When the Spirits Speak
By Mark A. Finley
1. How did the apostle Paul describe the spiritual struggle every Christian must face? Write your answer on the lines below.
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Eph. 6:12).
The Christian’s warfare is against
2. What counsel did God give Israel regarding astrology, witchcraft, omens, and sorcery? Read the text below and fill in the blanks.
“For all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord, and because of these abominations the Lord your God drives them out from before you” (Deut. 18:12).
Our Lord’s condemnation of the agents of spiritualism is strong. According to the Bible they are an
_______________________________to the _____________________________________.
3. Is it possible for the dead to speak to those who are still living? Summarize your answer on the lines below.
“For the living know that they will die; but the dead know nothing” (Eccl. 9:5).
“As the cloud disappears and vanishes away, so he who goes down to the grave does not come up. He shall never return to his house, nor shall his place know him anymore” (Job 7:9, 10).
4. Who are the “spirits” of spiritualism? Read the texts below and fill in the blanks.
“For they are the spirits of demons, performing signs” (Rev. 16:14).
“And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light” (2 Cor. 11:14).
The real force behind each spiritualistic manifestation is _________________________________,
for they are really the spirits of ___________________________________________________.
The devil is a fallen angel. He has the ability to pretend to be the spirit of a dead loved one. The devil is a wise and cunning foe. He uses the power of spiritualism to deceive.
5. Will the devil use spiritualism in the last days to deceive multitudes? Read the text below and circle who will be deceived by the devil.
“And the light of a lamp shall not shine in you anymore, and the voice of bridegroom and bride shall not be heard in you anymore. For your merchants were the great men of the earth, for by your sorcery all the nations were deceived” (Rev. 18:23).
The “light of the lamp” represents God’s Word (Ps. 119:105). When we turn from the clear truths of God’s Word, our minds are vulnerable to spiritualistic delusions.
6. How can we be protected against the deceptions of the evil one? Where can we find safety? Read the text below and underline the two things that provide safety against the devil’s deceptions.
“And when they say to you, ‘Seek those who are mediums and wizards, who whisper and mutter,’ should not a people seek their God? Should they seek the dead on behalf of the living? To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because there is no light in them” (Isa. 8:19, 20).
The law of God reveals His eternal principles of living. The testimony of the Bible reveals Jesus in all His fullness. Each truth of the Bible is about Jesus; the testimony of Scripture witnesses of Him (John 5:39). In Jesus, through His Word, we are secure against the wiles of the devil.
7. What is Jesus’ prayer regarding His children? Read the text below and fill in the blank.
“Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth” (John 17:17).
Jesus’ prayer is that we be sanctified by God’s___________________________________________.
The devil may attempt to deceive us. He may confront us with powerful signs and omens. He may play on our sympathies by appearing as a dead loved one. But as we fill our minds with the Word of God, we will be secure. All the demons in hell cannot deceive us if we cling to Jesus and His Word.
Jesus is stronger than the evil one. He cast Satan out of heaven. He defeated the devil on the cross. He conquered death itself. In Jesus we are secure, now and forever.
Next month’s study, “Last-day Deceptions,” will examine the source of many of today’s counterfeit teachings.