The modern glass mirrors that we find in homes, public spaces, purses and cars, have been around for about two hundred years. (Exclude “smart” mirrors, the talking ones in Snow White and the portals in Alice Through the Looking Glass). Mirrors help us to see ourselves as we are seen, and make fascinating dream symbols. Though rarely mentioned in Bible translations, several Scriptures possess similar “reflective” qualities. For example:
For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does. (James 1:23-25 NKJV)
And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise (Luke 6:31, NKJV)
For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. (Matthew 7:2, NKJV)
The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul (Psalm 19:7a, NKJV)
Spiritual dreams about mirrors invite us to look deeper so that our souls (thoughts, opinions, desires and feelings) may become aligned to the Word of God. I will share two different mirror themed dreams in this post.
A few years ago, the Lord connected me to a small group of women Intercessors. We met weekly to pray for whatever He revealed about nations around the world. Our assignments were guided by research, revelation, dreams and visions. Sometimes the Holy Spirit would change direction and lead us to pray for more immediate needs, such as someone’s healing. One night, we were praying for the relative of one of the Intercessors when I felt led to share a dream I had seen a few days prior.
Dream Scene: THE WOMAN IN THE MIRROR
In this colorful dream, I was facing a full-length wood framed mirror in a bedroom, but the person looking back at me was a complete stranger. She was a petite blonde with long hair. I looked around the room and somehow knew I was in an upstairs bedroom of a beautiful home. The magenta pink walls had scuff marks and needed to be repainted (end of scene).
From my description, the Intercessor whose relative we were praying for recognized the person and the room, even though the person had aged and become a brunette. By sheer coincidence (a God-incidence), I had dreamed of the same person we were praying for that night! We prayed for inner healing, particularly for a cleansing of her emotions. (To understand the symbolism of repainting a wall, please read this post (Overwriting the old with the new).
Time went by and I forgot the dream. Almost ten years later, the same woman was unexpectedly hospitalized. Sadly, she succumbed to her illness. I attended her funeral service and watched as old photos scrolled on the overhead video monitor. How surprised I was to see the same face with the long blonde hair!
Interpretation: Mirrors (as do windows and doors), sometimes “frame” mini visions within a dream. The wall color magenta gave a clue that there was an issue with the emotions (soul), the image in the mirror. The physical body ages, but the soul and spirit are ageless and those who belong to Christ are promised new non-decaying bodies in the Resurrection (see 1 Corinthians 15). Our souls look like younger versions of us, and our spirits are light. God gives these kinds of dreams to demonstrate how deeply He cares for all His children and He sends help when needed.
Things (and people) are not always as they appear on the surface. We have to look deeper, with spiritual eyes.
For the LORD does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart. (1 Samuel 16:7b, NKJV)
Every dreamer acquires his or her own dream “vocabulary” over time, so we must rely on the Holy Spirit to “see” symbols in context and arrive at the correct interpretation. For example, my dreams of Pastor Benny Hinn usually have something to do with learning about the Holy Spirit or healing gifts. But another dreamer might associate this symbol with the name Benjamin.
Several years ago, I dreamed that a small group of us (volunteers at the Healing Rooms) were students traveling to different locations with Pastor Benny. The dream had multiple scenes, and years passed before I understood this scene. (Here is a tip: Multi-scene dreams are usually fulfilled over a period of time).
Dream Scene: THE MAN IN THE MIRROR
Pastor Benny led us from a classroom to a small pedestal sink with a mirrored medicine chest (cabinet) on the wall above it. He asked me to turn my back to the medicine chest then he handed me a small hand-mirror.
“Look in the hand mirror, tell me what you see” He directed.
“Myself,” I responded and wondered if it was a trick question.
“But what do you see in the mirror behind you?” He asked. I saw a reflection of me holding the hand mirror, but suspected that was not what he was after. I was clueless.
“Can you see your face? Look carefully” he persisted. I slowly rotated the angle of the hand mirror until my face appeared within the image of the hand mirror reflected from the medicine chest behind me.
Suddenly, a man’s face replaced mine. I bolted!
Pastor Benny was not amused. He sighed impatiently then led another student through the same exercise.
She too was surprised to see the man’s face, but correctly identified him as the One who had been standing at the front of the classroom while Pastor Benny taught our group a few minutes earlier. I agreed with her. Pastor Benny nodded and smiled without giving us an explanation (end of scene).
Interpretation: As mentioned in earlier posts, Lord Jesus sometimes appears in our dreams. He was the “Man” in the mirror. Not only is He with us, He is IN us. In fact, we are one with Him as the Bible tells us (1 Corinthians 6:17). When the Father looks at us, He sees us in His Son and this “transformation” happens through the power of the Holy Spirit. This dream was telling me that Jesus is the Healer (“medicine” chest) working through me.
When we look into the Word of God (the mirror) we initially see ourselves. We see that we fall short and recognize bad habits that need to go, but we are not quite sure how to accomplish this. The Apostle Paul describes this dilemma quite well in Romans 7. However, when we look deeper into the Scriptures, the Holy Spirit enables us to see our Lord Jesus Christ and to recognize ourselves in His likeness.
Smoke and Mirrors
Each time Ancient Israel looked into the mirror of God’s Law, they soon forgot what they saw, then looked to other nations to imitate. For example, in 1 Samuel 8, Israel wanted a king because other nations had kings. They pestered poor Samuel until they ended up with King Saul. That did not end well!
Hundreds of years later, Lord Jesus rebuked some “Woe to you” cities for not repenting and receiving His message. He invited them to look into the mirror called “history” and to learn from the past.
“Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. And you, Capernaum, who are exalted to heaven, will be brought down to Hades; for if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I say to you that it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment than for you. (Matthew 11:21-23, NKJV)
Perhaps the reason history repeats is because we forget past mistakes, our own and those of other people, cities and nations. Satan creates smoke screens to distract us, but the Word of God gives Christians the ability to “see” past the illusions.
