|Posted on October 20, 2012 at 5:35 PM|
When the thoughts of the memories of my mother awaken in me, the first thing that my conscience brings to mind, is that mom is "dead," that is, absolutely without a living, active conscience or mind.
In a nutshell, the Bible fact is stated very plainly when it says that the dead are "ASLEEP" in the GRAVE in SILENCE and KNOW NOT ANY THING because they have CEASED TO EXIST as a SOUL (person). So, though we may remember our departed loved ones, they can't and don't have any THOUGHTS, they have perished with their bodies and their SOUL, which means the body, the spirit or breath of life, and the character or personality ---the PERSON, is a thought only in God's OMNISCENT mind which he WILL RESURRECT ONE DAY.
"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
There are many verses that teach this picture when you put them all together. (See "sleeping" in Psalm 13:3, "silent" and "silence" in Psalms 115:16, 2:8, 28:1, 31:17, "Resurrection" in Mt 22:30, John 5:29, Chapter 11, 1 Corinthians 15, and Romans 6:9.)
This is very important because the knowledge of the state of the dead in the scriptures is a divine safeguard against SPIRITUALISM (satanic delusions). This evil is overtaking the world very rapidly at the end of time right now, in particular with the UFO phenomenon, and "channeling" (even in Christian circles. For example, the messages of "Mary.")
In whatever form of doctrine, or in whatever manner it manifests itself, SPIRITUALISM always teaches and gives the impression that the dead are ALIVE and can "speak" to us, or even appear to us as personifications of a dead loved one.
Spirit mediums and "familiar spirits" are condemned in the Bible as demonic: see Deuteronomy 18:11, 2 Kings 21:6, and 1 Samuel 28: 11-14, where a demon personates the Prophet Samuel and deceives and brings Saul to ruin through it's deceit and deception. SAMUEL WAS DEAD, and the "witch" conjured up a spirit: that is SPIRITUALISM.) It is purely Demonic.
When armed with the Bible teaching, so clear throughout all the scriptures touching on the subject, when one is confronted with it, one has an arsenal of TRUTHS to withstand all it's lies and lying demon. Before I get to "GRAMPS VISION and what it teaches" I want to give a prewarning.
NEVER consider your senses if an IMAGE (ghost), a spirit being (UFO alien, etc), a voice, comes to you pretending that they are "mom," or "Grandma," or "Grandpa," or "Gramps," or ANYONE you know has died. DO NOT TRUST YOUR SENSES, or YOUR FEELINGS, if this should happen to you because they appeal to those. It can be overpowering and you will be deceived and lead down a dangerous, delusional pathway of lies no matter what anyone around you says. (And today, many believe these appearances).
Gramps VISION and what it Teaches or Reveals
Once, when Gramps was going through the difficulties of his last day struggles, I visited him in Iowa. (He was just beginning to face Alzheimers and the beginnings of Dementia.) I will never forget that day. He had just gotten up out of bed and was greatly disturbed about something. When I asked what was wrong, he related to me and Gram that when he was in bed that night, he was awakened by a startling presence at the foot of his bed. He said it was his Mother. He then went on to explain in detail what she looked like and what she said to him. She apparently berated him for his follies in life, told him he was no good, and threatened him somehow with her menacing looks and pointing finger. She told him to do such and such or he would be in big trouble.
Now, Gramps was very shaken by this SUPERNATURAL EVENT. That was obvious, for it was not characteristic of him to open up in this way about something as bizarre as this was. Now remember, yes he was becoming mentally ill, but he still was processing things and able to reason and be rational.
Instantly, because I knew the Bible truth babout "the state of the dead," I was able to counsel Gramps (and Gram too, for she was attentive, because this whole thing was really very real according to Gramps.) At first, he did not want to see what I was saying, but then it clicked in his mind. He at once began to dismiss the VISION he had that night as non-sense. All I did was quote a few Bible verses which explain that "the DEAD KNOW NOT ANYTHING," for "ALL they that go down to the dust shall bow before GOD (one day): and none can keep alive his own soul." Psalm 22:29. Here's another one:
"For the grave cannot praise thee, death can not celebrate thee: they that go down into the pit cannot hope for thy truth." Isaiah 38:18 "Let me not be ashamed ... let them be silent in the grave." Psalm 31:17
GRAMPA'S MOTHER was not "alive" and appearing to him with a "message from God," heaven, or Hell! His mother was DEAD, in the grave, dust, silent, and awaiting the resurrection (in the mind of God who has all the memory of her and who she was and what she deserves according to what her life was life as God will judge. This image of personification of his Mother was a DEMON masquerading as Gramps Mom. It was not the spirit of her actual person, because the Bible clearly teaches that when a person dies, he gives up the Ghost, the Spirit of life (the breath) goes back to God, and the body goes back to "dust," and the whole memory of the person "is perished" until teh Lord commands the "resurrection." Read Ezekiel 37, about the "valley of the dry bones." Read it with 1 Corinthians 15, and 1 Thessalonians 4, and other old testament passages. Especially Read John 11, where Jesus explains death as a sleep and raises the sleeping (DEAD) Lazarus.