What does this tell you about signs and wonders A Wicked and adulterous generation seeks a sign. So why does everyone want to see a sign to believe? What does that have to say about your behavior?
This should be the Pentecostal motto. That is what they believe in. But what should they believe in?
Faith is the evidence of things NOT SEEN. Pentecostals would have a difficult time believing that. The New Apostolic Reformation would have a conniption fit. The Elijah List would go crazy. The Extreme Prophetic Movement would be having an extremely painful bowel movement. And the Oneness Pentecostals would throw in the towel. So what were the signs and wonders for?
The signs and wonders were to confirm the word. Guess what? We now have the completed canon of scripture. We don’t need to confirm it anymore as we have it. So why the need for signs and wonders today? It will be a plain miracle for some to believe that today! Does the name Pentecostal come to mind?
The 7th and last period of signs and wonders is yet future. It will occur during the millennial Kingdom when Jesus sets up his throne on Earth. Not only will signs and wonders appear but for a Time sacrifices will also be given until Israel an unsaved Gentiles that have made it through the Great Tribulation except their Messiah. All the Fantastic signs and wonders the Jesus did during his Earthly lifetime will be found in the millennial Kingdom. This will be the Earthly Kingdom for the Jews. Where is the body of Christ? In the Heavenly Kingdom since the rapture. If you remember in Revelation 22, there will be a new Heaven and Earth. Can’t you just wait?!
The keywords here are confirming the word. Today we don’t need to confirm the word, we have it! Again, the audience in question is the eleven disciples. Not you and not me. I want to keep this scripture in context. The 11 confirmed the word through the accompanying signs. Since we have the completed Canon today we do not need to confirm it. In my next post, I will show someone who does not believe this. Remember though, with all scripture, we must look at the audience whom it is directed to and keep it in the context that it was written.
Whoops! It looks like I got caught with my pants down again. Maybe I can fool the people with Indian signs next time?
Many Antichrist have arrived already that denounce the deity of Christ and His pre-existence. They are merely another Jesus that 2nd Corinthians 11:3-4 describes.
Do any of these name sound familiar to you? The coming of the Lawless one is according to the work of Satan with all power, signs, and lying wonders. I see this in evidence almost everyday now. Evil men and imposters will grow worse and worse deceiving and being deceived. These are the times we live in. And what about this?
Did you know that Satan’s last name is Wilby? Isaiah 14:14 says, I will be like the most high. Mormons say that man can become a god. In fact, obedient Mormons believe that they will have a planet on their own with Spirit children who will worship and pray to them. That is utter blasphemy. Don’t be fooled by Antichrist types. These days a lot of them are coming out of the woodwork. Be watchful for the true Son of God!
I would like to introduce you to the first five periods of signs and wonders. Moses was the first person to use signs and wonders on a regular basis. He was followed by Elijah and then Elisha who he had passed his mantle to. Then there was a long Junction point between Elisha and the next recipient of signs and wonders. That person was Jesus Christ and the Lord performed signs and wonders and miracles. That was followed by his disciples and apostles performing signs and wonders. During the apostolic time period something rather significant happened.
The Apostle Paul started to say things like we walk by faith and not by sight. Until that period of time people always had to see to believe like Thomas for example. Jesus told him, blessed are those who have not seen and yet believed. A subtle change was occurring. And that leads us up to the present period of time. I will pick up there in part 2 of signs and wonders.
For the Jewish people the signs given to the apostles when they confirm the word. Today we don’t need to confirm the word because we have it contained in the Bible so we don’t need signs and wonders to confirm it. Instead we need to read and study it. 1st Corinthians 1:22 says that signs are for the Jews not the Pentecostals.
in many bibles Mark 16:9-20 was not in the original manuscripts and that is why we see two things that are never found in Scripture besides here. Taking up serpents and drinking poison are not found elsewhere in Scripture in this context. But again, the signs were given to confirm the word and today we have the word in the Bible so we don’t need to confirm it.
Even so today we do have prophets and apostles that claimed that office for themselves despite no scriptural evidence to support that view.
This text however does address the issue. In the King James version it mentions that false apostles transform themselves into Apostles of Christ just as Jezebel called herself a prophetess. And remember God said that he had a few things against that church and this was one of them. Why? The next verse of 2nd Corinthians answers that question. For Satan himself transforms himself into a angel of Light. Therefore it is no great thing if Satan transforms his ministers into Ministers of righteousness. Those that claim the gift of apostles today are under the authority of Satan not God and the majority of them know that. God has sent them strong delusion that they should believe the lie. You see they want the preeminence and that is where I will take up in the final part of this series.