Sunday, May 31, 2015

I Can Do All Things Through Christ: Natural vs. Supernatural.......

I Can Do All Things Through Christ: Natural vs. Supernatural

I can do everything through him who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:13)

Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." (Matthew 19:26)

"'If you can'?" said Jesus. "Everything is possible for him who believes." (Mark 9:23)

There is a lot of debate today over the meaning of the word "natural" in certain circles, particularly in the marketing of food products. What the word "natural" means in communication depends on the understanding of the one using the term.

For those starting from a Darwinian presupposition, for example, it might mean something like the "natural" course of the way things evolved. "Natural" in this sense is probably seen as the result of random processes absent from any intelligence guiding it. For those starting from a creation or intelligent design presupposition, "natural" means something related to a design principle, and what the designer intended.

Science, in the strictest sense of the word, cannot prove either starting presupposition. Both positions start with a belief about what is true.

When we come to the term supernatural, however, there is no serious debate as to what the term means. The only debate is whether or not it occurs in real life. Darwinists, for the most part, have to deny the supernatural to conform to their belief system.

For the reader of the Bible, one encounters the record of supernatural events all throughout the pages of scripture. Jesus constantly interacted with the natural realm supernaturally, defying so-called "laws of nature." He walked on water, changed water into wine, created food supernaturally, instantaneously healed sick people, and even raised some people from the dead. The Acts of the Apostles and early followers of Jesus Christ in the Bible records that they too operated at times in the supernatural after Jesus left.

As the verses at the beginning of this article state, Christ taught that all things were possible with God, and that through him there were no limitations to the natural order.

So how does one move from the natural to the supernatural?

There is one supernatural event recorded in the Bible that I think is very instructive and can show us just how to act supernaturally through Christ. The event was recorded in the book of Matthew chapter 14:

Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.

When evening came, he was there alone, but the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it. During the fourth watch of the night Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake.

When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. "It's a ghost," they said, and cried out in fear.

But Jesus immediately said to them: "Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid."

"Lord, if it's you," Peter replied, "tell me to come to you on the water."

"Come," he said.

Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.

But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, "Lord, save me!"

Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him.

"You of little faith," he said, "why did you doubt?"


And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down.

Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, "Truly you are the Son of God." (Matthew 14:22-33)

11 observations regarding this supernatural event:

1. Jesus came to his disciples who were in the midst of a storm (a natural event).

2. The disciples were afraid when they saw him. He came to them walking on top of the water supernaturally, and this was not something they had ever seen or experienced before, so they doubted that they were actually seeing Jesus.

3. Jesus said to them "Take courage! It is I." He apparently did not get into the boat at that time, but was close enough to the boat to communicate with them (shouting over the winds??)

4. Peter made a request. Peter was apparently not satisfied just looking at Jesus, as some had claimed he was a ghost. He wanted to go to Jesus and be sure it was really him, so he requested that Jesus tell him to come to him on the water.

5. Jesus responded to Peter's request and said: "Come."

6. Once Peter had the answer to his request, he acted upon it. He got out of the boat and walked on the water supernaturally.

7. As he walked towards Christ on the water, he doubted. He was doing something that was not "natural." He was afraid of the storm.

8. Peter made another request: "Lord save me!" (from drowning in the water) Note that Peter was a professional fisherman and probably a strong swimmer (John 21-1-9). This must have been quite some storm!

9. Jesus responded and saved him from drowning in the water during the storm.

10. Jesus spoke to him and told him what the cause was for his failure: he had "little faith" (but at least he had some!)

11.  Jesus asked Peter a question: "Why did you doubt?" It is not likely that Jesus asked this question expecting an answer from Peter, or because Jesus did not know the answer to this question. He asked it for Peter's benefit, so he could learn the answer.

Principles for Benefiting from the Supernatural Power of Christ

This story has many lessons for those of us who are believers in Christ, so let's look at some principles we can use to experience the supernatural power that Christ promises to his believers: I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. (John 14:12)

1. The disciples' worldview and belief system did not exclude the supernatural, or the spiritual realm.

Before they understood what was happening, they attributed their experience of seeing Jesus walking on the water as seeing a "ghost." They understood that there were things in creation outside of the natural order. If one's belief system does not allow for the spiritual realm or the supernatural, it is not likely you will ever benefit from supernatural experiences. You may experience something supernaturally in a negative way that challenges your belief system, but your unbelief will prevent you from experiencing Christ's supernatural power.

2. All supernatural benefits and actions are the result of knowing Christ.

Peter did not just decide to jump out of a boat and walk on water one day. He had spent time with Christ, getting to know him, and had seen how Christ worked in people's lives. Just prior to this story, Jesus had fed over 5000 people supernaturally from five loaves of bread and two fish. One has to know Christ first, on a personal basis, and that comes from the rebirth process where we are born again spiritually. Then we need to spend time with Jesus, watching how he works in our lives and in the lives of others, cultivating our relationship with him. If you cannot benefit from Christ's supernatural power to overcome simpler things in your life, such as controlling your anger, or loving someone who is not very loveable, then don't expect an invitation from Christ to walk on water.

There are of course other supernatural powers in the universe outside of Christ which operate in the spiritual realm, but they are all subject to Christ:

For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. (Colossians 1:13-17)

The very life-force and fabric of the universe is held in place by Jesus Christ. No power is higher than him.

3. Christ initiates the experience.

Christ came to them during the storm. They did not recognize him at first, as they were not expecting him to be there. That is the way it is with many of the storms of life we pass through. We fail to recognize that Christ is with us in the midst of the storm. We can't control the storms, but we can be victorious over them by understanding that Christ is there with us, and has everything under control.

Understanding that Christ always initiates a supernatural experience is very important. If we don't understand this truth, we are tempted to believe that we ourselves can manipulate the natural order via the supernatural, and this is a form of "magic" that is outside of the supernatural power of Christ working in our lives.

4. We must communicate with Christ.

Once we come to recognize that Christ is with us in the storm, we need to ask him for guidance and help. It would seem that in this story Christ was just going to stay near the boat making sure nothing was going to happen to the disciples. But Peter wanted more than that. So he asked Christ if he could walk on the water. He moved from a passive observer of the supernatural, to an active participant. However, he had a history of communicating with Christ prior to this event.

5. When Christ speaks to us, we must act upon his word in faith.

When we ask something from Jesus and he responds, do we believe it? Peter did, so he got out of the boat and started walking on the water. All believers are unique and have a unique relationship with Jesus, and we all need to cultivate that relationship, learning how to hear the voice of Jesus. When Jesus walked the earth and spoke to the believers in the natural realm using his natural voice and body, he told his disciples that after he left the Holy Spirit would come and be their "counselor," explaining everything to them:

All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. (John 14:25-26)

Today we have the written words of Christ contained in the scriptures which offer us much wisdom and benefit. But knowledge of his written word leads to only an intellectual knowledge about Christ, and not a personal knowledge in a relationship with Christ.

We need both! The disciples on earth who were with Christ in the natural realm received direct teaching from him during a three year period. We now have much of that teaching recorded in the Bible.

But just as intellectual knowledge about Christ was not enough for the original disciples, so too it is not enough for believes today. We must know Christ through the spiritual rebirth process, and be guided by the counsel of the Holy Spirit so that we have specific instructions from Jesus to act in faith when the storms come. Intellectual knowledge alone will not lead to supernatural power.

When Paul wrote a letter to believers in the city of Corinth in the first century, people whose lives had been radically transformed by Christ, he said:

When I came to you, brothers, I did not come with eloquence or superior wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling. My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit's power, so that your faith might not rest on men's wisdom, but on God's power. (1 Corinthians 2:1-5)

Paul lived a life in the supernatural.

God did extraordinary miracles through Paul, so that even handkerchiefs and aprons that had touched him were taken to the sick, and their illnesses were cured and the evil spirits left them. (Act 19:11-12)

He is the one who wrote the opening verse of this article above:

I can do everything through him who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:13)

6. When we fail, we must call out to Christ, because he is ready to act on our behalf.

Failure in acting in faith does not exclude us from further opportunities to experience the supernatural power of Christ. If you read about the life of Peter, he failed a lot! Even after this event, he would go on and deny Christ just before they killed him, acting once again out of fear.

