At death, the process is reversed “Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it” (Ecclesiastes 12:7).
The spirit that returns to God at death is the same breath of life. Nowhere in all of God’s Word does the “spirit” have any life, wisdom, or feeling after a person dies. It is the “breath of life” and nothing more. Without the breath of God or spirit, there is no life “The body without the spirit is dead” (James 2:26).
A soul is a living being. A soul is always a combination of two things: dust plus breath of God. The soul is mortal (Job 4:17). Only God is immortal (1 Timothy 6:15, 16). The concept of an undying, immortal soul goes against the Bible, which teaches that souls are subject to death. According to God’s Word, souls do die (Ezekiel 18:20).
The Bible Says, after death a person: returns to dust (Psalms 104:29), knows nothing (Ecclesiastes 9:5), possesses no mental powers (Psalms 146:4), has nothing to do with anything on earth (Ecclesiastes 9:6), does not live (2 Kings 20:1), waits in the grave (Job 17:13), and continues not (Job 14:1, 2) till Resurrection Day. “All that are in the graves shall hear his voice, And shall come forth” (John 5:28, 29). Even David, who was a saint, did not ascend to heaven yet “For David is not ascended into the heavens” (Acts 2:29, 34).
Therefore, people do not go either to heaven or hell at death. The dead simply sleep till the Resurrection Day “The Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, … and the dead in Christ shall rise … and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17). “We shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, … and the dead shall be raised incorruptible. … For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality” (1 Corinthians 15:51-53).
So, if the dead are sleeping unconsciously, who is responsible for these apparitions?
These apparitions are the creation of Satan and his angels who appear as angels of light (2 Corinthians 11:14). Devils work incredibly convincing miracles (Revelation 13:13, 14). Posing as godly loved ones who have died, Bible prophets, or even the apostles (2 Corinthians 11:13), Satan and his angels will deceive the world “They are the spirits of devils, working miracles” (Revelation 16:14). “For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect” (Matthew 24:24).
In His service,