False Prophets Perform Miracles, Signs and Wonders (part 2)

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False prophet signs and wonders

In my 3.5 years of writing, this is probably the most difficult and complex chapter that I’ve ever had to write – it took me over a month to take it out of the realm of thought and write it down. The delay was frustrating, but I just felt like it was vital that I got this right.

I’ve never heard anyone talk about this, so this lengthy section is definitely “hot off the press.” Grab your Bible, a notebook and a warm cup of coffee and get to a quiet place. This may take a little time for you to get through, but I believe you will find it worth the effort.

Overcoming Our Denominational Conditioning

The topic of “the supernatural” (miracles, signs, wonders, etc.) and its interaction in the life of a believer can be a confusing one. There are various theories, thought processes and numerous “lines in the sand” that exist. And people always seem to camp on the verses that support their particular denominational (or non-denominational) conditioning, to the exclusion of all the other Scriptures that appear to contradict their belief systems.

To those few Bereans who are willing to take an honest look at the Word of God, giving equal value to all the Scripture, this can create many unanswered questions and leave “loose ends” in their theology.

Personally, I absolutely hate to have loose ends in my theology.

Back in the day, when I was young and naive, I would readily embrace every sermon, anecdote and “Word from God” that was passed down from the pastor (or prophet) to the congregation, but now I’ve put those “childish ways” (1 Corinthians 13:11) behind me. Now, I need to be convinced that what I am adopting into my belief system is rooted and grounded in the Word of God, not just the latest fad or trendy teaching. If it is a legitimate message, the giver of that message will not feel threatened by any questions posed by the hearer (or reader).

This chapter is an attempt by me to “sew up” a couple of those loose ends that I’ve had in my theology over the last couple of years in regard to miracles, signs and wonders. I’m not sure that it’s completely sewn up yet, but I believe I’m well on my way to finding the answer.

I’m going to present to you my case and ask that you prayerfully consider it. Of course, you don’t have to change your theology over it, unless you’re absolutely certain that it’s confirmed to you by the Holy Spirit and the Word of God. Just chew on it for awhile, file it among the other “possibilities” in your mind, and see if it doesn’t influence your thinking a little further down the road.

Some Truths Stay Indisputable… Always!

The Word of God is indisputable regarding several points. Among them are:

  • God doesn’t change (Malachi 3:6);
  • Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8);
  • Jesus was the exact representation of the Father (Hebrews 1:3);
  • Jesus spoke the Father’s words (John 14:10).

These points must be true at all times, regardless of the circumstances (and regardless of any dispensational understanding), or our faith is in vain. Any doctrine that contradicts these plain and simple truths must be tossed into the trash can with all the other heresies – ALWAYS. If we have any beliefs or mindsets that contradict these plain and simple truths, it is WE who need to find out why, and change OUR ways of thinking… ALWAYS. It is with this understanding that I ask the following questions, and later on in the chapter, attempt to answer them.

Loose End #1 – Why does it Seem that it’s Only the False Prophets Who are Doing Any Miracles?

Jesus plainly said in His Word that miracles, signs and wonders would follow those who follow Him. The Scriptures could not have been any more clear regarding this point (refer to the prior chapter for supporting Scriptures).

But in this current age of deception, things are not always as they seem. As you look around, it appears that the only people who are doing signs, wonders, healing and miracles are those in the “Word of Faith” and “Prophetic” circles. There are those who would denounce the whole phenomenon and say that it’s all a fraud or the work of the devil, but I’m not willing to go that far. In order to support that viewpoint, you have to ignore a lot of evidence and testimony to the contrary.

The truth is, in spite of all the celebrity, fanfare and foolishness, and in spite of all the emotional hype and possible fake healings that occur, there are people who really do get healed in these meetings, and the name of Jesus is lifted up. But it is just as true that these same personalities (in both the “Word of Faith” and “Prophetic” circles) are in gross doctrinal and moral error. That’s a problem.

