The World to Come. The Restored Church of
God presents David C. Pack. Answering life’s greatest questions straight from the Bible,
and announcing the wonderful good news of the World to Come. This is the final part on what the Bible really
says about healing. We have looked at medical science, the importance of true faith and
the other biblical prerequisites for one to be healed. We also examined many plain verses
about the subject. But there are more, in fact many more, and they are also important.
We now complete basic knowledge about healing. We have seen that Christians must obey God’s
Law. This is absolutely prerequisite to God answering any prayer. Read again: “Whatsoever
we ask, we receive of Him, because we keep His commandments, and do those things that
are pleasing in His sight.” I have known many who wanted to be healed but refused to keep
God’s commandments. They were not, and never could be, healed. Here is why God does not
even hear their prayers: “He that turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer
shall be abomination.” Strong words—from God!
God is eager to heal those who obey and please Him. It is one of the benefits He is anxious
to give. Remember, David wrote that God “forgives all your iniquities” and “heals all your diseases,”
he said, “and forget not all His benefits.” Yes, serving God is very beneficial to all
who do it! We have already discussed faith, and how James
wrote, “The prayer of faith shall save the sick.” Faith is also vital to receiving anything
of God (Jms 1:6-8). God is determined His servants rely on Him!
So then, the 2 conditions for healing are obedience and faith!
No one wants to die. Yet, in reality, we all, quite literally, have an appointment with
death: “It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.”
If one has faithfully served God all his life, then death, and facing God’s judgment, is
not something to fear. God mercifully allows some to die. He does not heal them in this
life. Notice: “The righteous perish, and no man lays it to heart: and merciful men are
taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come.” But
we will see the promise of healing still remains intact. Here is how. God has made promises
to His faithful servants: “Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision
for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers.” The fathers are primarily
Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (Acts 3:13). All of these men died. God had not yet fulfilled
His promise to them. But they died believing He would: “These all died in faith, not having
received the promises,” it says. A few verses later, God explains why: “These all, having
obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: God having provided some
better thing for us, that they without us [all those called later] should not be made
perfect.” They must await all of us coming later.
The fathers are waiting in the grave with all others who are asleep in Christ. God is
faithful. They will receive His promise of the resurrection and salvation. This means
that sometimes a long period will pass before God fulfills a promise—but He always fulfills
it. Every one of God’s greatest servants eventually
died of something, even if it was old age. In the end, when the purpose of their lives
had been completed, God did not choose to extend their lives—as with Hezekiah for
15 years. God allowed all of them—even Hezekiah—to die.
In all cases, God could have intervened. Yet when they come up in the resurrection—at
the very next instant of their consciousness—they will be completely healed.
God does not always heal in this life. For His own purpose and timing, He allows some
to “die in faith.” Apparently, He even delivered Enoch thru death. Others He takes “from the
evil to come”—and there is great evil and calamity just ahead for all peoples and nations.
But all this has no effect on God’s promise! Do not misunderstand about the help of physicians.
There are many useful things they can do. They can deliver babies, fix broken bones,
suture wounds—and a growing number can offer helpful advice about various conditions. They
can also be helpful in diagnosing problems, so people can make changes in diet, exercise,
or other areas of health. These are all good, positive things doctors can do. But they cannot
heal—because they cannot forgive sin! God’s role as Healer is to do for people what
they cannot do for themselves. God could always instantly mend bones, heal all cuts and wounds
or cause babies to be born without assistance, as is the case with animals. But He allows
for lesson learning, and growth in patience and longsuffering. Sometimes He wants people
to research and learn why they have health problems. Doctors, like others, can be of
assistance. If God healed everything—and instantly—no one would ever learn from mistakes.
(Read Psa. 119:67, 71). Understand again! The Church, its ministry
and its brethren do not belittle or pressure people not to see doctors or utilize medical
care. Though the world is cut off from God, it has devised the medical profession and,
over thousands of years, men have developed certain knowledge and skills—“expertise”—that
some choose to pursue. Though under the overall sway of Satan, this
world and its medical science—the practice of medicine—and that is what it is, practice—has
refined certain treatments. Even though early physicians were more primitive in knowledge
and practice than today, Christ was still willing to compare Himself to a physician
when He called “sinners to repentance.” He also chose to quote, without comment, a common
saying about physicians, when explaining why many lepers were not healed in the time of
Elisha. Also, Paul traveled with “Luke the…physician,” and this physician was used to record one
of the gospels, and the book of Acts. There are also certain references to physicians
and medicines in the OT that are not found in a negative context. Read these verses.
But in no case do these passages hint, suggest or imply that doctors can heal ANYTHING. They
cannot! God can heal because He can forgive sin.
