Oh how this verse is misused today . . . to convince people that they must dig into the mystery knowledge which Satan has been using to bait the children of God with, since the Garden of Eden.

It is not ignorance of the hidden things (or the devil’s schemes) that causes the destruction of God’s people–it is the lack of knowledge of His Law and His ways, that leads to our destruction!

Read the verse in context:

‘Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for the LORD HATH A CONTROVERSY with the inhabitants of the land, BECAUSE [there is] no truth, nor mercy, nor KNOWLEDGE OF GOD in the land.

By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood. . . My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing THOU HAST FORGOTTEN THE LAW OF THY GOD, I will also forget thy children.’ (Hosea 4:1-2, 6)

Rather than spending your time delving into the dark workings of Satan*, spend your time digging into the truth of God’s Word.  If God wants you to understand what Satan is doing, HE WILL SHOW YOU!  I promise.

I never went looking for knowledge of Satan’s schemes, but God has shown me more of it than most of  you.  Not all knowledge is good.  Understanding of these things is not a matter of light and joy.  It is sorrow and heaviness, to know the things that Satan is doing.  And still, at the end of it all, what matters the most is that we seek the truth in God’s Word, and LIVE BY IT!!

Save yourself the drama, and stick to God’s Word.  There is less benefit to knowing what Satan is doing, than some of these teachers would have you believe.  (And they may very well be leading you astray.  They may be sharing some previously secret truths with you, but where are they ultimately leading you?  They say they are Christians, but I have reasons to doubt that . . . )

* Going to some of the websites, watching some of the videos put together by those involved with the dark powers (including the New Age Movement), can open you and your family up to their (the dark powers’) influence in your life.  Are you skilled in spiritual warfare?  Don’t think ‘no one sees me’ when you go to those sites, because the powers of darkness DO see you.  They can bewitch and seduce you (or your family members)–or they can battle against you.  Don’t go there, unless GOD has specifically led you to, and then, only with appropriate prayers to ‘cover’ yourself and family, and being prepared to do spiritual battle, if necessary.