Can Dead People Return? By Felix Oboagwina

I arrived early for a ministration assignment at a CAC branch recently. They were doing Sunday School. During the post-lesson interactive session, a matter cropped up about someone who saw her dead father in dreams, giving her instructions on some matter.

Several suggestions were made to explain the phenomenon, with the Pastor dismissing it as demonic because it contradicted Heb 9:27, “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.”


The Pastor rather confidently generalised and categorised as evil stories of departed souls being seen in unfamiliar environments, and the tendency for families to name new babies after a departed relation, in the belief that such were reborn. Can such cases be pinned on demonic body thieves? Or is it one of those mysteries God has kept close to His own chest?

Preferring to only listen, I wished I could tell the church that Jide Kosoko, yes, the Nollywood actor, had his maternal lineage enmeshed in such a story. His cousin, my friend, told me. And I am told the man produced a movie on the subject.

This week, I interviewed and recorded a lady, whose Dad, a wealthy Igbo businessman, was matchetted to death in ethno-religious riots in Zaria in the 1960s. When the man’s pregnant wife delivered, the baby girl bore dark marks all over her body that looked like machete cuts. That baby grew and always told her siblings and mum that she had returned to continue the assignment of catering for them, which she was prevented from doing as their father and husband.

Can dead people, pre-rapture, return with repaired bodies? The Bible cites one instance, Matthew 27:52-53, “And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.”

Really, do we totally understand this subject of dead people having a second chance at life? Have we exposed everything about the cycle of life? Are we on top of this mystery?

Abi, did the Bible not say in 1 Corinthians 13:9 “For we know in part…” and ” Deuteronomy 29:29 “The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law”?

What are your thoughts? Share factual experiences, please.


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