Writer’s note: You may have more trouble with this column than with anything you have ever read. I can’t say I blame you. It took me a lot of research time before I fully accepted the now-well-attested fact that God has been bringing hundreds of people back from the dead in recent years.
As I was leaving New Delhi in 2003, I called an Indian friend, Rodrick Gilbert, who leads a network of house churches with 26,000 former Hindus.
“Rod,” I said, “I have a little credibility problem in the United States when I teach people about resurrections. Could you send somebody over to my hotel who has come back from the dead? I’d like to take a few snapshots.”
Rod graciously brought someone over himself – 7-year-old Arjun Janki Dass, along with his mother Mina, and Savitri, the lady who prayed him back to life.
Arjun died at age 5. The gist of his story:
At six o’clock on an April evening in 2001, Arjun was accidentally electrocuted by 220-volt wires touching his head.
His parents took him to a medical clinic where they worked on his body for two hours without success. They tried CPR, electroshock paddles, adrenaline shots – all the usual. But they couldn’t get him off flatline. So the doctor charged them 5,000 rupees (about $110) and told them to call an undertaker.
But they didn’t. Instead they called Rod at the nearby Deliverance Church. He then called upon Savitri, one of his staff members.
Savitri brought two other Christians to Arjun’s home, and the five of them began praying over the dead body about 10:00 p.m. They prayed their hearts out for six hours with pleading and tears. Then, at 4:00 a.m. the next morning, Arjun snapped back to life with no brain damage, no physical problems.
Today, he’s a normal 9-year-old kid except for two nasty scar lines behind his left ear where the wire hit.
Savitri is a 62-year-old widow, a Dalit (formerly called “untouchable”) from the lowly Dom class. She spent her life as a street sweeper, which made her, in the caste system, the lowest of the low. The broom was her livelihood. In 1992, she turned from Hinduism to Christ. She remains today a fine, humble lady, and among the more serious people I have ever met.
As she and the others were leaving, I asked her through an interpreter: “I understand you’ve been active in ministry for six years. In that time, how many resurrections have you been involved with?”
She answered quietly: “Sixteen.”
My neatly-ordered, conventional world began to spin.
I would give you Savitri’s e-mail address so you could check her out for yourself, but she doesn’t have one. She can’t read.
You can view a few photos at Megashift.com. (After the intro, click on “About Megashift,” then on “Resurrections.”)
This is the new reality
The most shocking aspect of the growing turn of the world toward Christ is this: People are coming back from death after being prayed for by ordinary folks like you and me. To be specific, my newest book, “MEGASHIFT: Igniting Spiritual Power,” documents resurrections in 52 countries, mostly in the last 15 to 20 years. And these are not the well-known, “near-death” experiences where someone on an operating-room table passes out and goes down a long tunnel toward a light. These are stone-dead corpses.
The flood of solid new evidence is compelling. Two or three reports could be dismissed as faulty rumors or candidates for “Unsolved Mysteries.” But hundreds of firsthand reports from 52 nations? Some with death certificates? No way. (Yet a few of the miracles in “Megashift” are even harder to believe than a resurrection!)
Here is what it all means: The lockdown of the common man has come to an abrupt end. Many of the limitations your ancestors endured for centuries are now fading into the bleak and brutal past. The resurrections are only the most obvious evidence of a megashift in the functioning of eager-hearted believers whom the book of Revelation calls “overcomers.”
The recent changes in the quality of human life are profound. God is pouring His grace and power into people in ways not seen before. I don’t expect that most Christians will be doing miracles on a daily basis, but a radically new Christian lifestyle now spreading around the globe will soon dramatically enable you to upgrade your own way of living.
We’ll touch on that next Tuesday.
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