Posted in Discernment, Dream Interpretation, Dreams, Parables, Prayer, Prophecy, Spiritual Warfare

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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Posted in Dream Interpretation, Dreams, Parables, Prayer, Prophecy, Resurrection

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.

Posted in Destiny, Parables, Prayer, Uncategorized

The Shepherd’s Fold

I AM the Good Shepherd. There are many in My Fold. You are My Beloved. I call you by Name as I lead you in and out. Hear My Voice and follow Me for I watch over you and care for you. Is there anything you lack for life and for godliness? Do not forage like wild goats which sample everything they see. Instead, Come to Me and rest. Wait for Me to feed you revelations of My Love and from My Kingdom. Meditate and ruminate on all My Words, for they are Spirit and give Life. Though I speak through Prophecy, Parables and Dreams, I give to you the Spirit of Wisdom and the Spirit of Understanding. For You, Dear Ones, have been chosen to comprehend mysteries from God.

O Lord, distractions make it difficult for me to hear Your Voice. Like rushing brooks, they dazzle and captivate for a season but they eventually run dry. You hear my thoughts and sense my disquiet from afar, even before I can utter a word! Please lead me to Your Peace where I can drink deeply of Your Presence once again. There, Joy is restored, my strength is renewed and I am satisfied.

Beloved, when you stray or wander be assured that I will neither leave you nor forsake you. I AM He who lay down His Life for you. Dear Ones, I know every path you will ever take and every choice you will ever make long before you make them.

It is the Father who draws you by His Spirit so that your pathways lead to Me. I call you by My Name because I AM the Way. I AM YHWH Tsidkenu: The LORD Your Righteousness. Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom.

The Darkness may summon Death and clandestine followers to your Fold. But in Your Light, imposters are exposed for the wolves that they are and Death fleets as a shadow. Your Right Hand holds mine securely while Your Fire purifies my Soul. Your Blood testifies that I am blameless before You and defends me from my Accuser. Look how the Darkness trembles at Your Word: “Touch not my anointed, and do my prophets no harm!”

Beloved, when you run ahead of Me or forsake My Counsel, you may stumble. Still, I remain faithful. I wait for every opportunity to be gracious to you. My Hands contain healing, and the Power and Might to free you from every distress. Return to Me. My Voice and My Eyes will guide you to safety. Look to My Word to light your Path and remember to invite others to join us.

Lord, those who hate You also hate me. How offended they are at the Gifts and Anointing You have prepared for me! The Knowledge of the Holy One and the Fear of the Lord route my escape from their evil snares, while Your Truth frees my heart to worship You. When I ponder it, I feel overwhelmed by the matchless outpouring of Your Love and Generosity!

My Beloved, remember Me and partake of Me. Remain in Me and keep My Words in you. Believe in Me and see. Ask of Me and receive. Seek and find your destiny in Me. You will not be denied. Have Faith in God, do not doubt and what you speak shall happen. When you set your love upon Me, I will answer your call. When you keep My Commands, you shall remain in My Love, and I will manifest to you. When you hide yourself in Me, you shall be revealed by My Father.

Lord, without question, Your Goodness and Mercy are unending. Never will they cease towards me for as long as I live! For I dwell in Christ Jesus, my Shepherd, Who is preparing for me an Eternal Home with God.

—Amen.

Inspired by Psalm 23, Psalm 139, John 10, John 15, Isaiah 11, 53, and other Fold favorites.

Posted in Encounters, Parables, Passover, Prophecy, Spiritual Warfare

Multiplication, Leaven and the Passover

Flowers near sea of Galilee on a sunny spring day (depositphotos.com).

Green grass. It was a strange clue, but such is the parabolic language of the Holy Spirit. Last weekend, as I pondered and visualized the miraculous multiplication of bread and fish documented in Mark chapters 6 and 8, the Lord drew my attention to the grass. First the grass, then the groupings, and suddenly… a message behind the mystery!

Five Barley Loaves fed Five Thousand (Mark 6: 33-43, NKJV)

Picture the scene: A sunny grassy deserted place near the Sea of Galilee. Five barley loaves were blessed to feed 5,000. Since barley was usually harvested in March around the time of Passover it was the beginning of Spring. 

Then He [Jesus] commanded them to make them all sit down in groups on the green grass. So they sat down in ranks, in hundreds and in fifties (vs. 39-40).

