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Dreams and Visions today: a story or three

The prophet Joel said concerning the last days that the Lord would work in wonderous ways. We are seeing much of that in our time.
 


 Three Stories

"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" (Joel 2:28)

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► Romani gypsies taught by the Lord

romani gypsiesNot long after the collapse of the USSR a Christian believer found himself in conversation with Peter M. (a well-known figure in Scottish Christian circles then) who had an outreach ministry to countries which were previously behind the iron curtain.

In the course of his travel to Moldova (a land-locked country north of the Black Sea) he came across a gypsy tribe who were earnest followers of Jesus Christ.

These Romani gypsy believers were being taught the Word of God by the 'head man'. Indeed in the gypsy culture that was the way it would have to be; no one else could take that role.
While Peter was thrilled to learn of their belief and of their being taught in the faith, but he was absolutely astounded when he came to know more. In a fuller understanding of the situation, he discovered that the gypsy leader was illiterate.

So how did he come to know all the Bible truths that he was teaching? He had never been to Bible school and no one had taught him. In fact the answer, as Peter came to discover, was that the Word of God had been communicated to the tribal patriarch by direct revelation.

Two centuries ago, as the Bible tells us, the unbelieving Saul of Tarsus had to be transported into a higher plane to receive God's revelation. However it seems that the Lord is perfectly capable of working in similar fashion today. Praise God.

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► Personal invitations to believe

TombLast week saw a British-born Jewish evangelist pay a visit to fellow-believers in Scotland who pray for and support the Jewish people and the nation of Israel in the context of God's prophetic word for them in latter days.

During the course of his trip and speaking engagements, Dr. Tony Stone told of dreams which Jewish people were having. In fact each person was having the same particular dreams.

The first dream would be that of Jesus's death and burial; and for a Jew who doesn't believe that Jesus was and is the Jewish Messiah that particular dream poses no challenge whatsoever. They are 'comfortable' with that dream. However that is only the first dream they have: it is followed by a second one.

In the second dream they see Jesus coming back from the dead. That is in total contradiction to Judaism's teaching which still waits for Jesus to come as 'Israel's champion' and means of national salvation. While this is extremely disturbing to their worldview what happens next totally overwhelms them. In the final part of the dream-sequence, Jesus approaches the individual dreamer and calls him or her by name. The effect of that is surely most profound. According to Tony Stone this story is appearing more and more as he travels in his ministry within the believing church and the Jewish communities.

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► A 'Proof text'

Hebrew textFinally Joel Richardson, the American Bible teacher and author writes:

One of the interviews we conducted earlier this year was with a friend who is an underground church planter and pastor in Iran. It was a very powerful interview. One of the stories that he shared, I need to pass on to you all.

My friend  – let's call him Ali – while in Iran had heard about a man who had become a believer in a fairly remote village with no other known believers. Wanting to find out how this man had come to believe in Jesus, he travelled to the village to meet with the man. The villager related how a man had visited him; he wore a white robe, had longer hair and a very commanding presence. The man in white spoke at length to the villager and told him to write down his words. The villager agreed.

After hearing the villager's story, Ali asked him if he could see what was written that had caused him to become a Christian. The man showed Ali a large journal. In Farsi, the first line began as follows:

"In the beginning was the word. The word was with God, and the word was God."

The man was holding a hand written copy of the entire Gospel of John. According to the Iranian villager, it was the man in white who had relayed this story to him, verbatim.

Stories like this are actually common in Iran, where many new believers are coming to faith through divine encounters, dreams and visions. Hearing some of these stories was extremely encouraging.
[Ed note: "Amen"]

Various, 09/09/2013

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Penny Lee 08/11/2013 16:44
My sister's minister met with us this afternoon at her home in France and we had the most lovely quietly emotional and spiritual time of fellowship and prayer. We first read relevant Bible references to healing and quietly discussed these. Even the language barrier proved no barrier at all with my sister translating from and to French for me. We then sat together, each with their hand upon me and we all prayed in turn for healing in accordance with God's supreme will. There was no hysteria or great claims made. Just three of God's children quietly and humbly seeking the healing of one of them. It truly was a privilege to be able to come before God in this way and He alone will decide the outcome.

