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Miracles in the End Times: The Mechanics & The God-Honoring Response

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Humans do not have supernatural powers.  They can’t perform miracles, their spells and curses are nothing but noise, and they can’t see into the future.  They can’t read minds, and they can’t separate their souls from their earthsuits, much to the chagrin of many astral projection addicts.  We could spend this entire post talking about what humans can’t do, but no matter how true it is that humans are impotent little specks who aren’t even smart enough to understand how much they don’t understand, most people would think we’re wrong to paint humans in such an unimpressive light.  Do you know why?  Because humans are such undiscerning dopes that you can get them to believe anything if you just toy with their senses and tell them what their egos want to hear.  Now don’t misunderstand—we love humans.  Humans are the most precious element of this creation and the only part of this world which God is going to keep when He wipes this place out.  If humans were content to be the dearly loved, powerless specks that they are, we wouldn’t need to bother with this post.  But because humans refuse to accept how limited they are, they insist on putting their faith in fantasies.  From the very beginning, humans have been seeking out ways to try and lessen the difference between them and their Creators.  Why did Adam and Eve sample the forbidden fruit?  Because they thought it would expand their abilities and move them one step closer to being equal to God.  Why do we constantly do what God warns us not to do?  Because we resent the whole notion of Him putting limits on us.  How dare He.  Who does He think He is, anyway?

It is a combination of ignorance, arrogance, and stubborn defiance that results in scores of humans being convinced that they can actually manipulate matter, alter the future, and harm others simply by speaking words.  By the time the Church cons you into thinking that you can actually alter the course of your personal future by declaring what you want out loud, she sets you up to believe that your enemies can also turn this principle of “name it and claim it” against you.  Here’s where anxious Christians come to us looking for help with how to combat the malicious curse which they are so certain is upsetting their lives.  At the same time, scores of non-Christians end up at our site looking for help with how they can manipulate Satan into sharing his power with them.  What will Satan offer in exchange for, say, some worship?  Or what if you offer him your very soul—will that get you some permanent hookup to supernatural power?  How can you bargain with demons?  How can you get a demon to possess you?  People ask these questions all the time, and they spend a ton of time online trying to find the magic chant or special ritual they can do that will infuse them with supernatural powers.  And of course the internet is full of folks who are all too happy to cater to these kinds of customers.  Online you can find step-by-step instructions for how to project your soul from your earthsuit so that you can go whizzing about in some astral dimension (see Astral Projection: A Dangerous Delusion).  You can find all kinds of self-proclaimed sorcerers and witches giving you tips and tricks about how to refine your supernatural abilities.  And for every demon chasing dingdong that you find in the world of the occult, there’s some Christian who is acting just as ridiculous, only they phrase things differently.

Instead of chanting foreign languages to some being with a weird name, the Christian wannabes have you chanting passages of Scripture.  While sorcerers have you playing with polished rocks, crystal balls, and animal parts, Christian wannabes have you playing with holy water, fragrant oils, and crosses.  While sorcerers have you sacrificing animals, playing with candles, and drawing geometric shapes on the ground, Christian wannabes have you pouring money into the offering plate, tithing, and carrying around the metal likeness of your favorite saint or angel.  When some demon knocks you over and makes your earthsuit go into fits of convulsions, sorcerers congratulate you for graduating to the next level of potency, mediums envy your hookups, and Christians applaud you for been slain by the Holy Spirit (see Is getting drunk in the Spirit worth an eternal hangover?).  It’s all such tiresome rubbish, yet no matter where you turn, there’s some spiritual moron trying to get you to misinterpret what is happening to you and reject the fact that you are and always will be a powerless speck of a creature who no supernatural being is willing to serve.

So why does any of this matter?  No matter how many fantasies you cling to, you’ll never have any real power, so what’s the harm in clinging to delusions?  There wouldn’t be any harm if you didn’t have to answer to the God who made you.  But since you do have to answer to Him, it suddenly becomes a very big problem for you to blow off what He tells you about how impotent you are.  Once God says, “I don’t take orders from you so stop bossing Me around in your prayers,” you can no longer continue to pray the usual Christian prayers without lining yourself up for some pretty nasty eternal consequences (see Treating God Like God: Simple Steps to Improving the Way that We Pray).  You see, there is a hierarchy of supernatural abilities which exists among God, demons, and humans.  God is at the top.  Demons are far below God, and you are at the very bottom.  When you refuse to accept your place as the creature who has no magical powers, you spend a lot of energy trying to find ways to move up the ranks.  You figure that if you can’t rise up to where God is, perhaps you can drag Him down to where you are by treating Him like your servant.

Power is only useful if you can control it.  As long as you pretend that God takes orders from you, then His power becomes yours, because you can control it.  It’s rather like a man picking up a gun.  By himself, a man can’t physically fire bullets at people.  But if a man picks up a contraption which does have bullet firing capabilities, then as long as the man can control what the gun does, it’s like he has acquired all of the gun’s capabilities. The man can now fire bullets at people—he just does so through his handy new toy.

