Good morning. It is Thursday, February 3, 2022. Jeanette Stark here.
My uncle recently told me of a story regarding Manna still falling in a location on earth. I was surprised. After all, that was a story that came from Moses’s time, thousands of years ago. Manna was God’s food provision for the Israelites as they traveled in the wilderness for 40 years. But still falling some place on planet earth? I was intrigued. I have spent two days researching this on the internet and this is what I came up with.
Let’s take a little trip to Angola. Luanda, Angola to be precise.
“I found this article discussing that somewhere in Angola, Mana has been falling since 1945. In this part of the country although they have always had poor harvests, God has always provided for his people. It is said manna has been falling since 1945 in this drought-stricken area…people are still eating the manna that is provided every Monday and Wednesday. Those that have tasted it say it has a sweet taste.” (Source: nairaland.com)
And this from a website called Spirt of Prophesy:
“WE who are called upon to travel in heathen countries are often impressed by the simplicity of faith exercised by those who have only recently learned of the Christian way. In more civilized lands, where the church has been established for ages, people have become so sophisticated that they find it difficult to believe and accept the wonderful promises Jesus made to those who would call upon His name, in faith believing.
Yet the promises remain. He declared: "If ye abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ye shall ask. what ye will, and it shall be done unto you." John 5:7. Again, He said: "Ask, and ye shall receive." John 16:24. Of course, all the promises of God are based upon conditions; yet when we have met these conditions, in our simplicity of faith we can look up to Him and believe that He will answer Our prayers and supply our needs.
We have had a wonderful demonstration of this in the Dark Continent. One of our missionaries, who spent nearly a lifetime in Africa, established a mission in central Angola more than twenty years ago. The mission grew until some hundreds of converts had moved on the mission property, thus making it a Christian community. This often happens in Africa, and one can see the striking difference between Christian and heathen villages.
The white missionary left this mission, and for some years it was under the care of a native director. One year the rains failed to come, and the crops did not grow. The mission was far removed from stores, and there was little money to buy food if it could have been found.
The mission director was away on a trip visiting distant mission schools and had been away for some weeks. The believers on the central mission came to the end of their resources and food supply.
The native director's wife called the families together and told them the situation. Then she read to the people the promises of the Lord and told them of the manna which had been sent by God to His people in the time of Moses, assuring them that God could send them food in the same way, if necessary. After prayer, her little girl, about five years of age, went out of the house and in a short time came back with her hands filled with white stuff, which she was eating.
"What are you eating?" asked the mother. The little one replied: "Out there I saw six European men, and they said: `The Lord has answered your prayer and has sent you manna; take it up and eat it.' "
Immediately the others went out and found many acres of the ground covered with this white substance. In every detail it corresponded to the coriander-like seeds of the original Manna. Its taste was like wafers and honey. When the people went out to gather the manna, they found no trace of the Europeans.
They gathered large quantities of this remarkable food, and their lives were sustained for some time until other food could be obtained. The wife immediately sent for her husband. When he came home he found them eating this food. He put a quantity of it in a small box and sent it to Cape Town to the missionary who had raised up this mission some fifteen years before.
The mission director, Carlos Seguesegue, wrote in his letter that accompanied the package: "It was on the 19th of March, 1939, even on this same day, that our God performed a miracle at Namba, for God caused to rain from heaven the bread of heaven which is called 'manna.' The people of Namba ate and filled plates of it. There ate of it many men and women and young children. All ate of it, and therefore I sent you a small amount of it to show you the manna, and to show you the certainty of the manna which fell on our village of Namba."
We have preserved some of this manna through the seven years since it happened, and numbers of persons have tasted it. The general testimony of those who have tasted it is that it has a remarkable sweetness and evidence of being a complete food in itself.
In ancient times God permitted the manna to spoil each night if any were left over. The reason for this is given in the sixteenth chapter of Exodus, where it is said God wished to test their faith day by day. The manna was angels' food and should keep forever.
God had a pot of it placed in the ark, and there it remained for ages. This that we have is as fresh as it was on the day it appeared on the fields of central Angola.
No, the day of miracles is not past. The same God who fed the hosts of Israel in the wilderness for forty years is willing and able to answer the prayer of faith even today.” - E. L. CARDEY Superintendent "Voice of Prophecy," Radio Bible Correspondence School, CapeTown, South Africa (Source: spiritofprophecy.ca)
Let’s go to Exodus chapter 16.
Let me set the stage. The many thousands of Israelites had traveled to the “Wilderness of Sin” which was between Elim and Sinai. They were hungry and they were complaining big time!
Verse 3 “Oh, that we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the pots of meat and when we ate bread to the full! For you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.”
God tells Moses that He is going to rain bread from heaven. He tells him that the people will have a certain quota that they can gather every day “to test them”. On Friday, the 6th day of the week, they would gather twice as much to last them through the Sabbath, when none would fall.
It is evening and Moses tells the Israelites what God is going to do and how they should gather it. But God is not finished. In verses 10 it says “they looked toward the wilderness and the glory of the Lord appeared in the cloud.” God told Moses I have heard the complaints and at twilight you shall eat meat and in the morning you shall be filled with bread. “And you shall know that I am the Lord your God.”
God sends quail that night and I am sure they had their fill and in the morning the ground was covered in a white substance, Manna.
“And so it was, on the sixth day, that they gathered twice as much bread, two omers for each one. And all the rulers of the congregation came and told Moses. Then he said to them, “This is what the Lord has said: ‘Tomorrow is a Sabbath rest, a holy Sabbath to the Lord. Bake what you will bake today, and boil what you will boil; and lay up for yourselves all that remains, to be kept until morning.’ ”So they laid it up till morning, as Moses commanded; and it did not stink, nor were there any worms in it. Then Moses said, “Eat that today, for today is a Sabbath to the Lord; today you will not find it in the field. Six days you shall gather it, but on the seventh day, the Sabbath, there will be none.” Now it happened that some of the people went out on the seventh day to gather, but they found none. And the Lord said to Moses, “How long do you refuse to keep My commandments and My laws? See! For the Lord has given you the Sabbath; therefore He gives you on the sixth day bread for two days. Let every man remain in his place; let no man go out of his place on the seventh day.” So the people rested on the seventh day. And the house of Israel called its name Manna. And it was like white coriander seed, and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey.” Exodus 16:22-31 NKJV
God called it bread from heaven, the Israelites named it Manna, which means “what is it?” in Hebrew.
Verse 35 “And the children of Israel ate manna forty years, until they came to an inhabited land; they ate manna until they came to the border of the land of Canaan.”
What a story. If you take just 5 minutes and contemplate the miracle of bread from heaven, it should cause your trust in God to grow.
The Bible tells us that God does not change. Malachi 3:6 “For I the Lord do not change…” NKJV
Not only does He not change but every good thing in your life is from Him. James 1:17 “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.”
The God that rained bread from Heaven in the Wilderness and in Angola, is the same God we serve today. There is nothing our God cannot do. Luke 1:37 “For with God nothing will be impossible.” NKJV