To add to the confusion, I know real, down-to-earth, solid, good-hearted, Bible-following believers who have yet to see anything miraculous at all in their lives. Perhaps you know people like this as well. They are the people who are the warmest, most caring and humble lovers of God that you would ever meet. They would literally give you the shirts off of their backs and yet there doesn’t appear to be one iota of the supernatural working in their lives. What’s with that???

  • Is God only doling out miracles to the prophetic celebrities?
  • Are they the only ones worthy to steward the Glory of God?
  • Are the “good guys” destined to live uneventful lives without miracles?
  • Are they forever doomed to be perceived as lacking in faith?

The answer to all of the above questions is “Of course not!” Still, these types of questions can make the most relentless Berean want to throw his hands up in the air in frustration and give up. So how do we address this?

Most of you who read my blog[1] do not follow the cessationist line of thinking, which basically believes that the gifts of the Holy Spirit, or any kind of supernatural interaction between God and man, stopped when the apostles died out. If you are like me, you have had too many real supernatural encounters (both good and bad) to give any weight to this thought process.

And the “God uses imperfect people” mantra that so many chant nowadays just seems like a weak excuse. At least, it does to me. It’s like a “trump card” that people use whenever their favorite prophetic celebrities stumble (for the 100th time), allowing them to keep their prophetic idols where they “belong,” permanently enshrined in the altar of the mind.

So again, what do we do with this? How do we reconcile this inconsistency? File these questions in the back of your mind and keep reading.

Loose End #2 – In Regard to Miracles, Signs and Wonders – Did Our “Unchangeable God”… Change?

When you study miracles, signs and wonders in the Bible, it appears as if something changes along the way. Jesus told His disciples:

Mark 16:17-18
And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.

And when someone other than the disciples was casting out demons using His name, our Messiah seemed to have a rather permissive attitude about the situation.

Mark 9:38-40
Now John answered Him, saying, “Teacher, we saw someone who does not follow us casting out demons in Your name, and we forbade him because he does not follow us.”

But Jesus said, “Do not forbid him, for no one who works a miracle in My name can soon afterward speak evil of Me. For he who is not against us is on our side.”

However, after our Savior died and rose again, something happened!

Acts 19:14-16
Then some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists took it upon themselves to call the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, “We exorcise you by the Jesus whom Paul preaches.”

Also there were seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, who did so. And the evil spirit answered and said, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?”
Then the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, overpowered them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.

None of the above participants were disciples of Jesus, yet one group succeeded and one failed. Why? Apparently, what was working for the non-disciple before no longer worked after that pivotal moment when Christ rose again.

Why the apparent change in dynamic?

To add to the confusion, at the End of the Age, we find our risen Messiah rejecting those who do supernatural works in His name, but are not walking according to His Law.

Matthew 7:21-23
Not everyone who says to Me, “Lord, Lord,” shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, “Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?” And then I will declare to them, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!”

Again I ask, what happened? Did our Messiah change His ways?

No. That can’t be possible. If it were possible, then it would contradict the Scripture that says that He never changes! (Malachi 3:6, Hebrews 1:3, 13:18)

What do we DO with this? Do we make up our own doctrine to satisfy our questions? Do we just throw it on the back-burner and hope that nobody asks us about this apparent inconsistency in Scripture? Or do we take up the ridiculous answer of some false prophets who say, “God never changes… except when He does?”

No! We take up the honor of kings, and we search it out! Come on, people, studying the Bible is fun!

I’m going to assure you right off the bat that everything is alright; our Messiah did not change. The Word of God is always true and consistent. So how do we reconcile these questions that are out there? I think I might have an answer.

Understanding Miracles, Signs and Wonders Within the Context of Two Warring Kingdoms

In order to properly understand miracles, signs and wonders and their role in the life of a believer, it greatly helps to think of it within the context of what I call “the Kingdom Invasion Process.” Does that sound too far out in left field? Just stick with me, I think you’ll get it before the end of this chapter.

We, as believers, understand that there are two kingdoms: the Kingdom of Light and the kingdom of darkness. Right now, we find ourselves in the middle of a kingdom invasion. Our Messiah’s Kingdom (the Kingdom of Light) is in the process of invading the kingdom of darkness (Lucifer’s kingdom – the world). All of the spiritual powers and inhabitants of this world are going to be either annihilated or assimilated into His Kingdom.

