Jesus described the job He gave to His disciples in this way: “These signs shall follow them that believe; in My name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover” (Mark 16:18).
Jesus knew the difference between genuine and false signs. Ever since Moses and Aaron dueled with Pharaoh’s magicians (who could mimic most of the miracles) Satan has made it his purpose to compete with divine power. Why? Because signs and wonders act as advertising. A cured demoniac, an unknown tongue spoken, a rattlesnake held in the hand — these kinds of supernatural events cause the masses to stand up and take notice. Heads snap around to see things we don’t see every day.
That’s why caution is in order. Because they have two potential sources, signs and wonders aren’t conclusive evidence that God is working. But they are evidence that something exceptional is going on.
Before looking at some of her most remarkable visions, let’s see how the manifestations of this supernatural power compare to the Bible and how they were seen by Ellen’s peers.
Next: Vision Manifestation