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Prophesying With The Dead
by Wayne Blank
"For all that do these things are an abomination unto The Lord"
The famous magician Harry Houdini (1874-1926), a man who it could be said knew "every trick in the book," exposed a great many of them as frauds during his lifetime while attempting to communicate with his dead mother. The effort to make contact between the living and the dead continued even after Houdini himself died. Houdini and his wife agreed to an experiment in which the first of them to die was to communicate with the survivor. When he died in 1926, his widow spent the rest of her life waiting for the message, that by her own admission in 1943, never came (for the reason why, see the Fact Finder question below).
The Old Testament Hebrew word for those with familiar spirits meant a bottle, since they were regarded as a vessel for the inspiring demon. The New Testament Greek word was equivalent in meaning, and whether they were fakers, or actually possessed by a spirit, the people of God were to have absolutely nothing to do with them.
"Regard not them that have familiar spirits, neither seek after wizards, to be defiled by them: I am The Lord your God" (Leviticus 19:31 KJV)
Fact Finder: Why is it that dead people cannot be contacted?