Take a look at this verse from Second Kings. This is a passage I reference whenever I sign someone’s copy of In The Image of Man. Elisha was a prophet of God. When his servant discovers that they have been surrounded by an enemy nation’s chariots and warriors, he is overwhelmed with fear. But Elisha doesn’t panic, instead he uses this opportunity to teach the servant about the unseen realm.
Then Elisha prayed, “LORD, please open his eyes and let him see.” So the LORD opened the servant's eyes. He looked and saw that the mountain was covered with horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. (2 Kings 6:17)
I often wonder, how would our lives be changed if we, like this servant, were permitted just a glimpse of the true world around us?
And lest we be tempted to think that this was some kind of hallucination, or some event from a long time ago and that angels are no longer among us, I’ll leave you with an instruction that was given to the early church.
Don't neglect to show hospitality, for by doing this some have welcomed angels as guests without knowing it. (Hebrews 13:2)
There’s no reason to believe that this instruction is any less for us today than for the early church. It is possible that every one of us has seen, interacted with, helped, or turned our back on one of God’s angels. Check out this snippet from In The Image of Man.
“Hey Margie, can you flip that to the news?” A large burly man sitting in the corner of the diner pointed to the television, which displayed a rerun of a game show.
Zeke shook his head. Eitan was a master of disguise. Not one demon in the place suspected the burly trucker in the jean bib overhauls was the captain of the host. If they only knew . . .