Symbols and analysis: Green = life, growth, prosperity. Springtime= fruitfulness, growth. Bread (The loaves) = The Word. Five (5) = Grace. Twelve (12)= the divine Government of God, apostolic authority, the Kingdom of God. Fifty (50) = Jubilee, a celebration of liberty, releasing of debt and returning property to original owners. Together, these elements paint a perfect picture of Redemption. He makes me to lie down in green pastures (Psalm 23: 2). 

One Hundred = a generation (see Genesis 15: 13,16).  Generation can also refer to a collective group of people (Mark 8:12)

The 5,000 people sat in groups of 100s and 50s. Five Thousand (5,000)= 100 x 50 = the generation of the Redeemed.

The Word of Grace (5 loaves) and 2 fish fed 5,000 (the generation of the Redeemed), and 12 baskets remained (spiritual authority, the government of God).

Interpretation: “God’s Word of Grace brings Kingdom authority to the Redeemed!”

Seven Loaves Fed Four Thousand  (Mark 8: 1-9 NKJV)

Picture the scene:  A barren wilderness place. (No grass is mentioned. The people sat on the ground).

(Jesus said)“I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now continued with Me three days and have nothing to eat. And if I send them away hungry to their own houses, they will faint on the way; for some of them have come from afar.” Then His disciples answered Him, “How can one satisfy these people with bread here in the wilderness?” He asked them, “How many loaves do you have?” And they said, “Seven.” So He commanded the multitude to sit on the ground.” (vs. 2-6a).

The people stayed in the wilderness with Jesus for three days! Often a barren area or symbolic of a season of transition, the wilderness is a place where God makes provision for His people, as discussed in my previous post.

In Exodus 16:32 Moses said, referring to the manna that God fed to Israel in the wilderness, “This is the thing which the Lord has commanded: ‘Fill an omer with it, to be kept for your generations, that they may see the bread with which I fed you in the wilderness, when I brought you out of the land of Egypt.’ ”

Symbols and analysis: Three (3) = a perfect number, the perfect witness of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Seven (7) = covenant, perfection, completion. Forty (40) = the wilderness; a place of testing (to determine if we will continue with the Lord or quit) or a place of transition from bondage (Egypt) to the Promises of God.

Four Thousand (4000) = 40 x 100= the Wilderness Generation (those under covenant but not yet walking in the promise). 

God’s covenant word (7 loaves) and a few fish fed 4,000 (the wilderness generation) who tarried with the Lord, and 7 baskets (perfection/completion) remained. 

Interpretation:God’s Covenant Word brings perfection or completion (an end to the process) to those in the “wilderness” who continue with the Lord. 

A MESSAGE BEHIND THE MULTIPLICATION: These amazing miracles demonstrate the power of God’s Words. Whether we find ourselves in a fruitful place (grassy slopes) or in a barren wilderness waiting for the fulfillment of God’s promises for our lives, God’s Word will sustain, protect and perfect us, and bring an increase of spiritual authority.

The Mystery of Leaven

Now the disciples had forgotten to take bread, and they did not have more than one loaf with them in the boat. Then He (Jesus) charged them, saying, Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.” And they reasoned among themselves, saying, “It is because we have no bread.” (Mark 8: 14-16)

Leaven is the hidden ingredient that makes the dough in bread, cakes and biscuits rise. In reminding His disciples about the multiplication of the loaves, Jesus was making it clear that He was speaking of a different kind of leaven: spiritual leaven (the Holy Spirit).

Jesus said in John 6:63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.

The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal till it was all leavened.” (Matthew 13:33)

What was the “leaven of the Pharisees”? After Jesus had ministered to the people, the Pharisees came to fuss with Him at Dalmanutha insisting that He give them a sign to validate Himself. They presented themselves as experts on religious matters, promoted the “traditions of men”, yet failed to recognize the Son of God standing right in front of them. Jesus sighed. No sign would be given to “this generation” (their religious population) (Mark 7:1-13, 8:11-12).

The “leaven of the Pharisees” may very well have been a religious spirit. (II Timothy 3:5a having a form of godliness but denying its power.) This kind of spirit frequents churches and religious gatherings, hence its name. It does not quit challenging and testing, and can bring weariness. Jesus left Dalmanutha again because of the Pharisees!

