The Modern Rise of an Ancient Evil By Hal Lindsey

The March 2020 issue of The Atlantic carries a sad, but fascinating story headlined, “Why Witchcraft Is on the Rise.” In the print edition, it’s called “The Witching Hour.” The magazine takes a sometimes bemused, mostly respectful approach to the topic of witchcraft. The sub headline reads, “Americans’ interest in spell-casting tends to wax as instability rises and trust in establishment ideas plummets.”

According to the article, “A 2014 Pew Research Center report suggested that the United States’ adult population of pagans and Wiccans was about 730,000 – on par with the number of Unitarians. But Wicca represents just one among many approaches to witchery, and not all witches consider themselves pagan or Wiccan. These days, Diaz told me, ‘everyone calls themselves witches.'”

The “Diaz” mentioned is one Juliet Diaz. The article says she “describes herself as a seer capable of reading auras and connecting with ‘the other side’… one in a long line of healers in her family, which traces its roots to Cuba and the indigenous Taíno people, who settled in parts of the Caribbean. She is also a professional witch: Diaz sells anointing oils and ‘intention infused’ body products in her online store, instructs more than 8,900 witches enrolled in her online school, and leads witchy workshops that promise to leave attendees ‘feeling magical af!’ In 2018, Diaz, the author of the best-selling book Witchery: Embrace the Witch Within, earned more than half a million dollars from her magic work and was named Best Witch – yes, there are rankings – by Spirit Guides Magazine.”

Diaz said that when she was growing up, “her family’s spellwork felt taboo. But over the past few years, witchcraft, long viewed with suspicion and even hostility, has transmuted into a mainstream phenomenon. The coven is the new squad.”

When I released Satan is Alive and Well on Planet Earth back in 1973, satanism, witchcraft, and other forms of the occult were exploding onto the American scene. But they were still viewed with shock and suspicion. Today, they permeate society, and no one is shocked.

Last year, Wired Magazine ran a story with the headline, “Trump’s Presidency Has Spawned a New Generation of Witches.” Whatever you think of President Trump, it ought to be surprising that thousands of people have turned to witchcraft and the occult in order to oppose him. This is supposedly an era of science and enlightenment, and these people are sticking pins in orange-haired dolls.

People feel powerless and afraid. The world seems out of control. Many have a sense that something awful looms on the horizon and they feel desperate to shield and empower themselves. They’re trying to prepare for what they think may be coming by turning to an ancient evil – Satan.

2 Corinthians 4:4 calls him “the god of this world.” Ephesians 2:2 refers to him as “the prince of the power of the air.” Those things are attractive to a fallen human nature. Galatians 5:19 says, “The deeds of the flesh are evident.” Verse 20 lists two of the deeds as “idolatry” and “sorcery.”

But Satan gives only an illusion of empowerment and independence. In reality, he crushes and kills. He empowers humans in order to enslave them. His name means “adversary.” In John 8:44, Jesus called him the father of lies.

The Spirit of God works in opposite ways. Instead of death and destruction, God brings life and joy. After Galatians 5 tells us about the “deeds of the flesh,” it speaks of the Holy Spirit’s fruit in our lives. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23).

Want power? That’s power!

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#2 Truth in Sixty Seconds. There Are Stirrings of Revival in Tennessee

Hello I am Matthew and this is Truth in 60 Seconds. CBN News is reporting God is beginning to pour out His Spirit in Tennessee. Pastor John Butler of the East Rogersville Baptist Church in Rogersville said their efforts began with extensive prayer preparing to kick off a revival conference February 2. “It was an intense week of prayer for many of our people. God had been quietly working in many lives, but we had no idea of what He was about to do.”

Sunday morning was a total surprise to everyone as God began to work while the church sang 10,000 Reasons. Pastor Butler explains, “One man sitting on the back row made his way to the altar and began to weep and pray. A host of other men gathered around him and prayed. Before the end of the song, the altar was filled with people.” He went on to explain wave after wave of people were broken before the Lord and it took an hour before he could even get to the pulpit to speak!

“Every service for the planned conference was filled with God’s presence. People were getting serious about dealing with personal sin and people were coming to Christ for salvation. Thirty-year feuds were made right, relationships have been restored, and many masks had been removed. People made public confessions of sin, bitterness, and laziness about their involvement in God’s kingdom activity,” the pastor said.

Other churches are also seeing God work throughout Tennessee.

With all the bitterness and division around us today let’s remember Psalm 85:6 “Will You not revive us again, That Your people may rejoice in You?

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This Is Episode 1 Of Truth in Sixty Seconds. The World Edges Toward Zero-tolerance For Christians.

Hello this is Matthew reporting for Truth for the Times.

One News Now reports the world edges toward zero-tolerance for Christians. According to findings from Open Doors‘ latest World Watch List featuring the 50 least-safe nations to practice Christianity, the world has become a much more dangerous place for hundreds of millions of Christians. “In the top 50 countries alone, 260 million Christians face a level of persecution measured as extreme, very high, or high,” Open Doors announced over the weekend. “In total, one in eight Christians worldwide face persecution measured as extreme, very high, or high – a 6% increase from 2019.”

With all the hatred against the church today, let’s remember Jesus’ promise in Matthew 28:20 “I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

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