But this invasion is not yet complete. We have to wait for the End of the Age for this to occur, when the seventh angel will announce:

Revelation 11:15b
The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!

We have not yet heard the seventh angel sound. Heaven has not yet declared this invasion is over because the spiritual and physical “kingdoms of this world” are not fully conquered.

Think about this, you who abuse the idea of the “finished work of Christ.” The “It is finished” (John 19:30) uttered at the cross is not the same as the “It is done” (Revelation 21:6) that will be spoken at the End of the Age.

The Kingdom Invasion Begins

Prior to the Messiah’s birth, the prophets prophesied of this Kingdom invasion. Then, when John the Baptist began his ministry, the Kingdom of Heaven’s advance on the kingdoms of this world commenced. Jesus said:

Matthew 11:12-13
And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence [has been steadily advancing – NLT], and the violent take it by force. For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.

From the time John was cast into prison, Jesus started to preach “Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

Matthew 4:17 (Read verse 12-17 for full context)
From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

He told His disciples to preach this same message (paraphrased):

“Repent! Change your ways, for the Kingdom of Heaven is advancing on this kingdom! Forsake your ways and learn God’s Ways… for this world’s system is about to come under the authority of another Kingdom!”

And to prove that what they said was true, they were to perform miracles, signs and wonders.

Matthew 10:7-8
And as ye go, preach, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.

Scripture makes it abundantly clear that miracles, signs and wonders are the demonstration of God’s power.

Psalm 66:3
Say to God, “How awesome are Your works! Through the greatness of Your power Your enemies shall submit themselves to You.”

Exodus 7:3
And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and multiply My signs and My wonders in the land of Egypt.
Deuteronomy 4:34
Or did God ever try to go and take for Himself a nation from the midst of another nation, by trials, by signs, by wonders, by war, by a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, and by great terrors, according to all that the LORD your God did for you in Egypt before your eyes?
Deuteronomy 6:20-22
When your son asks you in time to come, saying, “What is the meaning of the testimonies, the statutes, and the judgments which the LORD our God has commanded you?” then you shall say to your son: “We were slaves of Pharaoh in Egypt, and the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand; and the LORD showed signs and wonders before our eyes, great and severe, against Egypt, Pharaoh, and all his household.”

When Jesus walked the earth and the Kingdom of Light began to infiltrate the kingdom of darkness, things started changing in this world. Supernatural activity (the demonstration of God’s Power) was being felt in the land of Israel.

Parables of the Invading Kingdom

When Jesus taught His disciples about the Kingdom of Heaven, He described the Kingdom as something that starts out really small, but then turns into something massive!

Matthew 13:31-33
Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field, which indeed is the least of all the seeds; but when it is grown it is greater than the herbs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches.”

Another parable He spoke to them: “The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal till it was all leavened.”

Generally speaking, this is what it’s like when an army invades. At first, it can affect only one area, usually around the surrounding wall, or border, of a nation, but after awhile, it affects every area of life. Eventually, the whole nation knows that it’s being invaded and it gets very personal.

2000 years ago, this is what the invasion of the Kingdom of Light would have been like. Sure, in Jerusalem and the immediate surrounding area, the commencement of this invasion by the forces of Light was well-known. Jesus’ ministry was making very large ripples! But to the surrounding, distant nations (meaning Europe, Africa, and the Orient), the Good News had yet to be preached. They had no clue that their world was being invaded by another army.

The Impact of the Kingdom Invasion

Although the invasion would start out small, it would pack a powerful punch!

Now, think about this for a minute. If you were the commander of an army and wanted to invade another kingdom, what would be the best strategy?

If I were in charge of the invading Army, I would think that it would be in the best interest of my forces to knock out the “big guns” of the enemy first. Completely humiliate the enemy and wipe out any remaining weaponry that could be used against my army as it invades the territory that I desire to conquer.

This is what Jesus accomplished by His ministry, death and resurrection – and He used the miraculous to do it.