What was “the leaven of Herod”? Herod is a title, not the name of one individual. We see in Mark chapter 6 that Herod had married his brother’s wife (not widow), an adulterous act under the Law. He idolized his niece (his step daughter), and killed John the Baptist to satisfy a prideful vow. The earlier King Herod had murdered all baby boys in Bethlehem aged two and younger because he was jealous of the newborn King. What a “killer” resumé!

Herod’s spirit appears to be a corrupt and idolatrous authority that works to destroy anyone it views as a threat with little consideration of the collateral damage. This kind of spirit operates through oppressive leaders or governments. 

WARNING! A Tag-Team of Evil: The religious spirit and Herod’s spirit opposed Jesus and later, His Disciples. Throughout Scripture, we see how this evil tag-team of governmental leaders and the religious elite work against God’s servants – John the Baptist, Jeremiah, Micaiah (1 Kings 22) , Daniel, Elijah, and many others. These two spirits continue even to this day to oppose the Holy Spirit and especially the Lord’s prophets!

Two fish or a few fish?

The fish also multiplied. Fish symbolize souls and evangelism, since Jesus introduced the concept of “fishers of men.”

By the mouth of two or three witnesses every word shall be established.” (2 Corinthians 13:1).

Jesus sent his Disciples out in teams of two (two fish) to proclaim the Kingdom, heal, cleanse, deliver from demons and resurrect the dead. Only two fish with five loaves were necessary to feed 5,000.

GRACE! GRACE! The Word of Grace will reach more people by the Spirit than by effort. Perhaps more evangelism (a few fish) is needed in the wilderness because of spiritual warfare (there live the wild beasts) (Isaiah 34:14, Mark 1:13). However, Jesus has demonstrated, through His own wilderness experience that we may overcome the schemes of Satan and his surrogates by declaring the Word of God! 

Unleavened Bread and the Blood

This is Passover week, and we remember how Israel ate unleavened bread in haste to prepare to leave Egypt (bondage).  They sprinkled blood from unblemished lambs on the lintels and doorposts of their homes.

That night, the Angel of Death passed over the homes of the children of Israel because it saw the blood. On the contrary, death struck the first born Egyptians because their homes were not protected by the blood.

We have passed from death to life and can be forgiven of our sins because of the One who is our Passover Lamb, Jesus Christ. In fact, the Apostle Paul reminds us that unleavened bread is a symbol of our separation from sin.

Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us. (1 Cor 5: 6b- 7)

CLEANSED AND DELIVERED BY THE BLOOD: As we think about the redemptive work of Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God whose Blood was shed for the sins of the whole world, we are thankful for His suffering, death and intercession for us. Perhaps there is no better time than the present to ask the Lord to rid us from any “old” leaven: any worldly spirit or even “traditions of men” that oppose the Holy Spirit!

Dear friends, thanks for joining me on this journey of discovery. Have a Blessed Pesach and Easter weekend!

Posted in Dream Interpretation, Dreams, Parables, Prophecy

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!

Posted in Angels, Discernment, Dream Interpretation, Dreams, Faith, Parables, Prophecy, Spiritual Warfare

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 Faith, Holiday, Parables, Prophecy

Happy New Year Plus One

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As I lay in bed early in the New Year, I remembered that in the hours before New Year’s Eve, I had heard about three different 41-year-old men who had died unexpectedly. The incidents were unrelated and I did not know them personally. Nevertheless, I was saddened by the tragedies their families experienced.

All three were 41. Was this a coincidence or was there a symbolic meaning? I asked the Lord. That’s when I heard: “Year forty plus One.” I had not previously considered that 2021 is 40 +1.

I quickly recalled the meaning of those numbers. One (1) is the number for God. Forty (40) means the period in a wilderness, or the end of a generational issue or testing.

Jesus spent 40 days being tested in the wilderness because of His obedience. On the contrary, Israel spent 40 years in the wilderness where a generation passed away because of their unbelief. They simply did not believe they could take the land from the giants. Only Joshua and Caleb were left alive and the children from the previous generation (Numbers 13-14).

I think the “symbolic” meaning is that the season of 40 will end when there is a Plus One. No matter the kind of wilderness we may be experiencing, we can be assured that God is greater than the giants and trials. We can trust in His Word that He will never leave us. Wilderness seasons will eventually end when it’s time to enter into the Promises of God.

Let’s encourage one another to be strong and courageous in faith and obedience. Happy New Year Plus One!

