“Necromancy – Consulting The Dead”

Posted: July 31, 2020 in Bible Prophecy, Death, Salvation

Necromancy is defined as the conjuring of the spirits of the dead for purposes of magically revealing the future or influencing the course of events.” [1] “Man’s interest in the future is legendary, and many prophets – true and false – have tried to satisfy that interest. Prophecy is a risky business because you can’t stay in business if you have too many failures.” – Dr. Charles Ryrie [2]. Furthermore, false prophets in Old Testament times were to be stoned to death (Deuteronomy 13:1-11; 18:20-22).

With all the trouble going on all over the world today wouldn’t you like to know what the future looks like? I believe most of us would like to know more about it so we can make plans for ourselves and our children and to calm our fears. But where can we find a consistent, reliable source?

To draw crowds to themselves and their “ministries” there are false prophets and teachers today who resort to consulting with the dead and/or claim that God is still giving them new revelation/information for them to pass on to others. Of course, there is a price attached. Such is the case with many who associate themselves with the New Apostolic Reformation and some other groups. [3]

In the Old Testament times, King Saul, the first king of Israel, tried to consult with the dead through the witch who lived in Endor. He wanted her to summon the Prophet Samuel concerning the future because the Holy Spirit had departed from him and an evil spirit (1 Samuel 16:14), who came from heaven, was afflicting him (1 Samuel 28; See 1 Kings 22:22, 23; Ephesians 6:12 ff).

Surprisingly, the witch was able to rouse Samuel and bring him up. But Samuel rebuked King Saul and told him of his impending death (1 Samuel 28:19). David, the king elect, had witnessed King Saul’s rage when an evil spirit tormented him. Saul tried to kill him on several occasions (1 Samuel 18:10, 11). Later, when King David himself sinned, and repented for his adultery with Bathsheba, he begged God not to take His Holy Spirit from him (Psalm 51:11).

By the way, while God the Holy Spirit won’t leave a true Christian today, and Christians can’t be indwelt by a demon (1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19), demons can afflict and torment Christians (2 Timothy 2:24-26; See Job 1; 2; Ephesians 6:10-17). [4]

There are false prophets and false teachers today who claim that they have consulted with the dead to get power and “the anointing” for themselves. According to one source, Benny Hinn talks about his visits to the tombs of Aimee Semple McPherson and Kathryn Kuhlman. [5]

Jesus, while He was here on earth, told His listeners a story about what happens when people die. This was before He Himself died for our sins…and rose again from the dead (Luke 16:19-31).

A rich man (who was an unbeliever) died, and a beggar named Lazarus (a believer) died. Both of them were taken to Sheol/Hades in the heart of the earth. (See John 3:13; Ephesians 4:8-10.)

The rich man, with his temporary body to house his soul and spirit, was in torments on one side of the gulf. The beggar, Lazarus was resting on the Paradise side of the gulf in the presence of Abraham and other believers. The rich man begged Abraham to let Lazarus dip his finger in water to drop it on his tongue because he was in torment. Since that wasn’t possible, the rich man asked that Lazarus be sent back to earth to warn his five brothers not to come to that awful place.

But that too was not possible. He was told that if the people, who were still alive on earth, didn’t believe what Moses had written, neither would they believe if someone came back from the dead to warn them.

Suppose men like Adolph Hitler, Mao Zedong, Joseph Stalin, Karl Marx, Saul Alinsky, Charles Darwin, or other unbelievers were able to come back from the dead to warn people not to believe the lies they had promoted while they were here on earth. Would they be believed? Not according to Jesus.

Nowhere does Jesus speak about second chances to be saved after one dies physically (See Hebrews 9:27). Neither is there such a thing as reincarnation taught in the Scriptures.

“Now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2). “Do not boast about tomorrow, For you do not know what a day may bring forth” (Proverbs 27:1). “…For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away” (James 4:14).

If you’ve never done so before, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ alone, who died for your sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on their third day, and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).

Have you been saved by God’s grace through faith in Christ, apart from your good works (Ephesians 2:8,9; Titus 3:5; Isaiah 64:6)? Do you have assurance of your salvation (Romans 8:16; 1 John 5:13; John 10:28, 29)? If so, God wants you to grow spiritually (1 Peter 2:2; 2 Peter 3:18), to serve Him by serving others, especially Christians, with love (Galatians 5:13; 6:10; 1 Corinthians 13; 1 Peter 4:10), and to bear a good witness for Christ while sharing the clear Gospel with unbelievers so they can be saved (Acts 1:8; Romans 10:9-17).

While we don’t know all the details of things that will happen in the future (See Revelation 10:4), God has given to us enough information to give us a sure hope, which is a confident expectation based on a promise or promises from God (Romans 15:4).

To get the “Big Picture” first, we invite you to download our “Understanding the Times Dispensations Chart” which can be found on our website. Also, consider carefully the “The Order Of Coming Events” [5].

We’re here to assist those who are teachable and willing to change (2 Timothy 2:2, 25; 3:16, 17). We can be reached through our website: http://www.kelseypeach.com. If this has helped you, please let us know, and then SHARE this article with others. Together we can accomplish more.

[1] Necromancy https://www.gotquestions.org/Bible-necromancy.html

[2] Dr. Charles C. Ryrie, A Survey Of Bible Doctrine, Moody Press, p. 159

[3] New Apostolic Reformation: https://www.gotquestions.org/New-Apostolic-Reformation.html

[4] Demon Possession? https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2020/05/20/demon-possessed-or-oppressed/

[5] Benny Hinn https://www.apologeticsindex.org/9937-benny-hinns-graveside-anointing

http://www.raptureready1.com/rapture/ssbh13.html

[6] Order https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/2016/02/20/the-order-of-coming-events-2/

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