HOW THE CHURCH LEADS YOU ASTRAY

In the Church today, Christians are taught to treat Yahweh, Jesus and the Holy Spirit like powerful props which they can assume control over.  When you rebuke demons in the Name of Jesus, what you’re really doing is commanding Jesus to attack them on your behalf (see Sicking Jesus on the Devil: The Christian Addiction to Bossing God).  It doesn’t bother you that you can’t personally force demons to leave as long as you can make Jesus do what you want. It’s the same with the Holy Spirit: Christians never tire of ordering Him to blow, burn, and fall afresh just so they can get a reminder of how much power they have at their disposal.  What possible purpose does it serve for the Holy Spirit to suddenly put on some light show in the middle of a corporate worship service?  None whatsoever, and yet if you check out the lyrics to Christian worship songs which are directed at the Holy Spirit, you’ll find incessant whining for Him to go through useless theatrics just for the sake of pleasing the crowd (see Singing Smack to the Holy Spirit: CONSUMING FIRE by Tim Hughes).

When God strikes your friend with some illness, why do you start blasting Him with prayers to heal her?  Your friend didn’t just fall ill by some fluke—God made her sick on purpose.  Does it even occur to you to respect God’s decision and try to align with His will in the situation?  No.  You have no interest in what God wants—you only care about getting Him back in line with what you want, and that means giving your friend a quick cure.  When God does heal your friend, you and your prayer group buddies arrogantly boast of how potent your prayers are.  Of course you doll up your language to make it sound like you’re just humbly thanking God.  But there’s nothing humble about it, because humility is about embracing your place as a powerless dot of a creature who is totally dependent on the Gods who created you.  When you thank God for doing what you’ve been nagging at Him to do for a month, you’re really just pleased that your Servant has finally obeyed you.  You’re giving Him yet another condescending pat on the head—saying, “Good, God. Way to do as You’re told.  Here, have a biscuit.”

Today Christians are not taught to treat God like God.  Instead, they’re taught to treat God like a Being who they can easily manipulate and control.  And once you really believe that you’ve found a way to dominate your own Creator, of course you’re going to think that it must be a breeze to dominate lesser beings like demons and angels.  So when some witch comes along and puts a curse on you, you really believe that she’s getting demons to attack you, because why not?  If you, a Christian, can make God Almighty jump at your command, what’s to stop some witch from enslaving demons?  And since demons are so much more powerful than you, it truly terrifies you to be in the presence of one of their human commanders.  To you, the humans are as dangerous as the demons, because the humans can make the demons do whatever they want.  This is the cockamamie logic that goes on behind the Christian fear of those who claim to have demonic powers.  Instead of recognizing what nitwits such people are, you believe them.  Then, when you see such people appear to do miracles, you think they really are doing miracles, and soon you’re revering them as demigods and pleading for your own Servant God to get off His duff and protect you from your powerful foes.

INCREASED EXPOSURE TO MIRACLES

During the end times, your personal exposure to supernatural miracles is going to suddenly increase due to so many miracles getting filmed and posted on the internet.  The end time prophet is going to be associated with a wide range of supernatural activities—from mass destruction of property to the manipulation of matter and even the resurrection of the dead.  Is it really true that some dot of a human can bring people back to life?  Of course not.  It is God who controls life and death, and it is an extremely simple affair for God to move souls in and out of an earthsuit. Jesus’ famous resurrection of Lazarus was a real shocker to the Jews, but it was a breeze for Jesus.  All He did was drop Lazarus’ soul back into Lazarus’ earthsuit, reboot the decomposing earthsuit, and tell the man to get up and walk out of his tomb.  When you’re God Almighty, such things are child’s play.  But when you’re just an impotent speck of a human, resurrecting a corpse is utterly impossible.  When you see the end time prophet touching dead people and having those dead people come back to life, you need to realize that the prophet’s physical contact with a corpse accomplished nothing.  It is only God who has the power to separate and rejoin soul with earthsuit, and since God is the jealous type, you really don’t want Him to catch you gushing over some fleck of a human for something that He has done.

Now it won’t take long for the end time prophet to grab the attention of the whole planet, and once this happens, you’ll see people’s reactions to this person intensify.  The Christian community will become extremely irked, because the end time prophet will claim to be working by the power of the Christian Gods, and the Christian community doesn’t want their Gods to be associated with anything that they don’t personally approve of.  Christians will take great offense at the end time prophet’s claims that God is acting like…well, God, and this will result in the Church publicly denouncing the end time prophet and saying that he (or she) is working by the power of demons.  At the same time, those who dabble in the occult will also become extremely irked by the end time prophet, who they will also see as threatening their beliefs.

