Vol: 21 Issue: 21 Saturday, June 21, 2003

Let me say at the outset that I haven t read any of the Harry Potter books. I DID see part of the Harry Potter movie, (I don t know if it was the first one or the second one) but I wasn t able to make any sense of it. I m just not much for fantasy.

But JK Rowling s series of books are more than best-sellers or even blockbusters — there is no adjective appropriate to the success of the series. The closest I can come is history-making.

The series is the best selling work of fiction in history. JK Rowling, 37, was, until only a few years ago a single mom on welfare. Today, she is wealthier than the Queen of England.

And the Harry Potter series is being feted by educators, government officials, activists, actors, the butcher, the baker AND the candlestick-maker as a ‘miracle’ that is getting kids to read.

Since kids were lined up for hours to get their copy, kids are definitely reading.

It IS an impressive-sized book for a kid to wade through. At more than 800 pages with a word count in excess of 255,000 words, it is more than just a book. The audio version scheduled for release on CD is 26 hours long.


The secret of Harry Potter s success? According to some well-known Christian authors, it is the occult nature of the books. Again, my disclaimer I haven t read any of them, so I will have to rely on them, with gratitude. I barely have time to read all the IMPORTANT things wading through a book about wizards and warlocks isn t my thing.

But exposing the occult isn t really my thing, either. There are plenty of ministries, like that of Berit Kjos, who do the work of exposing Satan s devices my job is to show how they fit together in the overall Big Picture.

Rowling scoffs at charges her series promotes the occult, but you don t need to read the series to know that is a deliberate lie. An executive summary will suffice.

Harry attends a school called “Hogwart’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry”. This school teaches no normal courses (such as English or Math), but strictly teaches magic and occult courses. The class curriculum is divination, defense of black arts, transfiguration, history of magic, potions, herbology, flying lessons, charms, and so on.

So, if it isn’t promoting the occult, then ‘occult’ must mean something different in England than it does here.

I watched the news coverage of the Harry Potter madness this morning. In one particular shot, there were hundreds of young people crowding their way toward the book table. I looked again. There was something odd about the crowd. Then I realized what it was that caught my eye.

Every single one of the kids at that particular book selling had a mark in the middle of their foreheads. Clearly, it was some kind of promotional schtick to promote the book, but it floored me nonetheless.

How many times have you run into this scenario? You are explaining how the whole Mark of the Beast thing fits into the overall Big Picture during the Tribulation. And your prospect says something like, Well, when they come to put a 666 on my forehead, maybe THEN I ll believe.

But the Bible says differently. The Mark whatever it might be — will receive universal acceptance, thanks to a universal deception.

“Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition . . . For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:” (2 Thessalonians 2:3,7-11)

So there they were on my TV screen. Hundreds of kids all clamoring to buy the latest installment of a new book promoting the occult to children.

Each with a mark on his forehead to ‘set the mood’.

“And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” (Luke 21:28)

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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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