MemberApril 9, 2021 at 6:06 pm
Your writings contain some good information, and I hope to review them by rereading your substantial writings. You mentioned the technology of today would seem miraculous to those from the past. There may be some technology that we aren’t familiar with that would seem the same to us. Jesus said this.
For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. (Matt. 24:24 NIV)
You had so many good points I won’t venture to discuss them all. In addition to your good points—now up on the Monthly Focus page for this month is a Panel discussion that has some good material (or great discussions) about miracles. As usual Tim has expertly done the video segments that you can see available. The short-cut link though to get to the videos wasn’t yet operating last time I checked, but just scroll down manually and see the video. This is available from the Monthly Focus tab on the top of the page. You just never see this quality of video production on websites. I find it astonishing.
And the video on the same page about Pharaoh and the serpent also has great material. Some of the new information (to me) in the video segment was some of the historical challenges the Jews have faced that was shared by Jodi. I find the character of some of the participants in the Pharaoh video to just be so impressive.
Tim has spent his life doing videos and has assembled such a good team … I think it brings glory to God. Yet this is part of God’s plan.
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Eph. 2:10 NIV)
And God has granted us also the privilege of supporting this effort in various ways. I’m not only writing that comment to you Francesco, but to everyone who God is stirring to help in the ways he gifted us and prepared us.
MemberApril 17, 2021 at 7:08 am
I have no doubt that every miracle documented in the Bible actually happened, including the Red Sea Crossing, even with walls of water like de Mille’s movie depiction. I have personally experienced many healing miracles and commanded or prayed for things to happen in nature that subsequently occurred, with no obvious explanation. It is tragic that millions of Christians do not access any of the power given to them and never experience a miracle.
If anyone wants to learn more about healing miracles, I’d suggest starting by asking Dr. Randy Scott, who documented healings in his dissertation. He focused on surgically implanted metal (metal plates, artificial joints, etc.) being removed from the body by prayer. He has said he chose that type of miracle because it is the easiest to document using medical records and x-rays. I don’t know if he has published his dissertation, but he might be an interesting person for HFS to interview.
I also want to mention that I’ve had several miracles (or answered prayers) on our property. We live in a forest and our driveway is almost 1/3 mile and winds through the trees. After a severe drought, several of our large trees died. We didn’t have the financial resources to hire professionals to remove the trees and it was dangerous to wait for them to fall. Pine trees drop all at once and oak trees drop in sections. Both are dangerous. I started praying for specific trees to drop safely. It got to the point that I said exactly where I wanted the tree to land, and it happened exactly that way. In one case, a pine tree had fallen on a branch of an oak tree and extended over our driveway. If the oak’s limb had given way under the weight of the pine, the pine would have fallen across our driveway. It was a dangerous situation. I asked for the tree to be somehow brought down without blocking our driveway, while we were at work. The next day, when we came home, the pine tree had broken in half and was neatly folded on top of itself beside the driveway. In another case, I asked for the dead tree to be brought down without blocking the driveway or harming the crape myrtles beside the driveway. The tree dropped so precisely, it was laid as close as it could be behind the crape myrtles without harming them. Additionally, one night a tornado was headed our way. I watched it on the radar as it approached. Then I heard it coming to our house and the pressure changed in the house. I commanded it to turn, and it did. This can be seen by the path of twisted trees. You can see where it took off the tops of the pines on our property line, twisted two big oaks and several smaller trees, then turned on the edge of our front yard.
I have friends who live in my area who pray for storms to turn. There are a lot of people here who pray that, and if you’ll look at the path of Hurrican Ike, it came toward our area, and very improbably, it turned and went back to Houston.
God taught me about taking control over the natural world by having me stand outside on my deck one night when there was very thick cloud cover. I didn’t know what He was doing – but He had me sing It Came Upon a Midnight Clear, over and over again, for about 30 or 40 minutes. Then he had me look up, and there was a large opening in the clouds above my house where I could see the stars. Singing “a midnight clear” resulted in a clear sky above me.
I’ve also successfully prayed for mechanical things to work again, most notably our dryer.
I’ve prayed for my husband to get a picture in his mind of how to solve problem in doing a complicated car repair, and voila’. He got an image of an ingenious and simple solution.
I grew up in a mainstream denominational church and did not receive any education on miracles. It is literally a crying shame. There is so much more to Christian life than reading a devotional and getting comfort from prayer, but no results.
MemberApril 29, 2021 at 5:04 pm
Consider this Video and book.
<yt-formatted-string force-default-style=”” enable-empty-style-class=””>Lee Strobel: The Case for Miracles</yt-formatted-string>
<yt-formatted-string force-default-style=”” enable-empty-style-class=””>
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3VSIWHZtOI<yt-formatted-string force-default-style=”” enable-empty-style-class=””>
MemberJuly 28, 2021 at 12:17 pm
I must ask you to forgive me because I promised to write more information on this subject but I was unable to do so quickly due to an unexpected health problem.
