Many years ago, my husband started a ministry that involved him and fellow officers going to the children’s cancer hospital and taking toys, visiting and praying for the sick. Some of the little children were able to get better and go home, others sadly became worse and died. They were innocent children whose lives were snuffed out too quickly. Many times we watch helplessly as our family or friends become sick and never recover. I had a dear friend get melanoma a few years back. She was in her early forties. I watched countless ministers and big name television evangelist pray over her and tell her she would live and not die.
“I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the LORD” (Psalm 118:17 KJV).
Other prophetic ministers told her she would fully recover. They anointed her with oil and even made a copy of a cd with their prophetic positive affirmations of healing. She died months later as cancer spread through her body.
Does HaShem still heal? Yes, I believe He does. Can we lay hands on the sick and find them recovered? Yes, we can, but it doesn’t always end that way. Also remember, we can lay hands on the sick and pray for them, but if they continue eating McDonalds, smoking, drinking too much and getting no exercise they may not recover.
We can lay hands on a sick person and bind a spirit and command sickness to flee in the name of Yeshua, and we can call for the elders of the church to pray according to scripture, but it doesn’t always end well.
Any time a person gets sick, or a loved one receives a severe health complication, a couple of verses are used by mainstream Christianity. One of those verses is from the Tanakh or Old Testament.
“But he was wounded because of our crimes, crushed because of our sins; the disciplining that makes us whole fell on him, and by his bruises* (stripes) we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5).
This verse is one that needs more study before blurted out. It is a scripture that is part of a whole group of chapters that are talking about a servant and that servant is Israel and yes, our Messiah Jesus/ Yeshua. It also needs to be addressed that the word stripes is not part of the original translation. We like to picture Yeshua’s body being whipped with stripes for our healing, but we must also realize that at the cross we were healed from death. We were engrafted into the vine or were accepted back into the covenant.
There is a dual concept going on here. Peter uses it. “…and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed” (1st Peter 2:24 NASB).
The whole nation of Israel will be healed. After HaShem (God) issued them a certificate of divorce due to their sin and adultery, they were able to come back into covenant after the cross. That’s why we see over 3,000 souls coming back into covenant after Peter gives his public sermon in Acts chapter two and three.
Yeshua is recognized by many as the servant in Isaiah, but the passages are also about the nation and people of Israel. Let’s look at that.
“But you, Israel, My servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, Descendant of Abraham, My friend,…” (Isaiah 41:8 NASB).
“But now, listen to me, Jacob my servant, Israel my chosen one” (Isaiah 44:1 NLT).
“Pay attention, O Jacob, for you are my servant, O Israel. I, the LORD, made you, and I will not forget you” (Isaiah 44:21 NLT).
I could give you multiple verses declaring who Yahweh’s servant is but unless you try on your Jewish glasses, you won’t see it, and yes, we are His Servants. Could this verse be one for a future event? When the Messianic era arrives and all the nations see that Israel (not a land mass) is Yahweh’s holy people (servant) and although they have been beaten, scorned, placed in gas chambers, driven out of their lands and rejected, the whole world’s eyes will be opened to them and their Messiah who will come and shake the nations? Yes, this is a passage for a future event as well.
Many servants in the Bible suffered. Moses suffered. King David suffered. Joseph suffered. Jeremiah suffered. Isaiah who wrote it was sawn in half. Jacob suffered and walked with a limp all his days. Today we would call a surgeon and get a hip replacement, but he walked with it out of the socket. HaShem was healing back then. We see healings and even lepers being made whole after dipping. We see a young boy come back to life after a prophet lies on top of him seven times. We witness Marion’s leprosy leaving and many other miracles, but we also witness great suffering. Every one of Jesus/Yeshua’s men had to drink the cup he drank. They were crucified, boiled in pots, beheaded and died horrific deaths long after he had ascended to His Father.
