Spirit of Python
Divination and Witchcraft
O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? Galatians 3:1
The ultimate purpose or goal of the spirit of Python is to crush and destroy the vision, dreams, and hope of individual Believers and of the Church.
For I know the thoughts ( plans or purposes ) that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Jeremiah 29:11
Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law (the Word of God), happy is he. Proverbs 29:18
And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: Acts 2:17-18
For the gifts and callings of God are without repentance (irrevocable). Romans 11:29
If the spirit of Python can crush your hope, your visions, and your dreams you will not have the intensity you need to 'press on to the mark of the high calling of God in Christ.' This evil spirit wants to destroy God's plans and calling for your life. Python wants to rob you of your drive, motivation, and fight, and replace it with discouragement, hopelessness, and apathy.
True to it's name sake, the spirit of Python wraps itself around it's victims and suffocates the life out of them. This is true whether the victim is an individual, a family, a business, a church, a community, or even a nation. The spirit of Python loves to 'play' with it's victims by squeezing them until their almost dead then releasing its grip some what, then squeezing again, time and time again. Ultimately bringing death. This is why one sees individuals, families, businesses, churches, and communities that always seem to be on a roller coaster ride. Up one moment, down the next, success and prosperity today, failure and devastation tomorrow, only to rise up again, only to fall again. Each time they fall, they sink lower than ever before.
When the spirit of Python is working, there is no real communion or fellowship. There will be isolation, cliques, and special interest groups. There is no real sharing or rejoicing, but lots of agitation,strife, contention, and a high level of defensiveness. People will become fearful, weak, and weary. The people become so cynical they don't enjoy anything or anyone, including themselves.
Python seeks to break down God's plan and purpose of the local church by destroying the divine order of authority. It is always undermining the authority of the church, constantly causing havoc for those in leadership. There will be no commitment to the Church or the Pastor. Doubt and unbelief will soon enter in; and people will begin to question their calling, their position, and their vision. People controlled by the spirit of Python will wander from church to church, never becoming rooted, never established in a local body.
The spirit of Python is the source of witchcraft and divination. Divination, the art of obtaining secret knowledge, especially of the future, is a pagan counterpart of prophecy. Python spirit is a diviner, false prophet, a giver of false prophecy. Careful comparisons of scripture will reveal that inspirational divination is by demonic power, whereas genuine prophecy is by the Holy Spirit of God. The biblical attitude toward divination is distinctly hostile. In Deuteronomy 18:10-14, the prophet of Jehovah is contrasted with diviners of all sorts and is set forth as the only authorized medium of supernatural revelation.
There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination (qecem - witchcraft, divination, the casting of lots or magical scrolls), or an observer of times (anan - magic, enchanter, sorcerer, soothsayer), or an enchanter (nachash - magic, to prognosticate, a spell), or a witch(kashaph - to whisper a spell, to enchant, to practice magic, witchcraft, sorcerer), Or a charmer (cheber/chabar - to join by means of a spell, to fascinate, charm), or a consulter with familiar spirits (shaal/owb - to inquire, ask, or converse with an evil spirit or demon, a necromancer, a ventriloquist, conjurer, medium), or a wizard (yiddeoniy - one who practices witchcraft and sorcery, a knowing one, conjurer, magic, enchant), or a necromancer (darash/muwth - one that seeks, ask, consults, and worships the dead, a medium, ventriloquist). For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord: and because of these abominations the Lord thy God doth drive them out from before thee. Thou shalt be perfect with the Lord thy God. For these nations, which thou shalt possess, harkened unto observers of times (anan - magic, enchanter, sorcerer, soothsayer), and unto diviners (qecem - witchcraft, divination, the casting of lots or magical scrolls): but as for thee, the Lord thy God hath not suffered thee to do so. Deuteronomy 18:10-14
Stand now with thine enchantments(cheber/chabar - to join by means of a spell, to fascinate, charm), and with the multitude of thy sorceries(kashaph - to whisper a spell, to enchant, to practice magic, witchcraft, sorcerer), wherein thou hast laboured from thy youth; if so be thou shalt be able to profit, if so be thou mayest prevail. Thou art wearied in the multitude of thy counsels. Let now the astrologers(habar/shamayim - study of the stars and planets to predict or foretell future events, horoscope), the stargazer(chozeh - the study and worship of the stars, a seer), the monthly prognosticators(yada/chodesh - the study and worship of the moon, to study the moon for the purpose of foretelling future events), stand up, and save thee from these things that shall come upon thee. Isaiah 47:12-13
Python is the spirit of divination which empowers crystal ball readers, palm readers, tarot card readers, etc. to see into the future. This spirit has access to us if we expose ourselves to any aspect of the occult through movies, Ouija boards, hypnosis, seances, horoscopes, 'fun' fortune-telling, occult rituals or chants, etc. This spirit causes people to focus on the prediction of future events. More attention on the future, and less on the 'Now', a diversionary tactic that keeps people looking to 'tomorrow' and never accomplishing what God wants done 'today'. However, God wants us to daily seek and trust Him.