For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. (Romans 15:4, NKJV)
Seeing the Word
Walking away unchanged from the “mirror” of the Word is like applying makeup which makes us look and feel good, temporarily. Real change comes when we begin to behold Jesus. Some of these changes include:
Obedience (we follow the Lord even if we must do so alone), Restraint (we are slow to accuse or hold others to standards we ourselves have not attained),
Truth (with discernment), Courage (Power arises within), Spiritual judgements (with understanding), Humility (without self-promotion).
We gain wisdom, show honor, and demonstrate fruitfulness. We receive the Spirit of the Fear of the Lord!
Whenever we become confused or anxious, peace is restored when we refocus on the Word of God. The more we “see” the “Man” in the mirror (Jesus), the clearer things become. The smoke dissipates to reveal things as they truly are.
2 Corinthians 3:18 states: But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord (NKJV). So let it be. Amen!
As I lay in bed early in the New Year, I remembered that in the hours before New Year’s Eve, I had heard about three different 41-year-old men who had died unexpectedly. The incidents were unrelated and I did not know them personally. Nevertheless, I was saddened by the tragedies their families experienced.
All three were 41. Was this a coincidence or was there a symbolic meaning? I asked the Lord. That’s when I heard: “Year forty plus One.” I had not previously considered that 2021 is 40 +1.
I quickly recalled the meaning of those numbers. One (1) is the number for God. Forty (40) means the period in a wilderness, or the end of a generational issue or testing.
Jesus spent 40 days being tested in the wilderness because of His obedience. On the contrary, Israel spent 40 years in the wilderness where a generation passed away because of their unbelief. They simply did not believe they could take the land from the giants. Only Joshua and Caleb were left alive and the children from the previous generation (Numbers 13-14).
I think the “symbolic” meaning is that the season of 40 will end when there is a Plus One. No matter the kind of wilderness we may be experiencing, we can be assured that God is greater than the giants and trials. We can trust in His Word that He will never leave us. Wilderness seasons will eventually end when it’s time to enter into the Promises of God.
Let’s encourage one another to be strong and courageous in faith and obedience. Happy New Year Plus One!
I asked the Lord, “What would you like for your Birthday?” Ultimately, Christmas is His gift to all the earth.
In the moments that passed, I thought about things that please Him: The gospel is preached and souls are saved. We willingly obey His commandments to love God with all our hearts and to love our neighbors as ourselves. We fight the good fight of faith against doubt, and wholly believe Him.
“Make room for Me.” His quiet response made me pause.
It was not what I expected to hear, but He is so honest, and we are often… presumptuous?
Mankind had been eagerly anticipating the arrival of Messiah for hundreds of years and when He arrived, they neither recognized nor made room for Him at the inn!
His words still provoke thought. How much do we allow Him to participate in the wonderful ways we serve Him? Is He allowed to voice His wishes when we gather in His Name? Is there room for His priorities in our bless me, give me, fix me, bless them, fix them prayers?
Through Scripture, His still small voice, insightful conversations and dreams, there are many ways He finds room in our lives. Sometimes, He uses signs… and they are not always celestial.
Following is an excerpt from the Introduction of Parables, Dreams & Encounters1 discussing some “signs” observed during the First Christmas (the Nativity):
What began as any ordinary night long ago easily became one of the most frightening for a group of shepherds watching their flock. They should have fainted when an angel clothed in light appeared right in front of them, but there is no such account. The celestial visitor cheerfully announced that a Savior was born that day in the City of David!
He added, “And this will be the sign to you: You will find a babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger” (Luke 2:12).
The vision grew even more spectacular: “Suddenly, there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!’” (Luke 2:13-15).
When the angels went away up into the heavens, the curious shepherds hastened to Bethlehem. No random, insignificant event would cause shepherds to walk off their jobs (leaving their valuable sheep alone). They were driven by curiosity to see, for themselves, this baby “lying in a manger.”
Over in Bethlehem, Mary’s baby was born with perfect timing. She had believed the prophetic word given to her by Gabriel, the angel. God had chosen her. From a virgin and “low estate…handmaiden” to the mother of the Son of God and future King of her people (Luke 1:48).
It was wonderful to be honored in this way, but her life was immediately endangered. She had not considered the penalty for an out-of-wedlock pregnancy: death by stoning!
Even her betrothed, Joseph, did not buy her story. But God intervened. He assured Joseph, through a dream, the baby was truly God’s doing.
Things still did not go as Mary expected. First, she and Joseph had to make an arduous journey of 80 miles (129 kilometers) from Nazareth to Bethlehem for a census. When they arrived in Bethlehem, exhausted and aching, there was nowhere to stay except a stable!
Mary trusted God and did not complain, but she had to wonder, How could the King and Savior of Israel have a manger for a crib?
Just then, some agitated shepherds arrived, delivering the most fascinating breaking eyewitness news anyone had heard in hundreds of years! They became overnight sensations (bona fide evangelists) as they excitedly shared their story with everyone.
When they mentioned the “sign” they sought was a baby “lying in a manger,” I can only imagine how Mary’s eyes widened and her face lit up and reassurance soundlessly flooded her being.
The stable was not an unforeseen inconvenience, after all; God was in full control! Luke 2:19 states, “But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart.”
God places “signs” to let us know that He cares about the things that concern us, if we take notice!
After Jesus was born, the family made the six-mile (9.6-kilometer) journey to Jerusalem twice. First for Jesus’ circumcision at eight days of age, and the second after Mary’s 40-day purification. According to the Law, “Every male who opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord” (Luke 2:23).
As they gave their sacrificial offering (two turtledoves or two pigeons) to redeem their firstborn son, they were unaware of other unfolding events.
