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Wonders On The Way To The Promised Land

The English word "wonder" originated from an old Anglo-Saxon word, wundor, which meant to turn by awe. That original meaning is still evident in the modern definition of feeling aroused by something strange and surprising.

As is so often the case, a single English word, "wonder," is used to translate at least six different actual Hebrew and Greek words of the Holy Scriptures. Translators of Bibles (from those in the time of the King James of 1611 to most today) tend to make the Bible as "understandable" as possible, but very often their "one word fits many" approach to translation has the opposite effect because a generalized definition "simply" does not convey the often very specific meanings of the words that were actually written. Most translations are "dumbed-down Bibles" (see also Toy Bibles).

Nevertheless, we can understand as much as is needed, or wanted, for whatever it is that we need, or want, to know (those who need, or want, to know more have the "spirit" to search and see the meanings of the original words). In the matter of "wonders," it's somewhat easier because they were, by almost any definition, visual in nature (or visual in super-nature, as in supernatural), as recorded - thereby in themselves reducing any translation loss or inaccuracy. Some of the most famous of them in Bible History were the "wonders" of the Exodus.

"26:8 And the LORD [i.e. Jesus Christ - see 'Before Abraham Was, I AM'] brought us forth out of Egypt with a mighty hand, and with an outstretched arm, and with great terribleness, and with signs, and with wonders: 26:9 And he hath brought us into this place, and hath given us this land, even a land that floweth with Milk and Honey." (Deuteronomy 26:8-9 KJV)

The wonders were repeated, forty years later, when the Israelites again crossed through water (see Why Through The Sea?; also The Night Crossing) on dry ground when The Jordan River was stopped.

"3:5 And Joshua [see also Joshua's Warning] said unto the people, Sanctify yourselves: for tomorrow the LORD will do wonders among you." (Joshua 3:5 KJV)

"3:15 And as they that bare the ark were come unto Jordan, and the feet of the priests that bare the ark [see also Raiders Of The Lost Ark] were dipped in the brim of the water, for Jordan overfloweth all his banks all the time of harvest, 3:16 That the waters which came down from above stood and rose up upon an heap very far from the city Adam, that is beside Zaretan: and those that came down toward the sea of the plain, even the salt sea, failed, and were cut off: and the people passed over right against Jericho. 3:17 And the priests that bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD stood firm on dry ground in the midst of Jordan, and all the Israelites passed over on dry ground, until all the people were passed clean over Jordan." (Joshua 3:15-17 KJV)

"Wilt Thou show wonders to the dead? Shall the dead arise and praise Thee?"

King David (see The United Kingdom) was an earthy man. He made mistakes. But David never once lost his sense of wonder of the LORD.

The Holy Scriptures

"77:11 I will remember the works of the LORD: surely I will remember thy wonders of old. 77:12 I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings.

77:13 Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary: who is so great a God as our God? 77:14 Thou art the God that doest wonders: thou hast declared thy strength among the people." (Psalm 77:11-14 KJV)

Some of David's Psalms were prophetic. His "Wilt thou show wonders to the dead?" was not entirely rhetorical because what he wrote is going to happen to billions of people in the future.

"88:10 Wilt thou show wonders to the dead? shall the dead arise and praise thee? [see What Happens When You Die? and When Will You Be Judged?; also Could Christ Return Tonight?] Selah.

88:11 Shall thy lovingkindness be declared in the grave? or thy faithfulness in destruction? 88:12 Shall thy wonders be known in the dark? and thy righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?" (Psalm 88:10-12 KJV)

The wonders of the ancient Exodus are going to be repeated, in far greater measure, in the future Exodus that is coming (which should not be surprising - it was also Jesus Christ that did the wonders in Egypt - see 'The God Of The Old Testament').

"2:28 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: 2:29 And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit. 2:30 And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. 2:31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come. 2:32 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call." (Joel 2:28-32 KJV)

But just as there were wonders by the LORD, so too the servants of Satan performed their false wonders "after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders." The Egyptian magicians that opposed Moses and Aaron are going to have their future counterparts i.e. 3:8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith" (2 Timothy 3:8 KJV)

"24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect." (Matthew 24:24 KJV)

"2:7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way [see How Long Will 'The End Time' Last?]. 2:8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: 2:9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 2:10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 2:11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 2:12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness." (2 Thessalonians 2:7-12 KJV)

"13:13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men [see The City Of The Antichrist, Diotrephes And The Other Antichrists and Abomination of Desolation - Where?], 13:14 And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live. 13:15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. 13:16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: 13:17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. 13:18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six." (Revelation 13:13-18 KJV)

Fact Finder: How were the wonders of the LORD from Mount Sinai a prophecy?
See The Mount Sinai Prophecy


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