CURSES

Something that is sometimes talked about but is little understood is the subject of curses. A curse is a call by someone for an act of vengeance to be wreaked on an individual, usually someone who has wronged another.

The importance of curses has been long forgotten by Christians, and many of us don't even give such things much thought. But Satan does. In fact, he uses curses to bring suffering and destruction to successive generations of people who don't even know that their ancestors have been cursed or have bound themselves under a curse.

Ever notice how certain diseases such as cancers, heart disease, diabetes, etc. seem to pass down from one generation of a family to the next? Ever notice how certain traits such as alcoholism, child abuse, suicide and violent tempers seem to follow family lines?

Curses leveled against an individual or family line are not overlooked by Satan. God knew the importance of cursing a person, when He stated;

EXODUS 21:17

17 And he that curseth his father, or his mother, shall surely be put to death.

LEVITICUS 20:7-9

7 Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy: for I [am] the LORD your God.

8 And ye shall keep my statutes, and do them: I [am] the LORD which sanctify you.

9 For every one that curseth his father or his mother shall be surely put to death: he hath cursed his father or his mother; his blood [shall be] upon him.

Note that God considered this to be so important that He stated the command concerning cursing twice, once in Exodus, and once in Leviticus. For by cursing your father you curse your family line including yourself; and in cursing the head of the household the curse is binding upon the entire household under his authority. And cursing your mother curses any children she may have afterward. In both cases, the family line bears a curse.

The following are some examples of curses that have had terrible consequences.

GENESIS 9:18-29

18 And the sons of Noah, that went forth of the ark, were Shem, and Ham, and Japheth: and Ham [is] the father of Canaan.

19 These [are] the three sons of Noah: and of them was the whole earth overspread.

20 And Noah began [to be] an husbandman, and he planted a vineyard:

21 And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent.

22 And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren without.

23 And Shem and Japheth took a garment, and laid [it] upon both their shoulders, and went backward, and covered the nakedness of their father; and their faces [were] backward, and they saw not their father's nakedness.

24 And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him.

25 And he said, Cursed [be] Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren.

26 And he said, Blessed [be] the LORD God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.

27 God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.

28 And Noah lived after the flood three hundred and fifty years.

29 And all the days of Noah were nine hundred and fifty years: and he died.

Ok, some facts here. Ham saw Noah lying naked in his tent, and did nothing to alleviate his father's indignity. Added to that fact, he told his two brothers what he had seen, compounding Noah's embarrassment and bringing shame to Noah. His brothers, respectful of their father covered him without looking upon him. If Ham had done the same thing, the curse would not have been upon his descendants.

As a result, Noah cursed Ham's son Canaan, who became the father of the Canaanites that Israel destroyed by the command of the Lord. Canaan was also the forefather of the inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah whom God destroyed for their homosexual ways.

The prophet Elisha, the successor to the prophet Elijah was returning from watching Elijah being carried to Heaven in a fiery chariot when some children came out of a nearby city. Showing no respect for the age or office of the prophet, they began to make fun of him in clear violation of the Law which stated:

LEVITICUS 19:32

32 Thou shalt rise up before the hoary head, and honour the face of the old man, and fear thy God: I [am] the LORD.

The children knew the commandment, as they were instructed in the ways of the Law at an early age. And as Scripture records;

II KINGS 2:23-25

23 And he went up from thence unto Bethel: and as he was going up by the way, there came forth little children out of the city, and mocked him, and said unto him, Go up, thou bald head; go up, thou bald head.

24 And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the LORD. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children of them.

25 And he went from thence to mount Carmel, and from thence he returned to Samaria.

Some might consider that God was unrighteous in ordering the bears to do this to the children, but He allows things like this to be an example to others, so that they might fear doing the same thing in breaking the commandments of the Lord.

Below are two cases of where curses played an important role in real life situations.

When I accepted a job offer at the company that I presently work for, I was told that I would have to move to the state where this company resided. So, we got the house ready to sell, and I rented a small apartment in a town close to the company I was to work for.

We kept showing the house, and while people agreed it was a wonderful house, no one seemed to want to buy it. In the mean time, I was commuting nearly 800 miles each weekend to visit my family and try to get the house sold.

Finally after 8 months of commuting, the Lord told me that there was a curse against the house from the previous owners. He then brought to my remembrance how this event had happened.

The owners of the house had been in the Navy, and had received orders to go overseas. As a result, they needed to sell the house fairly quickly and had to greatly reduce the price in order to sell it. We had been searching for a house to buy and happened to stumble upon this house, and quickly snapped it up.

Apparently the previous owners were embittered by the fact that they had to reduce the selling price of the house, and cursed the house when they left. The curse was that whoever bought the house was stuck with it.

After the Lord showed me this I immediately broke the curse in Jesus' name and cast out the demons maintaining the curse, and a week later we had an offer made on the house, and sold it shortly afterward.

