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What Are Familiar Spirits - Are they your friend?

Updated: Jul 7

Familiar Spirits
Familiar Spirits

Learn about Familiar Spirits Scripture Reference and Other References

A demon supposedly attending and obeying a witch, often said to assume the form of an animal.

"Her familiars were her two little griffons that nested in her skirts."

Those who practice sorcery or necromancy, who professed to call up the dead to answer questions, were said to have “familiar spirits.” No person was called up from the dead. They are familiar spirits that left a person and still roaming on the earth.

Familiar spirits and spirit guides are controlled by their master, Satan.

Many people believe when a loved one has died and visits them; it is a human being. The truth is it is a demonic spirit, acting as a familiar spirit to fool you. They influence people to spread lies and deceit to thwart the kingdom of God. To knowingly open oneself to the work of demons is an evil thing: "Let no one is found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead.

Familiar Spirits Scripture References

(Deut. 18:11; 2 Kings 21:6; 2 Chr. 33:6; Lev. 19:31; 20:6; Isa. 8:19; 29:4).

Such a person was called by the Hebrews yid`onim, which properly means a leathern bottle; sorcerers were regarded as vessels containing the inspiring demon. This Hebrew word was equivalent to the python of the Greeks and was used to denote both the person and the spirit which possessed him (Lev. 20:27; 1 Sam. 28:8; comp. Acts 16:16). The word “familiar” is from the Latin familiar, meaning a “household servant,” and was intended to express the idea that sorcerers had spirits as their servants ready to obey their commands.

More Familiar Spirits Scriptures

–Consulting of, forbidden Lev. 19:31; 20:6,27; De 18:10,11

–Vain Isaiah 8:19; 19:3

–Those who consulted, to be cut off Lev. 20:6,27

–INSTANCES OF THOSE WHO CONSULTED - Saul consulted familiar spirits - 1 Sam. 28:3-25; 1 Chron. 10:13

-Demonic Familiar Spirits:

–Worship of Le 17:7;

So they shall no more sacrifice their sacrifices to goat demons, after whom they a whore. This shall be a statute forever for them throughout their generations.

Deud. 32:17; 2 Ch 11:15; Ps. 106:37; Mt. 4:9; Luke 4:7; 1 Cor. 10:20,21; 1 Tim 4:1; Rev. 13:4

–Worship of, forbidden Lev 17:7; and Rev. 9:20

Zec.13:2; "And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD of hosts, that I will cut off the names of the idols out of the land, and they shall no more be remembered: and also I will cause the prophets and the unclean spirit to pass out of the land."

–Possession by instances of Saul (1 Sam. 16:14-23, 18:10-18; 19:9-10)

1 Samuel 18:10-11 " 10 Now it came about on the next day that an evil spirit from God came mightily upon Saul, and he raved in the midst of the house, while David was playing the harp with his hand, as usual; and a spear was in Saul’s hand. 11 Saul hurled the spear for he thought, “I will pin David to the wall.” But David escaped from his presence twice.

Many people practice magic and divination, a familiar spirit, a demonic influence. It is not of God and condemned by the Lord in the Old and New Testaments.

Time is short, and many things outside and inside the church will look like from God. We must discern like never before. How can we increase discernment? Studying God's Word.

–Two men of the Gergesenes (Gadarenes, Gerasenes) (Mt. 8:28-34; Mark 5:2-20

–The deaf man Matt. 9:32,33

–The deaf and blind man Mt 12:22; Lu 11:14

–The daughter of the Syrophoenician woman Matt. 15:22-29; Mark 7:25-30

–The epileptic boy Matt. 17:14-18; Mark 9:17-27; Luke 9:37-42

–The man in the synagogue Mark 1:23-26; Luke 4:33-35

–Mary Magdalene Mark 16:9; Luk 8:2,3

–The herd of swine Matt. 8:30-32

–Cast out by Jesus Matt. 4:24; 8:16; Mark 3:22; Luke 4:41

–Power over, given the disciple's Matt 10:1; Mark 6:7; 16:17

–Cast out By the disciple's Mark 9:38; Luke 10:17

- By Peter Acts 5:16

- By Paul Act 16:16-18; 19:12

- By Philip Act 8:7

–Sceva’s sons exorcise Acts 19:13-16

–Parable of the man repossessed by unclean spirits Matt. 12:43-45

–Jesus falsely accused of being possessed of Mark 3:22-30; John 7:20; 8:48; 10:20

–Testify to the divinity of Jesus Matt. 8:29; Mark 1:23,24; 3:11; 5:7; Luke 8:28; Acts 19:15