This message is not a message to discourage anyone from being healed. This is a message I feel may help some more than others, like my friend’s daughter who was in her teenage years when her mother left this earth. Her trust in the ministers of the gospel, the ones who stood in front of the pulpit each Sunday or were well-known television evangelist, told her that her mother would live and not die and that by His stripes we are healed. Now she assumed they had lied to her. Yes, one day her mother will live forever in a glorified body. “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:..”( 1st Thessalonians 4:16). But were the men and women who prophesied talking about a future event? One even told her the mass on her head was a cyst and not cancer and to not even go back to the doctor. These men and women wanted to encourage her through faith and speaking words from His Word, but had they heard Him? Oh, the messages we give and speak should be with fear and a knowing that we inevitably hear His voice.
They had given her false hope. They had prophesied a message out of faith, but it did not come to pass. Now she had a dilemma. Would she stop believing in the God they told her would heal her mother or would she become skeptical of any man of the cloth? The Bible calls certain men false prophets. I am not calling these men false prophets, but just trying to make all of us who are gifted in the prophetic more fearful of what we say and speak over people.
“When a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the thing does not come about or come true, that is the thing which the LORD has not spoken” (Deuteronomy 18:22 NASB).
Taking the Lord’s name in vain is something that happens when one of these men or women begin to tell you something out of their own hearts. When these teachers and preachers give you an itching ear word, and it doesn’t happen, could they be false prophets? Possibly. Could it happen in years to come? Yes.
Should we test the spirits? Yes.
Have I ever been wrong about a message? Yes, sadly.
Another verse often used when praying for the sick is “I am the God that healeth thee” ( Exodus 15:26 KJV).
But when we read the whole passage, we see a lot more going on here. My advice to my readers is to open your Bible and study it. Most people don’t read their Bible unless it’s Sunday morning/ Sabbath and we fail to study often. Let’s look at the fullness of this verse that is spoken after the Israelites had gone without water for days and were bitter and grumbling.
“And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee” (Exodus 15:26 KJV).
Looks like our Heavenly Father was placing diseases on the Egyptians. Yes, He had sent lice, frogs, locust, bloody water, boils, darkness, and even death. Sometimes sickness is a whole other matter. We read about all these plagues again in the book of revelations and a later time upon the earth.
It’s called the Seven Bowls of God’s Wrath.
“Then I heard a loud voice from the temple saying to the seven angels, “Go, pour out the seven bowls of God’s wrath on the earth.”
The first angel went and poured out his bowl on the land, and ugly, festering sores broke out on the people who had the mark of the beast and worshiped its image.
The second angel poured out his bowl on the sea, and it turned into blood like that of a dead person, and every living thing in the sea died.
The third angel poured out his bowl on the rivers and springs of water, and they became blood. Then I heard the angel in charge of the waters say:
“You are just in these judgments, O Holy One,
you who are and who were;
for they have shed the blood of your holy people and your prophets,
and you have given them blood to drink as they deserve.”
And I heard the altar respond:
“Yes, Lord God Almighty,
true and just are your judgments.”
The fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and the sun was allowed to scorch people with fire. They were seared by the intense heat and they cursed the name of God, who had control over these plagues, but they refused to repent and glorify him.
The fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and its kingdom was plunged into darkness. People gnawed their tongues in agony 11and cursed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, but they refused to repent of what they had done.
The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up to prepare the way for the kings from the East. Then I saw three impure spirits that looked like frogs; they came out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet. They are demonic spirits that perform signs, and they go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them for the battle on the great day of God Almighty.
“Look, I come like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake and remains clothed, so as not to go naked and be shamefully exposed.”
Then they gathered the kings together to the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon” (Rev. 16:1-16 NASB).
When we look at sickness and disease we see it is alive and strong in the new portion of our Bible. For more information on sickness and disease check out my free chapter from my Doctrines of Demons Part 1 series. Just click below where it says “Free Chapter.”
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