A buddy of mine who is like a brother to me, had a girlfriend whom he was deeply in love with. He had slept with her only once, but he discovered that she had been sleeping with another man behind his back. In a fit of rage, he leveled a curse at her.

He essentially said, "You will never again have a man in your life. In fact, I will go to my grave before you ever have another man in your life!" He then stalked off in a rage. He later moved away, and forgot the whole incident.

Several years later, now a Christian and living over 3,000 miles away, as he was getting on an elevator he saw a woman who looked strangely familiar. She had short spiked hair, and was dressed rather oddly. She kept staring at him, and suddenly she called him by name and said "It IS you!"

He was stunned when she revealed who she was. It was the same woman whom he had cursed all those years ago. He was stunned even more when she revealed that she was a lesbian. The curse had worked in awful fulfillment of his exact words.

He has since broken the curse and it's power over her through the name of Jesus, but the demons in her life who are keeping her in homosexual bondage remain. He could have cast the demons out of her, but as she wasn't ready to accept Jesus, she would shortly afterward become much worse.

As Jesus Himself said;

MATTHEW 12:43-45

43 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none.

44 Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth [it] empty, swept, and garnished.

45 Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last [state] of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.

Many well-meaning Christians cast demons out of a person's life without heeding this warning. If demons are in a person's life and you are trying to reach the person for Jesus, bind the demons and their power in Jesus name first! This will free the person's will to decide whether they wish to listen to the Gospel and accept Jesus or not. You can do so quietly, in another room if need be. Demons have very sharp hearing.

But only when the person is willing to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior should you cast them out! We'll deal more on this subject in a later study on deliverance.

The value and effect of curses was also well known to the Canaanites when Israel was being led into Canaan by the Lord. Balak, king of the Moabites was frightened of Israel having heard how they had readily defeated the powerful Amorites already.

He sent for Balaam, a man who was apparently well known as a sorcerer who could curse someone and have the curse work. As Scripture records;

NUMBERS 22:1-13

1 And the children of Israel set forward, and pitched in the plains of Moab on this side Jordan [by] Jericho.

2 And Balak the son of Zippor saw all that Israel had done to the Amorites.

3 And Moab was sore afraid of the people, because they [were] many: and Moab was distressed because of the children of Israel.

4 And Moab said unto the elders of Midian, Now shall this company lick up all [that are] round about us, as the ox licketh up the grass of the field. And Balak the son of Zippor [was] king of the Moabites at that time.

5 He sent messengers therefore unto Balaam the son of Beor to Pethor, which [is] by the river of the land of the children of his people, to call him, saying, Behold, there is a people come out from Egypt: behold, they cover the face of the earth, and they abide over against me:

6 Come now therefore, I pray thee, curse me this people; for they [are] too mighty for me: peradventure I shall prevail, [that] we may smite them, and [that] I may drive them out of the land: for I wot that he whom thou blessest [is] blessed, and he whom thou cursest is cursed.

7 And the elders of Moab and the elders of Midian departed with the rewards of divination in their hand; and they came unto Balaam, and spake unto him the words of Balak.

8 And he said unto them, Lodge here this night, and I will bring you word again, as the LORD shall speak unto me: and the princes of Moab abode with Balaam.

9 And God came unto Balaam, and said, What men [are] these with thee?

10 And Balaam said unto God, Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab, hath sent unto me, [saying],

11 Behold, [there is] a people come out of Egypt, which covereth the face of the earth: come now, curse me them; peradventure I shall be able to overcome them, and drive them out.

12 And God said unto Balaam, Thou shalt not go with them; thou shalt not curse the people: for they [are] blessed.

13 And Balaam rose up in the morning, and said unto the princes of Balak, Get you into your land: for the LORD refuseth to give me leave to go with you.

Ok, time to get to the heart of the matter.

As I have shown above both from Scripture and in real life cases, curses do indeed work.

The problem today is that people level curses against others all of the time without even thinking about it. How many people take the name of the Lord in vain, asking Him to damn someone? That is a curse just as much as the ones I just described above. And while the Lord may not curse the person, Satan will use the opportunity to curse them and bring misery and destruction into that person's life. Christians who do so allow Satan access to their own lives through their disobedience to God's commandments.

Some secret societies force prospective members to take oaths and swear to curses that are binding on their descendants. The curses are supposed to activate when and if the oath-taker becomes an oath-breaker, or reveals the secrets of the group.

Some curses are binding in such a way that if the descendants break one of the rules of the society, the curse becomes active. Nice, huh?

And while the descendants may not be aware of it, they are laboring under a curse from an ancestor that binds them as surely as it did the person taking the oath. In many cases that is why some family traits such as certain diseases, destructive personality traits, or situations such as poverty are passed down through successive generations.

Granted such curses are not supposed to activate unless the oath-taker breaks the oath, but Satan seldom plays by the rules. And such a binding oath gives him the legal right to access the lives of the oath-taker and their descendants.

