferocious, destructive storm; sudden and mysterious disappearance of money; an outbreak of pestilence in the household; a fire from an unknown source raging in some part of the property; frightful apparitions in the middle of the night; even the death of a loved one.  These attacks increased in intensity until the demon received the demanded veneration and/or sacrifice at the local shrine.

 

The diabolical is as pervasive today throughout the world as it has ever been since ancient times.  The literature from mission groups and individual missionaries is rife with such stories from all over the world, mainly from areas where the Gospel of Jesus Christ has not been introduced, accepted, and taken root.  The late Ray and Sophie de la Haye, missionaries for the Sudan Interior Mission who served in West Africa many years, testified personally about the fierce struggles with the demons in that area and the miraculous power God demonstrated to afford them daily victory.17

 

The mountains of testimony from those experienced in confronting the demonic are in agreement that the Gospel of Jesus Christ drives out the demons who have set their abode in the kingdoms of this world.  But it is an ongoing struggle.  “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty (2 Cor 3:17)”, on the masthead of the Indianapolis Star newspaper for many years bespeaks the power of God against the forces of darkness.

 

We have evidence in God’s word concerning the battles that take place even in the higher echelons of the spirit world.  One such occurrence is found in the 10th chapter of the prophecy of Daniel.  This reference gives clear evidence that Satan’s emissaries have taken control over nations and empires throughout history.  We should not be surprised for, after all, Satan did seduce our first parents back in the garden to relinquish the title deed to the earth.

 

At the lower echelons of the Adversary’s hordes man has had to grapple with the most hideous of beings.  The Gospels are replete with the stories of the possessed.  But modern man has so often relegated these events to myths from the past, that he has no working knowledge or understanding of their present day reality and activity.  

 

Demons are often found having surreptitiously entered into the churches through willing or ignorant members who have become involved with Satanic practices and ‘doctrines of demons’.  As the Archenemy of the Gospel it is no wonder that the Church is his primary target.  The serious Bible student, however, will not be ‘ignorant of his devices’.

 

Satan throughout the ages has his witting servants and representatives who have come to him through witchcraft and other demonic avenues, and have greedily become his priests to enjoy the power and authority that he has given them.  They rule over the people and interpret Satan’s (and his lieutenants) demands, which are given in the form of worship and sacrifices required.  To deny that Satan is thus active in our society today is to fall for one of his most effective devices – the denial of his existence.  The growth of Satanism, satanic worship and demonic activity has been growing exponentially in our country since the early 60’s.

 

As demonic activity intensified during the first coming of Christ, we are now seeing another episode of intensity, which may indicate we are very close to the Lord’s second coming and the last days before the final imprisonment of the demonic host.

 

Any search engine will find reports of the explosion of this age old phenomenon in our modern world.  Richard Kyle in his article ‘The Occult Roars Back: Its Modern Resurgence’ gives one insightful account of the recent historical development leading up to today’s rush to the altars of the Prince of Darkness.18

 

          *          *          SATAN – ALIVE AND WELL IN THE USA          *          *

 

Less than a generation after the end of the abominable holocaust in Germany our own nation embarked on a more monstrous course of human depravity by legitimizing the murder of a human child developing in the mother’s womb.

 

The Supreme Court 1973 decision of ‘Roe v Wade’, a glaring example of extreme judicial malpractice, comparable in flagrant legal ineptitude to the Dred Scott decision of 1857, was just the beginning of a slippery slope that has seen 50+ million babies butchered in these United States alone in sacrifice to the gods of materialism, self-indulgence, power, and pleasure and all the ‘idols of the heart’. 

 

The decline into the abyss of depravity has not abated.  Partial birth abortion is now legal in some states. In addition, we are now engaged in promoting the sale of aborted baby parts.

 

The Chief Counsel for the ACLJ (American Center for Law and Justice) reported in a letter dated Jan 28, 2019, that federal tax dollars are being expended for the sale of aborted babies’ body parts.  The letter quotes a recent news report that ‘the National Institutes of Health signed [a federal contract] with the University of California at San Francisco [that] requires UCSF to obtain body parts from unborn babies to make at least two types of ‘humanized mice.’