Posted in Destiny, Discernment, Dreams, Faith, Parables

The Human “Race”

Run in such a way as to get the prize…. a crown that will last forever (1 Corinthians 9:24- 25)

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Nearly All Roads Lead to Rome

In times past, all roads led to Rome, the center of civilization. These days, with advances in technology and transportation, people from every corner of the earth can access societal hubs of knowledge and culture with the smallest effort.

Generation Z are natural multitaskers. They know how to process things alone yet are super aware of what is happening around them.  If you were born after Nine Eleven, you are uniquely prepared to navigate to the destination called Life.

The journey to Life is like a road race but we are not competing against people or pursuing knowledge. Dimensions of time and distance are also irrelevant. This race involves an intriguing web of revelation, perseverance, faith and obedience.

 “Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it.” (Habakkuk 2:2 NKJV)

I run in the path of your commands, for you have broadened my understanding. (Psalm 119:32 NIV)

…Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us… (Hebrews 12:1, NKJV)

Signs of the Times

It is natural to question where we are headed when we cannot see past the curve in the road. Gen Z-ers are not bothered by blind spots. They immediately tap into GPS to survey the entire landscape. Likewise, God gives us spiritual pointers- Scripture, prophecy, dreams and visions, wise counsel, and open doors – to navigate around barriers and boundaries. Computers can fail, but God cannot because he already sees the future. He will move a mountain if necessary. These are some “signposts” commonly seen in dreams and visions:

A fork in the road gives us an opportunity to “hear” God tell us which way to go (Isaiah 30:21).

The ring around the mountain always leads us back to the starting point. After the second or third or seventh time around, we need no more convincing that it is time for change!

The bridge to somewhere is a bypass or time-saver. For example, the wrong turn that causes us to escape a multi-car pileup, or the chance encounter who becomes a life partner, or a failed interview that forces us to wait for a promotion.

The wilderness trail grows progressively narrow and veers off into the boonies or a desert with no other soul in sight. These are designated times we must travel alone with the Lord. Smart devices do not work on this trail. If we keep looking back to past comforts, moving forward will be difficult. (Israel yearned for the onions and leeks they left behind in Egypt). We must choose to trust God above the voice of the enemy who always tries to get us to quit the trail. God is with us and His Words never fail.

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Then there are those bright lights, big cities teeming with life, beckoning us to take in their sights. While entertainment breaks are necessary and refreshing we must be ready when the Holy Spirit, our trusted Friend, gently nudges us on. Distractions hinder us from hearing God. He speaks to us whether we are listening are not, and He speaks about Righteousness, Justice and Life.

Detours can lure us off track and cause delay. For example: That fantastic idea that sounds like sheer genius but is not God’s Will for us. Charismatic personalities who convince us to leave our trail to join theirs. When we twist an ankle or stub a toe, we can limp on. However, real danger comes from bigger detours, such as deception, misplaced trust, a false prophecy or a compromising relationship. These can take us far off course, but the Lord does not let go of us easily.

Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
If I ascend into heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.
If I take the wings of the morning,
And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
Even there Your hand shall lead me,
And Your right hand shall hold me. (Psalm 139:7-10)

Ever watchful, God sometimes allows us to discover safe boundaries by trial and error.

Roadmaps and GPS devices are beneficial when we read them correctly, and God’s Voice will guide us to our destination. Some find it helpful to meditate on Scriptures or worship, then: Stop, look and listen. Wait quietly.

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When we are quite “disconnected” from other sources and worry, we can see the Holy Spirit work like a master librarian. He skillfully retrieves and brings to our remembrance Scripture, dreams, revelation or wise counsel from where they have been stored in our Spirit, to strengthen us and give us the direction we are seeking.

Safe Travels

In ancient times, travelers journeyed together in caravans for safety because bandits often preyed on the vulnerable and the weak. We also face challenges on our trail. Dark clouds on the horizon are obvious to interpret, but sometimes danger comes in the smallest of packages. Murder hornets, mosquitoes, and viruses are not unlike the stinging words, bad attitudes, and offenses that sneak in to wound the heart.

As pathways converge, the road can grow crowded with family, companions and coworkers. Trail relationships are complicated. Without fail, stuff happens. Forerunners sprint ahead, some lag behind and others get distracted and quit. Covenant brings people together and conflicts part the best of friends.

The Apostle Paul and his friend Barnabas had such a sharp disagreement over John Mark that they decided to part company (Acts 15:37-39). Still, the Holy Spirit used them to spread the gospel on the different paths that they traveled. Some trails intersect again later to fulfill a common destiny or purpose. Others, like parallel lines, never meet.

