Biblical history shows us that God created miracles at important and crucial moments to save His people: dividing the Red Sea, feeding 600,000 men plus their families with manna every day for 40 years, causing water to flow out of a rock by striking it, and so on. Thus, whenever the Israelites encountered difficulties, God opened a way for them in a miraculous way.
Then, who creates the miracles of the gospel in this age? The answer is also “God.” We were tempted by Satan to sin in heaven, and have been cast down to this earth. Even now, if Satan tempts us, we may be tempted any time because we are so weak and feeble. However, since our Heavenly Father and Mother always hold us fast and guide us, we can be strong even though we are weak by nature.
In preaching the gospel, we can see a miracle when we have our Father and Mother in us. We should correctly recognize who creates the miracles of the gospel in this age and always walk with God wherever we go. Walking with God means putting into practice what God tells us.
In the battle of Israel and Amalek, God gave Israel the victory by keeping Moses’ arms raised up. God also cured Hezekiah’s sickness, and made the shadow of the sun go back as a sign that He would give him 15 more years to live. Through some historical events in the Bible, let’s think about who the creator of the miracles of the gospel is.
The Amalekites came and attacked the Israelites at Rephidim. Moses said to Joshua, “Choose some of our men and go out to fight the Amalekites. Tomorrow I will stand on top of the hill with the staff of God in my hands.” So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill. As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset. So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword.Ex 17:8-13
In the battle against Amalek, the Israelite army experienced the miracle of winning the war when Moses held up his hands. It was not the work of Moses or of Joshua. It was the power of God, who alone could make such things possible, working behind the scenes.
In the battle against the Amorites, Joshua’s army won a victory over them. Let’s see whether their victory was achieved through Joshua’s ability or by a miracle that God performed.
Then the five kings of the Amorites—the kings of Jerusalem, Hebron, Jarmuth, Lachish and Eglon—joined forces. They moved up with all their troops … The LORD said to Joshua, “Do not be afraid of them; I have given them into your hand. Not one of them will be able to withstand you.” After an all-night march from Gilgal, Joshua took them by surprise. The LORD threw them into confusion before Israel, who defeated them in a great victory at Gibeon. … the LORD hurled large hailstones down on them from the sky, and more of them died from the hailstones than were killed by the swords of the Israelites. On the day the LORD gave the Amorites over to Israel, Joshua said to the LORD in the presence of Israel: “O sun, stand still over Gibeon, O moon, over the Valley of Aijalon.” So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, till the nation avenged itself on its enemies, as it is written in the Book of Jashar. The sun stopped in the middle of the sky and delayed going down about a full day.Jos 10:5-13
In the battle against the Amorites, the war would have been unfavorable for the Israelite army if the sun had set and it had become dark. However, the sun did not go down but stopped in the middle of the sky for about a whole day. This was not a result of the ability of Joshua or his army. It was a miracle created by God, through which Joshua’s army was able to be victorious.
Ultimately, victory depends on God. Through the teachings of the Bible, we need to find a definite answer about who is able to create the miracles of the gospel in this age and always rely on God. If we do so, God will surely give us the glory and joy of leading numerous souls to the way of salvation by allowing us to resist the devil our enemy and win the victory over him in the last work of the gospel as well as in the physical war. Through another miracle performed by God, let’s keep in mind again how omniscient and omnipotent God is.
Hezekiah had asked Isaiah, “What will be the sign that the LORD will heal me and that I will go up to the temple of the LORD on the third day from now?” Isaiah answered, “This is the LORD’s sign to you that the LORD will do what he has promised: Shall the shadow go forward ten steps, or shall it go back ten steps?” “It is a simple matter for the shadow to go forward ten steps,” said Hezekiah. “Rather, have it go back ten steps.” Then the prophet Isaiah called upon the LORD, and the LORD made the shadow go back the ten steps it had gone down on the stairway of Ahaz.2 Ki 20:8-11
In the work of redemption, God even changed the movement of the heavenly bodies. He made the shadow of the sun go back the ten steps it had gone down on the stairway of Ahaz. This meant that He caused the sun to reverse its direction and move backwards. Viewed from the earth, the sun moves from east to west. But imagine that the sun moved backwards from west to east. How miraculous and amazing it must have been!
It was God who created such wondrous miracles. Despite that, the Israelites easily forgot about God in the most critical situations. It was the same when the twelve spies reported to Moses and the whole assembly of Israel about the land of Canaan they had explored. Joshua and Caleb gave them the courage of faith by saying, “God is with us, so let’s go up against them. We will swallow them up.” On the contrary, the other ten spies gave a bad report, and the Israelites who heard their negative report trembled in fear and poured out grumbling words against God and Moses without hesitation.
Then God revealed His glory before Moses and the people of Israel, and said:
The LORD said to Moses, “How long will these people treat me with contempt? How long will they refuse to believe in me, in spite of all the miraculous signs I have performed among them?”Nu 14:11
To the people of Israel who didn’t believe in God even though He showed them so many miracles, God said, “How long will you refuse to believe in Me?” It is God who created the earth from nothing and performed all the miracles throughout the Old and New Testaments. We must not forget the fact that the Almighty God is with us.
We have been called to the work of the gospel which God leads, and are participating in the work even though we are so lacking in ability. Father and Mother are pleased when we try to follow Their will, being faithful even in the small things. Parents are more likely to be moved by their young children who try to walk with tottering steps than by the children who walk and run well. So, when their children barely take one step after another, they hold them up so they can walk a few more steps, and sometimes they help their children to walk a long distance in one go, which would take them much longer to walk by themselves. In the same way, if we devote ourselves to what God has told us to do, obeying the word of God, even though we are unable to do it well, God will be moved and continuously create a miracle of the gospel in this age.
