Although it may seem like God no longer performs miracles, that’s simply not true. He is the same God now as He was back then. Time does not change Him for He sits outside of time itself. There are many miracles that happened in the Old Testament and when Jesus came. That’s why I wanted to look up what the word miracle means in Hebrew and Greek.
All scriptures are taken from NKJV unless otherwise marked.
“Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon. And he exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men.“
– Revelation 13:11-13
What Does The Word ‘Miracle’ Mean In Hebrew?
mowpheth- miracle, token or omen.
This term signifies a divine act or a special display of divine power. It can also be used to represent a sign from God or a token of a future event.
What Does The Word ‘Miracle’ Mean In Greek?
dunamis- force, power, miracle.
This work almost always points to a higher force that has entered and is working in this lower world of ours.
semeion- indication, sign, signal.
“And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had while still uncircumcised, that he might be the father of all those who believe, though they are uncircumcised, that righteousness might be imputed to them also, and the father of circumcision to those who not only are of the circumcision, but who also walk in the steps of the faith which our father Abraham had while still uncircumcised.“
– Romans 4:11-12
In an evil sense, these signs can be done by:
- devils (Revelation 16:14)
- false teachers or prophets (Mark 13:22)
- by satan through his special agents (2 Thessalonians 2:9)
“For false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect.“
– Matthew 24:24
Semeion can also be used to speak of the signs that confirm that God had accomplished the atoning sacrifice in Christ, His resurrection and ascension, the sending of the Holy Spirit, and supernatural acts by the ministries such as the gift of tongues and prophesying.
In conclusion, there are many different meanings for the words meaning miracle in Hebrew and Greek. Something I want to dwell on for just a moment is the fact that agents of the enemy are able to perform signs and wonders, too. Therefore, don’t be deceived by those who are not from God although they boast of many miracles.
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