As we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl who had a spirit of divination and brought her owners much gain by fortune-telling (Acts 16:16 ESV) Paul and Silas encountered an evil spirit in Philippi which is not only present today, but its activity is on the rise.
But Jesus said unto him, Judas, betrayest thou the Son of man with a kiss? (Lk. 22:48 KJV). A kiss is a symbol of love, acceptance, and fellowship. The Bible calls this a “holy kiss” (Rom. 16:16), or “kiss of love” (1 Pet. 5:14). It is not referring to the romantic kiss between a husband
And their message will spread like cancer. Hymenaeus and Philetus are of this sort, who have strayed concerning the truth, saying that the resurrection is already past; and they overthrow the faith of some. (2 Tim. 2:17-18 NKJ) In Paul’s time, Hymenaeus and Philetus were two teachers who brought false teachings to the early Church.
“Behold, you trust in lying words that cannot profit” (Jer. 7:8 NKJ). When Jeremiah prophesied, it was a very difficult time to be a prophet in Israel. The nation had sinned against God. He was bringing judgment against them, but false prophets told the people that all was well and that they should expect nothing
But it was because of the false brethren who had sneaked in to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, in order to bring us into bondage (Gal. 2:4 NASB). The believer in Christ is usually quite tenderhearted toward the Lord, and the enemy has turned this beautiful thing into a vulnerable
But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, (1 Tim. 4:1 NAS) There are no doubts that we are living in those “later times” the Apostle prophesied in the scripture above. The epitome of satanic activity against the