 

It doesn’t stop there.  According to recent news reports, states such as New York and Virginia are in the process of legalizing the murder of the young after birth!

 

We should be reminded that we are in a spiritual battle.  Remember the words of the Apostle Paul to the Ephesians:

 

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.”  NAS Ephesians 6:12

 

The true Architect of evil is the devil himself.  As the nation has ruled God inadmissible in our institutions, our government, and in almost every aspect of our lives, Satan with his associates, the fallen angels, the demons, as they did in ancient Israel, have rushed in to fill the spiritual void to insure our almost certain destruction.  They have invaded our land in mass through the works of the witting emissaries and spokespersons who have summoned the forces of darkness and have turned God’s truth into a lie.  I refer to His creative acts and the preciousness of human life.

 

A Newsweek article, dated Nov 18, 2018, entitled ‘Number Of Witches Rises Dramatically Across U.S. As Millennials Reject Christianity’, reported that ‘witchcraft has more followers than the 1.4 million mainline members of the Presbyterian church.’

 

A Daily Mail article, dated Jan 21, 2019, entitled ‘The Rise of Satanism in America’, stated that since its founding in 2012 ‘the TST’s [The Satanic Temple’s] organization has increased from a handful of members to tens of thousands, with chapters all over the US and the globe, from Stockholm to London and Los Angeles to Texas.’

 

A Consequenceofsound(CoS).net website, on Jan 26, 2019, published an article entitled ‘The Church of Satan celebrates Christian Bale’s Golden Globes win’.  The article stated: 

“At tonight’s Golden Globes, Christian Bale won Best Actor in a Drama for his role as former vice president Dick Cheney in Adam McKay’s Vice. In his acceptance speech, Bale singled out Satan for ‘giving me inspiration on how to play this role.’”

“The Church of Satan, a religious organization dedicated to Satanism as codified in The Satanic Bible, was quick to bask in Bale’s victory. ‘To us, Satan is a symbol of pride, liberty and individualism, and it serves as an external metaphorical projection of our highest personal potential,’ the organization wrote. ‘As Mr. Bale’s own talent and skill won him the award, this is fitting. Hail Christian! Hail Satan!’”

A Navy Times article headline, dated Jan 21, 2019, reads: ‘Heathens hold religious services rooted in Norse paganism aboard aircraft carrier’.

An LA Times headline in their Music and Entertainment section, dated Jan 18, 2018, reads:  ‘A new generation of L.A. Satanists finds community in blasphemous times’.  The article describes “a heterodox generation of new self-described satanists is upending old Rosemary’s Baby and Helter Skelter stereotypes in service of radical politics, feminist aesthetics and community unity”.

 

An article in The Guardian, dated Jan 8, 2018, entitled ‘Hell freezes over: how the Church of Satan got cool’ stated “We see the universe as being indifferent to us, and so all morals and values are subjective human constructions.”  Satanism’s latest mutation is something else, a contrarian uprising against a patriarchal world order that deserves its comeuppance.”

 

The Catholic News Agency:  ‘Exorcisms on the rise: Occult activity sparks ‘pastoral emergency’.

 

The Catholic World Report, dated Oct 31, 2018, entitled ‘What is behind the increase in “witches” in the US?’  quoting G.K. Chesterton’s adage that ‘when we stop believing in God, we begin to believe in anything’, examines a recent Pew Research Center survey that found that ‘about 0.4 percent of Americans identify themselves as Pagan or Wiccan, a significant increase over previous years. An estimated 1 to 1.5 million people say they practice Wicca or Paganism today, a rise from an estimated 8,000 in 1990, and 340,000 in 2008.

 

Charisma News:  ‘Ex-Witch Reveals How the Occult Is Affecting Your Life Every Day.  In this article Beth, a former self-acclaimed occultist and witch, gives a condensed list of occult activities and explains the dangers involved:

“…horoscopes, fortune telling, contacting the dead, speaking to the dead, Ouija boards, chakras, channeling energy, yoga and incantations, among others.  