The Python spirit is the spirit of Infirmity. This spirit can cause feebleness, frailty, arthritis, cancer, weakness, and many other sicknesses and diseases.
There is a much more sophisticated type of sorcery caused by this evil spirit. That is the sickness and death of many people through curses, spells, voodoo, incantations, etc. People truly get sick and die through the 'words' and 'deeds' of others through witchcraft. Many times, when people are sick and dying, and the doctors are scratching their heads and saying, "I just don't know or understand what is going on", it will be the spirit of Python working through divination and witchcraft.
Where Python is allowed to rule, there will be an ever increase in the use of drugs. This could be drugs of any sort; illicit and/or prescription drugs.
In Revelation 18:23, it is talking about the judgment that falls on 'Babylon, the great city' in the end times. Notice what it says about the sorcerers.
And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries (parmakeia - drugs, medications, magic, witchcraft) were all nations deceived. Revelation 18:23
This is Python at work. The drug cartels throughout this world are pushing their deadly illicit drugs onto our streets like never before. They are increasingly and openly becoming more violent in their actions against any one that gets in their way. The pharmaceutical companies and the medical associations around the world are throwing every conceivable drug possible at the populations. There is no real desire to bring relief and healing to the hurting (with a few exceptions), but an over whelming need to manipulate and control the masses; make 'money' and become 'wealthy'. The 'mind set' is, with unemployment on every hand, those who have been without jobs for sometime, will turn away from the church and seek solace in drugs. Drug bars will take care of the unruly and the discontent, would be revolutionaries will be turned into harmless addicts with no will of their own.
The spirit of Python can constrict the flow of and can literally steal one's finances from them. Where Python is in operation, the 'love of money' and the 'fear of loss' is always present.
The following set of scripture is a biblical example:
And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination(puthon - soothsaying, witchcraft, divination, occult) met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying(manteuomai - to divine or utter spells, to tell fortunes, to foretell or prophesy, a diviner): The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most High God, which show unto us the way of salvation. And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour. And when her masters saw that their hope for gains was gone, they caught Paul and Silas, and drew them into the marketplace unto the rulers, And brought them to the magistrates, saying, These men being Jews, do exceedingly trouble our city, and teach customs, which are not lawful for us to receive, neither to observe, being Romans. And the multitude rose up together against them: and the magistrates rent off their clothes, and commanded to beat them. And when they had laid many strips upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely: who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks. Acts 16:16-19
Here was a lady that followed Paul and his ministry around for many days. This woman was completely manipulated by a spirit of divination. She was possessed by the spirit of Python.
She was controlled by a group of individuals whose business was 'deceiving people through witchcraft'. As a 'soothsayer' she told people their fortunes, future events, and revealed hidden knowledge. This lady must have been good at her trade, for she made a lot of money for her masters.
At a glance, one would think she was doing a good thing, "she's drawing attention to the good News, she's drawing attention to Jesus". Not so!
First, she was drawing attention to man, not God. She was drawing attention to Paul and his co-workers. "These are good men. These are godly men. These are servants of the most high God. See how spiritual they are".