God sees far ahead and warns us repeatedly when we are going off track, and dreams and visions are just one of the ways He might communicate.

For God may speak in one way, or in another, Yet man does not perceive it.
In a dream, in a vision of the night …He keeps back his soul from the Pit,
And his life from perishing by the sword. (Job 33: 14-15, 18, NKJV)

We need to be armed for our spiritual journey, but runners cannot afford to be weighed down. Our Lord Jesus Christ is our armor of Light. Angels to fight for us as we pray, and our mighty weapons are the Word of God, and Praise and Worship.  As we “put on Christ” daily, our strides will be secure with shoes of Peace.

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The End of the Trail

Wonderful rewards await faithful runners. The Apostle Paul exhorts us to finish the race to receive the Crown of Righteousness (2 Tim 4:7-8).

Those who persevere through great trials or lose their lives for their faith are promised the Crown of Life. (James 1:12, Revelation 2:10). Even greater crowns are granted to those who help others to finish their race! 

Let’s choose to believe God… He’s waiting for us at the finish line! Amen.

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)

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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 Dream Interpretation, Dreams, Parables

Dream Gymnastics

Dream Gymnastics

Image courtesy of Depositphotos.com (The dancer)

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

Posted in Discernment, Encounters, Parables, Prophecy

Hot Cross Buns

Hot cross buns freshly baked Depositphotos.com

A strange question juxtaposed my quiet transition from sleep to wake this Friday morning. “What do hot cross buns have to do with the coronavirus?

It was not an audible voice, but a thought. I wondered if something was running interference with my spiritual ears, but “hot cross buns” was not a term I had heard in several years. So, instead of discarding what I heard, my curiosity piqued.

Coronavirus discussions have been saturating the airwaves and the internet for the last few weeks. Arguably, the rate of sharing of information is exceeding the spread of the contagion itself! As I pondered the meaning of hot cross buns, this melodious nursery rhyme emerged from the recesses of my memory:

Hot cross buns, hot cross buns
One a penny, two a penny, hot cross buns
Give them to your daughters, give them to your sons
One a penny, two a penny, hot cross buns
” (The Countdown Kids)

People sometimes “hear” a sentence, or riddle or “dark” speech or saying (dark means hidden in this context) during the transition period between sleep and wakefulness. These important messages are often discarded as “background noise” from a movie or lyrics from a song recently heard, without the hearer considering that the source may be from God.

God speaks in parables or parabolic language – sometimes audibly through an external voice, inaudibly through our internal thoughts, and often, through dreams and visions and supernatural encounters (Numbers 12: 4-8). To solve a divine riddle, the hearer must be attentive to Revelation given by the Holy Spirit, and have a healthy dose of curiosity.

Why Hot cross buns?
According to Wikipedia and other sources, hot cross buns are common to several Commonwealth nations and the United States, (Jamaicans savor spicy buns eaten with cheese for Easter). They are yeasted spiced buns brandishing a white cross on top, and raisins and currants inside, usually eaten to celebrate the end of Lent (Good Friday), since leaven in the Bible, is symbolic of sin. The white cross represents the crucifixion of Jesus Christ (the Lamb of God), and the spices represent His embalming after His death. In parabolic language, bread (and buns) are symbolic of the Word of God who came from Heaven to redeem men. Jesus stated “I am the bread of life” John 6:35).

Prophet Isaiah in chapter 53 explains to us the significance of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Surely He has borne our griefs [sicknesses, infirmities]
And carried our sorrows [pains];
Yet we esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten by God, and afflicted.
But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.
(vs. 4-5, NKJV, [added for clarification])

The riddle of hot cross buns reveals that God wants us to pray with confidence for the healing of all nations from the Coronavirus pandemic, knowing this is God’s will. And, since these buns are common to the end of Lent, the riddle may also offer a clue to when we will begin to see the turnaround from this pandemic.

One a penny, two a penny
There may not be much value attached to a penny (except for add-on items) at today’s inflation rates, but during an earlier period, even 1/4 penny coins (farthings) had worth. Likewise our salvation, protection, healing, and divine wisdom which appear to be “freely” given to us by God’s Grace (meaning, cannot be bought with money or good works) are actually quite costly. The Lord paid not with silver or gold, but with His life, body and blood, and with great suffering for the sins of everyone in the world (1 Peter 1:18-19, Isaiah 53: 10-12). And, unlike money, these gifts never devalue over time!

