Ghost are real, but they are not dead people or dearly departed relatives
The Bible does not speak of ghosts as spirits of dead people. The “unsaved dead” sleeps, waiting for their final judgment. Believers in Christ go to heaven after they die, while fallen angels roam earth awaiting punishment.
The King James Version (KJV) uses the word “spirit” or “spirits.” The NIV, Amplified Bible, and NASB use the word “ghost.” (Luke 24:37; Matthew 14:26; Isaiah 29:4)
Ghosts are not dead people haunting us
Hollywood has made huge profits on making movies about the paranormal. TV series bank on them as well. In fact, they have glorified ghosts, so we can fear them or seek their help.
In short, we think of ghosts as dead people or spirits roaming or haunting us because that’s how “demonic Hollywood” portrayed them.
Biblical reasons why dead people can’t be ghost
- There is a great chasm that separates the living from the dead (Luke 16:26).
- Those who died without Christ, evil or not, sleep in their grave, awaiting their final judgment. (Daniel 12:2)
- The dead do not know anything, nor have they any longer a reward, for their memory is forgotten (Ecclesiastes 9:5).
Ghost are demonic beings roaming the earth
The Bible tells us Satan brought a third of the angels in heaven (Revelation 12). Therefore “ghosts beings” are likely the fallen angels mentioned in the book of Jude.
There are basically two groups of angels in the Bible:
- The “imprisoned angels” who left their proper domain in heaven. (2 Peter 2:4)
- The “fallen angels (Jude 1:6), who freely roam the earth, awaiting their punishment (Matthew 25:41).
The Bible does not say that we can cast out ghosts
The phrase “I rebuke you” does not occur anywhere in the Bible. Jesus Himself is never quoted as saying it. Instead, He commanded demons to leave. (Mark 9:25)
Angels are powerful (2 Kings 19:35), and in Jude 9, ‘Michael the Archangel,’ when he disputed with the devil about the body of Moses, said, “The Lord rebuke you!” (Zechariah 3:2)
The point is, in dealing with these demonic elements, it must be the Lord Jesus Christ whose name is called upon for victory.
Ask God, in the name of Jesus, to remove these spirts
Richard Ing, the author of Spiritual Deliverance, said, “I ask God to send angels to pick up any ghost or disembodied spirit. It’s been effective 100% of the time as I have cleansed many haunted places using that prayer.“
These “demons ghosts” (we think of as dead people) should be called out for what they are—demonic beings. We can rebuke them in the name of Jesus.
“I know that you are a demon and not a ghost. I will acknowledge you no further and rebuke you in the name of Jesus, my Lord, and Savior, and command you to go in Jesus’s name.”
Three things to do when faced with demonic spirits
- Take up the shield of faith that can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. (Ephesians 6:16)
- Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. (Ephesians 6:16)
- Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (James 4:7)
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.
Therefore, take up the full armor of God so that you will be able to resist on the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.”
True story: Exorcism of Clarita Villanueva.