The use of prescription drugs is so commonplace today that there are commercials on radio, television and the internet suggesting various prescriptions to help alleviate the symptoms of any number of emotional, psychiatric or physical distress. No one, or few, are even suggesting that in the last days that part of the deception or strong delusion could possibly include the misuse, overuse or wrongful use of pharmaceutical drugs that doctors are prescribing at astronomical numbers.
Multitudes believe if they are not messing with psychedelic drugs such as LSD, peyote, ecstasy, or narcotics such as heroin or ice, or hypnotic drugs such as marijuana, hash or alcohol, that they are not caught up in any form of bondage. However, according to Strong’s concordance, the Greek word ‘pharmakeia’ from which the word pharmacy and pharmaceutical is derived, is defined as sorcery (drug magic) most often, but also defined as witchcraft with other words.
To understand what the Lord is against is not the ‘healing medicines’, but rather, the medicines that are mood-altering, affect a person’s will, poison or hurt a person.
Truth Magazine put it eloquently:
“The Greek scholar, W.E. Vine summarized the different uses of pharmakeia in his Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words. Said Vine of pharmakeia: "primarily signified the use of medicine, drugs, spells; then, poisoning; then sorcery." It is at this point the dark and grim fact of pharmakeia emerges. Pharmakeia literally is the abuse of drugs coupled with the occult. Pharmakeia is a chain connecting drug addiction with sorcery!”