I have been told that when they train cashiers to reject counterfeit bills, they do not use any actual examples of counterfeit currency. Instead, they teach them in detail the special security features built into authentic legal tender.
In the following passage, we see that some Jezebel Spirit had compromised believers through sexual immorality and idolatry: (bold emphasis added)
Revelation 2:18-29 NIV “To the angel of the church in Thyatira write:
These are the words of the Son of God, whose eyes are like blazing
fire and whose feet are like burnished bronze. 19 I know your deeds,
your love and faith, your service and perseverance, and that you are
now doing more than you did at first. 20 Nevertheless, I have this
against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a
prophet. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual
immorality and the eating of food sacrificed to idols. 21 I have
given her time to repent of her immorality, but she is unwilling. 22
So I will cast her on a bed of suffering, and I will make those who
commit adultery with her suffer intensely, unless they repent of her
ways. 23 I will strike her children dead. Then all the churches will
know that I am he who searches hearts and minds, and I will repay each
of you according to your deeds. 24 Now I say to the rest of you in
Thyatira, to you who do not hold to her teaching and have not
learned Satan’s so-called deep secrets, ‘I will not impose any other
burden on you, 25 except to hold on to what you have until I come.’ 26
To the one who is victorious and does my will to the end, I will give
authority over the nations— 27 that one ‘will rule them with an iron
scepter and will dash them to pieces like pottery’—just as I have
received authority from my Father. 28 I will also give that one the
morning star. 29 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says
to the churches.
Later in the above passage, we find out that an additional dynamic was at work. The statement is made
**to you who do not hold to her teaching and have not
learned Satan’s so-called deep secrets**
which I am going to split in two:
To you who
- do not hold to her teaching
- have not learned Satan’s so-called deep secrets
- Darkness can have a teaching. Do not hold to it.
- Darkness can make up (or have) even more teaching -- in this case, "deep secrets" -- which you should not even learn.
I am constantly amazed at how prolific is the Father of Lies. I have studied miracles in particular for many years now, and there seems to be no end of them.
At least 3 resurrections, at least 4 fallen angels cast out, many healings of all kinds, including many cancer healings, and my own back was healed, and I have at least one more miracle I could relay.
My recommendation is that we stop spending time trying to figure out why some people say miracles don't happen today, and instead do our own research that, if we evaluate the "historical proof", or testimony, and its weight of evidence, as in a typical legal trial, we should eventually be able to prove that verifiable miracles have happened in the past recent history (you can start with the Great Awakening in America), and therefore miracles have not ceased.
Brother Yun, who wrote the book, "The Heavenly Man: The remarkable true story of Chinese Christian Brother Yun", fasted from both food and water for 74 days. He did this in the presence of hostile witnesses, his prison cell mates, and the guards, who eventually caught on. The communist officials thought he was performing a hunger strike to make the government look bad. So a lot of people knew what was going on -- 74 days is a long, long time! I believe that Yun is still alive today, so you could ask him about the fast and all of the other miracles he knows about. Just be prepared to spend a few hours listening! Here is an excerpt from the book:
GOD GIVES ME A SON AND MANY BROTHERS
After I was carried back to my cell, the guard kicked me and shouted,
“How dare you speak and eat today after you have been quiet for so
long? I will skin you alive! You wait and see!” He slammed the iron
door shut as he left the cell. The cell leader insulted me, “You are a
fake! You pretended to be dying every day. I’m alive and well in
prison even though I’ve killed and raped women. You came to the prison
because you believe in Jesus and you’re dying like a sick dog.” One of
the other prisoners was a Muslim. He snarled at me, “How dare you
preach Jesus against our nation’s laws? You deserve to die. The
heavenly law will judge pigs like you!” All the prisoners knew I was
very weak and needed to be carried everywhere I went. They hadn’t
heard me say one word for many weeks, but when I heard these insults
the Holy Spirit came upon me. I stood to my feet, much to their
amazement, and proclaimed in a loud voice: “Fellow prisoners, I have a
message from my Lord. Please listen carefully!” Everyone was
astonished that I could stand and speak with such power and authority.
I was just a bag of bones. They had been placing bets on when I would
die, but now I was standing before them speaking with a loud voice! I
told them, “Friends, God sent me here especially for your sake. The
day I entered this cell I told you I’m a pastor who believes in Jesus.
The first night I sang to you and shared Jesus’ salvation with you
all. You have all closely watched me and you know I haven’t taken a
single grain of rice or one drop of water for 74 days. I ask you, over
several thousand years of history, who has ever seen anyone do this
for 74 days and live? Don’t you realize this miracle is a
demonstration of God’s mighty power and his protection over me? “Now
my Lord has allowed me to stand before you to let you know that Jesus
is the true and living God. How dare you continue in your sin, doing
evil things! Friends, when the judgment day comes how do you plan to
escape hell? Only Jesus can forgive you! “This day the Lord has mercy
on you and offers you an opportunity to repent and receive forgiveness
of your sins. All of you should kneel down before Jesus Christ,
confess your sins, and ask God to forgive you. How else will you
escape the punishment of hell?” After I spoke it was as though a bomb
dropped on the men! They couldn’t help themselves. The cell leader was
the first to come and fall on his knees. He cried out, “Yun, what must
I do to be saved?” The other prisoners also knelt down, including the
Muslim. They cried out in a loud voice, “What must we do to be saved?
How can we be forgiven by God?” Every one of those sin-hardened men
received the Lord Jesus Christ, repenting of their sins with many
tears. They also felt guilty for the way they had treated me. I
forgave them in the same way that Joseph forgave his brothers. I
encouraged them by saying, “You intended to harm me, but God intended
it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many
lives.” Genesis 50:20. Because we didn’t have much water available, I
used a few drops to baptize each one of them. A prison guard in the
hallway outside our cell heard the commotion and rushed to the door.
He stood rooted to the floor for several minutes without saying a
word, totally amazed at what he witnessed. The entire atmosphere in
the cell was drastically transformed. These sin-hardened men now had
new tender hearts. Their language and behaviour totally changed.
Previously hatred and selfishness reigned in cell number two. Now, joy
and peace reigned. For days the men walked around with tears in their
eyes, amazed at how the Lord had poured out his mercy on them. When
they were allowed into the yard they took every opportunity to share
the gospel with prisoners from the other cells. In this way the gospel
was preached throughout the prison and many repented and believed in
The Heavenly Man
(pp. 118-120, Location 1700/4553).
Lion Hudson LTD.
If you need any further proof that the cessationistic arguments should cease, let me know.