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A Dream: Beautiful Feet

Springtime in South Florida is brief and lovely. In contrast, the rainy season can bring very high temperatures, ear-splitting thunderstorms and a risk of hurricanes. Last week, and right up to Pentecost Sunday, the weather was noticeably balmy and breezy for several days and nights, with gusts of 35 mph.

The sound of the wind through the trees made me think about Jesus’ conversation with Nicodemus:

The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” (John 3:8, NKJV)

Like Wind and Like Fire

One hundred and Twenty faithful souls waited in the Upper Room at the first Pentecost, fifty days after Jesus’ Resurrection. They heard the Holy Spirit first as a sound that came from Heaven as of a rushing mighty wind. Then He manifested as divided tongues of Fire over each disciple as He gloriously baptized them.

The Spirit of Jesus continues to baptize those whose sins have been remitted by His Blood and who seek Him (His Presence), not necessarily those who seek something from Him (His Power). He is fiercely watchful over the body of Christ as He holds all members accountable.

Before going to bed one night last week, I asked the Lord to please show me anything I may have overlooked. He heard and answered me that night.

May 19, 2021 Dream: Beautiful Feet

Scene 1 (Daytime, in color) I was one of three women Intercessors sitting in a living room adjacent to a bedroom. A man (a stranger) entered the house unexpectedly and walked past us to the bedroom. He killed the young woman who was in bed. From the living room we could see her feet sticking out from under bright white bed linen. She had beautiful feet and there were faint traces of blood on them.  

Scene 2 (Daytime, in color) The man called us into the bedroom and tried to get us to help him dump the body. He was already making plans for a day trip, as if nothing had happened. I never saw the young lady’s face in the dream, only her feet. The incident left me quite disturbed, and I did not touch anything.

Scene 3 (Nighttime, in color) I was alone in my house sitting and still thinking about the earlier events, and I had a cold. The same man came to the backdoor, but found it locked. I did not let him in. I did not trust him and considered calling the police so they could arrest him.

Scene 4 (Nighttime, in color) Government officials had found the deceased young lady and made everyone who lived in the vicinity line up to get their hands tested. I was concerned that her blood would be found on our hands, though we (Intercessors) had not touched the young woman. I “overheard” the officials secretly making sinister plans to use the event to cover up a scheme. One said, Yeah, Massachusetts is coming down.

Analysis of Symbols

This is a spiritual dream with an important message. For the sake of brevity, I will not be able to interpret every symbol here.

Feet that bring the gospel of Peace are described as beautiful [Isaiah 52:7, Romans 10:15], the bed represents intimacy with the Lord, and the brightness of the white bed linen symbolizes purity and righteousness. As explained in another post, light is an important symbol for interpreting dreams. Therefore, the young lady in bed symbolizes the Bride of Christ.

Unlike a vision, when someone dies in a dream, it rarely means a physical death unless you see a lot of blood (life is in the blood). Death in a dream often means something is coming to an end or is being wounded. (The Bride cannot die, though some Christians do lose their earthly lives).

The stranger was like a thief who breaks in when no one is watching. In the dream, he did not appear as a dark figure (evil). So, he could represent false shepherds that do not care about the sheep (Luke 12:39; Jeremiah 23:1, 12:10; John 10:13).

Locked doors hinder intruders, and if you have knowledge of spiritual warfare, the term “open doors” will be familiar to you. Having open doors means being vulnerable to spiritual attacks.

Jesus said, in Luke 12:39, But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into.

The stranger entered through the front door during the daytime and passed by us, but when he tried to sneak in through my back door at night, he found it locked.  Even with limited discernment (having a cold lessens the ability to smell), I knew he was evil. Calling the police in this context means releasing spiritual warfare prayers (angels do battle on our behalf).

As the ambient lighting shifted from day to nighttime, I discerned hidden things: the character of the stranger and the officials who were secretly conspiring, though they pretended to be concerned about the Bride.

Interpretation

I sense the Holy Spirit communicating that some of us are unaware of the persecution against His Body. We are watchful over our own houses (lives, ministries) even with limited discernment, but we do not do well when it comes to watching and praying for His persecuted Body. (His Body includes Israel) (Ephesians 2:11-18).

This may sound harsh, but for Intercessors, blood on our hands means that we failed to keep watch. God states in Ezekiel 33:6

But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, and the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand.’

While the Body is being persecuted, politicians and government officials will take advantage of every opportunity to advance their own agendas. (I do not know yet why Massachusetts was mentioned.) 

The Bold and the Beautiful

Not long after the tongues “like fire” appeared, the Disciples became bold witnesses for Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and persecution followed. (Just two chapters after the Holy Spirit arrived in Acts 2, the arrests began in Acts 4.) We should not be surprised by opposition from the kingdom of darkness as God reawakens His people.

The dream also echoes two recent stories involving Christian persecution that almost went unnoticed, and both demonstrate a boldness in the Spirit: a church’s legal battle in California, and a pastor’s struggle in Canada and there are others.

A Total Body Response  

Have you ever bumped your toe on a piece of furniture? Oh the pain! But have you noticed how the body reacts, as if on autopilot? The opposite foot immediately shifts weight from the injured foot. Our eyes scan for other obstacles as we limp to find a seat. Hands cradle and protect the entire foot from further injury, eyes inspect and assess the injury, ears tune out everything else to listen to the groans and gasps from our lips. Yes, the whole body responds to that precious toe. 

In the same way, Christ is our Head, and the Holy Spirit (our brain) coordinates the roles that we perform for the well being of the rest of the Body. Some of us are helpful hands, some are seer eyes and ears, some prophesy and speak with boldness, others bring understanding, and those who are noses sniff out deception a mile away. Joints connect other parts to one another. Some members adorn with grace and beauty (not the cosmetic kind), some make us chuckle, and still others are gifted to finance the work of the Kingdom on earth. The body of Christ functions a lot like our natural bodies when we have the same (Holy) Spirit.

It displeases the Father when “Christians” use their anointed lips to join with the accuser against other Christians. Assailing our fellow members is like using our index finger to poke our own eye! The Father has appointed one Head (Lord Jesus) and one body of Christ. It matters not whether an injury affects Christians in our town, in another State or in another continent on the other side of the world.

His Beautiful Feet

If you have ever read the Gospels with a Bible map open, you will notice that Jesus walked through many different parts of Israel during His ministry. 

