And Manoah said unto the angel of the Lord, I pray thee, let us detain thee, until we shall have made ready a kid for thee. And the angel of the Lord said unto Manoah, Though thou detain me, I will not eat of thy bread: and if thou wilt offer a burnt offering, thou must offer it unto the Lord. For Manoah knew not that he was an angel of the Lord. And Manoah said unto the angel of the Lord, What is thy name, that when thy sayings come to pass we may do thee honour? And the angel of the Lord said unto him, Why askest thou thus after my name, seeing it is secret? So Manoah took a kid with a meat offering, and offered it upon a rock unto the Lord: and the angel did wonderously; and Manoah and his wife looked on. For it came to pass, when the flame went up toward heaven from off the altar, that the angel of the Lord ascended in the flame of the altar. And Manoah and his wife looked on it, and fell on their faces to the ground.
It is time that the church be aware of the presence of angels of God in the House of God. Jacob’s dream in Genesis 28 throws light on the fact, that there is a direct ladder linking Bethel, the house of God on Earth, the house of prayer, the house of worship, to the throne of God. Angels are the messengers that carry our sacrifices to the throne of God and convey God’s answers and blessings to the house of God. And I can confidently say that the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ, His very blood of our redemption, has greatly shortened the distance between Bethel and the throne of God.