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.