Signs and Wonders in the Last Days

As predicted in the Bible and manifested in our time

Who will be preaching them:

Matthew 7:21-23: "Not everyone who says to me, `Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, `Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?' Then I will tell them plainly, `I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'

(not "I knew you once, but you fell away", but rather "I NEVER knew you)

What they will preach and why:

Matthew 24:24: For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect-- if that were possible.

The spirit behind the "miracles":

II Thessalonians 2:9-12: The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.

The Beast and the False Prophet--Antichrist:

Revelation 13:13-14: And he performed great and miraculous signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to earth in full view of men. Because of the signs he was given power to do on behalf of the first beast, he deceived the inhabitants of the earth. He ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived.

Revelation 16:13-14: Then I saw three evil spirits that looked like frogs; they came out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet. They are spirits of demons performing miraculous signs, and they go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them for the battle on the great day of God Almighty.

Revelation 19:20: But the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who had performed the miraculous signs on his behalf. With these signs he had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshiped his image. The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur.

A question for Christians:

Are signs and wonders reliable evidence today that God is working through those who perform them?

God's solemn warning to those who preach lies:

"But if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to sin! Such things must come, but woe to the man through whom they come!"

--Matthew 18:6-7

Note: The word for "large millstone" in the Greek means "ass-millstone". There were many millstones in Israel when Jesus walked the earth. Some were small enough to be turned by hand. The one in this passage, however, was so large it had to be turned by an ass. To bring this into perspective, look out your window and let your eye rest upon the heaviest thing you see.

Further warning:

Read Jeremiah 23 (the whole thing) Deuteronomy 13 and Ezekiel 13:1-24 to find out what God says about those who deceive his people. Though he was then speaking to Israel, the moral force applies today.

"Because you disheartened the righteous with your lies, when I had brought them no grief, and because you encouraged the wicked not to turn from their evil ways and so save their lives, therefore you will no longer see false visions or practice divination. I will save my people from your hands. And then you will know that I am the LORD.'"

Created by Arne Herstad
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