PHARMEKEIA: DRUGS, THE DEMONIC REALM, AND BABYLON THE GREAT

A TERM PAPER
SUBMITTED
TO DR. DON McCURRY
IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR
MCSM 639 FOLK ISLAM AND POWER ENCOUNTER

BY
John Caleb Alarid

Springfield, MO
October 2016

 

Drugs are the gateway to the demonic realm. The word pharmacy is derived from the Greek work, pharmakeia. The word is translated in the King James Version of the Bible as sorcery (or witchcraft, in the New Living Translation). At the time of the writing of the Bible, in the Greek speaking world, there was a strong connection between drugs and witchcraft. Strong’s defines the word as medication, magic, sorcery, and witchcraft. Thayer’s Greek Lexicon defines pharmakeia as “the use or administering of drugs, poisoning, sorcery, magical arts, deceptions and seductions of idolatry”. According to Vines Expository Dictionary, phamrakeia primarily signified, “the use of medicine, drugs, spells;” then, “poisoning;” then, “sorcery.” In “sorcery,” the use of drugs, whether simple or potent, was generally accompanied by incantations and appeals to occult powers. The word, pharmakeia, is found several times in the New Testament. In addressing church at Galatia about the deeds of the flesh, the Apostle Paul states,

“Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery (pharmakeia), enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”

The word is also mentioned in the book of Revelation chapter nine, “and they did not repent of their murders nor of their sorceries nor of their immorality nor of their thefts.” In Revelation 19 the word is mentioned in connection with Babylon,

Then a strong angel took up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea, saying, “So will Babylon, the great city, be thrown down with violence, and will not be found any longer… for your merchants were the great men of the earth, because all the nations were deceived by your sorcery. And in her was found the blood of prophets and of saints and of all who have been slain on the earth.”

Babylon is symbolic of the world system, energized by Satan and opposed to the Kingdom of God. The word pharmakeia is also mentioned in the Septuagint, the Greek translation of the Old Testament, in Isaiah 41:9,12 in reference to the fall of Babylon. The text states that there will be an increase of this type of witchcraft in the end times. There is a connection between drug use, the satanic one world government (Babylon) and a new age of heightened consciousness. At the tower of Babel, mankind was united to become great apart from God. They would reach the divine their own way. Mystery Babylon is a united world system in the last days opposed to the God of the Bible. Pharmakeia is a tactic, the sorcery, used to influence and deceive mankind into following this satanic system. The United States is facing epidemic proportions of addiction that is widespread across all races, cultures, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Despite tough anti-drug laws, a recent survey shows the United States has the highest level of illegal drug use in the world. Addiction to drugs is a scheme of the enemy to steal, kill, and destroy humankind. However, this is the same ploy Satan has been using since the beginning.
In Genesis chapter 2, we see that “the Lord God planted a garden toward the east, in Eden; and there He placed the man whom He had formed.” God put man in the Garden of Eden to watch over and tend it. The Lord God warned Adam that he may eat from any fruit from any tree in the garden, except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. For if he ate of this tree he would die. Later, the serpent comes into the garden in Chapter three and seeks to entice Adam and Eve to eat the forbidden fruit. This tree was not needed to sustain them naturally. It was called the tree of the knowledge of good and evil because it had to do with the expansion of consciousness. The serpent pointed them to the one tree that was forbidden. In chapter three the crafty serpent raises doubt by asking Eve, “Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?” Eve responds that they may eat fruit of any trees in the garden, except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil or they will die. Eve goes one step further than God, stating that “they may not even touch it,” (which is the birth of legalism). “You will not die!” the serpent replied to the woman. “God knows that your eyes will be opened and as soon you eat it and you will be like God.” The serpent directly contradicts the command of God. The serpent is related to Satan as we see in Revelation, “The ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, the one deceiving the whole world.” The serpent is a being that was used by Satan to deceive Adam and Eve. Satan masquerades as an angel of light.
The serpent contradicts God by saying they would not die and they would be like God. Eve saw the tree was beautiful, the fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give. So she ate and gave some to Adam, who was standing there with her. Then their eyes were opened and they felt shame at their nakedness and tried to cover themselves with plants. Satan deceived Eve by saying they would not die; but rather, they would be like God (or be their own god). However, this was deception for they ended up fearful and ashamed. There are several lies here regarding eating the forbidden fruit—they won’t die, they will be like God, and to tap in to mind expansion (hidden god-like knowledge). Her eyes were opened but only to realize her shame. She did not become omniscient as God; she became shameful of her disobedience.
Just as Satan got control of Adam and Eve through deception, he is trying to do the same to the human race on a mass scale. This offer of mind expansion through a forbidden fruit is happening today. As stated above, drugs are mentioned several times in the New Testament, especially in connection with the final hours before the second coming of Jesus. The verses prohibiting mind expanding drugs in the New Testament are found mostly in Revelation, except for one in Galatians. In Galatians chapter five it states that those who partake in pharmakeia will not “inherit the kingdom of God.” In Revelation chapter nine it speaks of the people that were not wiped out by the plagues continued to “worship demons and did not repent of their murders or their witchcraft (pharmakeia) or the sexual immorality.” The use of drugs is always connected to the worship of demons and sexual immorality. Furthermore, those who partake of mind altering drugs will not inherit the kingdom of God, according to Galatians chapter five. Their end is the lake of fire. Those whose robes are washed in the blood Jesus will enter heavenly Jerusalem and eat of the tree of life. However, “outside the city are the dogs—the sorcerers, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idol worshippers, and all those who love to live a lie.” Hence, mind expanding, altering substances are clearly forbidden in Scripture.
Throughout history medicine men, shaman, voodoo priests, and brujos have used drugs to enter the spiritual realm. In fact, to this day, the Native Americans take peyote for spiritual purposes. They claim it connects them with God. Timothy Leary, a professor from Harvard began to introduce young people to the psychedelic drugs, LSD (lysergic acid diethylamide) and DMT (N,N-Dimethyltryptamine), in an effort to expand their minds. Leary has been referred to as the “pied piper of the 60’s moral revolution”. There are more people using drugs now than in the 1960’s. Leary started what he referred to as a new religion, the League for Spiritual Discovery (LSD), with LSD as its sacrament. Leary was the main instigator. He handed out drugs on Harvard and other college campuses to naïve kids. The mantra of the 1960’s, coined by Leary, was “turn on, tune in, and drop out.” These drugs were never intended as party favors. Their intention is mind expansion and spiritual experiences.
Timothy Leary was a follower of Aleister Crowley, the most highly regarded Satanist of the last century. The Law of Thelema is summed up as “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law.” This “law” is the exaltation of self over God. This view is related to moral relativism of our day. The Law of Thelema was developed in the early 1900’s by Aleister Crowley. Crowley believed himself to be the prophet of a new age. A being, or demon, by the name of Awiass dictated the text known as the Book of the Law to Crowley. It is the view of this writer that the being was a fallen angel or Satan himself. In chapter two of this Book of the Law, the entity told Crowley,

