Prophecy vs. Divination
Now the prophetic spirit, or prophetic angel, has great power over the spirit of divination or demon of divination. I have experienced this power when I have been confronted by those who possess psychic powers. There is not a great battle fought during these confrontations. The word of the Lord simply overrides their power and by His authority you can cast out these demonic powers, keeping them from ever using them again.
I remember when we began receiving prophecy requests from the prophecy tape ad in the tabloids. Three of the 110 people who requested a prophecy tape from the ad became Christians. One of these people confessed to practicing ‘Wicca’ but now is active in the church and teaches a Sunday school class. Another was a practicing psychic who received the Spirit of Christ and quit her job with the Psychic Hot Line. Later, she came to work for the ministry to transcribe some eighty teaching tapes of mine that became a part of the manual we use in the School of the Prophets.
Now it happened, as we went to prayer, that a certain slave girl possessed with a spirit of divination met us, who brought her masters much profit by fortune-telling. This girl followed Paul and us, and cried out, saying, “These men are the servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us the way of salvation.” And this she did for many days. But Paul, greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And he came out that very hour. Acts 16:16-18
There is a fine line between divination and the prophetic gifts. Joseph of the Old Testament practiced divination.
And when they had gone out of the city, and were not yet far off, Joseph said to his steward, "Get up, follow the men; and when you overtake them, say to them, 'Why have you repaid evil for good? Is not this the one from which my lord drinks, and with which he indeed practices divination? You have done evil in so doing.'" Genesis 44:4,5
And Joseph said to them, "What deed is this you have done? Did you not know that such a man as I can certainly practice divination?" Genesis 44:15
To this day I have not received the understanding of why the Bible records this statement when there are other scriptures that make it very clear that we are not to practice divination.
And the LORD said to me, "The prophets prophesy lies in My name. I have not sent them, commanded them, nor spoken to them; they prophesy to you a false vision, divination, a worthless thing, and the deceit of their heart. Jeremiah 14:14
So what is the difference between the two? Divination is to be able supernaturally to locate minerals, metals and water. A word of knowledge and the practice of divination have common effects, but the information received are from two separate sources.
One of the oldest psychics living today is a lady named Jean Dixon. She has been known to be able to tell you how much money you have in your pocket by just simply standing in front of you. She also claims that she received this power when one night a large black snake-like form slithered into her bed.
There are people who possess supernatural powers that are not from God. These people are obviously not born of the Spirit of God and knowingly have called upon false gods to receive their powers. I would like to make it clear that if you are a born-again Christian filled with the Holy Spirit, you need not worry about receiving a power from a false source. Demonic powers (fallen angels) will become easier for you to discern, if you will trust that the Lord will not allow His offspring to be deceived. It is only by looking for demons that you find them. If you fear them, you give yourself over to their powers. To have faith in God is to possess the power to overcome the devil and his deceit.
Today many people are looking for false prophets under the church pews. They are not there and would not be caught practicing Christianity. The Lord is giving gifts and callings to certain members of the Body of Christ. Some of these gifts are strange and not familiar to our traditional methods of ministry. In the future we will begin to see the manifestation, of more supernatural activity. Where darkness manifests it will become darker and possess greater power. We cannot afford to quench the move of the Holy Spirit and His ministering spirits (angels). Let us not hinder the light from becoming brighter within us. We need to be the source of Christ’s resurrection power over life and death.
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