God told an elder named Simeon he would not die until he saw the Christ. Despite the heavy foot traffic at the Temple, by coincidence, Simeon arrived there at the very same time as Mary and Joseph. As soon as he laid eyes on the baby, he just knew “by the Spirit,” this was the Christ. Joseph and Mary “marveled” at the blessing Simeon spoke (v. 33).
Just a short time later, Anna, the prophetess also “found” baby Jesus. “She gave thanks to the Lord and spoke of Him to all those who looked for redemption in Jerusalem” (vs. 38).
God does not always tell us when to expect “signs.” He sends them periodically to remind us of His promises and to assure us we are in the right place at the right time! (end of excerpt) ©
1Robinson, J. (2019). Parables, dreams & encounters: Understanding God’s language and symbols for your discernment, deliverance and destiny. Author.
This has certainly been an eventful year for many people. As a healthcare professional, I have encountered many families directly or indirectly affected by the coronavirus – loss of life, loss of livelihood, grief and sorrow, and I keep them in my prayers. On the other hand, there have been wonderful testimonies of thankfulness, perseverance and even unexpected blessings!
Whatever season you find yourself in (and seasons eventually change no matter how long they last), be assured that God has a firm hold on you and nothing escapes His watchful eyes. God is with you! Emmanuel. Hope comes when we recognize God’s supernatural signs and “coincidences” and know He is always in control.
This Christmas and beyond, let us purposefully make room for Him in our hearts and homes. Isn’t that what He is doing for us?
In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. (John 14:2-3)
I pray that you enjoy and be exceedingly blessed this Christmas!
God has been speaking to Prophets and Intercessors about current events. As we wrap up 2020, it’s interesting that God is once again releasing prophetic perspectives in this year of “vision.” This post contains three recent and relevant dreams.
Perspectives on Politics
A Dream seen 11/30/2020 Legislative Optics: A few people, including myself, watched as installers worked on the window of a “government” building next door. The square pane of glass was removed and replaced with another square concave (curved inwards) meniscus-shaped glass. A man in our group announced that the new window would help the people inside “see out” during a storm. I knew the building housed lawmakers and the weather outside looked clear.
Analysis: The announcer was the Lord (who often makes appearances in spiritual dreams). Our building housed the “watchful” (intercessors). The installers were angels. A storm (not weather related) creates a muddle of confusing issues. “Square” things are rigid, such as laws and statutes, whereas round and circular things are unending or infinite, such as covenants and constitutions. A concave lens enables a close up or focused look at something that is too big or too far away. The graphic below, borrowed from www.cbakken.net, illustrates how an image is seen when looking out.
The dome side of the negative meniscus shaped window was on the inside of the building. Interestingly, in architectural design, domes and arches are made to withstand great pressure. Could this mean that the elected lawmakers feel more pressure from the inside, among themselves, than the issues of the people who elected them?
Dream Interpretation: As we watch and pray, God is releasing angels to help our lawmakers to see clearly through the political/legal muddle and focus on the issues.
Prayer Points: Let’s pray that lawmakers will not only see clearly, but that they will withstand peer pressure, and focus on the law and constitution to make righteous and just decisions for the people they represent.
Perspectives on a Nation
When God asked Jeremiah, “What do you see?” the question was more than a vision test. God was educating the young prophet on the politics of that day.
Things may have looked normal as people went about their everyday lives, but calamity was about to break loose because of the level of ungodliness and wickedness in the land. This next verse summarizes the state of affairs:
The priests did not say, ‘Where is the Lord?’ And those who handle the law did not know Me; The rulers also transgressed against Me; The prophets prophesied by Baal, And walked after things that do not profit (Jeremiah 2:8, NKJV)
Baal (which translates to lord) is a Canaanite deity known by different names, and is associated with child sacrifice. In ancient Israel, evil leaders such as Queen Jezebel and King Ahab made Baal worship legal. They promoted Baal prophets and priests and brought pollution to the nation. Subsequently, the people embraced idolatry and child sacrifice as a normal way of life, and they forgot about God.
When people forget God and disobey His Laws, they lose “vision” (God’s guidance) and they also lose awareness of right from wrong:
When there is no clear prophetic vision, people quickly wander astray.
But when you follow the revelation of the word, heaven’s bliss fills your soul.
(Proverbs 29:18, The Passion Translation)
Some are quick to pronounce that God is bringing judgment, but if we look carefully at Jeremiah 2:19, we see the source of judgement was the same spirit of Baal.
Your own wickedness will correct you, And your backslidings will rebuke you. Know therefore and see that it is an evil and bitter thing That you have forsaken the Lord your God, And the fear of Me is not in you,” Says the Lord God of hosts. (NKJV)
Distorted vision needs to be corrected.
God used both the prophetic anointing (Prophets Elijah and Elisha were guided by God) and the kingly anointing (Jehu was a fearless ruler) to free His people from the influence of Baal. The true prophetic cancels the false prophetic and godly leaders are raised up to replace the corrupt.
Perspectives on the Media
A Dream seen 8/29/2020 FOX becomes FOY: From an aerial view, I saw a complex of buildings that was suddenly and totally obliterated. “Something” invisible fell from the heavens with a flash of fire and flattened it. Before I could mentally process what I had seen, a different image appeared before my eyes. It was a huge logo for FOX (the cable network). Suddenly, the right leg of the X in the logo disintegrated and disappeared so the X became a Y. FOX became FOY.
Dream Analysis and Interpretation: The invisible force that flattened the building look like a powerful sonic pulse. I rarely watch TV and the only Foy I had ever heard of was the actress (Claire Foy) who I know nothing about. I did not understand the dream. A few days later, I thought to look up the meaning of the word Foy.
Foy is both a Scottish and French word. According to theFreedictionary.com FOY means a farewell feast or gift such as at a wedding. FOY as a name, means faith.
I knew the dream was revealing a correction. Later, I understood the problem was not the media, but rather their “message.” Just as the Baal prophets were voices of influence in Israel, the loudest sound bites today come from the mainstream media and big tech which dominate the airwaves and control the flow of information around the world. While they freely promote their own opinions, they marginalize opinions that differ from theirs including God’s call for righteousness and truth and justice. They shift cultures and turn the hearts of people from God.
