Friday, November 15, 2019

Ancestral Curses

by Isaac Zadok

I was born in Bangui, Central African Republic. My dad was a Nigerian diplomat. His job took him to many nations, and I was exposed to multiple cultures from a young age. This gave me a unique view of the way the world operates, especially the spiritual aspect of it. Through personal experience, I learned just how big the topic of ancestral curses is: it isn’t limited to a single continent: The enemy tends to hide behind culture. Much of this knowledge is not limited to Africa, referring to some things that are practiced in some ways in different parts of the world and disguised as tradition and spiritual beliefs.

Some Christians today think curses are nonexistent. Yet they cannot seem to explain why the same thing that happened to their parents or grandparents shows up in their life or the lives of their family members. We know Jesus came to redeem us from the curse of the Law passed on to all mankind, for it is written, “all have come short of the glory of God.” If you broke any part of the Law of Moses, the curse you encountered for breaking it assured that your final destination would be Hell. This is the single curse of the law.  There were other curses that could be attached to us by the actual sins that were committed. These curses can be passed down the generational line due to that sin.
When angry, do not sin; do not ever let your wrath (your exasperation, your fury or indignation) last until the sun goes down. 27 Leave no [such] room or foothold for the devil [give no opportunity to him]. Let him that stole, steal no more... (Ephesians 4:26-28)
One might ask, if sin has no effect on our life then why should we do whatever we can to turn from it? In fact, the New Testament encourages us to turn from our sin, as Paul shows the Ephesians that sin allows Satan to attack our lives.
It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is your faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:22-23)
If God’s mercy is new every day, so are His judgments. This is why we are encouraged to remove any sin before day’s end. When the sins belong to our ancestors, they are labeled as curses or strongholds for demons to impact us. They are negative influences that are passed on from our ancestors to us as a result of sin, often carrying with them demonic attachments. Thank goodness that when we know how ancestral curses impact us, we can renounce them (Daniel 9) and repent if we ourselves have personally opened the door to them.

The word “trait” can be used in conjunction with ancestral curses. The Cambridge dictionary defines trait as a particular characteristic that can produce a particular type of behavior. In the context of this book it is behavior that is demonically induced due to sin.

Ancestral curses have roots and traits which hinder or limit one’s life, just like trees (which are symbolic of people) have bark, branches, leaves, and fruits. (Luke 6:43-45) When we allow certain traits to dominate our lives, they hinder us from bearing fruit. In every generation some events take place that can be either good or bad. The good brings generational blessings. Jacob blesses all his children in Genesis 49:1-27 and reminds his firstborn Reuben of the consequences of going into his father’s bed (in this case Jacob’s bed). The bad brings curses.

 Before there were curses, there were blessings. Lack of good fruit brings judgment, which may attract curses that lead to death (Matthew 21:18–22). If our ancestors went against God’s way, their sin would most certainly give a curse a place to stick to our life. This can clearly be seen in these two scriptures:
As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying; so the Curse causeless shall not come. (Proverbs 26:2)
Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them; for I, the Lord thy God, I am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate Me. (Deuteronomy 5:9)
The word translated to “hate” is the Hebrew word sane’, which can be also translated to mean enemy. Sins are actions against God’s ways and His kingdom. This aligns us with Satan instead of God, which then gives him access to place a curse in our lives. Let’s look at the effects of curses, starting with polygamy and show how other traits are connected.


This was a common practice in the Old Testament pre- and post the Law. Today it is practiced in many parts of the world and in many religions, usually when men have multiple wives which is the aspect of polygamy we will address as an example of generational curses. It is illegitimate when a man engages in sex with multiple women having children outside of wedlock. It is legitimate when a man is married to more than one wife in accordance with certain religious laws.

Either way it goes against the will of God in the New Testament. From the beginning God established the institution of marriage between Adam and Eve:
God said “It is not good for the man (in this case Adam) to be alone. I will make a helper (Eve or a woman) suitable for him.” (Genesis 2:18)
Notice that he didn’t say “helpers,” but rather “helper:” it is singular and not plural.
For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh? (Genesis 2:24)
Did you notice the last part of the verse, “two shall become one flesh”? Here “flesh” means becoming one whether it is in the soul or body. No wonder generational curses can travel down from one’s ancestry through soul ties and blood lines. It is inherent in our Physical DNA, so it shouldn’t surprise us if it also applies to our spiritual DNA.