But Peter was considered one of the "pillars" of the faith, and one of the key leaders in the early church. One of most beautiful truths of operating in the supernatural is that not only do our weaknesses and failures not exclude us from living a supernatural life, they are actually required! 

It is a paradoxical principle that Paul explained:

But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)

Jesus gave the key principle for us to live successful lives in both the natural and supernatural realm:

Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. (John 15:4-5)

Questions to ask yourself if you are not experiencing the supernatural power of Christ:

1. Do I truly know Christ, or do I only know about him?

When Jesus walked the earth in his natural body tens of thousands of people heard him preach, hundreds became his disciples, and twelve were his "apostles" and were with him the entire three years of his ministry. Of those twelve, there was an inner group of three who were closest to him (which included Peter), and we see two of those three performing most of the supernatural acts after he left. Today in his resurrected state, Jesus is not confined to a physical body, and we can be as close to him personally as Peter was who walked on water.

2. Has Christ approached me in a way where I did not recognize him?

3. Is there fear in my life, because I do not recognize that Christ is with me in a specific situation or storm in life?

4. What should I do about my doubt?

I can do everything through him who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:13)

Peter Walking on Water by Ivan Aivazovsky – 1890







The Nature Of Miracles.......PART ONE

The Nature Of Miracles

THE GOD OF THE BIBLE IS ALMIGHTY, SUPERNATURAL!

A true miracle is an event in the external world brought about by the immediate agency or the simple volition of God, operating without the use of means capable of being discerned by the senses, and designed to authenticate the divine commission of a religious teacher and the truth of his message (John 2:18; Matt. 12:38).

It is an occurrence at once above nature and above man. It shows the intervention of a power that is not limited by the laws either of matter or of mind, a power interrupting the fixed laws which govern their movements, a supernatural power.

"The suspension or violation of the laws of nature involved in miracles is nothing more than is constantly taking place around us. One force counteracts another: vital force keeps the chemical laws of matter in abeyance; and muscular force can control the action of physical force. When a man raises a weight from the ground, the law of gravity is neither suspended nor violated, but counteracted by a stronger force. The same is true as to the walking of Christ on the water and the swimming of iron at the command of the prophet.

The simple and grand truth that the universe is not under the exclusive control of physical forces, but that everywhere and always there is above, separate from and superior to all else, an infinite personal will, not superceding, but directing and controlling all physical causes, acting with or without them."

God ordinarily effects his purpose through the agency of second causes; but he has the power also of effecting his purpose immediately and without the intervention of second causes, i.e., of invading the fixed order, and thus of working miracles. Thus we affirm the possibility of miracles, the possibility of a higher hand intervening to control or reverse nature's ordinary movements.

In the New Testament these four Greek words are principally used to designate miracles:

Semeion, a "sign", i.e., an evidence of a divine commission; an attestation of a divine message (Matt. 12:38,39;16:1, 4; Mark 8:11; Luke 11:16; 23:8; John 2:11, 18, 23; Acts 6:8, etc.); a token of the presence and working ofGod; the seal of a higher power.

Terata, "wonders;" wonder-causing events; portents; producing astonishment in the beholder (Acts 2:19).

Dunameis, "might works;" works of superhuman power (Acts 2:22; Rom. 15:19; 2 Thess. 2:9); of a new and higher power.

Erga, "works;" the works of Him who is "wonderful in working" (John 5:20, 36).

Purpose

Miracles are seals of a divine mission. The sacred writers appealed to them as proofs that they were messengers of God. Our Lord also appealed to miracles as a conclusive proof of his divine mission (John 5:20, 36; 10:25, 38). Thus, being out of the common course of nature and beyond the power of man, they are fitted to convey the impression of the presence and power of God.

Where miracles are there certainly God is. The man, therefore, who works a miracle affords thereby clear proof that he comes with the authority of God; they are his credentials that he is God's messenger. The teacher points to these credentials, and they are a proof that he speaks with the authority of God. He boldly says, "God bears me witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles."

Credibility

The credibility of miracles is established by the evidence of the senses on the part of those who are witnesses of them, and to all others by the testimony of such witnesses. The witnesses were competent, and their testimony is trustworthy. Unbelievers, deny that any testimony can prove a miracle, because they say miracles are impossible. We have shown that miracles are possible, and surely they can be borne witness to. Surely they are credible when we have abundant and trustworthy evidence of their occurrence. They are credible just as any facts of history well authenticated are credible.

Miracles, it is said, are contrary to experience. Of course they are contrary to our experience, but that does not prove that they were contrary to the experience of those who witnessed them. We believe a thousand facts, both of history and of science, that are contrary to our experience, but we believe them on the ground of competent testimony.

An atheist or a pantheist must, as a matter of course, deny the possibility of miracles; but to one who believes in a personal God, who in his wisdom may see fit to interfere with the ordinary processes of nature, miracles are not impossible, nor are they incredible.

The Nature Of Miracles......PART TWO

The Nature Of Miracles

From one end to the other, the Bible refers to miracles. There's the story of Moses parting the Red Sea in Exodus. There's Elijah calling down fire from heaven on Mt. Carmel. There's Jesus walking on water, healing the sick, and raising the dead. But are these accounts really credible? Can anyone with an intelligent mind accept the reality of the miracles described in Scripture?

Did miracles ever actually occur? Perhaps the accounts are myth?

The Bible, with a credibility of its own, is replete with reports of miracles. All four Gospel accounts refer to Jesus as a miracle-worker. Specific details in those accounts (Matthew 11, John 11) and the fact that first-century Jewish authorities acknowledged Jesus' miracles(John 3:2), adds weight to the case. Even so-called antagonistic sources, such as the Talmud and certain Islamic writings, allude to the miracles of Jesus. Then, finally, all attempts to refute the broad-ranging reports of miracles in the Bible have themselves lacked reliable documentation and credibility.

But isn't it possible that Bible miracles are just the fantasies of ignorant people who don't even know about the laws of nature?

C.S. Lewis once observed:

If a man had no conception of a regular order in nature, then of course he could not notice departures from that order. When the disciples saw Christ walking on the water, they were frightened: they would not have been frightened unless they had known the laws of nature, and known that this was an exception.

But aren't miracles actually a violation of the principles of logic? Don't miracles essentially therefore make Christianity out to be an unreasonable faith?

Not at all. You are confusing the laws of logic with the laws of nature. The laws of logic are prescriptive. They define the basic and inviolable parameters and unavoidable patterns of human thinking. On the other hand, the laws of nature are descriptive. They are a record of how the natural world normally operates. Scientific laws don't control or explain events. They are only a generalized record of those events. The laws of logic constitute a perfect standard. The laws of nature describe actual reality. God can suspend the laws of nature at will because He designed them. He would not (and actually cannot) violate the laws of logic, because they are a part of His nature.

What do you mean when you say that logic is a part of God's nature?

Logic is inherent to the character of God, and God cannot ever stop being what He is, or deny His nature (2 Timothy 2:13). God is rational and, because we are created in His image, so are we.

But doesn't the Bible say that God can do the impossible?

God can do what is humanly impossible (Luke 18:27). He cannot do what is actually impossible, and He does not do what is rationally impossible, e.g., make A = non-A, or cease to be God.

What are antinomies, paradoxes, and mysteries? How do they fit in here?

A paradox is a "seemingly contradictory statement that may nonetheless be true." An antinomy is a contradiction between principles or conclusions that seem equally necessary and reasonable. A mystery (or an enigma) is something that is not fully understood at present. How God performs miracles often baffles the understanding, but does not mean that He can't perform them.

Doesn't science rule out miracles in nature?

To prove or disprove any natural phenomenon, science typically depends on verifiable, repeatable experimentation. Miracles are, by nature, unrepeatable—the result of God supernaturally suspending, or transcending, the created order and the laws of nature. 

Author Ron Rhodes says,

"The scientific method is useful for studying nature, but not super-nature."

