Even if you’re not interested, please browse through this material to see what God thinks about any type of the dark arts. Don’t deceive yourself into believing that “white” magic is OK. It’s not! It exploits a power outside of God’s power.
While I was still an undergraduate university student the Lord unfolded the family of Amram and Jochebed to me and their bold faith in God to see that their infant son Moses lived. Later, in the plan of the tabernacle and division of menial labor for the worship of God, the Levites were given by God as a gift to the Israelites (Numbers 18:6; Jeremiah 33:20-22). The Levites, including Kohathites, Gershonites and Merariites (Exodus 6:16), were to have no inheritance among their brethren. Instead, in the Promised Land they received a specific number of cities; some of them designated Cities of Refuge (Num. 18).
Both Jochebed and Amram were Kohathites. According to Strong’s Greek and Hebrew Dictionary the word Kohath (#6955) means to ally oneself.
Then Joshua blessed him and gave to Caleb Hebron for an inheritance, because he wholly followed the Lord. The name of Hebron was formerly Kirjath-arba, the greatest city of the Anakim. (Joshua 14:13-14)
Kirjath-arba was located in the hill country of the south. The Israelites under Joshua completely destroyed all the inhabitants of the hill country including Kirjath-arba (Joshua 10; 11:21).
According to Strong’s (#7153) Arba means “city of the four giants.”
Hebron (#2275, from #2267) means “seat of association.”
#2267, from #2266: “a society; also, a spell:- charmer(ing), company, enchantment, x wide.”
#2266: a primary root; to join (literally or figuratively); specifically (by means of spells) to fascinate:- charm(er), to be compact, couple (together), have fellowship with, heap up, join (self, together), league.
Before the city was Hebron, it was Kirjath-arba, a Philistine settlement built seven years before Zoan in Egypt (Numbers 13:22). It was a dwelling place of Abraham. In Genesis 13:18 God told Abraham: Arise, walk through the land, the length of it and the breadth of it, for I will give it to you. Then Abraham moved his tent, and came and dwelt among the oaks of Mamre which are at Hebron, and built there an altar to the Lord.
Hebron is where God changed Abram’s name to Abraham (Gen 17:5).
Hebron is where Abraham had three visitors who promised him a son (Gen 18:1-2).
Hebron is where Sarah died and was buried (Genesis 23:1-20; 25:10). This field became the family burial plot for Isaac, Jacob and all his sons.
Samson once removed the gates of the city (Judges 16:3).
During the Israelite conquest Kirjath-arba was taken and renamed Hebron (Joshua 10:36-37; 20:7; 21:10-11).
For his faithfulness in returning a good report when the ten spies returned from the land of milk and honey, Caleb was allowed to choose his inheritance forty years later during the conquest of Canaan and he chose Kirjath-arba (Joshua 14:13-15; 20:7; Judges 1:20).
Hebron was located in Judah’s inheritance. Later it was designated a City of Refuge (Joshua 21:10-13), and became the city of the high priests.
David was crowned king in Hebron and ruled over Judah seven and a half years before being crowned by all Israel (II Samuel 2:1-4,11). He bore several sons while living in Hebron, also (II Samuel 3:2-5).
Absalom proclaimed himself king in Hebron (II Samuel 15:7-12).
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According to Ezra 2:40-43 and I Chronicles, there were divisions within the Levites. The line of high priests would descend directly from Aaron. Keep in mind that Moses and Aaron’s parents were Kohathites, other Kohathites were temple servants. The Nethinim were servants including singers and gatekeepers.
Kohathites, other than the descendants of Aaron, were temple servants. During times of sojourning they were responsible for packing and carrying the most holy portion of the vessels and tabernacle furniture, including the ark itself, on their shoulders.
I believe we are gifted at conception with spiritual gifts just as we receive our unique DNA. What we do with what we are given is critical to our lives and the lives of those who could benefit from our giftings. One who has a strong gift in the area of perception (wisdom and knowledge) must submit the gifting to the Lord or be guilty of heresy. Having studied Hebron and having received a stern warning from the Lord about renouncing power not submitted to or disciplined by Him, I searched the Word for warnings about the occult. A Christian dare not exploit the power within. Instead, in the fear of the Lord I shake my hands free and avoid situations that might compromise me.
Note: I knew I had considerable power within from an early age, and understood this warning to be absolutely serious. Now that I have experienced major emotional healing (SRA/DID) I understand the source of the power the Lord was warning me not to access.
Kirjath-arba was a Philistine city known for its magic (Joshua 14: 13-15). I took that to mean that I needed to search myself and get rid of all occult tendencies, personally and ancestrally, and surrender any power of my own to Him, even to the point of being powerless.
Note: I didn’t realize the depth of my wounding, so I walked in what light I had at that time and the Lord was faithful to watch over me. I look back and am so deeply grateful for His beautiful, nail-pierced hands guiding me.
To have any dealings with spiritism is to be defiled and therefore unfit to appear before God in worship.
Leviticus 19:31 Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am the Lord your God.
Dabblers in any form of the occult were to be killed.
Leviticus 20:27 and Deuteronomy 18:9-12 A man or also a woman that has a familiar spirit, or that is a wizard, shall be put to death….you shall not learn to follow the abominable practices of those nations. There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or daughter pass through the fire, or who uses divination, or who is a soothsayer, or an augur, or a sorcerer, or a charmer, or a medium, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord: and it is because of these abominable practices that the Lord your God is driving them out from before you.
To have any dealings with spiritism is to be defiled and therefore unfit to appear before God in worship.
Leviticus 19:31AMP Turn not to those who have familiar spirits (mediums), neither seek after wizards; do not seek them out to be defiled by them. I am the Lord your God.
It is because of spiritism that the Canaanites were destroyed. Deut 18:12b.
