Occult Watch: Can the Dead Really Talk with the Living?
- Wednesday, October 27, 2004
The Mount of Transfiguration
In Matthew 17, Elijah and Moses appeared to Jesus and certain disciples on the Mount of Transfiguration.
We can conclude from these incidents that on very rare occasions, it may be possible for the righteous to be permitted by God to communicate with those on earth. Let’s underscore these points:
After-death communication is extremely rare. Any message is pointed and direct, and Will verify that Jesus Christ “has come in the flesh is from God.”
(2.) Are the dead aware of what is happening here on earth?
Some cite Ecclesiastes 9: 5-6 as proof that the dead are unaware of anything: “…the dead know not anything, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten. Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any [thing] that is done under the sun.” (KJV)
Some scholars believe this refers to the living forgetting the dead rather than the dead forgetting the living. This is bore out in Jesus’ parable of Lazarus and the rich man (Luke 16:19-31).
When the rich man died, he went to Hades, a place of conscious torment for the unrighteous. Lazarus went to “Abraham’s bosom” or paradise. Jesus’ teaching shows that though the rich man remembered his brothers and desired to warn them to repent, he could not do so. In other words, the rich man remembered his family but couldn’t reach them from “the other side.” We are not privy to whether he could see what was happening to them.
In Revelation 6:9-11, we are given an intriguing picture of the dead’s level of awareness: Sleeping martyred souls awake and ask God how long He is going to allow the unrighteous to rule the earth. They are comforted and told to be patient a little longer. From this we can infer that martyrs are somewhat aware of what is happening on earth but not necessarily on an individual basis.
For many, it is a comforting thought that their loved ones are watching over them from heaven. Perhaps they are the “cloud of witnesses” referred to in Hebrews 12.
Although the hereafter is shrouded in mystery, we know these facts for certain.
We are not to attempt to communicate with the dead through mediums. ~ Deuteronomy 18:10-11
Lying spirits will attempt to deceive people. ~ I Timothy 4:1
The grieving can know that God holds their loved ones and His love, mercy, and power extends to “the other side.” ~ 1 Corinthians 15.
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