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Sorcery & Pharmakeia

We are all familiar with the term pharmaceutical as in drugs, but do we know that it comes from the greek word pharmakeia. What does this word have to do with healing? How does it affect us? What does it have in common with witchcraft, sorcery and medication? Sorcery & Pharmakeia!

This morning as I was praying, the Lord started showing me some things including the number 3096 which is Greek for mageuō, which means to practice magic: – use sorcery. From there, I looked up sorcery and found the words pharmakeia 5331 and pharmakeus 5332 and located the places where they are used in the scriptures. Then I remembered the symbol used in pharmakeia and found scriptures expounding on this. Following is a synopsis of what I found.


5331 in the Greek – pharmakeia – From 5332; medication (“pharmacy”), that is, (by extension) magic (literal or figurative): – sorcery, witchcraft. – Strong’s Concordance.

Gal 5:19-24 NIV The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft (pharmakeia); hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

Rev 9:20-21 NIV The rest of mankind who were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the work of their hands; they did not stop worshiping demons, and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood—idols that cannot see or hear or walk. 21 Nor did they repent of their murders, their magic arts (pharmakeia), their sexual immorality or their thefts.

Rev 18:23-24 NIV (Fall of Babylon) – The light of a lamp will never shine in you again. The voice of bridegroom and bride will never be heard in you again. Your merchants were the world’s important people. By your magic spell (pharmakeia) all the nations were led astray. 24 In her was found the blood of prophets and of God’s holy people, of all who have been slaughtered on the earth.”


5332 in the Greek pharmakeus (far-mak-yoos’) – From pharmakon (a drug, that is, spell giving potion); a druggist (“pharmacist”) or poisoner, that is, (by extension) a magician: – sorcerer. – Strong’s Concordance.

Rev 21:7,8 NIV Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children. 8 But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts (pharmakeus) the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”

Symbols of Pharmakeia

Pharmakeia Symbol 2

Numbers 21:4-9 – They traveled from Mount Hor along the route to the Red Sea, to go around Edom. But the people grew impatient on the way; 5 they spoke against God and against Moses, and said, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? There is no bread! There is no water! And we detest this miserable food!” 6 Then the LORD sent venomous snakes among them; they bit the people and many Israelites died. 7 The people came to Moses and said, “We sinned when we spoke against the LORD and against you. Pray that the LORD will take the snakes away from us.” So Moses prayed for the people. 8 The LORD said to Moses, “Make a snake and put it up on a pole; anyone who is bitten can look at it and live.” 9 So Moses made a bronze snake and put it up on a pole. Then when anyone was bitten by a snake and looked at the bronze snake, they lived.

2 Kings 18:1-4 – In the third year of Hoshea son of Elah king of Israel, Hezekiah son of Ahaz king of Judah began to reign. 2 He was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem twenty-nine years. His mother’s name was Abijah daughter of Zechariah. 3 He did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, just as his father David had done. 4 He removed the high places, smashed the sacred stones and cut down the Asherah poles. He broke into pieces the bronze snake Moses had made, for up to that time the Israelites had been burning incense to it. (It was called Nehushtan.)[nekh-oosh-tawn’ – made of copper]

Now, my wife and I have been praying for people for years to be healed and have seen many miracles for ourselves as well as for others. We also know that repentance has been a key issue in the release of most of these healings, and a prerequisite in order to keep the healing from that point on, otherwise, if there was a sin involved that wasn’t dealt with, the ailment could soon return. I have known for years that pharmaceutical drugs were poisons, (if they weren’t they wouldn’t have warnings and side effects,) so I tried to stay away from them and the doctors who prescribed them unless they at least were open to looking into some natural, safe alternatives that were not poisonous. Most of the time, the drugs that claimed to help me had side effects that were much worse than the ailment that I was walking through. In fact, some medications that are available today, are for life once you start taking them.

In my searching for alternatives, I found good nutrition and pure water and have made that a major part of my diet and for the most part have been extremely healthy. So, when the Lord showed me this revelation this morning, it didn’t shock me too bad. The thing that did shock me was the link between pharmakeia to witchcraft and sorcery and also the link between pharmakeus to a druggist or poisoner. It was then I tied pharmaceutical drugs to the word poison in a stronger sense.

There are other options available for many ailments called Neutraceuticals. According to Wikipedia a neutraceutical is a food or food product that reportedly provides health and medical benefits, including the prevention and treatment of disease. This is a whole other world and one we’ve been researching for years with amazing results.

Armed with all of these new scriptures, or old ones I hadn’t seen in this light, we had only one thing to do. Repent. So that is what we did this morning. I would like to do a whole series on repentance but there is one who has already written a book on it. Her name is Natasha Grbich with Ariel Gate and the book is called, “Repentance: Cleansing Your Generational Bloodline.” If you are serious about getting free in the spirit, this book is a must.

Mark 1:4 AMP – repent (a change of one’s mind for the better, heartily amending one’s ways, with abhorrence of his past sins) in order to obtain forgiveness of and release from sins

I think the greatest sin within the pharmaceutical realm is the fact that man tries to elevate himself above God. Just like the Israelites of old, we grumble and complain to the Lord about a lot of things. We don’t want to obey His Word when it comes to no hybrids and about how to plant and harvest our foods. We would rather use genetics and poisons to avoid the curses, yet if we would just obey Him, we would live in His blessings instead. The cost of what we do to our food is weak immune systems that become susceptible to all kinds of disease and sickness. Then we rely on these drugs to cover or mask over the symptoms so we can still go on living our rebellious lives. Interesting, just read Deuteronomy 28, the blessings for obedience and curses for disobedience. Where is your life?

