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Wall of Fire

My friend Terry Hammock has served the Lord in Nigeria for years. Sometime ago he told me about the riots that broke out in the northern city of Kano in 1991. The trouble started when an evangelist announced a series of meetings in the area. This triggered a violent reaction. Christian businesses and churches were targeted for looting, and believers found themselves in danger. Since he operated the communications equipment, Terry felt he should stay alongside the national leader, Pastor Garba. They expected the hospital mission statement to be attacked and destroyed at any moment. The mob moved down the street, but rumours began spreading around town that the mission was on fire. One faux, who had paid a deposit for his wife to give birth at that hospital, showed up to see if he had lost his money. He reported fires burning on top of the walls and the buildings which prevented him from entering. But the fires didn't appear to be normal, and the buildings were not consumed. He went home and called other religious men to view this phenomena. They all saw the fires which burned all day Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Throughout those days, Terry was trapped inside those walls expecting an attack at any time… but none came. He said though "Pastor Garba and I engaged in prayer walks for protection around the walls in those days, we ourselves did not see the fires. But later a co-worker hearing the story reminded us of Zachariah 2:5 which says "And I myself will be a wall of fire around it, declares the Lord, ‘and I will be its glory within." Another verse comes to mind, Psalm 104:4 says "He makes winds his messengers and flames of fire his servants." Who knows but what those mysterious flames represented, the angelic forces sent to surround and guard that missionary compound. There is more activity in the heavenly realms than we realize, and angels have more to do with answering our prayers than we know. As Martin Luther once said "The angels have long arms, they stand in the presence of God and yet reach to you and to me in our times of need"

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