Angels are sent to rescue from trouble: Acts 12 records that King Herod Agrippa persecuted the early church. He killed James with a sword and when Herod saw how much this pleased the Jews, he also arrested Peter and imprisoned him. He placed him under the guard of four squads of four soldiers each. But while Peter was in prison, the church prayed earnestly for him. The night before Peter was to be publicly tried and executed; he was asleep, fastened with two chains between two soldiers. Suddenly, there was a bright light in the cell, and an angel of the LORD smote Peter on the side to awaken him and said, “Quick! Get up!” And the chains fell off his wrists. All the guards were put into a deep sleep. Then the angel told him, “Get dressed and put on your sandals, coat and follow me.” Peter followed the angel, but he thought it was a vision. They passed the first and second guard posts and came to the iron gate leading to the city, and this opened for them all by itself. So, they passed through and started walking down the street, and then the angel suddenly left him.