Some could say that we are going overboard here, but to us the word is clear. Everyone must do what is in their heart to do. For us, we have been praying for His Kingdom to come, for His will to be done on earth as in heaven. We want to do what Father is doing, just like Jesus did. DWFD – Do What Father’s Doing, which is the answer to WWJD – What Would Jesus Do. For us, we can’t access His Kingdom and still walk in sorcery or in agreement with it. It is very clear what Hezekiah accomplished in 2 Kings 18, as he broke the bronze snake into pieces. He destroyed its hold over the Lord’s people for his generation. It is also clear that witchcraft – pharmakeia is a work of the flesh in Galatians 5. Now, the question remains, “What is the depth of pharmakeia? Does it apply to all drugs? How does it apply to us individually?

The argument can be made that it only applies to mind altering drugs, such as hallucinogens. This could be true, but all drugs alter some kind of body chemistry in order to perform as designed. They don’t do what nutrition does. Most destroy cells. What drugs are okay and which ones are not? I believe this is a personal question. What is the Lord saying to you? Whatever is not of faith is sin! Romans 14:23.

So, what should we do, especially if our lives depend on certain medications? Pray and ask for Godly wisdom and counsel. Ask the Lord what He would have you do. The first step is repentance, if you agree with His word. Next, is simply asking Him what He wants you to do. Read Janiece’s account of weaning herself off of the prescription medications along with her doctor’s permission and counsel in her biography, “Sentenced To Death, Destined For Life: Tell My People, I Love Them!” starting on page 157. She was taking about 12 at the time including Synthroid, Lithium, anti-psychotic, Xanex, Chlorohydrate, Phenobarbytol, and other dangerous drugs. The Lord healed her totally over a period of time. I say all of this to say this. “With God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26 NIV

I realize that out of all of the other sins, I only talked about one. We should be on a continual journey of walking away from all of them. Galatians 5:16, “So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.”NIV

The bottom line is the truth that the Lord still heals. I have seen healing escalate in proportion to the willingness of the person to repent for sins they had done as well as for their ancestor’s sins. When repentance and forgiveness comes, the enemy no longer has a hold on our lives and healing can flow. The choice is up to each of us what we choose to believe and walk in. It doesn’t matter where you are on your journey, you can start from there with a new freedom in Him. He came to set us all free. Isaiah 42:7

John 8:31 “…Jesus said, ‘If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.’” NIV

Please Note: We are very grateful for all of the wonderful doctors and nurses. Janiece and I both had serious, life-threatening accidents where we needed specialists to repair broken and torn parts of our bodies. Luke was a physician, but he also knew about the Lord’s healing. We need to walk in balance. I don’t believe we need to have a drug or vaccination to ward off every curse in the world. Balance is also walking in obedience and blessing.

It is our prayer that everyone would be able to encounter the Lord’s goodness and mercy. There is no better life to live than know He loves us so much. He is so forgiving and so kind. Don’t let the enemy rob you of your eternal blessing and destiny.

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Janiece and I travel and minister as doors open for us to go. We share His love to those who haven’t heard of their Father’s love for them and also minister in song. Please use our contact page to contact us for more info. I have written 3 books to help people get to know Him. They are: “Destiny Path Of Life: The Journey Begins,” “Sentenced To Death, Destined For Life – The Janiece Turner-Hartmann Story – Tell My People I Love Them!,” and “Islands In The Sea – The Day The King Walks In!” I also have recorded some of my music for encouragement. Some of these are on our site, YouTube in video, and available to purchase and download here. I have some artwork that we have for wallpapers and prints, and we have placed them on various products, (posters, shirts, mugs, steins, cups, shirts, mousepads, stickers, bumperstickers, etc.) at our Zazzle store online. If you need help or prayer, please write to us and let us know.

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Janiece and I travel and minister to individuals and groups as doors open for us to go. We are starting a new thing this year. We will be going to communities, as the Lord leads, and booking hotel meeting rooms to do concerts. We will invite those from the hotel as well as the community. We will connect to other churches and organizations in those communities to help those who desperately need help, and who, perhaps won't come into a church building. We share His love to those who haven’t heard of their Father’s love for them and also minister in song. We’ve both been through a lot and have been healed and restored and that we have to pass on to others. We can speak through truth and experience because we’ve been there. If you would like to book us for a concert, event, speaking and/or ministry meeting, please use our CONTACT page. We hope we have helped to encourage you to go on and find the wonderful destiny God has planned for you. Psalm 139. Fly higher…

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I am presently converting “Sentenced To Death, Destined For Life” into a movie and have just finished publishing the 3rd book in the sequel to “Islands In The Sea”, titled “Illegitimate?” It is now available in the trilogy on this site through Amazon. We finished filming and producing the JOURNEY TO HOPE! 7 DVD Series with Janiece Turner-Hartmann and they are on YouTube for those who need help and encouragement. We are planning to take some time out to record some more music and then start touring early this year, 2017. Hope to see you on the road.

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