ago, we were all sitting in our lounge as a family, talking. I cannot
remember the subject of our conversation, except that we were discussing
At that time, this
ministry was less than two years old. We were still finding our footing,
so to speak. We had little physical or financial support, and even less
moral support. It seemed in many ways like we were almost alone, although
we knew by faith that God was with us in what He was having us do.
That evening as we sat
together, angels appeared in the room to two of our children. They
described these 'visitors' to us. We were 'spellbound'.
My wife and I could
not see the angelic messengers, but we were comforted by the accounts
which our children related.
are now so numerous and widely publicised – especially in the USA – that
whole sections of bookstores have been devoted to stocking books on that
one subject alone. There are multiple thousands of accounts of these
Why? The answer is: it
is part of the fulfilment of Bible prophecy. We are in the end times, very
close now to the second coming of Jesus. Malachi predicted:
See, I will send My messenger, who will prepare the way before Me. Then
suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to His temple (Mal 3:1).
Prior to Jesus'
return, He sends another messenger in front of Him to prepare, or smooth,
the way. Other scriptures reveal this messenger as the end-time 'Elijah'
(Mal 4:5; Is 40:3-9; 57:14; 62:10). John the Baptist was the 'Elijah'
before Jesus' first coming. The second fulfilment at this time is far more
extensive, and is the work of a spiritual Elijah.1
Part of this
fulfilment is by malak appearances (malak is Hebrew for 'angel'). How
appropriate that God should choose Malachi to foretell of this happening.
Angels are heavenly
messengers: spiritual beings who can appear to us as God wills, either in
human or other form, in various states of perceptibility. They may be
translucent or opaque. Sometimes they will be as real as you and I are to
each other. (That is not to say that amorphous apparitions are not real. I
mean, real to the physical senses.) As messengers, naturally they bring a
message, although that message does not have to be a spoken one. It may be
to convey comfort, or some other emotional or spiritual encouragement.
They come with a purpose.
Their message may be
quite simple, as it was for Zenya, our nine-year-old daughter at the time
when she first saw one. Suddenly, this outstanding figure appeared,
shining – although not brilliantly – standing in front of her in her small
bedroom. She was not terrified, or frightened in the least. He radiated
love, and that just made her feel at home with him. The sense of comfort
in such an encounter is not something that is easy to describe. She felt
it, and it was a personally meaningful experience for her.
God had His reasons
for giving her that assurance through the angelic apparition, as He has
for every miraculous manifestation.
As Stephen was being
stoned to death by an angry mob, he saw heaven opened and Jesus standing
at the right hand of the Father (Acts 7:56).
After Jesus had
withstood Satan's fierce attacks in the wilderness, He was mentally and
spiritually battered. At that low point, God sent angels to lift Him up
and serve Him. He desperately needed encouragement. Physically and
emotionally, He was at the point of exhaustion (Matt 4; Luke 4).
Angels are sent to
encourage us. They remind us of God's ever-watchful eye (Ps 91:11), caring
for us, protecting us as we move forward in the light of His truth.
Your Angel Is Never Far Away
Are you prepared to
entertain an angel? That is not a joke. What if your guardian angel were
to materialise before your eyes tomorrow? Would you be so incredulous as
You shouldn't. Paul
Keep on loving each other as brothers. Do not forget to entertain
strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without
knowing it (Heb 13:1,2).
In her excellent book
Angels, Hope Price (Macmillan) recounts hundreds of fascinating true
encounters with our angelic escorts. For example:
"Bob Heasman also
encountered a human angel when he went to visit an employee who had been
off sick for a while. He had the address in Aylesbury, but could not find
the way as the town was unfamiliar to him. He prayed, 'Lord, where do I
go?' and heard a voice say, 'Turn left.' He did, and drove along a long
straight road. Again he asked, 'Lord, help me.' and then noticed a woman
standing on the pavement. He drove past – but then felt constrained to
turn the car round and pulled up alongside her. Surprisingly, she said, 'I
knew you would come back.' Bob gave her the address he was trying to find
and she gave him the following precise instructions: 'Take the second
left, and when you come to a T-junction, the house is right opposite.' Bob
thanked her and got into the car. She waved and disappeared before his
eyes" (Ibid. p 34).