Some media personnel and journalists have been immersed in their environment for so long they are unaware of how far their messaging has drifted away from God’s Laws. Others are fully aware. This is how subtly and insidiously the spirit of Baal operates.
Prayer Points: Let’s pray that God will release a prophetic anointing and a kingly anointing to transform the media into a FOY (a gift), a force for righteousness and truth.
Perspectives on the Revelation of the Bride of Christ
A Dream seen 11/29/2020 The Bride Appears: There was to be a wedding. I was to play Pachelbel’s Canon in D on an organ, and another lady sat at a piano nearby. The bride was getting ready in a dressing room next door. Someone called me to speak about something. As I turned to this person, the bride suddenly emerged from the dressing room. I hurried back to the organ, and thankfully, the pianist had started playing on time. I did not see the groom or the wedding.
The next scene of the dream showed a formal reception for the bride, with food, but again, I did not see the groom.
Analysis: I knew no one in the dream. I have never studied the organ (I play some piano), and never played that particular piece, so there is some symbolism. A canon is a church decree or the accepted Books in Scripture. In the parabolic language of dreams, an organ (like a piano) represents prophecy and has “keys.” The instruments were played in synchrony. I knew the bride represented the Bride of Christ, but wondered if Canon in D was related to “Joshua in D” from my earlier post. The next morning the first video that caught my eye on YouTube was Mike Bickle’s “Bridal Revelation and Spiritual Warfare” that had been posted a month earlier.
Dream interpretation: While Christians eagerly await the revelation of the Bride of Christ, we are not really sure how or when it will happen. One sign may be the synchronization of prophetic intercession and decrees during a season of spiritual warfare. This is actually happening right now. (Note to self: Do not become distracted!)
Prayer Points: Let’s pray that all prophetic intercession and decrees will be in the unity of the Holy Spirit and we will “Be ready!” for the revelation of the Bride (Revelation 19:7). If the Bride is being revealed, the Groom will surely come! Come, Lord Jesus.
Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is (1 John 3:2).
All things are yours… you belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to God.*
Thank you to everyone who has read our posts. Have a blessed Thanksgiving Day!
*(1 Cor 3: 21, 23)
Run in such a way as to get the prize…. a crown that will last forever (1 Corinthians 9:24- 25)
Nearly All Roads Lead to Rome
In times past, all roads led to Rome, the center of civilization. These days, with advances in technology and transportation, people from every corner of the earth can access societal hubs of knowledge and culture with the smallest effort.
Generation Z are natural multitaskers. They know how to process things alone yet are super aware of what is happening around them. If you were born after Nine Eleven, you are uniquely prepared to navigate to the destination called Life.
The journey to Life is like a road race but we are not competing against people or pursuing knowledge. Dimensions of time and distance are also irrelevant. This race involves an intriguing web of revelation, perseverance, faith and obedience.
“Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it.” (Habakkuk 2:2 NKJV)
I run in the path of your commands, for you have broadened my understanding. (Psalm 119:32 NIV)
…Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us… (Hebrews 12:1, NKJV)
Signs of the Times
It is natural to question where we are headed when we cannot see past the curve in the road. Gen Z-ers are not bothered by blind spots. They immediately tap into GPS to survey the entire landscape. Likewise, God gives us spiritual pointers- Scripture, prophecy, dreams and visions, wise counsel, and open doors – to navigate around barriers and boundaries. Computers can fail, but God cannot because he already sees the future. He will move a mountain if necessary. These are some “signposts” commonly seen in dreams and visions:
A fork in the road gives us an opportunity to “hear” God tell us which way to go (Isaiah 30:21).
The ring around the mountain always leads us back to the starting point. After the second or third or seventh time around, we need no more convincing that it is time for change!
The bridge to somewhere is a bypass or time-saver. For example, the wrong turn that causes us to escape a multi-car pileup, or the chance encounter who becomes a life partner, or a failed interview that forces us to wait for a promotion.
The wilderness trail grows progressively narrow and veers off into the boonies or a desert with no other soul in sight. These are designated times we must travel alone with the Lord. Smart devices do not work on this trail. If we keep looking back to past comforts, moving forward will be difficult. (Israel yearned for the onions and leeks they left behind in Egypt). We must choose to trust God above the voice of the enemy who always tries to get us to quit the trail. God is with us and His Words never fail.
Then there are those bright lights, big cities teeming with life, beckoning us to take in their sights. While entertainment breaks are necessary and refreshing we must be ready when the Holy Spirit, our trusted Friend, gently nudges us on. Distractions hinder us from hearing God. He speaks to us whether we are listening are not, and He speaks about Righteousness, Justice and Life.
Detours can lure us off track and cause delay. For example: That fantastic idea that sounds like sheer genius but is not God’s Will for us. Charismatic personalities who convince us to leave our trail to join theirs. When we twist an ankle or stub a toe, we can limp on. However, real danger comes from bigger detours, such as deception, misplaced trust, a false prophecy or a compromising relationship. These can take us far off course, but the Lord does not let go of us easily.
Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
If I ascend into heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.
If I take the wings of the morning,
And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
Even there Your hand shall lead me,
And Your right hand shall hold me. (Psalm 139:7-10)
Ever watchful, God sometimes allows us to discover safe boundaries by trial and error.
Roadmaps and GPS devices are beneficial when we read them correctly, and God’s Voice will guide us to our destination. Some find it helpful to meditate on Scriptures or worship, then: Stop, look and listen. Wait quietly.
When we are quite “disconnected” from other sources and worry, we can see the Holy Spirit work like a master librarian. He skillfully retrieves and brings to our remembrance Scripture, dreams, revelation or wise counsel from where they have been stored in our Spirit, to strengthen us and give us the direction we are seeking.
