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TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL
Dan 8:16-19

16 And I heard the voice of a man between {the banks of} Ulai, and he called out and said, "Gabriel, give this {man} an understanding of the vision."
17 So he came near to where I was standing, and when he came I was frightened and fell on my face; but he said to me, "Son of man, understand that the vision pertains to the time of the end."
18 Now while he was talking with me, I sank into a deep sleep with my face to the ground; but he touched me and made me stand upright.
19 And he said, "Behold, I am going to let you know what will occur at the final period of the indignation, for {it} pertains to the appointed time of the end. (NAS)

Introduction
On of the most popular shows on TV has the title TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL. I have seen the show only once or twice because I am in the house of the Lord or having fellow with the saints.
In the Bible angels have touched many people. I want to look at some of those Biblical experiences and share some angel stories from today.

1. You May Be Touched by an Angel to:
Grant an Interpretation. Dan. 8:16-19



16 And I heard the voice of a man between {the banks of} Ulai, and he called out and said, "Gabriel, give this {man} an understanding of the vision."
17 So he came near to where I was standing, and when he came I was frightened and fell on my face; but he said to me, "Son of man, understand that the vision pertains to the time of the end."
18 Now while he was talking with me, I sank into a deep sleep with my face to the ground; but he touched me and made me stand upright.
19 And he said, "Behold, I am going to let you know what will occur at the final period of the indignation, for {it} pertains to the appointed time of the end. (NAS)

A. Commandment . . to Give Understanding.

B. Compelled . . to Receive Understanding.

It Is Interesting that Daniel fell asleep while the angel was speaking.

Illustration (From Apple City. Encounter # 2)
This story happened in the Atlanta, Georgia area, reportedly on I-285 near "Spaghetti Junction." The timing is unknown, but reports lead me to believe it happened in early 1993. I traced the incident from California to a United Airlines pilot in Chicago, then to at least 15 others in Atlanta, including a medical doctor. Each person with whom I have talked has seemed highly credible, although I could not trace it to the source.

A lady passed a hitchhiker on the expressway, giving no thought to stopping. But she heard a voice say, "Pick him up." She did not stop, but continued on. But she again heard the voice: "I told you to pick him up." She now felt compelled to go back. She turned off the expressway, then got back on via an access road. She thought it would be unlikely that the person would still be there, but if he was, she would pick him up. To her surprise, the man was still there, so she stopped. He got into the car. They chatted for a few moments, then after a brief pause, the stranger said, "Do you know the Lord Jesus Christ is coming soon?" On hearing that, the woman glanced toward the stranger -- but he was not there.

He had suddenly and unexplainably vanished! She was so shaken that she had to pull off the expressway. After sitting there a few minutes trying to regain her composure, a policeman pulled up behind her, got out of his car, went up to her window and said, "Ma'am, is there a problem?" She replied, "Officer, if I told you what just happened to me, you wouldn't believe it." The policeman urged her to tell him anyhow. She described what had just happened. He responded, "Ma'am, normally I would think that you were one of the craziest people I have ever seen, but you are the seventh person today to give me this same report."

Application

If an angel appears to you and gives an Interpretation. It will be in agreement with the Word of God.

2. You May Be Touched by an Angel to: Answer Your Prayer. Dan 10:10-12


10 Then behold, a hand touched me and set me trembling on my hands and knees.
11 And he said to me, "O Daniel, man of high esteem, understand the words that I am about to tell you and stand upright, for I have now been sent to you." And when he had spoken this word to me, I stood up trembling.
12 Then he said to me, "Do not be afraid, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart on understanding {this} and on humbling yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to your words. (NAS)

A Reassuring Answer. v 10-12 a

1. Sent by God to Reassure A Praying Child of God.

B. A Responsive Answer. v 13

1. Send by God in Answer to A Prayer.

Illustration (Story told by Sam Cathy in SBC Life Monthly Magazine.)
In 1967, my first year in evangelism, I had to rush back from a revival to be with my family. My daughter had been hospitalized with acute appendicitis, possible rupture and possible peritonitis.

