CROSSING OVER

Blog 139
November 11, 2019

miracle

MIRACLES NEVER CEASE!

Often, I hear from people who have experienced miracles or divine interventions. I look forward to receiving these accounts as they deepen our understanding of how these experiences occur. Could you be like that? If so, please share your story with me. Drop me a note at revwise@att.net.

CROSSING OVER

Several years ago, I stumbled across a near-death experience reported to me by a hospice nurse. The incident immediately intrigued me and I began searching for more stories. In time, I ended up writing Crossing the Threshold of Eternity that contained many of these experiences. They didn’t all harmonize and some had distinct differences, but they shed important light on what happens to us when we die. I found them to be fascinating accounts of divine intervention often in unexpected ways.

I know they can offer encouragement to you. Here’s another example.

This week I talked with Karen Corley who told me her story. An avid smoker for decades, Karen wasn’t aware of how much permanent damage she had done to her lungs, but the stage was set for a disaster. In December, 2018, Karen came down with double pneumonia. The condition exploded and she knew breathing was becoming impossible. An ambulance loaded Karen in and whisked her away to a hospital. She immediately ended up in ICC where they kept her for 15 days as she struggled to survive. Karen spent another 10 days in a regular room.
Karen died.

Now a year later, some of the details have become a little fuzzy, but the experience remains extremely clear in her mind. She found herself in the place we call heaven, surrounded by relatives that had passed on years earlier. Her father had committed suicide and was there along with her mother and a daughter who had died years earlier. Most importantly, Karen found Jesus of Nazareth standing in front of her. She was ready to stay forever.

Jesus compassionately told her that her life work was not finished. She had grandchildren who needed her and she must return for the sake of those children. Karen objected, but was told, “it isn’t your time.” Jesus sent her back to do the “more important” tasks with the kids.

When Karen woke up, she saw children standing around her bed. Her grandchildren were anxiously wanting to make sure she survived. Karen opened her eyes and told them, “Don’t worry. I’m going to make it.”

The pulmonary doctor had already discovered her lungs were so badly damaged from smoking that she simply couldn’t recover. When he examined her after this experience, he was shocked. Not only was Karen alive, but her lungs were completely healed and all the damage was gone.

Karen had a miracle!

You might find my collection of near-death experiences to be helpful.
CROSSING THE THRESHOLD OF ETERNITY
Robert L. Wise
Regal Books

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WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

Blog 138
October 28, 2019

faith

MIRACLES NEVER CEASE!

Often, I hear from people who have experienced miracles or divine interventions. I look forward to receiving these accounts as they deepen our understanding of how these experiences occur. Could you be like that? If so, please share your story with me. Drop me a note at revwise@att.net.

WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?

For weeks, you’ve been reading of the extraordinary divine interventions and miracles that I’ve collected from all over the country. Let’s pause for a moment and reflect on what these accounts actually mean.

The Bible tells us that a miracle is the power of God’s Kingdom breaking into this world. The meaning of miracles is they demonstrate the power of God. One of the important connections that ties the Old and New Testaments together was the common quest for the Kingdom of God. In the New Testament, the Gospel of Mark describes the ministry of Jesus beginning with the proclamation, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent, and believe in the gospel.” (Mark 1:15) The Kingdom is the powerful rule of God breaking into history and offering new relationships with humanity. The miracles of Jesus, the Apostles, and the church that followed demonstrated the power of the heavenly Father’s reign and rule called the coming of the Kingdom.

The miracles in the Gospels displayed power that was tied to a personal God, a God who cared. When miracles break into everyday life, they accomplish the will of God. The Lord God is a God of history, displaying His power in history, and working through history. Human experience is a vehicle for the demonstration of His power. Scripture suggests that this purpose never ended.

When the day of Pentecost arrived 40 days after the resurrection, the promise of Jesus that a comforter would empower the church was accomplished. The Holy Spirit fell on the apostles equipping them to proclaim the Kingdom of God with power. Once again miracles were a sign of divine empowerment.

