“An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthen him” (Luke 22:43).

When my mother was forty years old she became pregnant - with twin girls. I was twelve years old at the time and there were four other children. Living on a large dairy farm, there was no end of work to do.

It was a hard pregnancy and six weeks before the twins were to be born, mom was hospitalized because she had developed toxemia. My dad was now taking care of five children as well as managing our large dairy farm. Mother’s prognosis did not look good. The possibilities of her dying were very real. Perhaps there would also be two babies he would have to care for by himself. Dad was very discouraged.

One morning, after all five of us were in school, two men knocked on the kitchen door. Dad had never seen them before and wondered who they were - but he invited them in. They came into our kitchen and lovingly read to him encouraging verses from the Bible. After they prayed for him, they left. He never saw them again, but was sure they were angels. Their visit filled him strength and hope.

Several days later, mother gave birth to twin girls and was home again in a week. She was fine and so were the babies. Other than having two small sisters to baby sit, life returned to normal.

God's Throne

Revelation 4:8 KJV)

God's Throne and the Thrones of the 24 Elders: Revelation 4:2-11 (NASB)

Revelation 4:2-11  Here we see God the Father sitting on His Heavenly Throne and Him surrounded by the 24 elders (12 from the 12 Tribes of Israel and the 12 Disciples of Christ).  God's Throne is surrounded by 4 creatures which eternally sing praises to Him.  And the Elders cast their crowns down to the feet of Almighty God in honor of His eternal reign, His creative powers and His rule over all the Universe:

2 Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne was standing in Heaven, and One sitting on the throne. 
3 And He who was sitting was like a jasper stone and a sardius in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, like an emerald in appearance. 
4 Around the throne were twenty-four thrones; and upon the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white garments, and golden crowns on their heads. 
5 Out from the throne come flashes of lightning and sounds and peals of thunder. And there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the Seven Spirits of God; 
6 and before the throne there was something like a sea of glass, like crystal; and in the center and around the throne, four living creatures full of eyes in front and behind. 
7 The first creature was like a lion, and the second creature like a calf, and the third creature had a face like that of a man, and the fourth creature was like a flying eagle. 
8 And the four living creatures, each one of them having six wings, are full of eyes around and within; and day and night they do not cease to say, "HOLY, HOLY, HOLY IS THE LORD GOD, THE ALMIGHTY, WHO WAS AND WHO IS AND WHO IS TO COME." 
9 And when the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him Who sits on the throne, to Him Who lives forever and ever, 
10 the twenty-four elders will fall down before Him Who sits on the throne, and will worship Him Who lives forever and ever, and will cast their crowns before the throne, saying, 
11 "Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were create