Evolution is the lie of gradual creation.
Spiritual growth tends to produce the lie of gradual conversion.
Modern medicine tends to produce the lie of gradual healing.
“God is not a man that he should lie, nor the son of man that he should repent” (Numbers 23:19). God rarely changes things gradually. That time-laden process comes after a miracle, not before, and only for growth. Before a miracle, growth is impossible. What needs it is physically or spiritually dead. So instead, God performs miracles – changing people, things, and situations with his Word. It takes a miracle to start the clock of time. Without it, no time passes at all.
God is in the business of using dynamite to produce miracles. Dynamis is Greek for “power” or “ability.” It’s translated as “power” (77 times), “mighty work,” “strength,” “miracle,” “might,” “mighty,” and “virtue.” We see this word in Acts 1:8 when Jesus says, “You shall receive power.” God uses this dynamite power in five large-scale ways.
- Creation – God said, “Let there be light” and there was light. (Genesis 1:3). God spoke and BANG! It was. No evolution involved! God instantaneously created the earth and all living things in it fully formed with a single phrase. Only after creation is time necessary.
- Conception – when a man’s sperm and a woman’s egg become one, BANG! A unique person is formed in its mother’s womb. Only after conception is time necessary, for physical growth.
- Conversion (new birth) – when a person is born again spiritually (like a baby), BANG! Sinners are converted with a word or phrase uttered in humble repentance. Alcoholics become sober, gays become straight, the dead return to life, and immoral people become clean in an instant. Only after conversion is time necessary, for spiritual growth.
- Rapture – Jesus Christ will come for his bride the church “in the twinkling of an eye” (1 Corinthians 15:52). Before you can blink, BANG! Each saint will be changed from a natural body to a spiritual body (1 Corinthians 15:42-44, 51-54). Only after the rapture is time necessary – for the marriage supper of the Lamb (Revelation 19:7-9).
- Second Coming – Jesus Christ will return to earth on a white horse with his bride (Revelation 19:11-16). His feet will step on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem (Zechariah 14:3-8) and BANG! Jesus will make war on his enemies. Only after the Second Coming is time necessary – for the battle of Armageddon, the millennial reign of the saints, the Great White Throne judgment when all evildoers are cast into the lake of fire, and the New Jerusalem (Revelation 20-22).
On earth, Jesus Christ and his saints frequently used the dynamite of the Word. They spoke just a word or phrase and BANG! God changed the person or the situation.
- Numbers 20:8 – God told Moses to “speak to the rock” so it would give water. He disobeyed, striking it with his rod instead.
- Matthew 8:3 – Jesus told a leper, “Be clean,” and he was cleansed and made whole.
- Matthew 8:5-13 – a Roman centurion told Jesus, “Speak the word only and my servant shall be healed.” Jesus said, “As you have believed, it shall be done.” He was healed.
- Matthew 8:26 – Jesus “rebuked the winds and the sea and there was a great calm.”
- Matthew 8:31-32 – with just “go,” Jesus delivered a demoniac. The demons entered pigs.
- Matthew 9:6-7 – Jesus told a paralytic, “Take up your bed and go home,” and he did.
- Matthew 12:13 – Jesus told a man with a withered hand to stretch it out. He was healed.
- Matthew 15:28 – Jesus told the Syro-Phoenician woman with a demon-possessed daughter, “Great is your faith. Be it unto you as you desire.” The girl was delivered.
- Matthew 17:18 – Jesus delivered a demon-possessed man with a rebuke.
- Matthew 21:19 – Jesus withered a fig tree saying, “Let no fruit grow on you forever.”
- Mark 5:41-42 – Jesus told Jairus’ dead daughter to “arise” and she did.
- Luke 7:14-15 – Jesus told a widow’s son to “arise” and he sat up and talked.
- Luke 13:12-13 – Jesus told a crippled woman, “Be loosed from your infirmity.”
- Luke 16:14 – Jesus healed ten lepers by telling them, “Show yourselves to the priests.”
- Luke 18:42-43 – Jesus told blind Bartimaeus, “Receive sight. Your faith has saved you.”
- John 2:7-8 – Jesus changed water into wine at a wedding feast with just his word.
- John 4:49-50 – Jesus told a nobleman, “Go your way. Your son lives.”
- John 5:8-9 – Jesus told a lame man, “Take up your bed and walk.” He was healed.
- John 11:43-44 – Jesus told Lazarus, dead for four days, “Come forth.” He did.
- 1 Kings 17:1 – Elijah told King Ahab of Israel there would be no dew or rain for 3.5 years “but according to my word.” [cf James 5:17]
- 2 Kings 1:10-12 – Elijah told King Ahaziah’s captains to let fire from heaven consume him and his fifty. Fire fell and they died.
