Miracles are not evidence of the presence of God. The devil too performs miracles.
In Matthew 24:24, Jesus warned that in the end times, false prophets will perform great signs and wonders to deceive people. Even false prophets and miracle-workers can (themselves) be deceived.
Matthew 7:22-23 (NIV) – Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!
’In 2 Thessalonians 2:9, the Apostle Paul also warned that the antichrist will come with all power, signs and lying wonders. The magicians of Egypt matched every miracle Moses and Aaron performed (Exodus 7-9). In Deuteronomy 13:1-5, God says we should judge a prophet by their message, not miracles.
God is a miracle working God. How then do you know whether a prophet is sent by God? If the prophet exalts the Name of Jesus and focuses people on Jesus, He is God-sent. If the miracle-worker elevates himself – he is the center of focus – he is sent by the enemy. Follow Jesus, not miracles!
DR. K. N. JACOB.