Healing: Connecting the Year 1859 to Advancements in Medicine and Divine Healing
Called to buck the tide of popular beliefs in the areas of healing, creation and end times. This is the first in a grouping of three blogs sharing how God used the year 1859 as one way of confirming His directive. Creation-1859, Darwin and evolution; End Times-1859, Darby and rapture; and Healing-1859, Dr. Mayo and medicine. Popular beliefs concerning creation versus evolution; pre versus mid versus post tribulation rapture; and medicine versus divine healing has brought confusion to the Body of Christ and conflicts with the Word of God.
This writing will focus on healing -1859, Dr. Mayo and advancements in the field of medicine.
The Mayo Home was hand built by Dr. William Worrall Mayo in 1859. From this home, Dr. Mayo set up his first medical practice in Minnesota. Later, in Rochester, Minnesota, Dr. W. W. Mayo and his two sons, Drs. William James and Charles Horace Mayo, founded the world famous Mayo Clinic. The Mayo Clinic was the first private group practice in America and today (and for many years) it is the world's largest private group practice known for its contributions and excellence in the field of medicine.
Over the course of 35 years, I have spoken a similar introduction thousands of times to many thousands of people of all ages who have gone on tour of the historic W. W Mayo House. Thus, the year 1859 and medicine of this time period have been woven into me.
Before the worldwide flood people could live to be 900 years and even older. Examples: Adam-930 years, Seth-912 years, Methuselah-969 years. After the flood, with the atmospheric pressure, climate and the whole face of the earth changed, life expectancy began to drop dramatically. Examples: Noah-950 years, Shem-600 years, Abraham-175 years, Joseph, 110 years.
Continued decline. In 1850, in America, the average life expectancy for males was 38 years and for females 40 years. With great advancement in the field of medicine, today the average life expectancy has been increased to 70 years. Before 1850, medicine advanced slowly, but between the years 1850 and 2009 advancements have been phenomenal. Do you wonder why?
I would like to offer explanation for you to consider.
I suspect all of us have experienced how Jesus carries us through both the good times and the bad times. Jesus made this promise to us, "I will never leave you nor forsake you." God will do what is needed to sustain His children until Jesus Christ returns for "The Church." As I think most Christians believe, I believe we are in the end times. Israel became a nation once again in 1948. I believe those who were born in and just before 1948 are the generation Jesus refers to in Matthew 24: 32-34. Verse 34 reads "Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass till all these things be fulfilled."
The Holy Spirit has involved me in a variety of healing miracles. I have shared a number of these miracles in blogs here on CB. I believe this ministry involving healing miracles is still in its infancy. On the other hand, I spent 35 years interpreting the story of the Drs. Mayo family, 1860 period medicine and the birth of the Mayo Clinic for public benefit. Divine healing and medicine, where is the connection?
To provide explanation, the Holy Spirit put in front of me the history of Israel's rejection of God and the people's desire to have a human king judge and reign over them.
In 1 Samuel 8 it tells us how the elders of Israel came to Samuel telling him they wanted to have their own king like other nations.
"And said unto him (Samuel), Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways; now make us a king to judge us like all the nations. . . . . And Samuel prayed unto the Lord. And the Lord said unto Samuel. Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them. According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt even unto this day, wherewith they have forsaken me, and served other gods, so do they also unto thee." 1 Samuel 8: 4-8 (KJV)
The Lord went on and told Samuel to "show them the manner of the king that shall reign over them." 1 Samuel 8: 9. After warning the elders of what the Lord said would happen; "Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, Nay, but we will have a king over us. That we may also be like all the nations" 1 Samuel 8: 19-20
God Gives What Hearts Desire
God gave Israel its desire, a human king to judge and reign over them. I believe God has given His children their heart's desire, a way for healing through the reign and reliance on doctors and medicine.
Many churches and Christians have rejected God's provision for healing through unbelief, disbelief, lack of knowledge and lack of understanding resulting in poor teachings and a skewed mindset.
Therefore, God has allowed for advancements in medicine to sustain His own children. But, relying on doctors and medicine instead of understanding and learning to receive God's provision for healing brings with it human limitations and consequences. People must live with and accept both the good and the bad that comes from today's practice of medicine.
God, by His grace, made provision for the healing of our spirit, soul and body. It was bought and paid for by the pure blood sacrifice - the suffering, death and resurrection - of His own son, Jesus Christ.
God's best is responding to God's grace, responding to His gift of healing, by reaching out in faith (trust and belief) and receiving the healing that has been paid for and made available through the finished work of Jesus. An upcoming blog will be devoted to God's grace and His provision for healing.
Today, God does work through doctors and medicine to bring healing. It is true that God will combine the two, medicine with outright divine healing miracles. I will share two examples I have been involved with in upcoming blogs.
In order for more divine healing miracles to manifest today here in American there must be a change in mindset. There must be a renewing of minds turning to and believing God's Word rather than trusting and clinging to the poor teachings coming out of and being perpetuated through many churches.
Some examples: Instead of believing Jesus can heal understand you have already been healed through the blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ. By His stripes you were healed. The problem is learning how to appropriate this healing.
Instead of believing IF it is God's will you will be healed to understanding IT IS God's will for you to be healed as demonstrated by Jesus Christ over and over again.
Instead of believing you are called to pray for Jesus to heal the sick understand you have been called to use your authority in Jesus Christ and bring healing into manifestation. Jesus' work has already been done. It was finished through Christ's resurrection. An upcoming blog will be devoted to the topic of prayer and healing miracles.
With love in and through Christ,