The problem with our society today is that we know little about our family lines. Granted we may have a celebrated ancestor who was famous for some great crime or who was a historical figure, but what about the ones we don't know about?

For example, say an ancestor swindled someone, and the one they swindled leveled a curse of poverty against both the swindler and their descendants. The descendants would be struggling and working their entire lives and would make little headway against a lifetime of grinding poverty and would have no idea why they were in this state.

Now, I am not saying that all poor people have a curse of poverty in their family line somewhere. Nor do I teach a "name it and claim it" gospel, or as Hank Hanegraaff in his book "Christianity In Crisis" so amusingly puts it, a "blab it and grab it" doctrine. You will have to seek the Lord's word concerning this issue.

But if something like poverty, cancer, heart disease, violent temper, alcoholism, suicide, adultery, pre-marital sex, divorce, homosexuality, child abuse, etc. seems to run through several generations of the family I would strongly suspect a family curse as being the cause. Such curses, unless broken through the name and power of Jesus, give demons a legal right to work through successive generations of individuals. Again, seek the Lord concerning this matter as only He can reveal whether this is the case for you and your family.

In my family heart disease and cancer are some of the generational curses, and cancer in my wife's family. I have broken the curses on both sides of the family line in Jesus' name (as the head of the household, I have authority to break the curses in my wife's family line that affect her only), and have broken the power of the demons responsible for the diseases.

My father died of heart disease and had several types of cancer when he died. My younger brother has had open-heart surgery. I recently donated bone marrow to a patient who had terminal leukemia, and when a person donates marrow they are screened down to their DNA for diseases, especially hereditary ones before they are allowed to donate.

I was given a clean bill of health by the Red Cross physicians. My heart is strong, and I have no traces of cancer anywhere within me, nor are there any DNA markers that show up when a person has a hereditary disposition for cancer.

My wife's mother has lymphoma, a form of cancer in the lymph nodes. Her older brother was treated for Hodgkin's disease, a form of cancer that forms fibrous tissue in the lungs.

My wife has no symptoms of cancer anywhere in her at all.

However, in the case of diseases and personality disorders, if either are already in progress, breaking the curse responsible will not cure the problem. The Lord must be petitioned for healing, the demons cast out and doctors consulted in the case of diseases. For personality disorders, the demons responsible must be cast out, and the Lord petitioned for any healing of the soul that may be needed.

We also had a curse of poverty working in my family. I remember my father working two jobs most of my young life, and his father worked just as hard. Granted we weren't on welfare, but it seemed we struggled constantly.

In my adult life, I wasn't poor, but I had to struggle also. In fact at times, it seemed that about all my wife and I had was each other, and God. I worked whatever jobs I could find to support my family, and my wife worked also, and we seemed to just barely make it. Having learned about curses, I asked the Lord, and he showed me that my family was under a curse of poverty.

I broke the curse and broke the power of the demons maintaining the curse, and within a couple of months I received a job offer from the company that I presently work for. Granted we are not rich, but we are at the point of where we are comfortable, and my wife does not have to work unless she wishes to.

Satan is the ultimate lawyer. If someone takes an oath that is binding on a family line, or a family member is cursed he will act wherever he can and will petition God for the right to do so. And one aspect of spiritual warfare that most Christians know nothing about, is knowing the sins of your fathers. Scripture is rife with examples of the Jews confessing the sins of their fathers when repenting and seeking the Lord.

Some examples;

NEHEMIAH 9:1-2

1 Now in the twenty and fourth day of this month the children of Israel were assembled with fasting, and with sackclothes, and earth upon them.

2 And the seed of Israel separated themselves from all strangers, and stood and confessed their sins, and the iniquities of their fathers.

DANIEL 9:1-16

1 In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of the seed of the Medes, which was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans;

2 In the first year of his reign I Daniel understood by books the number of the years, whereof the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem.

3 And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes:

4 And I prayed unto the LORD my God, and made my confession, and said, O Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments;

5 We have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from thy precepts and from thy judgments:

6 Neither have we hearkened unto thy servants the prophets, which spake in thy name to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, and to all the people of the land.

7 O Lord, righteousness [belongeth] unto thee, but unto us confusion of faces, as at this day; to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and unto all Israel, [that are] near, and [that are] far off, through all the countries whither thou hast driven them, because of their trespass that they have trespassed against thee.

8 O Lord, to us [belongeth] confusion of face, to our kings, to our princes, and to our fathers, because we have sinned against thee.

9 To the Lord our God [belong] mercies and forgivenesses, though we have rebelled against him;

10 Neither have we obeyed the voice of the LORD our God, to walk in his laws, which he set before us by his servants the prophets.

11 Yea, all Israel have transgressed thy law, even by departing, that they might not obey thy voice; therefore the curse is poured upon us, and the oath that [is] written in the law of Moses the servant of God, because we have sinned against him.