–Adversaries of men Matt. 12:45

–Sent to foment trouble between Abimelech and the Shechemites Jude9:23

–Messages are given false prophets by 1 Kings 22:21-23


–General scriptures concerning Deud. 18:11; 26:14; Isaiah 8:19; 29:4

–INSTANCE OF The witch of Endor 1 Sam. 28:7-19


–Law concerning Ex. 22:18; Lev. 19:31; 20:6,27

–The Witch of Endor 1 Sam. 28:7-25

–Witches destroyed 1 Sam. 28:3,9


–(Divination by an alleged assistance of evil spirits)

–Forbidden Lev. 19:26-28,31; 20:6; Deud. 18:9-14

–Denounced Isaiah. 8:19; Mal. 3:5

–Practiced By the Egyptians Isaiah 19:3,11,12

- By the magicians' Ex. 7:11,22; 8:7,18

- By Balaam Num. 22:6; 23:23; with 22; 23

- By Jezebel 2 Kings 9:22

- By the Ninevites Na. 3:4,5

- By the Babylonians Isaiah 47:9-13; Ezekiel 21:21,22; Da 2:2,10,27

- By Belshazzar Dan. 5:7,15

- By Simon the Sorcerer (Magus) Acts 8:9; 11

- By Elymas (Bar-Jesus) Acts 13:8

- By the girl at Philippi Acts 16:16

- By charlatan Jews Acts 19:13

- By sons of Sceva Acts 19:14,15

- By astrologers Jer. 10:2; Mic 3:6,7

- By false prophets Jer. 14:14; 27:9; 29:8,9; Eze.13:6-9; 22:28; Matt. 24:24

–To cease Eze 12:23,24; 13:23; Mic 5:12

–Messages of, false Eze. 21:29; Zec. 10:2; 2 Thes. 2:9

–Diviners will be confounded Mic. 3:7

–Belongs to the works of the flesh Gal. 5:20

–Wickedness of 1 Sam. 15:23

–Vainness of Isaiah 44:25

–Punishment for Ex 22:18; Le 20:27; De 13:5

–Divining by familiar spirits (mediums or spiritists) Lev. 20:27; 1 Chron. 10:13; 2 Chron. 33:6; Isaiah 8:19; 19:3; 29:4

–By entrails Eze. 21:21

–By images 2 Kings. 23:24; Eze 21:21

–By rods Hos. 4:12

–Saul consulted the Witch of Endor 1 Sam. 28:7-25

–Books of, destroyed Acts 19:19


–Called Abaddon (Hebrew: Destroyer) Rev. 9:11

–The accuser of our brethren Rev. 12:10

–The adversary 1 Peter 5:8

–The angel of the bottomless pit Rev. 9:11

–Apollyon (Greek: Destroyer) Re 9:11

–Beelzebul Mt 12:24; Mark 3:22; Luke 11:15

–Belial 2 Cor. 6:15

–The Devil Matt. 4:1; Luke 4:2,6; Rev. 20:2

–Our common enemy Matt. 13:39

–Evil spirit 1 Sam. 16:14

–The father of all lies John 8:44

–Gates of hell (Hades) Matt. 16:18

–Great red dragon Rev. 12:3

–The liar John 8:44

–Lying spirit 1 Kings 22:22

–The murderer John 8:44

–That old serpent Rev. 12:9; 20:2

–The power of darkness Col 1:13

–The prince Of this world John 12:31; 14:30; 16:11

-Of demons Matt. 12:24

-Of the power of the air Eph. 2:2

-Ruler of the darkness of this world Eph. 6:12

-Satan 1 Chron. 21:1; Job 1:6; John 13:27; Acts 5:3; 26:18; Rom. 16:20

-The serpent Gen. 3:4,14; 2 Cor. 11:3

-The spirit that works in all disobedient people Eph. 2:2

-The Tempter Matt. 4:3; 1Th 3:5

-The god of this world 2 Cor. 4:4

-Unclean spirit Matt. 12:43

-The wicked one Matt. 13:19,38

–Kingdom of, to be destroyed 2 Sam. 23:6,7

–With the context of Matt. 12:29; 13:30; Luke 11:21,22; 1 John 3:8

–The synagogue of Rev. 2:9; 3:9

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May 10, 2023

I myself has been under attack by psychic mediums and know that their evil works is real and they can't be trusted with what they tell you. They do use demons to carry out whatever they are trying to accomplish. They are liars and workers of the devil.

Teresa Marie Morin
Teresa Marie Morin
Oct 18, 2023
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I'm still learning my website and found comments. I agree, they are liars to sidetrack people from the bigger things God has.


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