In the 1980s, Asher and I
studied the subject of healing with great intensity. We studied the most
prominent teachers on what the Bible says about healing. We ourselves saw
some really amazing, outstanding healings; but also some very
disappointing sicknesses that eventually ended in death.
Our close friend Dr. Michael Brown is perhaps one of the greatest experts
on the subject of Biblical healing. He received his PhD from New York
University for his thesis on healing in the Hebrew Bible. This was made
into an important book entitled Israel's Divine Healer.
Here are three very common views on healing:
1. "While our ordinary immune system from God brings healing and is a
gift from God, supernatural miraculous healing and creative miracles of
restoration are very rare. We can and should always pray for such
miracles, but in general, diseases and terminal illnesses will follow
their normal course among both believers and non-believers. This is the
human situation after the fall."
This is the primary view of non-charismatics, including many Israeli
Messianic Jewish leaders.
2. "We are to pray for healing. If we pray for healing as a regular
practice and submit to opportunities for praying for healing, we will see
much more supernatural healing. However, we need to trust God and know
that ultimately healing is a matter of God's sovereignty. The best
thing we can do to believe for healing is to walk in fellowship with God,
avoid sin, and live in trusting relationship while availing ourselves of
This is the "Vineyard view" that was taught by John Wimber.
3. "Healing is always God’s will. If we will give ourselves to
God in the right way, meditate on Scriptures about healing, and confess
them as God's certain promises, we should always be healed.
God's promise of healing is absolute. So if a person does not
receive supernatural healing, the failure to receive is the person's
failure to build his faith to receive it. Faith for healing is something
that a person is responsible to acquire."
This is the view of the Word of Faith movement teachers: the late Kenneth
Hagin, Kenneth Copeland, Andrew Womack and many others. For these
brothers, if the promise is not absolute and obtainable then it undercuts
the building of faith to receive the healing.
Our view does not fully fit into any of these three categories. What we
believe is similar to Dr. Brown teaching in his book and can be
summarized as follows. Healing is the general will of God for His
obedient people, but one cannot make this a universal law and conclude
that it is God's absolute will to heal in every single case.
We can know that it is God's general will to heal on the basis of
1. The promises to Israel for physical health if they would live an
obedient life. This includes deliverance from "the sicknesses of Egypt",
and the blessing of living a long life.
2. The inclusion of sicknesses as being healed through the atonement of
Yeshua, as in Isaiah 53:4-5, "He bore our sicknesses ... by His
stripes we are healed."
3. The healing ministry of Yeshua is a manifestation of the will of God
4. The conclusive statement of Peter on the atonement, that "He
Himself bore our sins on the tree, by his stripes you have been
healed", is not only spiritual but physical healing.
5. In times of revival and heightened spiritual fervor and awareness,
healing is much more frequent. Note for example Pensacola, the early
Vineyard movement and Bethel Church.
6. However, though healing is God's general will, we see in the
death of Elisha and the sickness of some in the New Covenant Scriptures,
that healing is not an absolute promise for every case at all times.
7. The kind of faith that moves mountains is a "God kind of faith" that
only God can ultimately grant. He indeed usually grants us the faith we
need for what we are called to do and this usually includes faith for
This article was previously published on February
on the Revive Israel website and on February 6th
here on Kehila News Israel