Are you suggesting that God can violate the very laws of nature that He Himself implemented in the first place?

Yes, although the term "transcend" seems preferable to the term "violate." "God is outside, over, and above natural law, and is not bound by it," says Paul Little. Another commentator once observed: "The God of Scripture is an Almighty God. He would have had no problem getting the great fish to swallow Jonah… or Jonah to swallow the great fish." God can, has, and will transcend the laws of nature to accomplish His purposes in the world.

The Supernatural Acts of the Disciples.....

The Supernatural Acts of the Disciples

THE GOD OF THE BIBLE IS ALMIGHTY, SUPERNATURAL!

General Success of the Disciples Under Jesus' Training

Jesus trains his disciples for three years in the principles of faith to heal and deliver [Matthew 10:1,Mark 3:14-15, Mark 6:7, Luke 9:1].

The disciples have success in their healing and deliverance ministries [Mark 6:13, Luke 9:6, Mark 16:20].

Peter walks on the water under the supervision of Jesus [Mark 14:28-31].


Success of the Seventy

Jesus sends the Seventy out [Luke 10:1] and commands them, "to heal the sick there, and say to them, The kingdom of God has come near to you [Luke 10:9].

The seventy return with joy, saying, "Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name [Luke 10:17].

Unknown Disciple Casting Out Demons

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 [dunamis] in My name can soon afterward speak evil of Me. For he who is not against us is on our side [Mark 9:38-40 and Mark 9:39].

Supernatural Acts of The Disciples After Jesus' Ascension

"Then Peter said, silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk. And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. So he, leaping up, stood and walked and entered the temple with them-walking, leaping, and praising God. And all the people saw him walking and praising God" [Acts 3:6-8 and Acts 3:1-10, Acts 3:16].

General Statements of Supernatural Acts by the Disciples of Jesus Christ

"What shall we do to these men? For, indeed, a notable miracle has been done through them is evident to all who dwell in Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it" [Acts 4:16].

"And through the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were done among the people. And they were all with one accord in Solomon's Porch" [Acts 5:12, see also Prayer of Disciples Acts 4:30].

"Also a multitude gathered from the surrounding cities to Jerusalem, bringing sick people and those who were tormented by unclean spirits, and they were all healed" [Acts 5:16 ].

Supernatural Acts of Peter

"So that they brought the sick out into the streets and laid them on beds and couches, that at least the shadow of Peterpassing by might fall on some of them" [Acts 5:15].

Aeneas is healed. "And there he found a certain man named Aeneas, which had kept his bed eight years, and was sick of the palsy. And Peter said unto him, Aeneas, Jesus Christ makes thee whole: arise, and make thy bed. And he arose immediately. And all that dwelt at Lydda and Saron saw him, and turned to the Lord" [Acts 9:33-35 and Acts 9:33-35 ].

Tabitha [Dorcas] is raised from the dead by Peter. "And it came to pass in those days, that she was sick, and died: whom when they had washed, they laid her in an upper chamber...But Peter put them all forth [Mark 5:40], and kneeled down, and prayed; and turning him to the body said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes: and when she saw Peter, she sat up. And he gave her his hand, and lifted her up, and when he had called the saints and widows, presented her alive" [Acts 9:36-41 andActs 9:36-41].

Ananias and Sapphira Are Punished. "Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have buried thy husband are at the door, and shall carry thee out" [Acts 5:1-10 andActs 5:1-10].


Supernatural Acts by Deacon Stephen

"And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people" [Acts 6:5, Acts 6:8].
Steven has open vision of Jesus in heaven before death [Acts 7:55-56].

Supernatural Acts by Deacon Philip

"And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did. For unclean spirits, crying with a loud voice, came out of many who were possessed; and many who were paralyzed and lame were healed" [Acts 8:6-7].

Philip transported by the Spirit of the Lord out of the desert to Azotus. "And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing But Philip was found at Azotus" [Acts 8:26-40].

"The house of Philip the evangelist, which was one of the seven; and abode with him. And the same man had four daughters, virgins, which did prophesy" [Acts 21:8-9].


Supernatural Acts by Disciple Ananias

"Now there was a certain disciple at Damascus named Ananias; and to him the Lord said in a vision, Ananias and he said, 'Here I am, Lord'" [Acts 9:10-16].

"And Ananias went his way and entered the house; and laying his hands on him he said, "Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you came, has sent me that you may receive your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit. Immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he received his sight at once; and he arose and was baptized [Acts 9:17-18].


Supernatural Acts by the Prophet Agabus

"Then one of them, named Agabus, stood up and showed by the Spirit that there was going to be a great famine throughout all the world, which also happened in the days of Claudius Caesar" [Acts 11:28 and Acts 11:28].

"And as we stayed many days, a certain prophet named Agabus came down from Judea. When he had come to us, he took Paul's belt, bound his own hands and feet, and said, thus says the Holy Spirit, 'So shall the Jews at Jerusalem bind the man who owns this belt, and deliver him into the hands of the Gentiles' [Acts 21:10-13 and Acts 21:10-13].


Supernatural Acts by Paul

Crippled man at Lystra is healed. "And in Lystra a certain man without strength in his feet was sitting, a cripple from his mother's womb, who had never walked. This man heard Paul speaking. Paul, observing him intently and seeing that he had faith to be healed, said with a loud voice, Stand up straight on your feet! And he leaped and walked" [Acts 14:8-10 and Acts 14:8-10].

Elymas the sorcerer is blinded by Paul for a season. "But Elymas the sorcerer (for so his name is translated) withstood them, seeking to turn the proconsul away from the faith. Then Saul, who also is called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked intently at him and said, 'O full of all deceit and all fraud, you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease perverting the straight ways of the Lord? And now, indeed, the hand of the Lord is upon you, and you shall be blind, not seeing the sun for a time'. And immediately a dark mist fell on him, and he went around seeking someone to lead him by the hand. [Acts 13:8-11 and Acts 13:8-11].

Deliverance of girl with a spirit of divination. "Now it happened, as we went to prayer, that a certain slave girl possessed with a spirit of divination met us, who brought her masters much profit by fortune-telling. This girl followed Paul and us, and cried out, saying, 'These men are the servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us the way of salvation'. And this she did for many days. But Paul, greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, 'I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her'. And he came out that very hour" [Acts 16:16-18 and Acts 16:16-18].

"Now God worked unusual miracles by the hands of Paul, so that even handkerchiefs or aprons were brought from his body to the sick, and the diseases left them and the evil spirits went out of them [Acts 19:11-12 and Acts 19:11-12].

Restoring life to Eutychus after fall. "And in a window sat a certain young man named Eutychus, who was sinking into a deep sleep. He was overcome by sleep; and as Paul continued speaking, he fell down from the third story and was taken up dead. But Paul went down, fell on him, and embracing him said, 'Do not trouble yourselves, for his life is in him'[Acts 20:9-10 andActs 20:9-10].

Paul Is Unharmed by a Viper. "But when Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks and laid them on the fire, a viper came out because of the heat, and fastened on his hand. So when the natives saw the creature hanging from his hand, they said to one another, 'No doubt this man is a murderer, whom, though he has escaped the sea, yet justice does not allow to live.' But he shook off the creature into the fire and suffered no harm" [Acts 28:3-5, Mark 16:18, Acts 28:3-5].

Healing of Publius' Father. "In that region there was an estate of the leading citizen of the island, whose name was Publius, who received us and entertained us courteously for three days. And it happened that the father of Publius lay sick of a fever and dysentery. Paul went in to him and prayed, and he laid his hands on him and healed him. So when this was done, the rest of those on the island who had diseases also came and were healed" [Acts 28:7-9 and Acts 28:7-9].


Supernatural Knowledge Given to Paul

Paul prophesies to ship owners, "Men, I perceive that this voyage will end with disaster and much loss, not only of the cargo and ship, but also our lives"[Acts 27:10]. Paul prophesies again no loss of life during violently storm [Acts 27:22, See complete passage Acts 27:10-44].

