Healing and History (H & H)
Jesus was going all over Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people. Then the news about Him spread throughout Syria. So they brought to Him all those who were afflicted, those suffering from various diseases and intense pains, the demon-possessed, the epileptics, and the paralytics. And He healed them. (Mt 4:23-24)
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The Life is in the Blood (Leviticus 17:11)
This declaration of life being found in the blood is located in Leviticus in the Old Testament. God is declaring to Israel the importance of holding blood precious as the blood was to be poured out over the altar for a sacrifice and for atonement and for a cleansing of sin. The presciousness of blood would extend into the New Testament as God would exchange and upgrade the covenant to a much better sacrifice and atonement for sin through His Son's blood shed at Calvary. Hebrews 9:1-28
It is through His blood and the celebration of communion do we remember Him during the passover feast at the last supper. We remember that Jesus was declared as the Lamb of God John 1:29, and replaced the original Old Testament unblemished passover lamb, who's blood allowed God to passover His people. Exodus 12:1-14. It is through the reception of the sacrificial blood of Jesus that God passes over our sins and that we have victory over the enemy. Revelation 12:11 It is also because of these things that God has bestowed upon His Son the highest honor and preeminence, and has declared that His name (Jesus), is above every name. Philippians 2:8-10
In medicine, most things that sustain the life of the body are considered to be in the blood. The amount of blood you have is determined by the H & H test. You might be as healthy as an athlete, but if you lose enough blood, your life will not be able to be sustained. God has established many automatic physiological and biochemical processes that all work together towards what pertains to physical life of the body. When a particuar area of the body is injured or sick blood will naturally be sent to nourish and restore that weakened area.
Just like with blood that is nourishing the body in the natural, so too through the blood of Jesus there is another benefit and blessing that is included, besides salvation and atonement, and that is the benefit of healing. While the benefit of our salvation came through the shedding and pouring out of His blood, the benefit of healing comes to us by the stripes He received when he was beaten and flogged by the Romans -(video) before his crucifixion. It was foretold in Isaiah 53:3-5 that this would happen to His Son, and it was to happen for our benefit. Psalm 103:1-4
So it is quite clear that God not only includes in His covenant, salvation, but also the wonderful benefit of healing. You can easily observe throughout the four gospels, that Jesus not only brought salvation to us in the good news, but He also spent much of his time healing every disease among the people. Matthew 4:23 He gave authority to his disciples to do the same. Mark 16:15-18 When you look in the book of Acts you will see God using the disciples like He said he would. John 14:12-14, Mark 16:19-20 , Acts 5:12-16 And Jesus is still working with and through believers today, just like He did then. Hebrews 13:8
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Some Highlights of Healing in History
To some, the gifts of the Spirit, the speaking of tongues, and the miracles of healing ,stopped right after the apostles finished their mininstries on the earth, of whom most of which became martyrs. John the apostle, appears to be the only apostle who was not martyred, even though he had been boiled in oil, and then was banished to the Isle of Patmos, where he received and wrote down what has come to be the book of Revelation. To see what became of the other apostles visit this link However, you may recall that these gifts were also given to seventy other disciples that were with Jesus, so it was not just the apostles alone who operated in these gifts. (Luke 10:1-2, Luke 10:17-18) The essential question to answer here, however, is did the annointing, the gifts of the spirit, and the speaking in tongues continue down through history or did they stop right after the apostles left this earth?
Upon light investigation one should be able to come up with something fairly close to this conclusion. That the annointing, the gifts of the Spirit, and the speaking of tongues, did continue for some time after the apostles left this earth and then dissipated around the year 400 AD. The reason for this dissipation is most probably due to Constantine (short video) as he had allowed some compromise of the orignial gospel by incorporating some paganistic ideas, ie; holidays, so that more conversions into the church could take place. These kind of compromises, and others that followed, contributed to the Spirit of God pulling back, and as a result, less manifestations of the Spirit were demonstrated.
