Let's face it. We all want
to see God move in miraculous ways. After all, wasn't that
Yeshua's calling card? Wasn't that the apostles'
validation of the gospel message? And what about the prophets of Israel?
Didn't they portend the outpouring of the Spirit with signs and
wonders in the last days, leading up to the long-awaited return of our
I believe the answer to all these questions is YES. But other questions
arise. How can it happen today? How can it happen in Eretz Yisrael, where
skepticism regarding the possibility of Yeshua being the Messiah is still
the norm? Is there a guide book, an instruction manual?
Reading Acts chapter five this morning I was caught off guard by the
straightforward account of signs and wonders being done through the hands
of the apostles (Acts 5:12). I began to search for clues that would
point to the conditions leading to such a powerful and effective
demonstration. Here are a few markers that I found in the account of how
Yeshua's faithful disciples lived in this land - that give us an
unmistakable trail to follow.
Miracles in Acts: Some Factors
They were in the temple compound "in one accord" (Acts 5:12). This theme
is seen often in Acts. The Author is telling us something. He releases
His wonder-working power when we rise above our insecurities, offenses,
and personality quirks to unite as one in His heart.
High esteem from the locals (Acts 5:13):
It's certainly not that we are to seek popularity, but I read this
as relevance. The apostles made a positive impression on the
Jerusalemites, who were likely tired of religion and hungry for reality.
This is a timely cue for us, especially in Israel where religiosity is
Compassion for those suffering (Acts 5:15-16):
The sick were brought into the streets, and people came from the
surrounding cities with those who were diseased and tormented by demonic
spirits. "... and they were all healed." This knocks me out. No wonder
the early believers saw such a dramatic harvest.
They freely proclaimed Yeshua as "Prince and Savior" (Acts 5:31):
This is what they were persecuted for doing, forbidden from doing, yet
continued to do. Placing Yeshua front and center is not some formula. It
is the holy calling we've been given. Teaching in His name was
central throughout the Acts epoch. We cannot improve on what they did,
nor uncover a superior key to releasing the acts of God's heart. Our
people must know that we are following the Rabbi from the Galilee who
literally fulfilled what the prophets said about Him many centuries
Multitudes of believers were increasingly added to the Lord (Acts 5:14),
as the outcome of God's healing, liberating activity among the
people of Israel in the first century. Now, 20 centuries later, it is
time for the re-activation, the re-awakening of the same in-breaking.
Recently during a Shabbat worship service a young leader began declaring
what God wanted to do in the lives of people who are hurting,
discouraged, sick, or finding themselves in a dark place. Instead of
shifting to the next, normal portion of the service, we were invited to
wait upon God and to take action. People began standing up. Some came
forward for prayer. Others left their seats to pray for those nearby.
The presence and love of the Lord were palpable. One Israeli first-time
visitor repented and received Yeshua while all this continued. I wept,
experiencing the overwhelming care and intense compassion of the Savior
for His flock.
In Israel we long for the expanded, authentic activity of God's
Spirit - healing, delivering, and transforming lives in the name of
Yeshua the Anointed King. In fact, knowing that the Lord's announced
intention is to manifest Himself in this land before His visible return,
leaves us satisfied with nothing less. As is also clear in Acts, one of
the keys to opening these gates of God's activity on earth is
prayer. So, I cannot conclude this article without asking you to
actively, frequently agree with us:
"Father, you promised to graciously pour out Your Spirit so that whoever
calls on the name of the Lord will be saved (Joel 2:28,32). We give
ourselves wholly to You, opening our lives that Yeshua may live freely
through us, taking us into His realm of supernatural love, touching and
changing the people we encounter."