No Room For the Prophets

I had a dream once. My son’s piano teacher was announcing that she was starting her family. When I spoke to our son’s piano teacher, and told her the date I had the dream, she said, “That was only a few days after I found out myself!” She was stunned.

I had another dream, once. Weeds came up everywhere in our backyard. This was just after my wife had planted fresh grass seed. Sure enough, within just a few days, weeds came up absolutely everywhere in the backyard, signifying that the soil that was used was tainted with weeds.

I had another dream, once. George Bush was the target of an assassination attempt. Because of this, I sent out a prayer request for people to pray. Several years later, George Bush actually was the target of an assassination attempt. But the grenade that was thrown did not go off! Who knows but that the prayers of some faithful people actually caused the grenade not to go off! [1]

I had another dream, once. It was of a pastor who was performing witchcraft on people! It was startling. The pastor looked ‘darker’ than he did in real life, possibly signifying that the dream was about a dark skinned disciple of the pastor. That day, I was going to pick up my children at school, and the pastor who I saw in the dream was the pastor of the church associated with that school. As I drove, the Lord spoke to me and said, “THIS DAY YOU WILL TELL THE PASTOR THE DREAM”. So I did. In fact, when I arrived, the pastor was just leaving. In order to prevent him from leaving, I actually had to cut him off with my car as I came in to park in the parking lot.

I had another dream once, about a man named Ray (who is also a pastor). In the dream, Ray was building a building in some specific location. When I met Ray later on that week, I mentioned it to him, and he said, sure enough, he was building a building in that exact location. I said, “The Lord knows about it” and was able to pray for him and encourage him in the work. The building was to be used for ministry purposes.

There have been other dreams, too. In one case, I had a dream of a pastor’s wife who gave me “my line” (it looked like a telephone line). I knew this event, somehow, would play itself out in “real life” later on down the road. Sure enough, it did, when years later, she offered me a part in the church play and handed me “my lines”. It was, of course, a play on words, in the dream (yes, the Lord uses “plays on words” and interesting symbolism to get his point across – the book of Revelation is full of it). [2]

Now there have been other dreams, too, and at least two people have told me dreams they have had which were for me. For example, my friend Jim, in May of 2004, sent me by email a dream he had received that month. In it, he said he had received a dream with me in it and about this person named “Rogers” who had set a timeline for something to happen within 30 days from a certain date. In real life, I ended up getting called on the phone by a headhunter who hired me for a 30 day contract. Before the 30 day contract was finished, I ended up getting offered a full time job, and the name of the company was Rogers. So the Lord had prepped me well over a year before it ever happened.

Still, in other cases, the Lord has told me specific numbers. For example, when we were buying our house in 1997, the Lord showed me that the price of the house that we wanted to purchase would NOT reach 140,000 asking price. So when the price reached 138,000, we knew we could stop. We did, and were awarded the bid. It’s nice to have the Lord as a negotiator! He will let you in on “secrets” that sometimes give you serious “competitive advantage”. If the source is truly heaven, you can even BANK on it. [3]

In another case, when I was negotiating for a full time job (the Rogers job), the Lord had PREVIOUSLY given me a dream in which he showed me I should TURN DOWN an offer in the 65K range, and ONLY accept one in the 80K range. By respecting the Lord’s dream and obeying him, the company easily offered me 15K more in less than 24 hours. Once again, I had the definite “competitive advantage”.

If I should go on, and on, and on, you would see – if you have faith – that the Lord really gives “dreams and visions” today, and they are NOT to be despised (you do so at your own peril). I figure that many people are in hardship today, because they do NOT listen to what the Lord is saying. Still, even if you DO listen, you will STILL face serious hardship sometimes, but nothing you and God cannot bear together! I think of the prophet Elijah, who had to sit by a brook to get his food from a bird! That’s definitely a form of hardship! But he was blessed, because he believed and obeyed. You and I are also blessed, because we have his testimony which encourages us.

Today, it is with great disappointment that I have to declare that in many churches who think they know better than God does, I have found little room for the prophets, little room for dreams, little room for the supernatural. According to biblical standards, you would almost think that they were living without God! Thankfully, there are those who have decided that these things are real, and they are not to be despised. Are you one of them? You will be blessed if you are! If not, please, reconsider! Because the word of God fully supports these things.

“For these men are not drunk, as you suppose, for it is only the third hour of the day; but this is what was spoken of through the prophet Joel:

‘AND IT SHALL BE IN THE LAST DAYS,’ God says,
‘THAT I WILL POUR FORTH OF MY SPIRIT ON ALL MANKIND;
AND YOUR SONS AND YOUR DAUGHTERS SHALL PROPHESY,
AND YOUR YOUNG MEN SHALL SEE VISIONS,
AND YOUR OLD MEN SHALL DREAM DREAMS;

EVEN ON MY BONDSLAVES, BOTH MEN AND WOMEN,
I WILL IN THOSE DAYS POUR FORTH OF MY SPIRIT
And they shall prophesy.

‘AND I WILL GRANT WONDERS IN THE SKY ABOVE
AND SIGNS ON THE EARTH BELOW,
BLOOD, AND FIRE, AND VAPOR OF SMOKE.

‘THE SUN WILL BE TURNED INTO DARKNESS
AND THE MOON INTO BLOOD,
BEFORE THE GREAT AND GLORIOUS DAY OF THE LORD SHALL COME.

‘AND IT SHALL BE THAT EVERYONE WHO CALLS ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED.'”

(Acts 2:15-21, Peter quoting Joel’s prophecy)

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[1] See FBI Report: http://www.fbi.gov/page2/jan06/grenadeattack011106.htm
[2] See “The Truth and Spirit”: http://fcet.biblemessages.com/the-truth-and-the-spirit/
[3] See “Prophetic Dreams”: http://fcet.biblemessages.com/prophetic-dreams/