Rev 18:23 – “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.”
Whenever I read this verse, I get a picture in my mind of a group of old women sitting around a boiling pot, casting a spell on those around them. Is that what this verse means? Is it saying that the false religions of the world use spells and enchantments to get people to follow them?
The key to understanding this text is found in the understanding of the word “sorceries”. The Greek word translated “sorceries” is the word from which we get our English word “pharmaceuticals”. The word describes things that drugs, potions, cures…
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