In ancient times, travelers journeyed together in caravans for safety because bandits often preyed on the vulnerable and the weak. We also face challenges on our trail. Dark clouds on the horizon are obvious to interpret, but sometimes danger comes in the smallest of packages. Murder hornets, mosquitoes, and viruses are not unlike the stinging words, bad attitudes, and offenses that sneak in to wound the heart.
As pathways converge, the road can grow crowded with family, companions and coworkers. Trail relationships are complicated. Without fail, stuff happens. Forerunners sprint ahead, some lag behind and others get distracted and quit. Covenant brings people together and conflicts part the best of friends.
The Apostle Paul and his friend Barnabas had such a sharp disagreement over John Mark that they decided to part company (Acts 15:37-39). Still, the Holy Spirit used them to spread the gospel on the different paths that they traveled. Some trails intersect again later to fulfill a common destiny or purpose. Others, like parallel lines, never meet.
God sees far ahead and warns us repeatedly when we are going off track, and dreams and visions are just one of the ways He might communicate.
For God may speak in one way, or in another, Yet man does not perceive it.
In a dream, in a vision of the night …He keeps back his soul from the Pit,
And his life from perishing by the sword. (Job 33: 14-15, 18, NKJV)
We need to be armed for our spiritual journey, but runners cannot afford to be weighed down. Our Lord Jesus Christ is our armor of Light. Angels to fight for us as we pray, and our mighty weapons are the Word of God, and Praise and Worship. As we “put on Christ” daily, our strides will be secure with shoes of Peace.
The End of the Trail
Wonderful rewards await faithful runners. The Apostle Paul exhorts us to finish the race to receive the Crown of Righteousness (2 Tim 4:7-8).
Those who persevere through great trials or lose their lives for their faith are promised the Crown of Life. (James 1:12, Revelation 2:10). Even greater crowns are granted to those who help others to finish their race!
Let’s choose to believe God… He’s waiting for us at the finish line! Amen.
It was a very strange exam. The question was verbal. I listened then wrote the answer in a short paragraph. Later, my instructor handed me my graded paper. I scanned her lengthy red-inked critique without reading any of it and focused on the large handwritten “C2.” A second C grade for the semester?! My heart sank. When I awakened, I could not remember the question, my answer or the critique; only the big red C2.
This dream was seen several years ago, but I remember it well. After some time, I learned that C2 was not a rating of my performance as a student. The Holy Spirit (the instructor in the dream), in His parabolic style of speaking, was instructing me to “see more.” (2 in this context means multiplication).
It’s often said that “Seeing is believing!” But Jesus says we are blessed if we believe before we see (John 20:29). This requires faith.
Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. We walk by faith, not by [natural] sight. Faith is the substance [assurance] of things hoped for, the evidence [certainty] of things not seen. (Romans 10: 17, 2 Corinthians 5:7, Hebrews 11:1, NKJV). Square brackets added for clarity.
To “see more” in the Kingdom of God means to exercise more faith, and faith increases when we “hear” God’s Words. If what we “see” is based on what we “hear” we will want to be sure that we are hearing correctly. Faith will not come to us by listening to the mainstream media or op-eds, which neither reflect the mind of God nor His plans. (God has revealed that at some time in the future, parts of the media will be reshaped to support His agenda; others will become defunct). No one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God (1 Corinthians 2:11b), and we also have His Word.
2020 was prophesied to be a year of clarity and vision (20/20). But in the natural, it’s been difficult to understand. From the tragic losses associated with COVID19, to the devastating wildfires on the West Coast, to the repetitive battering of hurricanes, to the rioting and arson in the streets, or other unexpected challenges; people have complained that this has been quite an extraordinary year.
When we look beyond the natural and what we hear in the news, what does faith “see”? Everything God said this year would be, will be. Faith tells us that God’s promises always supersede whatever difficulties we may experience or see.
A few hours ago, I heard: Hindsight is 20/20 (2020). I think this means that we will look back and “see” (understand) things we did not before.
Holy Spirit also brought to mind another riddle He spoke some years ago, “When D comes before C.” This is an example of God’s dark speech (dark in this context means hidden) Numbers 12:8.
In the English language C is a homonym for “see.” Some Ds that may come before we “see” or understand are: difficulties, delay, disappointment, discouragement, darkness, defeat, distress, denial, disillusionment, destruction, dissatisfaction, depression and the dictionary lists so many more. (Sorry D, such a bum rap! But, you do have destiny and deliverance).
Some Cs that follow Ds are: Contentment, courage, compassion, calling, covenant, commission, creativity, commitment, counsel, conviction, and correction (yes, correction is a very good thing).
Then the Lord reminded me about another dream riddle “Joshua in D.” It was a colorful and exciting dream with dancing cheerleaders on roller skates, wearing jersey tops and short skirts. The front of each jersey displayed a single upper case letter.
The cheerleaders assembled and disassembled to spell words. They spelled out the phrase: “JOSHUA IN D”.
This riddle was not like guessing Rumpelstiltskin’s name, but I had to draw on several clues and other dreams to figure out the Lord meant Joshua’s commissioning in Deuteronomy 31:7. Joshua faced real giants and the message of the dream was similar. Be strong and courageous and take the land, regardless of what Ds you encounter! (The full dream is decoded in my book).
Are you experiencing a test in the midst of Ds? Hang in there! When the 20/20 hindsight manifests, the exam will be past and passed. In the meantime, we are to:
(1) Listen to God (not naysayers) and
(2) Do what he tells us to with all our might.