“When each time they do witchcraft they are inviting in demon spirits. Each spirit brings something in with it to connect them within your person. This could be false beliefs or sickness or addiction, etc. More importantly, it causes you to feel that you have tapped in to a power, which you have. The power of the demonic (aka the occult or witchcraft). You feel the power in some way or another. It may be a high, a surge, a force and “awakening” or something similar. This feeling is incredibly satisfying to our senses and fleshly ways and it creates a desire within us to continue to do it. So the person wants to delve deeper into the witchcraft practice, to reach higher levels of this power they have experienced.”

“What is actually happening is they are granting more and more access to the depths of their soul to the demonic, giving them more and more rights into them. Rights are permissions to use our bodies for their works and feed our soul with their beliefs and demonic spirits. Satan wants us to become portals for his evil work. Once we (give) him access, we are connected to his power, and he sets up things inside of us that can work without our conscious knowledge. So basically, we are actually doing witchcraft and we are not even aware of it. The connection has been made and we have done it on our own free will.”

Beth’s blog is called ‘The other side of darkness’.  She has much to share giving good insight into both the dangers of involvement in and the hope of deliverance from demonic influences.

          *          *          BEELZEBUB  EXPOSED19         *          *

Jesus was most emphatic in characterizing Satan in John 8:44:  “HE IS A MURDERER FROM THE BEGINNING!”

 

Slander was not part of His message.  Jesus revealed the absolute truth about the person of the devil.  He prefaced this statement by affirming, “You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father.”  In essence, ‘you have become like the one you worship, a MURDERER.’

 

Are we then surprised that the demon hoardes under the rulership of Satan likewise follow him throughout history in his murderous enterprise?

 

From Cain to the Nephilim;

From Nimrod to the Pharoahs;

From the Assyrians to the Herods;

From the Caesars to the Czars;

From Stalin and Hitler to Pol Pot and Chairman Mao;

And From the fields of Eden to the abortion clinics.

 

The millenia are saturated with the almost limitless wars and murders.

 

And who is the author of these horrible atrocities?  None other than the Prince of Darkness who ‘IS A MURDERER FROM THE BEGINNING.’  His final demise along with his evil host is certain:

 

“How you have fallen from heaven, O star of the morning, son of the dawn![Lucifer] You have been cut down to the earth, You who have weakened [prostrated/disabled] the nations!”   NAS Isaiah 14:12

 

“And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.”  NAS Revelation 12:9

 

The apostle Peter wrote in 1 Peter 5:8, Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”

 

His angels, the demons, seek to dishonor, abuse and even destroy human life, the object of their intense hatred.  They experience malevolent pleasure in afflicting men with disease or distress.20   In the torture and/or death of a human being, the demons achieve a frenzied euphoria, perhaps comparable to sexual ecstasy on the human plane.

 

“With this passion for hurting men always influencing the deeds of impure spirits, we find them impelling those in league with them to use poisons, charms, evil eyes, incantations, and various mystical rites to harm the life, limb, or goods of those who supposed to be under their control.  Hence, the man out of the tombs whom Jesus met was always day and night cutting himself with stones (Mark 5:5) 21   

 

They approach and tempt in a twofold manner:  The coarse and ignorant they appeal to the senses through wonders and superstition.  With the intellectual and the cultured they operate through vain philosophies and empty deception while concealing their presence in the shadows and darkness of the mysterious.22

 

In the abortion centers they hide behind the judicial rulings and evolutionary philosophies which have been contrived through diabolical influences.  The ‘enlightened’ masses then have justification for the existence of and support for these killing chambers.  The abortion perpetrator likewise can justify his murdering the innocent child through the backing of friendly legislation and public opinion.  But it is murder, and Satan and his wicked minions are ecstatically gratified by the torture and death of the little one.

