No Miracles at Nazareth
When Jesus began His ministry in
The synagogue in
But miracles upon demand is, today, part of the carnival marketing of Jesus to television crowds. Parades of ailing disciples traipse onto stages where they fall backwards when touched by the man (or woman) of God. Miracles upon demand has become big business, but Jesus isn't a commodity subject to market research, targeted advertising, and focused sales appeals. He isn't a hip pocket deity who performs tricks on demand. He doesn't cause disciples to fall backwards when touched.
Advertising doesn't produce faith, or belief based upon faith. Miracles do not produce faith, or the crowds would not have left Jesus when He made the hard-to-be-understood statements about Him being the bread of life (John 6:35). Only those who were drawn by the Father (John 6:44) and chosen by Jesus (John 15:16) remained with Him. So it is this drawing and calling process that ultimately causes disciples to remain when confronted by those difficult words of Jesus that can only be understood typologically, not analytically.
The walk of every disciple is from
The Christian who will not faithfully live by the laws of God that have been written on his or her heart and mind through circumcision by the Holy Spirit will not enter the kingdom of heaven. His or her righteousness does not exceed that of the Pharisees (Matt 5:20) who were hypocrites, having the law near to them but not living by it (John 7:19). This Christian has been spiritually poisoned by Satan's disguised servants of righteousness (2 Co 11:15). These teachers of iniquity that Christ will deny knowing when judgments are revealed (Matt 7:21-23) make arguments that would cause born again disciples to practice lawlessness. These self-identified mighty men and women of God, like actors on a stage, teach the witnesses to the great works they perform in the name of Jesus to commit spiritual suicide—they would have these witnesses erase the laws of God written on hearts and minds. Using the epistles of Paul like sandpaper, they scour smooth the hard words of Jesus while polishing their delivery of words about disciples being the righteousness of God. They buff their words until not a scratch can be seen, until their words will slip into hearts and minds without a question being raised. They seem to perform miracles on demand as they transform Jesus the Christ into the highlighted name on a marquee, visible even in heaven. These entertainers sell salvation. They barter with the crowds that come to hear Christ preached to the world. They take up offering after offering under the guise of sowing seed in heaven before closing their performances with due piety and repeated amens, as if God were hard of hearing. They have built for themselves tax exempt houses, and they haven't spared the appearance of prosperity.
Even the Sabbath-keeping churches
of God expect miracles from their teachers, but there will be no miracles at
The firstborn son of the last Eve, revealed when the seven years of tribulation begin, will die spiritually and physically, or physically. The greater Christian Church will rebel against God 2300 days before Jesus returns as the Christ. The disciple who then seeks to save his or her physical life will lose his or her spiritual life. Those disciples who are today in one of the churches of God will not sit out the Tribulation in a place of safety, but will be sacrificed as Jesus was. The servant is not greater than his (or her) Master. It is a false teacher who would have servants believe that they are.
The problem with prophecy is what's disclosed: the last Eve will give birth to three sons, a spiritual Cain and a spiritual Abel at the beginning of the seven years of tribulation, and a spiritual Seth halfway through these seven years. Cain will rebel against God when the man of sin is revealed 2300 days before Jesus returns as the Christ. He will die spiritually when God sends a great delusion over him so that he cannot repent. He will then murder his righteous brother, and for doing so, he will take upon himself the mark of the beast when Satan is cast from heaven and comes as the true antiChrist. Righteous Abel will lose his physical life, but will save his spiritual life as the Sabbath identifies who is of God. Seth, born-from-above when the Holy Spirit is poured out upon all flesh (Joel 2:28), when the kingdom of the world becomes the kingdom of the Most High and His Christ (Rev 11:15), only has to endure to the end to be accepted before God. But this last third of pre-Tribulation humanity that comprises a spiritual Seth will still have to mentally defeat Satan through faith. This third of pre-Tribulation humanity will be refined as silver is refined and tested as gold is tested.
The fields are white for harvest, but before being offered to God, the sickle must be taken to the fields, and the sheaves thrashed and winnowed, and the grain beaten into fine flour. Except for a spiritual Joshua and a spiritual Caleb (churches or fellowships, not individuals), none of the spiritual Israelites that begin the Tribulation will live into the second half of these years of thrashing and winnowing. There will be no need for them to do so, for they will have been beaten into fine flour. They will no longer be as they are, blind and deaf, with exceedingly stiff necks. And the miracle that they would today demand of Jesus will be their salvation.
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