From the book “THE TRUTH ABOUT ANGELS”
by Terry LAW
The Holy Spirit, Angels, and Us
Understanding the times properly requires that we reach beyond our event-oriented mentalities to cultivate an appreciation for the concept of spiritual seasons. If we have indeed entered a new season of divine initiative, we need to
understand what this really means.1
—George Otis Jr.
Some years ago, I was ministering in Argentina with Omar Cabrera, who founded the Centrifuge Church in Argentina, which has a membership of more than 120,000 people. He asked me a surprising question.
"Why don't people in your country ever see angels?" he asked and then answered for himself: "People in the West are so educated, so trained to be rational, that you believe only what you can experiment with in test tubes. People in Argentina are very simple. They live next to nature. They talk to the invisible world, and the invisible world talks back to them. Almost every Sunday in our church, someone comes in with a story of having talked to an angel."
[MUUMMM.…WELLLL…SUNDAY KEEPING CHURCHES, DOUBT IF IT’S AN ANGEL FROM GOD, AS THEY WOULD BE TOLD THEY ARE WORSHIPPING ON THE WRONG DAY; IF THEY DO NOT KNOW THAT, THEN IT IS POSSIBLE GOD WILL HELP THEM IN PHYSICAL WAYS, AND COULD SEND AN ANGELS TO THEM - Keith Hunt]
My response was typical for a skeptical Westerner, "We have a lot of people in America who see angels on occasion, but I question the validity of their experiences."
Omar said, "We check out these stories here and find that most are authentic."
[DEPENDS WHAT THE ANGEL IS SENT FOR; DEPENDS ON THE SITUATION - Keith Hunt]
He then asked me a second question, "Have you ever noticed the connection between the Holy Spirit and Angels in the Book of Acts?"
In all of my years of ministry no one had ever asked me that or even indicated that such a connection existed. On the airplane back to Miami, I began to read through Acts, and again I was surprised.
In Acts 8, Philip was in the middle of a great evangelistic crusade in Samaria when an angel appeared to him with directions to leave and go south on the road from Jerusalem to Gaza. Philip obeyed.
He started out on the road and met an important official from Ethiopia who was in charge of the state treasury for the queen. This man apparently was a God-fearer who had been to Jerusalem to worship and was now riding in his chariot, reading from a scroll of Isaiah. How did Philip know what to do next? Did the angel appear again and tell him what to do?
No, the Bible says the Holy Spirit then spoke to Philip and told him to approach the chariot and stay near it (Acts 8:29). An angel set up the encounter, and after Philip obeyed, the Holy Spirit took over with final instructions. It is obvious, therefore, that the Holy Spirit and angels work together.
The same thing happened when Peter was sent to Cornelius, a Roman centurion in the elite Italian regiment who also was a God-fearer. An angel appeared to Cornelius and told him specifically to send for Peter, who at that time was in the home of Simon the tanner in Joppa.
God gave Peter a vision of clean and unclean animals as a symbol of the fact that, to God, Gentiles were cleansed by the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross.
While Peter thought on the vision, the Holy Spirit said unto him, Behold, three men seek thee. Arise therefore, and get thee down, and go with them, doubting nothing: for I have sent them.
The Bible says the angel sent them, but it also says the Holy Spirit sent them. Angels, therefore, are under direct orders of the Holy Spirit.
The pattern seems to be that the Holy Spirit may send an angel to get you headed in the right direction, but He will also give follow-up instructions Himself.
[YES INDEED, AMEN TO THAT - Keith Hunt]
When Philip obeyed the Holy Spirit and drew near to the chariot, he saw the man reading Scripture. The obvious way to start a conversation with this stranger was to ask him, a non-Jew, if he understood what he was reading. Neither the angel nor the Holy Spirit put words in Philip's mouth or led him through the assignment by the hand.
The same thing was true of Peter and Cornelius. The angel headed them in the right direction, the Holy Spirit gave the basic assignments, but the details of carrying out the assignments were left to the two men.