When we attempt to understand why and how miracles occur today, the scripture tells us to remember how these signs are expressions of the power of God working to bring in His Kingdom, the rule of God in the lives of people.

The issue in positioning oneself to receiving a miracle is trust. Scripture tells us that believing in and trusting the promises of God are the keys to reception. However, “faith” doesn’t mean simply believing the right things like holding a certain kind of opinion or professing a particular creed. Faith is responding to God’s decrees and opening one’s heart to Him and His purposes. Faith is joining the Kingdom of God.

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You might find my collection of Holy Land experiences to be helpful.
BIBLE LANDS: An illustrated Guide to Scriptural Places
Barbpir books Publishers

MIRACLE IN THE SNOW

Blog 137
October 21, 2019

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MIRACLES NEVER CEASE!

Often, I hear from people who have experienced miracles or divine interventions. I look forward to receiving these accounts as they deepen our understanding of how these experiences occur. Could you be like that? If so, please share your story with me. Drop me a note at revwise@att.net.

MIRACLE IN THE SNOW

Lois Parker discovered this story while talking with a Russian woman who had the experience while a girl. Sophie related that she had foolishly decided to brave the subzero temperatures and blizzard conditions of a fierce Russian winter and walk to her father’s house. In the dark forests that surround her village, the people could hear the wolves howling at night. Even with these conditions, she set out in the blowing snow to get to her destination.

As Sophie treaded through the drifts, she could feel the snow starting to sink into her boots and knew this meant a real problem. With the wolves barking in the forest, she knew she was in trouble. However, there was no possibility of turning back safely. Sophie had to go on, but she didn’t know how she would be able to do so. Even worse, the sound of the wolves seemed to come closer. Finally, she stopped and whispered.

“Lord of heaven, be with me, help me.”

Sophie began to run through the snow. She strained to hopefully hear the jingle of bells signaling a sleigh was looking for her, but again, there was nothing. Her feet were becoming frighteningly cold. When she looked back, Sophie could see that the trail behind her was erratic, meaning she was not walking steadily.

Once more, Sophie stopped and started to pray again. “Father, help me, I need Thee. Help me. Send an angel to help me. Lord of all, be with me.” Over and over she prayed the same prayer, always ending with “Help, Lord.”

She felt a hand on her shoulder. A soft, kind voice spoke in her ear. “You cannot rest, Sophie. Go on.”

When she turned, no one was there, but Sophie felt slightly renewed strength. She kept on. However, weariness soon returned. The wolves howled again. Sophie was certainly she would not be able to continue. They’d find her in the snow frozen. She stumbled.

Again, the kind, gentle voice, said in her ear, “Sophie, you cannot rest yet! Go on.”

Almost against her will, she was raised to her feet, but saw no one. She struggled on until she found the door to her father’s house. Only then did she look back and fully realize there had never been any second set of tracks in the snow… none.

Only then did Sophie fully realize that her prayers had been answered. She was saved by an angel.

You might find my collection of Holy Land experiences to be helpful.
BIBLE LANDS: An illustrated Guide to Scriptural Places
Barbpir books Publishers

MIRACLE IN JACKSONVILLE

Blog 136
October 14, 2019

jesus

MIRACLES NEVER CEASE!

Often, I hear from people who have experienced miracles or divine interventions. I look forward to receiving these accounts as they deepen our understanding of how these experiences occur. Could you be like that? If so, please share your story with me. Drop me a note at revwise@att.net.

MIRACLE IN JACKSONVILLE

My friend and colleague Sean Yost brought me into contact with this experience. The Pastor of Redeemer Church, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, Sean has ministered with Stovall Weems in the past. Weems’ Celebration Church began in 1998 with seven people and today numbers around 12,000 congregants. The following divine encounter began on Good Friday, 2018 during a Holy Communion service.

Because of the meaning of Good Friday, Pastor Weems arranged for a Messianic Jewish Passover type of service with Pastor Paul, an assistant who spoke Hebrew, doing just as Jesus would have done on that first night so long ago. The unusual service reached into the Jewish Passover to give additional meaning to the Christian worship that grew originally out of the same Passover. Stovall Weems’ experience occurred just as the Messianic assistant Pastor Paul was consecrating the unleavened bread.