You see, when you’re working for God, you can’t win: you always end up with both Christians and non-Christians hating you.  This will be how it is for the end time prophet: not only will all religious communities find this person threatening, but each community will try to attack this person with the tools they have at hand.  For Christians, the main approach will be trying to pray the prophet down.  To boost the potency of their prayers, Christian communities will band together and synchronize their gripe fests, convinced that if they keep complaining long enough, God will finally comply.  You’ll also see Christian leaders taking more aggressive approaches: challenging the prophet to meet with them in person, and even trying to organize some direct assaults. While Christians are failing in all of their attempts to silence this person who is so threatening their view of God, a wide variety of demon worshipers will also take their stab at trying to take the prophet down. There will be the usual attempts at casting curses using a variety of props, but of course that won’t work because curses are nothing more than humans exercising their vocal cords.  Unless you personally know folks who are involved in this kind of thing, you won’t realize how much of it is going on.  It’s when folks who fancy themselves to be potent sorcerers try to attack the prophet in public that you’ll suddenly find yourself seeing things that you’re not sure how to theologically interpret.  What should you make of sorcerers who seem to have the power to create matter from nothing, instantly transport themselves across great distances and overwhelm someone who claims to be backed by God?  The purpose of this post is to help you understand how to theologically interpret miracles so that you can keep your focus on God where it belongs.

CONFUSING GODS WITH PROPS

Suppose you believed that Jesus was God, and then you saw Him getting beat up and crucified by Roman soldiers.  How would you theologically interpret what you were seeing?  Does it mean that God is being defeated if humans are wailing on some earthsuit which God is currently using?  When Jesus showed up in human form, did that mean He was no longer a God?  Does Jesus have the power to look like a man without actually having to become a man?  Can Jesus imitate one of His own creatures without actually becoming a created being Himself?  Jesus would say yes, the Church would say no.

Today the Church teaches you to believe that Jesus is “fully God and fully man.”  In other words, she says that Jesus is both uncreated and created.  He’s half-God, half-man.  Sure, she uses the term “fully,” but that’s just her way of saying “equal parts.”  To call Jesus “fully God and fully man” is the same as saying that He is just as much God as He is a human being, and that’s the same as saying He’s a God-human hybrid.  Well, what does Jesus say about us declaring that He is half-human?  He says our theory is complete rubbish.  He says we’re being absurd to suggest He can’t show up on earth in a human form without actually morphing into a human.

Today the Church doesn’t teach that Jesus was always human.  She says He started off as 100% God, but then He demoted Himself into being half-God, half-human when He showed up in Israel as a baby boy.  You see, humans have such an exalted view of themselves that they’ve decided that not even their own Creator can pull off a convincing imitation of being one of them without permanently altering His own Nature.

Today the Church doesn’t teach you that Jesus became human just long enough to do His earthly ministry in Israel.  No, she insists that once Jesus morphed into a human, He became permanently changed.  In other words, becoming human is such an epic experience that even God Almighty can’t recover from it.  Are you hearing how egotistical this line of reasoning is?

Today the Church tells you that Yahweh and the Holy Spirit are pure Gods.  She tells you that Jesus is the only hybrid in the group—He’s the only God who has now become permanently changed into a partially created being.  And of course once you’re part created, you’re no longer an uncreated God.  So today the Church is teaching you to worship a created Being—Jesus—and that, of course, is idolatry.  As Christians, we are not supposed to be worshiping any created beings—only our three glorious Creators.  But the Church says it’s perfectly okay to worship angels, human saints, and humans who are still alive on this planet, such as the pope, mega-pastors, and world famous worship leaders.  In other words, the Church is contradicting what God says and teaching you to ignore His standards.

Now to appreciate just how absurd the Church is being with this garbage about Jesus being half-created, realize that Yahweh showed up in human form long before anyone had ever heard of Jesus.  Back in the days of Genesis, Yahweh showed up as a man to Abraham—He even ate a meal with him.  So how come Yahweh can do human things without being permanently demoted to a God-human hybrid, but Jesus can’t walk around as a man in Israel without permanently losing His status as an uncreated God?  The Jews who wrote the New Testament knew the story about Yahweh showing up to Abraham in human form.  So why don’t we find the Jewish authors of the New Testament insisting that Yahweh is half-human, but we do find them emphasizing the humanity of Jesus?  The answer is that most of the Jews who wrote the New Testament documents never accepted that Jesus was who He claimed to be.  Instead of accepting Jesus as a second all-powerful God who was equal to Yahweh in every way, the Jews insisted that Jesus had to be some sort of created Being who was totally subservient to Yahweh (see How the NT Epistles Define Christ: Not God, Just Another Flawed Human).

