“Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared, and a light shone in the prison cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him up, saying, “Get up quickly!” And the chains fell off Peter’s wrists. The angel said to him, “Fasten your belt and put on your sandals.” Peter did so. Then the angel said to him, “Put on your cloak and follow me.” Peter went out and followed him; he did not realize that what was happening through the angel was real, but thought he was seeing a vision.” – Acts 12:7-9
Remember the TV show “Touched by an Angel.” Peter was struck by an angel. He must have been sleeping pretty heavily. The angel had to strike him to wake him up.
Many angel encounters in the Bible occurred in visions. There are also numerous occasions recorded when people had actual physical encounters with the angel of the Lord. In this instance Peter is struck on the side, awakened, and led out of the prison. His chains are supernaturally removed from his wrists, and the angel seems to emit enough light for them to walk out of the prison at night.
I personally have only seen angels in visions. We are told that some of us have entertained angels unaware. I had one encounter with a man who came and gave me a message that I knew was from God. He handed me his business card and a week later when I called the number it was disconnected. I thought, “Why would an angel give me a business card?” Well I came to find out that he wasn’t an angel. I ran into this man again.
I’m sure some of you have encountered real physical angels. I’d love to hear about it.