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SIGNS AND WONDERS BIBLE VERSE STUDY

Many Christians believe that because Jesus said the following Words, that we are NOT to ask for SIGNS from God.
 

Matthew 16:1-4
The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired Him that He would shew them a SIGN from Heaven. He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red. And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowering. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the SIGNS of the times?
A WICKED AND ADULTEROUS GENERATION SEEKETH AFTER A SIGN; and there shall no SIGN be given unto it, but the SIGN of the prophet Jonas. And He left them, and departed.

But ... Is this an accurate interpretation of what Jesus meant?

That we are NOT to ask Him to show signs?

Let's look within the Bible for the answer:

SIGNS AND WONDERS BIBLE STUDY ON SIGNS AND WONDERS BIBLE VERSE MEANING WITH SIGNS AND WONDERS BIBLE VERSE MESSAGE

The Bible is FILLED with Scripture about signs and wonders.

Even the stars in the sky were created as SIGNS for us.

Genesis 1:14
And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the Heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for SIGNS, and for seasons, and for days, and years
...

Jesus confirmed this:

Luke 21:25-27
And there shall be SIGNS in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the Earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the Earth: for the powers of Heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.

God created the rainbow as a SIGN to show that He would not use WATER to destroy mankind again.

Genesis 9:12-17
And God said, This is the TOKEN of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a TOKEN of a covenant between me and the Earth. And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the Earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud: And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh. And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the Earth. And God said unto Noah, This is the TOKEN of the covenant, which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the Earth.

The Sabbath day (Seventh day) was also a SIGN.

Exodus 31:13-17
Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my Sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a SIGN between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the LORD that doth sanctify you ....... It is a SIGN between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the LORD made Heaven and Earth, and on the seventh day He rested, and was refreshed.

God used SIGNS to reveal that Moses was speaking for Him.

Exodus 4:8-9
And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe thee, neither hearken to the voice of the first SIGN, that they will believe the voice of the latter SIGN. And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe also these two SIGNS, neither hearken unto thy voice, that thou shalt take of the water of the river, and pour it upon the dry land: and the water which thou takest out of the river shall become blood upon the dry land.

God would use His Prophets to verbally predict the SIGNS.

Daniel 4:2-3
I thought it good to shew the SIGNS and wonders that the high God hath wrought toward me. How great are His SIGNS! and how mighty are His wonders! His Kingdom is an everlasting Kingdom, and His dominion is from generation to generation.

The Birth of Jesus was  SIGN.

Luke 2:12
And this shall be a SIGN unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

 As was His death.

John 2:18-19
Then answered the Jews and said unto Him, What SIGN shewest thou unto us, seeing that thou doest these things? Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.

 Even the Return of Jesus is a SIGN.

Matthew 24:30
And then shall appear the SIGN of the Son of man in Heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the Earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of Heaven with power and great glory.


URIM AND THUMMIM

God even used Urim and Thummim (Objects of divination) to assist His chosen vessels.

These objects were placed on an item that priests wore.

Exodus 28:30
And thou shalt put in the breastplate of judgment the Urim and the Thummim; and they shall be upon Aaron's heart, when he goeth in before the LORD: and Aaron shall bear the judgment of the children of Israel upon his heart before the LORD continually.

 Priests were able to use these objects to discern matters ...

Kinda like a Spiritual Lie detector.

Numbers 27:21
And he shall stand before Eleazar the priest, who shall ask counsel for him after the judgment of Urim before the LORD: at his word shall they go out, and at his word they shall come in, both he, and all the children of Israel with him, even all the congregation.

If someone had angered God, they would not receive the SIGNS that they sought.

1 Samuel 28:6
And when Saul inquired of the LORD, the LORD answered him not, neither by DREAMS, nor by URIM, nor by Prophets.

Even Dreams are used as SIGNS to share God's Word ...

Job 33:14-16
For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth it not. In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon men, in slumberings upon the bed; Then he openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction
...

So as you can see ... God uses many SIGNS to speak to His people. 

God uses these SIGNS to prove that He is the LORD.

Exodus 10:1-2
And the LORD said unto Moses, Go in unto Pharaoh: for I have hardened his heart, and the heart of his servants, that I might show these my SIGNS before him: And that thou mayest tell in the ears of thy son, and of thy son's son, what things I have wrought in Egypt, and my SIGNS which I have done among them; that ye may know how that I am the LORD. 

 God even gets upset when mankind does not believe in the SIGNS that He reveals.

Numbers 14:11
And the LORD said unto Moses, How long will this people provoke me? and how long will it be ere they believe me, for all the SIGNS which I have showed among them?

Mankind could even ask Prophets of God to reveal a SIGN from God.

