AN ATTACK IN THE NIGHT

Blog 183

February 1, 2021

MIRACLES NEVER CEASE!

Robert Wise explores the world of divine interventions from an objective point of view. Can 21st century people believe the hand of God still touches people today? Read and you’ll find new insights.

AN ATTACK IN THE NIGHT

Douglas Connelly analyzed what the Bible said about angels illustrated with stories he discovered about the subject. His book Angels Around Us tells amazing stories. Here’s an example.

In 1950 throughout the African nation of Kenya, the Mau Mau were angry with British Colonization of their land. An uprising had begun. While American missionaries tried to help the tribe, they had become a target for violence. The African Inland Mission in Kenya became venerable.

Soon the missionaries learned that the Mau Mau were planning to strike their area and kill them along with anyone who believed the Christian message. The clergy immediately gathered their families together in the mission compound.  While they intended to defend their families as best they could, the missionaries knew that they would be greatly outnumbered.  Rolls of barbed wire were strung around their camp and lights were fixed to come on at night when anyone came into their camp.

On the night of the attack, the missionaries and their families gathered in one of the buildings and began to pray.  Men stood at the door with the few weapons they had. All through the night they interceded and pleaded for God’s provision. As the sun came up, they realized that the attack wasn’t coming. No one could explain why, but they were grateful.

Several months later, one of the missionaries met with one of the captured Mau Mau warriors and led him to the Christian faith. After his conversion, the native told him the rest of the story. A large contingent of combatants had surrounded the missionary village on the night planned for the attack. Just as they were about to strike, large fiery creatures suddenly appeared in front of them, coming out of the dark. Frightened by what they saw, the warriors ran and refused ever to come back.

The missionaries concluded that while they had not seen anything, their heavenly Father opened the eyes of the attackers to see God’s band of angels. Douglas Connelly believes the “fiery creatures” were protecting angels sent to save them.

What can we learn? Is it possible that when we put ourselves in the hands of God, He continues to work behind the scenes in ways we never know about? Is it possible that the Almighty works removing obstacles that we didn’t even know were there? The African missionaries would say so.  Don’t only trust what you can see: trust what may be unknown.

By the way, I’d love to hear your story if you’ve experienced a miracle. Send it to me at Wise on Miracles@google.com.

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AND WHY DO WE LEARN THESE THINGS?

Blog 14 October 24, 2014 MIRACLES NEVER CEASE!

Robert Wise explores the world of divine interventions from an objective point of view. Can 21st century people believe the hand of God still touches people today?

Read and you’ll find new insights.

In the previous blogs on miracles, I mainly noted what I have observed, describing experiences with people who reported miracles. An objective is to cause reexamination of expectations and rethinking of whether people are truly open to divine intrusions or miracles happening in their lives. Hopefully, institutional churches will rethink their approach and truly reach out for a physical touch of the divine in their worship services. Today, many say the words, but don’t expect results.

In addition, I have discovered that it is possible to learn practical steps for daily living. Here’s an example. Divine interventions can teach us how to live successfully.

            The letter of I John tells us that there are three issues we must be aware of and recognize how they can defeat us. In I John 2:15-17, he writes of two of these problems:

  •             Do not love the world or the things in the world. If any one loves the world
  •             love for the father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh
  •             and the lust of the eyes and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the
  •             world. And the world passes away, and the lust of it: but he who does the will
  •             of God abides for ever.

The Phillips Translation of the scripture calls these two problems originating from the world primitive desires, greedy ambition, and the glamour of all that we think is splendid. In simplest and fullest terms, in John’s letter he warns about the flesh, the world, and the devil (also referred to as Satan or the Evil One).

Hard to overcome? You bet!

In a simplistic and overstated sense, the theology of the Orthodox Church (who considers itself to be the first church reflected in the Assyrian, Greek, Russian, etc. Orthodox Churches) is focused on overcoming the flesh, the world, and evil. Self-discipline and arduous struggle can harness the flesh and the world. But the Evil One? Is that possible?

Here’s a discovery. Angels are one of the ways the Holy Spirit intervenes. More will be coming on how people have experienced angelic interventions. At this point, you may have experienced times when Evil overwhelmed you so completely that you saw no hope in combating the attack of the Devil. If the Evil One doesn’t get you directly, it may attack a child, a spouse, a partner, etc., and the defeat can be even worse. What can you do?

Call on the angels. Christian tradition remembers Michael the Archangel was the leader of God’s angels, the army of God, and the first to combat Satan. Guess what? Michael is still at work, fighting for the victims of Satan.

You can’t overcome the devil so don’t try. Call on Michael the Archangel. Expect him to be God’s agent to help you defeat evil. Even though Protestants may be reluctant, Michael remains ready. The angel is the sure path to a divine intervention!

ENCOUNTERING AN ANGEL

Blog 13 October 17, 2016 MIRACLES NEVER CEASE!

Robert Wise explores the world of divine interventions from an objective point of view. Can 21st century people believe the hand of God still touches people today?

Read and you’ll find new insights.

Miracle talk and divine intrusions generally seem to occur among Christian people. In many Christian groups there is an unspoken assumption that Jews wouldn’t experience such things. Even though the Old Testament is filled with miraculous events such as the Red Sea parting and Elijah raising a widow’s dead son back to life, Jews are excluded today. Wrong.

Here’s an example to consider. I’ve discovered that an important ingredient in Jewish life is an encounter with God as well as divine leading. Karen Z. Brass is a close friend whose family live near me in Colorado. Her father was a survivor of five death camp including Auschwitz. Today her family regularly attends a synagogue.

Around seven years of age, Karen began dreaming about escaping her dysfunctional family and an extremely difficult and abusive mother. As she took her reoccurring dream of escaping this family setting apart, Karen began to understand she was being saved by angels.

This experience expanded with the emergence of a “circle of light” that appeared at night giving her the assurance and security to go to sleep. Angels were regularly quieting her fears.

When Karen became an adult woman, she became aware of spontaneous thoughts that popped into her head and gave her guidance. For example, she would hear a thought like “take the umbrella.” If she didn’t pay attention, it would rain and she’d get drenched. “Don’t wear those shoes” might come through. If she went ahead and wore them, Karen was certain to trip and fall. In time, Karen realized that she had a guardian angel who kept her protected. When the angels spoke, it began like a whisper. If they repeated the message, the whisper got louder. Karen now often holds out her hands to let the angel know she is paying attention.

Karen met her husband David through an angelic intrusion. At a synagogue service, as she started to park her car, the angelic voice insisted she move to a different place than she intended. Karen argued that she saw a better spot but the angel was insistent. She gave in and parked as guided. During the service, she met David for the first time and was immediately attracted. Continuing their conversation, David walked Karen out to her car. To her surprise, she had parked next to him!

Today, Karen never ceases to listen for angelic guidance.

While not a miracle, hearing and being guided by angels is definitely a divine intrusion. Obviously, the angels don’t stop to check your religious membership card before they respond. Here’s a word of encouragement for you. Is it possible that some of your thoughts might not be random? Could you have been guided by a guardian angel and didn’t know it?

It’s worth thinking about.