In the fall of 2001, Louise passionately prayed for her family when at home before going to bed. She released all her burdens in faith to the LORD. At about 2:00 a.m. she woke up wide awake. She saw an angel lying horizontally over the door-sill. She had long, flowing, golden hair and was motioning with her hand to come. Louise got up to see if her aunt, who was living with her, was still alive. She thought possibly the angel was trying to get her attention since her aunt was near death. But, she was okay. What could this mean?
Louise shared this the following day at work. These verses came to our minds, “Come unto me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matt. 11:28-30). These verses were comforting, and this is what Louise had done the night before. But, there seemed to be more. That is when I remembered the words in Hank’s dream: I’m going to have to let you all go home. Were we being summoned to get ready to go home?
The Lord confirmed this thought a few weeks later. I shared my vision of the Rapture with our women’s group and then told Louise’s story about this angel summoning to come with her hand. Wilma L. in the audience about shouted as I was talking, but managed to wait until later to share her story.
Wilma L.’s Story – Come Home
The night before, she dreamed she was riding in the back seat of a car. In the front seat was a man who had been a close family friend. He had died a few years earlier, going to heaven because of this family’s influence. All he did was motion with his hand, to come.
The Lord is wooing His bride to be prepared. He is doing that through dreams and visions and even taking men and women to heaven and hell and sending them back to report what they have seen and heard.
Don Piper’s Story – Home and Back
Home arrived instantly, without pain, for Don Piper when his red car ran head-on into a semi truck. Rather than arriving at the church where he was pastor and expected to teach a Bible study, he was greeted in heaven by every person who influenced him throughout his entire lifetime to follow Jesus. After ninety minutes, he awoke singing, “What a Friend We Have in Jesus,” with a man who had been praying for him that whole time—bringing heaven to earth. [The full story is documented in Don Piper’s book, 90 Minutes in Heaven. The Web site www.spiritlessons.com gives numerous other accounts.]
Our mature prayer must be, “Lord, how can I be the answer to someone else’s prayer? Who am I going to greet at heaven’s gates?”