 

In an article by Andrew White, entitled ‘Abortion and the Ancient Practice of Child Sacrifice’, he writes:

 

“Like child sacrifice in ancient Israel, the practice of abortion by Christians is spiritual prostitution to an idol, defiles God’s sanctuary and profanes His holy name.  God alone is the Author of life and it is not the creature’s prerogative to question the Creator’s wisdom in bringing to life a fellow human being at conception.  Whenever men disregard their Creator’s wise judgment by destroying His innocent creation, they are serving another god.  They are, in fact, spiritually prostituting themselves to the idolatrous self whom they believe is wiser in its value judgments.”23

 

An article by Scott Lanser, ‘Tanit in the Mirror:  The Worship of Self and the Slaughter of Children’ agrees:

 

“The study of the ancient past can often be very esoteric and compartmentalized to the modern mind. Not so concerning the subject of child sacrifice. The parallels to the modern day practice of abortion and the murder of innocent, defenseless babies is plain and unavoidable.  Ancient ritual sacrifice of babies to a demonic idol at pagan temples has been replaced by intentional “medical” murder of children at the altar of self at secular, state-sanctioned “clinics” and “medical” facilities.  Legalized abortion-on-demand is the result of rampant secularism and atheism whose propaganda has beguiled modern culture into a deadening personal autonomy that makes monsters out of every day citizens.” 24

 

“There is no truth in him…he is a liar and the father of lies!” (John 8:44)

 

One of the many lies that engendered the public’s acceptance and helped to pave the way for the eventual legalization of abortion is a quote from Dr. Bernard N. Nathanson’s address to the Winnipeg League for Life given on April 25 1981: 

 

‘We fed the public a line of deceit, dishonesty, a fabrication of statistics and figures. We succeeded [in breaking down the laws limiting abortions] because the time was right and the news media cooperated.  We sensationalized the effects of illegal abortions, and fabricated polls which indicated that 85% of the public favoured unrestricted abortion, when we knew it was only 5%.  We unashamedly lied, and yet our statements were quoted [by the media] as though they had been written in law.25

 

*          *          “LIFE of the flesh IS IN THE BLOOD” 26          *          *

After the first slaying recorded in Genesis 4, God called the murderer Cain to account:

“What have you done?  The voice of your brother’s blood is crying to Me from the ground.”27

 

This is the first mention of blood in the Bible, and, interestingly, the Hebrew word for blood ~D’ (dam) appears here in the plural (‘bloods’, or ‘drops of blood’).   This may indicate a vicious slaying.

 

Delitzsch says:  “Innocent blood has no voice…that is discernible to human ears, but it has one that reaches God, as the cry of a wicked deed demanding vengeance.  Murder is one of the sins that cry to heaven.” 28

 

If Abel’s innocent blood cried out to God, do we not conclude that the blood of an innocent child, born or unborn, murdered inside or outside the womb, also cries out to God?

 

“Precious in the sight of the LORD Is the death of His godly ones.”   NAS Psalm 116:15

 

  1. R. DeHaan, M.D. in his book ‘The Chemistry of the Blood’ writes:

 

“In the human body there are many different kinds of tissues.  We define them as muscle, nerve, fat, gland, bone, connective tissues, etc.  All these tissues have one thing in common:  they are fixed cells, microscopically small and having a specific and limited function.  Unlike these fixed tissues, the blood is fluid and mobile, that is, it is not limited to one part of the body but is free to move throughout the entire body and supply the fixed cells with nourishment and carry off the waste products and the ‘ashes’ of cell activity, a process we call metabolism.  In the normal human body there are about five quarts of this fluid, and this blood pumped by the heart circulates through the system about every twenty-three seconds, so that every cell in the body is constantly supplied and cleansed and at the same time is in constant communication with every other cell in that body.  This blood is the most mysterious of all tissues, being composed of scores of elements and compounds and strange chemical bodies, whose function is not yet fully understood, but all of which have to do with the mystery of life, for the life…is in the blood.”29

 

Blood is the unique substance of all the substances in the human body.  It cannot be manufactured.   It is the one component in the body that science hasn’t figured out how to reproduce, synthesize, or imitate.  It is a part of the body that is simply irreplaceable.  Extra blood needed for a transfusion must come from people who have donated it.30   Hence, the need for blood banks to store this rarest of commodities.

 

Although much is known and many breakthroughs and discoveries have been achieved in recent decades, the intricacies and complexities of human blood is far beyond the scientists’ capacity to fully comprehend.  The nature and composition of its smallest parts, their function, and their interaction with body organs remain only partially known.  Thus the ‘mystery’ of life remains a mystery.  

