Revelation 18 23
“… all nations were deceived by your sorcery (pharmakeia)!
English Words for “Pharmakeia”
Babylon Deceives All Nations by her sorcery / “pharmakeia.”
“… and all nations were deceived by your sorcery.
The Greek word for “sorcery” is “pharmakia” (strongs G5331).
The Greek word “pharmakeia” is the origin of the English words Pharmacy, Pharmacist & Pharmaceutical.
Interesting Implications & Questions:
Can you see what is currently happening in the world as a growing fulfillment of God’s words at Revelation 18 23?
Can you see the continued increase of Babylon’s “pharmakeia” in the near future?
Pharmakeia in Revelation
“Pharmakeia” occurs two times in the Book of Revelation.
1) Revelation 9:20-21
6th Trumpet & 2nd Woe
20 The rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands nor give up worshiping demons and idols of gold and silver and bronze and stone and wood, which cannot see or hear or walk, 21 nor did they repent of their murders or their sorceries (pharmakeia) or their sexual immorality or their thefts.
2) Revelation 18:23-24
23 … for your merchants were the great ones of the earth, and all nations were deceived by your sorcery (pharmakeia). 24 And in her was found the blood of prophets and of saints, and of all who have been slain on earth.”
Pharmakeia in the Bible
“Pharmakeia” also occurs in Galatians and very similar language is used in Nahum.
In Galations, “pharmakeia” is a work of the flesh.
19 Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, 21 envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Nahum 3:1,3-4 NASB
1 Woe to the bloody city, completely full of lies and pillage; her prey does not leave.
3…many killed, a mass of corpses, and there is no end to the dead bodies – They stumble over the dead bodies
4 All because of the many sexual acts of the prostitute, the charming one, the mistress of sorceries, who sells nations by her sexual acts, and families by her sorceries.
Pharmakeia Meaning / Definition
Strong’s G5331 defines “pharmakeia” as:
- the use or the administering of drugs
- sorcery, magical arts, often found in connection with idolatry and fostered by it
- metaph. the deceptions and seductions of idolatry
φαρμακεία pharmakeía, far-mak-i’-ah; from G5332; medication (“pharmacy”), i.e. (by extension) magic (literally or figuratively):—sorcery, witchcraft.