"Perhaps an even more
astonishing incident was the arrival of an angel plumber! Patricia Heaton,
a single parent, was living in Yorkshire with her two small children when
her gas boiler broke down. Not only was there no hot water, Patricia was
also concerned about the danger of an explosion. That morning, she
telephoned numerous plumbers to ask for estimates, but they were all far
more than she could afford. She gave none of them her address or phone
number. Worried about the danger aspect with young children in the house,
she prayed for help. Within half an hour, there was a plumber on the
doorstep. How did he know? She had told nobody. Patricia was too stunned
to ask him. She showed him the boiler and while he was mending it, she
worried about how she was going to pay him. On his way out, she asked,
'How much do I owe you?' 'That's all right, love, have it on me,' was his
surprising reply. Patricia quickly followed him, to thank him, but he had
vanished. No car, not a soul in sight, he had disappeared! Patricia
thanked God for the way He had so unexpectedly sent the help she needed"
(Ibid. p 35).
Some years ago when I
was a builder doing general building work for private customers I had
arranged to help out a friend in the church of which we were then regular
members. He was struggling a bit financially at that time. He had just
moved into a new home and was trying to get a carpet cleaning business
going at the same time. Their garden was nothing much more than a pile of
rubble and heavy clay left after the main house builders had finished
With three children,
having sticky wet mud outside the back door was not ideal. He wanted to
make a patio and also landscape the garden.
Not only was he short
of money, he had neither the expertise nor the time to do the job himself.
I agreed to do it for him at no cost, other than for the materials which I
obtained as cheaply as I could.
With a helper, 'Jim'
(not his real name) – whose wages I was also paying – we travelled about
20 miles to my friend's home and took with us the sand, cement, mixer and
other equipment on a pick-up truck and trailer. That fateful day, we were
particularly loaded. In fact, we were well overloaded! I had not bargained
for such a heavy load. There was one other thing I had not bargained for,
Near his home was a
steep hill, a very steep hill! Whipsnade Hill. We started to ascend this
hill, but it soon became obvious that we weren't going to make it. We were
losing speed so quickly that, in the panic of the moment, I told Jim to
jump out and push!! He did – not that it had any realistic effect! You
can't push about 3 tons uphill if the engine can't cope with it!
At the precise moment
Jim jumped out to push, another pick-up truck just 'happened' to be coming
down the hill the other way. He stopped when he saw our dilemma and was
amazed that the engine did not have the torque to get us up hill. (He
didn't know how much we were pulling!)
Even more amazing was
that his motor had a towing winch and he was unloaded. He voluntarily
offered to turn around and tow us up the hill.
When he expressed his
amazement, he swore, so I'm sure he wasn't an angel. But he did what the
angels wanted. They made sure he was in the right place at the right time!
And it was split second timing. A few seconds sooner and he would not have
seen the drama of us in our final last-ditch attempt to struggle uphill. A
few seconds later and he would have thought we had merely stopped, not
needing any help.
The point where we
came to a halt was a sharp bend in the road with a steep bank on the
nearside. It was a dangerous place. Humanly, the only way out was to back
downhill – almost impossible with a loaded trailer behind – or to off-load
the trailer and come back for the materials. But there was nowhere to
off-load. The nearside bank was too steep and we could not off-load into
the road. It was too narrow.
We were well and truly
stuck! Our only solution was a miracle, and a miracle came. Not that I
asked for it. At the time, I am ashamed to say, praying for help was the
last thing on my mind. But God knows what we need before we ask Him and He
is always willing to give when we are giving to others.
I have travelled that
stretch of road scores of times. Never, ever have I seen a pick-up truck
on that road either before or after this incident. But just when I needed
one, it was there! The chances of it happening by accident must be a
million to one against! I know it was no accident. It was an act of God's
God knows when you
need a miracle and He will supply it.