 

[Three sample YouTube videos cited in the references (A,B,C) explaining what IS known about the blood should leave the casual reader in total wonderment and ‘without excuse’ (Romans 1:20).] 30

 

*          *          “THE DEMONS ALSO BELIEVE, AND SHUDDER!”31          *          *

 

There appears another side to abortion and child sacrifice – a very dark and sinister side, which is not open to ‘scientific’ inquiry.

 

  1. P. Blavatsky, a Russian occultist, philosopher, and author who co-founded the Theosophical Society in 1875 mentions Porphyry, (234?–305? C.E.) a Neoplatonist philosopher born in Tyre in Phoenicia:

 

“Porphyry presents to us some hideous facts whose verity is substantiated in the experience of every student of magic. ‘The soul,’ says he, ‘having even after death a certain affection for its body, an affinity proportioned to the violence with which their union was broken, we see many spirits hovering in despair about their earthly remains; we even see them eagerly seeking the putrid remains of other bodies, but above all freshly-spilled blood, which seems to impart to them for the moment some of the faculties of life.’”32

 

She adds:

 

“Let spiritualists who doubt the theurgist [medium, sorcerer], try the effect of about half a pound of freshly-drawn human blood at their next materializing séance!” 33

 

From another New Age source:

 

“Satanic Ritual Abusers (SRA)… actually value the abuse and killing of children and believe in the necessity of child sacrifice killings if they can get away with it without prosecution. Their most sick mind believes that the blood of a child is the most pure, and can extract vital essence and power from the blood sacrifice or raping the child. When they want “more power” for material success or something to gain, or there is something to “cleanse”, they believe to cleanse it with a child’s blood or child’s energy. Most commonly they will abduct a child or a satanic family will give up their child to satanic ritual holidays. Refugees and Orphanages are frequently pillaged for this reason. This is the most unbelievable to the sane mind and loving heart, yet, we must know this exists in huge numbers to begin to protect the children of the earth from this sickness. Most commonly children of extremely poor people are either used this way in ritual, or will be a sexual slave or prostitute to a satanic group of individuals. Child genital mutilation, child sex slavery, child porn, live sex with children on the internet is a billion dollar booming business. This is highly disturbing as we can see no one in government gives a care about this global issue. We have to ask who is benefiting from having sex with our children? It’s not human.” 34

 

Of course we are not fully aware of all the manifestations of demonic activity regarding blood sacrifices, and how the shedding of innocent blood imparts power and gratification to evil spirits, nor do we wish to be.  The evidence, however, is overwhelming that our culture has entered into a phase which is not unlike that of the ancient heathen whereby human life, that is, human blood is offered to demons on a grand scale, and we, albeit ignorant of the wickedness of the action, as a nation, have become tolerant of such and are thus participants in these detestable acts and will most certainly share equally in the horrible consequences that are sure to follow.

 

*          *          “HE HATH BUT A SHORT TIME”35        *          *

 

Who is this Archenemy of man and what is he about?  Ezekiel 28:11-17 and Isaiah 14:12-17 give the panorama of Lucifer’s exulted status from the day of his creation until his ignominious fall due to his egotism, self-pride, and his obsession to raise himself above and triumph over his Creator.  As a result God’s judgment and Satan’s subsequent pronounced demise we understand that in his present fallen and depraved status he is the enemy of both God and man:

 

He is the ‘god of this age’.  1Cor 4:4

He is the ‘prince of the power of the air’.  Eph 2:2

He is the ‘ruler of this world’.   John 12:31

He, by lies and deception from his fall, began by causing the forfeiture of the title deed of the earth to himself.  Luk 4:6

He is a liar and a murderer from the beginning.  John 8:44

He brings trials and suffering upon God’s people.  Luk 22:31; Job 1:8-12

He has power to control physical elements.  Job 1:8-12

He is an instrument in death and destruction.  Job 1:8-12; 1Cor 5:5; 1Tim 1:20

He accuses God’s people before God day and night.  Rev 12:10

He is identified with Beelzebub, the ruler of the demons.  Mat 9:34; 12:24-28

He is an enemy of truth and seeks to pervert truth in the heart of the hearer.  Mat 13:19, 39; Joh 8:44

He has many angels/messengers who serve him.  Mat 25:41; Rev 12:9

 

Although he has been routed and dethroned eternally Satan yet tries to deceive this world into believing that he still has all the power and authority he had before Calvary.  His demonic hordes cover the globe to do their temporary mischief, but they are trespassing on land that has been rightfully reclaimed by the perfect sacrifice of the Son of God, the rightful Owner.

