I was channel surfing the other day and stumbled across a channel that aired people telling about their experiences with the paranormal. They caught “ghosts” on camera that took different shapes and did various things. But what surprised me is what people thought these things were.
Some thought they were dead loved ones. Some thought they were dead former residents who invaded their house and wanted them out. Some thought they were helpers. But none of these things are true and so I’ll turn to the bible for answers.
Who They Are Not
A ghost or spirit is not a dead person who has come back because the bible says, we die once.
Heb 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment..”
So it is impossible that these spirits or ghosts are the manifestations of dead people because God, who created us, says otherwise. That’s half the battle right there!
Who They Are
That only leaves one other group of create beings and it is angels. Both heavenly and fallen angels can travel between realms or dimensions and can make themselves visible if they want. Heavenly angels means “messengers” and they have a variety of duties. Some of the fallen angels are kept in chains.
And the angels who did not stay within their own position of authority, but left their proper dwelling, he has kept in eternal chains under gloomy darkness until the judgment of the great day. Jude 1:6
But not all of them are bound and the rest of these verses speak of these unbound, fallen angels/demonic spirits.
They can disguise themselves as a false teacher or false prophet.
They can disguise themselves as anything they wish; an angel of light, a Mary apparition, an alien, an animal – anything.
For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, masquerading as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve. 2 Corin 11:13-15
Demonic spirits work through living people primarily because they can speak and interact with people, causing as much damage as possible. You’ve heard of possession right? This only happens if they find a host or a body to possess. Those that don’t inhabit a host appear to us like a vapor, an apparition, orbs, or light etc. Some can be possessed or some can just be influenced by a demonic spirit. They whisper in our ears, nudging us to do or say things that we normally would not do or say.
Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons. 1 Tim 4:1
While this next verse is in the context of the Millenium, it is to show that demonic spirits deceive people now, before the Millenium.
And he seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years, and threw him into the pit, and shut it and sealed it over him, so that he might not deceive the nations any longer…Rev 20:2-5
These demonic spirits and Satan himself are not to be trusted. They may appear peaceful and even loving but it is all a lie.
You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. when he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies. John 8:44
Those who’ve encountered these various manifestations of demons have gotten a small gimpse into these “rulers” and “spritual forces of evil” that this verse speaks of below.
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Eph 6:12
And if they’re not presenting themselves as some sort of vapor or orb, then they can influence human beings because they’re listening to their master who is whispering in their ears. Either way, this verse applies because it’s talking about the same powers and demonic forces. Even a Godly person can say something that’s not in accordance with the Father’s will. We can say or do something that we think is right, and it could even be good and noble but unbenknownst to us, it is a demon whispering in our ears. Take Peter for example:
Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.” Matt 16:23
As you can see, He turned to Peter but spoke to Satan. This doesn’t mean that Peter was a bad guy or possessed. It just means that he listened to the promptings of Satan to speak something that was not of the Father’s will. This can happen to any of us without our knowledge.
Also this verse:
There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death. Prov 14:12
Warning for the Future
Some day, in the near future, Satan and his cohorts will be cast to the earth. We will see him and his minions visibly. They will still be able to change their appearance due to these verses:
So if anyone tells you, ‘There he is, out in the desert,’ do not got out; or, ‘Here he is, in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. Matt 24:23
Here, He’s speaking of Satan deceiving the world into thinking he is the Messiah. But he is not omnipresent. He can only be in one place at one time. The next verse tells us what His TRUE coming will be like.
For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the of Son of Man. Matt 24:27
Here we see that Yeshua/Jesus IS omnipresent and will be seen throughout the entire world simultaneously.
More verse on Satan and his minions being cast down:
And the great ddragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world – he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. Rev 12:9
For they are demonic spirits, performing signs, who go aborad to the kings of the whole world, to assemble them for battle on the great day of God the Almighty. Rev 16:14
So while we can see these demonic manifestations in part now, they will be visible to eye and just as real as you and me in the future.
If you have encountered these spirits and/or paranormal activity, do not hire mediums, spiritists, or ghost-busters because that isn’t biblical. In fact, you would just be inviting more demonic activity and building up wrath for yourself from God.
‘Do not turn to mediums or seek out spiritists, for you will be defiled by them. I am the LORD your God. Lev 19:31
Even if it seems that the demonic spirit has left, it only left for a time because the spiritist or medium does not have the authority to banish the evil spirit.
Yeshua had the authority to banish evil spirits:
And they were all amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, “What is this? A new teaching with authority! He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey him.” Mark 1:27
The apostles had authority over demonic spirits.
And he called to him his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every affliction. Matt 10:1
There are accounts in the bible of heavenly angels warring with “princes” or demonic spirits. But even they could not banish an unclean spirit by their own authority but instead, by God’s authority.
But when the archangel Michael, contending with the devil, disputing about the body of Moses, he did not presume to pronounce a blasphemous judgment, but said, “The Lord rebuke you.” Jude 1:9
So recap: Yeshua (Jesus) could rebuke or cast out demons because He’s Yeshua. The apostles could cast them out because Yeshua Himself gave them that authority – from His own mouth. The angels even watched their step, knowing that they, in themselves are powerless, but instead involked the Lord’s name. So knowing this, what makes us think that we can engage Satan and go toe-to-toe with him in any sort of battle? If we are made lower than the angels, (Heb 2:7) and the angels had no authority directly but had to invoke the Lord’s name, then what makes us think we can engage Satan in direct combat? So not only is calling spiritists and mediums against the Word of God but they simply don’t have that authority. Now if God gives you that gift specifically, and He can, then great. But He will not give that gift to someone who breaks His Commandments in order to do it like the spiritists.
What To Do if You Encounter Paranormal Activity
Humble yourself before God and pray! Demons from the spirit realm have sought you out for the purpose of destroying you. Even if it was a pleasant experience, it is only their tactic to get you to engage them, trust them, and bring you further away from God. The bible tells us they are liars, deceivers, murderers, and out to destroy you. These are demonic beings that are much stronger and smarter than we are. Our only hope of being freed from them is to call upon Yahweh.
However, if you are not a child of God – if you haven’t repented of your sins and walked in obedience to Him, then start now. Otherwise you’ll have to pay for your own sins eternally by fire. You’ll remain in bondage here with those demons and for eternity if you don’t repent.