[YES OBVIOUSLY SO - Keith Hunt]
After my father's retirement, he lived for a time on Point Roberts in Washington State. Although this peninsula is a part of the United States, it can only be reached from Canada. Several years ago, I went to visit him with some relatives. At the end of our visit, we were traveling back in a van through some very steep mountains in British Columbia.
As my father was sitting in his home drinking coffee, an angel suddenly appeared to him and said, "Terry and his friends are in very grave danger." He saw a mini-vision of our van going off a cliff and hurtling through the air.
My father has a strong knowledge of the Word of God, not just of the verses and facts but also of the principles involved. He knew from the Holy Spirit what needed to be done, and he did it. He knew it was up to him to do something, or the angel would not have appeared to him.
He spoke out of his heart, "In the name of Jesus, take care of that situation!"
The angel left immediately and after a while appeared again, saying, "The situation is taken care of, and they are all right." Then he vanished again. We completed our journey safely.
[ONCE MORE WAS THIS REALLY AN ANGEL FROM GOD; WHY DID NOT THE ANGEL GO TO THE VAN AND PROTECT IT, PROBABLY ALL A FANCY DECEPTION BY THE DEMONS. WHY DO I SAY THAT? IT WOULD ALL GIVE CREDENCE TO SUCH PEOPLE THAT THEY ARE OF GOD, FOR THEY WOULD SAY, “AN ANGEL FROM THE LORD CAME TO ME….” THEY WOULD ADD, “SO I AND MY RELATIVES ARE TRUE CHRISTIANS.” IF I ANNOUNCED TO THEM THEIR RELIGION WAS OUT OF BABYLON MYSTERY RELIGION, WITH FALSE TEACHINGS AND PRACTICES, THEY WOULD PROBABLY ANSWER ME LIKE A “Pentecostal guy” DID TO ME IN THE MIDDLE 1980s….. “DO YOU BELIEVE IN THE GIFTS OF THE SPIRIT?” I SAID YES. “I SPEAK WITH TONGUES, SO I HAVE GOD’S SPIRIT! AND I DO NOT KEEP THE 7TH DAY SABBATH.” (THAT WEEK WE HAD PUT AN ADD IN THE LOCAL PAPER ON SABBATH-KEEPING). HE SAID HE WAS THEN A TRUE CHRISTIAN WITHOUT SABBATH KEEPING. SATAN HAS ALL KINDS OF WAYS TO DECEIVE YOU, EVEN APPEARING AS A ANGEL OF LIGHT, SO SAID THE APOSTLE PAUL - Keith Hunt]
This may not sound like the same circumstances as Philip's or Peter's because it involved the safety of family members, not someone's salvation. However, the principle is the same: First, the angel brings a message; then, knowledge comes from the Holy Spirit about what to do (which my father already knew); and finally, action on the part of those involved.
[AS THE ANGEL WAS NOT SENT TO THE VAN; AS THERE WAS NO CELL PHONE MESSAGE FROM FATHER TO SON; JUST A PRAYER; IT COULD HAVE ALL BEEN A DECEPTION BY THE DEMONIC WORLD, AND FOR SURE HAD THE FATHER AND SON ABSOLUTELY SURE THEY WERE GOD’S TRUE PEOPLE, AND FOR SURE THEY WOULD HAVE LAUGHED AT ME IF I TRIED TO CORRECT THEIR FALSE PENTECOSTAL THEOLOGY AND WRONG PRACTICES LIKE SUNDAY OBSERVANCE - Keith Hunt]
My father knew about the role of angels from personal experience as well as from studying the Bible. When I was still a teenager, Dad was spared a tragic death by an angel. He farmed as well as pastored, and one summer he rented our farm of more than six hundred acres to another farmer. One day, my father was helping this man, who had gotten a large tractor stuck in a pothole. He wanted Dad to pull him out with a second and much smaller tractor.
It was very hilly terrain, and the first tractor was mired down to the axles and pointed up a steep incline. My father was concerned and had an impression that he should not attempt this. (That impression was what is called a "check" or a "witness" from the Holy Spirit.) He told the farmer how he felt, but the man insisted it was safe, that he had done it before.