“I am the Snake that giveth Knowledge & Delight and bright glory, and stir the hearts of men with drunkenness. To worship me take wine and strange drugs whereof I will tell my prophet, & be drunk thereof! They shall not harm ye at all. It is a lie, this folly against self. The exposure of innocence is a lie. Be strong, o man! lust, enjoy all things of sense and rapture: fear not that any God shall deny thee for this.”

This was the foundation for a religious system known as Thelema. This was in the early 1900’s, even before the drug revolution. The entity that spoke to Crowley claims to be the Snake that gives knowledge and pleasure. This is reminiscent of the snake in the Garden of Eden. The use of drugs and alcohol is said to be worship of the snake, or Satan. Awiass, just like the ancient serpent, seeks to exalt self and sensual desires over the commands of God. Crowley’s disciple, Timothy did an excellent job of carrying on his mission. The work of Crowley is clear on the inside cover of his book, Magick, it states, “For establishing contact with extraterrestrial entities, spirits, demons for the purpose of extending human consciousness and expanding life to cosmic proportions… the whole of Crowley’s doctrine is based on the Book of Law in which the future of humanity, the establishment of a new world order is outlined.” This new world order, contacting demons and raising consciousness was the mission of Crowley. One of the wasys to raise consciousness is through the use of strange drugs It is clear that the use of drugs is much more sinister than we are led to believe. It is not simply about doing your own thing. Drugs, following sensual desires, and worship of demons go hand in hand, according to Crowley. In his poem, Leah Sublime, published in 1920, Crowley states,
Leah Sublime,
Goddess above me!
Snake of the slime
Alostrael, love me!

Our master, the devil
Prospers the revel.
Stab your demonic
Smile to my brain!
Soak me in cognac
#### and cocaine.

