The Seasonal Prophets

Where in the New Testament do we find Jesus or Paul teaching us how to decode spiritual insights or the future from Hebrew year numbers or month names? And increasingly, so-called “prophets” seek omens in perfectly natural events, including lunar and solar eclipses, the appearance of a comet, rainbows, and even unusual cloud formations.

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It seems that every month, week, and even day we enter another unique “season” when God operates in new and different ways. Apparently, the Almighty works on the clock. And so, the arts of divination are alive and well within many Western churches. But this is not part of the biblical faith.


For example, when pronouncing the downfall of Ancient Babylon, Isaiah chided her for relying on the dark arts:

  • (Isaiah 47:1-13) - “Down and sit in the dust, O virgin Daughter of Babylon, sit on the ground, throneless Daughter of the Chaldeans; for you will no more be called Tender and Dainty… Take your stand, I pray you, with your spells, and with the throng of your incantations wherein you have wearied yourself from your youth. Peradventure you may be able to profit, peradventure you may strike me with terror. You have worn yourself out with the mass of your consultations. Let them take their stand that they may save you, the dividers of the heavens, the gazers at the stars, they who MAKE KNOWN BY NEW MOONS, some of the things which shall come upon you.

The clause, “make known by new moons” or “monthly prognosticator” in several English translations, represents the Hebrew words for “moon” and “know” (chodesh, yada‘). It refers to SOOTHSAYERS who divine the future from lunar phases, especially the new moon that marks the start of each month in both the Babylonian and Hebrew calendars.

And the term, “dividers of heaven,” translates a word that is derived from Mesopotamian astrology, one that originally described the practice of dividing the night sky into what became the zodiacal constellations.

In contrast to many popular preachers, the Apostle Paul warns us that reverting to calendrical observations amounts to regression, a return to enslavement under the “elemental spirits” (“You narrowly observe days and months and seasons and years. I am afraid of you, lest by any means I have bestowed labor upon you in vain”).

But “stargazing” and “monthly prognosticating” only scratch the surface of the pursuit of the occult by many of today’s false prophets.

For example, some pastors now promote mysticism and meditation under the name “contemplative prayer.” Thus, the occult is repackaged with Christian-sounding window dressing and peddled to unsuspecting believers as a means to decipher God’s will.

One popular “Christian” song promotes the mystical adage “As above, so below; As below, so above,” a mantra borrowed from Hermeticism and its so-called “Principle of Correspondence,” an old occult philosophy often linked to the Egyptian god Thoth.


Charismatic “leaders” seek new insight into God’s “mysteries” from extra-biblical and mystical sources, including the Kabbalah, 1 Enoch, the book of Jasher, and the Zohar. Never mind the New Testament claim that all God's mysteries are revealed in Jesus of Nazareth!

These practices are performed (supposedly) to acquire deeper “spiritual experiences” to peer into the “spirit world” and obtain new understandings and revelation.

But as the saints in Thyatira were warned, the day is coming when we will discover that such things do not constitute revelation but are the “DEEP THINGS OF SATAN” - (Revelation 2:18-24).

The replacement of Scripture by divination and mysticism should come as no surprise. Paul also warned of a coming proliferation of “doctrines of demons” that would cause “some to fall away from the faith.” “Evil men and SORCERERS (goétes) will wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived” - (1 Timothy 4:1, 2 Timothy 3:13).

Paul uses the term “sorcerers” in the same context in which he compares deceivers with the Egyptian soothsayers who withstood Moses – “Jannes and Jambres.” Having “itching ears," many Christians are now "heaping up to themselves teachers after their own lusts. They will turn away their ears from the truth and turn aside to fables.”

The irony is that many Christian practitioners of divination whine constantly about “spirits of witchcraft and Jezebel,” yet they then engage in sorcery, astrology, numerology, and calendrical calculations. And Paul warned us that two things must precede the “Day of the Lord,” namely, the “apostasy” and the “Man of Lawlessness.” Clearly, the first is upon us already. Perhaps the second is not far behind.

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