- 2 Kings 2:23-24 – in the name of the Lord, Elisha cursed children who mocked him. Two bears came out of the woods and killed 42 children.
- 2 Kings 4:16-17 – Elisha told the Shunammite woman she would bear a son.
- 2 Kings 4:43-44 – Elisha said, “Thus says the Lord, they shall eat and leave thereof.” He multiplied food to feed a hungry crowd.
- 2 Kings 5:27 – Elisha told his dishonest servant Gehazi that leprosy would cling to him and his seed. Gehazi left “his presence a leper as white as snow.”
- 2 Kings 16:18 – Elisha asked God to smite Syria’s army with blindness. God complied.
- Acts 3:6-7 – Peter told a lame man at the gate called Beautiful, “In the name of Jesus, rise up and walk.” He did.
- Acts 5:1-11 – Peter accused Ananias and his wife Sapphira of lying to the Holy Spirit, and to the church, about the price of their sold property. Both died instantly.
- Acts 9:34 – Peter told Aeneas, who was sick of palsy, “Jesus Christ makes you whole. Arise and make your bed.” He was healed.
- Acts 9:40 – Peter told Dorcas, who had recently died, to “arise” and she did.
- Acts 14:9-10 – Paul told a lame man to “stand upright.” He did and was healed.
- Acts 15:18 – Paul delivered a girl with a spirit of divination, telling the spirit to “come out” in the name of Jesus.
The Holy Spirit
This miracle-working power come from the Holy Spirit. “You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you” (Acts 1:8). The Father does nothing of significance without the Spirit. Each miracle is preceded by His “hovering” and “mothering.”
- Before God said, “Let there be light,” the Spirit “moved upon” the waters (Genesis 1:2). This word is rachaph and means to “grow soft,” “relax,” or “hover over.” It appears in Deuteronomy 32:11 with an eagle “fluttering” over her young. The concept is to be moved or affected, the image of the Spirit like a mother cherishing and giving life to small children.
- Before Jesus Christ was conceived in Mary’s womb and before the apostles received power to be witnesses for Christ, the Holy Spirit had to “come upon” them in believing prayer (Luke 1:35, Acts 1:8). The phrase “come upon” is eperchomai and means to “arrive” or “overtake.” It’s the Spirit descending and operating.
- The Holy Spirit also “overshadowed” Mary (Luke 1:35). This word is episkiazō and means to “throw a shadow upon” or “envelop in a shadow,” like a cloud. We see this concept in the pillar of cloud by day that God used to guide Israel in the wilderness, which symbolized his presence and power. Episkiazō appears only five times in the New Testament. It’s the same word used in Jesus’ transfiguration (Matthew 17, Mark 9, Luke 9) and Peter’s shadow healing people on the streets (Acts 5:15).
We know Elijah was filled with the Spirit, but there’s no biblical record of his anointing. Elisha was filled with the Spirit when he witnessed Elijah’s entrance into heaven (rapture) and took up his mantle (2 Kings 2). The 11 apostles, Peter among them, were filled with the Spirit when “a rushing mighty wind” came from heaven and “filled all the house”; then “cloven tongues like as of fire” sat on them and made them “speak with other tongues” (Acts 2:2-4).
Jesus Christ, the Son of God and the living Word, did nothing during his 3.5-year earthly ministry without the baptism of the Spirit. Jesus was baptized in the Jordan River by John the Baptist (human) and by the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove (divine) before he ever preached a single sermon or performed a single miracle. Christ is not a surname. It’s Greek, as Messiah is Hebrew, for “anointed one.” That’s just who Jesus is.
It takes a Holy Spirit anointing to have dynamite. Some Jewish exorcists, seven sons of Sceva, didn’t have it, even though they tried. The demon himself told them, “Jesus I know and Paul I know, but who are you?” (Acts 19:15) Then the demon-possessed man overpowered and beat them; they left “naked and wounded” (19:16).
For a few years now, I’ve been waiting in my spirit for a spiritual explosion. I keep waiting on God for a miracle, for some kind of dynamite that will start the end-times clock: 3.5 or 7 years of Christian persecution before the rapture of the church. It hasn’t happened yet. Go to my blog post “End Times: Some Reflections” to learn more.
Have you said “no” to the lie of time in evolution and in life? Have you said “yes” to the miracle dynamite of God? Have you experienced the BANG of this spiritual dynamite in conversion and witnessing? Have you been baptized by the Holy Spirit? Do you have a miracle-working divine anointing? If not, say “yes” to Jesus and the Holy Spirit today!