12 And he hath confirmed his words, which he spake against us, and against our judges that judged us, by bringing upon us a great evil: for under the whole heaven hath not been done as hath been done upon Jerusalem.

13 As [it is] written in the law of Moses, all this evil is come upon us: yet made we not our prayer before the LORD our God, that we might turn from our iniquities, and understand thy truth.

14 Therefore hath the LORD watched upon the evil, and brought it upon us: for the LORD our God [is] righteous in all his works which he doeth: for we obeyed not his voice.

15 And now, O Lord our God, that hast brought thy people forth out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand, and hast gotten thee renown, as at this day; we have sinned, we have done wickedly.

16 O Lord, according to all thy righteousness, I beseech thee, let thine anger and thy fury be turned away from thy city Jerusalem, thy holy mountain: because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and thy people [are become] a reproach to all [that are] about us.

Granted, the above example are from the Old Testament, but the fact that curses are binding on family generations today shows that we still need to confess the sins of our fathers and break any curses that may have resulted from those sins.

If you do not know of any sins in your family line, petition the Lord to show you any curses that you or your family may be under. He is faithful, and will do so. You might not get an answer right away, but be patient, and He will give you an answer in His time.

Also remember, curses do not necessarily always come from Satan. At times God will curse a person or their family for sins against Him.

DEUTERONOMY 28:15-68

15 But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee:

16 Cursed [shalt] thou [be] in the city, and cursed [shalt] thou [be] in the field.

17 Cursed [shall be] thy basket and thy store.

18 Cursed [shall be] the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy land, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.

19 Cursed [shalt] thou [be] when thou comest in, and cursed [shalt] thou [be] when thou goest out.

20 The LORD shall send upon thee cursing, vexation, and rebuke, in all that thou settest thine hand unto for to do, until thou be destroyed, and until thou perish quickly; because of the wickedness of thy doings, whereby thou hast forsaken me.

21 The LORD shall make the pestilence cleave unto thee, until he have consumed thee from off the land, whither thou goest to possess it.

22 The LORD shall smite thee with a consumption, and with a fever, and with an inflammation, and with an extreme burning, and with the sword, and with blasting, and with mildew; and they shall pursue thee until thou perish.

23 And thy heaven that [is] over thy head shall be brass, and the earth that is under thee [shall be] iron.

24 The LORD shall make the rain of thy land powder and dust: from heaven shall it come down upon thee, until thou be destroyed.

25 The LORD shall cause thee to be smitten before thine enemies: thou shalt go out one way against them, and flee seven ways before them: and shalt be removed into all the kingdoms of the earth.

26 And thy carcase shall be meat unto all fowls of the air, and unto the beasts of the earth, and no man shall fray [them] away.

27 The LORD will smite thee with the botch of Egypt, and with the emerods, and with the scab, and with the itch, whereof thou canst not be healed.

28 The LORD shall smite thee with madness, and blindness, and astonishment of heart:

29 And thou shalt grope at noonday, as the blind gropeth in darkness, and thou shalt not prosper in thy ways: and thou shalt be only oppressed and spoiled evermore, and no man shall save [thee].

30 Thou shalt betroth a wife, and another man shall lie with her: thou shalt build an house, and thou shalt not dwell therein: thou shalt plant a vineyard, and shalt not gather the grapes thereof.

31 Thine ox [shall be] slain before thine eyes, and thou shalt not eat thereof: thine ass [shall be] violently taken away from before thy face, and shall not be restored to thee: thy sheep [shall be] given unto thine enemies, and thou shalt have none to rescue [them].

32 Thy sons and thy daughters [shall be] given unto another people, and thine eyes shall look, and fail [with longing] for them all the day long: and [there shall be] no might in thine hand.

33 The fruit of thy land, and all thy labours, shall a nation which thou knowest not eat up; and thou shalt be only oppressed and crushed alway:

34 So that thou shalt be mad for the sight of thine eyes which thou shalt see.

35 The LORD shall smite thee in the knees, and in the legs, with a sore botch that cannot be healed, from the sole of thy foot unto the top of thy head.

36 The LORD shall bring thee, and thy king which thou shalt set over thee, unto a nation which neither thou nor thy fathers have known; and there shalt thou serve other gods, wood and stone.

37 And thou shalt become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword, among all nations whither the LORD shall lead thee.

38 Thou shalt carry much seed out into the field, and shalt gather [but] little in; for the locust shall consume it.

39 Thou shalt plant vineyards, and dress [them], but shalt neither drink [of] the wine, nor gather [the grapes]; for the worms shall eat them.

40 Thou shalt have olive trees throughout all thy coasts, but thou shalt not anoint [thyself] with the oil; for thine olive shall cast [his fruit].