Miraculous Releases from Prison

Twelve released from prison. "Laid their hands on the apostles and put them in the common prison. But at night an angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and brought them out, and said, Go, stand in the temple and speak to the people all the words of this life" [Acts 5:18 and Acts 5:18-21].

Peter released from prison. "Now behold,an angel of the Lord stood by him, and a light shone in the prison; and he struck Peter on the side and raised him up, saying, 'Arise quickly!' And his chains fell off his hands" [Acts 12:7 and Acts 12:3-19].

Paul and Silas released from prison. "But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone's chains were loosed" [Acts 16:24-25 and Acts 16:20-34].


Christians

"The followers of Jesus were first called Christians in Antioch" [Acts 11:26, Acts 26:28, 1 Peter 4:16]. The word Christian comes from the word [ Χριστιανoς Christianos]. Christianos originates from the Greek word [ Χριστος Christos ]. Christos means the "anointed".

The JFB Commentary states that the word Christian or Christianos probably originates from the Roman community of Antioch because of the termination of the word [Jamieson Fausset Brown Bible Commentary, p.78]. The Latin suffix -ianos is generally defined as "related to, belong to". The Roman community was saying the followers of Jesus Christ were "related to, belong to" Jesus Christ. This was not a term of respect because the Latin termination -ianos, widely used throughout the empire, often designated the slaves of the one with whose name it was compounded.

The Jewish community called the followers of Jesus, "Nazarenes". Both names were terms of reproach [John 1:46, Acts 24:5].

Christians belong to and are related to the anointing. Jesus told the disciples to stay in Jerusalem, "until you are endued with power from on high" [Luke 24:49]. A disciple must be endued or clothed in power to do what Jesus has called us to do. The Greek word for the English word power is δυναμις dunamis. A believer must have power to fulfill the Great Commission of Jesus Christ [Luke 24:47, Matthew 28:18]. Jesus said, "You shall receive dunamis power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth" [Acts 1:8].

Crowds came in from the villages around Jerusalem, bringing their sick and those possessed by evil spirits, and they were all healed [-Acts 5:16]. The rest of those on the island who had diseases also came and were healed [-Acts 28:9].

123 Miracles Recorded In The Bible ...........

123 Miracles Recorded In The Bible 

THE GOD OF THE BIBLE IS ALMIGHTY, SUPERNATURAL!

CREATION of the universe, including plants, animals and humans (Genesis 1-2)

WORLDWIDE FLOOD EVENT—destruction of the entire world by a divine Flood and the miraculous preservation of 8 righteous people and representative land-dwelling, air-breathing animals in the Ark. (Gen. 7, 8)

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CONFUSION OF LANGUAGES (tongues) at Babel (Gen. 11:1-9)—a world of one language instantly transformed into a world of many languages

SINFUL CITIES DESTROYED—destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah (Gen. 19:24)

SUPERNATURAL DEATH—Lot's wife turned into a "pillar of salt" (Gen. 19:26)

SUPERNATURAL CONCEPTION—Isaac conceived by very elderly Sarah and 100 year old Abraham at Gerar (Gen. 21:1)

ELDERLY NURSING MOTHER—Sarah was also able to naturally nurse baby Isaac. (Genesis 21:7)

The ten plagues of Egypt (Ex. 7:20-12:30)

WATER TURNED TO BLOOD—Water everywhere became BLOOD. The fish died, and the river stank. (Exodus 7:14-25

FROG PLAGUE—God suddenly covered the land of Egypt with FROGS, and later supernaturally killed them, leaving them to make Egypt again stink (Ex. 8:2-14; Ps. 78:45; 105:30)

LICE PLAGUE—"All the dust of the land became lice throughout all the land of Egypt." (Exodus 8:17-18)

FLIES—God sent "grievous" swarms of flies upon all the people and houses of Egypt, covering even the ground, except in the land of Goshen (where the Israelites dwelled fly-free). (Exodus 8:20-24)

MURRAIN suddenly killed Egypt's cattle (Exodus 9:3-6)

BOILS AND BLAINS—The sixth plague, of "boils and blains," like the third, was sent without warning (Ex.9:8-12). It is called (Deut. 28:27) "the botch of Egypt," King James Version; but in Revised Version, "the boil of Egypt." "Themagicians could not stand before Moses" because of it.

HAIL WITH FIRE AND THUNDER (Ex. 9:13-33). Warning was given of its coming. (Compare Ps. 18:13; 105:32-33).

LOCUSTS—The plague of locusts, which covered all of Egypt, so that the land was darkened with them (Ex. 10:12-15). The Hebrew name of this insect, arbeh, points to the "multitudinous" character of this visitation. Warning was given before this plague came. Again, the nearby land of Goshen was spared.

LOCALIZED DEEP DARKNESS—The plague (the ninth) of darkness in Egypt (Ex. 10:21) is described as darkness "which may be felt." It covered "all the land of Egypt," so that "they saw not one another." It did not extend to the land of Goshen (verse 23).

DEATH OF ALL FIRST-BORN—people and beasts, struck by an angel of death in a single night / Israelite first-bornsspared, if blood was painted around their door. (Ex. 11:1-8; 12:29-30)

Exodus miracles

BURNING BUSH not consumed (Ex. 3:3)

SNAKE—Aaron's rod changed into a serpent (Ex. 7:10-12)

RED SEA DIVIDED at just the right moment; the nation of Israel passes through on DRY GROUND. The sea then violently consumes the Egyptian army. (See: Passage of Red Sea) (Ex. 14:21-31)

DRINKING WATER FIXED—Bitter waters of Marah sweetened (Ex. 15:23-25)

MANNA sent daily to feed the Israelites, except on the Sabbath (Ex. 16:14-35)

WATER from the rock at Rephidim (Ex. 17:5-7)

Nadab and Abihu consumed for offering "strange fire" (Lev. 10:1-2)

Complainers consumed by FIRE at Taberah / the destruction stopped in response to Moses' prayer (Num. 11:1-3)

EARTH OPENS AND SWALLOWS Korah and his company. (Num. 16:32-34)

"There came out a FIRE from the LORD, and consumed" 250 particular men fleeing the earth swallowing at Kadesh(Num. 16:35-45)

PLAGUE—at Kadesh almost instantly killing 14,700, and stopped by Moses command Aaron to run with a incensecenser among the people and "make an atonement for them" (Num. 16:46-50)

AARON'S ROD "brought forth buds, and bloomed blossoms, and yielded almonds" at Kadesh (Num. 17:1-11)

WATER PROVIDED IN DESERT—from the rock, after smitten twice by Moses, in the desert of Zin (Num. 20:7-11)

"The Lord sent FIERY SERPENTS among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died." (Numbers 21:6)

BRASS SERPENT on a pole in the desert of Zin—"if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived." (Num. 21:8-9)

The JORDAN DIVIDED, so that Israel passed over dryshod near the city of Adam (Josh. 3:14-17)

The WALLS OF JERICHO fall down at God's command, after the Israelites prove their faith in Him (Josh. 6:6-20)

The SUN AND MOON STAYED MOTIONLESS (longer day) to enable the Israelites to win a crucial battle (Josh. 10:12-14)—Can we explain the "long days" of Joshua and Hezekiah? Answer

MEGA HAILSTORM destroys the Amorite army in a battle with Joshua (Josh. 10:12-14)

Miracles in Israel or surrounding God's prophets

BALAAM'S DONKEY PROTECTS AND SPEAKS—An angel is dispatched against Balaam to express God's anger.Balaam's ass (donkey) repeatedly protected him from the angel and ultimately spoke to Balaam (Num. 22:21-35)

SAMSON'S STRENGTH (Judg. 14-16)

WATER from a hollow place "that is in Lehi" (Judg. 15:19)

IDOL SUPERNATURALLY FALLS—Dagon falls twice before the ark of the covenant. (1 Sam. 5:1-12)

DISEASE—Emerods on the Philistines (1 Sam. 5:1-12)

SUPERNATURAL DEATH—men of Beth-shemesh smitten for looking into the ark of the covenant (1 Sam. 6:19)

SUPERNATURAL THUNDERSTORM causes a panic among the Philistines at Eben-ezer (1 Sam. 7:10-12)

THUNDER and RAIN in harvest at Gilgal (1 Sam. 12:18)

SUPERNATURAL SOUND—"The sound of a going in the tops of the mulberry trees" as a supernatural sign to attack the Philistines with God's help at Rephaim (2 Sam. 5:23-25)

SUPERNATURAL DEATH—Uzzah smitten for touching the ark at Perez-uzzah (2 Sam. 6:6, 7)

DISEASE AND HEALING—Jeroboam's hand instantly withered and then restored (1 Kings 13:4-6)

PAGAN ALTAR DESTROYED—Jeroboam's new altar supernaturally destroyed at Bethel (1 Kings 13:4-6

PROPHET KILLED BY LION immediately after disobeying God's direct command (1 Kings 13:1-26). His donkey was spared.

