Creative Miracles – Can God Heal a Severed Limb?

Can God heal a severed limb?  I have recently received this same question from several different people and thought I might take a moment to respond.

In the winter of 2011, my nephew was scraping ice off his car when the ice-scraper broke, launching a shard of plastic at his eye.  According to the doctors, it gouged out a small chunk from the white of his eye, and they were concerned about the future of his vision.  He was in so much pain that he couldn’t even open his good eye, and the doctors didn’t expect him to open the injured eye for a couple weeks.  He had no insurance and a two-month-old baby girl at home.

I received news of this accident on a Thursday, just before our regular young adult group that meets in my home.  That night, we all prayed for my nephew and commanded his eye to be healed in the name of Jesus (even though he wasn’t present).

Art's nephew being baptized after the missing piece of his eye grew backWhen he woke up the next morning, his eye was completely healed.  And here’s the fun part: The missing white portion had miraculously grown back!  The doctors were dumbfounded.  My nephew was so impacted by the miracle that he committed his life to Jesus.  A few weeks later, as you can see in the photo, I was baptizing him in our bathtub!

People question whether Jesus ever healed severed limbs or worked similar creative miracles.  Actually, that’s an easy one to answer, because He most definitely did!

When Jesus was being arrested prior to the crucifixion, Peter drew his sword and cut off the ear of the high priest’s servant.  According to Luke 22:51, after stopping the disciples from defending Him further, Jesus “…touched the man’s ear and healed him.”

I find the wording of that passage very interesting.  Remember, the ear had been cut off.  What does Luke mean by saying that Jesus “touched the man’s ear”?  Does this mean that Jesus picked up the severed ear and stuck it back on the man’s head?  Or does it mean that He simply touched the place where the ear had been and a new ear grew?  The Bible doesn’t go into that much detail.  What we do know, though, is that the ear was cut off, and Jesus healed it.

Last week, I ministered in Africa.  During 4 days in the bush, I witnessed nearly 100 healing miracles and more than 50 salvations. (To read the full report, please visit Art Thomas Ministries.)  I didn’t see any limbs re-grow, but I did see deaf ears and blind eyes open, cripples walking, and more.  Hernia disappeared.  Ulcers disappeared.  Even open wounds from syphilis were healed instantly!  I have learned that there are absolutely no limits to what God can do.

While in Uganda–just last week–I had a dream in which I was in a room that looked like some sort of laboratory.  Everything was bright, white, and sterile.  There were shelves of file-boxes, and I somehow knew these were “case files.”  I opened one of the boxes, removed a folder, and opened it.  I didn’t read anything inside, but when I opened the folder, some sort of hook or clamp lowered from the ceiling with a human ear attached to the end.  A woman was sitting nearby with a missing ear, so I took the ear that had been lowered and placed it on the side of the woman’s head.  It instantly fused to her skin, and its color changed from light blue to match her skin tone.

When I woke up, I could feel the presence of God.  I asked Him what the dream meant, and He said that whenever the enemy steals, kills, or destroys something Jesus paid for, God’s righteousness requires that restoration take place in Jesus’ name.  Jesus paid the price to reconcile all things. (See Colossians 1:20.)

You can (and should) judge this for yourself, but I also received the impression that the boxes in the dream contained “cold cases”–instances of creative miracles that were purchased and provided for, but never received.  I felt as though there was a woman in this world who lost an ear, and Jesus immediately made a new one in heaven so that it would be ready to meet the demands of righteousness.  The only missing ingredient, then, is a Christian who will effectively administer the will of God.

As Jesus taught, let us pray, “May Your kingdom come and Your will be done on earth, just like it is done in heaven.” God’s will is done in heaven.  Everyone there has two functioning ears.  If you lost an ear here, then God has a new one waiting there.  In fact, if you’re missing your right ear (or if you’re deaf in your right ear), place your hand there now and agree in faith: Ear, grow, and be restored in Jesus’ name.  Let me know what happens! (e-mail Art@SupernaturalTruth.com)

Remember, Jesus said that for those who have faith, “nothing will be impossible for you.” (See Matthew 17:20.)  There tend to be two schools of thought on this scripture: First are those who believe Jesus was speaking metaphorically when He said, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move.”  The second school of thought would be those who believe Jesus was actually telling the truth when He said, “I tell you the truth…

If you believe that Jesus was giving His disciples false hope and misleading them with an exaggerated metaphor, then you will likely believe that God merely moves “obstacles” in our lives as we trust Him.  If you believe that Jesus meant what He said, then you believe people of faith can actually command literal, physical mountains to move from one place to another.  This latter form of faith is what is necessary for us to see amputee healings.

