The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Vol: 11 Issue: 27 Tuesday, August 27, 2002

The United States has concluded that stopping illegal drug trafficking must be a major element in its anti-terror strategy.

U.S. officials said terrorist organizations on the State Department’s list have significant links to drug traffickers and cartels. The officials said much of the revenue obtained by terrorist groups come from the production and sale of illegal drugs.

“Nearly one-third of the organizations on the State Department’s list of foreign terrorists appear also on our list of targeted U.S. drug suppliers,” Attorney General John Ashcroft said.

Officials said drug traffickers and those deemed terrorists are connected in a variety of ways. They said terrorists are used to protect drug shipments or supply labor for opium poppy growth in such countries as Afghanistan, Iran, Lebanon, Pakistan, Syria and Yemen.

In other cases, officials said, drug traffickers turn into the financial arms of terrorist groups. They said Hizbullah is a prime example of how drug dealers and terrorists meet.

The officials said Washington has decided to focus efforts on terrorist groups that engage in drug trafficking. They said federal agencies have set the capture and prosecution of these organizations as a top priority.

In an address to the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force on July 30, Ashcroft said he was shocked by the overlap between drug and terrorist groups. He said the federal government has launched an effort to crack down on drug dealers and foreign suppliers with the same measures that are being currently used against groups deemed as terrorists.

Assessment:

Revelation 9:21 outlines in a nutshell the reasons for the judgments coming on the earth during the Tribulation. “Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.”

The word translated in the Book of the Revelation as ‘sorceries’ has a unique and interesting etymology. The word usage is intriguing, when one considers the fact the Book of the Revelation, although put to paper in the latter part of the first century, is an account of events that are still future, although it grows increasingly obvious that it is near future.

The word translated as ‘sorceries’ in Revelation 9:21 and again in Revelation 18:23 is a different root word than used elsewhere in Scripture.

Elsewhere, as in Isaiah 47:12 or Acts 8:11 the word sorceries comes from the root words ‘keseph’ [Heb] and ‘magea’ [Gk] — both of which mean ‘magic arts’.

But uniquely, in the Book composed for the generation that would experience its contents, the word translated ‘sorceries’ comes from the Greek word ‘pharmakea’ from which we get our English word ‘pharmacy’. ‘Pharmakea’ means, ‘the use or administration of drugs’.

One would assume rampant drug abuse was not a problem for the English translators poring over the old Greek manuscripts in 1611. Neither is there historical evidence of rampant drug problems in AD 87.

Look again at Revelation 9:21. “Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.”

Murders. Hmmm. That’s a word often appended with the phrase, ‘drug-related.’ What about ‘fornications’? Hmmm. I’ve heard that prostitution and drugs are connected. Thefts — I think one can safely link drug abuse and theft. Pretty incredible, when you really think about it.

And just in this Book, the one that describes the world in the last days.

Daniel and John were given similar visions of the Tribulation Period. Daniel’s account is from the perspective of Israel. John’s perspective is that of the Church until Chapter 4, and then from the perspective of heaven thereafter.

Daniel’s vision shook him to his core. The confusing images, the terrifying beasts . . .imagine living in the fifth century before Christ and being afforded a panoramic view of the Persian Gulf war battlefield, for example.

Daniel needed an explanation.

“And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things? And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and SEALED till the TIME OF THE END.” Daniel 12:8-9

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About Pete Garcia

Christian, father, husband, veteran, pilot, and sinner saved by grace. I am a firm believer in, and follower of Jesus Christ. I am Pre-Trib, Dispensational, and Non-Denominational (but I lean Southern Baptist).

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