Chris's testimony "An Angel Came To Rescue A Prodigal Son" on 11/20/2011, 10:16pm...
I was raised in a Christian family, mainly of the Baptist denomination.
As a very young child I'd been exposed to abuse on an almost daily basis; at the hands of baby sitters, and then when I'd go to school(getting bullied). I'd see spirits(demons) manifest sometimes at night as I laid there in the dark waiting for sleep to overcome me. Many years later as a young teenager I led a few people to the Lord, but around the age of 20 I started going through the "questioning" phase, and inadvertently left the Christian faith. I was feeling somewhat abandoned by the Father and Jesus, and felt very hurt that a few of my loved ones had died. My mind was also stubborn in that I had or wanted physical proof that God even existed, and I missed my loved ones so much that that is partly why I took it all the way and turned my back on God. I started getting into divination and witchcraft, and eventually Satanism...even leading a coven of other practitioners. The tarot and communicating with spirits(demons I know now that they were) I had became flawless with doing. To add to this, I've dealt with bipolar, major depression and anxiety from as far back as I can remember. Having had tried therapy, psychiatric medications(too many to list here) and finding no release, I turned to alcohol and drugs. I cannot express the depth of how blasphemous and anti-God that I was. If ever there were someone that stood guilty of damnable sin, it was me.
I spent a few years in Michigan living alone in a motel where I would drink and smoke marijuana all day and night. One morning a friend I was known for smoking with showed up at my door and expressed desperation that he couldn't find more marijuana and plead with me to help him find some. Something inside me didn't sit right, but I ignored it and four months later I found myself sitting in the county jail. That friend who was so desperate was wearing a wire device under his clothing. Jail was foreign to me; having never been in a physical place of confinement in my life outside of spiritually being lost. During my month there, I had completely withdrawn from alcohol, cigarettes and marijuana.
Feeling like such a failure to my family, and having been betrayed by someone I gotten close to, I planned on hanging myself in the jail cell. .....now this is when Divine intervention came onto the scene. One afternoon all the inmates where upstairs laying in bed and I had just finished walking laps. I turned the corner and stood in front of the stairs leading up to the bunk beds--and with the only words I can muster to explain this--the air literally opened up in front of me. I saw the most beautiful, very tall, male angel with blonde hair wearing armor on his chest and in his right hand he was holding a sword; and he was surrounded with the most beautiful bright light, and he appeared to be standing on a cloud pillar. At that moment I knew God was real, but I was so completely dumbfounded all I could do was stare at this marvelous angel that had presented himself to me. We were looking at each other--eyeball to eyeball, and not one word was spoken. He was more solid than the keyboard you're typing on. His wings were so incredibly detailed(snowy white forestry colors, with specks of black and colors I've never seen before). Everything about this angel was loving, full of sorrow, and I felt ashamed standing in his presence; yet at the same time, it really felt like he'd known me my entire life, and he radiated love and power. Not a word was spoken--for which I regret now(as a Christian) because I'd love to know what he'd have said.
Even after all this, I was STILL stubborn and thick headed and hadn't returned to Jesus for over three more years. I began seeing 11:11, 4:11, 9:11, 11's--literally--everywhere I'd look; ie, game scores, the time on a clock--everywhere. After this happening to me for several months it was undeniable that something or some One was trying to get my attention.
Finally one day I was laying in bed and the thought occurred to me "Jesus, are You who You said You are?" I looked at the clock and immediately the hand landed on the 11. Now at that point I was starting to question all my pagan beliefs and began to think about Jesus(but hadn't re-surrendered my life to Him at that time). Then it happened. It was in the middle of the night as I laid on my stomach in bed and the room was as dark as it could be. I could feel two solid(but static-like) hands pushing me quite hard into my bed and I was not able to turn my head, nor could I hardly speak. All I could think to soay was "Stop in the name of God." That only made it angrier and it pushed harder, and the evil radiating from it was cold and the vilest of vile, and hateful, unGodly. Here's the awesome part. I opened my mouth and yelled out "I rebuke you, leave in the name of Jesus Christ!" At that moment, I could move my body, and so I turned over on my side and saw the blackest mass--blacker than black is the only way I can describe it--lift up off of me and shoot across the house and leave.
God the Father, the Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit love you, whoever you are that is reading this. Less than a year ago I was nothing less than a blasphemer addicted to alcohol, lust and masturbation, music that glorified self-empowerment and your own godliness. During my years in Satanism, I strove to drive believers from their Faith and I even told children that the God of the Bible was evil and hated them. I was a manipulator, and a very skilled one.
Why am I not a Satanist, Wiccan or occultist today? Because the Lord Jesus Christ never left nor forsook me. The Lord Jesus came to save the sick and the unrighteous. Why was I allowed to see an angel(Archangel Michael, or Gabriel)? Possibly because God knew how thick headed I was and how mental illness had played into my life for so many years. There's also another possibility as well; and if THIS is the reason, then lift up your heads my fellow Christian brothers and sisters because our redemption draws nigh.
"At that time Michael, the great prince who protects your people, will arise. There will be a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then. But at that time your people--everyone whose name is found written in the book--will be delivered.
Are you a Satanist? Wiccan? Atheist? Blasphemer? Drunkard? Agnostic? A people pleaser?
If ANYONE ever tries to tell you that Jesus Christ would turn you away if you repented and turned to Him and asked Him to be your Lord; their words are coming from the fallen one.
1 John 1:9
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
"If you love me, you will obey what I command."