Ds create unprecedented opportunities for God to do amazing things. Joshua defeated the invincible walled city of his day, Jericho. Isaac obeyed God’s instructions to farm in the midst of a famine, and silenced his enemies and critics when his crops yielded a 100-fold increase! (Joshua 5, 6, and Genesis 26:12)
How I love when King David testified of God’s faithfulness through the difficult days. He said:
I would have lost heart, unless I had believed That I would see the goodness of the Lord In the land of the living. Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord! (Psalm 27: 13-14, NKJV)
How things look to you in the new year will depend on your perspective. Going from 20/20 to 20/25 to 20/30 usually means worsening vision. (The top number is what you can see at 20 feet, and the bottom number means that others can see the same thing from 25 or 30 feet away). But in God’s Kingdom, vision grows sharper and brighter for those who place their trust in God and His Word. We walk by faith even when things look good. As the calendar flips to 2021 and beyond, let’s remember that God acts independently of circumstances and He always keeps His Word.
When D comes first, take heart dear friends, that C will surely follow! Amen.
“Behold, I come; In the scroll of the book it is written of me” Psalm 40:7 (NKJV)
If your life were a book, what genre would it be?
The Bible reveals that each person’s life is “written” by God before he or she is “knitted together” in the womb. A life story that contains every opportunity we will ever have: our birth date, when we will draw our last breath, where we will live, who we will marry, and what we will create or accomplish. This could only be accomplished by an Author who has seen our end from our beginning. One that has numbered our days (Psalm 139:15-16, Jeremiah 1:5, Acts 17:26). Each scroll or book is unique, no two alike.
Where are these Scrolls?
The Bible tells us, indirectly. God the “Word” became flesh and lived among us as the man, Jesus Christ of Nazareth. The Bible is the written version of this living Word (Jesus). It’s not just a history book, but a detailed account of the supernatural God and how he relates to mankind.
Similarly, each person has a written version of his or her life on a Scroll of destiny authored by God. When we receive Jesus as Lord and Savior, we receive His Spirit who reveals to us that our lives are hidden in Him. We no longer exist as separate entities. Our written life Scrolls are hidden in Jesus, the Word and we gain access to the Life that is in Him. This “Life” is spiritual Light, a force with written “codes”, frequencies, instructional blueprints and designs which transform us to be like Jesus. (John 1:12, Romans 8:29, 1 John 4:17b, 2 Peter 1:3, Psalm 139: 13-16)
Each of our individual Scrolls is codified and hidden in the Scriptures (Jesus the Word), until we come to the knowledge of Christ. It is in Him (Jesus) that we live and move and exist. (Colossians 3:3, Acts 17:28)
Is the Bible Code real?
Hidden messages have been unraveled through what is commonly known as the Bible Code (or Torah Code).
Letter characters at specific intervals mysteriously spell out names, words and associated events.
The cryptic Bible Code confirms the present and past with amazing accuracy: names, dates, and events. Yet, the Code is more than mere words identified by supercomputers, and more complex than can be understood by the most brilliant minds. The Bible is so complex that it has been discarded as nonsense or treated merely as a historical compilation of religious writings. But could these words contain the codex of life?
We may recognize that words manifest as sound; soundwaves are made up of light frequencies. God tells us that His Light is the Life of men (John 1:4), and His Word is Life and can heal our bodies! (Proverbs 4:20-22)
Can we “read” our life story before we live it?
The Scriptures teach us how to live godly, fruitful lives, but God alone knows the future and He reveals what He chooses, when and to whom. No man, angel or the devil, can accurately predict the future because God hides the codex of Life and the pathways to destiny and the future.
God strictly forbids all forms of divination: which leads to loss, death and destruction.(Deuteronomy 18:14, 2 Kings 21:6). In contrast, God’s will for us is life and abundance. He calls us to a pathway of hope, full of light and growing ever brighter. (John 10:10; Proverbs 4:18)
God speaks to us about destiny through spiritual dreams, visions and prophecies.
Visions are clear snapshots about our scripted destination or God’s plans for us, while dreams are parabolic clues or signposts to aid us on the journey.
Parables hide information in plain sight, and serve to protect us from destiny-thieves (the world, our flesh, and the devil). The parabolic “language” in dreams must be interpreted and no one grasps the full meaning until in hindsight.
The “choice” to surrender.
Being a child of God does not mean we automatically do His Will as “it is written.” In His sobering Sermon on the Mount, Jesus spoke about some “believers” who will do wonderful and generous things, only to be rejected at the end. Why? They chose their own will above God’s will. (Matthew 7: 21-23)
We may use our gifts and talents liberally, but our destinies will never be fulfilled without supernatural guidance. The Holy Spirit “interprets” the complexities of the “script” and gives us understanding, but we must “choose” to embrace His Word and His way. To help rid us of hindrances and distractions (our good intentions, our preferences, our rights), He often leads us off the beaten path to a wilderness where we will find it easier to hear Him.
It is written.
How did David, a shepherd boy, grow up to be a great king? It was written.
And how did Joseph, the son of Jacob, transition in one hour from prisoner to Vice President of Egypt? It was written.
God clearly tells us how to fulfill our destinies written in the “scrolls of the book” of Life: We are to do His will and obey His Word to accomplish what is written of us.
Psalm 40: 7-8 says, “Behold, I come; In the scroll of the book it is written of me. I delight to do Your will, O my God, And Your law is within my heart.”
We may read and pray the Holy Scriptures and declare like Jesus, “It is written.” Praying in the Spirit (often called Praying in Tongues) yields prayers perfectly aligned with God’s Will, because only the Holy Spirit knows the mind of God (1 Cor 2:11).
The Lord may also lead us to pray what He shows us through dreams, visions, and God-inspired imaginations. As we daily agree with and “call into being” what God has written about us (Romans 4:17), submit to God’s Word and resist the enemies of our destiny, we fulfill what is written in the Scrolls.
Can you miss your destiny?
We must choose wisely. One wrong choice can be very costly. God knows every good or bad influence we will face and every right or wrong choice we will ever make. He spares no effort to help us to arrive at our destination and assigns His angels to help us along the way. But those who willfully reject God after they have known Him, “forsake their own Mercies.” (Jonah 2:8)
Some have not yet met the Lord, but will. Others desire to meet Him… but later. They detest the ‘wilderness” or refuse to disentangle from the lure of this world or delay until they are old or sick. How unwise this is. Who can predict when the end will come?
