At that time of night when I was lying on my bed facing the window. I fell asleep and in my vision I saw an angel. When I lifted up my eyes, a man clothed in white glowing linen, his body was like beryl, his face like the appearance of lightning, his eyes like flaming torches, and was floating outside the window with a drawn sword in his hand. He has a striking form in its all white glowing appearance like gems. His entire body, including his back, hand, and wings were all flaming in white.
I was afraid that my feet became frozen. In my trembling lips, I asked, “Who are you?”
He replied, “I was dispatched by the King to act in his name. I command you to go with me to a place in the desert so you must see great things which you do not know. Come, let’s go.”
He held my hand and we travelled at tremendous speeds, far exceeding the limits of the physical world. And we arrived within moments to a land in the desert. The land was very hot in temperature. I saw a lot of arid, open soil and rocks and not much grass and plants.
When I was about to asked him of the region, he’s lost. He’s not around and I saw myself standing alone with my feet on the sand.
And then I saw a great occurrence.
At a near distance, up there, were messengers of King Balak of Moab, riding on camels travelling to see Balam, the man of God. I came and joined the caravan with them in thoroughfare. It’s late in the afternoon when we arrived, and Balaam invited us to stay overnight.
In the morning, Balaam got up, he saddled his donkey and started off with these men.
In the road, Balaam and two servants were riding along, and his donkey saw an Angel of the Lord standing in the road with a drawn sword. The donkey bolted off the road into a field, but Balaam beat her back onto the road.
Now, the Angel of the Lord stood at a place where the road went between two vineyard walls. When the donkey saw him standing there, she squirmed past by pressing against the wall, crushing Balaam’s foot in the process. So he beat her again.
Then, the Angel of the Lord moved farther down the road and stood in a place so narrow that the donkey couldn’t get by at all. So she lay down in the road! In a great fit of temper Balaam beat her again with his staff.
Then the Lord caused the donkey to SPEAK !
“What have I done that deserves your beating me these three times?” she asked.
“Because you have made me look like a fool!” Balaam shouted. “I wish I had a sword with me, for I would kill you.”
“Have I ever done anything like this before in my entire life? the donkey asked.
“No, ” he admitted.
Then, the Lord opened Balaam’s eyes and he saw the Angel of the Lord standing in the roadway with drawn sword, and he fell flat on the ground before him.
“Why did you beat your donkey those three times?” the Angel demanded.
💡”I have come to stop you because you are headed for destruction. Three times the donkey saw me and shied away from me; otherwise I would certainly have killed you by now and spared her.”
Upon hearing what the Angel spoke, my spirit came back to my physical body and I woke up. And I saw sunshine. It’s a beautiful Sunday morning.
I named the place, where an Angel of the Lord appeared to me, Roder which means “the Lord is my strength.” 🍏
*The Book of Numbers 22
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