Now I’m ready to write more information but, first of all I want to clarify one important thing. As some of you may have noticed from reading my posts, I have some very specific ideas on this topic of miracles. However, I would like to point out that, as any reasonable person should do, I have great respect for all those who have a different point of view.
After having made this important premise, I can proceed with the answer to the question I left open last time: “Does this mean that mankind will no longer see extraordinary “miracles” from God like those that people saw in the time of Moses and Jesus?”
The reason I came to address this further question is because, to summarize the previous posts, based on my knowledge of the scriptures I can state that miracles still happen today, but often not in the way we expect them to.
I have given abundant Scriptural evidence that can help us understand what kinds of miracles we can expect to see in our day and which ones it would not be reasonable to expect to see.
However, I completely agree with Timothy’s conclusion in the movie “Red Sea Miracle 2” when he says: “Whether God acts spectacularly is an important question because it affects my way of seeing God and the way I am live my life”
I am completely convinced that God dealt with the Israelites in the spectacular way described in the book of Exodus.
What I read in the biblical book of Exodus greatly influences my way of seeing God and the way I live my life, because, through the scriptures God has promised that He will act in a not so distant future in a similar way.
As Mr. Craig Keener states in that same movie, “God has the choice, God knows more than we do”.
It is true that God knows much more than we do but it is also true that God wants to help us understand how he intends to act through his word, the Bible.
And as Mr. Jason Derouchie states, the exodus of the Israelites is a pattern for a greater exodus, a second exodus that is to come and that is connected with the Messiah.
So we should ask ourselves this important question: “Is there any indication in the Bible as to how God will act in the future in connection with the Messiah, that is, with Jesus Christ ?”
It is important to ask this question because perhaps many of us, as well as Timothy did, are realizing that “we are at a Red Sea moment in our history on many levels where everything seems like it could be lost and it’s going to require something greater than can be solved at a natural human level, just like with the Israelites.”
So now let’s look at some scriptures and try to figure out what God is going to do and if we can know when He is going to act, perhaps even spectacularly.
For example, we may be very concerned about the now very evident consequences of global warming such as the devastating rains that destroy entire cities or the devastating fires that burn huge amounts of land or the devastating hailstorms that destroy homes, cars and crops or the devastating tornadoes that destroy everything in their path. And perhaps we are realizing that for more than thirty years the rulers have only been “talking” about global warming and pollution and in all these years they have never done anything serious to solve the problem.
Revelation 11:18 (NIV) “The nations were angry, and your wrath has come. The time has come for judging the dead, and for rewarding your servants the prophets and your people who revere your name, both great and small— and for destroying those who destroy the earth”.
Just as God destroyed the Egyptian army at the <st1:place w:st=”on”>Red Sea</st1:place>, he has already expressed his intention to destroy human beings who would go so far as to destroy one of his masterpieces, that is, this wonderful planet earth.
It is interesting to note that only in our historical period have human activities guided only by the pursuit of unbridled profit almost reached the destruction of our planet and therefore we can think that the intervention of God mentioned in this scripture is very close.
Jesus Christ himself, the Messiah, spoke of a historical period of mankind in which there would be many crises, one after another, and which would culminate in a great distress or tribulation.
Matthew 24:21-22 (NIV) “For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again. If those days had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened”.
Jesus made it clear that in that historical period if God had not intervened no human being would have survived that period of great crisis.
Just as the Israelites were saved by God through the miracle of the <st1:place w:st=”on”>Red Sea</st1:place>, so there will be people who will survive thanks to God’s intervention during mankind’s time of great crisis.
Revelation 7:9 (NIV) “After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands”
Revelation 7:13-14 (NIV) “Then one of the elders asked me, “These in white robes—who are they, and where did they come from?” I answered, “Sir, you know.” And he said, “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb”.
The prophet Daniel also spoke of this crisis situation of humanity which is now very close.
Daniel 12:1 (NIV) “At that time Michael, the great prince who protects your people, will arise. There will be a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then. But at that time your people—everyone whose name is found written in the book—will be delivered.”
Hence, from these scriptures, it should be clear that God will again intervene among human beings and will do so decisively to prevent men from destroying his planet. Given the sad situation we are in now, we can be encouraged to know that God himself will miraculously solve the many problems created by wicked management of the planet’s resources. It is also encouraging to know that there will be survivors on earth.
It would be interesting to note that those future survivors will be such because they would have done something in advance that is connected with “the blood of the lamb”, which is a clear reference to Jesus Christ.
However, talking about this last topic would go outside the specific topic dealt with in this discussion. So I stop here with my posts on this topic.
Find answers, ask questions, and connect with our
community around the world.