Holding up the unleavened bread, Pastor Paul said in Hebrew, “take, eat, this is my body.” Abruptly, Pastor Stovall heard a distinctly different voice break in also speaking in Hebrew. The voice spoke three times and Stovall knew he was in the presence of God. The figure of Jesus of Nazareth was standing there also speaking Hebrew which Pastor Weems did not know. He knew he had somehow been transported into another dimension.

The staff watching the service immediately realized something had happened to their Pastor. Stovall Weems wasn’t with them or the service anymore. The truth was that he had gone into a trance and was in a heavenly realm.

He saw Jesus in a white robe with brown hair, executing exactly the same service with the Apostles being the recipients. Stovall looked down at the bread in his hand and knew Jesus was serving him. Jesus invited him to partake. The sound of Jesus’ voice rang through him, imparting Jesus’ personality. While not emotional, a feeling of authority and strength were imparted.

Stovall felt a pure, clear fear of God. While he felt unworthy to be in such a Presence, he had experienced the actual reality and presence of Jesus Christ. I listened to Stovall attempt to describe his encounter, but I realized that words escaped him. The encounter was beyond verbal explanation, but touched him deeply and profoundly. The closeness and oneness that he experienced left Stovall virtually speechless.

Many Christian groups believe in the Real Presence of Jesus in Holy Communion. They maintain that the participants are literally encountering the risen Christ. Stovall Weems experienced this conviction not as an idea, but as a personal reality. Stovall found a new empowerment and reality had been added to his ministry.

You might find my collection of Holy Land experiences to be helpful.
BIBLE LANDS: An illustrated Guide to Scriptural Places
Barbpir books Publishers

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MIRACLE IN LIBERIA

Blog 134
September 23, 2019

LIBERIA

MIRACLES NEVER CEASE!

Often, I hear from people who have experienced miracles or divine interventions. I look forward to receiving these accounts as they deepen our understanding of how these experiences occur. Could you be like that? If so, please share your story with me. Drop me a note at revwise@att.net.

MIRACLE IN LIBERIA

If you have a broad interest in divine interventions and follow the stories you will eventually notice that miracles seem to happen more frequently in Third World countries. The church is thriving there where it is on the wane in the United States. Migrants from South America and Mexico are generally far more devout than Americans.

What is going on?

While some secularized Americans are closed to the miraculous, believers in these poorer, struggling countries embrace the possibility. They are open and will reach out to receive the promise of a divine touch. The results speak for themselves and remain a lesson for the Northern hemisphere.

Recently, I witnessed this result in the ministry of a friend of mine. LaDonna Osborn is the daughter of T.L. and Daisy Osborn who began Osborn Ministries over 70 years ago. While the ministry of T.L. Osborn was not well known in America, his crusades brought in thousands of people in countries all across the globe. A humble man, T.L. Osborn had a simplicity with divine empowerment. Daisy worked in the same field with the same results. With their passing, the torch has been passed on to LaDonna.

An exceedingly bright woman, LaDonna has the same power and conviction. Overflowing crowds attend her services in Africa. Recently, she was in Ganta (Gompa City) Liberia conducting a mission. A young woman, who LaDonna knew nothing about, came forward to express her faith and be prayed for. As was later explained, after nine months of pregnancy the baby had stopped moving. She was now in the twelfth month. In the local clinic, the doctor told her the baby had died and surgery was necessary to remove the dead fetus. He was strongly insistent. However, the woman had no money and couldn’t afford the surgery. On the first day of LaDonna’s Festival of Faith and Miracles, the pregnant woman accepted Jesus as her Lord and during the prayer for the sick the mother laid her hand on her belly during the prayer for the sick.

On the last day of the Festival, the young woman came forward to testify that she was no longer afraid. LaDonna could see great faith and conviction in the woman’s eyes. The Holy Spirit moved LaDonna to say, “You will deliver a healthy baby.” Because she absolutely trusted the promises of God, LaDonna was confident God was at work.