41 Thou shalt beget sons and daughters, but thou shalt not enjoy them; for they shall go into captivity.

42 All thy trees and fruit of thy land shall the locust consume.

43 The stranger that [is] within thee shall get up above thee very high; and thou shalt come down very low.

44 He shall lend to thee, and thou shalt not lend to him: he shall be the head, and thou shalt be the tail.

45 Moreover all these curses shall come upon thee, and shall pursue thee, and overtake thee, till thou be destroyed; because thou hearkenedst not unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which he commanded thee:

46 And they shall be upon thee for a sign and for a wonder, and upon thy seed for ever.

47 Because thou servedst not the LORD thy God with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart, for the abundance of all [things];

48 Therefore shalt thou serve thine enemies which the LORD shall send against thee, in hunger, and in thirst, and in nakedness, and in want of all [things]: and he shall put a yoke of iron upon thy neck, until he have destroyed thee.

49 The LORD shall bring a nation against thee from far, from the end of the earth, [as swift] as the eagle flieth; a nation whose tongue thou shalt not understand;

50 A nation of fierce countenance, which shall not regard the person of the old, nor shew favour to the young:

51 And he shall eat the fruit of thy cattle, and the fruit of thy land, until thou be destroyed: which [also] shall not leave thee [either] corn, wine, or oil, [or] the increase of thy kine, or flocks of thy sheep, until he have destroyed thee.

52 And he shall besiege thee in all thy gates, until thy high and fenced walls come down, wherein thou trustedst, throughout all thy land: and he shall besiege thee in all thy gates throughout all thy land, which the LORD thy God hath given thee.

53 And thou shalt eat the fruit of thine own body, the flesh of thy sons and of thy daughters, which the LORD thy God hath given thee, in the siege, and in the straitness, wherewith thine enemies shall distress thee:

54 [So that] the man [that is] tender among you, and very delicate, his eye shall be evil toward his brother, and toward the wife of his bosom, and toward the remnant of his children which he shall leave:

55 So that he will not give to any of them of the flesh of his children whom he shall eat: because he hath nothing left him in the siege, and in the straitness, wherewith thine enemies shall distress thee in all thy gates.

56 The tender and delicate woman among you, which would not adventure to set the sole of her foot upon the ground for delicateness and tenderness, her eye shall be evil toward the husband of her bosom, and toward her son, and toward her daughter,

57 And toward her young one that cometh out from between her feet, and toward her children which she shall bear: for she shall eat them for want of all [things] secretly in the siege and straitness, wherewith thine enemy shall distress thee in thy gates.

58 If thou wilt not observe to do all the words of this law that are written in this book, that thou mayest fear this glorious and fearful name, THE LORD THY GOD;

59 Then the LORD will make thy plagues wonderful, and the plagues of thy seed, [even] great plagues, and of long continuance, and sore sicknesses, and of long continuance.

60 Moreover he will bring upon thee all the diseases of Egypt, which thou wast afraid of; and they shall cleave unto thee.

61 Also every sickness, and every plague, which [is] not written in the book of this law, them will the LORD bring upon thee, until thou be destroyed.

62 And ye shall be left few in number, whereas ye were as the stars of heaven for multitude; because thou wouldest not obey the voice of the LORD thy God.

63 And it shall come to pass, [that] as the LORD rejoiced over you to do you good, and to multiply you; so the LORD will rejoice over you to destroy you, and to bring you to nought; and ye shall be plucked from off the land whither thou goest to possess it.

64 And the LORD shall scatter thee among all people, from the one end of the earth even unto the other; and there thou shalt serve other gods, which neither thou nor thy fathers have known, [even] wood and stone.

65 And among these nations shalt thou find no ease, neither shall the sole of thy foot have rest: but the LORD shall give thee there a trembling heart, and failing of eyes, and sorrow of mind:

66 And thy life shall hang in doubt before thee; and thou shalt fear day and night, and shalt have none assurance of thy life:

67 In the morning thou shalt say, Would God it were even! and at even thou shalt say, Would God it were morning! for the fear of thine heart wherewith thou shalt fear, and for the sight of thine eyes which thou shalt see.

68 And the LORD shall bring thee into Egypt again with ships, by the way whereof I spake unto thee, Thou shalt see it no more again: and there ye shall be sold unto your enemies for bondmen and bondwomen, and no man shall buy [you].

As the Old Testament and secular history have shown, all of these things have come to pass just as Moses promised. And for nearly 2,000 years the Jews have been wanderers over the earth and have been persecuted and destroyed since the death and resurrection of Jesus, since their fathers didn't recognize nor accept the Messiah whom God had promised them.

Understand this, though. The reason that this happened to the Jews, is that the Gentiles were not bound by the Law. As such, the curses of the Law were brought to bear against the Jews because they knew that the Messiah would come, but didn't accept Him when He did come as promised.

