D254 - Not all great men of God performed signs and wonders
‘among those born of women, there has arisen no one greater than John the Baptist.’
Yet, in John 10:41, the Apostle John confirmed that
‘John (the Baptist) never performed a sign’
If one of the greatest prophets (and Jesus called John the Baptist as more than a prophet in Luke 7:26) did not perform miracles, it does imply that not all great men of God are given the gift of healing.
D255 - Signs and wonders may powerfully demonstrate apostleship
While some great men of God do not necessarily perform signs and wonders, signs and wonders do show proof that the person could be an apostle (of course, we are told to ‘test the spirits to see whether they are from God – 1 John 4:1).
2 Cor 12:12 does support that.
‘The signs of a true apostle were performed among you with utmost patience, with signs and wonders and mighty works.’
God does ‘bore witness by signs and wonders and various miracles and by gifts of the Holy Spirit’ as reported in Heb 2:4.
The Book of Acts does testify of those signs and wonders so much so that the people held them (the apostles) in high esteem (Acts 5:13) and many came to know the Lord.
For obvious reasons, signs and wonders do get attention from people. Just as the miracles of Jesus drew people to him (Matt 4:24, Matt 9:26, Luke 5:15, John 2:23) and resulted in many believing in him.
May we see the same apostolic ministries be present in our days.
D256 - The devil can perform powerful signs and wonders
In the end times, and some of us may think that we are already in it, the Apostle Paul said that
‘the coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders’ (2 Thes 2:9).
It is not as if the devil is powerless. After all, he is still the prince of this world (See D92 – Satan is the prince of this world).
In Revelation, the Apostle John prophesied the presence of a person he called ‘the beast’ at the end of times. This person is able to perform
‘great signs, even making fire come down from heaven to earth in front of people’ (Rev 13:13).
This person is likened to a superhero from the X-men movies.
In Matt 24:24, it speaks about a time in the future when
‘false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect (Christians).’
What distinguishes s/he who is from God and s/he who is from the devil?
Matt 7:16 says,
‘By their fruit, you will recognize them.’
See D114 – Believers are known by their fruit.