Now wait—how can you be a Christian if you reject the Divinity of Christ?  You can’t.  Many years after the New Testament was written, Catholic bishops in the Roman Empire decided that something had to be done to squash the belief that Jesus was a mere created being.  And yet they didn’t want to admit that guys like Peter, Paul and the author of Hebrews were rejecting the Divinity of Christ by making Christ out to be so limited in power and authority.  So what do you do when you want to worship a bunch of foolish teaching about Christ just because you’re so impressed with the men who wrote those documents?  After all, guys like Peter, John and Paul did miracles, so everyone wants to stay snuggled up to them no matter how much they bash on Christ.  What do you do when you want to keep exalting men who insist that Christ was just a created being, and yet at the same time, you want to try to stay out of Hell by acknowledging that Christ is God Almighty?  This was the difficult bind that those early bishops found themselves in: they didn’t want to call Paul out for the spiritual doofus that he was, but they also didn’t dare to reject the Divinity of Christ.  They wanted to worship both Paul and Christ, even though the two contradict each other.  So after a lot of dickering, the bishops came up with the Trinity doctrine.

The Trinity doctrine is an attempt to distract us all from the fact that the New Testament writers spend so much time demoting Christ and emphasizing how much He is not Yahweh’s Equal.  The Trinity doctrine says that Christ is one of three Personalities that the true God has.  Since the New Testament Jews teach that there is only one true God—Yahweh—the Trinity doctrine says there is only one true God as well.  But then the Trinity doctrine says that the one true God has three distinct personalities—that’s a big departure from what the New Testament Jews taught.

The New Testament Jews teach that whatever Christ is, He’s both created and much lower ranking than the magnificent Yahweh.  That’s a fat lie, but the early Church leaders didn’t have enough of a spine to exalt Christ as they should have.  So they compromised and declared that Christ was both fully God and fully man.  By declaring Christ to be fully human, they could make the New Testament teaching about Christ sound less obnoxious.  By declaring Christ to be fully God, they were trying to appease the real Christ.  And by the time we say that Christ is the only Member of the “Godhead” to be half-mortal, we make it clear that Yahweh outranks Christ.  Clearly a full God will always trump a half-God, so once again we manage to snuggle up to the New Testament Jews who were so clear in their demotion of Christ.  See what happens when you decide that some pile of paper has to be your source of all truth in life?  See what happens when you insist on worshiping humans?  You end up throwing God under the bus just so you can protect the reputation of your human idols.  You gladly demote Christ to being some half-mortal wimp just so you don’t have to call the apostle Paul a liar.  And once you’re viewing Christ as half-man, you’ll get an icky feeling of distress when you see reenactments of Him getting nailed to a cross.  But why?

Is Christ really such a limited Being that He found it to be a terrible crisis when human specks attacked Him on earth?  Didn’t Christ make it clear that the whole crucifixion drama was His choice?  And isn’t Christ an omnipresent God who is never limited to being in just one place at a time?  Of course He is.  You see, once you realize that Christ is an Almighty God, You don’t keep talking like He was limited to existing in one physical body during His time in Israel.  You don’t picture Him as a child who slowly came to believe that perhaps He was someone special. You don’t talk ask if the devil triumphed over Christ on the cross.  You don’t view Christ as being defeated for three days until He managed to overcome the power of death and return from the grave.  You don’t decide that the death of Christ’s earthsuit permanently altered Christ’s relationship with Yahweh.  Yet today all of these wrong beliefs are very common among Christians who say with their lips that Jesus is God.

GLORIFYING PROPS

Whenever God involves physical props in His work, humans start obsessing over the props and attaching way too much significance to them.  In the case of Christ in Israel, the physical prop He used was a physical body.  How did humans react?  They obsessed over the prop.  The New Testament Jews decided that the presence of a physical body proved that Christ had to be an actual human being—He couldn’t be a God in a human costume.

Whenever humans glorify physical props, two things happen.  First, we minimize who God is and what He is capable of.  Second, we assign the props power which they don’t really have.  Jesus’ physical earthsuit is a perfect example of this.  Today Christians point to Jesus’ physical earthsuit as proof that He was human through and through.  We say that because His body was 100% real, and not just some kind of illusion, then clearly He must have “set aside His Divinity” and demoted Himself into something less than a true God.  We limit Jesus by talking like He doesn’t have the chops to pull off a convincing imitation of creatures who He created.  No, if Jesus looked and felt and acted like a human, than He must actually be a human.

So first, we use the prop as an excuse to limit God Himself.  Then we start talking like the prop itself has power.  Today there are countless Christian songs about the power of Jesus’ blood—that physical liquid which drained from His physical earthsuit.  We say it’s the blood that saved us.  We say it’s the blood that has the power (see Hymns That Lead Us Astray: There is Power in the Blood).  We even go so far as to sell packages of liquid that we claim has magically morphed into the actual blood of Christ.  When we take Communion, some of us say that the bread actually becomes Christ’s physical earthsuit, while the wine becomes His physical blood.  And yet is it really true that the prop has power?  Of course not.  The fluid that drained from Jesus’ physical earthsuit didn’t have the power to save, cleanse, or redeem anyone.  It is Jesus Himself who determines where we will end up in eternity—not some earthly liquid.  But today we treat Jesus like He’s some limited bumpkin while we glorify every physical prop that we can possibly associate with Him: His blood, His physical body, the cross He was crucified on, and the infamous holy grail or holy chalice, which some promote as being a cup which had some kind of physical contact with Jesus.  In Christian bookstores you can buy crowns of thorns and huge nails.  But why on earth would you want to?  Because these are replicas of items which were involved in Jesus’ crucifixion.  If any physical item touched Jesus’ physical earthsuit, then we Christians are more than ready to worship it.  This is called idolatry, and it’s very offensive to Jesus.