New Testament Proof

A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife… (1 Timothy 3:2 & Titus 1:6-7 KJV)
Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband. (1 Corinthians 7:2 KJV)
Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. (Ephesians 5:31 ESV)
This is from the New Testament. It is clear that we are to have one “wife” not “wives.” Think of this for a moment. Why did God say that the two shall become one flesh? I believe it is because of the consequences that come with having more than one wife. 2 Corinthians 4:7 describes us as earthen vessels. We all know vessels need cleansing from time to time. This is confirmed here:
Jesus said “Blind Pharisee, first cleanse the inside of the cup and dish, that the outside of them may be clean also.” (Matthew 23:26)
If a man were to have more than one wife there may be generational issues that may arise from the many unions because of mixture. I wonder whether this is the reason why God encourages Christians to be sexually pure.
Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. (1 Corinthians 6:18 KJV)
Sexual sin is a major door that needs to be shut. This same sexual sin applies to those who are unfaithful and have sex with others while they are married. It creates incredible anger and jealousy in the husband or the wife, and this same jealousy can be passed down generationally.
For jealousy is the rage of a man: therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance. (Proverbs 6:34 AKJV)
Unreconciled negative emotions, such as jealousy, hate, anger, and mistrust and derived from one having multiple partners, breed sinful responses. This gives curses a place to stick. A generational curse of polygamy often gives birth to idolatry as you focus on the relationships around you instead of God.

For generational or ancestral curses to take effect there is always an agreement between two or more parties (between human beings or human beings and demons). What makes the agreement binding is the wrong “will” and “action” between all parties involved. This is an unholy union and is what makes the curse possible.

Sin separates us from God, but righteousness (right standing) in God makes all pieces of a man or a woman whole, so they can function as sons as He restores them. God said “Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power?” (Psalms 110:3) because we follow our will which is from our heart. This opens us up to either a blessing or curse.

Have you ever paused to wonder why a father, grandfather and great grandfather commit the same sin over and over again? Do you have jealousy issues, especially ones where others around you cannot make sense of the origins of that jealousy? You can pray and ask the Holy Spirit if anyone in your generational line committed the sin of adultery or polygamy. You can then confess it and renounce it, covering the sin with the blood of Jesus.

If that is not generational then what is? As I said earlier, ancestral curses have roots and traits. Here are some of the common ones:

Consequence: Childlessness

...If any man’s wife go aside, and commit a trespass against him, and a man lie with her carnally, and it be hid from the eyes of her husband, and be kept close, and she be defiled, and there be no witness against her, neither she be taken with the manner; and the spirit of jealousy come upon him, and he be jealous of his wife, and she be defiled… If she has defiled herself by being unfaithful to her husband, the water that brings on the curse will cause bitter suffering. Her abdomen will swell and her womb will shrink,[f] and her name will become a curse among her people.  (Numbers 5:12-27)

If a husband thought a wife had committed adultery but there was no proof, there was a test done by the priests that involved drinking cursed or bitter water.
And if the woman be not defiled, but be clean; then she shall be free, and shall conceive seed. (Numbers 5:28)
If the positive result was that she could conceive, then we know that unfaithfulness brings a curse of barrenness. This is a curse that cuts right to the heart. Bearing children in many African nations still adds to a woman’s stature. There is an element of polygamy in it because in Africa, many people look to other gods for the fruit of the womb. They visit mediums, sacrifice animals, and do rituals that bring them deeper into bondage, and all because they want children. The medium may often ask for something in exchange for their service that is hard to give. When one falls for this, more curses are added.

Sometimes they may have to dedicate the unborn child to other gods. I witnessed a relative who was born into polygamy where jealousy was very evident in this person and  actual witchcraft had been performed on the mother. In a polygamous marriage, each wife with their children live in another section of the husband’s mansion. I found rebellion takes root in these relatives especially against the father, who is the breadwinner. The husband of many wives has rebelled against God, and his children rebelled against him. Now please note that the jealousy and anger that will manifest in the lives of those involved in this environment can be anger or jealousy toward anyone for any reason. It’s not just the husband or wife. The children will manifest it as well as the curse of anger and jealousy is passed down to them.

Dedication to Other Gods or Idols

In Africa, there are shrines on the outskirts of many cities. To enter you must place a sacrifice there. This practice can cause demons to attach themselves to the person. Demonic spirits pursue that person, and after the demise of whomever encouraged this act, demons will pursue the descendant. If they fall for the trap by participation in acts encouraged by these spirits, the curse continues. Unless this is confessed and renounced, the curse continues from generation to generation because it isn’t due solely to sin, but to the actual sacrifice and dedication of the ancestor.

People who have a curse like this upon them often become like vagabonds, going from place to place, never making any real progress. They ask questions and look for answers everywhere but not from God. If a person begins serving the gods they were dedicated to, the spirits behind their idols may go into hiding for a long while.  Even if they are drawn into the occult and secret society to upgrade their status, the path of their life leads to destruction because of the curse they are under.

