Just A Bad Dream

 


I had a dream the other night about “the rapture”, but it was more about “man thinking of God as small”, a miser… and the bottom line “theme” of the Dream is that God is not small, God is not cheap and we must get that “misery” mentality out of our being.  I was struck breathless, lifeless in my spirit by how many people doubt the Power of God and His Goodness.  We have no idea what lies in store for us and therefore we are just not capable or equipped for receiving or for “living the abundant life”.  If we cannot Respect God for who He is “up there”, there is just no way BY FAITH that we can receive or emulate His Gracious, Abundant Hospitality toward us and others down here.

Sadly, in the Dream, the Rapture was occurring (NOT), in slow motion everything was gray and everyone was off to themselves all alone, slowing packing one bag… one bag was being packed because the mentality was that He would not have anything for us when we got there and that we would still be in these decaying bodies that would be in constant need of cleaning and clothing.  The only perk seemed to be that we did not need a passport, a dull gray ticket was all that we needed for the plane ride and everybody had one (as though the “lefty liberals” had won and everyone was being treated equally).  Everyone arrived at the airport on a gray overcast day, you could not see the sky, not even clouds, just a gray haze and a damp mist was falling on us as though the pollution of the world was still falling on us, sticking to us, as though we would always have to deal with the cleaning off of the filth of this fallen, dieing, decaying world.  Lines were long at the airport (because everyone was going), no one was excited and no one was talking (no Hospitality, no excitement).  There were long delays and lots of silence… no overnight delays, just a long morning.  Most of us were on board our gray airplanes by early afternoon.  I recall no stewards (no Hospitality), no food, no pillows, I do not recall the flight at all, we just landed and it was dark when we landed, and the planet we landed on had no light, just darkness and a thickness and a heat in the air as though there was no oxygen, no life in the air.  We were each taken individually through long dark winding hallways to elevators that took us to our designated floors.  We each walked separately to our rooms which were suites connected to each other, very cramped, with tacky décor and a standard size bed (echoing the absence of a mate and no hopes there of) with dull, unmatched bed linens and only one night stand (with no Bibles, no phones).  To one side of the bed was a closet for one, on the other side of the bed was a sink and tiny cabinet area for one.  I recalled being so disappointed in our Lords provisions, but knew at the same time that it was merely a result of our lack of faith.  I looked into the mirror hoping slightly that I would be beautiful (vanity, self-centeredness is the reason we lack faith; vanity desires for self to be glorified; whereas, True, Pure Faith desires to see God Glorified, not minimized); but it was just me in the mirror, not a good hair day and not a bad hair day, just plain ole me (like Leah in the Bible, the one with the weaker eyes, the one not loved). 

I knew in my heart that it was not the True Rapture (as much as I had longed for it in my heart Genesis 3:16, 2 Timothy 4:8, Matthew 25:1-13).  I did not want to unpack, I did not even want to stay, I just wanted to wake up and realize it was all a “bad” dream.  So, I looked down, still holding onto my old bag (representing baggage, disappointments and hurts from the past not yet entrusted to God’s Healing Touch), and I closed my eyes.  It was then that I woke up, thrilled in my heart that it was just a “bad” dream.

I was reminded of the Bible Verses highlighted below in Isaiah 53 and Zechariah 9:

Isaiah 53 Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?  He grew up before him like a tender shoot, and like a root our of dry ground.  He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.  He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering.  Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.  Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted.  But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.  We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.  He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.  By oppression and judgment he was taken away.  And who can speak of his descendants?  For he was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgression of my people he was stricken.  He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth.  Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the Lord makes his life a guilt offering, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand.  After the suffering of his soul, he will see the light of life and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities.  Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, and he will divide the spoils with the strong, because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors.  For he bore the sins of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

Zechariah 9 The word of the Lord is against the land of Hadrach and will rest upon Damascus, for the eyes of men and all the tribes of Israel are on the Lord, and upon Hamath too, which borders on it, and upon Tyre and Sidon, though they are very skillful.  Tyre has built herself a stronghold; she has heaped up silver like dust, and gold like the dirt of the streets.  But the Lord will take away her possessions and destroy her power on the sea, and she will be consumed by fire.  Ashkelon will see it and fear; Gaza will writhe in agony, and Ekron too, for her hope will wither.  Gaza will lose her king and Ashkelon will be deserted.  Foreigners will occupy Ashdod, and I will cut off the pride of the Philistines.  I will take the blood from their mouths, the forbidden food from between their teeth.  Those who are left will belong to our God and become leaders in Judah, and Ekron will be like the Jebusites.  But I will defend my house against marauding forces.  Never again will an oppressor overrun my people, for now I am keeping watch.  Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion!  Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem!  See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.  I will take away the chariots from Ephraim and the war-horses from Jerusalem, and the battle bow will be broken.  He will proclaim peace to the nations.  His rule will extend from sea to sea and from the River to the ends of the earth.  As for you, because of the blood of my covenant with you, I will free your prisoners from the waterless pit.  Return to your fortress, O prisoners of hope; even now I announce that I will restore twice as much to you.  I will bend Judah as I bend my bow and fill it with Ephraim.  I will rouse your sons, O Zion, against your sons, O Greece, and make you like a warrior’s sword.  Then the Lord will appear over them; his arrow will flash like lightning.  The Sovereign Lord will sound the trumpet; he will march in the storms of the south, and the Lord Almighty will shield them.  They will destroy and overcome with slingstones.  They will drink and roar as with wine; they will be full like a bowl used for sprinkling the corners of the altar.  The Lord their God will save them on that day as the flock of his people.  They will sparkle in his land like jewels in a crown.  How attractive and beautiful they will be!  Grain will make the young men thrive, and new wine the young women.

Then I was reminded, (healed by the Touch of The Holy Spirit, new wine, that brings forth all things to our remembrance and delivers God’s Healing Touch) knowing that now we enter into the sufferings (The Life) of Jesus Christ, but at His appearing all our Hearts Desires and Longings will be fulfilled.

Prayer:  Dear God, Please Forgive Us Lord for not Knowing You at all.  Lord, forgive us for our Vanity and Selfish Desires that get in the way of Knowing Thee.  Lord, Hear our hearts cry and deepest desire which is to Truly Know You and to Experience Your Healing Touch.  May we not settle for the lies of satan and the “lefty liberals” that would have us to think of you as lame, weak, cheap or lacking in so many ways.  God You have not made a mistake; we are not your flawed experiments.  Lord Help Us to Know that; Forgive Us for our unbelief.  Help Us Lord, Increase our Faith so we may Receive Thy Healing Touch and new wine, full of new revelations.  Help Us Lord to Know and Believe that we are made in Your Image, and because of the Blood of Your Son Jesus Christ (if we choose to receive it) we are filled and made to live and move and have our being in Living Color, and that You Abba Father have prepared for us all a Perfect Kingdom, Full of Joy, Life, Light and Gracious Hospitality.  Thy Kingdom Come Lord, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven, In Jesus Name, Amen.
 

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