Counterfeit Signs and the Consequences of Seeking Them

Before there was the written Word of God, the Lord placed the story of His plan in the skies above us. The Lord named the stars (Psalms 147:4, Isaiah 40:26, Genesis 1:14) and those names tell the story. The story starts with the Virgin, “Virgo” and ends with the Lion of the tribe of Judah, “Leo.” It is the Story of Salvation in plain view in the heavens for everyone on earth. For a more complete synopsis of this story, please go to

The constellations and stars actually tell the story of Jesus, our Savior. Satan, the great counterfeiter, does not wish for this story (the Truth) to be known. To hide the story God placed in the stars, Satan changed the order in which it was originally began and ended. He added false knowledge about what this all meant and astrology, control of your life by the stars, was born. As usual, Satan has taken something created by the Lord and twisted it for his own purposes.

This desire to have “special knowledge” (remember Eve?) through astrology/horoscopes is certainly appealing to our human side. However, the Lord does not have good things to say about diviners and those who consult them. “Let your astrologers come forward, those stargazers who make predictions month by month, let them save you from what is coming upon you. They cannot even save themselves . . .” (Isaiah 47:13) “I will set my face against the person who turns to mediums and spiritists . . .” (Leviticus 20:6).

Not only is astrology a counterfeit of the story that the Lord presents in the heavens, it is one of Satan’s many gateways for drawing us into spiritualism and occultism. When we knowingly or unknowingly, even just for fun or curiosity, participate in occult things, (astrology, horoscopes, ouija boards, tarot cards, any material object representing paganism, etc.) we give Satan permission to enter our life.

As Christians, that means we override God’s divine protection, and use our freewill to open doors to the occult. The world would laugh at our concern. However, the Apostle Paul admonishes us, “So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do . . They are darkened in their understanding . . do not give the devil a foothold.” (Ephesians 4:17-27)

Peter warns us to be self-controlled and alert because Satan, our enemy the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. (First Peter 5:7-8) He is the prince of this world (John 14:30) and he and his demons constantly seek an opening into our lives.

Later Paul said, “Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” (Ephesians 6:11)

Please be assured this message is to all of us for as long as we are living in this world. It is something that my wife and I have experienced first hand. We finally “got it” by bits and pieces and began to see our ignorance of the reality of “opening doors.” And, praise God, you can CLOSE those doors. Here is the condensed version as to how: (1) specifically and regularly go to God and reaffirm Him as Lord, (2) repent of sin, (3) receive His forgiveness, (4) forgive others, (5) renounce all (known/unknown) contact with the occult canceling any claims Satan has placed on us through any means, (6) receive release from the consequences of these known/unknown openings into our life, (7) then believe and thank God for His continued renewal and cleansing asking Him to guide you into all Truth so as to avoid, as much as possible, future occurrences.

And always remembering, “Greater is He that is in me than he who is in the World!” (First John 4:4) Praise His wonderful protecting Power and forgiving Grace. Our Heavenly Father, the One whose love story is truly written in the stars.

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