Feet that bring the Gospel of Peace may never bear the title of apostle or evangelist, and they may never venture further than down the street to share the Good News with a neighbor, nevertheless, they are especially beautiful to the Lord. They are His Feet, and He walks through this earth as His Bride.

Let us faithfully watch and pray for members of His Body, wherever they may be, but especially for His Beautiful Feet. Amen!

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Prophetic Dream: 1972 Reawakening

Historic convent of La Merced building, Spain

Dream April 20, 2021

Scene 1:  I was on the upper level of a cloister (definition) watching a meeting in progress in the quadrangle (ground level). After the meeting, I followed the balcony to the other side of the building where I met some Catholics.

I accessed one of the rooms from the balcony and was amazed to see many pictures of Catholic Saints hanging on the walls. Even more surprising was the strong anointing I sensed, and said, “I do not know why, but I feel the Presence of the Lord in this place!”

Later, a dead body was found hanging from a balcony. It was identified as a young man who had gone missing since 1972. The story was, he was involved in some kind of mischief before he vanished. The body was brought to the room where we were, and unexpectedly the young man suddenly came to life!

Scene 2 (a vision):  I “saw” the same young man walking outside, very much alive, smiling and wearing sunglasses. He was in the company of some priests wearing black cassocks. I wondered if he was up to some kind of “mischief” again. (END)

Resurrection dreams are rare for me. I may have seen as many as five in over twenty years, so my interest was piqued. At first I thought about the Jesus People Movement that started on the West Coast (California) in the 1960s and attracted huge gatherings in 1972. However, the dream symbols (cloister, saints, meeting Catholics, priests in cassocks) point to the Catholic Church. Thus, I began to research the topic.

Charismatic Catholics1,2,3

At a weekend retreat, two Catholics from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, a graduate student (Ralph Keifer) and a history professor (William Storey), became acquainted with modern day accounts that mirrored the Book of Acts. Six months later, in February 1967, the two men attended a charismatic Episcopalian prayer meeting where they were Baptized in the Holy Spirit. (Please click here for Smith Wigglesworth’s testimony of his own Baptism experience).

Through the laying on of hands, Keifer and Storey were used to spread the Baptism to others at Duquesne, then to the University of Notre Dame (South Bend, Indiana) where they had previously been students.2 With the manifestation of speaking with other tongues, healings and other spiritual gifts, the spread continued to Michigan, other states and Canada. Prayer and worship covenant communities formed, including People of Praise in South Bend, and the Word of God in Ann Arbor. (These events ran concurrently with the Jesus People Movement in progress on the West Coast and were also influenced by Pentecostalism and the Charismatic Movement of the late 19th Century and mid-20th Century respectively)3.

Charismatic Catholics from Michigan and Notre Dame gathered together for fellowship in what would become the first of many annual conferences at Notre Dame. By the third annual conference (1969), a Communications Center was formed as an information hub for prayer meetings and the theological foundation for what was later called the Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR).  According to Ciciliot, the North American movement was viewed with suspicion by some traditional Catholics, especially priests. At one time, Ann Arbor was even labelled the “charismatic Vatican.”1

University of Notre Dame campus in South Bend, Indiana.

In 1972, as the renewal continued to spread, the International Communication Office (ICO) was established to manage a worldwide administration with benchmarks for all charismatic prayer groups and communities in the Church.1 (The Jesus People Movement was also in full swing with meetings and concerts drawing huge gatherings in 1972). By the early Spring of 1973, high-ranking Cardinal Suenens from Belgium (sort of the equivalent of a Chief Operating Officer at the Vatican) curious about the CCR, came undercover as a regular priest. Pleased with what he found, he made his true identity known. Cardinal Suenens became a mediator between the CCR and the Vatican. He participated in establishing guidelines for the Movement before it became organized under the Pope. “The ICO was relocated to Belgium in 1976 where Cardinal Suenens renamed it to the International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Office (ICCRO) in 1978; this office was transferred to Rome in 1981 and eventually to the Vatican in 1985.” (Ciciliot)1

Despite its reorganization within the Catholic Church, Charismatic Catholicism continues to this day, quieter, but with an army of 160 million strong.3 For a deeper understanding of these events, please access the links to the source articles placed at the end of this post.

Dream Symbols and Interpretation

A cloister, often the setting of a monastery or convent, symbolizes a covenant or spiritual community. Pictures of saints remind us of past holy lives marked by notable signs and miracles, now a part of the “cloud of witnesses.” The young man in this dream is symbolic of a Movement “left hanging” (an idiom for unfinished business). The corpse was not decayed; he was merely asleep and was resurrected by the Holy Spirit. The sunglasses signify brightness.

Interpretation: God intends to bring a glorious reawakening to a “grounded” (genuine) Move of God that became restricted after 1972 by benchmarks and guidelines, and was left unfinished.

For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea. (Habakkuk 2:14)

I also sense that instead of seeing how to fit Charismatic Catholics into the Catholic Church, it will be said, “Look how the Catholic Church is being transformed by the Holy Spirit!” The reawakening will be broader than the former, to reach college campuses, priests and local churches, and cloistered communities. Even non-Catholics, such as myself, will participate because this will not be a Catholic revival, but a Holy Spirit revival. Still, we can anticipate that mischief will also arise.

Jawbone Mischief

While writing this post, I recalled a randomly watched video of Dr. Myles Munroe (a greatly respected Bahamian evangelist and author) with a profound message. The next day, while I was still meditating on the wisdom of his words, the tragic news came of his death in a plane crash! Dr. Munroe spoke about how Samson annihilated 1,000 Philistines with a donkey jawbone (see Judges 15:15-17), but “he did not file a patent for the jawbone or trade it (trad-ition) to others as an effective military weapon. He simply threw it away.”6

By today’s standards, Samson did not write a book about his Jawbone strategy or establish Jawbone University or host a Jawbone Victory Crusade. Samson recognized the source of his victory as the Power of God, not the jawbone. Similarly, Moves of God are fueled by prayer and worship, and not by excessive organizing and planning.

1972: A Dark Year

Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, And deep darkness the people; But the LORD will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you. (Isaiah 60:1-2)

While God’s Light was shining brightly, history records many events in 1972 that were quite dark. Eleven Israeli athletes were murdered at the Munich Olympics by an Arab gunman who was part of a group named Black September. The Irish Republican Army clashed with the British in a bombing blitz called Black Friday. Terror may erupt unexpectedly, but Jesus is the Prince of Peace.

