Pharmakeia


First we need to break down some barriers that we as children are brainwashed into believing.

Harry Potter is not sorcery or witchcraft.

Hollywood and fairy tale books both has done their job in brainwashing the public.


Here is some interesting facts to consider.....


In 1976, doctors in Los Angeles went on strike because of the rising cost of malpractice insurance. All elective and non-emergency surgery and medical
attention were canceled. During that time, 18 percent fewer people died than usual.
http://members.aol.com/oddwonder/medicine.htm

From all our exposure to unnecessary penicillin through medication as well as through treatment of cattle and pork, life-threatening bacteria have grown
resistant to our number-one line of defense. In 1960, 13 percent of staphylococci infections were resistant to penicillin.
Now, 91 percent are resistant to penicillin.

The disaster was the "Elixir of Sulfanilimide" tragedy of 1937 in which 107 people were killed as the result of the use of a solvent, diethylene glycol, in a product.
Since the law did not require prior testing of drugs for safety, there was no way to anticipate, or prevent, the marketing of this lethal mixture.

Then we come to one of the most abused pharmaceutical drug on the market today with terrible side effects. It’s a relatively new pain medicine called OxyContin.
This drug contains a powerful alkaloid derived from opium. It has replaced cocaine, heroin and ecstasy as the number one killer in the State of Florida. People suffering from tremendous pain have become junkies on this drug. OxyContin sales in the year 2000 alone were over a billion dollars. OxyContin is fast becoming the new drug of choice in America. The tablets are manufactured in a time-released delivery system so the mind-altering effects of the opium alkaloid are not experienced by the users. They are designed to deliver painkilling effectiveness for between a 12 and 24 hour period. On the street users either chew the tablets, crush them and snort the powder, or boil down the tablets and inject it intravenously because it bypasses the time-released system and delivers a powerful euphoric, heroin-like punch. Entire towns and neighborhoods are dealing with problems associated with OxyContin. The Roanoke Times ran a story on August 16, 2000 that reported OxyContin to be the worst problem seen in the community. “Tazewell County’s prosecutor has charged more than 150 people in the last year with felonies associated with the addictive painkiller… Tazewell County Commonwealth’s Attorney Dennis Lee called abuse of OxyContin an epidemic… Andy Anderson, a narcotics detective with the Pulaski Police Department, estimated that 90 percent of the people in Pulaski who admit to such crimes as breaking and entering, shoplifting, forgery or stealing checks said they committed the crimes to get money to finance their OxyContin addiction.”
http://www.fda.gov/fdac/features/2000/200_miles.html
http://www.quackwatch.org/13Hx/MM/08.html


Herbal and Drug Companies are basically practicing Witchcraft.

"Doctors who prescribe pain pills to the same person for years are basically practicing Witchcraft."
If the doctor prescribes a pain killer for years and the pain killer is addictable  then yes the Doctor is practicing Witchcraft. He is hurting the person more then
he is helping the person. The doctor has become a poisoner!

Drug Dealers are basically practicing Witchcraft.

Doctors who perform an abortion are practicing pharmakeia!

God warned us about these things because until recently we wasn't capable of understanding the facts concerning them.

Evidence is found in the Didache, also called the Teachings of the Twelve Apostles, written about the year 80 A.D.
This book was the Church's first manual of morals, liturgical norms and doctrine.
In the first section? two ways are proposed: the way of life and the way of death.
In following the way of life, the exhorts, "
You shall not murder.
You shall not commit adultery.
You shall not seduce boys.
You shall not commit fornication.
You shall not steal.
You shall not practice magic.
You shall not use potions.
You shall not procure abortion, nor destroy a new-born child.
You shall not covet your neighbor's goods...."

It should be noted that prescription drugs do not heal, and in most cases simply mask the problem prolonging agony, never approaching the root cause of the disease. The sad fact is, most doctors today do not attempt to heal their patients, instead they prescribe drugs for pain management, keeping patients on a never
ending drug merry-go-round. Toxic drug ingredients build up within the body and eventually cause damage to vital organs which leads to death.
Basically, taking drugs = shorter lifespan.

