In these days of instant, world-wide communication, we seldom hear of the personal appearance of angelic messengers from Yahweh. I thought about this as I read the story of Cornelius in Acts 10. Despite being a seasoned officer in the Roman army, Cornelius was afraid when an angel showed up during his prayer time! [Acts 10: 3-6] But the message was practical; first an assurance that his prayers had been heard, then instructions to send for the apostle Peter, with specific details as to where he could be found. It’s an extraordinary account: What, I wondered as I read, has happened to the angels?
When I first visited Jamaica, back in the late 1960’s, I discovered a network of communication that astonished me. Of course, no-one had a mobile phone and very few had access to a landline – there simply weren’t the available connections. Nevertheless, there was a spiritual connection between ministers throughout the congregations that awed me. I vividly remember the morning a mature prophetess told us that another prophetess would visit that day. “Oh,” queried my father, interestedly, “have you heard from her?” “No,” was the quiet, confident reply, “but I have asked Yahweh to send her.” Even so, I must admit, I was stunned when she arrived! I asked eager questions, and learned that, when needs arose in this country which had so little in the way of communication, sending people a message ‘via the Holy Spirit’ was normal and worked! If you visit Jamaica today, you’ll find that mobile phones abound, the internet and email are common-place, and the need to send an SOS via the Holy Spirit is no longer relevant. What has happened to that remarkable leading of the Holy Spirit?
Since we live in this world, I believe we should allow its benefits to serve us, but we must never forget that Yahweh still speaks through His Holy Spirit. Let us train ourselves to listen, international communications cannot outweigh Him. The Ancient of Days is totally aware in this 21st century, and He is never behind or out-of-date as He allows us to work with Him. But be prepared to respond to the unexpected; and be alert to notice His angels!
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