Going to doctors seems easy and natural for people who have grown up in a world disconnected
from God. Trusting God seems unnatural—and it must be learned. Christ asked how much
real faith—like that of the apostles—would exist in the last days. He knew the reality
of His being scourged with stripes—lashed with a “cat of 9 tails,” tearing His flesh
to pieces—would seem remote to those of the modern age, so accustomed to what medical
science can do. Most would fail to make any connection to Christ’s suffering then and
their suffering now. At conversion, one is still 99.9 percent led
by human nature. The enormous influence of the devil’s spirit, at work in the mind, is
still present—and is only subdued over time. It also takes time to fully believe God will
do what He promises—whether to bless, deliver, guide, provide, answer prayers or heal. If
a member of God’s Church lacks confidence in God’s promise to heal—either himself
or his child—then utilizing medical treatment may be better than doing nothing.
But for those who obey God and are willing to trust Him completely, there is this promise:
“Commit your way unto the Lord; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass.” Why?
Because Jesus promised, “Whatsoever you shall ask in My Name, that will I do.”
Some have wondered if Satan has the power to heal. Witnessing loud, chaotic, outrageous
displays of what appear to be healings, and knowing such is not of God, some question
whether these healings could be authentic. Speaking of false ministers who preach “another
Jesus” and “another spirit,” recall Paul wrote, “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers,
transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself
is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also
be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.”
One way Satan makes his ministers appear as true ministers is by demonstrating certain
“miracles,” including acts of apparent healings. (Also see Rev 13:11-14.)
In Exodus, beginning in chapter 7, Pharaoh’s court magicians could perform certain acts
similar to miracles that God performed thru His servant Moses. These were things God allowed
Satan to do, thru his own servants. The dramatic public healings promoted by some
of this world’s ministers are similar displays, where those suffering from various crippling
diseases are really bound by a demon. Notice: “There was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity
18 years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself. When Jesus saw
her, He called her to Him, and said unto her, Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity.
And He laid His hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.”
This is an account of one without physical handicap, but whose body was in the grip of
a demon. Jesus cast the demon from her, and she was restored. Satan can easily—probably
temporarily—pull back one of his demons for dramatic effect.
Also consider that often, at the climax of many such events, the individuals involved
will seemingly lose control, falling backward. But notice these verses: “Abram fell on his
face: and God talked with him…Then Abraham fell upon his face…” it says—“Jehoshaphat
bowed his head with his face to the ground: and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem
fell before the Lord, worshipping the Lord.”—“He [Christ] went a little farther, and fell on
His face, and prayed…”—“And so falling down on his face he will worship God.”
The previous scriptures show that those who come before God’s presence generally bow forward.
Other scriptures show that those acting under the influence of demons tend to fall on their
backs: “As soon as He [Christ] had said unto them, I am He, they went backward, and fell
to the ground.” Why? Notice: “There was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit;
and he cried out, saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with You, You Jesus of Nazareth?
Are You come to destroy us? I know who You are, the Holy One of God.”
Rather than yielding to Christ, those with demons recoiled from His power and authority.
Nowhere in scripture are people struck on the forehead and knocked backwards! God’s
ministers anoint—never strike, grab or shake—the sick.
Violent, noisy reactions are typical of those plagued by demons: “When the unclean spirit
had torn him, and cried with a loud voice, he came out of him.” The Greek word translated
“torn” is sparasso, meaning a spasmodic contraction. Compare this to the outbursts of “Hallelujah!”
and “Amen!”, often accompanied by gyrations or other displays of seemingly uncontrolled
behavior, which are standard fare at public “healing” revivals.
Acts 19:15-16 records the terrible result of unauthorized people carelessly—or recklessly—invoking
Jesus’ name to cast out demons. 7 brothers in this account presumptuously took action
without Jesus’ authority. While Scripture shows Satan does not cast
out his demons (Mark 3:23-26), it would certainly work to his advantage (as the god of this
world—II Cor. 4:4) to make his ministers appear to have healing power. Keep in mind
that Satan can only do whatever God permits. (Job 1:12 and 2:6.) And, as Matt 12:43-45
shows, if a person possessed by a demon is freed from it, and the person’s mind is not
receptive to the truth from God’s Word, then that demon will return with “7 other spirits
more wicked than himself.” Also recognize Satan does not have our welfare
at heart (I Pet. 5:8). He knows “he has but a short time” before Christ returns. He recognizes
that our ultimate potential, as those made in the image of God (Gen. 1:26), is to rule
with Christ in the kingdom of God. Not only does the devil not desire to physically heal
anyone of anything (had he the power), he also seeks to deceive all people and blind
them to God’s Purpose—that of spiritually healing the entire world!
