Many people want to receive a prophetic dream from God, but are not doing the basics necessary to receive them. In this case, I’m not talking about purchasing a pad and pencil in order to write them down, but something much deeper still. For I am referring to heart attitude. For example, you’ll notice that, in yesterday’s article, I wrote about God giving me a prophetic dream on how much our house would cost. However, you will have also noticed what it took to “get” to that point! First, I had to recognize that I was living beyond my means. Finances were going out faster than they were coming in! Second, we had to move from our more-expensive-than-necessary apartment, to a much simpler one! And we did that for two years! It was after that, that God “released us” to be able to purchase a house! And THEN came the prophetic dream on how much it would cost!
Are you in a situation today, for example, in which God is asking you to do something about your current situation? Has he asked you to look for work, or to speak to your spouse, or to humble yourself before your children, or to do any number of things that might be necessary in order for you to be able to flow in his giftings? Well, these things are often not as “impressive” as prophetic dreams, but they are just as — if not more — important than them! For what good is a prophetic dream if we are not willing to be humble enough to receive it? Would that be glorifying to God? I think not! So then, God is willing to give the dream, but he chooses to whom he is going to give them. Not all will flow in prophetic giftings. Not all will be willing to receive them. I have been to churches where they preach against these things. It is certain that a whole lot less people will receive prophetic dreams in these churches than in churches that teach that these things are for today.
And sadly, I can’t understand why these people are against such things. For example, the theologian I quoted in my article, “Does God Give Dreams and Visions Today?,” published April 27, 2001, and whose name I deliberately withheld — because he is a brother in Christ, and I do not wish to promote division — responded to that article by saying, “While you and Jack Deere might be satisfied with anecdotal and analogical reasoning, I prefer to stick with the sure Word of God.” Well, what does the sure Word of God teach? The Word teaches that, “And it shall come to pass afterward, [that] I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.” (Joel 2:28-29)
Those words are quoted by Peter at the pouring out of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost, when he responded to those who mocked, saying, “But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy:” (Acts 2:16-18).
Notice that, under the leading of the Holy Spirit, Peter deliberately substitutes Joel’s word “afterward” for the expression “in the last days (“escataiV hmeraiV”). And he does so for a reason. He does so, because the Holy Spirit is now providing us with the interpretation of what he — through Joel — meant when he said, “afterward”. Ask any theologian — even the conservative ones who deny that God is giving dreams and visions or performing supernatural miracles today — what the expression “last days” means and they will tell you that it refers to THE ENTIRE CHURCH PERIOD FROM BEGINNING TO END! Friends, miracles and gifts of healing and prophesy and all of the supernatural miracles and works that God is doing was not reserved for the “early church” as these educated but misinformed scholars assume and teach! But rather, it applies to the entire church period!
The classic teaching of what “last days” means is found in Hebrews 1:1-2, where we read, “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by [his] Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds.” The expression here is “ep escatou twn hmerwn” in the Greek. The same Greek words used here (“escatou” meaning “last” and “hmerwn” meaning “days”) is used by Paul in 2 Timothy 3:1, where he writes, “This know also, that in the last days (“escataiV hmeraiV”) perilous times shall come.” And again, Peter uses the expression in 2 Peter 3:3-4, “Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days (“escataiV hmeraiV”) scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as [they were] from the beginning of the creation.”
The last days are today, my friends. And today, according to the Bible, “[God is] pour[ing] out of [his] Spirit upon all flesh: and [our] sons and [our] daughters shall prophesy, and [our] young men shall see visions, and [our] old men shall dream dreams: And on [God’s] servants and on [God’s] handmaidens [God is] pour[ing] out [today] of [his] Spirit; and [we] [will/are] prophesy[ing]”! This is the teaching of the “sure Word of God”. Now will you believe it? God wants to speak to you prophetically, through dreams and visions. Don’t buy any other lie. For to believe them is to cut yourself off from what God is doing in our day. And what he is doing in our day is so completely awesome that you don’t want to miss it!