2 Kings 20:8-9
And Hezekiah said unto Isaiah, What shall be the SIGN that the LORD will heal me, and that I shall go up into the house of the LORD the third day? And Isaiah said, This SIGN shalt thou have of the LORD, that the LORD will do the thing that He hath spoken: shall the shadow go forward ten degrees, or go back ten degrees?

These Prophets would hear from God what to predict and God would bring it to pass. 

1 Samuel 10:6-9
And the Spirit of the LORD will come upon thee, and thou shalt prophesy with them, and shalt be turned into another man. And let it be, when these SIGNS are come unto thee, that thou do as occasion serve thee; for God is with thee. And thou shalt go down before me to Gilgal; and, behold, I will come down unto thee, to offer burnt offerings, and to sacrifice sacrifices of peace offerings: seven days shalt thou tarry, till I come to thee, and show thee what thou shalt do. And it was so, that when he had turned his back to go from Samuel, God gave him another heart: and all those SIGNS came to pass that day.

God would even become weary if a prophet asked someone to ask for a sign and he refused to.

Isaiah 7:11-14
Ask thee a SIGN of the LORD thy God; ask it either in the depth, or in the height above. But Ahaz said, I will not ask, neither will I tempt the LORD. And he said, Hear ye now, O house of David; Is it a small thing for you to weary men, but will ye weary my God also? Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a SIGN; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call His name Immanuel.

The Apostles carried on this method of revealing signs from God.

Acts 2:43
And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and SIGNS were done by the Apostles.

They asked God to show these SIGNS thru them ... In the name of JESUS.

Acts 4:27-31
For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel, were gathered together, For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done. And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word, By stretching forth thine hand to heal; and that SIGNS and wonders may be done BY THE NAME OF THY HOLY CHILD JESUS. And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.

 There are still Prophets sharing these SIGNS:

Acts 2:16-22
But this is that which was spoken by the Prophet Joel; And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: And I will shew wonders in Heaven above, and SIGNS in the Earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord come: And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved. Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and SIGNS, which God did by Him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know
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 However ... be careful ...

SIGNS AND WONDERS BIBLE WARNING ON SIGNS AND WONDERS BIBLE DANGERS BRINGING SIGNS AND WONDERS BIBLE CONCERN

If a "prophet"  tries to introduce you to a false god and predicts a SIGN and it comes to pass ... Do not believe the SIGN.

Deuteronomy 13:1-3
If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a SIGN or a wonder, And the SIGN or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them; Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the LORD your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.

We must beware as Jesus revealed that some false prophets will be able to produce signs:

Matthew 24:24-25
For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great SIGNS and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before.

Antichrist and the false prophet will be able to show Signs and Wonders.

2 Thessalonians 2:8-12
And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of His mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of His coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and SIGNS and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

 

Revelation 13:13-14
And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.

 So, we see that God DOES use SIGNS to speak to us at times and will even do so thru His Prophets.

 But, the question was ... Can WE ourselves ASK our Lord for a sign?

Well now ...

A servant of Abraham certainly did and God answered his request.

Genesis 24:12-19
And he said O LORD God of my master Abraham, I pray thee, send me good speed this day, and show kindness unto my master Abraham. Behold, I stand here by the well of water; and the daughters of the men of the city come out to draw water: And let it come to pass, that the damsel to whom I shall say, Let down thy pitcher, I pray thee, that I may drink; and she shall say, Drink, and I will give thy camels drink also: let the same be she that thou hast appointed for thy servant Isaac; and thereby shall I know that thou hast showed kindness unto my master. And it came to pass, before he had done speaking, that, behold, Rebekah came out, who was born to Bethuel, son of Milcah, the wife of Nahor, Abraham's brother, with her pitcher upon her shoulder. And the damsel was very fair to look upon, a virgin, neither had any man known her: and she went down to the well, and filled her pitcher, and came up. And the servant ran to meet her, and said, Let me, I pray thee, drink a little water of thy pitcher. And she said, Drink, my lord: and she hasted, and let down her pitcher upon her hand, and gave him drink. And when she had done giving him drink, she said, I will draw water for thy camels also, until they have done drinking.

In fact, people have been asking for SIGNS and receiving them from God throughout the Bible.

Judges 6:15-17
And he said unto him, Oh my Lord, wherewith shall I save Israel? behold, my family is poor in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father's house. And the LORD said unto him, Surely I will be with thee, and thou shalt smite the Midianites as one man. And he said unto Him,
If now I have found grace in thy sight, then show me a SIGN that thou talkest with me.

And God DOES respond ...