Against his better judgment, Dad climbed onto the smaller tractor, which had hydraulic pipes surrounding the tractor seat. Climbing into the driver's seat was almost like climbing into the cockpit of a small airplane. When Dad let out the clutch, the tractor bucked and went straight up in the air in a somersault.
As it began to flip, Dad heard a voice call out, "Jump!" He knew it was an angel, and he tried to jump, but he couldn't get untangled from the pipes quickly enough. Then he felt himself lifted up and set gently down on the ground some twenty feet away.
The farmer did not see him pulled out of the tractor seat by the angel. He only saw the tractor flip over and smash into the ground. He shouted in fear. He believed my father was under the tractor, so he threw himself down on the ground and began to dig furiously, trying to get him out. When Dad called out to him, he turned around white as a sheet, obviously shocked. The man then knelt down by the tractor wheel and began to shake.
My father did not hear the Holy Spirit tell the angel to intervene, but he knew that was what had happened. He knew this from Hebrews 1:14: "Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?"
[AND IT ALL COULD HAVE BEEN “TIME AND CHANCE” - JUST THE WAY IT HAPPENED TO GO, FORTUNATELY. BUT THEN SOMEONE GETS “ANGEL” STUCK IN THEIR HEAD, THEY KNOW THEY ARE GOD’S CHILD, FOLLOWING CORRECTLY GOD’S WORD, AND JUST ABOUT IMPOSSIBLE TO TEACH THEM THE FALSEHOODS THEY BELIEVE AND PRACTICE - Keith Hunt]
What does that mean?
How far do angels go to fulfill this assignment?
They go as far as the Spirit sends them and as far as the believer will receive them.
I want to demonstrate through the following examples that ministry on behalf of those who are heirs of salvation is an interaction of the angels of God, the Holy Spirit of God, and the children of God operating in willing submission.
A man in our time who described having a number of visits from angels was the late Roland Buck, pastor of Central Assembly of God in Boise, Idaho. I have mentioned that he was a friend of mine. Charles and Frances Hunter, Texas evangelists, wrote a book about his encounters with angels that stirred up quite a bit of controversy. Fifteen to twenty years ago, people were not as ready to talk of angels.
Regardless of the controversy, the important thing to me was that I knew Roland personally, and he was a good man. He was as humble and unassuming a man as I have ever met. I had a great respect for him. He and the angels who appeared to him played a part in my life's assignment.
Let me explain. As a thirteen-year-old boy, I attended a camp meeting at Nanoose Bay in Vancouver Island, British Columbia. One night a speaker from the American Assemblies of God gave a stirring call for commitment and a challenge for missions, and the Holy Spirit began to move on me. I have recounted in another book what a rebellious teenager I was and what a struggle I went through before yielding to the call of God.
After the meeting, I did not want to go back to the cabin where my folks were staying, so I remained in the meeting hall. I had been deeply stirred and sensed God moving in my heart, but I did not know what it meant. Everyone else left for the night, and the lights were turned out. Midnight passed, 1:00 a.m. passed, and then around 2:00 a.m., the evangelist returned.
His name was Dwight McLaughlin, and he had left his Bible on the pulpit. I was sitting on a bench in the shadows where he could not see me, but I could see him in the moonlight. I sat motionless, but he sensed someone was there and called out. When I answered, he felt his way to where I sat in a back corner.
He said, 'You know, the Lord must have sent me to you," and explained that he had awakened and felt impressed to go get his Bible. Then he asked if he could pray for me. When he laid his hand on me, warmth radiated through me. I started to tremble.
He said, “Young man, I see a vision. God has called you, and He is going to send you around the world to preach the gospel. I see crowds of thousands and hundreds of thousands."
He described a broad field with multitudes of faces, and he saw me standing before them with an open Bible in my hand. Although these people did not speak English, my words somehow went straight to their hearts.
Now, I did not want to be a preacher. I had been a "preacher's kid" all my life, and we had lived on "love offerings"—all love and no offerings! However, I believe what McLaughlin saw was the crowd that God gave us in Poland many years later. Three hundred thousand people gathered in an outdoor field—a half-mile of people on each side of the podium.
