Do you believe in angels?
If you had asked me years ago if I believe in angels I would have replied, “no, that’s crazy talk.” I was skeptical that angels really existed. The thought of the possibility that guardian angels could possibly exist on Earth never crossed my mind. I’ve never seen an angel or had contact with one. I thought that angels were merely a myth.
But year after year of close-call, near-death experiences started to make me wonder if there was someone or something out there providing me protection against the perils of death.
In my first encounter with death, I should have died as a toddler at age two. Then the close-call, near-death experiences persisted almost to a fever pitch. By my calculation, I should have died over 11 times in my lifetime.
Three years ago, my sister gifted me with a book, “Ninety Minutes in Heaven” by Don Piper. I read with great interest as the story was based on a true story. And while I never saw a white light or actually died in any of my over 11 times of near-death experiences, I was deeply inspired by the book. After carefully praying and with much thought, I was moved to write my soon-to-be released non-fiction book, “Not My Time to Go” on Indigo Sea Press.
First of all, I’m not the only one in this world who has experienced near-death events. The Near-Death Experience Research Foundation reports that between 4 and 15 percent of humans will experience a close call with death sometime in their lives.
I became fascinated with the Near-Death Experience Research Foundation report and became researching as to what the Bible has to say about guardian angels. The Book of Revelation (7:1) describes how the four guardian angels protect and watch over the four corners of Earth.
Although I can’t prove that angels exist, I am fairly certain that I have a guardian angel or two watching over me. There are countless testimonies of people in this world who have either seen angels or who have contact with angels. I cannot explain away my over 11 near-death experiences by merely chalking it up to luck. Perhaps one or two encounters could be attributed to luck but not as many times as I have had experienced with near-death events.
One thing I do know is that it is not my time to go. I have been allowed to live on this earth for over 50 years. I have a purpose here on this planet. I am fulfilling my destiny. Call it luck, blessings or angelic protection, but I am supposed to carry out my mission here on this planet until it is my time to go.
“Not My Time To Go” is Thornton Cline’s tenth published book. For more information please visit ThorntonCline.com