It was also significant that I experienced a particularly painful night and I feel that satan was launching a last desperate attempt to discourage and distract me from coming before God in this way. I feel something very special happened today.
Penny Lee 08/11/2013 16:45
Forgot to also say thank you to those here who prayed for me today.
Colin Ford (Guest) 08/11/2013 17:51
Penny,
I am glad that you "feel" encouraged by today's orderly proceedings.
It is very good that believers pray to the Most High for healing, deliverance and relief etc according to God's Word.
And I pray that God would be pleased to increase your faith Luke 17.5 KJV, and that He would give you much needed strength to overcome and that your sufferings would subside enabling you to live as normal a life as possible.
Isaiah 26.3 KJV
Dreamer (Guest) 12/11/2013 12:30
A short time before the events recounted in this story began, I had accepted Jesus Christ as my Creator and Saviour - and I had also been taught that to those who truly believe in Him, He extends a very loving interest.
Furthermore, because of my new faith - I had renounced and rejected any belief in the benevolence - or reliability of fortune telling…….
Anyway to the story:
As usual that evening I had driven back from work and, as usual I had parked the car in the drive and, as usual I had walked the side path to enter through the front door - to be greeted with a very unusual, ominous silence - which foreshadowed the terrible discovery that my wife, my children, the family pets - and all of the furniture had vanished from our family home.
And, as I stood in that silent, empty living room staring at the furniture marks on the carpeted floor, I cannot, even now, describe how I felt - and neither will I attempt to do so - except to suggest that to describe me as devastated would be the same as calling a Tsunami a small, lapping wave.
I spent that first night on a bed which had been forsaken in an attic room and, as I slept, I dreamt that I was walking along a street in my home town. As I neared a junction I was met by my youngest daughter, who had approached from a side street. I was overjoyed to see her, and couldn’t get my question out quickly enough:
“Where are you living?”
“You know where I am, Dad.” came the confident reply.
“But I don’t know where you are.” I countered.
“Tell me where you’re staying?” I more anxiously pleaded.
“I’m staying at 7 Davidson Drive.” she responded.
The dream finished abruptly.
The following morning I was left with a very strong sense that God had spoken to me through the dream and, having quickly dressed, I drove to the location - confident that I had been given my family’s new address but, alas, it was occupied by others …………..
I’m reluctant to dig into the detail of the events which followed - apart to divulge that the forced estrangement between my daughters and me continued for several long years
Occasionally I would hear of their different whereabouts - at one time both daughters were in Southampton. They appeared to live very nomadic lives - following the impetuous whim of their mother’s erratic initiative.
Towards the end of seven years of separation I enjoyed a ‘secret’ reconciliation with my elder daughter who had returned to live in the area.
One afternoon she visited and appeared concerned about her health - her worry seemed justified, and I drove her immediately to the local health clinic.
I waited in the car - it was a long wait, but eventually she bounced out, smiling. On entering the car she explained the doctor’s verdict and cast a drug prescription on the dash board - the patient’s name was my daughter’s name - who else? But the address astounded me. It was 7 Davidson Drive.
I could hardly believe it. It was difficult to absorb - although the natural account of her presence at that address was unremarkable:
Apparently, on returning to the area she had first stayed at Davidson Drive - which property her mother had bought on her then recent return from Southampton.
Seven years before my estranged family had arrived at 7 Davidson Drive - I had told by God that they would be there.
Why?
I’ve never really satisfactorily answered that question, although I’ve often considered it.
While not a scholar of Biblical numerology, I understand that the number 7 is God’s number - and therefore can be identified with God.
The street name is Davidson - the shortened form of ‘son of David’ - another name for Jesus Christ.
Could it be, I wonder, that God had told me not only where my daughters would be ‘physically’ living seven years prior to their being there - but perhaps, just perhaps, He had also told me where they would be spiritually - and that’s mind blowing - for they have both, in different ways and different circumstance, been given eternal life by Christ’s gracious election



Penny Lee 12/11/2013 15:08
That is a wonderful experience you recount Dreamer, albeit at the end of very difficult circumstances. And that's the way it so often is. We want our problems, be they health, family, career or money ones, to be instantly dealt with in a most miraculous way. This may be for the very best of reasons and so we can tell others of God's power and mercy but it very rarely happens that way. Often we have to wait for considerably long periods of time before God does answer our prayers and it rarely follows the pattern we expect.

You mention the number 7 and its significance with the Bible and I see that in addition to its connection with the street address, you also waited 7 years before being reconciled with your daughter. Are you able to explain why you had to meet in secret since I would imagine she would have been old enough to decide for herself if she wanted to see you? Was she still living with her mother? How are things now - have you met up with your other daughter?

We want God to answer our prayers our way, but it's not about us is it, it's about God fulfilling His purposes and often we never fully understand why things had to happen the way they did. I'm so thrilled that both your daughters have accepted Christ and, in spite of all the misery which there has undoubtedly been, it is the one thing above all others that we want for our children.

I wish you well in your continued walk with God and we have the comfort of knowing that He is no man's debtor. If all we received from Him throughout our lives was salvation, that in itself is all we actually need as it is eternal rather than temporal.
A Pilgrim (Guest) 12/11/2013 16:33
A truly remarkable experience " Dreamer " Thanks for sharing !
Jesus promised never to leave us or forsake us . It is experiences like these that take our breath away .
Dreamer (Guest) 12/11/2013 20:24
Further to my earlier post I should have stressed that I am NOT charismatic or pentecostal in my beliefs. I don't like labels but if push came to shove I would have to say - I am a follower of the way (and much to the discomfort of my flesh - a very, very narrow way)
Colin Ford (Guest) 12/11/2013 20:41
Dreamer,
So, in effect, what you are actually saying then; is, that by "NOT" being "charismatic or Pentecostal" your "experience" has vastly increased in credibility? Indeed, very interesting!?
Dreamer (Guest) 12/11/2013 23:42
Colin Ford,
My "experience" was real - very real - it needs no label, as far as I'm concerned, to increase its credibility.
In stressing the fact that I am not 'penteostal' or 'charismatic' I merely wanted to ensure that it was the true Spirit of God who was given the glory - and NOT the cheap pentecotal/charismatic caricature...which pervades christendom today.
PS I'm not Romanist or Presbyterian either - I am who I am - in Christ......and anyone you want to be in the flesh.
Gordon (Guest) 21/11/2013 21:04
Claims of having extra terrestrial(ET)visions and supernatural experiences are not uncommon. We live with many pressures in our modern day society and one way of coping with these pressures is either to deny them, or to create a delusionary world of escape from them. Such people become neurotic and build castles in the air. As their condition deteriorates, they become psychotic and they begin to live in these castles in la la land. It is real to them - very real indeed. These people need our love, guidance and support to bring them back to reality. But we are not helped by the hocus pocus faith healers who never fail to collect the rent from them ! Seed money ,they call it, that will make you rich beyond your wildest dreams! Fortunately, a Scotsman and his money are not soon parted.
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