The next morning at camp meeting, McLaughlin called me up in front of the crowded tabernacle and told everyone to take a good look at me because I was called to a worldwide mission. I was more embarrassed than anything else at that point.
Years later, in 1977, I was traveling with my music group Living Sound and came to minister at Roland Buck's church in Boise, Idaho. Roland and I were outside the church one night sitting in his car when he told me a story.
He began by saying very quietly, "Terry, I talked with Gabriel last week."
At the time, I knew no more about angels than the average Christian, perhaps less than some, and I said, "Gabriel who?"
When he told me it was the angel Gabriel, I said, "Oh, Roland, come on! Gabriel hasn't been heard from since the days of the early church." I was like the Greek professor who told Charlie Shedd when he wrote an essay on angels that "much of the Bible is history, and we should respect it as such."2
Then next year I was back at Roland's church, and he told me some more about angels. The most descriptive way of explaining my reaction is that he simply "blew my mind" with his stories. The year after, 1979, I flew directly to his church for a missions conference after a preaching engagement in Australia.
As my co-evangelist, Gordon Calmeyer, and I were sitting at breakfast with Roland one morning, Gordon shocked me with a question for Roland about angels.
"Well, pastor," he said, "if these angels are talking to you all the time, and your church is a strong supporter of our ministry, why don't you ask the angels about us?"
I was embarrassed and said, "Oh, Gordon, you don't ask angels things like that."
Actually, I did not know what you asked angels because I had never seen one to ask him anything. But Roland sat there with a slight smile and did not say anything. We went our separate ways, and I forgot about the conversation.
Three months later I was asked to appear on a national Christian television program to introduce Roland. A recent book about him was attracting attention to what he said was happening in Boise with the angels. Before the program went on the air, we were in a room backstage together, just the two of us.
He said, "Terry, do you remember when you were a thirteen-year-old and attended a camp meeting in Canada?"
I had never told another soul what happened that night.
Roland said, "Do you remember about 2:00 a.m., the camp evangelist"—and he actually named Dwight McLaughlin—"walked into the building? Do you remember that you were sitting there praying, and he walked over and laid hands on you?"
I said, "Roland, how do you know about that night?"
He looked at me and just smiled. I exclaimed, "Are you kidding me? The angels told you this?"
He nodded and said the angels had awakened McLaughlin because that was the night God had chosen for my ordination into ministry.
"The angels told me a lot about you," he said. "They told me of times in your childhood when you went through great difficulties. You had to learn as a child to stand up against odds and overcome them. God was getting you ready for your ministry. He was building iron into your character because one day you would have to deal with the KGB.
"When you go into the Soviet Union, there is a ministering band of angels that goes in first and prepares the way. Then there is another band that comes from behind to protect you while you are there. The angels have been with you all this time. They have been working with you." Those ministering band of angels have traveled with me wherever I go, and, as I shared with you earlier, even in the most dangerous places in the world, like the Middle East.
From that time on, I lost my skepticism about angels ministering today for the saints.
[NOPE GOD DOES NOT WORK THROUGH FUNDAMENTAL PROTESTANT PENTECOSTAL GROUPS; THEY ARE NOT A PART OF THE BODY OF CHRIST. NO PROTESTANT GROUP, NO ROMAN CATHOLIC GROUP, ARE PART OF THE BODY OF CHRIST; THEY ARE BABYLON MYSTERY RELIGION - MOTHER AND HER DAUGHTERS WHO CAME OUT OF HER. THEY ARE LED AND INFLUENCED BY SATAN AND HIS DEMONS, WHO CAN AND DO MASQUERADE AS “ANGELS OF LIGHT” - THEY ALL THINK THEY ARE THE CHILDREN OF GOD, BUT THE TRUTH IS FAR AWAY FROM THEM. THEY DO NOT KNOW THE TRUTHS OF GOD’S WORD, AND THEY ARE SO DECEIVED BY “SPEAKING IN TONGUES” AND THE LIKE, THEY CANNOT SEE THE REAL LIGHT OF THE WAYS AND COMMANDMENTS OF THE LORD. THEY THINK THESE “MANIFESTATIONS” ARE FROM GOD, HENCE THEY CANNOT SEE THEIR ERRORS OF TEACHING AND PRACTICES; THEY ARE BLIND LEADERS OF THE BLIND - Keith Hunt]
There is an interesting word in the Greek language, kairos, which is translated "the fullness of time" in the Bible. The Greeks coined this word to describe the arrival of these crisis times, these crossroads in life when changes occur. The Bible speaks of only two such major events: the fullness of time when Jesus was born (Gal. 4:4) and the fullness of time when He will return again (Eph. 1:10). However, there are kairos moments occurring all through history and even in our own lives.
