Summary: General principles for understanding miracles with much Biblical support.

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Principle #7.

Physical miracles may occur at any time. Nevertheless the

manifestation of physical miracles as signs confirming the

authenticity of a particular Prophet or Apostle began at a certain

period in that person=s life (John 2:11) and generally, except in

the case of Jesus, ended by the time of the death at that person

(2 Kings 2:9-10). Consider the differences in the New Testament

apocryphal books.

(John 2:11 NIV) This, the first of his miraculous signs, Jesus performed at Cana in Galilee. He thus revealed his glory, and his disciples put their faith in him.

(2 Ki 2:9 NIV) When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, "Tell me, what can I do for you before I am taken from you?" "Let me inherit a double portion of your spirit," Elisha replied.

(2 Ki 2:10 NIV) "You have asked a difficult thing," Elijah said, "yet if you see me when I am taken from you, it will be yours??otherwise not."

(2 Ki 13:20 NIV) Elisha died and was buried. Now Moabite raiders used to enter the country every spring.

(2 Ki 13:21 NIV) Once while some Israelites were burying a man, suddenly they saw a band of raiders; so they threw the man’s body into Elisha’s tomb. When the body touched Elisha’s bones, the man came to life and stood up on his feet.

Principle #8. Jesus has a unique place in the Father’s program. Only of Him is it said:

(John 21:25 NIV) Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written.

God had a unique Son to Whom He could give abundant miracles knowing that they would not be squandered.

(John 3:34 NIV) For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit.

(John 3:35 NIV) The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in his hands.

Principle #9. Because Jesus has this unique place, those

who rejected the persuasive signs which accompanied Jesus=

ministry and attributed them to Satan, were guilty of an

unforgiveable sin, a sin which in this writer=s opinion cannot be

committed today. Because of this unforgiveable sin, they

experienced the greatest tribulation which Jewish believers will

ever experience. (Matthew 23:34)

(Mat 23:34 NIV) Therefore I am sending you prophets and wise men and teachers. Some of them you will kill and crucify; others you will flog in your synagogues and pursue from town to town.

(Mark 3:19 NIV) and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.

(Mark 3:20 NIV) Then Jesus entered a house, and again a crowd gathered, so that he and his disciples were not even able to eat.

(Mark 3:21 NIV) When his family heard about this, they went to take charge of him, for they said, "He is out of his mind."

(Mark 3:22 NIV) And the teachers of the law who came down from Jerusalem said, "He is possessed by Beelzebub ! By the prince of demons he is driving out demons."

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