We all venture off track at times, but repentance and seeking God’s forgiveness bring us back to God’s will. Still, some worry that they have gone too far off script or have completely missed their destinies. If that describes you, please read Stepping Stones to Destiny.
All the World’s a Stage
When the great English playwright and poet William Shakespeare wrote:
He was not far from the truth. Our scripts have been written by the Author of Life and our audience is “a great cloud of witnesses” (Hebrews 12:1-2). We have each been “cast” to “read” the script and play our individual roles until the final curtain. May it be as “it is written.” Amen.
Prophetic messages are deciphered by interpreting dream symbols, but one symbol frequently overlooked is the quality and intensity of Light.
Spiritual dreams are both bright and colorful. The more vibrant the colors and intense the sunlight, the greater the probability that the dream is inspired by the Holy Spirit.
Why is this?
God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all (1 John 1:5). In Your light we see light (Psalm 36:9b).
God’s Words, whether written or spoken or seen in a dream, are Light. This Light enables us to hear God’s Voice and discern His counsel versus other sources (Romans 10:17).
Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path (Psalm 119: 105). Understanding your word brings light to the minds of ordinary people. (Psalms 119:130, CEV)
Not all dreams are from God.
A person’s Spirit is instantly joined to Jesus at the moment of salvation and is filled with His Light (reborn). He who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him (1 Corinthians 6:17).
Alas, the regeneration of the Soul can take a long time. We often esteem our opinions, guard our preferences, or are set in our ways. Dull looking dreams with indistinct colors (and stirred emotions) are usually from the Soul. When we reject God’s counsel, our dreams grow even darker and the risk for deception increases. The further away from God, the less the light and color.
Some dreams may look colorful, but are false. These types of dreams come to test our discernment, whether we are familiar with the Words and ways of the Lord. Only the Holy Spirit and Scriptures can help us to unmask a false dream (and false prophecy).
A disturbing dream, devoid of color or grayscale, is likely from the kingdom of darkness. This is because Satan and his cronies are as far away as one can get from the only Source of Light and Life: God.
Why are some dark dreams “prophetic“?
The “prince of this world“ has been judged (John 16:11). In other words, he is about to pay for his crimes against humanity. Stripped of his authority and creative power, he relies on some “anointed ones“ to “prophesy“ his dark agenda for him. Suddenly, a suggestion becomes prophetic, and a secret fear manifests.
We are created in the image of God to be vessels of His Light, and to speak with His creative anointing. Do our words truly make a difference?
Twelve went to scout out the Promised Land, but only two came back with a good report. Yes, there were giants in the land, but the Ten Spies (leaders of God’s people) who “prophesied” their own defeat earned God’s deep displeasure (Numbers 13-14).
Jesus warned that many “sorrows” will precede His return to this earth, accompanied by deception. But He has nothing to do with darkness.
Spiritual Prophecy about Jesus will continue to bear His testimony – He is still doing good, healing those oppressed by the devil, and preaching the Good News of His Kingdom: Repent! Turn away from darkness, believe in Me and be reconciled to God! (Revelation 19:10b, Acts 10:38)
“Tuning to God’s Light”
DREAM: I was sharing the Word of God with a little old-fashioned English cottage, but it was resistant to the Truth. (A talking cottage!)
Someone I knew, (the Lord) climbed to the top of a wooden utility pole and placed the cottage on top. Rays of sunshine streamed down on the cottage, and green tree foliage formed the backdrop. Next, the cottage was going to be “tuned” to the right frequencies. (End)
SYMBOLS: The sunlight (Son-Light) was prominent in this dream. The cottage – parabolic scriptures tell us that a man’s life is like a house (Matthew 7:24-27, Mark 3:27). It was old-fashioned. Utility poles – are very tall and carry power (Light) and telephone (God’s Word) cables. Leaves of the trees – symbolize healing (Rev. 22:2).
INTERPRETATION: The Son-light (Jesus), connected the old-fashioned cottage (person set in his/her ways) to God’s Power and His Words. He enabled it to “see” from His perspective (understand spiritual things), so that it could be tuned to His frequencies (receive His Truth) and be healed.
God gave this “intercession” dream type for instruction: Pray that God will draw persons from darkness into His Light and grant them understanding of spiritual Truth. Amen! (John 6:44-45, 1 Peter 2:9)
Sadly, as Jesus stated in John 8:43-47, there are some people (not the majority) who cannot receive Truth and will never respond to the Light because they are not of God. They prefer the darkness (John 3:19-21).
Flip your dark dreams
To engage in spiritual warfare means: We allow God’s Light to displace darkness in hearts, in homes, and in dreams. Every spiritual weapon and armor in the Kingdom of God – including the Blood, Faith, the Anointing, Truth, Love, Righteousness, Peace and the Joy of the Lord – is made of Light. (In another dream, I saw how Light in God’s Kingdom simultaneously devours like Fire anything dark within us, leaving behind no residue except Light.)
How ought we to respond to dark dreams? We can flip them. If a dark dream prophesies death, we can use our anointed tongues to declare scriptures of Life in Jesus’ Name. If the enemy prophesies a lie, we oppose him with God’s Truth. Frequent repentance will keep our armor and weapons intact.
The enemy gauges our understanding of Light by how we respond to his “suggestions.” Do we “declare the decree” of Psalm 2? Or do we provide him board and lodging?
Expand your spirit
When we love the Light and dwell with the Lord (through the Word and prayer), the brighter, more colorful and more vivid our dreams will be. We will discern and participate in God’s plans. One dark scene in a bright colorful dream does not make the dream dark. We may be “seeing” a transition, a different dimension, or the enemy’s plans. (Example in my previous post).