To interpret miraculous events correctly, you need to learn to keep props in perspective, and that comes down to a matter of not confusing the created with the Creators.  Let’s take this business of the end time prophet physically interacting with a corpse only to then have that corpse come back to life.  How should you interpret this event?  Don’t confuse the created with the Creators.  The end time prophet will just be a created human, and humans don’t have power over life and death.  The correct way to interpret this kind of event would be to say, “God just raised that person from the dead.”  It’s not, “God raised that person from the dead with the help of His prophet.”  God doesn’t need help from created beings or things to exercise His God powers, so you need to give the glory to God and God alone.

Now suppose you see the prophet make hand motions towards the sky, and suddenly dark storm clouds start rolling in from all directions.  How should you interpret this?  Is some dot of a human actually controlling the weather?  Of course not.  God is the One causing the storm—the human is just a prop.  Props don’t have power.  God has power.  God is also jealous, and if you’re serious about pleasing Him, you need to be very guarded about where you’re directing your admiration.

UNDERSTANDING SORCERY

Now when we get into the world of demonic miracles—which people often associate with sorcery—what we find are created beings manipulating other created beings for the purpose of misdirecting worship.  This principle isn’t hard to understand when you compare demon trickery to human stage magicians.  Stage magicians don’t possess special powers, but they make themselves appear to be performing miracles by tricking your senses.  For example, they show you a woman climbing into a long, coffin shaped box.  After the woman is out of sight, your logical mind concludes that she must still be inside the box.  When the magician then saws through the box, you conclude that he must also be sawing through the woman who is trapped inside the box, and the whole thing seems totally alarming.  When the magician then opens up the box and the woman stands up unharmed, you are quite impressed.  So how did the magician pull off such a clever stunt?  How did he saw through a woman without injuring her?  He didn’t saw through her at all—he just made it look that way.  In real life, the box has a false bottom, and as soon as the woman climbed inside, she rolled out of the bottom of the box to a compartment where she would be safe from harm.  Once the magician finished sawing, she climbed back into the box, ready to stand up and wow you as soon as the lid was opened.

Skilled stage magicians play on two basic principles to impress you.  First, they carefully control where you are focusing your attention in order to get you not to notice certain things that they are doing.  Second, they feed your senses information that they know will cause your mind to leap to certain logical conclusions.

It’s extremely easy to mislead human beings.  One approach is to tell them a lie, and then follow that lie with sensory feedback which appears to confirm it.  For example, while your eyes are closed, your friend says, “I’m going to stick your hand into a cup of worms.”  She then sticks your hand into cup of wet noodles.  By telling you the lie first, she gets your mind to start looking for evidence that you are indeed touching worms.  So when you feel the slimy noodles, your mind says, “Yep, that feels like worms!” and you squeal in alarm if you don’t like worms.  In this approach, the lie comes first, then the sensory experience.

Another common way to deceive people is to give them the sensory feedback first, then tell them the lie.  Suppose you’re visiting your friend Joe.  Joe lives in a violent neighborhood.  While you’re at his house, you hear a car backfire.  Joe shouts, “That’s a gunshot!” and you both dive for the floor.  First you received alarming sensory information.  Then, while your mind was scrambling for possible explanations, Joe suddenly declared what it was.  Joe’s confident tone and swift timing caused you to instantly accept his interpretation as valid.  Now maybe Joe was just messing with you, and once you’re on the floor feeling terrified, he starts laughing at how gullible you were.  Humans play these kinds of pranks on each other all the time because they know how easy we are to deceive.

Now when it comes to demons deceiving humans, they use these same two strategies all the time.  First, a demon causes a cold chill to run up your spine.  Then he whispers, “Someone’s in your house.”  First comes the sensory input, then the demon tells you how to interpret it and you just go with his interpretation and start panicking.  Humans fall for these kinds of games all the time in spiritual matters.  Tina feels terribly guilty about getting an abortion.  When Tina tries to talk to God, demons drop an image in Tina’s mind of God scowling down at her.  Tina sees the image and instantly assumes that it accurately depicts how God feels about her.  Does it?  No.  Demons intentionally played on Tina’s guilty feelings with their mental image in order to keep Tina feeling hopeless about her relationship with God.

Then there’s Mike.  Mike is really nervous about living next door to Stan—a man who practices sorcery.  Mike and Stan really don’t like each other, and after Mike accidentally ran over Stan’s cat, Stan has threatened to put a curse on Mike.  Stan’s verbal threat is all it takes to get Mike to start searching for evidence that bad things are happening to him.  When Mike comes down with a cold, demons tell him, “This is happening to you because of Stan’s curse!” and Mike gets super stressed.  Are the two events actually related in real life?  No, they’re not.  Curses are a complete myth.  They don’t have power—humans just think they do because demons play on a third principle that is so effective in snowing humans.

