Is paranormal activity real?

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What about paranormal activity? 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?

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. If the dead are inactive then these paranormal activities come from the dark side, or Satan.

The Bible 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). The devil is behind the paranormal activity of the dead.  For this reason 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, otherwise they will allow direct contact with devils that the Bible warned us against.

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).

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 ). And 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 so they will not be deceived.

In His service,

BibleAsk Team

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