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Summary: About the super natural aspect of our lives.

2 Kings 6:8-18

"Now the eking of Syria was making war against Israel; and he consulted with his servants, saying, “My camp will be in such and such a place.” 9 And the man of God sent to the king of Israel, saying, “Beware that you do not pass this place, for the Syrians are coming down there.” 10 Then the king of Israel sent someone to the place of which the man of God had told him. Thus he warned him, and he was watchful there, not just once or twice.

11 Therefore the heart of the king of Syria was greatly troubled by this thing; and he called his servants and said to them, “Will you not show me which of us is for the king of Israel?”

12 And one of his servants said, “None, my lord, O king; but Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the words that you speak in your bedroom.”

13 So he said, “Go and see where he is, that I may send and get him.”

And it was told him, saying, “Surely he is in Dothan.”

14 Therefore he sent horses and chariots and a great army there, and they came by night and surrounded the city. 15 And when the servant of the man of God arose early and went out, there was an army, surrounding the city with horses and chariots. And his servant said to him, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?”

16 So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” 17 And Elisha prayed, and said, “Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of jhorses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. 18 So when the Syrians came down to him, Elisha prayed to the Lord, and said, “Strike this people, I pray, with blindness.” And He struck them with blindness according to the word of Elisha.

-We are often, like the king of (Syria) and Elisha’s servant; we fail to see the real power behind what is happening.

-The Bible shows us that the supernatural is a reality for the present. It’s not only something of the past or something to be realized in our future—it’s a reality for today.

The time; World War I, August 1914.

The British army was sent to assist the Belgian allies as they were being overpowered (three men to one) by the German army. The Germans after pushing all resistance to the side had advanced into the heart of Belgium and France.

Defeat seemed to be certain for Belgium and Great Britain after two days of intense fighting and retreat. Suddenly around a place by a channel of water called Mons the Germans started retreating giving the British enough time to withdraw without any harm. Both the British and the Germans troops were convinced that there had been supernatural intervention as for many years even today some of the witnesses share their testimony of what happened that day.

Captain Cecil Wightwick Hayward (one of the principle witnesses) of the British Army reported;

“Serious defeat appeared certain, especially as we had no reserves ready. It was realized that a “Day of Trouble” had arrived, and that Yahweh alone could help us. Churches were crowded with the whole of the British Nation at prayer.

While the British soldiers were retiring through Mons under very heavy German machine-gun fire and explosives in August 1914 they knelt beside an erected barricade and prayed to stop the enemy advance. The firing on both sides was very intense, and the air was filled with crashes of exploding shells.

Suddenly, firing on both sides stopped dead and a silence fell. Looking over the barrier, the astonished British saw several beings much bigger than men, between themselves and the halted Germans. They were white robed and bareheaded, and seemed rather to float than stand. Their backs were towards the British, and they faced the enemy with outstretched arm and hand as if to say: “Stop. Don’t go any further.” The sun was shining quite brightly at the time. Next thing the British knew was that the Germans were retreating in great disorder. This allowed the British and the Allied Armies to reform and fall back upon a line of defense several miles further west, where they “dug in.” Then began the period of “trench warfare” which continued for over three years, with varying fortunes to either side until the spring of 1918.

*Ephesians 6:12 says; “Our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, and against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”

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