Finally, remember healing involves—and requires!—the forgiveness of sin. Obviously, Satan has no
such power. (Read these booklets Who Is the Devil? and A World in Captivity to learn more
about Satan.) This world has rebelled against every law,
and rejected every promise, of God. It has literally “gone away backward.” It has sought
to replace God with human institutions and solutions. They have not worked. The nations
of earth have rejected crucial knowledge that would have spared billions of people untold
misery and suffering—if they had known it! Man has made extraordinary “advancements”
in medical knowledge. He has learned things about the human body and mind of which the
ancients could not dream. In addition, just the modern technology and machinery of medical
science leaves the world aghast. Astonishing new breakthroughs, entirely due to the abilities
and capacity that God instilled into the human mind, are almost routinely announced. Truly,
man can learn and do amazing things! But how often do you hear researchers and
“experts” acknowledge God by crediting Him for having created such potential within the
human mind? Instead, lifted with pride in his own achievements, man has trusted in and
credited himself. At best, his efforts have resulted in certain useful knowledge that
has benefited a God-rejecting mankind only a little.
Incredible advancements of the last century and a half have left man drunken in the belief
he can solve all his problems. But can he really do this? Can today’s confused, divided,
poverty-stricken, war-torn, disease-laden world really be changed into the utopia humanity
longs for? A wonderful new disease-free world is in the
offing—but it will not come because of the efforts of men!
Science once believed it could control and conquer disease. But new diseases are emerging
and older ones, like tuberculosis, are rapidly mutating out of control. Modern medicine is
falling behind in the war to eradicate disease. New disease outbreaks occur routinely around
the world. The danger is greatest in underdeveloped nations, where poor sanitation, war, overcrowding,
and poverty spawn epidemics—and man and his gov’ts have lost control.
Cholera, dysentery, typhoid and malaria are still rampant. Add the more recent arrivals
of the Ebola virus, Hantivirus, E.coli bacteria, Salmonella and West Nile viruses. Then add
the dangerous bacteria spread by biological warfare and terrorism. While some of the most
worrisome strains may be Anthrax and Smallpox, these are far from the only possible epidemics
on the horizon. Tens of millions in Africa alone are HIV positive—and similar numbers
are dying! Just the threat of devastating epidemics keeps
man reeling, constantly trying to put his finger in the dike. Every form of illness,
sickness and pestilence stalks the earth. New diseases—and threats of epidemics—loom
over large areas of earth. Anticipated epidemics—even pandemics—are now probably more than civilization
can bear. (The world’s resources—including clean air, water and food—are also being
stretched to the limit. At the end of 6,000 years of man’s rule, civilization—and Earth
itself—is nearing complete breakdown. Truly, the entire planet needs healing.)
Terrible disease has been—and remains—inseparable from man’s history! Yet man feverishly continues
seeking to conquer it—while he seems to fall further and further behind. As he appears
to control one disease, two more appear. This will all soon change!
All man’s efforts to cure diabetes, arthritis, cancer, heart disease, blindness, deafness,
Alzheimer’s (and other diseases of the mind), strokes, AIDS, and a host of infant and childhood
diseases will soon be unnecessary. All of the ongoing searches for new wonder drugs,
treatments, specialized diagnoses, surgeries and procedures and breakthroughs in technology
will be called off. The entire world will learn God has always
been the only One who can truly cure or heal all sickness and disease (Ex. 15:26 and Psa.
103:3). Mankind will learn God alone can forgive sin, which we saw is directly related to why
people get sick. Man is now under the death penalty for sin
(Rom. 6:23). Often, death comes long before the end of a full life, because men have not
understood that God is Supreme Healer. They have not understood that “by [Christ’s] stripes
you are healed”—that He “took our infirmities, and bore our sicknesses.” When physical or
spiritual laws have been broken, they have been ignorant of the fact that only God has
the power to forgive. Earlier, we discussed the great law of cause
and effect. Ignorance of this law has everything to do with why people get sick. Proper diet,
sufficient water, sleep, fresh air and exercise, healthy thoughts and other important principles
and laws form the causes that people violate enroute to the bad effects, which we call
disease. Most modern medical schools acknowledge they spend almost no time learning to prevent
disease, but rather how to treat it after it arrives. Soon mankind will be taught that
an ounce of prevention really does equal a pound of cure—both individually, and for
man collectively. Teaching mankind about good health is one of the basic laws to success—and
all 7 of these laws will be taught. (TURN 5)
In tomorrow’s world, after Christ has returned and established His government, people will
be universally taught that “sin is the transgression of the law.” We have discussed in detail both
God’s great spiritual laws, and that He has instituted many physical laws. Most have spent
lifetimes specializing in how to break virtually every one of them. Humanity is surrounded,
therefore, by every kind of bad physical effect. Rampant disease and illness are among the
greatest. Now drink in God’s promise regarding disease
and sickness in tomorrow’s world: “There the glorious Lord will be unto us a place of broad
rivers and streams; wherein shall go no galley with oars, neither shall gallant ship pass
thereby [war ships]. For the Lord is our Judge, the Lord is our Lawgiver, the Lord is our
King; He will save us…The inhabitant shall not say, I am sick: the people that dwell
therein shall be forgiven their iniquity.” This is one more verse—actually a prophecy—proving
the removal of sickness requires the forgiveness of sins—“iniquity” or lawlessness.