Judges 6:36-40
And Gideon said unto God, If thou wilt save Israel by mine hand, as thou hast said, Behold, I will put a fleece of wool in the floor; and if the dew be on the fleece only, and it be dry upon all the Earth beside, then shall I know that thou wilt save Israel by mine hand, as thou hast said. And it was so: for he rose up early on the morrow, and thrust the fleece together, and wringed the dew out of the fleece, a bowl full of water. And Gideon said unto God, Let not thine anger be hot against me, and I will speak but this once: let me prove, I pray thee, but this once with the fleece; let it now be dry only upon the fleece, and upon all the ground let there be dew. And God did so that night: for it was dry upon the fleece only, and there was dew on all the ground.

This can be done through prayer.

2 Chronicles 32:24
In those days Hezekiah was sick to the death, and
prayed unto the LORD: and He spake unto him, and He gave him a SIGN.

 Even the Apostles asked about SIGNS.

Matthew 24:3
And as He sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto Him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and
what shall be the SIGN of thy coming, and of the end of the world?

 

CASTING LOTS

Casting lots is mentioned 77 times in the Bible. Casting lots was where they would throw straws or pebbles etc. for the purpose of gambling or to determine an answer. The Israelites would do this to determine the answer from the Lord.  

Joshua 18:6
Ye shall therefore describe the land into seven parts, and bring the description hither to me, that I may cast lots for you here before the LORD our God.

Joshua 18:8

And the men arose, and went away: and Joshua charged them that went to describe the land, saying, Go and walk through the land, and describe it, and come again to me, that I may here cast lots for you before the LORD in Shiloh.

Joshua 18:10
And Joshua cast lots for them in Shiloh before the LORD: and there Joshua divided the land unto the children of Israel according to their divisions.

This is how they discovered who Jonah was.

Jonah 1:7
And they said every one to his fellow, Come, and let us cast lots, that we may know for whose cause this evil is upon us. So they cast lots, and the lot fell upon Jonah.

The Apostles even used this method of casting lots as to receive from the Lord who it was that was to replace Judas after he hanged himself.

Acts 1:23-26
And they appointed two, Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. And they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which knowest the hearts of all men, shew whether of these two thou hast chosen, That he may take part of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place. And they gave forth their lots; and the lot fell upon Matthias; and he was numbered with the eleven apostles.

So, it is OBVIOUS that we CAN ask for signs.

But what of this statement?

Matthew 16:1-4
The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired Him that He would shew them a SIGN from Heaven. He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red. And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowering. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the SIGNS of the times?
A WICKED AND ADULTEROUS GENERATION SEEKETH AFTER A SIGN; and there shall no SIGN be given unto it, but the SIGN of the prophet Jonas. And He left them, and departed.

It is always best to look at things in CONTEXT.

It appears that Jesus spoke these words to the doubting people who were questioning Him, because of their lack of FAITH.

John 4:48
Then said Jesus unto him, Except ye see SIGNS and wonders, ye will not believe.

So, the difference between those who asked God for signs and received them and these rascals who He told “A WICKED AND ADULTEROUS GENERATION SEEKETH AFTER A SIGN” was that these people were TEMPTING Him.

Luke 11:16
And others, tempting Him, sought of Him a SIGN from Heaven.

But, how do we determine if we are able to ask for a sign and it not be seen as tempting?

We do not want to have it seen as a lack of faith.

That is the answer ... FAITH

 The Apostles used casting lots to determine who would replace Judas. They simply asked God to reveal THROUGH THE CASTING OF LOTS as a SIGN which person God wanted to replace Judas.

AND THEY BELIEVED.

Just as others did that asked God and His Prophets for signs all throughout the Bible.

IN FAITH ... NOT DOUBT

We all know God uses signs and even people to get His point across to us.

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 The point is that it matters not if it is casting lots, urim and thummim, dreams, etc ... IF it is used to find God's will and that is it's TRUE intent ... Then it stands to reason that He wants us to seek His will and WILL answer.

This is kinda tricky tho as you must remember there are TWO methods of having something come to pass:

ONE is to BELIEVE TO RECEIVE

 Where we THINK and believe what we want to occur.

Mark 11:22-24
And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, BELIEVE that ye RECEIVE them, and ye shall have them.



 

Matthew 21:22
And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.

The other is where we seek GOD'S ANSWER and we must NOT think.

Luke 12:11-12
And when they bring you unto the synagogues, and unto magistrates, and powers, TAKE YE NO THOUGHT how or what thing ye shall answer, or what ye shall say: For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say.


So, if you were to go in with any pre set ideas as to what the answer would be when you opened that Bible, you could actually get that answer because you BELIEVED it would say that so you RECEIVED that answer.

But make NO MISTAKE ...

We are TAUGHT to seek His will.

Matthew 7:7-8
Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

And to do so in FAITH.
 

In TRUTH ... I suggest you learn to discern matters from the Holy Spirit and not spend your time casting lots, rolling dice, or flipping a coin because if you are unable to determine if it is your will or the Lord's ...

It is best to go straight to the source.

John 14:26
But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost
, whom the Father will send in my name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.


 

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