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There have been times when I have seen angels in the physical realm. These were more close encounters of the God kind and a real blessing of the Lord.

A number of years ago, I was preaching for a pastor in Jonesville, Louisiana. In those days during meetings, I stayed at the pastor's home, as visiting preachers always did.

At that time I had been having heavy chest pains and suffering from stress, but I hadn't told Cathy or anybody else. I just kept preaching non-stop and moving at a fast pace. Before going to sleep at night, I always like to put Scriptures in my mind so that, instead of thinking on bad things, I will think on the Word.

"He Was Huge!"
That night in Jonesville, I had read a couple of Scriptures and was about to close the Bible, turn off the light, and go to sleep.

I happened to notice the clock and saw that it was just before midnight. Whether or not you believe what happened next makes no difference to me; it still happened.

I looked up and saw standing at the foot of my bed the biggest character I had ever seen in my life. I hadn't heard anyone come into the room. He just stood there looking at me.

It was an angel of the Lord!

He was huge! He looked about seven feet tall and had blond hair longer than mine. He glowed. It was such a shock to see him standing there. I could have blown a hole in the wall getting out if I could have made myself move. He said, "I have been sent by the Lord. You are under much stress, and the Lord sent me to tell you to sleep."

I wasn't about to argue with a seven-foot, blond-headed angel! I just accepted those words as being from the Lord. Immediately he was gone. I had been holding the Bible in my hand, so I just rested it on my chest and fell asleep.

I average about four, five, maybe six hours of sleep a night. But that night I slept for 12 solid hours! It was noon the next day when I woke up. I hadn't moved all night long. I was lying there in the same position as before with the Bible still resting on my chest. I felt like a million dollars!

When I saw the pastor, I said, "There was an angel of God in your house last night."

He said, "You know, my two dogs were going nuts. I didn't know what was going on. I did everything I could to shut them up."

"I didn't hear them barking," I said. "In fact, I didn't hear anything except that angel of the Lord."

"What did he look like?" he asked.

"He was a big man."

One particular thing I remember about him was that he didn't have any wings.

You Never Know When
I have had many angels come when I have been preaching. At one particular church, they came in the middle of my sermon. There were maybe a hundred people there at the service. As I was preaching, I turned toward the seats where the choir usually sits and saw that those seats were filled with angels!

They looked like shafts of light. I stopped preaching and just looked in that direction, forgetting about all the other people in church. Then a lady sitting at the back of the church jumped to her feet and screamed, "I see them too!"

Nobody else saw them.

They walked down out of the choir section and off the platform. One of them walked right by me and smiled at me. I could see his facial features, but I didn't notice hair color or eye color.

As they walked down through the church, everybody just fell to the floor under the power of God. I was the only person left standing.

With nobody to talk to then, I just sat down. About thirty minutes later, people began to get up off the floor and sit back down in the pews. I asked some of them, "Did you see them?" They said, "We didn't see anything, but we felt something."

You don't have to believe this, but it's the truth. There were sinners in that building, and they were crawling to get out of that place. The pastor of that denominational church didn't believe in being "slain in the Spirit." The people in his church didn't believe in anything like that.

But he and his wife and kids fell down under God's power. Not one person was left standing.

Later, there was a man in the foyer who said, "I don't know what happened. I lost all strength and just crumbled to my knees. I couldn't even lift a finger."

Yes, God has angels. The Bible says, "Some have entertained angels unawares" (Heb. 13:2). These kinds of experiences with angels are close encounters of the God kind. Praise the Lord!

Source: Heaven: Close Encounters of the God Kind by Jesse Duplantis.
Excerpt permission granted by Harrison House Publishers

Author Biography

Jesse Duplantis
Web site: Jesse Duplantis Ministries
Jesse Duplantis is a dynamic evangelist who has traveled throughout the world since 1978 preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He is the founder of Jesse Duplantis Ministries (JDM), which has its International Headquarters in America and additional offices in the United Kingdom and Australia.

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