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Topic: Vision (08/03/06)
TITLE: Visions, Scared Me At First
By Annette Agnello
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I was going through a difficult time when God started giving me visions. At first I saw angels, not those cute or frilly things you tend to see in artwork or jewelry but mighty warriors armed for battle.
My first vision was of angels, protecting me. When I tell people about this vision the most common reaction to ask, “What did they look like?” The easiest answer is like a moving ice sculpture or like a nice crystal statue. They were clear; you could see through them and one of them drew a sword to protect me.
I saw them in other protective situations over the next year. There was one very large angel standing behind a black pastor several days before his church was vandalized. Black paint on white siding was pretty awful but that was during the time black churches were being burned throughout the southern United States. I will always believe the angel stayed at that church when everyone left and protected the building from arson.
Not every vision was of angels I saw a man in period attire fighting a lion where the church’s altar actually was. (To this day I don’t know if I was seeing David or Daniel. Biblically it had to be one of them). On another occasion, I saw Ezekiel going up in the chariot. That vision was set against a starry night sky and I tried to find out the time of day to confirm what I was seeing saw real. There is nothing in any commentary to say day or night, but trust me it happened at night.
The most remarkable thing I saw was Jesus himself standing at the top of the steps receiving the worship. Things were going fine when the pastor chose to go down the steps. You cannot imagine the shock of seeing a flesh and blood man walking through a very real appearing vision of the Lord.
Some visions were far less direct. Being inside a beehive could have meant a number of things. There was one vision where people were standing in columns of light in an array of different colors. I don’t know what the various colors meant.
Some visions were comical. There was one where the pastor wasn’t wearing his armor and an angel was chasing him all over the front of the church trying to put the armor on him.
For a while I really wondered if I was sane to be seeing the visions but I really am in good company a simple search for the word visions in the Bible yields an impressive list of visions in the Bible. Some gave comfort like the branch of an olive tree Jer 1: 11 which was explained in the next verse. Others gave warnings to nations like Jeremiah’s pot of boiling water in Jer 1:13.
Ezekiel explains a vision best in Ezek 1:1 as the heavens opening to him and seeing visions of God. Elisha asked for his servants eyes to be opened in 2 Kings 6:15. Imagine being afraid the soldiers surrounding you would kill you one minute and seeing chariots of fire between you and them the next. What you are seeing is there all the time but it is like trying to look through a window with the blinds closed most of the time. When God raises the blinds the chariots of fire can be seen, but not being able to see them didn’t make them any less there.
Fire trucks were called several times to Azusa Street because people outside the service were convinced the building was on fire. The eyes were opened for people who had not attended the services to see something remarkable was happening in that little makeshift church.
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