Two days later, she received a beautiful photograph from one of the Gomp City pastors. The pregnant woman had delivered a healthy baby girl. A miracle had occurred.

Another example of what openness to the Holy Spirit can bring to pass in the midst of poverty. Also an example to all of us to remember that trust can open closed doors.

Oh, by the way. She named the baby LaDonna.

You might find my collection of Holy Land experiences to be helpful.
BIBLE LANDS: An illustrated Guide to Scriptural Places
Barbpir books Publishers

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MESSING WITH EVIL

Blog 133
September 16, 2019

evil

MIRACLES NEVER CEASE!

Often, I hear from people who have experienced miracles or divine interventions. I look forward to receiving these accounts as they deepen our understanding of how these experiences occur. Could you be like that? If so, please share your story with me. Drop me a note at revwise@att.net.

MESSING WITH EVIL

Evil is a subject I stay away from. Over the decades I’ve certainly discovered the subtlety and pervasive ways that the Evil One works. No place is more vulnerable than a church. At the same time Evil works in government as well as individual lives. I do concede that we should know enough to avoid the diabolical. Like discovering that fire burns, you don’t stick your hand in the flames to find out if it’s hot. The best approach is simply to stay away.

On the other hand, periodically I run into stories that are important to emphasize the point that we need to be aware of the possibilities so we can stay away from these encounters. Devices like Ouija boards, or trying to contact demonic entities are highly dangerous. Joyce White recently shared her story with me. Joyce knew what I am talking about.

Joyce White had been around the church as a child and responded to the messages she heard. At the same time, she had a vulnerability. Her family remained highly dysfunctional with her parents constantly fighting. Her brother molested her. By the time she was sixteen-years-old, Joyce knew Sunday was always a bad day when her mother seemed to pick a fight that could get loud and frightening. Once more, the uproar started all over again.

Joyce was particularly distraught and didn’t know what to do. For some reason, she asked Satan, the devil, to come in and help her. She did not cry again for thirty-five years.

She eventually moved to the Washington Park area in Denver, Colorado. Joyce had always considered herself a Christian but began to realize this faith was not controlling her life. She felt drawn to destructive books with evil themes. Something else was working at the center of her being. Joyce had a roommate who got up early to study the Bible. This woman had a kind, spiritual presence and Joyce wanted to be like her. In contrast, Joyce felt like a wild animal was living inside of her. Could this negative, destructive force be deceiving her about her actual relationship with God?

Joyce had a confidential talk with her roommate. The woman suggested that Joyce should ask Jesus to come into her life and remove the darkness. Joyce could ask Jesus to be the center of her life and cast out any evil or any destructive force that was residing there. On Easter Sunday, Joyce did exactly that and was baptized. She prayed and surrendered her life to Jesus Christ. Like a person walking out of a fog, a veil seemed to lift, and deception vanished. Joyce realized she really was a new person.

The point? We live in a period in history when society denies evil even exists. (People just make negative decisions.) Even though the news media gives us constant reports of how many people and children are killed at work and in schools, we don’t credit the blame to Evil. Sure, even with such a scary social scene, this is not a popular theme … but the reality exists. Evil really can enter a person’s life and deceptively seem not to even be there. Happens all the time.

FROM OUT OF THE PAST

Blog 132
September 9, 2019

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MIRACLES NEVER CEASE!

You might also want to look at the widely read blog WISE ON THE MIDDLE EAST from Robert L. Wise, Ph.D. which features weekly updates on little known facts about Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon and Syria, countries where he has traveled and worked.

FROM OUT OF THE PAST

Periodically, I hear from people who have experienced miracles or divine interventions. I look forward to receiving these accounts as they deepen our understanding of how these experiences occur. Often, they tell me that no one else knows as they haven’t told a soul what happened. The climate in our society doesn’t produce understanding of these events so the recipients have just sat on their valuable discovery.

Could you be like that? If so, please share your story with me. Drop me a note at revwise@att.net.