To date, 1972 has the worst crash record and was the deadliest year in aviation history: 2,429 deaths.7 (Not good. Plane crashes can symbolize the disintegration of large corporations and large ministries.)

The Watergate investigation was launched in May 1972. Then President Nixon was impeached and removed from office in 1974 after evidence emerged that he had knowledge of the break in of the DNC offices in January 1972, and tried to obstruct the ensuing investigation. Will we see another political scandal of similar magnitude?

A convention against the use of Bioweapons was signed in 1972.

After the Tuskegee medical scandal was exposed in 1972, U.S. health officials admitted that African-Americans had been unethically “used as guinea pigs in the Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male.” Many lives were lost. Will other unethical medical practices be uncovered?

In 1972 there were thousands of lives lost in natural and man made disasters. What a year! For a full list of events (see 1972 – Wikipedia)

Grab Your Flashlight and Sunglasses

Ecclesiastes 1:9-10 sums things up wisely: That which has been is what will be, That which is done is what will be done, And there is nothing new under the sun. Is there anything of which it may be said, “See, this is new”? It has already been in ancient times before us.

If the darkness increases beyond 1972, do not distracted. Be ready and be encouraged dear friends. It means God’s Glory will be unleashed. Nothing will stop it. Let us, therefore, hold on to our flashlights (the Word of God) until we can don our sunglasses! Amen.

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Wilderness Wanderers

In the course of life most of us will encounter varying seasons and types of terrains similar to those found in nature: mountains, valleys, refreshing streams, wildernesses, and deserts to name a few. From the lifeless Valley of the Dry Bones to the smoking and quaking Mount Horeb, the Bible is filled with scenic places and stories of wanderers we can relate to.

According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, a wilderness is a tract or region uncultivated, uninhabited and undisturbed by human activity. We often encounter a wilderness at a time for spiritual renewal. Sometimes it interrupts excessive busyness and forces us to refocus. In other situations, a wilderness may be a hiding place from physical or emotional stress, or a place of testing or preparing for promotion. Living through a “wilderness” season is not always easy, but each season serves a purpose and eventually comes to an end. (Read: Year 2021)

Moses: Twice commissioned to the wilderness. 

Moses’ self-imposed exile from Egypt, after he intervened in a fight and killed an Egyptian, began at the age of 40 and lasted for 40 years. He made a new life for himself as a shepherd, and forgot about his former glories. 

When God commissioned Moses to return Egypt to lead Israel out of slavery, he was not exactly thrilled at the prospect and made his feelings known: “I am not eloquent in speech…  Please send someone else.” (Exodus 4)  Moses did not realize how exceptionally qualified he was. Raised a prince (adopted by Pharaoh’s daughter), he understood the culture and spiritual terrain of Egypt and no other leader could better endure the 40 years of wilderness it would take to disentangle Israel’s heart from bondage.

Wilderness seclusion with God: Fruitfulness. 

The Scriptures tell us that Jesus often went alone to the mountains or deserted places (Luke 5:16, John 6:15, Matthew 14:13). He had many private encounters with the Father besides the one witnessed by his disciples on the Mount of Transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-9). Similarly, the Apostle Paul “did not immediately confer with flesh and blood” nor did he meet with any other apostle for three whole years after his extraordinary conversion. He was greatly used by God to grow the Gentile church (Galatians 1:15-19, 2:7 NKJV). Time with God always produces fruit.

The Wilderness: One hidden step away from promotion. 

David, before he became king, was hunted by a jealous King Saul. He hid himself in wilderness caves and conducted himself wisely, drawing on his training as a shepherd and warrior to survive the rough terrain with its dangerous predators. Joseph, the favored son of Jacob, endured thirteen years of injustice as a slave and prisoner before his sudden promotion to the position of vice – president of Egypt! While in prison, he faithfully stewarded his gift of interpreting dreams and it unlocked doors for him.

Prophetic Dream: The Winter Wilderness Pass

I was driving through a large shady forest. The trees looked tall and stately as they competed for sunlight. A few scattered rays lanced the leafy canopies and dimly illuminated the underbrush.

Everything brightened as the road emerged from the woods and ascended a gentle gradient. Trees became sparse and grassy green slopes transitioned to patchy snow. I finally crested at a snowy mountain pass to enter a breathtakingly beautiful winter white wilderness framed by a vista of mountains and glaciers. In the brilliant sunshine and crisp mountain air, everything looked pristine and unspoiled. My ride was exhilarating as I navigated the undulating ridges, dips and bends.

The beautiful scenes replayed in my mind as I awakened. In dream language, a car represents one’s career or spiritual calling because it takes you places. The dream revealed I would experience a change in my competitive corporate life (trees in this dream symbolize leaders contending to achieve goals) and in my calling, specifically the way I am guided by revelation. An underbrush receives “filtered” light (revelation) through the canopies of towering trees. The new season would bring a spiritual renewal (elevated snowy terrain) fostering clearer, unfiltered spiritual revelation (full sunlight). Navigating the new terrain would be unpredictable (ridges, dips and bends), but stimulating. (Note: This dream began to be fulfilled 3-4 years later.)

Elijah’s Mountain Showdown, Wilderness Meltdown 

Prophet Elijah’s showdown with the prophets of Baal at Mount Carmel was nothing short of spectacular. He publicly mocked the “four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal, and the four hundred prophets of Asherah, who eat at Jezebel’s table” before ordering their execution for Baal worship. Then a vengeful Queen Jezebel sent a “messenger” (possibly a spirit of fear) to threaten Elijah’s life. (1 Kings 18-19:2, NKJV)

The once fearless servant of God suffered a meltdown and ran as fast and as far as he could to the point of exhaustion. Fear caused him to doubt God’s ability to continue to hide and protect him as he thought he was the only servant of God left alive.  Elijah saw his miscalculation when God told him there were still seven thousand righteous ones safely hidden in Israel! (1Kings 19)

Satan’s Wilderness Failures 

Jesus’ temptations in the wilderness are a fascinating illustration of spiritual warfare (Matthew chapter 4). He was led there by the Spirit for an encounter with the supreme leader of the kingdom of darkness. To up the ante, Jesus the Second Adam had fasted for forty days and was hungry. Satan found the first Adam easy enough to entice, but Jesus proved to be a challenge.

Simply stated, Satan failed. He still wonders if Jesus was really a man. How do we know this? The Antichrist spirit falsely claims that Jesus did not really defeat him as a flesh and blood man (1 John 4:2-3; 2 John 1:7). 

