REVIVALS ARE MARKED
AND IDENTIFIED BY MIRACLES
"If ye shall ask anything in My name, I will do it."
Miracles are very vital and significant happenings in a revival. Jesus did many miracles.
"Many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of His disciples which are not recorded in this book, but these are written that ye believe."
"And there are also many other things which Jesus did, and if everyone should be written, the world itself could not contain the books written."
"Signs and wonders" are mentioned over 30 times in the Scriptures.
"Sign" is mentioned over 100 times.
The word "miracle" is found over 30 times.
The word, "works" is found in the Bible over 50 times.
"Acts and doings" reappear continually in the Word of God.
The Bible is a book of miracles. It is not just a history book.
Why do some want to down play miracles? We should expect miracles in Christian revival. The most astonishing thing is not that we are surprised by miracles, but that we are not astonished at the absence of them.
Miracles were present in the former rain revival. They will also be present during the latter rain revival. If we get saturated with God's presence, we will find miracles to be the norm.
THERE ARE VARIOUS REACTIONS TO MIRACLES DURING REVIVALS.
1. Satan and his agents counterfeit them.
Simon the sorcerer, before his conversion, had used miracles to cause people to follow him. These were done by the evil power of demons.
"But there was a certain man, called Simon, which beforetime in the same city used sorcery, and bewitched the people of Samaria, giving out that himself was some great one."
A fortune teller, before she was freed of the demonic powers who helped her tell the future to many people, had made her masters much money.
"a certain damsel with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying."
The magicians of Egypt had turned rods into snakes. The witch at Endor, to which King Saul had gone, had used demonic powers to do her work. In many places, such as these mentioned, we see that the devil will also use miracles to show power. The devil and his forces do have some power.
The Antichrist and the False prophet will have miracles in their deceptive takeover of power.
II Thessalonians 2:9
"Even him, whose coming is after the workings of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders."
We should not follow people because of their gifts, powers, or miracles. We know people who are the Lord's by a witness of the Spirit, and by their fruit. We should love the Word of God and its truth, and test all those who do miracles by that truth. The Bible assures us that those who "love the truth", will not be deceived by the devil or his lying wonders.
II Thessalonians 2:10-12
"And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie. That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness."
2. Some refuse to believe miracles.
The irreligious refuse to believe miracles. They are unfamiliar with the Bible, and deny the possibility of the miracles. They hurt themselves with their unbelief. Their unbelief keeps them far from miracles.
In Jesus own hometown area, He did not do many miracles there because of their unbelief.
"He did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief."
The nominally religious will also often refuse to believe in miracles. They are busy in the externals of religion. Like the scribes, Pharisees, and Sadducees in the days in which Jesus ministered on earth, many today will be in a form of religion, but deny and fight against miracles. Some of the people in that day, plotted to kill Lazarus, because of his miraculous resurrection. Many did not rejoice at the miracles of Jesus. Instead they grew angry.
3. Mis-instructed Christians are ignorant of miracles.
The mis-instructed Christians disbelieve because of ignorance. Poor teaching, or no teaching, result in much disbelief. Some believe in miracles of the Bible, but disbelieve in miracles for today.
They are like the spies sent into the promised land, and say: "Yes, it is good, but." They have seen many mighty works of God through the years, but they doubt God can do the works that are now required. Like the spies who doubted, they wander year after year in the wilderness experience, never setting foot in the promised land of miracles and power. They are those who have a "form of godliness, but deny the power thereof."
4. Some mock miracles and persecute those who do believe.
We today find many who have learned by the Bible, of by experience that whenever a miracle is done by God, the promotion of God, because of such miracle, brings persecution. Many therefore avoid praying for miracles, expecting miracles, or even reporting miracles that do occur. They want to avoid the mocking and persecution.
The disciples were charged with intoxication on the day of Pentecost. They had come down from the upper room, and were miraculously speaking praises to God in languages that they had never learned.
Those in Corinth were charged with madness for the tongues in which they prayed.
When miracle after miracle was done "in the name of Jesus", some of the persecutors tried to stop the miracles by forbidding disciples from using the name of Jesus.
Elisha was mocked to scorn when he told the other sons of the prophets of Elijah's translation.
Joseph was stripped, thrown into a pit, and sold into slavery, because of his faith in supernatural dreams.
Elijah fled because of Jezebel's anger, after the miracle on Mt. Carmel.
Paul was beaten with a whip after casting out demons (Acts 16:23).
Today, we who believe, expect miracles, and see miracles. We are often derided, forsaken, boycotted, and spiritually abused for such belief in miracles. Miracles are often done by God so glory will be given to Him. We would see more miracles therefore, if we gave God glory for them. Too often, Christians fail to testify of miracles in their lives, because they do not want to be persecuted by the dis- believers.
MIRACLES TODAY HAPPEN WHEN REVIVAL OCCURS.
