GOD WINKED AT SUCH IGNORANCE: Speaking to The Dead

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GOD WINKED AT SUCH IGNORANCE SERIES [ACTS 17:30–31] 

Sunday Service with Bishop (Apostle) Pride Sibiya: 27 September 2015  

There Is Only One Mediator Bethween God and Men 
It must always be noted amongst brethren and all human beings that there is ONLY ONE MEDIATOR between God and men. Such a mediator is not ancestral spirits, or any other perceived power or god, but instead Jesus Christ the Son of God. Even the Bible is very clear on that: 

1 Timothy 2:5; “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus”. Jesus Christ the Son of God is the only QUALIFIED MEDIATOR between God and men. 
GOD WINKED AT SUCH IGNORANCE: Speaking to The Dead


But Why Only Jesus Christ? 
To answer this critical question I will kindly refer you to the scripture Revelation 5 (the whole chapter). In this scripture you will realize that there was a crisis to open the book which was sealed with seven seals, and the book was resting kindly in the hands of God the Father seating on His throne in heaven. On verse 2 we see an angel crying out loud saying; “Who is worthy to open the book, and to lose the seals thereof?" In other words heaven was looking for one person who would QUALIFY to open the book sealed with seven seals. Verse 3 says, “And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon”. INDEED no man was found worthy to open the book:  from heaven, earth, nor under the earth (where we buried all our dead!!!). All people, including our ancestors who have gone before us, all the living human beings, the patriarchs, presidents, bishops, apostles, body builders, athletes, singers you name them… NONE of them was found worthy to open the book, or even just to look at the book… Ummmmm, what a crisis!!! 

On verse 4 we hear John the Disciple, the writer of the Book of Revelation saying, “And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon”… And that includes the writer himself John, he was also not worthy to open the book. 

On verse 5 we hear John being calmed down by one of the elders saying, “… Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to lose the seven seals thereof”… Woooow, just like on the cross, again it took JESUS CHRIST THE SON OF THE LIVING GOD to step up and open the seals that tied the book… 

On verses 7–9 we hear this about Jesus Christ, “And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne. And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints. And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation”… Ummmmm, hear this beloved brethren; even the elders acknowledged that Jesus Christ is “THOU ART WORTHY”

Ladies and gentlemen, let it be clear to all of us that there is only one qualified mediator between God and men… ALL other people are not worthy to stand between you and God, expect THE LION OF JUDAH, and His name is JESUS CHRIST. 

Beating The Grave 
The Bible makes it very clear that the dead are just but dead, and cannot assist the living with anything. Infact, it is us the living who can do something for the dead. We can remember them, mourn them, carry them to the mortuary, sign and process all burial orders and death certificates, collects results of their post-mortems, clean and dress them, buy them expensive and nice caskets, unveil their tombstones, you name them… It’s the living who are of use to the dead not the other way around. 

Ecclesiastes 9: 4–6; “For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope: for a living dog is better than a dead lion. For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not anything, 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 forever in anything that is done under the sun”

Job 14: 1–3; “Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble. He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not. And dost thou open thine eyes upon such an one, and bringest me into judgment with thee?” 

Job 7–14 (chapters for further reading) 

Psalms 115:17; “The dead praise not the LORD, neither any that go down into silence”. 

Matthew 28:4; “And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men”

Revelation 1:17; “And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last”

God Forbids Certain Relationships With The Dead

1. Offering things to the dead: 
Deuteronomy 26:14 – “I have not eaten thereof in my mourning, neither have I taken away ought thereof for any unclean use, nor given ought thereof for the dead: but I have hearkened to the voice of the LORD my God, and have done according to all that thou hast commanded me”. 

2. Hopeless grieving like pagans: 
1 Thessalonians 4:13 – “But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope”

3. Calling upon the dead: 
Deuteronomy 18:11 – “Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer”

Isaiah 8: 19 – “And when they shall say unto you, Seek unto them that have familiar spirits, and unto wizards that peep, and that mutter: should not a people seek unto their God? For the living to the dead?” 

4. Cutting, tattooing, sharing: 
Leviticus 19: 28 – “Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD”. 

Deuteronomy 14: 1–2; “Ye are the children of the LORD your God: ye shall not cut yourselves, nor make any baldness between your eyes for the dead. For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God, and the LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth”



What Happens At Death? 
You lose all control of your being. There are others who take over and all the beings are more powerful than you. If the dead had control they would come back to their spouses, relatives, children etc. 
GOD WINKED AT SUCH IGNORANCE: Speaking to The Dead

Key Points To Note: 
1. Your dead are presently interceding for preachers. 
2. Let us remember the dead, but let us not invite demons into our lives by talking to the dead. 
3. Let us do good to the living than to wait to do it for them when they are finally dead. 
4. God has WINKED at such ignorance BUT NOW CALLS ON ALL TO REPENT!! 

Conclusion:
Luke 16: 19–31 “THE STORY OF DEVAS THE RICH MAN” 

There is a story about Lazarus the poor man and Devas the rich man, who both died at different times with Lazarus going to heaven and Devas going to hell. While Devas was languishing in hell, on verse 24 we hear him crying to Father Abraham requesting Lazarus to bring him some drops of water to quench the heat in hell, and Abraham clearly tells Devas that there is a great gulf between heaven and hell of which none of the citizens of either side is permitted to cross. We see him again verses 27 – 28 requesting that Lazarus be sent back to earth to tell Devas’ family members of the pains of hell, and Abraham clearly tells him that the living relatives on earth have got enough living prophets to listen to. In other words, even Lazarus a righteous person could not be permitted to come back from the dead. He was gone from the earth and it remained like that. This is a very critical lesson to all of us that there is no one from dead who is allowed to speak to the living, and likewise none from the living should in anyway speak with the dead. 

Message delivered at Bethel Worship Centre by: 
Bishop (Apostle) Pride Sibiya (www.pridesibiya.com)
Founder and President of Glory Ministries (www.glorymin.net)
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