Acts 10 - The precise instructions for Cornelius the centurion
Type of Spiritual Experience
I’m sure Cornelius thought he heard an angel, but the evidence from all the observations I looked at points to the fact that another soul was instructing him and that is probably why he got such very precise instructions.
This finding does put a lot of visionary experience into context, as occasionally one wonders at the sense of the advice given to people who have had voices telling them what to do. If we now start to realise that the voices could be from dejected or lost souls or souls in states of limbo or simply malicious souls, it all starts to make sense.
A description of the experience
1 There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band,
2 A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God alway.
3 He saw in a vision evidently about the ninth hour of the day an angel of God coming in to him, and saying unto him, Cornelius.
4 And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God.
5 And now send men to Joppa, and call for one Simon, whose surname is Peter:
6 He lodgeth with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by the sea side: he shall tell thee what thou oughtest to do.
7 And when the angel which spake unto Cornelius was departed, he called two of his household servants, and a devout soldier of them that waited on him continually;
8 And when he had declared all these things unto them, he sent them to Joppa.