(Post Author: Bill Pratt)
Many people wonder why we don’t see miracles such as the parting of the sea, the raising of the dead, and people walking on water. It seems like miracles were pretty common in the Old and New Testaments, but today nothing like that seems to happen. Why?
First of all, I believe there are indeed miracles being performed by God today, as I have certainly heard many accounts from Christians that I know and trust. Most of these accounts, however, are hard to verify as true supernatural events, and they are never captured on CNN for the whole world to see. So even though miracles seem to be occurring today, they still aren’t typically the public displays of supernatural power displayed in the Bible.
I think one reason we don’t see these public miracles is that God is not confirming new revelation today. You see, the Bible records some 250 miraculous events, but they are concentrated, according to Norman Geisler and Frank Turek, in three time periods: 1) the time of Moses, 2) the time of Elijah and Elisha, and 3) the time of Jesus and his apostles.
According to the Bible, God used miracles as signs to confirm his messengers (prophets) to skeptical populations. Read the Gospel of John to see how John records seven miraculous signs performed by Jesus to prove he was from God. Likewise, consider Elijah on Mount Carmel (1 Kings 18). One of the ways God confirmed his messengers was through miracles.
There were hundreds of years recorded in the Bible with no miracles, so it is false to say that miracles occurred all throughout biblical times. They did not. They primarily occurred when God was confirming a new revelation from his prophets. By the way, this is one reason why Jews and Christians rejected Muhammad as a prophet of God while he was alive. He did not perform any miracles (Sura 3:181–184).
So, today we do not have new revelation coming from one of God’s prophets, because Jesus and his apostles were the final revelation from God. Everything God wants us to know about himself, through his prophets, is recorded in the Holy Scriptures. Since there is no need for new prophets to tell us new things about God, then the need for public displays of supernatural power is absent.
Can God do miracles today? Of course. But we should not expect the same kinds and numbers of miracles today as when Moses, Elijah, and Jesus lived.