There are reported cases of amputated limbs being healed (besides the biblical account of the servant’s ear).  I remember a story in which Smith Wigglesworth felt led to tell a man with no legs to go buy shoes.  When the man put his peg-leg into the first shoe, a leg instantly grew out!  The same happened for the second shoe.  I also recently heard a testimony of a young man in South Africa who–if I remember correctly–was missing his right leg.  After prayer, the leg began to grow, although very slowly.  After a couple weeks, a knee cap had formed.  When I heard the testimony, it was a few weeks after that, and the leg had grown down as far as the ankle.  In another case, I heard of a woman without a jawbone who received prayer in Mexico.  When the minister returned the next year, he didn’t recognize her because God had grown a new one for her!

These are admittedly hearsay testimonies that I haven’t personally witnessed, but I believe they’re true. Why shouldn’t I?  The only reason to disbelieve such stories is that you don’t believe God can actually do them.  If anything, I know that my nephew’s eye grew back to normal, and no one can take that away from me.

If you don’t believe that God can heal an amputated limb, then you’re serving the wrong god.

My God can do anything.

How about yours?

We must each decide which God/god we are going to serve.  Are we going to serve the false god of comfortable, stay-as-you-are Christianity?  You know the one: he’s the god who died for your sins, loves you, and listens to every prayer on the planet, but he rarely does anything more than change our mental and emotional perspectives on earthly circumstances.  That’s not the God of the Bible.  My God splits seas. (See Exodus 14:21.)  My God feeds His people by dropping quail–3-feet deep–across a massive stretch of land. (See Numbers 11:31.)  My God not only died for your sins but also holds the power of resurrection and personally conquered the grave.  My God even raises other people from the grave!  My God walks on water, calms storms, and multiplies food.  My God opens blind eyes and deaf ears at the command of His children.

My God created an entire human body out of dust.  He made a second one out of a rib.  What’s so difficult about a mere limb?

God bless,
–Art

UPDATE (Oct-3-2013):

The following miracle happened in August 2013.  At three years old, Carlos’ ear drum was surgically removed.  Now, he can hear clearly.  That’s a creative miracle that I consider to be equivalent to an amputee regrowing a limb — something was surgically removed that regrew after prayer.  Here’s the video of the miracle taking place along with the testimony:

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6 Responses to “Creative Miracles – Can God Heal a Severed Limb?”

  1. ChadJune 14, 2012 at 5:12 pm #

    Art i remeber when i had that revelation about the ear all of these years i had wondered then one day Jesus said..remebr the guy in the garden with the missing ear..i was like..oh yeah thats right.. Matthew 15:31 in the Living Bible says this..What a spectacle it was! Those who hadn’t been able to say a word before were talking excitedly and those with missing arms and legs had new ones; the cripled were walking and jumping around and those who had been blind were gazing about them! The crowds just marveled, and praised the God of Israel…..this is the true God Art and to think we get to be apart of it..i have been studying this for the last few years i know these times are here. Gods Best Peace and Blessing Art In Jesus Name

  2. GuestCommentatorJune 15, 2012 at 9:13 am #

    Yes, Jesus healed him, though it does not say Jesus grew his ear back. And it seems to be the only incident which remotely resembles some sort of absent limb regeneration but so vaguely described, it may not be so.

    Studies of other miracles of the Bible seem to require some already existent body part. If the hand is gone, it is not coming back, but if it is withered, yes restoration is possible. Full regeneration of severed limbs It may not be impossible for God, but that is the way it seems to be done. Unless you personally know the guy who whose leg came back that is. The same seems so for other modern day healing instances. . A visitor at one of the Catholic pilgrimage sites once surveyed the vast heap of canes, crutches and braces and observed: “What , no wooden legs !?!”

    Such seems to follow other miracles or incidents. However flawed, the raw materials must at least be present. Well documented Joan of Arc (1430’s) really did not bring anything to the table the French already did not have, but one would be hard pressed to find another teen-aged farm girl (or boy) who, upon request was made commander of the French army, saved a city thought lost, broke the longstanding multi-generational enemy power and crowned a timid prince king, deep within enemy territory and all within one year.

    And the diverse crowd of 70,000 at Fatima October 13, 1917, who witnessed much of the same thing a the same time, the “dancing of the sun” seemed to require a heady blend of rainstorm, clouds, sunshine; using what is already there but “enhanced,” a public miracle performance that has yet to be equaled in any of the before or subsequent Marian apparitions.

    • ArtFebruary 5, 2013 at 4:48 pm #

      GuestCommentator,

      If God can form an entire human out of dirt, I think He can form a limb. If you NEED raw materials, just shape the limb out of clay and stick it to the person before praying (Maybe that’s why Jesus put mud in the blind man’s eyes?).

      Then again, Jesus managed to multiply bread and fish to feed 5,000 people. Multiplying fish would require the mass-production of animal cells out of thin air. If our God can produce fish cells out of nothing, I don’t think it’s much of a stretch to believe that He can produce human cells out of nothing.