Matthew 28:18
And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.”

Colossians 2:15
Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.
Revelation 1:18
I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.
1 John 3:8
He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.

Take another look at that last verse. Notice that it did not say that the Messiah was manifested to destroy the devil? Yeshua was manifested to destroy THE WORKS of the devil! This means that everything the devil set up as part of his kingdom – all of his “big guns” – were destroyed by the death and resurrection of the Messiah.

The devil gets his due at a later date. That’s when the party starts!

Sending in the Ground Forces

As the invasion continues, however, the strategy of the Kingdom changes with it. The “big guns” of the enemy are demolished, and now the ground forces can go in and conquer the territory for the invading Kingdom.

PLEASE NOTE: This is NOT reflective of a change in the Father; He is always the same and His ways are always the same (and it’s the same with the Son). But now the enemy is on the run! Satan has been stripped of his primary means of defense, and the troops are on his heels!

Jesus spoke of this in what is known as the “Olivet Discourse.” Before you read the remainder of this chapter, I highly recommend that you read all of Matthew 24 and 25 for context and assistance in your understanding.

After speaking in Matthew 24 about the end time events that were to occur before His return (including a warning to beware of false prophets that perform false signs and wonders – v24), Jesus says something really interesting:

Matthew 24:42-25:1a
Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming.

But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.
Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master made ruler over his household, to give them food in due season? Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing. Assuredly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all his goods.
But if that evil servant says in his heart, “My master is delaying his coming,” and begins to beat his fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the drunkards, the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him and at an hour that he is not aware of, and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
THEN the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins…

I realize that I combined the beginning and ending of two chapters here. Keep in mind, Jesus never spoke in chapter and verse; all of these divisions were put into the Bible by man. If you can remember that, it will revolutionize your study of the Word.

We see here a change in the dynamic of the way the Kingdom operates with mankind. And since the Kingdom goes hand-in-hand with miracles, signs and wonders, I see no reason to “un-link” them here.

When this invasion started, it was all about INCREASE. The Kingdom Invasion started small, and grew larger and larger really fast! That’s why Jesus was fine with the non-disciple casting out demons, even though he wasn’t following Him.

Now that most of the work is accomplished, now that the “big guns” are demolished, the Kingdom becomes all about REDUCTION. That’s right! I said it! The Word of Faith people are completely wrong! In this Age, the Kingdom is going to decrease… not in scope… not in authority… but in membership!

Does that sound blasphemous? Please keep in mind that “the Way is narrow,” and keep reading.

Reduction in the Kingdom

Notice the way in which Jesus talks about all of these signs and events that would happen, signaling the End of the Age. If you study your Bible and history, you would know that the “signs” spoken of in Matthew 24 started occurring right after Yeshua died and rose again.

Persecution, famines, crazy people doing signs and wonders… they are all there in the book of Acts, and they have been happening ever since!

Jesus talks to His disciples about the importance of watching, cautioning them about being evil servants and revealing to them the penalty – then He says something interesting.

He says: “THEN the Kingdom of Heaven shall be like…”

This signifies a change in the Kingdom dynamic. The Kingdom operated one way up to a certain point, and then it operated another way after that point. Read all of Matthew 25 and contemplate the following points.

  • The ten virgins were all virgins and they were all waiting for the Bridegroom to come; they were not pagans and sinners. Yet their number was reduced from ten to five. Why? – No oil of consecration
  • In the next parable, God invested in His servants. They were all servants of God, not sinners, but one of the three was “cast into outer darkness” where there is “weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Why? – Because he was wicked, lazy and unprofitable (Matthew 25:26, 30).
  • When God gathers the nations before Him, He judges between the sheep and the goats. What is the deciding factor? Contrary to popular belief, it’s not the altruistic acts of feeding and clothing the poor, visiting people in prison, etc. – although those are important things to do. The Messiah says in verse 40 “inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren.”

Who are the Messiah’s “brethren?”

Matthew 12:48-50
But He answered and said to the one who told Him, “Who is My mother and who are My brothers?” And He stretched out His hand toward His disciples and said, “Here are My mother and My brothers! For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother.”