That does not mean that the Jews are greater sinners than we are. Remember, we all put Him on the cross! All of our sins were cast upon Him. But God's fury was poured out on the Jews because after Jesus' death and resurrection they still offered the sacrifices of the Law, rather than believe that Jesus took away the Law of sacrifices with His atoning death.

The Gospel was preached to them by the apostles and believing Jews, but they refused to hear and believe. Therefore God brought upon them the curses described by Moses, until His fury was spent and He brought them back to the land of Israel, almost 2,000 years later.

Therefore the actions of their fathers resulted in the cursing and destruction of their descendants, especially this one curse that the fathers willingly brought upon themselves and their descendants.

MATTHEW 27:11-25

11 And Jesus stood before the governor: and the governor asked him, saying, Art thou the King of the Jews? And Jesus said unto him, Thou sayest.

12 And when he was accused of the chief priests and elders, he answered nothing.

13 Then said Pilate unto him, Hearest thou not how many things they witness against thee?

14 And he answered him to never a word; insomuch that the governor marvelled greatly.

15 Now at [that] feast the governor was wont to release unto the people a prisoner, whom they would.

16 And they had then a notable prisoner, called Barabbas.

17 Therefore when they were gathered together, Pilate said unto them, Whom will ye that I release unto you? Barabbas, or Jesus which is called Christ?

18 For he knew that for envy they had delivered him.

19 When he was set down on the judgment seat, his wife sent unto him, saying, Have thou nothing to do with that just man: for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him.

20 But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask Barabbas, and destroy Jesus.

21 The governor answered and said unto them, Whether of the twain will ye that I release unto you? They said, Barabbas.

22 Pilate saith unto them, What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ? [They] all say unto him, Let him be crucified.

23 And the governor said, Why, what evil hath he done? But they cried out the more, saying, Let him be crucified.

24 When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but [that] rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed [his] hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye [to it].

25 Then answered all the people, and said, His blood [be] on us, and on our children.

Did you catch that last verse? The fathers willingly cursed themselves and their children throughout history with the responsibility for the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ. And God fulfilled that curse in terrible measure, scattering and destroying their children for nearly 2,000 years.

This is not to say that God is unmerciful. For if the Jews had repented and accepted the atoning death of Jesus, God would have spared Israel as a nation. But they refused to believe, choosing to continue to follow the Law, therefore the curses of the Law were leveled against them in full measure.

May God have mercy on the nation of Israel and it's people today!

Another source of curses, is having or handling cursed objects.

When Israel was about to conquer Jericho upon entering the promised land, God ordered that all objects of treasure be put into the Lord's treasury, and that Israel take nothing of the city. The reason for this is that the treasure and possessions of Jericho were cursed, and God wanted to keep demons from afflicting Israel.

He had the power to cleanse the treasures and drive out the demons attached to them. The spoils of Jericho were the first fruits of the conquest and were to be dedicated to Him. He also wanted to see if Israel would be obedient to His commandments.

Scripture records;

JOSHUA 6:16-27

16 And it came to pass at the seventh time, when the priests blew with the trumpets, Joshua said unto the people, Shout; for the LORD hath given you the city.

17 And the city shall be accursed, [even] it, and all that [are] therein, to the LORD: only Rahab the harlot shall live, she and all that [are] with her in the house, because she hid the messengers that we sent.

18 And ye, in any wise keep [yourselves] from the accursed thing, lest ye make [yourselves] accursed, when ye take of the accursed thing, and make the camp of Israel a curse, and trouble it.

19 But all the silver, and gold, and vessels of brass and iron, [are] consecrated unto the LORD: they shall come into the treasury of the LORD.

20 So the people shouted when [the priests] blew with the trumpets: and it came to pass, when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat, so that the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city.

21 And they utterly destroyed all that [was] in the city, both man and woman, young and old, and ox, and sheep, and ass, with the edge of the sword.

22 But Joshua had said unto the two men that had spied out the country, Go into the harlot's house, and bring out thence the woman, and all that she hath, as ye sware unto her.

23 And the young men that were spies went in, and brought out Rahab, and her father, and her mother, and her brethren, and all that she had; and they brought out all her kindred, and left them without the camp of Israel.

24 And they burnt the city with fire, and all that [was] therein: only the silver, and the gold, and the vessels of brass and of iron, they put into the treasury of the house of the LORD.

25 And Joshua saved Rahab the harlot alive, and her father's household, and all that she had; and she dwelleth in Israel [even] unto this day; because she hid the messengers, which Joshua sent to spy out Jericho.

26 And Joshua adjured [them] at that time, saying, Cursed [be] the man before the LORD, that riseth up and buildeth this city Jericho: he shall lay the foundation thereof in his firstborn, and in his youngest [son] shall he set up the gates of it.

27 So the LORD was with Joshua; and his fame was [noised] throughout all the country.

JOSHUA 7:1-22

1 But the children of Israel committed a trespass in the accursed thing: for Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took of the accursed thing: and the anger of the LORD was kindled against the children of Israel.

