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Explain Revelation 9:21

In Rev. 9:21 The word sorceries in my bible also has the word as pharmakeia, and compare pharmacy and pharmacist describes the use of medicine, drugs or spells, is this right?

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 ---eliza4969 on 5/26/06
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Not 100%, my friend. Sorcery is practicing magic, fortelling the future by reading signs and omens, making decisions, and so forth. God condemned divination and magic in every form. I do not believe that you are thinking rightly on this scripture.
---catherine on 12/19/07

In our Middle Ages, anyone who used healing remedies (which could have been quite harmless, and indeed beneficial) were persecuted as witches, and executed in rather cruel ways.
In Bible times, no doubt those who used only beneficial remedies were identified as being useful members of society.
---alan8869_of_UK on 12/19/07

"Thou shall not suffer a witch (pharmakous) to live" (Exodus 22:18)

Here's how Josephus explained it:

"Let no Israelite keep any poison (Pharmakon) that may cause death" (Antiquities of the Jews 4.8.34)

"Cleopatra had poisoned (pharmakois) her brother, because she knew he was to be king of Egypt" (Antiquities of the Jews 15.4.1)

In Revelation 9:21 pharmakeia probably means "poisoner".
---Randall on 5/5/07

Believers at Ephesus, publicly burned their books of magic.>>>Sorcerer- One who claimed to have supernatural power or knowledge. He often used magic potions and was considered to be in league with evil forces. This practice was widespread in ancient times. [EXOD. 7:11]. Practice of the occult arts was prevalent in NT days. >>>Acts 8:9-13. Rev. 9-21.
---catherine on 4/10/07

Sorcerer in my bible dictionary says the following. "One who foretells events through casting lots." The same way tarot card readers deceive many nowadays. They tell the individual what they want to hear to boost their egos, even though like a oija board, they are of satan and not God and should be avoided like the plague. People do not repent of the sin. They see it as entertainment and they unknowingly invite evil into their lives. I can tell you are not reading the KJV of the bible.
---ashley on 4/10/07

That is correct. No doubt the use of hallucinogenic drugs played a role in the life of the sorcerer
---Bruce5656 on 4/9/07

Bible dictionary - Socerer - In Daniel 2:2 it is the rendering of the Hebrew mekhashphim, i.e., mutters, men who professed to have power with evil spirits. The practice of sorcery exposed to severest punishment. Malachi 3:5 Revelation 21:8 \ 22:15
---Ulrika on 5/27/06

Yes Chris, of course He expects us to use the things provided for us here on earth ...
---alan_do8869_of_UK on 5/27/06

God created all things... even plants that can heal our bodies. Wouldnt he have intended for us to figure that out and to use it? I cant remember chapter and verse but I thought there was mention of medicinal herbs in the NT somewhere. I could be wrong so dont take my word for it. If anyone knows please let me know. I will have to study up further to find what I'm thinking of.
---Chris on 5/26/06

No Donna, I think not. Have you not noticed how quick people are to judge others? Let's face it, it gives a sense of moral superioity if you find evil in someone else.
---alan_do8869_of_UK on 5/26/06

There have always been folk remedies, many of them herbal concoctions of some sort. But I assume that the normal use of traditional remedies given by family or friends would have been O.K. Right?
---Donna2277 on 5/26/06

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