Did Satan speak through Jesus’ thoughts or did he come in a hooded cloak or as a slithering serpent as depicted in movies? It makes no difference. Agents of darkness sometimes appear as dark-lit or disfigured people, or strange-looking creatures or insects in dreams. The higher ranking ones usually have wings or the ability to fly.

Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’ (Matthew4: 3-4, NKJV). 

Satan wanted Jesus to demonstrate His power as God, but Jesus defeated him as man, wielding only the Word of God. Jesus did only what He saw His Father doing. Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit says the Lord. (John 5:19, Zechariah 4:6) Like Jesus, we must restrain our natural strengths and abilities and defer to the leading of the Holy Spirit.

Take note that “If you are the Son of God” received no response from Jesus. He did not take the bait. The people may not have known who Jesus was, but the kingdom of darkness certainly did. Demons frequently cried out to Jesus: We know who You are...!  

Jesus’ encounters with Satan teach us just how powerful and effective the Word of God is. The Word (the sword of the Spirit) is both an offensive and defensive weapon. The rest of our spiritual armor is protective. We put on our armor as we “put on Christ,” by following His example, dwelling in Him, and keeping His Word in us. (Galatians 3:27, Ephesians 6: 11-24)

Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. (Matthew 4:5, 8)

How Satan “took” Jesus is not known. Since there is no mountain from which to view “all the kingdoms of the world and their glory,” the location was most likely a spiritual place. Satan’s government operates from the second heavens to influence much of what happens in kingdoms and nations on the earth (Ephesians 6:12, Colossians 1:13). 

Angels: Wilderness ministers 

Then the devil left Him; and behold, angels came and began to minister to Him (Matthew 4:11). 

Angels fight in the heavens on our behalf as we battle in prayer, and they minister to us when we need to be strengthened. Jesus received angelic ministry as did Elijah (after he fled Jezebel), and the Angel of the Lord was with Moses and the children of Israel in the wilderness. We receive the same support as children of God.

Friends, our God is God! His Words are Spirit and Life. Whether on the mountain or in a canyon or cave, He is with us in every terrain and season. He has promised to bring restoration to barren places and make them bloom and teem with life (Isaiah 35). As we embrace His Words we will conquer every enemy, even through our dreams. Amen!

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The Hidden Glory of Love

As I read through the Gospel of John over the weekend, my favorite New Testament book, I remembered a dream I saw on Friday morning. The dream seemed to focus on a small footbridge that spanned a canal. The unending canal ran adjacent and parallel to an unending road. The scenery was beautiful, a lot of vibrant greenery, lawns and shrubs. President Trump and his family were in a house across the road and there were some other people on the canal side. The Holy Spirit never fails to amaze in His ability to communicate through two seemingly unrelated activities: a dream and a random selection of Scripture. However, the “parallels” in my dream became clearer as I read the Gospel and revisited Israel in the time of Jesus.

Censorship and Cancel Culture?

The Pharisees were annoyed that Jesus had gained quite a following. They would have preferred that He disappear quietly into the night because all their efforts to entrap Jesus with trick questions or to discredit Him in the eyes of the people had failed.

When Jesus healed a man who had been born blind, a miracle previously unheard of, the Pharisees became even more unsettled (John 9). Who did Jesus think He was? Healing people was not allowed on the Sabbath! Not to mention, His work was notable. The “religious” elite could not heal a gnat!

The Pharisees interrogated the man who eyes Jesus had healed, but they doubted the man’s testimony. So, they questioned the man’s parents whether it was true that their son had been born blind. “Yes,” the parents confirmed, but carefully added, “we don’t know how it is that he can see or who opened his eyes. He is old enough, why don’t you ask him?” (paraphrased). 

His parents said these things because they feared the Jews, for the Jews had agreed already that if anyone confessed that He was Christ he would be put out of the synagogue. (John 9:22) Censorship and cancel culture?

The man gave glory to God and got himself kicked out of the synagogue. He was labeled as “false” by the Pharisees, but in today’s parallel, he may have been canceled by social media.

After Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, news of the astonishing miracle witnessed by many reached even foreigners (the Greeks chapter 12:20), but the religious Jewish leaders’ hatred towards Jesus only grew stronger. Yet, not all of them hated Jesus.

Nevertheless even among the rulers many believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue; for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God. (John 12:42-43)

Beyond censorship, cancel culture, and betrayal among friends (Jesus was betrayed by his disciple Judas Iscariot in exchange for money), there was also a perceived hiddenness that garnered unanswered questions. 

What was God saying and doing? Wasn’t Messiah supposed to deliver Israel from Roman oppression? Was He truly the Messiah?

The Mystery of Hiddenness 

Jesus explained: Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain. (John 12:24)

Not only was Jesus foretelling His death, He was explaining that fruitfulness in God’s Kingdom would not come through the fame, recognition or the reality show that the Pharisees sought. Fruitfulness would come only through hiddenness – denying oneself, pleasing God rather than men, losing one’s life and reputation to gain it, and picking up our cross and following Him. 

When Jesus requested, ”Father, glorify Your name,” a Voice came from heaven, saying, “I have both glorified it and will glorify it again.” (John 12:28). Some nearby only heard thunder. Others said an angel had spoken! The Voice of the Father was hidden from them. 

This inability to understand God’s glory was seen and prophesied by Isaiah, about 700 years earlier, when he saw His [Jesus’] glory and spoke of Him (John 12: 41). The people witnessed signs and miracles but they could not understand the glory.

At the famous Last Supper, after Judas departed to conspire against Lord, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man is glorified, and God is glorified in Him. (John 13:31) Perhaps quite an odd thing to say when faced with betrayal, torture, and the cross. Again, the meaning of this kind of glory is hidden from our natural minds.

When Jesus was glorified, He became the sacrificial Lamb of God and surrendered His life through total love. The glory “hid” His lordship and the Disciples immediately abandoned Him. Suddenly, they forgot that He was the same One who had calmed the storm, walked on water, opened blind eyes and raised Lazarus from the dead. 

And they were not the only ones struck with amnesia. The people who had waved palm branches and paraded Jesus through the streets of Jerusalem suddenly turned against Jesus and cried out crucify Him! Had cancel culture triumphed? Not so fast, read on.

Though Jesus had done many miracles they (the people) still did not believe in Him (12:37), not unlike Ancient Israel’s response to God’s tremendous miracles in Egypt and in the wilderness. Signs and miracles will captivate people’s attention, but they will not transform the human heart.

