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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)
"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)
"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.
"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.
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.
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)
Fact Finder: How were the wonders of the LORD from Mount Sinai a prophecy?