      Your arguments and unbelief will only stop God from working through you in this area. As for me, I’ll keep believing and seeking the restoration of limbs through the power of Jesus.

      Be blessed!

  3. jesusdesaadDecember 8, 2012 at 9:21 am #

    Since doctors saw your nephew then it follows they produced a report of their medical opinion. It would really help your case if you produced that report that said that So-and-So was critically wounded on his eye, the level of his injury, and the personal opinion on whether he should be treated for it.

    This does not require anything more than a photo of the report. Attach that report to this page, along with a newer photo of your nephew where his eye is completely or even partially healed, and if it’s possible a subsequent report of the medical doctors who inspected his healed wound after the miracle.

    Only thus will you be able to at least partially prove what you are saying.

    Until then, sorry to tell you, but the above blog entry is mere hearsay and nobody should believe your words any more than somebody who wrote on their own blog that they were abducted by aliens and producing no evidence.

    • ArtDecember 11, 2012 at 9:36 am #

      I realize that it would help my case, but submitting someone else’s medical records for public review (especially to advance my own case) isn’t something I consider to be in good taste…unless he were to produce it first himself.

      For me, it’s enough to see that his life was transformed by the experience. My nephew has made a complete 180 degree turnaround in his life since the healing took place, and I have a hard time believing he would make such a transformational change based on a lie (a few months later, he incinerated about $6,000 – $8,000 worth of DVD movies that he didn’t want in his home anymore because he knew they were dishonoring to God. Burn up thousands of dollars of your favorite entertainment because of a lie? If that’s the case, I really pity him!

      The fact is, I didn’t write this article in order to “prove” anything. It’s simply an encouragement to people of faith. I know what happened. My nephew knows what happened. His family — all of whom are also serving Jesus since the miracle — know what happened; and that’s enough for me.

      Chances are, even if I did produce a photo of the doctor’s report, you’d likely argue that it could have been Photoshopped or otherwise faked. For the skeptic, no proof is ever enough. I’ve even seen skeptics miraculously healed at the name of Jesus and immediately start arguing that it was psychology, hypnosis, psychic energy, or some other non-God explanation.

      My encouragement to you is that you give Jesus a chance. Whether or not He has ever healed a severed limb is actually irrelevant (even though I believe He has). What HAS been proven over and over throughout history is His ability to heal the human soul and transform lives — saving people from their slavery to sin and liberating them to live in true freedom. He restores broken hearts and forgives 100% of the past. He empowers people in the present and ensures blessing for the future.

      He wants to do the same for you.

      Be blessed!
      –Art

  4. AbelieverOctober 8, 2013 at 4:24 pm #

    Hey Art,
    Thanks for sharing this. I too was one who questioned God (or if there was one). I had a harsh upbringing, which in turn I hated God.but I would hear my mother pray in the living room, which made me curious — Who is she talking to? Believing in an invisible being can seem a little ridiculous, or, to some, unethical. Then there comes a time when you have to ignore self and taste and see that the Lord is good.

    I gave my life to Christ when I was 13, but I saw my first miracle when I was 17. I have an aunt who had brain tumors, and doctors had given her 3 months to live. It was a Friday, and I had just come back from a Christian camp. When I got home, my mother said, “We are going to go pick up your aunt and bring her here. She has a doctors appointment on Monday so she is going to stay the weekend, plus we are going to pray for her.”

    She carried with her a whole bag of medication that she had to take daily. She was not herself — forgetting who I was, not remembering my name nor my younger brother’s. We prayed for her not only that evening but all the way to Sunday night. On Monday morning she went to her doctors appoinment. When she returned, we all had dinner together, but there was something different…She remembered my name. She was going down memory lane with my mother — reminiscing on their childhood, sharing some laughs at their stories. With a bright smile she handed my mother an envelope containing her previous test results. Then she handed my mother another envelop with x-ray photos and a documentation from her doctor. There were no signs of tumors anywhere. The doctors could not explain it but had to document it as an “unexplainable occurrence”.

    They never said “a miracle,” and I dont think this made them believers. But one thing is for sure: they did not want to call it what it was. Healing from the Lord Almighty. She is alive and well today 16 years later. And as a bonus, she had asthma all her life, but she doesnt have it anymore.

    I believed in God before I saw a miracle. I wasnt looking for one to believe because I know that I know that God still performs the impossible. To all unbelievers, God isn’t a show-off. He makes a way where there was no way. Now no one can tell me any different. I have seen many miracles, but I have not seen a limb grow back. But I’m not going to deny and say God cant do it. He probably has done it but it isn’t documented (as Jesus even told a leper after being cleansed to not tell anyone).

    Awesome testimony brotha. Keep doin the Lord’s will and run your race without fail with full assurance and strong confidence. God bless all of y’all.

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