What role will magic play in the end-times?
Magic today is widely accepted by both its practitioners and supporters. Even the secular community widely tolerates magic in its various forms (novels, card games, movies, etc.). But surprisingly, the occult arts are even accepted by many Christians who staunchly uphold “the Bible and the Bible alone.” By its perception in media, magic is portrayed as “harmless” and “innocent fun.” But they, like the secular world, are completely unaware of the role of magic in the end times. They do not see that it will set them up to be deceived by the world’s greatest magician.
The counsel of the Bible against magic is very plain. But the question we have to ask is, “Why?” Why the staunch position? Why is God so adamant that His people avoid using magic?
Well, what is the source of all magic? Is it an internal one or an external one? Were the source of magic an innate energy, then God would not speak against it. It would be fundamental in our walk with God. By implication, it would also mean that the Bible is a fraudulent text since it speaks against that which God made.
An external power source of magic could not rest within a mere earthly artifact, amulet, crystal, etc. It would have to be instilled within something much larger than itself and it would give man far greater power than mere spellcasting. It would be fundamental to human life and all life as we know it. One could theorize that this source would be the Earth, but if magic is fundamental to all life, it would have to come from God Himself. But there is no text in the Bible that the Lord created man with magic powers or that He Himself is magic.
But all energy has a source, including magic, and we also know that God created everything (Gen. 1:1; Jn. 1:1-3). If we understand this in light of the clear biblical counsel against magic, then we know that God did not create magic. But He did create everything and whatever is generating this occult power is clearly doing so against the Lord’s will. This leads to an inevitable conclusion; Satan and his demons are the external source from which all magic (white and black) is generated. This power that men believe to be beneficial is given to them by he who deceived one-third of the angels of God.
But isn’t magic a beneficent power? No, it isn’t; and we can gather this from the way it was used in the Bible. Here are just a few examples of this power in action.
- Jannes and Jambres, with their fellow magicians and sorcerers, used magic to withstand God and keep His people enslaved in Egypt (Exod. 7:11-13, 20-23; 2 Tim. 3:8).
- The witch of Endor, deceived herself, summoned a familiar spirit, to deceive Saul into falling in battle and leading the Israelite army into defeat (1 Sam. 28).
- Simon the sorcerer used magic to deceive the people of Samaria into believing that he was “the great power of God.” He even joined the church to obtain the same “power” Peter and John possessed (Acts 8:9-18).
Based on these Scriptures, we can discern that magic is a deceitful power that, by the nature of its source, is used to deceive men and to afflict God’s people. Such a power, therefore, cannot be beneficent.
But what role will magic play in the end times? Is there a danger of using this power in the last days? Yes there is, when considering the work of the Antichrist. 2 Thessalonians 2:9 tells us that the son of perdition will come “according to the working of Satan” and deceive the world with “all power, signs, and lying wonders and with all unrighteous deception…” He will use the same power that magicians use today to a greater extent.
Moreover, the kingdom depicted in Revelation 13 as a two-horned, lamblike beast will also rely on the same rebellious power source to convince the world to worship this false messiah (Rev. 13:13, 14). Like Elymas the sorcerer, this global superpower will seek to turn many away from the faith (Acts 13:6-8). Those in positions of global authority are especially at risk of falling prey to its influence.
Occultists, through the arts they practice, are being used as advocates to turn away many from the faith. By encouraging others to use magic, magicians are gradually conditioning the world to believe and accept he who will use magic, the powers of Satan himself. They, knowingly or unknowingly, are leading God’s people into perceiving that these powers are harmless. Regrettably, their work has been largely successful, thanks to the various forms of it for children and adults.
Little do Christian parents know that they are setting their families up to be divided in the last days. When they take their stand for Christ in the last days, they will mourn exceedingly when their children will resist Him. The influence wrought upon their minds by the magic arts will prove too great for many to overcome.
“For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household” (Matt. 10:35, 36).
Children, adults, parents, what shall you do? How now shall you free your home and your lives from the source of power designed to turn you away from the faith?
- Get rid of or destroy any and all forms of books, movies, posters, etc. that promote using magic. As long as these items stay with you, the powers emanating from them will continue to exert an undue influence over you. The believers at Ephesus knew this to be true, which is why they burned their spellbooks when they gave up practicing magic (Acts 19:19).
- The demonic spirits, the source of all magic, will not let you go that easy. Ask the Holy Spirit to command them to depart from you. Do NOT talk to them, even to cast them out in the name of Jesus.
- Ask God for forgiveness of sin, in thought, word, or deeds.
- Plead with God to completely rid you of any trace of magic and its influence. Overcoming demonic powers is an internal work as much as it is an external one.
- Arm yourself with Scriptures. Study and memorize the texts that will keep you from falling prey to the power of magic again. Check out the ones we used in this article.
There are many Christians who disagree with the stance taken in this article. Some plead the blood of Christ as their excuse for their use and/or tolerance of magic. Others believe that it’s harmless. To such clumsy reasoning, I ask you to study for yourselves Revelation 21:8 and 22:15. Christians are at risk of losing the reward of their faith over this, hardly a “harmless” thing. We must be the voice of biblical reason in the last days, for our families and all the world. The world’s greatest magician is coming. Are you getting ready for the Lord to truly make your sins disappear?