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What About Paranormal Activity?
Paranormal activity is defined as beyond the range of normal experience or scientific explanation. It’s natural to wonder about our dead loved ones or any dead for that matter. Are they sleeping, waiting for the resurrection, or are they alive somewhere? If so, what are they doing? What about the apparitions people see and the things that some of the living feel that are outside the realm of reality? These paranormal activities are real not imaginary – no doubt about that. But who is really behind it?
The State of the Dead
What does God have to say about the dead’s activity?
- “The dead praise not the Lord” (Psalms 115:17).
- “In death there is no remembrance of thee” (Psalms 6:5).
- “He shall return no more to his house” (Job 7:10).
- “Death can not celebrate thee” (Isaiah 38:18).
- “His (dead) thoughts perish” (Psalms 146:4).
“The dead know not any thing…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 [in this life]. … For there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave” (Ecclesiastes 9:5, 6, 10). So, the dead cannot contact the living, nor do they know what the living are doing. They are dead. Their thoughts have perished.
Satan Behind the Paranormal Activities
If the dead are inactive then these paranormal activities come from the dark side, Satan. For this reason, the Lord warned: “A man also or woman that hath a familiar spirit, or that is a wizard, shall surely be put to death: they shall stone them with stones” (Leviticus 20:27). God commanded that witches, wizards and others with “familiar spirits” (who claimed to be able to contact the dead) that they should be put to death (Leviticus 20:6), otherwise they will allow direct contact with devils that the Bible warned us against (Leviticus 19:31).
The devil has worked powerful miracles down through the ages through people who claim to receive their power from the spirits of the dead. (Examples: Magicians of Egypt Exodus 7:11, Woman of Endor 1 Samuel 28:3-25, Sorcerers Daniel 2:2, A certain damsel Acts 16:16-18). To protect His children from the evil powers, God instructed, “There shall not be found among you anyone who … practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer” ( Deuteronomy 18:10).
In the end-time Satan will again use sorcery (supernatural agency that claims to receive its power and wisdom from the spirits of the dead) as he did in Daniel’s day to deceive the world (Revelation 18:23; Revelation 13:13, 14; Revelation 16:14 ). In fact, Satan and his angels will appear as angels of light (2 Corinthians 11:14) and, even more shocking, as Christ Himself (Matthew 24:23, 24). The Lord in His mercy, warned His children against these apparitions and all kinds of paranormal activities so they will not be deceived (Galatians 5:19-20; Revelation 21:8; Isaiah 9:19).
In His service,