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Practice Magic Arts (Revelation 22.15)

"Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood." (Revelation 22.15)✞

Sexually Immoral

Wild DogThe new phrase here is "the dogs." This can have two meanings. The wild dog in Palestine was the symbol for everything that was savage and unclean. They were greatly feared by the people especially when in packs. The English Biblical scholar H. B. Swete (1835-1917) wrote from his own experiences, "No one who has watched the dogs prowling in an eastern city will wonder at the contempt and disgust which the word suggests to the oriental mind." That was why the Jews called the Gentiles by the term, "dogs." The Apostle John adds, "those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood" and paints them with the same brush.✞

Symbol of Disgust

ChasedThere is a rabbinic saying, "Whoever eats with an idolater is the same as he who would eat with a dog. Who is a dog? He who is not circumcised." It was suggested that "the dogs" are not only the shameless and the unbelieving, but also Christians who after their baptism have given up their faith. Eastern scavenging dogs may, then, be a symbol of all that is disgusting.✞

"Practice Magic Arts"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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