2 And Joshua sent men from Jericho to Ai, which [is] beside Bethaven, on the east side of Bethel, and spake unto them, saying, Go up and view the country. And the men went up and viewed Ai.

3 And they returned to Joshua, and said unto him, Let not all the people go up; but let about two or three thousand men go up and smite Ai; [and] make not all the people to labour thither; for they [are but] few.

4 So there went up thither of the people about three thousand men: and they fled before the men of Ai.

5 And the men of Ai smote of them about thirty and six men: for they chased them [from] before the gate [even] unto Shebarim, and smote them in the going down: wherefore the hearts of the people melted, and became as water.

6 And Joshua rent his clothes, and fell to the earth upon his face before the ark of the LORD until the eventide, he and the elders of Israel, and put dust upon their heads.

7 And Joshua said, Alas, O Lord GOD, wherefore hast thou at all brought this people over Jordan, to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites, to destroy us? would to God we had been content, and dwelt on the other side Jordan!

8 O Lord, what shall I say, when Israel turneth their backs before their enemies!

9 For the Canaanites and all the inhabitants of the land shall hear [of it], and shall environ us round, and cut off our name from the earth: and what wilt thou do unto thy great name?

10 And the LORD said unto Joshua, Get thee up; wherefore liest thou thus upon thy face?

11 Israel hath sinned, and they have also transgressed my covenant which I commanded them: for they have even taken of the accursed thing, and have also stolen, and dissembled also, and they have put [it] even among their own stuff.

12 Therefore the children of Israel could not stand before their enemies, [but] turned [their] backs before their enemies, because they were accursed: neither will I be with you any more, except ye destroy the accursed from among you.

13 Up, sanctify the people, and say, Sanctify yourselves against to morrow: for thus saith the LORD God of Israel, [There is] an accursed thing in the midst of thee, O Israel: thou canst not stand before thine enemies, until ye take away the accursed thing from among you.

14 In the morning therefore ye shall be brought according to your tribes: and it shall be, [that] the tribe which the LORD taketh shall come according to the families [thereof]; and the family which the LORD shall take shall come by households; and the household which the LORD shall take shall come man by man.

15 And it shall be, [that] he that is taken with the accursed thing shall be burnt with fire, he and all that he hath: because he hath transgressed the covenant of the LORD, and because he hath wrought folly in Israel.

16 So Joshua rose up early in the morning, and brought Israel by their tribes; and the tribe of Judah was taken:

17 And he brought the family of Judah; and he took the family of the Zarhites: and he brought the family of the Zarhites man by man; and Zabdi was taken:

18 And he brought his household man by man; and Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, was taken.

19 And Joshua said unto Achan, My son, give, I pray thee, glory to the LORD God of Israel, and make confession unto him; and tell me now what thou hast done; hide [it] not from me.

20 And Achan answered Joshua, and said, Indeed I have sinned against the LORD God of Israel, and thus and thus have I done:

21 When I saw among the spoils a goodly Babylonish garment, and two hundred shekels of silver, and a wedge of gold of fifty shekels weight, then I coveted them, and took them; and, behold, they [are] hid in the earth in the midst of my tent, and the silver under it.

22 So Joshua sent messengers, and they ran unto the tent; and, behold, [it was] hid in his tent, and the silver under it.

Several things need to be noted here. First of all, the disobedience of Achan affected all of Israel. And Satan through the disobedience of one man was able to afflict the entire nation, just as through Adam's disobedience Satan can now afflict all of Mankind.

Also, Joshua cursed anyone who rebuilt the accursed city, saying that whoever did so would lose his firstborn son and his youngest son in the process.

And as Scripture records;

I KINGS 16:29-34

29 And in the thirty and eighth year of Asa king of Judah began Ahab the son of Omri to reign over Israel: and Ahab the son of Omri reigned over Israel in Samaria twenty and two years.

30 And Ahab the son of Omri did evil in the sight of the LORD above all that [were] before him.

31 And it came to pass, as if it had been a light thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, that he took to wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal king of the Zidonians, and went and served Baal, and worshipped him.

32 And he reared up an altar for Baal in the house of Baal, which he had built in Samaria.

33 And Ahab made a grove; and Ahab did more to provoke the LORD God of Israel to anger than all the kings of Israel that were before him.

34 In his days did Hiel the Bethelite build Jericho: he laid the foundation thereof in Abiram his firstborn, and set up the gates thereof in his youngest [son] Segub, according to the word of the LORD, which he spake by Joshua the son of Nun.

Even though Joshua had cursed the city several hundred years before, the curse still did it's deadly work.

Now, back to cursed objects.

Cursed objects are things dedicated to idols, or directly to Satan. And having such a thing in your possession, or even handling it can wreak havoc in your life and in your household.