Glory made manifest

So if the glory is hidden, and miracles and signs do not transform hearts, how will the earth see God’s glory during the great revival that is coming to usher in a harvest of souls for the Kingdom? 

The prophet Habakkuk prophesied, For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord (Habakkuk 2:1). 

Jesus knew that there was something that the world would not be able to resist after signs and miracles have ceased. So, in those final moments in the Upper Room, He said to His Disciples – A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another (John 13:34). Why? The glory is made manifest through love!

“Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Mefor You loved Me before the foundation of the world. (John 17:24, emphasis mine)

Love is the only thing the world cannot deny when they see it. Not the human kind of love which does not empower us to like, much less love, our enemies or those who spitefully abuse us or those who offend us. The kind of love Jesus spoke about comes only through the in dwelling power of Holy Spirit to a life (a seed) willingly surrendered (put into the ground alone). God’s Love is the true fruit (the evidence) that grows from the glory. It bridges every divide. It cannot be censored, and it will never be cancelled. It never fails!

It’s the glory of God to conceal a matter, but the glory of kings is to search a matter out. (Proverbs 25:2)

Kings in the Kingdom of Heaven seek to understand the Love of God in Christ Jesus. The world will see (have knowledge) of the glory of God when they witness and encounter the glory of His Love!

What is His Love like? It is strong, consuming like fire, and unrelenting (as expressed in Song of Solomon), and patient, kind, selfless and truthful (as described in 1 Corinthians 13). When you encounter it, you become afraid to do anything to lose it (the Fear of the Lord) because it is irreplaceable. Every one who earnestly seeks the Lord will encounter it.

Since parallel lines never meet, what has been, will be again. But towards the end of my dream, one by one, people “found” that little Love Bridge and started to walk it. May each of us find it. Amen!

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Expecting the “unexpected”

When God does not do things the way we expect, it is natural for us to ask why. We may be silent, but He reads our thoughts and He always responds.

In Matthew chapter 9, Jesus was confronted because He did things differently. The scribes accused Him of blasphemy. Then the Pharisees became quite offended because Jesus ate with “sinners”, a practice which their customs did not allow. 

“Why is your Master eating with publicans and sinners?” they asked Jesus’ Disciples. Jesus responded to all their questions even though they were at odds with Him. Next came the followers of John (the Baptist): 

This was quite an unusual answer to a straightforward question – a bridegroom, sewing, and wine skins all seem unrelated to fasting. But, parabolic language is not meant to be easily understood. I sense Jesus was saying:

Wherever I am at work, I do all things new! Expect the unexpected and celebrate Me. Don’t be surprised if when I (the bridegroom) have departed, you see these who follow me now return to their old customs and old way of thinking.

Trying to fit my Ways into your old designs works no better than sewing a patch of new fabric to mend an old garment. What initially looks constructive, soon unravels.

My anointing (New Wine), cannot be contained by traditions (old wine skins), or expectations. If you try this, my anointing will be wasted (New Wine spilled) and you will only create confusion or disappointment within yourselves (old wine skins will be ruined). To benefit from my anointing, leave behind what makes sense or what you are accustomed to and fully embrace my Joy (put my New Wine into new wine skins).”

Desiring the familiar.

Our human nature feels more comfortable with the familiar over anything new. The religious resume their pious acts, while the bored or disenchanted turn back to their previous activities. After the Resurrection, the Disciples knew that Jesus was alive. But since “the bridegroom was taken away from them” they decided to go back to fishing, their custom before they met Jesus (John 21:3).

Dreaming of an old love, someone you felt comfortable with in the past (even though you may not have thought about the person for several years), or dreaming of your old childhood home, could mean you are desiring to go back to something from your past or something unresolved. That “something” may be as insidious as an old way of thinking (harboring doubt or unbelief), or resuming an old habit, addiction, or behavior.

God shatters our mold of expectation every time He does the unexpected. Consider this example of the unusual way God answered Deborah’s prayers (Judges 4-5).

Rain, an unexpected battle axe.

On the one hand, Deborah the prophetess and mother of children, was accompanied by Barak, the reluctant leader of Israel’s foot soldiers. On the other, there was Sisera, the seasoned war general from Canaan. His mighty armored battalion seemed to hold the clear advantage to win the battle. At least, that’s what Sisera assumed.

God made it rain buckets. An invincible enemy was tamed. Neither horse nor chariot wheel could run through the mud. The sharpshooters (the archers) missed their targets in the deluge as the torrent swept them away. Then God used another woman named Jael, from the family of Moses’ father-in-law, to execute an exhausted Sisera while he rested in her tent. She did not even have a sword, just a common household item – a tent peg.

God alone had the wisdom and foresight to know that a good gully washer of a rainstorm would balance out the scales and allow Israel’s swordsmen to defeat an armored battalion. 

But what happened in the natural was only a part of the battle. The real action was the spiritual warfare going on in the heavens at the same time. 

Spiritual Warfare and Bad Weather.

They fought from the heavens; The stars from their courses fought against Sisera, and the angel of the Lord was a part of the action (Judges 5:20-23). The Kingdom of Light fought against the darkness that had empowered Sisera to prevail against other nations in his previous battles.

Scriptures reveal that God responds in thunders and lightning against the enemy when His children cry out to Him for help. There are other links between spiritual warfare and bad weather. For example, Job experienced tragic weather as a direct result of Satan’s (angelic) interference (Job 1:12, 16, 18-19).

When Jesus said to his Disciples, “Let’s go to the other side of the lake” to the Gerasenes, a storm arose to try to stop them – most likely the principalities and powers that ruled over that region. Jesus was on His way to deliver a man (a future evangelist) from the legion of demons that kept him captive (Luke 8:23-29). Later, the Apostle Paul, en route to Rome, was shipwrecked by a violent storm and after several days, an angel appeared to him to assure him he would survive and stand before Caesar (Acts 27:14-24).

This dream, seen a few years ago, illustrates that there is often more going on than we can see.

Interpretation: The ripped out wing was a clue that the angelic battle in progress was related to the forecast. I do not know much about meteorology but a V-shaped jet stream so far south would cause really bad weather as cool air collides with warm tropical air.

Deborah’s prophetic word.