WIDOW'S MEAL AND OIL—a widow of Zarephath's meal and oil increased (1 Kings 17:14-16)

RESURRERCTION—widow's son raised from the dead (1 Kings 17:17-24)

DROUGHT in response to Elijah's prayers (1 Kings 17-18)

SUPERNATURAL FIRE in response to Elijah's prayers (1 Kings 18:19-39)

RAIN—in clear response to prophet Elijah's prayers (1 Kings 18:41-45)

RAVENS DELIVER FOOD—prophet Elijah fed by ravens (1 Kings 17-18)

FIRE FROM HEAVEN—Ahaziah's captains consumed BY fire from heaven near Samaria (2 Kings 1:10-12)

RIVER DIVIDED—Jordan divided by Elijah and Elisha near Jericho (2 Kings 2:7, 8, 14)

SUPERNATURAL TRANSPORT—Elijah carried up into Heaven (2 Kings 2:11)

WATERS OF JERICHO HEALED by Elisha's casting salt into them (2 Kings 2:21, 22)

DEATH BY BEARS—2 bears miraculously destroy 42 "young men" immediately after they mocked the prophetElisha (2 Kings 2:24)

WATER PROVIDED for Jehoshaphat and his allied army (2 Kings 3:16-20)—"Ye shall not see wind, neither shall ye see rain; yet that valley shall be filled with water, that ye may drink, both ye, and your cattle, and your beasts."

WIDOW'S OIL MULTIPLIED (2 Kings 4:2-7)

RESURRECTION—The Shunammite's son given, and raised from the dead at Shunem (2 Kings 4:32-37)

POISON REVERSED—The deadly pottage cured with meal at Gilgal (2 Kings 4:38-41)

HUNDRED MEN FED with 20 barley loaves and ears of corn at Gilgal (2 Kings 4:42-44)

INSTANT DISEASE AND HEALING—Naaman instantly healed of leprosy, Gehazi instantly afflicted with it (2 Kings 5:10-27)

IRON AXE-HEAD MADE TO SWIM in the river Jordan (2 Kings 6:5-7)

MIND-READING PROPHECIES—Ben Hadad's secret plans discovered. Hazael's thoughts, etc., through theprophecies of Elijah (2 Kings 6:12)

INSTANT BLINDNESS—Syrian army smitten with blindness at Dothan (2 Kings 6:18)

HEALING—The Syrian army healed of blindness at Samaria (2 Kings 6:20)

RESURRECTION—Elisha's bones revive the dead (2 Kings 13:21)

MASS DEATH—Sennacherib's Assyrian army of 5,180 killed overnight by an angel near Jerusalem (2 Kings 19:35)

SHADOW OF SUN GOES BACK TEN DEGREES on the sun-dial of Ahaz, Jerusalem (2 Kings 20:9-11)—Can we explain the "long days" of Joshua and Hezekiah? Answer

INSTANT DISEASE—King Uzziah instantly struck with leprosy, Jerusalem (2 Chr. 26:16-21)

PROTECTION IN BLAZING FIRE—Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego delivered from the fiery furnace in Babylon(Daniel 3:10-27)

PROTECTION FROM HUNGRY LIONS—Daniel saved from hungry lions in a sealed den (Dan. 6:16-23) / Those who falsely accused Daniel were then thrown to the same lions, who killed them. (Daniel 6:24)

JONAH SURVIVED IN THE FISH'S BELLY and safely landed (Jonah 2:1-10)—How could Jonah survive three days in the belly of a "whale"? Answer

GIDEON'S FLEECE—wet when it shouldn't be, and dry when it shouldn't be (Judg. 6:37-40)

OTHER FULFILLED PROPHECIES—see: prophecy and prophets

Miracles surrounding Jesus Christ or His appointed apostles

FULFILLED MESSIANIC PROPHECIES 

MIRACULOUS CONCEPTION—the incarnation of Jesus Christ by the Holy Ghost (Luke 1:35) to a virginVIRGIN, and without genetic human parents (a Second Adam, genetically, without imputation of sin). 

STAR OF BETHLEHEM appears and leads wisemen to young Christ

HEALING—2 blind men (Matt 9:27-31)

MONEY—needed tax/tribute money miraculously provided in a randomly caught fish's mouth, as promised by Jesus Christ (Matt 17:24-27)

HEALING—deaf and dumb man healed (Mark 7:31-37)

HEALING—blind man of Bethsaida (Mark 8:22-26)

JESUS PASSES UNSEEN through hostile crowd attempting his murder (Luke 4:28-30)

FISH—the miraculous draught of fishes (Luke 5:4-11)

RESURRECTION—the raising of the widow's son at Nain (Luke 7:11-18)

HEALING—woman with the spirit of infirmity (Luke 13:11-17)

HEALING—man with the dropsy (Luke 14:1-6)

HEALING—ten lepers (Luke 17:11-19)

HEALING—of Malchus (Luke 22:50-51)

WATER TURNED TO WINE (John 2:1-11)

HEALING—Cure of nobleman's son, Capernaum (John 4:46-54)

HEALING—impotent man at Bethsaida healed (John 5:1-9)

HEALING—man born blind healed (John 9:1-7)

RESURRECTION—Lazarus raised from the dead after (John 11:38-44)

FISH—draught of fishes instantly caught at Christ's instruction (John 21:1-14)

HEALING—Syrophoenician woman's daughter healed (Matt 15:28; Mark 7:24)

LOAVES AND FISHES—4,000 fed from 7 loaves and a few little fishes (Matt 15:32; Mark 8:1)

FIG TREE destroyed (Matt 21:18; Mark 11:12)

HEALING—Centurion's servant healed (Matt 8:5; Luke 7:1)

HEALING AND EXORCISM—blind and dumb demoniac cured (Matt 12:22; Luke 11:14)

EXORCISM—demoniac cured in synagogue at Capernaum (Mark 1:23; Luke 4:33)

HEALING—Peter's wife's mother healed (Matt 8:14; Mark 1:30; Luke 4:38)

SEA STORM STILLED ON COMMAND (Matt 8:23; Mark 4:37; Luke 8:22)

EXORCISM—Demoniacs of Gadara cured (Matt 8:28; Mark 5:1; Luke 8:26)

SWINE SUICIDE—about 2,000 swine rush into the water and drown after Christ allowed demons to transfer to them from demoniacs (Mark 5:1-20)

HEALING—leper (Matt 8:2; Mark 1:40; Luke 5:12)

RESURRECTION—Jairus's daughter raised (Matt 9:23; Mark 5:23; Luke 8:41)

HEALING—woman's issue of blood healed (Matt 9:20; Mark 5:25; Luke 8:43)

HEALING—man sick of the palsy healed (Matt 9:2; Mark 2:3; Luke 5:18)

HEALING—Man's withered hand healed (Matt 12:10; Mark 3:1; Luke 6:6)

HEALING—lunatic child healed (Matt 17:14; Mark 9:14; Luke 9:37)

HEALING—2 blind men instantly healed (Matt 20:29; Mark 10:46; Luke 18:35)

JESUS WALKS ON SEA (Matt 14:25; Mark 6:48; John 6:15)


FOOD—Jesus feeds 5,000 "in a desert place" (Matt 14:15; Mark 6:30; Luke 9:10; John 6:1-14)

THE TRANSFIGURATION of Jesus Christ (Matt 17:1-8)

RESURRECTION of Jesus Christ after declared dead by Roman authorities and buried for days (John 21:1-14)

ASCENSION of Jesus Christ to Heaven (Luke 2:42-51)

HEALING—Peter and the HEALING of a the paralytic Aeneas at Lydda (Acts 9:32, 35, 38)

TONGUES—miraculous ability to SPEAK AND/OR UNDERSTAND A FOREIGN LANGUAGE (tongue) previously unknown to the speaker. 

