The popularity of zombie-themed movies, games, and television shows has captured the mind of our culture. Reports of “zombies” in remote Haitian villages flood the internet. What is a zombie? The Encyclopedic Dictionary of Cults, Sects, and World Religions says, a zombie can refer to a snake deity or someone in voodoo circles who as a result of being put under a spell or having taken harmful potions or drugs is thus easily manipulated to perform certain tasks meaninglessly. So a zombie can be:
1. Someone who is demon possessed – an individual doesn’t have control of their own facilities or body.
2. Someone who is under drug or other hallucinogenic influenced- their physical body is being governed by the demonic.
3. A demonic mockery of the resurrection - Someone who is physically dead, but a demon has temporarily reanimated the corpse for the purpose of deception and confusion. This may have been the reason that the devil wanted the body of Moses. (Jude 1:9)
Biblical examples exist of people coming back from the dead. Please note that there is a difference from God reviving someone vs. the resurrection. When the Lord revives someone they will die again to await the resurrection. But in the resurrection, believers will be like Christ being raised from the dead never to die again. Here are some examples of the dead coming back:
· Zach 14:12-13- a prophetic judgment of God that sounds like something from the set of the Walking Dead.
· Ezekiel 37 – The valley of dry bones an army is revived to give Glory to God.
· Matthew 27:52 – a graveyard of tombs emptied out when Jesus died on the Cross.
· Luke 7:11-17 – Jesus revives the widow’s son.
· John 11 –Jesus revives Lazarus; but he later dies.
· Revelation 11:7 – the prophets of God are killed, lay in the streets dead, but God revives them to proclaim his Glory.
In almost all of the cases above, the reviving or resurrection is given in order for God to receive Glory. In Daniel 12:2, the bible says that all who “sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt.” Do you open yourself up to be used by the Holy Spirit or other spirits, aka demons? The reason strong alcoholic drinks were called spirits is because they limit a person’s self-control. Believers should avoid any substance that causes us to loss control of ourselves for recreational use.