SIGNS AND WONDERS IN THE BIBLE
WHAT ARE SIGNS AND WONDERS
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SIGNS AND WONDERS IN THE BIBLE
WHAT ARE SIGNS AND WONDERS
Christians believe that because Jesus said the
following Words, that we are NOT to ask for
SIGNS from God.
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
That we are NOT to ask Him to show signs?
Let's look within the Bible for the answer:
SIGNS AND WONDERS IN THE BIBLE STUDY
WHAT ARE SIGNS AND WONDERS IN THE BIBLE
The Bible is
FILLED with Scripture about signs and wonders.
Even the stars
in the sky were created as SIGNS for us.
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:
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
God created the rainbow as a SIGN to show that He would
not use WATER to destroy mankind again.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
And this shall be a SIGN unto you; Ye shall
find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes,
lying in a manger.
was His death.
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.
the Return of Jesus is a SIGN.
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.
SIGNS AND WONDERS IN THE BIBLE SUMMARY
WHAT ARE SIGNS AND WONDERS WE SHOULD BELIEVE IN
URIM AND THUMMIM
God even used
Urim and Thummim (Objects of divination) to assist
His chosen vessels.
were placed on an item that priests wore.
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
were able to use these objects to discern matters
Kinda like a Spiritual Lie detector.
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
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.
Dreams are used as SIGNS to share God's Word ...
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.
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.
even gets upset when mankind does not believe in the
SIGNS that He reveals.
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.
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.
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
even become weary if a prophet asked someone to ask for
a sign and he refused to.
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
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.
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.
are still Prophets sharing these SIGNS:
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
SIGNS AND WONDERS IN THE BIBLE WARNING
WHAT ARE SIGNS AND WONDERS DANGER
If a "prophet"
to introduce you to a false god and
predicts a SIGN
and it comes to pass ... Do not believe the SIGN.
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:
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
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
we see that God DOES use SIGNS to speak to us at times
and will even do so thru His Prophets.
the question was ... Can WE ourselves ASK our Lord for a
Well now ...
servant of Abraham certainly did and God answered his
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.
fact, people have been asking for SIGNS and receiving
them from God throughout the Bible.
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
If now I have found grace in thy sight, then
show me a SIGN that thou talkest with me.
And God DOES respond ...
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
prayed unto the LORD:
and He spake unto him,
and He gave him a SIGN.
the Apostles asked about SIGNS.
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?
SIGNS AND WONDERS IN THE BIBLE METHODS
WHAT ARE SIGNS AND WONDERS WAYS TO KNOW TRUTH
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
would do this to determine the answer from the Lord.
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.
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
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
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.
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
So, it is OBVIOUS that we CAN ask for signs.
But what of this statement?
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
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
Then said Jesus unto him, Except ye see
SIGNS and wonders, ye will not believe.
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.
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.
SIGNS AND WONDERS IN THE BIBLE SUMMARY
WHAT ARE SIGNS AND WONDERS WE SHOULD BELIEVE IN
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
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
we THINK and believe what we want to occur.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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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