God is supernatural and many unexplained supernatural events can occur. But we have become out of focus with “God can do anything”, and too much emphasis on the supernatural occurrences and an excess of angelic visitation, supernatural experiences and dreams and visions. Even the great prophets and disciples in the bible didn’t have THAT many. God never violates His own character or His word.
In the bible, every supernatural occurrence had a reason and an outcome. Current false teaching is just the opposite with those false teachers and prophets claiming trips to heaven and out of body experiences for no reason other than to just hang out and have a good time. They claim it is their “right” as a child of God. Really? I wasn’t aware we had rights to anything.
Ezekiel was not taken up in the spirit to “hang out”. He was called as a prophet to warn fallen Israel of their sin and the consequences and to repent! That is a true function of a prophet, to speak the word of God. Tongues of fire in Acts led to a great many salvations and the gospel of Jesus was preached throughout the land, many were healed and delivered and the church grew at an alarming rate – a true sign and wonder!
God spoke to His people in dreams and visions and they either immediately understood or He revealed the message to them. In the Old Testament, God mostly spoke to people in their dreams like a one way conversation. There was no need for an interpreter. Daniel interpreted dreams for a pagan King Nebuchadnezzar so the King would acknowledge God. How much more now can we understand of our own dreams and visions from God that we have been filled with the Holy Spirit? Peter did not understand his symbolic dream and the Lord immediately explained it to him.
Likewise, angels are messengers of God. They do not bring gifts or healings or even revival, nor do they perform spiritual surgical operations on people. They do not drop their feathers to prove they are around. The bible tells us they are, so why do they need to prove it? Angels worship God and do not bring attention to themselves and warn others to not do the same. Angels who forgot their place were kicked out of heaven! Biblical signs and wonders are salvations, healings, deliverances, things that God is interested in. Much different than those that claim otherwise with gold dust, gems and oil! Remember, revivals are about repentance, not fleshy signs and wonders.
Galatians 1:8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.
Beware of all teaching supporting “experienced based theology” in which much importance is placed on experiencing His presence and His voice and other supernatural experiences above all else, including the importance of bible study. Watch out for meditative (lecto divina) and contemplative/emergent/mystical spirituality, centering prayer methods or methods of “the ancient fathers” and Catholic mystics which were not taught anywhere in the bible or by Jesus or practiced by His disciples. These are not new but are moving in as accepted practices in our churches as methods of becoming closer to God. These teachings are about achieving a mind set with “god” and higher spiritual planes or levels. These are not methods of our Lord and have roots in Hinduism, Buddhism, Catholicism and the occult.
Also beware of “inner healing” methods used in theophostics and sozo which were first taught and used by New Age practitioners and secular therapists through guided imagery and visualization techniques. I know this because I used these methods for several years before I came to Christ! All these so called Christian ministries have done is attached the name of Jesus added with it some scriptural truths and packaged it all up as “God’s”. Nonsense! Just because a “jesus” shows up in these sessions does not mean it is the true Jesus! And, Jesus never discussed or prayed “inner healing” with anyone. Even though there is a “level of truth” in these methods does not make it holy and acceptable before God. For more on this topic see my article here – Inner Healing.
Colossians 2:8 Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.
Beware of teachers and prophets who really like to quote the Old Testament to back up their weird teachings and supernatural experiences. One scripture does not a doctrine make, no matter how convincing the teacher! Numerology is of the occult. There is no instance in the bible that God speaks to His people through the use of numbers. Watch for stories of portals, throne room and third heaven experiences and other various things false teachers and prophets are trying to teach us of late.
Something is very wrong when Christians are encouraged and taught to practice that which the pagans, occultists and new agers do. Some believe since the pagans already do these things, Christians need to catch up because it is our heritage!! It is not! God created men and women to be on the earth, not out of it.
Deuteronomy 29:29 The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.
There is a fine line in what we are allowed to know. God is only going to reveal Himself and the spiritual realm to a degree. He is the One who decides and has established how far we can go. Once we dare to cross that fine line, once we go to God and make demands to see and to know, as many now claim that we can, such things considered as Gnostic, we have opened ourselves up to occultic experiences masquerading as Godly ones. I believe Satan often shows up in these moments and is very happy to play his charade as an angel masquerading in light.
1 Timothy 4:1 Now the Spirit expressly says that in the latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons.
Their message must also prove over and again that Jesus, the Christ, the Messiah, son of the living God is indeed Lord and has come in the flesh. They must speak of the gospel of the Lord and His salvation and of sin and true repentance. This is the very reason Jesus died and the essence of the great commission! Their message must stir others to a greater love of God and of His Word and the love of His people. If this is not so, if the message they bring creates a need for “self”, my gifts, my worship, my feelings, my healing, etc. then the messenger is not of God.
Long gone is the care for the truth of Christ and the simplicity of the gospel message. There are so many deceived, operating in false signs and wonders who are too prideful or stubborn to look at the word of God to see the truth. Others claim these signs and wonders simply for the attention, fame and cold hard cash they provide. Who needs to work when manipulation of the desperate is a well honed talent? How long will the Lord relent and when will be the moment for them when it is too late to turn back?