DIVINE INSPIRATION of Scripture (Word of God)

THE GOD OF THE BIBLE IS ALMIGHTY, SUPERNATURAL.......All The Supernatural Events Recorded in the Bible

All The Supernatural Events Recorded in the Bible

Not all these events are miracles in the technical sense of a direct action of God superseding a natural law. Some (e.g. Gen. 7, 19) may be a special act of divine providence where God uses natural laws to accomplish His purpose.

Genesis

1 Creation of the world.
5:19–24 Translation of Enoch to be with God.
7:9–12, 17–24 The Noahic Flood.
11:1, 5–9 The Judgement on the Tower of Babel.
12:10–20 , 17:15–19; 18:10–14 Plagues on Pharaoh for taking Abraham's wife.
21:1–8 Sarah's conception of Isaac.
19:9–11 Angels blind the Sodomites.
19:15–29 The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.
19:24–26 Lot's wife turned to salt.

Exodus

3:1–15The Burning Bush.
4:1–5Moses' rod turned into a serpent and back.
4:6–7Moses' hand become leprous and is restored.
7:10–12Aaron's rod turns into a serpent and swallows up the rods of the Egyptian sorcerers.
7:19–24Water in Egypt turned into blood.
8:5–7; 12–13Frogs brought forth on the land of Egypt.
8:16–18Lice are brought forth on the land of Egypt.
8:20–24Swarms of flies are brought forth on Egypt but not on the land of Goshen.
9:1–7Murrian (deadly pestilence) is brought on the cattle of the Egyptians, but not on Israel's cattle.
9:8–11Ashes produce boils on the Egyptians but not on Israel's men and animals.
9:22–26A terrible storm of thunder, hail, and fire which ran along the ground.
10:3–19A plague of locusts on the Egyptians.
10:21–23A plague of darkness was brought on the Egyptians while Israel had light.
12:29–30Slaying the first born children.
13:21–22The pillar of cloud led Israel by day, and the fire led them by night.
14:19–20The angel of the Lord protects Israel from the Egyptians.
14:21–29The parting of the Red Sea.
15:23–25Sweetening of the bitter waters of Marah.
16:12–13The camp of Israel is covered with quail.
16:14–15Manna is provided for Israel to eat.
17:5–6Moses strikes the rock and water is provided.
17:8–16Remarkable victory over Amalek.
19:16–18Fire and smoke engulf Mount Sinai.
19:19–25God answers Moses from the Mount.
20:1–17God gives the Ten Commandments to Moses.

Leviticus

9:23–24Fire from the Lord consumes the burnt offering.
10:1–7The fatal judgment upon Nadab and Abihu.

Numbers

11:1–2Fire from God to consume murmuring Israelites.
12:10–15Miriam is made leprous and is healed.
16:35Fire from the Lord consumes 250 men who offered incense.
16:28–33Korah and his rebels are swallowed by the earth.
16:46–48The plague stopped by the offering of incense.
17:8Aaron's rod buds.
20:7–11Moses strikes the rock to bring forth water.
21:6–9Healing by looking at the brass serpent.
22:21–35Balaam's donkey speaks.

Joshua

3:14–17The waters of the Jordan are divided.
5:13–15The appearance of the Captain of the Lord's hosts.
6The fall of Jericho.
10:12–14The sun stands still upon Gibeon.

Judges

2:1–5The Angel of the Lord appears to Israel.
3:8–11The Spirit of the Lord comes upon Othniel.
3:31Shamgar slays 600 Philistines with an ox-goad.
6:11–24The Angel of the Lord appears to Gideon.
6:36–40The sign of Gideon's fleece.
7:15–25God delivers Midian into the hands of Gideon.
13:3–21The Angel of the Lord appears to Manoah.
14:5–6Samson slays the young lion.
15:14–17Samson slays the Philistines with the jawbone of a donkey.
16:3Samson tears down the city gate and carries it away.
16:27–31Samson causes the collapse of the temple of Dagon.

1 Samuel

3:2–10The voice of God calling Samuel.
5:1–5The overturning of the god, Dagon.
5:6–12Philistines in Ashdod smitten with tumors.
6:19The Lord smites the men of Beth-Shemesh.
28:15–20Samuel appears from the dead to rebuke Saul.

2 Samuel

6:6–7The Lord fatally smites Uzzah.

1 Kings

3:3–28God gives Solomon great wisdom.
17:1Elijah prays and rain does not come for 3 years.
17:2–6Elijah is fed by the ravens.
17:8–16Meal and oil are supplied for the widow of Zarephath.
17:17–24Elijah raises the widow's son.
18:17–38Fire from heaven consumes the sacrifice of Elijah on Mt. Carmel.
18:41–46Elijah prays and God sends an abundance of rain in response.
19:5–8Elijah is fed by the Angel of the Lord.

2 Kings

1:9–15Fire from heaven consumes two captains and their men.
2:7–8Elijah parts the waters of the Jordan and walks across on dry ground.
2:11Elijah is taken up into heaven in a chariot of fire.
2:13–14Elisha parts the waters of the Jordan.
2:19–22Elisha heals the waters of Jericho.
2:24Blasphemous youths killed by she bears.
3:15–20Ditches are mysteriously filled with water.
4:1–7A widow's oil pot is refilled with oil by God.
4:8–17Elisha prophesies and the Shunammite woman bears a son.
4:32–37Elisha raises the Shunammite's son.
4:38–41Elisha detoxifies the poisonous pottage.
4:42–44One hundred men are abundantly fed with 20 loaves of bread and 20 ears of corn.
5:1–14Naaman is healed of leprosy.
5:27Gehazi is struck with leprosy.
6:5–7Iron axe head floats on water.
6:16–17Elisha's servant's vision of the mountain full of horses and chariots of fire.
6:18The Syrian army is struck with blindness.
6:19–20God opens the eyes of the Syrians after Elisha leads them into Samaria.
13:20–21A dead man is raised by contact with elisha's bones.
20:9–11Ahaz's sundial returns backward by ten degrees.

Job

38–42:6God speaks to Job from the whirlwind.

Isaiah

1:1Isaiah's vision concerning Jerusalem.
6Isaiah's vision of the Lord.

Exekiel

1Exekiel has a vision of God's glory.

Daniel

2:26–45Daniel recounts and interprets Nebuchadnezzar's dream.
3:14–30Three Hebrew youths delivered from the fiery furnace.
5:5The handwriting on the wall.
6:16–23Daniel saved from the lions.
7:1–8:14Daniel's visions.
9:20–27Daniel's vision of the 70 weeks.
10:1–12:13Further visions of Daniel.

Jonah

1:4–16Tempestous storm from God to arrest the fleeing Jonah.
1:17The Lord prepared a great fish to swallow Jonah.
4:6The Lord prepares a gourd to shade Jonah.
4:7The Lord prepared a worm to smite the gourd.
4:8The Lord prepared a vehement east wind.