Crowley makes a clear connection in his writings the connection with drugs and the demonic realm. He associates cocaine with demons getting into his brain. Cocaine can give one a euphoric, invincible almost God-like feeling. Leary believed he was completing the mission of Aleister Crowley in ushering in a new age of human consciousness where everyone would “do their own thing.” Crowley’s teaching, “Do What Thou Wilt” and propagation of drug use for mind expansion are widespread. In the United States, our government leaders and politicians are influenced by this satanic teaching.
Robert Anton Wilson, a friend of Timothy Leary, was the editor for the Playboy Magazine forum. Wilson was also a follower of Crowley. In his book, Cosmic Trigger, “In Switzerland, during his exile, Leary was shown a deck of Crowley’s tarot cards. To test his divinatory powers, Leary asked, ‘Who am I and what is my destiny?” Then he cut to a single card and got the Ace of Discs. The Greek words for “the great beast” appear in the center of this card and the number 666 shows in this card. Leary called himself “the beast” since childhood. Leary believed this meant he was Crowley reborn and he was to complete the work that Crowley began to prepare humanity for cosmic consciousness. Leary believed he would follow this Satanist to usher in a new world order. Lying signs and wonders and pharmakeia would be a big part of this in the end times.
The battle cry of the hippie movement of the 1960’s was, “If it feels good, do it.” With no standard of morality, unrestrained passion led to debauchery, free sex, and drugs. Doing their own thing and following their own desires to be like God was the same temptation the serpent used in the Garden of Eden. By introducing the young masses to drugs in the hippie movement, Leary believed he would usher in this new age of consciousness in opposition to the God of the Bible.
In fact, the Church of Satan was started by Anton LaVey. Lavey wrote the Satanic Bible, published in 1969, which was just a reworking of the Crowley’s “Do What Thou Wilt” philosophy. LaVey became frustrated with the teachings of Christianity and its high moral values. He could not repress his carnal desires, and so decided that carnality should be given full reign. It is a religion rooted in hedonism. The view that one can choose their own morality and be their own God goes back to Genesis chapter three. God had told Adam and Eve not to eat from the tree in the middle of the garden. Satan caused Eve to have doubt regarding the clear command of God. Satan went on to lie to her regarding the consequences and told her that God was holding out on her. She could be her own god if she ate the fruit of the tree. The desire to be self-sufficient apart from God, the lust of the eye and flesh caused the fall of the human race. Hence, it is no surprise that the mantra of modern day Satanism is, “Do what thou wilt.” Satan is a liar. He has been lying from the beginning. King Solomon’s word ring true, “There is nothing new under the son.”
These drugs were used to make contact with the demonic realm. Albert Hofman is the Swiss chemist that discovered LSD in 1939. In his book LSD: My Problem Child, he describes an experience being demonized while using LSD,

“The dizziness and sensation of fainting became so strong at times that I could no longer hold myself erect, and had to lie down on a sofa. Everything in the room spun around, and the familiar objects and pieces of furniture assumed grotesque, threatening forms… Even worse than these demonic transformations of the outer world, were the alterations that I perceived in myself, in my inner being. Every exertion of my will, every attempt to put an end to the disintegration of the outer world and the dissolution of my ego, seemed to be wasted effort. A demon had invaded me, had taken possession of my body, mind, and soul. I jumped up and screamed; trying to free myself from him, but then sank down again and lay helpless on the sofa. The substance, with which I had wanted to experiment, had vanquished me. It was the demon that scornfully triumphed over my will. I was seized by the dreadful fear of going insane…”

