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October 25, 2021

Ep.1201: Can the Dead Communicate With Us?

Examining after-death communications in the light of Scripture

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Are after-death communications (ADCs) really from the dead?

Can induced after-death communications help heal trauma and grief?

How do ADCs compare to using mediums and psychics to contact the dead?

Theme Scripture: Isaiah 8:19

Our shared human experience is linked by extreme grief at the loss of a loved one. COVID-19 has unexpectedly killed millions of people around the world, often with no time opportunity for meaningful closure. When a child dies, or a loved one dies tragically or simply passes away from sickness or old age, we want to know, where are they? Are they hurting? Are they okay? Our emotional devastation can cause a desperate search for assurances that they are in a good place. The urge to communicate with the dead through a medium or psychic has been around since ancient days. But have the dead found a way to communicate directly with us? Could they be reaching out to us using common things like butterflies, coins or birds? How should we handle such a tempting yet comforting idea?

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Spontaneous After-Death Communication

An after-death communication (ADC) is a phenomenon that takes place when people have lost a loved one or someone they knew. They are having significant issues with that loss and claim the departed individual appears to and/or communicates with them in some way. This appearance is spontaneous and not a result of intentionally trying to communicate on the part of the grieving one. It usually happens in a dream or in that liminal state between sleep and wakefulness. The overwhelming majority of these visits bring the comforting message that the deceased one is okay. They assure the one suffering from the loss that they can move on. These ADCs are referred to by many as “gifts from heaven.”

Induced After-Death Communication

To complicate the issue, there is form of ADC called an IADC, or induced after-death communication. This type of communication only happens while undergoing EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy). EMDR specifically manages very bad memories due to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The results of these "visits" while undergoing EMDR therapy are strikingly similar to other ADCs. There is reassurance and peace, as well as a sense of being able to move on. Some report also feeling hugged by the deceased individual.

So, what is really happening here? Are the dead really reaching out to the living with messages of comfort? This is an enormous question and answering it requires a detailed approach. Check out our October 25, 2021 podcast, “Can the Dead Communicate with Us?” for more. We carefully represent what is being reported regarding ADCs by listening to those who have researched them. One source is a psychologist who offers EMDR therapy. Several years ago, he stumbled on the ADC experience while working with a military veteran suffering from PTSD.

We take the experiential input that so many have reported, paying close attention to the emotional factors of loss and grief. After considering  the medical observations and explanations regarding EMDR, we put it together against the backdrop of biblical reasoning. What we find is a thrilling and fascinating conclusion. Join us for this journey and discover some of the amazing gifts God has given us! We also recommend Episode 1206: Is a Near-Death Experience a Glimpse of Heaven?


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  1. Baz
    Baz says:

    While this is a topic that most of us have been effected by at some stage of our life. It is sometimes very difficult to approach because of how we are effected emotionally. Death just isn’t something we except well, because it simply isn’t the way God intended life to be, we weren’t designed to die. We inherited the ageing process when Adam &Eve sinned and passed it on to us! Romans 5:12 That is why, just as through one man sin entered into the world and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because they had all sinned.
    Because of Jesus love for us, soon Gods original purpose, to live forever will be seen. Hebrews 10:12 But this man offered one sacrifice for sins for all time and sat down at the right hand of God.-Google search: Can the Dead Really Live Again? Number one information very interesting. When l was 21 my father was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, l cared for him until he died 4mths later. At his funeral service the gentleman conducting, said my father was in heaven. I loved my Dad so much, we were so close, so much alike, l wanted to believe that, but he didn’t seem worthy of going to heaven. Now l do look forward to seeing him again soon, absolutely. Jesus said at John 5:28,29″Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice 29 and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life, and those who practiced vile things to a resurrection of judgment”
    There are 9 resurrections in the bible, 8 came back in the flesh and Jesus came back as a spirit. We have a wonderful future to look forward to 😊

          • Christian Questions
            Christian Questions says:

            1. 1 Kings 17:17-20: Elijah raised the widow’s son
            2. 2 Kings 4:18-37: Elisha raised the Shunammite’s son
            3. 2 Kings 13:13-21: The man in Elisha’s grave
            4. Mark 5:41: Jarius’ daughter
            5. Luke 7:14: The young man at Nain
            6. John 11:38-44: Jesus raising Lazarus
            7. Acts 9:36-42: Tabitha also called Dorcus
            8. Acts 20:7-12: Eutychus (although it might not be clear he was actually dead)
            Are these the eight examples you had in mind? – Christian Questions

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