by Yewande Olamiju
One of the headlines of Jewish Telegraph of July 2014 reads “Their God changes the path of our rockets mid-air.”
The response of the church to this news has been varied and diametrically opposite. Some Christians believe it’s yet another testimony of God awesome power of deliverance on behalf of the Jews, yet there are other Christians that believe that God fighting for Israel is a myth.
Will God do such miracles today? Will God fight against another nation in defense of Israel today?
We read in Joshua 10:14 that the LORD fought for Israel. Josh 10:42 says, the LORD God of Israel fought for Israel. Joshua 23:3 says, the LORD your God is He that hath fought for you.
Based on God’s everlasting covenant with Israel (Gen 15:18-21; Gen 13:14-17; Gen 22:2, 12, 16-18; Deut 30:1-10) and Ezekiel 38-39 prophecy of a future war involving Israel, yes, God will still fight for and on behalf of Israel.
Does God still perform such miracles? Yes. The bible is full of supernatural events such as:
Battle conquests – armies conquered by angels of the Lord’s host on behalf of the people of Israel (2 Kings 19:35; 2 Kings 7:6-8), an entire army struck with blindness by the LORD and led straight into Israel’s hands (2 Kings 6:8-23), Pharaoh’s army thrown into the sea (Exod 14), the walls of Jericho fell down flat (Josh 6), the sun and moon stood still for a whole day (Josh 10:12-14).
Prison breaks – supernatural escapes from prisons (Acts 5:17-23; Acts 12:6-18), chains falling off (Acts 6:7), iron city gates opening of their own accord (Acts 6:10), an earthquake opens prison cells and unlock chains (Acts 16:25-26).
People rescued from what would be called “certain-death” – Daniel in the lion’s den (Dan 6), 3 Hebrew boys thrown into a fiery furnace come out without a single burn (Dan 3).
People raised from the dead – Lazarus after four days in the grave (John 11); The Shunemite woman’s son (2 King 5:18-37); the widow of Zarephath’s son (1 Kings 17:8, 17-24); a widow in Nain’s son (Luke 7:11-15); Jarius’ daughter (Mark 5:22-24,35-43); Dorcas (Acts 9:36-43); Eutychus (Acts 20:7-12)
Multiplication of food (Mark 6:30-44; 2 Kings 4:1-7, 42-44, 1 kings 17:8-16).
Healing – Peter’s shadow healed people (Acts 5:15-16) while people were healed when handkerchiefs and aprons that touched Paul’s body were brought to them (Acts 19:12). Jesus healed “all manner of sickness and disease” (Matt 4:23).
In Matthew 13:58, we read that Jesus did not perform many miracles there because of their unbelief and lack of faith. Likewise if you choose to not believe then like the 10 spies and the unbelieving Israelites in the wilderness you will not see the Promise Land (Num 14:22-23).
In 2 Kings 7, an officer in the King of Israel’s cabinet learnt this lesson too late.
And it came to pass after this, that Benhadad king of Syria gathered all his host, and went up, and besieged Samaria. And there was a great famine in Samaria: and, behold, they besieged it, until an ass’s head was sold for fourscore pieces of silver, and the fourth part of a cab of dove’s dung for five pieces of silver…
Then Elisha said, Hear ye the word of the Lord; Thus saith the Lord, To morrow about this time shall a measure of fine flour be sold for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, in the gate of Samaria. Then a lord on whose hand the king leaned answered the man of God, and said, Behold, if the Lord would make windows in heaven, might this thing be? And he said, Behold, thou shalt see it with thine eyes, but shalt not eat thereof…
For the Lord had made the host of the Syrians to hear a noise of chariots, and a noise of horses, even the noise of a great host: and they said one to another, Lo, the king of Israel hath hired against us the kings of the Hittites, and the kings of the Egyptians, to come upon us. Wherefore they arose and fled in the twilight, and left their tents, and their horses, and their asses, even the camp as it was, and fled for their life…
And the people went out, and spoiled the tents of the Syrians. So a measure of fine flour was sold for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, according to the word of the Lord. And the king appointed the lord on whose hand he leaned to have the charge of the gate: and the people trode upon him in the gate, and he died, as the man of God had said, who spake when the king came down to him.
And it came to pass as the man of God had spoken to the king, saying, Two measures of barley for a shekel, and a measure of fine flour for a shekel, shall be to morrow about this time in the gate of Samaria: And that lord answered the man of God, and said, Now, behold, if the Lord should make windows in heaven, might such a thing be? And he said, Behold, thou shalt see it with thine eyes, but shalt not eat thereof. And so it fell out unto him: for the people trode upon him in the gate, and he died (2 Kings 6:24-25, 7:1-2,6-7,16-20).
Heb 13:8 says, Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today and forever. God still performs miracles. He still delivers people from trouble, distress and captivity. He still provides by His great power. Today, He continues to heal the sick, create body parts and perform wonderful miracles too many to count.
Do you believe?