At the same time that the world is being set up to worship the Antichrist, so is the professing Christian church. Paul’s warnings are many concerning apostasy, which represents a turning away from the faith in the last days. One of the specifics he mentions seems unbelievable: “The Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith [apostatize], giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils” (1 Timothy:4:1). Such a prophecy is shocking: that a characteristic of the last days will be trafficking with evil spirits by those who call or have called themselves Christians! Yet our generation is experiencing this to a degree never before known in history.
From the pagan rulers of Egypt and Babylon to Queen Victoria and Abraham Lincoln and on into our own day, there have always been attempts by top political leaders to contact the spirit world through séances and assorted “spiritual advisors.” Of course, there has also always been a fringe of society that periodically experimented with divination devices such as Ouija boards, or consulted fortune tellers, tarot cards, astrologers, etc. But with the influence of the New Age movement over the past 30 years, occultism has spread like a plague. Millions of average citizens, young and old, have been drawn into what the Bible condemns as necromancy (Leviticus:19:31; 20:6; Deuteronomy:18:9-12, etc.). Demons posing as “higher beings” are speaking through “channelers” on TV. Deluded multitudes are in daily contact with their own “inner guides” introduced to them in public schools at a young age, or later by psychologists (Carl Jung had his own “spirit guide,” Philemon, through whom he received inspirations that still influence Christian psychologists to this day). Medical doctors, educators, and motivational speakers introduce thousands of others to “inner guides” through visualization techniques. Never before have so many been deceived into “giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils”!