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Let’s Check Back in One Year

I just received this email from a ministry that focuses primarily upon healing.  Read it over and then I will weigh in just a bit on it.

So there it is.  The vision is clear, God is going to eliminate cancer and all other forms of sickness.  When?  Well that is the rub, he has a vision but it doesn’t really tell us when but the implication is soon since He is supposedly already “beginning” to do so. Up to this point we (I assume Christians) have not cooperated properly and this has resulted only in a few healings here and there.  So somehow, when we all get together on this cancer is a dead man.

Nice stuff I guess.  Stinks for that guy who died yesterday from cancer I guess.  I know the church he attended prayed and asked God for healing but no luck for him.  I would suspect that if I were diagnosed with end stage cancer today that this email would affect me differently.  But I also suspect that the temptation if I were to believe it would be to hope this “deluge” he is speak about would happen really quickly.

Problem with this?  Yes, very much.  It is the typical failure to understand the fact that in this age sin, sickness and death reign.  Jesus did not come to remove these things from this age.  He did not come to redeem this age.  It is a fallen age and it is not going to change.  This is why the bible speaks of the time when Christ returns and makes the new heavens and earth.  Revelation 21 speaks to this event and it comes after Satan, death and Hades are cast into the lake of fire (Revelation 20).  Until they are gone and until Jesus recreates this universe cancer is here to stay.

This is why in 2 Corinthians 5 and 1 Corinthians 15 Paul speaks of the hope of the resurrection.  Our bodies are part of the fallen age, which is why even healed people get old and die eventually.  The body is a tent that is being worn out.  But at the resurrection we are given a new body, an eternal dwelling that not longer suffers under the curse of sin.  I find myself often shaking my head when these healers come out at proclaim things like this email does.

But when this perishable will have put on the imperishable, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written, “Death is swallowed up in victory. “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” (1 Corinthians 15:54-55)

Notice the temporal statement here.  “When” we take up our new body which is imperishable, “then” (and not before then) we can say that death is swallowed up in victory and death no longer has its sting.  But beloved, until then, you and I will weep more than once as we feel that sting of death.  This is why we are to say with the Apostle John, “Come, Lord Jesus” (Revelation 22:20).

So set your calendars for a year from now and let’s see how good of a prophecy this is.  Seriously, set it.

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