The Devil Goes Hi-Tech
by Arthur Griffith
Guess what is happening now! The spirits are using e-mail and the Internet on computers. "Dead people" (spirits) are appearing on computer monitors to talk with people who use the Internet.
A feature article in the Portland Oregonian newspaper brings us a story from the Los Angeles Times-Washington Post Service. The newspaper shows a picture of a computer monitor having the image or face of Albert Einstein, the famous scientist.
In the article Mark Macy, a book writer, says that the spirits of the dead have started a new organization called Timestream. The purpose of this organization is to contact us. There is a list of famous people who are dead now. The writer says spirits of dead famous people are now members of Timestream.
If dead doctors and scientists could talk to us, they could continue to share their knowledge and experience with us. That would seem to be a wonderful thing. Before trying to talk with the spirits, we need to know what the Bible says about the dead. In the beginning, before sin started on earth, the first big lie was told to Eve about the dead. The devil was speaking to Eve through the mouth of the serpent. He said, "You will not surely die" (Genesis 3:4). Eve accepted the devil's lie. But she did die when she was very old. But now the devil says, "No. She [Eve] is really still alive. She is a spirit now, and is free." Many people still believe the devil's lies.
King Saul of Israel accepted the devil's lie about the dead. The king knew he could not talk to the dead. But he wanted counsel about the war he would be fighting the next day. The king tried to talk with the dead prophet Samuel. The king died because he tried to talk to the dead. The Bible tells the reason for Saul's death: "Saul died because he was unfaithful to the Lord. He disobeyed the Lord's commands, he tried to find guidance by consulting the spirits of the dead instead of consulting the Lord" (1 Chronicles 10:13, 14,TEV).
Why is it so dangerous to try to talk to the dead through a spirit medium or a computer? The answer is simple. The dead are really dead. They are totally unconscious. Ecclesiastes 9:5 says clearly: "The dead know nothing."
Who are the spirits that look like and pretend to be our dead friends, relatives, or famous persons? The Bible says that "they are the spirits of devils, working miracles ..." (Revelation 16:14). Who are these devil spirits, and where did they come from? Jesus tells us that they are "the devil and his angels" (Matthew 25:41). The devil has angels! The devil is an angel, too!
"The huge dragon was thrown out -- that ancient serpent, named the Devil, or Satan, that deceived the whole world. He was thrown down to earth, and all his angels with him" (Revelation 12:9, TEV).
Where did the devil and his angels come from? They came from heaven. They were once loyal, beautiful angels. Lucifer was the leader. Lucifer deceived other angels. Ezekiel 28:11 - 15 tells about Lucifer before he rebelled against God.
Angels have the same power to choose as people. They do not have bodies the same as ours. Angels are spirits. "[God] who makes His angels spirits. . ."(Psalm 104:4).
The devil knows his time is short (Revelation 12:12). Also he knows that the only way he can hurt God is to destroy people on earth. The only way the devil can destroy people is if he deceives them. Then people will refuse to believe in Jesus. All people who refuse to believe in Jesus will be destroyed with the devil. Read Mark 16:16 and Revelation 20:8-10.
The devil (Satan) has deceived people to believe that their dead friends and relatives are not really dead. People think they can communicate with the dead. That is one of Satan's most successful deceptions. When people try to communicate with their dead friends, one of Satan's angels makes himself look and talk the same as the dead person. Many people are fooled. They listen to more lies. They are led away from God and God's protection.
Let us imagine: Several years after your deaf friend dies, you are using your computer and suddenly your dead deaf friend appears on the monitor screen. Your dead friend begins talking directly to you in sign language. You will be surprised. Will you want to talk back and ask questions about what your friend has been doing since the funeral? You may be tempted to talk with that "dead friend." But, please do not try to communicate with that dead person. This could happen to you. Satan and his angels are very real. They are working hard to deceive as many people as they can.
Our only protection is angels and God. God's angels never pretend to be humans who have died. That would repeat the devil's first lie. Do not be fooled!