Give them to your daughters, give them to your sons
This invitation is extended to anyone and everyone, whoever will hear and receive Him. (Joel 2:28, 32. John 3:16-17)

The Passover
As I write this, many of us are voluntarily (or involuntarily) self-quarantined at home or in a facility or following specific protocols as we wait for the Covid-19 pandemic to pass. The guidelines to slow the spread of the virus released by President Trump bear a subtle similarity to that dark night the plague of death-of-the-firstborn passed through ancient Egypt. To be spared from that tragedy, it was important for the children of Israel to heed all of Moses’ instructions: put the blood of the lamb on the lintel of the doorposts, stay at home, and carefully prepare the evening meal according to specification, with unleavened bread. These Passover symbols pointed to Jesus, the coming Lamb and Messiah. As Israel was obedient, the plague of death passed over them. Another interesting fact is that they left Egypt with great wealth!

In these last days God has spoken to through His Son Lord Jesus (Hebrews 1:2). Whether He speaks through His Written Word or chooses to use parables or unusual symbols like hot cross buns, He will always provide instructions to help us to overcome whatever challenges befall us. Let us look to the cross, cast our eyes on Lord Jesus, and figuratively apply the Blood of His Eternal Sacrifice to the doors of our homes and lives. As we embrace His precious promises, we can be assured that no plague will come near our dwelling (Psalm 91:10), and this coronavirus will quickly “pass over.”

Posted in Deliverance, Parables, Prophecy

The Arm of the Lord… revealed (Isaiah 53:1)

Festive Christmas background

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It’s hard to imagine a world without Christmas. Marked by generosity and charitable acts of kindness, fresh scented pine trees, colorful holiday lights, festive gatherings and joyful carols that never grow old, this truly is a most wonderful time of the year. Yet, very soon after the New Year, the novelty quietly evaporates and retailers restock their shelves for Valentine’s Day and then Easter. Then as Spring, Summer and Fall pass, we look forward to the next new season.

The very first Christmas choir featured a celestial host delivering “good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord …Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” (Luke 2:10-11, 14, NKJV)

Remarkably, some seven hundred years earlier, the prophet Isaiah had also declared His revelations from God: “For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end… ” (Isaiah 9:6-7, NKJV)

What Isaiah spoke a few chapters later (Chapter 53) shows us that even he was skeptical that anyone would believe the subject of his subsequent visions was the same mighty Prince of Peace he had spoken of earlier: “Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?” (vs. 1)

Throughout Scripture, the “arm of the Lord” is seen as symbolic of His strength and might to deliver and to protect and to heal. But when this “arm” was gifted to mankind as a Baby and grew up as a tender plant (shoot), as a root out of dry ground, He was no longer recognized as a symbol of valor. He was led as a Lamb to the slaughter, to bear our sins, be bruised for our iniquities, to carry our sorrows, and to bear the chastisement for our Peace.

These aren’t exactly the fighting words you would expect to be used to describe a champion, the Christ, the long anticipated Messiah. Quite the opposite! Isaiah even prophesied about how men would respond to Jesus. “When we see him, he has no beauty that we should desire him. He is despised and rejected by men. A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from him. ” (vs. 2-3)

John chapter 12 echoes Isaiah. Jesus spoke of himself as a seed dying, and being lifted up (crucified) (vs. 24, 32). Despite His amazing signs and miracles which drew great crowds, many still questioned who He was. They had something else in mind, and He didn’t fit the bill. They saw Jesus work the “arm of the Lord” but failed to recognize Him as the Lord.

Similarly, if we only esteem Him for what He did for us two thousand years ago, but not daily as our Bread from heaven, we may not fully appreciate the Gift. We may treat Him like a present under a Christmas tree, used and enjoyed for the season, but easily set aside when our eye spots something newer, shinier or more captivating.

This is why the Lord is constantly revealing Himself in this earth so that we may know Him. As we grow in our knowledge of Him, we will recognize Him. Not only in various passages of Scripture or through prophetic words, but also when He visits through dreams and visions. We will be able to see Him in times of joy and gladness and victories when His arm looks strong, but also in our times of weakness or sorrow.

Unto us a Son is given. He is the Gift. He is the arm of the Lord… revealed.

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