Within the cracked scrolls of the Old Testament, one discovers gripping accounts of God's miraculous acts. These marvelous works are typically called "signs and wonders."
The ancient Hebrew words, “sign” (oth) and “wonder” (mopheth), are largely synonymous -- subsisting side-by-side.
The first scriptural occurrence is in the account of plagues brought upon Egypt during the time of Moses (Exodus 7:3). In the midst of skeptical nations, the Lord viscerally dismantled the...Read More
William Marion Branham (1909–1965), a “mystery, a conundrum, and an enigma,” became the most celebrated (and controversial) figure of the salvation-healing revival (1946-1958). Branham’s ministry was extremely notable. As many as 35,000 people received healing in the first year of his national healing ministry alone.
In his burgeoning meetings, Branham was “seeing healings take place every night—deaf people healed, cross-eyes straightened, short legs leng...Read More
I spent years deliberately avoiding signs and wonders. Although I accepted their biblical legitimacy, I thought they were mostly frivolous. I saw them as the concerns of weak-minded people — parlor tricks for those devoid of sound doctrine.
Nevertheless, God challenged me in these assumptions. Through prayer and spiritual encounter, I began to perceive new realities.
Within time, I began to call out healings in church services and see people encounter breakthrough. When I went...Read More
First-century followers of Jesus grasped the relationship between miracles and gospel-proclamation. What's said and what's displayed are merely different sides of the same coin.
An example of this outlook is demonstrated in the Book of Hebrews. The text reads:
“This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him. God also testified to it by signs, wonders, and various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to h...Read More
Although reared within a conservative Pentecostal ethos, Bill Johnson possessed an insatiable hunger for the presence of God. Because of this, he journeyed to the controversial renewal meetings in Toronto in the mid-1990s.
In the midst of raucous displays, Johnson earnestly sought the Lord. He “went up for prayer every time it was offered.” Although he “didn’t have anything dramatic happen,” Johnson understood that he had been impacted.
Arriving back in Northern California...Read More