More Information

Narcotics and hallucinogenic drugs were not uncommon in NT times.
For instance, the Oracles of Delphi apparently used *Datura* during their quests for visions.
This is the scientific, Latin classification of Jimson weed. It contains powerful alkaloids
(biochemical bases of vegetable origin which include many other drugs, quite a number of
which have narcotic or hallucinogenic effects: e.g. mescaline, cocaine, morphine, etc., etc.).

In Carlos Casteneda's books about his anthropological research with a Yaqui Indian 'brujo'
(Spanish for 'witch', or 'sorcerer'), we encounter Datura being employed for vision quests.
The sorcerer also uses mescaline, and various other substances.

Now, the majority of people abusing drugs today aren't using the drugs as parts of deliberate
supernatural rituals, but for 'recreation'.

The supernatural, however, is inescapable whether a person believes in it or not.

One form of worship today which doesn't seem like religion at first, but which is very common
and which does in fact have supernatural significance, is Self. People love pleasures rather
than God. When we are selfish it does no harm to God, it hurts us.

Much drug use today begins as a quest for self-absorbed pleasure, or escape. The drugs are
not inherently evil in themselves. The evil emerges from unredeemed hearts and minds as they
commit spiritual adultery.

The enemy tries to fuel these processes along, trying to bring people under physical,
psychological and spiritual bondage. Satanists are often involved in chains of supply,
and they are involved in two ways.

First of all, people covenanted with the evil one are often the actual suppliers of drugs.
Noticed how it often happens that authorities arrest users, dealers and smugglers,
but very seldom the actual, original suppliers? They seem 'protected', and are, by dark forces.

http://www.believersweb.org/view.cfm?ID=192


Pharmakeia: The Abuse of Drugs
http://www.truthmagazine.com/archives/volume15/TM015091.htm

Drugs and Sorcery at the End of the Age
http://pw2.netcom.com/~horse/sorcery.html


Here is some more info on Herbal medicines.

Liver Injury in 12 Patients Taking the Herbal Weight Loss Aids Chaso or Onshido
http://www.annals.org/cgi/content/full/139/6/I-47

FDA Expands Warning About "Green Hornet" to Include All Other Products by Cytotec Solutions, Inc
http://www.nlm.nih.gov

Yet More Evidence Echinacea Does Not Fight Colds
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_18363.html

Herbal Medicine (National Toxicology Program)
http://ntp-server.niehs.nih.gov/htdocs/liason/factsheets/HerbMedFacts.pdf

The FDA now plans to assault herbal medicines
http://www.newstarget.com/7000808.shtml

Herbal Abortions
http://www.w-cpc.org/abortion/herbal.html





Galatians 5:20 ; Revelation 9:21



Strong's Number: 5332
Transliterated: pharmakeus
Phonetic: far-mak-yoos'
Text: from pharmakon (a drug, i.e. spell-giving potion);
a druggist ("pharmacist") or poisoner, i.e. (by extension) a magician: --sorcerer.

Strong's Number: 5331
Transliterated: pharmakeia
Phonetic: far-mak-i'-ah
Text: from 5332; medication ("pharmacy"), i.e.
(by extension) magic (literally or figuratively): --sorcery, witchcraft.


Word study

Quote:
A study of the Greek words pharmakeia (Strong's 5331) and pharmakeus (Strong's 5332).

Strong's Exhaustive Concordance:
"5331. pharmakeia ... from 5332; medication ('pharmacy'), i.e.
(by extension) magic (literal or figurative)."
"5332. pharmakeus ... from pharmakon, (a drug, i.e. spell-giving potion);
a druggist ('pharmacist') or poisoner, i.e. (by extension) a magician."


Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary:
"pharmaceutical ... from Greek pharmakeutikos ... a medicinal drug."
"pharmaco- ... Greek pharmako-, from pharmakon ... medicine : drug."
"pharmacology ... the science of drugs."
"pharmacy ... from Greek pharmakeia ... the art or practice of preparing,
preserving, compounding, and dispensing drugs ... a place where medicines
are compounded or dispensed ... DRUGSTORE."

http://www.topical-bible-studies.org/13-0018.htm


Quote:
pharmacy - c.1386, "a medicine," from O.Fr. farmacie, from M.L. pharmacia,
from Gk. pharmakeia "use of drugs or medicines," from pharmakeus "preparer of drugs,"
from pharmakon "drug, poison, philter, charm, spell, enchantment." Meaning "use
or administration of drugs" is attested from c.1400; that of "place where drugs
are prepared and dispensed" is first recorded 1833. Pharmacist coined in Eng. 1834.

pharmaceutical - 1648 (pharmaceutic in the same sense is from 1541), from L.
pharmaceuticus "of drugs," from Gk. pharmakeutikos, from pharmakeus "preparer of
drugs, poisoner," from pharmakon "medicine, poison." Pharmacology is attested
from 1721, formed in Mod.L. (1683) with Gk. -logia "dealing with the topic of."

http://www.etymonline.com/p5etym.htm


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· The Greek word pharmakeus is a "druggist or poisoner". This Greek word translates
as sorceries in Revelation 9:21, and sorcerers in Revelation 21:8 &22:15. (9:21)
"Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their
fornication, nor of their thefts. (21:8) " But the fearful, and unbelieving,
and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters,
and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone:
which is the second death. (22:15) "For without are dogs, and sorcerers,
and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie."
This Greek word (pharmakeus) has a root (pharmakon) meaning "a drug, i.e. spell-giving potion"

http://www.holybiblesays.org/articles/drugs.htm


2. SORCERY AND WITCHCRAFT. "Pharmakeia."

"Pharmakon," was a drug
and
"pharmakeia," the use of drugs.

The noun "pharmakeia" occurs in Gal.5v20. Rev.9v21. 18v23.. "Sorcerer," "pharmakus,"
occurs in Rev.21v8.; and "pharmakos," in Rev.22v15.. "Mageia," "sorceries," in Acts.8v11.
and "mageuo," "sorcery," in Act8v9.. "Magos," is translated as "sorcerer" in Acts.13v6,8.;
and the plural "magi," as "wise men" in Mt.2v1,7,16.

Sorcery and witchcraft in Paul's time were very similar to their modern equivalents;
images of people were made and destroyed, and curses were put upon people by invoking
the powers of darkness.

In Paul's time, magic, divination, astrology and the occult powers mentioned
in Deut.18v10-22., were commonly practised. People were full of fear, and used
amulets and charms in an effort to protect themselves from witchcraft, sorcery,
magical spells and the evil eye.

The value of the books on magic burned in the revival at Corinth was about £50,000,
which shows how rife magical practices were in Paul's time. Acts.19v19. These occult
practices were one of the main obstacles to the spread of the Gospel in the early Church,
and this is why miracles were needed to confirm the truth of the Gospel.
Philip and Paul compelled the Gentiles to believe in Jesus, by doing greater miracles
than the servants of Satan. Acts.8v4-13. 13v6-12. 18v11-20. Rom.15v18-21.

http://www.thesecretofeternallife.com/marriagee.html


A little background on "Pharmakeia" which is also a feminine noun that can be used collectively,
it references the herbalist of the time who were almost always female. It was one of the
few businesses available to single women, herbalism was complex so there was an aura of
secrecy to it. They also were fond of saying incantations or using symbolic items etc to
increase the "mystery" around their practice. It gave them both power and prestige,
it would have also increased their incomes and perhaps the more mystical it appeared the
greater price people were willing to pay for their "potions". These women challenged the
authority structure of both Paul's church and the society of the time in general.
The ability to heal, poison, abort fetuses, etc. gave them an incredible amount of power
and would have created a diversion from God and Christianity. So, you have that aspect of
that term used here.
Later, there are frequent references in church writings (not scripture) referring to
abortionist using the term "pharmakeia". Outside of the church Plutarch uses the term
pharmakeia in reference to contraception and abortion.
Clement of Alexandria identifies pharmakeia as an abortifacent.
An early church council in the capital of Galatia referenced adulterous woman who who
avail themselves to pharmakeia for abortion.

Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words
an adjective signifying "devoted to magical arts," is used as a noun, "a sorcerer,"
especially one who uses drugs, potions, spells, enchantments, Rev. 21:8, in the best
texts (some have pharmakeus), and Rev. 22:15.

Plato writes of Pharmakeia the Naias Nymphe of a poisonous spring near Athens,
Orithyia is swept away by Boreas while she was playing with Pharmacia. Later Socrates
compares the written texts Phaedrus has brought along to pharmakon, he describes it as
both a cure and poison.


http://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=4903&page=2



Paul in his epistle to the Galatians enumerated a concise list of the works of the flesh.
Contained in that list is the Greek word, pharmakeia. The King James scholar translated
pharmakeia as "witchcraft" but a more probable rendering is that of "sorcery" and is so
given by the American Standard Version. Sorcery is far closer to the meaning of the term.

Pharmakeia (sorcery) is a form of the Greek root from which we get our English words pharmacy,
pharmacist, and pharmaceutical. Pharmakeia (sorcery) fundamentally has to do with drugs or
medicine. Originally the word was used only in the sense of medicine. Plato talked about the
different kinds of medicinal treatment: cautery, incision, the use of drugs (pharmakeia),
and even starvation. (Plato, Protagorus 354a). In the beginning, pharmakeia was a medical term;
it had to do with the proper use of drugs.

Later pharmakeia took on an entirely different meaning. The learned William Barclay says that
pharmakeia began "to denote the misuse of drugs, that is, the use of drugs to poison and
not to cure. So we read about the law regarding poisoning (Plato, Laws 933 B), and
Demosthenes accuses a bad man of poisoning and all kinds of villainy (Demosthenes 40.57).
This is the beginning of the bad use of the word" (Flesh And Spirit, p. 36)

In the New Testament, pharmakeia carried with it the idea of sorcery, occultism,
and black magic. It is in this sense that Paul used the term in Galatians 5.20.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia clearly points out that "since the
ideas we attach to 'witch' and 'witchcraft' were unknown in Bible times, the words
(witch and witchcraft) have no right place in our' Eng. Bible..." (p. 3097).
When Paul spoke of pharmakeia (witchcraft KJV) he certainly did not have in mind
witches on broomsticks, black cats, and silly superstitions.
The Apostle was speaking of sorcery -- the evil abuse of drugs.

The Greek scholar, W.E. Vine summarized the different uses of pharmakeia in his Expository
Dictionary of New Testament Words. Said Vine of pharmakeia: "primarily signified the use
of medicine, drugs, spells; then, poisoning; then sorcery." It is at this point the dark
and grim fact of pharmakeia emerges. Pharmakeia literally is the abuse of drugs coupled
with the occult. Pharmakeia is a chain connecting drug addiction with sorcery!


Example of pharmakeia!
Mercury is extremely toxic and its curative effect is unproven!
The usefulness of mercury is limited by its poisonous nature and scarcity.
Quote:
Mercury was among the first metals known, and its compounds have been used
throughout history. Archaeologists found mercury in an Egyptian tomb dating
from 1500 BC. The Egyptians and the Chinese may have been using cinnabar as a
red pigment for centuries before the birth of Christ. In many civilizations
mercury was used to placate or chase away evil spirits. The alchemists thought
that mercury, which they associated with the planet Mercury, had mystical properties
and used it in their attempts to transmute base metals into gold. The Greeks knew of
mercury and used it as a medicine.

Mercury and mercury compounds were used from about the 15th century
to the mid 20th century to cure syphilis. Because mercury is extremely
toxic and its curative effect is unproven, other syphilis medicines are now used.
The usefulness of mercury is limited by its poisonous nature and scarcity.

http://www.herbs2000.com/homeopathy/merc.htm