The fullness of time means the time when all things are in place so that changes can be made. When the earth reaches exactly the right point in its rotation around the sun, seasons change. In the fullness of time, spring arrives out of winter and summer out of spring. This term conveys a unique sense of God's timing.
Today, kairos moments are all about us in the world. Extraordinary events are flowing out of the intercession of God's people, directed by God's timing.
George Otis Jr. wrote in The Last of the Giants that if we are into a new season of God (and I believe we are), "new rules apply, old bets are off, and we cannot return to business as usual, ever."3
Otis says that kairos events, especially if they involve the demise of kings and ideologies, tend to create spiritual vacuums. If God's people do not understand their role and seize the moment, chaos results. The enemy is then able to turn things to his advantage.
Today particularly, we need to be as the sons of Issachar in the early days of Israel: "men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do" (1 Chron. 12:32).
Look at the vacuum left by the outdated worldview of Marxism in Eastern Europe. Millions are bereft of their spiritual moorings. They realized their philosophy is bankrupt. The result is more freedom but also chaos and confusion, which many feel is leading to another and even worse regime.
What would the sons of Issachar say the former Soviets should do?
What would their "understanding" tell them America should do today?
We can miss the part that angels and the Holy Spirit are calling us to play during the kairos in this new millennium. Consequently, something might not be turned for the purposes of God.
Suppose Philip had not obeyed the angel? Would Ethiopia have had the gospel?
Suppose Peter had not gone with the men sent by Cornelius, or suppose Cornelius had not sent them? I am sure the Gentiles still would have been evangelized because that was always God's sovereign plan. However, the lives of Peter and Cornelius might have been quite different.
Would you know what to do at a kairos moment in your life? Do you know what role angels may play in the fulfillment of God's plan for you? They stand by, ready to be activated into action.
TO BE CONTINUED
SO FOR TERRY LAW AND MANY OTHERS IN HIS CHURCH ORGANIZATION, THEY BELIEVE THE KAIROS TIME HAS COME FOR THEM [THE BOOK WAS WRITTEN FIRST IN 1994] IN THE 1990s AND THEY PROBABLY WENT FULL STEAM AHEAD TO EVANGELIZE WITH THEIR BRAND OF CHRISTIANITY, AS OTHERS DO WITH THEIR BRAND ALSO. AND OF COURSE IF YOU HAVE ANGELS THAT YOUR MEMBERS HAVE SUPPOSEDLY SEEN OR HEARD THEM WHISPERING IN YOUR EARS, YOU WILL CERTAINLY THINK YOU HAVE THE TRUTH OF GOD AND ARE HIS CHILDREN. BUT IT’S NOT AS SIMPLE AS THAT, FOR THE DEMONIC WORLD CAN DO MANY THINGS TO DECEIVE YOU. THE TEST THAT GOD SAID TO USE WAS “TO THE LAW AND TO THE TESTIMONY IF ANYONE SPEAKS NOT ACCORDING TO THIS WORD (GOD’S WORD) THERE IS NO LIGHT IN THEM (ISAIAH 8:20).
PHYSICAL OR SPIRITUAL PHENOMENON CAN ALSO BE PRODUCED BY THE DARK FALLEN ANGELS, WE NOW KNOW AS DEMONS..
HE THAT HAS EARS TO HEAR, SHOULD HEAR!