Take notice of what the prophetess Deborah said to Barak.  She said that God would use a woman to defeat Sisera (Judges 4:9). Deborah did not explain how it would happen and God fulfilled His Word.  It would have been easy to presume that the woman God meant was the only one who was going to the battle (Deborah), but God used a completely different woman who was no where near the battle field. Further, the Word was fulfilled after Sisera had left the battlefield, not during the battle as one would expect. God’s timelines are often different from ours, because His Way of doing things are higher than the heavens are above the earth. And this is the answer to the next question.

So, did all the prophets get it wrong? 

No. The Prophet Habakkuk complained that God was not doing enough to curb the evil in the land, but wisely said (my own paraphrase)- I know I’ve said too much. I am going to hush now and let God respond. He is always right, and He will probably correct me again. Then when Habakkuk “saw” God’s response, His majesty and how much He despised the wickedness, the prophet was astonished. He trembled and prayed for mercy! (Chapters 1-3).

Prophets sometimes speak under the unction of Holy Spirit with little forethought as to what they will say from sentence to sentence and what they speak may be a parable. Seers receive revelation a little differently. They “see” (as John Paul Jackson used to describe) the co-existing spiritual realm (other dimensions) and the activities of angels and demons through dreams, visions and encounters. Many prophets are seers and vice versa. However, since there is no time in the spiritual realm, the timeline when a revelation will be fulfilled usually remains a gray area.

Zebras, in parabolic language, are associated with discernment – black and white (not gray). We can receive a 100% accurate word from the Lord, but be wrong in interpreting God’s strategy and timing, in the same way we might easily have misinterpreted Deborah’s word. God intentionally makes it that way (like coloring the zebras) to keep us dependent on Him.

It’s the glory of God to conceal a matter, but the glory of kings is to seek a matter out. Meaning, it is “kingly” (a true honor) to seek God for answers (Proverbs 25:2).  

God is pleased when we are seeking Him.

Since there is glory in His Presence while seeking for a word from Him, let us not be too quick to stone His prophets as they did in ancient Israel. Many prophets truly wait to hear from God, though others may still be growing in their gifts. At the same time, let us not go back to doubt and unbelief by throwing away God’s awesome Promises simply because we are not sure how or when He will fulfill His Word; especially Words that have already been confirmed through the mouths of more than two or three witnesses!

God purposely speaks in riddles and parables to hide revelation in plain sight. He does not divulge the future because He wants to protect us from our invisible enemies as well as from ourselves and our unbelieving hearts. Though Satan and his principalities have a long history of hindering the prayers of the saints to discredit God and to test our faith, God remains unmatched as a strategist (1 Thessalonians 2:18, Daniel 10:12-13).

Friends, we can be encouraged to know that God keeps His Word and responds in unexpected ways. Since our prayers directly influence what goes on in the heavens, and what manifests on earth, we should never quit praying nor return to old ways. Doing that displeases God. Let’s continue leaning in, trusting and believing God above our limited understanding (Proverbs 3:5-6) and do so with expectancy; especially when things do not go as anticipated. He is righteous, just, and always fulfills His Word. Amen!

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Posted in Dream Interpretation, Dreams

Looking-Glass Dreams

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!

Posted in Dream Interpretation, Dreams, Prophecy

Prophetic Perspectives

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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.

Source: http://www.cbakken.net/obookshelf/ccimages.html

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).

Posted in Dream Interpretation, Dreams, Parables, Prophecy

Hindsight is 2020: When D comes before C

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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).

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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.

Posted in Destiny, Dream Interpretation, Parables

The Scrolls of Life

Behold, I come; In the scroll of the book it is written of me” Psalm 40:7 (NKJV)

Old books, inkstand and scroll isolated on white

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?

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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:

All the world’s a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances;

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.

Posted in Discernment, Dream Interpretation, Dreams

Dream: Tuning to God’s Light

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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 dreamsprophetic“?

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.

I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life” (John 8:12). Also: (Matthew 24, Luke 21, Mark 13).

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?

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Prophetic Dream: The Transition

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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!

Posted in Deliverance, Discernment, Dream Interpretation, Dreams, Encounters, Prophecy, Resurrection

Recognizing When Jesus Enters

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No sooner had Jesus the Healer stepped out of the boat on the shores of Gennesaret than he was recognized by individuals. Before long, the sick flooded to him and beds lined the streets with those who could not walk, hoping to touch the edge of His garment.

And whithersoever he entered, into villages, or cities, or country, they laid the sick in the streets, and besought him that they might touch if it were but the border of his garment: and as many as touched him were made whole. (Mark 6:56, KJV)

He had visited the other side of the Sea. There He was immediately known as Jesus the Stronger to the legion of demons (perhaps 3,000 to 6,000 in number) before they surrendered their host for a herd of pigs. Once considered to be beyond hope or reach, the liberated man gratefully bore witness to his mighty deliverance and testified throughout the Decapolis of the One who had set him free (Mark 5:1-20).

When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are in peace. But when a stronger than he comes upon him and overcomes him, he takes from him all his armor in which he trusted, and divides his spoils. (Mark 11:21-22, NKJV, Bolded for emphasis).

Jesus entered the synagogue in His home town Nazareth where He had grown up, well-known to His own people. This time, when Jesus the Preacher declared His mission to fulfill Isaiah’s prophecy, the people could only see the kid they knew, the son of a carpenter. “Is this not Joseph’s son?” they reasoned, before they threw Him out of town! Unfazed by their rejection, Jesus moved on to another synagogue in Capernaum to deliver a man from demons, and from there He continued to preach at different synagogues in Galilee (Luke 4: 16-36, 44).

Jesus frequently entered homes. He visited the home of Simon Peter where Simon’s mother-in-law lay sick in bed. When Jesus the Miracle worker rebuked her fever, it left her immediately! (vs. 38-39) Later, he entered the house of Martha (sister of Mary and Lazarus), and befriended them and enjoyed their company (Luke 10:38). But He was Jesus the Resurrection when He raised up Lazarus from the dead (John 11). Jesus also entered Jairus’ house and raised his dead daughter back to life (Luke 8:41-56).

Sometimes Jesus meets us in unexpected places. Being short in stature, Zacchaeus had climbed up a tree. The most he hoped for was to catch a glimpse of Jesus as He entered Jericho, in the midst of a throng of people. To the chagrin of the crowd, Jesus the Unpredictable looked up to the tree and called out to Zacchaeus that He had come to visit him. Caught by surprise, it is small wonder Zacchaeus did not fall out of the tree! When Jesus entered Zacchaeus’ house, the once stingy hearted and greatly despised tax-collector, suddenly oozed generosity…

Then Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord, I give half of my goods to the poor; and if I have taken anything from anyone by false accusation, I restore fourfold.” (Luke 19: 1-10, NKJV)

Wherever Jesus entered – cities, towns, the country, homes and individual lives – nothing and no one remained the same. The Gospels reveal a God who truly loves and cares for people.