The enormity of the sin of disobedience was compared to spiritism and/or witchcraft. I Samuel 15:23 ….for rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft.
When Saul was zealous for God he cleared the land of mediums (I Samuel 28:3). Only after his sins had made communication with God impossible did Saul consult a medium (I Samuel 28:7). Saul’s wretched death was partially caused by consulting a witch (I Chronicles 10:13). God was angered by other kings who dabbled in magic (II Chronicles 33:6).
One of the reasons for Israel going into exile was their traffic in spiritism.
Isaiah 2:6 Surely, [Lord] You have rejected and forsaken Your people, the house of Jacob, because they are filled with the customs from the east and with soothsayers who foretell like the Philistines, also they strike hands and make pledges and agreements with the children of aliens.
It is insulting to God for people to consult the dead when they can inquire of Him. In the New Testament the rich man could not communicate with his brothers after death, nor could Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31). Also see Acts 8:6-24 and 13:6-12.
Isaiah 8:19 And when the people [instead of putting their trust in God] shall say to you (Isaiah), Consult for direction mediums and wizards who chirp and mutter, should not a people seek and consult their God? Should they consult the dead on behalf of the living?
Converts in the New Testament brought their books of curious arts and burned them before all men (Acts 19:19).
Spiritism is one of the works of the flesh.
Galatians 5:19-21AMP (emphasis mine) Now the practices of the flesh are obvious: they are immorality, impurity, indecency; idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, anger (ill temper), selfishness, divisions (dissensions), factions, sects with peculiar opinions (heresies), envy, drunkenness, carousing, and the like. I warn you beforehand just as I did previously that those who do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
Revelation 21:8 AMP (emphasis mine) But as for the cowards and the ignoble and the contemptible and the cravenly lacking in courage and the cowardly submissive; and as for the unbelieving and faithless; and as for the depraved and the defiled with abominations; and as for murderers and the lewd and adulterous and the practicers of magic arts and the idolaters [those who give supreme devotion to anyone or anything other than God] and all liars [those who knowingly convey untruth by word or deed, all of these shall have] their part in the lake that blazes with fire and brimstone. This is the second death.
Revelation 22:14-15AMP (emphasis mine) Blessed are those who cleanse their garments that they may have the right to the tree of life and to enter in through the gates to the city. For without are dogs and sorcerers and whoremongers and murderers and idolaters and whoever loves and deals in falsehood – untruth, error, deception, cheating.
One last observation: renewed activity in spiritism and interest in its teaching is a sign of the last days.
I Timothy 4:1-2AMP (emphasis mine) But the (Holy) Spirit distinctly and expressly declares that in the latter times some will turn away from the faith, giving attention to deluding and seducing spirits and doctrines that demons teach through the hypocrisy and pretensions of liars whose consciences are seared (cauterized)….
Several years after the above Scriptures were given to me the Lord gave me more about who the Kohathites were. In I Chronicles 16:4 King David appointed some Levites to make petition before the Ark of the Covenant. Some of these same men were gate keepers (verse 38).
I Chronicles 16:4 And he appointed certain of the Levites to minister before the ark of the Lord, and to record, and to thank and to praise the Lord God of Israel.
Minister (#8334) to attend as a menial or worshipper; to contribute to: – serve, wait on.
Record (#2142) to mark so as to be recognized; to remember, by implication to mention: – to call to remembrance….
In Ezra 7:24 porters are mentioned. #8652/8651 calls them doorkeepers.
I Chronicles 15:23-24 names several individuals who were doorkeepers for the ark. The Hebrew definition of a door keeper is #7778/8179 a janitor: – doorkeeper, porter. To split or open; to act as a gatekeeper; keeper of a palace gate.
This definition has a lot of meaning for me because in Asian cultures specific individuals have the keys to all doors. The keeper of the keys may be a janitor, a lowly person, but with more power than the occupants of the building. I and my students have stood outside a classroom door waiting for the one with the key to unlock the padlock so we could have a lesson. In the spiritual sense, the gate keeper was a door guard with much power to present himself to the Lord on behalf of others.
Asaph was a well known Kohathite and a recorder in the temple during David’s time. He also was a musician, and his descendants were musicians. One of Asaph’s contemporaries who was a gate keeper and musician was Jeduthan (#3038/3034) whose very name means laudatory; open, extended hands as in reverence and worship; make confession, give thanks. What a beautiful name! Apparently this man also had prophetic abilities (II Chronicles 35:15). Jeduthan wrote Psalms 39, 62, and 77.
Jeduthan’s sons were gate keepers. One of his sons was Obed-edom (#5654/5647) whose name meant to serve, till, enslave; bond servant, worshipper. Obed-edom’s house is where King David left the ark after the Lord struck down Uzzah for touching it to steady it during a rough cart ride while it was being moved to Jerusalem. You can read the story in II Samuel 6.
My first ministry experience of any importance was when a friend asked me to take her through deliverance. I didn’t want to work alone (Kohathites form alliances, remember?), so we agreed on a third woman to do the actual ministry. I was to be the “watcher”: silent, observant, prayerful.
The one going through deliverance experienced a mental shut-down, that is, her brain couldn’t retain the words of confession and repentance she was repeating after the “minister.” I stopped them and asked the “minister” to speak just one or two words at a time so the one experiencing the opposition could say just one or two words of renunciation at a time. After a few minutes she was able to relax and we continued peacefully to a sweet conclusion.
This experience confirmed something about being in the place God wanted me and the satisfaction that resulted. Not long after that I sometimes traveled with a lady minister who recognized my gifting and used me as an intercessor/ doorkeeper. I didn’t really understand how valuable my gifting was and wondered why she asked my opinion from time to time. Fortunately, I was wary.