The Tape That Got Twisted
The mind of God is
unfathomable to us as humans. But one thing we know, it is incomparable!
There is nothing that is beyond God's capacity.
To us as mortal
humans, miracles are astounding, because they are physically inexplicable
and not normal or natural to our experience. God, however, is not
physical, nor is He limited by what is 'normal' or natural to us. He is
With God anything is
possible (Mark 10:27).
One day, a young man
who was staying with us, Eritrea O'Malley Keyes, experienced a remarkable
thing. He was playing a cassette tape, when the tape suddenly got mangled
in the drive mechanism. He opened the window of the cassette player to see
if he could get the tape out, but it was so badly tangled up, he decided
the only way to get it out was to cut it out. He went downstairs to get a
pair of scissors from the kitchen, but when he came back up to his room,
he found there was nothing wrong with the tape! It had been unwound,
straightened out and put back in place!
He couldn't understand
it! It didn't take him long to realise that an angel must have sorted it
all out for him. It was a miracle!
We don't usually
expect a miracle in the little 'insignificant' things in life, do we? But,
God's miracles are not limited to healing the sick, casting out demons or
raising the dead. He concerns Himself with every detail of our lives.
Perhaps there is
another reason He performed this miracle. Was it to convey a lesson?
There is nothing in
our twisted lives that He is unable to straighten out for us – if we let
Him. Too many of us fail to consider He could, and would. If only we
The Stubborn Nut
I believe that God
wants us to involve Him in all we do. Our problem is that, all too
frequently, we leave Him out of our lives and think nothing of it. We are
content to do things alone.
But, those who find
the greatest fulfilment in life are those who involve God. He is so
responsive! There is nothing to which He will not respond and help us
A few years ago,
Richard was doing some car repairs. Part of the work involved undoing some
nuts on the car's suspension. They were difficult to loosen and one of
them was locked solid!
Brute force would not
cause it to budge. He used penetrating oil and applied extra leverage with
extension bars. Still this one nut just wouldn't shift!
He didn't know what to
do. Then suddenly he had this little thought: pray in tongues. It seemed
silly, but he did it nonetheless. He started to pray in the prayer
language God has given him. He picked up the spanner and tried again. This
time, the nut came undone without having to use any extra leverage or
effort. It was a ‘piece of cake’!
There is no physical
explanation for it, other than a metaphysical one.
Is there a lesson
here, too? People can be stubborn 'nuts'. Some will not budge. But God
knows the way round them. He knows how to get them to turn!
Without God we are
feeble, but with Him all things are possible.
God Has Everything Measured
One day Richard was
putting up some lights at the back of the house. He didn't know how much
cable to buy, so He asked the Lord. He was given a length in his mind and
went and bought that amount of cable.
When he fitted the
lights, it transpired that he didn't have any cable left over; not even
one inch! It was the exact length required. That is how perfectly God
knows each of us. He has us all perfectly measured!
The Angel Ink Delivery
I was printing out a
publication on my little bubble jet printer one day, when it ran out of
ink. If my memory is correct, it was something that was somewhat urgent,
but it was a bank holiday and the shops were shut. There was no way we
could get any ink to finish the job. We had run out of refills too.
The next thing that
happened was most unusual. One of us was given a vision of an angel
travelling on a bus from Aylesbury. When the bus passed our home, the
angel flew off and swept into the house, poured the ink into my printer
The printer was
refilled with ink! We carried on and I was able to finish the job! Don't
ask me to explain it. I can't. It was a miracle!
The Devil's Opposition
In life we all have
inimical forces to fight against. The devil is our constant enemy. When
you do the Work of God, you find the devil rearing up against you to
thwart whatever you are trying to do for God. This is particularly true if
you have a prophetic capacity. A prophet is given a job on the
'frontline'. There are times when he is told to confront those who are
being used by the devil in leading God's people astray. For example, read
of Elijah's confrontation with the prophets of Baal in 1 Kings 18.
against the enemy do not go unnoticed or unrepulsed. The devil does what
he can to counterattack.
