Jezebel, Occultism and the End-Time War on the Saints
By JENNIFER LECLAIRE
At first, I thought it was New Age culture. But I was wrong. It was occultism.
As I strolled through the streets of Key West on a 24-hour getaway with my daughter, I noticed something that I had never witnessed in Key West before: occultism seems fully woven through the culture.
I’ve been going to Key West for more than 20 years and have spent weeks at a time on the tropical island. But something disturbing has happened in the 10 years since I last visited—and it’s merely a microcosm of what’s happening in the world today.
You can no longer walk down Duval Street—the famous drag of shops and restaurants—without running into the likes of Mahadeo Jerrybandhan, a renowned “peerless palmist” from Trinidad with a long white beard and an even longer white robe. But Jerrybandhan is not alone. He has plenty of peers in Key West, from psychics to mediums to channels to healers to tarot card readers to astrologers. The only group I didn’t find down there were the crystal readers.
Then there’s “Robert the Doll.” Key West profiteers have designed so-called ghost tours that explore the haunted history of Key West, including old wooden houses where spirits purportedly walk. Tour guides will tell you that Key West is one of the most haunted cities in the world with elevated paranormal activity. A local voodoo’istic icon, Robert the Doll will supposedly curse you if you take his picture without permission or forget to thank him for the privilege.
The Abomination of Occultism
As you can imagine, seeing all this grieved my spirit. But I should not have been so surprised. Occultism has been slowly creeping into American culture for decades as movie makers exalt witchcraft and vampires while the music industry pumps occult rock. Beloved, we are in the midst of a great spiritual crisis even now. Our literature, music, video games, comics, films and television shows are full of mysticism and the occult. Some of it is subtle. Some of it is blatant. All of it is wicked.
Again, this is nothing new. Occultism—which broadly includes magic, séances, channeling, hypnosis, necromancy, astrology, extra-sensory perception, alchemy, spiritualism and divination—is strongly condemned in the Bible.
“There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire [which is an ancient occult practice], or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord” (Deut. 18:10-12, brackets added).
The Lord rebuked Israel for practicing astrology (Isaiah 47:10-14). Jezebel practiced witchcraft (2 Kings 9:22) and we know how that ended. Ephesus was known for a population that practiced magic arts (Acts 19:19). And the book of Revelation makes it clear that “the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death” (Rev. 21:8).
Kabbalah, Kundalini and Jezebel
And yet we see occult practices, like Kabbalah, gaining momentum in the church. We see "prophetic words" delivered in what appears to be Kundalini fashion, with violent shaking and demonic tongues against a backdrop of tribal bongos that set the congregation into hysteria. We see a Jezebel spirit working to seduce saints into idolatry and sexual immorality—and oftentimes succeeding. We see all sorts of strong delusion and strange fire with occultic ties in the modern church.
But we should not be surprised. The rise of occultism is a sign of the end times. Satan’s plan is to fascinate our hearts with occult power and deceive us. The Holy Spirit, meanwhile, wants to fascinate our spirits with a revelation of the Son of God. I believe God’s people are enticed by occultism when they begin seeking spiritual experiences above seeking God. It’s a subtle—and dangerous—shift. Many Christians are on fire for God, but that fire can suddenly turn strange if we are not rooted in the Word. If we seek supernatural experiences, we will find them—but they don’t always come from Jesus.
Beloved, we must not play with strange fire. Ultimately, the occult leads to murder and mayhem—immorality of all kinds. It’s not likely that you would ever willfully visit the likes of Mahadeo Jerrybandhan, the peerless palmist—or any of his peers. But could you ignorantly be engaged with occultic practices that are opening the door to deceptive dangers? Could it be coming from what appears to be godly influences—even within church culture?
Discernment or Deception?
Don’t brush the question off before praying about it. If you want the truth, the Holy Spirit will lead you and guide you into all truth. Please hear me! Even a little occult is a deadly poison—a little leaven leavens the whole lump. The Bible warns about deceptive teachers, false apostles and deceitful workers. The Bible warns about self-deception. And it’s your responsibility to keep your heart pure. If you've stepped into this demonic ditch, repent now and warn others.
Friends, we’re in an end-times war with eternal consequences. Satan is using the occult to seduce people away from the kingdom of God to dance in the kingdom of darkness. I pray that the Lord gives you discernment and awakens your spirit, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming (Matt. 24:42).
Let me leave you with a warning from the apostle Paul: “Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ” (Col. 2:8). Amen.