Matthew, Mark, Luke, & John

MatthewMarkLukeJohnDescription
1:11–19An angel of the lord appears to Zacharias.
1:20–22Zacharias is struck dumb.
1:26–38Angel of the Lord appears to Mary.
1:64Zacharias healed of dumbness.
2:9–15Angels appear to shepherds.
3:16–171:9–113:21–23Holy Spirit decended as a Dove, and a voice from Heaven spoke.
4:111:13Angels minister to Jesus after the temtation.
1:42–48Jesus sees Nathanael under the fig tree.
2:1–11Water turned into wine.
2:23Jesus performs many signs.
4:46–53Nobleman's sone healed.
4:30Jesus escapes from the hostile crowd.
5:6Catching a draught of fish.
1:23–25; 4:33–35Casting out an unclean spirit.
8:14–151:30–314:38–39Healing Peter's mother-in-law.
8:161:32–344:40Healing many sick people.
4:23–241:39Jesus heals all manner of sickness and casts out many demons.
8:2–31:40–425:12–13Cleansing a leper.
9:22:3–55:18–20Healing a paralytic.
5:6–9Healing an infirmed man at Bethseda.
12:9–133:1–56:6–10Healing the man's withered hand.
12:153:10Healing of many people.
8:5–137:1–10Healing a centurion's servant.
7:11–15Raising a widow's son at Nain.
12:22Casting out a demon from a blind mute.
8:23–264:35–398:22–24Stilling the storm on the sea of Galilee.
8:28–325:6–138:28–33Casting out the demons and allowing them to enter swine.
9:23–255:35–428:49–55Raising the ruler's daughter.
9:20–225:25–348:43–48Healing the woman with an issue of blood.
9:27–30Healing two blind men.
6:5Jesus heals a few sick people in Nazareth.
9:32–33Casting out a demon from a deaf mute.
9:35Jesus heals the sick in many cities.
14:14Jesus heals the sick among the great multitude.
14:15–216:35–449:10–176:5–13Feeding the five thousand.
14:256:486:19Walking on the sea.
14:35–366:55–56Healing of many at Gennesaret.
15:21–287:24–30Healing the Canaanite woman's daughter.
7:31–35Healing a deaf mute.
15:30–31Jesus heals many among a great multitude.
15:32–388:1–8Feeding the four thousand.
8:22–25Healing a blind man at Bethsaida.
17:1–89:2–89:28–36Jesus' transfiguration.
17:14–189:17–279:38–42Healing the Epileptic boy.
17:24–27Temple tax in the fish's mouth.
9:1–7Healing a man born blind.
11:14Curing a demon-possessed, blind mute.
13:11–13Healing an infirmed woman.
14:2–4Healing a man with dropsy.
11:43–44Raising Lazarus.
17:12–14Cleansing ten lepers.
19:1–2Jesus heals many at the borders of Judea.
20:30–34Healing the two blind men.
21:1418:35Jesus heals the blind and the lame man in the temple.
21:18–1911:12–14; 20Withering the fig tree.
12:28–29A voice from Heaven.
22:51Restoring a servant's ear.
27:5115:3823:45The Veil of the Temple is torn from top to bottom.
27:51A great earthquake, and the rocks were broken.
27:52–53The tombs were opened and many of the dead are raised.
28:1–1016:1–824:1–1220:1–9The resurrection of Jesus.
28:1–7An angel rolls the stone from the grave and speaks to the women.
28:5–816:5–724:4–8Angelic appearance to those at the sepulcher.
20:11–13Two angels appear to Mary.
16:920:14–17Jesus appears to Mary Magdalene.
28:9–10Jesus appears to the women.
16:1224:13–35Jesus appears to the two on the road to Emmaus.
20:19–23Jesus appears to 10 apostles.
28:16–2016:14–1824:36–4920:26–31Jesus appears to 11 apostles.
21:1–25Jesus appears to 7 apostles.
21:6Miraculous catch of fish.

Acts

1:3–5Jesus appears to all the apostles. (Lk 24:24–51)
1:6–9Jesus ascends into heaven.
1:10–11Two angels appear to the apostles.
2:1–4The coming of the Holy Spirit on the apostles.
2:4–13The apostles speak with other tongues.
3:1–11Peter heals the lame man in the temple.
5:5–10Ananias and Sapphira are killed.
5:12Many signs and wonders performed by the apostles.
5:18–20Anel releases the apostles form prison.
7:55–56Stehen sees Jesus at the right hand of God.
8:7Unclean spirits are cast out of many.
8:13Philip performs miracles and signs.
8:14–17The Samarians receive the Holy Spirit.
8:39–40Philip caught away by the Holy Spirit.
9:3–7Jesus appears to Saul (cf. 1 Cor. 15:8).
9:10–16Jesus appears to Ananias.
9:17–19Saul's sight is restored.
9:32–34Peter heals Aneneas.
9:36–42Dorcas is restored to life.
10:1–8Cornelius receives a vision.
10:9–16Peter receives a vision three times.
10:44–48Cornelius' household receives the Holy Spirit.
12:7–10An angel releases Peter from prison.
12:23The angel of the Lord kills Herod.
13:8–11Elymas the sorcerer is blinded.
14:8–10Paul heals a lame man at Lystra.
16:16–18Paul casts a demon out of a young woman.
18:9–10The Lord appears to Paul.
19:6Believers at Ephesus receive the Holy Spirit.
19:11–12Many unusual signs performed by Paul.
20:9–12Eutychus is restored to life.
23:11The Lord appears to Paul.
28:3–6Paul protected from the viper bite.
28:7–8Paul heals the father of Publius.
16:25–26Prison doors opened and Paul's and Silas' bands are broken off.

1 Corinthians

15:6Jesus' appearance to five hundred people.
15:7Jesus' appearance to James.

2 Corinthians

12:1–6Paul's vision of heaven.

Revelation

1:1–3:22John's vision of Jesus.
4:1–22:21John's vision of the future.
6:12A great earthquake.
6:12The sun becomes black as sackcloth.
6:12The moon becomes as blood.
6:13The stars fall from heaven to earth.
6:14Every mountain is moved out of its place.
8:7Hail and fire mingled with blood falls on the earth.
8:8Something like a great burning mountain is cast into the sea, and a third part of the sea becomes blood.
8:9A third part of the creatures in the sea die.
8:9A third part of the ships are destroyed.
8:10–11A great, burning star falls from heaven and a third part of the rivers and fountains become bitter.
8:12A third part of the sun is darkened.
8:12A third part of the moon is darkened.
8:12A third part of the stars are darkened.
9:1A star falls from heaven.
9:2The sun is darkened by the smoke from the botomless pit.
9:3–11A plague of locusts are given power to torment men for 5 months.
9:18A third part of mankind is killed.
11:5The two witnesses devour their enemies by fire from their mouths.
11:6The two witnesses stop the rain for 3 1/2 years.
11:6The two witnesses turn water into blood.
11:6The two witnesses smite the earth with many plagues.
11:11The two witnesses are raised from the dead.
11:12The two witnesses ascend into heaven.
11:13There is a great earthquake in which a tenth part of the city falls, and 7000 men are slain.
11:19There are lightenings, voices, thunderings and earthquake and great hail.
16:2Fowl and loathsome sores fall on men who worship the beast.
16:3The sea becomes as blood, and every living soul in it dies.
16:4The rivers and fountains of waters become blood.
16:8The sun scorches men with fire.
16:10Darkness covers the kingdom of the beast.
16:12The water of the river Euphrates is dried up.
16:18There are voices and thunders and a great earthquake.
16:20The islands flee and the mountains cannot be found.
16:21A great hail of heavy stones falls on people.
18:1–24The fall of Babylon.
19:11–16The return of Jesus Christ.
21:1The new heaven and the new earth appear.
21:10The new Jerusalem descending from heaven.

Friday, May 29, 2015

ANOTHER VOLCANO ERUPTS........our planet is becoming increasingly unstable!

Japan Issues Highest Alert, Evacuation Warnings After Volcano "Explosively" Erupts - No Injuries Reported


Japan is dealing with a volcano. NHK reports that Kuchinoerabu-jima, a volcano on Kuchinerabu Islands (off the southern-most tip of Japan) has erupted "explosively." Officials have asked local inhabitants to evacuate the area. As yet there are no reported injuries.

One Japanese expert is warning that Japan "might have entered an era of great earthquakes and volcanic eruptions", and considering the immense devastation that the great earthquake and tsunami of 2011 caused, that is a very sobering assessment.

