Why Not?

“And it shall come to pass afterward That I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your old men shall dream dreams, Your young men shall see visions.”    Joel 2:28  Also quoted in Acts 2:17.

Don’t you ever wish you lived in Biblical times? Personally, I’d only like a brief visit.  I’m too much into indoor plumbing and cars to take up permanent residence then.

However, those were the days when God thundered on the mountain and at Jesus’ baptism. There were visions.  There were miracles.  Pillars of smoke and fire.  Waters parting…more than once.  The disciples speaking in tongues with candle flames atop their heads.  Casting out demons; sometimes one, sometimes a legion.

How great would it have been to see Jesus ascend into heaven, feed thousands of people from almost nothing, or walk on water? Those were the days when the heavens shook and the earth quaked!  If only I had lived in times when those things happen!

These things are happening today, but we’ve been deceived! We’ve been taught by our own churches that God doesn’t do that anymore.  Science has rendered us unable to recognize a miracle when we see one.  How do I know such things happen?

Read the book “23 Minutes in Hell.” This is a Christian man’s account of how God showed him hell so that he could tell the world that it’s real.  Bill Wiese experienced hell first-hand.  Even then, he hesitated for some years before starting to tell his story.  When he did, he found a whole community of people who had been shown hell as he had and given the same commission.

We get into near-death stories of people meeting Jesus and seeing heaven. Why would we dismiss Wiese’s story?  Both are first-person accounts.  Both have many people sharing the experience.

“Killing Christians” by Tom Doyle who relates several accounts of Jesus appearing to Muslims in the Middle East and helping them to escape their vengeful families and neighbors. God continues to work as He chooses, unrestrained by what WE think He should or should not be doing in these post-biblical days.

Not only that, but demons are real. Exorcisms are reportedly on the rise.  People see strange lights they believe are ghosts.  Others who dabble in Ouija boards and other occult practices often find themselves in very real trouble.

Here’s the irony of it all; we believe in the Bible and the events it relates. We even think it would be so great to have seen those things ourselves.  But when these things happen today, we are so quick to dismiss them.  We don’t believe now.  The question is simple –

WHY NOT?

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