 

Wherever the Gospel of Jesus Christ goes, the demons withdraw.  They fear the NAME.  Their power has been preempted; their authority has been revoked.

 

When Moses led the Israelites into Canaan, the land was filled with demonic hosts.  Only the covering of the Spirit of God would allow them protection against this wicked realm.  The Israelites were to be the antithesis, the contrast, of the godless nations around them; it was their purpose (their raison d’etre) to be the representatives of God’s holiness and the reflection of His glory and goodness.  The nations were to witness the blessedness of His divine favor upon those who walk in His statutes.  In Deuteronomy 28:1-14 are found the special promises granted to His beloved people that He would perform for them in the midst of Satan’s vile dominion.

 

Do we not see the parallel between our own nation and that of ancient Israel?  

 

Similar founding, 

 

similar blessings, 

 

similar trials and chastisements, 

 

similar departure from the true faith, 

 

similar acceptance of godless philosophies, 

 

similar debasement and slaughter of human life, 

 

similar warnings of dire consequences,

 

similar disregard and scorn of warnings

 

(then similar final collapse and destruction)? 

 

*          *          THE VICTORY PARADE          *          *

 

Jesus declared after His resurrection:  “All power (authority) is given unto me in heaven and in earth.”  

 

Jesus also declared in John 16:11“The ruler of this world has been judged.”  And in John 12:31 he announced:  “Now judgment is upon this world; now the ruler of this world shall be cast out.

 

The apostle Paul writes:

 

“Therefore it says, ‘When He ascended on high, He led captive a host of captives, And He gave gifts to men.’  (Now this expression, ‘He ascended,’ what does it mean except that He also had descended into the lower parts of the earth?  He who descended is Himself also He who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.)”   NAS Ephesians 4:8

 

“For in Him all the fulness of Deity dwells in bodily form, and in Him you have been made complete, and He is the head over all rule and authority.”   NAS Colossians 2:9

 

“When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him.”  NAS Colossians 2:15

 

He had vanquished Satan’s dominion and fulfilled the promise pronounced upon the serpent in the garden:  “He shall bruise thy head.” (Genesis 3:15)

 

We read in Revelation 5 of the great universal acclamation given to the Lamb of God for His perfect sacrifice at the cross and His unique worthiness to open the sealed scroll of history:

 

“Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing.   And every created thing which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all things in them, I heard saying, ‘To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever.’”” NAS Revelation 5:12

 

“And these signs will accompany those who have believed:  in My name they will cast out demons.” NAS Mark 16:17

 

Satan has been defeated; he has been tried and convicted; and he has been sentenced to his eternal prison; but he is out on bail, as it were.  God has seen fit to allow him to trouble mankind until the time of the end, a time that He has appointed for His good purpose.  

 

Certainly one reason he is permitted to continue to roam and deceive the world is God’s demonstration of His immutable law of ‘cause and effect.’  As men experience the deep sorrow of sin they may be drawn to the heart of God through His only provision for salvation, the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.  “The soul that sinneth it shall die.” (Ezekiel 18:4)  but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.   (1 Corinthians 15:57)

 

“All that the Father gives Me shall come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out.”   NAS John 6:37

 

*          *          *          *          *          *

 

One final thought:

 

Ken Ham, asks the question, ‘How do you change a culture?’  The answer: ‘Remove the foundation’.  Our foundation was the Word of God.  The original documents and the writings of the Founding Fathers confirm this.  But God’s holy Word is being banished from every facet of our society.  Humanism and atheism have replaced the Bible.  ‘America has changed religions.’36

Notes and References

 

