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The dead cannot contact the living. The Bible teaches that the devil and his demons can pose as loved ones who have died to deceive the living (2 Corinthians 11:13). The devils work incredibly convincing miracles (Revelation 13:13, 14), appear as angels of light (2 Corinthians 11:14), and even as Christ Himself (Matthew 24:23, 24). And 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). Let’s examine some Bible facts:
The Bible teaches 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). Thus, in death, humans are totally unconscious with no activity or knowledge.
The Bible called the unconscious state of the dead “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).
The dead receive their rewards at the Resurrection and not at death
“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” (John 5:28, 29; Revelation 22:12).
The dead sleep until they are raised up at the end of the world at the last trumpet
“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). “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 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.
In His service,