Here is a very interesting link of a ministry that tracked the gifts of the Spirit in the early church down until Augustine who lived near 400 AD. You will see documented records of statements being made by different early church Fathers who proclaimed these gifts were indeed in operation! (Rediscovering Pentecost) You will also see Augustine state that he no longer observed the gifts of the Spirit. With Augustine and many others that followed after him, there was a tendency to move towards intellectualization and philosophy.
It would not be surprising to find during the middle ages on occassion, particular individuals who operated in these gifts, but they would only be found in very devoted individuals to God, yet, this period of time is unclear. With the gospel translated into Latin there were not as many who were able to enjoy and understand the fullness of God's word except a few. It appears that a shaking of the church was needed and that occurred during the time of Martin Luther and the reformation.
This reformation accomplished getting the church back on track into focusing on the word of God -(short video) rather than focusing on church traditions. Once this re-focusing began on the Word of God, and the translation of the gospel from Latin into the common languages occured, the original gospel in full, could now be shared amongst the common people. Once this began taking place for a period, and revivals also began to break out, many were saved, and then the manifestations of the Spirit would soon follow.
The timeframe of these manifestations happened at the turn of the century in 1900. While there had been a few revivals prior to this that had caused many to turn back to God, the manifestations of healings, and tongues, did not corporately begin to return until 1900. In 1906 specifically, there was a special outpouring of the Spirit in California at a house on Azuza street (great video). After this occurred and another revival at Sunderland Europe, great leaders with the annointing of God, began to preach. Great leaders like Smith Wigglesworth (visit site dedicated to Smith Wigglesworth), George Jeffries (who passed his mantle of annointing to (Rheinhard Bonnke-video) who is being used by God to lead millions to Christ)
These outpourings of the Spirit as prophecied through the prophet Joel would happen, and continued to happened, and are still happenning in these last of the last days. Joel 2:28-29 Early gifts of the Spirit ministries such as Kathyrn Kulhman, Jack Coe #1, Jack Coe #2, A.A. Allen #1, A.A. Allen #2, William Branham #1, (William Branham#2 -awesome website!), and T.L. Osborn had sprung up quicky. These and many many others God is using to spread the Gospel of the kingdom around the world. If you observe all of the links you can see many components of the annointing and gifts in these earlier annointed leaders being passed on into the annointed leaders that we see today. So it is not the person, for it is the same gifts in operation in the person, being transferred by the power of the Holy Spirit). Benny Hinn, Kenneth Copeland-video of back MRI healing testimony), and Kenneth Hagin (-video of amazing manifestation of the joy of the Lord Acts 2:1-21 ) and W.V. Grant (who as a child, William Branham had released his mantle of annointing to under God's direction) are just a few examples of this.
God is rolling up His sleeves and His work will be done, just as He said He would do, until He returns. Great Miracles are happening and will continue to happen as we see the day approacing. Yet, what many people do not realize is that God is going to do much of His work through His body of believers. He stated it back then and He is proving His word even now. John 14:12
Therefore, based on these and many other scriptures found in the word, the spiritual gifts are in operation in the church now as they were present at and after Pentecost. The annointing came when the Holy Spirit first blew into the upper room where the disciples were in one accord praying. Acts 2:1-4 The anointing, flames of fire, joy, and the speaking of tongues were initially deposited on and in this first group of disciples by the Holy Spirit. Spiritual gifts are still even distributed today in the church as well. 1 Corinthians 12:1-31
Just like in the time of Jesus some people believed and some people did not believe in the miracles that were performed. So it is no surprise, 2000 years later, that doubt about healing and miracles is found amongst people and even amongst churchgoers. Believe it or not it was the churchgoers of that time (the Pharisees) that gave Jesus the most doubt, the most tests, and the most trouble. Yet Jesus continued to do his miracles of healing among the people anyway to prove that God was working with Him. It is really a matter of one's belief isn't it. For to Jesus, it is one's faith and one's belief, and one's love that really matters to Him. Matthew 8:5-10
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