What is the “Will of God?”

1 Thessalonians 4:3-8
For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you should know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in passion of lust, like the Gentiles who do not know God; that no one should take advantage of and defraud his brother in this matter, because the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also forewarned you and testified.

For God did not call us to uncleanness, but in holiness. Therefore he who rejects this does not reject man, but God, who has also given us His Holy Spirit.
1 John 2:15-17
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world – the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life – is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.

So we can see the following factors coming into play, pertaining to whether you are “In” or “Out” of the Kingdom:

  • Having the Oil of Consecration – being consecrated to His purposes, obeying His Word (which is His will)
  • Being faithful with what He has given you – not being wicked (twisted), lazy and unprofitable
  • Giving of your time and substance to those doing the will of God – His brethren

WHOAH! Whatever happened to Mark 9:40 “For he who is not against us is on our side?”

So much for an easy and carefree entry into the Kingdom, right? The Way is definitely narrow, and few there be that find it. This could be a H-U-G-E study, but it’s outside the scope of this book. I really want to stick with the theme of “signs and wonders” here.

We can see that, after Jesus died and rose again, it was no longer acceptable to perform signs and wonders without being disciples of the Messiah. Just ask the sons of Sceva! Furthermore, at the End of the Age, we will see EVEN MORE of a decrease, as those who performed all kinds of wonderful miracles, signs and wonders IN JESUS NAME are turned away due to their lawlessness.

Matthew 7:21-23
Not everyone who says to Me, “Lord, Lord,” shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, “Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?” And then I will declare to them, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!” [2][3]

Answering the Questions

Understanding the role of miracles, signs and wonders within the context of a Kingdom Invasion puts us in a better “frame-of-mind” to answer the two questions posed at the beginning of this lengthy chapter.

Let’s look at them again. Let me start with Loose End #2.

Loose End #2 – In regard to miracles, signs and wonders – did our “Unchangeable God”… change?

The obvious answer to this question is “No.” He is the same miracle-working God that He was during the Exodus from Egypt and during the Messiah’s first appearance. We simply cannot arrive at the conclusion that God changed somehow, if the Scripture says He never changes.

Let’s get this firmly ingrained into our theology: our God never changes. He is the same God in the Old Testament, in the New Testament and “all the parts in between” and after.

At the risk of sounding repetitive, He didn’t change – but as this Kingdom Invasion progressed, with the “big guns” of the enemy completely destroyed, He can and does use other methods to establish His rule. Miracles, signs and wonders are still part of His “arsenal,” but there is something that changed in the Kingdom dynamic after the Messiah died and rose again. I will attempt to describe it in Loose End #1.

Loose End #1 – Why does it seem that it’s only the false prophets who are doing any miracles?

This may be a little tough to swallow, but there is something that you need to understand before we go on. Here it goes:

The reason God heals and performs signs, wonders and miracles is NOT to make you feel better or impress you!

The reason God performs miracles, signs, wonders and healing is to confirm His Word.

Miracles, Signs and Wonders Confirm the Word of God

Miracles, signs and wonders were performed to confirm His word spoken to Moses and Aaron.

Exodus 4:30-31
And Aaron spake all the words which the LORD had spoken unto Moses, and did the signs in the sight of the people. And the people believed: and when they heard that the LORD had visited the children of Israel, and that he had looked upon their affliction, then they bowed their heads and worshiped.

Miracles, signs and wonders were performed by Jesus to confirm His word that He spoke. Indeed, He was THE Word, so He was confirming Himself!

John 2:23
Now when he was in Jerusalem at the passover, in the feast day, many believed in his name, when they saw the miracles which he did.

John 3:2
This man [Nicodemus] came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.”

Miracles, signs and wonders were performed to confirm God’s word, preached by His disciples.

Mark 16:20
And they went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.

Acts 8:5-6
Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them. And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did.

Do you see a pattern here? It’s all about confirming God’s Word. Feeling better or being impressed with the works of God is just a wonderful side benefit.

So, why are the hucksters doing miracles? Is God confirming the word spoken by false prophets?

