Divine healing in the Bible – Part 15
Jesus indicates in Mark 16:15-20 that these signs are not special gifts for a few, but signs that are to follow believers who in obedience to Christ, witness to the gospel and claim His promises.
• The failure of these “signs” to occur in the church, today, is not Christ’s failure to keep His promises, but the failure of members to key into Jesus Christ’s words. Jesus states that the failure lies within the hearts of His followers (see Mat 17:17).
• Christ has promised that His presence, authority and power will accompany us as we push back the darkness with the light of Jesus Christ (cf. Is 60:1-3; Mat 28:18-20; Luke 24:47-49). We must liberate people from their captivity by preaching the gospel, by living righteous lives (Mat 6:33; Rom 6:13; 14:17), and by asking God for miraculous signs and wonders through the power of the Holy Spirit (see Mat 10:1; Mark 16:16-20; Acts 4:31-33).
(12) Note Carefully!
False Prophets/Teachers Do Perform Great Signs And Wonders
Another sign will be the appearance of the false prophets who, as ministers of Satan, will perform “great signs and wonders” (Mat 24:24).
• Jesus admonishes all believers to be especially alert for these professed Christian prophets, teachers and preachers who are, in reality, false, and yet who perform miracles, healings, signs and wonders and who appear to have great success in their ministries. At the same time, these false prophets will distort and reject the truth found in God’s Word (see Mat 7:22; Gal 1:9; see article on The Age of the Antichrist).
• Elsewhere, Scripture urges believers to continually test the spirit energising all teachers, leaders and preachers (see 1 John 4:1). God allows deception accompanied by miracles in order to test believers as to their love for Him and their loyalty to the truth of Scripture (see Deut 13:3). This period of deception will not be easy, for Jesus Christ states in Mat 24:24 that during the last days religious deceit will be so widespread that it will be difficult even for “the very elect” (i.e., committed Christians) to discern truth from error (see 1 Tim 4:16; Jas 1:21).
• Those among God’s people who do not love the truth will be deceived. They will be given no further opportunity to believe the truth of the gospel after the antichrist comes (see 2 Thes 2:11).
• During the Age of the Antichrist, 2 Thes 2:3-4. Antichrist (the Lawless One, the man of sin) will use the power of Satan to work miracles.
“Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,” (2 Thes 2:9).
The “man of sin” will demonstrate through Satan’s power great signs, wonders and miracles that deceive people into accepting a lie. (a) It is possible these demonstrations of the supernatural will be seen on television around the world.
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