Prayer & Declarations for Spiritual Warfare against Occult Activities
1. Father according to Scripture (2Cor. 4:4; Rev. 12:9), we know that Satan's goal is to deceive your people by blinding them to the truth of the gospel and to receive worship for himself (Matt. 4:9; Isa. 14:12-14). But we say not so in the name of Jesus. We cancel, reverse, turn around, and disgrace Satan’s goal against the people of God. And we decree that they are more than conquerors.
2. We decree that every pagan superstition is arrested and inoperable in Jesus name.
3. We paralyze every purpose of DARKNESS. We disgrace, tread under foot and bury every satanic spirit, sending it back to its original sender in Jesus name.
4. In the name of Jesus we break the hold of every witchcraft initiation that has been release into the atmosphere. We proclaim that the blood of Jesus stands against all witchcraft.
5. We decree that the Holy Spirit arise with fire to burn up and destroy, every incantation and every enchantment that has been released against our homes, the churches and our communities in JESUS name.
6. Thank you Lord that we can firmly stand and declare that Satanism is not the “phenomenal” spirit that is controlling our city or our nations; but it is your Spirit that is being glorified and honored throughout the Land.
7. We decree that more than ever before - we shall “Be sober, and vigilant; because we know that our adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour." [1 Peter 5:8]. Therefore we will not comprise our stand against occult practices.
8. We stand on the ground of the blood of Jesus to proclaim victory over ignorance. And from this day forth we shall not be ignorant concerning Satan devices or his plans for human sacrifices. We lift up the name and blood of Jesus, He is our sacrificial lamb, and we declare that His blood is sufficient and will prevail against all evil plans of the enemy.
9. We speak the Word over your people and We SAY:
"Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind." [Romans 12:2]
We refuse to borrow the pagan customs and superstitions of ancient peoples and "Christianize" them. Therefore, we “Test everything. Hold on to the good. Avoid every kind of evil.” [1 Thessalonians 5:21-22]
We renounce and reject any spirits portraying evil that comes from witches, monsters, ogres, vampires, ghosts, ghouls, goblins, devils and demons. We decree that they are terminated by the Holy Ghost. We release the Fire of God against these spirits and all the evil they plan to spread throughout the land.
"We declare “we have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them." [Ephesians 5:11]
We dismantle every demon-inspired, devil-glorifying, occult activity that’s operating in the land. The power of God breaks every unprofitable covenant of familiar spirits and destroy every yoke of oppression and fears.
We declare peace over the people of God, our neighbors, our children and the nations.
Lord we will not stand still while the satanic involvement among our youth increases; therefore, we send an axe of fire to every evil foundation. We know that your fiery axe will destroy every evil plan of the enemy and it will captivate the hearts and minds of our young people. Let it be established… that this is the generation which will arise with the fear and reverence of God in their hearts.
In the name of Jesus we dismantle every agenda of untimely death over our children, youth and our communities. We shall live and not die and we shall proclaim the works of the Lord in the land of the living.
We plead the blood of Jesus over our children. Lord your blood will protect our children from the plans of the enemy!
This day the Father is over shadowing the mindset of our children, and youth. Therefore they will think on Him and will abstain from all appearance of evil in Jesus name. Lord, give our children the strength to resist the plans of the enemy.
Every weapon that has been fashion against the people of God is being destroyed NOW!
We declare that not one satanic seed will prosper or spring up in the lives of your people. Those seeds are permanently terminated and cursed to the root in Jesus name.
Let it be established that the light has come to expel darkness, death and destructions.
We decree that the Holy Ghost Fire is destroying all the works of darkness and bringing His people into the marvelous light.
Arise; oh harvest for the light is come in Jesus name. The Glory of the Lord is rising upon His people.
We declare this is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalms 118:24
We Say: This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. 21But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God. John 3:19
And so let it be declared that light has come to this world. Darkness can no longer dwell in the land. We declare exposure to every satanic schemes, plans, and plots for this land and its people. We declare truth to be released in this land. We declare that Jesus is Lord over the land.
We SAY: Come, O house of Jacob, let us walk in the light of the LORD. Isaiah 2:5
Walk in the light of the Lord all you inhabitants of the lands. Let your paths be illuminated by your word of the Lord this day.
We decree that the blood of Jesus prevails and darkness melts away as the blood is applied. We apply the blood of Jesus to this day, for this is the day the Lord has made and we take full authority over it in Jesus name.
We declare that we are taking back the Night with the Light in Jesus name!