God commands;

DEUTERONOMY 7:25-26

25 The graven images of their gods shall ye burn with fire: thou shalt not desire the silver or gold [that is] on them, nor take [it] unto thee, lest thou be snared therein: for it [is] an abomination to the LORD thy God.

26 Neither shalt thou bring an abomination into thine house, lest thou be a cursed thing like it: [but] thou shalt utterly detest it, and thou shalt utterly abhor it; for it [is] a cursed thing.

DEUTERONOMY 13:17-18

17 And there shall cleave nought of the cursed thing to thine hand: that the LORD may turn from the fierceness of his anger, and shew thee mercy, and have compassion upon thee, and multiply thee, as he hath sworn unto thy fathers;

18 When thou shalt hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, to keep all his commandments which I command thee this day, to do [that which is] right in the eyes of the LORD thy God.

Note that in Deuteronomy 7:25, God forbids even melting down an idol for it's gold or silver, as the metals themselves are cursed. They have been dedicated to Satan and are legally his. And if you touch or take them, he has a legal right to afflict you.

Some modern-day cases.

I had recently read where a family was struggling with poverty, rebellion among their children, marital discord and the like. They suspected that Satan somehow had legal access to their house and family, but couldn't figure out what it was.

As they prayed, petitioning the Lord as to the cause, it was shown that they had cursed objects in their house. And as they prayed concerning this there were suddenly two loud crashes from other parts of the house.

Upon investigation, they found that two statues from Mexico that had been sent to them as gifts were smashed on the floor. They promptly cleaned up the mess, anointed the house, and cast out the demons associated with the statues. And with the destruction and removal of the cursed objects, the problems ceased.

When I was in the Navy, we stopped at the Ivory Coast of Africa for a port visit. However about two days beforehand, my wallet with my military identification card was stolen. Without my I.D. card, I could not leave the ship.

I tried diligently to get a new I.D. card before we hit port, but was stonewalled at every turn. I prayed constantly to the Lord for help, but He was silent. As a result, I had to stay aboard the ship during the entire port visit, which irritated me no end. It wasn't until 16 years later after reading one of Dr. Rebecca Brown's books that I found out why this had happened.

Whenever I went to a port overseas, I went shopping for gifts to bring home to my family. My wife loved it, and said it was better than Christmas when I came home. And I had planned to go shopping at the Ivory Coast port we had stopped at.

But what I didn't know, was that there is a demon god revered in the Ivory Coast that hates women. And any woman who looks upon the image of this god comes under a curse of death.

Apparently the natives there also weave the image of this demon god into tapestries that they sell, and people who are not familiar with this god's image would probably never see it in the tapestry or suspect it's existence. In other words, the tapestries are cursed objects.

I probably would have bought such a tapestry when I went there, and God in His mercy protected me from the curses that are rife in that land. And chances are, I would have picked up some brass urns and such that might have been cursed also, and would have brought curses into my house as a result.

As I have shown in this study, curses are a hidden source of trouble in the lives of Christians and non-Christians alike. Satan will use any means he can to wreak destruction and misery in people's lives, and as we have seen, ignorance of the curses doesn't protect us from their effects.

God has placed numerous examples in His Word concerning the issue, but most Christians pay no heed (including myself until recently), or do not understand the significance of curses in their lives and in the lives of their families.

Satan has had about 10,000 years to perfect his means of deceiving and afflicting Mankind, and only through close fellowship with the Lord and reading His word can we be made aware of Satan's tactics.

We must be diligent at all times to stay close to the Lord and be aware of Satan's tactics against us,

II CORINTHIANS 2:11

11 Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.

If you feel you have a family or generational curse in your lives, petition the Lord to reveal it to you. Then break the curse in Jesus' name, bind and cast out all demons associated with the curse, and petition the Lord for healing of the body or soul that may be required.

Also ask the Lord to lift any curses that He may have placed against you or your family, and if He has cursed you or them, ask Him for the reason for it. And if you know of sins that your fathers have committed, or secret societies that they have belonged to (including the Masonic orders such as the Eastern Star, Rainbow Girls, Demolay, Masons; Knights Templar, Knights of Columbus; Wiccans, Satanists, and any other type of secret organizations that require oaths be taken for membership), confess them before the Lord, and break any curses involved.

Also petition the Lord to show you any cursed objects within your house. If you find any, destroy them immediately and remove them from the house. Break the curses in Jesus' name, anoint the house to cleanse it, then bind and break the power of the demons associated with the object or objects, ordering them to leave the house forever.

You may not notice results immediately. But remember, God works in His timing, not ours. And He is faithful to keep His promises, and blesses those who wait for Him.

And may the Holy Spirit of Jesus Christ open the eyes of those who read this to the truth of what is written here.

Remember, we have been given power in Jesus' name over Satan and his works. But we need to use that power, or we will be frustrated in our attempts to walk with the Lord, and will struggle all of our lives in this world.

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