John 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
Why No Miracles Yet?
Why No Miracles Yet?
Sermon by Mr. Daniel Frendo (9/06/08) Transcribed by Mr. Harlan Webb
Good morning, brethren. I have been away for three Sabbaths. I have been in England, Nairobi, and Kenya. Next week, I will be in the Philippines. Three weeks ago, while I was in England, I was asked a very valid question; I am sure you will agree. The question was, why do we not see any miracles, yet? Why is someone still in bed, or in pain? Why is someone still sick? So, in the next few minutes, we will look at this concern, which some Church of God's Faithful members may have at this time. We will study why there are no miracles, yet. The title of this sermonette is, "Why No Miracles, Yet." I would like to begin by turning to Mark 16:17 – 18:
17 “And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.”
Here is a promise by Jesus Christ about the signs which would follow His people. Let us go to John 14:12:
12 “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.”
Here is a magnificent promise by Jesus Christ. Some may wonder, at this stage, are we lacking in belief, or faith, or living faith, which is faith plus obedience to God? This is the same question which Jesus Christ posed. Let us go to Luke 18:8b:
18b “Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?”
This was Jesus Christ's concern. Jesus Christ has returned to the only place on Earth where He may find faith. As He looked around, as He discerned, even though He did not find much faith, He did find a faithful remnant. Jesus Christ did find, in the midst of Israel, a poor and afflicted people, as we read in Zephaniah 3:12 – 13:
12 “I will also leave in the midst of thee an afflicted and poor people, and they shall trust in the name of the LORD.
13 The remnant of Israel shall not do iniquity, nor speak lies; neither shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth: for they shall feed and lie down, and none shall make them afraid.”
We trust in Our Lord's Authority, and are under His Government. When Jesus Christ came suddenly to His Temple, like a thief in the night, as the Day of the Lord began, the Faithful and True Witness did find a faithful remnant who do not speak lies and who are not deceitful. To answer the question, "Why no miracles, yet?” we need to make a clear distinction between those who are set apart by Truth--faithful individuals who sigh and cry as they see the abominations taking place in Laodicea-- and those who will believe only after they see miracles. The reason I made this distinction is because God makes this distinction. When God makes a distinction, we need to make the same distinction, also.
Here is what we read in Daniel 12:12:
12 “Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.”
Brethren, why is this a blessing? This blessing has everything to do with faith. This is a blessing which is bestowed upon those who believe without seeing. Please, take note of John 20:29:
29 “Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.”
Faith has everything to do with things which are not seen. Jesus Christ has been looking for this Godly characteristic among His Father's begotten children. Jesus Christ has been doing this since He came to His Temple on the Feast of Trumpets, 1997. Jesus Christ has been developing pillars since the Feast of Trumpets, 11 years ago. The pillars must be in place and ready to work on those who must see before they believe. First, we must have the pillars in place, those in whom Jesus Christ found faith when He came to His Temple. After the pillars are set, and come to the 1,335 days--this is when the pillars will be blessed. Shortly thereafter, the Two Witnesses will come on the scene. Most likely, as Mr. Ardis has indicated, these two witnesses will have a short training period, beginning shortly after we have come to the 1,335 days. This training period will involve miracles, the same as it was with Moses and Aaron. Miracles, signs, and wonders will then begin to be seen by everyone. This will be the time for those who, “except they see signs and wonders,” will not believe. Go to John 4:46 – 53:
46 “So Jesus came again into Cana of Galilee, where he made the water wine. And there was a certain nobleman, whose son was sick at Capernaum.
47 When he heard that Jesus was come out of Judaea into Galilee, he went unto him, and besought him that he would come down, and heal his son: for he was at the point of death.
48 Then said Jesus unto him, Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe.
49 The nobleman saith unto him, Sir, come down ere my child die.
50 Jesus saith unto him, Go thy way; thy son liveth. And the man believed the word that Jesus had spoken unto him, and he went his way.
51 And as he was now going down, his servants met him, and told him, saying, Thy son liveth.
52 Then enquired he of them the hour when he began to amend. And they said unto him, Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him.
53 So the father knew that it was at the same hour, in the which Jesus said unto him, Thy son liveth: and himself believed, and his whole house.”
Once we begin counting the 1,335 days, it will be time for those, “except they see signs and wonders,” to begin believing. This will be the time when Jesus Christ will make the five “wise” virgins come to us. This is the point at which they will come to us, because they will have begun seeing miracles. Hence, they cannot receive the blessing of being pillars in the Temple. They will be the "lively stones." The other five “foolish” virgins, of Laodicea, will have to go into the Tribulation. Right now, Jesus Christ is reconstructing the Temple through a third Zerubbabel. Once the miracles, signs, and wonders begin, there will be no need for faith. The ones who will be pillars, and who will be blessed, are the ones who come to the 1,335 days because they are faithful without seeing, and have God's Faith. This is why there are no miracles, yet. We must first come to the 1,335 days.
Hopefully, it looks as if we now have only 24 more days (three and one-half weeks), before God will confirm the blessing which awaits those faithful ones who come to the 1,335 days. Then, we will begin to see the miracles, signs, and wonders.
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