The man that invented LSD claimed that it opened the door to him for demonic possession and led him to the edge of insanity. It is apparent that this drug opened the door to another realm and demonic activity.
Rick Strassman, a medical doctor specialized in psychiatry with a fellowship in clinical psychopharmacology research, was a Professor of Psychiatry for eleven years at the University of New Mexico. He was permitted to administer DMT (N,N-Dimethyltryptamine) to humans for research from 1990 to 1995 at the University of New Mexico’s School of Medicine in Albuquerque. DMT has been used by Amazonian Indian cultures in religious rituals for thousands of years and 1931 DMT was first synthesized in a lab. This was the first legal study of psychedelic subjects in twenty years. He studied over sixty people who volunteered for the study for a monetary compensation. Strassman wrote about his experiences and those of the volunteers in his book (and later the film by the same name), DMT: The Spirit Molecule. The most striking similarity is the subjects reported contact and communication with what they believed were real intelligent beings. Another similarity is that subjects come into contact with an alternate reality or another plane of existence. These consistencies of other worlds and their inhabitants were reported regardless of age, gender, language or religion. Rick Strassman stated that both he and the volunteers in the DMT studies he conducted felt that the “most intuitively satisfying” explanation of these experiences was that DMT somehow allows a person to perceive genuine “parallel realities” inhabited by independently existing intelligent beings. Psychedelics such as DMT, magic mushrooms and LSD open the door to that realm. Marijuana is also a mild psychedelic. Cocaine, meth and other drugs are mind expanding drugs as well. These drugs fall under the category of psychopharmaceutic drugs that open the gate to the demonic realm. It is interesting that spiritual names are given to these drugs. LSD is sometimes called “Instant Zen”, PCP is called “Angel Dust”, Mushrooms are called, “Divinatory Fungi”, and alcohol is called spirits. Even marijuana causes us to have thoughts that are not our own and alcohol gives a propensity to do things that we would not do if we were sober.
Marilyn Ferguson, is considered the Apostle of the New Age Movement. Her book, “The Aquarian Conspiracy” written in 1980, is considered to be the bible of the New Age Movement. This movement is pantheistic as they do not seek God as revealed in a sacred text or as exists in a remote heaven; they seek God within the self and throughout the entire universe. Universal religion is another one of their beliefs. Since all is God, then only one reality exists and all religions are different paths to that ultimate reality. They maintain that as this New World Order, the Age of Aquarius, unfolds it will increase in power, influence, and membership. They believe that a profoundly mystical experience will lead to the acceptance and use of New Age beliefs and practices. This experience is brought on through hypnosis, meditation, and use of psychedelic drugs. The goal is a utopian, one world government that will put to end wars, disease, hunger, pollution and poverty. Furthermore, they believe that all gender, racial, religious, and all other forms of discrimination will cease. People’s allegiance will not be to a certain religion, tribe or nation; but rather, replaced by a concern for the entire world and its people.
The New Age is modern day occult based practices and philosophies seeking to bring about a one world religion. This is reminiscent of the Tower of Babel where the world came together as one to reach God on their own terms. Its purpose is to discover the god within us all because everything we need to know is within us. This is the same lie Satan told Eve in the garden- you can be god-like. In her book, Ferguson points out the importance of the use of psychedelic drugs in the 1960’s to initiate people into New Age consciousness and world view, from a Christian world view to an Eastern religion world view. She states, “For a great many the trigger has been a spontaneous mystical or psychic experience.” She goes on to say that it is impossible to underestimate the use of drugs to bring people to this new age of consciousness. The people of the hippie generation, that were influenced by this “Aquarian Conspiracy” in the 1960’s, are now running the United States. Through drugs these individuals were opened up to the New Age mindset and Eastern mystical thought.
It is the authors experience that drugs open up the user to the demonic realm, which leads to insanity, which leads to suicide (death). “When men ignore God’s warnings and enter a forbidden realm, they may witness materializations, levitations, and luminous apparitions, as well as experience spirit rappings, trances, automatic writing, magic phenomena, clairvoyance, oral and written communications and other forms of spiritist phenomena. Such are not miracles. I grew up in a Christian home but fell completely away from the God of my father’s when I started at the University of New Mexico in 1991. I began selling acid, pot and cocaine. We would drop lots of acid and smoke marijuana all day long. I noticed that my world view began to change through my interaction with the other realm. I thought I had been set free from the small minded view of one religion. Each time I would do acid, I would enter right back into that other world where I had left off the previous trip. One time while I was on acid, I thought I was invincible. I was driving my red sports car at a high speed. I would run through red lights believing that if I hit another car, I would simply go right through it. By the grace of God I did not die that night.
Soon I began to snort cocaine, then free basing it, and then using it intravenously. I would here metallic crickets after shooting cocaine. I would see shadow creatures and people following me. I became extremely paranoid and even slept with a pistol. To ease the paranoia and hallucinations, I began using heroin and valium. This led to a ten-year addiction leading to incarceration and losing everything. I ended up spending two years on the lam, running from the law for a stabbing charge. During this time, I was using lots of cocaine and heroin. I experienced out of body experiences and unintentional astral projection. Many times I would awake with sleep paralysis and see the face of a demon. I could not move or say anything. At other times, after shooting cocaine, I would see little demons with the voices of little children laughing at me. Things would move in my room. Shadow creatures would follow me around. I would repeat the voice in my head that said, “I hate my life.” Many times I would put a pistol to my head and want to blow my head off.
After about five years of addiction, I was taking one hundred and thirty milligrams of methadone daily, plus heroin and cocaine. I became very sick. I was barely able to walk to my car and drive three blocks to the methadone clinic. For several weeks, I would go to the methadone clinic, come home, and lay down all day in pain. Eventually my father came to see me. He was shocked. I was a skeleton of a man and looked deathly sick. He convinced me to go to my brother’s house. My mother was staying at my brothers at that time. I stayed in her room. Unable to get out of bed, I was forced to withdrawal from opiates. However, I continued to be sick for several weeks. I did not sleep for days and would sweat profusely. I was unable to get up out of bed. My mom would change the sheets daily because they would get drenched with sweat. At night I would see and feel demons pulling me down into hell. During this time there was a thin line between this world and the next. I felt that if I died, I would spend eternity in hell. Finally, my sister in law decided that they needed to take me to the emergency room. At the emergency room they found that I had endocarditis and my blood had gone toxic. The doctor said that if I had not come in that day, I would be dead by morning. I spent seven months in the hospital with a pic line shooting antibiotics right into my heart. Upon my release from the hospital, I started using drugs again.
Years later I walked into a Christ-centered recovery home, where I was set totally free from addiction and the torment of demons. After graduating the program and attending the school of ministry, I was a sent as a missionary, church planter to Manila, the Philippines. In Manila we encountered many demonized people. The Lord used me to walk people through the process of liberation from demonic torment. I have an unusual boldness and authority in dealing with demons. I understand the reality of it because I was once there too. The connection between the demonic realm and demonic experiences is widespread.
Mariah Freeman is the former executive assistant for Don Wilkerson, brother of David Wilkerson-founder of Teen Challenge. This is part of her story regarding demonic activity.