Mary Janssen did exactly that this week. Her 12-year-old son Adam died in an accident in their home. Of course, Mary was crushed. That night she couldn’t go to sleep and abruptly realized Adam was standing at the foot of the bed wearing a white robe. Next to him stood another white robed person, but she couldn’t see the face. Adam gave her a thumbs up.

Four months later, Mary had a similar experience. This time the encounter seemed to be more like a vision. Adam came into a room filled with people whose faces she couldn’t identify. Adam conveyed that when he died, his grandmother was waiting for him and was standing there with him now. Mary’s first son Nathan had died as an infant from a heart defect. He was there with Adam. Mary was amazed.

Six-months later she had another similar experience. This time a big wooden door was opened and beautiful light filtered through. People were clapping and a parade was coming down the street that seemed to be in Italy. Adam was in the center of a group of boys, all carrying flags, Adam waved to her. Men were carrying a chair in the air holding Pope John Paul. The scene made Mary very happy. Even with the losses she had endured, Mary knew something important had happened to her.

Through the years, I have encountered similar experiences other people had with someone close to them who had just died. I offer no explanation except that the Holy Spirit seems to comfort the bereaved with these events.

After all Jesus promised, “I will ask the Father and he will give you another Counselor, the Spirit of truth to be with you forever. … for he lives with you and will be in you.” (John 14:16-17)

You might find my book on near-death experiences important for you:
CROSSING THE THRESHOLD OF ETERNITY
Revell books

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ANGELS TALKING IN THE NIGHT

Blog 129
August 12, 2019

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MIRACLES NEVER CEASE!

You might also want to look at the widely read blog on the MIDDLE EAST from Robert L. Wise, Ph.D. which features weekly updates on little known facts about Israel, Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon and Syria, countries where he has traveled and worked.

ANGELS TALKING IN THE NIGHT

Scripture is filled with stories of angels guiding people. For example, an angel appeared to Joseph in a dream and warned him to take the baby Jesus and Mary and flee to Egypt. Shortly thereafter, Herod ordered all the boy babies in Bethlehem killed. (Matthew 2:13-16) In the book of Acts, we find the story of Peter sleeping in jail when an angel appeared and light filled his cell. The angel took him passed the guards and out of the city. Peter thought he was seeing a vision. (Acts 12:6-11).

In contemporary times, a new interest has flourished in understanding angels and how they can help us. Some time ago, I described the ministry of Leslie Draper and her ministry with angels as she offers guidance to persons with needs. Judith McNutt has written books about her encounters with angels and the directions she received. Her books contain important insights.

Another blog I wrote several years ago related the experience of one of our friends. Barbara Yates is a member of the church my wife pastors. She awoke one night to find two very large figures standing by her bed. The angels gave her a message that offered reassurance and Barbara found new peace of mind.

A similar experience happened to a friend in Platte Canyon Community Church. Tom Ahl has been a member there for a number of years. He grew up in a Christian family and considered himself to be a Christian. However, he shared with me that he really didn’t live a Christian life. During this time, his brother was killed on Highway 285. Of course, this had a profound impact on his life.

One night shortly after this experience, he had an extremely vivid dream.

Against a deep, dark black ground, he saw four giant columns. In the center was a person dressed in black with an urn without any money. As Tom came closer, he realized the man was his brother. Tom was scared to death by what he was seeing.

Suddenly, a voice echoed through his dream and said, “You will be judged.”

When Tom awoke, he knew that he had been confronted with a divine intervention. The dream was more than a nightly revelry. His entire lifestyle had been called into question. Tom instantly knew that change was demanded. He had to make adjustments.

Tom gave up the way he had been living, He came back to the church and has lived what he knows is righteous ever since. Whether the figure was his brother or an angel, the appearance changed his entire life. He shared with me that he remains grateful for that dream experience.

When you’re sleeping … keep your eyes open.

You might find my collection of near-death experiences to be helpful.
CROSSING THE THRESHOLD OF ETERNITY
Revell Books

 

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