They were trying to get her temperature down so they could operate in the morning. I got on a plane in Los Angeles about 2:30 in the morning. I was heading to our home in Detroit. My heart was very heavy. Again, it was my first year in evangelism. I was insecure, unsure about what I was doing except that I knew it was God's will. I didn't want to be away from the family, didn't want to be out on the road as I was. And here trouble had come the first few months of my new venture for Christ.

My seat was at the bulkhead, right behind the first class curtain. When we were airborne, a stewardess came by. She wore a red dress with blue trim. I asked her, "Do you mind if I go up into the first class section, there's no one up there. I am going home and I need to rest. May I go up there and make a bed?"

She said, "No, I'm sorry. I can't let you go up there. It is against the rules. We don't even have a stewardess up there." So I said, "Okay, I'll make it right here."

She had just walked away when another stewardess came through those curtains. This one was dressed in a blue uniform with red trim. She invited me to come up front and sit with her, and I gratefully agreed

We sat facing each other, and she asked if I'd like some refreshments. I thanked her and she brought me some sandwich squares, olives, chips and pop. I began to eat and she began to talk. She went on and on about the Lord, Scripture, the sovereignty of God, grade , about God's love, care and protection. I forgot I was hungry and sleepy and just listened. Now mind you, not a work had been said about my daughter, Nola, not one word. And I'd not identified myself in any as a minister.

After a good while, we passed over Chicago. She stood and said, "See all of those lights down there? Put your hands like so." She put my hands together and held them out there. "See, from way up here, it looks like you cover up the whole city of Chicago, doesn't it?" Again, I agreed. She then put her hand on my shoulder, looked me full in the face, and said, "O thou man of God, Nola will be all right." With that statement, she wheeled around and went through those curtains into coach.

I was stunned, I'd not even mentioned Nola's name. A few seconds later, I got my composure and went after her. I couldn't find her, I ran into one of the other stewardesses and she asked where I'd been. I told her I'd been sitting in first class, and she said, "I told you couldn't go up there." "Well, the head stewardess came and got me." I'm the head stewardess" "No, I'm talking about the one dressed in blue with red trim" " Oh no, we don't have anybody like that on this plane, You've been dreaming." "No, she took me up there and gave me some sandwiches and things." "Now I know you're dreaming. There's no food up there." I said, "Let's go see." We went back up there and there was a remnant. This stunned her.

She asked me to describe her. So I described her and she got the other girls together, and they went from one end of the plane to the other, looking for the stewardess. We could not find her. So I told the stewardess what she had said about Nola, my daughter, and they were just as stunned as was I. We looked everywhere and of course she was not to be found.

When I got off the plane that morning, my wife picked me up just grinning from ear to ear, and said the hospital had just called, the fever had broken, the blood test was clear. No indication of any kind of infection, no pain or anything, not even a need for surgery. They told us to come and get her and take her home. We went by the hospital and took her home. I went to church that morning with my family and got on a plane that afternoon for the revival in Atlanta.

Years later, when my daughter was 26 and the wife of a Baptist pastor, she went into a hospital for surgery. After the operation, the doctor came out and said, "Mrs Cathey, we can't find a surgical scar indicating that Nola had her appendix taken out." My wife said, "No, she never did hat it taken out." The doctor looked at her and said, "Well, we thought while we were in there we would go ahead and clip that appendix. We found a surgical scar where the appendix was suppose to be, but there's no external surgical scar."

I know that's an off-the-wall, wild, weird story but it can be documented, at least most of it can be, especially the medical reports on my daughter. It is my earnest and honest conviction that God sent that angel to me to encourage me, not only about my daughter, but to give me faith in my new venture as an evangelist, a faith which would keep me on the road for 22 more years before I went back into the pastorate.

