When last I wrote I mentioned false prophets and miracles. I gave little help from the scriptures as to how to measure these things. Before doing so here I have to apologize for adding one more dire warning to the multitude of health and economic warnings you may already be burdened with.

Words of an old gospel song fits well to offer an uplifting hope, “Days are filled with sorrow and care, Hearts are lonely and drear; Burdens are lifted at Calvary, Jesus is very near…” There are two main tests God gave of a prophet in the Old Testament; each is equally important. The first in Deuteronomy 18: 21-22 speaks of 100% accuracy, not just a bunch of guesses where one or two seems to fit. The next one is a bit different. Read Deuteronomy 13:1-5. Here the prophet gives a sign or wonder that comes to pass but gives an idolatress message. The arch-type is to be found in the False Prophet of Revelation 13:11-18. He has TWO HORNS LIKE A LAMB and he SPAKE AS a DRAGON.” Two horns are emblematic of displayed power.

Jesus HEALED all manner of diseases and commanded the WIND and the SEA. The False Prophet HEALS the beast and causes FIRE to come down from heaven. This is sometime in the future but what about the more immediate deceptions in our day. There is a New Testament test in I John 4:1-3, 13-16; II Corinthians 11:1-4; Galatians 3:1-3; I Timothy 4:1-5 and II Timothy 3:5-9. A quick thought about Jannes and Jambres mentioned in II Timothy 3:8. These two Egyptian magicians imitated the first 3 signs Moses gave to Pharaoh. 

A lot of imitation miracles have been going on in the last century that have tried to pass themselves off as true miracles of God. Yes, Praise God, He is still the God of miracles and wonders; however, miracles are very rare in our day. When Jesus healed, leprous skin was turned fresh as a baby in an instant; one who was blind from birth sparkled clear with vision in a moment; muscle was added to atrophied limbs so one could take up his bed and walk; and Jesus, blessed be His name, interrupted funerals on occasion. Test all things with scripture (I Thessalonian 5:21).

Michael Hennigan


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