“‘For this is what the Sovereign LORD says: I myself will search for my sheep and look after them. As a shepherd looks after his scattered flock when he is with them, so will I look after my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places where they were scattered on a day of clouds and darkness. I will bring them out from the nations and gather them from the countries, and I will bring them into their own land. I will pasture them on the mountains of Israel, in the ravines and in all the settlements in the land. I will tend them in a good pasture, … I myself will tend my sheep and have them lie down, declares the Sovereign LORD. I will search for the lost and bring back the strays. I will bind up the injured and strengthen the weak, but the sleek and the strong I will destroy. I will shepherd the flock with justice. As for you, my flock, … I will save my flock, and they will no longer be plundered. I will judge between one sheep and another.’”Eze 34:11-22
God says He Himself will search for His sheep and look after them. It means that God Himself will come to find His lost children, doesn’t it? A day of clouds and darkness refers to the last days (Zep 1:14-15). So, the prophecy of Ezekiel 34 shows that God will come to this earth in the last days to find His children. Since God says, “I will bring them out,” there is no doubt that it is God who brings His people who are taken captive by the world out from the nations, gathers them from the countries, and leads them to Zion.
Through the Bible, we are witnessing all the miracles performed by God. “How long will these people refuse to believe in Me?” We must not let these words of God apply to us. All the works of the gospel are miracles created by God.
Of course, there are a lot of efforts from our brothers and sisters in the regions where the fruits of the gospel are being produced abundantly. In the countries where they have difficulty communicating, they are bearing many fruits and reviving the Church. I believe that God gives them such gracious results since they’ve made efforts and devotion enough to move Him. If we realize God and do the gospel work, always holding fast to Father and Mother’s hands, we can continuously experience a miracle of the gospel created by God.
Who creates the miracles of the gospel? Who can create the miracles of the gospel? The answer to these two questions is “God.” We must believe and not doubt that this gospel will surely be accomplished because Elohim are with us. If we only participate in this work, God will grant us all blessings and rewards.
“And the gospel must first be preached to all nations.”Mk 13:10
He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.”Mk 16:15-16
When Jesus told His disciples the signs of the end of the age, He said there would be earthquakes and many other disastrous events, and that above all else the gospel would be preached to all the nations of the world. God told us not to be afraid but just go and preach the gospel to all people, saying He would create all the miracles of the gospel. Since all these promises and prophecies of God are recorded in the Bible, we must believe them.
“Put your sword back in its place,” Jesus said to him, “for all who draw the sword will die by the sword. Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels? But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?”Mt 26:52-54
The words of the Bible that say “it must happen in this way” will surely be fulfilled without fail. When Jesus was arrested, it was not because He had no power to stop it, but because there was a prophecy that He would be sacrificed for our sins and rise again from the dead after three days. So, He fulfilled the prophecy.
If God said that the gospel would be preached to all nations, will it happen or not? And if God said He Himself would search for His lost sheep and tend them as their Shepherd, will He find them or not? Since a long time ago, God has been finding His sheep. Father came to seek His lost children and carried out His gospel ministry for 37 years. Mother is still leading the work of salvation, giving the strength and courage of faith to us, Her children. This is how our Zion has got to where it is today, and it will be the same until the gospel is preached to all people around the world.
As the miracles of the gospel are occurring more frequently, spiritual Babylon seems to be frightened and trembling in fear. When the Israelties just came near the city of Jericho, the people of Jericho were extremely frightened and their hearts melted like wax. Since God is leading and controlling on the front line of the gospel, who can stand against Him?
Now the gracious fragrance of Zion is conveyed from every corner of the world. I read many letters from all around the world during the autumn feasts. Those who sent the letters all said they were feeling that the recent works of the gospel were truly miracles created by God. There are many other cases of those who have experienced God’s miracles. They said that God helped them to achieve something that humans couldn’t even imagine in an unexpected and miraculous way, even though they had given up, thinking it was impossible. They also said that when they tried to preach by relying on their own strength, people didn’t listen to them, but when they thought about God’s sacrifice again and went out by depending on Elohim, the situation changed 180 degrees; people in the same place, where they were persecuted the previous day, all received the truth the next day.
Please go with Father and Mother when you preach the gospel. If you try to preach by relying only on your own knowledge and ability, without depending on God, you will not meet a single soul and even those who listen to you will all close their minds. We cannot win over Satan if we fight against him with our own strength. No matter how powerful and sharp our spiritual sword—the message that comes out of our mouths-may be, it alone cannot break the shield of Satan. Even though Joshua was so valiant and brave, the victory did not depend on him but on Moses’ holding his arms up behind the scenes. Likewise, our victory depends upon God.
Who can create the miracles of the gospel in this age, and who will create the miracles? Please think it over. The creator of miracles is not “me myself” or someone else, neither Joshua nor Moses nor Apostle Paul nor Peter nor any other person. Only God is the creator of miracles, and only those whom God is with can stand in the middle of the miracles.
God, who accomplishes the work of salvation throughout the world, is with us. All our brothers and sisters in Zion! Let us always keep in mind that all the miracles of the gospel come from God, and bear the fruit of the Holy Spirit abundantly in Father and Mother, remembering God’s words, “I am with you,” “Do not fear; do not be dismayed,” and, “I will help you.”