TRICKS WITH TIMING: INVENTING CAUSAL RELATIONSHIPS

If two events happen close together, does that mean they are related or that one event caused the other?  No, it doesn’t, but humans often think that it does.  After thinking about her sister all morning, Mary finally calls her sister only to learn that her sister was thinking about her as well.  What does this mean?  It doesn’t mean anything.  The two women aren’t mystically linked.  No one has a “sixth sense.”  No one has psychic powers.  In a case like this it was probably God prompting Mary to call her sister.  God then said to Mary’s sister, “Wouldn’t it be nice to talk to Mary?” in order to get the sister in a receptive mood for the call.  God does this sort of thing all the time with humans: He prepares them for interactions which He is going to arrange for them to have.  Demons also do this sort of thing, only in their case, they can’t ensure that the interactions will happen just as they want, so they have to wing it.

When demons can see that Fred is on his way to a coffee shop where his ex-wife is, they work hard to get Fred in a hostile mood by reminding him of how mean his ex-wife has been to him in the past.  By the time Fred sees Jane, demons want the two adults to get into another fight.  While one demon works on Fred, another goes over to hassle Jane.  But then God intervenes by having Fred run into a friend who ends up leading Fred to a different coffee shop.  Fred stops stewing about Jane, the conflict never happens, and all of that prep work ends up being for nothing.  This happens to demons all the time: they’re constantly having their good ideas thwarted by God.

It’s simple tricks of timing that cause people to so firmly believe that there is power in curses and spells.  When sorcerer Sam wants to make a chair levitate, he opens up his book of incantations and starts chanting the magic words that are supposed to make things levitate.  Sam focuses on the chair he wants to move and strains his foolish little brain, thinking that extra concentration is the key to making the spell work.  And yet the truth is that none of Sam’s mumbling, staring, or concentrating is having any effect on the chair.  What makes the chair appear to float up is when a demon goes over and lifts the chair off of the ground.  The demon intentionally waits to lift the chair until after Sam has said the entire spell from his book of baloney, because the demon wants Sam to think the spell has power.  When Sam sees two events happen close together: him saying a bunch of nonsense and the chair rising off the ground—Sam assumes that the first event made the second event happen.  This is how it works with spells, curses, voodoo dolls, and all of the other hoopla that you see demon worshiping dingdongs get into: it’s all just illusions—tricks of timing that cause humans to jump to false conclusions about the impact they are having.

Sally pokes needles into the torso of a doll that is supposed to represent Martha.  Later on that same day, Martha gets indigestion from the lunch she eats.  When Sally hears about it, she says, “Aha!  My spell worked!”  When Martha hears about the doll, she says, “Oh no!  An evil witch has cast a spell on me!”  And yet in real life, the doll had nothing to do with Martha’s stomach problems.  The doll is just some ugly toy that Sally is making absurd assumptions about.  Martha’s stomach problems could be caused by so many things.  Perhaps God made Martha sick so she’d go home early and be there when her daughter called, needing to talk.  Or maybe God gave demons permission to upset Martha’s stomach and tell her about Sally to give Martha a good scare so that Martha would turn her focus onto God and stop ignoring Him.  Whenever God allows demons to pull off these timing stunts and create cause-and-effect illusions, He always has a spiritual agenda.  God works with humans as individuals.  In our voodoo situation, Sally is in a different place with God than Martha is, and God is going to respond to each of the women differently.

REBELLION VS. IGNORANCE

Now it’s important to realize that spiritual rebellion is about intentionally defying God’s Authority. You can’t defy God until you know who He is.  You can’t disobey God until He tells you to do something.  In the world today, many Christians have never been taught the truth about demons, sorcery, and the true Nature of Christ.  Many Christians are telling themselves that the elements of Communion are the real body and blood of Christ, not because they’re trying to worship these things, but because they think that’s what Christ told them to do.  That’s not what Christ told anyone to do, but when you trust your spiritual leaders, and those leaders are teaching you a bunch of guff, it’s easy for you to get confused.  The important point you need to keep a grip on is that you’re never going to be in trouble with God for doing something that you didn’t know He says is wrong, or for believing in a lie when you don’t know any better.

