END TIME OBSERVATIONS
A Wicked and Adulterous Generation
“Then the Pharisees and Sadducees came, and testing Him asked that He would show them a sign from heaven. He answered and said to them … ‘You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times. A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign shall be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.’ ” (Matthew 16:1-4)
What I am about to say, I do so knowing that I risk offending many of our readers. While it certainly is not my intention to offend anyone, it is my intention to examine what the Scripture has to say concerning signs and wonders and to remind everyone that we are instructed to “test the spirits, whether they are of God” (1 John 4:1). I feel it is necessary to address this in light of recent events and in response to the many emails and questions I have received inquiring just where I stood on this issue. Furthermore, Scripture makes it clear that signs and wonders will be an important component of the last days and it will be critical for believers to discern between the signs God gives to us and those intended to mislead us.
First of all it needs to be acknowledged that, throughout history, God has often confirmed His Word with miracles. Scripture tells us that Moses performed signs to confirm to the enslaved Israelites that God had indeed sent Him to lead them from Egyptian bondage (Ex. 4:29-31). Later, God performed signs and wonders.