In short… yes.

Let us take a look at Mark 16 again:

Mark 16:20
And they went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.

Notice the word “them” is italicized? This means that the translators (who were mortal, fallible men) inserted the word in the text. They did this to help clarify things the best they knew how, but in this case (and in many other Scriptures), it had the opposite effect. Let’s re-look at the Scripture, omitting the text that was not supposed to be there in the first place.

Mark 16:20
And they went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.

God was working with and confirming His word – not the disciples.

And (surprise, surprise) God is the same today. He works with and confirms His word, not man. Regardless of the circumstances – regardless of the way that it is preached, it is the Word that gets confirmed by miracles, signs and wonders. Yes, the Word of God is that powerful.

Hebrews 4:12-13
For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.

So this point answers our questions:

  • Why did the Jewish itinerant exorcists and seven sons of Sceva fail?
  • Why did the non-disciple during Jesus’ time on earth apparently succeed?
  • Why does it seem that it is the false prophets who are doing miracles?

The seven sons of Sceva (Acts 19:14-16) FAILED to cast out the demon because they were trusting in the Name of Jesus without preaching or identifying with the Word of God (at least, there is no evidence of it). In their arrogance, they attempted to overcome a supernatural being by proclaiming “We exorcise you by the Jesus whom Paul preaches.” The demon was empowered to beat them senseless because there was nothing in the seven sons of Sceva to withstand the evil.

The non-disciple who SUCCEEDED in casting out a demon (Mark 9:38-40) while Jesus was on the earth did so because, as I’ve stated before, miracles, signs and wonders are used to confirm the Word! So it is a logical assumption that the Word must have been preached in some way.

God uses miracles, signs and wonders where the Word is preached, to confirm that Word, regardless of the way it is preached. Say what you will about the “Word of Faith” and the “Prophetic Movement” (and I have a lot to say), but I have to concede that they will quote Bible verses and elaborate/preach on them (for better or worse).

A Final Invitation

Why would God choose to operate this way? I believe that it is due to His mercy.

I believe that the healings, miracles, signs and wonders that occur in Jesus’ name among the false prophets are a last ditch effort by God to confirm His Word in those who have rejected it. It is an act of mercy to extend a final invitation to those who have not yet confirmed the Word in themselves, and it is an act of kindness to those who have.

The Kingdom Invasion is almost complete, and those who will not bow to the supremacy of the laws of His Kingdom will find themselves in a precarious position.

Matthew 7:21-23
Not everyone who says to Me, “Lord, Lord,” shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, “Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?” And then I will declare to them, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!”

People, you DON’T want to be in the camp of the lawless when He returns. It doesn’t matter if you have performed miracles or received miracles. If you don’t submit to the rule of the invading Kingdom, you are going to hear “depart from me,” and it’s going to be a bitter day for you. The thoughts and intents of your heart will be laid bare, and everyone will know what He knew all along – that His Word found no place in your heart.

John 15:10
If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.

Footnote:

[2] Blueletter bible definition of the word “anomia” [G458] (Source)
[3] Blueletter bible definition of the word “anomos” [G459] (Source)
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The more insidious false prophets establish a false authority by claiming that they hear from the Creator. This false claim strengthens their credibility among their listeners . . . then the damage occurs.

False Prophet is the Tail

The False Prophet is the Tail

Many of us are coming out of the haze and seeing false prophecy and false prophets in a different light. But do we really view false prophets the same way God does? This article will give you a better idea as to how God views those who may have good intentions, but are leading multitudes astray.

4 replies on “False Prophets Perform Miracles, Signs and Wonders (part 2)”

  1. Shalom Kevin!

    I do not know how the miracle signs and wonders work today-is it by YAHWEH’s Ruach or a different spirit….?.As for the talmidim/disciples, they used the messiah’s Hebrew Name…this is a question in my heart for a long time now-since i was AWAKENED to a Hebrew Elohim, reading Scripture from a Hebrew perspective and all the many lies you have also wrote about. Keep up the awesome work the Ruach are leading and helping you with!

    Amelda South-Africa

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