The warnings our
particular ministry has had to give have frequently been conveyed in
writing, as some of Jeremiah's were. When I had written an important
letter to some church leaders which was on its way to the post, at the
same time, my wife was going to collect some eggs from a nearby farm. She
drove up in the car, turned off the engine and went in to buy the eggs.
When she came out of
the farm shop, the car would not start. She could not understand it. There
had been nothing wrong with it up until that point. It had been running
fine. (It was at the time when I was posting this important letter.)
Some workmen were
repairing the road nearby and saw her trying to start the car without
success. Kindly, a couple of workers came over to help. They tried to bump
start the car, but no matter how much they tried, it just wouldn't start.
Eventually, it had to be towed home.
When we got it back,
and investigated the problem, we found that the distributor (we had
replaced the old distributor with a reconditioned one only a few days
before) was mangled. The rotor arm was twisted right out of shape! We took
it back to the suppliers and the mechanic looked at it absolutely
astonished. He had never seen anything like it in all his experience!
NEVER had a distributor ever got bent out of shape like that one!
What had occurred was
miraculous. It was not a constructive miracle, but a destructive one. Evil
powers had done what they could to hinder us.
Although we were under
satanic attack, angels had ensured that the letter was protected. But the
demons were given an outlet for their venom. They were allowed to take it
out on the car.
A similar destructive
miracle occurred shortly afterwards. This time it was in the kitchen at
home. My wife, Helena, had bought a new blender. She plugged it in and
switched on, and the thing went out of control and then broke.
she had been putting it to together she had felt 'edgy' about it. This
'edginess' was due to the demonic influence she could sense. (She has an
acute gift of spiritual discernment.)
She took the gadget
back to the shop. They said they had never seen anything like it in all
their 15 years experience. It was totally inexplicable!
experiences illustrate the powers that evil spirits have. We are all
involved in spiritual warfare. Battles must be fought daily against unseen
enemies. If you don't resist and try to fight against demons, you will
come under their evil influences.
Sometimes God will
allow Satan a victory or two, to wake you up, and to remind you that you
cannot afford to become complacent.
One time in 1994,
Richard started our car and drove it down the driveway beside our house.
Suddenly, without warning, it stopped. He tried to restart it, but it
wouldn't. The starter motor just kept turning the engine over and over.
Then, he was given a
brief glimpse into the spiritual realm. The vehicle’s malady had a
spiritual cause. He 'saw' a dark, sinister presence hovering over the
car. Then, just as quickly, he saw an angel fly over the roof of our
house, swoop down over the car and disappear. The car then restarted with
A Word of Knowledge About the Car
Richard is relatively
good at mechanical work. He has changed engines in our cars when necessary
and done other needed repairs and servicing. But tuning a car takes just a
bit extra technical expertise. With modern engines and exhaust
regulations, electronic tuners have become essential. Most garages in the
UK now have one of these expensive pieces of equipment.
One time our car was
not running smoothly, so Richard took it to a garage and had it
electronically tuned. But, still it was 'lumpy'. Something was wrong,
despite all the adjustments that had been made strictly according to 'the
The garage mechanics
could not identify the problem. They put it down to a faulty carburettor.
Yet, we had had a new carb only a year before. It couldn't be that!
Then, while Richard
was working on the car one day, he received a word of knowledge to advance
the timing to a particular point. He was told to move the timing belt x
degrees forward. In this position, in theory, the car just shouldn't run
properly. But after he did so, the car ran much better!
It is something that
is completely unexplainable. All you can say is God knows best!
Money From Heaven
Operating a ministry
on faith is not easy at times. As most pragmatic church leaders know, it
is more practical to use money! But what God does is not dependent upon
human factors or physical support. God told Zechariah:
This is the Word of the Lord to Zerubbabel
[who was a major instrument God used to restore and rebuild in Jerusalem]: ‘Not by might nor by power, but
by My Spirit’ says the Lord Almighty (Zech 4:6).