How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him. (Acts 10:38, NKJV)

Now, do you suppose that Jesus has stopped entering towns and houses and lives? Or is it that we fail to recognize Him?

We are not unlike the Two downcast souls who had left Jerusalem, after Jesus’ crucifixion to walk seven miles to Emmaus. They were surprised that the Stranger who joined their trek was oblivious to the recent events that had shaken both the political world and religious rule. Mile after mile, this pleasant Stranger stoked a fire of hope in their hearts as He shared Scriptures about the Messiah. Only when He blessed and broke bread, did they recognize that it was the Lord! (Luke 24:13-31)

We may not initially recognize Jesus in our dreams. Yet, when we seek Him, we find Him. Dreams from the Holy Spirit bring messages from God, but the Messenger is discerned by what He does or speaks.

I once dreamed of trying to access a building. Every external door was closed and no one responded to my knocks. Suddenly a 6 or 7 year old little boy, who I did not know, walked up to me. It was a beautiful day and he was looking for someone to play with. I didn’t have time to play. “Please wait here by this door, and I will be back soon,” I said. He patiently waited while I knocked at all the doors again, with no success. When I returned to the little boy, the door beside him had opened. He smiled at me and did not speak a word.

I awakened and pondered. Who was the little boy and why was he in my dream? How could he have opened a door that was locked to me?

Suddenly, I recognized Him!

That little boy was You, wasn’t it, Lord?” I said, knowingly. And I discerned the message: He is the one who opens doors and closes them (Revelation 3:7), and child-like faith in Him always proves to be more effective than our very best efforts!

In another dream, I was standing at a checkout counter and the woman behind the counter opened the cash register and started to hand me money, multiple bundles of bills. I was granted special favor simply because she saw my ring. It had a dark blue sapphire set in gold and it was on the ring finger of my left hand.

How puzzling! I thought, because I had neither bought nor sold anything. At first glance the dream resembled a tale told by Scheherazade from One Thousand and One Arabian Nights. But it was not.

In the parabolic language of dreams, a ring (and other round things) represents Covenant, and dark blue is a spiritual color representing Communion with God or Revelation. The ring in my dream, was on the ring finger of my left hand. We could go deeper into symbolism, (such as: the woman in this context represents the Holy Spirit, the stone represents the Rock [Jesus], and the gold signifies His Divinity) or suffice to say, through Covenant relationship with Jesus, we have favor with God.

So Jesus is the One who has enacted a new covenant with a new relationship with God so that those who accept the invitation will receive the eternal inheritance he has promised to his heirs. For he died to release us from the guilt of the violations committed under the first covenant. (Hebrews 9:15-17, The Passion Translation).

As we seek Jesus, we may find Him throughout the Scriptures (as the Passover Lamb in the Book of Exodus, as the Kinsman Redeemer in the Book of Ruth or as the Suffering Servant in the Book of Isaiah), and in every other Book of the Bible. We may hear testimony of a miraculous healing in response to prayer, where no fleshly man ever laid a hand to touch another. Or at times, He may be seen in the kindness of one stopping to give half a sandwich to a hungry soul.

We often find Him in the company of followers of Jesus. But how often have we gathered in His Name, sung gustily songs of praise, listened to an artfully prepared sermon, yet failed to discern the sudden Peace when the Prince of Peace enters a room? He promised:

For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them. (Matthew 18:20, NKJV)

The truth is, Jesus enters our lives every day … let’s be watchful so that we may recognize Him, (whether He enters our church, our home, or our dreams) and welcome Him. Amen!

Posted in Dream Interpretation, Dreams, Parables

Dream Gymnastics

Dream Gymnastics

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Have you ever – bicycled in heavy traffic like a seasoned pro, sailing past cars, city buses and honking taxi cabs? Or paraglided across a valley, far above miniature-sized farm houses and rolling green pastures? Or ran with the stamina of a horse, across an endless carpet of wildflowers – and then awakened?

Dreams can be active and exciting because we get to do things we may never have tried in life; overnight experts, without the hundreds of hours of schooling or sweaty training. Dreamers who have a seer gift frequently experience dreams in which all five senses are exercised.

Each dream symbol or activity can have a positive or negative meaning depending on the source of the dream (whether from the Holy Spirit, or from the body or soul, or from the kingdom of darkness). So, it may be necessary to first understand the parabolic meaning of the symbol or activity in context before we can interpret the dream.

At other times, the message will be crystal clear. When we see ourselves doing something in a vision, the chances are greater that we will perform the same activity later in life. This is because, unlike a dream (interpretation is necessary), a vision is literal (no interpretation is necessary). Visions can occur at night, as part of a dream during sleep, or in the daytime while awake.

Our focus here is on spiritual dreams (from the Holy Spirit), and following are just a few examples out of the many activities that dreamers may experience:

FLYING – The dreamer is gifted to move in the realm of the Spirit, and wings are not required. For example, Prophet Ezekiel was picked up by a lock of his hair (Chapter 8:3). Flying is exhilarating and the views can be fascinating. We may gain God’s perspective of a matter, or a more complete knowledge of something we did not understand (the whole forest versus the trees). We might even catch glimpses of the invisible realm to understand what is affecting people or events on the ground.

FREE FALLING – This is arguably one of the more scary dream experiences. The dreamer feels he or she has no control over environment or circumstances. Not to mention, there is fear of a hard landing, unless a cloud cushions the fall or the dreamer suddenly grows web-shooters like Spiderman! Falling dreams may serve the purpose of giving us a warning or grabbing our attention.

We see a “falling” example from the life of Prophet Jonah. Unwilling to obey God’s instructions to deliver a message to Nineveh, Jonah boarded a ship headed in the opposite direction. What was he thinking?! Unfortunately, he ended up overboard and fell deep into the stormy sea. Jonah was helplessly tangled up in seaweed when he cried out to God to save him. God sent a large fish/whale to Jonah’s rescue, but sentenced the prophet to three days and nights in Fort Blue Balaena (whale) to ponder his disobedience before he was allowed to see daylight again! (Jonah 1:15-17; 2:1-10).

