During the ministry of the Apostle Paul, God wrought (worked) special miracles by his hands (Acts 19:11). So much so, that the handkerchiefs he carried around with him would be taken to the sick and the diseases and evil spirits would leave those who received them! This was done during a time that Ephesus earned the reputation as the “magic capital of the world” (KJV Study Bible).
This was a time and place where people could not just be preached to but the legitimacy of Jesus as Lord needed to be proven (shown) in order to reach the hearts of those fascinated in magic, science, and other gods. Thus, the Lord allowed Paul to work these special miracles as a validation to his preaching.
We see a parallel of this in our world today. It seems that the hardest people to reach are those who are in the occult, those blinded by scientific knowledge, and those of other religions. However, God is about to, and has already started to do, in this day what He did in Paul’s day.
“THE POWER OF GOD IS BECOMING EVIDENT IN CONTRAST TO OTHER SOURCES OF POWER”.
We see this taking place in testimonies of people who have had radical encounters with God that changed their lifestyles; such as the woman who went from being a medium that invited spirits to a spiritual warfare warrior who rebuked those demons. Likewise, there are numerous testimonies of warlocks becoming preachers and Muslims becoming Christians (See videos attached below). But during this upcoming move of God, the Lord is going to convert many through demonstrations and manifestations of His glory.
“Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit(H7307), saith the Lord of hosts.”
In Zechariah 4:6 the word “might” refers to ability, efficiency, or forces such as an army. The word “power” here means strength, substance, or wealth. But “the spirit” the Lord is referring to is the wind or breath of God. It is the Holy Spirit as manifest in the Shekinah glory of God. In other words, the Lord was saying that what is about to take place will not and can not be done by forces even as strong as an army nor by any source of prestige and wealth, but it is by His ultimate, unlimited glory.
In this last move of God, God is manifesting His power greater than all the others as the one true power; that power is the Holy Spirit Himself. God is going to use His Spirit, that same Spirit that was there when the Earth was formed (Genesis 1:2) to contrast the other forces and powers to show that the Lord has and IS the one true Power.
“And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit(H7307) upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:”
“And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit(H7307) of God moved upon the face of the waters”
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