Here is what is becoming obvious to me … Satan loves to boast and show off what he can do through those who are willing to accept his offer of spiritual power. In so doing, he overplays his cards and shows people exactly who and what is at the core of the game. And this is nothing new! From the beginning pages of the Bible, God warns against interacting with mediums or familiar spirits; to avoid all forms of the occult, including divination, necromancy, astrology, hypnotism, fortune-telling, magic, etc., so that you might not become defiled by them.
The Bible gives us plenty of accounts of practicers of the occult: from Simon the Magician, Elymas the Sorcerer, the girl at Philippi, and the entire city of Ephesus; all within the Book of Acts! But perhaps none are so well known as the magicians, the astrologers, and the sorcerers who advised King Nebuchadnezzar in the Book of Daniel. These men made their living on their supposed ability to contact the gods and gain secrets from the spirit realm. Yet they were no match for the power and might of Daniel’s God who was able to communicate truth to the prophet.
And that is my fear about the increasing amount of occultism that is being presented as entertainment and amusement and diversion to a society and culture that is struggling and hurting. Because it is not amusing, and it is nothing to play around with. I fear that it has captured the attention of our youth, drawing them into a realm they are unequipped to handle. And more than anything, I see it as mocking God. Just take a look at this image of magician and illusionist, Criss Angel. First, there are the angel wings. Somehow, I sense they are imitating a Fallen Angel, rather than an angel of the Lord. He also wears a necklace displaying his “A”symbol above a necklace of the Cross, clearly belittling the power of Jesus. Then there is the key, which represents those properties which unlock the mystical “wisdom” of the occult. It also represents the unlocking of “latent physic powers,” thereby opening the doors to the world of the supernatural. You can also see the Ace of Spades, which in occultism is the symbol of ancient mysteries and the card that represents transformation. It all adds up to what Satan specializes in—illusion. And whether Criss Angel is aware he is opening up portals and being used by the Prince of the Air, or truly believes he has unlocked the mysteries of the spirit realm, it doesn’t really matter. His end will be the same.