MISTAKING MAGICIANS FOR (TRUE) PROPHETS (Exodus 7-12, 2Thessalonians 2:9-11)
The topic I am dealing with is LOCA PERICULOSA i.e. DANGEROUS TERRAIN which some CONCERNED CHRISTIANS are travailing about in the inside but are tongue-tight to speak out against it in the open, let alone to touch this SACRED COW. This is the most protected SACRED COW because it is carrying the livelihoods of this new crop of RELIGIOUS ENTREPRENEURS hence the celebrated biblical statement ‘TOUCH NOT THE ANOINTED’ which is being used out of context. My job is not only to touch the sacred cow by its horns but to also DEMYSTIFY it so as to rescue many innocent followers who are being manipulated by these fly-by-night magicians who are masquerading as prophets of the Most High God. Due to the increase in poverty especially in Africa, these magicians are purporting to have solutions tailor-made for all African challenges. Religion, especially Christianity has become a ready market for these unscrupulous religious practitioners who capitalise on the desperation of the poor in and outside the Church. Genuine prophetic ministry in the Church is being tarnished because of these bogus prophets who will stop at nothing to make a quick buck. Unlike the N’ANGA and/or the African magician whose regalia and practices mainly attracted those in the periphery of society, the modern magicians are more enlightened, sophisticated and have brought respectability to magic since it is now performed openly in the Church and in the name of God. The elite of society are also attracted to these magicians because they lead flashy lifestyles i.e. wearing designer suits and driving the latest models of posh cars. These ruling elite find solace in the prophetic pronouncements freely dished out by these modern n’angas. Many of these modern sangomas are now wining and dining with those in the corridors of power hence they have protection from the SYSTEM. This new crop of preachers is not in the Church for what they can give i.e. ADD VALUE TO THE KINGDOM OF GOD but what they can get. For sure they are getting what they came for but at the expense of innocent souls who are mistaking these magicians for the true prophets of God.
Exodus chapters 7-12 sheds light to the existence and functions of magicians from time immemorial. They were the kingpins of Egyptian society hence they had close proximity with the ruling elite of those days namely the Pharaohs. The Egyptians relied on magicians on everyday life’s challenges. Pharaoh was not only viewed as the political ruler but he was also a god to all the Egyptians. Pharaoh’s magicians could perform miracles and do signs and wonders. Let it be known that God’s power is superior to that of magicians and God’s work does not need magic power to assist it. Anybody who practises magic in the Church is not of God. Such is the manifestation of Anti-Christ operating by another power. This is the same OLD SERPENT parading as an angel of light. People are believing the devil’s lying signs and wonders. Not everything which is being said to be OF GOD is OF GOD. Miracles do prove that something is supernatural but do not prove that it is OF GOD. Therefore not everything supernatural is OF GOD. Not everything spectacular is OF GOD. Not all display of power is proof that it is OF GOD. Popularity and wide publicity does not make something authentic and OF GOD. Paul warns the Thessalonian Church thus, ‘The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie, and all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to LOVE THE TRUTH and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a POWERFUL DELUSION so that they will believe the lie (2Thessalonians 2:9-11). These are sobering thoughts from a great Apostle.
After four hundred years of slavery in Egypt, God calls Moses to challenge Pharaoh to let the Israelites go back to their promised land. God makes Moses and Aaron to challenge Pharaoh and his magicians in their home ground. We find God using miracles for the purpose that the Egyptians should know that He is the LORD. God’s miracles had to surpass that of the magicians. God sets the stage by making Moses a God and Aaron a Prophet thus put Moses at the same level with Pharaoh the god of the Egyptians and put Aaron at the same level with Pharaoh’s magicians, who were the kingpins of Egyptian society. In the above-cited chapters, we see the drama between Moses and Pharaoh as well as between Aaron and the Egyptian magicians. Aaron threw his staff to the ground and it turned into a serpent. The magicians also imitated the same miracle. Their staffs also turned into serpents. However the major difference was that Aaron’s serpent swallowed the serpents of the magicians making them lose their major source of power and going back home empty-handed. This is what true prophets of God should be doing today i.e. challenging the baal prophets like what Prophet Elijah did at Mount Carmel and in this context what Moses and Aaron did to Pharaoh and his magicians. It is sad to say that some Church folks are tapping into the secret arts of the magicians and they have the audacity to Christianise such diabolical practices. Could I just say that diabolical practices will never be Christian no matter how one may try to Christianise it.
The magicians of Pharaoh did not quickly give up just like the modern magicians. In the absence of their staffs, they resorted to their SECRET ARTS. In Exodus 7:20-24 both Aaron and the magicians turned the water in the Nile river into blood. In Exodus 8:5-7 both made frogs to come out of rivers and canals and infested the land. But in Exodus 8:16-19 we see tables turning. The magicians failed to turn dust into lice. In all these scenarios Aaron was using his staff to perform all these miracles under the power of God. The magicians confessed that this miraculous act was THE FINGER OF GOD. Although these modern magicians have been upping their act but a time will come when their SHENANIGANS shall be exposed in broad day light. Of late they have come up with all sorts like MIRACLE MONEY, MIRACLE OIL, MIRACLE DRINKS, MIRACLE PENS, MIRACLE BABIES, MIRACLE WATER, MIRACLE GRASS, MIRACLE PETROL, MIRACLE SOAP, MIRACLE CLOTH, MIRACLE POOLS, MIRACLE CONDOMS and some other disgusting things which have a MIRACLE TAG. Indeed the list is endless and new miracle products are continually being introduced so as to replace out-dated ones.
In the rest of the plagues i.e. flies, livestock, boils, hailstorms, locusts, darkness and firstborns; the magicians could not imitate any of these acts of God. In the same vein none of these latter plagues affected the Israelite community in Goshen. They only affected the Egyptians and their magicians to the point where Pharaoh eventually agreed to let the Israelites go. In the same manner God is going to expose false prophets in the Church who are parading the supernatural world of magic and other gimmicks in the name of God. The unrighteous shall perish in Jesus’ name. Its time to expose the devil and all his advocates in the now and the future. May nothing of darkness affect authentic Christians. A REMNANT OF THOSE WHO DO NOT BOW AT THE ALTARS OF THE DEVIL SHALL REMAIN IN JESUS’ NAME. Forewarned is forearmed. I rest my case.