As we daily feed on Light-food (the Word of God) our Spirit expands, it overshadows our Soul (we are delivered) and our body (we are healed). Peace fills our heart and home and the supernatural manifests to us. Discerning God’s Voice becomes easier, and dark dreams are rare (except those God allows for seer intercession).🧐
I memorize and meditate on Psalms, Isaiah and John. What are some of YOUR favorite Light– foods?
Dream dated: August 9, 2020
This dream spanned 3 different time periods beginning before the 2020 Presidential elections. I’ve never met anyone I saw in the dream and the dream was in color.
Scene 1: The setting was a large furnished office space with different groups of people working on different projects. To my left, a group of people (including Christians) were discussing a political event. A supervisor from that group had scheduled a large print job and asked for my help to gather the copies from the printers and stack them for her.
Scene 2: It was the end of the work day. Many of us were in the parking lot behind the office building and it was bright and sunny outside. The same supervisor asked for help to carry some printed material to the trunk (boot) of her car. One booklet fell to the ground, but I couldn’t grab it because my hands were full. She picked it up. “Look, you dropped one!” she said. I replied, “Yes, I’m sorry, I saw it fall and I was coming back for it.” She said, “That’s okay.”
I was about to walk to my car with a woman who lived in the same housing community as me (only a mile away from the office). Some people from the office planned to distribute booklets at a local campaign event and asked me to join them. “Can we count on you to help us get out the vote?” I responded, “You know that I am a Christian, right? I cannot vote against the principles of Jesus Christ.”
“Oh c’mon! All things are forgiven by God,” countered one who was supposed to be a Christian. They laughed as if I was being ridiculous. There was no offense given or taken in our exchange. We remained cordial to one another.
Scene 3: As my neighbor and I were exiting the parking lot, the view in front of us was completely dark like midnight (except for street lights). This was shocking, because it was still sunny daylight behind us. Suddenly, a brief rain shower appeared in the darkness, and in the midst of the rain shower, the silhouette of a transparent whirlwind became visible. It seemed surreal, like an animation, and spanned from ground to sky. And just as suddenly, the rain stopped and the whirlwind disappeared.
I froze. “Did you see that?” My neighbor said yes. Suddenly the rain and the whirlwind reappeared for a few seconds, then disappeared again. The whirlwind did not look destructive, but I said, “We’d better get out of here when it disappears again.” When it disappeared the third time, I quickly drove out of the parking lot and made a right turn towards home. I closed my eyes briefly in the darkness. A couple seconds later, I thought to myself, I’d better open my eyes to see where I am going! I did, and saw it was bright and sunny again.
Scene 4: We arrived at our housing development and the first house at the first entrance on the right was a stunning new white multi-story mansion, where my neighbor lived. I had never seen this house before and she had recently moved in. I promised to come and visit her. I drove to my usual entrance, but it was partially blocked because of multiple construction and building projects. Even the road was being resurfaced with new blacktop. I was amazed at all the activity. Somehow I knew it was around Christmas time.
There was a man in the guard booth who could grant me access. He asked for my address then said, “Okay, I’ll make an exception” (instead of routing me to another entrance). After waiting a couple minutes for the heavy equipment to unblock the way, I proceeded. I marveled at all the new construction and said to myself, This is an economic boom! Following behind me was a huge oil tanker. (I woke up.)
Dream Analysis and Interpretation:
Scene 1: Each scene represents a different time period. Scenes 1 and 2 precede the November 2020 US Presidential elections. The printers and booklets are symbolic of the media blitz for the elections that has already started to “get out the vote.”
Scene 2: There was no offense because of different viewpoints. We should never become angry and hateful. God loves people and the Bible instructs us to be submissive and respectful to authorities. Standing for God’s Word will become increasingly unpopular. My co-workers in the dream thought I was stuck in the archaic! Somehow, the campaign booklet seemed to be more important to them, but God’s Word is inerrant and sovereign. Only repentance will bring forgiveness.
Scene 3: The darkness was a vision within the dream and we were seeing what was going on in another dimension. The darkness, like the spiritual darkness that Isaiah saw in Chapter 60 verse 2, was not from God, but as Isaiah prophesies, the Lord will arise over us and prepare us for transition. Rain in the Bible is often associated with blessings from heaven (1Kings 8:35-36) and whirlwinds can signify sudden changes or portals. (Prophet Elijah was taken to heaven in a whirlwind, 2 Kings 2:11).
The rain and whirlwind appeared 3 times in the darkness. The number 3 means Divine confirmation, the perfect witness of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. There may also be three associated events or three measures of time – possibly days or months or years. Regardless of whether there is darkness or light, God’s plans for us are always for good. Darkness or light is the same to Him (Psalm 139: 11-12). It will be important to stay focused on what He is doing instead of focusing on works of evil: eyes open and watchful.
Scene 4: The season had suddenly changed (in the space of driving half a mile), it was Christmas time. It was bright and sunny again, but things looked very different. There was much building and construction going on. The woman riding with me likely represents the watchful, attentive church (Bride of Christ) or the Five Wise Virgins in the Parable recorded in Matthew chapter 25:1-13. The mansion and economic boom are symbolic of a prosperity coming with the Kingdom of God and possibly to the natural world. I was granted access through a narrow entrance and the man in the guard booth was probably an angel. The Bible tells us in Matthew 7:14 that the way to Life is narrow and few find it. The resurfaced blacktop road may reflect new opportunities for evangelism, as well as other spiritual gifts (Christmas is associated with gifts). They will be accompanied by an abundant increase in the Anointing of God (the oil tanker). Oil is symbolic of the Holy Spirit.
In summary: Though challenging seasons may lay ahead before the end of this year, let us uphold the Word of God, stay the course and not become distracted by the darkness and politics. God is bringing about swift changes that will manifest the beginning of a glorious new era for the outpouring of His Spirit and the advancement of His Kingdom, the likes of which we have never seen. This is a message of hope. Amen!