The "tares" in the church, the false prophets of the day, and the hypocrites who worship only in form and ritual, hinder the miracles that God wants to do in this time. Even in the days Jesus walked this earth, there were times that He sent the ones who had little or no faith away, and then did the miracle. In His home town, He did not do many miracles, because of their unbelief. Today, because of the unbelief in many churches, miracles are rare.
The church of Laodicea, which represents most of the churches of the last days, says:
"...thou sayest... I have need of nothing."
This is the attitude of many in the church congregations of today. They do not feel the need of miracles. They think modern medicine is a replacement for the healing power of God. They often think reform of bad habits, and conformity to some rules and standards, replaces real salvation and sanctification. They think Christian television, radio, and magazines will do the work, instead of the gifts of the Spirit. Many are blind to the need of miracles.
God is angry at the "shepherds" (pastors) of the last days who do not have miracles following their ministry.
"The diseased have ye not strengthened, neither have ye healed the sick."
God wants the ministry of the last days to do His will in feeding, seeking, binding up, strengthening, healing, etc.
The Bible says:
"These signs shall follow them that believe: in My name, they shall cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover."
These signs are not following many who say that they believe. Why not? The Lord wanted us to do miracles and signs beyond what even He did. We should be expecting, and seeing miracles in times of revival.
"By the hands of the apostles were many signs and wonders wrought among the people."
The Bible promises the church the occurrence of miracles. If we do not have them, it is because we have not followed the Bible way.
"Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church, let them pray over him anointing with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up, and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much."
SOURCE AND PURPOSE OF THE MIRACLES DURING REVIVAL
"Not by might (the power of many), nor by power (the strength of one), but by My Spirit, saith the Lord of Hosts."
It is God's Spirit, sent back from heaven, after Jesus ascended back to His glory there. This Spirit of God miraculously works in this church age. The glory for the miracles goes to God, not to the church, not to the minister, not to the denomination, only to God.
We cannot be like Simon the sorcerer, who wanted the power to do signs and wonders, only so we may enhance our position. God does not do miracles to enhance a pastor, a church, an evangelist, etc. NO ! He does miracles to bring glory to Himself!!!!
Some think we should have miracles to get the lost saved. Yet, God tells us that He has chosen preaching of the gospel to save the lost.
Miracles are not done by the Spirit to "PROVE IT!". Many will come to a church, and watch to see miracles as a test. Satan tempted Jesus to do miracles to "PROVE IT !". Jesus said: "No!"
God honors faith, and He honors and confirms the Word of God with miracles.
"...the Lord, Who gave testimony unto the word of His grace, and granted signs and wonders to be done by their hands."
Many miracles confirmed and aided their sermons, and the preaching of the Word during the revival of the early church. After the first post-Pentecost sermon, 3000 were saved, and miracles, signs, wonders followed:
Then in Acts 2:43 we read:
"and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles."
At the gate Beautiful, the lame man was healed. Then Peter preached the Word of God (Acts 3:1-8), and 5000 were saved. The miracle was only preparatory to the preaching. Too many today want to avoid the Word of God, and get right to the miracles. This is not God's way. The miracles come as a response to the Word, or are preparatory to the preaching of the Word. We cannot successfully divorce the preaching of the Word, from the signs and wonders.
The world does not mind seeing signs, wonders, healings, and miracles. They mind only if we preach a soul-saving, sin eradicating salvation message. The Bible tells us that Stephen was "full of faith and power did great miracles and wonders among the people." (Acts 6:8) They did not stone him for those miracles. They did stone him when he preached a sermon which revealed their sinful hearts.
Philip "preached Christ unto" those in Samaria. These people "gave heed... hearing and seeing the miracles which he did" (Acts 8:5-6). The Word must accompany the signs and wonders, or the Lord is not pleased. He may send and perform miracles to awaken the spiritually asleep, draw the attention of the spiritually dead, or stir up those who are spiritually diverted, but then God wants the Word of salvation preached to the people.
After the earthquake miracle for Paul and Silas, they preached to the jailer and his whole household was saved (Acts 16:25-34).
Eutychus was raised from the dead, in the middle of Paul's long sermon. The sermon continued after the miracle (Acts 20:9-12).
Now in this last days revival, miracles should confirm the Word. We must get back to the preaching of the unadulterated Word of God. We must again preach the doctrines of the early rain revival. The name of Jesus must be proclaimed to the world with power and authority. Then the miracles will come. It is the adulterating of the true message of the Lord, that has hindered the miracles that should now be occurring.
"These signs" (Mark 16:17-18) should still be occurring in the congregations of this revival. In fact, the latter rain revival is prophesied to have a "double portion" of the last days’ revival.
"He hath given the former rain moderately, and He will cause to come down for you, the rain, the former and the latter rain in the first month."
To truly have revival, miracles are necessary. The message of the revival church is necessarily united with power, signs, and wonders. True revival brings the true message. Then the true message brings the true power.