My falling dream experience was no less frightening: I was one of many passengers on a falling plane somewhere over continental Africa. The situation looked hopeless. I prayerfully accepted my fate and was completely at peace, but unexpectedly and just before impact, the nose of the plane pulled upwards and we were all spared!

The kind of peace I experienced in the dream was supernatural, and the dream communicated to me what full surrender looks and feels like. When we have placed our trust in God, we can be assured that His Hand will always be there.

Bungee jumping and skydiving is about taking risks (faith), but with a back up plan or exit strategy (an elastic harness to bounce back to safety, or parachute to restrain the fall for a safe landing).

RUNNING – The dreamer (or person running in the dream) is moving forward with speed and perseverance. The Apostle Paul encouraged us to run the “race” of life with endurance to the end (Hebrews 12:1; 1 Corinthians 9:24).

On the other hand, running away from something or someone in a dream suggests there is hidden fear. Who/what are you running away from in your dream? Fear dreams typically recur until we face and conquer the fear. Ignoring them is not a wise response. Job warns that the things we fear can come true if we do not address the fear (Job 3:25). Fear is a spirit and when we invite God to face it with us, His perfect love drives away all fear ((2 Timothy 1:7; 1 John 4:18). Such an awesome promise!

Sometimes we will find ourselves walking in a dream instead of driving a vehicle. Walking means moving forward, but with individual spiritual power and at a slower pace (Remember, Jesus did a significant amount of walking). Limping means something or some experience is hindering our progress. Whereas, using crutches could mean we are relying too much on someone or something, or we may be nursing a “spiritual” injury (such as an inner hurt, or fear, or unforgiveness).

LEAPING – This dream activity is probably my second favorite to flying. We effortlessly and temporarily ascend in the Spirit for swift acceleration or to overcome an obstacle that would otherwise hinder our spiritual progress. (Ski-jumping is similar but with a lot more speed).

In one dream: I effortlessly leapt from a platform onto the last car of a departing train because I knew missing it would have serious consequences! And in another dream, I leapt over a snarling demonic creature that was trying to prevent me from getting to the airport. [Stay tuned for a future post about vehicles and travel].

Leapfrogging is a children’s playground activity, but if you happen to be in business, your dream may be showing you that an innovative strategy will bring swift promotion.

SWIMMING – Clear water usually represents the Word of God which cleanses and clarifies. Flowing clear water, such as a river, is the move of the Spirit (spoken of by Jesus in John 4:13 or seen by Prophet Ezekiel in Chapter 47). Therefore, swimming would mean the dreamer is skilled with the Word and/or moving in the Spirit.

If you are swimming in place, this could mean there is much perseverance without much spiritual progress. Are you praying outside of God’s Will or timing or from a wrong spirit? (Take note of the condition of the water. Cloudy or dirty, stagnant water with garbage or debris could reveal spiritual pollution that no one should want to swim in).

DIVING – This is for those who fearlessly go deep into the unknown in the Spirit realm. Water, symbolic of the Word and the Spirit in the Scriptures, holds untold hidden treasures! Such a dream may be an invitation to meet God not only on mountain tops, but in deep places, especially if you have only been a toe dipper. Deep calls unto deep (Psalm 42:7). If you travel beyond a depth of 600 feet, the waters will likely grow darker, but this is only because you have gone beyond the range of sunlight. Do not presume the dream is negative. Darkness sometimes means hiddenness (Psalm 18:11).

CLIMBING – This activity means going higher or ascending to a higher level in the Spirit regardless of whether you are climbing stairs, a ladder or a mountain. Strength and endurance are required, unlike riding an elevator or escalator.

Going lower has the opposite meaning, but should not be automatically perceived as a spiritual demotion. God sometimes leads us into valleys so we can learn that He remains faithful, even in low places where we may feel invisible or insignificant or discouraged.

Ever heard the saying – Too heavenly minded, no earthly good? God often uses those who are skilled at simplifying difficult to understand spiritual concepts. We see this illustrated in the life of Jesus Christ on earth. He would go up into the mountains alone to pray, but would come down to teach and minister to the multitudes.

CRAWLING- Could there be something hindering your progress, such as lack of spiritual power or an injury or a malfunction? Perhaps your prayer life needs to be revived. The context of your dream may show you how to correct the problem.

On the other hand, if you are an intercessor who regularly engages in spiritual warfare prayer, crawling on your belly (staying in a position of humility) is desirable to avoid those sneak attacks from the enemy’s arrows. Kneeling is also a posture of humility (or worship, if hands are also raised).

RIDING – Unless you are using your own feet on bicycle pedals or in a Flintstone car, it usually means some other power source is doing the work for you. Your journey or mission might be powered by a horse, a car or motorcycle (engine), or even a sailboat (wind). If you are “steering” then you are choosing the direction, and the number of available seats or wheels will dictate if you travel alone or with companions.

DANCING- This is usually symbolic of worship in various expressions, possibly an elegant waltz with a partner or a synchronized line dance with others, or even a choreographed gymnastic floor exercise. The Bible describes King David’s worship as “leaping and whirling” (2 Samuel 6:16).

If the worship includes spiritual warfare, you may see yourself stomping and clapping like a flamenco dancer, or stepping rhythmically to a beating drum like a Zulu warrior. Playing an instrument is another symbol of worship, and it may be an instrument you have never studied!

WRESTLING – These kinds of dreams could mean the dreamer is challenging or resisting someone or something, or demonstrating an unwillingness to release something of importance. Jacob wrestled with an angel of the Lord to receive his blessing (which God had promised him). If a dreamer is unwilling to release what God knows will bring harm or disappointment, God may give the dreamer warning dreams to show what the consequences will be if the dreamer does not change course (Job 33:17-18).

Ephesians 6 tells us that we fight against powers, principalities and rulers of darkness. We must be spiritually equipped with offensive (the Word of God) and defensive armor (assurance of our Salvation and Righteousness, as well as Faith, Truth, and Peace).

SPORTS – If a ball is involved (as in a sport), then the activity involves a covenant purpose, either for an individual or for a team, because things that are circular or round represent covenant.

Whether there be dare devil stunts or acrobatics, God may be communicating that the dreamer will need new skills, the ability to balance priorities, and precision (accuracy) to successfully navigate the next season of life.

Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come.” (1 Timothy 4:8).

One last tip – be sure to pay attention to whether you are wearing the right gear or have the right equipment (preparation) for the activity. Got your helmet or seatbelt or safety harness fastened? Good. Now let’s go to sleep!

Resource: Parables, Dreams and Encounters