God takes full responsibility for educating you about truth, and He teaches each soul in a different order.  Before God tells you that He’s very jealous and that He does not like it when you pray to your guardian angel, you aren’t going to get in trouble with Him for doing so.  But after God informs you about His preference in some area, the game changes and you become responsible for how you act on that new information.  Today, God has told many Christians that they’re displeasing Him by exalting the power of Satan, waving around holy water, and acting like Jesus’ blood is some magical fluid.  When we’re used to pretending we’re potent little sorcerers, we often get mad when God tells us that we’re really just powerless specks who depend on Him for every breath.  When we’re mad at God, we often refuse to respect what He’s saying to us, and instead we keep right on doing what He’s told us not to do.  In the Christian world of prayer warriors and spiritual intercessors, there is a whole lot of willful rebellion going on with many souls intentionally blowing off God’s convictions to stop acting like they can control the flow of His power or manipulate activity in the supernatural realm.  You can’t stop other Christians from being rebellious twerps, but you certainly don’t want to join them in their rebellion.  God gets very angry with souls who keep trying to get their hands on supernatural power after He’s told them that such things are out of reach for humans.  Once God puts something out of your reach, there’s no trick you can use to go around Him.  But many will tell you that there are many ways to gain access to things which God says He’ll never give you, and today you can find endless resources online for how to conjure up some supernatural powers.  People who promote such guff are either consciously lying to you in order to profit off of your lust for power, or they are so deluded that they actually believe the things they teach.

When we keep refusing to listen to God, He often retaliates by taking away whatever wisdom we might have had and turning us into utter fools.  There’s nothing more ludicrous than to claim that you—a creature who can’t even comprehend how your own mind works—can gain mastery over supernatural beings.  And yet today scores of Christians and non-Christians claim to have unlocked the secrets for controlling demons, channeling power, and manipulating God.  You need to be very guarded whenever you’re listening to teaching about supernatural power.  You should always be asking God what He thinks of what’s being said, and you should be listening for who the speaker is glorifying and what soul attitudes they are promoting.  Who are you being told to revere?  Who are you being told to focus on, admire, worship, and depend on in life?  Who are you being told to trust and submit to?  If God is not being exalted far and above all created beings, then the teaching is garbage.

God always exalts Himself as the Supreme Authority over all created beings.  When people start talking like demons or humans are a close second to God, they’re talking like pompous fools.  Contrary to what the very arrogant apostle Paul taught, we humans are not going to co-reign with Christ in eternity.  We’re not going to judge angelic beings, and we’re certainly not going to be getting applauded for the things which God did through us on earth. Christ is God, and Gods are the only Ones who reign.  Creatures serve, they do not rule.

Humility is a soul attitude which says, “Since I can do nothing apart from God, I deserve the glory for nothing.”  Humility is a major theme in the Bible—it’s an attitude which Yahweh and Jesus say They want from humans.  Humility is a byproduct of the soul attitude of dependencyDependency is an attitude which says, “I am totally dependent on my Creators for all things.”  You’re not being generous when you say this sort of thing—you’re stating a fact.  You are totally dependent on your Creators for all things.  Demons are also totally dependent on the same Gods that you depend on.  All created beings are totally dependent on Yahweh, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.  It is this fact which makes it so obnoxious for you to spend a bunch of time wowed over the stunts demons can do or glorifying some angel who you’ve decided has been personally assigned to guarding you (and by the way, the whole notion of guardian angels is another myth—see Angel Q&A).  As Christians, we should not be admiring created beings—only our three glorious Creators.

DEMONIC MIRACLES

Now during the end times, you’re going to see a lot of demon worshiping dingdongs try to assault God’s end time prophet in public.  Some of these confrontations will involve a lot of miraculous feats, and once miracles start happening, humans start glorifying the props.  To help you keep your priorities in the right order, realize that God setting up dramatic confrontations between His representatives and the followers of demons is nothing new.  When Moses and his brother Aaron went to confront the king of Egypt before the first of the famous ten plagues on Egypt, a battle of miracles occurred.  When Aaron threw his walking staff onto the ground, the thing turned into a snake.  Well, a bunch of demon worshiping sorcerers were present at the time, and they took this act as a challenge to see which human had the more potent connections.  So the sorcerers threw their staffs onto the ground, and God allowed demons to turn their sticks into snakes as well.  But wait—how could demons pull off such a stunt?  There are so many possibilities.  Demons could have done a simple swap out.  Demons interact with this physical realm very differently than humans do, and that means they can do things which humans can’t do.  The bottom line is that everyone saw Aaron and the bad guys doing miracles.  But what possible good comes out of these power contests?  If God controls these things—which He does—then what’s His point?

THE PURPOSE OF MIRACLES

Both God and demons use miracles to shape our theology—to get us to accept or consider new concepts about how supernatural beings interact with us.  In the case of the famous staff competition, Yahweh was demonstrating His supremacy over the gods of Egypt.  For starters, everyone knew that Moses and Aaron were claiming to be associated with Yahweh.  So when Aaron’s staff morphed into a snake, people interpreted it as Aaron’s God turning the staff into a snake.  In a modern day country like America, the interpretations would have varied.  Some people would have thought that Aaron himself had performed the miracles.  Other people would have said it was aliens, and still others would say that a supernatural being other than Yahweh was responsible.  So you see, what a fellow’s personal beliefs are going into it has a huge impact on how he interprets a miraculous event.

