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A 2-part series – Part 2
Understanding what happens at death?
When we die Ecclesiastes 12:7 KJV says:
“Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it”. When we die we return to the Lord.
To do what? Hebrews 9:27 NLT says:
“Each person is destined to die once and after that comes judgment”.
We are judged by God for the work we do in our bodies, good and bad. If we are not “born again” by believing in Jesus Christ, no matter how much good we have done in this world – our eternity is set for the lake of fire. So if our departed family or acquaintances were not born again, chances are they are not visiting you from heaven, but rather they are awaiting God’s judgement in Hell for all the sins they have committed during their lives on earth.
Ecclesiastes 9:4-6 NLT and Psalms 146:4 brings us to the same conclusions; that those trying to communicate with us from beyond the grave are probably not our ancestors, because if they were, how could they advise the living?
If our ancestors died and their spirit has returned to God for judgement who are we speaking to?
This is the question many fear to face, because the answer may not be what they want to hear. If the person communicating with them is not their ancestor, who can it then be?
Ancient demons have become well-practised deceiving people for millennia. If their father (Satan) is a liar, then naturally the demons will also be liars too, following in his footsteps. These lying demons are happy to deceive us and pose as a loved one or ancestor. Giving us twisted advice to help trip us up in our decisions about life and death matters. If a demon can mislead us, he will try leading us to our destruction. Galatians 5:19-21 tells us that those involved with these contacting the false familiar spirits or ancestral spirits will never inherit the Kingdom of God.
There is a danger of deception?
The enemy wants to fool us and destroy us through practices that will harm us. While the devil convinces people that these “cultural” practices are an honour for them to participate in, they are a clever trap to deceive and destroy the participants. 1 Peter 5:8 NLT, warns us saying that we MUST “Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour”.
Demons are keen observers. They are constantly watching, and learning about us, looking for a way to take advantage of our needs and insecurities. These creatures of darkness can recall the past life stories of those who have died. They use the information to deceive people with false communications by posing as ancestors or familiar spirits. If they can convince you that they are our loved ones, communicating from the world of the dead, then they have got you in their clutches. You will be open now to their full manipulation and deceptions.
If we have challenges, concerns, insecurities and problems we can bring them before God, to His very throne room (See Hebrews 4:16; 1 Peter 5:7) We do not need the agency of our dead ancestors.
Is Jesus dead, and Christians pray to Him?
Jesus died, but unlike our ancestors – He defeated death and the Spirit of God raised Him up again. He then ascended to heaven and has been seated in a place of honour next to the Father. His Holy Spirit also dwells within the reborn of God, and we can experience His living power within us at work to change us (Read 1 John 5:7; 1 Corinthians 15:3-9; Ephesians 2:6).
Does the Old Testament allow you to consult with the spirits of dead ancestors?
The Old Testament expressly forbade the practice of talking to the dead – including necromancy. (See Leviticus 19:31 NLT and Chronicles 10:13 to 14 NLT).
Can I be in right standing with God and communicate with the dead?
In Isaiah 8:19 – 22 NLT, we receive an interesting warning by the Lord concerning those who consult the spirits of the ancestors who have died.
“Someone may say to you, Let’s ask the mediums and those who consult the spirits of the dead. With their whisperings and mutterings, they will tell us what to do” But shouldn’t people ask God for guidance? Should the living seek guidance from the dead?
Look to God’s instructions and teachings! People who contradict his word are completely in the dark. They will go from one place to another, weary and hungry. And because they are hungry, they will rage and curse their king and their God. They will look up to heaven and down at the earth, but wherever they look, there will be trouble and anguish and dark despair. They will be thrown out into the darkness.”
The truth is many who consult dead spirits have placed themselves in a place of darkness – never finding the real answers. Always spiritually thirsty and hungry, but never fulfilled. The ancestral spirits are demons in disguise. They feed off of us and drain us, but never fulfil or satisfy in return. People listening to them only find disappointment at the end of the journey.
We can come to Jesus and find our needs fulfilled better than any can give. John 6:35-40 NLT, the Lord assures us saying: “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to Me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in Me will never be thirsty. But you haven’t believed in Me even though you have seen me. However, those the Father has given Me will come to Me, and I will never reject them. For I have come down from heaven to do the will of God who sent Me, not to do My own will. And this is the will of God, that I should not lose even one of all those He has given Me, but that I should raise them up at the last day. For it is my Father’s will that all who see His Son and believe in Him should have eternal life. I will raise them up at the last day.”
Is talking to the dead so evil?
The Lord Jesus says that the fruit of a tree can tell you much about the tree. If the fruit is bad; then we can conclude so are the roots, that feed the tree, to grow the fruit (Read Matthew 7:15-20). The fruit is the consequences of our actions. The roots are where we draw our inspiration from. One must observe the whole picture with regards to speaking to the dead. Every act and practice tells us something about the fruit and roots. Those who contact the dead, what do we see in their actions? They are many times involved in one or more practice that is forbidden by the Lord such as Fortune telling or placing of curses, witchcraft to summon the dead, ritual sacrifices, killings to use human body parts as charms and medicines.
This has always been part of my culture?
God is purifying and preparing a bride that will bring glory to God. While certain behaviour and practices may be tolerated by Him for a while; He inevitably brings a fire to cleanse the chaff in our lives; and a shaking that removes what should not be. This godly discipline is for those who are reborn sons and daughters of God. If you consider yourself a son or daughter of the most high God, and you dabble in sorcery such as talking to the dead, do not be surprised when the discipline of God comes over you and your household.
Obedience brings the presence of God, but disobedience keeps us from God’s presence. We cannot be obedient and disobedient to God at the same time. If you do not turn away from contacting the dead, then you will find Him leaving and you will be left wide open to the attacks of Satan’s demons.
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