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Miracle at Mall of America

Entrance to Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota Credit: Farragutful/Wikipedia/Creative Commons

On Easter Sunday (April 20, 2019), Pastor Mac Hammond of Living Word Christian church in Minneapolis, Minnesota provided an update on the miraculous recovery of Landon, 5, who was thrown from the balcony of Mall of America by Emmanuel Aranda, 24, on Friday, April 12, 2019.

Police stated that Aranda had purposefully gone to the mall that day to kill someone. In fact, he had planned to throw an adult over the railing a day earlier, but could find no suitable candidate.

Mall of America Credit: appraiser/Wikipedia/Public Domain

According to Hammond, when Landon’s mom arrived at the mall around 10:30 am, God warned her of danger:

“Going into the mall, Landon’s mom had a premonition, the Holy Ghost gave her a warning, and in her words a dread came over her, but you know she didn’t feel like she could turn around and leave, because she was supposed to meet this other mom and son there, and so she prayed.

Shortly after they came into the mall, they were approached by Emmanual Aranda. Landon’s mom asked if they were in the way and in response, Aranda grabbed Landon and flung him over the railing, an estimated 39 foot drop.

People were screaming as Landon hit the floor in front of them. As Landon’s mom rushed down to the main floor, she urged everyone to pray for her son who was rushed to hospital in critical condition. Police later arrested Aranda who had fled the scene.

But 10 days later there has been a miraculous recovery and Landon’s family attributed it to the power of prayer as their church and others rallied in prayer support of Landon.

On Easter morning, Pastor Hammond shared the remarkable testimony after the hospital had completed a complicated five-hour MRI scan:

“There was zero evidence of brain damage – there wasn’t even swelling. No spinal cord injury, no nerve damage, no internal injuries that were life-threatening.”

All that Hammond experienced were several broken bones in his arms and legs and one doctor called it a miracle comparing Landon’s injuries to falling off a bike.

I found it interesting how Landon’s mom felt the Holy Spirit warning her leading her to pray as she entered the mall. Because this reminds me of the story of Greg Gordon, who operates Sermonindex.net a website that includes thousands of sermons of Bible teachers from around the world. He also has a YouTube channel with over 7,000 sermons that have been viewed 35 million times.

Gordon felt deathly ill when he awoke the morning his website was hacked in 2005 and links were re-directed to porn sites. That feeling stopped as soon as the site was restored. And he had the feeling again when he awoke in 2018 and found out his YouTube channel was briefly shutdown after a nefarious complaint.

Gordon believed both instances were a result of a spiritual attack.

Through out the Bible there are stories of how the Holy Spirit warned people. In Romans 8:16, the Apostle Paul writes that the Holy Spirit bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God. In the same way, the Holy Spirit aware of demonic attacks will provide an inner warning or premonition of danger.

The Holy Spirit also provides warnings through dreams (Matthew 2:12, Genesis 41:17-24, Matthew 27:19), visions (Genesis 15:1, Acts 22:17-18) and even prophetic words (Jonah 1:1-2, Acts 21:11).

God will warn us of danger.

“But when He, the Spirit of Truth (the Truth-giving Spirit) comes, He will guide you into all the Truth (the whole, full Truth).  For He will not speak His own message [on His own authority]; but He will tell whatever He hears [from the Father; He will give the message that has been given to Him], and He will announce and declare to you the things that are to come [that will happen in the future]”   (John 16:13 AMP).


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