All of these things cause their judgment to be clouded. The battle for their soul has been won by the enemy. Everything in their life is now based on vanity upon vanity. The scripture “what can a man give in exchange for his soul” (Mark 8:37) becomes their theme.

At this stage, hearts are hardened towards the gospel; dedication to idols will block blessings. For me personally, it was a struggle to progress in different aspects of my life. I struggled with my mind, in education, in relationships, and in business transactions. There was no reason for me not to succeed because my family had everything that only some could dream of. I found familiar spirits following me around and showing up even in church through false prophets who sought to speak into my life. The Lord revealed to me it was because my ancestors dedicated themselves to several other gods. Praise be to God, he showed me a way out and today I am progressing.

Blood Rituals

While these are common practices in secret societies all around the world, they are done more openly in African and Caribbean cultures. The enemy always has a counterfeit to Biblical principles. In scripture, it says the life of the flesh is in the blood. In Christ we have access to eternal life because of our acceptance and faith in Jesus and his finished work.
When blood is shed, the enemy will sometimes allow those under him to be preserved, prosper, and live longer on the earth. However, the enemy’s purpose is to kill, steal, and destroy all humanity and even those who serve him. This is throwing one stone to hit many targets. In other words, both the perpetrators and the victims are destined for eternal destruction.
What have you done? the voice of your brother’s blood cries to me from the ground. (Genesis 4:10)

So you shall not pollute the land wherein you are: for blood it defiles the land: (Numbers 35:33)
Blood always speaks. The more blood is shed by the perpetrators, the more judgment they fall into, the more polluted the land becomes and the more you empower the enemy. Blood rituals or any form of agreement requires a witness. Paul said:
This is the third time I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established. (2 Corinthians 13:1)
I have witnessed how the traditions of making body incisions and mixing animal DNA brings a curse. For example, dead turtles’ DNA coupled with ritualistic prayers to other gods attempts to make a person slow, delaying everything they do in life. This common practice in some parts of the world like Africa, India, Caribbean and Asia means that the curse can pass from parents to children.

Consequence: Premature Death

This is often a result of broken agreements. The enemy always has a counterfeit of what scripture says. Scripture says the wages of sin is death. I witnessed relatives who made different kinds of covenants with the enemy. Some were made for the purpose of obtaining  wealth and others for protection. This was a consciousness passed along to them by their ancestors. That is why they can’t seem to stay away from witchcraft. You will hear things like you may not wear certain colors, eat certain foods, or travel over a river. Once that agreement is broken, death comes to them. Praise be to God because we have life in Christ, and His blood has paid for even these agreements our ancestors made, when we take Him as our Lord and confess, and break the binding agreements that our ancestors spoke.


One of the things that will cause a curse to continue to function is pride. All of the things mentioned already give pride a stronghold in future generations. This means we must constantly battle pride. Because our ancestors didn’t humble themselves under the hand of the Almighty, they looked to the enemy to exalt themselves. As a result we tend to exalt ourselves and really don’t understand humility. Finding and removing pride is addressed in the fourth Academy book.

Brothers and sisters, here is the good news. You can be FREE! Why do you think God sent his only begotten son to die for you and I? It is because of his deep love for you. In future chapters, you will see proof in the scriptures about why the blood needs to be applied to sin to become free. Once you have faith in the blood, you are ready to claim your freedom.

  • First: acknowledge that there is a problem in your life, from what the Holy Spirit reveals to you about your life and ancestry.
  • Second: acknowledge that you need help to break free. Your help is found only in God Almighty, whom we access through Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit. No one can receive help unless they are truly open to receiving it. That is humility, which is one of the conditions God requires of us.
  • Third: you must be willing to:
    • confess any actions in your life that are “sin” according to God’s ways
    • turn from any sin you have been committing
    • forgive God whom you and others have blamed for all the challenges you faced
    • renounce any binding agreements or dedications that were revealed
  • Fourth: acknowledge that the “Mighty Judge” was right to judge you and your ancestors.
  • Fifth: ask for the blood of Jesus to cover your sins and the sins of your ancestors.
  • Sixth: Ask the Lord to contend for you in the Courts, removing any cases where the sins have been blotted out.
  • Seventh: Break any curses that no longer have a place in your life.

God has a purpose and a great destiny for each one of you. There is hope in Christ and once one becomes aware of what is against them, they can be free and testimonies will follow. However, it is a process and requires you to continue to walk in obedience. Keep your eyes focused on Him.
If you would like help identifying ancestral curses, please take the time now to pray and ask the Holy Spirit to help you identify them. He is your guide and will help you.

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