Application

God may send one or several of His Angels in Answer to your Prayer. You may receive a specific touch from an Angel.


3. You May Be Touched by an Angel to: Answer Some One's Prayer for You.



Acts 12:7 & 12:12-15

A. The . . Striking and Prayer. v 7
7 And behold, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared, and a light shone in the cell; and he struck Peter's side and roused him, saying, "Get up quickly." And his chains fell off his hands.

B. The . . Saints and Prayer.v 12-15
12 And when he realized {this,} he went to the house of Mary, the mother of John who was also called Mark, where many were gathered together and were praying.
13 And when he knocked at the door of the gate, a servant-girl named Rhoda came to answer.
14 And when she recognized Peter's voice, because of her joy she did not open the gate, but ran in and announced that Peter was standing in front of the gate.
15 And they said to her, "You are out of your mind!" But she kept insisting that it was so. And they kept saying it is his angel.(NAS)

Illustration (Apple City.) The Jogger By Becky Slot
When my youngest son was 18 months old we were at a family reunion at a country club. The group area was separated from the main area by a creek and a thick row of fir trees. My older son had to go to restroom so I left my younger son with my sister. She did not hear me ask her to watch him. He wandered off throughout the fir tree. He fell face first into the creek.

A jogger picked him up out of the creek before he drown and brought him over a bridge and around the fir trees right up to my mother. When we turned to thank him, he was gone. No one ever saw him leave.

We don't know how he knew where to bring my son. There was another group much closer than our group but he ignored them and brought my son right over to us. Also he took him right to my mother. All we can say is it was our angel. My son is now 10 years old and loves telling people about his guardian angel.

Application

All Christians pray for their children. But since the grand child was bought to the grandmother we might say it was in answer to grandmas' prayers.

4. You May Be Touched by an Angel On: Your Way To Heaven.
Luke 16:19-22; Matt 24:31


A. The Account in Luke May apply to all Christians at Death.
Luke 16:19-22
19 "Now there was a certain rich man, and he habitually dressed in purple and fine linen, gaily living in splendor every day.
20 "And a certain poor man named Lazarus was laid at his gate, covered with sores,
21 and longing to be fed with the {crumbs} which were falling from the rich man's table; besides, even the dogs were coming and licking his sores. 22 "Now it came about that the poor man died and he was carried away by the angels to Abraham's bosom; and the rich man also died and was buried. (NAS)

B. The Account in Matt. Does Relate To The End Times.
Matt 24:30-31
30 and then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory. 31 "And He will send forth His angels with a great trumpet and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other. (NAS)

Illustration
In the New Testament Class I teach at the Mountain View Center of Southwest Baptist University I asked if anyone had ever seen an angel. One man said I have not, but I remember my grandfather relating a story at the time of my grandmother's death. He would tell the following story.

A bright light appeared in the room where my grandmother was dying. My grandfather got up to check the blind but found it was closed and the light could only generate from something inside the room. He looked at his wife and a smile came over her face and she died.

The grandfather believed the light was an evidence that an angel had come to escort his wife to her heavenly home. I believe if the same thing happened to me I would have the same conclusion.

Illustration # 2
This week I received word of the death of a pastor friend of mine named Ray Shumake. He came home from making a visit Monday night. While sitting at the table talking to his wife he put his hand on his chest and said "oh, oh, something is wrong." His wife ask if there was something she could do and he said "no but something is wrong." He walked down the hallway and changed clothes then said "you better call an ambulance." He died in the hospital.

I talked with his son and complimented him and told him many things his dad had said about him.

Then mike said "the feeling was mutual I loved my dad but I believe it was his time to go."

I believe the angels came to take Ray home to heaven. They are still adding to the peace the Spirit is giving to the family.

Application

Angels do not come to escort lost people to their eternal home. The text said the rich man died and was buried and in hell he lifted up his eyes. Angels only escort people to heaven.

Will an angel escort you?