Next is an even more explicit promise from God, carrying more details of the enormous
scope of mass healings to occur worldwide: “Strengthen you the weak hands, and confirm
the feeble knees. Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold,
your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompense; He will come and save you.
Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.
Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing.”
The Bible prophesies a mass worldwide “healing revival.” Only this one will be genuine, not
one of fraud, mixed with pageantry and designed for television in order to “suck in” hopeful
sufferers. A utopian world with perfect health for all is coming. It will bring universal
happiness, contentment, peace and prosperity. Mass healing would certainly be necessary
if this is to happen—and many prophecies say it will.
How exciting to picture millions of blind people seeing sunsets they had only heard
described before—and the deaf hearing beautiful music, birds singing, and the sound of their
children’s voices. The joyful exuberance will be so great that the dumb will not just talk—they
will sing! And the lame will not just walk—they will leap! This book, Tomorrow’s Wonderful
World — An Inside View!, will show you things that you cannot now dream.
No universal healing would be complete without God also healing all of the diseased minds
now clouded with every conceivable kind of mental illness and insanity. This scourge
has plagued individuals, families and nations for millennia. Perfect mental health will
be enjoyed by everyone—and all psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists, psychoanalysts
and modern shrinks will be out of business. Why should it be that men do not understand
that God wants to bless them? God is the Mastergiver of all perfect gifts. He explained this to
Israel and told them what obedience would bring them. Let’s read: “It shall come to
pass, if you shall hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord your God, to observe
and to do all His commandments which I command you this day, that the Lord your God will
set you on high above all nations of the earth: and all these blessings shall come on you,
and overtake you, if you shall hearken unto the voice of the Lord your God. Blessed shall
you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the field. Blessed shall be the fruit
of your body, and the fruit of your ground, and the fruit of your cattle, the increase
of your kine, and the flocks of your sheep. Blessed shall be your basket and your store.”
This promise will soon apply to the whole world. Again, without radiant health, who
could be truly happy? This is what God desires. Here is His promise, foretold 2,500 years
ago by the prophet Jeremiah: “For I will restore health unto you, and I will heal you of your
wounds.” And further, “They shall come and sing in the height of Zion, and shall flow
together to the goodness of the Lord, for wheat, and for wine, and for oil, and for
the young of the flock and of the herd: and their soul [their lives] shall be as a watered
garden; and they shall not sorrow any more at all. Then shall the virgin rejoice in the
dance, both young men and old together: for I will turn their mourning into joy, and will
comfort them, and make them rejoice from their sorrow. And I will satiate the soul of the
priests with fatness, and My people shall be satisfied with My goodness, says the Lord.”
By now, basic facts about healing must be acknowledged. And it must also be admitted
they form a consistent pattern. First, God told ancient Israel that He was
their Healer. He even instructed this, knowing that He was not working with them spiritually—that
they were merely a carnal-minded, physical people. He still promised them deliverance
from all disease if they would trust and obey Him.
Next, we saw Christ and the apostles healed. The gospels and book of Acts reveal that miracles
and healings were common in the Church at that time.
Then, we just saw that God plans to heal all sickness and disease upon Christ’s Return,
and during His millennial rule, with all need for doctors, nurses and those in the medical
profession disappearing. God plans to dramatically re-establish Himself as the One who heals.
There is no denying all the scriptures in this series supporting and proving God’s role
as Healer. Why then do people want to believe that God works thru “the doctor’s hands” and
medical science today? This has never been His Plan. Prophecy shows “medical science”
is about to be scrapped forever—and replaced with knowledge of and obedience to God’s health
laws and God as Healer! To learn more, read this thorough booklet The Truth About Healing.
God declares, “I heal”—and “I change not.” Take Him at His Word—and expect His healing!
Until next time, this is David C. Pack saying, “Goodbye, friends.” This program was made available by Restored
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