Now when Egyptian sorcerers matched Aaron’s miracle, everyone interpreted that as a sign that Egypt’s gods were as powerful as the new God named Yahweh who Moses was talking about.  No one had heard of a God named Yahweh—this was the first time Yahweh was using His special Name in public.  Well, now Yahweh’s one snake was surrounded by several snakes that had been created by various Egyptian gods—that’s what the original audience would have thought.  So clearly Yahweh is outnumbered and that means He’s a wimp.  But then came a surprising twist: Yahweh’s snake suddenly devoured all the other snakes.  Uh-oh.  That’s bad symbolism for the Egyptians—it’s like Yahweh is saying He is stronger than multiple Egyptian gods.  So you see, the mechanics of the miracle weren’t important—it was the theological principles being conveyed that mattered.  Yahweh used the miracle to announce that He was more powerful than the gods the Egyptians believed in.

During the end times, the real Gods will use miracles to teach all kinds of important lessons to us.  What lessons you personally need to learn depend on what your current beliefs about God are.  For example, an atheist says that there is no God, and he has a pretty easy time explaining away his everyday life events.  But when that atheist is suddenly confronted with a battle of miracles, his usual explanations don’t work in his mind.  He can see that miracles are happening, he can see that natural laws are being overridden, and he can see that there is some kind of purposeful intelligence at work.  So how does he explain these things?  Suddenly the atheist is having to rework his theories about God’s reality, and that’s a good thing for him.

Or let’s take the Christian who has lost his reverence for God.  When something bad happens, he calls it a fluke, or says it’s a consequence of the Fall, or he blames it on the devil.  What will happen when such a person is suddenly confronted with negative miracles which are clearly being associated with Jesus?  The Christian can still try to blame the devil until the end time prophet starts looking like he (or she) is driving demons out of people.  It’s pretty hard to argue that demons would turn on themselves like that, so now the Christian is going to have to rethink his theory that Jesus would never do destructive miracles.

Or let’s take the fellow who has decided that eternity is a choose-your-own-ending kind of affair.  He isn’t worried about going to Hell, because he’s decided that things like Hell and demons and eternal damnation are all just a bunch of myths which religious people invented to try to control others.  What is this fellow going to do when he sees demonic miracles being performed in public, and when he sees modernized versions of that ancient snake eating contest?  Suddenly the supernatural realm will seem much more real and complicated than our man realized.  He’ll start to rethink his theory that there are only happy options after death—after all, these psychotic sorcerers are doing some pretty ugly things.  So is God’s prophet, come to think of it.  Maybe it’s time to try and figure out just who is running the show in the afterlife and see if that Being has any particular requirements about who can get into Heaven.  See how it works?

Miracles can be fabulous spiritual teaching tools, and God has been using them in that capacity for thousands of years.  Whether He’s directly doing stunts or allowing demons to wow humans with their clever tricks, God uses miracles to grab our attention and turn our minds onto the supernatural realm.  Once we see humans doing things which we know humans can’t do, we start looking for alternative explanations.  And once we see evidence that an intelligent will is at work in the miracles being done, then we start pondering the possibility that supernatural entities are interacting with us—entities who we can’t see with our eyes, yet clearly have superior abilities.  This kind of aha moment leads us to ask many more important questions, until we’re faced with the question of whether or not we’re going to submit to the Gods who created us.  So you see, God doesn’t perform miracles just to entertain us, and the fact that He allows demons to wow us with their lesser skills does not mean He is letting demons do whatever they want.  If we weren’t such impotent flecks, we wouldn’t be so impressed with the things demons can do.  But because we’re so very limited ourselves, demons seem very impressive to us, even though they have nothing close to the abilities that God has.

To benefit from miracles in the end times, you need to remember three principles.  First, regardless of who is involved, God is always the One controlling the situation.  Second, you need to remember that as a Christian, your soul admiration should be given to your Creators, not to mere created beings.  Third, God uses miracles as spiritual teaching tools.  So when He exposes you to a miracle—either in person or online, ask Him to help you learn what He wants to teach you.

When you take the correct approach to miracles, they can be a big help to you in further developing soul attitudes that God wants: things like reverence, submission, dependency and trust.  When you take the wrong approach, you end up worshiping humans, focusing on demons, and perhaps even getting into some envious pout because you can’t do what those other humans can do.  And yet no human is capable of performing miracles, because humans do not possess supernatural power.  Many truths offend and disappoint our egos, yet if we are willing to accept them, they will lead us on to deeper communion with God.  When you’re close to God in your own life, you lose all interest in getting your hands on supernatural power.  If God wants you to play the role of a prop in some epic miracle, you’re glad to get a front row seat to His show.  But that’s all it’s about for you—you don’t envy God’s power, because you don’t need it.  We humans weren’t designed to handle power well.  Instead, we were designed to feel most content when we are embracing our total dependency on our three all-powerful Creators: Yahweh, Jesus, and the magnificent Holy Spirit.

FURTHER READING:
Demons in the End Times: Understanding Possession & Exorcism
Correcting Your End Time Theology: Revering the God of Satan
The End Time Prophet: Driving Us Closer to God

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