One thing that amazes me is the extent of unbelief that prevails in the world in general and in many churches in particular. If there is one thing which is a characteristic feature of our generation, it is unbelief. Nearly 2000 years ago when the Lord Jesus Christ was reflecting on the last days, our times, he said: “And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18 verses 7 and 8). These words of our Lord Jesus corroborate the fact that when he comes back to this earth faith will be scarce but it will be there among the elect.
What are miracles?
There are many scholars and church denominations in Christendom that do not believe in miracles. Their basic premise for such brazen unbelief is that the Bible says in the last days there shall be false apostles, false prophets and false christs who shall do great signs and wonders to deceive if possible even the elect (Matthew 24 verses 5, 11, 23-26, see also Mark 13 verse 21 and Matthew 7 verses 21-23). From these verses of Scripture it is clear that in these last days one of satan’s strategies would be to use signs and wonders to deceive people and lead them astray. The questions that immediately arise are: Are all miracles that are being performed during these last days false? Are Christians supposed to reject all miracles because the Lord Jesus Christ prophesied that satan will use them to deceive human beings? The answer to all questions is a big NO. Why? It is no because for starters the Christian faith is based on a belief in miracles. Why say that? This is the case because all those claiming to be Christians are making that claim by faith in a Jesus whom they never saw and talked to with the comprehension of any of the five natural senses such as the sense of sight, hearing, taste, touch or smell.
For any person to be passionate about God and Christ Jesus whom they have never seen or heard in the natural realm, they must have apprehended them by their hearts or their spirits. Personally I believe it is easy to believe in miracles, prophecy and other manifestations of God’s presence. Why do I say so? I say so because even the pagan priests Jannes and Jambres of Egypt during the time of the Prophet Moses were able to perform miracles. They threw their rods down and they became snakes just as Moses rod had become a snake. But Moses’ rod which had become a snake swallowed the other snakes. My point is that these ancient Egyptian sorcerers worked out miracles without any faith in the only true God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Somehow they connected with the supernatural and performed signs and wonders without the agency of God’s power. A careful analysis reveals that the power they used must have come from the devil.
It is interesting to observe that the Bible also predicts that: “Now the Holy Spirit tells us clearly that in the last times some will turn away from the true faith; they will follow deceptive spirits and teachings that come from demons” (1 Timothy 4 verse 1). “But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them–bringing swift destruction on themselves” (2 Peter 2 verse 1). Even though the Bible says this, there are no preachers who have stopped preaching the Word just because there are false teachers around. In his evil work of deception, the devil does only perform signs and wonders in a bid to deceive people, but he also teaches twisted doctrines. From this perspective it does not make sense to reject one part of the Bible of miracles and prophecy saying one fears deception when the devil deceives by twisting Scriptures. As an example, how many people believe Father Christmas is from the Bible? The answer is many. But you can read the Bible from cover to cover, you will never find Father Christmas. How many people believe in the Easter festivities? The answer is many professing Christians. Well the word Easter is also not there in the Bible.
The only thing which is closest to God and Christ about Easter festivities is only Good Friday when people commemorate the death or crucifixion of our Lord Jesus Christ. All other celebrations and activities are just additions and frills to what the Bible has declared. It is interesting to note that the word Easter itself was cunningly introduced to Christian vocabulary by the Church of Rome during the Dark Ages. Even though supporters of Easter festivities have tried to argue, it is a fact corroborated by encyclopaedic and archaeological evidence that the term Easter is originally from Ishtar, a celebration of the Assyrian and Babylonian goddess of fertility and sex. This explains the use of Easter eggs and other emblems of fertility which many Christians take for granted and never question even though these things are not found anywhere in the Bible.
It is also interesting to note that many people who are at the forefront of condemning the full gospel accompanied by prophecies, signs and wonders actually wittingly or unwittingly belongs to despicable anti-Christ satanic cults and sects like Illuminati or they consciously admire and follow those who they know to be attached to such satanic groups. My question is how can someone say they don’t believe in miracles and prophecies in our day because they don’t want to be deceived when they are already deceived by belonging to an anti-Christ satanic cult and other organizations affiliated to such institutions?
The basis for believing in miracles and prophecies is found in the word of God itself when it says:
“Do not treat prophecies with contempt.”(1 Thessalonians 5 verse 20, NIV)
“Don’t despise what God has revealed.” (1 Thessalonians 5 verse 20, God’s Word Translation)
“26 But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19 verse 26)
“Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” (Mark 9 verse 23).
“And through the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were done among the people. And they were all with one accord in Solomon’s Porch.” (Acts 5 verse 12, NKJV)
“And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; … they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” (Mark 16 verses 17 and 18).
“Surely the Lord GOD does nothing, Unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets.” (Amos 3 verse 7)
On the bases of these and other verses of Scripture I personally believe in prophecies, miracles, signs and wonders. Instead of rejecting all these provisions of God for the benefit of our faith here on earth, we as a body of believers apply Biblical and spiritual tests to discern what is of God and what is of the devil.
The Epistle of Apostle John, namely 1 John 4 verses 1-6 provides us some of the keys to use in discerning any anti-Christ or pseudo-Christ spirit:
“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, 3 and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.
4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 5 They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them. 6 We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.”
We embrace genuine gifts of God and reject what is of the devil. Since it is not our primary divine mandate to judge and label other people as false and preach about them from our pulpits, we just preach the truth and train believers to discern it and leave the rest to them. In the final analysis as believers we will individually give an account to the Lord Jesus Christ on the Day of Judgment on the things that we choose to believe and those we choose not to believe. Amen.
Published by Ian Ndlovu