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Summary: It seems the religious world is greatly divided on this subject. There are a lot of sincere Christians on both sides of the issue. The important thing is what the Bible teaches on this subject.

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SIGNS, WONDERS AND MIRACLES

HEB. 2:1-4

Heb 2:1 Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. 2 For if the word spoken by angels was steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense of reward; 3 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him; 4 God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?

It seems the religious world is greatly divided on this subject. There are a lot of sincere Christians on both sides of the issue.

The important thing is what the Bible teaches on this subject.

AS I STUDY THE WORD OF GOD THERE SEEMS TO BE FOUR PRINCIPALS THAT SHOULD GUIDE OUR BELIEFS ON THE SUBJECT OF SIGNS, WONDERS AND MIRACLES.

1. S W & M have always clustered around certain individuals in the Bible and has never been a consistent work of God. There are 4 great Miracle Periods taught in the Scripture:

a. First Moses and Aaron

b. Second Elijah and Elisha

c. Third Jesus and the Apostles

d. Forth False Prophet and the antichrist.

2. The Bible is filled with warnings about S W & M.

3. The Bible is filled with Promises about S W & M.

4. There seems to be 6 truths we can draw about S W & M.

I. THE WARNINGS:

1. Matt. 7:21-23 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

2. Matt. 12: 38,39 Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee. But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonah:

3. John 4:48 Then said Jesus unto him, Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe.

4. Matt. 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they

shall deceive the very elect.

5. 2 Thess. 2:1-12 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, [2] That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. [3] Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; [4] Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. [5] Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? [6] (NIV) And now you know what is holding him back, so that he may be revealed at the proper time. [7] (NIV) For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way.


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