1    Genesis 1:31 

2     Guttmacher Institute, ‘Reasons U.S. Women Have Abortions: Quantitative and Qualitative Perspectives’ – https://www.guttmacher.org/sites/default/files/pdfs/pubs/psrh/full/3711005.pdf

3     ChristianHeadlines.com –‘Abortion – Modern Child Sacrifice?  https://www.christianheadlines.com/columnists/guest-commentary/abortion-modern-child-sacrifice.html

4     http://www.biblearchaeology.org/post/2012/01/05/Abortion-and-the-Ancient-Practice-of-Child-Sacrifice.aspx   

5     Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry, ‘Moloch, the ancient pagan God of Child Sacrifice’ – 

https://carm.org/moloch-ancient-pagan-god-child-sacrifice

6    1Timothy 4:1   

7     Jastrow & Thompson, ‘Astronomy: Fundamentals and Frontiers’, Wiley & Sons, 1972, p 390f [Quotation by Harlow Shapley]

8     DailyMail.com., 23 Jan 2014 – ‘Ancient Greek Stories of Ritual Child Sacrifice in Carthage are true, study claims’

9     Atlas Oscura – ‘Tophet at Carthage’ – https://www.atlasobscura.com/places/tophet-at-carthage     

10    Nigel Davis, ‘Human Sacrifice’, William Morrow & Co., 1981, p63f

11    https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/over-41-million-abortions-estimated-in-2018-making-choice-worlds-leading-ca

12   Breitbart, Dec 31, 2018, ‘Abortion Leading Cause of Death in 2018 with 41 Million Killed’ – https://www.breitbart.com/health/2018/12/31/abortion-leading-cause-of-death-in-2018-with-41-million-killed/

13   Genesis 3:6

14    Numbers 21:5

15   Deuteronomy 28:65

16   or ‘lay waste’ – ‘Gesenius and Chaldee Lexicon’, p 833; ‘overthrown’, ‘brought to naught’ – Strong’s Hebrew and Chaldee Dictionary, p118.

17   Sophie de la Haye, ‘Tread Upon the Lion’, Sudan Interior Mission, 1971 

18   http://www.directionjournal.org/29/2/occult-roars-back-its-modern-resurgence.html

19   Rev. Alexander Hyslop, ‘The Two Babylons’, Loiseaux Brothers, 1916, p279f 

20   Mrs. George C. Needham, ‘Angels and Demons’, Moody Press, 1938, p79

21   ibid, p. 75

22   ibid, p. 74

23   Associates for Biblical Research – http://www.biblearchaeology.org/post/2012/01/05/Abortion-and-the-Ancient-Practice-of-Child-Sacrifice.aspx

24   ibid – http://www.biblearchaeology.org/post/2012/05/12/Tanit-in-the-Mirror-The-Worship-of-Self-and-the-Slaughter-of-Children.aspx#Article

25   John Powell, S.J., ‘Abortion: The Silent Holocaust’, Argus Communications, 1981, p. 75

26   Leviticus 17:11

27   Genesis 4:10

28   Keil & Delitzsch, ‘Commentary on the Old Testament’, Eerdmans, 1973, p. 115

29   M. R. DeHaan, M.D., ‘The Chemistry of the Blood’, Lamplighter Books, 1981, p. 14

30   A.  Crash Course A&P #29, ‘ Blood, Part 1 – True Blood’: – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQWlcSp9Sls&list=PL8dPuuaLjXtOAKed_MxxWBNaPno5h3Zs8&index=30&app=desktop;

  1.   YouTube – ‘Anatomy & Physiology of Blood’ –  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35–8dAcZGw&app=desktop
  2.   YouTube – ‘Haematology – Red Blood Cell Life Cycle’ – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cATQFej6oAc&app=desktop

31   James 2:19

32   H. P. Blavatsky, ‘Isis Unveiled’, Vol 1, Theosophical University Press, 1950, p.344

33   ibid, p. 345

34    Ascension Glossary – ‘AD Strategy 4: Child Abuse and Child Sacrifice’, Aug 2018 – https://ascensionglossary.com/index.php/SRA#cite_note-2

35   Revelation 12:12

36   Ken Ham’s Foundations video: ‘Relevance of Genesis’ – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFn46VSOXj4

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