I began using drugs at 12 years old. The major demonic activity started pretty much instantly. At 13 I attempted suicide, due to feeling worthless (I wasn’t on a drug at that specific time). I was diagnosed with a lot of mental illnesses (bipolar, depression, borderline personality disorder). I was put on a lot of psychotropic medication, which I believe caused even MORE demonic activity and more suicide attempts.

One night while laying in my bed I felt a cold, strong presence. A deep voice started talking to me. He said I was worthless and that God wasn’t going to save me. I was so scared. This was when I maybe 18 years old… trying to get sober.

I have many suicide attempts in my past, and all of them I believe were demonically led. Sometimes I just felt this urge so strong to kill myself. It was my mission in life to die. Sometimes I would hear a voice tell me what to do and how to do it.

While getting clean at the Walter Hoving Home (my final rehab!) I experienced major oppression. Every night I would lay in my bed and know what was coming for me. Demons would jump on my bed and take my pillow and try to suffocate me. I would wake up gasping for air and literally feeling the weight on my body. One time I saw a demon with a cape while I was using the bathroom. He was standing right behind me and it was like I was stuck and couldn’t move.
Mine and Mariah’s stories are all too common. The enemy comes to steal, kill, and destroy. Drugs lead to demonic possession, which leads to insanity, which leads to suicide. The enemy tells the same lies he did in the garden. First, “You won’t die.” Drugs sometimes make the user feel invincible. The new world order does not believe in death but rather in reincarnation. Secondly, “You will be like God.” People use drugs to become connect with God or nature (pantheism). Thirdly, “The knowledge of good and evil.” This expanded consciousness brought on by eating the forbidden fruit. This paper has shown that drugs are used to expand consciousness. Finally, “You will be like god.” The enemy told them they did not need God telling them how to live. They were their own god. While on drugs, many people feel like they invincible. Sometimes they have super human strength. Some jump off buildings or drive into other cars, believing that they are omnipotent. The devil is a liar and he has been lying from the beginning.
The world system, mystery Babylon, is set up against the Kingdom of God. In Revelation eighteen the Bible says, “And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.” Sorceries are the drugs that are the tool of the Babylon’s merchants. Through this sorcery they deceived the nations. The world is addicted to drugs, legal and illegal. Pharmaceutical companies and drug cartels are among the richest and most powerful organizations in the world. “America is the most medicated nation on earth, with some 70 percent of Americans taking prescription drugs—yet we have worse health outcomes than other industrialized countries.” Only ten percent of the population uses illicit drugs in the United States. Most of the country is on some sort of drug. There is no doubt that there is a connection between the use drugs, demons, and a Babylonian one world religion/ government. Let us walk in the light as He is in the light. And the God of peace shall shortly crush Satan under your feet.

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