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the teaching of a "Limbus Infantum" is a teaching that is not found in the Bible.

In their intermediate state, souls will recognize and communicate with each other. We are not certain exactly how this takes place, but God and His angels, and Satan and his fallen angels (which are spirits without bodies), serve as an example of this reality.

The lost souls look upon the King of Babylon and converse about him upon his arrival in hell (Isaiah 14:15-16), and the mighty hellish spirits recognize and address the ruler and governors of Egypt (Ezekiel 32:21). The saved souls recognize and welcome their friends in heaven (Luke 16:9), converse with God (Revelation 6:9-10), live and reign with Christ (Revelation 20:4), experience friendship with the angels and saints (Luke 16:22), and sing and serve together to glorify God (Revelation 14:3-4).

While souls will recognize and be able to communicate with each other in their intermediate state in heaven and hell, to the multiplied joy of the saved and torment of the lost, yet they are not able to communicate with those still alive on earth. The saints in heaven are unaware of affairs on earth. "Doubtless Thou art our Father, though Abraham be ignorant of us, and Israel acknowledge us not" (Isaiah 63:16). There is no more current knowledge or involvement with life in this present world after our death: "For there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest" (Ecclesiastes 9:10b). "His sons come to honor, and he knoweth it not; and they are brought low, but he perceiveth not of them" (Job 14:21).

God's Word provides no example of people on earth being able to communicate with souls in heaven or hell. In fact, all such attempts are clearly forbidden by God. "There shall not be found among you anyone that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee" (Deuteronomy 18:10-12). "And the soul that turneth after


And Jesus said unto him, I Verily I say unto thee, Today I shalt thou be with Me in paradise.

-Luke 23:43

And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried.

-Luke 16:22

And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.
These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever He goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.

-Revelation 14:3-4


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