You may not have noticed, but our planet is becoming increasingly unstable. According to Volcano Discovery, 40 volcanoes around the globe are erupting right now, and only 6 of them are not along the Ring of Fire. If that sounds like a very high number to you, that is because it is a very high number.  There were a total of 3,542 volcanic eruptions during the entire 20th century.  When you divide that number by 100, that gives you an average of about 35 volcanic eruptions per year.  So the number of volcanoes that are erupting right now is well above the 20th century's average for an entire calendar year.  And of course we are witnessing a tremendous amount of earthquake activity as well.  Nepal was just hit by the worst earthquake that it had seen in 80 years, and scientists are telling us that the Himalayas actually dropped by an astounding 3 feet as a result of that one earthquake.  How much more does our planet have to shake before people start paying attention?

Of course the things that we have been seeing lately are part of a much larger long-term trend. Seismic activity appears to have been getting stronger over the past few decades, and now things really seem to be accelerating. The following is how one news source recently summarized what we have been witnessing…

If it seems like earthquakes and erupting volcanoes are happening more frequently, that's because they are. Looking at global magnitude six (M6) or greater from 1980 to 1989 there was an average of 108.5 earthquakes per year, from 2000 to 2009 the planet averaged 160.9 earthquakes per year: that is a 38.9% increase of M6+ earthquakes in recent years. Unrest also seems to be growing among the world's super-volcanoes. Iceland (which is home to some of the most dangerous volcanoes on the planet), Santorini in Greece, Uturuncu in Bolivia, the Yellowstone and Long Valley calderas in the U.S., Laguna del Maule in Chile, Italy's Campi Flegrei – almost all of the world's active super-volcanic systems are now exhibiting some signs of inflation, an early indication that pressure is building in these volcanic systems.

But of course most Americans are never going to care about any of this until it starts affecting them personally. Well, perhaps they should start paying attention to the warning signs.  In recent weeks we have seen significant earthquakes in Michigan, Texas, Mississippi, California, Idaho And Washington. In addition, it is being reported that pressure is building in dormant volcanoes in Arizona and California.Just because we have not had a killer earthquake or a large volcanic eruption in the U.S. in recent years does not mean that it will always be that way. Right now the entire planet appears to be waking up, and this especially seems to be true of the Ring of Fire.

If you are not familiar with the Ring of Fire, just imagine a giant ring that runs around the outer perimeter of the Pacific Ocean.  Approximately 90 percent of all earthquakes and approximately 75 percent of all volcanic eruptions occur within this area, and the entire west coast of North America is considered to be part of the Ring of Fire.

For so long, the west coast has been incredibly blessed not to have experienced a major seismic event. But scientists tell us that it is only a matter of time. And right now, just about every part of the Ring of Fire is shaking violently.

I don't pretend to have all the answers for why these things are happening, but clearly some very unusual things are taking place.




Why Is No One Talking About Recession?........A MUST READ!

Why Is No One Talking About Recession?

It's an odd conspiracy of mainstream silence.

And yet — it does seem odd that not a single Wall Street economist is worried the U.S. is in, or is near, a recession. DON'T WORRY, THE FED WILL SAVE US! 

A check of recent reports found the word "recession" was absent in every report. 

The Atlanta Fed has constructed something called a "nowcast" — basically, an estimate of GDP growth just based on incoming economic data. The latest update to reflect Wednesday's data on construction spending puts the nowcast at exactly zero. And still, the R-word isn't escaping anyone's lips.  EVEN WITH THE FED'S TRILLIONS WERE AT ZERO! BUT DON'T WORRY THE FED HAS THINGS UNDER CONTROL.

Sure, there are good reasons why the U.S. economy could rebound in the second quarter and throughout the year. In the last five recessions, consumer sentiment started falling beforehand; it's rising now, thanks to steady jobs growth and falling gasoline prices. There have been some positive signals out of the housing market, depending on how much faith you put in numbers ahead of the spring buying season. And there are signals that, at least at the lower end of the jobs market, raises are starting to come through.

But at the very least, there are a lot of reasons why the U.S. economy won't rebound. What's going to suddenly turn business investment around, particularly when a major industry (energy) is still in the early stages of responding to a calamitous oversupply? Moreover, it's rare for recoveries, really Fed rescues, as tepid as this one has been, to last as long as this one.

It seems really odd that there isn't a discussion about the economic elephant in the room. A NATION IN DENIAL!


We're Not Headed For A Fed Rate Hike — We're Headed For QE4 And Another Financial Crisis!

We're Not Headed For A Fed Rate Hike — We're Headed For QE4 And Another Financial Crisis

The Federal Reserve cannot afford to raise interest rates any time soon, if ever.

We're not going to get a rate hike in June, we're not gonna get a rate hike in September. We're going to get QE4 and another, even bigger financial crisis.

There is no recovery; the labor force has collapsed.

It's a campaign to try to distract the public and the markets from the predicament the Fed is in. 

We are going to have a crisis much worse than the 2008 version!

Stocks Can’t Overcome These Four Headwinds.......A MUST READ!

Stocks Can't Overcome These Four Headwinds

Investors are just now starting to realize that a major 
correction is very likely. For the past five months, U.S. stocks have been in a rut.

Since Oct. 30, the S&P 500 Index has traded roughly between 2,000 and 2,100. Every time it hits a new record, profit taking has set in. The same is true for the Dow Jones Industrial Average, which has veered between 17,000 and a little over 18,000.

The Nasdaq Composite index, which retook the much-hyped 5,000 level it last reached in 2000, closed above that magic number only three trading days before it, too, promptly sold off.

What's going on? There's just not enough good news to drive stocks higher and not enough bad news to push them lower as bulls and bears fight for control.

Stocks face four distinct headwinds 
that investors are just beginning to grasp.

Headwind No. 1: Federal Reserve policy. 

Top Fed officials have made it very clear that the central bank is gradually moving to more "normal" interest rates from the near-zero federal funds rate that has prevailed for six years.

But as Fed Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer and Chairwoman Janet Yellen herself said in major speeches, the Fed will take its time getting there. And when it does raise rates, they won't get back to the 5% or so that used to be considered normal. Friday's "abysmal" jobs report may slow rate increases even more.

Headwind No. 2: The U.S. dollar. 

The U.S. dollar index, which tracks the greenback against several major currencies, has fallen quite a bit from its mid-March peak above 100. (It traded at around 97 on Monday.)

Don't expect that to continue. Japan remains a long-term basket case, and the European Central Bank is just starting its massive bond-buying program, which the Fed ended last year. Little by little, as the Fed tightens, investors will flock to the dollar again.

Also, for the first time in years, capital is flowing out of, not into, emerging markets. Some of that money will go to Europe, but much of it will flow to the U.S. and dollar-denominated instruments.

A strong U.S. dollar cuts import prices and reduces commodity prices, especially oil — good news for American consumers. But it also hurts large U.S. companies' overseas sales, nearly half the S&P 500 companies' 2012 revenues. 

Headwind No. 3: Earnings. 

For the first time in three years, analysts project earnings per share (EPS) for the S&P 500 will decline — by 3% in the first quarter, according to S&P Capital IQ, with only a 0.3% expected gain for the year.

Sam Stovall, S&P Capital IQ's U.S equity strategist, expects earnings momentum to decline as the year moves on, and of the 10 S&P sectors, he thinks only health care and industrials will show positive earnings growth.

Merrill Lynch analysts say big dollar moves of the kind we've seen lately have historically caused "earnings recessions" because foreign sales and earnings are worth less when translated back into dollars. As of last month, nearly one in five S&P 500 companies had warned of weaker earnings, many of them citing the strong dollar as the culprit.

Headwind No. 4: Fiscal troubles ahead. 

For the past 3 ½ years, the U.S. fiscal outlook has improved. Deficits have shrunk, and the budget battles that led S&P to downgrade the U.S.'s AAA rating seemed to be manageable, if not abating. 

But that brief spring may give way to a perfect storm. In October, Congress and President Obama will grapple with a new budget resolution; the dreaded "sequester," which the president and GOP war hawks both hate, and the need to raise the debt ceiling. That raises the prospect of a government shutdown or even another flirtation with debt default this fall.

Right now, the market doesn't look strong enough to overcome them, at least in the short run. Of such stuff are corrections made, and investors need to pay attention and be prepared.