Visions of Angels

Peter Vision

Christianity Oasis provides this Biblical Visions of Angels study on the Peter Vision of Angel event bringing forth truth, understanding and peace within.

Daily Bread Devotional Bible Study
The Acts of the Apostles
Chapter 10

Biblical Visions of Angels

Peter Vision of Angel

Welcome to our Christianity Oasis Daily Bread study program. This is our Biblical Visions of Angels Bible study looking at the Peter Vision of Angel story. The message will truly bring a smile to the lips and heart and shine the LIGHT of Truth upon your be-YOU-tiful Christian walk path.

Biblical Visions of Angels in the Bible
Peter Vision of Angel Story

Back for a little more Daily Bread study from the Book of the Acts of the Apostles, I see. Awesome ... So many people choose to read many other different kinds of literature, when the Word of God, is the best book ever written, and, you can read it over and over again, and you'll understand something new every time.

Our study begins with a man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band. Now let's stop here for two tiny little Daily Bread Crumbs. The first one is a review of a previous Crumb. A centurion is a captain of 100 soldiers. The second one is the definition of the word band. A band in this case, is a mass of men that are Italian military cohorts. So, from this we can assume that Cornelius is a Roman (Gentile) officer living in Caesarea, who is in charge of a squad of 100 soldiers.

Cornelius was a man devoted to the Lord. He and his family feared God, gave much charity to the people, and prayed to God always. One day at about 3 p.m. he had an open vision of an Angel of God coming in to him, and saying, Cornelius.

Biblical Visions of Angels From God
Peter Vision of Angel Path

Time for a Daily Bread Stick! What is an open vision? It's a vision that occurs when a person is conscious and an evident message is given to them from God. It's like a dream, only the person receiving the vision is awake. In the Old Testament it's described as being in a trance with your eyes open.

When Cornelius looked at the Angel, he was afraid and said, What is it, Lord? The Angel said to him, Your prayers and your alms have been noticed by God. Now, send men to Joppa, and ask for Peter, who lodges with Simon the tanner, whose house is by the seaside. He'll tell you what you should do.

When the Angel left, Cornelius called two of his household servants, and a godly soldier of those who served him continually. He told them about the vision and sent them to Joppa. The next day, as they traveled and came near to the city, Peter went up on the housetop to pray at about noon. He became very hungry, and would have eaten, but while they prepared food, he fell into a trance.

He saw Heaven opened, and a certain vessel coming down upon him, like a great sheet, drawn together at the four corners, and let down to the earth. There were all kinds of four footed beasts of the earth and wild animals, and creeping things and birds of the air in it. And a voice came to him saying, Get up Peter. Kill and eat.

Biblical Visions of Angels Bible Study
Peter Vision of Angel Adventure

But, Peter said, Oh no, Lord, I've never eaten anything that's common (unsanctified) or unclean. The voice spoke to him again a second time, What God has cleansed, do not call common. This was done three times and the vessel was taken up again into Heaven.

While Peter wondered in his heart what this vision meant, the men who were sent from Cornelius had asked for directions to Simon's house and stood outside the gate, asking whether Peter was there. While Peter thought about the vision, the Spirit said to him, Look, three men are looking for you.

Get down from the roof and go with them, doubting nothing, because I sent them. Peter went down to the men and said, I'm the one you're looking for. Why have you come? They said, Cornelius the centurion, a just man, and one who fears God, and of good reputation among all the nation of the Jews, was warned from God by a Holy Angel to send for you at this house and to listen to you.

You can sense that the Gentiles still feel that the Jewish people think of them as inferior, the way they felt like they had to justify Cornelius' worthiness of Peter to go see him. He called them in and gave them accommodations, and the next day, Peter went away with them with certain friends from Joppa accompanying. The next day they entered into Caesarea, and Cornelius waited for them, and had invited his relatives and neighboring friends.

Biblical Visions of Angels Bible Lesson
Peter Vision of Angel Tale

As Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet and worshiped him. Put Peter lifted him up, and said, Stand up, I myself am also a man. And as he talked with him, he went inside, and found that many were gathered together. Peter said to them, You know how it is an unlawful thing for a man that is Jewish to keep company or go to the home of someone from another nation, but God has shown me that I shouldn't call any man common or unclean. So I came to you without argument, as soon as I was sent for. Now I ask you, for what reason you have sent for me?

Cornelius answered, Four days ago, I was fasting until this hour, and at 3 p.m. I prayed in my house and suddenly a man stood in front of me in bright clothing and said, Cornelius, your prayer is heard and your alms have been noticed by God. Send to Joppa and call Peter here, and when he arrives, he'll speak to you. So I immediately sent for you and it was good of you to come. We're all present here before God now, to hear all the things that are commanded to you, of God.

Biblical Visions of Angels Research
Peter Vision of Angel Facts

Remember here, that Peter is used to the concept of spreading the Good News to the Jewish people only, because when Jesus was with the Apostles, Jesus said that He was there for the lost sheep of Israel. But the Lord has just opened Peter's eyes to the fact that it is now the Time of the Gentiles and there is no impartiality of nations, He wants everyone to be saved.

Acts 10:34-43

34 Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons [fair to everyone]:
35 But in every nation he that feareth Him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with Him.
36 The Word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (He is Lord of all:)
37 That Word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached;
38 How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with Him.
39 And we are witnesses of all things which He did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree:
40 Him God raised up the third day, and shewed Him openly;
41 Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before God, even to us, who did eat and drink with Him after He rose from the dead.
42 And He commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is He which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick [living] and dead.
43 To Him give all the prophets witness, that through His name whosoever believeth in Him shall receive remission of sins.

Biblical Visions of Angels Hope
Peter Vision of Angel Journey

While Peter was still speaking, the Holy Ghost fell on all those who heard the Word. These are gentiles and they had not been baptized with water but the Holy Spirit came upon them anyway. The Jewish people who believed (those who came with Peter) were surprised, because the gift of the Holy Ghost was also poured out on the Gentiles.

They heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then Peter asked, Can any man forbid water, that these shouldn't be baptized, who have received the Holy Ghost as well as we have? And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. And they asked Peter to stay with them for awhile.

The Lord works in mysterious ways alright! Sometimes you may receive a message from God in a dream or in a vision, and you may not know the meaning of it until a later time. The important thing is to open your heart to Him, because you never know if He's guiding you in the way to saving a soul for Him.

Biblical Visions of Angels Bible Summary
Peter Vision of Angel Conclusion

Here's another great thing to note. Peter spoke to Cornelius and his friends and family for the space of about one minute, and they believed and received the Holy Spirit within that time. He can work through you that quickly too. Open your heart to Him.

Come back soon for another Daily Bread and we'll find out about more adventures, and accomplishments of the apostles as we continue our study of the Book of the Acts of the Apostles. See you again!

There is a force out there that is attempting to overtake us all; it is Satan. There is another force that is protecting us from him; it is the Holy Spirit. It is a battle for souls. This battle is called Spiritual Warfare, and like it or not, you are right in the middle of it.

How to Prepare for Spiritual Warfare