Second, she was drawing attention to herself. This lady was loudly hollering and shouting, over and over again. She was making a real spectacle of herself. She was constantly drawing attention to herself. So much so, it became very annoying and irritating to Paul. Just the fact she was in company with them said, "I am important! I can run with the 'big dogs'. See how spiritual I am. Come to me, and I will prophesy and reveal your future".
Enough was enough! Paul finally had all he could take. Notice, he didn't turn to the woman and say, "shut-up woman, we're kicking you out of our church". He turned and spoke to the demon. "In the name of Jesus Christ come out of her". Paul cast the spirit of Python out of the woman, 'setting her free'.
Look at the reaction of the woman's master. They weren't amazed that Paul had just cast a demon out of the woman. They weren't rejoicing in the fact a 'captive' had been 'set free'. They were angry, enraged, and infuriated. This man, Paul, had just taken away a large source of their income. In a rage, these men had Paul and Silas arrested, beaten, and thrown in prison.
Python usually operates off of acquaintances and contacts. There is always a benefit or a gain for the person under its influence; position, promotion, money or a connection to one of these.
Now, let's look at a second set of scriptures:
For a certain man named Demetrius, a silversmith, which made silver shrines for Diana, brought no small gain unto the craftsmen; Whom he called together with the workmen of like occupation; and said, Sirs, ye know that by this craft we have our wealth. Moreover ye see and hear, that not alone Ephesus, but almost throughout all Asia, this Paul hath persuaded and turned away much people, saying that they be no gods, which are made with hands: So that not only this our craft is in danger to be set at naught; but also that the temple of the great goddess Diana should be despised, and her magnificence should be destroyed, whom all Asia and the world worshippeth. And when they heard these sayings, they were full of wrath, and cried out, saying, Great is Diana of Ephesians. Acts 19:24-28
Demetrius was a manufacturer of silver Shrines of Diana, making huge profits for the craftsmen in his employ. He called a meeting of his employees, along with the workmen engaged in similar occupations. Demetrius addressed them saying, "Friends, you know that our high standard of living depends on this industry".
Demetrius then went on to say, "But this guy Paul is saying that there are no gods that are made by human hands. Many people are believing him. Fellow workers, you know what this means. This king of talk will put us out of business. We have got to put a stop to this man".
Having hit them hard on a personal level, in their pocket books, Demetrius now hit them hard on a spiritual level. "If this kind of talk continues, not only will the temple of Diana be despised and become a place of shame, but the awesome image of her will be destroyed. This will bring the wrath and judgment of the great goddess Diana upon our country and our people".
Upon hearing all this, the crowd became very angry and broke out into praise for the goddess Diana.
Now if you read the rest of the story, Acts 19:29-41, you will find that this group rushed out into the city, inciting the people against Paul and Silas. Excited, and confusion, the people of the city rushed in one accord into the theatre. There, Demetrius and his group of craftsmen told their story inciting the people against Paul and Silas. They sought to do great harm to them.
The town clerk, a friend of Paul, stood up and was able to calm the crowd down, thus saving Paul and Silas.
All this came about because of the 'love of money' and the 'fear of loss' caused by the spirit Python.
The ultimate purpose or goal of the spirit of Python is to crush and destroy the vision, dreams, and hope of the Church and of the individual Believer. The spirit of Python promotes divination, witchcraft, and rebellion. Python seeks to break down God's plan and purpose of the local church by destroying the divine order of authority. The spirit of Python will always draw attention away from Jesus and onto other human beings, or 'self'. This demonic spirit causes people to focus on the prediction of future events and away from 'Now, today'. Python is the source of many sicknesses and deaths of many people through curses, spells, voodoo, incantations, etc. Where Python is allowed to rule, there will be an ever increase in the use of drugs. The spirit of Python can constrict the flow of and can literally steal our finances from us.
Good News, as born-again believers, we have absolute control and victory over the spirit of Python, through the Name and Shed Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ! Thank you Lord Jesus!
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