The Dead Cannot Talk to the Living
The dead can’t talk or communicate with the living through psychics or mediums. The Bible teaches that the devil and his demons do pose as loved ones, who have died, to deceive the living (2 Corinthians 11:13). The evil angels work incredibly convincing miracles (Revelation 13:13, 14), appear as angels of light (2 Corinthians 11:14). The devil himself will appear even as Christ (Matthew 24:23, 24). In the end-time, Satan will use sorcery (a supernatural agency that claims to receive its power and wisdom from the spirits of the dead) to deceive the world (Revelation 18:23).
The Dead Are Dead
The Scriptures teach that the dead are unconscious and know nothing. “For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, 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” (Ecclesiastes 9:5, 6 also Job 14:12, 21; Psalms 6: 5; Job 7:9, 10; Psalms 146: 4; Psalms 115:17). When a person is alive he has a role to play, and may enjoy the reward of his work. But death ends his role in life.
The Unconscious State of the Dead Is resembled to Sleep
Jesus said, “Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep. Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well. Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep. Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead” (John 11:11-14 also Psalms 13: 3; Daniel 12: 2). Let’s examine the following references:
1- Sleep is a state of unconsciousness. “The dead know not any thing” (Ecclesiastes 9:5, 6).
2- Sleep is rest from all external actions. “There is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave” (Ecclesiastes 9:10).
3- Sleep makes conscious thought not possible. “His breath goeth forth … his thoughts perish” (Psalms 146:4).
4- Sleep lasts until a person is awakened. “So man lieth down … till the heavens be no more” (Job 14:12).
5- Sleep does not allow association with those who are awake. “Neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is done” (Ecclesiastes 9:6).
6- Sleep doesn’t show emotions. “Their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now perished” (Ecclesiastes 9:6).
7- Sleep comes naturally to everyone. “The living know that they shall die” (Ecclesiastes 9:5).
8- Sleep doesn’t allow a person to praise God. “The dead praise not the Lord” (Psalms 115:17).
The Dead Receive Their Rewards at the Resurrection Not at Death
Jesus said, “Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth— those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation”; “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work” (John 5:28, 29; Revelation 22:12).
The dead believers sleep until they are raised up at the end of the world at the last trumpet. Paul wrote, “Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed” (1 Corinthians 15: 51). And he added, “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).
At the second coming of Christ, the dead saints will be rewarded. They will be raised, given immortal bodies, and caught up to meet the Lord in the air. There would be no purpose in a resurrection if people were taken to heaven at death. Therefore, the dead don’t go to heaven or hell at death.
In His service,
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