While many churches
have gained wealth, they have lost wisdom. Money is not what we should
look to, but the Spirit of God.
Restoring truth to the
church is laudable. It even sounds inviting. But try it! You will find
more opposition from Christians to accepting 'new' biblical truth than
there is to the IRA bombers. People just don't want to have their
comfortable little world upset. They don't like their doctrinal
misconceptions challenged or exposed. It seems people would rather remain
in the gloom than find new light.
Truth IS being
restored at this time, and God is using many people in this work. They are
not part of one group, but scattered, with tenuous links between them, or
Part of our ministry's
work has been to restore 'lost' aspects of biblical knowledge and
understanding to the church. But, as I said, people don't want that, by
nature. They close their doors. So, we receive little support.
But, like all former
prophets, I know that when God tells you to do something, there is an
irresistible pull to do it no matter what the cost in personal or
financial terms. It may cost everything, but so what? Didn't Jesus and
most of the prophets lose all? But they gained everything for being that
committed. So must we.
There have been times
when we were really 'desperate' financially.
At one time, early in
this work, we had bills to pay running into thousands of pounds... and no
income. These were 'red' bills – demands that were overdue and could not
wait much longer. The next notification could have been a court summons.
They had to be paid within days.
The only people who
knew of our predicament were those in our prayer fellowship. I had not
told my mother who lives 80 miles away. However, one day she couldn't stop
thinking about us and kept wondering how we were managing money-wise. She
called me on the phone and quizzed me. I tried to conceal our financial
position, but some mothers are very perceptive and know how to get to the
root of things. Certainly my mother did! When she discovered that we were
in great need, she told me to send her our outstanding bills – all of them
– and she would clear the lot. She did just that.
It was a miracle.
There is no other way to describe it. And God’s intervention did not end
there. We had insufficient financial support to weather the next few
months. Each month, for the next six months, God moved her to repeat that
procedure consistently, until she was unable to help us any more.
Since that time, God
has moved others to ‘bale’ us out whenever the needs have been great. He
has repeated His miracles of financial deliverance time and time again!
In human terms this
ministry should have died of attrition years ago. But faith does not die.
It lasts forever, and as long as faith is alive and you are in His will,
God has an avenue to come to your aid. He loves to help those who trust in
He is the Great Giver,
and He will help all who look to Him, emulating His giving.2
The Greatest Miracle of All!
In one of our
meetings, I was describing some of the dealings God had with Israel; how
He showed such love to the nation, but how the nation callously
disregarded that love.
As I was talking,
someone received a 'word' of knowledge. It was very simple: Ezekiel 16. We
could not remember what was in that chapter, so we turned there to be
reminded. What we found was the most apt description of the very subject
we were considering!
describes God's inestimable love for His people. It is an allegorical
account of how God expressed His great love in caring for this nation,
which had nothing naturally to endear it to Him. Yahweh cleaned her up,
dressed her, brought her up and beautified her so she could be His bride.
Then He married her. Because of what He had done for her, she had now
become very attractive. But she misused her beauty to lure adulterous
lovers. She rejected God's love and despised Him. It was the biggest
insult that the nation could have hurled at Him!
Although the account
is about Israel. It is not limited to her. Such is the fickleness of
Do you fit the bill?
Have you snubbed your nose at God? Have you failed to appreciate what He
has done for you? Have you turned away and committed spiritual adultery?
Many have! (Rev 2:20-22). Because it is natural in this evil world to be
disobedient to God (Rom 8:7).
The greatest miracle
is that which occurs in us, as God changes our lives. That is the most
amazing miraculous manifestation. But the price that was paid to make it
possible was astronomical. Do you really appreciate it?
Malcolm B. Heap
1 This is explained in
Who Is The End-Time Elijah? (£2.00) available from Midnight
Ministries, PO Box 29, Aylesbury, HP17 8TL, UK.
2 Explained in Principles of Giving and